Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Christmas/Winter card

Sharing my DT card for the challenge over on Daisy Chains blog challenge for our Christmas/Winter theme this month.


Apart from my samples, this is my first Christmas card of the season and yes, its a Dreamees card (apart from a few bits and pieces).

By the fire

Whilst having a sort through my craft stuff I rediscovered lots of my favourite stamps and thought that I really needed to make more use of these.  With new craft designs constantly coming out, we are inspired to want to try something new and before you know it you are running out of space!

As crafters, we are constantly evolving and moving on to something new but I always come back to where my enjoyment of stamping started.

For this project I have used:-

  • Dreamees By the Fire stamp set
  • Dreamees Wonderful Wintertime (for the Holly)
  • 6 x 6 square cream scalloped edged card
  • gold glitter card
  • Tattered Lace Christmas backing paper (from one of their magazines)
  • red card stock from my stash
  • red satin gingham ribbon
  • green organza ribbon
  • red bakers twin
  • bead and christmas tree lights from a broken bracelet
  • square nested stitched dies to layer up the square panels
  • scrap of weathered wood backing paper from the Dreamees Textures cd
  • Dreamees dinky inkies (sparkle and pearlescent inks)

For the holly I used the Dreamees Wonderful Wintertime stamp set  and the "Joy" stamp for the centre of the wreath from the Dreamees Reindeers and Rocking horses set. All these stamps work together.

I always have a stash of unusual or odd bits and pieces saved along the way and knew my (once) flashing Christmas lights bracelet would come in handy when it sadly got broken last year.

They made a handy Christmas light embellishment for my card.

A little frosted lace stickles on the stocking tops, glossy accent on my clock on the mantle and glitter pen on the flames and wreaths to finish of my Christmas themed card.

Pop over to our Christmas/Winter blog challenge this month on Daisy Chains blog challenge and take a look at the rest of the inspiration from the design team along with the creative inspiration from the rest of the entries.

Happy Crafting

Thank you card

Sharing my DT card for the challenge over on Let's Craft and Create blog this month with a  "Thank you" theme.  

Every now and again I have a rummage through my craft stash and rediscover what I have.  One of my favourites to craft with is Debbi Moore's Bookazines.  I can't emphasize enough just how great these are for inspiration and especially new crafters.

The topper and oriental paper for this particular project was from the Inspiration Bookazine - Issue 3. I have had this particular one for some years now and still haven't used it all up....I think because I wanted to keep it with all its lovely papers and toppers as it is one of my favourites.

I have made a lot of cards from this bookazine and in the past, Debbi Moore put a lot of these collections on disk/usb. With each magazine, there would be a free gift and I have collected many cd collections over the years.

I think these beautiful images speak for themselves and all I have done is mount it on a combination of gold matt mirri card and black card, doing the same with the sentiment.

For the card base, I used the Harlequin die set by Tattered Lace, just the right size for my thank you card. I matt and layered one of the embellishments on the sheet and added some coordinating ribbon with a few metallic gems to finish it off.

Have a look at the inspiration provided by the rest of the design team on Let's Craft and Create Blog this month and the entries for this months challenge.  There is a prize for the winning entry.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Happy Halloween .....

Happy Halloween.....

Thought that I would share some of my recent drawings of sugar skulls for Halloween.


The sugar skull is the symbol of the "day of the dead" or " dia de Los muertos".  
For the Mexicans it's a happy celebration of those who have passed on and molded skulls are colourfully painted and decorated in memory.



Two of these I have made into cards but kept Catrina for my journal.

Happy Crafting Halloween! 

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Tattered Lace Petal of Lace Collection

Following the launch of Tattered Lace Petals of Lace, I am sharing my DT samples made from some of the dies for the launch on Create and Craft TV .

I had the following dies:- Oops, It Wasn't Me, Message of Love, Petals of Lace Rose Carpet, Petals of Lace Square, Zig Zag Rectangle dies, Best Friends stamp set and backing papers from the collection.

Starting with the best friends stamp set.

I also used the flowers to create a background layer for the card and the zig zag rectangle frame die set.

 I used the leaves from the hedgehog stamp to embellish the edges of the card and the zig zag rectangle die set again.

One of the sentiment stamps was used for a background panel also. The zig zag rectangle die set created the different panels for my card.

I have used a mix of all the animals in the stamp set for a monochrome background.

Stepper card also using the zig zag rectangle dies and a shaped cream card base.

 Petals of lace square die with matching charisma decoupaged, also using the best friends sentiment stamps and background papers from the collection.

An aperture window, using the frame of the petals of lace square die with the charisma and using the centre panel as a hanging aperture.

Using the petals of lace square die and charisma with the Oops die and the best friends stamped sentiment on acetate with the matching backing papers from the collection.  I have also used the petals of lace rose carpet die and matching charisma which has been decoupaged around the centre of the card.

Staying with the Oops dies I have used some of the decoupaged flowers from the petals of lace square die to embellish the card.

The other dies I have used are from the Tattered Lace Fine Filament Portofino collection and the heart die from the Tattered Lace dimensional handbag die set. The backing papers are from my stash, possibly a Trimcraft collection of luxury textured papers.

I have used the Tattered Lace There's no place like home die from the Portmanteau collection for my frame card with the matching backing paper from the collection with the Oops die and petals of lace carpet die. Adding some matching ribbon down the spine and a best friends stamp with the zig zag rectangle dies.

The flowers look equally as nice without the matching charisma papers which are downloadable for free directly from the Tattered Lace website.

I have used the zig zag rectangle dies with the petals of lace carpet die for this invite.

Circle aperture card with an acetate panel with the It wasn't me die and matching charisma paper, also using the backing papers from the collection. I have used the petals of lace carpet die with the matching charisma paper onto glossy paper for a posy of flowers at the top of the card. 

Using the same die and a different colour combo, I have used pearlescent paper for the petals of lace rose carpet flowers and snipped into the die/charisma to add another flowerpot of flowers for a slightly different look. This backing paper has a corduroy look to it. I have used the zig zag dies to make a panel card.

Message of love die with the decoupaged flowers from the petals of lace square die to embellish the frame of my flower shaped card using the Tattered Lace quaterfoil die set with the backing papers from the collection.

A different shaped aperture card using the message of love die, best friend sentiment stamp and rose embellishment from the petals of lace carpet die.

Another lovely collection to work with and it was nice to have the mix of stamps to work with this time.

Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Memory Book

Today I thought I'd share with you a memory book I made for a special little girls first birthday.

These memory books are so easy to make and are a lovely alternative to cards.

Instead of using mdf, I remembered that I had a set of Woodware chippies acetate album templates.
The smallest page is 4  x  4 inches, with the largest being 7 x 4 inches.  For the base, used greyboard, which was sturdy enough for my little album.

I also had these lovely shabby chic A4 double sided paper collection which came free with an issue of Cardmaking magazine.

With some pretty pastel flower eyelets on each board.

To accompany the pictures, I used a mixture of pretty lace, buttons, and embellishments along with the alphabet chipboard letters to spell out her name. It was very handy that her name fits perfectly into the number of pages that I had in the template set.

On the binder rings, added a couple of charms, one being an angels feather and the other being a Hamsa charm.  The Hamsa hand is an all faith protective sign, bringing its owner happiness, luck, health and good fortune.

I love this picture of Ella, it really sums this little cutey up.  I used some Crafters Companion speciality cardstock I also made a gift box.

I love making these memory books.
Happy Crafting!

Christmas/Winter card

Sharing my DT card for the challenge over on  Daisy Chains blog challenge  for our Christmas/Winter theme this month.   Apart fro...