Friday, 17 November 2017

Craft Stamper Win!

Today I'm very excited, because last month I won the Craft stamper Take it, Make it Challenge, which means I get my card published in their magazine - yay!

There are other bonuses to winning this challenge, one of them being a write up in the Craft Stamper blog, which goes live today and next month I get a Guest designer spot - yay again!!

This is the winning card...

I was so excited to win with this card, because I do struggle with shaker cards, so now I'm feeling encouraged to make more!

The original post here will show you more details.

It's easy to play along in the Take it, Make it challenge as it is always Anything goes (with stamping).

Here is a card to show my thanks...

I used the L Letterpress to make this card and then coloured the flower and leaves with Zig Markers.
I used watercolour paper which is quite thick. It's hard to see the impression in this pic, but it's so pretty!
The silver is my favourite of letterpress inks.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:-

Alcohol Ink Tag

I've been so inspired by the gorgeous tags in Loll & Friends' 12 Days of Christmas Tag Event.
 This is a Mixed Media Challenge , which means  stamping, plus two mixed media elements (techniques or products). If you haven't visited her event as yet, then you really should pop over to see all their wonderful and inspiring tags.

My tag today is inspired by Loll's gorgeous alcohol Ink tag from day 9.

I used a background I made a couple of months ago and die cut the ornament with a Spellbinders die. I think the deer die is from WPlus9 - I gold embossed it again. I could have used glitter paper, but I like the look and feel of the embossing., plus it matches the sentiment. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Tag You're it

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Deer Friends

I'm back again to post a card I made for the MFT Sketch and Colour Challenges. Non Christmas! Although there is a deer!

I began with a piece of watercolour card and painted with Distress Inks. Then I stamped the trees and embossed.
I added some black beads and orange star sequins and then constructed the shaker with the pouch and square panel.
I die cut about 6 of the base of the snow dome and adhered these to make the same thickness as pouch.
I then stamped the deer and sentiment and mounted these and the square panel on the black base card.
I finished by adding the bow.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Furry friends

Navy & Gold Trend

Hi again! Just popping in with a couple more tags.

I've noticed there's a bit of a trend around at the moment to use navy and gold, which I really love so this is what I decided to use.My inspiration was Jo Neville's tag from Day 1 of the 25days of christmas tags ,which is a dark tag with gold accents.
I used some paper from my stash of leftovers for the tag - the die is from MFT, but I made it shorter,by cutting a second time. The deer and birches are adapted from a silhouette cut file and then gold embossed.
The sentiment stamp is from Kaisercraft.

Jo's tag

A Shaker Tag

I'm still catching up on my posts since the internet problems we had early in the week, so here is a another tag.

I dry embossed the background, sprayed it with Color Shine and then used white gel pen on the embossed dots. The christmas trees were cut with Silhouette. Next I stamped the gorgeous deer from WPlus9 and the sentiment.
The snow dome die and pouch are from MFT Dienamics and was cut from a previously die cut circle. I added a few beads and sequins, before putting it all together and backing with the red glitter paper. I hope this all makes sense:)

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Furry Friends

Tag You're It

Anything goes + Christmas

Glittery Christmas Tags

Lucky I've been busy making Christmas cards and tags, because I see that there  are only 39 days till Christmas!

Today I'm sharing 2 tags made with gold foil DP from Kaisercraft. They are very shiny!

The paper and stamps are from Kaisercraft. The tag dies are from Paertrey Ink and the ornament die is from Spellbinders.
These tags are so easy to make and the gold makes them look special.

I am entering the following challenges:-

Inspired by Michelle Ferguson's tag day 14

Designer Paper, Stamping, Gold Embossing and die cuts
(I hope this counts as Mixed Media - Let me know Loll if not)

Tag You're It

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Grungy, but Feminine?

Hi it's been a couple of days since I posted, not because I haven't been creating, but because there was a cable outage in our area, so we had no internet. So I'm playing catch up.

I started out being inspired by Lorraine and Melissa's ornament (bauble) tags from day 1 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tag Challenge, but mine ended up totally different!

I dry embossed a piece of watercolour paper and die cut the ornament.  Then I swiped some resist ink over the raised part of the pattern and gold embossed.  Next I painted the tag with Twinkling H2Os and gave it another hit with the heat gun to re-activate the embossing powder.  I then stamped the sentiment on white card and gold embossed. I decided to swipe all the edges with resist ink and gold emboss again. I wasn't too worried about the specks of extra gold, because that added to the 'grunge' effect.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Paper Pieced Puppy

My daughter, who is christmas obsessed,  started playing Michael Bubble Christmas music today - so it really is starting to feel a bit like Christmas here, despite the blue skies and sunshine! We start early in the Martin household and of course we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, so there's no need to wait!

Speaking of Christmas, here is another tag inspired by Tracy Freeman's tag from day 1 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Challenge.

Yes, I've used the puppy from MFT Stamps 'Happy Pawlidays' stamp set again! I do love this set. This time I paper pieced - stamping the image 4 times to get the finished image. I didn't have any musical notes like the Tracy's tag, so I stamped the musical script with versamark and swiped gold Pan Pastel over this. The sentiment is a Silhouette cut file and the snowflake is from MFT. I used the gold Pan Pastel on these as well. The designer paper is from Kaisercraft.

I'm entering the following challenges:-
This is Tracy's card

Saturday, 11 November 2017

In the Meadow

Today I decided to break out Papertrey Inks' 'In the Meadow' stamp set. It really is a beautiful and versatile set. I purchased it a year after it's release - it seem I'm often late to the party. I went through a period of denying myself new Christmas stamps, but as you can see from my blog, I'm a bit obsessed with Christmas! So now I do buy new Christmas product, but I try to get sets which can be used for non- christmas projects as well. 

I began by dry embossing a watercolour panel and stamping the tree with distress ink - spritzing to get a watercolour look. Next I masked the tree and stamped and white embossed the background. I brushed away some of the embossing powder in the places I wanted the snowflakes. The snowflakes were then stamped and embossed as well as embossing the edges of the tree. I sponged the background with distress Inks. To finish I added the bling and stamped horse and carriage and mounted on the red card base.

I am entering the following challenges:-

Mixed Media Style

Friday, 10 November 2017

Designer Paper Love!

And another one!!!

This is my 2nd tag inspired by Gayatri's tag from day 1 in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Challenge
The Designer Paper is from Kaisercraft and the dies are from Tim Holtz and Papertrey Ink.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Snowflake Tag

I'm still busily making Christmas tags - I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head!

I was inspired by Jen Carter's tag from Day 6 in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Challenge.

I die cut the snowflake panel and then cut it again with the tag die. To add a shimmer, I used Wink of Stellar on the snowflake panel. Then I layered another snowflake and sentiment, added some bling and the stamped sentiment. To finish I added the beaded thread.
The snowflake background die is from Kaisercraft, the large snowflake die from Avery Elle, the sentiment from WPlus9 and the tag die from MFT.

I'm entering the following challenges:-

Snow White

Tag - You're it