Month: December 2015

Quick no fuss Birthday card

Hello lovelies…I hope you are all ok and getting ready for the man in the red suit ? 
I won’t lie i am the least prepeared I have ever been ! 
Which leads me on to todays card…Now I have a couple of birthdays around the holiday season and also just after, so today I have made a quick no fuss (and also no colouring for the non colouring crafter’s) birthday card. What is even better is that it has been made using this months free Club Inspire Download from Crafter’s Companion. 
All you need to do is click here to either join, or sign in and the downloads are on the Club Inspire main page. 
The download comes with several papers and a sheet of sentiments and embellishments. 
I used the cupcake and the Happy Day sentiment. 
The kraft card I have used the Hessian embossing folder from Crafter’s Companion Inspiration 6 magazine. 
I trimmed it down to fit onto a 4×5 card. 
The papers I trimmed down to 1″ wide to just under 5″ to fit the Kraft card and overlapped them. 
The cupcake I have used Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle pen and then added some sequins. 
I then mounted the cupcake and sentiment using 3d foam to give some dimension. 
To finish i rounded off the bottom corners and adheared to the card base. 
So there you go a nice simple and fun birthday card for any age. 
I know a lot of my blogger friends won’t be around now, so i will take this chance to say have a very Merry Christmas, and thank you for all your contiued support. 
Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays 
Items used: 
http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/crafters-inspiration-magazines-c3/crafters-companion-crafters-inspiration-issue-6-spring-edition-p26778https://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/register?referer=%2Fmembershttp://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/essential-cardstock-c271/crafters-companion-kraft-cardstock-a4-pack-of-50-p24959http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/papercraft-c2141/colouring-c5/spectrum-noir-c1423/spectrum-noir-sparkle-pens-c7689
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New Spectrum Noir Challenge….Clean & Simple.

Morning lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
It is new challenge time over at Spectrum Noir, This months theme is super easy Clean & Simple. 
All you need to do is use one of the Spectrru Noir Mediums on your project and then upload it to the challenge which can be found by clicking the image below.
The prize as always is £30/$30 of Spectrum Noir Products. 
https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumNoir/app/610925878965605/
I used Spectrum Noir Aqua pens for my card, I get asked a lot on how I use these and do plan on doing a video in the new year. The main i use them is scribble onto my watercolour pallet and use just like watercolours, but my advice is too play around and find what works for you. I use to do watercolouring before I started crafting so the way i use them works best for me, but I know some people who get on better with using them pen direct to paper…play around and have fun 🙂 
Anyway on to my card….
I have used a stamp set from Sheena (link below) and the tree branches I drew on myself using a brush and my Aqua’s. I then stamped onto some vellum with Versamark and Heat Embossed using WOW embossing powder, i cut the bottom edge of the vellum user my Crafter’s Companion trimmer on the wave setting. I then added just a couple of sequins and gems to finish.  
I then mat and layered onto some black cardstock and added it too a 5.5×4.5 card base, it looks wonky in this pic but i promise that was just camera angle 🙂 
Make sure you head on over to check the challenge out and see what my fellow teamies have been creating. 
Thank you for stopping by
Happy crafting 
I’d like to enter this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Just a Pinch (just a pinch of gems were used) 
Items used: 

http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/tools-c2148/tools-c17/crafters-companion-clevercut-a4-paper-trimmer-p6672http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/papercraft-c2141/stamps-c15/sheena-douglass-c914/a-little-bit-festive-c1999http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/papercraft-c2141/pens-c1403

http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/papercraft-c2141/colouring-c5/inkpads-c137/tsukineko-versamark-watermark-ink-pad-p89http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/printable-card-and-paper-c73/crafters-companion-printable-vellum-paper-15-pack-p105http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/printable-card-and-paper-c73/crafters-companion-watercolour-card-pack-15-sheets-p9220http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/essential-cardstock-c271/crafters-companion-matt-black-a4-cardstock-pack-of-40-p24207

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I love you this much …Paper Smooches.

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all having a nice weekend with lots of crafting. 
It is cold and wet here…perfect weather to craft 🙂 
I wanted to share a card I made today using the fab Freezy Fellas Stamp Set from Paper Smooches. You may remember I used one of the fab little fellas on another card a couple of weeks ago….click here to check it out. 
I wanted to show that with this stamp set you really don’t need to add much, I have used the stamps to create backing paper and just added some dies. 
Anyway here it is…..

 As always I have coloured him with my Spectrum Noir Markers. The hearts in the background were stamped using Lawn Fawn Cranberry Ink and then I went over them with Red Berry Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. I also went over the mistletoe, the heart on sentiment and the snowmans Scarf & hat Band.
  
Here you can see that sparkle….well it isn’t Christmas without some sparkle is it.
I have listed all products used below, just click on the pictures to take you to the stores where you can purchase them. 
So as you can see a great card created with just a few products. 
Paper Smooches are currently looking for a GDT for January, so I am being brave and throwing my hat in the ring ! Although there is TONS of amazing entries so i don’t eveny Kim and the Team. 
If you want to check out the GDT then head on over to the Paper Smooches Blog
I’d also like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Holly Jolly Stamping
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend. 
Happy crafting and thank you for stopping by 
Items used: 
http://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Freezy_Fellas_p/nos-12-123.htmhttp://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/new-c2158/new-products-c848/crafters-companion-spectrum-noir-sparkle-12pk-autumn-winter-p27964http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/spectrum-noir-c6010/spectrum-noir-bundles-c6016/crafters-companion-spectrum-noir-marker-sets-all-168-pens-14-black-trays-2-packs-of-neenah-3-packs-of-brush-nibs-p15424

http://www.craftsulove.co.uk/memorybox.htmhttp://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/printable-card-and-paper-c73/crafters-companion-neenah-classic-crest-card-pack-a4-solar-white-20-pack-p9523http://www.onceuponastamp.co.uk/lawn-fawn-s-stitched-hillside-borders/

http://www.sprinkle-twinkle.co.uk/shop/accessories/lawn-fawn-mermaid-ink-padhttp://www.sprinkle-twinkle.co.uk/shop/accessories/lawn-fawn-cranberry-ink-pad
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Using a die in a different way

Good morning lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
It is a cold and wet morning here so i intend on spending the day crafting and wrapping gifts. 
I wanted to share with you 2 cards i made yesterday, I have taken the Die’sire Ivy Die and used it in a slightly different way. 
I have coloured the ivy with my Spectrum Noir Sparkles in Holly Leaf and then using some supersticky tape I arranged in a wreath shape tucking in the ends. You do have to be careful and slightly bend the diecut. 
I did the two cards ever so slightly different, on one card i used two more die cuts and i have to admit i prefer the “fuller” look. And I also changed the position of the bow
 

Here is the fuller one, I also added gems & enamel dots as i went, but i tried to hide them so they just peeked out as I wanted them to be subtle.
 This one is the one with less die cuts on. 
I have used some washi tape behind the sentiment, i did it without at first but it was missing something.
 I am loving this sentiment at the moment, it is from the Nordic Christmas range and I have stamped it using Lawn Fawn Inkpad. Using a gel pen I added some faux stitching around the edge.
 I LOVE the sparkle the new Spectrum Noir Pens give, and this colour really is perfect for leafs.
So there you go, a slightly different way to use a die. I have used the small ivy die for this as it is a 5×5.5″ card, but if you wanted to go bigger then the larger ivy die would be perfect and you could maybe build the layers up more. 
I hope you all have a great weekend. 
Happy Crafting 
Items used: 

http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/diesire-c5894/diesire-decorative-dies-c5897/crafters-companion-diesire-christmas-classiques-ivy-p27469http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/new-c2158/new-products-c848/crafters-companion-spectrum-noir-sparkle-12pk-autumn-winter-p27964http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/essential-cardstock-c271/crafters-companion-kraft-cardstock-a4-pack-of-50-p24959
http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/new-c2158/new-products-c848/crafters-companion-nordic-christmas-a6-rubber-stamp-santas-delivery-stamp-p27306http://www.sprinkle-twinkle.co.uk/shop/accessories/lawn-fawn-cranberry-ink-pad

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All roads lead home…..

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
Well first of all sorry for my lack of being around, Blogger has not been letting me comment or post since last week! But hopefully it is all sorted out now. 
I wanted to share my latest card with you that I created for Crafter’s Companion International Inspiration Team. 
I haven’t created a shaker card and forgot how much i love these. It has been YEARS…and I do mean years since I made a shaker so there was a couple of hiccups but I got there in the end. 
I have used a stamp & embossing folder from the Nordic Range which i totally love. I have coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir Markers and my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 
What do you think…..
Excuse the glitter I forgot to use my powder tool so ended up with static. 
The sequins are a total mix of some that I have had for years and Taylored Expressions, I also added some Microfine Glitter & Microbeads. 
The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the image (linked below) and I stamped it using Versafine and then used some WOW Embossing Powder. I cut the edges using the wave blade on my Crafter’s Companion Clevercut. I was going to go for a different coloured card for the sentiment but the red just worked best and gave it a little pop of colour. 
I have lost my white gel pen so for the “snow” I used a fine paintbrush and some white acrylic paint. 
I hope you like the card, it really was fun and i will be making more. 
I hope you are all having a nice week and to my UK friends I hope you are all staying dry and warm. 
Thank you for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting 
x

http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/new-c2158/new-products-c848/crafters-companion-nordic-christmas-a6-rubber-stamp-santas-delivery-stamp-p27306http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/new-c2158/new-products-c848/crafters-companion-spectrum-noir-sparkle-12pk-spring-summer-p27963http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/papercraft-c2141/pens-c1403/spectrum-noir-markers-c1420

http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/embossalicious-c5909/embossalicious-a4-embossing-folders-c5916/embossalicious-christmas-c5918/crafters-companion-nordic-christmas-6x6-reindeer-parade-embossing-folder-p27317http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/printable-card-and-paper-c73/crafters-companion-neenah-classic-crest-card-pack-a4-solar-white-20-pack-p9523http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/tools-c2148/tools-c17/crafters-companion-clevercut-a4-paper-trimmer-p6672

http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/coredinations-c5951/coredinations-core-essentials-pads-c5953/coredinations-12x12-cardstock-core-essentials-darks-p12704http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/papercraft-c2141/colouring-c5/inkpads-c137/tsukineko-versamark-watermark-ink-pad-p89http://www.wowembossingpowder.co.uk/wl03-vanilla-white-20-p.asp

The Microbeads I have I couldn’t find, but I have found some pretty much the same in stock here.

I would like to enter this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Holly Jolly Stamping 

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Yep, more Christmas cards..

Phew it has been a busy week, i swear someone stole a couple of days too ? 
I hope you are all well and for all my UK friends I hope you are all safe in this horrible weather ! We lost our beloved greenhouse yesterday and a few other things, but at least we are ok otherwise. 
I wanted to share two cards with you today, one I have been having a look through the Spectrum Noir Blog Tutorials and used a older tutorial, I love looking back through the blog and using some of the other tutorials, i find it really inspires me. 
Both my cards today have used some of the fantastic Elizabeth Craft Designs Outline Stickers.
I think most crafters have used Peel Off’s at some point, I have to admit I threw all mine out years ago, But Elizabeth Craft Designs have kinda revamped them and they have some amazing designs and they are great to use and fun to colour. 
Now I have to say a huge thank you and shout out to my amazing friend Rita, who sent me some of these goodies to play with. Rita is one of the amazing talented crafters I know, as well as being the sweetest person around. Here blog can be found here, i highly recommend checking her work out.  
Onto the cards, the first one today I have used some super fun Snowman Stickers, along with some trees and created a little scene. 

How cute is this fella ? I have coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pencils and tried to go for nice simple colours. The dies I have used are all Lawn Fawn and are listed below. 
This card is the one I used a previous tutorial Colouring on microfine glitter. I have used Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter for this and I put the stickers on double sided adhesive and applied the glitter that way. I then used my Spectrum Noir Markers for colouring them. I was going to add a sentiment with this but everyone i tried didn’t work so I just finished off with some sequins & gems. 
I hope you like both the cards I have shared today, i really do encourage you too check out some of the older tutorials on the  blog
Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend. 
Happy Crafting 
Items used- 

http://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/peeloff/products/christmas-ornamentshttp://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/peeloff/products/snowman

http://www.sprinkle-twinkle.co.uk/shop/dies-and-die-cutting/lawn-fawn-large-stitched-oval-stackables-dieshttp://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/shop-by-brand-c2159/crafters-companion-c25/paper-and-card-c52/essential-cardstock-c271/crafters-companion-matt-black-a4-cardstock-pack-of-40-p24207http://www.sprinkle-twinkle.co.uk/shop/paper-and-card/lawn-fawn-6-x-6-petite-paper-pad-bokeh-in-the-snowhttp://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/silk-microfine-glitter/products/cool-diamond-1oz-silk-microfine-glitterhttp://www.sprinkle-twinkle.co.uk/shop/dies-and-die-cutting/stitched-hillside-borders-dies

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