7 December 2011

Fun Decoupage

Woodland Folk - Congratulations this is a great card for any occassion, quick and simple but effective.
Mat and layered onto silver paper and backing on to two papers, punched foliage  and corners to draw the eye into the picture.

Another great picture decoupaged this time curling the backing paper in the corner and using a seahorse brad to hold in place.  Adding sea shells to the bottom to keep with the sea theme.

Woodland Folk Pyramage  another simple card but gratefully received as it is different to those found in the high street.

Stamping Various Themes

This first card was stamped with two different stamps using
the masking technique. Water coloured using distress inks
which give a very subtle look.

This second card  was stamped with versamark sepia ink
and then using a white pen high lighting areas.
This is a very simple technique but very effective.

This third card was using a LOTV stamp cut out
with a circle punch.  A calender tab placed, so this makes
a telephone table gift to be looked at frequently.

21 November 2011

Single Water Coloured Stamps

This card was made using a 'Sheen Douglas' stamp and distress ink.

Once the image is stamped, use a small paint brush slightly damp to pull the ink to the
areas in the image you want to colour. 
With the top image I used tapestry stamps to create a background for my mat and layer to sit on.

This image is stamped in the same way. 
To create the aged look framing the stamped image, again I used distress inks,
it draws your eye to the image.

You can use up scraps of ribbon on the corners of pictures, just to add that touch of glam.
I think these images look great, they are quick to accomplish and look diffent with every ink colour used.

Tell me what you think!

16 November 2011

Me to You Christmas

A selection of  'Me to You' decoupage Christmas cards.
This card has been layered onto snow flake design paper and embossed.  Edged with blue ink, polka dot ribbon placed in the corner. Doily has been edged in blue and pink ink to match design. 

Flourish has been cut and a polka doodle flower with a me to you brad placed in the centre.
Another 'Me to You' decoupage, with three snow flake punched with small bead embellishment in centre mounted onto a flourish.
'Me to You sentiments.
Again a doily has been used as a layer behind the decoupage and a silver ink pad used to edge it.

Pink ink pad to edge the backing layer and blue ink pad to edge the decoupage circle.

Blue organza ribbon to add a touch of luxury to the corner and Me to You sentiment in opposite corner.


2 November 2011

Here are a few free Christmas Card verses for your inserts:

Here's to a stress free Christmas
May your Christmas lights work..
...first time

Here's wishing you a Christmas
That’s as bright as candle glow
As merry as a snowman
And as nice as mistletoe

Merry Christmas
One and All.
Santa Clause
has come to call.
Plenty of Gifts
are under the Tree.
I think they're all
For you and me.

Money is short
Times are hard
Here is your
Handmade Christmas card

Watch where you step.
Watch where you go.
You may end up under the mistletoe

The following verse is a little rude be warned!

Jingle bells
Santa smells
Rudolf has BO
all the elf's have farted
now there isn't any snow.

Please leave some comments all gratefully received.

1 November 2011

Trinitage - Spotlight Technique

Trinitage - Spotlight Technique

With this series of cards I made them using la pashe trinitage sheets on to 6 x 6 card stock with a backing paper stamped with a greeting.

The front of the card I used the same image, one in black and white and a circle cut from a coloured sheet and mounted with dimension pads to make a spot light technique.

Each card has the front image the same as the inside image, but the inside image has three layered steps, so when the card is opened it is like a popup card.
La Pashe do various themes of trinitage for every occassion, these cards were done for people interested in old farming ways and racing.

27 October 2011

Nitwit Cat Card

Another Commissioned Birthday Card

 My neighbours mother is going to be 90years young this weekend and when she comes over, she loves to see my cat as her own have passed away a few years ago.

She had a black and white one similar to the picture on this card, so to make it fun I have placed a piece of twine, so it looks as if the cat is playing.

The Picture is lost into the Ether I do not have a copy.

The die cut piece that was cut from the mat and layered section I placed inside the card around a die cut sentiment printed onto white card stock.

I hope she likes it, I think it's rather fun!

Cat Card

Commissioned 60th Birthday Card

Mary loves her cats so I thought this would go down well!

6 x 6  white card stock, mat and layered cat backing paper onto lilac shade backing paper.
Stick together backing paper, then place onto white card (without sticking it to card) with a Marianne die in place to cut through the three layers.  Once this is done back the mat and layered piece with acetate to cover the opening that's just been cut. Now stick the acetate and layered section over the card black exactly where the die cut, so everything is in line.  (This method stops you having to put acetate inside of blank card and then cover where the tape/glue shows through).

Mat and layer the inside of the card and place the piece of die cut again in the exact area where it was cut, this way when the card is closed it look's almost uncut and the collar picture running up the left hand side is intact.

I then printed on to white card stock my insert message and then cut this out with a die, so it sits inside the other frame as shown.

On with decorating the front of the card, I place the cat onto the acetate, so that when I stuck what looks like a ball of wool/ball hanging from the flower decoration it would not cover the cat picture, but still be part of the overall theme.

I used petaloo flowers, with a Pepper and friends brad and punched foliage to decorate the top right hand corner.

I printed my own sentiment, edged it in purple pen, stuck two pearl embellishments in each corner of this sentiment and placed it in the top left corner.

Cut out a paw print and tied a piece of paw print ribbon and glued these in opposite corners to balance the card.

19 October 2011

Woodland Friends

I had great fun making this card. 
This is from a decoupage kit woodland friends (docrafts),
Mounted onto a chalked doily and again layered onto spring nitwit paper and mounted onto Kraft card stock.  Corners are cut from nitwit paper and various embellishments from the woodland kit.

18 October 2011

Trial Demonstration - Flower Ball/Kusudama

I thought I would show you what I demonstrated at my first trial demo in store.

These are great for using up scrap bits of paper.

These can be used as a houshold decoration or made as a christmas decoration.

There is various websites with detailed instructions on how to make this if you are interested.  These are not quick to make, but are very interesting and a great conversational piece.

Do Crafts Demonstrator

I have now become a docrafts demonstrator.  I had my trial run in July this year and was given a great review by the store.  This may have been partly due to the fact that everyone who came along was encouraged to join in with me a make what was being demonstrated at the time. 
It was a little daunting to start with, I kept thinking someone will ask me a question I cannot answer, what do I do then?, but the ladies were very understanding and before I knew it the day had disappeared. 

I am now ready to do workshops at home as well as in store's if you live in the West Dorset/Somerset area please get in touch if you are interested or if you would like a paper party evening with your friends, I can cover a good range of subjects.
Sorry I have not been updating lately, please forgive me?

I thought this card was great for the men/boys out there, it is something we have seen them all do at some point in their lives be it young or older.

I had great fun with this, I mat and layered two patterned papers on to white cardstock, cut some corners and embellished.  Stamped and watercoloured the image and cut out by hand this shape and then aged by using distress inks.  Produced a sentiment from the computer and stuck a blue embellishment in the centre to give it a lift. Finished off with a piece of blue gingham ribbon.

This stamp could well be used for many different occassions.

28 July 2011

Forever Friends Framed Card

This is another kit from the Forever Friends range.  This time it the whole frame that is mounted onto side panels ie the first layer goes straight onto the front of an A5 Card (portrait) then the next two layer get stuck by their edges on to a valley folded piece of card each side.  This makes the card have depth, but at the same time can be squeezed together to fit in an ordinary envelope,

 I have embellished with read bead gems to give the wreath some bling.

Hope you like this!
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Forever Friends Christmas Stepper Card

I have made a Christmas card using Forever Friends Christmas Stepper Card Kit.
These are very easy to make and one can embellish to their hearts content.

I have used a childs glitter stick to highlight the roof of the house and snow on the christmas tree, along with purple gems that look like baubles.  There is also many like pictures you can cut out and use, so I have cut the robbin out and a saying and placed in the bottom left hand corner to give a little more detail.

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LOTV Stamps - Anniversary

This is an image I have stamped using versafine ink on to white card stock.
LOTV stamps are very well etched, so give lovely detailed images.

I have then used a design and cut around each stamp (see below) and water coloured each image in.

Then I have used distress inks to the edge to give some definition by drawing the eye into the picture.

I have then mat and layered two pieces of double sided paper (Pepper & Freinds 12 x 12 pad).  One I have punched two hearts into the top right hand corner and the top layer I have used a brad to turn the corner showing the other side and giving some extra interest to the design.  I have mat and layered the stamped image and used a brad in the bottom left corner of the image and stamped a verse on the opposite site.  I have then used my Craft Robo to cut out two tree branches to make the couple on the swing appear as if they are hanging from the branches.  I have used some satin ribbon folding it and stiching it in place along with two Petaloo flowers with some punched foliage, and an organza ribbon folded into a bow.
This was made for a friends 25th Wedding Anniversay.

I was very pleased with the finished result.
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Card and Gift in one

This gift was made using a stepper card as before mat and layering, then using sepia ink to stamp countryside images before placing the painted and varnished coaster on to the front with hessian cord.

Back of card

Front of card without coaster.
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8 July 2011

Card & Gift In One

Today I have made a stepper card.  I have covered the card in 'Pepper & Friends' backing paper (it's a shame, but this paper is double sided and we are not getting the benefit of the other side). I have then stamped using 'Create a Scene' stamps countryside and 'Versafine' vintage sepia and backed onto green card.

On the back of the card I have stamped onto backing paper,  mat and layered an area for the sentiment and writing area.  Again I have kept the same theme running and stamped in vintage sepia.

Finally I have added the gift, which is a coaster that I have stamped, painted, varnished and backed with baise.  I have then attached this to the card using hessian string.

I have made this all sound extremely quick and easy, but the varnish takes two days to dry on the coaster alone. 

I do hope you enjoy this project as much as I did and I am very pleased with the finished result.