World Card Making Day Blog Hop !

Hi! Welcome if you’ve joined from Agnieszka’s blog ! Can’t wait to see what she’s magicked up! If you’re just visiting and would like to do the hop. start off at the Winnie & Walter blog and follow the links!

I’m joining in with the Winnie & Walter blog hop especially for World Card Making Day. We thought you’d enjoy a hop along with all the other challenges that Winnie & Walter are setting. Just go and visit the Facebook page to see all the fun events that are happening. Apart from the hop, there are prizes.. so keep reading!

I’ve created a card background with just one stamp…

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Anyone recognise it?

It’s a hat. A simple conical party hat from the versatile The Party Set

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For UK & Europe shoppers- they have it here .

Not just a simple hat when you make it the star though!

I’ve stamped it over and over in Versamark, varying the direction and concentration of the image. Then sprinkle over white embossing powder and heat to set. Then add a load of colour using Zig Clean Color markers and vary the intensity of colour with a waterbrush.img_7957

This creates a fun background. I only coloured where the hats actually were and left the background space white. This meant I could cut out the white spaces so it brought a focus to the actual pattern.

Add the card onto an acetate blank and you immediately have your eye drawn to the everywhichway head gear! Then simply add in some die cut wording from the In A Word: Hello Cutaway with a few dainty butterflies from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and you have a really different greeting, just perfect for World Card Making Dayimg_7928

For  wonderful prizes in honour of this inspiring day, random winners will be drawn from all the comments left on the different stops along the hop. Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter shop! Wahoo. So get commenting! (Comments for the hop are open until 23:59 CST on 7th October)

I’ve the pleasure of directing you to the lovely Emily Leiphart’s blog; she’ll have created something amazing. Half of the fun is for us guys to see what everyone has created, so we’ll be hopping along with you!

Have a fun World Card Making Day whether you’re working or creating. I’ll be at the Port Sunlight Happy Stampers show, meeting up with crafty friends and doing a little demoing too. More about that on another post!

See you soon

Keren xx

October 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

STAMPtember Clearly Besotted! 

Hi there! I’m delighted to be showcasing a new stamp set…all especially designed forexclusive_clearly-besotted-01

I can’t imagine many of you haven’t heard about #Stamptember, but it’s the monthly long celebration from Simon Says Stamp where lots of your favourite stamping companies release new sets especially for the event.

Clearly Besotted are no different, and they’ve designed a wonderful new set called Layered Chrysanthemumssss101661

What a beautiful set! I decided to go with a pink colour way but instead of keeping it as a 2d image, I snipped into some of the petals and glued the overlap so it ended up like this!

I loved creating this acetate based card. This next photo will give you a better idea of how I snipped into the card to create the effect. Aren’t the blooms just gorgeous!img_7572

To stamp them, it’s  a 3 step system. If you call the largest solid flower stamp No.1 and then the next biggest No.2 and the smallest No.3, I found it was easy to stamp if you stamped No.1, then No.3 and lining up No.2 stamp was pretty easy. Start with the solid stamp in the lighter colour and the smallest in the darkest shade.

I actually only stamped two of the leaf stamps rather than the three so it kept the leaves looking lighter.

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The sentiment is heat embossed into Dura Lar matt and then attached to the stripes and adding a few sequins to finish.

I hope you love this set as much as I do.

Check out all the releases so far this month for the Stamptember celebration here.

Do go and visit the Simon Says Stamp blog for some gorgeously creative inspiration from the rest of the team.

Thanks for visiting me and hope to see you soon xx

September 21, 2016 at 5:00 am 8 comments

Pouting Birthday Hedgehogs

Hey! I am joining in again with the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar competition

 So. I have these cute hedgehogs and a happy birthday die. 

I sat and looked at the letters in the die and realised that ‘pout’ was there

So- now to get the hedgehogs to deliver a birthday greeting whilst doing a selfie pout ( a la teenagers everywhere!)

Add a little frame to umm..’frame’ them ( ha) using the stitched rectangle dies plus some beautiful scrolled dies and a little pretty ‘Sweet Celebration’ MFT patterned paper and you have a perfect teens card. 

Well I have yet to meet a perfect teen but you know where I’m coming from!

The strategically placed sequins ( from Pretty Pink Posh were in fact to cover some ‘wicking’ courtesy of an extremely juicy glitter pen. The ‘pouts’ were simply a little bright pink Copic and the hedgies are Copic and Prismacolor coloured! 

So. There’s still time to enter…just. Pop over here even if you’re not joining in. There are some remarkable entries! 

If you’re in the UK and want to get your hands on any of these products, do visit here at Seven Hills Crafts and they have the whole range! 

Thanks for visiting today! xx

September 20, 2016 at 9:16 am 5 comments

MFT Stamps Aerial Silks

Hi! How are you all?

Yes, you read that right! Aerial silks! I mean this…

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I am joining in with the My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar competitionPrint

It’s a lot of fun and has 10 prizes of $250 so it’s well worth entering. You’ve got until the 22nd Sept so plenty of time. All the details on the link above.

So- my card…..img_7694

I loved creating this using the dogs from the Lucky Dog set (for UK peeps, get them here )

I coloured and cut them out (there are matching dies but I fancied fussy cutting them!).

I had to work out how to wrap them so they hung in different angles and yet made a design that worked.  The sentiment is from the Forest Friends set which is another super cute set. Trying to get the look when they don’t have hands or moveable body parts was tricky, but hope I’ve got a similar vibe!

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i added in the dotted lines to give some ‘movement’ and then really had to resist adding gems or sparkles. I drew some ‘leotards’ on the dogs too, just to give a little glamour! 😉

I hope you get the chance to join in. You’ll have fun creating if nothing else!

See you soon (& good luck if you join in too!)

xx

September 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm 21 comments

A Little More Kori Kumi! 

Hi! You’ve possibly seen some of the makes I created with the new Santoro Kori Kumi range brought by Craft Consortium.

Well, they’ve another show coming up on Hochanda on Monday 12th September and so I’ve made a few more projects for them. 

Today’s is courtesy of Prismacolor pencils. These need a health warning…( more on that later!)

I have treated the little duo very simply because they are detailed enough. The pair are from a stamp set called ‘The Gift of Friendship’

She’s pretty different on the stamp. I used the no-line technique, stamping with Desert Sand Memento and that’s light enough ink to be able to colour over the stamped lines and give a softer look. 

It does however, require a lot of colouring and that leads me on to my ‘injury’. Be super careful how much colouring you do in one stint…lets just say I sprained my thumb . 

(Hangs head in shame).

Yeah, you just try to explain a craft related injury. 

‘Umm. My finger is painful.’

‘What have you done?’

‘Well, ( awkward pause) I damaged it from colouring’.

‘Colouring?’

‘Yes, umm, using pencils’.

Hilarious mocking laughter was the result. Every time.

To add injury to insult ( yes, I realise I changed the order of the saying), I then sprained my ankle walking. 

Walking. 

Forwards. In a straight line. Slowly. 

So, in 24 hours I sprained my ankle and thumb. 

Thankfully the numbness and pain in my thumb has nearly dissipated. Long distance marathon running is on hold at present for my ankle ( 😉) but I’ll survive! 

Back to cute little Kori Kumi…

Once I’d coloured it in ( stop smirking please!), I then drew two lines in pencil either side of the characters and trimmed out the head and scarf and then used a craft knife to cut the edges. Add some paper from the range and you have a sweet card. 

I quite liked the purple hair, although have no intention in replicating the look anytime soon! 

Thanks for visiting. Do hope you’ll look out for this unique and gorgeous range! 

(I still love my Prismacolor pencils but am holding them differently !) 

Xx

September 8, 2016 at 9:16 am 5 comments

Fiskars Pizzas?

Did you know that Fiskars do pizzas now?

Well, not really, but I’ve a vaguely pizza related project over on the Fiskarettes page today. I’d love it if you popped over to see!
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Thanks so much! 

xx

September 6, 2016 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Re-Run; Renee’s Leaves

Hi! How are you?

It’s Re-run time over at Winnie & Walter and this month its using Renee’s Leaves.

I adore this set; so versatile, so pretty, even used by itself. It is designed to work with all the floral sets too. I’ve gone with a softer look and a little partial die cutting

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The set is a gorgeous collection of leaf images

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To partially cut the In A Word; Hello Cutaway die, just attach the die to a piece of cardstock and position in the middle (so there’s room to fold behind it and create a tent folded card). Add the cutting plates but move them up a little so the bottom of the die isn’t covered by the cutting plate, therefore no pressure=not cut! Score either side of where the cutting finishes and fold down and you get a partially cut card with a word at the top!

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I trimmed the card down either side as didn’t love the proportions. In fact I cut it down so much that the card fell apart! Ha. So try not to do that too!

Check out the rest of the Talent’s creations– you’ll love this set! Don’t forget that it’s on sale and perfect for Autumn/Fall cards and some beautiful Christmas wreaths!

September 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm 6 comments

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