Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas :-)

Happy Thursday

Well three days to Christmas, where does the time go? I hope this posting finds you all well, and ready for the festivities.
Here in the Turner household we are ready bar buying the fresh veg, cream etc. We are looking forward to a quiet celebration here on the Kent coast, after such a hectic year, what with teaching, and demonstrating in the lovely Hobby Craft, and not forgetting all those cards and cakes I have made this past year.

I want to share this stunning card with you that is featured on FB on the Card Maker  magazine page, the stamp set is from Gina K Designs it is called Branching Out, and is illustrated by the talented Melanie Muenchinger.  This set is stunning and so versatile, it is also Spellbinders friendly.

Do have a very merry Christmas and new year, I hope all your wishes come true, and all your stockings are stuffed with crafting goodies!

Thank you for joining me here over the last few months :-)

See you all in 2012 xxxx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Carolina's Black & White Tag Challenge

Happy Monday. it is a cold clear frosty morning here in my part of the world. I hope you all had a lovely weekend, with not too much Christmas preparation :-)

On Friday the sweet Carolina posted a Tag Challenge over at STV, I used the stamp set Vintage Chic  for both tags.

Here I my entries:

Firstly I made a tag for a female recipient:

I used Spellbinders Labels Four large S4-190, and small S4-309. I felt this shape emulates the shape of a fancy mirror. The ribbon and bow is from my stash.

The tag for a male recipient:

The Spellbinders used are Classic Scalloped Rectangles large S4-133 and Classic Rectangles large S4-132. I also used a SU labels punch for the sentiment and an EK Success medium photo corner punch. The ribbon is again from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by

Thursday, 1 December 2011

STV November Launch Challenges

Happy Friday, can not believe it is December already, Santa will soon be here and I will be exhausted as usual trying to keep all the family happy, but I love every minute of it!

So here is the November launch challenge entries, and what a launch it was. The new stamp sets are amazing and Gina and the Design team surpassed themselves with over 70 new cards!

They sure worked their sox off this month!

Ok here we go with challenge 1:

The challenge was set by the oh so lovely Lee and it is called Summer in November, here is my entry:

The stamp sets are Aloha,  Tropical Flowers and A year of Leaves. The details are as follows:

I first stamped the large flower in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured using Copics RV06, RV02 and RV000. The centre stamens are coloured with a Memento Tangelo pen and the I added some Sakura Copper Star. I then cut it out.

Next I stamped the leaves and coloured with YG03, YG95 and pulled in some highlights with my blender pen. I then also cut them out.

For the background panel I cut out some White card stock with Spellbinders Labels 9 S4-233, while it was still in the die I sponged Memento Cantaloupe, Angel Pink and Rose Bud, I also stamped the flowers from Tropical Flowers using Archival Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid and Pearlescent Coral.

For the backing paper, I used scraps mounted on pink card stock.

The the label and flower are all mounted on pop dots, and the whole thing is then attached to a white square card base.

Challenge No 2 was set by the wonderful Tina and it is a Tag Challenge, sorry I do not have any step by step photos for this one, but my inspiration came from Tim Holtz Twelve Days of Christmas 2011 - Day 1.

The inks are all the Tim Holts Holiday limited edition and the stamp set is from the STV kit Wishing you Joy

The embossing folder is a Tim Holtz Texture Fade Christmas background and boarder set.

I stared by rubbing Versamark ink onto the folder and embossing with my Texture Boutique, I then sprinkled Seafoam white embossing powder by Papermania over the tag and heat embossing. After it had cooled I sponged with Distress Iced Spruce.

The spruce branch is cut using a die from Marianne D, sponged with Distress Evergreen Bough, I used a quickie glue pen on the edges and used some white glitter. 
The wings are from my stash of chipboard shapes, covered in glue and silver glitter. 
The tag is stamped and sponged with Distress Festive Berries and cut with a SU labels punch, I used a little Burgundy Stickle on the edges.

Cat's Cut it out Challenge And Vicky's ABC Challenge

Happy Thursday and a pinch and a punch :-)

Today I am showing you two entries for the Challenges over at STV, firstly the lovely Cat challenged us last Friday to "Cut it out!" Below is my entry and some details on how I made the card.

The second challenge is from the sweet Vicky and her ABC (anything but a card). I did not get a chance to step by step this one but the details are below also!

Ok Cat's challenge:

The stamp sets are Farm life and Autumn Beauty, both by the lovely and talented Theresa Momber

I stamped the tree/fence image from Farm Life and coloured it in with Copic markers Y17, YG95 and YG97 for the foliage.
The trunk was coloured with E37 and E47. 
For the grass I again used YG95 and YG97. 
Finally the fence was coloured using E35 and I added some shadows with N1.

Next I stamped the  pumpkins from Autumn Beauty, and coloured with YR07, YR04 and YR00, I used YG95 for the stalks, I then cut out the image.

I stamped the watering can from Farm Life colouring with N5, N3 and N1, I also blended with my colourless blender. The grass is coloured with YG 95 and I added some shading with E37. Again I cut the image out.

I cut the picture out with my Spellbinders Petite Oval small S4-140

I also cut out a Petite Scalloped Oval S4-141 in chocolate brown.

I layered some DP from K&Company (this is from an old pad in my stash) on to some more brown card stock, this was then placed on an ivory card base. The can and pumpkins are stuck with pop dots.
The sentiment is also from Farm Life and is cut out with SU oval and scalloped oval punches.

Now here is the photo and details of the gift card holder for the ABC challenge:

The template is curtesy of Waltzingmouse over at  SCS (click on the link for template)

The stamp set is Basket Additions by the very talented Melanie Muenchinger  and is coloured with Copics, I also added some Sakura stardust pens for a little bit of sparkle!
The DP is from my stash and the Cuttlebug folder is called Textile.
The lace boarder is also from my stash. 

I would also like to give a huge thank you to the so lovely Theresa Momber, (she knows what this is for!)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Happy Friday

On Monday the lovely Donna over at STV set us a CAS sketch challenge below is the sketch and my entry.

As you can see CAS is not easy for me!

The stamp set is A Very Merry Christmas by the talented Theresa Momber. I coloured using Copic markers, and inked with Memento Cantaloupe and New Sprout, while still in the dies. 

The spellbinders used were Petite ovals small - S4-140, Petite scalloped ovals small - S4-141 and Tag shapes 3 - S4-030. The holly is cut using Memory Box - Holly Vine, and I added some red pearls for berries.

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Copying Gina with a Jenny Twist!

Happy Wednesday

On Tuesday the amazing Gina K posted this wonderful video, the card in question uses the lovely new STV kit Wishing you Joy, and a heat embossing technique. Previously the talented Jennie Harper posted on FB about a gold ink by Tsukineko and how she had achieved the "embossed look" without embossing!

Well after seeing the card Gina created, it made me think "could I achieve an even simpler version of Gina's Holiday card?

Well the results are below!

Well I think you will agree, it looks like a direct copy!

Instead of using Versamark and embossing powder, all I used was this amazing ink!

As in Gina's Video, where she used the Versamark ink pad, I wiped the golden ink and let it dry.

I used the same embossing folder as Gina for my layers.

The process was repeated for the smaller layer.

The image was again stamped using the golden ink instead of the Versamark.

The end result!

This card is a direct copy of the card on Gina's video, the technique is not. This ink will not stop me using my embossing powders and heat tool, but if you do not have the tools for heat embossing, or you want to save even more time making your cards this Christmas, then perhaps this ink is for you!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Gina K and Jennie Harper for the inspiration for this card!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Stamp TV Challenge, CASE Emily

Happy Tuesday

Last Friday the lovely Cat over at STV posted a competition to "CASE the Design Team" and the chosen Designer is the very talented Emily Giovanni.

The rules of the game are to pick a card from Emily's gallery and change at least two things about it, the card I picked to CASE is Home Is

Ok what did I change?

Firstly I changed the shape of the card to a square, the DP Emily used was (I think) Basic Grey - Dots & Stripes, I used Echo Park - A Walk in the Park. I swapped the images around and where Emily used some stunning felt flowers, I used some paper ones from my stash. Emily also used a button, I have bling! I am not sure which die Emily used, mine is a bit of an oddity it is by Spellbinders, Labels A SE-001, I can not find any reference to it on the net and am assuming it is a very old die design (I picked it up on Ebay months ago).

Thanks for stopping by 

Friday, 18 November 2011

FB Challenge for November


Sorry I have been absent for so long, but life, work and bad health have kept me away.

Here is my entry for the FB November Challenge:

The tags are cut using Spellbinders Tag Shapes Three (S4-030). I inked each one up with a ranger foam applicator in each of the new Distress Winter Collection, these colours are just so yummy, they are a wonderful addition to the collection. 

After inking I sprayed with homemade perfect pearls gold mist, (recipe below!) I then hit them with a heat tool to dry, this was all done while still in the die.

The Stamp set is from the wonderful Gina K Designs and is called Wishing you Joy and is the current STV Kit, and all the images are coloured with Copic Markers, and Sakura stardust pens.

I cut out the images with Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Circles (S4-115), Labels Three (S4-189) and Labels fourteen (S4-290).

I used some Metallic Rub-on around the edges in a copper colour from kit 1, and then used pop-dots to attach to the tag.

Here is my recipe for glimmer mist using Perfect Pearls and a ranger mister bottle:

It is simply a mister bottle filled with water and a small amount of Perfect Pearls added, shake well and spray. I used gold on my tags, but you can make it any colour. I do advise you add the PP in small quantities and test until you get the result you require.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Stamp TV Challenge


The wonderful Cat at STV has challenged us to "Collage Stamping". I have entered 2 cards this time, mainly because I was not very pleased with the first one, and had another go as it were. Well here they are, and I will let you make up your own mind on them.

I must say, I found these quite a challenge, but intend to peruse this technique further, I personally think the ink is the key, why not give it a go and see what you think! The talented Shelly over at SCS has a great tutorial on this technique -
why not pop over and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Autumn Candle

Hello! My card today is for the Mix it up Monday Challenge over at STV, the very talented Tammi Mayberry set a challenge to use the following picture for inspiration to create a card.

As you can see I have used the colours, the jars and the leaves and flowers to create my project.

First I stamped the candle from a SU set called - Party this way, on Very Vanilla card stock.

I then stamped it again on a post it and cut it out, and masked my candle.

Next I stamped the jar from Buds & Vases on to my Stamp-a-ma-jig, (these are also available at SU).

I then positioned the jar where I wanted it, and stamped over the masked candle.

I coloured the candle with Copic markers, RV17, YR23 & Y02.

And I coloured the jar with B000 & B00

I cut out and embossed the image using my Nestabilities Petite Ovals small.

While it was still in the die, I sponged SU Tempting Turquoise.

I then added red and gold rhinestones to the bottom of the jar to represent the pebbles in the original picture.

This is the result!

Next I cut out three small leaves from my new Heartfelt leaves die by Spellbinders 

Then I inked them up with the Distress inks in the same way as yesterdays tutorial.

I stamped the boarder from A Year of Boarders in SU Tangerine Tango

The card is all SU, the base is Tangerine Tango, I layered this with some Very Vanilla and then some Tempting turquoise which I embossed with my Swiss Dots embossing folder.
The greeting is from The Falling for you STV Kit, and is cut out with my SU 1 3/4 " oval punch and layered on more Tempting Turquoise that has been cut out with my SU 2" oval punch. This is then layered on to the stamped strip and layered on to more Tangerine Tango.

All stamp sets, unless otherwise stated are from Gina K Designs

Card and ink is all from Stamping Up

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tattered Leaves Wreath

Happy Tuesday to you

I though you might like a tutorial on a project I have made for a display at Hobbycraft in Broadstairs.

Firstly I cut out several leaves, using vanilla card stock and my Cuttlebug.

Next I used a bone folder and a pricking mat, to free-hand emboss veins on the leaves

This is a picture of one of the leaves after embossing.

I then chose a selection of Distress inks in the following colours:

Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive. As you can see I used sponge daubers for this project as the leaves were small, but you can use the Tim Holtz / Ranger foam applicators for the same result.

Next I randomly added colour to the leaves using the sponge daubers and the distress inks.

I continues to add random colours from my original selection.

Blending as I went along.

Until all the leaves were coloured.

I then made two bows using complimentary ribbon, using my Bow Easy, the ribbon and wreath are available at Hobbycraft stores across the country.

I added some twine to make a hanger for the wreath and then used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon.

I then attached the leaves in the same way.

Thank you for stopping by, happy crafting.