Monday, 17 October 2016

Craft Haul October 2016

Hi there! So, here I have my October Craft Haul video for you. From the Happy Stampers event in Port Sunlight, to the MFT October release and recent Sugar Pea via Seven Hills Crafts, with some essentials thrown in.

Below are links to where I purchased my supplies. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (mainly via Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on the link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Your support in this is much appreciated.

I'm going to enjoy playing with all of this, so keep your eyes out for some cards using these supplies coming soon.

Thank you so much for watching, have a great week!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Masking a Scene with Clearly Besotted Stamps

Hello everyone! How are you all? I'm back to share a card I made for my Dad's 70th birthday. It was the perfect excuse to use my uninked vikings from a recent Clearly Besotted Stamps haul (don't cry, they'll be back in January!).

Yes - I had to add in Sven as well! My Dad doesn't have a big ginger beard (his brother does, however!), but he does have three girls, so here we all are making him feel loved.

I started off by stamping and then masking my viking children using my MISTI. I then stamped Sven on top and removed the masks - I love how something so simple can create a great scene.

I then did some Copic colouring before die cutting the card and adding in the sentiment from Mama Elephant's Photo Bomb set. I then popped it up on foam pads and adhered it to a top folding A2 (US) card base covered with Lawn Fawn plaid paper.

You can watch the video here or on my YouTube channel:

Below is a list of supplies that I used to make this card. Please note I do not use affiliate links.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to let you all know that The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge starts its 6th outing on 1st November - I hope some of you are planning on joining me again - it's good fun!

Thank you so much for visiting today. Have a fabulous weekend whatever you are doing :)

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Welcome to the Flower Challenge!

Hi Everyone, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new challenge today - it's all about Flowers! My lovely friend Aileen, who joined me on the Copic colouring class, and who loves nothing more than flowers and challenges has decided to create her own all about focussing on flowers on your cards.

It's called.....

It's a monthly challenge and myself and the rest of the design team will start you off on the first challenge which is


 So, I'm sharing with you this card that I made for a friend's wedding recently.

I coloured the background panel during the last 30 day colouring challenge. It's a panel of Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock that I stamped randomly with my Charles Rennie Mackintosh rose stamp (from Make Your Mark Stamps in York) using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then coloured with Copic markers (on the train for added excitement!).

I then took my largest SSS stitched rectangle die and placed it over the card taping it down with washi tape. I then took my butterfly bride die - I got this in my DT post for Craft Stash - and placed it in the middle, before running it all through my die cutting machine.

I then took some red fun foam and cut out the bride again. I then made an A2 (US) card blank from some dark green cardstock and adhered the main panel using my ATG. I adhered the fun foam to the card blank with glue and gently put it in place. I then adhered the bride on top of the fun foam. 

That was it - no sentiment as I felt it didn't need it.

The following supplies were used to make this card. Please note I DO NOT USE AFFILIATE LINKS.

I love the look of hidden die cuts, don't you? They look very clever!

I hope that has inspired you to enter into the challenge - floral stamps are everywhere and if you have some old ones that need some love, that's even better! You have until 25th October to enter, so that's plenty of time.

Do please pop over to the The Flower Challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the other beautiful flowery cards that my Design Team colleagues have made.

Thanks for taking the time to read, have a good one!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Magazine Makes #5 - Quick and Simple Christmas Cards - VIDEO

Y'know, this time last year I hadn't started my Christmas cards and this year I have 29 already. And I'm less stressed! I've gone with fairly simple designs this time round. It saves on the stress levels, plus you can make multiples with much more ease.

I made a similar card like this for a friend last year as I know she loves buttons. She asked if I could make her some more this year, so of course I said yes!

I'm using a stamp from Cardmaking Essentials from last Christmas [sorry no link!], and I love the quirkiness of the stamp. I stamped it in Versamark using my mini MISTI (definitely great for multiple cards) and heat embossed with white Wow! embossing powder. The card blanks are from Hobbycraft as are the buttons, which are adhered with glue dots.

I've made 10 for her and am ready to make more if she wants them and if not, I have enough supplies for me as well!!

I have a video to share of how I made them all and you can find it on my YouTube channel or watch below:


Here is a list of supplies used for these cards. Please note I DO NOT USE AFFILIATE LINKS.

I've also got some news for you. My lovely friend Aileen has set up a new challenge and I'm privileged to be on the design team. It's called the Flower Challenge and will start next week on 4th October. Pop on over to the blog to have a look, and here's a sneak peak of my card ;)

Keeping it simple with Christmas cards is definitely the way forward if you are making a lot, as well as starting much earlier than you think you need to. For good videos on mass production, please see Steph's You Tube channel, and for a great blog post on Christmas card making, have a read of Lisa's great and funny post :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and watch and I hope you feel inspired to make some Christmas cards too.

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