Saturday 19 December 2015

Snowflake Fairy by MoonFlower

Hi folks! I am sure you are all crazily busy with it being the last weekend before Christmas, but I wanted to pop on and share a card I have made using the stunning Snowflake Fairy by MoonFlower. She really is breathtaking and I don't mind admitting I was a teeny bit scared at the thought of colouring her up! Hopefully I did Andreia's art justice though. She was lots of fun to do once I got going.

I coloured her in copics, keeping the tones nice and soft using whites and pinks. All snow fairies need a bit of sparkle so I added silver stickles pretty much everywhere I could! The background was created with a mask and tumbled glass distress ink, and some flowersoft gave a really snowy feel to the card. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Friday 11 December 2015

Have a Beary- Merry Christmas

I am always terribly last minute when it comes to making my Christmas cards, and this year has been no exception. As one of five children, all of whom have growing families of our own, you can imagine how long the card list is, and it certainly keeps me busy through November and December as no way could I ever send them production line shop bought ones!

Today's card I am sharing was made for my eldest sister Paula, and her husband Stuart. Paula is a teddy bear artist by trade. She makes the most stunning collectible bears ( if you love all things furry you can check out her work here). I wanted her card to be personal to her work, and the little bear stamp from Indigo Blu was the perfect stamp for the job. I was so happy when I realised it fitted in my snow globe stamp ( which came free with a magazine recently) as it created a perfect look for Christmas.

I created the sentiment in Craft Artist, and printed on mixed media card stock before stamping the image underneath. The background was made by stamping and embossing snowflake stamps by Visible Image then going over with tumbled glass distress ink. I added some frantage for more dimension, and mounted on silver mirror card. 

I have been so busy with digis lately that it felt good to get properly inky again. You can't beat some good old fashioned rubber stamping!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thursday 10 December 2015

Julia Spiri December Challenge DT Post

It's time for the final challenge of the year over at Julia Spiri Challenge Blog and as always the theme is Anything Goes with an Optional Twist. This time the twist is 'dolls house'. This one was so much fun to do!

I have had a blank MDF money box that's been in need of altering, sat in my cupboard for almost a year, and this was the perfect challenge to inspire me to dig it out and use it. I teamed it with the very cute Little Fairy digi, turning it into an adorable house for her to dwell in.

First I painted the roof in acrylic paint, and added a tile effect with a mask and grey paint. Once dry I cut to size papers from a 12x12 paper pad called Ella Blue, made by GCD Studios and adhered to the walls. The windows and door are cut using my silhouette cameo, and the fence is a Tim Holtz die cut. I finished with little flowers all around from my stash.

I have to say I am thrilled with how the project came together, and I am hoping my youngest daughter will be too as it is a gift for her birthday. I am hoping it will encourage her to save her pocket money to buy new furniture for the dolls house we are buying her for her birthday, just before Christmas. 

We would love to see your entries so do join in if you can. You don't have to use the twist, or even Julia Spiri images, but there are some amazing ones to choose from in the Etsy Shop if you fancy treating yourself to some new images. You can also join our Facebook Page to keep up to date with all new releases and share your work using her adorable digis.

I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I hope Santa stuffs your stockings with some crafty goodness and you enjoy some family time with your loved ones.


Tuesday 8 December 2015

Gigi Poinsettia- MoonFlower DT Post

I'm a teeny bit late sharing my project for MoonFlower this month but I am hoping she was worth the wait!

As soon as I saw her I had the idea that she would sit nicely in a wreath of festive flowers. I wasn't convinced I could make it work, but after four nights of stamping, embossing fussy and die cutting and building the flowers it started to take shape. The flowers are a combination of stamps by my favourite stamp company Visible Image, and sizzix dies. They were so much fun to make!

Gigi Poinsetta is coloured using a combination of copics and promarkers, printed to size to fit the circle and fussy cut. She was a freebie in a recent newsletter, so if you haven't signed up yet do hop to the blog and subscribe by email as I would hate you to miss out. 

I have to say I am thrilled with how she turned out and she is decorating my hallway as I type, ready to welcome any visitors over the Christmas period.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Monday 7 December 2015

Not Just Cards December Challenge DT Post

It's time for the final challenge of the year over at Not Just Cards Challenge Blog and as always the theme is Anything Goes.

With Christmas almost here I had to play with Santa of course, and as I love steampunk when I saw Steampunk Santa by one of our sponsors, Smeared Ink I couldn't resist. He's perfect for cards for fellas don't you think? There are some fabulous images over at Smeared Ink, so if you like slightly alternative digis to work with then check them out.

I know Christmas is such a busy time of year for us all, but it's important that we try to make some time for ourselves too so I do hope you can find time for a little crafty respite over the festive period and join in with us. We have some great sponsors and prizes available so you won't want to miss out.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas, and I hope that the big man pops something nice for you in his sack!

Have fun!