A few days ago, I was asked to join the Crafty Cardmakers Design Team and must say I was over the moon to be invited. I have been following their blog as long as I have been blogging and have loved the projects that the existing team have produced and it was a real honour to be asked to join them!
The challenge at the moment is to make a card and a gift. There's a fab prize on offer from the sponsor The Stampman who have a £10 spend in their shop up for grabs for the winner. Definitely worth an entry with that fabby prize on offer. The Stampman have such a lot of exciting stuff on sale for the craft-minded types. I went to their shop in Skipton a few weeks ago as there was a demo day and I have to say their shop is fantastic! I spent all day there and wasn't bored at all as there was so much to see and do and buy... I was like a kid in a sweetie shop! The staff there are really friendly and helpful too so if you are in the area it is well worth the trip to visit them.
One of my most favourite crafting products in the world is available from The Stampman... and that is starburst stains. If you have a look on my previous bloggings, you will see I use them a lot. I have 2 different colour sets (Mayday Flowers and Holiday Wreath) plus a few extras for variety of colours and they really are the most amazing products I have ever got my mitts on. You can create backgrounds and paint with them plus do lots of other things with them and the effect is amazing. I have used poinsettia red gold, tiger lily red orange and cathedral pines olive from the Holiday Wreath set to colour a piece of off-white card. Basically I painted it with the main colour and then added splodges and dashes of the other colours and then covered it with cling-film and scrunched it up a bit as that makes lovely veiny lines when it's dried. I fashioned the card into a box, punched some butterfly shapes in each of the four faces with my Sizzix paddle punch, backed the holes with some amber-coloured floral vellum (not that the design mattered, I just wanted the glow!) and decorated the box with some paper flowers which I coloured to match with promarkers in ruby and bright orange. Then, I created a smaller lid type thingummybob inside the box to hold a battery operated tealight. And there you have it, a tealight luminaire, perfect as a gift!
The card, is made from matching card and I made it a foldy card, decorated with some freebie digi papers I found online and embellished with some more flowers to match the luminaire. The centrepiece is a Lily Pickle Decoupage fairy from their Xmas package. I loved it when I saw it as being a slightly gothicy style liking person, and with a daughter mad into manga and anime I knew I would have a lot of uses for it. It's perfect and fits in with my card so well. I used the punched out butterflies to add an extra bit of continuity between the card and the luminaire and there it is a card and a matching gift!
As you can see here, the luminare glows beautifully and it actually flickers like a real candle but obviously with out the risk of burning the house down owing to it being sat in a cardboard box lol
The Stampman - Christmas