I am taking a blogging break for a while, last month my lovely husband was diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately it was very aggressive. Sadly he passed away this weekend.
I find card making very therapeutic and hope to be back real soon .
I recently went on a craft workshop in Devon learning about Gelli Plate printing, it was a great class and I was really inspired by the images you can create using simple household items plus acrylic paint or even Distress Oxide inks. Of course I got home and ordered my own Gelli Plate straight away!!
When it arrived I had great fun making loads of card backgrounds with my Oxide inks. This one uses Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio inks and a Snowflake die from Simon Says , I also used bubble wrap which creates a fabulous effect in the ink.
With this background I also ran it through my Crystal Distortion embossing folder for added texture. I then die cute this cute Li'l Gnome also from Simon Says in this beautiful pool coloured glitter card.Just a heat embossed sentiment and some sequins and a very simple card. I am going to have lots of fun with my Gelli Plate!!
This is a card I made for my daughters Birthday back in February, she loves a cocktail so I knew this set from Tim Holtz would be perfect for her.
I was lucky enough to get a Spellbinders hot foil machine for my birthday and wanted to use one of my trial pieces in the design. This is the Elegant Oval plate and I have used silver foil, it was the perfect background for my cocktails.
I stamped and coloured with Zig markers my cocktails and then fussy cut , I added them to my card using foam tape for some dimension. The sentiment is also hot foiled and lurking in the back of a drawer I found some really old foiled sentiment sheets that I used when I first started crafting, luckily I had a silver Daughter sticker which matched perfectly, ( so glad I held on to the sticker sheets, I knew they would come in useful again one day!!).
Have a great weekend
Getting my mojo going so decided to make another slimline card for the SSS Flickr Challenge again using a piece of stamped card from my scrap basket. I had stamped and embossed in clear the Cosmos flower background from Simon Says on some card smooshed with Distress Oxide inks. I had graduated the colours so cut the three pieces to go behind my windows.
Its good to use pieces from my scraps as the basket is rather full at the moment!!
After a few days away in sunny Devon I am back to my crafting and have found by mojo is still away lol!!
I found this panel in my scraps box that I made using the Simon Says Gerbera Daisy background stamp a few months ago, I had used the other half of the panel on a thank you card and thought that this would help to kickstart my mojo.
I layered the card onto a slimline base and added the die cut "Happy" and computer generated "Birthday" also added lots of sparkly sequins.
Adding this card to the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Slimline and Spring". and the Die Cut Divas challenge "Birthday".
Off to sit in the garden now and make the most of it. Have a great weekend
A card for the current "Lets Squash It" challenge which is to use the same embossing folder to emboss and deboss on your card. I decided to use a flowery cuttlebug border folder embossing on the top of the card and debossing on the bottom.
I then cut a strip of card with an older wavy cutting die and then stamped and white embossed with the Simon Says "Gerbera" background stamp.I coloured with Zig brush markers and added a hot foil sentiment and a few sequins.
I am off to visit a friend in Devon for a few days and the weather is set fair, looking forward to some long beach walks.
Definitely not my normal colour scheme but I am always up for a challenge!! The Heffy Doodle facebook challenge is Green and Gold and maybe a shaker! I have had this little elephant from Heffy Doodles for a while now and often use it on baby cards, I just thought it would make a great Good Luck card too.
I found this one really hard to photograph with the acetate , the background paper is really a lightisg green but looks olive in the photos.
This card is also for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Bit O' Green"
I was lucky enough to find a couple of intricate corner dies from Crafters Companion in a local Charity shop, they were both , very cheap, unused and still in their packets, so I had to bring them home with me!!I particularly love this first one which is very intricate and couldn't wait to use it for a card.
A very simple design using a square die and layering the corner die on the card. I then just added the SSS die cut flowers and leaves and a hot foil sentiment using my new Spellbinders set.
Its a miserable wet day here in Dorset and it looks like its not getting any brighter over the weekend so I will be in my craft room this weekend!
Today I am joining the LOVE flickr group challenge for Ukraine The lovely LaVon is going to donate $50 to a charity to help the Ukrainian people.
Here is my card using Simon Says stamp Gerbera Daisy background coloured with Zig Brush markers to represent Sunflowers, I think the stamp works very well for this purpose.
I have run my background card through the Cracked Distortion embossing folder before adding the sunflower strip. I next added some gems and a hot foil sentiment from spellbinders designed by Yana Smakula.