Thursday, 29 November 2012

More Christmas Fairies

Hello blog visitors, Kirsten here.  How's your week been so far?  Christmas shopping done & cards made?  No, me neither.  I did speak with a friend last night who, not only has her cards made, but has all her gifts wrapped as well!!  I tried to be jealous, but I'm too tired. :)
I finally got a few half decent photos of the wall-hanging I made last weekend, so that's what I'd like to show you today. 

This is the largest topper in the set & initially, I didn't know what to do with it.  I thought about rocker cards & all sorts of things.  When I finally decided on the hanging & put it against the green core'dinations card, it did not look right.  I looked through some magazines for inspiration & saw projects that used doilies & remembered I have some in my stash.  Fortunately, I had one that was a perfect size & when I coloured it with Barn Door distress ink, it was perfect.

I gave the flowers an extra embellishment by wrapping two pieces of wire around a pencil, pierced holes through the topper & secured them on the back.

 These images are so detailed & I wanted them to be seen fully, so I kept everything very simple.  On these sections, I embossed the core'dinations with a snowflake embossing folder & cut the toppers with the largest of the Spellbinders scallop die.

The final additions were adhesive pearls, Glamour Dust glitter, Glossy Accents & red ribbon bows.

Here's the finished piece.  Apologies for the rubbish photo, putting the hanging on the wall didn't work, so I put it on the floor.

Hobby House Christmas Fairies A4 Topper  Mulberry Paper Cherry Blossoms - Red Velvet    Hobby House Green to Go 5mm Pearls    Hobby House Christmas Mix 5mm Pearls    Mini Glossy Accents   Quickie Glue Pen

Thanks for visiting the blog.  A quick reminder that this month's challenge ends tomorrow night, November 30, at 11pm, so there's a little more than 27 hours left to enter.

Until next time, take care & happy crafting.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Embossed Indigo Blu

Good evening from a very wet Kent.  The weather has been horrible the last few days, but at least we haven't had the horrendous flooding other parts of the country are dealing with.
I wanted to show you another wall hanging I'd made with the Hobby House toppers, but I've found it impossible to get a decent photograph of it, no matter where I go in the house.  I'll keep trying, maybe tomorrow we'll get some sun.  So, instead, here are two more cards that I made with the Indigo Blu 'Season's Greetings' stamp.  This time, instead of the mega flakes, I used embossing powders, because I know that not everyone likes the messiness of the flakes & Flitter Glu.
I used red embossing powder on this first card, then overstamped the Kanban flourish stamp & used white & gold EPs.  I didn't like the starkness of the white cardstock, so I blended Antique Linen & Old Paper distress inks over it.  Once I'd put it onto gold mirri card, it looked much better.
I stamped the flourish & the IB stamp in gold onto a piece of core'dinations & die cut three circles. I gave them a bauble-like shape by cutting tiny pieces for the top & edging with a decorative-edge scissors.  I attached the baubles to strips of acetate that I'd covered with adhesive ribbon & curved them around a pot of EP so that they don't lie flat against the card.
After all the bling of the previous IB cards I'd made, I kept this one very simple.  The snowflake paper has been in my stash for AGES & I have no idea where it's from.  I was happily surprised when I realised that I had a blue EP that exactly matched the core'dinations card which I embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  I added some adhesive gems & pearls & the twine & that was it.
Indigo Blu 'Seasons Greetings' Rubber Stamp  Flitter Glue  2mm Bakers Twine - Blue Iris & Ivory    2mm Bakers Twine - Cranberry & Ivory    Hobby House Midnight Magic 5mm Pearls    Antique Linen Distress Ink PadOld Paper Distress Ink Pad 
Hope you like today's cards, thanks for visiting.  Andree has entered a lovely card in the challenge, go HERE to see it & you still have time to enter your own project.
Until next time, take care & happy crafting.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Hobby House Christmas Elves

Hello blog visitors, happy Saturday.  This post could take me a while.  Not only am I watching Strictly Come Dancing, but my fingers are freezing, it's so cold!

Anyway, to business.  After making a lot of cards, I needed a change, so when I saw these little elves I thought a mini bunting might be nice.

I started out by embossing the purple core'dinations card with gold EP, with some baubles stamps I have in my Christmas stash.  When I put the card onto the white bunting it did not look right at all, so I went through my green distress inks & found that Bundled Sage matched the green core'dinations card I was also using.  I think it worked very well & brought all the elements together.

I love these Hobby House flowers, these are the Red Velvet ones.  I pierced holes in the bunting, so that I could push the floers through & then secured them at the back.

I added Glamour Dust to the elves, Glossy Accents to the baubles & some gold liquid pearls as embellishments.

Here's the finished piece.  The bells have been in my stash for ages, I couldn't resist adding them to this.

Coincidentally, Maeve used some of these toppers on her cards which she has entered into the challenge, you can see them HERE.  And it's only November 24, so there's still time to enter.  the more often you enter, the more chance you have of winning the £20 voucher to spend at,uk

Clicking on the links below will take you to the items I used on the bunting.  The other Hobby House die cut toppers can be found HERE & the flowers HERE.

Hobby House Christmas Elves A4 Topper   Mulberry Paper Cherry Blossoms - Red Velvet   2mm Bakers Twine - Cranberry & Ivory    2mm Bakers Twine - Moss & Ivory    Bundled Sage Distress Ink Pad

Thanks for visiting the blog, until next time, take care.


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Hobby House Christmas Fairies

Evening all, isn't it cold??  I hope you're having a splendid week so far.  I've been having a play with the new Hobby House Christmas toppers.  These are the smallest toppers from the Christmas Fairies set & for some reason, (maybe because today is Thanksgiving in the USA & there's been a lot of talk about various food items on Twitter & Facebook), I thought of making table place names with them. 

I die cut the scalloped circles from core'dinations card.  The names were stamped onto tickets made with a Kanban stamp & embossed with gold EP.

I added Glossy Accents & Glamour Dust to the images & gold liquid pearls on the scallop borders.

That's it.  I don't use toppers that often, but these images are very sweet.  Something like this might be a nice idea if you're having a large number for Christmas lunch & there's a seperate table for the children.

Hobby House Christmas Fairies A4 Topper   STAMP6008 Tickets 

Thanks for visiting the blog today.  I'll be back - probably on Saturday - with a little project made with the Hobby House Christmas Elves toppers.  And if you like these toppers, there are lots of others from Hobby House on the website.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Blue Indigo Blu

Happy Tuesday blog visitors!  Goodness, I'm late with this post, it's been a long, busy day & I'm heading to bed the moment I hit 'publish'.
This is another card I made with the Indigo Blu 'Season's Greetings' stamp & 'Winter Dawn' mega flake.

I stamped & gilded twice onto black card & die cut the circle & the flowers from the second piece.   The white card is a glitter card, I couldn't get it to show up in the photograph.

I didn't have enough adhesive pearls, so I used the liquid pearls ice white pen I found in my stash.

Indigo Blu 'Seasons Greetings' Rubber Stamp  Mega-flake Winter Dawn  Flitter Glue

That's it for now, goodnight!  Don't forget the challenge!


Sunday, 18 November 2012

New, New Indigo Blu!

Hello, Kirsten here.  How was your weekend?  Splendid, I hope.  I have had a lovely time playing with one of the new Indigo Blu stamps that are on the website NOW!
This stamp is the 'Season's Greetings' A6, mounted stamp.  After stamping with the Flitter Glu & leaving it to get tacky I covered the image with Winter Dawn mega flake.  It's lovely; mostly silver, with flecks of gold & metallic greens & blues.  There are TWELVE new colours of the mega flake on the website & you will be spoilt for choice.

I took my inspiration for these cards from Lisa's recent projects, where she used black with gold, silver & white.

The flowers are a Crealies die the leaves are a Tim Holtz die, both from my stash.

I'll end here for tonight, but if you'd like a £20 voucher to spend on some Indigo Blu goodies, why not enter the monthly challenge?  All the details are HERE.
Thanks for visiting, I'll be back soon.  Take care.
Indigo Blu 'Seasons Greetings' Rubber Stamp  Mega-flake Winter Dawn  Flitter Glue  Hobby House Pearl 12mm Brads Pastel Mix    Hobby House Pearl 8mm Brads Vintage Mix