Friday, 30 November 2007

CHF ~ 16 new backgrounders

Lisa Strahl, Art Director at Cornish Heritage Farms is turning 30 tomorrow!!!!! Happy Birthday Lisa!!!!

Lisa has amazingly designed ANOTHER 16 fantastic backgrounder stamps to add to the CHF collection.

Tomorrow, 1st December, CHF is having a " Birthday Bash" on their forum with new challenges every hour from 10am to 10pm EST. Each challenge is hosted by a Design Team member and I have the honour of hosting the final hour of the day at 10pm so please visit if you get time and play along.

As you may know, Cornish Heritage Farms stocks the Thomas Kinkade line of stamps which are stunning.
If you look closely you can have a sneak peek at one of the new backgrounders, "MINI TRIANGLES" which is stamped here in coral from Colorbox queue ink padsl. I stamped the image in black and coloured with Prismacolor pencils, highlighting with yellow and fruit punch stickles. The main image is "Village Christmas".

The coral ribbon, two tone ribbon and "Merry Christmas" satin ribbon are all from Mayarts. I like how soft and pretty it feels.

This is my first attempt at stamping on candles!!! Easier than I thought. First, stamp the image onto white tissue paper and colour with Prismacolor pencils. Next trim the tissue paper close to the image. Place the image where you want it on your candle and cover the image with waxed paper, waxed side against the candle. Heat with a heat gun until the image bonds to the candle and before the candle starts to run!!!!

Finish with ribbons and stickle. The gold ruffled edge ribbon and black organza are Mayarts.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Announcing Phoebe!!!

My sister has become a granny to the beautiful Phoebe!!!!! Here is the little lady herself, proudly held by her big cousin Annie (8yrs). Awww!!
We're planning to stamp her little footprints and emboss them in silver and gold. CUTEEEEE.
Here are a batch of personalised thankyou cards for Phoebe's parents to send out. I stamped "Phoebe" under the little bear using Karen Foster snap stamps and inside are all her details.
I tied them all up together in pastel ribbon and attached a tiny pink dummy/pacifier. I think they liked them.
I had fun using little girly baby stamps and here is another I did to congratulate the proud parents. The little dress and sentiment are from A Muse and coloured with Copics.
(ignore my scruffy craft table!)

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Faux stitching!

Over on the forum at Cornish Heritage Farms, we were having a chat about stitching with the Janome mini sewing machine (which I love!) and also faux stitching which is pretty effective. There are a few templates on the market you can use as a guide - I know Stampin' Up (now in the UK) have a template and Lasting Impressions do a little metal one. You can probably tell from my pic that I just went right ahead and pierced the holes without a template, ruler etc. If you're a stickler for accuracy get a template. I quite like the hand stitched look.
I just pierced wholes around the red panel and joined each of the holes with a white Sakura souffle pen which dries a lovely bright white and looks good on dark coloured card. I love dotty papers and ribbons and now I have a favourite dotty background stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. The snowman is their "Enjoy the ice" snowman which you've seen me use before and I've coloured him with Prismacolour pencils and stickled him to finish.
I'm burning the midnight oil just to get this post up but alas, my eyelids are heavy.......

Tomorrow, I'll share my set of thank you cards for my new great niece Phoebe!!!

Friday, 23 November 2007

What's cluckin'?

I love this Mr Rooster image from Cornish Heritage Farms - he is so fun to colour and I have seen great examples of him paper pieced too. ( I must try and that and share with you). You may already know but if not, CHF have the most fantastic range of backgrounders that I know of and the quality is second to none with deeply etched rubber. They come mounted and unmounted but I personally use the unmounted with a large acrylic block. This card shows the tree backgrounder and chicken wire. One stamp covers a regular size card.
I coloured him with Copics and his tail is sparkling with Copic Spica glitter pens. (hoping to have those soon at Mill House Crafts!)
The nestabilities were put to use again for that lovely scalloped square which was punched with my Japanese screw punch. (These are £24.99 at my shop and come with 5 different sized heads).

I'll be back tomorrow to show an example with some faux stitching!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

A stitch in time......

Well, I did say I got a new toy at the Glasgow craft fair ~ Taadah!!! The Janome mini sewing machine! I know it is early days but I am really loving it! I have a larger sewing machine (which my sister has borrowed!!) but I wanted something that would sit on my craft desk easily amongst all my other creative mess.
I'm a bit wobbly on corners and bends but I wanted to share my first project with you. I've just found out that this stamp is now retired by CHF but the backgrounder "cheesecloth" is a really detailed and versatile stamp. The little "blessed" is from this stamp.
This card was a bit different for me in that it was A5 size and needed the bg stamp twice and have you noticed there isn't any glitter!!! Lift your chin off the floor!!
It isn't the best photograph in the floor but I took it in poor lighting last night and was too impatient to wait for another photo opportunity.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Shelly's snowman

Just time for a quick upload before the battery goes on my laptop! This was actually my very first attempt at colouring with my Copics and I finally mounted it and made a card! The paper is from Hot off the press and the little sentiment was completed with my tiny Karen Foster snap stamps (Unbelievably they are no longer producing these). I wanted them so badly I tracked them down for sale in Australia!!!
This stamp is another of Hampton Arts and is actually called Shelly's snowman hence my title today.
I've been stitching today on my new Janome mini sewing machine ( a purchase at the fair in Glasgow). Keep watching for some samples as soon as I get a good pic.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

COPICS!! 3 colourways.

Well, I am absolutely loving my new Copic Sketch markers and my daughters have caught the colouring bug too.
I started by stamping out the image by "My Favorite Things" from the set "How sweet it is" (available at Mill House Crafts). The sentiment "Best Birthday Wishes" is from another of their sets.
I used them as I use my Prismacolour pencils by laying down the palest shade first and adding shading and shadows in deeper tones. If you like, once I master them, I'll try and photograph a short tutorial to show the Copics in action step-by-step.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Smitten with nestabilities

I'm in love with nestabilities dies by Spellbinder and they work best on their Wizard die cutter. They cut AND emboss as you can see in the largest scalloped square below. I've been using my Holiday plate 1 by Rubber Stamp Tapestry but wanted a more vintage layered feel this time.
I'll be stocking both dies and Wizard at Mill House Crafts but if you are in the States, please go to Ellen Hutson's store for all you need!

Both cards started with a little textured ivory cardstock approx. 6.5cm x 6.5cm. All the stamps, including the reindeer are from Holiday Plate 1 by Rubber Stamp Tapestry and the sentiment "Joy" is from the Fancy pens handwriting plate.
Sponging colour directly onto the edges of the scalloped squares helps to age it. You can use various inks for this e.g. Tim Holtz linen distress ink, sahara sand, jumbo java or in this case a little burgundy Versacolour. If you are using textured paper this helps to emphasise the texture.

I have just taken delivery of COPIC pens (see link to Ellen Hutson above for more details). I love to colour and I've used them a few times now and I'm really loving how they blend and the vibrancy of the colours. Also in my package are the Copic Spica glitter pens which are great for adding shimmer in a controlled way.
These pens are pricey especially here in the UK and sometimes it works out cheaper to order a set from the U.S.A than to buy here. I know Bradbury Graphics in Belfast stock them and there are quite a few online stores too.

Watch out for more samples using my Copics..........

Friday, 9 November 2007

Enjoying the ice......

This cute snowman is from Cornish Heritage Farms and I decided to use him for the sketch challenge SC149 this week on Splitcoaststampers.
I finally received my nestabilities by Spellbinder and I used their Wizard die cutter to cut and emboss. I have the cuttlebug which I love but this is v. sturdy and the plates can withstand lots of cutting. I used the plain rectangle and scalloped rectangles for the main image and scallop squares for the side diamond laid panels.
I coloured him with prismacolour pencils and used orange, turquoise and crystal stickles.
Brads are from Lasting Impressions. Ribbons are from Creative Impressions. If you are in N.Ireland, wizards and nestabilities are due shortly, both ribbons and brads are in stock.

I really like this new solid ribbon which comes in turquoise shown and a lovely apple green. I know there are other ribbon fanatics out there.......

Watch out for more nestability inspired designs. For those not familiar with nestabilities, there are approx 6 dies to each set and they come in plain square, rectangle, oval, circle and star and scalloped versions of the square, rectangle, circle and oval. They are fantastic for layering up perfectly without owning about 50 punches to do the job.
Great if you have a run of cards to do for a wedding for example.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Sakura stardust clear pens

Well, Lisa Strahl over at Cornish Heritage Farms has put a "product spotlight" on Sakura stardust clear glitter pens on the CHF forum from 5th to 15th of November and the product will change every couple of weeks.

I had this image coloured from a few weeks back and I finally decided to do something with it! I don't normally colour and think about it later - I usually have a ribbon or designer paper in mind and colour my image to co-ordinate or contrast.

Anyhoo, I have acquired Spellbinder's nestabilities dies (big smiley face!!)which can be used with their Wizard, Cuttlebug or Bigshot etc. (Mill House Crafts has the Cuttlebug in stock and Wizard machine and nestabilities are on order). I cut the scallop circle and embossed it around the image and sponged the edges with Brilliance Ivy.
I inked up the pine branch background by Cornish Heritage Farms using Adirondack in Meadow and stamped on plain dk green card.
I added orangey (is that a word??) organza and dotty olive organza to the left of the scallop and finished with 3 orange brads.
Now to get back to the Sakura pens - I went back over the image and added the pen where I wanted sparkle and shine.
Drop me a comment if you likey!!

Monday, 5 November 2007


Well, as promised, here are the new designs!!!


I told you would want them. Now head on over to Cornish Heritage Farms gallery to see the fantastic designs the design team has created to get your creative juices flowing.
All these designs will be coming to Mill House Crafts in the next few weeks so let me know if you'd like a particular set reserved.

Sneak peek

Tomorrow sees the release of 6 wonderful new sets by designer Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms. It is fun being in the design team and getting a heads up on what's coming and I had the privilege of getting to play with the "Sweet Thang"set. Check out the gallery at CHF as all the designers were given different sets and there are sneak peeks from the others for you to view. I personally will be buying quite a few of the others!
I recently purchased the Wizard by Spellbinders and this cute apron is one of their dies. I stamped it with the Cornish Heritage Farms petite backgrounder stamp in Brilliance pearlescent olive. The dotty designer paper at the base is by Denami and cut with large scallop scissors.
The lollipops, sentiment and 2 little hearts are from the "Sweet Thang" set.
Lisa Strahl, head of design team over at CHF announced a product spotlight today on Sakura clear glitter pens which reminded me I have them but as yet unopened. With this in mind, I glittered up the lollipops and dotted around the hearts. I think I'm going to be using these pens alot!!!
Sparkles up close.........

I'll post pics tomorrow of the new releases by CHF!

Thursday, 1 November 2007

I'm back!!!!

Well I survived the craft fair at the SECC in Glasgow! Bought lots of little things that I will share with you over the coming weeks including a cool MDF cut out Christmas tree to decorate. I loved the sparkle and twinkle of this stand. I know you all love GLITTER!!
Although I loved all the craft shopping I couldn't go to Glasgow and not visit the shoe shops! Here is my latest pair from Bertie...... and of course I had to buy a dress to wear them with!!!
Finally I just wanted to share a little card that I made using Rubber Stamp Tapestry clear set "Holiday Plate 2".
If you click here
you will see my card on the Rubber Stamp Tapestry site on the rotating images on the front page.
In case you are interested, I used Brilliance ivy and coffee bean inks. Encore gold for berries. Both ribbons by Mayarts. Copper and gold stickles. "Joy" is from the "Word Plate 1" fancy pens Rubber Stamp Tapestry clear set.

ENOUGH for today I think!!!