Saturday, 31 January 2015
At the moment I don’t have a card to share – and not sure if I will end up finished one I was doing.
I started one earlier this morning but had my twin daughters Nicky and Vicky and my wonderful grandson Layton coming over for the day, my hubby had gone over to Hull to collect them
So my day has been taken up chattering and we did some baking this afternoon....
My intentions were once they went home I would have a good tidy in the craft room as we have played with dies and the Cameo so the floor was covered in bits...I had finished the hovering and decided to put out some boxes which I thought might have my encaustic iron in and that led to something else and so on till my floor was covered in boxes and storage wallets
My phone rang but I ignored it as it was at the other side of the room, then a text came through so I thought hubby had been held up or maybe just asking did I want any shopping picking up....
I certainly wasn’t prepared for the text I received, basically it was from my best friend’s hubby telling me she had been involved in a car accident yesterday on her way back from her daughters and was in hospital, she has some nasty injuries but at least she has her life...now is the time i really wish I could drive as she is in hospital miles away from here...even if I get the train tomorrow I have no idea how long it will take, I have asked her hubby if he is going over to visit could i have a lift, I never thought that he was already there – he had a call at work last night so went straight from work and has stayed with her.
One very very sad thing though the beautiful black Labrador puppy Boe hubby bought her early December as a Christmas gift sadly didn’t survive the crash. Boe travels in a dog crate at the back of the car.
As you will appreciate, I am so upset that I can’t be there with her today but hopefully I will either get to visit her one way or another or will have to wait until she gets home.
Bye for now
Friday, 30 January 2015
I have put together a very pretty card today as I went off to a local craft shop and fell in love with the new dies by Sweet Dixie
I also wanted to use one of the lovely gingham backing papers that are actually free – yes free, the papers can be found by clicking here
while you are there you really do need to be checking out the mega bundles that I use so often now and if you have an electronic die cutting machine there’s plenty there for you too
So on to my card!
As well as buying a few dies I also bought a few packs of this lovely doubled sided pearlescent card in pink, pale pink and black.
I used my own book mega dies by Go Kreate and using the largest size I cut out in the pink card, then a size smaller cut out the pale pink and a size smaller cut out the lovely pinky purple gingham backing paper. On the screen the gingham is clearly pink but I have printed it 3 times and come through the same colour.
I scored down the centre of all 3 pages, then used the edge of my desk to light bow the pages. Using wide double sided foam tape I added a piece down the spine of all 3 layers and once they were in place I added a small piece of foam tape in the centre of the pages to hold the shape.
Using the pink card I cut out the beautiful pram and rattle using the die by Sweet Dixie called Pram and Rattle and number SDD053, it cut beautifully and 1st time too. I had planned on sticking the pram to the gingham card but it just didn’t look right so I cut the 4th size page using the pale pink card, but this time I folded it in half and cut 1cm off on the folded edge. I used Cosmic Shimmer pva glue to stick the pram onto the pale pink page the put to one side for now.
On the other piece of light pink I stamped Little One in purple Versafine ink and covered with WOW clear embossing powder and heated up.
The spine of the card had a length of wide rainbow ribbon stuck down it then a length of stitched edge grosgrain ribbon on top and secured at the back.
Next I added double sided tape to the 2 pale pink pages but just along the edge near the spine, added a square of foam tape to the back and stuck the rattle across the bottom right hand corner using Cosmic Shimmer pva.
On the left page I stuck a pair of pretty hand knitted mini booties below the stamped words using wide double sided tape. Using the same ribbon as I had used on the booties I threaded apiece through a silver dummy and another piece was used to tie a bow, I used a tiny 1mm thick sticky pad to hold the ends of the ribbon and another on top of it to hold the bow.
And that left a little decoration which was simply 3 pretty pink glitter cluster gems, 1 on the centre of each wheel and one in the centre of the bow on the pram.
If you like the mini booties and want to know more then please leave a comment or email me
I do hope you like this card and don’t forget, click the link above which will take you to the freebies area of The Printable Craft Shop
See you again tomorrow
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Good evening – almost goodnight!
Today I have a card that I made up a day or two ago as it will be a card for class.
The card is a bicycle card - nowt like stating the obvious is there?
I used a 6x6 scalloped card, and cut a piece of black card to 5.5x5.5, then a piece of pink patterned paper which I had printed from a Sharon Duncan cd embossilicious, the paper was trimmed to 5x5 and I run a pink ink pads around the edged.
I printed off the cycle patterned topper and stuck that over to the right hand side of the pink then that was stuck to the black card
Using a narrow pink ribbon, I wrapped it around the topper and tied into a bow on the front.
The whole panel was now stuck to the card using red double sided tape – I only used that as I had the ribbon at the left.
The bicycle was a die from Joanna Sheen signature range of dies, I love it and its around £8 I believe so a real bargain....I cut the bike in black and in gold and toyed with the idea of using the black as the mat and putting the gold bike on top but in the end opted to use the gold first and then the black and moved it a couple of millimetres so it gave a shadow
I dabbed some glue on the back of my hand and just let the bike die cut touch the glue until there was a thin coating, so the gold was placed on an angle and then the black on top.
To make the flowers I used a very tiny daisy type punch, punched around 12 flowers and shaped them on a foam mat using a ball too then stuck them randomly on the bike...I actually punched out a lovely tree and used the branched as leaves for the flowers.
In the centre of my flowers I added a dot of stickles.
I cut out a sentment and matted onto a scrap of black card then stuck it on the bottom of the card, below the topper.
See you again tomorrow
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Good evening again friends
Yesterday I was home alone from luchtime to midnight and I made full use of my time, I made up 4 cards in all and from that made up kits of the classes...I love being ahead instead of running round getting stressed the day before a class.
I believe this plate is part of the Mega Bundles from www.theprintable-craftshop.com
The bundle has 10 different plates to work with, I decided that I would do a man’s card so chose Sail Boat
The kit comprises of 3 main sheets and 2 more that make up the matching envelope, I haven’t done the envelope with this plate, or not as yet anyway.
So to start with I trimmed all the circles and plate stand, then sprayed the back of the main image and back plate with Crafters Companion Stick and Stay and secured to a sheet of white 300gsm card, I did the same with the stand, then I started cutting them all out properly.
I stuck the front and back pieces together then really struggled to cut out the small inner sections as the card was like layers not pressed, but I managed in the end. I found the kit very generous with the elements so chose to just use one of circles and number 1 decoupage – so I can make up another card and use a die to cut a plate stand. I used Pinflair gel to hold the circle of decoupage and sticky pads to add the decoupage.
Once the stand was cut out I wasn’t happy with the plain back so I used a sheet of paper I found a few nights ago when I was searching my pc for travel themed sheets and kits...it was perfect as it relates to holidays and travel, so that was the back of the stand sorted.
I used a brown pro marker to run along all the edges of the plate and stand to finish it off, I had managed to trim off some of the border lines so a pro marker is a great way to rectify it!
I lived the plate so much I printed out another which is all ready for putting together – this one is all cakes, yummy!!
Hope you like the card and if you get a minute pop over to the Printable Craft Shop for a nosey – just allow a couple of hours though!
See you again tomorrow
Keep warm especially if you are expecting the heavy snow – luckily we miss it.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Got a fab card to share today – as you might recall I joined a monthly stamping club, well my stamps arrived today and they are lovely – I couldn’t wait to get going with them.
Before I do I must just give you info about the stamping club, it’s from Aly’s Inky Fingers and this is Project Club Number 24, if you fancy getting a DL set of rubber stamps every month as well as monthly newsletter, lots of ideas for the stamps and a step by step project which you also get all the material needed for it and the price is just £8 and £1 postage. You can jump in at any time, you get a free set of stamps for joining, and you don’t have to pay for the year upfront, you give Aly your card info and around the same time each month she takes payment and posted you your project pack. Added to that you get 20% off all stamps online or at the shows! So if anyone thinks they would like to join please either contact Aly through her website http://alysinkyfingers.co.uk/?post_type=product
Or let me know and i will contact her with your phone number then she will do the rest – please mention my name if you decided to join as Aly gives a discount to anyone who recommends new members.
So to the card, in the kit was the die cut stepper card with mats
I used sticky pads to stick the silver wavy edge mats to the card sides, across the bottom and on the centre panel.
Then because Aly had also cut the white mats with the die I just trimmed all sides to remove the wavy edges, then I used the simple flower head to stamp randomly on the 3 plain white panels, the flowers were coloured in with blue and yellow pro markers.
These white panels were then stuck them over the silver mats using double sided tape. The blue background card had the wavy edges cut off and that too was stuck to the card front.
The lovely teddy bear was stamped onto white card, coloured then cut out and sat just onto the pastel blue card, still holding his balloon, which was coloured and carefully cut out, I used sticky pads on the back of the balloon and put in place.
The sentiment was stamped onto left over white card then matted onto a scrap of blue card and stuck on the bottom of the stepper.
In the pack were 3 large flowers and Aly suggested they be well sprayed with water, tightly scrunched up then when dry opened up, mat one on top of the next and add the beautiful gem to the centre.
The flower is then stuck to the top left of the stepper...have to say I am currently looking for something different as I feel the flowers are so big they take over the card front....what do you think??
And that is my January 2015 project card...I just love the teddy!!!
Back again tomorrow folks
Monday, 26 January 2015
Today I want to show you something that arrived in the post last Friday
It came in a jiffy bag with 4 postage stamps and I was quite baffled as I thought I recognised the hand writing on the jiffy bag but couldn’t think what it could be!
On opening the jiffy bag out popped the lovely seaside pebble/stone with my good friend Ann’s artwork
Looking at the stone it really is a good shape for drawing an owl...
I love it and it now has a place in my craft room window sill so I see it at least twice a day...
When I open the curtains in the morning and draw them again in the evening!
I have added the date I received the gift alongside when Ann had written
Don’t you all think it’s a lovely stone too?
I must apologise for not having a card to share today – I spent ages cutting out a sheet with the decoupage then added it to a card blank and thought how different it would be to actually cut around the design – so I did just that, remembering to make sure a good section was along the fold, once it was done I opened the card – perfect...not...cos it wouldn’t stand up now I had shaped the base!
So it’s back to basics for me!
My eyes are playing up today, I am getting blared vision so gave up trying to make a 2nd card...so instead you got the owl of stone!!
Be back again tomorrow with something new
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Today I have spent almost all day working on this card, I didn’t have any real thoughts of what I was doing, I just wanted to do a white on white card for a change.
So to start with I scored and folded my A4 white card in half to make the A5 card, then I used my Martha Stewart deep edge punch to punch along the front edge only.
I have so many lovely dies that I rarely use so today I got out the Decorative Labels 28 by Spellbinders and cut the largest shape.
I trimmed a sheet of white card to measure 20cm x11cm, I used a Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder to emboss the card, I put this through the Cuttlebug with the folder at one end of the card then changed it to cover the other end.
This panel was stuck to the card front using double sided tape. The large panel I cut earlier was then stuck to the top part of the card using Pinflair gel.
While waiting for the gel to set I cut out my favourite scroll which is by Marianne I believe, also cut the fancy corner which is a memory box die, cut out Happy Birthday but think these must have come free on a magazine and finally I cut out 1 large butterfly and 3 smaller ones.
To finish making up this card I stuck the scroll across the large panel but to the left, stuck the pretty corner in place with pva glue, this was put in the bottom left corner with the Happy Birthday at an angle along side of it.
The largest butterfly was stuck at the start of the scroll and the other 3 butterflies were randomly stuck on the card. For the butterflies I only stuck the bodies down with cosmic shimmer pva, the wings always look much nicer when they have the wings left free.
And then to finish I added some 5mm ab clear gems, I put one on each if the flowers from the punched border, 1 either side of the large panel and then 3 across the top left of the card and 3 down the top right of the card.
So after playing around I finally managed to create a card!
Hope you like this one
See you again soon
Saturday, 24 January 2015
I have just made today’s card in around 10 minutes!
I am in a lot of pain just now, so struggling to concentrate, to sit for long, and to get motivated.
I have tried 5 or 6 things for something different today, a few are works in progress and the bin gratefully accepted the rest.
Last night I bought a magazine because I loved the free gifts which were a set of feather rubber stamps with a feather stencil and papers from craft work cards, so I decided I would try to use them. Added to that last week I had bought a step card cutting die made by Crafts Too so that was it!
I cut the main stepper card from white card then used purple card to cut out the mats for the middle and the 2 side strips and bottom strip.
I used a couple of my embossing folder, the one for the centre panel I have no idea where it came from nor who it s by – but I loved it! So I embossed the panel, and as it had dots around it I used a 6x6 dots embossing folder so I could do the 2 side panels and bottom panel all in one go. The stepper die also has the centre back panel which I also cut but didn’t thing to take a photo of.
In the set with the feather stamp was a lovely sentiment which I stamped into the panel on the front, I used Versafine purple ink and detail white embossing powder, heated up then the sentiment popped which looked lovely.
In a sister magazine there had been a die for a feather so I got that and found the die and stamp worked great together so I die cut half a dozen in purple card then carefully lined up the stamp, again using the purple ink, and then covered with the white detail embossing powder and heated.
I chose the best 3 and added them to the left side of the centre panel using a small piece of double sided tap to the top back of each feather.
Next I used one of Tim Holtz message tickets – I chose Soar – and simply rubbed the edges with purple ink pad and stuck at an angle along the bottom.
10 minutes for a quick and easy card that I really do like – can see me doing lots of these, would be lovely to send to friends as a Hello card..
See you again tomorrow
Friday, 23 January 2015
Today I have a lovely card that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or any number of occasions; I have gone with a Just to Say!
This was a kit from Craftsuprint and the designer was Lisa Baglietto and is called Hey Babe
I printed the 3 sheets which were the card base, the insert and the pyramid elements.
The card base was trimmed down then I used stick & stay on the back of the sheet then stuck this to a sheet of matt black card, cut it out and scored down the centre line.
There are 3 shaped pyramid pieces which I cut out and used sticky pads on the back, then added them to the card.
The insert comes as a blank and I just added Just for you.... that way it can be used for any event.
The only other thing was a pastel pink sentiment Just to say... which was stuck under the image!
A quick and easy card but it makes you smile!
Sorry it’s a bit on the short side, but I am going out to lunch so not much time
See you again tomorrow
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Today I have Handbags, and I am sure you will love these as not many ladies can say they don’t like handbags!
These are kits from Craftsuprint and were designed by Sandie Burchell. And the 1st one is called Beige Plaid, the 2nd is called??? I just cannot find the kit sorry, and the kits all consist of 3 sheets of printing, that’s one sheet for the main bag, one sheet is the matching insert and the last sheet has the handles, butterflies, front & back flaps.
I trimmed around the main card, the back and front flaps, handles and the tag, sprayed the back of the elements with stick & stay then pressed them onto an A4 sheet of white 350gsm card.
Next I cut out all the pieces I had just stuck onto the white card. I scored the main handbag across the centre fold line then carefully cut out 2 small sections on the fold where the handles went. The handles were cut out then I used Cosmic Shimmer pva to stick the handles together, to ensure they were dry I used some small bulldog clips and left unto everything else was ready.
The 2 flaps were cut out and I put small sticky pads all over them ready to go on the bag itself once the handles were put in place. I cut out tags and stuck them together using the pva glue and the bulldog clips. While I was waiting I cut out the 4 butterflies then on 1 large and 1 small I used a Sakura quickie glue pen to highlight sections of the wings then covered with glamour dust, tapped away the excess and then put to one side.
Now the handles are dry so I carefully slotted the tabs through the slits and then turned the card over, using red double sided tape I covered the tabs on either side of the handle then removed the backing tape and closed the card, this was the best way to get both piece stuck in the right place, I turned the card over, removed the backing from back sides of teh handle and then closed the card...so now I have the bag with a handle!
I removed the backing from all the sticky pads on the flaps and then stuck them in place on the handbag, then used pva on the 2 butterflies that weren’t glittered and stuck them onto the front flap, then ran the pva just along the body of the glittered butterfly and stuck over the flat one, this lets the wing flap when touched. I glued a 10mm mink coloured pearl to the brown bag and a 10mm clear ab gem to the black & white bag.
I punched a hole through the tag then slotted a piece of ribbon to match the main colour of the bag and tied it around the handle to finish.
Something I did do that I haven’t mentioned was run around all the edges with a promarker that was as near to the bag colour as possible, it just looks nicer than the white of the card showing, it’s a personal choice, I know some people really don’t like it.
Well I hope you like the 2 bags, I have the printer working away as I need to get plenty made up as they are great for friend’s birthdays or just to send with a chatty letter inside!
See you again tomorrow...
Haven’t yet decided what I will be making but my head is full of ideas so be sure to pop in again soon
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
This card was made using a lovely new cd by Polka Doodles Work & Play 7
I love all of the Work & Play cds but they get better with each new one
So after printing all the decoupage sheets and some amazing papers I decided to do the Gone Fishing card
This was crying out to be done using a side stepper
So I used the Hougie board and the instructions for the simplest stepper card
Using dark brown card I used the Hougie board to mark the 28cm line then cut this piece off, I then decided how wide I want the panel and drew a line down the length of the card. Next I scored on the stepper side of the card at 3, 6, 10, 14 and 20 cm
Next I cut between the 1st and last score line then folded the steps.
After cutting out the Gone Fishing sheet I matted it onto kraft card, then cream card and again onto kraft card, this was then stuck on to the side panel using double sided tape, the topper actually stands bigger than the side panel but will still fit into an A5 envelope
Onto the steps now – the main fishing image was matted onto kraft then cream card and attached to the back step.
I cut out one of the cinema type sentiment panels and matted onto cream card, trimmed to leave narrow border then stuck to the centre step.
The front step is narrow so I trimmed the paper ribbon that was on the decoupage sheet, and then matted to kraft card and then to cream card before sticking to the front with double sided tape.
That more or less finished the card, I did add 4 black gold gems, 1 to each corner of the sentiment and I carefully poked a hole at the end of the fishing rod and fed a piece of blue string through it and secured behind using sticky tape.
I stuck a blue fish to a scrap of cream card and cut it out, poked a hole through and threaded the other end of the string through and secured at the back of the fish with sticky tape. I need to redo the fish as it looks very scruffy, good job the sheet had 4 or 5 extra fish
I’m sure anyone sat out fishing would be proud to have a fish that size hanging from the rod lol.
And that’s it for today’s card, I hope you like it as much as I do