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Monday, 2 September 2019

Wedding layouts

In March 2018, my lovely sister got married.  It was a beautiful wedding and I have lots of amazing photos to put in pocket pages in my 2018 scrapbook.  But I wanted to do some special pages with single photos, so it has taken me some time to come up with an idea I was happy with.  The first page is the happy couple and the second is the complete family - my sister, new brother in law and my nieces and nephew.




Both are loosely based on a couple of Pinterest sketches, here and here.  The titles were die-cut, the heart circle was cut on the Silhouette in two different cardstocks, the border under the photo on layout 1 was punched, the flowers and the cogs were die-cut.  Flowers.....?  Me...? Well, I love my sister, she can have flowers for her wedding day .... LOL. 
I am so pleased with these, I wanted the pages to really do the photos justice and I think they do :-)

Beat the Christmas Rush - August 2019

These cards have taken a while to come to fruition ..... I actually started them in January, by making the double gate-fold card blanks and adding the paper panels using old freebie magazine papers.  And there I was stuck!
I bought the sentiment stamp from Inkylicious a while later and realised it was perfectly sized for the inner panel.  So I stamped / heat embossed five images in colours to match the papers, then die-cut using a stitched square.  It turned out that the red didn't match one of the papers as well as I had thought it would, so that square was put aside.  When I went back to it, I used gold instead, but couldn't be bothered to dig out the die again, so used a circle punch.
There seemed to be something missing, the cards needed some detail on the front panels, so I put them aside (again!) waiting for inspiration.  Eventually I decided on some SU snowflake stamps, stamped /heat embossed those and used their matching punches to cut out.  It's a little difficult to see in the photo, but the snowflakes run under the image on the inside panel, as well as on the front.


They have turned out rather well (eventually!) and I actually prefer the circle inside the card to the squares, so that's something to remember for next time!

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Beat the Christmas Rush July 2019

I made eight of these, but could really only fit five into the photo!  The stamp is from Inkylicious, stamped and heat embossed onto some pearlescent card, then punched into a circle and popped onto a die card mat in the same card (die from Tonic).  I then made a card blank from the same card, with two rounded corners.  They were initially assembled as side fold cards with the rounded corners at the open side, but halfway through I decided that maybe they would look better as tent folds with the corners at the base, and I do now prefer them that way.



The gold is done on pearlescent ivory and the others on white.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Beat the Christmas Rush - March

UK Scrappers is running the Beat the Christmas Rush again this year here.  The cards below are white heat embossed on kraft, matted onto an embossed kraft background with a very thin gold mat.



The snowflake and sentiment are from an SU set released a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

A couple of layouts

I recently spent the weekend at the Littlegreen retreat near Arundel.  I managed 8 completed pages and 2 mostly done, so I am very pleased :-)  The two below are my favourites.


Papers  Kaisercraft "Wonderland".  Title is cut on the Silhouette.



Papers from Bo Bunny Winter Wishes.  Corners and title cut on the Silhouette, the title is cut in white and black for a shadow effect.  We had a tic-tac-toe challenge, so I got rounded corners, two or more alphas and stamping on this layout!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Another Landscape Christmas card

Back to my favourite stamp, SU Lovely as a Tree! 


I stamped the trees and did some shmooshing with Distress Oxides for the background, masking off a circle for the moon.  Then I stamped the sleigh (Inkylicious).
A slight problem then was to work out where to put the sentiment!  So I incorporated it into the black mat :-)
I made three altogether, made easy by the stamp positioner, after all if you can stamp one, you can stamp three!!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Lovely as a Tree - gilding flakes

I had what I thought was a brilliant idea ...... using the stamperatus, I stamped the main image on white and ivory card, in black and brown respectively.  Leaving the stamp in position, I 'inked' up the stamp with Flitterglu and applied gilding flakes to the branches.  It should have been spectacular - but - it wasn't!!  Out of 16 images stamped, I got 2 decent cards.  The idea needs re-thinking..... LOL.
However, I am very pleased with the two cards I did make, only one shown here as the other proved too difficult to photograph with the gilding showing up.




Front and side view shown :-)  I haven't made an easel card for ages, but when I noticed that the Back to Basics current challenge is asking for one, this was the perfect thing to do with the topper.
The sentiment is from Visible Image, the trees from SU and the sleigh from Lavina stamps.