Saturday, 28 October 2017

Noel card

This is my second card for the Muse Christmas Visions challenge this week. This time I was inspired by Elizabeth's snowflake card - see below.   I really liked the die cut snowflakes and sentiment and the use of the sequins which I tried to replicate in my card.  I created a background using Distress Oxides - I love the slightly chalky effect these create. 





















Materials used:-
Distress oxides - Broken China and Pistachio
Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes and Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables
Sentiment - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
Sequins - Neat and Tangled snow white

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Muse Christmas Visions

I can't believe it's nearly a year since I posted anything on my blog. It's been a busy year with moving house and not having access to my crafty stuff.  However I thought I'd make a start on my Christmas cards by taking part in challenges.

I was inspired by Elizabeth's cards on Muse Christmas Visions this week.  I especially liked her second card with the branches and the way she had coloured the sky which I have tried to replicate.




 
 
Materials used:-
Stamp - Penny Black "etched branches"
Sentiment die - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
Distress inks - Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac
Perfect Pearls spray
 
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret





Monday, 28 November 2016

Muse Christmas Tag

This week's Muse on Christmas Visions is Cornelia Wenokor who has produced this lovely tag.  I really liked the effect created by using vellum for the top tag and I tried to replicate this in my card. I embossed the sentiment onto the vellum and then clear embossed the snowflakes onto the card, inked it with distress ink and then ironed the embossing off.  I then attached the tags to a linen card.





 
 
Materials used:-
 
Tag die - Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners
Sentiment - an old stamp I got from Lakeland
Snowflakes - Uniko Studio "Stunning Snowflakes"
Distress ink - Salty Ocean
Vellum and baker's twine
 
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Less is More - books

I haven't taken part in the Less is More challenges recently due to lack of time but I was keen to try this week's one as the theme is "books and literature".   I wanted to use the Graphic 45 stamp of a little girl reading as she looks so engrossed in her book. I have tried to keep the design clean and simple but still have a vintage feel.



Materials used:-
Stamps - Graphic 45 "Schooldays" set
Script stamp - Hero Arts "old letter writing"
Sentiment - Uniko Studio Fontiments Birthday
Inks - Archival Sepia and Versafine Onyx Black

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to LIM to see what the other participants have created.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Peace, love and yoga

I haven't had much time for crafting recently,  but when I saw the this month's One Layer Simplicity Challenge I immediately had an idea for a card.  Yoga is one of my hobbies and so I felt the lotus flower was appropriate for this card.


Materials used:-

Mask - the Crafter's Workshop Balzer Designs
Distress ink - picked raspberry
Sentiment - Penny Black "love and yoga" set

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret



Thursday, 25 August 2016

Just a note

Marilyn is the Guest Muse this week for Muse Challenge 180 and she has created this lovely card.
 
I liked the foliage stamps she used and the white embossing which really stands out against the background.  I decided to change the colour scheme to blues and greens but used the same technique as Marilyn putting distress inks onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and stamping with this.  I love the texture this creates! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Materials used:-
Distress inks - peacock feathers, broken china, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon
Ranger cool graphite ink and Wendy Vecchi archival in in watering can
White embossing powder
Foliage stamp - from Chocolate Baroque Wild Meadow set
Sentiment - Dawn Bibby
 
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate all your comments.  Margaret

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Muse deer

I've been away on holiday for a few weeks so it's lovely to get back to crafting.  When I saw Cornelia Wenokor's card on Muse Christmas Visions this week I was inspired to try something similar.  I liked the layout of Cornelia's card with the trees and the deer and I liked her choice of colours.  I have to admit that I had various attempts using different inks before I was happy with my card.  I used a Ranger ink for the trees which is waterproof so I could then colour the sky with distress inks. 

Taking part in this challenge is a great way to build up your stock of Christmas cards and saves any stress later in the year!





Materials used:-
Deer die - Cottage Cutz Deer set
Inks - Ranger cool graphite and DI dusty concord
Tree stamp - Tim Holtz tree line set
Sentiment - Creative Stamping magazine
Tim Holtz Coredinations card for mounting

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret