Thursday 29 December 2011

After a few weeks of winter cleaning... and getting ready for Christmas I'm now ready to start a fresh.What to play with first,I've been so used to being given a limited collection of products to work with. I may have to do the same to myself.
On the run up to Christmas I managed to make quite a few cards,here's a photo of one of my favourites,

For this card I used the Heirloom ornaments 2011 die from Spellbinders. Once cut, the shape was left in the die then embossed it using the polka dot mask,then inked using one of the new winter seasonal distress inks.Doing it in this way leaves a plain white edge to the shape.
The poinsettia was stamped using another of the winter seasonal inks, then the whole shape was embossed using Aurora Crystal embossing powder.To create the background I tore a piece of paper to use as a mask,inked around it and overstamped in the same colour using a wording stamp.Removed the mask then stamped the sprig with jet black archival ink.Both the sprig and poinsettia came from the A5 unmounted stamp set Snowflakes and sprigs from Creative Expressions.
I've used this die in so many different ways, hopefully I'll show some other cards in the very near future.,

Thursday 1 December 2011

New opportunities

Well my announcement is that I have left Creative Expressions to go back to being a freelance designer and demonstrator.
Recently I have been working at alot of the craft shows with both Kay Rutter (Hougie) and J & C Creations, and have really enjoyed meeting fellow crafters.This meant I did not have a lot of free time and was missing a lot of crafting time.
I'm hoping to now have time to play with lots of different and new products.
First things first, Christmas cards and Christmas shopping.Spending spree tomorrow at Lincoln Christmas market really looking forward to this as it was cancelled last year due to SNOW!!!Weekend means time to tidy the studio and then to make my Christmas cards, have at least 100 to make.What design to do,that might take some thinking time......
I know I've shocked some people with this announcement but I hope to now keep up with my blog and let you see what I've been making.
Who knows what I'll be doing in the future but it will be fun experimenting on the way.

Did you see this in last months Craft Stamper?I used some of the foundations papers and the button tree stamp from Creative Expressions.