Monday, 9 July 2018

Christmas in black & gold

It`s baking hot here at Hugill towers and that can mean only one thing - its time to make Christmas things. Yes I have been doing Christmas ever since this hot spell began and today I am showing you a card I have made using the Crafters Companion dimensional dies which launch today over on Hochanda. The range includes some fabulous dies, stamps, embossing folders and printed papers which would become a staple in you Christmas craft stash.

This particular die set is called sleigh (suprise, suprise) and yoou get one sleigh and one Reindeer so I cut out two Reindeer and added Reindeer which I stamped using the sleigh accessories stamp and placed them behind the pop out Reindeers. The sleigh is embossed using part of the the Christmas centrepiece embossing folder and the sentiments were cut using the festive words dies 1 & 2. The whispy gold lines were made by tearing a piece of copy paper and laying it down onto the card as a mask then rubbing along the edges with a gold ink pad. I made the front of the card using the Holly swirls embossing folder and Pebeo empire gold gilding wax.

The dies for the pop out section of the card have slits cut into them so you can easily line them up with the centre fold of the card. I did this by drawing a line on the card, cutting out the shapes and then folding the card. It isnt a difficult card but you do have to work out where all the elements will be placed before you begin cutting. 


I am still making secret Christmas stuff for the Crafters Inspiration Christmas magazine and then more Christmas cards for future Crafters Companion shows. It is really difficult to feel Christmassy when my craft toom is south facing and gets the sun all day long. I was so hot yesterday at work (I work in a kitchen) that I had to go and stand under the fan in the walk in food store with my shirt unbuttoned for five minutes, it was heaven.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Some moody looking Dandelions

Did you see any of the new stamps and die sets that were launched last night and are on again today as the one day special? I have ordered the cup cakes and tea cups sets for myself and cant wait to have a play when they arrive. This is a card that was featured on the shows although it is much more colourful in real life, I`m not sure why it looks so dull on here.

This is a simple card which shows how you can use the dies to cut either side of the image without cutting out the image completely. I have to confess that I used my scan`n`cut to cut out the mat and layers but it would look just as good without the mats.
I used pastel chalks on Sheena stamping card to make the ombre coloured background and then stamped the image using stormy sky distress ink, I then 2nd generation stamped the Dandelions in the background.
I die cut either side of the end pieces then I simply cut across the top and bottom of the card making sure that it was level. The card looked a bit bland so I used black glitter on the centre of the darker Dandelions. 
In order to use the scan`n1cut I drew around the outside of the topper on to copy paper using a black biro, scanned this into the scan`n`cut and saved to direct cut. I increased the border by 2mm and cut out of black card, I then increased the border a further 2mm and cut out of white card twice.
I stamped the sentiment then added the raffia tie to the bottom of the design. I stuck the topper onto the black mat and then onto one of the white cut out mats. I made a hinge to run along the top edge of one piece of white cut out card and stuck it into place on the inside of the front card and then onto the inside of the back card and finally trimmed the hinge to size.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Sunny Sunflowers

I`ve been playing with some fabulous, fabulous secret stuff from Crafters Companion this morning and almost forgot to do a blog for the launch of the Gemini on the edge sets which are on Hochanda today. Here is a card which I made using the Sunflower stamp to create a beautiful vintage background.

This card is so easy to make and its a technique that is so simple.

I stamped the Sunflowers randomly onto Sheena stamping card with black VersaFine ink. Next I used spiced marmalade distress ink to ink up a brayer. I rolled the brayer once onto copy paper and then continued to roll the brayer over the stamped sunflower image until the ink was all used from the brayer. I turned the card 90 degrees and repeated the process of inking the brayer, rolling the brayer onto copy paper and then onto the image. When the colour on the image was right I allowed the card to dry and cut it to size. The colour was a bit intense at this point and the Sunflowers were a bit lost so I placed a wet wipe over the card and patted it gently (do not rub), The result when the card dried was a much paler colour and the black ink on the Sunflowers had begun to feather just a little making the image look like old distressed wallpaper.

The sentiment was made using the celebrate die form the 2017 Crafters Companion Advent calendar.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

A bold statement

Today I am sharing with you another of the fabulous stamp and die sets which Crafters Companion are launching on Hochanda on 18/19th June. This card features the Dandelon stamp from the set of the same name.

This card was so much fun to make and I got to use my new set of Brushos which I got for my birthday.
I made the background first by spraying some Sheena stamping card thoroughly with a spritzer. I then threw on some brilliant red brusho and sprayed the card again, then I picked the card up and held it one way and then the other to let the colour run, when I was happy with the way the colour had spread I added some rose red brusho along one edge of the card to make this edge darker and sprayed it with more water. Again I manipulated the card to make the colour run and create the desired effect. Finally I left the card to completely dry.
I stamped the Dandelions using black VersaFine ink and cut the card to size.
The sentiment was cut from black card using the sentiment dies from the Crafters Companiion, flutterby, scattered Butterflies dies.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

We all love a Sunflower

Hello crafty people, its been a while. I have been busy working on secret stuff as always but today I can share some secret stuff from Crafters Companion who will be launching some stamps with matching dies which fussy cut around them and they are fabulous. I only got two sets to play with but I think there are 13 in total and I will have to have the Poppy, cocktail glass, cupcakes and teacup sets when they go on sale. The launch is on the 18th and 19th June on Hochanda and as it is over two days I would guess it is a TSV.

This was the trickiest of all the samples that I made but I am showing it first as it illustrates the concept very well.
The stamp is a clear cling stamp (always my favourite kind of stamp) and the dies come in two halves so you can have the design on the edge as in this card, or as a fussy cut topper which you will see in my other posts. This set is called Sunflowers and I loved colouring it in with my Spectrum Noir aqua pens and a water brush.
I printed off the green paper from a Crafters Inspiration CD and also a blue spotty paper which when printed was more grey than blue so I had to look pretty hard for the right paper from my stash and this blue and white spotted paper is from the NitWit pastel dreams paper pad.
I then made the card too wide on the left hand side and couldn't`t decide how to make this look right so in the end I added the flowers and leafs to the lace to fill up empty space.
As they say in crafting "there are no mistakes" and I think this one turned out all right in the end.
I have been busy in the garden and at work doing extra hours and of course busy with DT work so the time has flown by since my last blog. I am suffering at the moment with a summer cold (thought it was hay fever at first) which is making me miserable and my crafting skills have disappeared. Stu is keeping me going with lots of cups of tea and apart from that generally keeping at a distance (he knows that's the best course of action when I`m ill) and of course Roger and Rosie are being good nurses and giving me lots of furry cuddles.  

Monday, 28 May 2018

I love a good show

Hello crafty friends I hope you are enjoying this bank holiday weekend. We had the Oyster Papercraft Show yesterday at Forest Pines which is a golf resort not far from where I live here in Lincolnshire. I had never been before and it was reported to be only a small or mini show so I didn't have high hopes but thought well I need a few more distress oxides so I`ll pick them up there. Well it was a fabulous day, I picked my sister up nice and early and off we went on an adventure as I was driving and I don't normally do that when I haven't been before. 
The venue was absolutely beautiful with plenty of parking and inside it was a function room which was split into two, half filled with stalls selling all kinds of crafty goodies and the other half full of tables for make and takes which were free. I didn't bother to do a make and take as I was blown away by the variety of things the sellers had brought and I kept going round and round not wanting to have missed any thing. 

Here is a photo of one of the craft stalls which was mostly selling card and embellishments, my sister is the lady in the middle of the picture wearing glasses and I am the lady with blond hair and a hair band stood with my back to the lady in pink. It was only £2 entry fee on the door but we booked in advance so it was £1 for us, this is very reasonable for a craft show.
These are some of the goodies that I bought, I said to Pauline when we were having a drink in the bar later that I would get home and think I "I wish I`d bought" but at that moment I didn't think I wanted any thing else. Sure enough I was sat at home last night and thought I wonder how those gelli plates work that I had seen on one of the stands? I had a look on YouTube and now I wish I had bought one, they do amazing things. That's the thing though because if I hadn`t seen a gelli plate at the show I wouldn't have looked on YouTube so even though I didn`t do a make and take I did take the beginnings of a crafty idea home with me.
If you have never been to a craft show like this one where you can buy craft making goodies I really urge you to go as the products are usually cheaper than you might find in a shop and the stall holders and crafty people there are always full of knowledge and willing to share it. I love looking at the cards on display at the stalls and get lots of inspiration from them, even though I make cards for display at craft fairs for Little Claire I am always in awe of the cards that other people have made.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Admin notice

Hello crafty friends, this post today is to make you aware that the law about data protection (GDPR) begins today and as a result I have added a page to my blog explaining what this means and how it affects you when you visit this blog or leave a comment on this blog. I just want to add that I never share information (personal or other wise) left on this blog with third parties but of course third parties are free to read any comments that may be left. I do really appreciate that any one would be interested enough to read or leave a comment on my blog so please keep doing so, it means such a lot to me.
If however you do not wish to receive my blog any more please leave a comment to say as much and I will remove you from my mailing list.

Now that's the legal red tape done and I would just like to say a BIG thank you to my fellow blogger friend Marianne Fisher for letting me copy the legal terms from her blog which is Mariannes Craft Room and well worth a visit.

I am very busy at the moment with DT work and have just finished some cards which are to feature in the Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine which will be on sale on 26th July. I have also got some new dies to play with from Crafters Companion and stamps from Little Claire so my bank holiday is going to be spent mostly in the craft room. I am so excited to be going to the Oyster Paper Crafts show and demo day on Sunday so I will try to take some photos to post on here. I love paper craft shows because the sample cards on display are really good for inspiration and to see the products demonstrated is fabulous, however the down side is it costs me a fortune.