Friday, 17 October 2014

More Paper Piecing

I did some more paper peicing with my class which, sadly, we decided to stop. These are a few more of the cards. We had fun in the classes but needed more people to make it viable but hopefully they will resume at another time and maybe another place.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Paper Peicing

I love a bit of paper peicing (more to follow!) and I was doing it as one of my classes although this is actually a commission card. Incidentally, I've had to stop the classes for the timebeing as due to lack of attendees but hoping that another time and another place, it may start again. Anyway, the papers are from a First Edition Christmas 8x8 pad although becuase of the colour palette, I could get away with using the plainer papers and less obvious Christmas papers for a birthday card. There was very little paper peicing to do on this stamp which is an old Anita's stamp of a shopping girl. I've used her a few times as she is very useful for young girl/women cards as she still looks really funky. The greeting is a Woodware text stamp which is brilliant. I love Woodware's 'large and bold' stamps - they are great.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Hanging Stars

OK this is the last Inkwell stamps card I'll show you for a little while. This one is quite simple. It is just using the hanging stars stamp on it's own onto a distress ink background. I used glue and silver flakes on the stars and also on the greeting and on the edges of the strip. Another simple but effective card.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Gold Bauble Simple Card

This is another Inkwell Stamps card. It is using the 'O little town' stamp embossed in gold then cut out with a Spellbinders bauble. I've layered onto so lovely foiled card that I can't remember where I purchased but is great so if I see it I'll buy more. I used a large ribbon with it. It's very simple and quite plain but I like it.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

O Little Town of Bethlehem

I loved everything about this card. It started with a distress ink background - I have a stash of these already done that I just use as I need them. The colours used were probably pickled raspberry and dusty concord and also had a spray of mica over the surface. I've then stamped 2 Inkwell Stamps on it - the hanging stars that was a freebie with a magazine and the 'O little town of Bethlehem' stamp. I've extended the background on the image to give more hills. I then used water and a brush to wash out the buildings so they were highlighted. I also added a little alcohol marker to the hills to define them a little better - I could have used the distress ink but didn't want to wet the card. I've added a little 'wink of stella' to the star over the buildings to highlight it. That's about it. I do love the concept and will probably make lots of these in different colours as it is a quick and easy but effective Christmas card.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Clarity Noel and Stars

I was trying out micaboss on this card and it was fairly unsuccessful. Micaboss is embossing powder that stays sticky once heated so you can apply foiling, mica, etc. It is quite coarse and I had trouble making it stick. I had to apply 2 coats which meant I lost some of the detail but I will try to work with it again. The large 'noel' word is a Clarity stamp and so is the large star in the centre of the O. However, the hanging stars are the freebie stamp by Inkwell stamps that I mentioned in previous posts. I love the look of this card but will try it again, possibly just with normal embossing powder.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Inkwell Stamps Candle Stamp

I mentioned last time that there were more Inkwell Stamp cards to follow and this is the first batch. This candle stamp comes as a group of 3 but due to the clear outline they are easily cut out - even easier if you have a Brother Scan'n'cut like me! I made these few cards but I have plans for some other ideas I want to try out so you might see some more. This candle stamp is an 'end of line' one so you may have trouble getting it unless they decide to bring it back into stock. Very useful stamp though.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Dangle tangles

I have a lovely stamp by Inkwell Stamps that was actually a free one with Creative Stamper (I think) last year. I decided it would work as a great starting point for doing zentangle dangles. I did a few practice dangles then did the finished card that I've shown at the top. Inkwell Stamps also do a similar stamp with snowflakes on that I hope to aquire soon as I think that will also work really well. More cards made with Inkwell Stamps to come. Look them up!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Another Quick Cards Submission - free snowflake die

I submitted these 3 cards to show how I had used the free snowflake die given with the magazine. It gave me the opportunity to try out some Frantage powder I bought recently in the craft sale at my local craft shop. I thought it would be great for making a snowy scene and it is! Can't wait to use it some more!