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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Joy to the Chicks and YOU!

Hello Everyone - we made it to Christmas Day! Yay! We made cards, mailed cards, bought presents, wrapped presents and I think everyone is happy - we are all well fed too.

So a very quick share of a card I made with a cute set called Gingerbread Chicks from Stamping Bella. My lovely crafty friend Lisa gave me this for my birthday and I have already made 5 cards with it as it is flexible enough to be used for birthdays and other celebrations.


I forget how well rubber stamps straight away, but in order to keep the images on the same level (you can't see through rubber as well as you can photopolymer!) I drew a line on my piece of water colour card and stamped them above.

I used my new Hahnemuhle card stock and I LOVE it - so nice and thick. I stamped two of the images in archival black ink and then coloured them in with my Polychromos pencils. I love that the images come with an image coloured in and so I tried to match that in my colouring, especially with shadows.

I stamped the sentiment and then die cut the border with a Mama Elephant die. I simply adhered it with foam tape to an A2 (US) card base that I had attached a scrap of Lawn Fawn patterned paper to.


I want to take the opportunity to wish you all an absolutely fabulous Christmas, a thank you for taking the time to visit me on my blog, my YouTube and over on Instagram. I can't thank you enough for helping me to keep going and doing something that keeps me sane when the kids are finally asleep.


Here is a list of the supplies I used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (at present only through Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps to support the cost of running my blog and your support is much appreciated :)


A very Merry Christmas to you all!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Birthday Bunnies for Steph

Hi Everyone! I've taken a break from Christmas Cards to make a birthday card for a very special crafty friend I've got to know over the past year. She puts masses of time and effort into her crafting and is the Queen of Mass Production. She is Steph from Steph Made It For You.



For her card I used some unused stash (she'll be proud of me!) and coloured them with my Gansai Tambi paints which she gave me as she didn't get on with them - amazingly kind!

I started by die cutting a piece of Hahnemuhle water colour card using my largest SSS stitched rectangle. This water colour card is really thick and I'm so glad I found it in a nearby Art Shop as I love it. I then stamped the marching bunnies and sentiment onto it with Archival Ink using the MISTI. As it was an unused stamp, I knew it would require repeated stampings.


I then got painting with my Gansai Tambi paints. These are lovely, and I find they are best used quite watery and if you build up the layers - it's all about the layers! I wanted to use some nice bright colours as whenever I see a marching band they have nice bright uniforms. Once it was dry, I mounted it onto an A2 (US) card base in grey.

I hope you have a fantastic day Steph and here's to more of your marvellous videos in 2017!

Here is a list of the main supplies used to make this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products (at present only through Simon Says Stamp). If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps support the running costs of my blog and your support is much appreciated. 


 

Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by, it really is much appreciated :) 

PS Apologies for the lack of better pictures. It is incredibly dark here at the moment and added to that, my camera has decided to pack it in, so I am photographing on the iPad. I am hoping it can be fixed or if not I can get a replacement as I am desperate to try out my new video arm set up that I got for my birthday!


Friday, 9 December 2016

Ninja-tastic!

A friend of mine recently did something pretty big. She took her first ever piano exam. Nervous as she was, she went along to the exam venue and sat with all the 8 year olds and their mothers and took the exam. Well, dear readers, she passed. In fact she didn't just pass, she got Distinction! Now that requires a very special card, don't you think?



I wanted to show her just how amazing she was, and these little ninjas from Mama Elephant fit the bill perfectly. When I saw them and their poses I was instantly put in mind of Indiana Jones doing feats of derring-do.

I started by marking out my card into three equal sized sections and using the MISTI, I positioned the ninjas where I wanted them and stamped them down. As it was a new stamp set, I had to stamp several times to get good coverage.



I rubbed out the section lines and pencilled in my different tasks before tracing over with a Copic multi-liner. I then rubbed out the lines and added in some Copic details on the ninjas, the rolling ball, the tight rope posts and the hot coals.

I then simply trimmed the panel and fitted it to a dark red A2 (US) card base and stamped on the inside:



She really is pretty amazing and is already starting to practice for her Grade 2, so I'd better get my thinking cap on for that card...


Here is a list of the supplies I used on this card. I have signed up to affiliate links on some products. If you purchase any item after clicking on an affiliate link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps to support the cost of running my blog and your support is much appreciated :)







Thank you so much for stopping by as always and hope to see you again soon :)

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