5 posts categorized "Donna Peachey"

12/17/2018

Mon 17

Merry Christmas
by Donna Peachey

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With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to share a design with you today that can be easily adapted.

So whether you are in to brights and bolds or prefer a more neutral colour palette, this idea should work for you.  

Here's a quick 'how to' guide, with my ideas for changes added along the way...

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Using the Triple Stitch Window, cut twice as shown.

This creates the 'stage' for any mini scene you want to put together and gives scope for any background you might want to use.

I'm keeping this one super simple by adding just three trees from the Wooded Glen Landscape and one bird.  

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To create a focal point I've added a stamped Merry Christmas sentiment and cut it out at a very slight angle before mounting on to Mirri card.  

Using part of one of the Studio Blotter stamps in the corner adds just a little more visual interest.

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If you don't already have a background to hand now's the time to make one.  

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Glue everything into position on the front, then add foam tape behind before adding your background layer.

This just creates a little depth to the card.  

Can you see that I've added a star to my background?

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You could leave it just like this.  Or you could emboss the front before adding the foam tape.

I've added just a little stencilling detail using texture paste...

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...  and then dipped my finger in to the pot to add some textured 'snow'.

Can you see how the design travels on a diagonal from left to right with the focal point right in the middle?

That's what keeps this from looking too 'busy'.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

I do read and treasure every kind word...

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12/10/2018

Mon 10

A Gift This Christmas
by Donna Peachey

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Christmas wrapping paper, tags, bows, gifts...

They are part of the Christmas tradition for many of us.

So I wanted to create a card that combines these features with the Simple Bethlehem Stitched Frame craft die.

Combining old and new as a 'Christmas Gift'.

Here's how it was made...

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I've started with the Simple Bethlehem Stitched die, cut 3 times out of black card stock.

Using Tim Holtz Core'dinations for the top layer provides a lovely pitted surface that works well with the gilding wax colours I've chosen to use, but if you don't have any you could always try an embossing folder.

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Glue the frames together, then cut a piece of cardboard to size as shown.

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Here's all the stamping you'll need to do - for this part, anyway!

Don't worry about precise stamping for the Studio Blotter stamps as that's not the look we are going for.

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The other stamps are all from the Christmas Time stamp set.  

I've heat embossed 'Believe' so it stands out more on what's quite a busy card.

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Once the Stitched Frame has been glued to the cardboard, cut out a silver base layer that's slightly bigger all 'round and distress the edges of it.  Then leave it to one side for the moment.

Using twine, add a piece from top to bottom and attach from the back.  Do the same from left to right before adding a bow and an acetate Heart Taglet.

Once you are happy with this (you may want to tweak your twine a little), attach to the silver base layer and leave to dry.

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The base of this card uses the beautiful fonts of the Christmas Time stamp set to create a faux 'wrapping paper' look.

Other than heat embossing the word 'Peace' in red, the rest is all first and second generation stamping with black ink.

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Add a strip of corrugated paper that's been ripped top and bottom before attaching at an angle from left to right.

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Then add the Stitched Bethlehem scene and some sequin stars.

The final touch is simply to add a smidge of gilding wax to the corners.

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Does it look like a wrapped gift to you?

I hope it does, at least in part.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...

Donna Floral Signature copy

 

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12/03/2018

Mon 03

Star of Wonder
by Donna Peachey

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Star of wonder, Star of night

Star with royal beauty bright...

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With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it might be nice to take a little break from card making.

And I don't know about you, but sometimes I take a look at a die and my mind starts to wonder 'what if'.

So today's post shows just what happened when I first saw the Deco Tree Frame craft die set...

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I took one look at that tree...   and wondered if I could make it into a hanging star.

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Want to see how this was made?

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You will need 20 of the inner parts of the trees and 10 0f the outer parts.

This photo shows that I've already glued them back to back - which you'll need to do before anything else! 

You'll also need 2 of the Folk Star - cut from corrugated card as shown.

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Start with the Folk Star.  You'll need one, good side face down.

Cut a circle that sits just inside the inner corners of the Star and glue it into place, then add the outer sections of the Tree as shown.

Don't use your red liner tape for this as you may want a bit of 'wiggle room'!

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Once happy, add some glue to the centre and leave those outer sections to dry.

Then add those inner sections of the Tree.

And then add those outer sections again so that they marry up with the first lot.

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Once everything is completely dry, add just a touch of glue to the very ends of those outer Trees and pinch them together until set.

This adds a little more strength to the design.  It is going to be hanging, after all!

Then add the other Folk Star, good side face out this time.

To decorate, I've pierced a hole through the centre just big enough to add two bells on a string. I've then tied a knot and cut off most, but not all of the excess twine.

The finishing touch?

Texture Paste.

Add as much or as little as you like!

 

Here's one final photo...

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. 

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11/22/2018

Thu 22

Saying Hello (and Goodbye) to Autumn
by Donna Peachey

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Brrr...  it's getting cold outside!

The last of the leaves are falling and there's barely a bee to be found.  That's certainly the way it is for us in the UK anyway.

And as I'm not ready to face Winter just yet I've made a card that celebrates the colours of Autumn instead.  With all of the richness of the warm browns, oranges and reds...  A stark contrast to the icy white blanket of Winter.

Want to see how it was made?

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I've started off by using the Forest Stag left over from my previous post.  

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To get that speckled, textured look I've added Crackle Accents.  Simply dot on, leave for a few minutes to react with the Distress Stain and then use a paint brush to smooth all over.  If you didn't add enough Crackle Accents, don't worry.   You can add more.  Just be quick with that paint brush unless you are wanting more speckles.

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I've used Brusho's to colour my leaves.  You'll only need two, but I've made extra so I can choose which I prefer. 

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The card base has the subtlest of designs on it.  Here I've used the Dot Grid stencil by Memory Box, with just a touch of Stormy Sky and Hickory Smoke ink.

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To add more visual interest without adding more colour I've used one of the frames from the Art Deco Frames and Phrases die set to cut out an aperture.  Don't discard that inner piece as you'll be putting it back in shortly.  But first, add a layer behind it by gluing on the same shape again.

You'll also need a black frame from the Stitchwork Rectangle Frames craft die set. 

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Here's a view of the finished card from below.

To assemble, start by putting the aperture piece back.  I've simply cut a piece of scrap card to size and glued it behind the card base to hold everything in place.

Next add the Forest Stag, gluing two strips of scrap card behind it first.

You'll need to add that frame now.  I've spot glued it in the middle, just along the left and right hand sides. 

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Then add the Brusho leaves, a stamped Hello and bee...  and two more leaves cut from the Ragged Daisy.  Did you notice that I added Silver Gilding Wax to my Brusho leaves?

Thanks for stopping by...

And if you are celebrating today, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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11/11/2018

Sun 11

Silhouette of the Forest Stag
by Donna Peachey

Hello, my name's Donna and I'm the newest addition to the Poppystamps team.

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With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it might be nice to share a card design that is fairly easy to mass produce and suits more than one occasion.

And what's more, as I've chosen to use the strong, bold silhouette of the Forest Stag I've been able to introduce a grunge element, too!

Want to know how it's made?

Here's a quick 'how to' guide...

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Start by applying ink to a scrap of card that is roughly this size and shape.

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Here are the colours you will be using.  I went back in with a finger dauber to add a little more shadow once I had the stag cut out.

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Cut out the Wooded Glen Landscape and trim it to size to fit your card front.

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Then, cut out the Simple Holly Vine Frame and a piece of black card that is a little taller and wider all 'round.

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Add the grunge element!  I'm using stamps from the Studio Blotter set.  Stamp first in Hickory Smoke, then add Delicata 'Brown Shimmer' just around the edges.

Assemble the card and add a few sequins.

It's as easy as that!

Whether you see this as a Christmas, Birthday or some other Winter occasion card is entirely up to you.

Which will it be, I wonder? 

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