Christmas in August … Happy Christmas!

So today I came home early from work with a terrible headache. Managed a bit of sleep and now just having a quick time updating my blog before tea time. Fortunate that I have most of this ready to blog I have some super quick cards to share…. 

On all four I used the Happy stamp and stamped it directly onto the card blank using Distress Oxide in Black Soot.

Then I heat embossed the word Christmas from a random set in my stash using white embossing powder.  Then I embellished two using the hanging ornaments from the Carols of Christmas set and added some doodles in white pen.

The second two I stamped some snowflakes and then added embossing powder and some glitter glue and then added a die cut Stag which I used black cardstock and added some glitter glue to his antlers.

Really simple but effective cards! 

Happy crafting! 


Christmas in August… Resist technique


Another festive day today… and this time a resist technique using heat embossed stamping and then Stampin Write markers onto the mini gelli plate to add colour. I then matted them with different colours and added some different finishing touches.

All cards using the Carols of Christmas stampin up stamps (and the Wonderland stamps as well!)

And I made a quick video of the whole process… check it out on YouTube here.

Love these cute cards. So simple and yet so effective.

If you would like to create something like this and need these stamps or inks please do get in touch as I am now a Stampin Up demonstrator.


Happy crafting!


Christmas in August … swirly scribble thinlits

I made these 5 cards at the weekend using the swirly scribble thinlits from Stampin Up to create fun wreath motifs.

I started by stamping the Sheet Music background onto the card blanks. I used Mossy Meadow for this and then set them aside. I then die cut the swirly circles in two sizes.

I then stamped and hand cut the leaves and the baubles from the Carols for Christmas set. This took quite a while as I stamped a lot of them! Good job I am patient!

I then started to assemble them and made little banners for the sentiments. To each of the baubles I added some dazzling diamonds clear glitter glue to add sparkle.

The last two I changed it up a bit and used the pointsettia flower instead of the baubles. I did add the glitter to the centre of the flowers on this one.

And on the last one I added some champagne shimmer ink to the die cut and then just added the pointsettia flowers.

I love how these came out and they were well worth the effort of fussy cutting out so many tiny pieces.

Happy crafting!


Christmas in August … 2 more ATC topper cards (304 & 305)

Two more ATC card toppers I made over the weekend to share with you…

In both cases I used one of the small gel press gelli plates to apply the ink to the base of the card and then added the tree using the Festival of Trees stamp set. This is a retired set now but I love it so couldn’t bear to part with it just yet!

One I used Lost Lagoon ink and the other Dapper Denim. Both so modern. The card blanks were ones from the stash I’ve had a long time.

I added some dazzling diamond glitter glue to the trees to add the bling!

Happy crafting!


Christmas in August! 8 ATC card toppers (296-303)

So I’ve been away from crafting because the parents are staying but yesterday I got some crafting done and made a start on the Christmas cards the parents have requested. So be prepared for a week of christmas starting here.

Of course I had to start with some ATC sized ones to get some more towards the challenge plus to start my creativity flowing!

I’ve also bitten the bullet and signed up as a Stampin Up demonstrator so this was using SU products (mainly) to create a mixed media style cardtoppers. I have to say I am quite impressed with how they came together. The card blanks I used and the mounts were not SU but they were just from the stash I had to hand.

I stuck the camera on whilst I played so you can check out my process here on YouTube and ended up with these 8 cards!

So that’s me into the 300’s on my ATC challenge…. Just 62 to go! Woo hoo!

Happy crafting!


Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge… a cute anniversary card

Hello there.

I am late with this month’s Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge but have finally got my act together and managed to get my card finished and photographed.

I used the the wonderful paper and images from a Making Cards magazine and some crumb cake cardstock. The paper goes with slightly different images but I loved this feather paper and the romantic image.

Now off to do a quick trawl round the rest of the blog dt and see what they made using their patterned paper stash.

Happy crafting!


And onto the next era…

… so this beautiful girl, my princess, finished primary school today. And boy am I emotional! I actually started the crying at 8am writing the card to the teacher.

This was her before the school prom on Monday… she is definitely the loveliest creation I have ever made (obviously with some help from the hubby!).

Today it was gift giving and card giving time for the teachers and the princess and her friend raided my card making stuff for their cards and I made this special card for the best teacher that we could have asked for!

Distress oxides (of course!) and summer silhouettes stamps are the main ingredients for this card!

Now off to lie down in a darkened room and recover from all the emotion of my baby growing up!

Happy crafting!


Playing with my new distress oxides

So of course whilst in Harrogate I had a little spend… And bought some of the new distress oxides and some other goodies too…

I was quite reserved. I only bought 7 of the new colours not all 12 and once again … I love them!!! And at some point may have to buy most of the other 5 I didn’t get!

I had a little play with them on Sunday night with some panels of watercolour paper I had cut into squares (And a scrap of cream card too top right hand side but thats for another project!)

I then grabbed my new Tim Holtz stencil to add more pattern to some and a Gummiapan stamp (my current favourite text stamp!) to add yet more texture.

Once I had got them like this I knew I just wanted something simple to finish off the panels… Tim Holtz wildflowers stamps are the perfect accompaniment.

So these are perfect panels as card toppers. Will finish them off another day with appropriate sentiments etc… but for now the distress oxide obsession continues!

Happy crafting!


Teesha Moore style art journal class with Tracy Scott

Yesterday I had a fab day over in Harrogate at AFTH at a Teesha Moore style artjournalling class led by Tracy Scott. It was such fun to create some very different style pages to my usual stuff.

I used my Dylusions square journal and chose pink and blue as my base colours. These look very bright in the picture but they are slightly more muted in real life. And after this coat of paint… It was magazine cutting and sticking happy time pretty much until the end of the session.

I took these photos at various stages of the layers.

And the discovery of focal images to use.

Then it was time to get pens out and start doodling.

I haven’t finished both pages yet but this is how I’ve left them.

As per usual I am not 100% happy with my writing but sure I can do something to fix that at some point and at a bit of a loss as to how to finish the one on the right. But again I will get there eventually I am sure!

A lovely day of being creative ad pushing myself out of my comfort zone in terms of style.

Happy crafting!


Circle journal for Chris

Today I finally get to share what I made for Chris’ circle journal. She had made her journal using cardboard envelopes… so fab and very unlikely to fall apart with using mediums on them as they are nice and sturdy. She also had a fab idea of giving some prompts and the one I had for mine was to include numbers of different kinds on it. So I went to town with the numbers!

Here was the first layer I created.

I used plenty of soft and earthy colours of Fresco finish paints to create the background and then added stamped numbers from lots of different Paperartsy sets.

Then using an Andy Skinner stencil I added some iridescent medium. Then I left it to dry.

The next day I added some more paint to tone down the background a little and added some stencilling, splatters and marks with the edge of a credit card.

I must admit I still wasn’t sure what to so with this page next. I grabbed some paper that had an index from an atlas on it, ripped it and added distress oxide in fired brick and vintage photo and then the mojo started to work properly. Next thing I knew I had been sewing on the machine and by hand, stamping the main image. Stamping and embossing with frantage and I had this lovely sewing themed page.

The finishing touches were to add some Tim Holtz stickers (including some number ones) adding some inktense to them.

I am so pleased with how this ended up. I really had no idea where to go with it but it came together beautifully and I enjoyed making it immensely. Just hope Chris likes what I did.

Happy crafting!