Saturday, 22 February 2014

glitter filled die cuts...

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share a project I eventually got round to trying out the other day, I'm calling it 'glitter-fill'...catchy eh?!

I love paper piecing with die-cuts, or 'filling', (the process of putting all the 'cut' bits back in to your die-cut, normally in a contrasting colour), so I wanted try a similar technique, but using glitter to do the 'filling'.

And here are the results...

 I die-cut my main shape using 'Spellbinders shapeabilities -botanical swirl'.  I LOVE these expanding die designs, the possibilities with them are, literally, endless.  I've got a few different designs and I just can't wait to have a good play with them all!  So... I cut the designs out of kraft card and stuck it onto a double-sided adhesive sheet, trimmed to the size I wanted.  I then simply covered the whole thing in glitter (I used a 'cosmic shimmer' turquoise colour - which I can't for the life of me remember what is called and am too lazy to go and check ha).  So the glitter falls and sticks to all the open areas and creates this lovely 'filled' look. 

 I also got a chance to use my 'tattered angels - glam' (in 'tide pool'), which I got a while ago but was unsure how to use it.  I thought it was a lovely complimentary colour to the glitter I used, so I dip-dyed some paper flowers to use as embellishments and add some more sparkle (never too much sparkle, right?).

The sentiment is from the 'mama elephant - up and away' set, which is just amazing and so versatile, stamped onto a little banner I made.

I finished the card with my 'glam' dyed paper flowers, some 'candi', and some leafy flourishes (cut out of the same main die - 'Spellbinders-botanical swirl'.

Here's another take on the same idea, using distress glitters in 3 different colours (spiced marmalade, peeled paint and mustard seed) to give a completely different look.


I love the results and have a load of ideas spinning around my head of what to do with all my other die-cuts, and other 'filling' possibilities.  I'll be sure to share my results!

Well, as always, hope you like...please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think.

Thanks for looking :) xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Like a smitten kitten...

Hi everyone,

Just a quickie to share my second effort at a 'cute and fun' creation to join in the fun over at the paper smooches blog challenge, in celebration of their third birthday!

It's valentines day tomorrow, so I thought 'why not make a love themed card?'  ...and why not indeedy...after all...'all you need is love' :)

I'm not really much of a 'girly girl', but I LOVE bubblegum pink on ANYTHING!!!  It's such a fun colour and I thought, 'what the hey, let's go all out!'.  I love the idea of these two little creatures being 'smitten' with each other - they may seem ill-matched, but love conquers all doesn't it? ...Well, I'm rooting for them in any case, and if I wrote the story, I guess I get to write the ending, and for those who want to know...
they make it :)

The sunburst background is a hero arts stamp which I have heat embossed onto kraft card, and the sweet sweet couple are coloured using pro-markers.

Hope you like...and oh, if you don't like my version...please feel free to create your own :)

my valentine...

Hi,  I thought I would share the Valentine's card I made for my lovely Lee...

We're not one of these couples who go all out on valentine's day - we tend to show each other how much we care every day :) ...but as a card maker, there's a fair amount of pressure to come up with the goods eh?  I wanted to make something sweet and simple, but very personal too here it is, hope you like it x

he shall have a fishy...'s been a while!  And what a surprise, I make my return with a paper smooches challenge :)

Well, why not eh?  I love them, and they're celebrating their 3rd birthday with a fabulous I thought I'd try my luck.

The only specifics for the challenge were for it to be a 'new project', and something 'cute and fun'...which, when using paper smooches, is pretty inevitable!

So here goes - first effort :-

...In my head, it's the pelican's birthday - he's even got his little party hat on - and this fella wants fish for his dinner :)  ... although the fishies are clearly oblivious and still have their lovely little smiles on :/ ...I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years and am now starting to feel a little guilty lol!

The 'water' background is a blend of distress inks to give dimension, and the wee fellas are coloured using pro-markers.

Hope you like xxx