Saturday 18 December 2010

Digi masks released

Hi all

I hope everyone is safe and warm tonight. Actually got to Bluewater today and got a fair bit of my Christmas shopping done. Still have some to do so hopefully will be able to get out and about next week to get it finished! I have never been so behind as I am this year. I’ve even had to resort to buying some Christmas cards – dreadful I know! Work tomorrow and last day Monday until the Bank Holiday – in again on the Bank Holiday Monday & Tuesday - groan!

Anway another two of my mask samples . These have been launched on Scrapbook Sisters website today. You can have fun with these as you can make them as ‘Blingy’ as you want.

my cards 290my cards 291This one was mainly glittered and some accent beads added.

my cards 292Ribbon wound round the kebab stick and some paper beads covered in glossy accents threaded onto some gold thread.

This second card is again using the butterfly mask but this time mounted onto an easel cards 284 The mask was coloured in mainly grey copics. The 3D butterfly has a touch of pink as well. Then the butterflies only, covered in Glossy Accents and a touch of Black Glitter.

There are more designs for sale on Scrapbook Sisters website which I still have to play with. I will post some more examples as they are done.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Gayle x

Friday 10 December 2010

Mask 2

I’m starting to panic now……………. have hardly done any Christmas shopping! I have never been this unorganized! The snow last week put paid to my few days off specifically for that job. I can see me doing it all in the last week.

Well tonight I’m sharing another of the masks I did for my cards 288 This one was coloured with Distress ink pads and a separate butterfly cut out, glittered and layered. Again ribbon is twisted around the kebab stick. The bodies of the butterflies decorated with beads.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x

Tuesday 7 December 2010


Hi everyone.

Had a lovely evening at Scrapbook Sisters Christmas party tonight. It was lovely to catch up with everyone. Karen was doing her best to put everyone off the vol-a-vonts (oh that spelling doesn’t look quite right) but we all knew what her game was! They were delicious. I expect some pictures will be appearing on their blog soon.

Anyway this evening I am sharing a mask card that I taught at my last class. They will be available soon as digi stamps.


my cards 293This first one was water coloured using the Black Soot distress ink  pad.

my cards 295I added detail by stitching through the mask with  a gold thread and added the clear gems.

my cards 294I cut  out another flower stitched  and layered it on top and added the beads in the centre. Gold glitter was used for the circles .

my cards 297 I then wound ribbon around around a kebab stick and secured it behind the mask. To give the mask more depth the glue is applied to each side of the mask only and stuck to the black background so that the mask bows out slightly.

There will be some more masks so check back later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Patchwork challenge

Its been a while but I’m back from my hols. Sure is a shock to the system when you have been laying on the beach in 90deg temperatures and a few days later your having too suffer the minus figures! Mind you I do love the snow apart from driving in it. The landscape is transformed and I love to walk through fresh snow. Driving home from work tonight some houses have already got their Christmas trees and lights up and they looked so pretty twinkling against the snow. I cant believe its the 1st of Dec already, where has this year gone! I think I had better get cracking with my Christmas shopping – I’m starting to panic as I haven’t done anything yet and it will soon be upon us.

Anyway tonight I am showing the card I made for Scrapbook Sisters latest card challenge Patchwork. I thought I would do something a little different for this one so I made my own template of the the cards 300I used brown beige and red papers and distressed the edges. I used a pricking tool and felt tip pen to create the stitching as I was feeling lazy and couldn’t be asked to set the sewing machine up. The holly is made up of little green paper squares stuck onto card and the holly drawn on to it. A very quick card but I think he looks quite cute.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet have a go.

Thanks for stopping by and keep safe and warm if you are out and about in this weather.

Gayle x

Wednesday 3 November 2010

Autumn Colours Challenge

Evening everyone. Thought I’d better do a a quick post tonight as its been a while. I’ve been up to Olympia today with my sister to the ‘Spirit of Christmas Show’. We had a lovely day apart from the tube strikes – it was a nightmare trying to get there from Victoria. Our feet were crying by the time we got home tonight!

Have taken the first of my Malaria tablets tonight in readiness for my holiday next week. Just keeping my fingers crossed I don’t get any of the mammoth list of possible side effects on the enclosed sheet. Its horrendous reading!!

Anyway my card tonight is for the Scrapbook Sisters latest challenge ‘Autumn Colours’. Have a go if you haven’t already cards 173I cut a circular card  and arranged the leaves around the circle. The leaves were stamped and coloured with distress ink pads in varying shades of green and orange. I then applied PVA glue to areas of the leaves and covered the glue with detailed gold embossing powder and gave them a blast with the heat gun. I usually use a glue stick but mine was nowhere to be found.

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That’s all for tonight. Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x

Sunday 24 October 2010

Halloween American style ………

Afternoon everyone.

As promised I will be sharing with you some pictures I took on a visit to Vegas a couple of years ago. It is the most amazing place and hopefully will get back there some day. The Americans certainly know how to do the WOW factor.

My sister and I stayed at Caesars Palace – incredible place!  Next door was the Bellagio hotel ( the one that has the fountains that are synchronized with music ) in which they had a what they call the ‘Conservatory’ This is where they do the most amazing displays dependant on the time of year. We were lucky enough to be in Vegas in October so Halloween was was the theme.

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I will share some more photos later in the week of some of the other hotels.

Gayle x   

Friday 22 October 2010

Trick or Treat …..

Hi everyone.

Day off today so taking a bit of time to post.

I am sharing with you one of the Halloween digi images from my class last night at Scrapbook Sisters.

my cards 119For this card I shaded areas of the mummy and cat using a grey copic  marker. I photo copied the image and cut it out to create a mask to distress the background. The bats are masked out and I  cut a circle in some copier paper and laid the open circle over the bats and very lightly created a shading for the moon. Removing the paper I then laid on the circle over the shaded area and continued to distress the background for the night sky.

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I found the gauze in the cupboard and cut small slits in the paper and poked the gauze through where the bandages are unravelling.

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I cut out one side of the  mummy and laid him over the rolled edge of the spotty paper. The bats were glittered and the ‘Trick or Treat’ is clear embossed but its not showing in the photo.

Tomorrow and the lead up to Halloween I will show some photos I took in Vegas a couple of years ago. The Bellagio Hotel had the most amazing Halloween theme in the Conservatory.

Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x

Friday 15 October 2010


The launch of my first Digi stamps for Scrapbook Sisters.

I did try to post last night but for some reason I couldn’t get onto my blog.

I have been beavering away and have come up with quite a few Christmas images and a few Halloween.

The first card I am posting is one of my favourite images relating to the festive season ‘The Snowman’ I hope you like him.

my cards 091I made this one as an easel card. I copied the snowman onto photo copy paper so that the main image could be masked out and the background was inked using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads to match in with the background paper.

my cards 092Coloured with Copics and some glitter added.

my cards 093The snowflakes were die cut from the background paper, glittered and a clear gem added to the centres.

You can see more examples at Scrapbook Sisters. If you make any examples using any of the Digi images please email pictures of your work to Scrapbook Sisters as I would love to see what you do with them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x

Tuesday 12 October 2010

We Will Miss You…..

Hi everyone.


The card I am sharing tonight is one I made a couple of weeks ago for a colleague at work. She  is a lovely lady and one of those people for whom nothing is too much cards 075

The papers used were from Papermania ‘simply elegant’ 8 x 8” paper pad. I die cut the flowers using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers dies. The circles were cut using the new lacy circle nestabilities, one in white and one in Maroon card and layered.

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The butterflies were stamped onto acetate using Stazon and coloured behind with alcohol inks.

my cards 079Beads and Glossy accents used to finish of the flower centres.

Thanks for stopping by


Oh just noticed over 1000 visits to my little ol’  blog – thanks everyone.

Gayle x

Sunday 10 October 2010


Is my favourite time of the year for card making. The trouble is that I make so many cards for classes etc that my own cards to send are made in a mammoth sprint just before Christmas. Every year I say that I’m going to start earlier but never do- maybe next year!

Anyway tonight I am sharing one of the cards I made for the demos at Scrapbook Sisters crop in September.

my cards 040I cut out some leaf shapes from white crepe paper and coloured  them with red and green copics. The centre of the Poinsettia was a punch, you know the one that looks like a ‘splatter’ but makes great flower centres and this was also coloured with copics.

my cards 038Dusted with a little glitter.

my cards 042The music paper was from the ‘Jolly Happy Christmas 6x6"paper pads  from Dovecraft. The top and bottom of the paper is torn, rolled and inked. Simples!

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Gayle x

Friday 8 October 2010

Build a Butterfly


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Hi again. Sorry for the lack of posts lately.

This is the card I made for my sons girlfriends Birthday. I used the build a butterfly stamp and some white flowers which I coloured with copics. The background papers were from the pink and grey paper pad by Tim Holtz. I love these papers-the colours the designs, just everything about them.

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my cards 018my cards 019I really enjoyed making this as you know butterflies and flowers are my favourites apart from Christmas theme stamps of course.

Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x  

Friday 24 September 2010

Its been a few days ………

Sorry I haven’t been able to post much lately but as the saying goes ‘not enough hours in the day’ I have just got back from my class at Scrapbook Sisters with  the first of my Digi stamps. I must say everyone did a fantastic job and produced beautiful cards. Its amazing that everyone is doing the same card but every card is different. Well done girls. The images were very well received and I think everyone enjoyed the evening. I will be sharing the card samples soon.

I had my jabs today ready for my trip to India in November and my arms are starting to feel really sore and like lead weights! Its not a place I’d ever thought about going to but the chance came up to stay in the house of my sisters friend and she asked if I would like to go. It will only be the cost of the flight and food so why not. We will be chauffeured around everywhere so we should get to see more than if we were going as a package holiday.

Anyway back to cards. Tonight I’m posting the card I made for Scrapbook Sisters  card challenge ‘over the edge’.

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This was a quick one as I had been busy preparing samples for the crop last Saturday and samples for my class tonight.

I cut a circle base card in the dark green card and a smaller circle in white. The white card I stamped and embossed the Merry Christmas in gold. I then used Distress inks to colour the card. I used a grey copic marker around the left side of the letters to create a shadow. I drew various holly leaves and distressed them in varying shades of green. I moulded the leaves to create some dimension and used silicone glue to 3’d them to the card. I then used glossy accents all over the holly to give them the shine that real holly has and sprinkled on some course glitter. The berries are small circles domed with an embossing tool and glittered.

Have a go you could be a winner.

That's all for tonight. Till next time.

Gayle x

Friday 17 September 2010

Challenge No.2

Tonight I am posting the card I made for Scrapbook sisters Card Challenge No.2. The theme this week is ‘Scalloped circles’. If you haven't entered a card yet,  what are you waiting for – somebody has to win lovely craft goodies and it could be you.

my cards 059For this one the base card was an easel card. I used the scalloped circles nesties and cut the centres out using the plain circles. I stamped around the edge of the scallops with the larger snowflake stamp from one of the Nitwits Christmas clear stamp sets. Added some grey copic toning and finished with Glamour Dust.

my cards 060The centre and the base of the card are the large snowflake finished with a clear crystals.

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The scallops create  a lacy look  which is quite a pretty effect. You could adapt this look for borders around your cards (instead of a scallop edge punch) or around your photos.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Gayle x

Monday 13 September 2010

Excellent cause….

Evening everyone.

I am posting tonight one of the cards I made for Sue Upson with her aim to raise money for Ovarian Cancer see her blog here.   The colour theme for the charity is Teal. ( Not sure whether I’ve mastered this linking thing yet so apologies if it doesn't work)

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I used the Lili of the Valley Fairy stamp and coloured her with grey tone copics and just added a touch of teal on the the flowers and her wand. The flowers are Tim Holtz dies and cut from the background papers. The papers are from a paper pad I have had for some years from Hot of the Press

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I love this image, she’s so cute.

Thanks for stopping by

Gayle x