Friday, 23 December 2016

Hot Chocolate Mix-Gift box

My post this week for the Crafter's Companion Inspirers team is a gift box/packet. I filled mine with a hot chocolate mix including lots and lots of marshmallows, but sweets, bath bombs or many other things would work as well. I love giving handmade gifts and this one is sitting in the Christmas eve box along with our snacks and games ready for a fun evening with family and friends.

I created the packet in two separate pieces so that I could run the front section through my Gemini machine using the Decorative Star die. Before folding all my score lines and gluing the pieces together I attached a piece of acetate behind the die cut opening.   

Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Packaging Ideas

My post this week for the Crafter's Companion Inspirers team is for gift wrapping.
This year I decided to wrap all the presents under my tree in brown paper and used dies, papers, and Inks to decorate them. Like a lot of Crafter's I invest a lot in my die collection so any excuse to use them and I will, I must admit it took a little longer to do this than just wrapping paper and tag.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a wonderful festive season.
Gemma xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Blog Hop for Mind Winner

Wow thank you so much to everyone that has joined in on this blog hop. 
It was lovely reading all your comments and I am grateful for each and every one of them.

The Randomly chosen winner,
 decided by the roll of some very geeky dice was


could you please email me at or message me via my facebook page 


Monday, 5 December 2016

Crafternoon Blog Hop for Mind

Thank you for joining us all on this fun, fab blog hop all in aid of Mind an amazing charity helping people with mental health problems. One in four people have experienced a mental health problem in their lifetime, that means most of us has experienced or know and care about somebody that has experienced a mental health problem at some time. So please join in, donate and hop along xxxx

Check out the links below, for more information about what is happening, raffle tickets and prizes.

During the crafternoon event, Crafter's Companion hopes to inspire and educate, below you will find the cards I created and then the tutorial.

Cut a piece of white card to fit your card blank, then using a brayer apply a thin layer of paint, this background is all about adding layers. you can also achieve a similar look using a bank or store card to apply the paint.

still using the brayer apply more layers in different colours until you are happy, I stuck with cool colours until my final layer.

where I added a pop of red. Before using the Hessian embossing folder as a stamp with white distress ink over the top.

I also used the same paints and technique to apply paint to a black piece of card, and the paints I used were Pebeo-: Bleu Ceruleum, Irridescent green yellow, Cadmium red hue and Iridescent green blue. I love the shine the iridescent paints give on the black card.

Cut an aperture from  the front of the card blank leaving a border around the edge.

Die cut the Joyful Snowman from white card and rip a piece of white card that will fit across the aperture to represent your snowy ground.

Glue these in place on the front of your card, glue your painted background to the back of the card blank.

To finish off die cut a sentiment from white card and glue in place before taking a clear glitter pen to add some extra sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment below. A random comment will be chosen to receive a gift from Crafter's Companion. Next on the hop is Sally

Gemma xx

Hop Order in case anyone is lost


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas is Decembers challenge on The Artistic Stampers blog

Wow, December already. Today is the start of this months challenge over on The Artistic Stampers Blog and Facebook page. The Theme this month is Christmas, I created this card without using a single Christmas stamp, just lots of Artistic Stamper background stamps. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's entries.

  I created a couple of background sheets on my Gelli Plate using acrylic paints and background stamps. The stamps I used were Chicken wireGrid, and Harlequin. The Harlequin stamp seemed to show up the most, over this, I made some marks with a card and a lid.

 I cut some shapes for trees in slightly different sizes.

and ripped some white card to make snowy hills.

I cut a sheet of card to fit my card blank and after painting it blue I stamped the random dots stamp over the top with a versa mark pad. I heat embossed the stamping with white embossing powder.

I then glued the layers together and made marks around the edges with paint pens.

Thanks for reading, comment and let me know what you think


Friday, 25 November 2016

Time canvas using Gelatos

 Hello Everyone

I wanted to share with you all a canvas I created for the Inspirers design team, using some of the amazing Perfect Partners dies and stamps. The more I look at it the more I think it needs a working pair of clock hands added to it. 

I started by die cutting the clock face and cog out of a sheet of acetate. I then used these as masks and stencils through which I scrapped texture paste. After everything had dried I added a coat of gesso. I then scribbled some light blue, dark blue and yellow Gelatos over the whole canvas blending them together with a wet wipe. I then did the dripping from the top to the bottom of the canvas using the same colour Gelatos mixed with some water and white paint.

After some more pesky drying time, which is always so difficult for me, I stamped a few cogs in black ink and gently applied gilding wax over the canvas using my fingers to highlight the texture.

I then die cut lots of cogs and the clock face from black card. using my fingers I applied more gilding wax over the top and glued them into place on the canvas. After stamping the text from the same stamp set I coated the canvas in a layer of gel medium. 

Thanks for reading

Friday, 18 November 2016

Spotty Six Card Set

Hello Everyone

For my Crafter's Companion Inspirers team post this week I wanted to share with you all a six card set in a great folder. Perfect for children in need fund raising with the pretty spotty papers from Sara Signature Birthday collection.

The 12x12 paper pack comes with sheets of pop outs, when mixed with some ink and dies they make some fab, easy to make cards. 

Thank you for popping by
please leave a comment below

Friday, 11 November 2016

Sweet Bag- Christmas will soon be here

Hello Everyone

Today for my Crafters Inspirers post I wanted to share with you all a quick gift idea for Christmas, Handy to give out to teachers and class friends. I used the free gifts that came with Crafters Inspiration Issue 12 and Neenah card stock to make this.

After running the base card through the embossing folder and die cutting the baubles, I colored them in with Distress Inks.

Thank you for popping by and reading

Friday, 4 November 2016

Gift wallets using freebies from Crafters Inspiration Issue 12

Hello Everyone

For my Crafters Companion Inspirers post today, I am sharing with you all some gift/money wallets. They are simple and quick to make and offer a great way to make those cash presents seem a bit more thoughtful.  Mostly I used some Neenah card stock and some of the water colour effect papers and topper that came with issue 12 of Crafters Inspiration.

Sorry everyone that there was no post last Friday, I was focusing all my time and attention on my bestest little man

Thank you for stopping by and reading

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Bird canvas Board

Hello Everyone

WOW it's November already and a new month means a new challenge over on the Artistic Stamper creative team blog. This months challenge is Autumn, please pop over take a look and join in, we love seeing all the entries from you amazing, talented people.

To start I primed my canvas board with gesso, once that dried I blended some Rusty Hinge and Fossilised Amber distress crayons over the top.

Laying a Petal mask on top of the board I wiped a wet wipe over the top, removing some of the crayon. Then after giving it a quick dry with a heat tool I stamper over the whole canvas board with a calligraphy mat and black Archival Ink.

I then stamped the bird cage into place and the the leaves. I used the leaf from the Dog Rose stamp designed by Lesley Matthewson. 

I painted in the leaves using Cut Grass and Squeezed Orange Dylusion paints. Then I added some detail as well as going over some of the stamped areas with a black stabilo pencil and a black pen.

Thank you for reading 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Halloween Decoration

Hello Everyone

I can not believe Friday is here already it really did almost sneak past me this week. Anyway here is this weeks post for the Crafters Companion  Inspirers Team.

For this post I created a Halloween hanging decoration . I love Halloween/ Samhain, for me it's a time to reflect on the past and think of loved ones that are no longer with me, I also get to indulge my love of skulls without my partner giving me very strange looks. 

 - First cut a piece of black chipboard down to the desired size
- Then cut a piece of green card stock to fit on top leaving a small boarder around the edge.
- Run the green card through the Pop Dotty embossing folder, and brush some green distress ink over the top before gluing onto the chipboard.
-Print some of the free papers from Crafters Inspiration  issue 11
- Cut a suit from from the patterned paper, cut free hand or trace from an image
-Die cut the words trick or treat from the free papers using only words upper case alphabet dies, glue the words and the suit onto the green card.
- Stamp the sugar skull onto card stock, and cut it out, painting it with white and black acrylic paints, following the pre-shaded areas on the stamp as a guide before gluing it to the project.
- To finish punch two holes at the top, so you can thread string through, to hang the project with.

Thank you for reading


Friday, 14 October 2016

Orange Colorista Cards

 Crafters Companion Inspirers Team Post

Hello Everyone

For today's post I wanted to share some more cards made using a colouring sheet from the Colorista florals A4 pad. 

After picking the sheet I wanted to colour I selected a few pens I wanted to use, the pens I used were, JG 1,2,3 LY 1,2,3 GB 4,5,6 and OR 1,2,3

I then divided the colouring sheet into six equal sections which fit onto pre-made card blanks. This left me a small strip that could be glued onto a strip of card that I wrapped around the set of cards.

I also stamped out the words friend and dream from the memorise are made sentiments set, and then glued everything together.

Thank you for reading

Friday, 7 October 2016

Pink Colorista Page

 Crafters Companion Inspirers Team Post

Hello Everyone

I am absolutely loving the new colouring books from the spectrum noir colorista range, they are so easy to colour and the blending using Spectrum Noir pens is lush. 

After picking the page I wanted to use, I selected a few colours that I thought would look good together and coloured in the whole image. Once I finished colouring in the page I cut out the large flower and glued it to a piece of acetate which I attached to a piece of card to form a card.

 There was enough of the page left for me to be able to cut it into small squares and make three small notelet cards.

Thanks for reading