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!


Simon says stamp - anything goes
Simon says stamp- party!

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.

Check or the funkie junkie boutique here

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!

Check or the funkie junkie boutique here

Monday, 18 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #8

Hi there!
My craft space has reached that pre Christmas crafting stage now where there is more stuff on top of it than there is desk underneath it, but I am just about still managing to find everything!

Here is tag no. 8 in the funkie junkie 12 tags of Christmas and as per the previous weeks I have been mostly focused on using the techniques done by Linda.

I created the background in the same way that Linda's was done, first using distress oxides, then am embossing folder and typed off with dry brushed gesso which I really liked for creating a frosty effect. I then choose to use wink of Stella rather than wax as I wanted a nice shimmer.

The embossing folder I had was actually of flowers rather than snowflakes but I think with enough of a blue and white frosty look, it gives the right effect. I also managed to accidentally put the paper in the wrong way round so I have an inverted embossed card. Again, I decided it didn't really matter.

Now running rather short on time, I finished the card using a spare poinsettia created in case for #7, mounted on to a couple of die cut snowflakes that were hanging around on my desk.  I added just a hint of pink distress oxide to the banner and finished off with a few stars.
If I get an opportunity I would like to go back and add a sentiment on vellum, so you may see am update on this at some point!

That's all for now. This challenge is sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique - I've been checking it out and there are many many things to tempt us all!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The night before Christmas

Penny black have to be one of my all time favourite stamp companies, so when asked by the craft barn to make a Christmas card with mice there was no question I would use their stamps.

These ones come from a set called 'U R the gift.' I stamped them on four separate squares of card and coloured then with inktense pencils. If you haven't come across inktense before, you add water to them for a watercolour effect but they retain their lovely bright colours.

I wanted to add the text around the pictures so after some deliberation decided to hand write it on using fine liner.

I mounted the images on to two card blanks using 3d foam mount tape and then fixed those cards together for a concertina effect.

Look away now if you're squeamish around small furries, but by complete chance I ended up fostering my own little family of 'Christmice' 

This is sprout!


Penny black and more - cas
Penny black Saturday - Christmas
Simon says stamp Monday - winter/Christmas

Funkie Junkie #7

Well here I am with number 7 in the 12 tags of Christmas funkie junkie challenge, sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique.
I really loved the non traditional colours on Linda's tag for this week but also wanted to look at the processes she used.

 Here is the card I made;

I loved her plaid background but didn't have anything suitable that I could replicate it with. Instead I followed her lead using distress inks and stencilling in blues and greens. 

I had a small ornate die that I used to create a frame, I cut it out twice and trimmed the frills off one to get the central oval. The frame is embossed with sparkle embossing powder and the centre is coated in distress ink. I used more distress ink to dye a piece of cotton and assembled the whole thing with the addition of the die cuts.

Alongside the funkie junkie challenge, I would also like to enter Simon says stamp Monday Christmas/ winter challenge.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #6

Hi there,
I'm steadily catching up with the funkie junkie 12 tags of Christmas - this is no.6!

I thought I had so many craft supplies it would be impossible to ever run out of anything but it seems I have run out of bright red card! Instead I found this maroon ish colour. I used Linda's idea of showing the negative space behind the snowflake dies and finished then off with a for of liquid pearl.

Alongside the funkie junkie challenge (sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique) I would also like to enter this in to the Simon says stamp icy inspiration challenge.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #5

Hi there,

Here's my fifth creation for the funkie junkie 12 tags of Christmas and again this week I have copied the techniques used by Linda to create my card.

I started by repeat stamping the background tree branches using archival inks, then blended distress ink over the top.

I absolutely love the idea that Linda used on the die cut holly leaves- they have been pressed in to clear embossing ink and clear embossed to give them a thick shiny finish.  
The central panel was cut using stitched edge dies, again blended with distress ink and fixed using brads. There is a little sprinkling of chunky white embossing enamel for good measure too!

The 12 tags of Christmas is sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique.
I would also like to enter this card in to the stamping sensations challenge - winter trees and flowers

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #4

Slowly but surely I am catching up with the 12 tags of Christmas, funkie junkie style. This is number four. For my inspiration, I've tried to replicate the techniques used by Linda in her tag.

As per Linda's make, I began by stamping the background with archival ink and then blended over distress ink before embossing with a sizzix embossing folder.

I added a little more distress ink over some of the embossed areas and then gilded them with some alchemy wax.

I used ultra thick embossing enamel to create a snowy effect as I don't have distress paint. 

Paper tape and die cuts were added to create my own little silhouette scene and I finished with a banner and ribbon at the top.

I just love the amount of attention to detail Linda puts in to her tags, it is so much fun following the process that she used and definitely pushed me to create things I wouldn't have otherwise come up with.

If you'd like to play along with the 12 tags of Christmas, the blog is here. It is sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique, here.

I would also like to link this in to Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes challenge and sss Monday star light challenge as there are stars embossed in the background which I gilded in silver wax.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Funkie Junkie #3


Today I'm sharing my third make inspired by the funkie junkie 12 tags of Christmas. This time I have returned to taking my inspiration from the style used as well as picking up the bold red and white colour scheme.
I liked the big Christmas word in Linda's tag and used a paper artsy stamp to recreate this.  The scalloped circles are cut with sizzix dies as are the holly leaves. A super simple make this time, hope you like it!

The 12 tags of Christmas is sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique.

I would also like typo link this in to the Simon says stamp anything goes challenge

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Funkie Junkie tag #2


Happy 1st of December! There can be no denying it's count down to Christmas time now, the advent calendar has begun and the tree and lights will be up this weekend. 🙂

Although I am well and truly behind with the funkie junkie 12 tags,I still have hope of catching up and reaching the finish. This is tag number two. I really wanted to 'up skill' and so the main thing I was focusing on was the techniques Linda used although as you can see, there are plenty of similarities between my card and her tag.

The main image used is a creative impressions stamp, as are the little post marks. The background stencil is by kaisercraft and the sentiment was a magazine freebie.

The 12 tags is sponsored by the funkie junkie shop.
I would also like to enter this card in to the Simon says stamp anything goes challenge.

Friday, 24 November 2017

White on white, and the first of the funkie junkies

I have been inspired by a couple of different challenges for this make. The first is paper artsy's ''shades of white' which I found very difficult to stick to strictly, but I got close with this one! 
The second challenge is the Funkie Junkie 12 tags of Christmas.  (Sponsored by the funkie junkie boutique) I'm really late to the party with this one, but I've been watching for a few weeks now and couldn't resist joining in-hopefully I might even catch up! This card is based on Linda's tag from week one where I took my inspiration from her woodsy theme - and of course, the reindeer.

I used a stampin up embossing folder then added a little iced spruce distress ink to bring out the trees I did spray the card with a white paint spray but you really couldn't tell at all so I added white chunky embossing powder to give the snowy effect. The little wooden reindeer is by do crafts, I gave it a light coating of white paint before adding it. The tag and holly leaf are by sizzix and the sentiment is handwritten. 
Well, that's all for now, hope you like it!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Gifts for the girls

Previously I have made little wooden bird houses in to Christmas tree decorations and I had thought I might do the same with these adorable little artC ones. At my hubby's suggestion I changed my mind and decided to make a baby girl's mobile but as the project progressed it somehow turned in to a decorative wall hanging!! At least that means there are plenty more ideas for future sets!

I started by laying out the bird houses and painting one side with fresco chalk paint.

The houses were easily assembled and glued using pva. I painted the outside in fresco pixie dust paint and made little hooks for them by twisting wire around some round nosed pliers.

I found some cute scraps of paper for the roof and cut them to size. I pushed the wire loops through the paper strips and glued them down.

I can't tell you how much I adore these little things!

I put scraps of paper in the back and stamped a carabelle stamp on to some painted card adding tiny pieces to the houses.

I cut a few more paper scraps to make 'nesting material' and bunting.

I painted a few kaisercraft wooden flourishes to go with the houses and assembled everything with ribbons and thread, tired on to a twig from the garden.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Jingle bells

This post comes with a 'fake snow disclaimer!' Hold on to your woolly hats folks, it's time to get Christmassy!

I started out with a wooden heart.

I gave it a coating of gesso, some grunge paste for a 'rough around the edges' look, and then a coating of fresco chalk paint.

I blended a few distress oxide inks over the edges, wiping back some of the ink with a wet baby wipe for a soft look. You might notice from this picture I had stencilled on some snow however I later sanded this off as I wanted a bigger area for stamping.

I used paper artsy set hpxm08ez and stamped the single tree and the tiny stars (from the top of the three trees stamp) in iced spruce ink.

I layered on a few more trees in a dark blue, then added the reindeer, embossing them in a sparkle embossing powder.

On the other side of the heart I stamped stars and snowflakes from paper artsy and one from a new woodware set.

I also added a little more ink around the outside. I rubbed the whole outside edge in clear embossing ink and used the sparkle embossing powder to coat it.

Using the clear embossing ink again, I dabbed patches of ink over the heart and sprinkled with chunky white embossing enamel before heating to emboss.

Finally I added die cuts from find it trading dies and sizzix and increased the glitter content just a little further using some stickles glitter. I wish the camera showed up sparkle a bit better! 

The reverse side was finished with a sentiment from woodware (and maybe, just maybe, some fake snow!!)

Hope it's inspired you to start feeling festive, I could definitely settle down in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and a chunky knit blanket now!!!

Wooden heart
Grunge paste
Fresco paint - chalk
Distress oxides
Paperartsy hpxm08ez
Clear embossing ink
Blue sparkle embossing powder
Woodware stamps - little festive branch
Woodware sentiments -Christmas cheer
Chunky white embossing enamel
Sizzix winter greens die
Find it hanging stars die
Stickles glitter glue
Heat gun

Simon says stamp - snow white
Paperartsy white on white (and maybe a bit of blue... feel free to discount my entry if I'm pushing the theme too far!)