Thursday, 28 September 2017

An Embossed Sparkly Wreath Card

Good morning ladies and gents! I nearly October...oh my gosh!! I have the last of my Christmas Wreath makes over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, it is a very simple card to do, so please pop over to the blog to find out more!

Love
Martina
xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Beaded Wreath Card

Good morning all! This week over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog I have a tutorial showing how I made the card below using the Nellie Snellen Christmas Wreath Stamp with beads. This is my favourite card I made with the stamps! Please pop over to the blog for a 'how to' guide!



Love 
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Christmas Wreath Card, or 4?

Good morning all!

The Autumn chill is in the air for the school runs, but the sun is shining, so it's all good! I have a card over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, using the Nellie Snellen Wreath Stamp. If you would like to see more detail on how it was made, please pop over!


Love
Martina
xxxx
P.S. If anyone is going to the Ally Pally show on Saturday - I will see you  there!!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A Christmas Wreath Card with a Sepia Twist

Good morning all! It feels like Autumn here, even though I know it is technically not yet! With Christmas fast approaching, it was time to start some card making in the Lisa B. Designs classes, so this month I am working with a Nellie Snellen Wreath Stamp. If you would like to see how the card below came about, please visit me over on Lisa's Blog!


Love
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

There are Always Flowers...

Good morning crafty people!

It's nearly the end of the holidays and I am relieved! Trying to please 4 children from 13 years old to a 1 year old has been very testing. Combine this with a limited budget and limited use of a car...holiday, anyone? Adults only though please!

Anyway, I have the card below over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, please pop over a take a look if you would like to see how it came together (mistakes and all!)

Much love,
Martina
xx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A Card-io Jigsaw Card

Hi crafters! I have another Card-io card for you today, this time building on the aperture scene card I made last week.  If you would like to know more, please join me over on the Lisa B. Design's Blog!


Love
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Card-io Stamps used to Create a Mini-Scene Card

Good morning all! I have been dabbling with my Card-io stamps again over on the Lisa B. Design's Blog today, please join me and pop-over to see a step-by-step for the card below!


Lots of love,
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Card-io Stamps: Bugs and Wild Flowers!

Good morning crafty peeps!

I have a post using some Card-io Stamps over on the Lisa B. Designs blog today, please pop over and take a look if you would like to see a step-by-step for the card below.

Love
Martina
xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Ribbon Storage - Vintage Style!



Hello all! I am still organising and this time it is the turn of my ribbon stash (or at least some of it!) This unit is again from Stamps Away (Clevercut), and is available in different configurations. This one is a double loose ribbon rack. I have also purchased a 'Reel Wheel', but have not decorated this yet!

As usual, the unit came flat-packed and was very easy to put together. As before, I used decorators' filler to fill the joins in the MDF, sanded it back where needed and made the edges even and smooth.
The next step was to paint the entire unit with black gesso and let dry. I then drew on one of Andy Skinner's brilliant techniques using hair clay: I added some to the areas I wanted to be able to expose later on (the clay will stop the top layer of paint I use from sticking down).

With the clay in place, I then painted the entire unit again, this time with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Lace. I also painstaking painted each of the ribbon holders with the same colour (this was the worst bit!)


Now to decorate! I used the border from PaperArtsy Stencil PA050 across some of the edges to tie them all in, some of the wording from PS049 and the 'Paris France' logo from a Creative Expressions Stencil. I used Relic DecoArt Chalky Finish for the stencilling, as this gave a nice dark, but not black, effect.


With the stencil detail in place, I was then able to experiment with some of the gorgeous 7 Gypsies 'Inspire' Parchment Rub-ons. I cut out lots of the sewing themed images and text and then randomly applied them all over the unit. 


Once I started applying the images, I realised that there was going to be quite a few areas that would be peeled away, so I took a cloth and then rubbed all over the unit until the areas with wax underneath were exposed. I then finished adding some more rub-ons and also stamped a few sewing themed images with Archival Ink.


There we have it, one finished ribbon storage holder! I am really pleased with it, even though I know most of the decoration won't be seen, I know it's there!
Thanks for reading,
Martina
xxx





Thursday, 3 August 2017

Crafter's Companion Foil Transfers and Rice Paper - Quick and Easy!


Good day crafty folk! I have a quick and easy make over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, please pop by and see how easy it is to make the card below!


Love
Martina
xxx