Sunday, 5 November 2017

Do you fancy winning some Polkadoodles blog candy?

As the Christmas season is fast approaching and as a thank you for visiting my blog to check out all my Christmas projects using the new Polkadoodles clear stamp sets, I have a blog candy giveaway.

What can you win? This wonderful clear stamp set from Polkadoodles called ...

 Polkadoodles Christmas Sentiment Flourish clear stamp set

The candy will be open until Sunday 5th November 2017, so leave a comment below this post and I will draw a lucky winner - using - on Monday 6th November.

Good luck everyone and many, many thanks for popping over,

x x x

Monday, 23 October 2017

Wreath shaped card using Festive Friends stamps & dies.

Not been very well over the last 3/4 weeks and have struggled to sit on the laptop for too long which means I am well behind in sharing my projects from the recent Tonic Studios 'Festive Friends stamps and dies' launch with Paula on Hochanda. Below is one of the projects I made for the launch ...

I have fallen in love with circular cards at the moment and appear to be making them at every opportunity. This time I have used an acetate base with the Craft Perfect acetate from Tonic Studios. If you haven't had the chance to try out this acetate, I can say with my hand on heart, it is brilliant: heavy duty, sturdy and built for construction projects.

I began by creating my card base and then layering my wreath: made using layering circles, Intrica Wild Vine dies and ribbon.

Next I stamped the Circle Bauble stamp on to patterned paper, cut out using the matching outer die. On a smaller piece of paper, I stamped the ribbon part only and hand cut it, mounting it on top of the bauble base layer. This was placed on the card at a 'jaunty angle'.

I stamped just the same bauble twice on to another piece of paper, cutting out the outside edge but this time taking away the top detail. On the second bauble, I did the same as before but also cut out the inner part to create my circular frame. On a piece of water colour card, I stamped one of the Festive Cats image, (using Black Shadow Nuvo Hybrid ink) and coloured with my Nuvo Brush Script pens. I have then cut the image out and mounted inside the circular frame.

The sentiment is from the Festive Sentiments stamp set - part of the same collection - and stamped with Safari Green Nuvo Hybrid ink on to decorative paper, stuck on to the same card as my wreath. As a final finishing touch, I cut a selection of different sized poinsettias using Poinsettia Vine strip die and added some bright gold crystal drop centres.

I have decorated the inside of the bauble too to hide all the gluing and also give people somewhere to write but sadly didn't think to take a photo of this ... doh!

Did you catch the launch with Paula? The projects made by the DT were fabulous with oodles of ideas and inspiration in case your Christmas mojo has gone for a walk. You can see lots of the ideas on the Tonic Studios Pinterest page or on the Tonic Studios FaceBook page. If you get the chance do pop over.

x x x

Products and links:

I would like to enter my festive feline friend (love a bit of alliteration) in to the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
International Art & Soul - anything but square & rectangle
The Ribbon Girls - any image + ribbon
Crafty Friends - cute
My time to craft - cats

Getting ready for Christmas with Polkadoodles ...

I'm still shaking my head as I can't quite believe that I'm starting to compile a stockpile of Christmas cards. I might even surprise myself and not have to buy any this year ... uuummm, maybe that was too rash a promise to make!

Recently I had the pleasure to play with some new Christmas stamps released by Nikky Hall at Polkadoodles and as is the way, I simply had to have a great stamping frenzy session. Here's the first card I made using the Christmas Santa Claus stamp (focal point) and Holly Jolly 6" x 6" paper pad ...

I began by creating a tag card base mainly because - although this image would make a cracking Christmas tag - my goal, (at the moment), is to create Christmas cards ready for the up and coming season. I've covered the tag with one of the backing papers from the Jolly Holly pad and even though it wasn't quite big enough, I knew the join would be covered with my horizontal border; another paper from the same pad.

I have coloured Santa in traditional colours, rather than the modern red we see nowadays, layering him on top of another stamped image, Christmas Tree Script. This in turn has been layered on to a panel covered in the wonderful bauble papers, edged with the die cut corners from the Ribbon Gift set.

At this point I realised that Santa was blending in to the background a little too much, so stamped the wreath from the Christmas Wreath set, in black as a contrast, cut it out and I think it now acts as a perfect frame for Santa. To link the baubles backing paper with the other images, I stamped some extra baubles - from Christmas Snow Baubles collection - coloured, shaped, added strings with a black pen, finally mounting with 3D foam.

The sentiments on the tag are also from the same paper pad, as is the cute small number tags and they all co-ordinate beautifully. As my final finishing touch, I stamped and coloured some of the holly leaves, added crystal drops mixed with red glitter and placed them at the bottom.

However, I only have one nagging doubt still about my project ... should I add ribbon/ribbon bow to the top? What do you think? I just can't decide ....

This week I'm going to be sharing lots of projects made using the wonderful Christmas clear stamps from Polkadoodles and to get you all in to the Christmas spirit, have blog candy to give away ... a beautiful set of Polkadoodles clear stamps called 'Christmas Sentiment Flourish'. All the details can be found HERE.

How's your Christmas card making going? Do you have grand ideas each year and never quite achieve them, (like me) or are you super organised? Please do share your organisational tips with me as am determined to be on top of things this year.

x x x

Products and links:

I would like to enter Santa in to the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - fully loaded
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - anything goes
Emerald City Crafts - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

Winner of Spellbinders die

Apologies everyone for the delay in announcing the winner but unfortunately, I have been unwell with a nasty viral infection.

Now on to the winner - chosen by - and it is ...

Many congratulations Cathy Clowes. Please email me Cathy with your details and I will get the die set in the post to you asap.

Thanks everyone for entering,

x x x

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Using die cuts & embossing powders to create a fairy ...

Did you recently see the launch of the "Wings & Things" collection from Tonic Studios? Oh my, oh my ... loads of butterfly goodness and a couple of fairies too. There was oodles and oodles of wonderful inspiration from the DT but one in particular caught me eye and inspired me ... it was the skirt on the dress that helped me design my fairy ... thank you Karen ...

So using the Fae & Pixie die set - from Wings & Things collection - I created my fairy ...

She's been coloured with a mixture of Nuvo Brush Script pans, Aqua Flow pens and lots, no oodles of different Nuvo embossing powders. I hope you can clearly see the texture and dimension the embossing powders add to the finished image.

As I always have to 'faff' when making a project, also constantly change my mind and then 'throw everything but the kitchen sink' at it too, I simply had to add more dimension with lots of trims.

Now there is an added extra ... a baby wipe! Yep, that's right, a baby wipe which has been used to create the wings of my fairy.

To explain the full process as to how I created the fairy, - which shows you how the baby wipe is used - I have made a You Tube video. Please be gentle with me as new to this videoing game: dislike hearing my own voice, wish my camera worked properly and more importantly, I need to stop saying 'SO'! You can find my You Tube video HERE. I do hope you can pop over and check it out. All feedback welcome too as want to improve. Sadly do think a new camera may need to go on my Christmas list this year ...

x x x

All products and links are below:

I would like to enter my fairy in to the following challenges:
International Art & Soul - Not square or rectangle
Pile It On - fantasy
Corrosive Challenge - anything goes
Mixed Media World - anything goes
Love 2 Create - anything mixed media goes
Hiding in my craft room - lots of layers
Fairy & the unicorn - anything goes
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media goes
Scrap & Craft - recycle something - my baby wipe