Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Dogon Stamping

Hello there😊
The Pampered Pets A6 Stamp Set by Craftwork Cards was so fun to use and today I'd like to share a few cards.
My first card has a background created with distress inks. I then heat embossed the dogs onto watercolour card and used Kuretake watercolours, then cut out. Three different size Tonic circle layering dies were placed on white card stock. Dimension was created by using two sheets of fun foam between the distress background and the white card stock. The dogs were then placed inside the holes with Candi Fix. 'You're Pawsome' sentiment was stamped onto white card stock and placed directly onto the front of the card to complete.

This next background was created with Kuretake watercolours and white acrylic fluid. It was obvious to me that I needed to stick one of the dogs in space! I didn't have a circle stamp so used the lid of some embossing powder to make a circle for the little helmet. I then stamped the dog and brushed over with distress inks.
My final card was embossed onto white and black card with various stamps from the set. I stacked some of the hats and made an oval aperture to complete the card. 
So there you have it - three fun cards using the adorable Pampered Pets stamp set from Craftwork CardsHave a great week and stay warm.
Lots of love
Jennifer xx


Friday, 20 January 2017

Have A Little Faith With Tonic

Hola and TGIF! I'm delighted to share three cards using the Sun Ray Scene from of the 'Faith Die Sets' Tonic Studios released last year. How many of us buy dies, use them once or twice and then forget about them? It may not be from the newest collection, but let's not forget about the dies we already have either - this one is particularly fabulous! 

My first card I'm calling 'Hello Sunshine'! All the elements were die cut from watercolour card and coloured with Tonics new Aqua Flow Pens. These pens are absolutely amazing and a little goes a long way. They blended beautifully on my card and also on the Miniature moments 'Hello' sentiment.  I finished this part with the Aqua Flow Glitter Gloss because it's a sunburst and meant to sparkle! 
The next part of my card I heat embossed onto watercolour card using Marmalade, from Marmalade's World Stamp set and Accessory Set  2 for the bow. Getting out the Aqua Flow Pens again it was all coloured in. 
The card itself is a double aperture so goes through both front and back as the light catches the sun rays in different ways for some neat effects. I finished off by using hessian ribbon and quickly cut out and hand rolled the centre rose to complete. 
My next card is just using the centre parts of the same Sun Ray Die and Hello sentiment but this time I cut into black cardstock. I also used Carribean Novo Drops and Nuvo Turquoise Glitter for a completely different look and feel to my first card.
My final card is more traditional, with a few extras. I decided to use some of the new Nuvo Mousse mixed with a little water to sprinkle on my backdrop (Pacific Teal, Cornflower Blue, Powder Blue). I also die cut flowers from Beautiful Blooms, the Rococo Laura Butterfly die and the Memories sentiment from the Inspirations 1 set. Now, you may have seen the newest release - the Window Dies. This would have a similar effect but I had to make mine the old fashioned way. The memories sentiment does fold flat as there is a little slit under one of the flowers - but you can now do this with ease if you have the new dies!
I'd love to see you dig out some of your older dies; they never go out of fashion and you could incorporate new techniques or collections for a completely different look! Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back in the next couple weeks with a really fun and easy floral home decor project. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog post today and many thanks to Tonic Studios for having faith in me. 
Tonic Materials: 
Inspirations 1 Sentiments - Die Set (used Memories) - 367E

Lots of Love
Jennifer xx


Friday, 6 January 2017

Tonic Dreams Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and a very happy day to you all!  
If somebody says you have too many dies, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. 
I have some very exciting news I'd like to share with anyone who is willing to listen - Tonic Studios have asked me to join their Blog Team! Seriously, this is one of the coolest crafting companies going and it's such a privilege to be considered! 

I am delighted to present you with my first Tonic project : Dream - A Mixed Media Canvas.
Tonic Products Used: 
Tonic Studios Expressions Inspirations 1 Die Set - Dream
Nuvo Acrylic White Paint 997N
The projects starts with a small square deep canvas (8"x8") and a random facial stencil to which I applied texture paste onto the canvas.
The canvas was then blue washed with a Clean Colour pen watercolour wash. 
Wanting to add a punch of colour, I mixed up a small spray bottle of Turquoise Brusho and and sprayed, also flattening some of the texture paste as I wanted a smoother surface.
  The Gerbera Daisy, Simply Screens Honeycomb and Deco Trellis were die cut with mirror paper card to make a sturdy stencil used randomly over the canvas, using a mixture of Gesso and Nuvo White Acrylic Paint.
I then cut out a heap of Spellbinder Roses Die Cuts with ivory Mulberry Paper. 
Additionally, I used watercolour paper to die cut the Dream expression sentiment 8 times and the Laura Butterfly and Fern Leaf three times each.   
In my stash I had some stamen, berries, a small resin frame and very small paper flowers which I added to my slowly building pile of treasure! Once all the flowers were assembled, I covered everything with a very thin layer of White Nuvo Acrylic Paint and Gesso. With hot glue I began to build my canvas. I added more white paint mix but also went in with a very small brush and added some of my brusho spray mixed with gesso. I did this a couple times.  
Up close, you can see the turquoise Brusho, Nuvo Acrylic Paint and Glitter effect. 
Here is a glimpse of some of the die cut stencils I used. 
Another view of the built up canvas with the Beautiful Blooms Die Cut used as a stencil in the bottom left corner and top right.
Once dry I went over all the flowers, leaves, sentiment and butterflies with Funky PVA Glue and covered it generously with NUVO Diamond Glitter. Once dry I dabbed Gesso over some of the flowers where the paint was too vibrant and then attached the Dream sentiment, added a bow and a small button and some miniature LED lights to complete my project. 

Completed canvas without LED Lights
Some closer detail with the LED lights switched on:
More detail and stenciling work visible from this angle. 

Completed canvas with LED lights
The project is effective with and without the lights and is a personal achievement for me. Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and I sincerely hope you've enjoyed this blog post and more importantly my project. I have lots of exciting projects coming up and cannot wait to share more with you. 

All the best for 2017 - it really has started off with a bang for me! 
Lots of love and hugs 
Jennifer  x


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Craftwork Cards Shabby Chic - 70th Anniversary Card


I'm delighted that we're into 2017 - and there are lots of exciting things happening this year. Today I wanted to share with you a very special card I was asked to make for a 70th Wedding Anniversary. I did say 70! Now, I know this card isn't as special as the one the gorgeous couple received from the Queen but I do know that they absolutely loved it and said it was so beautiful they were keeping it on their mantle. 

What do you use to make a 70th Wedding Anniversary Card? Well..the personalisation went into the inside of the card with a very special message. It needed to be elegant, and in fitting for people who have lived a long and wonderful life. Knowing they absolutely love their very large and glorious rose garden, I decided on Craftwork Cards Shabby Chic Collection.

As the card was not being posted, rather hand delivered I knew I could go dimensional and make a lovely box to go with it. 
This is a large 15cm easel card with tons of embellishments and dimension. 
I also made a deep 18cm squared box to put the card in. The depth was 3cm due to all the flowers. The sides and the inside is fully lined but I forgot to photograph it - d'oh! 
A large pink satin ribbon was used, Stardust Stickles, Opal White Liquid Pearls and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Pearl White.After rummaging in my stash, I found a Craftwork Cards Happy Anniversary Sentiment made from vellum that was perfect! I lined it with Craftwork Cards Fuchsia Glitter Paper Strips Pad and black card. 
I added a couple more sentiments, a few Tonic Dies and it was complete. It's quite a striking card when up and I'm so glad I used Shabby Chic!
I'll be back later in the month with more Craftwork Cards designs - and on Friday I have a very special Tonic project to share, but until then - have a fabulous week.

lots of love
Jen xx