31 January 2014

Card Making Haul - January 2014

Hello there, today I am sharing my monthly card making haul with you for the month of January. I was trying to be good this month and not get too much. I of course had to get a couple of bits from the new Doodlebug range, a couple of the new LOTV stamps and also a small order from Simon Says Stamp though! ;0)

Here is the video ...


I am really happy with what I got this month, I have already used some but I am hoping that I will get to play with the rest of the products soon. Thank you so much for visiting me today, have a great day!

29 January 2014


Hello there, today I am sharing another of my makes for the Stenciled Online Card Class. Day three was about creating texture with stencils. Debby Hughes made some stunning sample cards using embossing paste. As she is the one that got many of us into using embossing paste, I of course had to have a play and I have CASE's one of her cards.
I have used the SSS Peppermint Stripe Stencil with white embossing paste and added this to one side of the card panel. I love the white on white look. I have cut a Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly from Doodlebug Gumdrop CS and added this to the panel after adding a little Wink Of Stella to it. The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted Stamps A Little Sentimental set, which has been stamped on to white CS, cut out and popped up on 3D foam. I have then embellished with pearls and sprinkles.


Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you are all doing well and having a lovely week so far.

27 January 2014

Bee Day!

Hello there, I am currently participating in the Stenciled Online Card Class and day one was about inking and misting using your stencils. I went with inking. I first made a stencil by cutting the PTI Hexagon Cover Plate twice using glossy cardstock and sticking them together. I then made a mask for my card panel using Eclipse Masking paper and cutting out the circle shape using an MFT Circle Stax Die-Namic die. I laid my new stencil over the top and then added the Distress Inks with an ink dauber. I am really happy with the effect I achieved! The cute bee and sentiment are from the SSS Circle Friends Stamp set.


Are any of you taking part in the class? Although it is finishing today I have loved the inspiration and hoping to have some more cards using stencils to share with you over the week. Thanks so much for visiting me today.

26 January 2014

Back To Basics: Adhesives

Hello there, today I am back with my next instalment of Back To Basics for card making. Today I am focussing on adhesives. Sounds rather boring but we all need to use them right?
My favourite liquid glue by far is the Tombow Multi Talent glue. This is basically like PVA glue but it comes out in a tip. It does have the ability to be temporary too but leaving it out to dry for a while. Another good glue that bonds very well is Glossy Accents. Once something is stuck down with this is not coming up again! I find it great for adhering sequins in particularly.
There are a few types of glue dots out there but I stick to the original ones by Glue Dots. I mainly use the Mini and the Didi. I find these great for sticking down embellishments, especially die cut butterflies.
When I first started crafting I used double sided tape. I still love it now to this day. I used the Sellotape brand which is great fro adhering card to card/ paper to paper etc. I wouldn't stick embellishments down with it though. I have since moved on to an Advanced Tape Glider as I like that it is quick to use, refillable and I don't have to cut the tape. If I am sticking something down that really needs to be extra permanent I use red line tape. This stuff is the big daddy of double sided tape! I also use a removable tape runner when making cards, I do not actually stick anything down with this but I like to temporarily adhere the panel of cardstock I am using to stamp on to my craft mat so that it doesn't shift. Once I am done I can just peel it off with my fingertip and it comes off easily.
I like to add dimension to my cards a lot of the time as my cards are quite simple. Popping the panel up on dimensional adhesive gives it that little bit extra I think. The ones I use the most for adhering card panels are the Stick It Transparent Squares. I don't need these to be transparent but that is a nice feature of them. I like that they are not too high and are pretty good value for money (in my opinion).I also like the Sellotape Sticky Fixers for this too. They are a little bit thicker than the Stick It ones so nice if I want a little bit more dimension. If I am adhering die cuts or images that I have cut out I like to use Stampin Up Dimensionals. The hexagon shape seems to be quite handy for this and I like that they are a little bit thicker for focal point.

Here is the video showing you what they look like (if you are subscribed to my YT Channel you may have already seen it there, I accidently published it a day early!):


I hope that may have helped some of you. Any of your favourite adhesives that I haven't mentioned? Next week I will be focussing on Designer/patterned paper - showing some of my favourite pads, why I like them and my design process of using them. If you have any requests for videos please leave me a comment :0) Have a great day!

25 January 2014

Feel Better Real Soon

Hello there, I was in the mood for Paper Smooches the last few days, (do you ever get that? where you have a certain company of stamps you want to play with or is it just me?) so I decided to break out a few sets I haven't used yet to make a get well card. I stamped the clouds and then masked off the larger one before stamping the sun behind. I coloured them very simply with Copic Markers and added the sentiment and a few HA gems to finish. I did not realise it at the time but my card is a CASE of one of Jenny's. I love her work and subconsciously her card must of got into my head when looking at my stamps.


COPIC MARKERS: Y06, Yo8, B0000, B00, BG000, Blender pen.
Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great weekend!
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