Saturday, 21 July 2018

Believe - Cute Penguin Bauble

Good afternoon lovely peeps!

It is still glorious weather here in the UK. Unfortunately the trees and plants are suffering a bit, if would rain overnight and be sunshiny during the day it would be perfect. We shouldn't moan really, because the weeks are flying by so quickly Autumn and Winter will be soon upon us. I love all the seasons though.

I've been busy today, making batches of jam and lots of quick Christmas cards - so productive!

Lately I've been going through some of my PaperCrafter magazines and thought it might be nice to do a series where I re-do some of my makes that were in said magazine.

The first one is a lovely penguin bauble card using a Joanna Sheen die. This featured in issue 88 of PaperCrafter way back in 2015. I have made it exactly the same.



What you need...

Card stock: aqua, black, white
Die: Penguin Bauble Signature Die - Joanna Sheen
Baker's Twine: black
Gems: clear
Christmas rub-on phrase
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Die cut two baubles, one from black card and one from white. Assemble so the inner parts and the top are white.

2 Cut a 10cm x 14cm piece of aqua card and attach the bauble to the lower right with foam pads. Thread a length of twine through the bauble and secure over the top edge of the card.

3 Mat the aqua panel onto a top fold 10.5cm x 14.5cm white blank. Tie twine in a bow around the top of the bauble hanger. Finish by adding the phrase and a few gems.

I loved doing this card. The die was one that I would not necessarily choose, but the magazine sent it to me to create a card and I'm glad they did. I think it looks so elegant.

This is going to be a good series to do. I tend not to get my makes back from PaperCrafter so I don't really get the opportunity to show them off.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be back soon.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Dude, ...Chill - Snoopy

Hello peeps!

I hope you are all well! I thought I would do a quick post before I start a new commission.

Okay, so my crafty mojo is definitely back. I was on such a roll at the weekend that I actually got a few Christmas cards made.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been looking through my wood mounted stamps and I came across my Snoopy ones. This card features Snoopy chilling on top of his Christmas light covered dog house. So cute.



What you need...

Stamps: Snoopy Decorated Dog House I1017 - Stampabilities; Freezy Fellas - Paper Smooches
Copic: BG0000 Snow Green, BG02 New Blue, R29 Lipstick Red, R35 Coral, RV06 Cerise, YG23 New Leaf
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Patterned paper: Happy Holiday Trees #SW2604 12"x12" - Echo Park
Card stock: white
Ribbon: red
Stickers: snowflakes
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Stamp the image onto white card and colour in.

2 Mat onto the top of a 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank.

3 Cover the bottom of the blank with the patterned paper.

4 Stamp the Christmas phrase at the top left, tie a red ribbon around the top of the patterned paper and decorate with some snowflakes.

Isn't he adorable and of course totally cool and chilled? I have a few of these Stampabilities stamps, they are quite rare now, but with a bit of shopping around you can still pick them up.

This is another card that you can do quite quickly, perfect for churning out those Christmas cards!

I'm going to sigh off for now, thank you for stopping by and I'll see you soon :o)


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Merry & Bright

H'afternoon my lovelies!

Hope you are enjoying this glorious weather! I have been going through some of my Christmas wooden stamps and I came across a beautiful retro reindeer and a 'Merry & Bright' phrase stamp that I have had for a few years.

I have some gorgeous wooden stamps, but because they are more bulky to store and you tend to use the polymer stamps more, you forget all about them. 

This card is based on one I did a few years ago using the same reindeer stamp. I have some papers by Brenda Walton with a retro theme that go perfectly with this style of stamp.



What you need...

Stamp: Rudolph (2808G) - Judikins; Merry & Bright (60-01160) - Inkadinkado
Patterned paper: Brenda Walton Merry & Bright (651160) 6" x 12" Double Sided Paper Pad - Sizzix
Card stock: red, white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Punch: snowflake - Kars
Gems: clear
Pearls: red
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Cut a 10cm x 14cm piece of the presents paper, slice the bottom at an angle and fix to the top of a 14cm square blank.

2 Cut a 1cm deep strip of the striped side of the paper and fix under the angled piece.

3 Stamp the reindeer and the Merry & Bright onto white card and cut into angled shapes. Mat onto red card and trim. Attach to the blank at angles.

4 Punch some snowflakes in red card, adhere to the blank and add a clear gem to the centre of each. Add a red pearl to the reindeer's nose.

I know that the Judikins stamp is no longer available, but any simple reindeer stamp would do. The Merry & Bright stamp is available from Craftie Charlie for £6.95, click here to take you to the page.

I'm going to browse through past Christmas card makes and see if there are any that I would like to update, so watch this space.

Have a lovely weekend all and I'll be back soon!


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Blizzard

Hello peeps!

I've had a very creative weekend illustrating designs for one of the magazines and have even had time to come up with what has to be the quickest Christmas card ever. I challenge any one not to smile at this one.



What you need...

Card stock: white, orange
Googly eyes
Computer and printer
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Create a 10cm x 14cm rectangle in Word and add a text box. Enter the Christmas phrase in your chosen font and move it to the bottom of the rectangle and print out.

2 Trim the rectangle and attach centrally to the front of a 10.5cm x 14.5cm top fold white blank.

3 Snip a small triangle in orange card and stick near the top of the blank with a couple of googly eyes and you're done!

How quick and simple was that? This is going to be such a cool (excuse the pun) card to make for last minute Christmas cards. 

The font is called Flower Child by Marty Bee and is a shareware font. You can download it from dafont.com (click here to take you to the font page). There are also tons of free fonts to choose from. If you download any fonts and you sell your creations, make sure that it is for commercial use.

I'm going to say ta-ta for now, back to illustrating! Thank you for stopping by :o)


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Smelly Snowman

Hey there lovelies!

I haven't been around for a while as we were on holiday in the Algarve for a couple of weeks and then since returning I have been mad busy catching up with magazine commissions (still got lots to do).

One of my upcoming projects for one of the magazines is a Christmas set using the Silhouette Curio. As I was browsing the library for images, I came across a cute snowman image. I had to purchase it and use it on a card, so here it is.



What you need...

Digital die cut: Snowman I Smell Carrots (#234001) - Silhouette
Card stock: light green, mid green, aqua, pale aqua, orange, red, light red, black, white
Ribbon: orange
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Purchase and download the snowman image.

2 Use the Silhouette Curio to cut out the pieces of the image in the coloured card stock.

3 Following the image photo, assemble and stick the snowman to a 12.5cm square blank.

4 Wrap and tie orange ribbon around the bottom of the card.

I think I will be doing a few more cards with images that I have fallen in love with. This one was £0.65 to purchase. A lot of the images are around £0.65, some are cheaper and some more expensive, depending on the size and intricacy. Once you have purchased them they are yours to keep :o) 

The good thing is you can re-size and flip the images if you want and also cut out in your own chosen colour theme.

Hope you like this fun little card, thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Mr & Mrs

Hi there chums!

My gorgeous and beautiful Zumba instructor Sally got married to Jib (nickname - everyone calls him Jib) yesterday. As I'm not into overdone or mushy cards I wanted to illustrate one for them.

I came up with a simple, yet cute chapel that only used three colours, pale pink, pale green and pale grey.



What you need...

Card stock: white 
Digi stamp: chapel (I used my own)
Promarkers: Pink Carnation, Meadow Green, Ice Grey 1
Gems: clear
Adhesives

What you do...

1 Print the chapel onto white digital card.

2 Colour in the stained glass windows, the door and the trees with the pink and green. Use the grey to colour in the windowsills and add shadows.

3 Hand cut the image out following the line of the border and stick to a 10.5cm x 14.5cm blank. Add some gems to decorate.

And there you have it! I was really pleased with the way this turned out. It's quirky and simple. 

If you would like a free copy of this illustration drop me a line using the 'Contact Me' page and I can email it to you - this will be for a limited time only. The illustration is in PNG format.

Thank you for popping by, see you soon x