Tuesday 31 January 2023

Pretty in Pink for the Moonwalk

I decided at the end of last year that my daughter and I were going to do the Moonwalk again. 
We did it in 2018, and thoroughly enjoyed it, such a brilliant atmosphere. 
So now I have finally gotton around to signing up. We are hoping that my other daughter, and eldest Grandchild will join us, but there is no backing out for the two of us now lol.
I figured that I needed a nice pink card for tonights blogpost and so here is one with some stamping done in bleach on the pink background. 
I coloured and fussy cut a floral element to add to the sentiment.
I used the bleach stamped left over strip on this card,
with another slightly larger fussy cut floral element.
Now that we have signed up to the Moonwalk they will be sending a Training Plan to help us get in shape before 20th May. It seems such a long way away, but given that we start February tomorrow it will be on us before we know it.
If you would feel able to sponsor me HERE I would be extremely grateful. I think we all have someone in our lives that is, or has been affected by this dreadful disease.
This is a picture of my daughter Becki and myself when we participated in 2018.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs

Monday 30 January 2023

Large Background Dies

Larger Background Dies are so useful.
One pass through a die cutting machine and you have an instant card base
when placed over a piece of handmade background paper. I also added a die cut sentiment across the card.
The same background to this card only I covered the whole thing with Crystal Embossing Powder after I had splattered the inked panel with a little water.
It is amazing how long ink stays wet when it is blended onto a piece of cardstock,
and any embossing powder will give it a bit of a shine.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs

Sunday 29 January 2023

Gilded Flowers

Just a quick post tonight, I'm feeling absolutely shattered, and not from any particularly strenuous activity lol.
Nothing beats a nice 3D embossing folder,
some gilding wax,
and a die cut sentiment for a quick and easy card.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs

Saturday 28 January 2023

I Did My Homework Sylvie

There is nothing like spending the day with good friends and playing with crafty goodies.
We get together once a fortnight and I 'teach' them, although we usually all learn from each other.
Sometimes there is a miscommunication, or misunderstanding of the technique and bits of card get thrown in my direction with a 'See what you can do with that!!' 
One such occasion was when we were last playing with bleach. 
One of the Girls tried to heat emboss the image that she had stamped with bleach, but of course the powder didn't stick very well before it was heated so it resulted in a very patchy background which she didn't like. 
I, on the other hand, rather liked it so I turned it into the background to a couple of these cards. I gold embossed some extra leaves which is what was supposed to happen, and then painted them with thin undiluted bleach. I added the fussy cut leaves to panels of the patchy background. Perfect for a couple of Men's cards I think. I hope that you agree Sylvie.
Not all cardstock will bleach, but when it does you can get some fabulous colours.
I love to use it to stamp a background, as well as painting with it. Create a stamp pad with some folded kitchen roll and add the thin undiluted bleach to it. 
Now I'm home and packed away I need to get on with my own homework. There are always bits and pieces to finish off after class, and I'm trying hard not to let them build up.
Thanks for stopping by.
With Love and Crafty Hugs

Friday 27 January 2023

Big Leafy Hugs

I do love Alcohol inks, they work perfectly on such a wide variety of products including metallic cardstock.
I used gold metallic card for the embossed panel on this card,
which I coloured using alcohol inks.
I also added plenty of die cut leaves, shaped,
and then added using silicon glue for extra dimension.
I also added a rather dramatic sentiment across the embossed panel.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs

Thursday 26 January 2023

Floral Panel Dies

And it's turned into another chilly one here.
I do love dies, and Creative Expressions have released some real stunners over the last few months.
These dies are from a Floral Panel release by the wonderful Sue Wilson.
They are such delicate panel dies
which I have used over some handmade background papers. This one is from the Cosmos set CED2051.
They come as sets of two dies in a pack, 
with this one from a set called CED2056 - Buttercup.
Now as crafters, who doesn't like a 'Twofer', and these are perfect for that.
I have layered this beautifully delicate sentiment die.
This is the leftovers from the previous card
which I added to an embossed panel. The perfect easy 'Twofer'.
Thanks for stopping by.
With Love and Crafty Hugs

Wednesday 25 January 2023

Crealies Patchwork Dies

I spent a lovely morning at 'Stitch and Bitch' today, although it was b....y freezing. We meet in a church hall and have to put the heating on when we arrive, so I have learnt the hard way that I need to wear a jumper and my fur lined boots. Mum's house has under floor heating so Wednesday is the only day that my jumpers come out lol.
I still haven't managed to take photos of the cross stitch that I have been working on, so here are some cards made using the fabulous Creilies Patchwork Dies.
They are fabulous for creating a stacked patchwork background to a card,
or for a single layer watercolour stamped image.
I inked the stamp and then spritzed it with a little water which had pearl mica powder added to it.
This final card used a stamped, embossed and coloured image along with a mop up background.
I do love these dies, and they make such unusual backgrounds. The bit that took the longest was cutting all the pieces. But then I guess that is the same with regular patchwork done with material.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs

Tuesday 24 January 2023

Grid Cards

I've managed to catch up with all my sample making for Creative Expressions this afternoon, and get the parcel in the post, so I have a tidy desk.........for 5 minutes at least lol.

Here are a few cards that I made last year using a simple masking technique to create the background panel.
I taught it many years ago as an introduction to Masking, a Part 1, so to speak.
I used post it notes and black ink to create the grid lines,
but it looks just as good in gold on black.
I have used an assortment of stamped and coloured images
as the focal point on the cards, 
along with some good old Penny Black Stickeroos (first two samples).
I can't believe how quickly the days come round. It's 'Stitch and Bitch' again tomorrow, my Wednesday morning stitching get together. I so look forward to it and am making headway on the cross stitched panels for everyones Christmas stockings.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs

Monday 23 January 2023

Challenge in a Box


Every now and then a new 'Challenge' arrives on my doorstep from the wonderful Janice and Andy at SirStampalot. I came home today to find one waiting for me. It is always such fun to open and root through all the fabulous goodies inside and get it always gets my creative juices flowing.

Tonights card was created from one such box of goodies.
The box contained background papers, a stamp set and matching dies.....among other things.
I used the die to cut the black flowers and then added a few of the tiny stamped flowers to the square panels. 
I am always allowed free rein to add any extra bits and pieces that I choose, although I try to use items from Creative Expressions which are easy for them to get hold of. Here I added stamped sentiments from a set designed by Jane Gill.
So you can see what I will be up to over the next couple of weeks. :O)
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and crafty hugs 

Sunday 22 January 2023

Sticky Embossing Powder


Another old favourite technique tonight, Sticky Embossing Powder and Foils. And to go with an old technique, several older cards that I have never gotten around to sharing.

I have used Pearlex Powder on the sticky Embossing powder,

before adding a little foil.
I tend to be rather sparing with the foil so that it doesn't over shadow the Pearlex
but obviously you can be rather more heavy handed than me if you wish.
I think this one needs a sentiment added to it, or perhaps a die cut, I'll play around with it before it goes in the drawer to send I think.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs