Friday, 21 October 2016

Bird of Paradise, with Love.

Good evening, hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.    I think we will be having a quiet one, Hubby will be gardening and I will be crafting after my household chores are done.   At the moment, I'm hooked on decorating  tags, using Imagination Craft's products of course, what else lol!!!   

The card I would like to share with you tonight, was made in  February 2014.   Some of you may have seen this card before as it was on a Challenge Blog.       I have used Imagination's  'Bird of Paradise' Gilding Stamp set, which is very elegant.   This stamp is still available on the Imagination Craft's website and is in their sale, reduced from £7.99 to £2.00, wow! what a bargain!     This card could be made for Valentine's Day for that very special frien or Partner.

Make a square base card from black shiny card.   Cut a piece of tan coloured paper, slightly smaller than the black and stamp the flowers from the stamp set, around all four edges, using a black ink pad.   Matt this onto the black base card.   Using the square Spellbinder's  die and a die-cutting machine, cut out the square.   Put the square to one side for another project and use the negative.   Straighten up the outside edges and put to one side for the moment.

Cut a piece of tan paper the same size as the black frame and lay the' heart leaf' stencil on top.   Colour the design with Distress inks.   Add some gold and red Sparkle Medium, using your finger and rub through the design, then remove the stencil.   This will move the Sparkle Medium to the edges of the design.   This is called the 'foiling' technique.    

When dry, fix to the centre of the base card and fix the black frame on top using sticky foam pads to add some dimension to the card.

Die-cut the corners, using the Tattered Lace corner die, from gold satin card and glue one to each corner of the black frame.

Stamp the bird onto some black shiny card with a Versamark pad and heat emboss, using clear embossing powder.   Cut out the bird, punch out and stamp the flower, using the Tonic flower punch and stamp set.   Glue the flower to the card front.   Glue a red satin bow behind the flower.   Add a small amount of red Sparkle Medium to the centre of the flower, along with a round, red gemstone.   Glue the bird on the flower, using silicone glue.   Glue a red heart shape gemstone to the right-hand edge of the black frame.   Stamp two leaves from light green card and glue behind the flower.

Well that's all from me for tonight.   Have a fantastic weekend whatever you plan to do.   Thanks so much for visiting my blog, hope you have enjoyed your visit.

                                                            Love and Rainbows,

                                                             Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Ribbons and Stars Christnas Card.

Happy Wednesday to you all,  I thought I would surprise you by posting my blog now, instead of the usual midnight lol!!        Hope you have managed to tune in to Imagination Craft's shows on the Hochanda TV Channel so far today, to see our lovely Sue and Kerrie Anne demonstrating some fabulous new colours in the Starlight paints range, exclusive to Hochanda !  so you'd better be quick and order now, as they were being snapped up very quickly this morning!!

My card  today has been made using one of the stencils shown on Hochand TV , the Ribbons  and Stars panel stencil, plus  one of their  very pretty panel background cards.    I thought I would show you a slightly different way to use this stencil.

Make a base card from cream hammered card.   Matt a piece of black onto the front of the cream card, leaving a narrow border of the cream showing.

Take the patterned panel card and lay the stencil on top,  use masking tape to hold the stencil in position then, using a black fine liner pen, draw around the design.    As this card has a very smooth surface, please be careful not to smudge the ink, it will take some time to dry properly.   Carefully remove the stencil.

When this is dry fill in the design with some tangled patterns of your choice, again using the black fine liner pen.

Hand draw a line with circles in it,  down the left side of the card, (a) to balance the overall design of the card and (b) to frame the card.      No need for this to be a perfectly drawn line and perfect circles.   This technique could be used for many different stencils and can be very relaxing to do, time just flies by when tangling so just remember you have the evening meal in the oven  lol!!!  or you will have a burnt offering as I did, as I just got carried away !!!  

Hope you like this, it is just a different way to use this stencil.   Have a fabulous day and I will be back soon with another card to share with you.   Have fun and happy crafting.

                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                                 Hugs    Jennifer xx.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Creepy Halloween card.

Hello there,  hope you have all enjoyed your weekend, whatever yo were doing.   Saturday here was very wet and today (Sunday), began wet then the sun appeared and it ended a lovely evening.

As we are nearing Halloween, I thought I would share one of my cards which I made for Imagination Crafts for their show on the  QVC T.V channel,  in September 2013.   Some of you may have also seen this on  the Imagination Craft's blog in 2013.    I have used elements from two of Imagination's stencils - 'Pumpkin'  & 'Spooky Scene'  plus Sparkle Medium.

Begin by making a 6"x6" black base card and spread Gold Shine Sparkle Medium through the stencil, making small bats around the card edges.   Matt a smaller piece of orange card onto the black base card.

Using the spider's web corner on the stencil, lay the stencil on another piece of black card and spread the Gold Shine Sparkle Medium  using a metal spatula, over the web on the top left hand corner of the black card.      Do the same with the crooked fence in the bottom right corner.   Cut out the fence and glue to the bottom right.

Using more black card, spread the gold shine over the spider.   When dry, cut out the spider and glue onto a narrow strip of acetate.   Glue the acetate onto the back of the black card at the top right, so the spider hangs over the front of the card and  moves when the card is moved.

Matt this onto the orange card.    Using the Cricut machine, cut out 'Happy Halloween' from orange card and glue to the base card, just below the hanging spider.

Using the stencil and orange card, trace around  the pumpkin and cut out.   Spread the Black Stars Sparkle Medium over the eyes, nose and mouth onto some white card.   When dry, cut them out and glue them onto the pumpkin.   Glue the pumpkin to the left of the base card using silicone glue to give a little dimension to the card.

As it is nearly midnight once again lol!   I just don't seem able to make it to bed before bewitching hour !   I will wish you all a goodnight.   I shall be back again very soon, so catch you all then.

                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                                 Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Clearing wih an Acetate Wrap.

Good evening,  hope you are ready for  a great weekend whatever you have planned.   Tonight I thought I would share a card I made for Sue & Harvey of Imagination Crafts way back in 2011, gosh!  where have the years gone !!!    I used 'The Clearing stencil stamp range.      I'm not sure if the stamp is still available but the Clearing stencil is.

Colour a 6" piece of cream card around the edges, using the Broken china & Weathered wood distress inks using  a piece of cut'n'dry foam.   Cut a piece of blue card and punch two of the corners only ,one at the top and one on the bottom on the same side, using the Martha Stewart  'Rings' punch.   Fix this to the right hand side of the cream card.

Using a black ink pad, stamp the 'Christmas Greetings' on the top left and  two  trees below the greetings.      Stamp another tree on the blue  blue card on the right-hand side of the base card.

Die-cut 2 large labels, one from  deep yellow card and one from blue card.   Fix the yellow label to the blue one, leaving a small blue border showing on the left edge.   Fix this to the 6" square cream base card.

Cut another label, next size down from the large one, using white card.   Colour this  with cut'n'dry foam and the  Pumpkin, Buttercup yellow & Warm skies, Glitzies.      When dry, stamp the tree branches around the edges with  a black ink pad.   Fix this label to the yellow label.   Place the stencil onto some white card and
trace around the stag, using the fine liner black pen.   Remove the stencil.   Draw some wavy lines onto the stag, then fill in each section with a pattern of your choice.   Cut out the stag and colour him with the Glitzies     Fix him onto the now  coloured  smaller label using sticky foam pads

Cut out some acetate to fit around the card but leaving enough acetate to create a slightly bowed  front.      Stamp two trees on the left side and one on the right hand side of the acetate, using a black Stazon pad.

Fix the acetate to the  cream card securing the acetate at the back of the cream card, using double sided sticky tape.    Fix this to the front of the  6" square cream base card, thus hiding the stuck down acetate edges.

Die-cut a smaller label, colour it using the same method as the larger one, ie; Glitzies.   Stamp 'Silent Night' onto the label, using a black ink pad.   Punch a hole in the label and in the acetate, then thread the gold cord through the holes so it is fixed to the top of the acetate.

Well that's it for tonight, hope you like it.   Have a wonderful weekend.   Catch you all again very soon.

                                                                 Love and Rainbows,

                                                                   Hugs    Jennifer xx.  



Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A Letter to Santa Claus.

Good evening Friends,

Hope you are all well and happy.   The weather is definitely Autumnal now,  cold and damp in the mornings and the birds are very busy eating the berries from our trees.     Tonight  I would like to share a card I made for Sue ans Harvey of Imagination Crafts in September 2015, for one of their shows on Hochanda T.V.

Fold the white ready creased card down the centre crease line, making a 7"x7" base card.   Place the front of the card inside the snowflake embossing folder and emboss.   Cut a smaller piece of black card and put it in the same folder and emboss.   Punch each corner with the EK Success corner punch.

Gently rub the Alchemy waxes over the outside edges of the black card.

Next take some white card and lay the Christmas List stencil onto it and using the Black, Antique gold, Red, Green, Orange oxidized & White gold  Starlight paints, dab the colours through the design.   Remove the stencil and leave to dry.    Then, replace the stencil back on the dry card and draw around the design with a black pen.   Remove the stencil and cut out each piece.   Using the stencil as a guide, glue each piece in the correct positions on the snowflake patterned card,

Cut out the signs for the post box from white card and colour them with the pebble shore  MDF paint, to dull down the bright white of the card.   Add  the days and times the post will be collected, using a black fine liner pen.

Add an address and stamp on the letter.   Cut two pieces of white card to represent snow drifts add some detail sparkle to the snow and glue to the bottom  left and right of the snowflake card, then fix  the snowflake card  behind  the four  punched, black corners.   

Add some Detail Sparkle to the  post box and the lamp.   Add a flame and some rays of light from the lamp, using the gold, red and orange Starlight paints.

That's all folks, have a good Thursday and I will be back soon with another card.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                    Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Antique Flower Tag.

Good evening,  hope you have all had a good day.   Tonight   I would like to share another tag with you, which I made for Sue & Harvey of Imagination Craft's in September 2015.

Cut out a large tag shape from white card.   Punch a hole in the centre top of the tag.   Paint the front of the tag with the Peanut MDF paint.   Lay the stencil  onto the tag and spread some White stencil Medium over the design, using the metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and dry with a heat gun until it 'bubbles up' a little.

Paint over the front of the tag with Antique Gold Starlight paint.   Rub over with a piece of cut'n'dry foam and some Black Soot distress ink.   Next use all four colours of Alchemy Wax, rubbing lightly over the surface.   When dry, go over again with the Black Soot distress ink.   Using a black ink pad, randomly stamp the hessian stamp over the tag.   Glue a piece of gold ribbon around the bottom of the tag, securing it with some sticky tape, on the reverse of the tag, adding a ribbon bow to the bottom right.

Cut another tag exactly the same as the first one and glue this to the back of the original tag to hide the cut  ends of the ribbon.   Make a stand from more white card and colour this roughly with Black Soot distress ink

                                                    Glue a gold heart to the front of the tag.

Die-cut two of the smaller flowers and  then die-cut two of the larger flowers, using the Tim Holtz dies.   Paint the flowers with the Orange Oxidized and  Blue Starlight paints.   Punch out  four circles and paint the with the orange Starlight paint.   Shape the circles from the back, making them a slightly dished shape, then glue them to the flower centres using silicone glue.   Glue the flowers to the tag front.  

Using some of the gold ribbon, make four loops and glue between the flowers, using Magi-bond glue.   Lastly add some ribbon to the top of the tag.

Hope you like this and you enjoy your visit.   Thanks for taking the time to stop and read my blog and if you leave me a comment, thanks again.     I will be back again soon with another project, until then be happy and keep smiling, it is good for the soul lol!

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Butterflies and Poppies.

Hi there Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.   Today I would like to share a card I made for Imagination Craft's back in February 2013.    I have used the same stamp as my previous post - 'My Poppy Tag.'    As I only took one main photo of this card and I no longer have the card,  I have taken more photos from my photocopy,  which are quite good,  I'm relieved to say, so here we go!   hope you like it.  

Make a base card 6"x6" from turquoise card.   Matt a piece of shiny black card onto the turquoise card, slightly smaller than the base card.

Cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the black.   Stamp the poppies  twice down the left hand side of the white card.   Put the card and  'vine leaves' stencil  into an embossing machine and emboss.   Leaving the stencil in position, colour the design with distress inks.   Colour the poppies with distress inks.

Spread some bright red Sparkle Medium through the stencil, down the right hand side of the card, spreading the Sparkle Medium out  to practically nothing, using the metal spatula.

When dry, fix a ribbon down the card, securing on the reverse of the card.   Glue this to the black card.   Cut out and emboss the label from white card.    Colour the inside of the label with distress inks.      Cover the outer edge of the label with Imagination Craft's gilding glue and cover with their red gilt gilding flakes.    Stamp 'Hi' and leaf stems to the centre of the label using a black ink pad and fix to the card using sticky foam pads.


Stamp the butterfly 3 times onto white card and colour with distress inks, cut out and glue to the card front.   Finally add a  ribbon bow to the top of the label.


That's all for the moment, I will be back soon.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                     Hugs   Jennifer xx.