Friday, 30 November 2012

Gingerbabies Ornaments

There is a new release and freebie today at StampFairy and today sees some more images featuring the Gingerbabies.  I've made a little tag for decorating my MIL's Christmas gifts which I've wrapped already.  I decided this year to wrap my pressies in coloured tissue paper wrapped with ribbons, so I bought quite a few packs of pretty coloured tissues paper and am using some scraps of ribbons.  I also made the two flowers with some spare tissue paper strips, just rolling the strips and twisting the strip every turn which I'd seen on a tutorial somewhere (sorry can't remember where now).




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So why not treat yourself or a friend?


Offer ends mid-day GMT Tuesday 4 December



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    Thursday, 29 November 2012

    Favourites all round

    The theme this week at Lili's Little Fairies is Pretty Pastels.  This card was made for a lovely lady, Nicola who wanted a personalised card for her friend Maia.  I've used my favourite colour schemes (pink and aqua), favourite papers and one of my older favourite LOTV images.  What could be better!!!




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    Wednesday, 28 November 2012

    Polar eXpress

    It's the letter 'X' at the ABC Christmas Challenge being 'X marks the spot', which I've done with some crossed over twine.

    This was quite a simple card (hence the 'express' in the blog post title, although that was also a pun on the 'X' theme too!).

    I've stitched some snowflake embossed card onto some aqua coloured card and stuck that to my card base, then added my cut-out image and a die cut tree, some snowflakes, liquid pearls, and of course my twine.  Finally I've used my glamour dust on the polar bear's nose and paws.


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    Tuesday, 27 November 2012

    Hey Baby

    We're half way this fortnight's 'kids' challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and I've made a little mid-way reminder card using Baby Dotty from Stampfairy.  I digitally paper-pieced her jumpsuit and bow before printing her out (as I'm hopeless at cutting out the paper piece parts carefully) and used some gorgeous Wild Rose Studio papers (available from The Stamp Basket).  Once again I tried my patience by attempting to stitch a circle around my image.  I really must stop trying to do this as it drives me crazy trying to get it neat.


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    Saturday, 24 November 2012

    Bella with Sledge

    Today's card uses a sweet Wild Rose image.  I've not used these Bella the Elephant stamps before and this image is just adorable.

    The image is quite large so I've not adorned this card with my usual die cuts and embellishments, just few flowers and a gorgeous aqua satin ribbon bow.

    Aqua is my favourite Christmas colour this year.  I absolutely adore these Nitwits Joyful Hearts papers but it feels a real shame to cover them up !

    The clouds in the background are done with my chalks using a cloud template that I've created myself (see below) and a similar technique to the fab background tutorial posted by my fellow Stamp Basket designer Penni last week (see Penni's tutorial here) where she shows you how to mask your image first too (which is the bit that I shortcut, cos I'm lazy!)


    I've included my template below in case you want to download it.  Please do leave me a comment too to let me know how you get on using it too.

    Click on the template to see it in its original size, save it down to your computer and then print it out on card or acetate.  Cut out the cloud shape and then use it as a mask.


    I use shimmer chalks to colour my clouds (yup, you can see the one I use the most for my clouds!) but you can use inks too.



    Before I start applying my chalks, I outline my image with B000, a really pale blue which makes the image pop off the page a bit:



    I then lay my cloud template over my image, starting at the top, and just cover the top of the image with my template:


    I apply my first row of clouds across the full width of the image panel. I use the little pompoms and work in a circular motion to apply the shimmer chalk:



    I apply about 3 to 4 rows working down each side of the image right down to the 'ground'.  To create a random effect with my clouds, I offset the template as I apply each row.



    If you want to see the card I made with the image used in my mini-tutorial (Bella with Wand), then pop back here on 5 December when I'll have a new project to share for Top Tip Tuesday.



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    Friday, 23 November 2012

    Jake Winter Circle Step Cards

    There is a new release and freebie today at StampFairy and my FAVOURITE bear is back!!!

    Jake the bear is just so cute, I adore his innocent expression. He seems to be just begging for a cuddle.  I'm so delighted that Gerda has decided to let him out to play again this winter that I've made not just one, but two matching cards using the newly released images.

    I think I'm right in saying this is my first attempt at a Circle Step card, and it did take a fair bit of practising to get the folds right with the size of circle that I used. After ruining my first try, I used that as a template for the others.  There are a couple of tutorials around, but I used the one here.

    And once I'd got the card base shape fold right, they were exceptionally quick to make.

    My first card is Jake carrying a large snowball.  I hope he's intending to start a snowman with that snowball rather than throw it at someone, cos that one's gonna sting ...






    And my second card is Jake with his Christmas tree....






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    • Image - Jake Wintertime from Stamp Fairy
    • Colouring - Promarkers, Copics, Sakura Stardust Gel pens
    • Nesties - Grand Nesties Labels 1 (card base)
    • Tree dies - Magnolia and Marianne Creatables
    • Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Snowflakes
    • Pearls - The Stamp Basket
    • Crystal Glamour Dust - The Stamp Basket
    • Liquid Pearls - The Stamp Basket
    • From my stash -  Stickles, Strand glitter, Glossy accents
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      Thursday, 22 November 2012

      Winter Bunnies & Stamp Basket SALE !!!

      The theme this week at Lili's Little Fairies is an easy peasy Anything Goes, so there's no excuse not to play along with your favourite LOTV images.

      I don't think I've inked this image up before as it's one of the ones that hubby got me for my birthday last month.  It's really cute, so I think it's gonna see a fair bit of ink.


      There's also a fab special offer for you this weekend over at The Stamp Basket to help along your Christmas preparations! 


      ** Up to 15% off Nellie Snellen Christmas stamps
       
      ** 10% off Nellie Snellen Christmas dies
       
      **10% off Marianne Design Christmas stamps
       
      and
       
      **Up to 15% off Marianne Design Christmas dies
      and papers
       
      Offer ends 9-00a.m. GMT Tuesday 27 November






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      Wednesday, 21 November 2012

      Barry Winter Box in a Bag

      It's the second week of our Wrap it Up challenge at the ABC Christmas Challenge so I've made a mid-way reminder project.

      I've made a little Box in a Bag (tutorial here) using a cute little Stampfairy image of Barry the bear sledging.

      The handles are held on with the brads, two on each side, and the ribbon is held by the brads on the inside.  I've put die cut snowflakes behind the brads too to give them some focus.




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      Tuesday, 20 November 2012

      Trinket Box

      This fortnight's challenge at Top Tip Tuesday is Kids/Teens so I've made a little trinket box which I think would be great for a teenage girlie.  I made the box using a strip of card stuck down onto a die cut oval and then covered the sides with satin ribbon.  The top is made exactly the same, except slightly larger so that it fits over the base with ease.  Simples !




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      Monday, 19 November 2012

      Hip to Be Square

      StampFairy are sponsoring my old teamies at The Incy Wincy Challenge today so I couldn't resist joining in with a sample card to support their challenge.

      The theme is 'Hip to be Square' so I've not only made a square card, but I've also adorned it with square panels and a square shaped image.


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      Saturday, 17 November 2012

      Snowy Nativity Scene

      Today's card uses a Wild Rose Studio image from The Stamp Basket called Nativity Play.  I've used a Whimsy Holiday Notables sentiment stamp and matching shaped Notables 1 Die. These are just amazing as they look fabulous in their fancy shapes.  I also am using the Memory Box Poppy Stamps Die Antique Lamp Post for the first time which I think is perfect for a traditional type of card.  I've given it a bit of highlight with a white gel pen.  The gorgeous Red Satin Ribbon really shows up the pretty pearl brad which holds it on the card base and I've sneaked in a red pearl onto the snowflake.  Just one pearl for me is amazing. Usually they're splattered all over my cards so this required real restraint on my part !!  Hope you like my card.




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      • Wild Orchid Challenge - Traditional Christmas
      • The Ribbon Girl - Add Sparkle (Stickles on snowflake & flowers & Startdust gel pen on star)
      • Sketch & Stash - Sketch 1 rotated 180 degrees (old stash = all flowers, snowflake die cuts, new stash = everything else)
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      Friday, 16 November 2012

      Mimi Winter, and erm, some pastel red?

      There is a new release and freebie today at StampFairy called Mimi Christmas.  And she's a real sweetie decorating her Christmas Tree.

      To make a change from all the pink I've been using lately, today's card is ...

      ... erm ...

      ... hmm...

      ... pastel red?

      Oh dear, I think I'm addicted to pink.  Do I need therapy? (be nice!)

      I've also used my (current) favourite Memory Box Corner Bow die from The Stamp Basket and I've glittered up my flowers using Stickles





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        Thursday, 15 November 2012

        Food Glorious Good

        The theme this week at Lili's Little Fairies is Food & Drink.  I've not got any images involving Christmas Pudding so I've made a birthday card instead which makes a change from all the snowflake dies I seem to have been using lately anyway.

        But hey, don't fear ... there's still plenty of pink ...



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