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