Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Shabby Chic a go go

Hello crafty people, today I can finally share with you a card that I have made for the new Crafters Companion Shabby Chic range which is to be launched on Hochanda next Monday. The design team have made some fantastic things and I know that they enjoyed this collection as much as I have. You really cant go wrong because the papers do all the work and the papers are just beautiful.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic 12" x 12" paper pad
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Aged Rose Die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Antique Frames die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Distressed Lattice Embossing Folder
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Graceful Edge dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Heartfelt Thanks stamps
Crafters Companion, Floral Delights, Pretty Petals die
Tonic small Daisy boot punch
Hobbycraft small Daisy punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Weathered Wood
6" x 6" white base card
pale pink paper
Crafters Companion, Sheena Stamping Card
pearl gems
1cm pink satin ribbon
black Versa Fine ink pad
Quite a straight forward card even though it has a lot of elements.
 I cut the beautiful Shabby Chic paper to size and then embossed the lattice at an angle, luckily I have a Gemini machine to do this but if I had a smaller machine it wouldn't have worked.
The hinges were cut using both parts of the Graceful Edges dies (I cut the inner die first and then the outer) and then I trimmed the ends down and cut the piece in half.
The big flower is tricky to work with as the paper is such a good weight so I cut the last 3 big petals off (they got in the way) and I used hot glue once I was happy with the flower shape.
Have fun and don't forget to watch a Shabby Chic show if you can, this is a "MUST HAVE" collection and as I only have half of it I will be putting in an order myself (I have seen a Lilly on some of the samples and I must have this die its just stunning).
I have just finished some secret stuff for Little Claire and will be sending the samples back today for them to use in their next Hochanda show in March so I have been kept quite busy in my craft room of late. Its also been half term so I have been on holiday from my day job but the time has flown by and I feel as though I haven't achieved much on the home front. I did manage to get out in the lovely sunshine yesterday and cut the grass, I know its only February but it has grown such a lot over the mild winter. Today is different again as we have storm Doris due in tonight and winds of 70/80mph here in Lincolnshire and I have a dodgy chimney so I hope it survives (the chimney cowling was a casualty of the last big winds). Time to batten down the hatches and ride the storm and I will share another fabby Shabby Chic card with you tomorrow.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Just to say you are amazing

Hello my crafty friends, I am sorry it has been a while since my last blog but I have been really busy doing secret stuff for Crafters Companion and although I can`t tell you about it just yet I will say it is the first new collection of products to be launched since Sara came back after having her baby and it is just the most amazing collection I have ever worked with, even the Butterflies are fantastic and as you know I don't like Butterflies - I cant wait to share it with you.
This is a card I have made a week or so ago for a friend who I hadn't spoken to for a while but I wanted to let her know that I was thinking about her and that she is amazing. I used the Leonis stamps which came with issue 13 of Crafters Inspiration magazine and I just love how quirky they are.

what was used:
Leoni flower and sentiment stamps from Crafters Inspiration issue 13
Crafters Companion, Diamond Press, Handmade Love zig-zag stamp
Artylicious Filigree Fusion CD
cream base card
cream linen card to stamp onto
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
large flourish die to make for top corner
smaller corner die for bottom corner
2 x cream mulberry flowers
cream organza ribbon
2 x small pearl gems
I have once again been bad and sent the card off without measuring it so you will just have to guestimate the dimensions - SORRY
I stamped the flowers onto cream linen card using the Walnut Stain ink pad and then used the Vintage Photo ink pad to shade them. I cut the topper to size and then stamped the zig-zags around the edge using the Vintage Photo ink.
I printed the
backing paper onto watercolour paper and mat and layered it onto the cream base card.
The die cut flourishes were cut from cream card and then I tinted them with the distress inks.
Finally I tinted the flowers by wetting them with a water brush and then colouring them with the Vintage Photo distress ink applied with the water brush. I let the flowers dry and then added Walnut Stain distress ink to the centre.
I am on half term holiday now so I thought I would get a bit of decorating done (I thought), but then my sister thinks she might be coming to visit for a couple of nights and I have just gotten a top secret project from Little Claire Designs so I think the decorating might have to be shelved for now. I haven't seen my sister in ages so it will be lovely to have her stay, I just hope the weather is a bit better than of late. LC Designs have sent me two new stamp sets which will feature on their next Hochanda slot on 20th March, they are beautiful so I cant wait to get started with them and I`m sure you will love them too when you see them.

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.