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. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

A very thankful little Hedgehog

Hello crafty people on this frosty winters day, I am sharing a sunny looking card with you. It is a sample card I made a while ago for LC Designs and this week they have released for sale this cutie little Hedgehog stamp which has changeable words that make up his prickles. I chose to use the THANKS word as I find it`s always useful to have a few "thank you" cards on stand by especially after Christmas.
what I used:
Diesire create a card dies
Crafters Companion, Floral Delight embossing folder
Crafters Companion, English Country Garden, Grad Floral dies
Memory Box stitched cloud (style 99506)
Tattered Lace, essentials circles dies
small hole punch
Tonic small flower boot punch
paper leaves
6" x 6" base card
yellow floral paper from stash
white card to stamp onto and emboss onto
pink paper
This card has a lot of elements to it but it is fun to make. I had my first real play with my Brother Scan n Cut machine to make the leaves on this card, I am really pleased with them but if I hadn't been using that I would have made them with a die.
As always I coloured my card using water based paints and Tim Hotz distress inks.
I read a post on FB the other day saying only 3 more Mondays till Christmas and this put me in a bit of a spin as 3 weeks is far too soon for all the things I have to do, but then Christmas Day is on a Sunday so it is really 4 weeks (phew that one week makes all the difference). Today I will be making my Christmas cake as its a cold day and a good time to have the oven on for a couple of hours, its a bit late in the day as I usually make mine in October but better late than never. I am feeling really festive this year and as we are finally into December I will indulge my Christmassy feelings with a bit of seasonal music whilst making my cake. I have seen a funny video on FB showing naughty cats climbing Christmas trees and I dread to think how my two little kittie live wires will react to ours when it goes up, I think we will be shouting timber a lot.
Whatever you are doing today I hope you have fun and stay warm.