Sunday, 9 September 2018


I've inadvertently taken a very long break from blogging but I know that the next few weeks and months will bring lots of card making with 'birthday season' for my family followed by all the Christmassy makes I can possibly fit in! It's 'stamptember' over at simon says stamp too, so I reckon it's a pretty good time to pick the reins back up.

To start off, a simple card I made for my sister's birthday using Paperartsy stamps and a stamped message from craft work cards. 

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Cas cardio Christmas

Happy New year's eve everyone! 
I've enjoyed making many of my Christmas cards using card-io stamps this year, however I haven't shared all that many of them here. This was one of my faves so I hope you like it :)

Stamping sensations, winter trees and flowers 
Penny black at allsorts - clean and simple
Simon says stamp- anything goes

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Pop up surprise

Hi there,
Today I'm showing you how to make a pop up gift card holder to make your gift that little bit more personalised.

I started by slicing a strip about 5cm wide from a piece of a4 white card.

Setting aside the strip for later, I folded the larger piece in half. I then measured 4.5cm from the fold, scored lightly and folded along the score line.  Turning the card over, I repeated on the other side. 

This left me with this set up

Using a gift card as a size guide,I cut a slit in the centre fold to slot it in.

I painted the outside of the card in jade fresco paint and the inside with Antarctic paint. 
I used JOFY stamps to decorate and painted with white fire paint.

Next I taped the folds to create the pop up middle section

I used the JOFY mini snowflakes stamp to decorate the inside of the card and painted a panel that could be written on.

On a separate piece of card I stamped the pile of presents from JOFY set 02 in charcoal versa ink and embossed with clear powder. I then painted it using fresco paints.

Having cut this out I added wire to the top and stuck in the centre of the pop up.

With the gift card in;


With the strip I cut away at the beginning I made a band to hold the card closed;

So that's one present I've got ready to give when needed!


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Thursday, 28 December 2017

#12 The last of the funkie junkies

Well here we are, the final funkie junkie 'tag' of 2017, and what a lot of fun I've had along the way. It is so good to be given fresh inspiration and styles to try each week, I definitely plan to join in again next year. 

For Linda's final tag of the year she was inspired by the bits and pieces left lying around on her craft desk. I contemplated including a picture of my craft space here, but I decided I was too embarrassed! There are lots of bits and pieces lying around but I thought I would just show you the card that I made with them instead. 

I had a piece of this gorgeous basic grey paper mounted to a card blank from about two years ago. I liked it so much I didn't want to cover over any of the pattern and so it stayed half finished til now! I added some of the leftover holly coated in glossy accents, stamped the retro Christmas greeting on to some more paper and mounted on to an off cut. I finished with a few dots of liquid pearl for holly berries et voila, #12 was done 🙂

The challenge is sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #11

Hello! I'm sharing no 11 in the 12 tags of Christmas series today, getting so close to the end now! It's been so much fun joining in each week, even if I did start rather late!

Throughout the 12 tags I have been focused mostly on processes used. I started with dry brushed gesso, then stencilled a little bauble stencil over the top. I stamped  greenery stamps top and bottom using archival ink and blended some gilding wax around the outer edge of the tag.

My band for the middle of the tag was cut from scraps of a gorgeous basic grey scrapbook paper. I decided to stamp the focal point message on to vellum, partly because I still had some on my desk from the last project and partly because I wanted to see more of the paper underneath! I finished with a little retro deer brad and some frayed burlap.

The funkie junkie boutique sponsors this challenge, check it out for lots of gorgeous materials.

Hope you're all enjoying a festive break - I went back to work today but was glad to spend a couple of days with family.
Take care,
Lou x

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #10

Hello! I'm sharing no 10 in the 12 tags of Christmas series today, I really had no idea at all how this one would turn out when I started it, but I'm quite pleased with the result.

Throughout the 12 tags I have been focused mostly on processes used and this was no exception. I started with dry brushed gesso, blended over distress ink and then partially stamped a bo bunny stamp.
I didn't have any glitter paste but I have grunge paste and I have glitter... The glitter didn't stick as well as I had hoped to the wet grunge paste so once it was dry I ruined the tips with folding wax instead.
I want really sure what to place as the focal point, I had originally thought snowflakes but I really liked the wreath in Linda's tag and felt it would work Errol with the background. Mine is created using two nesting circle dies inside each other, topped with a bow.
The banner is made using gold embossing on the text and blended with di.

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Not long to go now, Happy Christmas eve everyone!

Funkie Junkie #9

This has to be my favourite of all the 12 tags of Christmas projects, I'm smitten with anything that has a deer on it and I just love the snowfall and the deep blue background.
Unfortunately I didn't have quite the right colours to create that lovely deep blue, so have had to settle for something a little lighter.

I created the background in the same way Linda describes in her post, and to avoid any possible pink problems I used chunky white embossing enamel to create the snow.

I chose to use vellum die the white greenery and also to stamp the greeting. The deer is an impression obsession die, I cut two layers then coated then in cosmic shimmer ultra thick embossing enamel.

Hope you like it!

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