Thursday, 31 December 2020

2020 Reflection

Well, what a year it has been.  For me it feels like it has been a haze of endless days drifting into each other.  It is fair to say that this year, with the lockdowns, stress and worry, has taken its toll on my crafting mojo and this is reflected in the lack of posts this year compared to previous years.  I have still managed to find some highlights though, and in doing so I realised that, actually, there are lots of things I have made behind the scenes for magazines and TV slots that I haven't actually blogged!  A few of those have made it into my 2020 reflection, as otherwise some months would be blank!  I hope that you are safe and well this New Year's Eve and that you enjoy my little look back at some more pleasant aspects of the past year.


I really love this card from January actually.  Not my usual style at all but I had discovered, somewhat late, the shadow press debossing plates by Tim Holtz and managed to source some.  The 'love you' was perfect a the bottom of this cute trio of stamps from Magnolia!


I love how this turned out as pink and yellow is not a usual combination for me.  This ended up being my daughter's birthday card and she loved it!


My choice for March is one of those non blogged projects I spoke of at the beginning.  This little set was made for Magnolia's slot on Hochanda - I really love that cute church die - can't wait for a reason to use it on a project of my own!


A lockdown commission from a friend of mine who really wanted a special card for her daughter's 13th birthday but back then all the non essential shops were closed and we were staying at home as much as possible.   I had to hang it on her gate as I went on my permitted one walk a day!  I love how this turned out and they loved it too!  Always a relief for a commissioned card.


I chose this one because it is round.  I love round cards so much!  I think it is because they seem to defy all the laws of physics by standing upright.  Of course, secretly it is not a complete circle at the back, but the casual onlooker does not know this until closer inspection!  


A very topical card for June.  Magnolia's quaratine pop up box contained some perfect stamps for this year - I even ended up using this Tilda on my Mum's birthday card later in the year!


July's card was a very special make, ready to give my son later in the year for passing his exams.


Another card that wasn't blogged for August - my son's birthday card.  By August the pandemic situation was really taking its toll and it was a struggle to actually find motivation to make a card.  It is always difficult to make cards for males at the best of times!


September brings another card that wasn't blogged!  This one I made for a video tutorial for the Magnolia Youtube channel using one of the stamps from the Magnolia Christmas collection.


I managed to find some long lost mojo for this Halloween card!  The fact that the usual Trick or Treat activity was not a good idea this year meant that I gave my children Halloween cards for the first time and created a treat hunt in the dark in the house along with a spooky themed dinner party.  This was a resounding success and declared to be better than traditional Trick or Treating!  This makes me very happy as I personally hate the whole thing!


I've really loved creating more artsy, vintage style cards towards the latter end of this year.  I used Stempelglede's gorgeous stamps and Maja Design papers to make this card for my Dad's birthday.


And finally, the special Christmas card I made for my parents inspired by a layout on the Prima Facebook page.  Another Stempelglede stamp and lots of different elements - I really enjoyed making this card!

So that's my 2020 reflection finished.  I'd like to thank you for reading my blog this year and hope it has provided some inspiration and relief from the real world for a while.  Let's hope that next year is a brighter one!

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A Special Christmas Card

Good morning!  Today I'd lilke to share my favourite, and last, Christmas card of this year with you that I made for my parents inspired by a layout I saw on the Prima Facebook page.  I have used the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die for the base.  Sadly, the clock as it cuts out was not big enough for my requirements so I had a little brainwave - I cut a ring using large circle dies and then cut the numbers from the Tim Holtz die cut and added them to it.  Et voila!  A bigger weathered clock!  I have added Laserowe chipboard pieces behind the image on both sides.

I have added lots of gorgeous Christmas details around the Stempelglede photo stamp image.  The paper flowers were cut from Maja Design paper and I added a cherry blossom and snowflake charm from Craft Heaven.  The pine cones were made with a Tim Holtz die and the berries are polystyrene balls inked with Festive Berries Distress Ink.  I also added a Believe die cut and an embossed sentiment using the stamp from the Magnolia Northern Lights stamp set.

On the other side I have added some bells from Craft Heaven and a poinsettia made with white Foamiran and the Magnolia Poinsettia die.  The 25 was cut from several layers of kraft cardstock using Thinlits dies and layered up to resemble chipboard.

 I hope you like it and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Sarah Kay Christmas Card

Good evening!  I have a very quick card to show you that I made in minutes to ensure I caught the post.  Luckilly I had the Sarah Kay image painted in a collection from a couple of years ago and never used it!  

She is still painted with Distress Inks but, as you can see, not the no lines technique.  The papers are from Maja Design.

I hope you like it and thanks for looking!

Craft Heaven DT - Lantern Tilda


Good afternoon!  I am back with another Christmas card to show you using Lantern Tilda by Magnolia, Magnolia Doohickeys and Maja Design papers.

As always I have painted Tilda with Distress Inks using the no lines technique.  I have added some Stardust stickles to the snow flakes and lantern light.   The card shape was cut with the frame die from Magnolia Vintage Box 4.

I have used the Slender Firs Doohickey, So Wrapped Merry Christmas tag and So Wrapped Snowflake tag along with cherry blossoms and roses.  The deer is from Magnolia Vintage Box 6.

I hope you like it and thanks for looking!

Monday, 21 December 2020

Quick Christmas Cards

Good afternoon!  I have some quick and easy cards to share with you today using the gorgeous new Maja Design Christmas papers, Traditional Christmas, and Magnolia sentiment stamps.  All five cards took less than an hour - exactly what was needed when I had last minute cards to make at the weekend.  I love how they turned out though.  I just love round cards!

Each card is more or less the same: just a different sentiment and the stars are not all in the same places depending on where they fitted best with the sentiments.

All of the sentiments have been embossed with gold embossing powder.

I just love the cute little elves on these papers!  They are so cute that I cannot bring myself to use the accompanying cut out sheet with them on lol!

All of the edges have been inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I hope you like them and thanks for looking!

Friday, 18 December 2020

Stempelglede Star

Good morning!  I have a special card to show you today that I made for a very good friend of mine using a Stempelglede stamp from the Christmas Rose stamp set. 

 I have painted the deer with Distress Inks.

I had great fun using lots of techniques on this card.  Behind the image is a Scrapiniec chipboard piece which I painted with Duck Egg Distress Paint and then added Gilding Flakes in bronze and gold to it here and there.

I also painted an angel decoration from my stash with same paint and gave it a rusty look with Prima Rust paints before adding Gilding Flakes and a touch of Glitter Snow.  The poinsettias were made from white Foamiran using the Magnolia poinsettia dies and gold stamens.

The bells and roses are from Craft Heaven and the mistletoe leaves have been cut with a Magnolia die too.  The straws are from my stash.

I hope you like it and thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Embossed Holly

Good morning!  Today I have a card to show you that was quick to make but, I think, looks very elegant.  

I have used the Stempelglede Vintage Holly Collection holly stamp and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I have then painted inside the embossed holly leaves with Picket Fence Distress Ink.  I have then added a poinsettia made from white Foamiran and the Magnolia Poinsettia die.

The sentiment along the bottom is also from the Stempelglede Vintage Holly stamp set.

I hope you like it and thanks for looking!