Sunday, 22 October 2017

Small Christmas Card, Poppystamps Wrapped Star + Folk Star, Male/Female

It's Poppystamps playtime I'm sharing with you today...
or more specifically the results of my playtime.

So here it is - a quick and simple card made to play along with their latest challenge.

The theme for this month?

(Masking/Using a Mask).

I ran with the idea I had in my head for this one. 

To be honest, you can't really go too far wrong with brown and blue anyway, can you?  So I can't take any credit for how this has turned out...

It's an easy peasy, simple card...  but somehow I love it.
(And it's dead easy to 'batch make' - if you're into that time saving thing)!

Here's a quick photo of most of the supplies used...

Three ink colours, two dies and some repositional adhesive spray...  
plus a bell and some twine.

Like I said.  Easy peasy!

Need a quick 'how to'?


Cut out one Poppystamps 'Wrapped Star' die cut and spray Crafters Companion/Stick & Spray - Repositional Adhesive onto the back of it.
(This is your mask/stencil).

Place the mask onto your card and using a finger dauber, add Holtz 'Broken China' ink in and around the stencil.
(You want to be more heavy handed with your 'finger dauber action' in the middle of the stencil and have a lighter touch as you move out from the centre of the star).

Do the same thing again using Holtz 'Walnut Stain' ink - being sure to leave enough of a gap for the Mirri star to be placed in between.

The Poppystamps 'Folk Star' has been made from three layers of Mirri card - all glued together.  
Once dry, simply use a Pokey Tool to add two holes and then thread through the twine and attach the bell before tying in a bow.

Add a small amount of PVA Glue to secure the knot (dries clear), plus a few sequins.

A hint of Holtz 'Hickory Smoke' and 'Walnut Stain' ink was added all around the edge of this design prior to using a Paper Distress Tool.  
(You can still see the ink but it gives a softer, gentler finish if you do it this way). 

Add a tiny bit of paper tearing around the edge.

Glue into position on a card front...



I'm also entering this into the following challenge:

Challenge #264 - Clean And Simple

I can't stress how much it means to me when you take the time to stop by...   especially when you leave a comment, too. 

You really do brighten my day...

Donna. x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Craft Consortium, Winter Woodland, Deer Gift Box

Just a quick post today!

I love making gift bags, tags and boxes - I really do. 
So when I saw this "oh so very pretty" deer topper on the Premium Paper Pad double front cover of Craft Consortium's 'Winter Woodland' collection I knew exactly what I was going to make...
A gift box!!!

It's a very simple idea using a craft box die, one birch tree die, some raffia, ribbon, sequins, gems...   and of course some of those gorgeous papers and the deer topper itself - along with some Pearl Glue.

It really doesn't sound like a lot, does it?
But put it all together and you get this...

As always, I've turned the deer topper upside down, drawn around it a few times and then cut and glued the 'cut outs' into place behind the topper for extra strength.  I also love the way this helps the image to 'pop' off the page a little... 

...  and I've cut around double the amount of those pretty red flowers that you can see, cutting into some of them more than others before layering them up and adding the Rhinestone Gems. 

As for the Pearl Glue?
If you look very closely, you should see that each flower sequin has a tiny drop of it in its centre...  and if you carry on looking closely you should also catch just a hint of it all around the edge. 


Craft Consortium supplies used:

Winter Woodland

Santoro - Kori Kumi

Always & Forever


Other supplies used:

Tattered Lace 'Essentials Box Base + Lid'
Sizzix Thinlits 'Birch Trees'


If you've had the time to stop by today, 'thank you' so, so much...
I know how busy we can all get so I really do appreciate it.

I've got a few more ideas to share with you over the next few weeks, but that's it for now!

Donna. x

Monday, 16 October 2017

Craft Consortium, Tell The Bees, Resin Flower Tag

I had so much fun making this bright and cheery tag that I'm sharing with you today.
Yes, it's another from the Craft Consortium, 'Tell The Bees' collection...  yet this time my focus is not on the papers - it's on the stamp set itself.

Want to see?

I'm a great believer in 'mixing things up', so for me the idea was to keep the bees black and white so that the focus of the colour lies elsewhere on the tag.

Here's a visual breakdown so you can see just how simply this tag can be made...


Craft Consortium supplies used:

Tell The Bees

Santoro - Kori Kumi


Other supplies used:

Versafine - Black
Brilliance Lightening Black
Holtz Distress - Twisted Citron
Holtz Distress - Walnut Stain
Stazon - Timber Brown

Mulberry Paper 
Acetate - scrap from craft packaging


Before even starting to decorate this tag, I made sure that the base of it was thick and durable by gluing a few layers together - but that's a personal preference thing, I guess.  I just know from experience that I prefer my tags to feel 'sturdy'.

Then I focused on the bees... 
In addition to layering them up from the back (stamp image, cut it out, turn it upside down, draw around it, cut it out and glue into position behind the stamped image) three or four times, I've also stamped and cut out additional parts to add extra dimension to the front.

See that top itty bitty bee?  That has an extra 'body' part.
The middle bee?  Cut an additional head and wings - just taking out that slight sliver of body in the middle.
...  And the bottom bee?  Extra 'wings'.

Threading two leaf ribbons through the tag at the top, then weaving them gently together before tying into place with a piece of brown raffia cord was all that was needed to complete this fun looking tag.

I do hope you're enjoying my ideas on how to use this set.
It really is so versatile.

Thanks once again for taking the time to stop by...

Donna. x