Sunday, 15 October 2017

Spellbinders Christmas blog candy ...

Hi everyone,

This week I am featuring a selection of projects all using Spellbinders products as part of my Spellbloggers work. As a way of saying thank you to everyone for popping over and supporting me in my continual crafting journey, I am offering the following blog candy ...

Die D-Lites Build a stocking 



This blog candy will run until Sunday 15th October, midnight (GMT) and I will announce the winner by Tuesday 17th October. Also, the candy is open to world wide entrants.

Please pop your name in the comment box below and I will use random.org to pick the winner.

Thanks again for popping over and joining in .. plus ... 'Good Luck' everyone,

Lou
x x x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Santa Sleigh 3D shading stamp from Spellbinders

Daily, for the next week, I am having a "Christmas with Spellbinders" event and as part of this event, I am offering blog candy ... which I will ship world wide. You can check out my blog candy post HERE for all the details. However before you rush off, my fourth project is just below ...

For this project I had a real blast playing with a selection of the 3D shading stamps to create an aperture card ...


I began by stamping and embossing a piece of A5 white card with the 'It's Snowing Holiday' stamp and then using a nesting rectangle die (largest), I cut an aperture. I added extra detail to the edges using my Nuvo mousse which highlighted the snowflakes even more.


Next stamping the tree detail on to my card blank. I carefully drew light pencil marks so that I remembered where the aperture would be and began layering the trees to look as if they were part of a winter forest. Once happy with the placement, I covered them in Nuvo Sparkle Dust and Nuvo Glitter paste. The combination of the two created a fabulous textural feel  ... in my eyes (lol). Whoops should add that the snowy tree landscape was made using 'Pine Trees Holiday' shading stamp.


I stamped the 'Santa Sleigh' image and water coloured on to a separate piece of white card, cutting him out. Whilst he was drying, I added my snowflake aperture layer on to my card blank - with 3D foam - and carefully lined up the aperture. Santa was then mounted on to the front of the aperture to make him stand out from the background. As a finishing touch, I stamped my sentiment, cut it in half and added it to my card.

Sadly I think my camera is on it's last legs as however much I tried, my photos are not that great - many apologies - but do hope you can still see how wonderful and versatile these shading stamps are!

Santa Sleigh Holiday 3D Shading Stamps  Pine Trees Holiday 3D Shading Stamps  Cold Spell Holiday 3D Shading Stamps

Spellbinders have a special offer running at the moment on any of their monthly die cut clubs and the code is good until 31st December ... why not pop over and check out all the different clubs.

Spellbinders NEW Monthly Die Cutting Clubs

Many thanks for popping over and seeing my projects this week ... I appreciate every visit and love reading your comments. Please don't forget my blog candy draw where you could be in with the chance of winning a wonderful Christmas themed set of dies from Spellbinders. Details HERE ...

Have a great day everyone,

Lou
x x x

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Monday, 9 October 2017

The Bells are ringing out for Christmas Day ...

Daily, for the next week, I am having a "Christmas with Spellbinders" event and as part of this event, I am offering blog candy ... which I will ship world wide. You can check out my blog candy post HERE for all the details. However before you rush off, my third project is just below ...


For this card I have used Holly Jolly Holly and Christmas Bells die collections ...


I have die cut the bells twice, from gold embossed card. The top layer was shaped to give a curve effort and then layered on to the bottom layer, (with 3D gel). The bells have then been mounted on to the panel from the Decorative Holly die set.


I have then cut a selection of holly leaves and berries from the Holly Jolly Holly die set and added them to fit around, in or even on the bells. Finally, all topped off with a die cut bow from the bells set.

 Holiday Bells   Holly Jolly Holly  

Above are the main items used on my card and click on a picture to be taken to the item in the Spellbinders shop so you can have a good nose.

Also don't forget my Spellbinders blog candy giveaway ... it can be found HERE.

Lou
x x x






#spellbinders   #spellbloggers   #neverstopmaking

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Decorative Holly Frame die from Spellbinders ... plus blog candy

Daily, for the next week, I am having a "Christmas with Spellbinders" event and as part of this event, I am offering blog candy - a wonderful Christmas themed Die D-Lites die set - which I will ship world wide. You can check out my blog candy post HERE for all the details. However before you rush off, my second project is just below ...

I do not normally go for large, large dies but my eyes were drawn to the Spellbinders Nestabilities 6x6 Decorative Holly Frame Etched Dies and I just had to get it ... a crafters thing I suppose 😉 So for my first project using this die, I just simply cut, embossed and added a small bit of colouring ...


There are 3 dies in the collection and on the decorative panel die, I used Holly & Berries shading stamps to decorate the corners and bring the holly elements from the main die. Now I have to be honest ... I did colour the bow detail on the die cut ... but ... let's just say ... it didn't go to plan and looked 'pants'. I'm not sure where my eyes were when it came to this bit of colouring!


Only one thing to do, dig out the ribbon ... but my 'mistake' need a little more fixing, so I stamped the holly leaves again, cut them out and added behind the ribbon. Ugly wet smudged mess now successfully coloured - phew! I've used Aqua Flow pens, Nuvo embellishment mousse and Nuvo Crystal Drops to add the colour to the main die cut.


Shown below are the main Spellbinders products used on my card and they can be found in the Spellbinders shop.

   

Thanks for popping over and before you go, why not check out my blog candy giveaway. All the details can be found HERE.

Lou
x x x

I'd like to join in with the following challenges:
Crafty Friends - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut - anything Christmas goes
Emerald City Crafts - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - anything goes

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Spellbinders 3D shading stamps ... plus blog candy

Daily, for the next week, I am having a "Christmas with Spellbinders" event and as part of this event, I am offering blog candy - a wonderful Christmas themed Die D-Lites die set - which I will ship world wide. You can check out my blog candy post HERE for all the details. However before you rush off, my first project is just below ...

Recently when choosing some items over at Spellbinders to use in my Spellblogger projects, I decided that I would really like to use the 3D shading stamps and chose a selection from the Christmas range. I was really intrigued as to how these would really work and also whether I would only be able to do monochromatic pieces with them ... but boy oh boy, how wrong was I! They are just fantastic to use and very, very versatile. If you are in doubt, please do not be as you will love playing with the designs as much as I have.

For my first project I have used Christmas Kitten plus Holly & Berries ...


I began by stamping the adorable kitten image in grey. Masking off the image, I added a border of holly leaves. All were then coloured with my Aqua Flow watercolour pens. I then inked around the edges to give a more 'aged' feel to my project.


After doing this, I felt the piece looked unbalanced so created a holly border in the opposite corner, colouring and ageing it the same as before. Once finished, the white card I had used, still felt 'too white' so I lightly added vintage photo distress ink with light paint splatters in co-ordinating colours.


I've mounted my topper on to different, but complimentary coloured glitter card and then on to my card base. Again another 'light bulb moment' hit me and before I glued everything in to place, I decided to stamp the holly leaves around the edge of my card base - which I think was just the perfect finishing touch.

You can check out the stamps I used below and get a better view of them in the Spellbinders shop ...

  
   
Many thanks for popping over and don't forget to join in my Spellbinders blog candy giveaway HERE.

Lou
x x x


Entering the adorable kitten in to the following challenges:
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes
Frilly & Funkie - show us your stamps
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas

#spellbinders   #spellbloggers   #neverstopmaking

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tonic Studios monthly Craft Kit #1

Tonic Tuesday Takeover ... part 5

Last post for the Tonic Tuesday Takeover and I can hear the sighs for here. I think that this might become a regular thing as still have loads to share with you all, so watch out ...!

This post is all about the recently released first monthly craft kit from Tonic Studios and it was choker full of crafting yumminess.



So far I have made 3 projects using the kit but have several more 'on the go' as there is just oodles you can do with all the elements. The kit has an autumnal feel to it and that is evident by the colour card and papers included. So what did I do?


Here's my first project ...


I created a shaker wreath style card and filled the centre with lots of leaves and sequins. There are 3 different layers on the wreath and further leaves added. Sentiment from stamp set has been stamped inside the shaker and on one of the larger leaves. I used the mousse to highlight the leaves and make them pop a little more.

 Second idea ...


Using the large leaf die, I die cut loads from cream card and then over stamped - using the leaf veins - with the mousse. Layering the cream & gold leaves together I created a poinsettia, adding additional leaves in green. The wreath was also cut in the matching green, layered behind the poinsettia. The mousse was used with a stencil to create the background.

Third project ...


This is a little bit more 'wackier' than the first two as I have used the brown card to stamp and emboss the hedgehog and then layered him on to a leaf background using one of the frame dies. Now, in hindsight, you could create your own die cut leaf background by using the smaller dies ... sadly that's only just popped in to my head now! The sentiment has been stamped on to vellum and placed behind. Well if you don't try out ideas, you don't know if they work or not ...

Thanks for dropping by today and sharing all my Tonic Studio makes and have now decided, am going to make this a regular Tuesday event. The alliteration did it for me really ... tee, hee, hee,

Lou
x x x

Entering my wreath shaker card in to the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - autumn
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Make My Monday - autumn colours
Craft for Craic - autumn colours

Homage to Edna ... Henri style ...

Tonic Tuesday Takeover ... part 4

Another 'Tonic Tuesday Takeover' make to share and I have to give a big shout out to Edna Taylor from the Tonic Studios design team. A while back I saw a card Edna made using the Rococo Male dies and adored the layout and colour palate, so had to use this as my inspiration for my card. Check out Edna's card HERE 

Here's my take on her card using Henri from Marmalade's World ...


I think the simple layered squares make each of the images 'pop' whether a die or a stamp and thought Henri would look great nestled in amongst the sports themed dies. Using Rustic Oak Aqua Flow pen as my ink, I stamped Henri. Whilst the colour was still wet, I coloured him in to give a vintage feel.



As my only embellishment, I stamped the rosette from Accessory Set 3 with the same colour as Henri and die cut with the matching die. A simple layered card, which I think look striking.

Many thanks Edna for providing the inspiration for my design,

Lou
x x x

Products and links:





Henri would love to play along in the following challenges:
Die Cut Diva's - mens/boys/masculine cards
Creative Cottage - men/boys
Crafting Circle - anything goes
Let's Create - anything goes + child's play