Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Shaker Card

I love all the Christmas shaker cards that I'm seeing this year. With sequins being so popular right now it's almost impossible not to make one! I have a couple in the works right now but have decided to share this one first. I used the Stitched Film Strip die from Pretty Pink Posh for the frame. I just love this die, and it provides a different look to the plain circle or square shaker cards. I used some very small crystal beads from my local discount store for the shaker elements. For the three pictures I used the Simon Says Stamp poinsettia Parade die using gold and dark red cardstock for the poinsettia, a bauble in glimmer paper and the trees and sentiment are from an older Impression Obesssion stamp set I always seem to use in some way each year! I'm sorry Paulina, the sequins are not Pretty Pink Posh :( My very first order I placed was just dies. But I'll be sure to grab some sequins in your Black Friday Sales!!! The striped red paper has a border using the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 2 die.

Stamps: Christmas Mini's (Impression Obsession)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Santa's List (Teresa Collins), Silver glimmer paper (Stampin Up), Gold cardstock (my local discount store)
Accessories: Stitched Borders 2 and Stitched Film Strip dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Christmas ornaments die (My Favourite Things), Sequins (Spotlight), Shaker elements (my local discount store)

First Holy Communion

I was asked to do a first Holy Communion card for a friends daughter. She requested an image of a girl praying. I immediately thought of Di's Digi Stamps. She has the most adorable images for this sort of occaision. I coloured this girl with copic markers and added some dazzling diamonds to her veil. I toyed with the idea of the light green background, but I think it turned out very cute. I didn't have a communion sentiment stamp so I just typed "First Holy Communion" in a word doc and printed it out!

Stamps: Communion Prayer Girl (Di's Digi Stamps)
Ink:    -   , Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Memorable (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Stampin Up chevron ribbon & clear button, Doily, Spellbinders circle die 

Christmas Notecards

I still can't believe how much I'm loving gold and silver. I thought it was just going to be a phase, but I'm totally hooked! I'm particularly loving Teresa Collins' Tinsel and Company line. I have used it here in the background circles for these very cute notecards. I think we have all heard now about the passing of Teresa's husband. I do not know her, but have been following her blog for a few years now. I have to commend her for being so open and honest with what has happened. Very few of us will experience a love like she had with him. I think about her and her family almost every day now and send my love and thoughts as I know everyone in the crafting world is doing.
Now these cards do look simply gorgeous in the flesh. I have such trouble photographing & editing gold, silver and shimmery pieces. On my Christmas wish list this year is a photography course!

Stamps: Festival Of Trees (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Metallic gold and Silver (We Are Memory Keepers)
Papers: Tinsel & Company (Teresa Collins), Silver & Dazzling diamonds glimmer paper (Stampin Up), Gold glitter paper (Spotlight) 
Accessories: Stampin Up Christmas tree punch and clear buttons, Spellbinders circle die, Taylored Expressions Scallop Notecard die

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wishing You A Speedy Recovery

My friend asked me for a speedy recover card on short notice. I was itching to use my Lawn Fawn On The Mend set anyway so it was perfect timing. I coloured the turtle with copic markers and wanted him to really stand out against the background so I chose this bright pink paper. Love it when cards come together so quickly. Very simple but very cute :)
Stamps: On The Mend (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Copix X-Press It
Papers: Splendid Sunshine (Echo Park)
Accessories: Spotlight lace and button, Stampin Up twine, My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Lawn Fawn Stitched Banner die

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I am very new to water colouring. I'm a little frightened of it to be honest! I see videos of people doing it so effortlessly with stunning results and I am in awe. But I am forever wanting to learn and improve so I bought a good set of water colour paints, and this gorgeous stamp set from Altenew to give it a go. I think I did......ok. It'll definitely take a lot of practice but I really enjoyed doing it. I white embossed the flowers so the paint did not run, and used glimmer paper for the sentiment.

Stamps: Persian Motifs (Altenew)
Ink/Colouring: Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 COLOR SET
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Tim Holtz watercolour paper
Papers:   -
Accessories: Happy Birthday Die (My Favourite Things)