Saturday, 30 July 2016

Mr Bone Jangles gets Funky!

Today I'd like to share with you a door hanger that represents my teenage son (and probably the majority of teenagers across the world!) The words from this amazing pairing of stamps from Visible Image just sum him up completely.

The stamps I have used on this are the new releases Mr Bone Jangles , Music On World Off, and a couple of my older favourites, Soul Music and the soundwave from Music Speaks.
For my base I used these fab acrylic chalk paints, the crackle glaze over the blue, and then a coat of black just makes an amazing effect.

I stamped and embossed Mr Bone Jangles himself onto painted cardstock and carefully cut him out. The headphones fit perfectly over the skull (that is so cool) and I stamped and embossed them directly onto the door hanger

I stamped the music stave and used embossing paste over a star stencil. The text is stamped and embossed in white onto black card and extra detail added with a white pen.So what's on the back?
A little bit calmer, a bit more chilled out, but still plenty of skulls! This time I did the paler background over crackle glaze, over black. I love this effect the most.

And the grooving skeletons!


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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Tonic and more Tonic...Wedding card!

There's more to this card than meets the eye - but it was so simple to make with the Tonic Studios Mr&Mrs die, and all the Affections heart-shaped dies that go so well with it. With polka dots the theme of the wedding, the colour choice was easy too. So...what's inside?

Firstly I turned a 6x6 fancy card blank into a book cover by scoring and folding about 7mm either side of the fold. I reinforced inside and out with a narrow strip of card and covered it all with ribbon. So this now allows for depth with embellishing the inside of the 'card'. ( I had in mind a more modern version of my much loved 'bookatrix', but in order to fit my dies in I knew it had to be more square)

INSIDE -  I did my own personalised printing for the couple, but the extra depth available to me allowed me to get giddy with the layers, using foam tape and really making them stand proud. 

For the verse - I printed onto white card and embellished with a single heart die, all that is needed.
I decorated the box too in the theme, once you get rolling it's so easy to play with the dies and mix and match to make a very special keepsake card. 

Thanks for popping by!
Nicky x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Craftwork Cards Boutique Floral - More Inspiration

Just a few more plays from the gorgeous Boutique Floral papers from Craftwork Cards. As well as the beautiful summery colours, I was also drawn by the more simple  papers, and I've made a couple of cards with those, with a view to saying thank you to a couple of special people as my little one finishes primary school next week. 

This is an A6 card, a couple of scraps of the lined paper no more than 3cm wide each, and a panel from the pink floral with the white printing. all it needed was for me to stamp and emboss in white a flower and a couple of leaves and add a tag... and it was done!

A top-fold A6 card - the beautiful beiges for this one, and a bit of gold hessian behind for a bit of sparkle. Just papers, a tag, and a postcard sentiment. I gently cut round the flowers on the tag to pop the postcard through a show more detail.

The last of today's cards, a 6x6 square top fold again. Just papers, a postcard, and two stamped flowers and leaves. I have a very handy packet of white Card Candi, it doesn't even need colouring here!

So here they are, three really simple cards to make with a beautiful Kit, a bit beyond the brights and the multicoloured flowers. I shall be looking out eagerly for what you make with yours! Don't forget to visit the Craftwork Cards Online shop for further links to the blog and check out the Boutique Floral page on Pinterest. it's so beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by!

Nicky x

Stand Out! Visible Image

Inspired by my Summer trainers, (you are never too old for a new pair of Converse! ) I made this card with Visible Image Teenage Kicks stamp set. I got inky and messy with a background made from Distress Inks and Twinkling H2Os, with which I made my first ever drips!

I carefully applied two colours of little Memento inks to the image and stamped onto separate card, then I heat embossed with clear powder to glaze it. I carefully cut it out and stuck it down on pads, just making a light green shadow with a bit of watered distress ink.

I think the trainers really stand out!!

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Angel - Brand new from Visible Image

I love love love this angel! A gorgeous stamp with accompanying word and a little angel too for adding backgrounds and extras. 

I stamped and embossed the Angel and the word first. I then painted over her with Inkessentials glue and seal, which protects the image. Those tiny sparkles of white that shine through - if you lose them then you lose the effect, You can see I managed a 2mm border around her. Once dry, the 'glue and seal' resists all inks, so that the angel remains clean! 

The background to this card was made by lightly rubbing 3 colours of distress ink over a square card and then stenciling through circles cut out of acetate, called the bokeh technique. Using light colours and whites it gives an ethereal affect to the card. A final touch was dots of white pen and a few sequins for sparkle!

These are the tools I used:

Thanks for looking! Lots more new release Visible Image stamps coming soon to my blog and those of my Visible Image Design Team friends!

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Craftwork Cards Boutique Floral Launch

Well what an exciting day it was on Thursday. The Design Team worked to a tight deadline to prepare the samples for Julie's shows on Create and Craft and WOW - the set looked totally gorgeous! I was so lucky to be able to work with this stunning kit, totally inspiring and so hard to walk away from - the spare bits from one card literally led me into an idea for the next one! 

Here are some of the cards and creations I prepared for the show, a quick explanation for each too!

These crates are so simple to assemble, I made the tags from scraps of paper and the gorgeous stamps, but the large book of tags compliment them perfectly too. I added a few treats to the crates, I wonder if they made it to the second show?!

My tag card, or garland, as Andy referred to it. The tags are joined together by little hinges of card, nothing more complicated than that. I used my computer to make the letter outlines which I then printed onto the papers ( I made sure I did just the letters I needed and hardly used any paper at all) then I decorated with ribbons, bows, and some punched flowers from the papers. 
Can you imagine how gorgeous this would be with a child's name on it? Or a lady for that matter! 

I wanted to show how to get the best out of the double sided papers so I got my old compass out and remembered a trick I learned in school. 

Draw your circle, do not adjust your compass and place the point anywhere on the edge of your circle. If you then swing the pencil round and make a mark where it touches the edge of the circle you are EXACTLY one sixth of the way round. Repeat this until you get back to the start, then with a craft knife, cut three careful lines from edge to edge across the middle point, and carefully fold back. You have a star!!!

Same trick for this card - only I wanted to keep it all the dreamy caramel colour. You wouldn't know it came from the same set of papers! I used the stamp to make some corner flowers and had some very useful white card candi to finish off!

A tag, a postcard, a bit of backing paper and a bow. And some pearls. Literally - a card in minutes! I used my craft knife just to cut round the flower detail on the tag, it just gives it an extra touch, and maximises the prettiness!
The pink paper with the white love love! I used two sheets (with a bit of scrap left over for other projects) for this, but it's just a simple twist on an easel card. I cut along a whole border (it doesn't have to be perfect, as it's pink on pink, but it's easy cutting anyway!) and scored maybe 1cm from the straight edge. I put thin DS tape along just this edge, and once I'd worked out where I wanted the stopper to be, I stuck it down and covered the join, almost up to the scored line, with another rectangular piece, cut to about 6 x 2 1/2 inches. I was amazed that although they don't match, they just flow and it looks like the flowers are growing up the card! This would look stunning with some of the brighter flowery papers in the kit. If you try it will you share it please!  

Credit for the idea for this card must go to my lovely American pal Deb, who made a gorgeous tag card in this style for a challenge. So simple to achieve with scraps of paper matted on white card, and the flowers and sentiment are from the stamps too. The actual flowers and leaves were the diecut ones from the kit, that you can stamp onto.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my cards!
I can't wait to see them popping up on the cardmaking pages when the kits start arriving! Have fun!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Z-fold cards - easy! Craftwork Cards Boutique Floral collection

Here are two cards made for Craftwork Cards' new release, on Thursday 14th July, from the stunning Boutique Floral collection. It's divine, not least for the double sided papers giving you double the choice! So, this calls for a fancy fold or two, to squeeze in as many papers as I can!

A simple A6 card – Start with a 15x15cm square blank and score down the front at 7.5cm. Cut into 2 sections so that the bottom part is 10.5 cm tall, and fold your fronts back. You can narrow your ‘Z bar’ if you wish, but then rotate it, turn it over, and you have the base for another funky shape, and it’s so easy.

A bit of decoration (it is better to do your main section and your Z bar separately, then assemble them once decorated) 

For a larger, square 15x15cm  card - Start with an A5 card blank and cut 2 Z bars!

You can place them where you want, top and bottom, or a few cm in...Anything goes! A bit of decoration and....
Check back on my blog for more cards from this stunning collection very soon! Thanks for looking

Friday, 1 July 2016

Visible Image Summertime Sparkle

 A very special card made with a lovely lady in mind, our very own Helen, who, with husband Mark, designs, produces and manufactures the awesome stamps at Visible ImageA summer birthday card for a sparkly lady called for light, bright colours, and I wanted to achieve that ethereal 'sunshine on a lens' effect, so I simply dipped my fingertips into water and directed my splashes across my inked cardstock. The water drops simply lift the colour off the card to create this gorgeous 'bokeh' effect.

When the background was dry I used just the flower head and stem from the Thinking of You set (I LOVE how they are separate AND you can bend the stem, so much freedom to lay them out as you choose, I hate being restricted by flower stamps where you have to do them a certain way)

The 'sparkle', with the help of a small dewdrop sized inkpad, came from the Smile Sparkle Shine set, the words are big enough to be able to ink up only the one. Embossed with sparkly white glitter powder, the two stamps provide a delicate and subtle image to give a focus to the card.
And of course there has to be bling! You can't sparkle without a bit of sparkle!

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Thank you for looking!  Nicky x