Friday, 30 December 2011

Faye Whittaker Garden Decoupage

This was an A5 Cream card blank originally which I colour tinted using distress inks in tattered rose and worn lipstick. I then used a decorative Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers in Scallop.

I then printed off a backing paper sheet which coordinated from the Josephine Wall Enchanted Dreams CD Rom from Joanna Sheen and placed this in my spray booth and used Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle on it in Multicolour, before mounting this on to the base card. I then took some red silk ribbon and placed a border at the top and bottom of the floral backing panel. 

I then mounted the Faye Whittaker Garden Decoupage base image on to a small mount of red mirri board and attached all the decoupage layers using pin flair glue gel.  The two sentiment panels were also mounted on a small matt of red mirri board before using glue gel to mount these at the top left and bottom right of the card. 

To add some dimension to the card a small red silk ribbon bow was placed in the top left hand corner sentiment and a bouquet of red paper flowers and pink rose buds were added to the bottom left.

I hope you like it.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Tuesday Blog Challenge - Have a purrfect day!

This card was put together using a sketch from Tuesday's Blog Challenge, as you can see I chose a plain cream A5 base card and decided to build the design around a burnt orange, dark peach and peach card stock paper pieces interweaved together, the image is from Penny Black which I stamped using memento black and coloured using promarkers before mounting on a burnt orange frame and adding some paper flowers for dimension.

Mojo Monday - Have a Mice Birthday

This card was designed using a sketch from the Mojo Monday Blog Challenge.  Unfortunately the colours in the top three pieces of card appear to be coming out more grey than teal in this photo but I can assure you that they are three graduating colours of teal with the darkest layer punched with a Artemio loop punch.

The image used is a spring House Mouse unmounted stamp and sentiment from Joanna Sheen the sentiment was stamped in an Encore Ultimate metallic inkpad using those colours that closely fit the card.  The image was stamped in black memento ink and coloured using an assortment of Promarker and Flexmarker colours.  Finally to complete the card I attached two paper flowers in the same teal colours on top of each other and added a centre made up of cream pearls.

I hope you like it.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge

So this time I decided to challenge myself by entering a Sketch Challenge using a stamp set I had bought and not yet had the opportunity to use from Stamp Addicts and also some paper and accessories from my crafty stash.

As you can see I adapted the sketch to suit a 6x6 Square Card, which I decorated with a corner punch.  I then made a paper ribbon using a burnt orange card stock and a loop border punch and adhered this to the bottom of the card, the next layer added was a green matt. 

The gnome stamp was done in memento black ink and the image coloured in using promarkers Satin/Blush for the Skin, flex marker light fawn and promarkers tan and caramel for the arm chair.  The hat and trousers were stamped on to a peach card, cut out and pieced to the stamped image, the same was done with the jacket which was in the same green shade as the matt above.  The beard was given dimension using liquid applique applied sparingly in circles to add texture and then heated with a heat gun.  The image then had decorative corner punches applied before attaching to a peach card matt. This was then mounted to the card using glue gel.

The sentiment was handwritten and mounted on a fine matt of the burnt orange card stock and a second matt in the green cardstock with the top edges rounded and slotted behind the stamped image to create a tab look to the sentiment.

Finally in keeping with the sketch I selected coordinating colours from the image and found three  small buttons which were adhered to the top right hand corner with glue gel.

I hope you like this card.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

CD Sunday Blog Winning Card

With great thanks to the CD Sunday Blog challenge for selecting this House Mouse Image for its winning blog entry, I have been fortunate to get the Rachel Anne Miller Collection CD Rom winging its way to me in the New Year, what a fantastic Christmas surprise.

A new challenge starts today for the next two weeks with a 50's theme please take the time to view the blog and enter this new challenge.

Wishing everyone all the best for this Christmas Season and an amazing New Year.

Em xx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Joanna Sheen Blog 1 Entry

This is a card I have made for submission to the first Joanna Sheen Blog entry.  As you can see this is using the House Mouse Ginger Bread image and a couple of smaller images from other sets.

Firstly I made the background paper using some of my xmas paper scraps and my 2" square punch, on cutting these out I prepared a piece of card with strips of double sided tape and began laying the patchwork in a diagonal design as better seen in the picture below.

To create the faux patchwork effect I used a promarker fine liner pen to go along all the edges using a zigzag faux stitch pattern and around the edge of all the faux patchwork a dash line pattern.  I then mounted this on a matt of gold and then red mirri board to bring out the colours of the patchwork.

I then stamped the house mouse images on to Neenah cardstock and coloured them using blush and sandstone for the mice, ginger, honeycomb and oatmeal for the gingerbread house and pale flex marker colours for the sweets, the candy cane and sweet used berry promarker, to tie this in with the patchwork effect I also put a faux stitching effect around the outside of the main image.  This was then mounted on a red mirri board mount and a further gold and red mirri board mount to raise the image from the card.

The sentiment was stamped using Red Versafine ink and mounted on a piece of red mirri board and placed at the bottom of the card, I cut out the two mice and mounted these either side of the sentiment using pinflair glue gel for dimension.

Lastly to complete the card I wrapped a plain red satin ribbon around the spine of the card and then a textured red ribbon over the top which I tied in a central bow and accented the roof of the gingerbread house with crystal stickles for a bit of sparkle.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Floral Delights

This card was made using a 8x8 card blank covered in the coordinating backing paper to the image from Joanna Sheens new From the Heart of the Garden CD Rom.  To the left hand side a border was made using coordinating Nostalgia Coordinations card stock punched using a loop punch.  This was overlayed with a further border of pink cardstock using a scalloped edge and then threaded using a ribbon punch and some white ribbon.

The main image was printed on to canvas paper and layered on to a matt of silver mirri board given dimension with pin flair glue gel.  The butterflies were decoupaged on and glittered to ensure they stood out from the image.

A tag was created to mount the sentiment on using the same cardstock as that used for the border and attached to the card using the same ribbon from the border and a silver floral brad to complete the look.

This simple 8x8 scalloped card was tinted using spun sugar distress inks, then a matt of the Mothers Day calligraphy paper was added to the card from and a layer of ruffled ribbon to the base to add texture.  A subsequent matt of silver mirri board was added to the centre of the card using pinflair glue gel and then a flat matt of the floral backing paper.  Another silver mirri matt was added with glue gel and two further flat layers of citrus green card and the base floral image From the Heart of the Garden CD Rom.

I printed a further three full images of the flower and cut them away to make a decoupaged and dimensional flower for the centre, curving it with an embossing tool before attaching with glue gel.

I hope you like these two floral cards.

Em x


This A4 card in fact stemmed from a disastrous attempt at an A5 one and is now one of my favourites that I've done this year.  The A4 cream card blank shows the stunning decoupage flower from Joanna Sheens CD Rom "From the Heart of the Garden" off to its fullist extent in my opinion and also gave me the opportunity to use my favourite sentiment stamp "Dreams come in a size too big so that we can grow into them".

I initially printed off the decoupage and matching backing paper from the CD Rom.  To make the base matt I selected some coordinations cardstock from the Nostalgia collection and mounted an A5 matt of the butterfly backing paper on to it.  I then stamped the sentiment using an Encore Metallic ink pad on some spare cream card and mounted this on to a matching cardstock and silver mirri board mount and placed this on the card using pinflair glue gle to raise it from the card base.

I then created the matching cardstock and silver mirri board mount and placed the base floral image on it and again mounted this on the card using glue gel.  I then cut and placed the floral layers on the image on the card.

The swirls were cut using again the coordinating nostalgia card stock on my Cuttlebug and glued in place to the card, once dried matching pearls were added to the swirls to give some decadence.

On the top right hand side coordinating card candy was added and on the bottom left hand side three leaf shapes were cut in the nostalgia card stock on the cuttlebug and glittered before adding matching paper flowers to complete this card.

I hope you love it as much as I did.  It goes to show that sometimes even a card disaster can be turned into something truly stunning.


Butterfly Wishes

For a change I decided to use a DL card landscape to make this birthday card with the help of Joanna Sheen's CD Rom From the Heart of the Garden.

This CD contains a whole section of stunning calligraphy backing papers and sentiments which can be used to embellish our cards.

As you can see from this card I colour tinted the edge of the card using the metallic blue pen from Papermania, I then printed and cut to size the blue happy birthday calligraphy paper from the CD Rom ensuring that the sentiment was visible in full so that no further sentiment would be required.

I then used a stunning butterfly backing paper from the CD which I placed on a silver mirri board matt to make a square matt and placed this to the left hand side of the sentiment using pinflair glue for dimension.  I placed a smaller silver mirri board matt on top of the butterly matt and proceeded to cut out a number of butterflies in different sizes from the butterfly topper.  I initially bent some silver metallic wire round a paintbrush to make the antennae for the larger butterfly and glued this in place on the card using pinflair glue gel, I then placed the full image of the butterfly on top again using glue gel.  The top layer was cut away and glittered before again adding to the main butterfly with glue gel.

I then placed the other assorted butterflys to the topper using pinflair glue gel and added some subtle glitter accents.

I hope you like this card as it was a work in progress which turned out pretty good.

Thanks for looking

Another Autumnal Delight

I love the sentiment on this card "All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within".  This is another card made using Joanna Sheen's latest CD Rom "From the Heart of the Garden" which was released earlier today on Create and Craft.

This uses a 8x8 scallop edged card blank colour tinted to match the imagery using Tim Holtz distress inks in Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo. There is then a matt of the stunning co-ordinating backing paper to go with the image and then graduated layers of Coordinations Nostalgia cardstock in browns and oranges to go with the autumnal feel of the image.  The base layer was put on to the card and they the decoupage was added using pinflair glue gel for added dimension, the two butterflies were accented using glitter spray prior to placing on the card.  To complete the final look I accessorised using three copper effect flowers to add some further dimension (again attached with pinflair) and three co-ordinating pearls added to the flowers and on the top edge of the card.

I hope you like this card as much as I did making it.


Wonderful new cards made by Jayne Shasky images

This is a stunning image with an Autumnal feel from the latest CD Rom by Joanna Sheen.  From the Heart of the Garden contains stunning imagery from the artist Jayne Shasky and will give any crafter stunning material to make cards such as the Easel Card you see to the left.  This was made using an A4 Card Blank, I also used Coordinations card stock in shades of green from the Nostalgia block, Flourish gold paper from HOTP and the stunning leaf backing paper from the CD Rom.

I initially covered the card using olive green cardstock layered on to the base card, the edges shaped with the Scallop We R Memory Keepers punch.  I then distressed the HOTP gold embossed flourish paper with Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold and Crushed Olive distress inks before cutting the two matts required.  I placed the first matt of flourish paper on flat placed a further olive card stock layer again edged by the scallop punch, and attached the Autumn leave backing paper printed from the CD Rom on this.  I then added a slightly darker olive matt to this card using pinflair glue gel for dimension and two scallop edged flourish panels to the left and right hand sides.

I then took the image and cut a gold mirri board mount which again was stuck on using some dimension from the pinflair glue gel.  The image then had the border masked off accept for the leaves and sprayed with irridescent spray & sparkle, this was mounted on to complete the card front and a small bronze ribbon embellishment with a bell added.

As you can see from the photo above for the easel stopper I used an Artemio loop punch to create a border in the olive card stock, I then placed a central strip of the autumn leave backing paper bordered by bronze metallic pen.  The two bird images were taken from the same image sheet printed off and layered on gold mirri board.  The sentiment was created on the computer and also mounted on mirri board.  The ribbon behind the easel was in fact ruched by hand using extra strong tape. 

I hope you like this card.

Em x

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

New Release of Faye Whittaker CD Rom by Joanna Sheen

To my fellow crafters, I can now show you the stunning card examples I have made using images from Joanna Sheen's latest CD Rom using the images of Faye Whittaker.

This card is an A4 cream card blank, with a layer of the bucket backing paper and subsequent smaller matts in pearlised red paper and navy card, the image was then printed using printable canvas and distressed around the edges using old paper and vintage photo distress inks.  The Rosette image was created using a Stamp Addicts sentiment stamp, and a layer of blue and white striped ribbon and then red and white striped ribbon.

This card is a navy A5 blank, I layered the card using the denim effect backing paper from the CD Rom, a matt of navy card and they the decoupaged and flower soft image before printing off the pocket frame on canvas paper, sewing in navy floss around the interior of the frame and the pocket, this was then mounted over the image using 3D foam tape.  Finally I threaded the button using the same navy floss has been attached to the pocket using pinflair glue gel.

This card was inspired by those exploded image cards I have seen in magazines and on tv demos.  First I used a navy A5 card blank, a layer of the red gingham paper found on the CD Rom then I equally split the main image in to four pieces and backed them on a further matt of navy card to create the exploded effect.  To complete the card I used a panel of the gingham paper with a sentiment (taken from the CD) mounted on Navy card and four floral blue card candies to complete it.

This is another nautical navy A5 card blank using a layer of the beach toys as a matt cut using a decorate paper edger, then a red pearlised matt.  The image was secured underneath and then I printed off the frame from the CD Rom, put some acetate behind the opening to make it like a picture frame and wrapped a piece of blue/white striped ribbon done the left hand side with a button of a blue crab, this was then mounted over the main image using pinflair glue gel, finally the sentiment is a Stamp Addicts one using a navy and red ink pad to tie it.

This pale blue A5 card blank has a matt using the boat backing paper printed on to Blue pearlescent card stock, then the main image is mounted on some of the boat backing paper from the CD Rom, I used some pretty lacy ribbon and finally a sentiment personalised from the CD Rom and some glitter where the light would hit the waves.

This cream DL card has been put together using the bubble background paper which was spritzed with a blue mica spray, the second pale bubble print was spritzed using Crafters Companion irridescent glitter spray and mounted on top.  I then took two of the same images from the CD Rom and mounted these on to the main cream card stock and placed at the top and bottom of the card.  The sentiment came from the CD Rom and was cut using a circle punch and then sprayed with the irridescent glitter.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Something for the guys

Well with the release of some more modern unmounted stamps from Stamp Addicts, I took some time to make this card for those men in your life.

As you can see this is a 8x8 scalloped card blank from the wobbly shelves at Joanna Sheen which has been distressed to using crushed olive.

I then did a further backing paper to look more military using shabby shutters, crushed olive and pine needle distress inks to patchwork together.  This was mounted on a dark brown cardstock.

The main image was stamped using memento ink and the man was covered using eclipse tape to enable me to stamp the dog behind him.  The sentiment was stamped in the top right hand corner using the words from the stamp sheet and crushed olive distress ink.

The grass was stamped using a judith peg stamp with the grass stamped over several stampings to get different shades and introducing some pine needles in their too.  The judith peg triple dot stamp was used with vintage photo to symbolise dirt within the grass.

The man and dog were coloured using my promarker collection and the edge of the image was distressed using shabby shutters and vintage photo before mounting on dark brown card and mounted at an angle.

The insert I did by hand using the text "Go Quackers" printed off in a similar font and colour to the card.  I then took the duck in a straight jacket image and stamped it in memento ink at two quirky angles to the text and coloured these again using promarkers.

I look forward to hearing any comments you may have.

Many thanks

Monday, 29 August 2011

The beginning of a week off crafting.....

Well it's been a long time coming but I have a whole week off work, I am working on some forthcoming product samples for Joanna Sheen due to come on the 10th/11th September and I can't wait to share the images with you all but not until the products are released.....I know I am such a tease.

Anyway first couple of cards, I have yet to post on this blog for you to see :-)

Seem to be drawn to lilacs and purples at the moment and this Mo Manning Stamp has been framed using a Marianne Design Die Cut in metallic lilac layered on to a stunning butterfly and floral background with colour coordinated ribbon.  Pressed flowers from Kort & Godt available on Joanna Sheen's website.

This Sarah Kay image was stamped and coloured using promarkers and layered on lilac pearlescent card, the background paper was made using silver, blue and lilac Mica Gloss put between two plastic sheets and merged together to get a marbelling style effect.  I finished the card off which this quaint sentiment and purple mosaic tiles.  Pressed flowers from Kort & Godt available on Joanna Sheen's website.

OK so this is more pink than purple but there is some in there and its one of my favourites, again a Mo Manning stamp using some paper I had in my stash which was double sided hence the perfect match of stripes to butterfly paper.  Image was stamped and coloured with promarkers, butterflys were but out of the glitter paper and decoupaged and some Marianne roses ribbon finishes off the card.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Promarker Flex Marker Review

Well what can I say the new style Alcohol markers from Promarker Flex Marker with the brush tip are stunning, I love all the new shades released through Ideal Worlds Pick of the Day and the pastel one's will come in very handy.  I shall be interested to see the further 48 colours yet to be released, they are definately a firm addition to my complete Promarker product range.

Don't be in doubt about these pens, they are not as expensive as the Copics and Kurecolour however, they are of the same high standard and I find them amazing to work with. The new style brush end is true to the sales speal and seems to improve more and more with use, I have been able to get fine detail through to thicker lines with very little pressure.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and I hope this review is helpful!

Another busy week....

...not sure how much card making I will be able to fit in over the next couple of weekends as off to my stunning cousins hen do tonight and then her wedding actual next week.

In the meantime I have made this card this week, please let me know your thoughts.

Many thanks

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Christmas Party!

Ho ho ho ho ho it August so last christmas card for today, this is from a couple of the gorgeous new Lilli of the Valley stamps, this uses the bauble bough and the young girl dancing as well as a sentiment from their range.

This card is on an 8x8 square white card blank with a red base and christmas tree paper from my crafty stash to which I added a bow to balance the card and the bow on the main stamped and promarkered image bordered in a green pearlescent card.  The holly berrys are done with liquid pearls, the ivy berries with liquid applique (unheated) and glitter added to some of the baubles to add texture and definition.

Frightening to think but it will be here before you know it!

Getting started on Christmas

Three Christmas cards in readiness for friends and family, the top one is an angel image from Curious By Design and uses mica gloss inks in silver, ice blue and lilac to create the backing paper, nestabilities die for the main focal point of the fairies/angels is stamped in Brilliance twilight ink, which is mounted on some carol music stamped in Dove Gray Stazonand some stunning purple ribbon and purple gems (in three colour shades) accessories the card.

The second is a stunning Lilli of the Valley image from last christmas which I did not get time to use this has been stamped using a momeno black ink and a border has been stamped top and bottom using Judikins Mince Border, it has then been coloured using promarkers and layered on to silver card and a festive coloured backing paper, to add a little dimension I created the rosette effect in the top corner using some coordinating glitter ribbon and two decorative buttons.

The third card has been made from stamps purchase through Stamp Addicts, I stamped the penguin and message stamps using a blending block - shades of blue ink pad also available from Stamp Addicts, I then highlighted the penguins using pale coordinating blues from my promarker mountain.  I then added a snowflake border in silver to the bottom of the topper, with a layer of the backing paper and some silver glitter ribbon from my stash this was then mounted on to a stunning blue snowflake backing paper from Krafyhands CD Rom using 3D foam tape.

I hope you like them xx

One of my favourite cards I've made

When it comes to animals I am a bit of a softy, here is another stunning image of a tiger cub which can be found on Joanna Sheen's Furry Friends CD Rom by Rachel Hale. 

For this card I used a cream card base and distressed the edges using frayed burlap and tea dye distress inks, I then printed off the vintage style text paper from the CD and distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Edger and again tinted further using tea dye ink which I mounted on the card followed by the image printed on photo paper.

I distressed a matching piece of cream card stock with the distress inks and put it through my cuttlebug with a magnolia flourish die.  The sentiment was printed from the CD, distressed with tea dye ink and mounted using pinflair glue gel, I then slotted the flourish behind it before it dried and added some pale brown and chocolate Kort & Godt flowers to complete the picture.
First of all I would like to say thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.  I am new to this so be kind to me as I find my feet.

I have been card making on and off for six years however, I have been fortunate to learn some wonderful skills from talented individuals such as Joanna Sheen and the ladies at Stamp Addicts (Sarah, Vicky, Lesley).

Recently I have also been extremely fortunate to be part of Joanna's amazing design team and will start my blog with the wonderful cards I have been able to make using her products, I hope you enjoy my blog.


This is one of my cards designed using Joanna's amazing CD Roms, this particular image is from the Rachel Hale - Furry Friends CD Rom.

To create this card I printed off three copies of the same topper and mounted one image on to the white tri-fold card blank.  I then proceeded to cut out an oval aperture from the front of the card.

The second image was matted inside with 3D foam tape creating a border round the area of the aperture to enable the acetate to be attached to it, within this area I then sprinkled an assortment of glitter types and miniture heart confetti before sealing the card to make the shaker.

Finally to make the card stand out dimensionally from the front I selected roses from the third topper which I cut out and added shape and dimension using pinflair glue gel.