Wednesday, 11 October 2017

BOO! - Witch on broomstick Halloween scene 7"x5" card

BOO! - Witch on broomstick Halloween scene 7"x5" card

Hi Craft addicts!

I have had fun making this Halloween card using some Peel-off stickers on a background that I coloured myself.


How I made this card:-

  • I had coloured the background some time ago using various distress and dye inks from Tim Holtz and Altenew to make it look like a landscape at night - I had masked off the moon using a circle of card and then added some Black ink to take the edge of it.
  • I used various Halloween peel off stickers (from Craft Creations) and added them to the background to make a scene.
  • Once I was happy with it, I then added it on to a slightly larger white layer and then again attached that on to a bigger one - I also highlighted the edge of the middle one and added a border to the larger of the 2 and coloured it in using a bluey-green alcohol marker.
  • I finally added it on to a 7" x 5" white landscape tentfold card.
  • Finally, I added the words BOO just near to the witch using a white fineliner pen.

And there you are - a fun card that can be used for Halloween (but not exclusively!).

Products and items you may need to make this card
  • 7" x 5" white tentfold card and envelope
  • Halloween peel off stickers from Craft Creations
  • Blues, Greens and Black distress inks - from Tim Holtz or Altenew etc
  • Zig Clean Color pens
  • Blue and Brown alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir)
  • Black and white fineliner pens
  • Tape pen from Create and Craft
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All Purpose Glue
  • Foam pads
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Monday, 9 October 2017

Happy Halloween Haunted House 7x5in card

Happy Halloween Haunted House 7x5in card 

Hi Craft addicts!

So today's card is another Halloween card - this time using the really cute Haunted House stamp from Hunkydory's For the Love of Stamps Halloween collection.


How I made this card:-

  • I took a tree silhouette stamp and added it to either side of a 7" x 5" white card and then added the cute Pumpkin stamp in the middle of them.
  • I stamped the Haunted House stamp on some white super smooth card - Hunkydory, Creative Crafting World or Craftwork Cards or Tattered Lace all do this. I then coloured it in using Zig Clean Color Pens including their fluorescent yellow one for the lighting!
  • I coloured the background on a pre-cut deckle edged topper (from Craft Creations) using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Altenew inks (Greens, blues and black) masking off the right top hand corner with a piece of card to add the moon.
  • I then added a border to it using a Black fineliner pen and then coloured it in using a blue alcohol marker.
  • Once that was dry, I added the topper on to a larger piece of white card (A6 Super Smooth cardstock - this one was from Craftwork Cards) and again added a border to it this time using a brown alcohol marker and gave it a wavy design.
  • I added the whole thing to the 7" x 5" card using thin foam pads and finally placed the Haunted House topper (which I had cut out beforehand) 
  • Finally I stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment below it using Black Onyx Versafine ink

And there you are - a fun card that can be used for Halloween (but not exclusively!).

Products and items you may need to make this card
  • 7" x 5" white card and envelope
  • Haunted House stamp from For The Love of Stamps collection from Hunkydory
  • Tree (or branch) and pumpkin stamps from above
  • Happy Halloween sentiment from above
  • Blues, Greens and Black distress inks - from Tim Holtz or Altenew etc
  • Zig Clean Color pens
  • Blue and Brown alcohol markers (Spectrum Noir)
  • White pre-cut deckle edged topper from Craft Creations
  • Black fineline pens
  • Tape pen from Create and Craft
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All Purpose Glue
  • Foam pads
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Friday, 6 October 2017

Boo! Halloween card with witches hat and sentiment designed in Brother Scan n Cut...



Boo! Halloween card with witches hat and sentiment designed in Brother Scan n Cut...

Hi Craft addicts!

So today's Halloween themed card is one that I have made using some designs I created and cut out using my Brother Scan n Cut...


How I made the card...
  • I first of all went into CANVAS (the web app that Brother scan n Cut operates) and designed both the Boo. and Witches Hat toppers - (if you want to know how I did it just get in touch - I am also working out how to create these as files so I can add them to my website!
  • Once I was happy with them, I cut them out in both Black (Lynda Chapman's from Creative Crafting World) and Orange (from American Crafts) - I had made the hat slightly smaller so I knew that there would be a small border) and glued them both together.
  • I then cut out the black rectangle using the largest of the Tattered Lace pin dot dies and the gold one (I think it is a Spellbinders die) in Mirri card.
  • I stuck them both together and glued them on to an A5 White linen effect scalloped card towards the top (leaving enough room for the sentiment)
  • Finally I stuck the BOO sentiment in the middle just underneath the main topper

And there you are - a fun card that can be used for Halloween (but not exclusively!).

Products and items you may need to make this card
  • A5 White Linen effect card and envelope
  • Witches hat and BOO topper and sentiment designed in CANVAS (Brother Scan n Cut)
  • Tattered Lace Pin dot rectangle die
  • Spellbinders Lacy rectangle die
  • Black cardstock - Lynda Chapman's black card from Creative Crafting World
  • Orange cardstock - the linen effect side from American Crafts
  • Gold Mirri card
  • Tape pen from Create and Craft
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All Purpose Glue
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hubble Bubble ... cauldron, cat and spider's web window card

Hubble Bubble ... cauldron, cat and spider's web window card

Hi Craft addicts!

I thought I would try and write a post every other day with the theme of Halloween. I think I find it more fun to do than Gunpowder Plot (Guy Fawkes) as I really don't like the idea of the burning of his effigy.. anyway I digress which I think I am well used to.

Today's card is one that put on Instagram yesterday, and it is an arched C5 window aperture one which I have used to add the topper inside it.



How I made this card:-
  • I used a pre-cut deckle edged white hammered piece of card (approx 120x70mm) and first of all added a thin border around it using a Black fineliner pen.
  • I then added the Halloween themed peel off stickers to make a scene.
  • Masking the border off, I then coloured the background in using various shades of blue distress inks (Tim Holtz - Broken China, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers), not worrying too much if I went over the peel offs as I then used a piece of kitchen roll to clean them.
  • I added some Altenew dye based inks to add the ground - using Silver Stone, Industrial Diamond and Pure Graphite (the latter to add a bit of shadow to it.
  • I didn't want too many layers to the card, so I used a dark green alcohol marker and using the border as a guide, edged the topper to give the effect of another layer.
  • I coloured the front of the card using the same colour blue Distress inks and then, masking the inside of the card, coloured the window/door frames in a dark brown alcohol marker,
  • Finally, I stuck the topper inside the card so it showed through it.
And there you are, a quick and easy but fun Halloween card. If you do want to buy it then don't hesitate to get in touch - I also have various cards and gifts on my website - www.thehandmadecraftsshop.co.uk 


Products and items you may need to make this card
  • A5 White arched window aperture card 
  • Halloween peel off stickers from Craft Creations
  • Pre-cut white hammered deckle edged cardstock - again from Craft Creations
  • Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock FeathersTim Holtz Distress inks
  • Pure Graphite, Industrial Diamond and Silver Stone dye based inks from Altenew
  • Brown and green alcohol markers - I used Spectrum Noir but any brand would do.
  • Black fineliner pen
  • Tape pen from Create and Craft
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

October already so I think I better start writing again - this time a Halloween card...

Vampires, Pumpkins and bats.... 

Hi Craft addicts!

Well it is a long time since I last wrote a post about the cards I make and so I thought it about time I did one!

I had great fun making this one as it was not too difficult and I was able to use various stamps and Distress Inks (I really want to get some Tim Holtz Distress Oxides inks as they look great!).


  • I had had this pink 6" window triple aperture card for ages and it was beginning to fade a bit so I decided to cut the 3rd flap off and make it a normal card.

  • I first of all used the apertures to draw boxes on the inside of the card and then added a border around the front of the card. I then coloured the inside of this border using Tim Holtz "Picked Raspberry" and "Festive Berries" distress inks.
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  • I then used the "Halloween" stamps from Hunkydory's "For the Love of STamps" series and added the Bat, Monster, Dracula and Pumpkin to each of the boxes inside the card (I kept the card closed so i could make sure that they were all in the right place and then coloured them in using Zig Clean Color Pens (they are brilliant as the brush is really fine so you can get into the smallest of areas).

  • Once they were dry, I then used the "Spider's Web" stamp and stamped the corners - I wasn't too worried about how well they came out as I think it adds to the effect and then used the tiny "Black cat" to each corner.

  • Finally I added the "Happy Halloween" sentiment to the middle of each side using Versafine Onyx Black ink,

  • And there you are - one fun and easy Halloween card....


Products and items you may need to make this card
  • 6" Pink hammered window aperture card 
  • Halloween stamps from the For the Love of Stamps collections by  Hunkydory
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
  • Picked Raspberry and Festive BerriesTim Holtz Distress inks
  • Zig Clean Color real brush pens
  • Black fineliner pen
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Hello - Daisy in a frame hand coloured 7x5in card

Hello - Daisy in a frame hand coloured 7x5in card

Hi Craft addicts!

I haven't posted anything for a while but thought I better do one otherwise you might forget me lol.

For this 7x5in card, I used the Dainty Daisy stamp collection from the For the Love of Stamps set (from Hunkydory) along with some Altenew and Tim Holtz Distress inks and a die from Spellbinders.

Hello - Daisy in a frame hand coloured 7x5in card

How I made this card:-

  • I had some of the Hunkydory matts and layers (they do them in Oval, Round and Square) and wanted to use them so first of all took the largest of the oval white matt and cut the frame out using a Spellbinders die.
  • Whilst still in the die, I coloured it using the "Warm and Cosy" inks from Altenew (they are beautiful Orange shades) along with a bit of yellow in the centre (though I left the middle white). 
  • I also used a fineliner pen to add some faux stitching around the edge and then took it out.
  • I repeated the process with the "Hello" sentiment from the "Dainty Daisy" stamp collection (For the Love of Stamps from Hunkydory do a brilliant range now) and stamped it using Black Onyx Versafine ink.
  • For the daisy, I used the middle stamp again using Versafine and then coloured it using some Zig Clean Color water based pens - they are also great as they blend really easily.
  • I then matt and layered them on to a couple of the gold layers and put them aside whilst I prepared the card itself.
  • I used the "Party" and "Dainty Daisy" masks and edged either side of the card using the Orange inks - masking off both the card and stencil so that it didn't smudge etc - I used a darker colour for the inner border.
  • I then stamped the smaller of the daisies either side in black, along with some faux stitching linking them all.
  • I also used the larger the daisies in the mask and coloured it on to the bottom of the card.
  • Finally, I added both the main topper and sentiment to the card and there you are... one very bright and cheerful card...


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Products and items you may need to make this card
  • 7" x 5" white tent fold card (from Creative Crafting World)
  • Dainty Daisy stamp collection from Hunkydory
  • Dainty Daisy mask again from Hunkydory
  • Party mask from Hunkydory
  • Fancy oval die from Spellbinders
  • Gold oval matts and white layers from Hunkydory
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
  • Warm and Cosy Orange shades ink pads from Altenew
  • Mustard Seed mini ink pad from Tim Holtz Distress inks
  • Yellow and Orange Zig Clean Color real brush pens
  • Collall All Purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Create and Craft Tape pen
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Steampunk Owl on DL portrait card using Graphic 45 paper....

Steampunk Owl on DL portrait card using Graphic 45 paper....

Hi Craft addicts!

Today's card is a DL cream linen effect card which I have embossed with gold glitter and some Graphic 45 paper.

Steampunk Owl on DL portrait card using Graphic 45 paper.

How I made this card:-

  • I had this scrap of paper (from Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45) I think - and so cut a rectangle out using a Creative Expressions Panel die making sure that the owl and raven were the main focal points.
  • I then backed it onto some black card (Lynda Chapman's from Creative Crafting World).
  • I then used some of the stamps from the "Time to Celebrate" collection from Hunkydory's For the Love of Stamps set - either using Versafine "Vintage Sepia" (for the larger clock) or some Perfect Medium (or Versamark) and gold glittery embossing powder from Dreamees.
  • I placed the whole panel on to the front of the card with some foam pads to give it some height. 

And there you are - a fun general Steampunk Owl themed card that has been made using dies, a variety of stamps, some embossing powder and black card.

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Products and items you may need to make this card
  • DL cream linen effect card (from Craft Creations)
  • Steampunk Spells paper pad from Graphic 45
  • Time to Celebrate For the Love of Stamps collection from Hunkydory
  • Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) rectangle panel die
  • Dreamees Gold Glitter embossing powder
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia ink pad
  • Versamark or Perfect Medium ink pad
  • Collall All Purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Create and Craft Tape pen
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