Pretty Pets

Today I am sharing two cards which I made using the new collection from Dreamees called Pretty Pets.  I love Dreamees products because they are reasonably priced but give more than excellent value for money.  Everything is original and I do love how they have introduced MDF to crafters who maybe haven’t felt confident to use MDF.  This collection I love because the designed for the cat and dog lovers and whilst I haven’t made any cards with cats on there are some projects which are in the pipeline.  As my friends know I am owned by a Shih Tzu and I love the cute expression on this doggy.  So here’s how I made the cards.

Firstly I printed out some papers from the accompanying CD and for this card I chose the orange and yellow section as it was something different and it’s not a colour scheme I use often.  I then chose some adorable scoreable to match the colours of the paper.  I first put the orange adorable scoreable on the base of a 7×7 inch card and from there layered the paper with the card.  I cut my Hunkydory Ink Me card and stamped a border around the edge using Black Staz On and also on a smaller piece of card stamped two dogs for both cards.  However I thought that the Ink Me card looked far too white and decided to use the orange and yellow dinky inkies to make a coloured background.  I think it has made such a difference to the card.

I set the card aside to dry and then set to work on the dog.  I used various shades of grey and some black from the Colourblend Essentials tin and built up my shading that way.  I am new to Colourblend pencils and am pleased with the way the fur is.  I cut the dog out and placed it on the card background.  I always save offcuts of card incase I need them so I had some small pieces of black and white which I used to cut the bowl and bone for the final look.  I think it looks fab.

This card is made the same way as the above using the purple and grey palette.  This time I didn’t bother with a stamped border, I put my little dog in the middle and made a border using the bowl and bone.  They are cut from the adorable scoreable used in the card, for a completely different look.

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Cardmaking and Papercraft June 2017

Today I am very proud because I’ve received my digital copy of Making Cards Magazine and I am in the Handpicked Section (page 67).  I am really pleased and proud of this.  I am not currently in any design teams but it is not for the lack of trying, I guess if you are already on a design team then you are favoured above those of us who are still trying to get on their first.  Maybe this will kick-start the next phase of my crafting journey.  The only problem with this piece is the photo, as I tend to be behind the camera or, embarrassingly with someone famous this was the only decent photo of me and its 8 years old , I no longer look like this!  So that’s it in a nutshell, a proud moment for me.

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Time for another MDF, this time a butterfly.  I wanted to make something simple with this, but have some flowers here and there.  The papers are from a Dreamees CD but I don’t know which one as I had a load printed off to use. I adhered this to my MDF with Modge Podge, I find this more secure for my MDF projects.  When it was dry and I had trimmed the paper I then used the paper to stamp my flowers.  I have coloured some of these with the Dinky Inkies just to add some subtle colour.  The sentiment is again from a Dreamees CD and I used one of the Dinky Inkies to give the quote some colour as white was too stark.  I fixed the flowers on with my hot glue gun but I looked and I thought that it needed something else so I used 2 of my spellbinders dies and cut some swirls.  These were in white so to give some subtle colour, I dabbed my Dinky Inkies onto my ink sheet and added plenty of blending solution. I then placed the cut outs onto the colour and let the paper soak the colour and then dry.  Once dry they were fixed in place.

I am really pleased with the way in which this has turned out and I hope that you like what I have shared.  Thank you once again for popping by and I hope you return very soon.



Special Friend

Today I am showing a card I made using a new die.  I bought a set of Die’sire Edgeables and I decided to have a play.  I thought I would combine the butterfly die with the gorgeous Dreamees papers which had butterflies on them and also add some flowers and a sentiment.  First of all I completely messed up a few run throughs with the dies, so I found my Gemini instruction booklet and I realised I needed another plate for the embossing. So I run it through again this time using adorable scoreable sized to 5.5x 5.5.  It run through and then as I was taking it apart, the butterfly tore off.  Argh disaster!  However I decided to glue it and hide it with the sentiment.  With the edgeables die I used, Papillon, the butterflies are cut so you can pop them a little. I cut the Dreamees paper to fit the card and with what was left over I made the three flowers.  I thought this was enough.

The photo does not do the die or the card any justice, the card is pretty though and I am pleased with it and will have another play with my dies soon, although I am expecting my Dreamees dies to arrive any moment!

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I gave you my heart

I do like working with MDF and I thought I would share a tag I made whilst I was doing some MDF projects of my own.  I had been covering an MDF project with some of the papers I had left over from a Gorjuss set and which were just sitting in a box.  There were some pieces left over and I decided to cover a tag and make something pretty.

I covered the tag with my left over papers and then stamped some flowers onto scraps of the paper I couldn’t do anything else with. I inked this Gorjuss stamp with Staz on and it fitted a scrap of watercolour card I had lying around. I coloured the girl using my Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils (Essentials- Pearl White, Straw, Apricot, Coral, Anthracite, Ebony and Primaries – Red Berry, Ruby, Aegean Blue).  I had the tag on a sheet of Gorjuss papers so instead of writing anything I used my new Spellbinders die (Sentiments 5) and this lovely “hello” script which I thought fitted nicely.  Then I added my Dreams flowers and put some pearls in the middle.  To finish off this piece of MDF I sprayed with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine which gives a lovely protective seal on the tag but also makes it shine).  The ribbon was added last and is from my personal stash.

So there it is a quick tag but one I think is very pretty and I’ll be putting this to one side for future craft fairs or I’ll give as a gift to a friend.

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Fancy Coffee??

I’m really pleased with the card I have to show you today.

I was very blessed with a gift voucher from a friend of mine and she said she would collect and post me the craft goodies all the way from the USA.  Talk about a child in a candy store.  I chose some dies 2 by Tim Holtz and one Spellbinders.  As soon as the package arrived I wanted to play and this is what I have made.

This was a great card to make and I think I will be playing with this die and stamp set in the future.  Such a clever concept, dies, stamp and embossing folder all in one package.

This is a small card for me5x5, but it works well.  I stamped the images using some Staz On and then die cut what I wanted.  You cannot see it but the right hand cup is die cut.  The pieces left over I used to test my colours.  I then stamped the image on to a piece of 4×4 watercolour card.  I coloured in my images using Spectrum Noir Aquablends Naturals (Clay, wheat, Beeswax,Pesto Green,Oregano, Blue Marine, Cobalt Blue, Lagoon). I then stamped the sentiment and die cut that and used Clay to colour that in and to run a dash of watercolour around the edge.  I then mounted it on Adorable Scoreable but only showing a thin sliver of  colour.  Whilst the watercolours were drying properly, I used the cup stamp to make a background on my card, just with the ink and no colouring in.  Once these were all dried I mounted the cups onto the card and placed my sentiment.

I am really pleased with this card and I shall be trying to come up with some more card ideas using this set.

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This design is really rather simple and I love it.

The piece of watercolour card is one which was over from being cut and I fitted the card around it.  I stamped all the sizes of Babushkas and a sentiment and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils.  Once that was finished I looked at my offcuts of Adorable scoreable and found some bright colours which perfectly fitted the design and were bright enough to compliment the black card.  The black card is a scored in half piece of Black Adorable Scoreable.

So simple and very pretty.  I love this stamp set and I intend using it some more.

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