Friday, 11 August 2017

Don`t throw any thing away

I`m showing you yet another card made for the latest edition of Crafters Inspiration and I had a light bulb moment with this design as I was sitting looking at the stencil after I made the box featured yesterday and thought it was too pretty to throw away. I was watching Hochanda yesterday and Fiona Clayton was talking about this card, she called it frugal crafting and as all crafters know you should never throw any thing away.
what was used:
Crafters Inspiration 15 heart die
Sheena stamping card
15cm x 15cm white base card
Coredinations brights teal linen card
38mm (1 1/2") wide teal organza ribbon
5mm teal satin ribbon
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist graphics program
It really is as simple as it looks just use the leftover stencil from yesterdays box project to make the topper for this card.
Summer finally returned yesterday and I had to sit out in the garden and enjoy it for a while but it was so hot I could feel it burning my face so I had to get my sun hat.
Today looks like being equally glorious and Stu and I are going to Scarborough but not for a paddle in the sea, no we are going to pick up a heater that I bought a few days ago when the weather had turned cold. I finished off my blanket box up cycling project yesterday and will show a picture of it in my next post although I realise that I haven't taken a picture of it before I started (silly me).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A box of hearts

Here is another of the samples which I made for the CI 15 magazine. I just made a random size box but you could make a box to fit a present, say some tea lights. If you do have a go at making this project don`t throw away the template as I will show  you a card that you can make with that tomorrow.
what was used:
Crafters Inspiration 15 heart die
12" x 12" Coredinations pastels linen card
Crafters Companion Big Score
Sheena stamping card
Tim Holtz distress inks - various colours
organza ribbon
Work out the size of the box lid and cut a piece of card roughly to size but larger.
Cut another piece of card roughly to the same size and randomly cut the heart shapes into the card.
Place the heart card template over the card to be used for the box lid and sponge colour the hearts with Tim Holtz distress inks.
Remove the template (do not throw the template away) and make the box lid using your Big Score.
Make the box bottom using the peach card from your Coredinations and tie the organza ribbon around the finished box.
This is a really pretty gift box which looks more complicated than it is and when teamed with the card made from the template which I will be showing you tomorrow it gives a very coordinated look. I never used to like constructing boxes but now that I have the Crafters Companion Big Score it is so easy to make fabulous gift boxes and bags.  
Thank goodness the rain has stopped and the sun has returned although its cooler this morning. I am going to be working on more secret stuff this time for Crafters Companion but my MoJo is hiding and I need to find it and soon.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Barely friends

I just received my Crafters Inspiration magazine yesterday and as I was busy doing secret stuff for Little Claire I didn't get to look at it till I was tucked up in bed at 11.30. I had been asked to make 10 samples using the heart die which came with the magazine and this is one of the samples I made. I did a version of this card for a very dear friend who has a bit of a teddy bear obsession and she loved it.
It is a straight forward card although I never did get the easel bit right and ended up with the top of the card not sitting directly over the bottom. This was my first ever attempt at an easel card and I think I could have made life easier if I had chosen a square shaped card.
Its a really simple card to make but looks much more complicated than it is.
what was used:
Crafters Inspiration 15 CD - Autumn Charm toppers & papers
Crafters Inspiration 15 heart die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Heartfelt Thanks stamp
Tattered Lace essentials circles die
15cm scallop die (I used my Scan n Cut)
yellow embroidery thread
small hole punch
good quality 210gsm mat print paper
white card
Coredinations Brights linen card (burnt orange)
greeting made on computer
I have just finished my secret samples for Little Claire and I should be able to share them with you at the end of the month. I have to say the new stamps which I have been working with are lovely and I have enjoyed using them all.
I have been trying to upcycle a blanket box which Stu made for me years and years ago to put all of my sewing stuff in. Well my sewing stuff has outgrew the blanket box ages ago and it was looking a bit tired and tatty so I thought I would paint it and do a bit of stencilling on it. I am just waiting for Stu to fix a wooden plinth around the bottom of it and then I can seal the paint and its good to go. I will take a photo of the box when its finished but I`m rather pleased with it so far.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

So delicate and feminine

Here is a card that I made ages ago but I needed to wait until after my friends birthday as I was giving her a pink version of this card and didn`t want to spoil the surprise. I have to confess that this embossing folder isn't the one that I have listed for you to use (here is a spoiler alert), this folder which I have used was sent to me because I was working on a feature for the next Crafters Inspiration magazine and it is slightly smaller than the one you can buy.
what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies dies
Woodware sentiment stamp
blue card
cream base card
Pebio, Empire Gold gilding wax
black Versa Fine ink pad
The background paper is the time consuming part to this card but it is a technique that is easy enough and just needs to be done in advance as the card needs to be left to dry.
Cut a piece of Sheena card in half and using the Aqua Pens make a line of each colour along the longest side of the card. Turn the card over and using a wide brush apply the water to the card. Turn the card to the right side and using the wide brush apply the water to the front of the card starting at the coloured edge and dragging the colour up to the opposite edge. Repeat this process until you are happy that the colours are blended and then allow the card to dry.
Cut the dry coloured card to a size that will fit the embossing folder and run through the embossing machine. Further cut the card to neaten the edges and with your finger lightly apply the gilding wax.
Use a left over piece of coloured background card to stamp the sentiment onto.
The rest of the card is straight forward die cutting and mat and layering from here on.
I used a combination of double sided tape and some wet glue to stick the embossed backing to the mat and layered gold card. This was for two reasons, firstly the gold card is slippy and will eventually give up its grip on any tape stuck to it and also the 3D embossing folder makes such a deep impression that tape alone will not form a proper bond. I do not use only wet glue to stick large areas as I find wet glue bends the card when it dries. 
I absolutely adore all the elements on this card, the embossing folder, the gilding wax, the gold card and even the Butterflies.
My friend loved her pink birthday card and I thought it quite a fitting card as she saved me from a particularly big moth that took a shine to me. I don't like things fluttering around me and this moth actually landed on me, my friend allowed it to go onto her hand so she could put it in the bushes, a very brave lady in my estimation.
I was all set to go to the local car boot this morning but it poured down with rain last night and as the car boot is in a big field and the sky still looks full of rain I think I might pass on it today and see if next Sunday is a better day. I love car boots and the one I go to at Hemswell has an indoor market with a very well stocked craft stall and a ribbon stall outside, but apart from the crafty stalls I just love to browse and try to bag a bargain. Talking of bargains I found quite a few craft things on sale at one of my local charity shops and bought a couple of embossing folders. I am finding more and more paper craft appearing in the charity shops but of course its all about being in the right place at the right time but still always worth a look in just in case.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

No paper anywhere in sight

The open day for the Lincolnshire Cats Trust is looming (3/9/17) and I promised that I would make some teacup pincushions which can be sold on the gift stall. I asked for some pretty cups/mugs that were struggling to sell in the shop and now hopefully they will sell as a novelty gift for someone who sews.

The pincushion base is made from a large curtain ring which is padded by wrapping wadding around until it fit nicely into the top of the cup.

Wrap a strip of Tshirt material around the padded ring and stitch it into place on the inside of the ring (it gets covered so don`t bother how neat the stitches are).

Cut out a circle from some pretty fabric using Tattered Lace essential circles die (circle No 16).
and sew a running stitch around the edge of the fabric. Place a handful of stuffing in the middle of the fabric and then draw up the running stitch to make a cushion.

Pin the cushion onto the ring and then neatly stitch into place trying to eliminate as many tucks as possible. Add extra stuffing from the ring base to make the cushion nice and firm.

Using Tattered Lace essentials circles die No 8 cut out a circle from grey board (I used a piece of board from the back of a reporters notebook, I always tear them off and keep them when the notebooks are full).
Cut a circle of Tshirt fabric slightly larger than the grey board circle and on the reverse side of the grey board run a strip of tacky glue around the edge, stick the Tshirt material in place.
Carefully stitch the circle base to the ring base.

Decorate the pincushion with lace, flowers, bows etc to hide the stitch line where the cushion is attached to the base ring.

I didn't want to start making these pincushions as I haven't sewn for ages but when I had finished my first one I couldn't stop and ended up making all of them in one day.


I really did enjoy doing a bit of hand sewing for a change and am inspired to keep my sewing box out for a while longer. I have a shop bought quilt which managed to get torn whilst in the washer so I think I am now inspired to get out my material stash and have a look how best to patch it up and of course I will show you photos if it all goes well.

I am so lucky to have a lovely view of my garden and my old Apple tree from my craft room window and once again the tree is laden with cooking apples. The tree is the oldest Apple tree in our little village and sadly it has canker which I am not sure how to get rid of so I guess it is coming to the end of its long life but it is a beautiful tree and still giving great crops. My freezer is still full of last years Apple harvest so I think I will take some of this years crop to the cat shop and see if they can sell them (or even give them away for a small donation).


Friday, 7 July 2017

Quick and easy

I`m sharing with you today a tag card I have made using another of the Little Claire Christmas stamps which will launch on Hochanda today at 11. Its a simple card to make and is made easier because the tag shape has already been cut as a base card, you just add the cute little image and a bit of trim.
what was used:
Little Claire Designs stamp
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Rustic Lattice die
Crafters Companion, Luxury Cardstock, gold pack
corner punch
black Versa Fine ink pad
Glossy Accents
Pebio Empire Gold gilding wax
1" wide fancy gold ribbon
This card is so quick and easy to make. The only thing which I did that is perhaps not noticeable from this picture was to apply a bit of gilding wax to the edge of the card where the lattice die cut was stuck so as to define the lattice trim.
It was so hot yesterday at work in the school kitchen, it was sports day and I managed to get outside to serve some burgers but even there on the playing field it was hot and sticky. We had a fantastic thunder storm last night and I sat outside for ages watching the big black thunder clouds roll in. I love thunder storms, the way the air becomes charged and the lightening is always a spectacle I will never grow tired of watching. The air feels much fresher today but as I am going to work again I don't suppose it will be feeling fresh in the kitchen.
I didn`t get any crafting done this week and I am feeling withdrawal symptoms so I keep looking at the lovely crafty things on Pinterest. I do get inspiration from all kinds of things but Pinterest provides instant gratification. I must knuckle down and try harder next week.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

You couldn`t have Chrisrtmas without Robbins

This is a much more traditionally coloured Christmas card which I am sharing with you today and again it features one of the new stamps by Little Claire which will be launching on Friday morning at 11 on Hochanda. The base card is also a new product from Little Claire and also comes in red, they are £1.99 for a pack of 10 cards and envelopes.
what was used:
LC Designs stamp
small snowflake stamps
red card
cream linen card to stamp onto
gold mirri card
gold embossing powder
black Versa Fine ink pad
Versa Mark ink pad
gold liquid pearls
opal liquid pearls
decal edge scissors
Glamour Dust glitter
1cm wide green sentiment satin ribbon
1cm golden yellow faceted gem
This is a really easy card to make.
I stamped the image onto the cream linen card and coloured it in, cut it to size and dribbled the gold Liquid Pearls along the edge. Leave until completely dry and then mount onto mirri card.
I made the red background card by heat embossing golden snowflakes onto red card. I then cut the card to size using decal edge scissors and mounted it onto mirri card.
Its plain sailing from here on.
I am at work for the next six days so I was out in the garden with Stu yesterday trying to get the hedge cut now that the birds have finished nesting (its definitely a two man job). The hedge in our garden goes all around the perimeter of a 3/4 acre plot and it is a massive job to cut and not something that I look forward to doing. I tend to let Stu work the hedge trimmer as it makes my arm weak for days after with the vibration, so I was on tidying up and bagging up duties. Tiding up is not without its perils as the hedge is Hawthorn, wild Rose, Holly and fiercely stinging Nettles and always seems intent on causing as much pain as possible. I did manage to not get too beaten up by the hedge but any one walking on the outside must have heard a lot of bad language as I got pricked and hooked up on the thorns. It does look so much neater now that the sides have been cut but the top will have to wait until after the weekend and Stu can take a trip to the tip to empty the garden bags which are full and overflowing.
I managed to catch one of the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas shows on Hochanda yesterday and as I suspected from looking at the design samples I really NEED quite a lot of the things I saw on the show. The samples were fabulous and Sara did a fantastic job with her domos. I did manage to stop myself from ordering straight away on impulse and will wait and see if they come up for sale on the Crafters Companion web site, so there goes my over time money.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Summer colours for Christmas

A new week and another Christmas card made using a Little Claire stamp which will be launched on Hochanda on Friday morning. If you`re in a Christmas card making mood why not tune in to Hochanda today and see the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas launch, I`ve seen some of the samples for this show and they look amazing.
what was used:
Little Claire stamp
Creative Expressions, Festive Collection, Poinsettia Additions dies
flower middle die
Kanban snowflake stamp
pink card scraps
pink paper
green pearlescent paper
white glitter card
2 x small AB gems
pastel chalks - to make background
Crafters Companion, Sheenas stamping card
black Versa Fine ink pad
Versa Mark ink pad
clear fine detail embossing powder
masking tape
lead pencil
Another easy card to make once the background is prepared.
Simply mask around the base card and stamp the snowflake image, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss.
Colour the masked background using the pastel chalks.
Carefully remove the masking tape and using a ruler and pencil draw around the edge of the coloured background area.
The rest of the card is straight forward from this point on.
I am really getting into the spirit of Christmas crafting after seeing the fantastic samples for the Crafters Companion Scndinavian Christmas show but sadly my Christmas cards will have to wait a little longer as I have a few other projects to make first. I`m sure its a crafters thing but I have so many things that I want to make but at the moment not enough time to do them - roll on the summer holidays.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Its that time of the year again

I know we have had rain, rain, rain, grey skies and I even gave in and lit the fire on Thursday but  it  is still the middle of summer and that is the time when all crafters start to think about Christmas. Next Friday Little Clair are launching a new set of stamps on Hochanda which are all Christmas themed and this is a card I have made using one of those stamps.
what was used:
Little Claire stamp
snowflake stamp (mine was from a Kanban stamp set)
small hole punch
5" x 5" base craft card
green & blue backing papers (mine were from Kanban and Do Crafts)
Crafters Companion Sheena stamping card to stamp onto
black Versa Fine ink pad
Tim Holtz distress oxide - faded jeans
brown twine
craft card from stash
Glossy Accents
Glamour Dust glitter
snowflake embellishment
A very simple card to make the only tip I can give with this is that I stamped the snowflakes using 2nd generation stamping with the faded jeans ink pad (2nd generation is where you ink up thee stamp and then stamp it onto a piece of scrap paper before stamping it onto the image).
The snowflake embellishment was cut out of air dry clay using a cookie cuter and then I stamped a pattern onto the wet clay and made 2 holes using a cocktail stick. When the clay was dry I coloured the snowflake with the faded jeans distress oxide and varnished it with clear varnish.
Its been a funny sleepy week here with the weather being so miserable so I had a bit of a break from crafting and got lots of jobs done that I had been meaning to do for ages. The first job was to get my broadband changed from my terribly slow (less than 1 megabyte) speed to a blisteringly fast speed (up to 10 megabytes) and I can`t tell you what a massive difference this has made. 
Then we had fleas which were brought in by Rosie and I saw them on her ear when they arrived. Of course the cats were administered with flea drops but the fleas were in the house and decided they wanted to stay. The fleas took a real liking to me and my legs and so they just had to go and it has taken the best part of a week to get rid of them and now we have to make sure they do not return. My house has never been so clean what with vacking and steam cleaning every day not to mention the constant washing at 60 degrees of clothes, bedding and any soft furnishings I could fit into the washing machine - its exhausting.
So now I can go into my craft room without being bitten I will be crafting again and because I have been able to watch video tutorials on the internet I have seen some really interesting techniques that I will be trying out, I may be in here for quite a while.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A bit of old England

Here is another card which I have made using one of the Creafters Companion "create a card" dies which are such beautiful designs but I think this one is my favourite. They are still featuring on Hochanda today although there have been a lot of sell outs so if you can not find what you want take a look at the Crafters Companion web site.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sir, Create a Card, Scenic Village dies
Crafters Companion, Floral Delights, Preetty Petals die
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Beautiful Borders die
Crafters Companion 12" x 12" Shabby Chic paper pad
Joy Crafts leaf die
15cm x 17.5cm off white base card
yellow marl paper
cream linen card
craft card
ream 210gsm print paper
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist graphics program
Tim Holtz distress inks - vintage photo, broken china, stormy sky, peeled paint
2 x cram mulberry paper flowers
A fairly easy to make card to make, the border frame takes a bit of time to line up and cut out but not at all difficult.
I cut the border frame from the marl paper and then cut the village scene die image into the marl paper. Using the vintage photo distress ink lightly sponge over the die cut.
Cut the scenic village from cram card and then sponge in the clouds. Loosely attach the sky background to the village scene foreground. Stick this topper onto the shabby chic pre coloured paper.
Mat and layer up the card and add embellishments and the sentiment.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Im feeling a bit regal

It`s Friday and the launch day for the dies that I have been featuring all week, and here is a card with a designer look about it. I just love how you can make so many different designs with just one particular die set. Don't forget to tune into Hochanda tonight at 6 to see more amazing ideas from the design team (I`ve seen them and they are mind blowingly good).
what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Love is in the Air dies
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Essentials, Decorative Corners dies
Sheena, Grooving 60s, Crazy Perspective stencil
Crafters Companion, Opulent Flourishes foil transfers
Crafters Companion, Gold Foil
Crafters Companion, Luxury Cardstock - gold pack
Pebeo, Empire Gold gilding wax
Cosmic Shimmer misters - Peaqcock green & antique gold
Tim Holtz crackle medium
black Versa Fine ink pad
gold embossing powder
black card
green card
black & gold thread tissue paper
gold bow
4 x 3mm gold gems
1cm AB dazzler gem
crown card embellishment made with Scan n Cut machine
This is not a difficult card to make but perhaps not for the beginner.
Cut the heart shape from the green card by cutting once and then flipping the die over onto the reverse of the card, matching it up with the already cut out section and then run it through the die cutting machine.
Burnish the side of the heart on the front of the design to smooth down the die cut shape.
Roughly cut out a heart shape larger than the die cut heart and secure it over the die cut shape to form a mask.
Secure the Crazy Perspective stencil onto green card and then spritz with the Peacock green mister and allow to dry. When dry spritz lightly with the antique gold spritzer and allow to dry. When dry carefully remove the stencil and cut to size.
Select a crown from the scan n cut pre installed shapes and cut to required size (if you do not have a scan & cut machine you could find an image of a crown, print it onto card and cut around it).
Paint the crown gold and when dry cover with the Tim Holtz crackle medium and allow to dry.
 When the crackle medium is dry rub over the top of it with a black Versa Fine ink pad to pick out the crackles and rub off the excess with a baby wipe.
The backing paper with the heart die cut is finished off by lightly rubbing on the Empire gold gilding wax.
The sentiment in the centre of the heart is applied to the tissue paper and secured to the back of the heart.
When securing the heart paper to the card it is really important that you get the tissue paper as flat as possible so I used double sided tape and tried to but each strip up to the next so as to not allow any air pockets to form.
Have fun if you try this and remember its only paper.............

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Feeling lovey-dovey

Friday is nearly here and the launch of the "create a card" dies which I have been lucky enough to work with (Friday at 6 on Hochanda). These dies are called feathered friends and here I`ve made an anniversary card.
what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Feathered Friends dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Vintage Lace Edge die
Crafters Companion, Centura Metallics, Precious Golds cardstock
Blue backing paper (handmade)
pink backing paper (handmade)
19cm x 14.5cm cram base card
cream paper
small heart punch
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist
Pebio, Empire Gold gilding wax
7mm wide navy blue satin ribbon
1cm dark AB dazzler gem
This is a straight forward card to make however I did use pre made backing papers which are not difficult to make but will have to be made in advance.
The blue backing paper is made by simply spritzing a dark navy blue paper with Cosmic Shimmer and leaving to dry.
The pink backing paper is made by thoroughly wetting (on both sides) a piece of white copy paper, select a couple of Cosmic Shimmer misters in a pale pink and a pale green colour and using a paint brush dab the colour on to the surface of the copy paper, screw the paper up into a tight ball and squeeze out any excess water. Gently unfold the wet paper and allow to dry.
If the paper is too crinkly when dry you can always iron with a cool iron on the reverse.
To make the card easier to make I cut the die cuts separately and put them  together on the card with the ribbon masking the join.
If you are going to make the backing papers it might be as well to batch make a few in different colours, its good fun and well worth the effort.
I have just heard the local weather lady say "if you get any rain today its going to be light" but as I look out of my window its throwing it down so I think she needs to take a look out of her window. R&R are very grumpy with the rain and they seem to think that if they protest loud enough I will flip a switch and make the sunshine come back (if only).
Its election day today and so I will have to make the effort and go to vote. I am more confused than ever now after all the campaigns and debates but my ancestors fought fiercely so women can vote today and I shall not let them down, but I think I may have to take a blindfold and a pin to chose. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A touch of the Orient

I`m here again today with another of the samples that I have made with the Crafters Companion "create a card" dies which are launched on Hochanda on Friday with Leann Chivers. These dies are called scenic village and almost straight away I thought it reminded me of Willow pattern china and that was my inspiration.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a Card, Scenic Village
Crafters Companion, Catitudes, Oriental Additions dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Graceful Edge dies
Crafters Companion, Catitudes 8" x 8" paper pad
Crafters Companion, Centura pearl trends cardstock
15cm x 24cm white base card
white card
Tim Holtz distress inks - broken china & mowed lawn
black Versa Fine ink pad
5mm wide green satin ribbon
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist graphics program
This is not a card for the faint hearted as it requires quite a bit of thought about how to place the dies, this picture does not do it justice as it looks more vibrant in real life.
The card is made of two parts, the back or base card and the top.
The top section of the card was made first with the ornate graceful edge die and edge part of the same die being lined up and placed on white card with enough space in between for the topper and backing paper to sit and then they were cut out and the edges trimmed to size.
The Catitudes backing paper was cut with the graceful edge edge die and then trimmed down to size.
The base card is then made as a simple side fold card which peeps out below the bottom of the top card but does not show above the ornate top of the top card.
I cut a curve at the bottom of the base card (cut whilst the card is folded) to look like screen feet and coloured  it with broken china distress ink.
From here on the card is simple matting and layering and well worth the effort in the end.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse and yesterday we had a months rain in 24 hours. thankfully the rain has stopped now and its just windy so the little birds and bees can get back to finding food again. My chimney was leaking last year because the cowling on top had slipped but eventually it blew off completely and yesterday was a good test of the chimney which now appears to be dry again.
Stuart washed all his shuttle trays and little plant pots that sit in them on Sunday and left them outside to dry but the pots are scattered all over the garden now with the wind and I will have to go and round them up today before they blow away.  
I was working in the cat shop yesterday and thought it would be quiet with the weather being so bad but instead it was very busy and the time just flew by. I`m back in the cat shop today so I hope its busy again as I love to meet and chat to the customers and occasionally put the world to rights.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

I can see beautiful colours

I`m sorry its been a while since I last blogged but I have been doing top secret stuff for Crafters Companion - 15 makes in about 10 days. I was sent three "create a card" dies to play with and this is the first card that I made with them. I don't think I would have bought the dies for myself but now that I have used them and can see how useful they will be I might have to purchase a few more in the range.

what was used: 
Crafters Companion, Die`sire, Create a  Card, Love is in the Air dies
Crafters Companion Happy Birthday dies
Crafters Companion, Centura Pearl white with a hint of silver card
Crafters Companion, Sheena stamping card
blue card
Spectrum Aqua pens - red violet & yellow
Tim Holtz distress oxide ink - faded jeans
15cm x 15cm white base card
small hole punch
ring binder hole punch
small heart punch
5mm wide pink satin ribbon

To make the background paper you need to cut the Sheena stamping card to a manageable size and using the Spectrum Aqua pens colour about 1cm along the bottom of the card with each colour. Turn the card over, take a flat brush and thoroughly wet this side and then turn the card back over and wet the other side whilst dragging the colour along the card (you can add more colour if you feel it is necessary but once the card is wet this is a bit tricky). Allow the card to thoroughly dry.

This ombre card is also used for the 3D pink flowers which come as a separate die and also the small hearts.

Once the heart shape is cut from the Centura pearl card simply sponge the faded jeans distress oxide ink along the edge and allow to dry thoroughly (I heat dried my inked shape with a heat gun as I was told that this would set the distress oxide ink).

I cut away the petals of the flowers that I would be replacing with die cuts.

This is not an easy peasy card to make as the ombre background can be fiddly however now that I have done it on this card I cant stop doing it on other makes - it is very satisfying. You can always use a ready made ombre backing paper if making your own is a bit of a faff.


As I have mentioned I have 15 of these samples to share and my problem now is deciding which ones to chose. I think the dies are launched on Hochanda later this week, probably Friday or Saturday and I can`t wait to see the rest of the dies in this collection.
 As you can imagine I didn`t get much me time last week and it was half term too but I was really glad for that because I certainly needed the time to get my samples completed. My darling cats R&R brought some unwanted guests home (fleas) and with the hot weather we were all scratching in no time. A visit to the vets on Thursday saw the fleas running, or should that be hopping, and the cooler weather now means that our itches are a lot calmer. Of course fleas are a bit of a problem now as they like so many pests are becoming tolerant to pesticides. Its a shame that pests grow tolerant to pesticides whilst our little friends the Bees are being killed off by them. Talking of Bees it seems we have wild bees in the roof and in the electric box outside. I did need to go do a meter reading but decided not to disturb the bees as they do need all the help they can get and I don't think they live that long any way.
I`ll be sharing more of these samples with you this week so I really hope you like them.


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.