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.
 
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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.

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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).



Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Famous for 15 seconds

Good morning Crafty friends, today I am sharing another card which I made to launch the Crafters Companion Catitudes collection as it is still showing on Hochanda as a "one day special". I watched the show last night when they began the launch and I had my 15 seconds of fame because this card was at the front of the main display and got quite a lot of air time. I have to say that I didn't know the prices for any of the things I used when I was making the cards but after seeing the show I think everything is good value for money but especially the stamps (I haven't got the stamps so I may have purchase them today but don't tell hubby).


  
what I used:
Catitude CD (topper 73) 
Catitudes Heart Balloons die
Catitudes Delicate Florals embossing folder
Catitudes paper pad
6" x 6" base card
good quality 210gsm mat print paper
blue pearl card with white core
red card & black card
ring binder punch
Glossy Accents
5mm red satin ribbon
red embroidery thread

This card is quite simple as it is just printing off the image, a bit of embossing and then mat and layering.
The fancy pattern at the bottom of the card is made by embossing the blue pearl card and cutting out both ends of the design, then rub the design with a sanding block to reveal the inner white core (this is a lovely technique as the card feels like velvet flock after the core is exposed). Stick the two pieces of card together on the reverse with tape and cut to size.
The heart balloons were cut from red card, I used the embroidery thread to make the strings and when the balloons were stuck onto the card I covered them with Glossy Accents.

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Well after an exciting night watching my cards (and the rest of the teams fabulous cards) on TV I then watched a film so it was a late night for me and as the weather man had predicted snow over night I wasn't sure what I would wake up to this morning. The snow didn't arrive here in Lincolnshire but I have seen some pictures from my family in Yorkshire and they have had a bit of the white stuff and a scary trip into work this morning. I hope you are safe and snug today and keeping warm.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

My dream job

Hello crafty friends, today I am so excited to be able to share with you my first Crafters Companion project. This is 1 of 9 cards that I have made using the Catitude crafting suite which consists of dies, embossing folders, stamps and digi stamps, a super fantastic CD ROM and a book of top quality backing papers. The Catitudes collection is launched today on Hochanda as a "one day special" and I can tell you now that this project was a dream job for me to work on because as you know I love cats, fashion/style (although I lack it personally) and crafting and it is all rolled up in this amazing set. I do hope my cards get an airing on the TV but I have seen the other projects made by my DT buddies and they are amazing and well worth a look at on the Crafters Companion Pinterest page.


what I used:
Crafters Companion Catitudes CD - topper 83 & sentiment 15 (re sized with graphics program)
Catitudes Perfect Patterns embossing folder
Catitudes paper pad (for flowers)
Crafters Companion Signature Collection, English Country Garden, Grand Floral dies
6" x 6" white base card
circle dies to make the hoop frame
green card & white pearl card
good quality 210gsm mat print paper
blue & green bakers twine and jute twine
pearl embellishment, small cotton bobbin & blue satin bow

This card is all about the finishing touches and the image is so lovely you couldn't really go wrong. The only bit that you have to think about is making sure that the printed image fits inside the smallest circle die that you will be using to make the frame.
The frame is made using the pearl card and two circle dies  and then wrapping the twines around it once it is cut out.
The pattern on the embossing folder is so classy and really pops when used on the pearl card.

Yes I would definitely send this card to myself, it ticks all my boxes.

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I have been waiting what seems like such a long time to share this Catitudes collection with you and it has been a real test for me because I love it so much and had such a fantastic crafty time making all the samples. I am eagerly awaiting my next project which I think will be with me this week but it will take a lot to beat Catitudes.
I have to go into work tomorrow for an allergen training course and snow is forecast here in Lincolnshire so I hope it waits till I`m safe home or even better doesn't snow at all. I hate driving in snow ever since I got stuck on an icy hill a few years ago and had to watch whilst lots of cars skidded into each other all around me, that was the year when they ran out of grit and didn't grit the roads. I hope you all keep safe and warm and snow free (unless you like snow and then you can have mine).



Thursday, 3 November 2016

You don`t see many of these in November

Hello, it`s frosty out this morning and as we get further on into Autumn I think the only Butterflies to be seen will be on cards like this one. This is another card I have made using the new LC Designs Dinkie 3D Butterfly stamp. I love the bright colours of Butterflies and so I decided to paint this one in rainbow colours.



what I used:
small butterfly stamp
small sentiment stamp
VersaMark ink pad
5 1/4" base card
yellow & craft card & small piece of gold card from stash
open weave hessian type fabric
watercolour paper
gold embossing powder
gold Liquid Pearls
2 x brass brads
 
Stamp the 3D Butterfly and heat emboss using the gold embossing powder on water colour paper, then colour it using watercolours and a water brush (Spectrum Aqua).
The background layer of Butterflies is also made by heat embossing the gold embossing powder onto craft card.
Cut the embossed pieces to size and add gold Liquid Pearls to the edges.
Mat and layer the various components to create the card.
Finally add the sentiment which has been heat embossed onto gold card and brass brads added.
 
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The quilting fabric sale that I went to earlier on this week was a lovely day out with my friend but I only managed to spend £2, mind you I did seem to get quite a lot for my money but I felt a bit of a failure as it was to raise funds for the Lincolnshire Cat Trust. Today I have a free day and I am hoping to get some Christmas cards made to send out this year as it always seems to be a last minute push with my personal Christmas cards. My craft table is right under a big window and although its lovely to look out from its quite chilly now that the weather has turned frosty and I find my fingers get quite cold so I have invested in some fingerless gloves but I have no doubt that when I start gluing things they may have to come off. I hope you have a productive day today and manage to stay warm.
 
 
 
 


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Hello, long time no see. I`m sorry I haven't ben blogging much these past few weeks but I`ve been busy doing crafty things that I cant really talk about right now but when Crafters Companion launch the product I have been working on I will be blogging a lot.
LC Designs released a new stamp this week and is a Butterfly stamp (you know how I feel about Butterflies) and this is a card that I have made to help them promote it.



what was used:
blue, light blue and green inks
craft card
white card
small clear faceted gems
beige embroidery thread
small butterfly punch
Tim Holts distress inks - Tumbled Glass & Vintage Photo
Glamour Dust glitter
 
This is such an easy card to make as it is all about the coordinating coloured Butterflies and once that is done its simple construction but even the stamping of the Butterflies is pain free because there is no colouring in just shading with the same ink pad and a fine paint brush.
To finish the card I added Glamour dust to the Butterfly and gems.
 
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Today the weather is still and dull, the trees all around are losing their leaves and looking more skeletal every day. Yesterday it was really warm and sunny and I managed to get out into the garden and cut the grass (hopefully for the last time this year). I love Autumn but the garden does always look sad and tatty and after tomorrow nights Halloween it will be full steam ahead to Christmas. I am going to a material sale on Tuesday and as fabric is my other crafty passion I cant wait. A lady in the next village is giving up sewing and selling off her lifetimes collection of patchwork fabric, I cant wait to meet her and perhaps pick up some crafty sewing tips not to mention a bargain or two (although I don't know that I have room to store any more fabric). Enjoy your weekend my friends and don't forget to put your clocks back tonight and enjoy an extra hour in bed.
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A card I never wanted to make

Hello crafty friends, today I am sharing a card that I said I never would make - a bereavement card. I always thought it would be depressing to spend time thinking about and making a bereavement card but a good friend lost her husband last weekend and as she knows I make cards I thought it would be disrespectful to her husband if I bought one. I had to do the thing I said I never would and I didn't know where to start as it has to be respectful but not morbid. I bought the angel wings by mistake a month or so ago and they were just the right image for this card as it turns out. I hope you never need to make this kind of card but if you do then this one is really quick and easy to do.


what I used:
Tattered Lace Angel Wings die
Tonic heart punch
small hole punch
dull gold card
mink pearl card
red card
dark cream parchement card
Thinking of you gold peel off sentiment
5mm red satin ribbon

The card is really just mat and layering and very easy to construct. My finished card measures 15.1cm x 9.6cm but as I make my cards to fit the image it is not a standard size and I have made the envelope myself from brown paper.
The angel wings are cut from the gold card, I cut the wings apart to make a better space to place the red heart.
The red heart is punched from the red card and then shaped with a ball tool to give it dimension, I stuck the heart on to the card using hot glue to fill the void and give it stability.
The small red dots which I made with the small hole punch have also been worked with a ball tool to make them look more like brads and again give them dimension.

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I don't know if its the fact that the weather has been a bit grey and wet lately but I have been feeling a bit lost as far as my crafty mojo is conscerned. I have done the usual of looking on Pinterest and watching the various craft channels to pep me up and in the process I have ordered a Brother scan n cut (naughty me). I have wanted a scan n cut for about two years now but could never justify the cost however I saw a fantastic deal on Create and Craft and couldn't resist, so now I am eagerly awaiting the delivery van. Yesterday a white van came up and down the little road I live on about five times, he was obviously lost and I kept thinking to myself he`s looking for my house. Eventually he revearsed down the drive and I ran out with a big grin on my face and quite startled the poor man who was lost and looking for someone else two houses away. I`m still awaiting my white van man but when he does deliver my scan n cut I am going to lock myself away in my craft room for the rest of the year making fantastic things. Well that's how it plays out in my head but I think the reality will involve a big bag of things that didn't quite work out, still it will be great fun - can`t wait.