Wednesday 30 December 2015

My favourites of 2015

Just a quick note to say a big huge thank you to everyone who drops by my blog, my You Tube channel, my Facebook page, my Instagram and my Twitter feed - whether you just stop by for a look, or you leave me a message, I appreciate your support.
Each year, I post a snapshot of some of my favourite cards from that year. These may have been posted here, or on A Blog Named Hero, or at the Fusion challenge, or at the CASual Fridays blog.  I like the fact that my favourite cards do not fit a specific style - most are Clean and Simple, but some are not.  Many are colourful, some are monochromatic.  I've been lucky enough to use a wide variety of tools and media in my cards, and stamps from some absolutely fabulous companies.

 I used stencils a lot:

And Copics a bit:

 There was watercolouring:

There was Distress Ink blending all over the place:

There were dies:

And stamps:

But, mostly, there was a whole heap of fun!
I wish you a happy and healthy 2016 - I hope to see you back again for more crafty fun in the new year!

Thanks for visiting :) 

Saturday 26 December 2015

Altenew video challenge

I was given a MISTI for Christmas, and I am already in love! I made this card using my MISTI, and some stamps from Altenew and Wplus9.

And I made a video for you, too!

Make sure you go and visit the Altenew video challenge HERE, and check out all the amazing videos.

Thanks for visiting

Wednesday 23 December 2015

One more Christmas card

Last Christmas card for this year!

I used the Hero Arts Peace Poinsettia stamp set, stamped onto Ranger watercolour paper, then coloured with Faber Castell Gelatos and blended with some baby wipes and my fingers!  I cut the panel down with a stitched squares die from Lil' Inkers Designs.  I added some vellum over the top, with the words "and bright" stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then cut some Stampin' Up foil paper with the Winnie and Walter "Merry" word die, and attached it an the vellum with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  A few Simon Says Stamp sequins were the finishing touch.
Have a very Merry Christmas - see you next week!

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday 19 December 2015

90th birthday

I was asked a couple of weeks ago to make a card for a gentleman whose 90th birthday was coming up.  This is what I created:

 Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday 16 December 2015

A special card for a special celebration

It's not every day that you're asked to make a 65th wedding anniversary card.  But my friend from choir, Denise, gave me a special commission last week.  This is what I created:

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Sunday 13 December 2015

Merry Christmas from the A Blog Named Hero Facebook team

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.......

An elf and a giant Christmas tree! 
Please visit A Blog Named Hero to see the rest of this card, and how I made it.  

You can find more inspiration at the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page - just click HERE to check it out!

Thanks for visiting :)

Thursday 10 December 2015

Fusion - Season's Greetings

Welcome to the final Fusion challenge for 2015!

 And, seeing as it is close to Christmas, I made a video!

Make sure you drop on over to Fusion to see all the lovely cards posted by our design team
 Wishing you all a very merry Christmas - see you in 2016, Fusion fans!
 Thanks for visiting, :)

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Christmas gift tags

I made some very quick Christmas tags today:

 I used a tag topper punch from Stampin' Up, and then stamped the Merry Christmas from "Big Scripty Greetings Holiday" from Simon Says Stamp, and white embossed it.  I used my Ranger ink blending tool to add some circles of colour in Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  Some ribbon and twine from my stash, and handwritten To and From completed the tags. 
Thanks for visiting :)