May 26, 2016

Shabby Chic - Lilac and Lemon

Hi Everybody,

Today I have a video on YouTube for you to see how this card was put together. The list of supplies is at the bottom of the page but I also used some dried flowers that smell lovely and add a really special touch to the card

The video is titled  Shabby Chic - Lilac and Lemon   and I hope it gives you some ideas of how you might like to make your own cards in this style.  I have added lots of "Frippery" to this design and used a really pale lemon teamed with the lilac.

Painting the flowers adds to the vintage look and you can use paint or Gesso to get the whiteness onto them with a paint brush. 

The flowers/Lace/Cameo are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and they have some wonderful products for you to view.  

New Web Page

Over on my website I have created a special page that I will add all these Shabby Chic videos to as I go along so that they can all be accessed in one place whenever you need to browse. 
At the moment there are two but as each card is made and filmed it will be added to the page.

It will be permanently in the NavBar on the left of each website page and  the individual photographs on that page are clickable links. Click and open them to go directly to my You Tube channel with the tutorials.
It is titled Shabby Chic 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 25, 2016

Water Colour Wednesday - Flowers

Hi Everybody,

Everything about this card is hand done ... no stamps, no stencils, no tracing ... all right out of my head !!

I used Water colour paints and lots of water to get the look for the flowers and then once it was done something was missing.

So in I went again and painted in the fence behind the flowers and then I was happier with it.

It is a lot easier to do than you might think so you don't need to be able to draw or even paint.

All you need is the courage to put the paint on the paper in the first place, and if you don't like it nothing is lost.

It's only paint and paper and some water ...  but you will gain a whole lot if you just try it in the first place, especially confidence if you like what you have produced

It's being scared and lacking that confidence that stops us doing lots of things but we need to take the plunge and try.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 24, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Labels Twenty Two with Detailed Scallops

Hi Everybody,

For today I have created a card in white and cream and toned the flowers to match the scheme. A real neutral look but just as lovely as the coloured ones and a really simple card to make that looks expensive
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:
  • Flowers/Leaves from WOC
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Ribbons from Mei Flower
  • Fibre from AnnaMarie Design
With die #7 from Matting Basics A cut two panels in white to create a Hinged card
With  #4 from Detailed Scallops cut one layer in cream
With #4 from Matting basics A cut another panels and emboss
(Please remember that #1 is always the smallest)
With #5 cut one in white and with #3 cut another in cream and emboss
With #4 from the Decorative Labels 22 cut one in cream 
Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment that fits inside the tag from Detailed Scallops
Add foam pads between the layers and thread ribbon through the slots on the Deco Labels 22
Layer them all onto the Detailed Scallops and then add to the base layer
Dress with flowers as please you and sparkle them with some glitter. I have added some natual fibres to my display
This would make a beautiful wedding card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 23, 2016

Tonic-Gold Patterned Panels - Classic Quatrefoil

Hi Everybody,

This pretty pink card is created with another of the Patterned Panels from Tonic-Gold

The background is done with Classic Quatrefoil and made into a larger card with Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B

The large sentiment has been cut several times in black and added to the front

The lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are my touch of luxury to the card. I have added some sparkle to the petals with glitter.

Each of the cross sections has a tiny pearl added and with a change oif sentiment this could be for any occasion

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

May 22, 2016

Spellbinders New Prizm Machine

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would share this snippet from Spellbinders with you about their dinky new machine which is coming soon.   
Coming June 2016! 

The NEW Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine was designed with your creativity in mind. It's the latest in Spellbinders Creative Arts line of innovative die cutting and embossing machines. 

This adorable lightweight machine is perfect to use with many S1 and S2 sized Spellbinder dies. 
Also compatible with many other small die templates.

The Prizm  Machine is ...
  • Small & Portable - 5 ¾” x 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”
  • Cuts up to 2 ½” wide
  •  Lightweight – It’s just 1.8 pounds!
  •  Fold down platform
  •  Easy crank handle
  •  Locking suction base
  •  Includes: Base Plate, Embossing Plate, Cutting Plate, & Embossing Mat

I am sure that you are going to love this new addition to the range and it will sit very neatly on your work top to be on hand whenever you need it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 21, 2016

Todays Winner ...

Hi Everybody,.

It's a bit wet and windy here today but supposed to be brightening up later.  I really hope so as we are taking a walk over to the sea front this evening as the Red Arrows are doing an anniversary air show at 6 pm.

The Red Arrows never fail to put on one of the most amazing air displays and they are so exciting to watch.  Griff is going to try and film some of their tricks and we are both hoping it will be fine and a little warmer by then.

The draw for the Friday Freebie card has been done and the name this week is you ...


please email me with your postal address to
and the card will be in the post to you straight away.

I hope that you will like it and please let me know when it arrives with you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 20, 2016

Friday Freebie 119

Hi Everybody,

A Spellbinders Texture plate has been used to get the Letterpress effect on this card and it is in a very soft pale pink.

I have layered it onto silver and white. It is really pretty and could be used for any occasion. The inside is lined on this one

The plate is called Lace and Frills   and it is quite large. The sentiment is Sentiments Three set

The panel has been wrapped with lace and white ribbon with a double bow attached from Mei Flower

The flowers and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts and so is the pearl trim. The pearl flourish behind the flowers is from Want2Scrap 

If this is a card that you would like to have then all you need to do is leave me a comment.

From those comments a name will be chosen and the winner announced in tomorrows blog post ... so please come back and check if it is you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 19, 2016

New YT Video

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is featured on YouTube and uses texture past and a stencil. Embossing with Stencils   will show you how I got this look and it is a quick and easy card to create

I have covered the raised area with Distress Inks but chalks would do the same job.

You would need crafters chalks and not your childrens as they will not do the job properly.

The stencil I have used was free with Papercraft Essentials   and the issue number is 133.

It was on sale on the 5th May so should still be around in the shops

There is a gift with the magazine each month. You can use any floral stencil that you have in your own "Stash"

The texture/embossing/modelling paste are more or less the same thing and they all provide a raised surface.

You can colour this paste or add glitter to it or do as I have done and cover it with embossing powder and heat.

It will bubble up and give even more texture to your design and it gets HOT  so mind you don't burn your fingers.

Spread it onto your work with an old store card if you don't have the spatula but be sure to wash it and your stencil straight away because the paste dries hard and will spoil both if you leave it on them.

I hope you enjoy the video and there is a Shabby Chic one lined up for next week 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx