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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me.....

Hello there my blogging Friends, Followers and Visitors,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and your visits to my blog.   I do hope you all enjoyed your visit.   It has been a quiet couple of days for me craft wise, as Hubby and I have been decorating.
I love the end results but I don't like all the preparation, mess and the painting lol!   The only painting I like is on my cards lol!   We still have more to do but maybe next week lol! as I must now concentrate once again on making my samples for Sue & Harvey of Imagination Crafts.   They have shows coming up during November,  I think, during the second week but I will let you know as soon as the dates are confirmed.   I will of course be sharing some 'sneaky peeks' a few days before, as I normally do.   Well onto tonight's card.   This was another card made for Jane's Macmillan Nurses coffee morning last month.   The bird, flowers and sentiment stamp used were given free with a craft magazine, sorry I cannot remember which one.

  
Begin by cutting a square of white card , just slightly smaller than the white  6" x 6" scalloped edged, base card.   Colour the outside edges of this piece of square card with the Antique Gold Starlight paint, (no need to paint the rest, as only the edges will be on show,  waste not want not lol!)   Next matt this onto the base card.

   
Matt a smaller rectangle of lavender paper onto the gold edged card, leaving a border of the gold showing.

Stamp the bird and the sentiment onto the  lavender paper, using a Versamark pad and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

  
Take a piece of white card approximately three inches by five inches.  Drop a drop of light green and light blue Mixed Media Inks onto your work mat,  add some water to dilute the colour.   Lay your
piece of white card onto this and move it around a little, until you are happy with the results.     Leave this to dry, then spray with a little Shake and Gilt Gold.    Randomly stamp  feathers over this card, using a black ink pad.    Matt this onto the left-hand side of the  base card.
 
      
Die-cut two feathers from navy blue card and rub some Antique Gold Alchemy Wax over the embossed surface of the feathers, I used my finger but you could use a blending tool or a piece of cut 'n' dry foam.   Glue these to the left-hand side of the base card, bending the feathers slightly, using silicone glue.

  
Stamp the main bird image again onto some white card with Versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.   Colour the flowers with the inks, then cut them out.   Glue them onto the original stamped image using silicone glue to give a 3D effect.

  
Make an insert for the card, stamp a  flower on the left of the insert with Versamark and heat emboss with gold as previously.   Colour this flower with diluted ink.   Stamp the sentiment 'It's Your Birthday' onto the right hand side of the insert, again embossing in gold.

  
Glue three blue gemstones to the top right and three to the bottom left of the lavender paper and that's this card finished!   Hope you like it.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.   Please pop back as I will be back soon with another project.

                                                             Love and rainbows,

                                                        Crafty Hugs,   Jennifer xx.











Friday, 13 October 2017

Reach for the Stars Tag.

Hello Friends, Followers and Visitors,

Well here we are again, it's Friday!    these weeks are flying by.   Thank you all so much for visiting and commenting on my last blog, your visits and lovely  comments give me so much encouragement, which I really appreciate, so a big THANK YOU.

Today has also gone by so quickly, I don't seem to have got much of anything done today lol!!   I did manage a little time in my craft room making samples for Sue & Harvey of Imagination Crafts.   They have some shows coming up soon on Hochanda in November - yeah!   look forward to that lol!   I will let you know the date as soon as I know.

Tonight I would like to share another tag, made for the challenge Sue gave me some time ago.   This tag uses Imagination's beautifully elegant 'Star touch fairy' stencil.   I just adore her, such a gorgeous shape, wish I had a figure like her lol!!!    O.K. let's get started.

     
Make a large tag shape from white card.   Cut out a slightly smaller tag from white card.   Colour this with the distress inks - Milled lavender, Evergreen bough & Seedless preserves, adding the Rusty Patinas - Soot, Duck egg & Verdigris..   Rub over the surface with the White Gold Starlight Wax.   Add some Hunter Green Sparkle Medium in the odd place.   Pull a cocktail stick through the Rusty Patinas, whilst still wet.

    
Colour a small piece of white card with the Gold Shine Sparkle Medium and when dry, die-cut the corner shape from it, using the Tattered Lace corner die.   Glue this to the bottom left corner of the smaller tag.

    
Print out the words   'Reach for the Stars' on your computer,  trim  around each word and  glue onto some white card.   Glue in position on the tag.
  
     
Lay the fairy stencil onto a small piece of acetate and spread the Gold Shine Sparkle Medium over the stars only, using a metal spatula.   When dry, trim around the stars leaving a 'stalk' of acetate below the stars.   Glue this 'stalk' to the back of the coloured tag, then glue this tag to the larger white tag.

   


Lay the stencil onto some white card and colour the fairy with the distress inks, using a piece of cut 'n' dry foam.

     
Rub a small amount of the Antique Pink Alchemy Wax onto part of the fairy.   Trim around her, leaving a tiny white border showing, which will make her stand out from the dark background.   Fix her to the tag using sticky foam pads with a little Magi-bond glue on each sticky pad, as I feel this sticks better on top of all the different mediums.


   
Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread some green and pink satin ribbon through the hole.   Make a stand and attach this to the back of the tag, so it can be stood up if wished.

  
Well that is this tag finished,  hope you like it, I did enjoy making this tag,  as I just love anything to do with fairies etc., as you already know lol!

   
Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned, where ever you will be.   Take good care of yourselves until my next blog.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                   Hugs   Jennifer xx.












Monday, 9 October 2017

Autumn Leaves on Your Birthday.

Hello everyone,

Hope your week has got off to a good start.   Thank you all for visiting and commenting on my last blog, I really appreciate your visits.   Not a lot to tell you about,  we visited the dentist and fortunately, had nothing to do thank goodness.   I spent all of yesterday morning having a little clear out, boxes mainly, which I have hung onto just in case I may need them to put my samples  in to send by post,    I had kept enough boxes to see me for many years lol!! so most of them  went into the recycle box!!!    I can now see my way to my large box of ribbons - yeah!!    Why do we crafters hang onto things we MIGHT use some day lol ?    I still have a lot of tidying up to do, slowly, slowly catch e monkey,  I will get there....it  could take some time lol!

Well my card tonight was made using one of my favourite dies by Trimcraft called 'Trellis' this is one of a set of three, so useful.   I have also used a Crafter's Companion leaf stamp & die which was given free with a craft magazine some time ago.   Imagination Craft's Starlight paints, Gilding Flakes, MDF Paint and their Rusty Patina.  

    
Begin by matting a square of black card onto the 7" x 7" white base card, leaving a border of the white base card showing.   Cut a smaller square of white card and paint with the Limestone MDF paint.

Rub streaks of the Cafe Creme and Rustique  Rusty Patina paints down the card, using a dry paint brush.

   
                      Add small amounts of gilding glue and rub over with gold gilding flakes.

    
Die-cut a white trellis using the Trimcraft die and glue down the right-hand side of the painted card.   Matt this card onto the black matt, leaving a small border of the black showing.

   
                        Stamp 'On Your Birthday' in the bottom left corner, using a black ink pad.

Take a piece of white card, the free leaf stamp and  stamp two leaves, using a Versamark pad and heat emboss with black embossing powder.    Die-cut these leaves with the free die which came with the set.  

   
Take some cream card and repeat the above three more times.   Colour two of these leaves with  Imagination Craft's watered down Orange Oxidized  and one with Dark Orchid Starlight paints.   Leave the  other two leaves white.   Glue these leaves in position using some silicone glue, to give some dimension to the card.

   
                                  Glue three pink gemstones to the bottom left of the base card.

   
Lastly, glue a pink ribbon bow to the top left of the card.    Well that's all from me for the moment.   I will be back again soon with another project.   Enjoy the rest of your week and take care of yourselves.

                                                               Love and rainbows,

                                                           Crafty Hugs,   Jennifer xx.









Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Orange Sunburst Tag.

Good evening Followers, Friends and Visitors,

First I would like to say thank you for your visits and lovely comments on my last post, they are all appreciated.

Yesterday's weather was not good, wet and very windy, today has been a little better but still windy.  I suppose it is now Autumn, so I shouldn't complain but a little sunshine goes a long way to making one feel so much better lol!

Tonight I have another tag to share with you.   This was made in April of this year for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts.   I have used their very useful 'sunburst'  6" x 6" stencil and their 'lily flourishes' stencil.   Of course I have used my favourite Imagination Craft's product.... !!  Silver Sparkle Medium and Orange Oxidized Starlight paint ( a close second lol!)

    
Cut out a large tag shape from white card, then cut out a slightly smaller tag shape from black card.   Lay the sunburst stencil on top of the black tag shape and spread the silver Sparkle Medium over the design, using a metal spatula.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.



In the meantime, colour a piece of white card with the orange oxidized Starlight paint and from this, die-cut a flower using the Spellbinder's flower die.   Using the lily flourishes stencil, draw around one of the lilies onto some of the orange coloured card, then cut it out.

Glue the Spellbinder's die-cut flower on top of the cut out lily flower.   Shape the petals a little and glue to the centre of the silver sunburst.

    
Die-cut lots of little flower shapes using the Sizzix die, from black card.   Glue these to the flower centre.  Rub over the surface of these with a little silver Sparkle Medium, just enough to give a glint of silver on the black.   Glue the black tag to the large white tag.

    
Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread some silver ribbon through it.

    
Stamp 'Happy Birthday' onto a piece of white card using a black ink pad.   Trim to shape and glue to the bottom of the tag using silicone glue to add a little dimension to the tag.   Last of all, make a stand and glue to the back of the tag, so it can be stood up if wished.

That's all from me for the moment, thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.   Take care of yourselves and I will be back again soon with another project.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs   Jennifer xx.


 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

The Secret Door.

Hi there Friends, Followers and Visitors,

It has been a beautiful day here again today, quite sunny but a little chilly.  Hope you are all enjoying your weekend break.   Gosh this year is just flying by so quickly, tomorrow is October !   Christmas will be here before we know it.  Have any of you begun your Christmas shopping yet?  Well as usual, I haven't even given it a thought yet lol!   I always aim to begin early but alas it never happens until the last minute!   then panic sts in ha ha!

Thank you all for your visits and lovely comments on my last card, it really gives me a great deal of encouragement and I do hope you feel inspired to give this lovely hobby a go.   My card tonight is a very quick and simple card to make, as the background is one of Imagination Craft's patterned background cards.

   


Matt a  6" square of  pink card onto a  white 7" x 7" base card.   Next matt the patterned background card ' Secret Door,' onto the pink matt.

    
Die-cut 2 corners, both the same from white card using the Tattered Lace corner die and cover  with some Versamark, then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.   Glue one to the top left and the other to the bottom right corners.

   
Paint the Art Cutz 'Birds on a branch,' with the hot pink Starlight paint and add small amounts of the hibiscus.   Glue the tree branch to the bottom of the card on the left-hand side, using the Art Cutz as a tree rather than a branch.

    
Stamp 'With sympathy' onto a spare piece of the background card, using the Ultramarine Stazon pad, cut this out and glue onto a piece of pink card and trim around the shape.   Glue this to the top of the card and fix a blue gemstone to each side of the tag.

That's  it finished now, a very quick card to make as you don't have to think about the background lol!      I hope you all have a relaxing, peaceful Sunday.   Take care my friends until my next blog and thanks again for your interest in my blog.   Catch you all again soon.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs   Jennifer xx.

 


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Matter of Squares.

Hello Friends, Followers and Visitors,

We've had a lovely day here today,  really warm and some sunshine, just perfect for giving the lawns their last cut!!!  well, I hope so lol!     Had to keep stopping to empty the lawnmower box as the grass was so wet, the mower didn't throw the grass cuttings back into the box, never mind, the lawns are now cut,  the next big job will be the Autumn leaves lol!     We are surrounded by trees which are beautiful but boy, do they create a huge amount of work !!    we do have a leaf blower/sucker but it still takes a lot of time.   Hope you enjoyed your weekend.   Thank you all for your wonderful comments and visits on my last post, much appreciated.

The card I want to share with you now was made for my friend Jane's charity coffee morning.   For this card I have used a set of stamps I have had for many years called Patterns & Petals by Hero Arts.  I also used  a Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye ink pad - Pastel.

   
Using a spare piece of white card, stamp the four flowers from the stamp set onto it, using the purple/blue/green end of the rainbow ink pad.



   
Stamp the same again but this time, using the orange/deep pink/purple end of the ink pad.




    
Die-cut each of these images using the second smallest die from the die set.   Take some deep purple card and lay the same die onto it and draw around the outer edges of the die, then cut out by hand.   This will make a slightly larger square on which to matt each image.   Repeat the above but this time,  using green card.   Glue the images  to the matts then glue these squares equally onto a 6" x 6"  white scalloped card.  

  
Stamp the 'Friends Always' onto a piece of white card, using a Versamark pad and heat emboss using the purple embossing powder.   Colour this with the inks from the rainbow  ink pad,  using a piece of cut 'n' dry foam.   Fix this to the centre of the base card using sticky foam pads.

    
Glue an organza ribbon bow to the top left of the sentiment, then glue the purple/white spotted ribbon bow on top of the organza bow.

  
The 'Friends Always' sentiment stamp was one of a set,  given free with a Craft Magazine, sorry not sure which one lol!    Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.   Enjoy the rest of your week and I will be back again very soon with another card, made for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts, until then, take care of yourselves.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                 Hugs   Jennifer xx,
                                                               







Sunday, 24 September 2017

Butterfly Delight.

Hi there Everyone,

It's me back again with another project.   Thank you all for your visits and lovely comments on my last post, they are very much appreciated.

Tonight I would like to share another card which I have made for my friend Jane's Macmillan Nurses coffee morning this month.   For this card I have used  a beautiful butterfly stamp I have had in my stash for some time and is an Elusive Image stamp.   I have also used Imagination Craft's Starlight paints and  the border only from the Verona Tile stencil.

    
Lay the Verona Tile stencil onto a piece of white card, having masked off everything except the border.   Stipple the three Starlight paints through the design, using a large stencil brush.   Remove the stencil.   This will dry very quickly.

        
Matt this onto a slightly larger piece of dark green card, then matt this onto a 7" x 7" white base card.
Using the border stamp (which was given free with a craft magazine, sorry cannot remember which one lol) , stamp around the edge  of the base card, using a black ink pad.

  
Next stamp the large butterfly from the set onto some white card, using a Versamark  pad and heat emboss with black embossing powder.

   
Paint the butterfly with watered down Starlight paints, blending the red and gold colours into each other.



Cut out the butterfly, leaving a tiny white border around it.   Glue this onto the base card.   Place some silicone glue under the wings.



     
Stamp the sentiment in the top right corner of the frame using a black ink pad.   Well that's this card finished, hope you like it.



Hope you all have a good week ahead, not sure about the weather though lol!!!     See you all again soon.   Take care of yourselves.

                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                                 Hugs   Jennifer xx.