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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Whimsy Retreat 2017 - Class Projects


I'm back from the Whimsy Craft Retreat 2017, held in Orlando, Florida and super excited to show you the cards we made in the classes I taught there this year.

All 3 classes were taught using new products from the October release, and I've listed those at the end of my post for you with links to the items in the shop.

My first class covered a 2 for 1 project where we made a shaker card and then made a card using the waste from this card with just a few additional pieces.

 For the card above I heat embossed the Snow Flurry BG stamp in white, on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and then used Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio to blend over. I gave a light spray and sprinkled some drops of water before drying thoroughly.

I then cut out my panel with a rectangle die and cut out the SNOW die from the middle, being careful to save all the waste (except the middle of the O which is used on this card) to use on my second card.
I adhered a panel of acetate behind the aperture and glued the middle of the O back on the front.

I carefully attached foam tape to the back being careful to surround my word aperture with no gaps and rubbed the inside lightly with a dryer sheet (this is to prevent the sequins sticking to the static) and filled with a sequin selection that went with the colours of ink I used.
I glued a piece of white card to the back to prevent the sequins falling out and then glued the whole panel to my card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the Snow Flurry stamp set in the same Distress Oxide inks I used to blend my background and fussy cut them out, adhering them to the front of my card over the shaker portion with some Multi Medium Matte. I finished with a few sequins to match the those inside the shaker.

For my second card, I trimmed the waste 'frame' from cutting the panel for my first card to fit my card base and stuck it in place. I then cut a panel of white card stock to fit the inside of the frame and cut the SNOW word die out, towards the bottom of the panel, making sure it was centred and level. This is to use as a guide when adding back the stacked letters as it's easier to get the die straight than all the individual letters.
I stamped a sentiment from the Snow Flurry stamp set onto my panel in black ink and stuck the whole panel to my base card.

I cut the SNOW die cut 3 times from white cardstock and glued each of the letters in a stack, finishing with the patterned letters that were left from our shaker card and glued those in place on my card, using the negative die cut as a guide. 

I stamped 3 of the snowflakes from the Snow Flurry stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed in white and then blended over some Distress Oxide inks to match my background. I then cut them with the matching dies and mounted them on my card with a little foam tape.
I finished off with a few gems.

For my second class we got messy with a little ink smooshing and used the Snow Flurry stamp set and matching dies.

I used some distress Oxide Inks again (you could do the smooshing with normal distress or dye inks, but the stamping of the snowflakes would not be as crsip with normal distress inks), along with some Tim Holtz water colour paper,  and smooshed each colour separately, drying fully before moving onto the next.

Once fully dry I flicked with a little white acrylic paint and then stamped my sentiment from the set in black ink.

I stamped 3 of the snowflakes onto white cardstock, from the set using ink to match and cut them out with the matching dies.

I trim my panel to be a little smaller than my card base and add it to the base on top of a layer of cradt foam. I add the snowflakes with foam tape for a little extra dimension and finish with a few clear gems.

My 3rd and final class of the day (I did also do another optional evening workshop covering colouring images with Zig markers and distress inks/markers), covered loose water colouring and the camouflage die-cutting technique.

As with my first card I used the Snow Flurry BG stamp and white embossing powder to stamp and heat emboss a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth.

I then took 2 colours of Zig markers, (in this case Pink and Turquoise Green), and a waterbrush and loosely coloured the snowflakes, (by loosely I mean that the effect was quite watery and I didn't worry about colouring outside the lines, in fact it's pretty much encouraged), in pink and some of the loops and swirls in green. I's best to let one colour dry fully before moving onto the second so they are less likely to bleed into each other.

Once fully dry I cut it out with a large rectangle die and used the SNOW large word die to cut out my word from the centre of the card.
I made a card base with some bright pink card stock and adhered my panel directly to my base and then cut the SNOW die another 4 times from the same pink card stock.
I glued the letters in stacks, finishing with the patterned ones and glued them back into the aperture .

I heat embossed a sentiment in white, from the Abstract Christmas stamp set onto a scrap of pink card stock and cut out the sentiment with a banner die which I mounted across the bottom of my word using foam tape.

I finished the card with a few clear sequins.

Whimsy Products Used
Please click on the picture to go to the item in store

*NEW Snow Flurry Background*NEW Snow Flurry*NEW Snow Flurry Die Set*NEW Snow Word and Snow Caps Die SetAbstract Christmas

I did take a few photos at the retreat and I'll be doing a bit of a write up later about what we did, but for now I hope you enjoy the makes from my classes.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge


It's time for another Ribbon Girls card challenge today. Don't forget you can enter with any design as long as it takes the form of a card. You can find details of the prizes at the end of this post.

As you know I don't make a whole lot of fancy cards lately, my style seems to have permanently drifted over to CAS in the main, but when I do I like to play around making cards without stamped and coloured images.

Today is no exception to that and I've used some beautiful papers, chipboard, flowers, beads and embellishments to create a pretty card that could be used for a wedding, engagement, anniversary or Valentine's day.

I distressed the edges of my papers with a blade, adhering and cut a frame from the pink paper using 2 circle dies. I glued my papers to my card base and popped the circle frame up with some foam tape.

I wanted my chipboard heart to stand out against my paper, so I sponged it with Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick. These inks are great for colouring chipboard. I then sprayed it lightly with some Gold Glimmer Mist and left it to dry before gluing it inside my circle frame.

I made a triple bow with my pink ribbon and arranged that and a mixture of flowers, leaves, berries and sprays on my card, around my frame, gluing them all in place with my glue gun.

I finished with a mix of flat back pearls.

All items used (apart from Dies and Ink) are from The Ribbon Girl and are listed below with links to the items in the shop.

Lemoncraft Heart Painted 6 x 6 Pad
Monograce Chipboard Heart
12 mm Pale Pink Faux Silk Ribbon
Ivory White Magnolia Flower
Pink Wild Rose
20 mm Pale Pink Open Roses
10 mm Pale Pink Open Roses
Hip Rose Buds Pale Pink
Small White Blossoms
Pink/White Beaded Stamens
Ivory Pearl/Crystal Branch
5 mm Ivory S/A Pearls
3 mm Ivory S/A Pearls

I do hope you can join us. There are lovely prizes to be won
First prize:  Papers from Maja Design, Sweden - the prize will be sent directly to the winner

Second prize:  Your choice of 2 of the Christmas Mini Packs of 6x6 papers from The Ribbon Girl

Third Prize:  A stamp of the winner's choice from LOTV

Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's gorgeous creations!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Quick and Simple Stamped Christmas Cards

Well I can't ignore it. Christmas is truly on it's way and it's time I started getting serious about making my Christmas cards.
I don't know about you, but though there are cards I will spend a couple of hours on for special people, if I need to make a lot of cards, I need to simplify so that I can make lots in less time. 
Sometimes though when batch making cards you don't want to make them all the same right? 

So when I received the Abstract Christmas stamp set I was overjoyed, because this was a stamp set that was very versatile, (not to mention that it comes with so many mix and match seasonal sentiments that work great with other stamp sets).

So below I've shown a few examples of different ways I've used this stamp set and each card took only around 15  minutes to make on average.

A stamp set, some ink and embossing powder, plain card,  a couple of basic rectangle dies and simple embellishments was all it took to make these cards and I finished them all in an evening. 
You can find a link to the stamp set I used below.

Abstract Christmas

Time to get started on those Christmas cards!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Ribbon Girl - 15 minute Christmas Cards


When it comes to making Christmas cards it can be quite difficult creating batches of them that don't take you ages to make, but still are distinctly unique. Each of the 4 cards I'm showing today took 15 minutes or less to make and yet are completely individual.

To make my cards I used some simple rectangle dies, a Celebrate word die from MFT Stamps, some super cheap Christmas decorations I bought in a supermarket last year, some white and Kraft card for bases and the following items from The Ribbon Girl.

(This mini pack means you don't get tons more paper than you need, but more than enough to make a lot of cards, the designs are all gorgeous and at a bargain price!)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

MFT Super Star Card Contest


Life has been super busy and of course like all things, the stuff that you really want to do always occurs when you have virtually no time to do it.
So I was not surprised when the MFT 2017 Card Design Superstar contest cropped up right when I barely had time to draw a breath. With only 2 weeks to go before I jet to Orlando to teach at this year's Whimsy Stamps Craft Retreat, I'm in the middle of preparing all my kits and instructions, plus organising all the usual holiday stuff like travel insurance, currency etc. plus getting all my cards made and photographed for the October release countdown  which will happen right at the time I'm preparing to leave and whilst I'm over there. In addition I'm super busy at work and up to my ears in this years Health and Safety audit.

So whilst I have managed to scrape 2 cards together (by the skin of my teeth and very close to the wire, I don't consider them my best work. A shame indeed but time was against me and it is what it is.

So what did I get time for?

First off is my entry for the Clean and Simple Genius Category

I kept things surprise there being what the category is, concentrating on one off set image , coloured with zig watercolour markers and using some stenciling with distress inks to highlight it on my card. A simple sentiment stamped in black ink on the other side and a few snowy white gems radiating to give the impression of snow. I mounted my white layer on a lilac one for a little extra contrast.

I used the following MFT products.
Toasty Greetings Stamp Set (no longer availalbe)
Toasty Greetings Die-namics (no longer available)

Next is my entry for the Coloring Virtuoso Category

I love the cute animals from the Jungle Gym set and wanted to put them in front of a sunset. 
I made the sunset by blending Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Carved Pumpkin on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
I watercoloured my images with my Zig Markers, brush and water using the following colours:
Light Brown, Oatmeal, Dark Oatmeal, Dark Gray, Pale Pink, Light Violet, Purple, Bright Yellow, Orange, Gray Brown, Mid Green, Olive Green, Dark Brown, Deep Brown, stamping them on Strathmore Bristol Smooth also.
After adding my frame to my background and base card and arranging my imaged on foam tape, there wasn't too much room for a sentiment, so I went for a simple one from the Lovable Leopards Set embossed in white and cutting the banner down to size.

I used the following MFT products on my card:

(no longer available, so I linked the stitched version which is almost identical)

I didn't sadly get enough time to make anything for the Inovation Master Category, oh well there's always next year!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Pretty Lil Present

I have a super quick share today for you. This is a sweet shaker card I made using the new Pretty Lil Present from the September rubber release.

I kept things very simple, colouring my image with Zig & Distress Ink Markers and fussy cutting her to mount on top of my shaker frame.

I added a simple sentiment heat embossed with white embossing powder on a pink banner and finishing with some coloured gems by Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

I used the following Whimsy Stamps Products on my card:

Pretty Lil Present

Have you seen the selection of sequins that Whimsy Stamps has to offer?
You can find them all here.

That's all for today but I'll be back soon.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Altenew - Happy Retirement


Recently a lovely lady in my department retired and I was asked to make a card for her.  I made it quite large as the whole department needed to sign it, so I made it 5 x 7 and added an insert so there was more space to write.

I used the Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew, stamping with Versamark ink and embossing with Altenew Crisp Pure White embossing powder. 

I coloured the flowers and leaves with my Zig Markers, using Yellow, Bright Yellow and Orange for the flowers and Light Green for the leaves.
I made an ink blended panel using Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides and glued that to the centre of my card base, gluing a panel of vellum over the top to give a soft appearance.
I cut one MFT Snow Drifts Cover Up Die-namics in smooth white cardstock gluing it to the back of a white cardstock frame cut with MFT Pierced Frames Die-namics. 
I used my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolours to splatter some small gold dots over this and then glued it on the front of my card, covering the edges of the vellum and blended panel.
I cut another piece of white cardstock with MFT Double Stitched Rectangles STAX and stamped a retirement sentiment in Versamark ink, from Whimsy Stamps Happy Sayings stamp set and embossed this with Altenew Crisp Embossing Power in Antique Gold.

I blended a scrap of watercolour paper with distress inks in yellows and oranges and then cut out the word HAPPY with MFT Happy Greetings Die-namics layering it up with another 2 cut from white cardstock and adhering it abover my stamped sentiment. I them glued the rectangle to the centre of my card.

I fussy cut all my flowers and leaves and arranged them around my card, adhering them with foam tape for some dimension.
To finish I added some gold enamel dots I made with Pale Gold Nuvo Drops, and some Crystal Clear sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, I really enjoyed making it.

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Merry Moose-mas


I hope you've been enjoying the September release from Whimsy Stamps. Today I'm sharing a CAS card made with  the new Merry Moose-mas rubber stamp which I have linked for you below.

I stamped with Black Onyx Versafine ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and then coloured in the image with my Zig Markers.

I used Light Brown, Light Oatmeal, Deep Violet, Turquoise Green, Dark Gray and Light Blue (snow).

I then masked my image off and used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a mini blending tool to stencil a cloudy sky in the background.

I made an A2 card base from some purple cardstock, used a large rectangle die to trim my coloured panel to a little smaller than my card base and stuck it down directly.

The sentiment I chose is taken from the Abstract Christmas clear stamp set which has a fabulous range of Christmas holiday sentiments and also that wonderful tree, and I stamped with Versamark ink, embossing with some white high detail embossing powder on a scrap of the same purple cardstock I used for my card base. I cut this into a banner and popped this up onto some foam tape, gluing another shorter banner directly beneath it.

I finished off with a few iridescent gems.

Whimsy Stamps products used:

Merry Moose-masAbstract Christmas

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That's all from me for today, thank you so much for dropping by!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

MFT - Wild About You


It seems ages since I shared a card made with MFT Stamps doesn't it? August and the beginning of September have been so busy, between work, my daughter and her partner coming to stay for a few days, being ill and preparing for the Whimsy September release and the Whimsy retreat (less than 4 weeks away now eeeek!) it seems like I haven't had a spare moment for anything.

Strangely enough I have plenty of MFT cards in my draft folder, I just haven't had the time to blog any. So I'm rectifying that today with a card made using the MFT Wild About You stamp set.

This was from last month's release and I loved the fun and quirky look of this one, I decided to use the stripes on each of the animals (I didn't use the Zebra from the set on this card), to give them a rainbow treatment and paired it with a sheet from the Party Patterns paper pack which went perfectly.

I used my zig makers to colour them in 

Colours used: Yellow, Bright Yellow, Yellow GrenViolet, Orange, Light Green, Pink, Light Blue, Blue, Light Gray.

added a few details with a white gel pen and a black glaze pen,and cut them out with the matching die-namics. I cut a frame with the MFT Pierced Rectangle Frames Die-namics to frame the lion and giraffe and popped everything up with some foam tape. 

The sentiment which is from the same set, I thought was perfect for these rather different looking animals and I split the sentiment in 2 to fit the design of my card.

I finished the card with a sprinkling of matching enamel dots.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Whimsy September Release Countdown Day 5


We're so close now to the new release from Whimsy Stamps going live and today I have a couple of cards to share with you using the Let's Dance set.

This set was the Customer Appreciation Set last month and will now be available to buy.

For my first card I used the tutu stamp to stamp an outline in black ink,  over some ink blending and water splattering, and then used the die from the matching Let's Dance die set to cut it out.

I blended a little Twisted Citron distress ink around the edge of a panel and mounted with some craft foam that onto some turquoise cardstock mounted on top of my card base.

I popped the tutu onto the top panel with some foam tape and stamped a sentiment from the stamp set below it in black ink. I finished with a few sparkling clear sequins.

For my second card (I shared this card last month when showcasing the CAS stamp set, I used the ballet shoes from the set to stamp out 5 pairs of shoes in a row, colouring them in rainbow colours. I stamped a sentiment from the set above them and stamped several musical notes from the set in colours to match the shoes, by using my zig pens directly on the stamps.
I added a strip of patterned paper at the top of my panel, adhered all to a yellow card base and finished of with a few matching gems.

Items used:

Just DanceJust Dance Die SetHand Stitched Nested Rectangles

Here's all the stamps/dies from today's showcase.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Whimsy Stamps September Release Countdown Day 4

I'm back for day 4 of the September release countdown from Whimsy Stamps.
Today I'm showcasing 2 clear stamp sets and 1 matching die set, that are perfect for your Christmas cards.

The first set is Abstract Christmas which has this lovely abstract Christmas tree made from circles and lots of fab mix and match seasonal sentiments, you'll see that I've used these sentiments on some of my other Christmas cards.
I've made a few cards with this set as it's so versatile and just the thing for making batches of Christmas cards to send out, but you'll have to wait a couple of days to see the others.

For this one I stamped the Christmas tree in Versamark ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and embossed with detail white embossing powder.
Then I used my Zig Markers and a water brush to colour in the circles. I used a combination of Turquoise Green, Turquoise Blue, Purple and Pink.

I stamped my chosen words in VersafineOnyx Black ink under the tree and then cut out the whole thing with a stitched rectangle die and popped it up on some craft foam on some turquoise lustre cardstock mounted directly to my base card. I finished off with a few sequins in matching colours.

For my second card I used the Oh What Fun stamp set which is a lovely set with lots of small fun Christmas images. I stamped out Santa with his sleigh a few presents and a row of trees, coloured them with my Zig markers and cut them out with the matching dies. I also used one of the Stitched Border Trio dies to cut out a snow bank from smooth white cardstock and stamped a sentiment from the set onto it. I made a back ground panel, stencilling some clouds with Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks and then popped all my pieces on with varying thickness of foam tape, arranging the presents so that it looks like they are spilling out from the sleigh.
I mounted the whole thing onto a dark blue card base.

Abstract ChristmasStitched Border Die TrioOh What FunOh What Fun Die Set

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