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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brightest star

Welcome back!

Today's card was made using some extras I had in my stash.

I don't know about you but when I see a new technique or buy a new stamp set, I often do lots of examples.  These are used for a few cards but the surplus sits in my basket and often gets forgotten.

While tidying the craft room recently (!) I came across some of these extra pieces and decided to try to make something from them.

The starting point was the night sky created with distress oxides.  I also had the part-coloured little girl from a Mama Elephant set called Shooting Star, which I finished off with Copic markers.

 As they fit together so well I had little to do to pull this together.

I cut some silver glitter for a moon, heat embossed the sentiments in silver and added a few sparkly Nuvo Drops.

I really like this and hope you do too.

See you next week.  Jude xx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Super Birthday

Good morning, I hope you are all having a good week.

For today's card I pulled out one of our older stamp sets, this one is called Caped Cuties by Clearly Besotted.

I used dark blue card and white heat embossed the building stamps across the middle, then I stamped three of the little critters from the set.

After I had coloured them with Copic markers, I cut them out with their matching dies.

The starry background is cut using an MFT Stamps Vertical Starry Night die, and I popped some gold card behind to make the stars shine.

I added some gold pen to the building windows and then stamped and heat embossed a sentiment, which I matted with more of the gold card. 

Then using foam tape for dimension, I popped it all on to a matching card blank and it was all finished.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Leafy greetings

Hello friends! Hope you are having a good week.

Today's card was designed around the lovely background paper.  I found this in our Simon Says Stamp card kit stash and wanted to use it, but I didn't want to cover it up too much.

I had seen a technique where a sentiment had been added on to a flower trail to make it look continuous, and decided to try it with a more simple leaf.

I stamped the leaf close to the script sentiment and closed the loop with a fine tip pen.  I then fussy cut the sentiment and leaf to keep it small.

Once laid over the paper I realised the sentiment disappeared, so I added a couple of matching matts to lift it away from the paper.  A very simple but effective solution!

Hope you like today's card.  I will see you soon.  TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Blooms Fill In

Good morning folks, I hope you have all had a good weekend. I managed to squeeze in some crafty time this last week or so, and today's card is one of the ones I made with one of our new-ish stamp sets.

This is the Blooms Fill In set from Concord & 9th, it comes with a background stamp that leaves spaces for you to fill-in the flowers with the smaller stamps. 

For this card I used Simon Says Stamp Dye Ink in Pale Blush Pink, for the background.

Then for the flowers, I used Altenew Crisp Dye inks from the Cherry Blossom and Tropical Forest sets.

I used an Avery Elle, Wonky Stitched Ellement to cut out the panel, and then with the off-cuts, I used a SSS die to cut the sentiment. 

I cut the sentiment again from craft foam and then layered them together for dimension. Then I popped it all on to a bright pink card base and it was all done.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Paint it pink

Over the past few weeks I have used a lot of Christmas stamps and I was looking for a change.  Looking through the stash I came across some lovely papers and decided to try and create something with them.

This paper was in a Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I loved the soft colours and decided to use it just as it was.

I cut a panel slightly narrower than a 4.25" card and added black borders to lift it from the pink card base.

I cut a sentiment from pink card and again from black, then layered them together.  I was going to have this as my only sentiment but decided to add another birthday banner underneath.

For some extra texture I used liquid pearls in ebony on the paper and snow blizzard Nuvo drops on the banner.

I like how the sentiments pick out the colours of the paper, without covering it up too much.

I might try this with some of the other gorgeous papers we possess.  I'll let you know if they work out okay 😉

TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Hello again!
I'm back today to share a lovely stamp from Concord and 9th.  This is the Dahlia turnabout and it makes some simple but stunning cards.

Setting up the stamp requires a little bit of fiddling to mark the centre of the stamp and create a jig for the turnabout action.  After that it is plain sailing.

For this version I used four shades of yellow ink.  These are the Pocketful of Sunshine set from Altenew.

Once dry I added some liquid pearls in buttercup to give some texture.  The final step was to add a stacked die cut sentiment.  

I love how this turned out and went on to make several more flowers in different colours. 

 I think my favourite was created using the Altenew Rock collection inks.  The greys give a very sophisticated look when combined with some platinum liquid pearls.

The set also has a matching die which I haven't tried as yet.  I'll share my attempt when I do!

TTFN Jude xx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Christmas Round Up No' 3

Good morning folks, I hope you are all having a good week. This is my last round up of Christmas cards that I made. I won't go into big explanations, but I'll list materials/techniques under each, hope you like them 😉.

Alcohol Ink background on photo paper, stamp and sentiment from Creative Stamping magazine.

Tonic Studios deer die cut with blue sparkle card, Cut & Make sentiment die, cut 4 times and stacked. Lawn Fawn patterned paper.

Alcohol ink background on photo paper, Cut & Make Deer die, Stampers Anonymous Sentiment Stamp, Sizzix Label Dies, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder and holly and berry accessories.

Concord and 9th Dahlia Turnabout Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Dye Inks, Ranger Embossing Powder with a Cut & Make sentiment die.

Concord and 9th Dahlia Turnabout Stamp and Die, Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder, Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Stamp and MFT Stamps Zig-Zag Stitched Circle die.

MFT Stamps Santa's Elves stamps and sentiment, coloured with Copic markers.

Lawn Fawn Happy Howlidays and Toboggan Together stamp sets and sentiment, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Ellements, die cut, coloured with Copic markers.

Avery Elle Jolly Santa Stamp and Sentiment, coloured with Copic markers.

Lawn Fawn Christmas like no Otter and Avery Elle, Polar Pals stamp sets, coloured with Copic markers, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Ellements, die cut.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great week.

Take Care


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