Saturday 31 August 2013

Revisiting those little diddly stamps

I'm sitting in the room that 6 weeks ago was tidied and spotless, everything was in it's home and easy to find. Unfortunately, I think it'll take another 6 weeks for all my crafty stash to be returned to it's cupboard and shelf space.

I spent yesterday playing with lots of my little diddly stamps that I've acquired over the years and my newly purchased Inkadinkado stamping gear. Such great fun that fulfilled the maths side of my brain. Here are a couple of the cards I've made.

This card was made from a diddly stamp from Poppy Meadow from Chocolate Baroque.

Another using the same stamp.

This one is from the Indian Elephant set.

I used a stamp from the set that comes with the small round cog.

I had great fun making these cards and will be searching through my stash looking for more of my under used stamps.

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Saturday 24 August 2013

Christmas Angel

Good morning all.

I'm still very much in Christmas mode at the moment, thinking about how I want to get ahead with my card making rather than rushing at the last minute to get them made. I've really enjoyed the big and bold stamps as they help make fabulous backgrounds for lots of stamped toppers.

For the background I stamped with the Big and Bold Snowflake Outline and a pale blue chalk ink trimmed it and mounted onto card. I folded a 6x6 easel card and stamped the sentiment for the stopper to hold the front up. The sentiment is a single clear stamp and is really useful.
The Angel has been stamped with black memento and coloured with alcohol pens, she is so serene and a delight to colour.

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Wednesday 14 August 2013

Playing making backgrounds

Recently, I was inspired to take a day playing making backgrounds. I set up in the conservatory which had a lovely cooling breeze running trough it. I got out all my Distress Inks, paints, a water spray and had the messiest, inkiest time.

I pre cut lots of 7x7 squares of watercolour card and followed the process Glenda showed on her Mojo Monday technique. I hope the link works because it is a great source of inspiration and techniques.
I used dusty concord and tumbled glass and lightly spritzed them laid down the paper. When the ink dried I stamped the baubles with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white powder. The sentiment is from the Gothic Angels stamps and I cut it out with a nestabilitie.
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Monday 12 August 2013

Antique looking Christmas Baubles

My card today was such a pleasure to make, I love to colour with alcohol pens and the baubles are great for lots of different colour themes.

I stamped the Big Bold Background Christmas Baubles with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow Black Twinkle powder. The powder sparkles really well and I'm sure I'll be using it many times for my Christmas cards. I coloured the baubles with a selection of reds, greens and beige alcohol pens. When the edges were trimmed I used Antique Linen then added it to a 6x6 square Kraft card. For the sentiment I stamped it and trimmed it then cut out triangles from each end and scored twice at each end and folded.

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Wednesday 7 August 2013

Snowflakes during the Summer

I'm over the moon to have made a start with my cards for Christmas and the Big Bold Backgrounds certainly have helped with the massive task I know we all have at making so many.

For this card I stamped the Solid Snowflake onto white card with Versamark Ink and coloured with chalks that have been in my stash for years. I used traditional red with brown as I wanted a vintage looking card. For the baubles I stamped the Snowflake Outline and embossed with Wow Red Glitz embossing powder, it sparkles beautifully. I placed the bauble die carefully on the stamped card and managed to die cut two from the same piece of card. To help the bauble stand out from the background softly edge with vintage photo distress ink. Finishing with a couple of bows, some stickles dots and a sentiment these stamps are going to help with batch card making.

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Thursday 1 August 2013

A memories book

Recently I was asked to make a large card for the Head Teacher of our school who was retiring. The criteria was that all the children would sign it. Well, my thinking cap went on and I started to make a book. I hadn't realised how many hours it would take to put together and collect all of the contents. So after two full days sitting at the table here is what I came up with.

There are fifteen pages to the book and it's all stitched together. I was shown how to do this a few years ago when on a craft retreat. Unfortunately I can't show the inside as there are a lot of photographs in there.

To accompany the book I made a memory album with photographs of visits and events through the years. The little box houses forty something small square cards I made from each member of staff. I was so pleased with the finished gifts and seeing the Heads face when he received them.

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