Friday, January 6, 2017

Pick Me Up at Craft for the Craic

Happy New Year!  The challenge this month at Craft for the Craic is 'Pick Me Up' - let's see how you interpret the theme with your chosen craft.

I've made a card without a sentiment to hopefully give someone a January Pick Me Up!

The flowers are Altenew watercoloured and fussy cut, and the background is one I found left over from another project, splattered watercolour and gold spritz.  The stripes are gold embossed with Wow powder.

I'll be back mid month with another pick me up .... but not a card.

Ger x

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Guest Designer - More Inspiration

It's time for some more inspiration for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme this month is 'Anything but a Card.'

For my second project I wanted to make some Vellum votives using the Penny Black Manger Die and some glitter cardstock.

I die cut 4 times each from Gold, Black and White glitter card, also punching tiny circles from the cardstock.

The votives were made by scoring a sheet of Bazzil 40 lb Vellum at 2.5", 5", 7.5" and 10" and gluing the flap to make little square votives.  I cut them widthways at 2.5", 5" and 7.5" to make 3 votives from one sheet of Vellum.  They can fold completely flat to include in a Christmas card.

I added some glue along edges with a Quickie glue pen and sprinkled with fine glitter and added some sequins. You could have a lot of fun decorating these votives!  Gems, pearls and snowflakes would be good.  I intend to use these on my Christmas table with battery operated tea lights.

Come and see what the Design Team have made for your inspiration at Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Beads and cardmaking

As I have quite a lot of beads I wanted to look at ways to include them in my cardmaking.  I found this rose that I watercoloured weeks ago and added some detail with coloured pencil, then sponged around the edges with Festive Berries.

I pierced holes in the watercolour card where I wanted to thread the seed beads then threaded a Big Eye beading needle (so much easier to thread!) and added little strings of seed beads.

The sentiment is Altenew.  

Now trying to think of other ways to use beads on cards.....

Ger x

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Anything but a Card at Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Guest Designer!

Over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge this month the theme is 'Anything but a Card' and I am thrilled to be Guest Designer this month!  

I wanted to try Copic colouring on Vellum and I just love this Cones and Berries stamp from Penny Black.  I white heat embossed on heavyweight vellum then turned the vellum over and coloured randomly with Copics on the back.  I sprayed the whole thing with sparkle spray, added some sequins and that was the overlay done!

For the inside of the tag I scribbled colours on the stamp with watercolour markers, sprayed with water and stamped before scribbling some more and repeating until I was happy.  I then dried the tag and stamped with Versamark before heat embossing with clear embossing powder to give the image a nice gloss.  The MISTI makes all this easy.

I hope you like today's project.  Head on over to see the other Design Team's gorgeous work and to join in the fun at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Just Two Colours at Craft for the Craic

At Craft for the Craic this month we want to see what you can craft using just two colours.  I chose blue and red, and made a Christmas card.

I just love this Penny Black stamp and I coloured him with Copics.  I used a Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil with Salty Ocean distress ink and some Simon Says Stamp Stitched Snowflakes die cut from glitter paper and some cut from card, coloured with distress ink and sprayed with Tsukineko sparkle spray.

We want to see what you've crafted using just two colours at Craft for the Craic!

See you tomorrow with another card.

Ger x

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Penny Black Nativity Bauble

I started by squishing Altenew ink cubes in purple and blue onto my craft sheet and spritzing with water.  Then I dragged the card panel through the puddles of ink, drying in between layers and dragging/dabbing again.

The Penny Black nativity die and Simon Says Stamp Stitched Flakes were die cut from Neenah white card and docrafts silver glitter paper (they have a gold one as well, both gorgeous).  The Yvonne designs sentiment was die cut from silver glitter paper.  I used a white Polychromos pencil to draw a string for the bauble.

My Christmas card stash is coming along nicely!

Thanks for visiting. Ger x

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Card and A Daylight Lamp

Happy Saturday! Two things to share today, one of which is a card. Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.  By the time you read this I will either be at the bog taking home turf or I will have managed to get out of doing it by promising to have food ready for the ones that didn't manage to escape going.  I don't mind helping with offloading the turf into the stack, I just hate going out to the bog.  It's so yukky, all muck and wellies, like a music festival without the music.  Or the craic.

Besides, I love cooking for hungry hordes.  But I'm getting off the subject.  I made this card some time ago and just realised I never shared.  The flowers and leaves are from Altenew Peony Bouquet and I cut a mask from Simon Says Stamp masking paper after stamping one of the flowers so that I could stamp the other flower overlapping, heat embossing the flowers with gold embossing powder and colouring the flowers with Copics and Polychromos coloured pencils.  

Altenew do these little sets of 4 inks in little cubes in greens, or pinks, or blues etc.  I have several of these cube sets, and I used greens to stamp the leaves, again using the mask I cut from stamping the flower.

The card panel was cut with a rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and the sentiment was die cut from gold card.  Gold splatters were added, and some gold sequins.  The panel was mounted on green card.

So the other thing I have to share is the daylight lamp which was delivered today.  I ordered it from Amazon:

I bought it because, as they say, winter is coming, and these dark evenings make it very difficult to craft.  House lights create shadows and false colours and it's difficult to properly see what you're doing and even harder to take photographs.  The card above was photographed using this lamp.  I'm delighted with it, I read the reviews before buying and I can't believe I got it at such a reasonable price.  I highly recommend this lamp.

Hopefully I will get some crafting done over the weekend to share with you because it's overtime again next week at work and then |I hope things will ease up and I can come home at a civilised hour.

Ger x