Fairy Christmas

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments.

Back again with another Lavinia Stamps Fairy card. This time I made a Christmas card. I also used a colour scheme you might have seen before. I love its ethereal feel and thought it was perfect for my card.

Here it is:

Fairy Christmas

… and this is the side view …

Fairy Christmas Side View

I shall enter this card into the Lavinia Stamps Blog Challenge, where it is anything goes this month. As you can see it is a slightly different take on the shape of lasts month’s entry, and this time I have prepared a tutorial with step by step photographs which can be found on my TinkerCards Blog, simply click this link to go there.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Partying Hedgehogs

Hi Everybody!

Apart from being in a ‘cute’ phase I am also going through a ‘going through my stamp collection and use one I haven’t used before or haven’t used in a long time’ phase. Somewhere hidden amongst my stamps, I found these trampolining hedgehogs. I got them a long time ago when Little Claire Stamps first started up, I liked it but never used it … until now, when it turned into a piece of not so obvious ‘Street Art’.

Partying Hedgehogs

This card came about, when my friend Sue mentioned that a friend of hers looked after abandoned baby hedgehogs and that she liked giving her cards with a hedgehog theme … hence, we made it in class yesterday.

Hmmm, I wonder if I could enter this one in the ‘friends’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations … I think I will do just that. Chrissie, Janet and Sandra, you can always let me know if it is a bit too far-fetched and I shall post another entry …

I used my trusted Hougie Board to score the brick effect background from core-dination card stock. The hedgehogs are coloured in using Promarkers, and the stamp I used to frame the image with tiny leaves is from the Hopeful Thoughts set by Stampin’Up!

Back soon with more

Have fun and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Yet More Hougie!

Hi Everybody,

as you’ve probably guessed, I am in a phase of exploring creative uses of the Hougie Board for card making (it’s brilliant for boxes too, you can also use other score boards such as score pal, ultimate pro or Stampin’Up!’s score board).

I got two cards for you today.

The first one is the one I want to enter in the ‘Embossing’ challenge at Addicted to CAS, here it is:

Floral tile Thanks card

I basically used the Hougie to dry emboss some lines and in doing so create a frame for my stamped image. To give it a tile effect I inked the whole image square with versamak and double embossed it with clear embossing powder. For added shimmer I brushed some Ranger Perfect Pearls on and briefly reheated the tile with my embossing tool to heat set the perfect pearls. On the picture you can detect the slight shimmer towards the edges. I then mounted the tile using foam pads onto a slightly larger square of matching card stock before adhering it to the base card.

TIP: Don’t worry about any impurities in your embossing powder or if it is a bit uneven … it all adds to the character!!! 🙂

Here is what I used: Cream card blank with a slight embossed pattern 12x12cm when folded, Hougie board, scoring tool, versamark ink pad, Ranger Perfect Pearls and clear embossing powder from my stash; elegant eggplant card stock, rose red and elegant eggplant inks, so happy for you and botanical blooms stamp sets from Stampin’UP! (Both stamp sets are retired, but might still be available through eBay :-))

The second card is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations ‘Most useful Stamp’ challenge. The stamp I used for the card is my most used stamp … and it truly is … from the Lovely as a Tree set by Stampin’UP!. Here it is:

Lovely as a tree cas

Again the image is framed by embossed lines, and I had to do some repeat stamping to get the border effect. Those trees have been popping up everywhere and they can be used as a feature, for collage stamping, as a background, as part of a scene, for Christmas cards …. the list could go on and on.

Here is what I used: always artichoke and really rust (retired) ink and lovely as a tree stamp set from Stampin’Up!; cream card blank, dark orange card and glamour dust from my own stash.

Hope you enjoyed my cards. Have a good weekend … until next time …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Double Pocket Tea Party

Hello Everybody,

As promised in yesterday’s post, the card I didn’t get round to posting for last week’s challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’:

Double Pocket Tea Party

As it is traditional this time of year even the conservatory is too dark to take decent pictures, please forgive the dark shadows.

This card again is the result of an idea I got from watching Creat & Craft TV and of course it is a breeze to make with the Hougie Board. I love my Hougie! 🙂

Double pocket tea party tags

That’s it for today, just a very brief post.

See you soon … until then

Happy crafting!!! 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everybody!

Happy New year to you all!

I know we are already a couple of days into the new year, and I haven’t done much blogging over the festive period … so it’s time to catch up now.

Inspired by a demo on Create & Craft and having the urge to do something that I normally wouldn’t do, I decided to put my Hougie Board through it’s paces and leave the cosy security going for ‘safe colours’.

Somehow I had this thing of using yellow and turquoise, one could safely assume that this wish was borne out of the grey winter we had so far …

in this spirit here is something to brighten up anybody’s day … sunglasses to the ready …

yellow butterfly

For the base card on which the background is scored, I used some Dovecraft yellow card. As you can see the card is not coloured through, as a matter of fact it is only coloured on one side which makes it perfect as a base card and for sanding too.

You might remember the butterfly stamp from my Hidden Twinchies card and post. This time I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir pens from the pastels and lights sets, something Santa kindly left for me under the Christmas Tree 🙂 (Thanks Brenda and Jan).

I die cut two deckle edged ovals (Nestabilities, Spellbinders), the larger one from white card and the smaller one from turquoise core-dinations card. Here is what else I used: Fresh Cuts stamp set (retired SU), bakers twine, Daffodil Delight and Regal Rose ink, certainly celery grosgrain ribbon and card all by Stampin’Up!; Tessatina Memory Box Die from Handy Hippo: the gems came from my own stash.

If you want to find out what else you can do with your Hougie or any other score board, we will explore several options in my next card making class which is Saturday 26th January 12 – 3pm.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂