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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Spring blossoms, leaves and birds

Layout using two Lemoncraft Yesterday papers.

The leaves were fussy cut from a page from the Spring Blossoms paper pack.

I used gold and bronze embossing powder on some Room 5 twig chippies and added leaves fussy-cut from some Lemoncraft leaves paper then added flowers I made (using flower-making paper, five-petal flower die and groove tools), some twigs, sisal and moss.

To record the timeframe when the picture was taken, I used Altenew bold alpha lowercase letter dies.  A small tag shows the names of the two children.

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I am entering this post for the Lemoncraft August challenge which requires leaves to be used in a project.

Have a lovely, crafty day.

Marie Smith

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Yesterday with leafy accents

The "Yesterday" paper was the perfect background for this old sepia photo of a bride.

I wanted to emphasise days gone long by with a clean-and-simple layout, adding only a lovely lace strip, some fussy-cut roses (from the Yesterday paper pack) some handmade flowers and leafy accents to the beautiful paper.

The leaves were made using Heartfelt Creations leafy accents stamps, dies and shaping mould.

I am entering this layout to the Lemoncraft - July challenge which requires leaves to be used on a project.

LEAVES challenge

Have a lovely, crafty day

Marie Smith

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Lavender hills mixed media card

Prepare card base by scoring and folding an A4 sheet on 15 cm.
Trim down to 14,5x14,5cm.
Trim one of the pretty papers from the Lavender Hills 6x6 paper pack to 14,5x14,5cm and adhere to the card base.
Adhere a piece of lace to the card base. 

Cut a strip of paper into a Flag shape and adhere on top of the lace.

Attach a light clay frame.

Attach a piece of gauze, a cut-out butterfly, a cut-out lavender bunch from the paper pack, two paper flowers and some Fantasy die-cut twigs to the card.

Add a small light clay bird.
Add a bunch of beaded stamens to look like a bunch of buds.

Add more die-cut twigs and some sequens to complete the card.

Thank you for visiting. If you have been inspired, please let me know by posting a short comment.
Have a lovely crafty day.
Marie Smith

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Tranquility with a promise of a new season

While watching the sun rise through my craft room window this morning, with reflections on the string of crystals a friend made for me for my last birthday, I was inspired to put together a pretty card conveying the message of a new day or new season - even in the midst of winter with the cold creeping up in our limbs in our sunny South Africa.

To make this quick card, I used three panels from the lovely cherry blossom retreat paper pack from Heartfelt Creations.

This pack has some amazingly beautiful papers.

The green background square went onto a card base of 14,5x14,5cm. Next I stuck down the panel with the birds. The third piece was fussy-cut so that I would have the garden for the foreground of the card.

I added a bunch of the cherry blossoms I had in my stash. I love making a whole bunch of flowers at a time and store different types in cellophane bags in three large plastic containers so that they are ready when I am inspired or need to make a special card for someone.

These cute little cherry blossoms were made using the stamps and co-ordinating dies, before being shaped in the special flower-shaping mould. A few stamens were added to the centres of the larger flowers and white prills completed the centres of the smaller flowers.

If you feel inspired by this post to create something pretty, please let me know by leaving a comment. And if you have any questions about this card or the products, please feel free to reach out and ask.

Have a wonderful day filled with love, hope and sunshine in your heart.

Marie Smith

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Pot full of pansies

I love using flowers on my cards, because they represent a bunch of flowers for love or friendship and my thoughts sent to the recipient.
Pansies are perfect to convey the message that you are thinking about a person. Their mame is derived from the French word meaning ‘thought’.
To make the pot, cut sturdy cardstock to 12x23cm. Working on the length, score at 9 cm and 18cm.
Fold over at the 9cm score. Die-cut a pretty border at the other end. One of the dies in the Die’Sire decorative edges set 2 was used for this card.
On the 9cm fold, mark 2cm from each end left and right. Align this mark with the fold at 18cm so that you cut away a wedge on each side to form the pot.
Glue or tape on inside of the two slanted sides to close the pot.

For the pull-out card for your message, layer a white or cream cardstock rectangle of 8,5x9,5cm onto darker cardstock of 9x12,5cm.
Arrange and glue down flowers onto the pot and onto the pull-put card, making sure you will be able to pull out the card.

I hope you enjoyed the short visit. Please leave a comment.
Have a great day
Marie Smith

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Free spirit

The teal shades in the latest Fabscraps collection, Free spirit, are delightful. 
For the first card, I prepared an ecru card base and topped it with one of the plain papers. One of the pretty prints on the 30x30 papers was used next and that was followed with a square, also from the printed designs.

The flowers were made using Lady E design flowers 005 die, on smooth white cardstock. They were coloured using the oasis green ink and Brilliance lavender ink. Some sisal, twine and a piece of gauze coloured with the oasis green ink were added to complete the card.

For the next card, I added some yellow flowers made using Heartfelt Creations tulip time stamps, dies and tulip shaping mould.

The 8x8 Free spirit paper pack contains 3 designs of lovely eucalyptus prints and on the reverse side you will find matching plain colours. To help broaden your scope for making cards, we have added 3 sheets of the co-ordinating 30x30xm papers to this set.

There is also an A carder's pack, with several additional elements for you to use on your cards.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed your short stay. Have a lovely day.
Marie Smith

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Pink poppies

Poppies have a defined structure with lots of creases in their petals.
Pretty pink poppies are, however, easy to create when you use the Heartfelt Creations Blazing poppies stamp and die set and the 3D floral basics shaping mould.

Follow these easy steps to create pretty poppies for your next paper-crafting project, whether it is a card or a scrapbook page.

Step1: Use a stamping tool such as the Misti or a Stamping buddy and Ranger Archival ink in rose madder to stamp the flowers on heavy cardstock such as 240gsm.

Step 2: Use daubers, the rose madder archival ink and Versanagic pink grapefruit ink to randomly add colour to the stamped flowers.

Step 3: Use the co-ordinating dies and a die-cutting machine to cut out the flowers.

Step 4: Place the die-cut flowers in the flower shaping mould. You can place up to three layers of flowers in the mould, depending on the thickness of paper you are using. Close the mould and roll through the die-cutting machine, using the stack as prescribed for your machine.

TIP: The packaging of the flower shaping mould has a web page address where you can check the compatibility of and stack for your machine.

Step 5: Tip the flowers out of the mould. Place them facing up on a flower-shaping mat and press down in the centre of each with a ball tool.

Step 6: Complete the flowers by gluing two flowers together for each flower. Then use die-cut or artificial stamens and tiny balls such as Prills on the centre of each flower.

TIP: You may add some shine by using Crystal Clear glitter and Dries clear glue.

I hope you enjoyed your short visit and found the tutorial helpful. I appreciate feedback and will love it if you could find a few seconds to leave a comment.
Have a great day and week.
Marie Smith

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