Friday, 23 December 2016

Winter Joy card + Video Tutorial


Hi everyone!

I hope you are all warm, cosy and ready for the festive season. Today's post is my last project of 2016 - how is the year nearly over already?!

So on with today's creation for WOW embossing , which is this last minute festive card along with a video tutorial in which I create this Wintery card using WOW! Fab Foils, embossing powders along with showing you how to create your own DIY embellishment (which gets the full WOW! treatment!).


I used a selection of powders on the project to alter and add some seasonal sparkle; Silver Hologram Sparkle, Vintage Peacock embossing glitter, Opaque Bright White plus my favourite Copper Fab Foil.  Stamping always gives a complete look to background areas, and on this project I added subtle snow flurry details with the mini background stamp from WOW's Let It Snow set.



Customising chipboard letters with Fab Foil is such a fun and easy way to alter and add some shine.



I hope you enjoy the tutorial!




Wishing you all a very Merry & Bright festive season.
xxx

Friday, 16 December 2016

3D Winter Lodge Tutorial

Hello crafty people!

I do love a good 3D project at this time of year. So in my latest video I decided to alter a 3D box picture frame mixed media style using gesso, glitter, embossing powder, tissue paper and a host of Prima embellishments to create a cosy Winter lodge.






Full start to finish tutorial above (with kitsch music ;) )



 Layers of festive flowers and winter berries top the lodge's eaves.



A peek inside...isn't the deers head just fabulous? 


I used thick chunky twigs for the logs inside. Free and they look absolutely perfect!


I really enjoyed creating this one and hope it's given you some last minute festive inspiration!


Happy crafting
xxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Upcycled Bauble Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all well. I have some more festive  inspiration for you today with a new video tutorial today, with this one focusing on how to alter old Christmas tree baubles.

I think most of us all have those ugly baubles and tree decorations that are old, tatty or just the wrong colour! So my tutorial will show you how easy it is to alter and customise a bauble in (pretty much!) 5 easy steps.






I use mostly salvaged and natural decorations and of course a Prima flower had to get in there ;)
 Frosty berries...

I really love to use spices at this time of year and that goes for my projects too! Here I've used star anise spice pods on the bauble.

Prima Art Alchemy paint by Finnabair adds the opalescent sheen on the bauble and embellishments.


TFL!



Warm hugs,
xxx

Friday, 9 December 2016

3D Mixed Media Christmas Tree Deccoration Video Tutorial

Hello sweeties!

My Christmas tutorial-fest continues today in which I create this mixed media 3D Christmas tree.  

My step by step tutorial shows how to create a decorative tree using old tinsel, paint or gesso and glitter. This project is great as a table centre piece, tree topper or sideboard decoration.





How lovely is this Santa sticker from Prima (Victorian Christmas, 2015)?


The pearl and crystal wire sprigs add a bit of luxury on top of the tree, which were decorations from Christmas crackers!


 Lots of lovely layers...






Happy crafting!
 xxx
 
 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Quick & Easy 3D Snowflake Christmas Decoration Tutorial

Hi my lovely crafty friends!

Hope you are all well. We're getting well into December now and that means (fingers crossed!) I will be sharing a bunch of festive tutorials with you throughout the month. To kick us off we have a quick and easy 3D hanging snowflake project; simple, cost conscious and effective - just what we need most at this time of year!





I hope you enjoy!


 xxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Five Easy Cheap Ways To Alter Paper Flowers Video Tutorial

Hey sweeties! I have a new quick video to share with you today, giving you five ways to alter paper or die cut flowers easily and cheaply. Enjoy :)









 Stay creative,
 xxx

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Merry & Bright Gift Bag - WOW! Embossing

Hey sweeties!

I hope you are all fine and wrapped up from the cold, wet weather. Here in the UK it has been so miserable outdoors so I wanted to brighten things up with a merry and bright festive gift bag. Over on the WOW! embossing blog, we've turned our heads to Christmas projects this month...yes it's creeping up fast! 





I love this non traditional colour scheme, adding pinks, fresh aqua and chartreuse green to white.




The background of the bag has been stencilled using a piece of die cut 12x12 paper with a snowflake design, then spreading heavy gesso through to create texture. Next I sprinkled Bluetiful embossing powder into the wet gesso and melted to leave this fabulous semi transparent glossy aqua finish then sprayed a matte pink mist over the top to give a resist effect with the glossy embossed area.

For the doily which sits behind the "25", I  rubbed over the clear ink pad and added a sprinkle of Metallic Platinum Sparkle glitter embossing powder - this is a great way to add some zing to your doilies, creating custom designs and colours.


This cute little tag has been created with shrink plastic tag along with the "Merry Christmas" and snow flurry stamps from the Let It Snow set. I just stamped the snow onto white shrink plastic with a pink ink pad then stamped the greeting on top, heated the plastic and hey presto!



The main panel on the bag is just a piece of corrugated cardboard which I highlighted with gesso, then sprinkled over White Puff embossing powder to create a texturised snowy look. The main embellishments are a set of chipboard numbers which I tapped with WOW's ultra slow drying clear ink pad and sprinkled on a selection of powders : Peppermint Tea and Pink Lady and Silver Stratosphere which adds a wonderful festive sparkle! I finished the numbers off with crystals and some paper flowers.

I hope I've given you some inspiration to play with some less obvious colour schemes for the festivities and have a go at creating your own packaging. It's so fun, easy and a wonderful way to package up a well chosen gift!


Hugs until next time
xxx