Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Gilding Flakes

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you are well and are finding some crafting time.

The first card I am going to show you is the card I made at Amy's (Out of the Blue) card making workshop earlier this month, it was using an Indigoblu tree stamp and their mega flakes gilding flakes.



The trees were stamped using Royal Purple Stazon ink onto acetate, double sided sticky sheet was then used to make the back sticky for the gilding flakes.  The trees were then mat and layered on to purple and white card stock, a cream and purple card was embossed and distressed and then a fine coating of gilding wax was used for additional dimension, the trees were then mat and layered on to the embossed card, which in turn was then attached to orange card which had been distressed slightly, all these layers then went on to the base card.  Cream raffia was used across the bottom along with flowers and leaves, the leaves were made using the same technique as the trees.

This card I made after the work shop, I was a bit impatient and didn't have any double sided sticky sheets, so I thought I would use the flitter glue, but it didn't work as well and I was left with blank areas, but the over all result was pleasing and looked very much like a winter scene, I mat & layered the trees on to a pale blue/grey card and I think it has worked well.  I stamped out a Stag on pearlescant card, coloured it black and cut it out.  I then embossed silver mirri card and a charcoal grey pearlescant card and used a pinkish gilding wax over the embossing.  I then used Spellbinders dies for the greeting bases, Tattered Lace dies for the poinsettia's and a Britannia swirly die.
Whilst I had all the tools etc out and playing, I used one of Sheena Douglas Little bit Magical stamps, with a dark brown Staz On ink on acetate, by this time I had received the double sided adhesive sheets and used Autumn Blaze Gilding Flakes over the stamped image.  this was then mat and layered on to dark brown, dark cream, dark brown, dark green, dark brown, embossed green card with a Die Sire embossing folder, then mat on to dark brown and layered on to a 8 x 8 craft card.  I used cream, pale green ruffled ribbon, orange and dark green ribbon.  The greeting was using a Hobbycraft stamp and embossed in copper.

I have been busy with a task for our motorcycle clubs final (official) ride of the season, it is our turn to organize an event and I think I may have mentioned that we are going to the Cotswold Falconry Centre in Moreton In the Marsh, we have decided that those attending will receive a thank you card.  This is a difficult task as we don't know how many people will turn up, we have decided that we will have 30 pre-made and if more people turn up then we will have to make more  and post them out after the event.  I will take a picture of the group of cards when we have all 30 made, they are not all the same although there is a theme going on.

Hope to get some more crafting done today before hubby comes home from work.  Have fun in whatever you're crafting.  See you soon.  xx

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Jem's Design Ltd CD - Lililicious

I have recently purchased this CD from Jem's Design Ltd, as its name suggests its about Lilies.  I am a fan of Jem's Design and have several of their CD's.

I would like to share some cards that I have made using images from this CD:-

This is the Fantasy Lily,  I printed it on to satin effect photograph paper, mat and layered on to pink, black,  green check and green card stock, then placed on to a 8" x 8" blank card base, I have used two Marianne Dies for the pink swirly bits and flowers from my stash that I have made a while ago and can't remember what die I used, I finished this off with Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescant PVA for the  pearl drops in the corners.

This is from the Watercolour Lily section of the CD, I printed off the jigsaw topper, matted on to black card stock then a velvety finished paper and black card stock, I then attached this to a 8" x 8" blank base card, attached a co-ordinating ribbon and Marianne Die for the swirls, I then used the Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA for the pearls and some paper flowers that I had in my stash .

This card is from the Bejewelled Lily and was sent to my niece for her birthday earlier this month.  Again it is a 8" x 8" card, I used the jigsaw topper again but cut a section out and placed this at an angle, the topper is matted on to black, purple and red card stock, I used a Cheery Lynn Die for the black swirls, red organza ribbon and a purple paper rose and a red butterfly from my stash, I finished of the corners with the Cosmic Shimmer PVA.

This card is from the Chocolate Coated Lilies section, again another 8" x 8" card, I used the jigsaw topper again and cut a section out and added it at a jaunty angle, the topper mas mat and layered on to black, ivory and cream card stock, the blank base card was craft card.  I used the Cheery Lynn die again for the swirl and the roses were from my stash, I think these were made using the Britannia Dies.  I used a latte coloured organza ribbon and lce for the bow, again finishing off the corners with Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearl drops.

I hope that you like these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Coming up over the next few days I will share some Christmas cards I have made along with a card I made at the Card Making Workshop run by Amy from Out of the Blue Shop in Chipping Sodbury.

More information about Jem's Design Ltd CD's can be found at http://jemsdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Weekend of Syn - Motorcycle Rally

As you may know Dave(my husband of 30+ years) and I are bikers and we belong to the Virago Star Owners Club, I thought I would share a little snippet of the things we have recently done.

We have now had the last motorcycle rally of the year for the bike club we belong to, we had a long weekend down in Gravesend in Kent over the Bank Holiday.

Whilst we were in Kent we went to see my Mum and two brothers, which made it a very pleasant weekend,  we had good bands and entertainment at the rally site, which was at Gravesend Rugby Club, we had rain for the majority of the day on the Saturday, but that was soon forgotten on the Sunday when the sun came out.

My bike won another prize that weekend, that's two trophies this year, I had never one anything before so I am quite chuffed.

We had a bit of fun on the Sunday evening, our group decided we were going to the club house in "onesies" and they were all different animals:



We still have a couple of rides planned, the last official one being the 13th October and unfortunately named "The Fat Ladies Run", I'm afraid I don't know where that came from as it was already that when I joined the club 13 years ago.  This run I have organised and we are going to go to The Cotswold Falconry Centre in Moreton in the Marsh.

I would like to share a photo of the back of my waistcoat, spray painted by Herb from Spellbound, it is my favourite design of his and of course is in my favourite colours.

Spellbound Design by Herb of Spellbound.

Since we have been home I have made a few cards, using a CD by Jems Designs I have also made some more Christmas Cards and yes I have made another card using the Cat stamp. I will share these on another blog on another day, when I have taken some photographs.