Pion Days Gone By..and a couple of ideas…

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_MG_0016 (Medium)_MG_0017 (Medium)_MG_0020Todays three cards are actually cards I created for a class a few months ago, but I thought I would post them because I think they show how best to get value out of your stash and purchases. There are only 2 pieces  of 12 x 12 patterned paper here, but the papers had 4  6″ x6″ designs on each so I actually had 8 choices altogether.  Minature doily dies cut in half allowed me to make scalloped borders, and a little bit of scrap ribbon never goes astray! the greetings a are dies from my collection. Some pretty matting colours – again hunt through your scraps ( and remember if a layer is covered with another layer who is going to know if you have die cut something out of the middle of it?) All my greetings could have been die cut out of the lower mats but you will never know! I loved the simplicity of these cards, thoroughly enjoyed working with this paper. Now i am off to work on some June lessons, til tomorrow…..

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Watercolouring with Ink..

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IMG_1233Last weekend after I had finished preparing all my May classes I had a little time to just create, and so I gathered my distress re-inkers, a pallette, paintbrush and my new stamp set ( Uniquely creative Flawed and fabulous),stamped out some images onto watercolour paper and just started painting. Of course it didn’t stop there . by the time I had coloured them all I knew exactly how these cards were going to go together! All my art work was fussy cut out, matching cardstock was found, and another new die and stamp ( both by stampin Up) were added to the table. The top two cards have the Stampin Up crackle background stamped in brown and I left the bottom card clean. The Stampin Up Trellis die was die cut with white cardstock and then I experimented. The bottom trellis is painted with prima alchemy silver paint, the top right is coloured with Nuvo mousse in rose gold, and the top left is coloured with Nuvo mousse bronze with a top smearing of platinum to lighten a little. The Nuvo mousse is best put on with your fingers! A great afternoon creating and I may even do something similar for a class.Til tomorrow….

Prima Lavender Frost 8 and 9

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_MG_0170 (Medium)_MG_0147 (Medium)Here are my final Prima lavender frost cards for now. These two cards use some of the 12 x 12 papers, and the matching flowers from the range. I also added a couple of die cut swirls and a little chipboard piece that was on my craft desk at the time! Tiny scraps of lace came in handy, as did my little handmade bird on the bottom card. I made the little bird with a mold and some “no more gaps” from the hardware shop! This is not the last you will see of my makes with this paper – we will just take a little break from them for now. I have booked my stall for the craft fair on the June long weekend,and so now a lot of my time  will be spent sorting out all my cards ready for sale! Til tomorrow….

Prima lavender frost 6,7 and 8..

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_MG_0085 (Medium)_MG_0091 (Medium)_MG_0100 (Medium)Today we are back to Prima Lavender Frost range of papers, and assorted matching emphemera. The top card is made with papers from the 6″ pad, and a couple of the 3 x 4 journalling cards. I fussy cut the top card and mounted it with foam pads, and cut a round metal finding in half and slid it in under the foam mounted card. The two lower cards were cards I taught in a Paper Flourish class, using the Prima Lavender frost paper and some foiling with the Go Press and Foil machine, which is how I did the gorgeous rose, ( it is a Couture Creations stamp and foil die). We foiled our chipboard happy birthday for the top card. I taught another class this week with this paper range – just love it!! Til tomorrow…

Kaisercraft Full Bloom lesson cards..

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_MG_0030 (Medium)_MG_9986_MG_9985.JPGOn todays post are three cards I made for a lesson I taught at paper Flourish.We did lots of fussy cutting( of course!), a little bit of layering and added some rhinestones for a bit of bling. I haven’t done much crafting for myself since I got back from my cruise, I have been busily creating card classes for the next couple of months. I am nearly caught up and looking forward to using some of the new supplies I have been collecting. til tomorrow….

Meerkats!

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_MG_0009 (Medium) I am back from my cruise, which went really well, and I met many new and keen crafters in my classes – we had great fun! The weather was terrific and the seas were calm – always a bonus. Now it is back home, and back to work, and of course back to my craft room, where all my projects at the moment are for upcoming classes. Meanwhile today’s cards are 2 very quick cards I put together for my son and my nephews birthdays. they  are both fans of meerkats so when I saw this stamp set from Art impressions I knew straight away it would be perfect for them, this year and probably for quite a few years to come, used in different ways. I only lightly coloured the meerkat in the forefront of the card this time, just with a little bit of distress ink, and I hand drew the frame around the stamped background image. Til tomorrow…..

Mens cards

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_MG_0013 (Medium)_MG_0015 (Medium)I have trouble making mens cards. I think it’s because with female cards, flowers, butterflies, and birds are universal, whereas with men there isn’t a universal fit. Not all men like football, or fishing etc, so when I saw these tool dies from kaisercraft I thought I could make a few mens cards with them. These cards were actually in a class I taught. We did some embossing with kaisercraft embossing folders to add a little texture, and I also used a cogs die on the lower card.  I designed the card on the top left to look like a tool box. It is just a basic stepper card, with strips of cardstock to represent the drawers. I got back from my cruise on Thursday, and yesterday was spent grocery shopping and washing clothes. After beautiful weather on the cruise and calm seas I have come back to the middle of an extreme heatwave and it is a shock to the system! My classes on board the ship were well attended and I met many lovely ladies, and gentlemen! I havent yet ventured into the craft room, but by tomorrow I will be creating again – I have itchy fingers! Til tomorrow….

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