Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stamp and Emboss

Love the new Hero Arts/Sizzix Stamp and Embossing Folder sets.  

I inked the stamp with Evergreen Bough distress ink, wiped the ink away from the berries and coloured those with Festive Berries distress ink, then stamped and ran the card through the embossing folder, distressing the edges afterwards with Evergreen Bough. The sentiment is from Papermania.  Fast and easy Christmas card!

Here are some variations - the first one involved inking the embossing folder first with Hero Arts Soft Sand, the second with Soft Pool.

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lots of Dies

Used lots of dies on this card!  Made a pleasant change to make something other than Christmas cards.

Dies: Spellbinders, Marianne Designs, Sizzix 3-D Flowers.
Papers: Papermania Capsule Collection
Stick Pins: Creative Expressions
White Pearl Beads

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Last Minute

I've had a bit of a production line going here over the weekend with last minute Christmas cards.  I kept this one free of dimensional embellishments for posting.

Hero Arts Greatest Gift stamp set, Papermania snowflake embossing folder with faux letterpress techinque, distress inks and stickles.

Everyone finished their cards already?!  Ger x.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I am a compuslive list-maker, especially this time of the year.  I wanted a list of my Christmas lists LOL so I decided to make a book to keep them all together.  There are many things I should have been doing yesterday evening and this wasn't one of them!

Inside front cover:

Centre - bound with Baker's Twine:


Inside back cover:

I used Crate Paper Peppermint papers, some Papermania red alpha stickers, lots of Baker's Twine and the Naughty or Nice stamp is from Blonde Moments Christmas range.  Snowflake die from Whiff of Joy, button die from Die-Namics.

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tag Day 9

It all looks so easy on Tim's blog until you have a go and it takes ages.

Background Stamp: Hero Arts Large Fabric Background
Distress Inks: Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Black Soot
Clear and Gold embossing powder
Dies: Vintage Market Alphabet, Festive Greenery, Hanging Sign (for the candlestick) 3-D Flowers (for the pinecone)
Candle was cut freehand
Pearl Paint dabbers, Gems, Stickles, ribbon, Glossy Accents

Don't forget Crafting Ireland have a prize for tags posted to their Facebook wall.

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jingle Bells

I couldn't wait to use the gorgeous papers and dies I bought at Create with Kate's crafting event on Sunday!

Stamp: Penny Black, coloured with Papermania brush markers and water.
Papers: My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas
Dies: Sizzix 3-D Flowers, Sizzix Festive Greenery
Sentiment: From free stamps in the gorgeous goodie bag Kate gave everyone - Blonde Moments Christmas Range stamped with Evergreen Bough distress ink.
Mat Layer coloured with Evergreen Bough distress ink
Pearls, Rock Candy Stickles

Thanks for visiting! Ger x.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Tags Day 5

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas is in full swing this year again and this is the first one I have had a go at so far - Day 5.  I couldn't get the Archival Ink to remove the alcohol ink so I stamped with Blending Solution.  That worked - kinda!  Holly punch to make the wreath.

Card Tag, Acetate Tag, Red Pepper Alcohol Ink, Hero Arts Artistic Circles Stamp, Papermania sentiment, White Embossing Powder, Holly Punch, Pearls, white ribbon, seam binding.

Then I had a go at the Bonus Tag from Day 5.

I didn't have the sticky sheets of foil to make the bauble tops so used a silver pen instead.  I didn't know if you can heat emboss onto fragments - just about got away with it but one of them started to melt! Touched the silver pen to the centre of some of the background snowflakes too, and used the pen to 'hang' the baubles.

Distress Inks:  Iced Spruce, Tumbled Glass
Stamps: Sentiment - from the Goody Bag at Create with Kate's event, sorry don't know the brand.  Snowflake stamp is from Papermania.
Fragments, Seam Binding, Uni Ball Signo Broad silver pen.

Crafting Ireland  have a prize up for grabs on their Facebook page for uploaded tags.

Thanks for visiting. Ger x.