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Christmas concertinas



Here are a couple of nice little projects I have been working on ready for my autumn classes at the WEA in Leicester – a concertina flag card and a concertina card in a matchbox.

flag1For the flag card I used some mint green card which I stencilled over with a snowflake stencil and Cracked Pistachio Distress ink. I decorated the front with a stamped sentiment (stamp by Stampendous) and the flags inside with some die cut words and snowflakes. I used seam binding for the ribbon tie which I coloured using Dylusions White Linen spray and more of the pistachio ink.



I used a large matchbox for my second card, one that had contained extra long matches, although you can use any size and they are fun to make and to receive! I started off by giving the ‘drawer’ a coat of acrylic paint then covered the sleeve with patterned paper. The concertina card inside was made with cream card that has been stamped with trees (Sheltering Tree by Stampin’ Up). The houses (stamp by Crafty Individuals) were stamped on separate card, coloured and cut out, then added to the card. I have also applied some Polar White Flowersoft below the houses and in the trees for snow. The final touch was to decorate the top of the box: I have added a stamped greeting, some die cut foliage and a little bell attached to linen thread.


Winter Wonderland


It seems very odd to be posting these cards when we are expecting a heat wave in the UK over the next few days! But, yes, I have made a start on my Christmas cards. This is partly because I am currently planning for my card making courses in the Autumn term and partly because I wanted to try out some new stamps and dies I have recently bought. These are two of my favourites so far.

deer This card was quick and easy to make, using various shades of Distress Inks blended onto white card for the sky (I used a punched circle as a mask for the moon), and blending very lightly over strips of torn paper for the snowy hills at the bottom. Then I stamped the trees (Stampin’ Up Lovely as a tree) and the sentiment at the top (this was from Woodware’s Huge Snow set).

The final touch was to add the die cut deer (die by Tim Holtz) – this was cut from cream card and then coloured with Distress Inks.


For my second card I started off by stamping Watercolour wash background stamp by Stampin’Up using 3 different blue DIs. Then I applied texture paste through a snowflakes stencil over the top. In this instance I used translucent paste into which I had mixed some glitter. Unfortunately it was impossible to get a good photo to show up the glistening snowflakes. This close-up shows them slightly better.


I die cut the word ‘wonderland’ (die by Tim Holtz) four times from white card, coloured three of them with blue ink and then glued them one on top of the other with the white word on top.


Bokeh backgrounds


I got together with some friends on Saturday to do some crafting. We were trying out some faux metal techniques and bokeh backgrounds which are popular at the moment. Here are a couple of cards I’ve made with some of my results.

bokeh1I have used Distress Inks blended onto white card for both of these backgrounds, although you can use a variety of mediums to create this first step, such as watercolours or spray inks. Then sponge through circle templates with white ink (Brilliance or pigment). I cut my circles from a piece of acetate which is handy as you can see precisely where you are putting them, but you could use card instead. On this card I have stamped the Doc Marten boots (by Deep Red) in black, used a die cut greeting, and finally added a few sequins. I will probably send this card to one of my friends as she told me she has always fancied a pair of pink Doc Martens!



On my second card I have added a die-cut ‘umbrella man’ (die by Tim Holtz) which  was cut from card which I had covered with aluminium tape. then I embossed it with an embossing folder and finally added some colour using alcohol inks.


Stencilled backgrounds


I have been trying out some ideas using stencils to create backgrounds and here are a couple of cards using the results. I have used Distress Inks throughout to add colour.



I have used three stencils on this background: a clocks mask used all over, then the chevrons in two areas and in a different colour ink. Finally I used texture paste through a stencil for the numbers across the top.

The main image is one of Tim Holtz’s blueprint stamps.







For this card I used a chicken wire stencil and three colours on ink. While the stencil was still in place I stamped some text through randomly to add a little more texture.

Finished off with a stamped greeting and a die cut butterfly.


Both cards were relatively quick and easy to make – the most time spent waiting for things to dry!

Christmas cascades


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Earlier this year Craft Stamper magazine featured a tutorial on making cascade cards (the easy way). I have been meaning to have a go at this for ages … finally made two for Christmas ( I am currently in full festive mode!).

The pink card was stamped with snowflakes before folding and then I added lots of punched and die cut snowflakes. I used Woodware ‘Huge Snow’ stamp for the hanging letters – these were cut out separately and then attached with thin strips of acetate on the back so that they float.

For the other card I used a sheet of lovely double sided printed card (so no added decoration to the surface required) and used die cut poinsettias to decorate.

I enjoyed making these cascades but I wouldn’t want to make hundreds for Christmas!!

SDC 100!


Yes it’s the 100th challenge on Stampotique Designers Blog and the theme is ‘anything goes’. So, here is my entry on which I’ve used only Stampotique stamps. ???????????????????????????????

I started off by stamping Stella first, then masked her and stamped the Mushroom Group. The mushrooms were then also masked while I blended Distress Inks randomly over the whole background. The masks were removed and Stella and mushrooms coloured with ProMarkers, then Abstract Foliage stamped in black along the bottom. I wanted to add some texture to the background so I used a flower mask on the right side, inking over it with the same DIs, and on the left I have used texture paste through a harlequin stencil. When this dried I coloured over the paste with more DIs. I finished off with a few water splatters, adding the text and some tiny die cut butterflies.

Sample Book – page 8


On this latest ???????????????????????????????page of my sample book I have tried another new technique that was featured in Craft Stamper magazine recently – a die cut collage. I cut a circle of watercolour paper and then die cut the flowers, leaves and the bird also from watercolour paper. The shapes were glued to the circle using gel medium and then painted with acrylic paint.

Butterfly house


???????????????????????????????This is a wooden configurations-type box in the shape of a house which is approximately A4 size. When I started on this project I didn’t have any particular theme in mind, other than the colour scheme – I painted the box with Moonlight Fresco Finish acrylic paint, so decided on light purple and turquoise with a few touches of pink. Then I decorated one of the ‘rooms’ and used a butterfly, so I  thought why not incorporate at least one butterfly in each section to create a more cohesive overall theme. I’ve used a lot of stamped and coloured images along with a variety of other embellishments such as lace, flowers and some metal charms.  At the top of the house, in the ‘attic’, I’ve used a die by Crafty Individuals and a gorgeous little metal lamp which I coloured with alcohol inks.

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At last, a canvas!


???????????????????????????????I bought some small, cheap canvases ages ago –  it must be 2 or 3 years ago – intending to decorate them, but believe it or not I’ve only just got around to doing one!! I guess it must be because I haven’t got any cards to make at the moment and I can’t do without my almost daily fix of a bit of crafting. So here is my very first attempt at a canvas. The surface of the canvas was coloured using Dylusions spray inks, then I stamped the numbers at the bottom directly onto the canvas using black gesso (which I’ve also used to paint around the sides and edges). The other images were stamped onto tissue paper and then glued to the canvas using Mod Podge. I’ve used stamps by Paperbag Studios, Personal Impressions and Tim Holtz. The flower was made by cutting old book pages with Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die, then sprayed with the Dylusions inks and  light spritz of gold Glimmermist.


I finished the project and took the above photo of the canvas, then I suddenly decided to add a little black bead to the tiny watch cog on the heart balloon. This is soooo like me!

Scrapbook Page


eireSomething new for me to display! I have been asked to teach a two-day course on scrapbooking for beginners at my local WEA centre this term. So I have been working on a few examples and here is a 12″ x 12″ page I’ve just finished. It’s not a very recent photo but it inspired me!! I couldn’t resist using my Tim Holtz umbrella man die, and the pun in the title.