Christmas decorations

Hello. Today it’s a snowy Sunday so I decided to make some tree decorations. I started by stamping images from stamps by Mama Elephant from the Beary Christmas set and from the Lawn Fawn set Toboggan together. I used Memento tuxedo black ink to stamp the images.

I then used Prismacolour pencils to colour the images, and Spectrum Noir glitter pen to add some sparkle. I used a white gel pen to add dots for the snow.

I drilled a small hole at the top of each decoration and threaded some red and white striped twine for hanging.

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Christmas cards 2017

Christmas is fast approaching so I thought today I would post all my designs so far to give you some inspiration.

Above each design is the name of the main stamp set used for the card.

Most have an ink blended background and I find the Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders great to create snow drifts.

First up is little reindeer agenda by Mama Elephant.

Upon a star stamp set by Laen fawn

Hollys snowflakes stamp set by Mama Elephant

Christmas pageant stamp set by Neat and Tangled

A beary Christmas stamp set by Mama Elephant.

Fireside Friends stamp set by Newtons Nook

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Quick Christmas card

Today I made a quick Christmas card.

First I stamped snowflakes from the Mama Elephant stamp set Holly’s snowflakes on to a piece of watercolour paper using Emboss clear embossing stamp pad. I used Ranger white embossing powder to heat emboss the snowflakes.

Next I used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and went over the snowflakes to create a blue background.

I then dripped water on to make the distress background. I buffed the snowflakes to bring back the white of the embossing.

I made a small banner using a sentiment stamp from Lawn Fawn joy into the woods stamp set and cut out using a Lawn Fawn stitched border die and adhered it to the card. I attached this to a top folding card base to complete the card.

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Beachy card on a chilly autumn day

Hello. The weather is starting to get a bit chilly here so I decided to warm myself up with a beach card.

I started by stamping the image from Newtons Nook set Aloha Newton on to blending card and used Copic markers to colour it in. I then fussy cut the image and went around the edges with a black Copic marker.

Next I worked on the beach background using distress inks and a blending tool on watercolour paper.

I used a stitched border from Lawn Fawn and put it through my big shot die cutting machine.

I adhered the cat image to the beach background then worked on the background of the card. I used Newtons Nook Tropical Leaves stencil with distress ink on green cardstock to create this.

I also stenciled this on a small piece of card and die cut this with a small Lawn Fawn stitched border. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed it with Papermabia white embossing powder.

I backed the small sentiment on to white card to make a thin border and placed all the pieces together.

I rounded the edges of the card and placed it on to a top folding card to finish.

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Make a wish holiday card

Today I made a quick Christmas card.

I used the Lawn Fawn stamp set Upon a Star. I stamped the cute animals on to X-Peess it blending card with Memento tuxedo black ink then did some simple colouring with Copic markers. I fussy cut the images and went around the edges with a black Copic marker.

Next I worked on the background.

I used watercolour paper and distress ink to make a night sky then with a white gel pen made small dots to look like snow.

I used the Lawn Fawn hillside border dies on white cardstock to make the snow drifts using my Big shot die cutting machine.

Next I used the Santa sleigh die on black cardstock to cut the sleigh image. I coated it in Papermania black embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.


I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set and used silver Papermania embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.
Finally I put it all together and mounted the picture on some dark red cardstock and adhered it to a top folding card base.

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Rainy day card

Hello. I hope you are having a great day. Today I am sharing with you my latest design using Newtons Nook stamp set Newtons Rainy Day.

I started by stamping the main stamp image onto X-Peess it blending card using Memento tuxedo black ink and coloured it using Copic markers.

I then fussy cut the image and used a black pen to highlight the eyes on the animals. I also went around the edge of the image with a black Copic marker. I used Glossy Accents to make the puddle shiney.

Next I worked on the background using distress inks and a blending tool on watercolour paper. I used My Favourite Things mini cloud edges stencil for the sky and sprayed some water on the green ink. I then used a Zig clean colour real brush pen to add marks to give the impression of grass.

Next I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed it with Papermania silver embossing powder. I then stuck the main image on the card and added the rain drop stamp from the set for the rain using Lawn Fawn mermaid ink.

I backed this on to some purple cardstock to give a thin frame and adhered this to a top folding card base.

Here is the finished card.

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Here goes……

So here it is, my first blog post. I wanted to share my card making journey with you all.

I was looking for a hobby so I could have some me time. I have been dipping in and out of craft for many years particularly enjoyed cross stitch. I discovered a love of card making about four years ago while I was pregnant with my third child. I had played around with this craft previously but couldn’t find stamps that I really loved here in the uk, they all seemed aimed at an older generation. Pretty lace patterns and flowers just wasn’t me.

Then I discovered Americn designers with their cute critter stamps. Now that was me. I slowly built up my stash and discovered copic markers and that’s when it became a passion.

Going from this a year ago

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To the current place I am now.

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It has taken time and practice to develop the different skills I have learned such as distress ink blending and sucessfully using embossing powders.

Everything I have learned is self taught through watching my favorite crafters on YouTube and playing with my crafty stash.

I want to share my journey as it continues. So far I have learned it’s ok to make mistakes, it’s all part of the joutney. Nobody is perfect and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your work is unique to you and that’s what makes it special. For me it’s about doing something I enjoy and being pleased with the end result, which is not always as I had planned when I started the design.

I look forward to sharing my cards and craft with you.

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