Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bring on the bling

I thought I`d show you this card which I made for Crafters Companion to promote their luxury cardstock which is just the most fantastic quality card but as you can see here it can be a bit blingy. The zip on the card was a necklace which I spotted whilst working in the cat shop and thought "I could do something with that"so 50p later I had my starting point for this project.
what was used:
Crafters Companion just for you words edge`able die
Crafters Companion luxury card stock - red and gold
Crafters Companion English garden grand floral dies
Crafters Companion opulent flourishes foil transfers
Crafters Companion gold foil
Crafters Companion Catitudes delicate floral embossing folder
Daisy punches
hole punches
mat black card
6" x 6" white base card
cheap plastic zip necklace
If you knew me you would know that I do not do bling either in my crafting or in real life so this card was challenging but I thought if its going to be showey lets really go for it (I could have made it even more blingy as there is a glitter card included in the luxury card stock pack).
Its really simple to make and the only points to note are to cut the word die once in the red card and once in the gold card and then put the gold letters onto the red die cut, also if you are using a glue it must be a water based glue such as Collal Tacky Glue because any other kind will bond with the shiny card and pull the colour off or leave a mark.
Good luck with finding another zip necklace but I`m sure you could improvise with a chain or something.
I`m working at the cat shop this morning and it`s amazing what you can find in charity shops that can be turned into craft items. I mentioned on a previous post that I wanted to turn tea cups into pin cushions and of course the cups have come from the cat shop (I haven't even started that project yet). I remember my Mum going into charity shops looking for crochet patterns and I would stand outside as I didn't want anyone to see me in a charity shop, how times have changed because today you can`t get me out of them.
 I can`t wait for Friday when Crafters Inspiration comes into the shops, I haven't done a feature in this edition but I have seen the freebies that come with it and can`t wait to get playing with them.

Friday, 5 May 2017

And now for something a bit different

This is my final blog project for this week and once again it features one of the new Little Claire stamps which are launched on Hochanda at 11 this morning. This is a MDF heart plaque and I loved it so much that I didn't want to send it back to Little Claire.
what you will need:
LC Designs Hedgehog dinkie stamp
MDF heart
cream emulsion paint
black Versa Fine ink pad
black fine tip pen
5mm yellow and blue satin ribbon
Prepare the MDF heart by painting it with cream emulsion paint, when it is completely dry, stamp the image using a black Versa Fine ink pad and using the ink pad carefully colour the sides of the plaque.
Punch out a circle in a piece of copy paper and keep the punched out circle for later, place the hole over the Dandelion and colour the circle with yellow pastel chalks.
Make a mask for the Hedgehog from a post it note, stuck it over the Hedgehog and colour in the grass area (you can not use distress inks on emulsion paint as the pigment will just disappear).
Make some cloud shaped masks, stick them on the sky area, stick the punched out circle over the Dandelion and colour the sky.
Remove the masks, colour in the Hedgehog, stamp the sentiment and attach the ribbons.
If you wish to set the colours on the plaque you could spray it with mat varnish (must be spray varnish) or hair spray.
I loved the subtle colours on this plaque and the image is so cute I really must get round to making myself one now that the original has gone off to be sown on TV.
I haven't done any crafting for a couple of days and I`m getting withdrawal symptoms so it`s perhaps as well that I`m doing my day job today (dinner lady). I will have to remember to record the Little Claire shows on TV and try to find time to watch them this weekend. It was my Birthday last Saturday and my friend took me shopping on Monday to celebrate. My friend is not a crafter but came in every craft shop with me and then waited patiently whilst I got over excited at the things on the shelves and then did 6 laps of the shop just to make sure I hadn't missed any thing. So I have some new stuff to play with (mostly paper) and I have to decide next week weather to play with my new things or clean the house, which has been neglected since Easter - no contest, housework will still be waiting when I`ve finished playing.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

New from old

Well hello again, Here is another of the new stamps from Little Claire which is due to be launched on Hochanda tomorrow. This card is made with bits and bobs that I have had in my stash box for ages.

I have used backing papers which I printed out ages ago onto watercolour paper, I love to experiment with my printer and will have a go at printing onto most papers and even fabric. The flowers are some silk flowers that dropped off an arrangement that I used to have in my old house and the only thing apart from the stamp that you could actually buy is the doily which was made on my Brother Scan n Cut using a file I purchased from the Digital Craft Emporium. I love it when a project can be made from things that you have lying around as it then becomes cheap to make and it frees up room in the stash box.
I am working at the cat shop this morning and I hope the sun is still shining when I get back home because I have housework to do and I feel more like doing it when the sun is out.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Those cards we dont want to make

Hello again and as promised here is another sneak peek at a sample card I have made for the Little Claire Hochanda show this Friday. Sympathy cards are not something that any crafter would want to make however they are needed and this stamp is a really nice one without being too sentimental.

what was used:
LC Designs With Sympathy stamp
Marianne flourish die
small hole punch
Hunkydorey cream frame
Crafters Companion Opulent Flourishes foil transfer
Crafters Companion pink foil
6" x 6" cream base card
Crafters Companion Centura Metallics card
deep plum linen card
1.5cm wide beige satin ribbon
1cm wide plum satin ribbon
4 cream mulberry flowers - 1 larger than the others
black Versa Mark ink pad
black Stazon ink pad
Another really simple card to make and even the foiling is simple with these foil transfers from Crafters Companion. I used the transfers on linen card and the glue didn't quite stick in some places but I think this gave the effect of being very vintage and on such a fussy card it just isn't noticeable.
Today I have to call and see a friend and thank her for the beautiful Birthday gift she gave me and then I am off the cat shop for the afternoon. It was beautiful and sunny this morning and I was thinking about getting my legs out and putting on a skirt but the wind has gotten up and the clouds have come over so I guess its back to the jeans and jumper again.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Is thare life outside of my craft room?

Well hello crafty peeps, I hope you all had a good May Day weekend, I was working and yesterday I kept thinking it was Saturday, today I think its Monday so I`m totally confused. I have been really busy lately doing secret stuff for Crafters Inspiration magazine but that wont be on sale until August so its a long time till I can share that with you.
Here is a card I have made for the Little Claire Hochanda show which will be on the tellybox on Friday 5/5/17. Little Claire have a lot of new stamps to launch in these shows and I hope to be sharing with you this week some of the samples I have made with them. 

what was used:
LC Designs "to the happy couple" stamp (not sure if it is called this)
Marianne swirly Rose flower die
Marianne swirly flourish dies
6" x 6" cream linen card base
gold mirri card
Kanban cream and gold foil card
brown card
red mulberry paper
3 x red paper rose buds
2cm wide cream/organza fancy ribbon
red heart button & gold thread
black Versa Fine ink pad
gold ink pad
This is a really simple card to make and although I used my Brother Scan n Cut machine to make the heart aperture it would work equally well using nesting heart dies or even nesting dies of other shapes. I wanted the image to look like an old wedding photo so I used sepia tones to colour it.
I have been so busy crafting lately that I haven't been out of my craft room too much and poor Stew (or lucky Stew depending on how you see it) hasn't seen much of me the last couple of weeks. He had his big 70th Birthday last week and it was my Birthday on Saturday so I escaped my craft room and we went out for a nice meal with some friends. I am thinking about my next crafty project and I have a plan to turn some old teacups/mugs into pin cushions for the Lincolnshire Trust For Cats open day in September and I will share them with you if they turn out well - fingers crossed.
The sun is shining and it looks like its going to be a beautiful day today so I might go and help Stu pot up some plants. Did I mention that a few weeks ago it was warm and I sowed some peas and carrots and then it turned cold and a bit frosty and I thought oh well that's my seeds lost - not so because I had a look on Friday and they are growing well, so well that I will have to put some canes in for the peas to climb up.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lets look into the future

Hello again, I`m showing you a card today that I have made for a Crafters Companion Centura metallic card show on Hochanda but I`m not quite sure when it`s on (probably within the next week, so this is your peek into the future but I don't know how far into the future). I had to use this particular die so that determined the size of the card, I struggled for a while because I wanted to fall into my comfort zone and make it square but I think it turned out OK in the end.

what was used:
Centura Metallics, Precious Golds,
Crafters Companion, Diesire, In My Heart die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Classic Lilly dies
Crealies CLNestXXL 35 dies
Tonic heart boot punch
21.5cm x 9.5cm white base card
good quality mat white print paper
black card
Serif Craft Artist graphics program - for sentiment
1cm wide cream sheer/satin ribbon
3 x cream mulberry flowers (coloured with distress inks)
pearl heart gem
A really straight forward card, the only tricky bit was gluing the die cut onto the card but I used Collall tacky glue as it is water based and any that seeped out was easily wiped away.
The Lilly flower is quite dimensional and so I used my trusty hot glue gun to stick this onto the card, in fact I used it to stick all the flowers and the bow.
As I sit here typing the sky looks very grey but I cant complain after the lovely weather we`ve been having. My grass is still growing at an alarming rate and the lawn mower seems to be unrepairable so were off to buy a new one at the weekend. It was nice to be able to go to the car boot this last Sunday (there is a big one not too far from here at Hemswell Cliff), I managed to get quite a few plants for the garden and Stu trotted around without any pain now that he has had his legs fixed.  I am spending my afternoon in the cat shop today, meeting people and catching up whilst helping a good cause it`s something I love doing.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

I think its time to be messing in the garden

Hello crafters, here is a card I have made for LC Designs (It was meant to feature in the Hochanda TV show that never happened). I think LC Designs are at Ally Pally today so if you are lucky enough to be going please take a look at their beautiful stand and find out from the horses mouth what happened with the Hochanda show.
I used my pastel chalks to make the background colours, I love my pastels but they are old and well used now and I just haven't seen any for sale anywhere so I hope they come back into fashion before mine are all used up.

what was used:
Hobbycraft stamp sentiment
black Versa Fine ink pad
6" x 6" white base card
black card
white card to stamp onto
black fine tip pen
pastel chalks
colouring in implements of your choice (I use water colours)
I stamped the image onto white card and then used low tack masking tape to mask off either side of the image and I also made a paper mask  of the stamped image and secured it over the top of the stamped image on the card. I then used blue, pink and purple pastel chalks to create a background.
The rest of the card is straight forward and you could change the background colours to suit your own needs.
I have been lucky enough to have been on holiday from work for the last week and I cant believe how good the weather has been. I have managed to get a few jobs done in the garden but as always there are still lots more to do and it seems now that the lawn mower is broken and I can hear the grass growing. 
I have been spending my evenings crafting as I have so many projects to make before the end of the month (10 for LC Designs, 3 for Crafters Companion, a special 70th Birthday card for my Stu and a Birthday card for a friend). I saw a teacup made into a pin cushion on Pinterest and thought I could make that (as you do), I thought it would be a good thing to make for the gift stall at the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats open day in September so that's another job I have assigned myself. I think I will be kept quite busy for the rest of this month and I`m just so glad that I have two weeks off work for Easter. Talking of Easter have you seen how some chocolate manufacturers have started calling their Easter eggs chocolate eggs, how ridiculous. I have bought a Malteesers Easter egg which says Malteaster and I think that is rather clever of them.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I love shiny things

Hello once again, the card I am sharing with you today is a sample card I made for Crafters Companion using their amazing foils and transfers. The shows were supposed to be on Hochanda today but I think the Hochanda building is broken so I don't know if they will be broadcasting today.

what was used:
Crafters Companion Foil Transfers - Blossoming Bouquet
Crafters Companion Foil Transfers - Lavish Lace
Gold & Rose Gold foils
Sheenas, Perfect Partners, Country Cottage, Classic Carnations stamps and dies
Crafters Companion Autumn Morning 12" x 12" paper pad
6" x 6" cream linen base card
black card
black Versa Fine ink pad
1cm black dazzler gem
This is a really straight forward card to make and the foils are so easy to apply so don't be put off. The only tips I can give when applying foils are as follows
1. Don't move the transfer when rubbing it
2. Rub hard on the transfer with the stylus (lolly stick)
3. when rubbing the foil use an old plastic bag to cover the foil
4. Burnish the finished foiled image by carefully rubbing with the plastic bag
Well I survived my trip to the dentist and have to go for it all doing again in three months, but my dentist is so nice it isn't really such a nightmare. I have been hit with a bug and am feeling ill today so I think I will be drinking lots of honey and lemon.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Back in my comfort zone

Hello again crafty peeps, today is the day I get to share with you another one of the Little Claire sample cards that I made a few weeks ago. The new stamp sets are just lovely and full of character, you can see them on Hochanda today at 2 and 5. This card is so me (the colours, the stamp, the layout) I just love it.

what was used:
Little Claire Designs Hugs stamps
Tattered Lace essentials circles dies
ring binder punch
border die (not too intricate)
NitWit Chicks & Bunnies downloaded papers
Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson, Delicate Daisies complete petals dies
black Versa Fine ink pad
peach card
cream card scraps
5mm blue gingham ribbon
This is a straight forward matting and layering card but what really makes it work is that the colouring of the stamped image matches the background papers.
This was the first card that I made with these new stamps, it had been quite a while since I coloured in a stamped image and I was a bit anxious that I had forgotten how to do it but I am pleased with the way it turned out. I love this set and will be using this stamp on a Birthday card for my sister but her Birthday isn't till November so I have lots of time to think about that one.
I have a dentist appointment today at guess what time - 2.30. I never really mind going to the dentists too much but when he saw me a couple of weeks ago he said my teeth needed cleaning below the gum line and he might have to numb up my mouth. I don't like the idea of that and does he mean my whole mouth, mind you Stu might get a word in if my whole mouth is numb. My dentist is just a couple of shops away from my favourite craft shop and I cant wait to call in as she has put a couple of Crafters Companion Shabby Chic dies away for me.
I had my latest allocation from Crafters Companion a few days ago and I`m busy with metallic card which just screams out CONSTRUCTION to me, so I`m making boxes which I will share nearer the Hochanda show date. Just a heads up about a Crafters Companion Hochanda show tomorrow - Foils & Transfers. I have done samples for this show and I am blown away with the results that foils give. I never understood why any one would go to the trouble and expense of foiling when there is mirri board and foiled card on the market but how my mind has changed after using the foils. Take a look at the shows if you get a chance. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Hugs make everything better

Hello there crafters, today I am giving you all a sneak peek at a beautiful new stamp set from Little Claire (L C Designs) which are on Hochanda tomorrow at 2 and 5. I love this stamp set which I have been calling "little girls" but is actually called Hugs and all the stamps and sentiments are about hugs and caring.

what was used:
LC Designs Hugs stamp set
Zendoodles String Theory stamp
Brushos - Yellow Ochre & Lime Green
6" x 6" white base card
Crafters Companion Sheena stamping card
black card
red fine detail pen
black fine detail pen
black Versa Fine ink pad
This card is a bit trixy as you have to think about where the border stamp is going to go because this is the frame for the card.
On a piece of white stamping card draw out lightly in pencil an outline to stamp the Zendoodles stamp onto. 
Stamp the Zendoodles stamp and when dry rub out the pencil line.
Wet the card thoroughly with a mister. Put a small amount of the Lime Green Brusho onto a palette and add some water, with a flat brush, brush the green paint around the outside of the Zendoodles stamped border. spritz th card again if necessacery and tip the card in the desired direction allowing the wet paint to run inside the Zendoodles border. Allow to dry and repeat this process with the Yellow Ochre Brusho.
When the base card is thoroughly dry cut to size and stamp the little girl image in the bottom left corner, colour the image.
The rest of the card is simple. I used a fine tip black pen to add extra rain drops and a heart on the sentiment.
Because of the nature of the Brushos each time you use them the results are different so don't be surprised if your card is much better than mine.
Its Sunday and that means I will be going to work but it is the last day of my shift so Sundays are like a Friday is for most people. Have a lovely Sunday whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Oh the irony of it

Hello again my crafty friends, today I am sharing a simple little card that I have made as a sample for the Crafteers Companion sale on Hochanda which started this morning. The collection that I had to work with was the Butterfly Lullaby range, as you all know by now I am scared of Butterflies and there lies the irony. This card is so easy to make as the beautiful papers and flower do all the work.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Butterfly Lullaby 12" x 12" paper pad
small heart punch
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink
6 9/10" x 4 1/2" white base card
white card
slate grey linen card
lilac pearl card scraps (for the hearts)

A really simple and straight forward card to make - easy peasy.


I`m pleased to tell you that I had a sort out of my box of stamps and I found the Little Claire little girls stamp that I reported as being lost in my last blog, I`d only put it away. I cant wait to share the samples made with those little beauties.
I was going to do a bit of ironing this morning before I start work in the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats this afternoon but then my ironing pile didn't seem quite as big as it should have. I know this would make me happy most days but I couldn't find my school uniform (for the kitchen, believe me I`m not a school girl), then I realised I had washed it yesterday but forgot to hang it out. I know everyone has moments when they forget but I do seem to have been good at forgetting things this week and its only Wednesday, I think I need to do some mental gymnastics to keep my mind in shape.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Keeping busy crafting keeps me sane

Hello blogger friends, today I am sharing a card I have made for Crafters Companion as I was asked to make five samples using their Butterfly Lullaby range. This little tag card was really fun to make and it is a good way of using up scraps of paper which is always a plus point.

what was used:
Crafters Companion 12" x 12" Butterfly Lullaby paper pad
Crafters Companion, Butterfly Lullaby, Circle 3D Butterfly die
Crafters Companion, Butterfly Lullaby, Sent With Love 3D toppers
Crafters Companion, Gemini, Set One heart die
3 1/2" x 8" white tag base card
pink paper
Glamour Dust glitter
Cosmic Shimmer, Powder Blue, Metalic Gilding Polish
Tim Holts Distress Inks - Seedless Preserve & Stormy Sky
blue raffia twine
thick white water based paint
pink dazzler gem
silver Angel charm
AB crystal gems
pink seed beads & thread
I tore three different papers from the paper pad, inked along the torn edge and then glued them together to make the background paper and when dry cut to shape.
I then painted the thick white paint along the edge of the background paper tag, allow to dry and repeat until the desired effect is achieved.
The Butterfly medallion was cut from plain white card and covered with the gilding polish but if you have some pearl card which is the right colour you could use this instead.
The rest of the card is straight forward although the seed beads are a little tricky to hand but it is worth persevering.
I have had a really busy time lately what with my Crafters Companion DT duties and some seriously lovely Little Claire DT samples to make but I needed to be kept occupied as I was very edgy about Stu going for an operation on his legs. I always try to think positive but the worst case scenario is always lurking at the back of my mind, I keep it at the back of my mind by filling my time with other things and in this case crafting. Stu is home recovering now and I am much more relaxed and happy, I`m so grateful I have my hobbies to keep me sane (If you can call it that).
As I was saying I had some samples to make for Little Clair and one of them was using a particularly lovely stamp set with little girls on it, well I made the samples and put the A5 stamp set to one side to make a Birthday card for my sister. When I went to look for the stamp set it wasn't where I thought it should have been, I still cant find it. I hate it when craft things fall into that crafty black hole only to return years later when you no longer need them or you have bought a replacement, I will have to have a good craft room clean out this week and hope it turns up.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Im a Chic Lady (but I need a bit of Shabby in my life)

Hello, Yesterday was the launch of the Crafters Companion Shabby Chic range of products and as you know I have made some of the samples for them to show on Hochanda TV. I didn`t realise that the range was split in two with one half called Shabby and the other half called Chic. It turns out I was on the Chic team and now that I have seen the whole collection I have ordered a few pieces from the Shabby collection. I have been reading posts from DT members who weren't working on this project and they are all saying "oh the whole collection just fell into my basket when my finger slipped", So have you managed to watch any of the shows and have you had a "slipped finger" and ordered any of the products?
This is the most creative of all the sample cards I made for the shows and I just loved messing around, trying new techniques and wondering why I hadn't done them before.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic Graceful Edges dies
Crafters Companion Shabby Chic 12" x 12" paper pad
Crafters Companion Shabby Chic buttons
Crafters Companion, Birthday Party, Lets Party stamps
17cm x 13.5cm cream base card
cream linen card scrap to stamp sentiment onto
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo & Pumice Stone
really pale blue water based paint (Dulux tester pot First Frost)
Ranger Crackle Accents
Funky Foam
5mm ppink satin ribbon
pearl gems
First of all I cut out my paper from the paper pad and cut into it with the main part of the Graceful Edges die.
Distress the edge of the paper with sand paper and tint the distressed edge with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Paint the pale blue paint onto the area of the paper you would like the stamped image to appear and leave to dry.
Paint over the pale blue paint with the Ranger Crackle Glaze and leave to dry.
Lightly rub over the crackle glaze with the Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Cut the Butterflys from the Funky foam using the Butterfly dies and secure the cut foam onto an acrylic block. Stamp the Butterfly images over the crackle glaze using the Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The rest of the card is just basic card making which you will have done many times before.


It looks like its going to be a nice sunny day today. I have so much crafty stuff to do this week and could really do with a few more hours in the day but it is an absolute pleasure to be sat in my craft room looking over the garden when the sun is shining. I went to have a check up at the dentist yesterday and called into my favourite craft shop in Louth whilst I was in town, I just love browsing and chatting to the owner, then I go and fill my basket and rush home to play with my purchases. I got some lovely ribbons from the market and some Cosmic Shimmer gilding wax in pastel colours as I have a card project for Little Claire that I think they may come in handy for and I can`t wait to try them out. I hope my little card has inspired you to take a look in your craft stash and have a play with the scary things that you bought but haven't been brave enough to use yet, I know I will be doing it more often.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

I don`t like Butterflies

Hello again crafty friends, I am sharing with you another of the cards I have made for the Shabby Chic range due to be launched by Crafters Companion on Hochanda at 8, O, clock on Monday. I loved the papers in the paper pad but my imagination was running wild and I just had to make this card. As you know by now I am frightened by things that suddenly fly up and I have been seen running away screaming when a Butterfly comes near (they just know), but these Butterflies are not scary at all and I can`t stop using them on other projects (which I will share with you later).

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Vintage Lace Edge die
14,5cm x 13.5cm  base card
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Card, Snow White with a hint of Silver
copy paper
mica pigment misters (3 soft colours)
pastel chalks (4 bright colours)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Milled Lavender
small heart punch
lilac pearl paper scraps
5mm lilac satin ribbon
sentiment from stash
Not a difficult card to make but it does require a bit of thought and prep..

First of all I made the creased backing paper prior to making the card as it needs to dry out thoroughly before it is stuck to the card.
I wet a sheet of copy paper with a mister (I mean soaked) then dabbed colours from the mica misters onto the wet paper with a big brush, then screw the paper into a ball making sure that the painted surface is folded onto itself, finally squeeze the excess water from the ball of paper and unfold onto newspaper and allow to dry. This is a messy process and every time you do it you will get a unique result so just play and enjoy. I made these papers ages ago and I cant remember the colours I used.
Once the paper is dry you can flatten it down further by ironing on the reverse side.
The background for the lace and the Butterflies was made with the bright pastel chalks which I just dabbed onto copy paper and blended (you don't need to be too particular about the blending of the colours because it all merges seamlessly when it is put under the cut out design).
I simply marked the edges of the die cuts onto the chalked paper, cut out the shapes and stuck them onto the back of the die cuts.
I hope you have fun and aren't too put off by the messy paper making because once you start it is addictive and you will be making loads.
Well today we have storm Doris arriving and it is already very windy here in Lincolnshire. I have a big Conifer tree outside the house and a wonky chimney so I really hope they hold up to the winds to come. It is on days like this when the weather is too bad to venture out that I am glad I have my crafting hobbies to keep me occupied or I would go stir crazy. My fur babies Roger and Rosie didn't think much to the winds this morning and didn't stay out long, in fact Rosie was very vocal in her complaints when she came back in. I hope you all weather the storm safely and get lots of crafty things done too.

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