Monday, 16 January 2017

Hay look Ma I`m on TV

Hello, well I`m not on TV but my cards are. I did some samples for Crafters Companion a week or two ago and today they are on Hochanda with Fiona Clayton and I think the next show is at 3 this afternoon. I love this card using the Diamond Press dies & stamps and as I am a sewer myself I really connected with this set.

what was used:
NitWit Dress Shoppe 8" x 8" paper pad
6" x 6" white base card
craft card
white card to stamp onto and die cut
white linen card
grey ink pad
pink ink pad
small heart punch
pink sewing cotton
small white button
This is a fun card to make but I did use my Scan n Cut to make the doily shape so if you don't have this machine you could use any doily die or even a corner or apeture die instead.
Some people have asked what is the best way to use these dies and stamps and I find it easier to cut out the shape and then stamp the image onto it. Because the stamps are clear it is easy to see where the stamp is on the card but some people I know prefer to take the card to the stamp.
I hand cut the little cotton bobbin and wound the cotton onto it.
My little battered up old car made it through its MOT and lives to drive another year although my purse is much lighter now so no more treats for me this month. I hate driving but love my car as it gives me some independence, but she`s an old girl now and I do fear for her every year at MOT time.
The snow that was promised over the weekend never arrived although it was bitter cold. Its all change today as its dull and wet so I think a day of crafting is the best way to deal with a miserable Monday in January. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Is it Valentines Day soon?

Hello, todays card is a sweet little design that I made for a Crafters Companion Diamond Press TV show which I think may be aired on Monday. The little plane is cute and the banner stamp comes separate to the sentiment so you could put anything you want on there and although I made this as a congratulations card I think it would work well as a Valentines card.

what was used:
gold mirri card
black card
fine detail gold embossing powder
gold crochet thread
This is a really simple card to make basically mat and layering and a bit of heat embossing. I have sent the original card off to be shown on TV and forgot to measure the size of the base card (sorry).
Today I have taken my little old car for its MOT and I am waiting for the dreaded phone call from the garage so I am writing this blog to keep my mind active. We have been forecast snow here in Lincolnshire tonight and as I have to drive to work tomorrow I am feeling a bit anxious about that also. I normally lock myself away in my craft room when I am anxious, I did that first thing this morning and made a lovely Birthday card for my sister whose Birthday is in March and I will share it with you when I have taken a picture of it. I hope wherever you live you don't get too much snow and if you do I hope you don't have to go out in it unless its for playing.

Monday, 9 January 2017

New year new stamps

😺 Happy New Year my crafty friends, the holidays seem like a long time ago now don't they. I`m sharing a card with you today that I have made using a new stamp from LC Designs which they launched last week. I must admit that I made this card a while ago when I first got my Brother Scan n Cut machine and I used it quite a lot on this here but I know that most crafters wont have a Scan n Cut so you could use dies and punches from your stash.

what was used:
fine detail swirly clear stamp
6" x 6" white base card
pale blue card
cream card
white card to stamp onto
pink card scraps from stash
blue and white spotted paper from stash
Imagination Crafts stencil
3 x Daisy punches
2 x hole punches
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Tea Dye & Spun Sugar
black Versa Fine ink pad
wide white organza ribbon
pink satin ribbon
pink satin ribbon bow
pink bakers twine
Glamour Dust glitter
The little bootees, corner patches, base shape to stamp image onto and the background mat layer were all made using pre installed patterns on the Brother Scan n Cut machine.
To make the pink backing paper I used Tim Holts Spun Sugar and sponged through the Imagination Craft stencil onto cream card.
The lovely image was stamped onto the pre cut white card and then I made a mask to cover the image and very lightly tinted the white card with the Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink using a sponge. I removed the mask and coloured the image. I stamped around the edge of the image card with the Spun Sugar ink pad and swirly stamp then I ran around the edge of the image card shape with liquid glue, sprinkled with Glamour Dust and allowed to dry.
The rest of the card is straight forward to make.
I was back at work this weekend and although I loved Christmas I am glad to get back to normal, especially my sleeping pattern which did suffer. I don't make New Year resolutions but I do have crafty things that I would love to do this year including more mixed media after seeing some amazing work my friends have done (thank you Inkybliss and Jane Royston). I would like to do more patchwork too but it takes me ages and I don't know if I will have the time to commit to it but I will keep it in mind. I also need to get some planting done in the garden to encourage the insects and create more colour but that will be in spring. I did treat myself to some cutting files from the Digital Craft Emporium over Christmas (they were very reasonable) and I am so pleased with them that I think I will be using my Scan n Cut a lot more now.
I hope you manage to keep to your resolutions if you have made any and I do hope that you will keep having a look at my little blog of indulgence, but most of all I hope your crafty mojo is energised and you create some amazing things this year.
Thank you for joining me Xx

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Do people do this when it`s frosty?

Hello again, its that funny time in between Christmas and New Year when people who are not working find themselves at a lose end. I am sharing a card which I have made as part of a DT project and although I don't know any golfers I just love the bright colours on the background paper and I put it in because it reminded me of the old fashioned plus 4s and Argyle sweaters that golfers used to wear.

what I used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sire Edge`ables, Hole in One die
Serif Craft Artist, Eye Candy, materials printed paper
Serif Craft Artist, Banner Lite for sentiment
red & black card scraps from stash
good quality white card to print onto and use with dies
Tim Holtz distress ink pads to use as paints - Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio,
Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo
blue pastel chalk for sky
Pebeo silver gilding wax for golf clubs
red and yellow pens for colouring in flag and bunker
13mm & 5mm red satin ribbon
black pen or ink pad to mark around flag
A really easy card to make and colour in and well worth a go if you have a golfer with a special occasion.

Its a really frosty start this morning and this was the view from my craft room an hour or so ago, I just love the crisp winter days. This time in between Christmas and the New Year is a bit boring (Im`m not complaining as I am lucky enough to be on holiday), I usually throw myself into some crafting but as I`m waiting for a die cutting machine to be delivered (hopefully today) I am at a bit of a lose end. I have 3 birthday cards to make for friends before 16th January and I have 3 projects to make for Crafters Companion before 9th January so I am really hoping that my Cuttlebug arrives today.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Roll on New Years Eve

I`m sorry I haven't been posting here lately but I had a problem with Blogger (I couldn't find my blog  dashboard for a while) and then it was full steam ahead to Christmas. The next big event on the calendar is New Years Eve so here is a card I made as a DT project for Crafters Companion and if you are having a party this could be a perfect invitation card.

what you need:
Crafters Companion Die`sire Edgeables Cocktail Club dies
Serif Craft Artist, Evening Sky backing paper
Serif Craft Artist Troutkings BTF font for sentiment
6" x 6" white base card
plum card
good quality 210gsm white mat paper to print onto
white card to use with die and as mat and layer for sentiment
Sakura silver glitter pen
Stickles - Crystal & Xmas Red
glitzy lilac organza ribbon 4cm wide
pink satin ribbon 7mm wide
assorted lilac sequins
pens to colour the cocktail and lemon
This card is a bit tricky as you really need to plan where the little flying umbrellas need to go. The sentiment was written in white and overlaid onto the background in the graphics program and then printed out. Having said that I think it is quite eye catching and well worth a go.
Its been a bit traumatic here on the crafting front as I couldn't access my blog for a while and then my die cutting machine broke on 23/12 and I had been given 6 dies to make samples with before 29/12. I ordered a new machine but it won`t be delivered till 29/12 so I will have to send the dies back and apologise for failing with a commission. I was very upset at first but then realised that I would be free to enjoy my Christmas as I would have time on my hands. So that's what I`m doing having a little rest and enjoying my free time. I hope you all have had a fabulous Christmas and now that its all over for another year you can enjoy the rest of your holiday if you are lucky enough to get time off work.
I am not going to a party on New Years Eve (my friends back in Bradford call it Old Years Night) but I will be staying up for the "first footing", a tradition associated with Scotland but my Mother although not Scottish was deeply superstitious and always made my Dad do it and I carry it on now. If you`re not familiar with this tradition a dark haired man must cross the threshold of the house with a piece of coal and a piece of silver after midnight to ensure wealth and warmth for the future year. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

A very thankful little Hedgehog

Hello crafty people on this frosty winters day, I am sharing a sunny looking card with you. It is a sample card I made a while ago for LC Designs and this week they have released for sale this cutie little Hedgehog stamp which has changeable words that make up his prickles. I chose to use the THANKS word as I find it`s always useful to have a few "thank you" cards on stand by especially after Christmas.
what I used:
Diesire create a card dies
Crafters Companion, Floral Delight embossing folder
Crafters Companion, English Country Garden, Grad Floral dies
Memory Box stitched cloud (style 99506)
Tattered Lace, essentials circles dies
small hole punch
Tonic small flower boot punch
paper leaves
6" x 6" base card
yellow floral paper from stash
white card to stamp onto and emboss onto
pink paper
This card has a lot of elements to it but it is fun to make. I had my first real play with my Brother Scan n Cut machine to make the leaves on this card, I am really pleased with them but if I hadn't been using that I would have made them with a die.
As always I coloured my card using water based paints and Tim Hotz distress inks.
I read a post on FB the other day saying only 3 more Mondays till Christmas and this put me in a bit of a spin as 3 weeks is far too soon for all the things I have to do, but then Christmas Day is on a Sunday so it is really 4 weeks (phew that one week makes all the difference). Today I will be making my Christmas cake as its a cold day and a good time to have the oven on for a couple of hours, its a bit late in the day as I usually make mine in October but better late than never. I am feeling really festive this year and as we are finally into December I will indulge my Christmassy feelings with a bit of seasonal music whilst making my cake. I have seen a funny video on FB showing naughty cats climbing Christmas trees and I dread to think how my two little kittie live wires will react to ours when it goes up, I think we will be shouting timber a lot.
Whatever you are doing today I hope you have fun and stay warm.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A bit of therapy

Hello crafty friends, I hope you are all well and managed to survive the storm of the past couple of days. It was such a wet and dark day yesterday that the only thing to do was to lock myself away in my craft room and this card is what happened. I have never done any "adult colouring in" before and a miserable day was a good day to start because it is so relaxing and therapeutic to do. I used all my Spectrum Aqua pens, all my Tim Holtz distress inks (as paints using a water brush) and a few pens I had forgotten about and they were strewn all over my desk like a riot of colour, how could the weather get me down when I had my own rainbow right on my work desk.

what I used:
Craftters Companion Crafters Inspiration issue 12 free CD
every Spectrum Aqua, Tim Holts distress ink and any other colours you can get hold of
black card
purple card
Craft Artist Crazy Girl Blond - for the sentiments
1cm burgundy organza ribbon
1cm AB dazzler
stickles crystal glitter glue

The image is on the CD and I edited it to exclude some flowers that I didn't want and generally made it more of a shape that would fit my card and just printed it out onto Hobbycraft white card.
OK this card is easy peasy to make, the colouring in took a while but it was so relaxing to do I didn't notice the time going by and I kept leaving it and then coming back to it as life doesn't always stop for crafting. I used all water based ink on this card as its what I`m used to and I would suggest that whatever you use make sure that it`s all the same format throughout the colouring in process. Having said that I did  I use a black alcohol pen to colour the background in once the colours were completely dry.
The sentiment was made in my Craft Artist graphics program and I typed the words, made them a suitable size, set the wording inside a lilac box and printed them out.
The rest of the card is just mat and layering and general jazzing up with glitter and ribbon.


This card is for my sister who has a Birthday in December and she does adult colouring in all the time but never makes anything with her artwork so I thought I would show her via this card that she could be sharing her art with her friends (I have gotten her a sweary colouring in book for Christmas but I don't think she will be making cards with that).
and now for something completely different - I have wanted a camera tripod ever since I first started taking pictures of my cards but I wasn't sure if the screw on the tripod would fit my camera as my camera is tiny. Last week when I was doing my afternoon in the Lincolnshire Trust For Cats shop they had a tripod for sale for £5 so I bought it and hay presto it fits my little camera. I feel so much more professional now that I am not balancing the camera on a box, on a piece of polystyrene, on a fold away table and it saves me time setting up a shoot. So I just have to make more cards so that I can play with my new tripod toy, such a good investment I should have bought one years ago.
Whatever you decide to do with your day I hope you stay safe and dry and happy (I`m off to do some house work now so not much happiness there until its over).