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Friday 1 March 2024

Bright Lights Maeve

Sharing a diamond point birthday card made for my Sister-in-Law using the Bright Lights Maeve digital mini kit by Opulence by Design Crafts.


I have been meaning to  make one of these card shapes for sometime since I first saw this design made many times by Carol  the Crafty Stamper who is also a  very talented crafter. Pop over to her blog and follow her, she makes some amazing projects.


I used a 7 x 7 inch white card blank to create the card shape and I used one of the backing papers from the mini card making kit with some mint green mirror board.  For this card I also used the second topper that came with the sentiments on the sheet. 
As the background on the topper was a different colourway to the paper that I was using, I cut around Maeve and placed her onto a die cut square of matching paper to co-ordinate with my project.

The Bright Lights Maeve PDF digital collection download mini kit by Opulence by Design Crafts, comprises of toppers, sentiments and 4 fabulous design sheets to use with your projects.


I also thought a small band of pansy's/violas would look pretty at the top of the card, so I made a few of the Digital Florist Purple and Lemon Pansies and  few Digital Florist Pink and  Lilac Violas with some Pansy leaves in between.
My flowers have been reduced in size a little and I have also added some glossy accents to the centre of  blooms.

If you would like to check out Amanda's YouTube Channel for cardmaking, flower making and inspirational craft videos  you can find her gallery here or even follow on Instagram:  


Have a great day,  whatever you have planned for yourself.

Happy Crafting


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Monday 26 February 2024

Retro Postcards

I've been meaning to get around to making these little postcards for a little while now and I really like these sassy retro digi images from Gecko Galz that I thought would look great made up into postcards.




I used some of the Say What Digital Collage Set digi images by Gecko Galz and layered them up with some of the backing papers from the Retro Home Front Digital Craft Kit.


I found a small pack of postcards in my craft stash whilst having a sort out a while ago and decided to use them for some stamping projects but I also scanned the back of one so that I could use them for my postcards on this project.


I have added 'make more postcards' to my list. They are a simple little project  - 'happy mail'  - that you can pop in the post at the price of a 2nd class stamp.


These images really made me smile as I was die cutting them, they are just perfect for journals, tags and cards too.


Gecko Galz offer loads of inspiration on their blog along with challenges to enter and free images to download to craft with.  Pop over to their page follow and subscribe to their monthly newsletter. They also have lots more on their Etsy page.





Friday 16 February 2024

Happy 21st Card

I'm sharing a card made for a special birthday using a mini cardmaking kit that I have been looking forward to using for a while and for this card I have used some of the papers.


I think this beautiful design and these vibrant papers will be just perfect for the person I have made this card for.

The Bright Lights Maeve PDF digital collection download mini kit by Opulence by Design Crafts, comprises of toppers, sentiments and 4 fabulous design sheets to use with your projects.


I started with a white 8 x 8 inch card base and have added some black cardstock between some of the layers. The purple layer was one of the colour block sheets from the Purple Anemone flower forming sheets.

To get the shimmer on the top layer of my paper, I used a textured pearlescent cream paper that I have had for ages and think it was really intended to be used for wedding or special occasion crafting as it has a luxurious feel to it. Using this in my printer has changed the look of my design papers and I'm also making the most of my craft stash too.


I used a very fine gold string bead instead of ribbon that I found at Christmas as a set of 3 colours on a roll and thought it would come in handy. I then chose my flowers, some of which I had previously made up.

I used the the Digital Florist Purple Anemone, the Digital Florist Giant Lilac Poppy,  the Digital Florist Purple and Lemon Pansies, a few Digital Florist Poppy Heads and Foliage Ivy leaves . The little pink dahlia  came from one of the flower sets and it has been reduced in size. I often like to reduce the size of my blooms to suit my project.


I have just added drops of glossy accents to the centres of my flowers and I love the vibrant designs of these collections.


If you would like to check out Amanda's YouTube Channel for cardmaking, flower making and inspirational craft videos  you can find her gallery here or even follow on Instagram:  


Have a great day,  whatever you have planned for yourself.

Happy Crafting


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Monday 5 February 2024

Watercolour Witches Gift Box

One of my favourite crafty activities lately has been decorating boxes as you can give them a unique look and they are always very useful to put things into too.

For this project, I used some of the papers from Magik Graphics Watercolour Witches Collection, which is available on a CD or as a digital download, direct from their website.


This is a wonderful collection and Susan has also designed these papers to fit on these boxes, which are just under 10 x 8 inches (4 inches in depth), that a lot of crafters have been using and Susan also uses them in her Facebook live craft group.


I printed these papers on my usual 120gsm colour document Navigator paper, as this works for me and since Wilkos is no longer trading, I can still find it at Tesco which saves me having to order online.

I kept decoration to a minimum as I didn't want to cover up these wonderful papers.  This box isn't for me but I will definitely be making one to keep.


Inside, I opted for this rich amethyst metallic paint from Finnabair Art Alchemy which is amazing to use and leaves a fab velvet rich shimmer.  I also chose a different image for the inside of the lid as I thought that the colours tied in nicely.


I gave the box two very light coats of matt medium to seal it, making sure each layer was completely dry before adding the next, this prevented the paper from wrinkling or any colour bleed from the inks. It also left my box with a nice smooth finish. I then edged the box with gold wax.


I thought one of the mecha moths would look good in the top corner of the box. This one was made from hot glue and I coloured it with some copper wax. At different angles, you can see through parts of it, which adds to the dimension.

I did make a 7x 7 inch card to accompany my box. This collection also has a range of inserts to accompany the various designs for your cards and is certainly one that I really love and can not recommend enough.


All this one needed was a trio of flowers from my box that I had previously made up using some blooms from Opulence by Design Crafts and a little moss.

My decorated box has been on a bit of a tour (collecting various stamps along the way) before eventually reaching its destination safely.

Have a great week,  whatever you have planned for yourself.

Happy Crafting


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Sunday 28 January 2024

Vibrant Nasturtiums

I have made a few cards using these beautiful vibrant Nasturtiums that I have been cutting out to make into flowers which are from Opulence by Design Crafts and this colour has definately carried on being a firm favourite of mine, a change from my usual pink and purples.


For my card I used one of the dies from a past Stephanie Weightman - Tattered Lace collection, which made up a 7.5 inch x 4 inch card base.
I also used one of the very pretty 3 free floral print papers from Opulence by Design Crafts website, for my envelobox.


The Digital Florist Orange Nasturtium Flower print & cut form set comes with 2 A4 colour block sheets which are great to use to co-ordinate with your crafting or you can use one of the sheets to print on the back of your flower sheets so that your flowers have all round colour.


On this little card I layered up my flowers to add some more dimension to them. I also curled the petals gently with the end of a pokey tool as these have been printed onto 120gsm colour document Navigator paper.


The centres of my flowers have drops of glossy accents to highlight the centres.


My little card has a die cut vellum layer followed by a gold pearlescent layer. To get this colour, I used the palest colour block sheet from the Digital Florist Cream with Blush Edge Ranunculus set and printed it onto some white pearlescent paper from my stash.
I enjoy being able to print what I want onto different mediums for the projects that I am making.


For the third layer of my card I used a script embossing folder, which I also used for the matching oversized pearlescent envelope.  The flowers sit in the middle of a frame, die cut from cream glitter card.



For my final card I used a watercolour image from my stash and I thought that these flowers would look really pretty nested around the picture on my 6 x 6 inch card, so I resized them to make the flowers small enough. These are an easy shape to cut out, especially with a pair of shaped decoupage scissors.


I also used glossy accents in the centre of these flowers and a green layer behind my card topper, using one of the colour block sheets from a Digital Florist set in my collection.
With an extra piece left over from the sheet, I used it to line the envelope for my card.

I also find it handy to have my flowers in a variety of sizes, especially, smaller as I can easily mix them into other projects.

If you would like to check out Amanda's YouTube Channel for cardmaking, flower making and inspirational craft videos  you can find her gallery here or even follow on Instagram:  


Wednesday 17 January 2024

CAS Birthday card


Happy New Year to everone!
It's been a little while since my last post and as always, I have some catching up to do. 
So, I'm starting with as CAS birthday card that I made for a friend towards the end of last year.


 
My son bought this beautiful Ella stamp by BellaArt for my birthday which I have been really looking forward to using. It is just perfect for a CAS card and it's been designed so that you can extend it, should you wish to.

I used Tim Holtz distress inks in antique linen, tea dye, worn lipstick and scattered straw to colour my stamped image (using watercolour card) and then stamped and coloured the flowers, also in the set before cutting them out. My flowers also have gold prills in the centres for a little dimension.

This is my favourite of the 3 beautiful designs that come alive with just a little colour, which takes the stress out of colouring if you are not a natural colourist, like myself.

BellaArt stamps can be purchased via Debbi Moore Designs, where there is also a Facebook live in the Inspiration section from Bella where she demos how to colour her set of face stamps, which I found very useful.

Sunday 5 November 2023

Fab Fashionista Birthday

I can now share a birthday card that I made last month for a family birthday using 
more papers from the Bright Lights Fabulous Fashionista Mini Cardmaking Kit by Opulence by Design Crafts.


For this card, I used a white 8 x 8-inch card blank and the Bright Lights Fabulous Fashionista Mini Cardmaking Kit by Opulence by Design Crafts The PDF - 5-page digital download includes 2 beautiful toppers, 6 sentiments and 4 fabulous designer backing papers that could be printed onto cardstock and used as card blanks. 

On one of my layers, I printed the beautiful floral design paper onto a textured satin paper that I had in my stash, it was a shame to cover most of it up, as it now had a luxurious feel to it. This is just one of the advantages of being able to choose what you print off from your download files using the mediums of your choice.


I also made some flowers using a mix of purple & lemon Pansies with the pink & lilac Violas by Opulence by Design Crafts. and not forgetting the Pansy Leaf which is a great foliage to pop in with any flower arrangement that you are using.


These flowers can resized to fit all your projects, which is something I also like to do rather than having to find something to fill a space in a project.

I've added a little glossy accents to the centre of the flowers as they really didn't need anything else for this project.


Sometimes for occasion cards, I carry the backing paper through onto the back and for this card I have also made a matching box.





I do think this is such a beautiful cardmaking kit and I love this topper. From my own cardstock, I have added pink pearlescent and white glossy card.

These papers are just perfect to add a touch of glitter to using your Stickles glitter glue or or glitter shimmer pens.

If you would like to check out Amanda's YouTube Channel for cardmaking, flower making and inspirational craft videos  you can find her gallery here:  


I have already spotted my next kit that I am looking forward to using!

Have a great week,  whatever you have planned for yourself.

Happy crafting


Challenges:-
Lets Craft and Create - Fav Colour Combo -  I tend to lean more towards pinks & purples                                                                                  in my card making 
Triple B - Blooms
Double Trouble - Something/Anything/Everything #51
Crafters Cafe - Flowers   (Top 3 for November)
CD Sunday Plus - AG (Top 3 for November)
Crafty Catz - Show some flowers


Bright Lights Maeve

Sharing a diamond point birthday card made for my Sister-in-Law using the Bright Lights Maeve digital mini kit by Opulence by Design Crafts ...