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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Have a woofly birthday

Hi Everyone!

Made this quick card a couple of weeks ago for a crafty friend. 

Thought I’d try something different. Just lately I’ve tried to do little videos of how I make things. I really hope it works and this uploads properly. Just in case it doesn’t you can find the video showing how I created the background Here

Stamp and emboss the woofly birthday verse from 
Daisy B. 

Draw a Squigley border around the edge with a sharpie pen. 

As you can could see from the video I used oxide inks to create this background. I absolutely love oxides but sometimes find they can make your project look a little dull. So I thought I’d try something different and apply some distress glaze. This stuff is brilliant and can be used for lots of different techniques which I will eventually share with you. Just rub it on with your finger and buff it off with some kitchen roll. 

Applying the glaze gave a lovely finish to the background. 

Stamp and emboss the dog and some accessories from the Tim Holtz crazy collection. I then fussy cut them. You can get matching dies for these stamps - which I do have but was being rather lazy and didn’t want to pull all my does out. 

Colour them in - for this I used Arteza watercolour pens. 

Stick your background onto a 5x7 pre folded card blank. 
Then stick the dog and accessories in place. I then drew a line for the string of the balloon with a sharpie. 

Apply some glossy accents to the balloon and leave to dry. 

I also added some googly eyes. 

Thank you for visiting 

X - Dena -X

Shopping list 
- Card 
- Oxide ink
- Distress glaze
- Sharpie 
- Black ink 
- Embossing powder 
- Googly eyes
- Glossy accents 
- Tim Holtz crazy dogs and accessories 
- Daisy B woofly birthday stamp


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Crafty individuals- Happy Christmas

Hi Everyone!!

I can’t believe it’s April and I’ve already made my first Christmas card! Last year I left it very last minute. To be honest I had no intention of starting this early but suddenly noticed that the new Crafty Individuals stamp CI-569 resembled the likeness to snowmen if you cut they’re legs off. Of course I couldn’t wait to try it out and this is the result. 

I started off by randomly dabbing the ink on my messy mat - spritzing with water then placing the card in the ink. You can do this more than once until you have your desired look just make sure you dry it in between with a heat gun. 
Once your satisfied with the look run the card through your die cutting machine with the snow effect embossing folder. I apologise but I can’t remember who made this one. 

Use a nail file or a piece of sandpaper and run it over the raised embossed areas. This should strip the ink off to reveal the white card. 

Apply some blue ink around the edge with your desired applicator 

Then tear some strips of white card that measure the same width as your topper and again apply some ink to the edges. 

I stamped and embossed the seagulls stamp - CI-569 a couple of times. This is so I can decoupage the image to create some depth. 
Cut the images out - including some extra hats and scarves. 

I then added some grey shading on the snowmen with watercolour pens and coloured the hat and scarves. 

Add some fooling around the edge with a quickie glue pen. 

Mount the topper onto a pre folded 6x6 card blank. 

Stick all the parts of the snowmen together using silicone glue. 
My plan was to keep this card really simple but when I laid the snowmen in place I decided it needed something, so........

I then decided to stamp CI-462 in green. 

Carefully cut the tree in half. 

Then stick the tree down behind the snowmen. 
I also stuck a googley eye on the snowman. 

Stamp the llama out twice - colour and cut the presents out. 

Stick the presents in place and cut a small strip and stamp the wording happy Christmas. 

This is the completed card. 

Shopping list

- White card
- 6x6 card blank 
- Trimmer 
- Distress inks 
- Black ink 
- Green ink 
- Sponge applicator 
- Embossing powder 
- Die cutting machine
- Snow effect embossing folder 
- Colouring pens
- Silicone glue 
- Glue 
- Foil 

Thank you for visiting 

X - Dena - X


Thursday, 15 April 2021

New Launch of Crafty Individuals stamps

Hi Everyone!

Hope your all keeping well. 
I’m so excited to finally be able to share these samples with you all featuring the new batch of stamps from Crafty individuals. 
These are such great stamps - you can do so much with them.

This batch of stamps we're drawn by the talented Sharron Bates
If you'd like to purchase them you can find them here.

I'm going to start by sharing my favourite card.

I made one by creating an inky background with distress inks and oxides and stamped a selection of crafty individuals texture stamps - CI-540 and CI-542. These texture stamps are a must have - especially if you like creating inky backgrounds.
Draw a border around the edge and then add some foil.
I stamped the cats from CI-571 and CI-568, then cut them out and coloured them in. Add some glossy accents to the eyes.
Stamp the wording from CI-570. Roughly cut them out, stick them down and draw some sketchy lines around them.

Trilby cats card.

I had so much fun playing with different mediums on this card.
I used alcohol inks on Crafty Individuals white glossy card. Stamped CI-540 in black and embossed. Then stamped with clear versa fine ink and applied gold perfect pearls.
Stamp and emboss the trilby cats on your desired card. Tear along the edges and colour - for this I used Arteza watercolour pens and distress inks on the newspaper. 
Stamp and emboss the cats again and cut out the small cat, hats and scarf. Colour them in and stick them down with silicone glue to give a raised effect.

Trilby cat coaster

I created this in a similar way to the card but just added some gold foil to the edge.
These acrylic coasters are great as you can make them identical to the card, which makes a great little matching gift.

Hand burned trilby cats coaster.

This was created by stamping the image on card and roughly tracing and transferring it onto a wooden coaster blank. I then burnt it into the wood with my Antex fire writer pyrography machine. 
This was then coated with oil to protect it.  

Burglar cats card

The background was created using distress inks and 
CI-540. Draw a random border around the edge.
Stamp and emboss the burglar cats and colour with watercolour pens. Tear the card around the newspaper and carefully cut around the ears. Mount onto some torn black card.
Stamp and emboss the wording from CI-570. Colour with distress ink and cut them out. 
I then added some googley eyes to the cats.


I created an inky background using distress inks and again randomly stamped the CI texture stamps.
Stamp the barbed wire from CI-361 in the corners. Mount the background on black card and stick to your card blank.
Stamp and emboss the seagulls stamp. I then coloured these with the spectrum noir tri colour pens. This was my first time using them and I have to say they are totally fab - they blend so well!!
I stamped the image again and fussy cut the hat and scarves, which was then stuck with silicone glue to add some dimension to the image. 
Colour the edges with distress inks then stamp the barbed wire around all four edges. This was supposed to be stamped straight , however I had a little accident and dropped the stamp so went with it and stamped them all wonky. I rather like the effect! I then mounted onto black card stuck it all down adding another googley eye.

Luigi the Llama card

For this card I used alcohol inks on the crafty individuals script background paper and applied foil around the edge. 
Stamp and emboss the llama. Fussy cut it and colour - for this I used watercolour pens.
Stamp the image again and fussy cut the presents and scarf.
Take a piece of card just big enough for the llama to be mounted on, tear along the edges, colour with distress ink and add some foil around the edge. 
Stick all the components down. I used silicone glue to stick the scarf and presents down to add some dimension.  

The next batch of stamps were designed by Alice palace. 

Copper etched bunnies plaque. 

I made this by stamping CI-372 and CI-495 in stazon ink onto a sheet of copper and placed in ferric chloride which burns away the particles of copper leaving a raised image. 
After a polish this was mounted onto a painted black mdf blank. 

Crowned bunnies card. 

I created this card by stamping the bunnies. I created a mask by stamping the image on adhesive masking sheet and carefully cutting them out. Stick them over your main stamped image and start creating a background by masking the moon and grass area and inking the sky. Then ink your grassy area.
Remove the masks and colour the bunnies. 
I then stamped with CI-495 to create a grassy look and the tree from CI-361 around the edges. 
Finally I lightly stamped the tree from CI-209 and added a couple of birds. 
Oh I also added some foil along the edging. 

Crowned bunnies phone case insert. 

I bought a cheap clear phone case - drew around it and cut to size so it would fit nicely inside the case. 
I decorated it the same way as the card but only stamped one bunny. 
I then drew the stars with a quickie glue pen and applied some silver stars. 

Decorated bunny rock

Decorated rocks are really popular at the moment. I thought I’d decorate one with these gorgeous bunnies. 
I started by painting the rock white and leaving it to dry. 
I stamped and embossed the bunnies on some white tissue paper along with CI-495. 
I then coloured with promarkers. 
Once the rock had dried I applied the tissue paper with modge podge 

My Favourite place is by your side. 

For this I used one of the crafty individuals background papers. I applied some gold foil around the edge and mounted onto a pre-folded Kraft card blank. Using the heart stencil from that’s crafty (from the crafty individuals website) I inked a few random hearts in pink. 
 I cut a strip of Kraft card and attached some lace ribbon. 
Stamp and emboss the bunnies then colour and cut them out. 
I then stamped the words from CI-373, cut them out and colour with distress inks. 

Jolly duck card

For this card I created an inky background with distress oxides. Randomly stamp some stars from CI-468. I then stamped the words from the same set “live life to the full” and “stand out from the crowd” - coloured them and once stuck down added some sketchy lines around them. 
I then stamped the jolly duck, cut him out and coloured with watercolour pens. 

Dancing jolly ducks

As I’m sure you can guess I created an inky background with distress inks. I also had a play with some bubble wrap by inking it with distress inks and apply to the background. I then stamped a few random stars. 
Stamp and emboss the duck three times. I then cut the duck out and coloured with watercolour pens. Cut the legs off carefully and position them at different angles as you stick them down to make it look like their dancing. 
I then stamped CI-258 and cut a few random words out. 

By your side

I really love this stamp set. I stamped the ducks on a square piece of card leaving room for the words - which I stamped and cut out. Using watercolour pens I created the sky and grass scene.
 This was then mounted onto some CI background paper. The flowers were then cut from another background paper and stuck down with silicone glue to add some dimension. 
I finished off by applying some foil to the edges. 

By your side

This was really quick card!! I mounted some CI background paper onto a card blank. 
Cut a piece of card the same width as the background paper and tear the top and bottom making sure you have enough space to stamp the ducks. 
Stamp and emboss the ducks and wording. 
Create a mask for the ducks and ink the background with distress inks. 
Using versafine ink stamp a few stars and apply some perfect pearls over them. It’s been a while since using perfect pearls but I’ve used them on a few of these samples. I’d forgotten how much I love them - they create a lovely subtle shimmer. Stamp the texture stamp. 
I then tied some brown string around this section of card before sticking down. Then tied some string around the button and stuck it down with silicone glue. 

Thank you for joining me. 

X - Dena -X


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

A little birdie told me it's your birthday

Hi Everyone. 

Another post from me today. On a bit of a roll!!

I haven't made a card from Kraft card in a while and I could hear the Tim Holtz crazy birds squawking from my stash of stamps so thought it was time they came back out to play.

Cut a piece of Kraft card to approx. 21x15.5cm and fold in half.
Cut another piece to approx. 13.5x8.5cm.

Stamp the bird slightly to one side in staz on ink.  

I then coloured the bird with spectrum noir coloured pencils, these blend so lovely and seem to work so well on Kraft card. If you don't like the way they blend you can use the spectrum noir pencil blending solution - but I didn't need to on this. 
Using a brick work stencil and pencil colour in a few bricks leaving areas around the edge blank.

Then add some white highlights to the bird.

Using the border from crafty individuals stamp set CI-361 - stamp all around the edge. This stamp is a definite must have and can be used in so many ways. 

Go over the barbed wire with a sparkle gelly roll sparkle pen.

This creates a lovely shimmer.

Stamp your desired wording from the Tim Holtz crazy talk collection. 
Cut each word out and carefully position and stick in place.

Using a fine liner black pen I drew around the edges of the wording to make it stand out a little more. 

Mount onto your folded card blank.

I then used glossy accents on the eyes and applied the clear glaze gelly roll pen to the birds beak. 

Leave to dry.

Thank you so much for joining me.

x - Dena - x

Shopping list

- Kraft card
- Timmer
- Staz on black in pad
- Glue 
- Scissors
- Spectrum Noir colouring pencils
- Gelly roll clear glaze
- Gelly roll sparkle
- White posca pen
- Tim Holtz crazy birds set
- Tim Holtz crazy talk set