Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easter Gift Bag Workshops.

Hi everyone!. As it's the last day of the month today I thought I'd share with you the project we made at both of our March workshops for Out Of The Blue.
As Easter is almost upon us we thought it would be a nice idea to decorate a gift bag & fill it with some chocolate eggs for our ladies to take home.

First we created a background by inking several colours of distress inks through a spotty mask onto custard coloured card & then inking around the edges. 
The image is a House Mouse stamp from Stampendous featuring Monica mouse asleep on top of a brightly coloured Easter Egg.
Such a cute image & perfect for this project.
Monica was stamped in back archival & coloured using distress inks as watercolours.
The image was die cut using a spellbinder & whilst still in the die I blended peacock feathers for the sky & shabby shutters for the grass.
The flowers were die cut, embossed & inked through the dies using Carnation Creations Spellbinder & the leaves using foliage die.
A double layer of ribbon was attached & a banner tag was made using the Easter Greetings sentiment stamp from Woodware.

The final touch was to add pearl beads to the centres of the flowers & fill the gift bag with tissue & chocolate eggs!.

Here's how my group got on with theirs: 

Some really pretty designs & gorgeous colour combinations chosen!.
Everyone really enjoyed making their Easter Gift Bags & I'm sure whoever they give them to will love them, especially the eggs inside!

Thanks for visiting & for your comments.
I'll be back again soon with another Easter project to share.

Amy x 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day, you're blooming marvellous!

Evening bloggers, I hope you've all enjoyed your weekend. 
For those of you who are Mums, I wish you a Happy Mothering Sunday, hopefully you've been pampered & received gorgeous gifts & cards.

Here's the Mother's Day card I made for my Mum.

It features the Mini Flowers stamp set from Woodware.

This stamp set is very versatile & suitable for many occasions.

Here I have stamped each flower onto white card stock with black archival ink & coloured with a combination of promarkers, the new Spectrum Aqua Pens from Crafter's Companion and a touch of gold cosmic shimmer shimmer paint 
from Creative Expressions.

I cut out each flower & shaped them with my fingers. I snipped into the top right flower to create fronds.

The background was created by embossing a piece of duck egg card stock with  a Creative Expressions mask  inked lightly afterwards with peacock feather distress ink & highlighted with a touch of Treasure Gold gilding wax.

I hand drew the flower stalks directly onto the card with a pigma micron black fineliner.
 The leaves & smallest 'pointy' flower were also hand drawn onto white card stock & coloured with promarkers, cut, shaped & stuck into place with cosmic shimmer dries clear PVA glue.

The 'Happy Mother's Day' banner was stamped onto cream card, inked around the edges with peacock feathers distress inks, mat & layered onto orange card, shaped into a wave with an inverted v & glued top right of the card.

I also lightly decorated the inside of the card too.

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Thanks for visiting & for all your lovely comments as always.

Amy x 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Happy Anniversary Heart

Morning everyone, how has your week been so far?.
We're busy preparing for Mother's Day & Easter in the shop with more deliveries to check & price & displays to move around.
I've had a busy craft week too with 2 Mother's day cards to make, my Mum & Dad's Anniversary card, some birthday cards & all of the packs to prepare for our March workshop dates for
 Out Of The Blue.
I'm glad the weekend is approaching! & I think the weather is set to be good too so that will be nice & lift everyone's spirits a little.

My Mum & Dad celebrated their Wedding Anniversary this week so here's the card I made for them.

It was made using texture paste through a Sweet Poppy stencil that we stock in the shop.
The stencil is Deco Heart & once embossed with the texture paste & allowed to dry I then heated it with my heat tool until I created lots of tiny bubbles all over the surface of the heart.
If you try this technique while the paste is still wet it creates much larger, randomly sized bubbles.

Here's a close up of my heated heart.

I inked around the heart with dusty concord distress ink to make the heart pop a bit more.
Next I created my background by stamping the floral swirls stamp from the Indigoblu Wild Meadow A5 set with dusty Concorde around the edges of some purple card.

I stamped the Happy Anniversary sentiment in dusty concord onto cream card, inked around the edge & mat & layered onto purple & more cream card.
This was then stuck into place on my card with 3d foam pads.

The final touches were to add a few antique gold gems & to decorate the inside.

It ended up being a bit darker than I had first intended when I began making the card, but I quite like the finished result.
Hope you do too.

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon.

Amy x 

Monday, 2 March 2015

Imagination Crafts Tutorial 2nd March 2015.

Hello again blog friends.
Today I am back as promised with a taster of my tutorial project for the
Imagination Crafts Blog.

Please pop over to the Imagination Crafts  blog to see my full project & exactly how I made it.
You may also like to purchase some of the Imagination Crafts products that I used which you can find & order here
along with lots of other fab crafting goodies.

Thanks for stopping by, your time & comments are as always, much appreciated.

Amy x  

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Imagination Crafts Inspiration Project Monochrome Flower card.

Welcome back, hope you're enjoying your weekend & the beginning of a new month. 
I for one am glad that February is done & dusted for another year. Although its a short month it really seems to drag, so I really welcome the arrival of March & the signs of Spring that it brings.
So, as it's the first of the month it means it's time for my inspiration project for the Imagination Crafts Challenge Blog.
As always, the theme for the Challenge is 'anything goes' & there is a prize of £40 to be won to spend on Imagination Crafts products.
So please hop on over to join in & see what my design team friends gave created to inspire you.

For my project I used the tile petal stencil & stencilled 2 flowers with black stars sparkle medium onto white card & one flower stencilled in diamond sparkle medium onto black card.
I die cut around one of the black flowers with a circle die & cut around the other two flowers with scissors.
These were then shaped & layered together & I added a large pearl button to the centre.

I cut a frame from black card & stuck it onto my white card blank that had been lightly inked with black soot distress ink to add a touch of grey.
The glittered points in the corners are the parts of the flowers that I had cut away.
I then finished by attaching my flower in the centre & placing pearls in the corners of the black frame.

Simple but quite striking in black & white.

Hope you like it, I'll be back tomorrow with a peek at my tutorial project also for Imagination Crafts, hope you can pop back again to join me.

Amy x