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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Upside down

Hi folks

Yes, I'm back again! Today I have a pretty card to share with you, and when you see the photo hopefully you'll understand the meaning of the heading of this post!

So, this is a kraft card blank which has upside down hearts and a "pot" die cut into it. It's produced by Craftwork Cards. I popped the shapes out (and saved them for another make) and then cut pieces of glitter paper in different patterns to fill each space. I fixed these behind the spaces. Once all in place I cut another piece of kraft card to cover over all of the paper pieces on the inside. To finish the front and give it a real Christmassy feel, I added lots of sparkling gems and pearls to represent baubles and lights, tied a bow in some red gingham ribbon and fixed that to the front of the "pot" and then added a kraft message which I inked around the edges a little with Ranger Distress Ink in pumice stone just to help it stand out from the kraft card base.

I hope you like this pretty little card and would love to read your comments. Thanks to those who have been leaving comments on my posts over the last few days - I read every one and appreciate them all immensely.

Off to finish some commissions now.

Back soon!

Bye for now.

Love from me xx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Let's try that again!

Hello again!

So, here goes with the second attempt to post the reindeer and trees photos referred to in my previous post! I hope Mr Blogger is behaving now!

Yay! Success! So, this card (first one below) uses a white fanciful card blank again, and I have taken a frame from a pad of white embossed frames and papers and inked it up with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I added a reindeer and tree in the centre, which I also inked up with the shaded lilac DI, and I then added some stamped snowflakes here and there, again using the shaded lilac DI. Finally I added lots of dots of glitter glue for some lovely sparkle.

Finally, the third card (above) was made using a chipboard fanciful card blank. Again, I inked it up with Shaded Lilac distress ink, but you wouldn't guess that from looking at it. The effect of the ink on the chipboard is amazing and I think it gives the card a real atmospheric feel. I added a distressed embossed frame in lilac-blue, then the die cut reindeer and tree in the centre. This time I just inked them around the edges with the shaded lilac DI rather than all over. I added snowflakes stamped using Adirondack Lights Snow Cap and then added lots of dots of glitter glue.

So, I hope you like my designs. And I hope you'll agree with my earlier comment that whatever colour combination you use, they all look fab!

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to reading your lovely comments, every one of which is much appreciated.

Take care.

Love from me xx

Source of materials:
The card blanks, frames, sentiments and die cuts are all available from Craftwork Cards Ltd.
The inks and glitter glue are all by Ranger, available from all good craft shops.
Snowflake Stamps from a Perfectly Clear Stamps set called Snowflake Symphony by Stampendous (SSC623)

Reindeer and Trees, Part 3

Good evening everyone

I hope you are all keeping well, and to anyone affected by the latest floods and gales, I am thinking of you.

So, it was definitely a batten down the hatches kind of night last night, with howling winds and torrential rain. Extremely unpleasant for anyone who had to be out in it, including my hubby who went to visit his mum in hospital as she had undergone surgery earlier in the day to remove a cancerous tumour from her bladder - the second time she's had a tumour in six years, and the first time around it couldn't be removed because it was attached to muscle, so she had to have radiotherapy. Thankfully the surgery was successful this time, the tumour fully removed, and she is now staying with her daughter for tonight, then my hubby will take over keeping an eye on her tomorrow. A huge sigh of relief was breathed when we knew all had gone well, as I'm sure you can imagine. She will be 80 next year and we can now look forward to the low key celebration which has been planned for it.

So, onto tonight's post and, as the heading suggests, I'm featuring more cards with a theme of reindeer and trees! These are all pretty straight forward cards, but they look lovely and very festive no matter what colour scheme is used, so I hope you like them.

This first one is a white fanciful card blank onto which I've added some distressed embossed paper in a lilac-blue colour, then a distressed embossed frame in pale pink. I've added a die cut reindeer and tree in the centre, which I inked around the edges with Shaded Lilac distress ink, and then added some glitter glue for sparkle. I also inked the white card around the edges with the same distress ink but you can't really see it on the photo.

Now Mr Blogger is playing up as I try to load my next photo and he's having none of it! So, I'll post this bit and hopefully be able to share the rest with you later!

Julie xx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

more reindeer and trees

Hello all

I appear to be working to a particular theme at the moment - reindeer and trees are in abundance!

Today I'm sharing a card I made at the weekend which I hope you will like.

This is a fanciful card which I covered with one of the papers from a free 6 x 6 pack of Kaisercraft papers which came with my Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. I then covered a chipboard ring (cut on my Pazzles Inspiration machine) with another paper from the pack to create my frame. I inked it around the edges with distress ink in pumice stone to give it more definition. I die cut the trees using a Sizzix die from one of the papers to tie in with the frame - I love that there is a mixture of patterns on the trees, and inked them around the edges too. These were then fixed in place using foam pads. The little reindeer is a foam one with a delicate pattern cut into it. This was originally mounted on thin wood (balsa or something like that) and came in a pack of about 10 from my local craft shop. I didn't want the wood as it had been cut quite large around the reindeer, so I carefully separated the reindeer from the wood and then fixed it in place using foam pads. I die cut some snowflakes, again using a Sizzix die, and again inked them around the edges, added a sentiment from Craftwork Cards (unfortunately the flash hit the wrong bit of the card and so you can't see the words on the sentiment but they are there, honest!) and the finishing touch was some frantage flecks ("aged green" I think) to represent snow.

I really love how this card came together and the muted greens and reds are perfect I think.

Well, that's all from me for now.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll leave a comment, even if only to say "hi".

Take care.

Love from me xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Beautiful clutch bag twisted easel card

Hello everyone

Today I can share with you a beautiful clutch bag twisted easel card which I recently made for a Craftwork Cards competition.

The card was made using two fanciful card blanks (one chipboard). The chipboard one was cut into two pieces in order to achieve the "flap" and main body of the clutch bag. The card itself was covered with papers from the Bohemian range available at Craftwork Cards and as you can see I made up lots of tiny blooms to decorate it! The clutch bag parts were covered with another paper from the Bohemian range and I trimmed the edge of the "flap" with crinkle satin ribbon. The bag was inked around the edges in malted mauve to help it stand out a bit more from the card. I added lots of pearls and more flowers, together with a central large sparkly gem for the fastener. Before fixing this to the card easel I cut a length of soft hessian ribbon and placed this behind the bag.

close up of the clutch bag
I also added pearls to the centres of all the flowers and used some Olive Lace Candi to prop up the clutch bag section. I dotted all of the flowers on the bag with the malted mauve ink too.

close up to see the beautiful blooms

and more beautiful blooms

Well, I hope you like my creation. I had fun making it. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think to it, I love to read them all.

Bye for now.

Julie xx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Christmas is coming!

Hello everyone

Just a quick post from me today as I still have a "to do" list as long as your arm in these last few weeks before the man in the red suit pays us a visit (if I've been good lol).

So, today I'll share with you a pretty card I made recently.

I purchased a couple of the Sizzix/Hero Arts die and stamp sets, and I decided to use a couple of the dies in this card.

I covered a chipboard ring with pretty Christmas paper from a Dovecrafts pack and decided to use that as the frame for my little scene. I then chose a background paper for the centre. These two elements were fixed onto some dark red pearlescent paper, and already I was feeling like the card was going to turn out exactly as I wanted it to - love it when that happens. The next step was to use one of the dies to cut out my trees and I decided to cut them out of the same paper that I had used to cover the chipboard frame. It was the right decision as they look fab. Then I took a lovely reindeer die cut from a Craftwork Cards pad called Christmas Ornaments, darkened him down using DI Pumice Stone (he was quite a bright red colour originally) and I also used the ink around the edges of my frame and the trees. I fixed the trees and reindeer in place with foam pads and then die cut some little snowflakes from some of the paper I'd used for the background on my scene.

The sentiment was coloured by blending three inks - VersaMagic chalk inks in aloe vera and spanish olive and Distress Ink in pumice stone - in order to get the right shade! To finish I added some clear gems in the centres of the snowflakes - both the die cut ones and those printed on the background.

I love how this card turned out and hope you like it too.

Thanks for popping in and please leave a comment - I love to hear from you all. And please, I would respectfully request that those pesky spammers out there don't bother trying to leave comments on my blog posts - they are all moderated before being published, so you're wasting your time! All genuine comments about my work are much appreciated, as always.

Take care all.

Bye for now,
love from me xx