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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Holiday Cheer

Hi Stampers. Today I wanted to share some  Wine Toppers  I made ready for the upcoming holiday season. I love being prepared and keeping these on hand throughout the year. It's nice to have something special you've made to add to a bottle of wine or sparkling grape juice when dropping by a friends house.





If you would like to know the instructions to make this toppers just email me ! I would love to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.



Sunday, 12 October 2014

Wonderous Wreath

Hi Stampers and welcome back! I had more time to craft yesterday with afternoon showers so I thought I would take advantage of the free time. I am so grateful for the times when I have no choice but slow down and take time for myself and recharging my batteries. For me, crafting time allows me to do just that! So on to what I got up to in the studio……

I carried on using the same colours as yesterday but I have lots of exciting techniques to share with you today. First I cannot take credit for either technique used in this card. The wreath was made by my super talented & good friend Sue Ralph who demonstrates her painting with embossing powders in this video found here. Thanks Sue!! I just love this technique and the effect it gives is so realistic.



The background was created using the Emboss Resist technique shown in this video here. This technique is a little messy but well worth the effort! It gives you a weathered piece of wood to work with which as you probably already guessed I love.



My base card stock is Old Olive, Natural White and Crumb Cake to create the wood background.

And just because …..


I wanted to play with my new Flower Patch stamp set a little more and try something different. I created a little wreath with the leaf stamp , cut out a couple leaves, circles and this is what I came up with. Not traditional colours for a Christmas card but still I like!



I hope you've enjoyed your visit. Please leave a comment below and do come again! Cya soon.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Flower Patch Autumn

Hi Stampers. I hope you are having a great start to your weekend. I have started my Saturday in the studio. Today's project was inspired by the change of season. Autumn is truly here…YAY! I love this season and all the activities surrounding it. Trips to the orchard, hay rides, Halloween and Thanksgiving soon to come.



  I'l start with creating the background on this card. I used the natural white card stock by Stampin Up. On a piece of acetate I randomly dropped pumpkin pie ink refill and old olive. I misted it with a little water then began stamping the images with the leaf stamp from the Flower Patch stamp set. As you can see it gives a water coloured effect to the images. Don't worry if it looks like a "blob" when wet . It will dry to a beautiful soft image. Once this has completely dried I came back in with stamping -off technique using the same chosen stamps for the background and added some of the wheat from the Truly Grateful set by Stampin UP. Some of the images have been added in Daffodil Delight.



The die cuts have been distressed with a little crumb cake on the edge to tone down the colour a bit. The leaves were made using soft suede and then going over it with daffodil delight. Garden twine, brad and a little sentiment were the finishing touches.


I hope you have enjoyed your visit today. Now I am off for an Autumn walk in the woods with my dog Daisy. Enjoy the glorious colours God's given us in this season. Cya soon!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Home for the Holidays

Hi Stampers and welcome back. I have been away from my studio for a while but with the change of seasons knew it was time to get back in. So today I am going to share some of my latest creations with a few new items I recently acquired. Here is a look




 I used my Hardwood background stamp and Coastal Cabana to create the wood background. I then added a bit more ink to give it a weathered look. I then cut some pieces to crete my farm house window to display the wreath on. I am really happy with how it came out.

Now on to my next card.



 I wanted to create something different from the usual Christmas card I send out. This card has a small brad attached so it swivels open to show a sentiment inside. I thought the recipient could even choose to use it as an ornament !

 I hope you've enjoyed today's projects and will have a try creating something yourself. Enjoy the week and please drop in again soon!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

From the bottom of my Heart….

Hi Stampers. Today I want to share the latest attempt in vintage style card making. I love vintage but don't do fussy! So I am trying to achieve something in between to suit my own style. I hope you like it….





 To achieve this I've combined Pion Papers From my Heart collection for the base and leaves of the card. Stampin Up Blushing Bride, Natural and Very Vanilla card stock has been used to create the frames and flowers. I did distress the edges slightly to tone it down and hopefully give it a more vintage feel. I added basic pearls and very vanilla seam binding to finish it .

Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you have a great day and will come again soon!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Watercoloring with Stippled Blossoms

Hi Stampers. Today I want to share a project  using the water colouring technique with the Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set. Although this was not my first stamp set of choice to use watercoloring on, it's worked ! Have a look and then I will share how I achieved it.



 So let's begin with the background. I inked up my Stampin Up Hardwood stamp using crumb cake. I added a touch of soft suede and always artichoke with my markers.  It has given the wood grain a more realistic look. Next I framed the natural card stock with the stamp from Morning meadow. I masked it off to create a frame. An older post has details on achieving the frame affect in more detail.

 On to the fun part! I stamped the Stippled Blossom stamps using brown Stazon ink. Using my ink refills in Pumpkin Pie, Coral Calypso,  Daffodil Delight,Always Artichoke and Rich Razzleberry. I placed a drop of each onto some acetate. With my aqua painter I diluted each colour and coloured in the images. Allow this first coat to dry completely then you can go back and add more colour until you achieve the desired effect. Some of the leaves I added a little Daffodil Delight to give a more natural
look. To finish I added a little Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon and of course pearls!

 Well that completes today's project. I hope you've enjoyed it. If you have any questions or comments get in touch! Have a wonderful Day!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Birthday Celebration

Hi Stampers. Hope you are having a good start to the week. Today I am sharing a card I made using the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers and Pion " A Day in May" Papers. The base of this card is Stampin Up card stock in Blushing Bride.






I didn't want my card to end "fussy" as that's just not my style. I wondered if I should have added some flowers and leaves though. Something to think about before my next attempt! I'd love to hear your comments. Thank you for visiting and I hope you will come again.