Thursday, 23 November 2017

Flight of the Butterflies.

Good evening Lovelies,

Hope everyone is well and if you are not  or are  struggling for any reason at the moment, here are some (((Hugs))).   Hope things improve for you very soon.    This is a busy time of the year and can sap up your energy with so many things to think about and do.    Take some time to check out my blog tonight, feet up and hopefully relax a little.

My card tonight is made using Imagination Craft's beautiful  'butterfly Flight' stencil and of course one of my favourite Imagination Craft's products  - the very effective Starlight Paints.   This is an easy and effective card to make and takes no time at all.

Matt a  slightly smaller black square onto the white 7" x 7" base card.   Next matt a piece of blue card onto the black, leaving a small border of the black matt showing.

Cut a square of black card, smaller than the blue and lay the butterfly stencil onto it.   Fasten your piece of card down to your work surface, using masking tape,  around the edges,  so the card and stencil stay in position whilst you work.

Stipple the Mediterranean Sky Starlight paint over the larger butterflies and the Rich Gold paint over
the smaller butterflies, using the large stencil brush.

Add small amounts of the Gold and Amethyst paints on the large butterflies.                           
Remove the masking tape and the stencil .   Wash the stencil and the stencil brush, as this paint dries very quickly and if you leave it, it will be difficult to remove.   If you can't wash them immediately, just drop them into a bowl of water until you have time. 

Matt this onto the base card, the card is now finished, really quick to do.    That's it from me for the moment.   I would just like to thank everyone for visiting and commenting on my last blog,  I do love making my cards and your lovely comments really give me encouragement, thank you.    Please pop back as I will be back very soon with another project.

                                                                        Love and rainbows,

                                                                        Hugs   Jennifer xx.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Happiness Hexagons.

Hi there Friends, Followers and Visitors,

Thank you so much for your comments and visits on my last blog, they are much appreciated.   Tonight I thought I would share another of my cards, made for Imagination Craft's shows on Hochanda T.V. last weekend.

For this card I have used their fabulous, very useful 'Mixed Hexagons' large Art stencil no. MA-48,  Starlight paint and Mixed Media Spray Inks.

Matt a smaller  square of black card, onto a  7" x 7" white  base card.   Cut a square of white card, smaller than the black.   Lay the mixed hexagon stencil onto the white card, having decided which part of the stencil you want on your card.  

Spray the Fuchsia, , yellow, sunshine and light blue Mixed Media Inks through the design on the stencil.   When this is dry, matt it onto the black card.  

Die-cut three black butterflies using the  White Rose Studio die.   Paint a piece of white card with the rich gold Starlight paint, using a brush or a brayer if you have one,  Imagination Crafts have a great set of three different sized ones, which can be very useful.   From this card, die-cut three butterflies.

Glue the gold butterflies to the black ones adding glue to the body section, then glue the butterflies in position on the base card using Magi-bond glue, adding a tiny amount of silicone glue under each gold wing.

Stamp the 'Happiness' sentiment onto some white card, using a black ink pad.   Trim to size and matt onto a slightly larger piece of black card.   Fix this to the top right of the base card.

Well that's all from me folks, have a good week and I'll be back again very soon.   Happy crafting lol!

                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs  Jennifer xx.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

'Teardrop Flowers.

Hi there fellow Bloggers,

Many thanks for your lovely comments and visits to my last blog.

Hope you've had a great weekend, it has been so.....cold here, a thick white frost brrr.   I think it is due to get a bit warmer over the next few days.   Did you watch the Imagination Crafts shows on the Hochanda T.V. Channel Fri. Sat. and Sun ?   if you did I do hope you enjoyed all the demonstrations.  For my card tonight I used Imagination's large Art Stencil - 'Droplets.'   I love the beautiful shapes on this stencil.   When I receive a stencil, I look at it and try to see what else I can see in it for   ie:  not just how it was intended to be used.    I think outside of the box lol!   I do this with stamps too.   I saw various sizes of flower petals in this stencil and just as I saw flowers, Mandy J. found little bird shapes!     So tonight's card was shown on Hochanda T.V. over the weekend and  is flower filled.

Mask off the edges of a white 7" x 7" base card with masking tape to make a white border.   Lay the droplet stencil onto the base card, fastening down with masking tape.   Using the Weathered wood, Faded jeans, Stormy sky, Mustard seed & Scattered straw Distress inks and a piece of cut 'n' dry foam, colour through the a section of the droplet stencil you wish to use.     Remove the stencil and wash it.   Remove the masking tape from around the base card edges.

Glue a blue satin ribbon bow to the top right corner of the base card.

Make five flowers of varying sizes by using the different sizes of the droplets, by drawing around the different sized droplets on the stencil, onto some  white card.   Cut these out and put into the daisies embossing folder and emboss.

Paint the petals of the large flower and one small flower with the Banana Yellow Starlight paint.   Colour the medium sized flower petals  and two small flower petals with the Mediterranean Sky.

Rub the Cobalt Alchemy Wax over the yellow petals and the Inca Gold Wax over the blue petals.   To make each flower,cut out a small white circle and glue the pointed ends of the petals to the circle, making a six petal flower.   I used Imagination Craft's Magi-bond glue to do this.

Glue these in position on the base card, adding a white die-cut  stamen to each flower centre.   Add some silicone glue under each of the petals to add some dimension to the card.  

Stamp the 'Thank You' label, (which was given free with a craft magazine, sorry cannot remember which one)  onto a piece of white card, using a black ink pad.   Cut this out and colour with the distress ibnks, adding a little Black Soot Distress ink around the edges.  

Glue this to the bottom left of the card, adding some silicone glue under the label.   Glue a blue gemstone to each side of the label.

Well that's this card finished.   I do hope you like it.   Please pop back soon, when I will have another card to share with you, which was also shown on the Hochanda T.V. Channel.   Take care of yourselves and have a good week.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs   Jennifer xx.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Time to Celebrate. (A 'Sneaky Peek.')

Hi there Everyone,

It's me back again with another card, a sample made for Imagination Craft's T.V. shows on the Hochanda Channel this weekend.   The dates and Times are as follows:-   Friday 17th. Nov. 2017 at 10am.   3pm. & 7pm.        Saturday 18th. Nov. 2017 at   12noon  &  3pm.      Sunday 19th. Nov. 2017 at 7am.    I do hope you can watch some of the shows, as I understand Sue has a great many demonstrations planned.   I can see, not a lot of work  will be done in our household this weekend lol!     I'll be sat on the sofa, with a cup of tea, glued to the screen.   Really looking forward to these shows.

Well, my card tonight is a more usual design for me but I did enjoy designing last night's card.   So much fun to do.     Tonight's card  is a more elegant,  simple card., which would be ideal for a wedding or indeed, any celebration.   I just love this chandelier stencil.

Using a black ink pad, stamp 'Congratulations' at the top, bottom and both sides of  a 7" x 7" ivory base card, close to the outside edges.

Take a square of black card,  smaller than the ivory base card and lay the chandelier stencil onto it.   Stipple the Clotted Cream Starlight paint over the design, using a large stencil brush.

Remove the stencil and wash it.   Matt this black card onto the base card using double sided sticky tape.

Die-cut four corners from black card using the Tattered Lace corner die  and glue one in each corner, using Imagination Craft's Magi-bond glue.

Glue a cream satin bow to the top of the chandelier image.   Well that's this card finished, a quick and easy card to make.   I really like the simplicity of this stencil design and the gorgeous clotted cream Starlight paint is so beautiful when the light catches it, as in the photo below.

Thank you all so much for your visits and lovely comments on my blog, I do enjoy reading your comments and I do try to reciprocate, by visiting and commenting on your blogs.   Catch you all again very soon with another 'Sneaky Peek.'    Take care of yourselves.                     

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                   Hugs   Jennifer xx.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Little Creative Art.

Hi there Followers, Friends and Visitors,

How cold has it been today lol!   brr....a thick white frost here this morning, Jack Frost sure had a busy night lol!   The weather forecast says it will be getting warmer again soon I'm pleased to say,  although, I do like these fresh sunny mornings, brushes the cobwebs away ha! ha!    Tonight I would like to share one of my sample cards made for Imagination Craft's shows on the Hochanda T.V. Channel, this coming weekend.   The dates are 17th.  18th.  & 19th. November 2017, wow!  that's me, sat in front of the telly all weekend lol!  so many shows yeah!    I understand Sue and Mandy will be demonstrating and they have many demos planned, hope you can watch some of the shows.    For this card I have used the large Art stencil no.MA48 (mixed hexagons) and their small  'Inspire Art Create' stencil,    Sparkle Medium, Gold Spray & Gilt, Mixed Media Spray inks, Jade Starlight paint and Inca Gold Alchemy Wax.   Please bear with me, as there are quite a few photos as I wanted to show the different aspects of the design.

Matt a square of black card onto the white 7" x 7" base card, leaving a small border of the base card showing.   Take a smaller square of white card and using the large Art stencil, decide which part of the design on the stencil you want to use, then spray the fuchsia, yellow and light blue inks directly onto the stencil itself.   Lay the square of white card onto the inks and press down, smoothing your hand across the card.   Remove the card and leave it to dry.   Wash the stencil.

When the inks are dry, lay the stencil back in position over the design on the card.   Spray the gold gilt over the design.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

Cut away parts of the design, then glue to the square of black card.   Lay the small stencil onto the design and spread the Black Stars Sparkle Medium over the words  'Create'  and 'Art,'   using a metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and leave the images to dry.

Cut out some hexagon shapes from the cut- away pieces and glue to the card front, layering some of them, using silicone glue.

Die-cut 1 large, one medium and one small  flowers from white card using the Creative Expression's flower die set and glue them in position.

Stamp the watch face from Imagination Craft's 'Time Flies' stamp set onto a spare piece of white card using a black ink pad.

Paint the watch case with watered down Jade Starlight paint.   Cut this out and glue to the right hand side of the card, using silicone glue.

Die-cut a hexagonal  frame from black card and glue the hexagonal centre (left over after die-cutting the frame) to the card front and glue the frame to the large hexagonal original image on the card front.

Die-cut a butterfly from black card, using the Memory Box die and put into a small flower patterned embossing folder and emboss.   Colour the embossed flowers with a little Inca Gold Alchemy Wax.    Glue the butterfly to the card front, using silicone glue under each wing.

Glue some black circles to the three flower centres and onto a couple of the hexagons.

Lastly, (you'll know doubt be pleased to hear lol!!)  draw some black lines around some of the hexagons, using a black fine liner pen, next to the word 'Create.'    Phew! well that's this card finished at last.   I know it is a wee bit fiddly but I really enjoyed creating this card and I  think it is worth the time in the end lol!   I hope you do too, a little different to my usual cards lol!

Thank you all for your visits and lovely comments on my previous blog, they are much appreciated.   I will be back soon with a 'sneaky peek' at another of my creations.   I will let you know the timings of the Hochanda T.V. shows as soon as I know.   Take care of yourselves and happy crafting.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                            Crafty Hugs    Jennifer xx.



Thursday, 9 November 2017

Art Deco Lady Lauren.

Good evening Followers, Friends and Visitors,

Time again for another post from me, where does the time disappear too lol?   Hope you are all having a good week.   At last we have finished our decorating yeah!! we are now ready for the festive season, apart from all the Christmas decorations of course!   just too soon to put them up yet lol!   Have you bought any Christmas presents yet?   I'm way behind as I have none at the moment.   I have just finished making my Christmas cards though, 45 of them,  they just need inserts then they are ready to be written when the time comes.   I decided not to buy any cards from the shops this year and to make my own.

Thank you all for your comments on my last post, really appreciate them.   My card tonight was made for a Hochanda T.V. show in May 2017,  for Sue & Harvey of Imagination Crafts.   I have used one of their beautiful Art Deco Lady stencils, Lauren.

Lay the Art Deco lady  stencil onto the centre of the white 7" x 7" base card and stipple the lilac blue Starlight paint through the design, using the stencil brush.   Add a little of the bright maroon on top in the odd place.   Remove the  stencil.

Make a mask of Lauren by drawing around her onto a piece of paper, cut this out  and lay it on top of the coloured image.   Hold this in position, over the original image of Lauren, then lay the 'wavy square' stencil on top.

 Dab the three colours of green distress inks (mowed lawn, shabby shutters & peeled paint),   through the design using a piece of cut 'n' dry foam, then stipple a little of the bright maroon Starlight paint over parts of the design, using the stencil brush.

Remove the stencil and the mask.   Wash the stencil.   Place the Lauren stencil back in position and using the 'foiling technique,' add some crushed strawberry Sparkle Medium, using your finger.   This pushes the Sparkle Medium to the edges of the stencil design.

Stamp the corner stamp (which was free with a craft magazine some time ago)  in the top left and bottom right corners, using some bright maroon Starlight paint.   I do this by putting  a little of the bright maroon Starlight paint onto a piece of cut 'n' dry foam, making my own little ink pad, then a quick spray of water onto the stamp, (as the Starlight paint dries very quickly) then dabbing the paint on the stamp, works a treat, so colours can be matched to your other images).

Colour a piece of maroon card with the crushed strawberry Sparkle Medium, using a metal spatula or a brayer and when dry, punch out four large flowers using the Woodware punch and one small flower using the Carl punch.  

Colour another piece of  white card with the lilac blue and bright maroon Starlight paints, and when dry, punch out  four small flowers.

Glue the small blue flowers to the larger ones, then glue in position.   Glue the small red flower to the top right.   Add four small  green pearls to each flower centre.    Well that's it finished.   Thanks again for visiting my blog and  I hope you have enjoyed seeing my card.   Take care of yourselves and have a great weekend.   I'll be back again soon.
                                                           Love and rainbows,

                                                           Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Colourful Happy Birthday.

Hello Followers Friends and Visitors,

Once again thank you for your lovely comments and visits on my last blog post.   Tonight I have something just a little different for you.   When I was out shopping a few weeks ago, I saw some   wooden stamps which I really liked.   The good thing about these were, they were a special offer at two and get the third free!  no matter  whether the third stamp was small, or another large I chose the three large ones I really liked, these should have cost me £24 but I paid £16 a bargain I thought for such large stamps.   My card tonight is made using one of these stamps.

Trim a quarter inch from one long side of a piece of white A4  linen card, then fold in half portrait style, making an 8" x 6" card.

Take some spare white card and stamp the design onto it, using a Versamark pad, then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

Colour the design with fine liner coloured pens, I used a set of Staedtler pens which I purchased from a well known supermarket.

Trim this to size and matt it onto a slightly larger piece of dark green card and then onto  a slightly
larger piece of lighter green card, then matt this onto the white base card.



Stamp Happy Birthday onto a piece of the dark green card, using a Versamark pad, then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.   Trim this to size and glue to the bottom of the base card, just below the image.


The photograph above shows up the gold embossing nicely, which I think makes the colours 'pop.'
Make an insert just slightly smaller than the base card, from pale yellow paper and stamp the sentiment - 'Hope you're birthday is as special as you are,' onto the inset using a black ink pad.   Secure the insert to the inside of the card with double sided sticky tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog.    See you all again very soon.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                Hugs   Jennifer xx.