Friday, November 28, 2014

A weekly shopping list...

So much to plan and organise in the month leading up to Christmas!
It happens every year so why can't I get this year lined up the way I'd like?
Perhaps, its because this is my daughters last year of Primary school and they seem to have an event on every day, or my nephews getting engaged this weekend and I still haven't sent a card let alone a present...
To start with let's look at the deals of the week:
A square one inch punch for all those inchy cards and patchwork patterned paper backgrounds - Tick.
And how else are you going to make those minecraft related cards?
Argyle texture embossing folder for cardigan knitted look backgrounds ... Just saying Baby cards!
Silver ink pad ... Christmas and anniversary stamping and it works very well as an embossing ink with clear embossing powder - ask me how?
Oh another gorgeous die to add to my collection and wisteria wonder chevron ribbon!!!
I am such a glutton for punishment when it comes to ribbons on sale. 
Any one want to share a roll with me?
Ok, off to do some gift buying for myself...

THE way to store your photopolymer stamps

This is the way i store my photopolymer stamps. its a very simple idea.
As photopolymer stamps are fairly new i thought I'd share this quick hint.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Watercolour winter card making kit

I've  made two cards from the Watercolour winter card kit so far and can't wait to sit down and make a few more.
The kit comes with everything you need to make 20 cards.
Five each of four different designs.
This one is very simple in design but quite elegant. 
The kit instructions suggest you colour the letters "Merry" in Old Olive green ink with the watercolour brush provided, however I like it quite well with Bermuda Bay or Coastal Cabana ink.
All you need to make up the kit is ink and liquid glue and I've used the "Endless wishes" stamp set for the word Christmas.
The card bases are already printed with white dots for this card. 
All you do is adhere the cut out pieces and some sequins with Tombow glue and 
stamp "merry Christmas" on the Bermuda Bay piece and add the gold glimmer strip for a bit of bling.
The kit suggested adding a cut out shape of a snow sled, but I decided a small gold and cardstock star gave just the right amount of detail that it needs.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Going traditional in red and green

Portrait or landscape ... Not sure which one looks best?
Make one of each. 
This stamp set looks quite special embossed in gold. 
Each time I stamp it though, I feel like adding a bit of sponging and colouring with markers for emphasis. It is quite relaxing but time consuming to colour each tree, so a bit of sponged ink goes a long way.
The second one is very traditional in cherry cobbler red and green.
I've sponged the background with Soft Sky ink and a touch of Pistaccio Pudding on the trees.
And there's noting like some sparkles with sprinkles and sequins to glam it up a bit.
Featured Stampset - The Newborn King 
Trim the tree Patterned paper pack and In-colour sequin assortment.