This week's Challenge at Gingersnap is the final week of Cornish Heritage farms month. I received this horse and rider stamp which is a new release from Cornish. I stamped it with walnut stain distress ink onto cream card, then used a wet paint brush to pull the colour from the image to create shading. This stamp worked brilliantly with this technique and I love the effect. I finished the card with raffia, a skeleton leaf and mulberry paper to tie in with "using items from nature" that has been the overall theme for this month at gingersnap.
This week the theme at winter wonderland is open, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play with the new PaperArtsy christmas papers, along with the fabulous PaperArtsy snowman. Even the ribbons and letters are from PaperArtsy. I love these new papers, they are double sides and both sides are gorgeous. in fact the two patterns you can see on this card are from the two sides of the same sheet and I think they work together so well
I finished the card with some of the wonderful new polar white flower soft, which I think is going to be finding its way onto most of my Christmas cards this year
If you know me well, you will know that I am on a personal mission to "stop the drop" of the apostrophe in the English usage of Hallowe'en. I won't rant too much about it. I know language evolves, but I think it just looks so ancient and beautiful with the apostrophe, why lose it? It's not like it is used that much throughout the year.
So please, just for me, use the apostrophe!
Anyway, back to business, I have made this card for Wednesday Stamper. This is the first time I have tried this diamond fold style of card, and it was much easier than I expected, and I just made it from a strip of A4 card. The witch is from The Stampsmith, and is the witch from the Wizard of Oz plate. The detail on the left hand side is a scrap of lace.
I have included a couple of extra photos to show the detail of the fold, in case you are not familiar with the style of fold.
This week at the Forever Friends Challenge, we challenge you to make Christmas goodies with your forever friends images. Don't be put off if you don't have any specifically Christmas images, use the images that you do have in a Christmassy way.
I used the heart bear stamp and added a christmas background stamp from PaperArtsy and a hat from Inka.
I also added quite a bit of glitter, but it just doesn't show that well on the photgraphs.
Excuse the corny title, but I couldn't resist some pun on the two Joannes on the Gingersnap team working together!!
Jo Capper-Sandon and I, both received the swirling snowflakes stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms (due for release October 16, 2009). We thought it would be fun to have a play and come up with some ideas for using the stamp in different ways. We decided to each make three quick projects using it as a background, a main focus stamp and as an accent. We didn't see each others work until we were finished. It's always great fun to see how someone else interprets a brief, and uses the stamps.
Here are my cards: For the item showing the stamp as a main focus, I stamped with versamark and used perfect pearls on pink card.
For the background item, I stamped with distress ink onto cream card to make a tag shaped card, using a collage image from Go Make Something.
For the accent piece, I used a bit of scrap leftover from the first card and also cut out an individual snowflake stamped in black, which is highlighted with crackle accents. The main image is from Hearts in Touch (watch out for more from them on Gingersnap), and has been embellished with white flower soft.
The challenge at gingersnap creations this week is to use brads. The challenge is sponsored by Cornish Heritage Farms, and I have used the swirling snowflakes stamp due for release this friday to make my card. I stamped this large stamp onto white card with clear sparkle embossing powder, then coloured with distress inks. I then cut this piece into 6 small pieces to make quick and simple cards for christmas. Cornish Heritage Farms are generously offering a prize of the "Royal Birthday" stamp set to one lucky participant. I'm lucky enough to be able to show you a sneak preview of this set on this card which I have made for the Crazy Amigos challenge, knots and buttons
The watch stamp is by non-sequitur, the words are invoke arts and the circles are PaperArtsy I'm adding another picture as I have now turned this tag into a card as I wanted to send it to a very special lady who has recently had some very good news!
Not my usual style, but I thought carrie would like this image (Inka), and the colours sort of followed and then the paperartsy stamped flowers just happened. hopefully she liked it anyway! even more unusually for me I also decorated the inside of this card. While I had the flower stamp out, I also made a very quick gift tag (not for Carrie).
The theme at TGif is the colour white. I was really pleased about this as I have recently purchased this broderie anglais effect white backing paper and the fab new polar white flower soft. I used them with the gorgeous soft image from the stampsmith, and I have also posted this card on the stampsmith blog. I hope you can see the effect of the flower soft.
I have also used the flower soft on this card made using products from PaperArtsy. The stamp is from a winter wonderland plate, the paper is from the brand new rum and raisn pack, which is gorgeous (one of those packs which you don't want to cut into, but luckily you get four of each sheet, and they are double sided). Even the lovely ribbon is from PaperArtsy
I have made this for the hallowe'en challenge at Paperbag studios. It's a bagelope (ie a bag made from an envelope. The stamp is of course by paperbag studios, the stencil is a wall art stencil from a DIY shop.
I am happily married with two wonderful sons. I work full-time as a radiographer. I like to make stuff. Cardmaking, knitting, crochet. I'll try anything crafty.I also have an unhealthy love of maths: I did a degree for fun.
I post on my blog in the hope that I will inspire others to create. I am more than happy for you to be inspired by anything I post, and make it your own. Likewise, I get inspiration from all sorts of sources including the blogs of other crafters, although I would never knowingly directly copy another's work I visit so many blogs I pick up inspiration all over the place. Please know that if you are in my blog lists then you inspire me.
Disclaimer: Some of the products used on my blog may have been provided by the vendor mentioned in my posts Companies that have gifted me product for promotional purposes (directly/indirectly through craft stamper magazine): PaperArtsy, Inka, Scrolls Work, Frantic Stamper, Happy Daze, The Artistic Stamper, The stampsmith, Serendipity, Hearts in touch, Joanna Sheen, I am Roses, Paper Temptress, innovative stamp creations, Crafty Individuals, crafters companion, Stempelglede, stampotique, rogue redhead, digi doodles, whimsy stamps, black leaf studios,