Sunday, 24 September 2017

Skating by to wish you 'Peace, Love & joy'

Lots to do and loads to add to my blog but unfortunately I have been suffereing from a very bad headache which in turn is making my left eye 'wink'. Do not normally suffer from headaches - hangover heads in the past - but not real headaches. Suffice to say, it's knocked me for six. My concentration and ability to sit on a computer has been hampered, so my lovely family are helping out with my posts. This means that they won't be as long as normal ... phew I hear some of you say ... but at least I can share my projects.

A while back I was chatting with a group of people asking them for ideas as to how to become more organised with Christmas projects as I always seem to leave everything to 'last minute dot com' and then my Christmas cards have to be tweaked to become New years cards. I'm hoping I'm not the only crafter with this affliction ...! Anyhow, one lovely lady (Bella), suggested making in small batches so instead of making one of a design, make several. Blow me down with a feather, I followed the advice and now have a good stash of cards.

Below is one of the 'batch' cards I madefor my latest Spellbloggers post, using D-Lites Holiday Skates & Flakes dies from Spellbinders ...

I began by creating my background using Spellbinders 'It's Snowing' 3D shadow stamp, stamping first with Nuvo Hybrid Empire Blue and then over stamping in Nuvo Hybrid Clear and embossing in ultra fine white (new Nuvo product so watch this space). I inked the edges and mounted the panel on to glitter card. The sentiment was stamped over the embossing and whilst clear, isn't 'crisp' which does bug me a little. Sentiment stamps also from Spellbinders - Merry Christmas Holiday Stamps

Next using red glitter card, white card and silver textured card, I began a die cutting marathon and cut out my skates, layering the different elements on top of each other. The skates have been attached with red twine. As a finishing touch I've used Pearl White Nuvo drops to create the buttons.

The snowflakes have been cut from the same blue glitter card I used to mount my background, finished with a flatback pearl. Finally I mounted the panel on to my card base with 3D foam.

I have to say I really surprised myself as to how quick this card was to make and now fancy trying this design out on kraft card ... my new obsession (yet again).

Right better dash as have another post to dictate,

x x x

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Quickly skating to join in with the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything goes
Paper Creator - simply Christmas

#spellbinders   #spellbloggers   #neverstopmaking

New Mixed Media challenge and sponsor ...

Woohooooooooo, today is the day to reveal the new Mixed Media Challenge which is still called 'Love 2 Create Challenges' and always with 'Anything Goes' challenges ... but ... we have a wonderful new sponsor, Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles. That might seem odd to lots of crafters who know Polkadoodles for their digi designs but Nikky also designs a fabulous range of clear stamps, paper pads and downloads especially for mixed media projects. Surprised? Ccheck out the stamps section in the Polkadoodles shop to be amazed at the wonderful designs on offer.

For the first challenge with out new sponsor, as it is a 'Special Day', I'm sharing a wall plaque I made using the Regal Peacock stamps ...

I began by randomly stamping my design on a piece of white card using Archival ink ...

Next, using my Aquaflow pens, I added lots of colour to create my background. The colours have been loosely blended as I didn't want soft edges.

Using one of the petal stamps, I stamped, watercoloured and cut the designs out. These, believe it or not will become my toadstool bases ...!

Next using the Toadstool Border die, I cut the design out in white, black and cream card.

Now to make the toadstools and again I have chosen one of the petal stamps, stamping and watercolouring before cutting them out.

The real fun part now begins for me as I can start adding all the different elements (or the faff stage as my hubby calls it), to bring my design together. Starting with that yummy Toadstool die  ...

To tie all the colours together I'm using ribbons & trims. This also adds extra texture to my design and yep ... I used all the items shown. Trust me, it'll look fab once completed ...

Next out came the white pen to add highlights and extra interest to my designs before adding my sentiment - from the Regal Peacock stamp set - which I decided to cut up.

A few hearts were added by using the butterfly wings stamp and watercolouring them, plus a sprinkling of diamonds too.

Whilst rummaging for my 'bits' came across some grommets that I must have bought eons ago when I first purchased my crop-a-dile. Thought they fitted the eclectic look, so on they went ...

Phew, think that's it and hope I've covered everything. Pop over to the Love 2 Create Challenge blog and join in our 'Anything Goes' challenge - we can't wait to see what you create.

x x x

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Going to hang out in the following challenges:
Addicted to stamps - stamp a background
Come & Get It - anything goes
International Heart & Soul - A special day
Mixed Media World - anything goes
Crafty Friends - ribbon or lace
Emerald City Crafts - anything goes

Friday, 15 September 2017

A saxophone solo of 'Oh Holy Night'...

I wish I could have soft saxophone music playing in the background to introduce my card and set the 'mood' but hey ho, we will all have pretend. A while back I created a set of Christmas cards using non-Christmas dies and this is the 3rd in the set. You can find my other cards HERE and HERE.

The colour scheme for my card was inspired by the colour and texture of the NEW Craft perfect card - recently released by Tonic Studios on Hochanda - called Cinnamon Silk.

I covered a 7"x7" white card blank with Cinnamon Silk card, lightly darkening the edges with Nuvo Hybrid Ink - Black Shadow. The Saxophone player has been cut once in white and then embossed only in kraft card. I added the white outline to the embossed detail and then cut out the whole image. Using Indian Gold & Burnished Bronze mousses, I added colour to the edges. The extra shadow was created using Nuvo Hybrid Ink, Black Shadow.

Next I cut a selection of both music and star die cuts using white & cinnamon silk card. Each die cut had the edges coloured - same a saxophone player - and then I began deciding where they would go.

I began by creating a matt panel, sticking the snowflakes to the back, gluing this panel to my card front. Before sticking the saxophone player down, I had a 'light bulb' moment and glued the perfect harmony die cut down first, layering the saxophone player with 3D foam).

I double layered or shadowed the 'O Holy Night' sentiment and added it to the card front, slightly overlapping it on the saxophone. Next, the real faffing part ... adding the 'extras' ... in this case other die cuts. Now for me, this part can take as long as making the main card. I'm getting better at controlling all the 'stuff', 'froo froo' and 'just in case' I now add but it's not easy. You should see my desk as I put a selection of this & that out to see if it will work ... so time consuming and 9 times out of 10, unnecessary. At least I'm recognising this and hopefully, might cure myself, although it will be a long struggle (lol).

Am really pleased with myself at the mo, as for once, I am amassing a collection of Christmas cards and might just be ready, (you never know, fingers crossed and all that). Bella if you read this, you'd be proud of me as it was your advice of small batch making that has pushed to be a wee bit more organised.

Right gotta go and apologise to the ever so lovely Dawny P as my card is late for the "Win & Tonic" challenge this month ... catch you all later,

x x x
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I'd like to enter my card in to the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
A perfect time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - anything goes
Die Cut Diva's - masculine/male
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes