Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Typography With a Twist

Good Morning Folks,

Today on Hochanda Leonie has two more shows at 10 am and 5 pm featuring her range of Typography products with the addition of items from Sara's Signature Collection, Shabby Chic.

There was an earlier show at 7 am that can still be viewed using the rewind function on the Hochanda website.

My share with you today is a couple of the samples I made using a whole bunch of products featuring on the shows.

The first is an 8" x 8" canvas using dies, the sun embossing folder and the Funky Tree stamp. 

The second is a card, again using the Funky Tree stamp set plus one of the stamps from the Banners and Frames set.  I have also sneaked in some colouring using the Spectrum Noir metallic pencils.

Hope you are able to watch the shows and some great demos from Leonie.

Thank you for visiting me today.

Bye for now


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Make a Wish

Shame on me, nearly two weeks have slipped by and nothing posted!!

I haven't been idle - really I haven't.

As my blogging chum Barb from, Farawaycrafts mentioned, we both went to a very busy Dabble Day at Loobi crafts a week or so ago.  It was a lovely surprise to meet up with her as I didn't know that she would be there.  It was a chance to catch up, eat cake and of course to craft.

This Sunday I was at Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) in London for one of my favourite craft shows.  So many lovely goodies to buy and lots of opportunities to meet up with friends old and new. 

In between times I have been busy making DT samples and generally losing track of time!

So for today, I will show you a card I made for the last DT call using Leonie's Make A Wish stamp set, sparkle pens and a die from her Entwined Collection.

Thank you for visiting me today,

Bye for now

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Birthday Boy

Hello Folks, 

I hope this post finds you all fit and well.

As always I have been a busy bee and loving every moment of this retirement lark!

A couple of weeks ago it was my hubby's birthday and as I was so busy with other cards and projects, I had left his card to the last minute.  Now, it wasn't that he was way down the queue in my list of priorities but I had this card in mind for him and I knew it wasn't going to take me long.  He is a keen photographer and a great fan of Nikon cameras and lenses so when I saw this stamp from Visible Image, I knew it would make the perfect birthday card for him.

One of the things I particularly like about this stamp set is the great effect of texture on the body of the camera. It is worthwhile clicking on the image for a close up view as I think Visible Image have done such a great job manufacturing this stamp!

The image and sentiment were simply stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink and heated embossed with clear powder then mat and layered and job done!  Hubby was dead chuffed with it and loved the take on the camera brand!  

And to show you the sort of thing he gets up to when he is out and about on one of his photographic jaunts, he has given me permission to share one of his photo images with you. 

If you would like to see more of his work there is quite a range of subjects on his flickr page. Obviously I am biased but I think it is worth a look!

Thank you for visiting me today

Bye for now

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Embossing Folder Art

Today on Hochanda there is a One Day Special of Leonie's products that are selling like hot cakes!

This is one of the samples I made using the Growing Love embossing folder and some of the sparkle pens.

Using white card, I have run the folder Growing Love through my die cutting machine twice. 

I have then cut some of the hearts from the second piece of card and coloured them with the sparkle pens.  These have been decoupaged over the matching hearts on the first piece of embossed card and I have added a few black highlights with a fineliner pen.

I have finished the card by mat and layering and added a sentiment using one of the stamps from the same range of products called Make a Wish .

I really love this range of products and I hope you like them too!

Thank you for visiting me today

Bye for now,


Friday, 17 March 2017

Banners and Frames

Good Evening Folks,

I would like to begin today by welcoming my latest follower Sue. When you have time perhaps you would like to pop over to her Blog and check out her beautiful card designs.  

The project I am sharing with you today is one of the samples I made for Leonie's most recent release of products, Typography.

I have used mainly the stamps from the Banners and Frames set.  Stamped in black, with the addition of a bit of doodling and some red highlights using fineliner pens.  The Happy Birthday and buttons in the corners are from the Rag Doll set and finally I added some swirls using the antennae from the dragonfly in the Fly Free set by masking the main part of the image. 

To complete the card I have mat and layered with red and black card to continue the colour theme.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,

Bye for now

Friday, 10 March 2017

A Morning of Crafting with Loobi

Hello Folks,

Today I am sharing the cards we made at our monthly craft class at Loobi Crafts, Craft Studio.

As usual it was a fun morning with Lisa teaching and the rest of the group enjoying a good natter while playing with new products.

Now, I must admit to being first and foremost a stamper, so card kits and toppers aren't usually very high up on my list of 'things to buy' but I did enjoy making these cards.  Yes, and maybe - just maybe, I bought a couple of packs to take home!

The first picture doesn't show clearly how this card is constructed. We cut out a centre panel horizontally from the front of the card and discarded that part for a future project.  The remaining top section and the loose bottom strip of card were covered with backing paper and then fixed in place by carefully aligning the topper to form a bridge between the two pieces of card.  

The flower to the right of the topper is actually on the inside of the card and there is also a sentiment stamped inside the card, behind the front panel but stupid here forgot to take a photo of it!

The second card is made with strips of patterned paper adhered to a Kraft card base and the topper decoupaged and layered on top.  A stamped sentiment has been added to finish.

And for our final card of the morning we did a bit of stamping and colouring on white card.  With the addition of some brown cardstock we mat and layered over four patterned paper panels.  The cute little fox stamp is from Stampendous.

That's it from me today,
Thank you for visiting.

Bye for now

Friday, 3 March 2017

Terrible Twins

My offering today is another sample using Leonie's latest release of products.

If you read my post yesterday you will know that the Funky Tree stamp set has become a bit of a favourite with me.  So, although the main image has been created using the Rag Doll stamps, I have managed to sneak in the tree as well!

I have started with a fairly large piece of white stamping card and stamped the trees and lots of the foliage circles in Versamark ink.  When this was dry, I used a mixture of ink dusting brushes and cut and dry blending foam to colour the card in a range of blue Distress Inks with just a hint of yellow across the centre.  Some of the colour has been lifted from the trees using a damp paint brush and blotted with paper towel.  I have tried not to overdo the colour lifting as I wanted to keep it subtle so that it remained in the background.

The Rag Doll has been stamped twice on scraps of smooth watercolour card, coloured with watercolour pens, fussy cut and then mounted on to the background.

Finally, the words have been die cut using the Typography Alphabet dies which are part of this new release from Leonie.

I hope you like this range of products as much as I do - it has been great fun working with them.

That's about it from me today, thank you for visiting.

Bye for now

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Funky Tree

Tonight is the launch of Leonie's exciting new range of products on HOCHANDA.  The first live show was at 8 pm and there will be lots more tomorrow at 9 am, 12 Noon, 4 pm and the Final Call at 7 pm.

If you miss any of the live broadcasts you can catch up by going to the website and use the Rewind option to see Leonie's demonstrations.

This collection of Dies, Embossing Folders and Stamps have been really fun to work with and I had to stop myself from using the Funky Tree stamp as it is truly addictive!

The card I am sharing with you tonight is one of my DT Samples using - yes, you have a guessed it - the Funky Tree stamp!  I have also thrown in a bit of die cutting using letters from the Typography alphabet.

I have started by creating two panels, mat and layered onto green and black cardstock.  On one of the white panels I have stamped the entire tree in black Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder.  For the second panel I have masked part of the tree, stamped the overhanging 'foliage' and once again embossed with clear powder.  The colouring has been done with alcohol markers and glossy accents added to the foliage and tree trunk.

To complete the card I have stamped the word 'Life' from the stamp set and die cut letters to make the words 'Tree of' from the Typography alphabet.

I was in a bit of a dilemma as to which photo to post as one shows the rich colours I have used but doesn't show the glossy accents and the other is all shine but the colour is bleached out.  So, here you go.......have one of each! 

If you get chance, please check out some of the fabulous samples on the rest of the design team blogs.

I will be back tomorrow with another sample from this range.  I hope you can join me.

Thanks for visiting me today.
Bye for now

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Butterfly Arch

This week has gone by in the blink of an eye!  There has been so many things to occupy my time both boring domestic duties and also exciting craft play.

On Monday I met one of my crafty buddies while I was out and about and we decided to get together for a fairly impromptu bit of 'play time' on Wednesday evening at my house, along with another chum, who happily was free to join us.

With very little time to plan a project for us to do - I really did leave it until the last minute,  mid afternoon on Wednesday I made the card shown below in about 20 minutes.

The main image is a single stamp and is stamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  The colour was applied with the very fine brushes that come with the Cosmic Shimmer acrylic drawing inks, then die cut using the co-ordinating die, that cuts around the butterflies but leaves the image in the card. The project was finished by mat and layering and a sentiment added from my stash.

Now, I know this isn't a masterpiece but I wanted my friends to see the concept of some new stuff I had just bought and to have a chance to play with it - we always share!

It is a new range of dies and stamps from Chloe's Creative Cards.  The stamps and dies used on this card are 'Butterfly Arch' but I had also purchased JAN059 3D Flower, both the stamps and the die set and JAN060 3D Flower Border Builder, so there was plenty to choose from for our cards.

We had a lovely evening, with lots of crafting paraphernalia covering the dining room table; the die cutting machine, guillotine, a pile of assorted cardstock and a heat gun spread across the counter in the kitchen and last but not least an endless supply of tea and home made cakes.......we certainly know how to craft!

That's it from me for now - thank you for dropping by today,


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Belle Flower

Stamping is my first love and I couldn't resist these lovely stamps from Chocolate Baroque when I saw them a couple of years ago.


I have stamped the background image with black Versafine ink and then cut a square from the centre. This inner square has been coloured using a combination of watercolour paints and pencils and placed on a slightly larger mat of black card, then positioned over the original stamped image which I have left as black and white.

I have stamped and cut out the words and a honey bee that has been coloured and a bit of sparkle added to the wings, although I don't think this shows up very well in the photo.  These additional pieces have been mounted on to the card using foam pads. Finally I've mounted the whole thing on to another mat of black card.

All the stamps used are from Chocolate Baroque and are called 'Big Bold Background Belle Flowers Single' and 'Honey Bee.'

Thank you for visiting my Blog today.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Leonie's 'One Day Special'

If you like Leonie's products, as I am sure you do, then don't miss the One Day Special on Hochanda TV that began this evening and continues throughout tomorrow with shows at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

It features some of her Entwined range of stamps and dies and there is also a selection of her masks and stencils with some really super price reductions.

Here are a couple of samples that I have made using some of these products.

The first sample incorporates dies, stamps, mask and stencil from across the range of products available.

The second sample is made using dies from the Funky Heart Base set with the addition of the word 'My' from the Funky Heart Interlocking Love die set.

For some great demonstrations, check out the shows on the telly or online at Hochanda via their T.V. Schedule using the rewind facility.

More inspiration can also be found on Leonie's Design Team Blogs - you can find the links on my sidebar.

Thanks for visiting me today,


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dizzy Daisy

Before I launch into the details of the project I am posting today, I would like to welcome my new followers and thank you for leaving such kind comments.  It would be lovely if you will continue to follow my Blog as I hope it will develop as we progress through 2017.

The card I am showing today has been created using stamps from Leonie Pujol's Entwined Stamp Collection - Dizzy Daisy and is available to purchase from Crafter's Companion

It is actually a very simple card that took me ages to make!  I have only used 3 small stamps from the collection for the main element of the card.  Firstly I stamped the full daisy head in a circle and then an inner circle with the smaller daisy head and a spray of leaves.  I then stamped the full daisy head several times on a scrap of card and fussy cut each one to decoupage over those already stamped in a circle - and that's the part that took me so long as I am not very speedy with a pair of scissors!  The colouring has been done with alcohol markers and the sentiment created using two stamps from the same collection.  Simple mat and layering to finish.

I will be back next week with another project.

Meanwhile, thank you for visiting me today.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOW Powders

In my last post I mentioned that I was going to play with WOW Powders at a workshop run by our local craft shop.  So, today I have decided to show you what we made.

We were each given a set of 4 powders in  complimentary colours and these were ours to take home at the end of the day.  It was 'the luck of the draw' which colour palette we had to work with but we could also add extra colours to our projects from the craft shop stash, which extended our scope.

The bird on this project is covered with a WOW premium glitter called  Sparkles and the colour I have used is Jade.  This was pressed firmly on to the double sided sticky sheet that had already been applied to the shape.  Before fixing to the substrate, to ensure the glitter doesn't shed, I always fold a sheet of paper in half, enclose the glittered item inside the paper and give it a good old burnish with my fingers, making sure of course that every bit of the sticky sheet covering it, has been coated with glitter first!

The bird cage shape was pressed into an embossing ink pad and when it was thoroughly inked a graduation of different embossing powders were applied and then heated.

Before adhering to the project, the paper roses have been tapped on to an embossing ink pad and  edged with  Opaque Primary Process Blue embossing powder and then heated to melt the powder.  The same colour has been used to emboss the stamped flowers on the side panel of the project.  This blue is my least favourite from my allocation of powders as it is a much stronger colour than I would have chosen. In a future project, I think I will  try mixing it with some white embossing powder and see if it tones it down.  Another excuse to play with colour!

The  heart shape on this project has had circles of foil pressed onto the sticky sheet that covers it and the remaining exposed sticky area covered with Jade Sparkles.  I would like to try this in different colours, perhaps by applying circles of gold foiling and then a red glitter instead of Jade. 

The final card of the day was a quick and easy one using a background stamp and two different embossing powders, Under The Sea and Avocado.

Other powders used on these projects are Perissa and Fairy Tale.

It was certainly a most enjoyable and sparkly day - I'm sure that I left a trail of glitter all the way to the bus stop!

Thank you for visiting today.

Bye for now

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Shaggy Dog Tails

Good Morning!

I would like to begin by welcoming all my new followers who have found me courtesy of the kind introduction Barb has given me on her Blog.  Thank you all for visiting and also for your lovely comments.  I will of course be looking out for your Blogs and following your work.  It is lovely to 'meet' you all.

My card today is created using a digi stamp taken from a Katy Sue Designs CD called Shaggy Dog Tails.

I have taken the image into a graphics program and re-sized it to suit the size of the card I wanted to make.  I have used alcohol markers to do the colouring, not that there was a great deal required!  For a background I have used an embossing folder, some black card and a die cut square to mat and layer.  The final touches are a sentiment and a couple of small flowers I found in my 'bits box'.


I hope you like it!

It's a busy time for me at the moment as apart from making samples for some up-coming shows (more about that in a later post), I also have a place booked tomorrow on an all day WOW Embossing Powders course at Loobi Crafts which I am really looking forward to. So if you happen to be in driving distance of Leighton Buzzard, I think there may be a space or two on the repeat workshop this Saturday - it's bound to be sparkly!

That's all for now,

Monday, 9 January 2017

Fragrant Honeysuckle

Before I post my latest project I would like to welcome my latest follower Barb, who I met for the first time a few months ago at a craft workshop.  I think it is lovely to make new friends and feel part of a community through crafting.  Welcome Barb!

Now for my first post in 2017.

Recently I saw some lovely stamps from Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda TV and it motivated me to dig out my stash of stamps from this lovely company.
The main image is from the Fragrant Honeysuckle set which is still available on the Chocolate Baroque website.  I have stamped on white cardstock using a grey ink pad, Memento London Fog.  I wanted to keep the outline subtle as I didn't want too much of a stark contrast with the colours I had chosen.  I started with alchohol markers but when I had finished colouring I wasn't really happy with the blending or contrast of colours that I had achieved so I used my Spectrum Noir pencils to add more depth of colour.

The card is finished by layering with dark blue card, some co-ordinating backing paper and a bit of lace and ribbon and few adhesive pearls.


I hope you like it.

Bye for now