Sunday, 6 January 2019

New Year 2019

Hi Craft addicts!

Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!



I decided not to do my usual 365 day challenge this year but needed to have something to work on - so have various ideas - one of which is taking part in the 64 million artist challenge which you can find on Twitter, Facebook etc... Some of them are really good (I am doing this with my daughter and so far have written a couple of stories (very short and silly) but it is great fun to do it with her as we can compare notes etc....

So there is a challenge a day - some to be honest are a bit vague but others are indeed worth doing - for instance today's option is to upcycle/recycle something (I am still trying to work out what to do for this one) and I am looking forward to seeing what comes in the next weeks.

I have also decided that I have so much crafty stash that I must try and used some of them up before I disappear under them! So again, I am planning to perhaps use a particular brand for a week, a theme for a week and so on...

So for the next couple of weeks, I will be concentrating on Valentine's, Mothers' Day and Easter and I hope you will follow me on my "adventure"....

Don't forget you can also visit my website Fizzy Designs where you can buy many items I have made... and find great hints and tips and things that I am selling too!

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Friday, 21 December 2018

Merry Christmas - Owl in Silhouette card - Day 355 of my 365 day challenge

Merry Christmas - Owl in Silhouette card - 
Day 355 of my 365 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

I thought I would make a slightly different (non festive) Christmas card for day 355 of my challenge - this time using an image I cut out using my Brother Scan n Cut on a hand coloured background.


How I made this card:-
  • I found this image of an owl (not sure where I found it) and imported it into my Brother Scan n Cut Canvas Workspace and resized it to the one I wanted (approx 3.5" x 3") and then moved it to my machine and cut it out in black card.
  • I coloured a piece of white linen effect with Orange, Yellow and Red dye based/distress inks to create a sunrise/sunset background. I then trimmed it to 4.5" x 5" and glued it to a slightly larger black piece of card.
  • I cut a strip of Orange and White spotty paper (approximately 1" wide and 7" wide) and glued it to a slightly wider piece of black card.
  • I then glued it to the centre of a 7" x 5" white card (tent fold style).
  • As I wanted the card to be slightly different, I took a 7" envelope and measured where I could stick the topper on the card and stuck it on in the middle of the card, making sure I hadn't glued the whole back of course!
  • I then cut out the Merry Christmas sentiment using a Tattered Lace die and some black card and stuck it to the bottom left hand corner of the topper.

And there you are a slightly different Christmas card using my Brother Scan n Cut, some dye based inks and a die!

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Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 7" x 5" white card with a 7" envelope
  • Owl image 
  • Merry Christmas Die from Tattered Lace
  • White Card
  • Black Card
  • Orange and White spotty paper (from 8" paper pad from Hunkydory's For the Love of Stamps)
  • Orange, Red and Yellow dye based/distress inks
  • PVA glue - Connect Glue from Gina K, Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All purpose glue
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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Fun Snowmen With Love at Christmas DL card - Day 354 of my 365 day challenge

Fun Snowmen With Love at Christmas DL card - 
Day 354 of my 365 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

Another Snowman card for day 354 of my challenge - this time a fun DL card using stamps and alcohol markers!


How I made this card:-
  • I first of all stamped the snowman image out on to some white stamping card - the stamp is from Woodware. I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink to do this as I was going to use alcohol markers.
  • I then coloured them in using orange, yellow, blue, turquoise and grey - trying to tone them in to give some dimension.
  • I then trimmed it to fit a panel of copper paper which would fit a DL white card and attached them both using PVA glue.
  • I glued them both to the front of the card again using PVA glue, leaving a narrow border around it.
  • I then stamped the pennant frame out using the Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped the With Love at Christmas sentiment in the centre of it. 
  • I cut around the frame leaving a narrow border and attached it to the bottom of the card using foam pads.

And there you are a fun Christmas card using just alcohol markers and some stamps!


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Products and items you may need to make this project
  • DL white card with envelope
  • Fun Snowmen panel Stamp set from Woodware 
  • With love at Christmas Stamp from Apple Blossom I think
  • White Card
  • Copper paper
  • Greys, Pinks, Orange, Red and Blue alcohol markers
  • Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  • PVA glue - Connect Glue from Gina K, Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Foam pads

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Snowman aperture Happy Christmas card - Day 353 of my 365 day challenge

Snowman aperture Happy Christmas card -
 Day 353 of my 365 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

Today's card is a fun one using stamps from the Raymond Briggs Snowman collection which Create & Craft have brought out.


How I made this card:-

  • I first of all stamped the front of a white circle aperture card using a selection of the stamps (Hare, Christmas Tree and Snowflake) from the Snowman collection that Create & Craft brought out recently.
  • I coloured the Hare with a purple alcohol marker and the tree with a green one. 
  • I also added some light green grass to the bottom of the card.
  • Meanwhile, I coloured some white cardstock with some pink and yellow watercolour paints to create a sunrise and let it dry.
  • I stamped the Snowman and his friend out on to white stamping card and coloured it in using alcohol markers (using Tuxedo Black Memento ink as it works with them).
  • I placed the sunrise scene behind one of the flaps of an A6 Trifold card (making sure it was in the right place) and stuck it down.
  • Using foam pads, I then added the Snowman topper to the middle of the aperture.
  • Finally, I stamped out the Happy Christmas sentiment again using the Memento ink on to some white card, cut it out and stuck it to the top of the card.

And there you are a fun Christmas card using just dies, alcohol markers and some stamps!


Don't forget you can also visit my website Fizzy Designs where you can buy it and find great hints and tips and things that I am selling too! Or why not sign up to my monthly newsletter here

Products and items you may need to make this project
  • A6 white Circle Aperture card with envelope
  • The Snowman (Raymond Briggs) Stamp collection (from Create & Craft)
  • White Card
  • Pinks, reds and yellow watercolour paints
  • Greys, Pinks, Greens, Red and Blue alcohol markers
  • PVA glue - Connect Glue from Gina K, Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Foam pads

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Snowman Happy Christmas card - Day 352 of my 365 day challenge

Snowman Happy Christmas card - 
Day 352 of my 365 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

Well not much longer till Christmas time and this is a quick and easy card using an older Tattered Lace die along with some circle ones, some peel off stickers and a sentiment....


How I made this card:-

  • I cut out the Tattered Lace Snowman die in white card.
  • I then cut out 3 circles (with ornate edges) - one in Black, one in Kraft and the smallest one out of red and white spotty paper.
  • I stuck them on top of each other using PVA glue and then attached them to the front of a 5" white card again using PVA glue.
  • Using Midas Touch Sticky dots, I then stuck the Snowman on.
  • I placed 3 Peel Off Sticker parcels on to some white card and coloured them in using alcohol markers - you can of course use any colours you like!
  • I then attached them on top of each other to the left of the Snowman, this time using a tape pen.
  • I cut out the Happy Christmas sentiment out in Gold Mirri card and stuck it to the bottom right hand corner again using PVA glue.
  • Finally, I used alternate Ebony Black, Strawberry Coulis and Orange Marmalade Nuvo Drops to add some colour to the top of the card.

And there you are a fun Christmas card using just dies, alcohol markers and some Mirri card.


Don't forget you can also visit my website Fizzy Designs where you can buy it and find great hints and tips and things that I am selling too! Or why not sign up to my monthly newsletter here

Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 5" white card with envelope from Create & Craft's Core collection
  • Cute Snowman Tattered Lace Die
  • Happy Christmas sentiment stamp
  • White Card
  • Black card
  • Red & White spotty paper
  • Parcel Peel Off Stickers from Craft Creations
  • Gold Mirri card
  • Greys, Pinks, Greens, Red and Blue alcohol markers
  • Orange Marmalade, Ebony Black and Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Drops from Tonic Studios
  • PVA glue - Connect Glue from Gina K, Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Midas Touch sticky dots
  • Tape pen

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Monday, 17 December 2018

Cute mouse on bauble Sending Love at Christmas card - Day 351 of my 365 day challenge

Cute mouse on bauble Sending Love at Christmas card - 
Day 351 of my 365 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts

Today's card (day 351 of my challenge) is one I have made using a form of paper piecing, die cuts and alcohol markers.


How I made this card:-

  • I cut out the cute Mouse  on a bauble 3 times -  once in White card, another in Gold Mirri and the last one in Green Mirri.
  • I then snipped the Green die-cut so that I could glue the bauble parts (the top, middle and bottom) on to the gold one leaving parts of it showing.
  • I then coloured in the mouse itself using Grey, Pink, Red, Green and blue alcohol markers (Prism pens this time) and cut it so that only the mouse was remaining - I then glued that to the gold topper using PVA glue.
  • I stuck the whole topper on to the front of a 6" black pearlescent card (from Create & Craft's Core Collection) again using PVA glue.
  • I had this sentiment  left over from Craftwork Cards  Year of Sentiments pad and added it to the bottom of the card lifting it up with some foam pads.
  • Finally, I added some Orange Marmalade Nuvo Drops to each side of the card and left them to dry as they become transluscent.

And there you are a fun Christmas card using just dies, alcohol markers and some Mirri card.


Don't forget you can also visit my website Fizzy Designs where you can buy it and find great hints and tips and things that I am selling too! Or why not sign up to my monthly newsletter here

Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 6" Black card with envelope from Create & Craft's Core collection
  • Cute mouse on bauble Tattered Lace Die
  • Sending Love at Christmas sentiment from Craftwork Cards Year of Sentiments pad
  • White Card
  • Green Mirri card
  • Gold Mirri card
  • Greys, Pinks, Greens, Red and Blue alcohol markers
  • Orange Marmalade Nuvo Drops from Tonic Studios
  • PVA glue - Connect Glue from Gina K, Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Foam pads

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Cute Critters, Parcel and Christmas pudding mini cards - Day 350 of my 365 day challenge

Cute Critters, Parcel and Christmas pudding mini cards - 
Day 350 of my 365 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

Today's makes for day 350 of my 365 day challenge are 3 mini (3in) cards that could be used as gift tags too...


How I made these cards:-
  • Card One (Pudding) - I cut out the Christmas Pudding die (Tonic Studios) from Kraft card and backed it on to some white so that I could colour in the Holly leaves using green alcohol markers.  I left the icing as it was. I then glued it to a 3" white card using PVA glue and stamped the Happy Christmas sentiment just underneath it using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Finally, I used some Strawberry Coulis Nuvo drops (again from Tonic Studios) to add the berries.
  • Card Two (Cute Critters) - For this one, I created a sky background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Salty Ocean and Broken China) on to some white stamping card and cut a circle out using a Tattered Lace die. I then stamped the cute Critters image (from Lawn Fawn) out using Tuxedo Black ink (from Memento) and coloured them in using Brown shades of Prism alcohol markers. I also used two of their blue pens to colour in the scarf. I then stamped the Santa and Sleigh at the top of the circle using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Finally, I used the co-ordinating die to cut it out and attached it to the background with foam pads - which I had previously stuck it on to the front of another 3" white card using PVA glue.
  • Card Three (Parcel) - For the final card, I cut out the parcel (Tonic Studios die) out of black card and stuck it to some card which I had previously painted with bright colours. I glued it to another 3" card using PVA glue and then stamped the Christmas Wishes sentiment out using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Finally, I added 3 drops of Orange Marmalade Nuvo drops on the top left hand corner.

And there you are some simple but effective Christmas cards using just dies, alcohol markers, watercolour paints and stamps.

Don't forget you can also visit my website Fizzy Designs where you can buy it and find great hints and tips and things that I am selling too! Or why not sign up to my monthly newsletter here

Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 3" White cards with envelopes
  • Lawn Fawn Cute Critters dies and stamps co-ordinating set
  • Tonic Studios Parcel die
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Pudding die
  • Tattered Lace circle die 
  • Happy Christmas and Christmas Wishes sentiment stamps
  • Father Christmas and sleigh stamp 
  • Black Card
  • White Card
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints
  • Browns, reds, blue alcohol markers
  • Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
  • Strawberry Coulis and Orange Marmalade Nuvo Drops from Tonic Studios
So if you think this sounds interesting then why not:-

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