“Over the Hedge” launch.

Hello again

I have been lucky enough to make a few samples for the launch of “Over the Hedge” designed by the talented Melissa Lowry in collaboration with Craft Consortium Ltd.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/shop

The colour palette of these papers is gloriously autumnal and you will just fall in love with the characters OLIVIA the Owl, HARRY the Hedgehog and HENRY the Fox.

Today I will focus on the stamps and how I coloured them in. I’m not an experienced colourist but these stamps have such a clear, open image that it is hard not to want to colour them.

First up is OLIVIA the Owl. I based my colours upon those used in the papers. Melissa uses vibrant warm colours. I picked 3 shades of brown and taupe for the feathers; grey for her chest; and greens for the leaves. It was just a matter of losing myself in the process.

I stamped the leaves in a circle and then layered up extra ones between the gaps. In hindsight I wish I had coloured in Olivia’s beak but overall I still love this sweet little card.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/over-the-hedge-stamp-set-olivia-the-owl

Henry is such a handsome little devil. Once again I used shades of browns. I tend to colour light to dark but you will find far more experienced colourists than me on the dedicated Craft Consortium Design Team.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/over-the-hedge-stamp-set-henry-the-fox

Harry is such a fun little character. I placed him as if tumbling in the autumn leaves. The flora in these stamps are just so well drawn. They are a joy to work with.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/over-the-hedge-stamp-set-harry-the-hedgehog

These cards will be aired on Create and Craft when they launch “Over the Hedge” but you can buy the collection directly from Craft Consortium and their stockists.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/

If you want further inspiration then check out the Craft Consortium Facebook Group or Instagram

https://www.facebook.com/groups/989114164562461/?ref=share

https://instagram.com/craftconsortiumltd?igshid=vf0zrcbq67h

Much love x Elisabeth x

“Create the life you love”

 

Hello again.

I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited to join the Craft Consortium’s Design Team. I love working with their products, particularly the papers designed by Hackney and Co.

Katy Hackney’s latest collection – The Herbarium is another beauty. I have enjoyed making cards (more on them another time ) and this keepsake book.

I constructed the keepsake book itself with the help of my Tonic Keepsake Insert Creator cutting dies. Today though, I am focusing on the pages themselves.

The papers and the non-shedding glitter card die-cut perfectly and work beautifully as backgrounds on each page.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/always-forever-non-shedding-a4-glitter-card-moss-green

I heat embossed the versatile stamps within The  Herbarium collection, before layering them up onto the pages.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/the-herbarium-clear-stamp-set-utensils

I also incorporated a previous collection – The Riverbank into this memory book. Everything works so well together. I stamped and coloured in two sets of the lily pads, layered them up together and finished the page with a Sizzix –  Tim Holtz geometric insect.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/the-riverbank-clear-stamp-set

At this stage I got a bit carried away because I wanted to use every single page within The Herbarium paper pad. They match brilliantly together. As well as stamping onto the pages I die cut them to personalise the tags.

https://www.craftconsortium.com/product-page/the-herbarium-premium-paper-pad

I hope you enjoyed looking through my keepsake book as much as I enjoyed making it. The quote on the front cover pretty much explains my life at the moment.

” Create the life you love “

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Until next time.  Happy crafting

Much love x Elisabeth x

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Vintage Ephemera re-visited …

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In an effort to stop spending quite so much on my crafting stash, I am working through the papers I already have. It is really noticeable to me that my style has changed since the first time I used these feminine papers. Therefore these cards I made using the Vintage Ephemera papers from Craftwork Cards are completely different to the ones I made over five years ago.

I used a Beauty cutting die with one of the background papers and then cut it again with pale pink card-stock. Two layers adds more interest and depth.

These perfume bottle toppers were included in the collection and can be used on their own. I simply added a stamped sentiment.

Even the offcuts work well together.

Or you can cut down one corner of the papers to create a focal point.

The papers are so pretty. They make the perfect Mother’s Day Cards. I know my Mama would have loved to have received a card like this one.

I cut the background papers down to three panels and used pink card to lift up the design.

Wishing you all an enjoyable Mothering Sunday (in the UK)

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Queen Bee Frame

Hello again.

One of the samples I created for Craftwork Cards FB LIVE was this Queen Bee frame.

I had already prepared an Elizabeth Crafts picture frame. I aged it with various brown inks, stencils and brown wax.

Then I began gathering together the embellishments including this #savethebeesstamp

Within the Craftwork Cards Queen Bee kit there are some luxurious pre-cut flowers. I embossed these ones with a hexagonal design.

I inked various mdf shapes with orange and yellow inks. Then I stamped a beehive across them.

I own quite a few Bee inspired products including this bee cutting die from Tattered Lace.

I backed the frame with one sheet of honeycomb paper, added a topper to the centre and dotted a few sequins

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Hobby House Embroidery Wreath

Hello again.

Here is the embroidery wreath – up close and personal.

I started off by pulling a square of Toile tightly over the frame of an embroidery frame.

I turned the frame over and scattered some sequins onto the Toile. Then I encased them with a circle of card.

I turned the frame over and started attaching the Hobby House embellishments which included a hat pin with pearls and lace.

I wound twine around a small bobbin and added pearlised copper wax to a leaf or two. Everything was stuck to the frame with my trusty glue gun. The fabric roses included in the selection box are of such good quality that you can ink them and reshape the petals.

I completed the hoop by stamping a small sentiment onto kraft card. Then applying a smattering of pink floral pearls

Until next time

Much love x Elisabeth x

A stitch in time …

Hello again.

It has been quite some time since I spent time in my happy place – the craft room. I am still saddened by the news that Craftwork Cards has closed down. I have everything crossed that Sue and her team will find a way back to the craft scene again soon.

One of the last CWC collections I bought was the Julie Loves Embroidery and I have to say it is a beauty of a kit. The colour palette of teals, mustard and orange are perfect for the embroidery embellishments and papers.

I started off by embossing the flowers with a freebie Crafters Companion folder and layering them up. I knocked the colours back a bit with a faded orange ink pad. The ‘beautiful’ sentiment was from a set of CWC stamps and printed on a mini tag.

There are some pretty papers in the pad and the teal ones are my favourites.

On both of these cards I incorporated a sweet little foliage cutting die from The Works. It is such a versatile die and cuts like a dream.

This card was made up of trimmings from the previous three cards. Want not. Waste not !

The reason I included this card is because the tiny flowers are punched from the waste of the flower sheet. In a Craftwork Work kit everything co-ordinated.

Before I share the last card from this collection I want to show you the three tags I created first. These are for the ladies in the group I help to run called Creative Minds ❤️ Kind Hearts. We swap ATT’s Artists Trading Tags which is a rather addictive past-time !

As I had one tag left I decided to add it to a card. My mini square stencils came in handy to link the tag to the card by creating a background.

If you enjoyed looking through my cards and you want to see more then please do check out my Facebook/ Instagram and Pinterest pages which are all marked Elisabeth Hogarth Designs.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Rainbow Childhood Memories.

Hello again.

This week I decided to update some much loved black and white toppers. The good things about the Victorian Silhouette toppers from Craftwork Cards is that you can ink them up and then buff them up to renew the artwork.

I started off quite gently with the Tim Holtz Distress oxides but then realised that the bolder the better. The best way to describe these inks is that they blend like cream. They are so forgiving that you can build up and blend until you end up with the result you like. For these cards I used two matching colours to blend in together.

Anyway that’s enough eulogising about the oxides. Here are the cards!

I inked the toppers and cut them down with a circle die which I then mounted onto a slightly larger black circle.

I already had a set of 5 x 5 cards with the circle aperture so I then fixed the topper to the inside of the card not forgetting to centre it through the aperture.

I then wanted to match in the topper so I used the same technique again with a matching oxide ink.

The sentiment topper was then overlapped over the front circle and stuck down with glue.

To finish the cards I framed the aperture with Nuvo drops.

I am so pleased with how these cards turned out that I’m going to try it again on some other toppers and cards. Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Stamp It on a Sunday afternoon

Hello All

This is a good way to relax on a Sunday afternoon…

Take a set of Stamp it stamps from Craftwork Stamps, some distressing inks, a blending tool and add your own creativity.

Stamp it - wild flowers

I started off with these one by blending a mix of yellow and orange distress inks over the edge of the card.  Then I stamped over the top with the flower head stamps and the sweetest little seed head stamp.  If you try to imagine that the seed head is flying away from the flower then you can see what direction to place the stamp,

Stamp it - small canvas

This is a small card canvas that I created with the Mulberry tree stamps.  The circular stamps are very effective especially if you use different shades of green.  I added the ribbon to try and make it look a bit like a fence at the front of a very pretty garden.

Stamp it - life is beautiful

I was so pleased with how this card turned out.  I used a circular sentiment topper to mask off the centre of the card before blending out various shades of blue distressing inks.  I only used the top of the tree as I was trying to make it look like a sky scene not a tree scene.  Again I imagined how leaves fly away in the wind and placed them accordingly.  The swift is flying south for the winter…..

There ends my crafty Sunday afternoon session.  Time to clear up and crack on with getting ready for another busy week at school.

 

Much love

x Elisabeth x