Tuesday, 27 September 2016

and on a personal note

Hello crafty friends, I am bursting with excitement and wanted to let you all know that I have been asked to be a member of the Crafters Companion design team. There are 11 of us new DT ladies who will join experienced DT already working for Crafters Companion and 3 new clever Spectrum Noir ladies who will be doing magic with their pens. This means that you will be seeing me using their fabulous products much more on this blog as I will be making samples for their TV shows. I will still be working for LC Designs when they require samples but I think the majority of my DT work will be with Crafters Companion. I am just waiting for them to give me my first project and then I think I will be in crafty heaven. It`s true what they say you don't get any where if you don't take that first step and I`m so glad I did.

Crafters Companion have begun celebrating their 11th birthday which is in October and will be having fantastic competitions and give aways between then and now so keep a look out for the celebrations on their Facebook page and on Hochanda TV.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Love is in the air - part 1

Today I am sharing with you the first in a commissioned set of cards that I have been asked to make for a friend who I used to live next door to. Alan is getting married in April and asked if I could do some sample cards with a Peter Rabbit theme as his marriage to Barbie is taking place in the Lake District so my first thought was that Peter Rabbit would be under copyright, it is but fortunately Crafters Companion do a CD ROM which I used to print off the image. I have kept the card simple as I may have to make 35 of them and I didn't want it to be like the painting of the Cysteine Chapel.

what I used:
Crafters Companion Peter Rabbit CD ROM
NitWit Lovestruck Too paper download
cream linen base card 12cm x 17cm
fancy edged die about 8.25cm x 6cm
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink
blue satin ribbon
ring binder hole punch
I use Craft Artist when I am printing and I find it really easy to map out designs on the computer
screen before I ever print them which is a good way to minimise wasted ink and paper.
I opened up the NitWit papers that I needed in Craft Artist and trimmed them down to just a bit lager than the final design so for the hearts paper I made it 6.5cm x 18cm and the blue paper is just big enough to punch the two dots - say 2cm square.
I then opened the Peter Rabbit image in Craft Artist and re-sized it to 6.75cm from top to bottom.
Finally I wrote the "Wedding Invitation" script in Palazzo Werk at 26.38pt and drew a black line box around the wording.
I arranged the images as best I could to fit onto the A4 paper sheet and printed them off.
The rest of the card is simple, I just die cut the Peter Rabbit image and shaded around the edge with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink, then attach the satin ribbon to the cut to size printed paper panel, punch out two holes from the blue printed paper, cut around the sentiment box making sure to keep the black line and then simply stick everything in place onto the base card.
I will show you the other two designs over the next few days, I have my favourite and also one that was a complete pig to make so I hope he doesn't chose that one. Alan has said he definitely wants to use one of the designs but hasn't decided which one yet so fingers crossed that he doesn't chose the difficult to make one.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Sisters are the best gift your parents can leave you

Hello crafty friends, I`m sorry its been a few weeks since I posted on here but I have had my sister come to stay with me (which was fantastic) and then it was back to work as the school holidays ended (not so fantastic). I have been making a few commissioned cards which I will share with you later on but for now here is a Birthday card I made for my sister a few years ago after we had a fantastic day shopping at a craft show in Harrogate and she had said she liked this stamp. I do love trips out with both of my sisters and I think myself very lucky that we are so close and share the same interests.

what I used:
Woodware Leaf Quartet stamps
Woodware sentiment stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Broken China & Picked Raspberry
ink dusters
clear embossing stamp pad
black embossing powder
Glossy Accents
pink and black papers from my stash
The image panel on this card is so easy to make and I did it by first stamping and embossing the leafs onto white card which I then cut to size and coloured using the Tim Holtz Distress inks and ink dusters (it was the first time I had used ink dusters and they are really good for seamless blending of big areas like in this card). Finally I spritzed the topper with water to make tiny water spots.
The sentiment is stamped and embossed onto the pink paper and then the whole thing is mat and layered onto the base card.
Finally I used the Glossy Accents to make a feature of the swirly circles on the hearts.
Pauline was thrilled with the card and we went on to have a few more shopping trips at craft fairs but as I have moved away from her I have missed out this last year. Fortunately for me she is coming to live near me here in Lincolnshire soon so we can pick up where we let off and we have lost shopping time to make up.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Manchester United snow men!

Well I`m not sure if they are off to see Manchester United play but they are certainly wrapped up warm with their scarves and hats. This is an quick little card that I have made using another of the LC Designs Dinkies which are still on offer at the moment and being snow men they are really easy to colour in. I love the little snow ball at the centre of the bow, I have had them for ages and keep forgetting about them but luckily this time I remembered. I was really lucky with the clouds as I bought them not thinking about their size but they are quite small and just right for this little card.

what I used:
LC Designs Dinkies Row of Snowmen stamp - £2 or on offer 4 for £6
LC Designs Dinkies white scalloped cards - £1.99 for 20 includes envelopes
Memory Box Stitched Cloud Trio  99506
ribbon and snowball embellishments from my craft stash

I keep thinking its Saturday and as I am working in the refreshments tent at the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats open day on Saturday I`m really confused. I have to bake some cakes to take to the open day so I`m glad in a way that its raining as I wont be distracted by the nice weather and end up pottering about in the garden. Whatever you decide to do I hope you have a good day.

Friday, 26 August 2016

All the colours of the rainbow

This is a simple card I have made using another of the LC Designs dinkies stamps which are on offer. I thought all those Butterflies called out for lots of colour and I used just about every one of my pens to colour them in. I don't like Butterflies or Moths and as Butterflies are so popular in crafting I see them as scary or not scary, I cant even use a Butterfly that I think of as scary but as you can see these are definitely not scary.

what I used:
LC Designs Dinkies Butterfly Tree stamp - £2 or on offer 4 for £6
Lilly of the Valley stitch stamp set
Tonic heart punch
small hole punch (to make dots on sentiment tag)
red linen card
various satin paper scraps from stash (to make hearts)
pink embroidery thread
I bought an air bed a week ago because my sister is coming to stay and I was dreading inflating it as I had read lots of horror stories about air beds not inflating properly and being lumpy and I didn't want to have to send it back, my usual worrying about something before it happens. I thought I had better inflate it and guess what it worked just fine. It only took about 30 seconds and it is so comfy, panic over. I am going into town to get some bedding for it today but that will be a nice shopping trip, just a shame there are no craft shops in town. I do hope you have a good day whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Pinterest interest

Hello there, this is a card which I made a few days ago and put on Pinterest but didn't get around to writing it up on here and I have had quite a few saves on Pinterest so it seems to be a popular one. I just love Pinterest as a source of ideas and I get quite a lot of inspiration from it when I`m having crafters block. This card features a LC Designs dinkie stamp which is still on offer at the moment and also a Creative Expressions die which comes in three parts, I have used the Holly die but there is also a Poinsettia die which I have used just as a flower on another card in the past (a very useful die).

what I used:
LC Designs DinkieRow  Robbin stamp - £2 or on offer 4 for £6
Sue Wilson Poinsettia and Holly Gemini die
Inkylicious greeting stamp
Opal Liquid Perls
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels - Iced Snow
red raffia twine and embellishments from my stash
I made the hessian hearts by sticking a piece of hessian to a piece of fairly thick white card, when the glue had completely dried I punched out the hearts and then painted over the top of the hearts with clear nail polish to stop the hessian from fraying away.
Well it was so hot yesterday but Stu and me managed to get the raised beds filled with soil but I didn't bother going to collect the horse manure as the soil filled the beds, I think I will give it time to settle down and then put the manure on. We have to put some plastic sheeting over the beds so that R&R (the cats) don't use it as a big litter box, I don't want that kind of manure going in there. Stu has got some tomatoes already from the plants that he just planted for fun around the garden and I think we will be having them in a salad tonight as it is looking like another hot day today. I`m doing my half day in the Lincolnshire Cat Trust shop this afternoon so I cant wait to see if they have any bargains and meet the lovely people who come to the shop. I hope you have a good day whatever you decide to do with it.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Leftovers cat tag

Hello there crafty peeps, today I am sharing with you a quick and easy little tag I made a while ago but I had to sit on it as the stamp set has only just been launched. I said in a previous blog that I wanted to make more tags as it is a good way to use up left over scraps and this tag is entirely made from scraps from my craft stash.

what I used:
LC Designs Dinkie Text Sending Smiles - £2 or on offer 6 for £10
Imagination Crafts stencil template
Tim Holtz distress inks - Shabby Shutters & Mowed Lawn
circle die & slightly lager scalloped circle die
various flower punches
papers, gems and ribbons from craft stash
I made the template background ages ago for a card and then didn't use it so it has been in my craft stash and I finally found a use for it, hurrah because it is lovely. I really must start using more templates as they are so much fun to work with and I just love it when you lift the mask and a lovely pattern is revealed.

I really want to do some crafting but the sun is shining and I must go out and do a bit of gardening as we are making some raised beds so that we can grow our own veggies next year. Stu has already made the beds so he needs me to fill them with soil and manure (think I`ll need a bath after that lot). I hope you have a very productive day whatever you do and I hope I have a bit of time left for crafting later on.