Friday, 20 October 2017

Poinsettias and Hellebores

I went to the foamiran workshop organised by Monika from Love to Craft and Create and taught by Ewa Constancja last weekend.  It. Was. Fantastic!  It truly was.

We made Poinsettias from dies (Tim Holtz and Craft Passions), learned how to make those sweet little berries, and made mistletoe and holly sans dies - these were all hand cut.

Here's some of my efforts, and if this is what I can make whilst poorly with a cold and the (unknown) start of shingles I can't wait to get well and be let loose in my craft room again. 

Back on Sunday with a new card.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Country Christmas

I love Kraft, red and white together, it gives such a lovely country look to the card.  I’ve used the beautiful Snow Flurry set and Holiday Word Die set from the latest Whimsy Stamps release and kept it simple with some heat embossing, gingham ribbon and enamel dots, finished off with a couple of bells. 


I cut the word dies 3 times and glued them together so they would stand a bit proud of the card.


And job done, I’ve made a whole batch of these – my 2017 Christmas card pile is coming along nicely!

Whimsy products used

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Foamiran poinsettia viodeo tutorial

Here's the promised foamiran poinsettia video tutorial made using the Lily Flower Die Set from Whimsy Stamps

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Memory Album

Welp, after all these years I can at last say I've made an album.  I was sent it as part of my GDT kit from Love to Craft and Create so, although an album is normally something I would totally shy away from I gave it a whirl and .... it's a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Working with a paper pad and a set of chipboard embellishments helped it ll come together so easily,

I'll list all the Love to Craft & Create products used at the end of the post.

The cover of the album is a white fabric and I didn't want to cover it with paper so used a stencil and come embossing paste to add texture, then decorated with some flowers, die cuts and embellishments that I made using moulds and a hot glue gun.

There are lots of pages, so I've had to squeeze as many as I can into one photo else this post would've gone on for ever lol.

I made some acetate templates to make cutting and fitting photos behind the chipboard frames ... as you can see in the photo, the template slipped and I didn't have time to rephotograph it.

I made pockets to slip tags in, dug out some older stamps for sentiments, used digi sentiments, pulled out a whole load of dies and had a good old play!

I used some micro-beads to decorate the chipboard lavender pieces after painting to give extra texture.

The album also has a box that is made to fit the album - but Bev here went for the overkill on the embellishments so I can't push the lid down properly.  Only I could do that 😂

And now for the links

(I'll add the link to the album and box once it's live in the shop)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Whimsy Stamps October Release Previews–Day 4

I’m back with another preview for the October Whimsy Stamps release of clear and rubber stamps as well as dies.  The new release will be live in the Whimsy Store on the 7th, until then the DT are showcasing the new goodies.

I’m back to the old shabby chic for today’s card.  I’ve used the new Oh Holy Night clear stamp set, along with my Lily Flower die set and Christmas Branches die set.


I made the poinsettias in two sizes, the centres being just a simple cluster of berries and stamped some of the branches from the stamp set onto vellum and heat embossed then fussy cut them out to use in the flower arrangement.


I made the little stars (which I thought worked so well with the sentiment) from hot glue and a silicone mould.  Once set I gave them a coat of white paint and slathered in glitter.


Whimsy Stamps products used:  (stamp set will be linked once live in the store on the 7th)

Oh Holy Night display
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Monday, 2 October 2017

Whimsy Stamps October Release Previews–Day 2

It's time for the new October release at Whimsy Stamps. Each month from the 1st through the 5th, a few new sets from both the rubber and clear stamp lines along with new dies. Then on the 7th, everything will be available to purchase in the Whimsy Stamps store.

For my card today I’ve used the sublime new Snow Flurries Background stamp along with the new Greetings Dies, as well as the Lily Flower die (my old faithful and perfect for poinsettias!) and the Christmas Branches die set that was released last month.  I used the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles dies for the card base.  The links to the background stamp and the word dies will not be live till the 7th, so I’ll link to those once they are.

I made the background by stamping with versamark ink then heat embossing with white EP.  I then rubbed on Pumice Stone Distress Ink all over.  Quick, simple and great for production line cards.


I used white foamiran to make the poinsettia and tipped the edges of the petals with some gold paint.  Love the sparkle the glitter holly leaves give off.


A little stitched banner was perfect for the “let it” part of the sentiment.


Whimsy Stamps products used (I’ll add the new ones once they’re live in the shop)

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Back tomorrow and Wednesday with more goodies

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Penguin Saint Nick

A little penguin card for a change, because .... penguins!! All the links to the Whimsy Stamps products are at the end of the post.

I used the following copic markers to colour the image

Pengin: C9, 7,5; 1,0,00; YR24, 21, 31, 30; YR24, 21, Y11
Ribbon: BG99,G29, 24, 21, 20
Hat/scarf: R29, 27, 24, 22

And of course I made some foamiran poinsettias 

The poinsettias are so quick and easy to make using the lily die.  I have't forgotten about the videos, they are made and I'm waiting for my computer .... again.  My old one came back and died after a day so I ordered a new one from Laptops Direct.  Sadly they mis-sold me a computer that actually doesn't exist and I'm struggling to get my £500 back so I can go and buy another one, they are playing the lets ignore the old bat and she'll go away game.  Yeah, like that's going to happen.  That's one company to avoid like the plague, for sure.

The papers are what I pulled out of my huge box of Christmas papers, not sure who they're by.

Whimsy products used:

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Spectacular Foamiran Christmas Workshop in Nottingham

Whoop!  I'm booked up for the Christmas Workshop being hosted by Love to Craft & Create and taught by the amazing Ewa Constancja in Nottingham.

Places are limited so if you're interested then pop across to the Love to Craft & Create Facebook page to get all the details.  I've done a few of Ewa's workshops and they truly are amazing.  I can't sing her praises highly enough, I've learned so much from her.

Don't these flowers and berries look sublime?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Christmas Memories

Each year I like to make a very special friend of mine gift tags for her presents, she loves all things Christmas so I try to go the extra mile when wrapping her gifts. 

I went with a vintage theme using her favourite colours.  They were so quick and easy to make too.


I kept them fairly simple, with some stamping in Distress Inks on lightly patterned paper, with gold card and glitter to lift them.  I made the little poinsettias using some of the left over paper and a sheet of gold glitter card.




Products from Whimsy Stamps:

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And before I close this post out, just a quick heads up that Whimsy Stamps needs support for the disaster relief efforts underway in Southwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma by purchasing the special Helping Hands clear stamp set.  It  will be on sale from now to the end of  December, and Whimsy Stamps will generously donate all proceeds from the sale of each set to aid in disaster relief efforts.
The set is available to purchase as a pre-order now for $14US and will begin shipping in mid October.

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