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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Inlaid Elves

Good morning all, I hope your week is going well.

Today's cards were somewhat of an experiment, which turned out OK in the end. You will probably all know the lovely Jennifer McGuire, but I was copying one of her techniques for inlaid die cutting.

As I don't have any of the connected scene dies I had to combine what I did have. So I used the Santa's Elves set from MFT, along with a shape out of one of the Blueprints sets, to give me an arched window. 

Then I placed the elf die on the white card and ran it through the bigshot to cut it out, stopping where I wanted the feet to remain attached. 

Then I placed the arched die behind the elf and ran it through again to give me the shape. The only part that doesn't cut is the bottom where the elf is stood. So I just used my craft knife to cut along the bottom.

Then I stamped the elves using my Misti to ensure they were in the right place, then coloured them with Copic Markers. For the backgrounds I did some inky blending and stamping with Distress Inks and then laid the cut out pieces back in.

To finish them off I added the sentiments and a few stamped snowflakes and sequins.

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


Wednesday, 7 December 2016


I'm having to get a move on with my cards, so I'm trying to come up with some that are quicker to make.  I thought I was on top of things this year, but apparently not 😮

This card uses stamps from a Smirk set called Christmas Decorations.  I multi stamped some card with two of the stamps in the set and coloured them with Copic markers.

I then cut the card down to make panels for two card blanks which I matted on to blue cardstock.

The sentiment is from a set by Clearly Besotted called Eat Drink Be Merry.

I intend to make a few more cards using this idea but with different stamps.  What do you think?

TTFN Jude xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Painted Poppies

Good morning folks, hope you are having a good week. The days are positively flashing past now on the run up to Christmas. I swear December is speeded up somehow lol. 

Right, today's card is one I made using the lovely Painted Poppy set from Altenew. It's another of their colour layering stamp sets and I think it is soooo pretty. 

I decided to give it a go on some light Kraft card using the Altenew Crisp Dye inks. 

They stamp beautifully, and are so easy to use. I then added Glossy Accents to the centres to make them really shine.

For the sentiment I went with the Altenew Halftone Smile set. It comes with a couple of different Smile stamps and then lots of other add-on sentiments. 

I think these stamps are lovely for all sorts of occasions, we also have one called Halftone Hello which I haven't used yet. As this card was for a birthday, I used the Smile set on the front and then I added a happy birthday stamp to the inside.

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


Monday, 5 December 2016

Snowy background

Hello again friends.  Are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet?

Our tree went up this weekend and the house is filling up with presents waiting to be wrapped!

My card today is a quick and easy make using a background die and one sentiment stamp.

This took me just a few minutes to die cut and stamp but ages to attach the tiny foam squares between the stars - I wanted some dimension.

The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set called Snowy Backdrops and the background die is from MFT.

Hope you like it.  TTFN Jude xx

Friday, 2 December 2016

Have yourself a merry little Christmas...

Good morning folks, thank goodness it's Friday, it's been a very long week that seems to have flown past again. If that makes sense lol. 

Today's card is back to the lovely Lawn Fawn Cheery Christmas stamps and dies, as they are super cute.

I stamped and coloured the little deer and presents with Copic markers, then cut them out with their matching dies.

For the background, I blended some Distress Inks together and then stamped and heat embossed a few snowdrops over the top.

I added in the Lawn Fawn Snow Capped Mountains and then cut them out with a circle die.

The plain background is cut with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die and then I added a scalloped frame to the edge, and laid it on a dark blue card base.

Hope you like it, take care and have a great weekend.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Jolly Snowman

Hello December, my old friend!!  Although it is usually manic with the run-up to Christmas I do love December.  Everybody tends to be a little nicer to each other - though I think that's often fuelled by the alcohol from the many Christmas parties! ;)

My card today is made using the Be Jolly set from Avery Elle.  This is such a cute and cheerful little snowman.

My card was heavily influenced by this one over at Split Coast Stampers.

I coloured the snowman with Zig Clean Colour markers then added Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen over the top.  Unfortunately my camera doesn't capture the sparkle very well, but I assure you it's there.

I created a simple background using a couple of stitched circles, some coloured card and a piece of craft card.  The sentiment was embossed in Cosmic Shimmer TrueWhite embossing powder.

I finished up by adding a snowfall backdrop using a white Signo pigment ink pen.

TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Football Crazy

Good morning folks and happy hump day! I hope you are all having a good week. Tomorrow is my youngest grandson’s 8th birthday so today’s card is one that I made for him from his mamma (my mum).


I used a Marianne Designs embossing folder with a hexagon shape for the background. Then I used it’s matching die to cut some black hexagons and stuck them on in a pattern to make it look like a football.

I did the same for the football and cut it out with a circle die, and then drew in the black lines between the hexagons with a black fine liner.

The grass is cut with an MFT Grassy Edges die, in a few different shades of green card. 

Then I cut the sentiment using a Clearly Besotted die set in green and black card. I slightly offset the black behind the green to give it a bit of shadow and depth.

Then I added a simple diecut 8 to the football and layered in onto a green card base with a black stitched mat.

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


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