Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Touch of Gold.

Hello Lovelies,

How are you all ?  well I hope, if not here's a big hug lol.  Hubby is watching the football, so I thought I would write up my blog post for tonight.   The card I have for you tonight was made for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts    in February 2012 and uses their beautiful gold shine sparkle medium and their daisy flourish border stencil.   Hope you like it.   This is quite a quick card to make.   Ok. so let's get started.

Make a base card from some brown card stock, landscape style.   Take some patterned brown paper and lay the stencil on top and spread the gold sparkle medium over the stencil using a palette knife.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry naturally.   Matt this onto some white card and colour the edges with walnut stain distress ink using a blending tool.   Matt this onto the brown base card.

Cut out the flower using a die-cutting machine and the Marianne Die.   Glue to the centre of the stencilled image,  add some sparkle medium to the flower centre and add a pearl to the centre.   Next cut out six of the Spellbinders flourish dies from the patterned paper and glue around the flower.    

Put a strip of double sided sticky tape down the right-hand side of the card.   Remove the release paper and 'pleat' the ribbon from the top to the bottom of the card.   Add four ribbon bows.

Cut four of the Spellbinders square die shapes and colour with the walnut stain ink.   Cut each one in half and glue to each side of the pleated ribbon.   Add a  ribbon bow to the top left of the base card.

Well that's it folks, finished.    Thank you all for visiting my blog,   please feel free to be a follower by   clicking on the  Google Friend  Connect button at the top of my blog.    Have a great few days until my next post.    See you all then.

                                                               Love and rainbows,

                                                                Hugs    Jennifer xx

Friday, 21 February 2014

Oh! Hello, Who Are You ?

Hello Lovelies,

Hope everyone is well and happy despite the dull, wet, dreary weather.   I'm managing to fit in some crafting time today.  We took our little Grandson out a couple of days ago during his school hols and he had his photo taken with three different owls.   One was a tiny owl called Fluff and was from Africa, the second was a barn owl and his name was Bilbo and the third owl was the largest European owl and her name was Henrietta.   She was my favourite, she was huge and had such beautiful eyes.  Our Grandson had to wear a proper glove for protection when he held them but they were so calm,  he was delighted to get so close to the birds, he even stroked their chests,  we then had some lunch  and a  happy day was had by all.   Well onto today's card.   I made this card for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Craft's  in November of 2010.    At that time they sold this particular stamp set which I adore.  It was a  Kars Olliphant set art no. 180013/0906.   I don't think Imagination Crafts sell this anymore, or indeed if it is still available !     Well let's get started shall we.

This is just a cute stamp set, one of my favourite Olliphant sets.   Make a base card from green card stock.   Cut two triangles from the purple card and glue one to the top right and the other to the bottom left of the base card.   Take a piece of white card, slightly smaller than the purple and cut out a circle from the centre, about   three and three quarter inches in diameter.   Cover with patterned paper by Kate Knight and cut out the circle.   With a black pen, draw dots and dashes around the edge of the circle.   Stick some silver heart peel offs around the right hand edge of the circle.

Take a further piece of white card and stamp the girl twice, cut her out and paint her with the Imagination Craft's Inkadinks..   On another piece of white card, stamp the seat using black ink and again colour with the Inkadinks.   Colour the sky and the grass.   When dry, sit the girl on the seat and stick the second image on top of the first using sticky foam pads or silicone glue.  

Stamp the tree and colour with the Inkadinks.   Fix the tree to the right of the circle.   Stamp the grasshopper, colour and cut it out and glue to the left of the plant pot as though it had just appeared from behind the plant pot.

Fix a little silver peel off heart to the top of her dungarees.   Cut long half inch strips from white paper and fringe one long edge with scissors.   Curl the straight edge round and glue the end to stop it unwinding.   Frill out the petals and colour with the Inkadinks.       Glue the flowers to the card which you previously coverd with the patterned paper.  

Glue the stamped image of the girl to the centre of the base card  then glue the card with the apperture over the image.   Fix the fringed flowers to the front of the card and add a small amount of glitter glue to the flowers and just a little around the flowers.   There we are, that's it all finished.   I think she is so...cute, hope you like her.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I really love to hear what you think.   Take good care of yourselves until my next post.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Big Hugs  Jennifer xx


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies.

Hi there Followers, Friends and visitors,

Hope you've all had a good start to the week.   Weather yesterday was quite nice, sunny and bright skies just for a change but it has rained on and off most of  today !   Roll on the Spring.   My snowdrops have popped their pretty little heads up and some other bulbs I have in the garden are growing quite fast.

Well onto today's card, something associated  with warmer weather lol,  butterflies !   for my card today I have used  Imagination Craft's  Butterfly Dots Embossable and the Butterfly Curls Border Stencil.      I also used Blue Moonstone, Mink, Hunter Green and Lavender Sparkle Mediums which really gives that WOW! effect without too much effort lol.   Ok. let's get cracking !

Make a base card from lilac card.   Take a piece of lemon card and lay the butterfly embossable onto it.   Mix all the sparkle medium colours together until well blended, then spread over the embossable with the spatula.   Leave to dry.

When dry, fix some ribbon across the centre and secure on the reverse with sticky tape and fix this to the base card.   Cut out a large scalloped oval from lilac card and glue to the centre.   Cut out and emboss a slightly smaller scalloped oval from lemon card using an embossing machine and the butterfly dots embossable.   Glue this on top of the lilac oval.

Take a piece of lemon card and using the butterfly curls stencil, spread the sparkle medium mix over the butterflies - make six butterflies in total.   Leave to dry, then cut out the butterflies and lay them out in a position you like best.   Next, glue them in place on the front of the card.   Add some lilac gems to the lemon oval and the heads of the butterflies.   Lastly glue a bow to the centre of the butterfly pattern.    I made this pattern with the butterflies but if you play around with the butterflies a little you can make many different designs.   Well that's it finished, I do hope you like it.   Thank you so much for visiting my blog.   Until my next post, have a good week and stay safe and above all, be happy.   See you all soon.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Big  Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

My Imagination Craft's Challenge Blog, Mid Month Inspiration Creation -Bird of Paradise with Love

Good morning fellow Bloggers, Friends and Visitors,

An early post from me today.   Hope everyone is well and managing to keep safe and warm.   We  had snow here yesterday.   Had to go to the dentist for a check up yesterday  lunch time and joy of joys, no treatment needed other than a scale and polish,  pleased with that.   Arrived home to dreadful weather, very windy and snow, blowing across the fields in sheets !!   Wind  settled down in the evening,  thank goodness.   Let's hope this is the end of the storms !

Today I would like to show you the card I have made for the Imagination Craft's Challenge Blog  mid month inspiration.   The theme this month is 'Love is in the air.'    I hope you join the challenge, we would love to see your creations.   Don't forget, if you enter using Imagination Craft's products you could win a £40 gift voucher to spend at Imagination Crafts.   So then, here is my mid month inspiration project :-

Make a base card from black card.   Cut a piece of tan paper slightly smaller than the black card and stamp the flowers from the stamp set, around all four edges using a black ink pad.    Matt this onto the black card.   Using the square die and a die-cutting machine, cut out and emboss the square.   Put the square die-cut 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 stencil on top.   Colour the design with distress inks.   Add some gold and red sparkle medium to the design and remove the stencil.

When dry, fix to the centre of the base card and fix the black frame on top using sticky foam pads to add dimension to the card.   Die-cut the corners from gold card and glue one to each corner of the frame.

Stamp the bird onto some black shiny card with a Versamark pad and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.   Cut out the bird and punch out and stamp the flower, then glue to the card front.

Glue a red bow behind the flower.   Add a small amount of the red sparkle medium to the centre of the flower along with a round, red gemstone.

Lastly, glue a red gemstone heart to the right-hand edge of the black frame.   Well that's it finished, I do hope you like it.    I do hope you decide to give the challenge a go.   Thanks for popping by and for more inspiration just pop over to the Imagination Crafts Challeng Blog.     The  other design team members have also been very busy and have created some beautiful projects which will be shown on the   Imagination Craft's Blog.    Remember 'you have to be in it to win it' lol.   Good luck if you enter.   See you again soon.

                                                               Love and rainbows,

                                                               Big Hugs   Jennifer xx


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Pretty as a Peacock

Good afternoon Followers, Friends and Visitors,

Thank you all so much for stopping by and visiting my blog,   I do appreciate your lovely comments and hearing what you think of my creations.   I hope you  feel inspired to get out your crafting goodies and make some cards.   Today's card  is made using the beautiful peacock stencil  which can be purchased from Imagination Crafts   and the now famous sparkle medium, which can also be purchased from  the same website.   This card was made a little while ago and was to be shown on Create and Craft TV show but I'm not sure it was shown as the show was a sell out  (which was brilliant)  and  it finished a quarter of an hour early which meant it did not get an airing.    So here it is now.     Ok, off we go, quite an easy card to make.

Make a base card from white card.   Matt a smaller piece of navy card on top of the white.   Using a die-cutting machine, die -cut the panel from white card and glue to the centre of the navy card.

Take the bubble lilac card and punch each corner using the Woodware corner punch.   Glue a piece of cerise coloured paper behind the top right and bottom left corner flowers.

Lay the stencil on top of the lilac card.   Mix together the three sparkle mediums and spread over the stencil design.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.   When dry, cut out a panel down the centre of the lilac card.   Fix this onto the navy paper ensuring the white mesh is in the cut out panel.   Sparkle Medium is brilliant because if you have a few colours in your stash, you can create your own colours by mixing them together.

Punch out five flowers from cerise paper and roll the petals and glue the flowers in layers, alternating the petals.   Spread some Old Rose Sparkle Medium over the edges of the petals.    Make a small flower for the centre of the large flower and glue in place.

Glue the flower to the bottom left of the base card.   Well there we are, card finished,   hope you like it.   Until next time, which will be in a day or so, when I will be showing  you my mid inspiration piece for the
Imagination Craft's Challenge Blog,    stay safe and warm during this dreadful period of bad weather we are having.

                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs   Jennifer xx

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Dusk Til Dawn.

Good Sunday evening all,

Hope you've all had a nice weekend, despite the weather, whatever you were doing.   We lost our electricity for a couple of hours last night.  It was very wet and windy but thanks to the electricity board workmen who braved the horrible weather,  we were soon  re- connected  again.   My heart goes out to all those people who are flooded out as well as having no electricity !!   It must be absolutely devastating.    We are so very lucky where we are.   Well onto tonight's card which was on the Create and Craft show with Sue from Imagination Crafts  on Thursday 6th February 2014.   This is a very simple and quick card to make but you get an immediate,  wow!  effect as soon as you remove the stencil. 

Make a base card and onto this matt some black shiny card.   Next matt a slightly smaller piece of silver satin card onto the black.  

Take the the bubble lilac card and  lay  the dusk til dawn stencil onto it and secure it to the card with low tack tape, to hold the stencil in place , whilst spreading the sparkle medium.  

Spread the black stars sparkle medium over the stencil with the spatula,   remove the excess medium  and return to the pot, waste not want not lol !!    ( sparkle medium is very economical, you really do not need very much.)    Remove  the tape and the stencil       Leave to dry.     When dry,  lay the stencil  back onto the card and spread a little of the silver sparkle medium onto the places where the moonlight would shine.

Remove the stencil and leave to dry.   When dry, trim the card to fit onto the silver card, leaving larger borders of silver showing at the top and bottom, than at the sides.    Well that's it folks.   Hope you like it.   Thank you so much for visiting my blog,  if you've just begun making cards, I hope you gain some inspiration from my blog and if you are a seasoned card maker,  just enjoy seeing  someone else's  endeavours.

Until my next blog, take good care of yourselves and have a good week.

                                                                Love and Rainbows,        

                                                                   Hugs  Jennifer xx       


Friday, 7 February 2014

As Proud As A Peacock

Good afternoon Followers, Friends and Visitors,

Well the big day has been and gone.   That is,  Sue from Imagination Crafts  debut on Create and Craft TV and a brilliant show it was too lol !!  a sell out.  Looking forward to the next show.

This afternoon I would like to showcase one of the cards I made which was shown on the show.  For this card I used  Imagination Craft's  Peacock and trellis stencils,  along with gold shine and turquoise sparkle medium and a little lilac mica powder.   Hope you like it, I would love to hear what you think.    

Make a base card from black shiny card and matt a smaller piece of turquoise paper onto the black, leaving a small border of the black showing.   Next cut a piece of black shiny card slightly smaller than the turquoise paper and put it through an embossing machine, along with the trellis stencil.

Matt this onto the turquoise paper.   Do the same with a piece of gold satin card, half the size of the black embossed card.   Matt the gold card onto the base card.

Cut out three narrow black strips and glue to the gold card.   Cut out and emboss two corner dies from the gold satin card and glue to the top left and the bottom right corners.
Take another piece of black shiny card and lay the trellis stencil on top.   Dab some Versamark through the design and brush over some lilac mica powder.   Lay the peacock stencil onto this black card and spread the gold and turquoise sparkle medium over it.  Remove stencil and leave image to dry.  

Repeat this again onto another piece of the black card.   When dry, cut out the peacocks from the first image and glue to the base card.    Cut out the edges of the feathers, the bird's back and bodies and fix to the first image.   (I know this is a little fiddley but it does look very effective in the end lol).  So by doing this, you are  3D ing  the peacocks.   I used silicone glue to do this.

Well, that's it, we are now finished.   Have a great weekend whatever you are doing,   be good and above all, be happy.     See you all soon.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                    Hugs  Jennifer xx.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

As Smooth As Silk Clematis

Hello Everyone,

Hope your week is going well so far, if not here's a   (((hug)).   Tomorrow is a whole new day lol.   We saw a little sunshine here today whoo hoo ! thought it had disappeared for ever !
The card I'd like to share with you today was made for Sue and Harvey of  Imagination Craft's  in November 2012 for the QVC Show in January 2013. and uses their fabulous Brilliance Set of Mica Powders and a stamp set from the decoupage Stamp Rnge called Clematis.   This stamp looks equally good as a one layer image or as a decoupaged piece.    Ok, are you all ready,  let's get started then.   This is one of my favourite cards, I think it is the silky sheen when it catches the light.

Make a base card from white card stock and onto this matt a piece of black shiny card, leaving a small border of white showing.   Using the trimmer, cut out a smaller square approx. 4" x 4" from cerise shiny card and matt this in a diamond shape onto the black card.

Take more white card and stamp the main image onto it using a Versamark pad and heat emboss using black embossing powder..   Repeat this five times more.   Colour the background of the clematis with distress inks and the flower and leaves, with the mica powders.

Cut out and 3D the flower onto the main image using silicone glue.   Matt this onto a piece of white card stock, cut around the edges with the trimmer, fitted with a pinking blade.   Mount this onto some black shiny card and trim around the edges, leaving a narrow border of black showing.

Using white card, the Memory Box corner die and a die-cutting machine, cut out and emboss four corners.  Paint these with the green/gold mica powder.   Glue one to the middle of each side of the main image.   Fix the main image to the centre of the base card.

Colour a small piece of white card with the bright pink mica powder.   When dry, stamp four of the butterflies from the stamp set, using a black Memento ink pad.   Cut out,  paint the head and bodies with the green/gold mica powder.   Glue a butterfly to each corner of the base card.

Well that's it finished my friends, hope you like it.   This card is not the quickest to make but I feel the extra time is well worth it.   Take care of yourselves until I blog again.

Oh! I nearly forgot to mention - Sue from Imagination Crafts   will be on Create and Craft television on Thursday 6th. February 2014  @ 2pm.    Great excitement this is Sue's debut appearance on C & C  so don't forget to tune in lol !!!   if you can't - set it to record.   She is appearing with Stephanie Weightman, so I guess it will be a fun filled hour lol !!   There will be some wonderful  products and  fab demonstrations from Sue.   I'll be back soon with some of my cards from the show.

                                                               Love and Rainbows,

                                                                  Hugs   Jennifer xx

Saturday, 1 February 2014

My Inspiration for this months Imagination Craft's Challenge Blog.

A very good morning to you all,

At last the weekend is here again.   Hope you have all had a reasonable week.   We  had frequent snow flurries here yesterday and it has been very windy and cold.   Mustn't grumble though, at least we have no flooding.   My heart goes out to all those people in the south who are flooded and have been since Christmas.   Well my friends, this is my very first  DT  inspiration piece for The Imagination Craft's Challenge Blog.   I do hope you like it and that it gives you some inspiration to join in the challenge.   The theme for this month is  'love is in the air.'   Valentine's Day is not far away!!!

If you would like to join us in this challenge and you have some  Imagination Craft's  products why not give it a go, you could win the prize of £40 to spend at Imagination Craft's   A great prize, all those lovely crafty products to choose from.   You can check out all the inspiration from the other DT members too, by going to this link     Well, this is my inspirational  piece.

Make a base card from red card stock and onto this matt a smaller piece of gold pearly paper.   Take a smaller piece of red card and lay the stencil onto it.   Spread the red and gold sparkle medium over the design.   Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.   When dry, wrap a piece of ribbon across the bottom half of the design, then matt this card onto the base card.

Using a die-cutting machine and the Nellie Snellen die, cut out the ovals.   Punch out hearts from the red card and colour some paper with red, orange and yellow distress inks and punch out more hearts.   Fix the hearts, one dark red then one lighter red, alternatively around the largest oval.   Colour another smaller oval with the same distress inks.   Using  a Versamark pad, stamp the background stamp from the set, onto the smaller oval and heat emboss with claret embossing powder.

Glue the smaller oval to the larger oval and then fix this to the centre of the base card.   Stamp the bird onto a piece of heatproof acetate and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

Fussy cut the bird and fix to the oval using sticky foam pads.  If you place them behind the gold embossing, they are not seen.   Add a ribbon bow to the bottom right of the oval.

Well that's it finished, I do hope you like it and that it has encouraged you to enter The Imagination Craft's Challenge Blog,  you will never win unless you enter lol !!!.     We will look forward to seeing your beautiful creations.

Thank you so much for popping in today.   Until next time, be happy and have a great weekend.

                                                               Love and Rainbows,

                                                                 Hugs  Jennifer xx.