Saturday, 30 November 2013

Time for overdue catch up

Goodness - once it again it has been a while.  I really must pull my socks up in 2014 - there, that's my first resolution for the New Year.

Looking back at my blog I noticed that on the 8 November I showed you some work in progress - some Christmas toppers.  Well! they did get made into cards.  I have gone for clean & crisp this year - so most of my cards & are embossed white cards with toppers, ribbon etc added - but not too much.  Here is a sample of those made with the little toppers from 8 November;

I used an 8x8 embossing folder that had 2 different panels on it with a plain section through near the centre.  I had to adjust how it sat on my card as I was only using 5x5 cards.  I used the plain area to add my ribbon.

Here's 2 more.  I think if you click on the images a larger version will show the embossing better. I am also pleased to say that all of them included stamping.

I have been busy making cards with various crafts & also been having a play with altered canvas work.  I will sort out the photos & do a post on that next.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance day

We will not forget
Not only those who died in conflicts past but those who give their lives today

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Less is More - Week 145 - One Layer Thanks

Good afternoon everyone & what a beautiful day it is.  Well! it is here in North Wales, so I hope it is where you are too.

My card today is for the challenge at Less is More this week & in the rotation that they do, it is the turn of the one layer card, this time with the theme of "Thanks".

Here is my card;

I created the colour panel on the left side by masking the required space with post it notes then using a "shaving brush" style brush I applied Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters.  I pounced the brush a little as well as brushing smoothly in order to obtain a slight textured & shaded look.  Then as my Micron pens were on my desk from a zentangling session I added the faux stitching around the coloured panel.

The floral spray comes from a set of Laura Ashley stamps & the Thank You is a little wood mounted stamp from PSX which I have had forever.

I am fairly busy at the moment making Christmas cards & making this card has given me an idea for some of my Christmas cards.  So! thank you Less is More.

Why not pop over to the blog & see what else has been entered in this challenge.  Thank you for visiting my blog & perhaps if you have time you would leave a comment - they are always very much appreciated.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Christmas toppers & zentangling

Hello everyone

The making of toppers for Christmas cards continues & I have made a decision to use 3 or 4 different toppers & to try & create different cards with them.

Today I stamped & die-cut about 12 more & there are a few more stamped ready for die-cutting as well.

I also found time to indulge in a little zentangling - which I am finding somewhat compulsive & have been looking out stamps that will lend themselves to this technique.  In the meantime these are digital designs.

This photo shows the toppers made & 3 images for zentangling - the butterfly still to be worked.

A close-up of the 2 flowers.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit - if you have time perhaps you would leave a comment - it would be very much appreciated.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Some stamping & "find it use it"

Good evening everyone - just looking at my blog I notice I haven't shown you some of the cards I have made recently & also some stamping towards my Christmas cards.

Firstly some more of that "find it use it" card making.  Looking in a drawer for some of those plastic masks to use, I came across (I am not sure found is the right word) - some more of those fabric squares.  This time they were in black, gold & white.  Here is what I made & it does involve some stamping too;

They look very clean & fresh - just as I like things.

I also prepared some toppers to go on some embossed cards I had prepared;

The "Let it snow" toppers were made using a stamp that was free on a recent magazine - it really is quite nice.  The snowflake stamp is one by my friend Caroline of CaroLines Creative Stamping. Then yesterday I decided they needed lifting a little & added some colour with the gelly roll pens.

I have some other designs on my work-desk which need die-cutting, so that is probably a job for tomorrow - I suppose I have about two-thirds of the number I require sorted. Then soon it will be the start of putting them together & adding inserts.  

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my little blog space.  Thank you for taking a peek - if you have time before you go perhaps you would leave a comment, they are always much appreciated.