Thursday, 8 December 2016

Free Christmas papers and a card sample

Hello all, hope you are doing well....
I thought that for those of you who need some quick cards still, I would share some free papers, created specifically with cards in mind. They are designed to be printed in post card size, about 6" x 4 ".

I finally have a colour printer again, so I was able to print them and made a quick card using one of the papers, adding a little inking, stamping and some die cuts, this made for a super quick card.
Below a couple of close ups:

Well, that's it for today. I want to say thank you to the Graphics Fairy, as many of the elements used for these papers come from her site. You can use these papers for whatever you like, no need for any credits, just don't try and sell them as they are. Oh and if any of you would like some matching tags, - let me know and I can post some to print in a few days. Enjoy and happy crafting!!

Monday, 5 December 2016

12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style 7, 8 and 9

Hello all, I am still in full Christmas card making mode and today am sharing the next 3 cards inspired by Linda's 12 tags of Christmas....
I'm not too happy with my versions, but hey ho, I tried.....
I'll take you quickly though them one by one.
Here is the one inspired by Linda's number 7. I was mostly inspired by her colour and sort of snowy theme, though not having any of the products she used I went pretty much by own way.
I cut the front with the fancy die by Marianne Design, ran a panel through a little snow flake embossing folder and then decorated with a little deer and one of the flowers I made in a batch, originally for another project. You can see on this post how I did that.
I decorated the inside too, still going with the blue and snowy theme:
Alright, onto number 8. You can find Linda's original here
I used some of the elements Linda used, - a stencilled background, a lantern (I used a different die), a vintage image and some flowers and greenery. But I changed the colouring completely.
And finally number 9. I loved the colours Linda used and how she made her background. I was also delighted I actually own the lovely stamp she used for her background. But then I finished mine in a different way, seeing it's a card and not an invitation like Linda's was. You can see hers here.

The leaves were cut from a "master board" I created a while back, using sprays. Here's a close up still
Well, that's it for today. Thanks for your visit like always and hope you find some time to relax during this busy time of year.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wintry Journal spread for Shimmerz

Hi all and happy Sunday. I have a quick wintry journal spread to share on the Shimmerz Blog
It's a double page to fit into my little Transitions Journal that can be found on the Vintage Journey blog.
 Hope you are enjoying some happy holiday crafting, - great for getting away from it all.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Magic at A Vintage Journey

Hi all and welcome. There's a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and the theme for December, hosted by the wonderful Deb is "Winter Magic".
Well, I am still in full Christmas Card creation mode, and after having spent two Christmases in Australia, it was great fun to create a project with this theme. I know we are all busy, so below is just a quick step by step of how I got here:
I used one of my favourite background techniques for this card, - on a piece of hot press watercolour paper I used various Sprays: Distress in Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans, Perfect Pearls mist in the colour Perfect Pearl and a little Distress Brushed Pewter. I then covered it with clingfilm while the inks were still wet, crinkled the film and then let it dry over night.
For the next layer I adhered a small circular mask (cut from a large sticky note with a circle punch), inked around it with Distress Inks in Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire and then stamped in Chipped Sapphire Distress ink using one of the stamps from the Scribbled Woodland stamps and one of the trees from the Treeline stamp set, both by Tim Holtz. I also did some splatters with Picket Fence for a snowy effect.
It all looked a bit too wishy washy for my liking, so I cut two trees from the Sizzix Thinlits 660978, also by Tim. I cut them from card sprayed with Chipped Sapphire spray. I also stamped the sledge from the Mini Holidays set in a mix of Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot and then immediately embossed it with Black Sparkly EP.
A little die cut sentiment was added to finish it off and my card was pretty much done.
Below still a few details:
After adhering the trees to the background, I dabbed on some dimensional paint to the openings in the tree and sprinkled on some Distress Rockcandy Glitter dust for a little sparkle.
I did the same with the sentiment.
Here you can see some of the "Ice Crystal" effect of the cling film technique. I rather love the effect on the moon.
Well, that's it from me for today. Do check out the awesome projects my teamies created, Winter Magic inspiration galore!!! Just click HERE and of course we all hope that you will play along with our challenge!
Happy creating and thanks for your visit today!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Mixed Media Monthly # 31 Merry and Bright

Hello everyone and Happy, Happy December to you all!! Yep, there is no way round it, the great event is now less than 4 weeks away... keep smiling and stay relaxed!!
It's a time to give gifts and what better way than in a hand made little gift box...

But let's get to the challenge first. Here is our badge for this month, if you are going to play, then please make sure to include it in your post!
Our sponsor this month is no other than the wonderful Eileen Hull!! And our winner will win one of her dies, - worth playing right?
Anyway, on to my project. I used Eileen's large box die, cut from mat board (or mount board as we call it in the UK). These dies make it super easy to create boxes, all you need to do is decorate them.
It's best to do that before putting your box together. I added texture paste to each of the sides, through a stencil and while the paste was still wet added some Vintage Platinum Distress Glitterdust, for some sparkle. When the paste had dried I added colour with the help of a couple of Sprays, blending it out with some kitchen roll.
I then glued my box together and decorated the top with some die cuts from my box of bits and pieces.
I edged the sides with some Distress crayons for my favourite vintage look and my project was done....
 Now before I sign off, as a special December treat, there are some bonus give aways on our social media sites, so make sure to keep a look out for them!!!

Well, that's it from me for today, hope you will decide to play along with our challenge, and to get lots of inspiration, all you need to do is hop over to the Mixed Media Monthly blog. Hope to see you there!
Happy December and thanks for your visit

Monday, 28 November 2016

November Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey.

Hello all, hope you are keeping warm and cosy!
I am sharing a project over at A Vintage Journey today, hope you'll hop over to take a look. Here is a little preview:
There's a detailed step by step, - all you need to do is click HERE

Friday, 25 November 2016

And another two for the box....

Hello all, welcome and I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving!!
Today I have a couple of quick Christmas cards to share. I am still on a mission to make most of this year's cards myself.
I decided to pull out some of my Tim Holtz stash, - old and new and have a play. I won't bore you with detailed descriptions, but if you have any questions, feel free to email.
Card number one, using the globe and doily dies.

Card number 2, using some of the new stamps and layering stencils:

Well, there you have it, another two to add to my box, still quite a few more to do. Hope you are all finding the time to do something creative during these busy days, - I find it actually relaxes me and that surely must be a good thing....
Thanks for your visit

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Vintage card for Shimmerz

Hi all, hope this month has gone well for you so far.
I have a project on the Shimmerz blog today, - here's a little preview:
If you want to see more, - well you'll know what to do, - just click HERE Hope the link is working, blogger has been driving me crazy.... Anyway, have a happy week ahead, and thanks for your visit!

Monday, 14 November 2016

12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style, tag 4, 5 &6

Well, here we are, only about 6 weeks to Christmas and I finally get round to posting my next 3 cards inspired by Linda's tags. If you are new to what this is all about, you can read all about this wonderful challenge by clicking HERE.

So without further ado, here are my next 3 cards inspired by the tags:

I'll briefly talk you through them one by one
This is inspired by Linda's tag 4. You can see the original HERE. I was inspired by the crinoline poinsettias, and by the white layer on top of the red. I just changed my colouring to a darker red, and as I did not have many of the products Linda used, I improvised with what I had. My top layer was created with a holly die, I think it's from Crafters Companion.
Here's a close up of the poinsettia, I brushed on some gesso for a snowy effect, but now wished I hadn't as the spray I used to colour my crinoline (a mix of  Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Spray) started to run and turned it slightly pink (yuk).
I used the same stamp Linda did for her tag, but fussy cut it and mounted it on some black card as it did not show up enough.
 Alright, onto tag number 5, I am turning all of mine into cards this year.
I pinched a lot of Linda's ideas on this one. The original can be seen HERE
I was inspired by the colours Linda used, Kraft and cream, - though mine is more white. As my cards are smaller than Linda's large tags, I changed the lay out quite a bit, but I loved how she made use of both the positive and negative of the holly die cuts and her use of background stamping with text.
Above a little close up of how I finished mine with ribbon and berries.

Finally, my favourite card of the three, inspired by Linda's tag 6. You can see her version HERE
I absolutely adored Linda's tag 6, the use of Kraft with white is just wonderful I think, I love the sort of folk art/ peppercake/ Scandinavian feel it gives....
 I obviously used Tim's Nordic Layering Stencil aswell with white texture paste, and then substituted with what I had in my stash, to create something in a similar style.
I loved Linda's heart, and tried to achieve something similar with a bauble die that has a pattern for embossing, instead of doing that I cut it and then used it as a stencil with the paste again. It's a little Marianne die.

I used exactly the same stamp for the greeting, white embossed like Linda had done.
I don't have the tree die Linda used, nor the deer, so I just adapted with what I had. The little deer is a chipboard embelly I found in my Christmas box, that I just painted white with gesso.
Well, there you have it, 3 more for the box... I just love this challenge as Linda makes me think of things that I would never have thought of myself. Thanks so much Linda for all your inspiration!!
Thanks for your visit like always!

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