Monday, 29 December 2014

Steampunk Elegance

Good evening Followers,  Friends and Visitors,

Hope everyone is well.  To anyone who is feeling under the weather, for whatever reason, here are some  (((Hugs)))  for you.   We have only had a sprinkling of snow over the last few days but other parts of the country have had so...much more!  hope you are all managing to keep safe,  warm and snug.      Tonight I have a card to share with you I made for Imagination Crafts some time ago and uses their Cameo cog and Time and motion stencils.

I would like to welcome my newest follower of my blog, Swati, hope you enjoy your visits, thank you for following.

Make a base card from white card stock.  Onto this matt a slightly smaller piece of Imagination Craft's  black shiny card.   Put an oblong piece of white card through an embossing machine, along with the time and motion stencil and emboss.   Glue this to the centre of the black card.

Put another square of white card through an embossing machine along with the time and motion stencil.   (the white card slightly smaller than the black card.)   Using the Spellbinder's nestability, majestic elements, cut an aperture from the white stencilled card.    Put the cut out square aside for another project and use the leftover, outer card as a frame.   Glue this on top of the black card.

Take a piece of black card and the cameo cog stencil and put through an embossing machine.   Cut out the lady and some of the cogs.   Glue the cogs around the edge of the white card and add two strips of gold card, one to the top left and one to the bottom right.

Cut out more 'cog feathers' from her hat from white gold and black card.   Glue these to the back of her hat.   Fix the lady to the centre of the card, using silicone glue or sticky foam pads.

Cut a gold band and fix to her hat.   Cut out an earring from gold card and glue to her ear.   Use a piece of cog, cut from gold card for her necklace and her hat ornament.

Well that's it finished,   I am not into steampunk, so this card is not grunge steampunk but elegant steampunk lol!!  ha  ha  ha,    anyway I do hope you like it.   See you all again soon in 2015.   I would just like to wish you all good health, happiness and prosperity, health being the most important!   Have fun on New Year's Eve.

                                                                   Love and rainbows,

                                                                Crafty Hugs  Jennifer xx.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Pretty Pansies

Hi there Peeps,

Hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas day, full of love joy and fun.  We are now chilling out watching   a film with a glass of wine (or two lol!)    Still feeling full fit to burst after our Christmas lunch,  no room for Christmas cake and mince pies lol!!   They will,  I've no doubt, get eaten in the next few days.

Tonight I have another card to share with you which I made for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Craft's  in December 2011.   For this card I have used their very pretty Spring Decoupage Stamp Set - Pansies.   Ok off we go then, let's get going lol!

Cut out a base card from cream card using a Spellbinder's Grand Nestie and a die-cutting machine.   Colour around the edges of the cream card using a blending tool and distress inks - peeled paint and shabby shutters.   Next stamp the leaf stamp from the set, around the edges using a black ink pad.

Cut out another smaller nestie from yellow patterned paper (We R Memory Keepers)  and then, using the same nestie die,  draw around the outside edge of the die onto a piece of black paper and cut it out.   Matt the yellow paper onto the black.   Cut out a smaller nestie from the lilac spotted paper, using the die and die-cutting machine.   Matt this onto the yellow paper.   Wrap some lilac ribbon across the centre from left to right and secure on the back with double sided sticky tape.   Matt this onto the base card.


Stamp the main pansy stamp seven times using a black ink pad onto some white card.   Colour them all with Promarker pens.   Trim around the edges of the first image.   Fix to some black paper and trim, leaving a tiny border of black showing.

Cut the other six images using a die-cutting machine and a set of square nesties, each one getting progressively  smaller, until you end up with a tiny square on the top of the image.   3D all these images on top of each other  to make a pyremage, using sticky foam pads or silicone glue, whichever you prefer.

Fix this to the centre of the base card and add a ribbon bow to the left and right of the base card.   Well that's it my friends, hope you like this one.   Enjoy the rest of the festive season.   Stay snug and warm as snow is forecast for many areas tomorrow.   We may just be lucky and miss it.   Have fun until my next blog post.

                   Wishing you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy 2015.   See you soon.

                                                                   Love and Rainbows,
                                                                      Hugs Jennifer  xx.



Monday, 22 December 2014

A Little Piece of Springtime.

Hi there my Lovelies,

Yes, it's me back again with another card for you.   Where do these day's go to lol!  it doesn't seem like three days since my last post.  

To begin with I'd like to welcome my newest followers  Annie and Samantha, welcome to my lovely family of blogging friends.   I do hope you enjoy your visits.   Please pop over to my Friends blogs to see their wonderful creations too.

For tonight's card I decided not to show you another Christmas card but one which  will remind you of what hopefully  lies ahead in the New Year lol!     I have used Imagination Craft's crocus decoupage stamp set, which is just so pretty.   Below is the card we will be making, hope you like it.

Make a base card from white card, using a die-cutting  machine and the Spellbinder's Grand Nesties - Labels one die.     Colour the card with dusty concord Distress Ink  then,  using the small scroll stamp from the set, stamp around all the edges of the card using the dusty concord ink.

Die-cut a smaller nestie from lavender paper.   Fix this to the centre of the base card using double sided sticky  tape.    Stamp the main image of the crocus onto white card,  using the dusty concord ink pad.   Colour this with Promarker pens, adding glitter glue to the edges and to the scrolls. 

Stamp the crocus again a further four times, colour as the main image, cut out and 3D onto the original stamped image, using silicone glue.   Fix the 3D crocus image onto a  piece of yellow card and trim around the edges, leaving a narrow border of the yellow showing.

Matt this onto the lavender nestie at a slight angle.   Die-cut and emboss,  four corners from orange card using the Spellbinder's Ironworks Accents die and fix one to each corner of the image.

Well that's it my friends,  a little piece of Spring in the Winter.    Take good care of your selves until my next blog post.

                                                              Love and rainbows,

                                                                Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Magical Night.

Hi Peeps,

Well it is time again for me to share another card with you.  This card was made in June 2013 for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts.   This is for all you pussy cat lovers out there and I know there are a great many of you.

Before we get started, I would like to welcome my two latest followers,  Amy and  Carol.   So pleased you have decided to join my lovely family of followers and I will visit your blogs in return.   A girl can't have enough crafty followers lol!    Hope you find some inspiration for your card making.

Make a base card from black card and onto this matt some shiny black card.   Take a piece of red/white spotted paper, cut slightly smaller than the black card  and matt onto the black.  

Take another piece of black shiny card and lay the Santa and Sleigh stencil on top and spread the mink Sparkle Medium over it, using the metal spatula.   Remove stencil and leave image to dry.

Round off all four corners using  the Woodware  corner rounder punch and punch the holly in the top right and bottom left corners.   Fix some white card, coloured green behind the holly leaves.   The red paper will show through the holes where the berries are.

Take a piece of white card and stamp the main image from 'The cat on the windowsill' stamp set, five times  using a brown ink pad.

Colour with Promarker pens and cut out.   Use one whole image as a base and 3D  the rest onto the base.   Cut out the window panes before 3D ing the image.   Stamp a ribbon bow,  colour it red and glue to the top right of the card.

Well that's it finished a very easy card to make and quite quick too.   One little tip, you could add some acetate behind the window frame for the glass.   Hope you like it.     I'm off to do some commenting on my friend's blogs now.   See you all very soon.   In the meanwhile, take care of yourselves and above all have a fun filled weekend.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                               Crafty Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A Lantern to Light Your Way.

Good evening Fellow Boggers,

Here I am again,

Sorry my post is a little late today, the day just seems to have flown by, so many things to do and places to be lol!  anyway, I'm here now so we'll get started shall we!   Tonight I have a Christmas card which I made for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts   in July 2012 ready for the Christmas shows.   This is made using a really lovely decoupage lantern stamp set..  I have used acetate for the glass in the lantern and the background was made using the fabulous Sparkle Medium and the Swirls Embossable stencil.   Ok time to start crafting lol!

Make a base card from black card.   Take some buff coloured paper and stamp the berries along the top and bottom  edges, using a black ink pad.   Matt this onto the black base card, leaving  wider borders of black showing at the sides than at the top and bottom edges.   Cut a piece of green paper and trim the top and bottom edges with decorative scissors.

Matt this onto the buff coloured paper leaving the berries showing at the top and bottom and no buff paper showing at the sides.

Take a piece of white card and lay the stencil on top.   Spread the copper  Sparkle Medium over it using the metal spatula and leave the image to dry. 

When dry, matt onto a piece of black card.   Wrap the green ribbon across the centre of the card and secure on the back of the card and matt this onto the green paper.

Take another piece of white card and using the black ink pad, stanp the lantern image five times.   Colour with Promarker pens and cut out, keeping one image whole for the base.   Add a piece of acetate behind one of the lantern images and 3D the lantern, holly and the left hand side panel, using silicone glue.

Matt this onto a square of white card, then onto a piece os shiny black card.   Matt this on top of the

ribbon.   Add a ribbon bow to the right hand side of the base card.   Well that's it finished.   I'm pleased to say all my Christmas cards are written and in the post.    Hope you like this card, I'll be back again in a few days with another creation.   Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my blog, I do hope you have enjoyed your visit.   Please pop back soon.

                                                                  Love and rainbows,

                                                                 Big Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Clearing.

Good evening Fellow Bloggers, Friends and Visitors,

Thank you for visiting my blog, I do hope you find some inspiration for your card making.   It has certainly been cold here the last few days.   Yesterday we woke up to a layer of the white stuff lol!   snow.   To make it feel even colder there was a bitterly cold strong wind.....brrr...   roll on the Spring is all I can say lol!!

Tonight I have another Christmas card to share with you which I made for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts  in August 2011 and uses their very pretty 'the clearing' stencil and their lamp black stencil paint.

                                                                 Here is how I made it.

Colour a piece of white card with Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold, Milled Lavender and Fired Brick Distress inks,  using a blending tool.   Lay the clearing stencil onto the coloured card.   Using the stencil brush, dab the lamp black stencil paint through the design on the stencil. 

Dab the silver stencil paint on to the moon and the snowflakes and add a little to the trees and the stag, where the moon would shine.

When dry, cover with some vellum, which gives a misty look to your card.     Punch a hole in each corner of the vellum and the clearing image and insert a white glitter brad in each hole.

                 Stamp 'Christmas Greetings at the top of the vellum using a black Stazon ink pad.

Matt this onto a slightly larger piece of black card, then a larger piece of peach card.   Lastly matt this onto a piece of black patterned card from DCWV The Glitter Stack and finally onto a white base card so no white is showing.

Well that's it finished.   Hope you like it.   Hope your Christmas preparations are going well, I'm just about finished, just have the decorations to put up, then I'm done.     That's all from me for now, so see you all again soon.   Thanks for your visit and if you have left me a comment - Thank you.  

                                                                    Love and rainbows,

                                                                      Hugs   Jennifer xx.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Lily Tag.

Hello Lovelies,

How are your Christmas preparations going ?  well I hope.   All my shopping is done, except of course for the turkey and veggies, phew! such a relief,  got my cards to write and pop in the post box and a couple of presents to wrap, not to mention putting up the tree and decorations   lol!!

Tonight I have a tag to share with you.   I made this for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts and uses one of my favoutite stamp sets, the 'lily pad decoupage stamp set', it is such a pretty image and I do love to decoupage my stamped images.  Ok. let's get started.

Make a tag shape from white card  and punch out a hole in the top of the tag.   Punch out a half inch white circle and then punch a smaller hole in the centre of the circle.     Colour the tag with Imagination Craft's 
Inkadinks, mica powders and a spritzer.   Glue the punched circle over the hole in the top of the tag.

Using the diamond stencil, add diamonds with  Versamark and mica powder.   Stamp the image across the centre of the tag, using a  black ink pad.   Stamp three dragonflies  on the tag, again with black ink.   Stamp the leafy branch  (from the Dragonflies decoupage stamp set) using the Versamark pad at the top right hand corner and heat emboss with copper embossing powder.

Die cut the Memory Box corner die and cover with Versamark and heat emboss with copper and gold embossing powder.   Glue this to the bottom half of the tag.   Fix some ribbon across the bottom of the tag.
Add a strip of white punched hearts using the Martha Stewart punch, across the bottom of the ribbon and glue in place.

Stamp the lily pad in grey ink.   Colour with mica powders and cut out.   Glue in place on top of the ribbon with silicone glue.

On another piece of white card, stamp the three dragonflies using  Imagination Craft's  gilding glue and cover with gilding flakes.   Brush away the excess flakes.   Paint the wings of the dragonflies with mica powders
and cut them out.    Glue the dragonflies to the tag.

Lastly, add a piece of ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag.   Well there we have it, one finished tag.   I do hope you like it.    If you have visited my blog and left a comment recently, I would just like to say a big thank you,  I really appreciate  it.   Well that's all for now, I will be back soon with another creation for you.
Take good care of yourselves, see you soon my friends.

                                                                 Love and rainbows,

                                                              Crafty Hugs    Jennifer xx.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Frilly Fuschias

Good morning Peeps,

How are all your Christmas preparations going?  well I hope.   I am as behind as ever lol!  will probably start to panic when I realise just how few days are left lol!!

This  evening I would like to share a card with you which I made for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts  in June of 2012.   I have used one of their gorgeous Summer decoupage stamp sets called Fuschia.   I love Fuschias, they are so pretty and come in quite a few different colours.

Begin by making a base card from light green card.   Matt some pink card onto the base card.   Take some dark green card and lay the  trellis stencil onto it and put through an embossing machine.

Punch all four corners using the  Martha Stewart rings corner punch.   Wrap some pink ribbon around the bottom of the dark green card and secure on the reverse.   Fix the dark green card to the pink card.

Using the Nellie Snellen,   small oval slotted die, cut out the oval tag using a die-cutting machine.   Colour this with distress inks and stamp the sentiment onto it using a black ink pad.  

Using the Nellie Snellen  small flower shaped die and green card,  cut out forty flower shapes.   Fit two flowers into each slot on the tag and glue in place on top of the ribbon at the left-hand side.   Glue three green gemstones just above the tag.

Using the Nellie Snellen large oval slotted die and white card,  cut out  the oval.   Emboss  the oval with the trellis stencil and colour with distress ink.   Fix the other thirty-six flower shapes around the edge of the large pink oval.

Using white card and the black ink, stamp the fuschia image five times and colour with Promarker pens.   Cut out and 3D onto the large pink oval using silicone glue.

With a sanding tool, gently rub over the embossing on the dark green card a little so it shows up the trellis design.    Glue the oval with the fuschias on, at an angle across the top right-hand corner of the green matt.

Well that's all from me tonight, enjoy your weekend, stay warm and above all, have fun.

                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                             Crafty Hugs   Jennifer xx.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Acetate Daisies.

Hi there Peeps,

First of all, I would like to welcome my newest Follower, Caroline.   I do hope you enjoy your visits to my blog and thank you for following me  and to my other Followers, I would just like to thank you for all your comments and continued support, this means a great deal to me.

I thought I would steer away from Christmas cards tonight and show you a card which, hopefully will           remind you of those balmy Summer days , which now seem so long ago  lol    This is a card I made for   Sue and Harvey  of my favourite craft Company,  Imagination Crafts.     I made this in May 2012.   For this card I have used the beautiful 'butterfly and daisies' stencil   and of course my most favourite product, Sparkle     Medium.   Without more ado, let's get started.                                                                                             
Make a base card from black card stock, matt cream, then black onto this, leaving tiny borders of                each  colour showing.   Next, matt some pink paper  onto the black matt.                                                                                                                                                                                   
Using some black card, the Spellbinders Grand  Labels One, cut out and emboss one of the labels.   Fix this to the centre of the pink paper.   Again, using the slightly smaller Grand Labels die and cream card, die-cut and emboss a cream label.    Glue this to the black label on the base card.

Take a piece of acetate and cut out and emboss it as you did for the cream label.   Colour one side of the acetate using the  wild plum, cranberry and denim alcohol inks and the blending tool leaving a few places free of ink.    When you are happy with the results, cover the inks with a Versamark pad and dust with gold mica powder.   Brush off the excess powder.

Turn the acetate over and lay the daisies stencil over it.   Spread the black stars Sparkle Medium over the design.  Remove the stencil and leave the image to dry.

Whrn the Sparkle Medium  is dry, fix this to the cream card.   Last of all fix a gold peel off to each corner of the pink matt on the base card.

I do hope you like this card.   Using alcohol inks on the acetate background means, that no two cards will ever be alike.   This could be made using totally different colours, to give a totally different look.   A very quick and easy card to make.

Well, that's all for tonight my friends,    I'll be back soon with another card, until then take care of yourselves, stay snug and warm during this cold spell.

                                                                 Love and rainbows, 

                                                              Crafty Hugs,   Jennifer xx.  

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Joy.

Good evening my Lovelies,

Hope your week has got off to a good start.   Just in case you have not made all your Christmas cards yet, I have another card for you tonight, which may give you some inspiration.   I made this for Sue and Harvey of Imagination Crafts in September 2011.    I decided to make it using traditional Christmas colours of red and green.

Take a piece of white card and colour it using the distress inks and a piece of cut n' dry foam.   I used  dried marigold, victorian velvet, scattered straw and peeled paint.   When dry, lay the stencil on top and dab forest green distress ink through the design, using a stencil brush.

When the ink is dry, lay the stencil back on the design and dab Versamark through the stencil.   Carefully remove the stencil and brush gold, pink and the green interference mica powders from the pastel set over the Versamark.   Remove the excess powder and trim around the outside edge of the design with some scissors.   Matt this onto some black card.   Fix a piece of red organza ribbon around the black card, securing on the reverse.

Die-cut  a label using the  Spellbinders fancy tags, from  black card and one from cream card.   Run the gingham ribbon through the slots on the black label and fix on top of the organza ribbon and secure on the reverse.    Cut out the oval from the cream label and stamp 'Joy' in the centre using a black ink pad and colour the cream label using a small  part of the stencil, with distress inks and mica powders.   Glue the cream label to the black.

Matt the black card onto a slightly larger piece of gold mirror card and then onto a cream base card.   Make two ribbon bows from the green gingham ribbon.   Glue one on each end of the ribbon.   Glue fifteen red rhinestones to the card front in groups of three for the holly berries.

Well that's it folks   Unfortunately.  the sheen from the mica powders does not show up very well on the photos.       Thank you so much for visiting my blog and if you have left a comment, thank you,   It means a great deal to me to know your thoughts on my creations.    It would be fabulous if you could join my blog, a girl can't have enough crafty friends lol !!

See you all again soon.    Hope you don't get too stressed out doing all that Christmas shopping !   Take care.
                                                                Love and rainbows,

                                                          Crafty Hugs,   Jennifer xx.