A few christmas cards to share…

Morning everyone, I hope everyone is well and in the festive spirit ? 
I wanted to show you a couple of my Christmas cards I have made for family. 
I am a long term lover of IndigoBlu, Especially their Flakes, if you have never used these…you really missing out ! I have used these for cards, Altered Items, Homewares & Scrapbooking, they really are a fantastic product…and so much fun to use ! 
How I have used them for my cards though is how most people use them and is with rubber stamping. 
IndigoBlu have a special glue (FlitterGlu) Which is applied with a sponge to your stamp, After you have stamped your image you then apply your flakes, pressing into the image/sentiment, then using your sponge you “rub” off the excess and you are love with a fantastic finished effect. 
Anyway let me show you some pictures so you can see…
One thing I like to do is run some FlitterGlu around the edge and add some flakes to create a border. 
The below picture shows you just how pretty these flakes are.
There is some great colours in these flakes, the ones I have used above are Winter Dawn, it is mainly silver with golds, Greens & some blues running through it. 
Below is another card done in the same way but using Manchester Tart which is Gold & Silver with some beautiful copper tones. 

The paper I have used was purchased from That Craft Place and is from Anthentique and is from their Tradition Collection. I then just added some Raffia and mounted onto some deckled edge cards. 
I hope you like the cards, and that I have inspired you to give the flakes a go. 
Happy Crafting 🙂 x 
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Songbird challenge #30 We wish you a Merry Christmas

Morning everyone, It is new challenge time already over at Songbird Challenges The challenge theme is We wish you a Merry Christmas and we are kindly sponsored by Kenny K
Due to the Christmas period this Challenge is a Month long challenge. 
Here is my design team card- 
I have used Bow digital stamp and coloured her with my Copics & Spectrum Noirs. 
The papers are Nitwits and the fab gem is from That Craft Place
Cannot wait to see your entries into the challenge. 
Crafty hugs 

Would like to enter the following challenges-
Get Inky  Christmas
Glitter n Sparkle  Show us some Blue
Robyns Fetish  Must use a bow
Craft-Dee Bowz  anything goes, must include a handmade bow
Kraftyhands  Anything Goes

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All Dressed Up Tag

Morning everyone 🙂 
I wanted to show you today that digi stamps don’t have to be coloured to be fun. 
One of my loves is playing with different mediums, and I LOVE playing with my Dylusions & Mica’s 
Here is what i made….
I have used one of the  Wear with style Girls & I have also used the flower section from I love my Puppy along the bottom, I printed & cut using my Silhouette Cameo onto watercolour card.

Then using some Mica powder with water in a mister I sprayed the paper to give it a nice sheen to it, I then misted over the top with Dylusions (Cherry Pie, Funky Fushsia & Vibrant turquoise)

Once it had dried I used a white gel pen to pick out the details & also add some random dots, I then used Distress inks around the edges.

The Sentiment was typed up and cut out and the edges I distressed & then when it was stuck in place i made a rough border using a Gel pen.

The ribbon I used to mop up the ink & mice that was on my craft mat and then left to dry.

I had lots of fun making this tag, and it just goes to show how versatile digi’s can be.

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That Craft Place New challenge time Christmas Sponsored by All Dressed Up

Morning all 🙂 Well time is certainly flying by at the moment ! It is new challenge time over at That Craft Place
The theme is Christmas and is sponsored by All Dressed Up
I have used It’s snowing
I have coloured this cutey with my Copics & Spectrum Noirs. 
Head on over to the blog to check out the rest of the teams fab creations, and whilst not enter whilst you are there ? there is the chance to win some fab All Dressed Up images. 
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All Dressed New image launch & New challenge …

Evening everyone…I cannot believe it is December already ! I hope all my American Friends had a nice Thanksgiving weekend x 
Well it is the 2nd which means new images & new challenge time over at All Dressed Up
The theme for this challenge is …..Christmas, nice and easy and we have two gorgeous new Christmas images for you. 

They are just beautiful aren’t they ? They are available now from The Etsy Shop
There is also some Christmas sentiments in the Freebies section which have been designed by myself.

Here is my design team make for this challenge
I have used A star is born & made a square tag with him using my Silhouette Cameo, I just love that little sheep ! 
The rest of the Dressy Girls have made some beautiful makes as always, so head on over to the The blog to check out all their creations, and why not enter the challenge whilst you are there ? 
Crafty hugs x 
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Songbird Challenge #29

Hi all, I hope you are all well ?? 
Well it is new challenge time already over at Songbird Challenges, the theme this fortnight is “dies” 
And is kindly sponsored by Meljens Designs
Here is my design team card for this challenge 
I have used the image Caroling Snowmen and coloured them using my Copics & Spectrum Noirs.
Card is Crafters Companion Neenah
The papers are Kaisercraft.
The snowflakes I have Frantaged.
The Sentiment is from the Silhouette Store and is part of a set.
I hope you like my card, don’t forget to head on over to the blog to check out the rest of the teams fab cards. And why not enter the challenge whilst you are there ? 
Happy Crafting x
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New challenge time at That Craft Place Use a star….

This year certainly is flying past !!! 
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend ??
It is new challenge time over at That Craft Place, this challenge is kindly sponsored by Visible Image Stamps…and the winner receives some of their fantastic stamps.

Here is my design team make for this challenge

I have used the Clayton Legend Set and coloured him with my Speccies & Copics.

I cut the star card black with my Cameo & added the card and twine.
I distressed the edges of Clayton & Also the sentiment.

I hope you like him, head on over to the Blog to check out the rest of the fab makes from the rest of the team.

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Heart Hanging

Afternoon everyone, I hope you are all having a nice crafty weekend ?
I wanted to share with a little something I have been working on for my craft room wall. 
As I mentioned on another of my posts, my friend Shary got me some chipboard bits when she went to a recent craft show, well amonst what she got me was some beautiful Hearts, As soon as i saw them I knew I wanted to decorate one for my wall. And here is it….
 Now the lovely Lisa from That Craft Place has launched her own range of stamps called Ditzie Designs…they are great and you must head over and have a look. The sentiment on this is from Lisa’s range, I didn’t want to stamp straight onto the heart as I wanted a certain “look”, so what Did was put the sentiment onto tissue paper and then using watered down PVA I applied a layer onto the heart and VERY carefully applied the tissue paper, gently using a soft brush I applied a layer of PVA over the tissue paper. 
I love the effect this technique gives. 

 This photo (hopefully) shows the different layers, this has 3 layers of paint, starting with pink, then gren and then white. I then sanded back revealing mainly the green, but picking the pink out in certain areas.
I then went over the main part of the heart (only a tiny bit in the middle) with my distress inks & stains.
The gold around the edges is Creative Expressions Gilding wax…..this stuff is fantastic and i recommend it to everyone to try. 
You can just see to the right of the picture the text stamp that I used, I stamped using Versamark and then brushed over it with olive green Mica powder. I also used a pink pearl mica powder and brushed that over the rest of the heart to give it a nice sheen and a blush of colour.

And of course i had to add some frantage didn’t I 🙂

This one shows the sentiment better and also the effect you get with the tissue paper effect. You can also see in this picture the pink & green layers.

Well I hope you like my little heart, don’t forget to head over to That Craft Place to check out the rest of the range. 

Crafty Hugs x 

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Pick me up book

Morning everyone, a non design team post from me this morning…I really need to start doing more of these !
I have been working on a pick me up book….called so because it is going to be filled with pictures of everyone & everything I love, and also some of my favorite inspirational quotes & sayings. 

Those that know me, know i LOVE all things vintage and distressed, so this seemed like a perfect “theme”. 
The pages of the book & the cover are all made from kraft card, The tags are all made with Papermilldirects hammered card. I also mind the spine with this, and then using Copics, distress inks & waxes I coloured the spine to give it a leather look. 
The main image was watercolour card coloured with distress inks and then spritzed over with some water, once dry I took one of Sheena Douglass’s stamps from her A little bit sketchy range I stamped in Tea Dye Distress ink & then “painted” using bronze mica powder….this picture doesn’t show the mice too well ! 
I then added some frantage & brands. 
The sentiment stamp is from LOTV Dreamy Days Circular sentiment stamps which my dear friend Marilyn got me for my birthday, for a pick me up book the sentiment seemed perfect ! I stamped in Versamark and then brushed gold Mica over the top. 
I then added a kraft rose (tattered florals style svg file), a resin rose, Tim Holtz Pin, Mini peg and mounted them all on some net. 
I am really happy with how it turned out, and will start filling it up today 🙂 I will get some inside photos once I start putting some pictures & quotes in there. 
Have a lovely crafting day x 

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All Dressed Up #2 Halloween.

Being challenge time also means new launch time ! and boy do we have some Halloween cuties for you ! 
It also means that we have a new freebie over on the blog too.
Anyway here is my card for the challenge/launch
I have used the super cute All Dressed Up for Mummy image and coloured him with my Copics. 
I have just made a simple tag with my Cameo (the paper is from the Silhouette store) and then used some ribbon that I had, that I thought looked like bandages. 
Head on over to the Challenge to check out the amazing design team makes, Why not enter whilst you are there ? All we ask is you use a All dressed up image (we even provide freebies for you to use….how cool is that ? ) The winner will receive £5.00 Store credit to spend on these fab images. 
Also don’t forget to swing by our Facebook Group to take part in our colour clinic & have crafty chats with the dressy girls. 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges- 

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