Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mans Birthday Card

Or of course for someone who loves the sea. I have used Sizzix Nautical Thinlits Dies so much since I bought them.
Don't forget the dies are also really good for making scrapbook embellishments. x

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Looks beautiful on you

No I haven't gone Stampin Up mad its just that I happened to buy a few sets lately and of course had to use them straight away lol.
This card was made for a class a few weeks ago. The front is very simple
But the inside shouts out loud with a big Thank You and a dancing lady
Here is a closer look at the focal point
Just had to use the Distress Oxides to make the background again . Any excuse. xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cute Happy Birthday

I absolutely fell in love with these Stampin Up stamps. They can be used in so many ways but as a scrapbooker I decided to make a layout first. Then, while making the layout, I needed to make a birthday card for class and this was the result.
I can't make up my mind whether I like the Frog or the Elephant best. and the ladybirds are so cute. Well I think it works anyway and it's given me loads of other ideas as well so watch this space.
The layout, by the way, is still a work in progress but I'll show it as soon as it's done xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Little Robin

My all time favourite bird and I will admit to being a bit of a collector as well . This little beauty was so easy to use. A little bit of colour and hey presto a lovely little Christmas card.
Card two and I'm making full use of my HobbyArt stamps. Especially love the greeting and it has so many uses.
Back to the Distress Inks to make this simple background and then a die cut silhouette of a graceful deer.
I hope your not getting bored yet because there are still loads more xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

Deer Deer

One of my favourite ways of making Christmas cards is to make use of background papers as focal points. It worked really well with this one.
This next card is so simple but so effective and very easy to make in batches. 
And lastly a really easy card using an embossed background, two die cut berry branches and two tiny red birds. 
A bit of glitter and bobs your uncle. Love it xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

Looking back

Loads of inspiration for Christmas cards still to come including a few from previous years. No excuses this year.
I'm making full use of my stencils and of course Distress Inks not Oxides this time.
An easy Santa card
And of course some cute penguins
Well not everyone likes Christmas lol xx

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Love those Gingerbread Men

Simple to do and all of the stamps were free with magazines. The only colouring in was the knitting and the great thing is that you can choose any colour. 
Next up a really simple poinsettia stamp and lots of white space. It doesn't photograph very well but it does look really classy in real life.
Lastly but by far my favourite this year is the Tracy Easson stamped card made using white stazon and little offcuts of patchwork material (I knew I was keeping it for a reason).
All of the above cards go normal post so went down really well in class. More tomorrow xx

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Gingerbread Men

well it has to be at Christmas doesn't it. More cards from card classes over the last few weeks starting with the Gingerbread tag
Cute little guy is from a recent free stamp set on Creative Stamping. Easy to colour and cut out. Just what I like.
Next it's the Snowman in a Jar
Once again easy to do and great for the kids.
Number three is the Christmas Geese
Now this one is great to make in bulk for friends. Quick to colour and so easy to make. 
There are still loads more to come so keep checking back if you want more inspiration. xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Seaside

This layout was done in a class a few months ago and it's taken me this long to find it again. I was, and still am, in love with everything sun, sea and sand. I have loads of dies, stamps and stencils which I use to make bright and breezy layouts however with this black and white photo of my mum and her sister and brother I thought I needed to tone it down a bit.
The two sea horses were stencilled onto black card and cut out. By turning one over I was able to add my journalling to the reverse.
I added hand drawn bubbles and a swirl stencil to create the background.
I used Distress Oxide Inks through seashell and starfish stencils to complete the look.
I love the Oxide colours but to make them brighter I spritzed with a fine mist of water to make them pop. xx

Monday, 23 October 2017

Oooh More Christmas Cards

and all still so easy to make. Here's the first one which everyone really loved because it's the sort of card you can make using any Christmas stamp old or new 
 This has been made using another of the Penny Black Bears.

Next something contemporary using stamps I bought earlier in the year.
and how was the background made you ask. Distress Oxides of course. Just can't stop using them lol.

Last card for today and this time a bit of traditional red and green

Hope you're finding these useful. Many more to come so keep checking back xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Mixture

I listened to the he ladies in class last year and notice that although they liked the Christmas cards they made, by far the most popular were the simple, flat cards. Easy and cheaper to post and cards which could be easily made in bulk. This year I have made many simple cards for them to make. I'll save the larger cards for the last class.

Here are a couple to start the ball rolling

Love these Penny Black Polar Bears. They as so easy to use and need very little colouring in.

Then there was the little fairy just for the little princess in your life, or for someone who likes pink, or a fairy lover or..... well you get the idea/
Love the cloth tag detail on the top right of the card.

and lastly for today I had to use my Distress Oxides and new Tim Holtz Tree Die, well it would be rude not to.

I hope these three have given you some inspiration because there are still loads more to come xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Love That Smile

Normally when I am asked to do a male layout I head for the deep blues and greys but I decided this month brighter is better and this was the result.
The beauty of this one is that you can use it for anything.....a celebration maybe or just for a favourite photo.
The star banner was first cut with scissors from the bottom of a sheet of paper
and then detail cut with a sharp knife.
The tags were added behind the photo to allow for hidden journaling.
The little red hearts made up the rest of the detail made by drawing around a stencil. Hope you like it xx

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Great Outdoors

I'm back again, well behind as usual but with so much to share. This is a recent layout from class, the idea taken from a beautiful layout I spotted on Pinterest and just adapted to suit the style I wanted.

The fantastic colours of the new Distress Oxides made this layout and everyone really enjoyed the stamping and colouring.
The letters were also coloured using the ink pads as were the butterflies and the simple white paper flowers finished the circle nicely.

I did try using white cardstock for the journaling however the black worked much better and helped tone down the busy background.

In this next picture you can see where I dropped one of the inked stamps which is where I positioned the white flowers. Just to show how accidents don't have to spoil the final effect.
The stamping in the middle was done using the largest stamps first and then gradually filling in the gaps with the flowers getting smaller and smaller.
Layout two coming soon. Please leave a comment if you have the time. It's nice to know there is someone out there watching xxx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Always be yourself

Loved this mermaid from the first time I saw her. I originally coloured her tail in a soft peach but I put "A Wink of Stella" over the top thinking it was clear and in fact I used white by mistake. Happy accident I think.
The stamp was free in Creative Stamping a few months ago. I have also used her on a mixed media layout which you can see in Junes Mixed Up Magazine.x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Strawberry Birthday

Great card for a Gardener or even someone who loves strawberries and so easy to make.
This is just a £1.25 stamp set from The Range and probably something most people wouldn't think of buying. Love a bargain x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Still a big kid

I was at the Crafty club held at Rainham Oast House a few weeks back and I saw a stamp that I really liked but it was too small to use on a scrapbook page so I decided to draw my own instead. I sketched the garden chair first and then made it into a template to use in the class.
Everything on this page is either stamped, stencilled, punched out and/or coloured in.
Some of the stamps were from my stash but most of them were from free sets off of the front of magazines.
I especially loved making the little cushions to go on the chair behind the photo.x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

In card class we normally make three card so as one of the cards this time was quite involved I made this card simple and easy to make
All of the colouring in was done using Distress Oxides and the pretty bow border is a punch by EK Success. The ladies clothing is done by paper piecing. x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Where have I been

I have been about but spending some time with family and having a bit of a break. Another two weeks before I start classes again so thought it was about time I caught up with the blogs. I have counted twenty two projects that need putting on here so without further ado lets start with

"Nothing Is Impossible"
Despite all of the wonderful, fussy layouts on Pinterest and other sites, I still love white space and I so enjoyed making this layout using my new "Beautiful You" stamps from Stampin Up and of course my new Distress Oxides.
I like the way the ink starts at the top of the title and gradually fades back to white.
And the little sign post made from scraps
and of course not forgetting the little fluffy clouds and wording stamps by Tracy Easson. Please with how this one turned out.x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Best Day

If this is your first time to this page then welcome. This is where I put the cards, layouts and mixed media projects that I make for my classes in the hope that it will inspire some of you to create and have fun.

I have just added a follow button to the right of this page so that you can get a heads up when I post so please feel free to follow me and if (in the next 20 years lol) I reach 100 followers I will do a giveaway to one of those people.

This is the second layout from last Tuesdays Scrapbook Class, designed for a wedding photo or perhaps a special occasion although this would fit any photo really.
I have used a black and white photo but included a coloured focal point , the flowers, so that I can remember the colours of the wedding.
I gave everyone the choice in class as to whether they colour in their stamped butterflies or left them black and white. I don't think anyone coloured them in although if you're reading this and you did please send me a photo.

If you are interested in any of my classes (listed on the right) please contact me for more information. I have another class on Saturday so onwards and upwards. Something different this time I think. xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wonderful

I decided it was about time that I did some technique work with the Tuesday night Scrapbook class so out came the Distress Oxcide pads and I began to play. This is the resulting layout.

It looks very simple however if you look more closely you will see that the shield shape at the centre of the card is cut from watercolour paper which works really well with the Distress Oxides.
I splashed droplets of the same inks either side of the photo and then used the splatters to make the centre of my hand drawn flowers.

The main flowers are from a stamp set called Hummingbirds which I bought off of eBay for about £3. I love a bargain. 

The flowers and leaves are all coloured in using pro markers.