Easter balloon ride

Good morning and how are you enjoying your long weekend? I finally managed to get my house cleaned up and decorated for the Easter weekend plus I also had a little baking session. Chocolate nest cakes are an essential requirement in my household! Today, appropriately, I have an Easter card to share with you:

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I am sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is to use a hot air balloon or balloon. I just happened to find these cute vintage image over at The Graphics Fairy and couldn’t believe my luck that it happened to be an Easter one!

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I’ve used lots of layers on this card – coordinating blue cardstock, music manuscript, and three different designer papers plus a doily.

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The pretty primrose ribbon is from my Really Reasonable Ribbon Club selection for this month and picks up the colour of the chicks beautifully.

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I’ve added some sweetheart blossoms and some glitter to finish it all off. I am also sharing this card over at really Reasonable Ribbon for Challenge #93 which is monochromatic colour and ribbon – one main colour (blue), a touch of another colour (yellow) plus neutrals.

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Once I’d finished this I loved the colours so much I decided to make a coordinating tag.

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I die cut the card and embossed it using a dots folder. I used additional images from The Graphics Fairy, a gorgeous vintage egg and a cute little chick, plus some blue ribbon with a silver trim, from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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One Easter, one of my uncles decided to buy some chicks. He bought enough so that each cousin had one that they could name. There were six of us at the time (we later became 11!) and I called mine Mary which was my mother’s middle name. I can remember how cute they all were and how they were kept in the boiler room, where we could go and stroke them, until they were hardy enough to go outside. I also remember being slightly disappointed when, on the next visit, they had turned into proper hens even if we did get to have the eggs for tea!

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Flame colours take 2

Another double act today and a variation on yesterday’s post using flame colours. Once again I will be sharing both of these over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge.

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Once again I’ve used distress inks for the background – Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries. I used the script stamp and Rusty Hinge to add some detail to the background.

 

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The butterfly (Swallowtail from Stampin’ Up!) and the flowery branches were stamped in black Archival.

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And yes, they’re back, I’ve used one of my favourite Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamps!

 

The next card is a little stamped composition:

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I’ve used the same inks as before but substituted Festive Berries for Shabby Shutters. The toadstools, house and leaves are all Dylusions. I’ve paper pieced the house and leaves and coloured them, and the caps of the toadstools, with Promarkers.

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The coils and daisies are Stampotique stamps and the grass is from a Hero Arts clear set. White gel pen was used to colour in the daisies and the toadstools’ spots.

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The sentiment…well, what can I say – but it has been a while! As well as sharing this particular card over at Sunday Stampers I am also linking it up, right at the wire, for the That’s Crafty! “You spin me round” challenge and at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for challenge #5 which is to use a stamp.

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Flaming dragonflies

I have two cards to share with you today which are both variations on a theme:

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Both were made more or less in the same way. to the background.

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On the second card I used then used a small dots stencil and added applied more ink through it.

 

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The images were stamped using black Archival and I added a spot of clear glitter glue to the dragonflies’ wings.

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On the square card I added white highlights with a gel pen – I can’t help myself.

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I used the same sentiment stamp, from Stampin’ Up! on both cards.

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I am sharing both these cards over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is to use flame colours also over at That’s Crafty for their challenge which requires you to use circles.

Here’s to the long weekend :)

Eggs, eggs and more eggs!

Having spent all day at a crafting workshop on Saturday I decided it would be mean to do any at all on Sunday. However, I went upstairs to print some bits and bobs and whilst I was there I thought, I’ll just cut a few more Easter cards. Do you ever do that? Think you’ll just do one more job so that you’ve made a start? Well after I had cut the base cards I thought I’ll just cut the card fronts…and emboss them.. and whilst the Big Shot is out I’ll cut the bunnies…and so it continued until, before I knew it all the cards were completed!! So here is my final batch of Easter cards for this year:

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The advantage of making them all very similar is that you do get a production line going and it does mean that they get made more quickly.

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For me, the disadvantage is that as these are all slightly different I still have that dilemma of who to give each card to. Although each one was made with a specific person in mind, as they were completed I started to change my mind.

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Each card was cut from a regular A6 card using an egg shaped die, making sure that on the right-hand side a hinge was left. This is done by making sure the edge of the die is over the edge of the folded card and not inside it. Next, I used the same die to cut a complete egg shape out of pastel coloured card and then ran the cut shape through an embossing folder. I applied the strip of ribbon across the centre, folding it around the back and then adhered the whole thing to the base card. Then it was just a question of making a matching bow and adding flowers, punched leaves and a die cut bunny.

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For this card I die cut some crosses and decorated with punched blossoms and gold glitter glue.

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Getting ahead

“Head” is the new challenge word over at Every Inchie Monday. I would have loved to have done something with a phrenology head but instead opted to do these instead:

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I was inspired by my friend Dionne who did two beautiful sets of ATCs using the Prima Doll stamps by Julie Nutting, one with heads and the other “tails.” I decided to take her idea one step further, and smaller, for these. I wasn’t sure if the head would be the right size but it’s almost perfect.

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I’ve used book pages and paper piecing plus some words that were printed on my computer.

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In addition I’ve popped some embellishments just to finish them off.

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These are much cuter than phrenology heads and as I have had this stamp sitting in my stash since before Christmas I’m very happy to have finally had the chance to break open the packaging!

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Twighlight fairies

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme for the next fortnight, chosen by my lovely friend Dionne, is sparkle. Be sure to pay her a visit and check out the stunning box card she has made.

I am sharing a card that I made as on of my DT samples for The Gecko Galz using one of the fabulous new releases for April.

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This fabulous fairy image is from the Charming  Silhouettes stamp set. I had to stop myself from using every image in this collection as they are all stunning.

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I manipulated the image in Microsoft Word so the background was transparent and then layered it on to some paper, from the By the Shore paper collection, before printing it off . By the Shore is the perfect partner the silhouette stamp set.. I’ve used some more of the same paper to create a mat.

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The sparkly ribbon is shimmer satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I’ve topped off the bow with a sweetheart blossom.

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The glitter is Icicle Stickles which I dabbed on with my finger. It’s a clear glitter glue so it picks up some of the colour from underneath.

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I hope you’ll have time to share your sparkly creations with us all at Crafty Boots Challenges over the next fortnight and do buzz over and take a look at what the rest of the DT have created.

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Melt Pot Marvels

I had a very happy day yesterday at my Hels Sheridan Melt Pot workshop at Art From The Heart in Harrogate. Hels is a brilliant teacher who instils confidence and packs her workshop full of techniques, she’s also very generous with her provision of supplies. I got to meet and know 13 other lovely ladies who were taking part and there was also guest appearance by that other crafting goddess, Dyan Reavely.

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This picture was taken at the end of the day and I made sure I was well out of the frame, although you can see my uncharachteristically tidy place second on the right. Now let me show you what I made:

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This was all about the Melt Pot, I piece of crafting kit I have had in my possession for some time but have never even taken out of the packaging. And do you know what? It really wasn’t that difficult.

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We started by applying paint to one medium and one small canvas using a palette knife. First a coat of ivory, which was heat dried, then smears of two other colours – I used blues.

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We used the tissue technique for the stamping, but instead of applying a collage of images, the tissue was cut to the size of each canvas and then stamped as one piece. There was a huge choice of stamps and I think mine were a mix of Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi.

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Then it was time for the Melt Pot and melted beeswax. First, the melted wax , which, by the way, smells divine, was applied to the canvas and then the tissue piece laid over the top. Next, you use a heat gun which melts the undercoat of wax. At the same time you brush on a coat of wax over the top. Finally, we added extra wax to selected areas using a brush and also by letting drips of wax run down the canvas. You can give it all a buff at this stage but we applied a dusting of mica powder before hand. Black paint was applied to the sides of each canvas using a piece of cut and dry foam.

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Next, we moved on to UTEE. Hels had a selection of flowers and a little stamped butterfly for us to dip and coat with clear UTEE. Then we added green dye to the clear and dipped some die cut leaves. I added a bit of black paint to mine.

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Finally, we added gold, bronze, pewter, black and white embossing powders to the UTEE in the pan, marbled it, and used the mix to pour into moulds and also on to texture treads and cut out shapes from it with a cutter. You can see the little bird I made, but in the end I didn’t use my hear, I shall save that for another occasion. Once the Melt Pot was cleaned up we also used it to heat embossing powders that had been added to into little hat pins.

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Then it was just a question of using hot glue to arrange everything.

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I was very happy with my piece but, as usual, I liked everybody else’s more!! Now I know that what I need to do next is to fly solo with my own Melt Pot as soon as possible. Hopefully the Easter break might present an opportunity for me to do that and I may see if I can share some photo’s of a step-by step.

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Case card for CCCB

At the time that this post publishes all being well I shall be disembarking from the train at Harrogate and wending my way to my Hels Sheridan Melt Pot workshop. I’m ashamed to say the pot has been in my stash for about nine months, possibly longer, and is still in its packaging. I know, shocking! I’m hoping today will give me the confidence to start using it.

Today I have a card to show you and I will be sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the lovely ladies are about to celebrate their 4th birthday.

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You definitely need to buzz over and take a look at all the lovely samples the Design Team are sharing and there are also loads of opportunities to win some fabulous prizes too. The challenge this week is to case one of the projects. I’ve chosen to case project number 3.

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I’ve used a similar layout, included a post card image and also one with a pretty dove. Both images are from The Graphics Fairy and have been layered up with coordinating pink card, music manuscript and some paper from my scrap box. Some of the edges have been distressed and inked.

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There’s a combination of my own vintage shabby roses (which look a bit peachy in the photograph but are actually pink) and sweetheart blossoms.

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I’ve used plenty of lace, partly by design and partly to cover up a little mishap! The bow is made with some gorgeous sparkly ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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City Crafter Challenge Blog was one of the very first challenge blogs I came across when I started blogging just under two years ago and I can still remember my first entry. I’ve played along virtually every week since and have been lucky enough to be a Guest Designer, in the Spotlight and, just before Christmas, to have a month long spot. I’ve also been lucky enough to win some great prizes and made some lovely friends along the way. . So big CONGRATULATIONS to CCCB, thanks for the inspiration and the challenges, and here’s to many more years of fun.

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From butterfly to bee and a bonus brooch

Today I am sharing a card that is a reworking of one that I did for the Sunday Stampers challenge a few weeks ago.

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 I was all set to send this to my friend for a birthday when she threw a spanner in the works. Or rather a home for bees! I found out she has just installed a bee house at her central London home. It seemed only right and proper therefore, that her card reflected this so I used the same idea but different colours and, of course, a bee:

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As my friend is also a lover of music, as well as being a talented singer and musician herself, it seemed appropriate to use some music manuscript instead of the book pages I used for the butterfly card. I’ve used kraft paper in between adding in some texture and pattern with stamping.

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The bee image is stamped onto some ivory card that has been coloured with Antique Linen distress ink. I’ve applied some more ink through a harlequin stencil and then stamped some script. The blossom branch was stamped in Shabby Shutters and Worn Lipstick and I used Vintage Photo for the touches of honeycomb.

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I’ve added some more of my shabby vintage wild roses which have chocolate brown glittery centres.

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Once again I’ve used seam binding coloured with Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick, spritzed with water and then crinkle dried.

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In addition to the card I also made a little altered domino brooch as a small gift. This is similar to the one I made the other week but I’ve made it a landscape design, used a musical domino and music manuscript for the background.

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Everything is sealed with Modpodge glitter.

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I am sharing these over at Sunday Stampers for the nature challenge, Really Reasonable Ribbon for Challenge #92 Flowers or buttons and bows and at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for Challenge #5 which is to use a stamp.

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Trio of eggs

Today I have a celebratory lunch to look forward to. My colleagues and I always organise an “end of term” meeting so we can plan ahead. However, we believe in mixing business with pleasure and make sure we have a nice lunch whilst we are working. This time of course we shall be celebrating the arrival of our colleague’s grandchild. As it’s the last time we will all see each other before Easter I have made sure I am organised with chocolate goodies and their Easter cards.

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I only make a small number of Easter cards and decided to make these all the same. They are a variation the yellow card I shared last week.

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I made a base card out of white card, using an egg shaped die to cut it. Then using the same die I cut a whole egg out of blue card, then popped it in an embossing folder.

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I’ve used some fabulous brown gingham ribbon and white crochet lace across the centre. Both of these were from one of my Really Reasonable Ribbon Club assortments. I made a little bow from some more of the brown gingham. I love this ribbon and it must have been a very generous piece as I’ve used it lots and still have some left.

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To finish I added a couple of little sweetheart blossoms. I dithered over whether to add a sentiment to the outside but in the end stamped it inside.

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