Dec 30, 2012

A lovely flower.

Happy New Year to you all!

I have had a good break and now I am reinvigorated to start 2013 with good intentions of improving my artistic skills and showing them off to you all, with the hope that some may be inspired, and also have some enjoyment along the way as well.
I am going to enter this card into the 'Fashionable Stamping Challenge' - 'Surprise Us!' Sponsored by Cottage Crafts.

The Flower stamp is Hero Arts.
First I stamped and embossed the image and I coloured it up using T.H.  Distress pens, which I scribbled on the craft mat first, then used my water pen to pick up the ink.
Faux stitching in Forest Moss Distress pen.
Sentiment is a Penny Black from the clear set' Gratitude'.
The Bg has been stamped using VersaMagic-Tea leaves chalk ink.
 You will all instantly observe that this is not my usual style.
'No embellishments.' was the request by my friend, she wanted a Birthday card for her 85year old Mum'.
Thanks for taking the time to pop in, I know this is a busy time for you all, I do appreciate your following very much.

Dec 20, 2012

Christmas Flag

Hello Everyone.
My banner has two sides and I have not completed it, so I have to continue under my own steam and look for inspiration elsewhere, which is not difficult, as it is everywhere.
So this is Flag No 13- unlucky for some...... yuk a dreadful cliché.

Die-cut - Spellbinders 'Ribbon Banners' for the sentiment, and the Cheery-Lynn Holly Flourish
Free - image.
Glitter- on my Holly leaves.

The sentiment says Merry Christmas in Maori. (Native language of NZ.).
The Bg is stamped tissue  paper and applied with matte medium. 
Then dry embossed.
I cannot remember where the image is from, I have so many of them sitting in a box.

And that's it for 2012, I only wish the best for you all.


Dec 15, 2012

Christmas Wreath.

Hello Everyone,
Purple and Silver are two colours that I do not use very much, as you expect I will be loquacious in my narrative!
Purple is a glorious yet complex colour; a bit of an enigma, as it is both sensual and spiritual; it is a mix of the excitement of Red and the tranquillity of Blue. So it is very surprising even to me, that I do not use this palette on a regular basis. 
I would like to think I am sensual and have a tad of excitement about me. 
And as for Silver, well this magnificent chroma which illuminates everything it comes in contact with, is glamorous, sophisticated and alluring, and relates a positive feeling even though it is seen as a cool colour, but it also has the unfortunate association to growing old; Silver hair!
All these adjectives sound wonderful, and I can understand why many card-makers like to work with this palette. I like the partnership of these two feminine colours as well and when

The shape of my card was cut on the cricut. I inked everything up in milled lavender and dusky concord distress inks.
To create the Silver effect;which does not photograph well, I applied silver leaf and burnished it over the embossed Bg.
My stamp is the 'Music Wreath' from Stamp-it, which I White embossed, then inked over using a selection of colours. I fussy-cut the Holly leaves and Berries.
You can just see the Silver leaf effect on this close-up.

I will finish off with  a few words .... as I am apt to do.

"As we grow older, how quickly the months disappear.
All of a sudden-whoosh-December is here.
There are presents to buy and cards to write.
Planning the dinner; Turkey or Lamb,
or maybe a picnic with salad and ham.
However each family plans to celebrate,
this special important once-a-year date.
Take time to pause and reflect on the reason,
I wish everyone Joy at this festive season." 

Merry Christmas to you All.

Dec 8, 2012

A little bit of fabric with a stitch or two..yea

Hello Everyone.

The fabric is the Red element, I have a tutorial on how I created the texture below.

The other elements are a Vintage image.
Corrugated cardboard.
Textured paper, which has been torn.
Snowflake, which has been embossed with Enamelware ep.
And the numbers 25, which were inked up and little bits of mesh glued on, then coated with glossy accents.

Two types of machine stitching; a straight and zig-zag,  I thought it would create more interest.
You can just about see that I have applied some white acrylic to the Corrugated Cardboard Bg, just to break up the uniformity of the lines.

My piece of calico was sprayed with inks, stamps applied and then a light coating of Gesso, I do this last part to stabilise and stiffen the material.

It also has the wonderful effect of toning and blending the inks into the material. I let this Gesso dry.
A tip, Only  use 100% cotton.

Place inside an embossing folder, and you create the patterned texture as you would when using card stock.

Now just cut or fray as I have done to fit your project.

Christmas shopping with my girls tomorrow, a great weekend for me.

Dec 6, 2012

Flag12- Funkie Junkie Style!

Hello Everyone

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas.

The last and final week of this Challenge, and Linda finishes with a most gorgeous Tag, which has been Gold embossed with a flourish stamp and sponged with a combination of Festive Berries and Barn Door distress inks.

Flag No 12
This week I have loosely interpreted the Tag, I chose the colour palette, Holly leaves, and I used a double layer as my Bg, from her Tag.

I first Gold embossed a Holly stamp on my Bg then I painted Vermilion watercolour over the top.
The second layer is white Cs which has also been gold embossed, in hindsight I could have made this larger.

I chose a stocking ornament as the dominant feature for my Flag. It has been cut on the cricut, and painted in Gold and Vermilion, the snowflakes were stamped over the top but did not show up so well so I went over them in White Pen.

I added some Diamond dust  for texture as it did not have very much.
The doll was an image that I fussy cut, and the Holly leaves were stamped, inked and fussy-cut as well.

Flags No 1 to No 5

Flags No 5 to No 9
Flags 10 to 12 are on the reverse.


Dec 1, 2012

A Vintage card with a touch of Shabby!

Hello Everyone
Saturday Dec 1st and here in NZ officially the first day of Summer, all we need to confirm this is for us to feel some heat from the sun.....not much happening at the moment!!!!!

Images are from Bo Bunny and Graphic 45 papers; my all time favourites.
Vintage has the feeling of bringing you back to your grandparent's home; and this does remind me of my Christmases in Wales where I grew up.
I love to combine elements to create dimension and texture; as you all know I love texture.
There is not much in that area here other than the embossed oval frame and my little hand made flowers.
I wanted to relate a Christmas feel; the warmth, the joy, the prickly Holly leaves which represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified, and the symbolic berries; the drops of blood that were shed.

And Father Christmas; well, someone has to deliver the presents to the children.
Otherwise there is no magic!

Please do not think I had one too many while stitching the card, my intention was to make it aimless and irregular, I wanted to create a feeling of movement.

This card is already winging it's way to a special person, someone who I know will appreciate the work involved and not dis-Card!

Remember you can click on the card for a close-up view.

 I like to decorate the inside.

Have a great week.

Nov 30, 2012

FLAG #11-Funkie Junkie Style.

Hello Everyone,
The Holly Tree.

No tutorial this week, as it is pretty straight forward and I am sure you could all work it out on how it was put together.
If you are not up to speed with this Challenge; Linda has all the info and her tags here for you to see... check it out. 
Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style -Week #11

Linda's Tag. 
Multiple holly leaves glued to a rosette.
And as you can see if you click on the photo you will pick up on the netting and lace, these were the elements that caught my eye along with the Holly leaves.
I knew immediately what I was going to do with my Flag, I was chomping at the bit to start working on it, but life got in the way and it was Friday before I could actually put everything that was in my head down on the card stock!

I embossed the Bg, but this time I inked the folder with tumbled glass distress stain, before running it through the Big shot.

I made a Holly Tree instead of a wreath, and covered it with the  netting, then I added some bling at the base.

The top of the Flag.

 I have kept this Flag uncluttered, as I wanted the tree to be dominant, even though it looks busy, I feel the Flag has a simplicity. White being the super neutral works with any colour, in any context, anywhere! 
So I could not go wrong with the palette, safe as houses with this one!

It turned out more or less as I envisaged, so I am happy.

We are almost to the finish line.  December 17th is cut off time for this Challenge.


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Nov 27, 2012

Wistful and Soft.


Hello Everyone,

A quick post from me as I want to show you a Christmas card I made out of  a muted/mellow palette. This Challenge over at 'the ribbon reel' grabbed my attention as it is such a unique and pretty theme.
Lenet is the hostess and she has provided a photo for inspiration to help the creative juices flow.
I was inspired, as the colours are soft and wistful, but whether I have captured this in my card is debatable, it was a great opportunity for me to stretch my thought processes towards the untraditional for a change.

'Pastel Christmas'- CREAM, BABY BLUE & PINK and some BLING!

The letters were cut on the cricut, inked up with distress stains and then Glossy accents applied on top.
The Bg has been inked with Antique Linen, and Picket Fence Distress stains.
I glued some stars on and some mesh, then run it through an embossing folder.
To add a little more interest and dimension, I ripped up a piece of scrap that was lying on the craft desk, and attach the Christmas word.

The Bling flower adds the sparkle to fulfil the Challenge requirements.

This card was fun to make, and  as you can all observe I stopped quite quickly, when normally I would tend to add many more elements!!!


Nov 24, 2012

Sweet Christmas Angels.

Hello Everyone.
I guess you are wondering who the Angels are?  
Well, it's us girls at Our Creative Corner of course, we have been reaching for our Angel images and creating beautiful creations for you, and we would very much like you to join in this week, as our lovely Polish Angel; Irena has set a great Challenge:
Challenge ABC:
A for Angel, B for Buttons, C for Chipboard. 
How easy is that? 
Not so abstruse as the last two challenges I hear you saying!

Here is my offering to wet those creative juices that will soon be dribbling all over your keyboard.....gosh that sentence is a bit tasteless! (pun not intended.) 

I better just show you my card, before I land myself in a whole heap of crap!

I think my Angels are from Bo Bunny Pp, the Bg paper is definitely Bo Bunny, which I stitched and dry embossed.  
I cut my stars from chipboard on the cricut and inked one up in Fired Brick distress ink and painted the other in Gold Acrylic. My buttons are adhered to my Ribbon Banner, and the sentiment is computer generated.
So off you fly my Angels..... towards your craft desk and provide a little offering to OCC,
More inspirational dribbles can be found at  Our Creative Corner.
Have a great weekend.

Nov 22, 2012

Flag 10 -Funkie Junkie Style

Hello Everyone.

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #10 
and also entering my Flag into  the 'Chipboard and Metal' challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. 

Linda made a Charmer of a Tag this week.

We were also given the image to work with if we wanted....... and I wanted!!!!
My inspiration was the whole Tag, I love every detail of this one.
The brick texture fade was an issue as I do not have one, but never one to let a small detail such as this stop my creativity, I set about solving that problem very quickly and you will soon see how I achieved this as 

I have made a tutorial for you.

It looks like bricks!

 The inks I used on the substrate
 I  fussy-cut the little girls.

The Flower was backed with some crinoline and fancy lace, that I bought from the boutique, the leaves are also inked up.

Now you can see the free image, hop along to her Blog and pick it up.

To add more texture.............I heard that sigh !!!! 
You will notice my torn crimped paper behind the popped up image, and you will also notice how the little girls come to life popped up as well.

I added the metal clip and twirl.

And the finished Flag which I am pleased with.

The numbers are chipboard, which have been inked in Fired Brick and Chipped Sapphire. (ever so lightly.)

Happy Thanksgiving,



Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas is an inspiration challenge and there will be a winner drawn at the end of the 12 weeks for those who have entered each one. There is plenty of time to take part as each tag challenge will remain open until the 17th December.
12 Tags of Christmas is sponsored by 'The Funkie Junkie Boutique'

Nov 17, 2012

Alcohol Inks and a doily!

Hello Everyone.
 My 2nd Challenge at Our Creative Corner, brings you the opportunity to make a Christmas project if you are in the same sinking boat as me, and are way behind with the cards!

The Challenge I have set for this week on OCC is:
Foil and Alcohol Inks.
The technique of dripping Alcohol Inks onto Foil has an amazing effect. 

 There are various types of foil on the market, and Alcohol Inks work on all of them.
I use these two brands, they are very different in weight. 
Ranger is self sticking and for stability you need to adhere on to cardstock. 
Spellbinders is heavier, and you can use as is, it comes in various colours, but this does not matter, you just have a different effect with your inks; it is fun.
My preference is the SB.

I used 'Red Pepper' and 'Stream' alcohol inks to drip on top of the tin foil!  When you are happy with your result, cut a shape or use as a Bg.                 
Easy peasy and the effect is amazing,  I used TH Doily and die-cut the foil, then I dry embossed. 
My leaves were embossed with enamel ep and the reindeer dry embossed and coloured up with distress stains. 
The antlers are a flourish die-cut using the same technique.
I would love you to join me in this Challenge, if you require more inspiration, perhaps this is not enough for your creative juices to flow then no worries........
Help is just a click away here.

Nov 16, 2012

Flag No9 -Funkie Junkie style.

Hello Everyone. 
Flag No 9
I  can honestly say that I was a bit daunted this week by Lindas Tag.
12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style - Week #9
She has a rustic country look going on!
And the first thing that your eyes fix upon is the check bow.
I did not want to put a bow this size on my Flag so then I noticed the stars..... mmmm I thought, I could use those, but nothing was grabbing me tenaciously enough to say; use me, use me (sorry Linda).
I just had to sit back and feast with an objective eye on this creation.
And so it was that I settled on the stars, crackle paint, twine and buttons!

My Interpretation and Flag No 9.

I prepared my substrate;
Gesso, paints, dry embossing, crackle.
Then added my trims.

Chose the elements:
Text from 'Bo Bunny' a wreath die-cut from Memory Box, and the stars were cut on the cricut.

 As you can observe I run the stars through the crimper, glued sparkly sprinkles all over them......... and I cannot remember the name of the stuff to save myself.  
Finished off with buttons and twine.

If you would like to join in this fun Challenge, then hop over to 
The Funkie Junkie.
There is still enough time! 
One of the requirements to qualify for the drawing at the end is that you must have entered each of the 12 weeks and all must be completed by midnight on December 17th.  Tags are quick and easy so what are you waiting for? 
The Boutique
To all my followers who leave such positive comments and to my new ones who have hopped on board; thank you.
I do not mention it enough, but I am appreciative of your plaudits and enjoy reading everyone of them.


Nov 10, 2012

Making your own Background.

Mixed Media

For my mixed media card, I sprayed a selection of inks onto some card-stock.

   Next I added Gesso, stencils, masking tape, tissue paper and stamps.
Once this is completely dry, choose preferred embossing folder and run through your machine.
OMG- is this not scrumptious?

If you are happy with your Bg at this stage,  all you need to complete your project is to embellish at will and as you can see I have used poppies, which I have fussy-cut and popped up onto the side of my card. It was not necessary to doodle around the frame, but I was in the 'moment' and it was hard for me to stop! (typical I hear you say!)

 Finished card.

The technique I use for my watercolour Bg is as follows, but you will notice that it is not my sample card, but it was made the same way.

Apply your water colours liberally, and let them dry.
Here my Watercolour paints are wet, when they air dry the result is much lighter; something to remember when applying your paints first up, you can always add more later but you will get a different pattern.  I often use a paper towel to dry off really wet areas, it is fun to see the effects this leaves on the bg.
Now you have a choice, you can use stencils and stamps, or emboss.

Here I have added a stencil swirl and more Gesso then dry embossed.

Now this is ready to be embellished and made into a card.

Some more samples:

Here I have used Alcohol Inks and Silver mixatives then dry embossed.