Tuesday 25 September 2012

Westpoint, Exeter

It was great to meet some of my blog followers at Ally Pally especially Patricia,she even brought a Hougie board lol. Well the t-shirts are washed and packed as I'm off to Westpoint Exeter tomorrow with Kay,so if anybody is going please come and say Hi.
The last time we went to this show back in January,I ended up getting out and pushing the van as it had snowed very heavily.Don't think it will be snow but rain this time..... hope it dries up soon.
This was another card I did for Donington Park,using the Shake It domes.
The image is a stamp from Heartfelt Creations which I stamped with Jet Black Archival and water coloured with Weathered Wood.
I added Glitter Jewels from Creative Expressions for the shakeable snow.
The card shape and layers were made using a Spellbinders Grand Label and of course the flowers are made from the poinsettia die.
I used papers from Fabscraps for the layers.
I will take my laptop this week,my daughter borrowed it last weekend to revise for her driving theory
which I please to say she has now passed.I hope I have an internet connection hate not being able to keep in touch.

Thursday 20 September 2012

Ally Pally Tomorrow

Suitcase nearly packed,pack lunches and treats brought,car filled with petrol( only got to get to Kay's though) and some spending money in purse. Do you think I'm looking forward to going to Ally Pally?
It's a new experience this year as we're in a different hall,hopefully set up will still be straight forward.
If your going over the weekend please come and say Hi,I will be on the Hougie stand.
I don't think I've posted this card, it's one I made for Donington Park.
The products I used for this were
Papers - Fabscraps(J & C Creations)
Dies - Spellbinders,Heirloom Ornament 2011
Shake It - J & C Creations
Bright Gold Embossing Powder- Creative Expressions
Adhesive gems - Hobby House
Stamp - Heartfelt Creations
The technique I used on the poinsettia  was to use Perfect Medium on a piece of cut and dry to sponge through the die once cut.Remove the poinsettia from the die and cover with embossing powder and heat.
This will be my last post 'till Monday,hopefully I'll have some photos to post from the show.

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Happy Christmas

This card would be great as a quick card for Christmas,easily done in other colours.For this one I used Dusty Concord.I inked over a piece of coconut white card  then stamped with the same colour,Using a damp brush( water) I painted over the berries, then after a couple of seconds blotted it with kitchen roll.This will remove the ink and return it to white.
To give a bit of sparkle I used glue and a crystal glitter following the leaf markings.
Any of the label dies from Spellbinders could be used to make a topper with greeting.
I cut this label out of the white card but left it in the die when inking it to reveal a white edge when removed.
Two days to Ally Pally, think I might start to pack my suitcase. Why is it, no matter how many lists you make you always forget something ?

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Countdown to Ally Pally

Just over three days to go,two for us as we have to set up on Friday.We are really looking forward to this show it's one of our favourites. This is the first time we will have been in the Grand Hall. It should mean more space between the stands,plus there is the large circular stain glass window to see.

The card tonight was stamped with Jet Black Archival then covered with clear embossing powder then heated. I used Distress ink to watercolour it,Brushed Corduroy and Barn Door.The holly I painted with Peeled Paint and Barn Door, cut and mounted them on the card with 3D foam.The papers were Bo Bunny,the vintage ribbon was from Creative Expressions. The swirl and the aperture were made using Spellbinder Dies.
A few more cards to go from Sheena's last show so please pay me a visit when you can,

Monday 17 September 2012

Black & Orange

Bit of a quirky card this one,when I was cutting it down to mat and layer the shape appeared.I liked the effect it gave,it also meant there was a place to attach the ribbon without losing the central area of the card.Hope that makes sense.
I made a stencil by die-cutting a scrap piece of paper with an Spellbinders oval,through which I used Wild Honey,Rusty Hinge and Barn Door Distress ink.
Then I stamped the robin using Jet Black Archival.The black Vintage ribbon and Decorative pins are from Creative Expressions.
The black adhesive pearls are from Hobby House, available from  J & C Creations.

Saturday 15 September 2012

Black & White Christmas

The image for this one was stamped using Jet Black Archival,then I made the aperture in Black card using a Spellbinders label.The acetate had already been stamped and embossed with snowflakes as this was left over from a previous card I made, as the saying goes crafters never waste anything.The holly and the robin were stamped in black and then glittered with Twinkles Aurora over the leaves and main body of the bird.For the red breast and the berries I used some glitter from Glitter Magic.The white dots around the edge were made using the white pen from Ranger.

More Christmas tomorrow.

I hope everything went ok with Sheena's op,will post if I hear anything.

If anyone in my area is looking for the new Crafter's Companion magazine,they have it for sale at Colemans Warehouse,got mine today.

Friday 14 September 2012

Seasons Greetings

Well wasn't much chance to see the samples the design team had made as the stamps sold so fast,thanks to everybody who brought them, I know you'll love them they're so versatile. I will have to do my best to show all the cards I made.
This one was one of Sheena's favourites,the image was stamped in memento and coloured with alcohol pens.Using  one of the labels from Spellbinders I cut the image and then used Antique Linen to ink around the edge.The base of the card was made by cutting up some scraps of paper into rectangles and attach to a piece of green card leaving a space around each one.I added some lace and ribbon across the card about two thirds of the way down.The poinsettia were made using another Spellbinders die, the adhesive pearls for the centres came from Hobby House.I cut the swirls using a Marianne die from green card but wanted them to stand out a bit more so I embossed them with clear embossing powder which darken the cardstock.
Think I'll finish the evening with a glass of wine and a Chinese takeaway with my husband  as 27 years ago today we were married.The years seem to have gone so fast.

Thursday 13 September 2012

More Christmas Stamps from Sheena

Sorry for the break in posts,as I said in the previously I was at the Bluewater show and then managed to pick up a bug, better now, seemed to be a 24 hour thing. During this week I've been working on some new stamps from Sheena which will be shown tomorrow on C&C , first show is at 11am.

It took me a few minutes to decide which one to show first. I love Christmas stamps, so many ways  to use them.
To make this card I stamped the image twice using memento as I coloured using alcohol ink pens.I used a deckle edge oval die from Spellbinders to cut out just the snowman, which was inked  around the edge with Black Soot to make it stand out against the background. Ok I cheated and stamped the snowflakes from a previous set of Sheena's stamps. Using a Quicky glue pen and some Glamour dust to add a little sparkle  after I mounted onto some Bo Bunny paper and the base card made from a sheet of Centura Pearl.

I was really chuffed yesterday when I saw a copy of the new Crafter's Companion magazine, as the main image on the front page was a card I made. Sheena asked me to make some cards with instructions for this magazine as they were giving away an embossing folder she had designed.
I can't wait to see a copy,debating whether to frame the front page and hang it up for all to see at home to prove I do work lol.............

So in between watching Sheena's  shows I'll try post some more samples I've made.

Sunday 2 September 2012

Break before Bluewater

Well I'm now installed at the hotel after breaking down the stand at the Sincerely Yours show Biggin Hill. We have two rest days now before the four day show at Bluewater,so Sharon (Glitter Magic) and I are planning to do some shopping,touring and of course crafting.

Here's a card I made using Sheena's fairy plate.
The background was made sponging the pourables over it,then stamping and embossing in black the corner stamp. The fairy again was done in black on the Centura white pearl card and die-cut with the deckled edge oval from Spellbinders.I made the flower using the Dahlia die and the leaves are a Martha Stewart punch.
I 'll post again tomorrow with what we've been doing plus another card from Sheena's last show.