Friday, 2 December 2016

Red and Gold

Red and Gold

Hi There!

Today we are continuing our
theme with a beautiful card by
Claire Jackson

Check this out:

For the red and gold theme I had to get out 
my lovely Viva Decor Maya Gold paint.
The Maya Gold paints are great to work with 
and extremely sparkly. 

I’m not sure the photos do them justice.

Colour a 5” x 5” square of white card with Distress Ink, 
beginning with scattered straw and wild honey in the centre, 
adding festive berries, picked raspberry, barn door and 
aged mahogany outwards. 

Darken the edges with walnut stain.

Use masking tape to fix the stencil in place. 

Gently sponge on gold paint in a light tapping motion 
to prevent paint leaking under the stencil and leave to dry

Emboss a 5 ½” square piece of card and colour with shades of red Distress Ink. 

With a sponge held flat gently highlight the raised areas with gold paint

Add a ribbon to the stencilled layer, hiding the edges underneath 

before matting on to the embossed card 

and adhering to a card blank

To finish the card add a sentiment die cut from gold mirri card 

and metallic stickers to the centres of the flowers

The colours are so rich and warm
This card would brighten anyone's day

Thank you Claire

Not sure I would be able to give this card away
Well, that is, unless I made two. 
Then I could keep one just for me...........

See you tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Red and Gold

Red and Gold

Hi Everyone

The Countdown begins!
Did you remember to get
the Advent Calendars out?

To start the new month
we have a beautiful card from
Crafty Field and here she is to tell
you about it:

Red and gold is such a classic, 
I love to use it for Christmas cards 
as it gives an opulent and elegant feel.

By using a background stamp with the 
"Triple Time Stamping" technique 
you get a totally different look 
and here I have added a twist by not using 
mats behind my embossed panels but 
changing the colour of the middle panel instead.

This is how I did it:

Using embossing ink, I stamped and embossed in gold
 the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Ornate Floral, 
once on white card and once on red Mirri card.

From the mirri card I die-cut a 5 1/2" square 
and a 3" square from the centre.

From the white card I die-cut a 4 1/2" square 
also from the centre, trying to be as accurate
 as possible as the design is symmetric 
and will need to match up when layered.

Here I am trying the layers of embossed card 
and a piece of black ribbon. 

As you can see the stamping isn't perfect on the middle square 
(Mirri card is slippery) and this gave me idea 
to try the ribbon on top rather than under this panel 
before consigning it to the bin.

Thankfully it worked, so I added my sentiment, 
die cut from gold cardstock on top of the ribbon.

At this time of the year it is difficult to catch enough sun 
for a decent photo but I managed to catch enough rays 
to show you the shine in this close-up.

I hope I have inspired you to try this technique, 
or one of the many variations...


Great start to the month, thank you
Crafty Field

See you again tomorrow everyone

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Hi Folks

Hope you are all well on your way to having Christmas sorted.  I know some of you are so organised that you start your Christmas cards in January, unlike myself who leaves everything to the last minute!

I wanted to let you know that we are having a one off clearance day on Sunday 11th December in the Jennings Hall at the Lingfield Community Centre, High Street, Lingfield, RH7 6AB, where we currently have our classes. 
As always we are short on space and want to make room so we can get new things in.   You'll find lots of stamps, dies, papers and other bits and pieces with great bargains to be had with either 25% or 50% off everything. The event will run from 10:30 to 4pm.

We would like to know if there is enough interest for us to also consider running a pop up shop at regular intervals through the year, not particularly for clearance but just as an opportunity for you to touch and feel products.  We'll be asking people for their opinion at the clearance day.

We don't want our on line customers to feel left out so we will have a limited release of Goody Boxes on Saturday 10th December and will follow this up with the start of our on line sale the following Saturday (17th December) for those of you who live too far away to get to the clearance day.  
From past experience running the "shop" and on line sales simultaneously creates problems with stock control as things are in shopping baskets and don't come off the system until  they have gone through check out, which is why we are separate them.  Over the last couple of years we've done the online bit first so we thought we would switch this year.

Hope to see you soon

Sandy xx