Saturday, 23 September 2017


Happy Saturday,

I am at Inspirations in Preston today and tomorrow demonstrating for the 9th Birthday of the shop.  Theres loads of demonstrators at the event and even cake ( as part of the Mcmilon Coffee Morning)  Pop in and say Hi if you are around.  I will be demonstrating lots of itemise from my new ranges Including the Textures pats and some new Izink Pigment ink pads!

One of the cards and techniques I will be demonstrating today is this one which I an Idea I stole ( witghj agreement) from the fabulous Martine.  I made this based on a card she sent me a picture of ( which she has promised as my Christmas Card!)

I made the background using  the round media plate, izink dye based inks and my Winter Trees clear stamp set.  I stamped the tree in the centre using the Silver Pigment ink pad that I will be demonstrating this weekend.  Next  I framed this using my snowflake circle embossing folder by cutting the centre out first then embossing the gold dust card ( from Limetree crafts) I added a thin border of silver mirror card around the stamping and the embossing.

I finished with a bow and a selection of filigree cut in the gold dust and silver mirror card ( all from the christmas foliage set i had on my last Hochanda show)  I added silver pearl dots and layered with more of the gold dust and mirror card.


Friday, 22 September 2017

Snowy Trees...

Happy Friday,

Another simple card today using the snow Ive been using all week.  This can be bought form the Art of craft which will be at the Harrogate show Today and tomorrow.

I stared this one by embossing a piece of gloss white card with the star stream embossing folder

Next I cut three of the funky trees from press cut into a piece of Christmas red lustre card.  I added a piece of double sided adhesive behind the aperture and added the snow over this to make the tress made of snow.

Finally I added some more of the Christmas ribbon ( again another art of craft purchase at a show)


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Star Streamers...

Happy Thursday,

A simple embossed and die cut Christmas card for today using a waste piece and the fantastic Star Stream embossing folder and a little bit of my (vast) ribbon collection.

I started by embossing a piece of ivory card cut to 7"x7" using the star stream embossing folder, the folder is smaller than the piece but as the folder is the sift style it is easy to emboss a larger piece without getting a line around the edge of the folder.

Next I added the centre panel form another card that I had covered in the gold metal sheets.  I cut one of the funky tresss dies from a piece covered in gilding scraps ( left over form other projects).  I added this at the bottom right and then added glue before adding more of the snow.  I have had a lot of questions about the snow I am using it is a Crafts Too product however Im not sure where its available I will try to have this on my next Hochanda show!  As you can see because the gilt is real metal it has oxidised where the glue is under the snow adding a beautiful verdigris colour.

I added a strip of jingle bells ribbon ( part of a set I bought form the Art of Craft at a show) adding a bow at the bottom.

Simple but effective.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Snowy scene..

Happy Wednesday,

A different card form those so far this week with a more subtle look to it but still lots of snow!

I started by making the background using the same techniques as I did in this card HERE   Click the link to see how to make it using the Izink Pigment inks and my Winter Tress stamp set.

I cut the YCD10114 Yvonne Creations Celebrating Christmas - Scene from white card and framed this using the press cut stitch dot rectangle dies.  I then added acetate behind this so I could make it into a shaker card by adding fake snow in the middle.

I added a panel embossed with my Star Stream embossing folder and then added glue wherever possible and added more fake snow to give a real frosty feel.

I then cut the Crafts Too snowflakes in white card with my double sided adhesive sheets attached so that i could, again add snow!

I made up the card as shown with layers of white and er more white with a little snow added!


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Colour change...

Happy Tuesday,

Todays card is made using the same products as yesterday however a change of colour really makes a difference!

I started todays cad by embossing a panel of Christmas Red Lustre Print card form Crafts Too.  I embossed the panel with the same folder as yesterdays card the Snowflake Frame however this time I added gold gilding polish over the raised surface so the snowflakes shine!

As with yesterdays card I cut a wreath shape with 2 of the stitch dot circle dies this time in green.  I then cut the berry foliage in a light green and the holly in Christmas green sparkle print card, again from crafts too.  I added ranger red gloss accents to the foliage as berries which balances the red form the background.

A few layers of red, gold and green finish the card.  All it needs is the appropriate sentiment and ready for sending!


Monday, 18 September 2017

floating wreath...

Happy Monday,

Today's card is made using the Snowflake frame and velum a simple Christmas Card that would hopefully stand out on any mantelpiece!

I started by embossing a piece of velum using the snowflake frame 6 x 6 embossing folder from my new range.  Embossing the velum with the soft folder ensures that the velum doesn't crack even if you use, as I have here, a thin craft velum rather than parchment.  This close up shows the pattern and how it is visible in all the detail.

Next I added this to a piece of red card using spray glue which ensures that glue marks don't show through on the front.  You could also stamp a sentiment in the centre at this stage I would suggest white embossing powder would look good.

Next I cut a wreath from red card using 2 circle dies.  I then added the foliage from the Find It media foliage die PM10103 Precious Marieke The Nature of Christmas Cutting Die - 

I arranged these around the circle to make, as shown, the Christmas wreath.  I used all three styles of foliage built up to make the wreath look full.

Finally I added a striped bow on the bottom to accent the colour.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

snow, snow, snow...

Happy Sunday,

Another card made with my new range of embossing folders today and a non christmas one used for a christmas card, just add snow!

I started by embossing a square of white card with the confetti frame embossing folder.  Next, using the Izink dye based ink pad in ultramarine, I shaded the pice to give a warm blue frame.  Next I ran over the embossed area with the Izink silver pigment ink pad which makes the dots stand out.

Next I cut the centre of the frame out using the stitch dot squares die form Press cut.  I added acetate in the aperture before adding some fake snow and a panel at the back embossed with the winter trees embossing folder.
I cut the press cut scripted Merry Christmas die and cut it into 2 words using Merry at the top and Christmas on the bottom.  I then cut the poinsettia and holly form the Find It media dies I had on the last Hochanda show and arranged these with a thin satin bow on the edge.

Finally I added a mat of blue then placed this on a piece I had run double sided adhesive tape around before adding more of the snow.


Dies Used
YCD10026 Yvonne Creations Colourful Christmas Cutting Die - 
PM10103 Precious Marieke The Nature of Christmas Cutting Die - 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Snowflake with a view...

Happy Saturday,

Todays card mixes the embossing folders along with the media plates and stamps form my second range of clear stamps.  A simple look that shows you don't have to waste any of the stamped pieces that aren't crisp enough for a card on their own ( this piece really didn't work around the edges hence the use with the folder)

I simply added this piece behind a die cut of the Crafts Too Snowflake die which I embossed with the snowflake frame embossing folder..


Friday, 15 September 2017

Luxury and Rustic...

Happy Friday,

I wanted to share this card today which I feel mixes the luxury of Gold Leaf with the whimsy of fake snow in this shaker card.

I started this card by coating a piece of crd with the Crafts Too double sided adhesive sheets.  Because of the grid lines on the reverse of the adhesive sheet I could cut just the amount needed for the card which was 5 3/4' X 5 3/4".  I then added a sheet of gold leaf using a further sheet to ensure all areas were covered.

Next I embossed this card however I used the folder in reverse to give me a debossed look, this works perfectly with the gold leaf leaving the surface with the smooth true gold look.

Next I cut the centre form the card using the stitch dot circle dies form Press Cut.  I then added a piece of acetate behind this before adding some of the funky trees ( cut form scrap pieces of the gold and copper leaf card) to a pice of star stream embossed card and fake snow.  I enclosed this with foam tape ensuring that the snow was behind and in front of the trees.

To finish I added a further tree on the front and used a piece of soft gold card embossed with the Merry Christmas section of the Tree of Hearts embossing folder ( also from my new range)


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Red Trees...

Happy Thursday,

Today's card is made using the Confetti frame, a folder that can work all year but does work for christmas it's all about what you put in the centre!

For the col,ouyrful outside I added Fired Brick distress ink to the deboss side of the embossing folder using a brayer.  I then embossed the card which transferred the colour to all the plate areas.  This is one of my favourite techniques with embossing folders its makes them even more versatile.

To make the card Christmassy ( is that a word?) I added glue around the edges of the frame section with clear glitter added over the top.  For the centre panel I added dots of glue and again added the clear glitter to add shine but not detract from the colour of the card!

The trees come form the Funky Trees set from Crafts Too here i just cut three of them and simple sanded back the card so that the texture from the die is visible.

A couple of layers of red and white and finished!


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Gold Snowflakes...

Happy Wednesday,

Today's card is another sample using g one of my new embossing folders this time the snowflake frame.  I love the way the centre is left blank so you can put whatever you want in there!

I lined up the folder with a piece of white card and a simple circle die.  I then taped the die down and removing the folder cut the circle in the centre.  Once done I embossed the piece again lining the aperture in the centre.

For the faded gold look I simply used the new Izink Gold pigment ink pad and gently stroked over the raised area.  As you can hopefully see i stroked the pad form the centre out so the colour fades towards the edge.

For the centre of the card I added an aperture in white and then in gold cut with the stitch dort circle dies.  I then mounted this over a piece of embossed and sanded card embossed with the winter trees embossing folder.

I then simply added the 2 find it media deer dies, cut in white gloss card, on the bottom of the card against the trees at the back.

I added stick on pearls in the centre of some of the snowflakes to highlight the details. A few mats and layers of the white, gold and black and the card its finished


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Snowy Trees...

Happy Tuesday,

I thought I would share this card today that uses just the winter trees embossing folder you could easily miss off the mats and layers to make a quicker card.

Scroll down to the bottom for the details of my latest workshop

I started by simply embossing the winter tress embossing folder in Black Gloss card The great thing about the folder is that despite the detail it doesn't crack the card which can be an issue when using high gloss card.

Next I simply added white pearl gilding polish over the image, this highlighted all the embossed parts in white giving a real snowy look (hopefully!)

I then  added a simple strip of organza ribbon with a die cut oval ( made using the fabulous Stitch Dot ovals from Press cut) over a stamped sentiment from my winter trees clear stamp set.  A few mats and layers and finished!

Mrs Duck and I will be running another workshop in Coventry in October.  This will be an ALL DAY workshop as this concentrates on Embossing folder and die cutting techniques.  You will make at least 4 finished cards learning lots of different techniques of using my new range of folders along with a great selection of dies all ready for Christmas!

all the details are ion the poster just contact Mrs Duck for spaces!


Monday, 11 September 2017

A Little fire...

Happy Monday,

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who tuned in to my shows on Hochanda yesterday it was very busy and I tried to throw in as many techniques as I could!  I will be sharing more of the samples from the shows over the next week or so using my new embossing folders.

Back to today and this is one of my favourite cards using the Gold Leaf and the snowflake frame.

I did show the technique for this card on the 12pm show which you can watch on catch up HERE.

the basic are that I used the double sided adhesive sheets to add the sheets of gold leaf to the card then embossed this with the snowflake frame 6x6 embossing folder.  I then ran over the top of the embossed area using a black ink pad.  This really needs leaving to dry for a few minutes for the ink to properly adhere to the metal.

For this original I cut the centre form the embossed piece and mounted this onto a larger circle cut in black using the Stitch dot circle dies from Press cut.

I then cut the beautiful bauble stage form Find It Media in the black and twice (to add depth) and mounted this on the centre of the card.

Next I cue the poinsettia die form the waste piece of gilded card and shaped these adding black beads in the centre.  I arranged these around the circle to add a highlight to the front.

Finally my usual set of mats and layers in gold and copper to bring out the shades in the gilding sheets and finished.

Dies Used:
ADD10115 Amy Design The Feeling of Christmas 
YCD10026 Yvonne Creations Colourful Christmas Cutting Die - Poinsettia


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Something New...

Happy Sunday,

Well today's post will show something new today which is also a sneak peak for the Hochanda shows today as I will be premiering this at 8am this morning!

All the samples shown here are made with my Brand New extra large stencils which were specially designed for the new Aladine ( the Izink Range) of texture pastes.  These pastes are in fabulous colours and the best thing is they are designed to work on Fabric, Glass, Wood, Card, in fact anything you can think of.

The brilliant thing about these pastes is that they are fully machine washable and don't need any form of heat setting!  That's the reason Ive made so many cushions.  Above you can see some cushion I made ( yes I even got my sewing machine out) using the large Stag mask ( not chosen because it matches any Living room honest!)

Opposite is the large Zebra which is perfect for hot modern colours as above art for a rainbow of colours as below!

There is also a Christmas set which has 5 masks within the set all included in one packet perfect for your Christmas cards as well as for Christmas bedding and table settings.

I hope you can tune in at 8am this morning to see the range or pop in at 12pm for the launch of my first range of Embossing folders ( with some new hints tips and products to go with them!)

Hochanda is available on freeview channel 85, Sky 663, Freesat 817 or online at


Also brilliant news today Mrs Duck has opened her web shop yesterday just click HERE to see all the goodies she is stocking!