Friday, 29 August 2014

Christmas card -blog hop extravaganza ! (or more demo Samples!)

Hiya, I am blogging lots of Christmas cards today, some simple , some quite busy and
Bright, but it's all  product led showing what you can do with paper set 
Letter to Santa, Christmas die sets and border punches
Some are quite lary for me but cheerful I hope.

 This card is made using the largest die in the set below 'Christmas Tree'

 Position it on your blank greeting card as shown below (tent style) 
So the top of card on the fold is peeking out and therefore not cut

Die cut a coloured paper tree using all of the die 
And stick to the front of the card , this will hide the fold
This is reverse below

The card shown below is the star die set used with 
Silver, purple & lilac card, just layered up
The card is an 8x8 which is covered in a starry night
Paper from the letter to Santa range on top of the same 
Colours as the star.

Above is a side view of the easel card shown below, Santa is stamped 
And watercoloured

        These next few are all about using your border punches to good effect on your cards

This one below using dies with border punch


    The postage stamp card below is using a small stamp set with the letter to Santa pk

 This has a lot of border punching on a fold back front card with decoupage Santa 

This card is also using border punch & ribbon 
The Christmas tree die makes a great centre piece 

Thank you for looking , I hope you enjoyed them & thank you
For any comments left :-)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tim Holtz , Tags of 2014 challenge, August

As usual I had great fun with this challenge, particularly as Tim said  :-
The theme for August is:-
muse /myo͞oz/: to become absorbed in thought or dreamy abstraction

In other words get totally lost in your creating & let the juices flow - I think !

I got very inspired on Tim's blog , a Paula Cheney embossing 3d tutorial called 'Discover burlap panel' I used a tag but used the vellum embossing feature, lovely fun !

If you want to join in the fun you have a couple of days yet, here is the link
Here is a side view as I would also like to add this to Hels Sheridan's Sunday stamper challenge
Called Deeply dippy - all about 3D - enter here You have till Saturday night for Hels challenge.

I found a nice thick piece of card which used to be a Filofax tab, who uses those 
any more ?
I was going to avoid the holes, but then decided it might be cool with the holes !

So here is the die I used below

On Paula's tutorial , she used the gorgeous wallpaper vellum
From Tim, mine not arrived yet:-( but I found some
Pretty vellum in my stash, hot off the press, yonks  old !

So I ripped it up a bit on the edges.
The photo below shows the tag , first white gesso added randomly
Them some lovely distress inks. Squeezed lemonade, 
Seeded preserves & gold

I then thought I would try out my lovely new Dylusions stencil

I dabbed through the stencil with blue jeans & lilac inks
Photo below shows the tag with vellum on it too

I cut out (in the same thick card) my frameworks die, I didn't have
Exactly the same products but I got a great effect by rubbing versamark over it
& heat embossing  with UTE powder & some lovely glittery
WoW powders, repeating a few times and dunking the hot sticky embossing powder into
Some of the powder on my mat !!

Doesn't it look and shiny sparkly and nice !

Below is a photo of the framework cut with all it's little 3D 
Pads on it & also the ink & text stamp I used over the vellum 

Before you stick down your framework die cut over the tag
(Which has the vellum already stuck on )
Thread  a little raffia through the holes at the side

I cut out the die below & inked it over with adirondack 
Lettuce & squeezed lemonade stain. I cut it up and threaded it through the windows
Of the framework before sticking it onto tag.
Then just fix it down in places, nice to leave a few sort of loose.

I used my lovely French flight framelits die and stamp set to
Make some butterfly's stamped & watercoloured to match

I hope you like the finished result, I even made a 'Paula bow' as Tim calls it.
Dunk your ribbons in spritzed inks & dry with heat gun.
Wrap it around your hand in loops, scrunch it up and tie in the middle
With a small piece of the same coloured ribbon.
Close up of some detail below

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Crafting with the Dragon , Maia - scrapbook page

I am excited to make my first post here as an official member of the design inspiration team
For crafting with the dragon . find the blog site here :-
I have made a 12x12 scrapbook page with some of the gorgeous papers and embellishments .
The great thing about digi images is you can print them how you want and whenever you want
Find the shop here

Milestones in Basingstoke were doing a world war 1 event, I took
Maia & Florence and they enjoyed dressing up.
Will do a second page with Florence to go opposite in album.

I started with a deep red 12x12 and matted a cream page on top, with
Lots of inked and distress edges of course !!
I printed off my 'Sarah' papers onto cream card stock to keep the
Sepia look, all edges roughed up and inked, I like a bit of roughing up !!
The beautiful flower paper you can see on the right printed out really lovely

When lightened with photo editor  & printed on vellum ,what fun this is !
I used the vellum torn under the lace on left & also die cut flowers
& leaves with the printed vellum & another soft pretty paper 
From the range. The corners, embellishments & butterflies 
are all from the Dragons Lair.

Here are a couple more 'close up' pics.

Why not check out the face book page for Crafting with the Dragon , find it

Thank you for looking & if you leave a comment I appreciate it lots !

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Ooh la la it's photo inspiration challenge time !

I think the Ooh la la designs CD is fabulous, so much on it, images, cards, sentiments & more
It's really worth a look the website is to be found :-  here

This is my take on the photo inspiration, I hope you like it.

I printed off the image I wanted, see below photo & then layered it up onto  
a dark blue & light green mat. 

I made a fold back front card, to pop the image on, so the red was not
Overwhelmed I used my photo editor to print out this backing paper 
From the CD in sketch style , black & white. 

Using the dark blue and light green again , I matted a layer on the front too
But this time using a pretty border punch.

The photo below shows some of the sentiments on the CD
I used 2 together with a little red bow on them.

Here is another image of the finished card

I thought you might like to see another card made from the CD
My Brother in law has been moaning about the heat for months
So on his birthday a few weeks ago I sent him some winter woollies 
To cool him down , ha ha 

Thank you for looking and for any comments you leave are very much appreciated 
Thank you 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My Granny in 1917 - scrapbook page

For the Compendium of curiosities 3, challenge 9 I decided to do a scrap book page.
Not done so many recently , I got so inky I thought I should change my blog title to
getting messy in the attic !!

If you want to join in there are some great prizes from Tim Holtz & Mario his manager (box of Tim's goodies !)  & on the odd number challenges (this one !) we have Inspiration Emporium giving
Away a £50 gift voucher , find them here -:

                                             I took this photo on a cushion and it looks bendy !!

This is a photo of my maternal grandmother when she was young taken in 1917  a couple
Of years before my Mum was born so gran would have been 27.

I scanned the photo in, didn't need to distress it as it's a bit distressed already !
I played about with ideas and colours until I liked the result.

Above photo is a swirl cut from Tim Holtz paper pack, Idea-ology vintage shabby.
I stamped with butterflies using old paper & red brick and distressed with peacock feathers distress ink.
and a little timber brown stayzon ink

This photo above shows the thinking process. i didn't use the postcard in the end.
I used Tim Holtz bigz die, movers and shapers Bookplates & ; Tim's framelits French flight
For the Eiffel Tower , pointed hand & butterflies.
I can't tell you Tim's technique as it's part of the rules to encourage others
To buy Tim's book :-)
before layering my pieces i spritzed the background with Artiste gold stone & ranger 
cranberry, dripping some from my fingers for splashing bits.i also dragged the photo edges
and other additions through the gold stone ink that i had sprayed onto my mat.
some of the background ephemera is from Madame Payroud papers.

 the following is some close ups of different area's

I do hope you love it as much as i do

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Time Flies

 This little Tim Holtz inspired  mini table art has Florence as a baby & the photo in the front frame
Is of her now at 4 wearing her princess tiara.
I used the a Tim Holtz pine cone die set to make my Rose & leaves.

This is very much influenced by Tim Holtz. My first project with Tim ( in the actual flesh !) was in early 2006 at an event called away with the fairies, we made something similar to this
With clocks & light bulbs, so I was then hooked on all things inky & Tim !
Art parts were used for table and large round frame. Light bulb was part of my stash.
I used Wendy Vecchi ' clearly for art to stamp , cut & colour the butterfly, you can shape it when
Heated with heat gun, very cool effect !

As you can see from the photo below , I have also used the clearly for art to
Suspend things, the clock & butterfly , giggle & the small frame are all
Held in place with a fold of clearly for art behind them

She is so cute isn't she ? Biased granny ?

I would like to enter this into the Vintage journey challenge.
Time Flies , to find the website it's here