Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Heart with Foamiran Flowers


I had a lot of fun with this wooden heart bought in The Works, Athlone for 1.50.  I used a Tim Holtz stencil and texture paste, when that was dry I sprinkled Turquoise brusho powder and sprayed with water.  Loved this.  I found a Stampendous stamped panel in the perfect colour that I had never used and stuck that down before gluing down some cheesecloth.



The flowers were made with Foamiran from 14 Craft Bar.  Assorted die cuts from silver glitter paper, and added twine, pearls and diamante

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Snowy on Christmas Eve


A last minute card.  Snowy coloured with Copics, and a background created with watercolour markers.  Die cut two Vintage Frames. Done!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Joy.......and Tablet



{Sorry about the poor photograph - so hard to get good pictures in winter and this card had to go to the recipient before I could get a daylight pic.}  Using Lemoncraft papers and Foamiran flowers made with Foamiran from 14 Craft Bar and die cuts from Penny Black and Tim Holtz cut from silver glitter paper.  A little cheesecloth and silver paint were added as well.  The papers were cut using stitched squares dies I found in The Works, Athlone.

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I called this blog Cards and Chocolate because I love chocolatte too ... well just about anything sweet.  Around this time of year I make Tablet - a Scottish thing, a sort of crumbly fudge.  You don't want to know how much sugar and butter went into this!

Right I'm off to work.  I hope you get the last of your Christmas shopping done.  It's the last few bits that seem to take forever with shops and car parks jammed!

Ger x





Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Attempting Bokeh


I do love the bokeh effect so decided to have a go.  After inking with Distress inks, my Stazon white ink was pretty dry, even after re-inking, and I resorted to daubers and whatever else I could find.

I die cut the Peny Black nativity bauble and  a Merry Christmas sentiment..  Some sequins, 3d pearl drops, some diamante mesh string for the bauble and of course I had to die cut the panel with Antique Frames.

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I have some more cards to you show you but it's hard to find the time in the run up to Christmas! Hopefully I will be back with another card tomorrow.

Ger x

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Baubles with Foamiran Flowers


I bought some clear baubles in Sostrene Greene Athlone and half filled them with iridescent snowballs from The Range, Liffey Valley.  I die cut some Tim Holtz Festive Greenery and sponged with a blue Gelato.  




After making the Foamiran flowers I stuck everything onto the top of the bauble, including some fluffy white Marabou trim and sparkly white berries.



While we're looking at the tree, I found a brand new teddy - provenance unknown - while decluttering for Christmas.  So I stuck him in the tree too.  I think he looks happy to be there.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Penny Black Poinsettia



Some Penny Black dies this morning, including an absolute favourite which I'm going to be using forever - Antique Frames.  I cut two layers of cream card using the Antique Frames dies, sponging the edges with Vintage Photo DI.  I then cut the Berry Branch from the same card, adding some Liquid Pearls for berries.  The foliage dies (Layered Xmas Wreath) were embossed with Wow platinum and some gold embossing powder.  The Layered Poinsettia was cut from red card and I added a centre from 14 Bar Crafts.

The Merry Christmas die is another favourite, bought from Crafty Angels in Newbridge and embossed with gold powder several times to give a metallic look

Christmas card production coming along nicely!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Foamiran Christmas


Some red Foamiran arrived from 14 Craft Bar so of course more poinsettias had to be made. I also used a resin tree (coloured with Crushed Olive DI) and a Scrapiniec Merry Christmas, and Lemoncraft papers, also from 14 Craft Bar.
I added some white iridescent snow from The Range, Liffey Valley.  Some gold fabric here and there too, Tim Holtz dies cut from Neenah Desert Storm card, twine, glitter., white berries.

The wreath is a Tonic Studios die cut - Fern Garland


I used gold seed beads instead of stamens in the poinsettias.

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Ger x