Thursday, 27 November 2014

Silver and Gold mix

Hi all

Well this is a post with two different cards today. I have been playing with a bauble die I got free from a magazine. First off I cut the bauble out in silver and in gold. When I went to put the waste into the bin I realised I could add them back in by putting the gold waste into the silver bauble and the silver waste into the gold one. I really love how they turned out. Unfortunately I'd already started throwing the waste out so I ended up scrabbling about in the bin to find the pieces - in the end I cut another silver one to save the silver bits.

I hung the baubles from a silver ribbon and added silver bows. The embossing folder I used on the white card was from, yes you've guessed it....Tattered Lace. This was backed onto silver mirror card. The sentiment was cut from Brittania dies. I finished with my fave silver and gold pearls. 

The second card was made using left over scraps of white embossed card and gold mirror card. As you can see the bauble looks completely different with the cut out pieces left open. The bow on the bauble is one I stamped with a Chloe stamp and embossed in gold. The snowflakes are from a punch. I hung the bauble on pearl on a string and finished with pearls. This is a nice quick card so I may make more like this in different colour ways. 

Thanks for coming by..thank you all for the lovely comments that have been are all too kind. Until next time..Lea x

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Silver trees

Good afternoon all

Well it's really feeling like Winter now..the weather is horrible here in Gloucester. Please, please bring the sun back! I suppose it's only right that I carry on with Christmas cards as it's definitely feeling like that time of year lol! 

This card is the card I mentioned the other day where I'd embossed trees into a group. It is quite hard to photograph this card - I can not get an angle that shows it off. I do quite like this and so would've like to show it at it's best! I embossed the trees in silver onto a white layer. I used a Tattered Lace embossing folder to emboss another piece of white card and used SB labels 18 to die cut an aperture into the embossed layer. I also cut an area into silver card so that I could have a silver layer under the white but still showing the trees...are you confused yet haha. I really have to think about the process when I go for this effect. I would've liked the silver card to show on the inside of the die cut but the next size down labels 18 would've covered too much of the trees so didn't. I added some poinsettias I'd cut out of pale blue velum and added silver pearls. 

I hope you'll agree it made for a very pretty card...Lea x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


Well it's a horrible day outside.....and my house feels freezing inside even with the heating on! I could actually sleep for England today and have spent the last few hours resting on my bed. I hate that it then impacts on crafting time. 

This is a card I made yesterday. It is the one I made whilst throwing gold embossing powder everywhere. First off I stamped these baubles by Chloe with a glittery embossing powder - I didn't get on very well with this at all. All the glitter seemed to blow off and go everywhere. I then tried using a plain gold powder which was more successful (apart from it jumping out of it's pot all over me and my desk). I used a circle die to cut them out. The white card was embossed using a Tattered Lace folder and backed onto gold mirror card. I 'hung' the baubles from some pretty Daisy lace. I finished with gold pearls. 

Well that's that for another day. Enjoy the rest of your day...Lea x

Monday, 24 November 2014

Embossing powder!

Hi everyone out there in Blogland

Not so long between posts at the moment..I'm back on a roll. 

My card is a bit different for me yet again. I've been playing around with embossing powders. On this card I embossed some Christmas trees (freebie Penny Black stamp from mag) in silver. Now I meant to group the trees a bit better than this but didn't want to waste it so found a way to hide some of it by putting behind the red and white layers. The embossing folder used on the white is a Tattered Lace one. I finished with a bought poinsettia and a few gems. 

I have another one to show another time on which the trees are grouped better and in a different colour way. I am continuing to practise with the embossing powders and I must admit to you I had a really fun time with some gold today. My tremor in my arm played up at a crucial moment and both my desk and I ended up wearing the embossing powder instead of the card! All in a days work hey...Lea x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Who knew I could do CAS?

Good afternoon all

Well it's been a quiet weekend in the Brawn household. My son has been away on a boys weekend away which means it was just me and Mr B at home. It brings back memories of when my son left home earlier in the year (those that know me know unfortunately he needed to come home). Anyway it's been quite nice. Fortunately he was away as there would've been WW3 in our house over the motor racing. He is a huge Hamilton fan which I am not and I think if he'd been at home the noise levels would've been quite high. 

Anyway to my card today. My snowman is one a friend gave me. I absolutely love him. The colours are probably not very Christmassy but I like them. He has been coloured with Promarkers and I just happened to have the perfect colour backing papers.  He has been backed onto silver mirror card first. The sentiment is a Penny Black one which I love even more so as it was a freebie from a magazine along with some other great Christmas stamps. 

I kept the embellishment very simple by adding three small silver pearls. I love these pearls - I buy them from our local market. 

Well that's me done for today...thanks for coming by...Lea x

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Hi all

Well I've been AWOL for a while. I've been to my Mum and Dad's for a few days where I've been extremely spoilt. I didn't feel like a 53 year old woman, it was like going back in time and been a youngster again! Unfortunately the weather is causing me problems and causing the fibro to flare quite badly at the moment so the crafting is a bit sparse at the moment. I just keep throwing simple things together. I'm so aware that Christmas is around the corner and I need to make enough Christmas cards so I don't have to break my rule of not buying cards from the shop. 

This card is a simple one. Because of how I've taken the pic it looks wonky but it isn't - honest! 

I won't bore you with how I made it...I think you can work it out yourselves! Really it was lots of left over scraps that I've used up. Like every one else I have a ton of them!

Well that's me off for now. Hopefully it won't be so long between posts next time..until then...Lea x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Gold, gold, gold!

Hi all

I'm keeping this post simple today as I'm tired and it's late. 

Well this is a really tricky card to photograph due to a ton of mirror card on it! I had a topper and I used a die to cut the centre out of it and added Stickles to it. I then added layers of embossed gold card and white card. I tied a thin green lace like ribbon through the centre and added a few red gems to finish. 

I finished with a sentiment made using my Britannia dies. I am slowly adding to my stock of them. This week I bought 'Merry'. 

Anyway I'm off now. Until next time....Lea x

Sunday, 9 November 2014

More Christmas

Hello all
I hope you've had a good weekend. Mine has been very quiet thank goodness as I've been so shattered. I find it hard to think I used to hold down a full time job, swim 80 lengths five times a week and be as bright as a button! Now sometimes it's all I can do to keep my eyes open. 

I did get a little crafting done but made very simple cards. 

This Forever Friends topper has been decoupaged and given a sprinkling of my favourite Stickles to add some sparkle. I kept it simple and just added it to some gold mirror card. The sentiment is from Britannia dies. I finished with some gold pearls. 

Right it's a little bit of Downton now for me so I'll catch you next time...Lea x

Friday, 7 November 2014


Hello again all

Another blue card from me again! Ever get the feeling I love this colour? The sentiment is from a set I was given and I used SB dies to cut it out. The background was embossed and inked with the Cornflower ink pad to make it pop. As you can see I've added lots of bling and a huge bow this time. I just fancied a bit of sparkle! The poinsettia has had a bit of Stickles added to it. 

I'm not going to say much else except have a great weekend...Lea x

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone

I hope you've had a great day. I've tried to get some jobs done without much luck. I am just sooo tired - boy do I feel ancient haha. 

My card is another different one to what I'm used to doing. I bought some plain tags from The Range the other day in two different sizes with the thought I'll probably make my own tags this year. With that in mind I decided to have a play with my stamps and of course my favourite Cornflower coloured ink. I used a Tattered Lace embossing folder for the background and just inked around the edge to make it stand away from the white card base. If I did it again I'd probably back it onto a white layer. I added the two two tags putting some foam pads under the larger one. I then added a poinsettia I'd cut out in velum yesterday and added some Stickles to it. I finished with a snowflake and some gems. 


And that as they say was that. Am off for another play now. Until next time...Lea x


Hi everyone

Well I'm sure most of you are fast asleep as I'm writing this. I've not been sleeping so well so it seems I put off going to sleep later and later. I'm sure it does me no good whatsoever. Anyone that knows about this fibro malarkey will know it seems you go from one extreme to the minute you can sleep for England, the next you're wide awake and there's nothing you can do about it. Anyone I'm not moaning - honest! I'm just saying :) 

I'll show you my card now shall I? I realised today I'd got some coloured velum I bought from The Range months ago and had done nothing with it and actually have no idea what to do with it. I decided to cut a ton of snowflakes and some poinsettias out of it. I'd got some patterned Christmas paper which I embossed with a SB Embossibility folder. This was backed on a teal mirror card and added onto a white layer before being added to the hammered effect card base. I attached some spider web and teal seam binder ribbon across the card then added layers of snowflakes. I finished with pearls. It was quite hard to photograph the card and I don't think it does it justice really. 

It's actually very pretty in real life. I'll probably play around with some other colours of the velum now I've tried cutting it. I wonder how it looks after going through an embossing folder - methinks that's the next little play...anyway that's me done for now. Take care all...Lea x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Christmas Die

Hello all

Oh gosh it's so miserable again - I suppose we had better get used to it as I think the Autumn is definitely here. Funnily I do love the Autumn. I love the changing of the leaves and spend all my time pointing the gorgeous colours out to my hubby who has no interest whatsoever! I love when it is a brisk, cold morning...I just hate the wet weather! I do believe it is why I have so many problems during the winter with the fibro. 

I have been having a bit of a play with my Tattered Lace Christmas die again this morning. I've made three more cards using it. The cards were quite difficult to photograph as I kept having to make sure I wasn't reflected in the mirror card. I kept them very simple again using just the die, a few embossed lines with bows and gems. 

The only downside to making cards using a die like this is it bores me silly making the same sort of cards over and over so I'm going to either have to put the die away until next year now or think of a different style. However I think your hands are tied really. I did think I may make a few easel cards and add a calendar tab to them.  We'll see....I hope you enjoy the rest of your day...Lea x

Monday, 3 November 2014

With Love at Christmas

Hi all out the in Blogging Land

What a miserable day it's been weather wise. Very dark and dank. 

My card is a very simple one. I used a SB embossibility folder for the embossing on both parts of the card and backed it onto red mirror card. The die cut I used for the sentiment was made with a Tattered Lace die - I've actually cut a few of these in different colours so I can make a few quick Christmas cards - I decided I needed to pull my finger out and get a few more made. I backed this onto red mirror card and put pads on this to give the card some dimension. I finished with some green ribbon, a bow, a ready made poinsettia and gems. 

I'm pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully the next few will too....Lea x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Embellishments galore!

Hello my lovely blogging friends

I hope this finds you well on this lovely sunny Saturday afternoon! I know it is highly unusual for me to blog so early but I wanted to get this card posted so it leaves me with some crafting time...or just chilling time. Unfortunately I wasn't very well yesterday and I slept ALL day and ALL night! I couldn't believe it - I woke at 2pm then the next thing it was dark! A whole day gone...just like that! 

I made this card for a very good friend of mine - we had a conversation earlier in the year about the fact you couldn't buy anything with her granddaughters name on - I offered to make a Christmas card for her Granddaughter. Anyway this card is for her! The image is a ready coloured one and I added some Stickles to her. The pink card was embossed with a folder that has two different patterns on. The white card base was embossed with a Tattered Lace folder. It's great that you can put an 8 x 8 card base front into these folders - it just completely changes the look of it. The glittered card started life out as a piece of plain card to which I added strips of double sided tape all round the edge. I then added some Cosmic a Shimmer glitter to this. The different layers were then added to pink mirror card. I used SB dies for the snowflakes. I hand stamped the sentiment and stamped the letters of the name and cut these out with tiny SB bauble dies. I finished with everything possible - lace, ribbon, pearls, dazzlers and gorgeous pearl snowflakes! Did I get carried away...I don't think so!!!

Anyway that is me done for today. I'll catch you all next time - have a good weekend.....Lea x