Saturday, 30 January 2016

Messing About with ATCs

Its been a long time since I made some ATCs. I don't why as I love the fact you can go wild and experiment with techniques in such a small space.

I was inspired to make these cards by Lynn Kopas' work and whilst no where as fabulous as hers, I really enjoyed making these.

First I stuck on a layer of hessian type material and then added found objects, beads, shells and other trinkets. I covered the whole piece with Gesso. For the first time I used a texture paste and a stencil to create the flourishes - I am now hooked!

Once dry I spritzed blue and green inks onto different areas and stamped the butterfly image.  To bring out the texture I dry - brushed gold acrylic paint onto shells and flourishes.

I think I may be making more of these!

I am entering them into the following challenges:
Stamps and Stencils - Oh So Blue
We Love to Create - Anything Goes

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Potting Shed

Must get this blogging done more regularly!! Its a busy month for birthday in my family so have spent a lot of time making cards for the men in my family.

This card is one I made just because I wanted too!

Those of you who read my blog will know I am a big fan of Little Claire Stamps. There them on their challenge blog is Add Some Bunting so I thought this would be perfect! I stamped and coloured the card with Promarkers, added a string of bunting and a sentiment from a set of free stamps I had.

It will soon be time here in the UK to prepare the garden once again for Spring!

I am also entering the following challenges:

Thursday, 7 January 2016

New Year Plans

I hope its not too late to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I also hope you had a wonderful festive season and a peaceful one too.

I have decided this year to take part in the Business Bakery's 100 Day Goal. My goal for this is to rejuvenate my blog and hopefully provide more interest and more interaction with you all.

It is a brilliant FREE! workshop with printable sheets and a very supportive Facebook Group. So if you have something you want to achieve in 2016 why not join in?!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Peaceful Christmas

With just two days to go until Christmas itself, there is time for one more posting.

This card is one I made for my Nana who will celebrate her 95th! Christmas this year. I used my Cricut machine to cut the Nativity scene. I used polkadot paper as the mat and added the flowers. I don't know if you can see it but I also added some gold glitter on the flowers and the star.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Winter / Christmas

And there is just time to wish you all a very Peaceful Christmas. I thank you for following my blog over the year and I hope to see you all again in 2016 with new work and challenges.

Emma x

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

So its beginning to look alot like Christmas! We've got one of our trees up and the Christmas lights. This is our mantelpiece looking festive!

I made a few quick cards this week too. This one is made using the Christmas Tree stamp by Woodware.

First I masked off the middle area with low tack tape before applying Distress Inks with a foam. I then over stamped it with the stamp and added the snowflakes and greeting. 

Its a super quick card which is perfect for "THOSE" emergencies!!

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Freshly Brewed Blog - Christmas Anything Goes

Sunday, 6 December 2015

We Six Cats

Apologies for not blogging for a few days. I had a craft stall at my son's Christmas Fayre yesterday and have spent the last three weeks buried in glitter and glue!!

I treated myself to another Little Claire stamp this season which is We Six Cats.

I created the background myself using Stormy Sky Distress ink on watercolour card. I spritzed water and dabbed it dry to get the snow like splodges! The cats were coloured with Promarkers and stuck onto the snowy sky. I created a border using a fineline pen to make the image stand out.

I wonder what they are singing??!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

My time to Craft - Christmas Animals
That's Crafty Challenge Blog - Seasons Greetings
Little Claire - White Christmas

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Craft Rocket Challenge Guest Post

Back in October I was lucky enough to be chosen as the Winner at Craft Rocket Challenges with my Spooky Card.

So this week I have been invited back as a Guest Designer!

The theme is Add a Sentiment which gives a lot of scope.

For my card I used stamps which were freebies with a papercraft magazine. I created a round circle template and applied Distress Inks to create the moon. I then used a juicy black Archival ink pad to stamp the rest of the images. This pad gives a nice crisp print.  To finish I hand drew a line border to frame the design before mounting it onto a black card base.

I can't wait to see what you will enter in this challenge!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Fantastic Tuesdays - Anything Goes / With Purple

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Two Little Ducks

We are having extremely windy weather here on the South Coast of England experiencing the tail end of storm "Barney". Perfect to stay in and craft!

I am busy with Christmas makes and these are new cards I am making this year.

I used stamps by InkyDoodles and coloured them with Spectrum Noir pencils. I think of them as Dexter and Deliah Duck!

These can also be purchased from my Folksy store :)

I am entering this card into the following challenges :

A Snowflake Promise - Christmas
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge - Christmas Critters

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Postcard from Paris

I have been trying to get this little card finished all week, but have been busy with card orders, making cards for my Nan who turned 95! and upcoming samples for exciting Serif Craft Artist Shows.

The card is my entry into the Sunday Postcard Challenge - so better late than never!!

First I stamped the Papermania Paris Scene Stamp onto the card and then used a masked to cover it. I covered the rest of the card with Distress Ink. Using the script stamp from the Papermania set I randomly stamped onto the postcard. The Eiffel Tower (and the frame) was diecut on my Cricut machine and then embossed with WOW! Gold Embossing Powder. The sentiment was from a Creative Expressions Paris Set which again I embossed with gold powder. I added some paper flowers and paper collage details from Docrafts Madame Payraud to finish.

I really enjoyed making this as it took me back to my original craft style.

I am entering the following competitions:

Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
CreativeArtiste Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Challenge - Vintage or Shabby Chic

Friday, 23 October 2015

Which Witch?

Halloween is nearly here, so I just had to make another creepy card!

I made this in a similar way to my last Halloween Card (see previous post) using a Cricut cut image. The background was created using Distress Inks and ink sprays.

I'm hoping to share some photos of our Halloween decorations soon - so watch this space!

Here is a photo of our first pumpkin we carved this week.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Craft Rocket - Spooky
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Orange and Black
Die Cuttin Divas - Picture Inspired
Artistic Inspirations  - Halloween

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