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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wild about Isabelle

Hello everyone.  Can you believe we are 5 months through the year already?

For the last day of May I'm back with another card I made for Isabelle's birthday.  This one uses the April kit from Simon Says Stamp.

I took several papers from the kit and layered them to make the background, then added two white strips as a frame.

I white embossed the sentiment, the row of hearts and a couple of hearts on the patterned papers.  I coloured the letters with metallic gel pens.

 The elephant was embossed in black, coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut.  I then took a black pen and ran around the white edge to blend it. 
A touch of glossy accents makes the eyes stand out a little more.

The elephant was finally added to the front using a wobbler for a fun interactive card.

Hope you like it.  TTFN Jude xx

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hap-Bee Birthday

Good morning folks, hope you have had a good weekend and for those of us with the extra day, hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday too :)

Today's card is one I made for my youngest granddaughter who turned 5 on Sunday. We had a lovely day in the garden having a BBQ, and she was thoroughly spoilt as usual.

I started by cutting lots of strips of coordinating papers and sticking them side by side on a piece of plain card. Then I used the Go-Kreate large scalloped hearts die to cut the heart shape.

I raised this onto a 6 x 6 plain white card blank and then cut a little Sizzix bee from gold card, and coloured some black stripes along the top.

I added a small scalloped circle punch, and a smaller star to put the number 5 on which is from the MFT Starlight Numbers set.

Then I printed a sentiment with our label maker, backed it with yellow card and added it in the corner.

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


Monday, 29 May 2017

Tutu happy

Hello everyone.  It's a Bank Holiday again today so I had a bit of a lie-in, that's why I'm a little late posting 😉

Yesterday Jen's youngest granddaughter Isabelle turned 5 so we had a big family BBQ.  Isabelle is definitely one-of-a-kind so I wanted to make her a card that reflected her wonderful personality.

Having dug deep into the stash I found these fabulous sentiments that I thought would pair perfectly with Clearly Besotted's Trouble in a Tutu stamp set.

I stamped and coloured the ballerina hippos then added them to the bright pink card base with foam squares. I used a plain white matt for the sentiments and added those on foam also.

I took my Wink of Stella clear pen to the tutus and then splashed some random dots across the card to add sparkle.

A few liquid pearl drops finished off this fun card.

I really enjoyed making this and hope you like it too.

TTFN Jude xx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Happy stripes

Good morning folks, I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.

For today's card I used a couple of different border stamps, one is from a Simon Says Stamp set, and the other is from an Avery Elle set.

I used the Misti to stamp them alternately on a 6 x 4 white panel, using Fossilised Amber and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks.

After I had stamped one end of the panel, I turned it around and repeated on the other end.

The large Happy die cut is from the MFT Stamp and Die Set, Happy Everything. I cut it out with plain white card and then inked it with the same Distress Inks.

I added the sentiment to the panel and popped it on a dark brown card blank. Then finished it off with a few brown and gold Candi.

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


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Organic Blooms

Good morning folks, sorry for the late posting today. But other things have been wiping me out just lately and I just didn't have the energy last night to write this lol.

Anyway it's a very short post today as I have used this technique before, colouring with Spectrum Noir pencils on to black card after white heat embossing an image.

This image is from Mama Elephant and is called Organic Blooms.

Then I used Silver and White Shimmer Sprays over the top.

And a sentiment from the same set.

Right we are off to walk the dogs and then to the cemetery to wish dad a happy 69th birthday. At least for a change the sun is shining :)

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


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Die layering

Hell everyone, welcome back.

My card today was inspired by the amazing Jennifer McGuire.  She recently blogged a video (here) on layering die cuts to create simple cards.  This is my version.

I selected four shades of purple to create my layers from.  I took a floral die set and taped the smallest four together before running them through the Big Shot.  I then removed the biggest die and repeated on another piece of card, until I had four floral die cut pieces each slightly smaller than the previous one.

I ran my top piece through with an embossing folder to add a sentiment in the background.

When the pieces are layered together you can see the edge of the smaller die cuts through the aperture in the upper piece of card.  This creates a flower to which I added leaves and a stem.

I topped the flower off with another sentiment cut from gold mirror card to add a little bling.

I think this is a lovely simple card and will be experimenting with different shapes to see what effects I can create.

Hope you like it.  TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Be happy

Good morning folks and happy Monday, hope you are all ready for the week ahead and have had a nice crafty weekend.

Today's card is a bit of a mixture of things but they do work together. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo, to blend through a Mandala stencil.

Then I stamped a flower and some leaves from the Altenew Beautiful Day set, using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, and cut them out with their matching dies.

I used the Happy stamp from the Simon Says Stamp, Happy and Smile set and cut it out with an MFT Stitched Banner Die.

Then I added the little die cut Be, which I cut out in black shiny card using the Avery Elle Holly Jolly set. 

I popped it all together on to a sparkly orange card base and added a few sequins to finish it off.

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


Friday, 19 May 2017


Good morning all. I'm a bit late posting today as I forgot 😱

This is the card I gave Jen and Alan for their anniversary yesterday. 

I water coloured this piece a while ago. 

I wasn't sure what to do with it until now. 

The technique for creating the branches is so easy and fun to do. 

I dropped brown paint in blobs down the side of a piece of watercolour paper. Using a straw I blow gently to spread the paint and make it look like a tree. I then used several shades of pink and purple to create the illusion of blossom. 

Believe me if I can do this anyone can!

The die cut is from the happy anniversary set from Clearly Besotted. I stamped with memento ink on a pinky purple card and cut with the matching die. This is two layers thick for some dimension. 

Hope you like it. TTFN Jude xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Love you tons

Good morning folks, hope you are having a good week. Alan and I are both off work today as it is our 16th wedding anniversary, so we are going out for the day, not sure where lol, but then we are going for a nice meal tonight.

Anyway, today's card is the one I made to send to Alan. I used the Clearly Besotted Love You Tons stamp, and stamped it with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Then I coloured the image with Copic markers, added a little sentiment underneath, and then cut it out with a Lawn Fawn, Stitched Square die.

I wanted to keep the card quite simple, so I chose the large spotty Anniversary stamp from Clearly Besotted and then used a couple of the other words that are in the set to make my sentiment.

I decided to use a 7 x 5 card blank for a change, which meant I had the room to add a background. So I chose some simple black and white spotty card, and added mats behind the image and sentiment.

I didn't think it needed a lot else, so I added a red enamel heart to the image and left it at that.

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


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