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.