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

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Just to say

Anita Bowden has created a lovely silhouette card for this week's Muse challenge. I really liked the blended distress inked background, the black flowers and the way the card was mounted on black card. Instead of using a stencil for the flowers I stamped them.

Materials used:-

Distress inks - mustard seed, spiced marmalade and ripe persimmon
Woodware grasses clear stamp - versafine black onyx ink
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley block sentiments

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Now pop over to Muse to see what the other participants have created.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Christmas bauble

This week's muse at Muse Christmas Visions is Marianne who has created this lovely card to inspire us.  I took my inspiration from the shape of the bauble, the colour and the little stamps used to decorate it.  I used a mask to create the bauble shape and then decorated it with little stamps and a few gems.  This is a very quick and easy card to make!
I am also going to enter my card into this week's Less is More Challenge which is to make a card based on the colours of your kitchen.  The blues I used in the bauble are the same colours as the wallpaper in my kitchen.
Materials used:-
Mask - Stamps Away
Snowflakes - Stamps Away Winter Set (Montage)
Sentiment - Creative Stamping Magazine issue 27 Woodland Christmas
Distress inks - broken china and salty ocean applied with an Inkylicious blending tool
Archival ink - cobalt
Sequins and bow from stash

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