Thursday, 20 September 2012

Spellbinders Get Well Soon Card

Hello again bloggin  peeps

A quick-ish card from me today made for a friend at work.

I used an 8 x 8 card blank and cut a mirri base mat and then a smaller mat from pearl cardstock.

I used an A4 Mbossibilities folder to emboss the beautiful background design.

From the DCWV luxury stack I cut a base layer with a spellbinders label die.  I then used the same die and the next size down to cut a frame which I colourised with spun sugar distress ink.

I took some pink card already embossed with dots and cut the marianne butterfly and the small scalloped circle spellbinders die.

I then used a die from a spellbinders persian accents die twice from white pearl and again colourised with the spun sugar distress ink.

To assemble I inked the edges of the embossed white pearl base with the spun sugar then glued it to the gold base.  I arranged the cut from the luxury DCWV where I wanted it on my card and then glued the little frame with glue gel so it was raised.  I then glued the pink scalloped circle in the middle again with glue gel and then offset the two persian accent cuts.  I had to use peel offs for the sentiment as I could not find a get well soon stamp to use (might have to look for a nice one) and stuck them down centrally.

I added the butterfly in the corner and then added an offcut from a gem swirl which had some pinkish pearls in.  I decided I didn't like the body of the butterfly so added some large clear gems to cover it.  To finish I added a gem in each corner, glued it all to my base card and added an insert.

I really liked this card, there are quite a few stunning spellbinder cards being made now having been inspired by Sue Wilson, and I have to admit I haven't made many of this type before so definitely need to play around more with this style. 

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Monday, 17 September 2012

'Fifty shades' style card/gift

Hello Bloggin Peeps

Back again with a new card/gift offering with a sort of fifty shades of grey theme.  The lovely little digi stamp came from saturated canary and I saw it on a card someone else had made and had to have it.

The original card I saw had the little handcuffs as an embellishment and when I was searching online for them I found that a few people were making bracelets with the fifty shades theme which I liked and wanted to combine.

The card:

I took an 8 x 8 square and cut a red holographic base layer and then a slightly smaller pearl white layer to sit on top.  Using the spellbinders A4 embossing folder (cannot tell you how excited I am we finally have A4 folders on the market)  embossed the garden lattice design as it looks a little 'tied up' and fit in with the theme.  I glued these together.

I cut a black rectangular mat to layer at the top of my card and then a pearl white layer and then a red holographic  one.  I glued some sheer red ribbon at three points to the back of the white then glued the black behind it and the red on top of it.  I took the bracelet I made and tied it to this rectangle and then glued the rectangle onto the white pearl I had prepared earlier making sure not to get any glue on the charms so the bracelet can be removed.

I used a marianne creatables die to cut the red lacy label and printed my digi out and coloured her in.... I am not the best colourer in the world but with the spectrum noirs the results are not too frightful.  I printed an extra digi and just cut the tie out and coloured it to add as a bit of decoupage.  I also used some whimsy ticket stamps and although I could have used the die to cut them out...this time I did it by hand.

To assemble the card I glued some black lace along the bottom which came from Joanna Sheen's online shop making sure to glue at the back so no glue was showing.  I glued the red lacy die cut on top and then arranged my coloured digi and the decoupage on top. To finish I added the little ticket sentiments and then glued to my base card

The bracelet:

The bracelet is a very simple chain made from silver jump rings.  Every second jumpring had a small red glass bead threaded on before closing.  I added a few extra smaller rings at the end as a sort of bracelet extender and a lobster clasp at the other end. 

I used eyepins to mount the charms I opened the end of the eye and threaded the charm on and then closed the eye back up.  I then threaded a clear swarovski bead on and made a loop.  Some of the charms were quite large and heavy and I didn't want too long a dangle.  When all the charms were on pins I laid the chain out flat and arranged the charms so the weight would be as even as possible and attached them using the loops I made.

This was quite a long card/gift to make and would only be suitable for someone quite special ... who liked the book... and wasn't afraid to wear bondage style charms in public.  It was fun to make but not sure if it would be something I would make regularly.

Anyway all for now

Until next time...take care

Cj x

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Magnolia Birthday Card

Hello Bloggin peeps

Just another quick card from me today A birthday card made for my sister from my nephew.   

A little bit different for me in a way as I had this lovely paper in a  My minds Eye lost and found pad and wanted to use it.

I took an 8 x 8 blank and cut a mirri base to work on.  I cut a layer from the newpaper print and distress inked the edges.  I then made a smaller gold mirri mat and cut a pink striped layer to fit.   I stamped the happy birthday at the bottom and distress inked the edges.

I glued the this layer to the base with glue gel so it was quite raised.  I used a spellbinders die and cut two shapes one from pearl white card and one from the same paper as the base.  The white pearl one was whipped back through the machine in an embossing folder and inked up in green  I also inked the edges of the top layer to match the base layers.  I glued these two shapes together and glued to my card.  I cut M-U-M with my cricut and arranged them on the centre (they honestly did look more straight in real life). 

Using scraps of the base paper I cut some flowers from a magnolia die and then the leaf from the magnolia rose die - out of plain card which I inked green.  I colourised the flowers red to match the card with the same distress ink.

I stamped the magnolia lady onto plain card and coloured her in.  I also stamped the middle section onto a black glitter paper (the glitter does not really show in the photo) and carefully cut the dress pieces out which were incredible hard to see as I had also stamped in black. Doh!

Anyway I glued her 'dress' into place and added some pearls and small gems for jewellery and added a ribbon across the bottom before gluing to my base card.

Ta dah!  finished card.

I really did like this card as It was quite different for me..... I like to play but sometimes without even thinking end up back in my comfort zone.... that being said there is still quite a lot of mirri on it and I don't know what I would do without it.!  ....maybe there is a challenge for me right there!

Anyway all for now

Until next time take care

Cj x

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Paintbox Poppet Birthday Card

Hello again bloggin peeps

Hope you are all having a lovely tuesday here is another quick make from me using a lovely paintbox poppet die cut decoupage image.

I started with an 8 x 8 blank and cut a gold mirri base mat.  I cut some yellow gingham paper for the base half and a pretty patterned pink for the top to complement the colours in the image I had chosen.

I had some lovely pink lace (its made from a string and feels quite rough) and cut into it at a regular interval to thread the ribbon through.   I cut a lovely heart square from a cheery lynn die and placed it where I wanted it on the page and glued it into place in places I knew would be hidden I then threaded the pink lace with the ribbon in under and over the top covering the paper join and secured at the back of the gold mirri base.

I cut a pink mat and a gold mirri mat and layered them up and then added the base picture before assembling the decoupage.  I then glued this in to position.  I used some whimsy ticket sentiments, stamped and cut them using the ticket die and then used some distress ink to colourise them to fit in with the card.  I then glued the ends and arranged them under the topper. 

I created the flowers with spellbinders bitty blossoms and used a memory box leaf die for the greenery and glued to my card.  I then glued the decorated base to my card and added an insert.

I very pretty card in real life, this is one of my favourite images from the poppet collection the other is the little boy in trouble but I haven't yet made a card with him.

Anyway that's all for now

Until next time

Take care


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

magnolia Stamp Keepsake Easel Card

Hello bloggin peeps, back again with a keepsake box this time made for a friend of my sisters on his christening day.

I am not going to go into too much detail on how I made the box but to say I used (as always) a hougie board, lots of glue and card.  It really doesn't matter too much what weight of card you use as long as when you decorate the outside it tends to add stability and I always line the inside with some gold card which also adds to its strength.

After making and assembling the box I cut a layer of gold mirri for each side and then a smaller layer of blue coredinations which I embossed with a spellbinders Mbossibility folder and sanded I chose the fleur de lis design as it was the most 'churchy' one I had.

I then cut and folded a card to fit the top of the chest so it would lie flat when not propped open without overlapping any edges of my box and before I glued it to the chest made it into an easel card.

I printed a design out using serif craft artist from one of their designs.  I specified the paper size on the options so the swirl at the side and border were perfect for my card.  I cut the blue dotted shape from a DCWV pad using the grand book pages die from spellbinders and glued into place.  I stamped the little magnolia prince and coloured to match my colour scheme and using glue gel stuck him onto the card.  I used the storybook cricut cartridge to cut the letters and layered them onto white card, blue card and then gold and glued into place.  I added a little card candy and a button with a blue rope bow for decoration.  The base of the easel card was a gold mirri layer, a layer of DCWV check paper, a spellbinder border in gold and some blue gem hearts for decoration.  I also added some cosmic shimmer pva 'pearls' on the base and when dried glued to the top of my box.
The drawer handles on this unit were really cool, I have been playing with jewellery making lately and thought it would be nice to make some drop handles.  I cut the fleur de lis from a spellbinder set and used them as the base for my handles.  I made a hole in the drawer front through the shape and the drawer and put an eyepin through making sure the eyepin was horizontal on the outside  (I had already threaded on two small blue beads)  and on the back of the drawer bent the pin down so it was tight and did not move on the front before securing  it to the back of the drawer.  I then took a headpin and a bead cap threaded on a blue bead, another bead cap and a few small clear beads.   I then made a loop at the top nice and tight so the beads didn't move and attached it to my eyepin.

I then glued gold mirri sections into all the drawers to strengthen them and hide the workings at the front.

Was really quite pleased with this one took a day and a half - mostly finding the bits and deciding what to do but it was a nice size for all those baby bits people tend to save.

Anyway all for now

Take care 

Cj x

Monday, 16 July 2012

Joanna Sheen/Thomas Kinkade cd Birthday Card

Hello there again bloggin peeps,

Been quite a while since my last blog, have still been card making just forgetting to blog about it. 

A lot of things going on at work, overtime and shift changes just take their toll on ability to sit still at the computer long enough to blog.

Anyway a pretty 8x8 square with a lovely image from the Thomas Kinkade cd from Joanna Sheen made for a church friend of my sister.  I printed some backing paper from the cd too the lovely green stripes.

I matted the backing paper onto gold and then glued the orange ribbon onto the front so the ends would be hidden behind.  I then stuck this onto my card base. I matted the topper which I had printed from the same cd and matted that onto gold and glued to the top of the card.

I used a cheery lynn die cut and added some spellbinders die cut leaves into the middle of it.  I cut some spiral flowers from another spellbinder die from orange and red paper and assembled them onto the card glued it all into place and posted a little sentiment into the middle of them.

Not quite sure why I decided on orange, green and red I think it came from the picture with the green from the foliage and the orange from the lights in the church and red from the trees in the background.  

It all seemed to come together at the end anyway and her friend liked it so I was pleased lol.

Anyway until next time,

Take care

CJ x

Monday, 21 May 2012

Another quick CUP Birthday Card

Hello again bloggin peeps

Another super quick card for my nephew (for my mum to give to him)  and as he wants to be a chef (in the army) this is the design I chose to decoupage for him.

Another 8 x 8 card with a mirri base and a layer of coredinations cardstock embossed around the bottom with an Mbossibilities folder and a ribbon across the top where the embossing finishes.  I had already bought this chef themed decoupage sheet from crafts u print and I cut the topper to the size I wanted.   This was a large topper and there was a cute little mouse asleep and dreaming of cheese who had to be cut off.  I layered it onto gold mirri and glued everything into place.  I decoupaged it all up and printed a frame and sentiment from the craft artist program to match the red colour scheme.

Feeling like this needed something, maybe a charm or a mouse on shrink plastic, was nice enough in real life but sometimes when you look at the photo ... you think I could of this ... or I could have that... I think everybody does that tho.

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Thursday, 17 May 2012

16th Birthday Card using CUP image

Hello again blogging peeps

Another little quickie card from me today in celebration of my nephew turning the big 16!!! who would have thought it, that tiny little boy with the pearl earrings is now 16 and on the verge of getting into the army!  Time certainly does fly!

Anyway my usual 8 x 8 with a gold mirri base and a cream pearl layer on top.  A green piece of ribbon was glued along the bottom and then the two layers were stuck to the card base.  I took a piece of coredinations card stock, embossed it through a brick wall effect folder and sanded back, I then mounted onto some mirri and added some gems which I coloured to black with the noir pens.  I had hoped they would look like bullet holes - not that I want my nephew to be shot at.... you understand.... just the cool effect (still think they look gemmy and not bullet holey if you know what I mean).

I downloaded a sheet from crafts U print by Lee Jacobs and printed it out.  I cut out all the little doodle man decoupage and the backing piece of camouflage.  I mounted the camouflage on gold mirri and glued it into place on top of the brick wall.  I then glued the doodle army man on top.  I didn't like the little screw decorations that came on the sheet so I covered them with some of my favourite card candi and added some to the other corners too.

I took the whole sheet I had downloaded into the my craft artist program and isolated the piece of the backing paper, I cut the screw decorations off and lightened it and then added my greeting personalising it as I call him the army boy!

I liked this card very much and so did my nephew.  I find male cards a little harder as I feel you cannot decorate with flowers the same way I can with a female one.  This one needed something else in the background and I still love this little doodleman and would like to make another card with him at some point.

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Monday, 7 May 2012

Humphrey 1st Birthday Card

Hello Bloggin Peeps

Another very quick post from me with a Humphrey decoupaged birthday card.

An 8 x 8 blank which I chose to leave quite a wide border of the white showing which is quite rare for me.  I cut a large square from coredinations cardstock and then embossed with an Mbossibility folder and sanded back.  I cut a gold mirri mat to layer behind it.  I stamped the 1 using a docrafts number stamp onto glitter card and cut it out, glued it to the card and then decoupaged Humphrey with his little crayon.  I added the ribbon tied with 1 knot and glued to the back of the card.  I then added 2 red card candi in the corners.

I cut a larger square of a papermania backing paper with a mirri mat and glued them together and then onto the card blank.  I then glued the large topper I had just made and added 3 card candi to the bottom layer corners.

In real life it looked lovely but on the photo it looks like a sentiment is missing.  In real life..when you look at it the happy birthday's all over the background paper are very noticeable and so it didn't look like it needed one.  In this photo, I think, it looks like something is missing but as it was for a little lad I would have struggled to find something boyish.

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Spellbinders Easter card

Hello again bloggin peeps

This is a late post of an easter card I did for my sister to give to her friends at church I copied the design in several spring colours, pink, purple, yellow etc I had to make around 14 in total and all were the same ... but different.

Anyway an 8 x 8 card blank...beginning to run low on stock of these now .. I cut a piece of pearl white to cover the card and on the 1st one I made embossed it with a spellbinder Mbossibility folder but was having a really bad time lining it up - more to do with rushing and being tired than the folders themselves.

I then cut a shape for the scroll to fit on in a coloured card with the lattice borders to match and then cut the little accents and the cross from crosses 2. I glued the lattices down on each end of the card and then centralisd the label.  I then arranged the accents so a little of them went behind the label and most in front and glued them down.  I then added the scrolls which were found on ebay and had a lovely easter wish on them.  To finish I added the cross and a tiny bow tied on the glitter girls bowshaper and glue the whole thing to the card.

This was a pretty little card, didn't take too much time and when they were all finished and lined up in a row drying they looked pretty awesome.  My sisters friends at the church liked them and told her they didn't deserve such nice cards lol I was just glad they liked them!

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Monday, 30 April 2012

Superquick Hunkydory Wedding Card

Hello again Bloggin Peeps

Me again with a super quick blog of a super quick Wedding card.  As usual an 8 x8 with a gold mirri base.  Then a layer of centura pearl white paper, embossed with the Mbossibility folder from spellbinders.  The topper had a frame all around it which I cut away and mounted onto more gold mirri.  I cut the sentiment from the same sheet and matted it onto blue as the wedding theme was blue.  Before sticking the pearl layer down I tied a huge bow and then stuck the topper in place.

I coloured some hat pins and a heart on a hat pin and stuck them into my bow adding a small blue bead with some collall glue over the ends of the pins so no-one got pin pricked.

As I said this was a super quick card and took less than 1/2 hour to make, longer for the glue to set of course lol.

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Magnolia Edwin Easel Card

Hello again another quick one from me before I pop out for the day.

This is another 8 x 8 size card in an Easel style.  To make this card I stamped footballer Edwin and coloured him in and then cut him out.  I then took an 8 x 8 card and scored about halfway across the front of the card and folded it.  I took another of the same card and cut the front off to make my first layer.  I then cut a gold mirri mat to sit centrally.  I then found some pale blue backing paper and cut to the mat the gold mirri and glued it down.  I took a beautiful piece of blue coredinations and cut to a size that left some nice edges and embossed it through one of the Mbossibilities before sanding it back.  I then cut a small gold mirri mat to sit behind it.  I cut a thin strip of blue striped card and glued 1/3 from the bottom of the coredination layer.

I added a royal blue velvet ribbon across the bottom of the base layer and then glued everything into place as above.  I used a blue check paper and a spellbinders die to cut the layer Edwin was going to sit on and then cut a gold mirri circle to sit behind and glued them into place.  Edwin was shaped using a shaping tool and his little arms and legs were really dimensional even though he was only one layer he really popped out of the topper.

I printed two sentiments the happy birthday and the son one and using more spellbinders cut the pieces out for the cards.  I used an offcut of the coredinations and embossed it again before matting onto gold to make the stopper.  I also cut a matching blue check paper to size for the bottom with yet another gold mirri.  I assembled all the remaining pieces as above and glued into place.  I then added a little card candi in the corners.

This was a beautiful card to look at in real life probably because little Edwin did look real.  I have never been able to get such good dimension on a cut out magnolia figure and this is probably down to the quality of the neenah card I stamped onto.

Anyway best go

Take care

Cj x

Friday, 27 April 2012

craftsuprint image 40th birthday card

Ok hi again bloggin Peeps

Another of these comissioned cards, another 8 x 8 this one was a little different for me as I designed one of the background layers myself.

I used a large holographic blue background as a base layer and cut a white pearl card layer to go on top.  I used distress inks to colour it light blue and left it to dry.  I then took two football stamps one from a Kanban kit and a smaller one from a Docrafts kit and stamped randomly with the glue pad adding mica powder to bring out the design.  I then stamped with the glue again the larger football several times and mica powdered again before using the round spellbinder to cut them out.

I cut some more of the holographic blue using a romantic rectangle die and then using labels 25 positioned it over the base piece of the decoupage I found on craftsuprint by Gordon Fraser...  he has quite a few lovely designs on there and I have to say I did buy a few so you will see some more at some point although this one I had to use my craft artist to get him running the other way he originally was running to the right.

I then stuck the piece I had cut to the romantic rectangle.  You will see that part of the foot and arm were cut out from the base as I wanted it to look like he was running off the topper I cut out the decoupage and layered him up.  With the spellbinder borderabilities I cut some more holographic blue to mount my little die cut footballs and glued them on.  I then took some peel offs to the footballs and stuck them down to the card.  I then glued the topper into place too adding a little football  in front of his foot and glued the whole thing to an 8 x 8 card.

This card for me is a bit of an achievement in that this is only the 2nd time I have made a backing piece from scratch.. this is more to do with time than ability I think but I was really pleased with the result.

Anyway all for now

Take Care

Cj x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Kanban topper 40th Birthday card

Hello blogging peeps another of those comissioned 40th birthday cards I told you about in my last post.

This one is yet another 8 x 8 with a gold mirri base layer and a silk coredinations layer on top.  The coredination was embossed with a Mbossabilities folder and lightly sanded.  Before I glued the top layer down I added a ribbon about 1 1/2" from the bottom.

I used a glue pad and stamped 3 footballs and used gold perfect pearl mica powder dusted over them to bring up the image.  I then used a small round spellbinder die to cut them out and mounted them onto the ribbon.  I added the topper from an old Kanban kit which had been the inspiration for the colours used in the card.

I then used another shapeabilities spellbinder die and cut it twice from cream card.  I inked the edges whilst it was still in the die and layered them on top of each other before adding and 40 cut using the cricut expression.

This is a lovely card with just enough shimmer to look expensive but still look very manly.

Anyway all for now

Take care

Cj x

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Forever friends birthday card

Hello again blogging peeps am trying out this scheduled blogging so if this is up and out there on the 10th April .... Hurrah!   if not arrrrgh. lol

This was one of a set of commissioned cards for a friend who had a family member who was turning 40 and had liked the christmas card I sent her.  She and her sister asked for some cards so I made a few for her to choose from.

This is the first I am blogging today and is an 8 x 8 square... again!

I cut a large piece of gold mirri card as my first mat then cut a piece of whitewash coredinations with a green core and embossed with a spellbinders mbossibilities folder and sanded it back before gluing to my gold layer.  I die cut a piece of green pearlised card using a grand spellbinder die (creative book pages) and then cut another gold mirri layer to go underneath and glued them onto the main piece.  I ran the green ribbon along the edge and decided and second looked better and glued them to the back of these layers before gluing the whole lot to the base card.

I used a forever friend decoupage with a green celebration bottle (which inspired the green tones) and layered him up, shaping him, and gluing with collall gel to give dimension before gluing him into place on the card.

I printed the sentiment out on the computer and die cut using a spellbinder label die and then cut the next size up in the dies out of white pearlescent card.  While the pearlescent was still in the die I used some green toned distress ink to colour the centre which left the beautiful white border making it look like 3 layers when it was all glued together.

I added a few pieces of card candi to decorate the edges and bring it all together.

All for now

Until next time

Take care

Cj x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Spellbinders Easter Card

Hello blogging peeps its been a while again but am hoping to set up a few scheduled blogs while I am online today.  I have still been crafting but not had time or energy to sit and blog.  

Anyway we had some lovely visitors yesterday so didn't get time to blog this pretty easter card which was made for my sister's friends at church.  I made a few of this card in yellow, orange, pink, red and silver so they all had the same design but were all slightly different.

The scrolls with the easter message on she bought from ebay and were silver foiled so that is why they all have silver accents on them.

I took an 8 x 8 card and cut a pearlised white card layer to start.  I used the Sue Wilson Lattice dies and cut 2 borders I also used one of the spellbinders labels and cut the backing to the scroll in the same colour as the borders.  I also cut 2 accents in silver from the fleur de lis motifs and 1 cross from crosses 2 (all spellbinders).

I glued the borders to each side of the card and then glue the silver accents to the label die cut shape hooking two of the little 'arms' over the sides of the label and then glued them into place with collall glue gel, I then used the same glue to stick the scroll in the centre adding extra dimension perfectly.  I then glued the cross underneath with the same glue to give dimension again and added the tiniest little bow tied on the glitter girls bowmaker.

A very respectable Easter card.  

Anyway until next time

Take care

Cj x

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Hot diggity dog...errr mouse card

Hello again crafting peeps todays card is a little play with a smaller decoupage that came in the hot diggity dog set in a docrafts goody bag. I usually struggle to think what to do with the smaller pieces of decoupage as I don't usually make smaller cards anyway this is what I came up with.

An 8x8 card blank with a 1st layer of mirri gold. I took a piece of cream embossed card and cut it to layer on top of the mirri gold. I then took a spellbinders label die and cut the hole with the largest size. I took the next size down in the die and cut a chocolate coloured paper to make a frame for the decoupage and layered up the decoupage (this does not have to be a large piece as most was hidden under the top cream layer. I placed both layers on the gold to see where they needed to be before adding a wet glue (collall) on both so I could move them into place without any real mishaps.

I used a spellbinder borderability die to cut the circle border out of gold mirri and then a smaller border out of the same chocolate coloured paper adding a decorative heart element from the same borderability set so the little hearts show the gold.

I used a 12" leafy border also from spellbinders to cut some double sided adhesive and added gilding flakes to one side. I then added this to my card cutting as and where I wanted to.

For the tag I stamped the just for you from one of the stamps in the bottom of the drawer onto light brown card and cut using a die from the spellbinder trio tag set. I also used a larger one from the set to cut a gold one and threaded them into each other. I added some card candy for decoration and glued to the card.

All in all I like this card... at times it seemed a bit plain and it was one of those cards that just sort of comes together at the end. Definately will try again with different label dies and decoupage so many variations and a great way to use up small decoupage on a big card.

Anyway best go

Take care


Friday, 17 February 2012

Clarity Easel Card

Hello Peeps

Just a quick post from me today, but not of my card making but of a budding clarity fan- my nephew.... Anfield.

Can't really tell you too much about it as he is aided and abetted by my mum who is the big clarity enthusiast in my family. (that's not to say I am not... it's just I haven't been brave enough to pick up the brayer yet). He used an easel from pinflair to mount his design on and this card is for his grandad's birthday.

All the stamps come from create and craft and am not sure what inks were used. But I do know the cloud effect was created using the cotton wool and versamark resist technique.

Oh and by the way my nephew is just 8 isn't he doing well!

(apologies for terrible photography)

Until next time.

Take care

CJ x

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Playing with Spellbinders Cross dies

Hello Peeps,

It's me again! Slowly getting back into it and had another little play and this is today's card.

As per usual it is an 8 x 8 with a gold base mat onto the front. I used two colours of pearlescent pink card and a white pearlescent too. I used the spellbinder cross collection 1 set of dies and cut all the crosses out.

I wanted pink on the top so cut the smallest pink, the next size white, the next gold and the biggest one in the same colour as the top one and layered them up using collall glue and added a small pink gem in the middle of the top cross. I then used my large rectangles to cut the mats to mount it on and then layered and glued the gold and pink larger mats and arranged the smaller rectangle mats in the centre and then glued the cross on top.

With the largest pink base mat, I cut it to fit and then cut 4 corners which came from the Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations perfect petals set and hung some of the loops on the edge of the die cuts to position the die cut onto the pink base and then glued behind to secure. I glued this onto the card and then added the other layers I had already glued.

These instructions read as a little unclear but I have tried several ways to write this blog and this explanation seems the clearest... apologies if it is still as clear as mud. This design was inspired by a design I found on the web and I have been unable to find it again since if I do after I post I will add it in comments sincere apologies for not namechecking in this main post.

I really liked the simplicity of this card and it does need a little sentiment and could be for baptism/christening, holy communion or holy confirmation and at some point I will do a blue version. With the cross collection 2 imminent from spellbinders I may copy this design with the new ones...... so excited about the new things launched at CHA!

Anyway until next time.

Take care


Friday, 10 February 2012

Docrafts Hot Diggity Dog thank you card

Hello Blogging peeps, remember me... sorry it's been so long since the last blog but I just haven't had too much time to craft but am starting to get back into it again and hopefully the next blog won't take as long to publish.

This card is a lovely image from the Hot Diggity decoupage... I just love this image and bought the digital designer cd with it on so I can have a larger version on a scrapbook page of the dogs when we dressed them up and they looked just about as happy as this little fella does.

An 8 x 8 card with a gold base layer then some pretty pink flowered paper which came in the docrafts goody bag along with the decoupage. I inked around the edges with distress ink and layered onto the gold. I took a chocolate coloured coredinations and ran it through an embossing folder and cut it out using a spellbinder rectangle. I used the same die to cut the base layer of the decoupage too. I used a scalloped rectangle to cut out some pink card twice and matted and layered the decoupage onto one before completing the decoupage. The embossed rectangle was sanded and layered onto the second pink scalloped die cut.

In the goody bag was a thank you stamp and die. I used the die to cut a piece of neenah card to shape and then stamped onto it. I coloured using pink and brown spectrum noir pens. The lines that show on the photo don't show so much in real life. to finish I added some card candy in the corners.

Anyway really liked this card, probably because of the little character but also as I am not confident with distressing edges felt this was the best result I have had so far. Anyway that's all for today

Until next time.

Take care