Sunday, 27 February 2011

A touch of Kanban glamour.......

Hi Crafter's,
Here I am with my second post of today. The weather is still miserable out side, so there's not much to do except watch  TV or update my blog.  Well it's not much of a contest really, seeing as though there is not much to watch on telly these day's.

I know it's early for Handmade Monday week 5. But as you can see I don't have any pressing matters to attend to......  Pop over  to Wendy's blog at 1st Unique Gifts , and have a look and see what other crafters are up to. There are some very creative people with some beautiful creations.

What Have I been up to?.... Well I made a couple of cards for a challenge blog this weekend ( you can see those in the post below )
I have started to join in with challenge blogs because I get get a card making block some times. I'm sure most crafter's run out of ideas from time to time. I find the challenges give me a subject to work with and make me think, which makes my brain hurt ( what brain I hear you cry !!! LOL ) .

This card I made a couple of weeks ago. I've just got around to posting this one.

The base card is a cream pearlesent card stock.
The  background panel to this is double embossed pearlesent card.
The stamps used are from KanBan.
I stamped using  Versafine Vintage Sepia and coloured very lightly with Frayed burlap Distress Ink.
I coloured the arm with a flesh alcohol ing marker.
You can't see it too well in the photo but I have added a touch of Glamour  Dust to the skirt.
I used Nestabilities oval to cut around the stamped lady, making sure the skirt and the head dress was behind the cutter so that they wouldn't get cut off. I then backed the image with a scalloped nestie.
The roses are quilled.

Not my normal kind of card but I am happy with how it turned out. Every now and then I wonder a little way from my comfort zone.

Ok that's all for this post. Thank you again for dropping by to take a look, I hope you like it and I will see you again soon with another creation.
Don't forget to have a look at 1st Unique gifts blog.

Just 3 Squares...

Hi Crafter's,

What a wet and miserable day it is today. A perfect day to shut my self away and get some cards made. I do hope you are having better weather where you are.

OK it's time for the Less is More challenge, and it is week 4.
The brief for this week is........ 3 squares.
Although I like joining in with the challenges each week, I have hurt my poor little brain over this one.

I nearly didn't bother, because I couldn't think of a card right away, nothing would come to mind.
Well in the end I made two cards..... LOL I can't think of one card so I make two....

The first card I made although I am quite pleased with how this card turned out I don't think it meets the challenge some how.
Although I have 3 squares on the card they have been matted  on top of each another. Then I thought the little placards the teddy is holding would be ok but they are more of a rectangle than a square.

Stamp used in this card is one of the Fizzy Moon range from Trimcraft

OK back to the drawing board.....

This is my second attempt at this challenge and a very different card.....
The musical notes have been cut with cuttlebug dies ( Music 1 and 2 ). I then triple embossed them with clear ultra thick embossing powder.
The sentiment is computer generated and is a quote I found on the internet. 
I kept it to black and white for a more striking look.

Well I think I have managed it with this one. I hope you like it. Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon with another card.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Cuttlebug Quilled Daisies

Hi Crafter's,

It's just a short  post today.
A couple of weeks ago I got in stock some natural card stock. It doesn't look very exiting when you see it but it is absolutely super to work with. Especially if you like the the rustic look.

 I made a couple of daisies using the Cuttlebuge daisy quilling set and made these to little cards. They are great little thank you cards when you want a card in a hurry.

That's all for now. Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Handmade Monday 4

Hi Crafters,

It's time for Handmade Monday . Why not pop over there  to Wendy's blog at 1st Unique Gifts who by the way started it all off , and have a look and see what other crafters are up to.

It's also time for a Splitcoaststampers CAS  pay them a visit and see some lovely cards.

Phew its been a bit of a busy weekend for me. I was at the NEC visiting a trade fair yesterday. So no time for making anything. Saturday I made a card which I'm chuffed with because it took me back to my first card making love of punch art (using paper punches to create your image). You can see that post HERE  .

Earlier in the week I made a card for a customer, to give to her husband. The theme cricket, ok I thought I can cope with that, then she told me he is  Australian. That makes it a bit tricky may-be. My customer though, had more faith in me than I had in my self , and told me she trusts me to come up with something suitable, and left it with me........

This is What I have come up with.....

The  background I have done by masking and sponging using Memento ink pads. The image used is some die cut decoupage that I have ( I cheated with that part.) The wording is computer generated.
I got the idea for the background from the Australian Cricket logo.
I hope my customer likes it. I'll have to wait and see.

The background doesn't look anything like the logo but I'm hoping it's enough to be recognisable. Oh well here's hoping

Well that's all from me so far. Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon with another card.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Stylish blogger Award

Hi Crafter's
I have just got back from the Stiches Trade Fare at the NEC in Birmingham, . 
WOW what a day I've had. 
I have met and chattered with Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps, she is so lovely, I could talk with her all day. 
I saw Tim Holts there on one of the stands, couldn't get near to see what he was doing though.  There was so much to look at I think we went round about four times or more.

Then I get home to find I have received this award from Dianne at Butterflies and Bees. Thank you so much, I am chuffed you like my work. It's the icing on today's cake  Thank you...  :) 
The conditions of this award are:

Step 1 - Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award! 
Step 2 - Share 7 random things about yourself
Step 3 – Award 15 recently discovered bloggers with this award
Step 4 – Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won the award
7 random things  about me....mmmm well......
1) I love my card making it keeps me sane.
2) I love chocolate 
3) My favourite places to visit are Dovedale in Derbyshire, The lake District and Glen Coe in the highlands of Scotland.
4) I have a lovely but mad, black Labrador called Dan
5) I love walking but don't walk nearly enough.
6) I like to watch on tv things like CSI and NCSI, Doctor Who and nature programs such as natural world and that sort of thing.
7) I spend much to much time in front of this computer..... LOL

Now for step three ( Sorry can't manage 15, hope this will do )
I would like the award to go to:

Well that's all  from me for now. I will see you all again soon. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Has Spring Spung.......or what???

Hi Crafters,

When I got up this morning and it was snowing. I can't believe it... just as I was getting used to warmer weather to.......
Oh well that's what you get with the British weather I suppose.  Also as I  was looking out my window this morning I noticed one solitary little snowdrop in the garden,  I thought they grew in clumps. Maybe I'll get some more come up next year.

Talking of snowdrops. I made this card today after visiting the Less is more blog site, to see what the subject is for their next challenge is, which, as it happens is Spring.

Chrissie has created a beautiful card with digi stamped snowdrops. Her card gave me the inspiration for my card.
I don't have a stamp with snowdrops on, so I thought about making some, using a punch.

So here is my card.....

Phew it was difficult getting a half way decent photo of this card, I don't know why cos I wasn't doing anything different. Any way with a bit of perseverance, and a bit of jiggory pockory with old computer, I got one in the end....

When I first started  making cards I was useless at stamping. So I used punches instead and found I was much happier with the results.
I just love the 3D effects you can get with them. 
I hope you like it, and that it fits into the clean and simple/ less is more challenge.

Here is a little close up of the snowdrops.....

Well that's all for now, thank you for visiting. See you again soon with another card.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Krafty Hearts

Hi Crafter's

It's time for Handmade Monday . Pop over to Wendy's blog at 1st Unique Gifts and have a look and see what other crafters are up to. It's also Valentine's Day ( Just in case you had forgotten ....LOL )

Well I hadn't forgotten but I almost forgot to make my DH a card  (   Shame on me...... :(    )
So last night when he was in his garage I put this together.....
I have cut the  hearts  from corrugated kraft card. The sentiment is computer generated.

Every thing I have to do my card making is at my shop, so don't have a craft room at home any more. All I had at home was a piece of the corrugated card left over from another project I brought home to do, a pair of scissors, some craft glue my DH had been using, a pencil ( there is always one in the bottom of a drawer ), a computer with printer and a pack of card blanks I had forgotten about.

I drew a heart shape on a piece of paper cut it out and used this as a template for my hearts

Now I had two corrugated hearts, I need a background for them so I generated  a red square in photo Shop with a red border around it and printed it off on to a spare card blank. I then cut that out with my scissors.
I then had to think about the sentiment. I played about for a while until I was happy, created the border then printed that off onto another card blank. All I had to do then was layer up the background and the hearts and my card for my DH was finished...... Phew..... I hope he likes it.

Well that's all from me for now. Thank you for visiting. See you again soon.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Clean and Simple Stamping.

Hi Crafter's

I have made todays card with a challenge in mind. It's not something I normally do but when I saw this challenge blog I just fancied having a go, and why not...... I like a challenge now and then.

Hop along to the Less is More blog site and see some lovely cards made by some very cleaver people.
Or enter the challenge your self.

Well I had better show you my entry.......

The rules are to make a clean and simple, one layer card, using a tree or flower stamp.

Here is what I did...
I stamped my image onto my card base, then embossed a circle with one of my Nestabillities die cutters, to high light part of my stamp.
I hadn't cut out a mask of the floral branch, so instead of sponging the background I very carefully used my water colour pencils to colour around the image keeping the nestabllities circle in place so I got a nice crisp edge.
I then coloured in my floral branch with a mixture of my watercolour pencils and distress ink. Then stamped my greeting.
To finish, I embossed a double border around the outer edge of  the card.

When I thought of this card, I was going to leave the parts of the image out side of the circle uncoloured. When I did this though it didn't look right so I went ahead and coloured in the whole of it. I was then much happier with the result.

That's all for this post, let me know what you think. I love to hear from you and thank you for visiting. See you again soon.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Handmade Monday

Hi Crafters,

It's Monday and it is time for a little spot called Handmade Monday.
Started HERE by Wendy of 1st Unique Gifts. why not pop over and see what other people are making in their blogs on Mondays.

Here is a little card I made about a week ago. It's a one layer card...
The stamps used in this card are.......
The bench is from the Flowersoft range of stamps.
The Teddy is from the Trimcraft range.


To get the affect of teddy sitting on the bench,
first stamp him on the card and then onto a piece of copy paper,
cut this stamped image out very carefully making sure you cut right on the lines,
then position this on top of the image on the card.
Now you can stamp the bench. This takes a bit of practice.
If you want to sponge in the background mask off the bench in the same way as the teddy.
You will have to leave the teddy mask in place as well. then you can sponge your background and add the grass stamp to finish.

I then water coloured the image and stamped my greeting added a piece of ribbon then I was done.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

For Valentine's Day

Hi Crafters,

Ok here I am again with another card.

The image I have used for this card is a peeloff. I'm not a big fan of peeloffs I must admit, on this occasion though, this one fits the bill.
However I do love silhouettes  and this one was perfect for what I wanted.

I used my heart mask again as well as some torn bits of paper to create the sun set beach background for my silhouette couple.
I then cut out the heart and sponged around the edges with distress ink and then mounted it onto the card with foam pads. Stamped the greeting and then added three little hearts to finish.

Thank you for visiting. See you again soon. :)

Acetate Cards

Hi Crafters,

Another update for you to look at.

I don't know about you but I love acetate cards.
The other week I came across a Rose background stamp, it was an absolute bargain.
As soon as I saw this stamp I knew what I wanted to do with it.
Here are two of the cards I came up with....

I stamped the acetate with silver Stazon,  used a nestability's label for the greeting and a Martha Stewart border punch. I then added a piece os silver ribbon and a silver butterfly mounted onto some of the spare acetate with some gems to decorate.

For this card I stamped up with white Stazon. I know it looks pink that's because I had been naughty, and not cleaned my stamp properly from an earlier experiment, I had been using a red ink, this then tinged the stazon pink.

Luckily I liked it so worked with it and added some red roses.

Acetate cards don't photograph well so I apologise for the dodgy photo's

Thank you for visiting and I will see you again soon. :)

Love is in our Hearts

Hi Crafters,

I have some time to myself today, a rare  thing these days....LOL
I thought I would spend it updating my little blog and share some of my ideas with you.

I have been playing about with stamping lately and using masks.
In this card I want to show you I made my own mask,  made just from a piece of paper. I then stamped through it and then sponged it as well. For this card I use Distress Ink "Aged Mahogany "
By making your own masks to use with stamps you are increasing the versatility of them.

I made this card with Valentines Day in mind but it could easily be used for a wedding anniversary.

Thank you for visiting, let me know what you think. See you again soon. :)

A Mini Card

Hi Crafters,

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a card for a young lad, for his 18th birthday. I always struggle with male cards. Luckily the young man loves the classic Mini car.
Here is what I came up with....
This is a large A4 card ( A3 folded in half )
I used my Pazzle Inspiration to cut out the 18 road sign and the mirri card frame. I sponged the stylised background by masking off areas for different colours then used a die cut decoupage Mini for the image.
The wording was computer generated.

Well that's it for now. Thank you for visiting, see you again soon.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Thank you BHS

Hi Crafters,

I know I have been neglecting my blog lately and I am truly sorry, its the same old story, life keeps getting in the way...
Any way I have noticed I have a couple of new followers. Welcome I hope you enjoy looking through my work, can't wait to hear what you think and  I love sharing my ideas with you all.

I get inspiration for my cards from all sorts of places,
here is an idea I got from a cushion I saw in BHS.

It is made up of circles with the ends folded into the middle, lain down next to each other and then stiched you can do this by hand or with a sewing machine. I have sewn mine by hand. I have to do things the hard way LOL....

The papers I have used are a double sided paper.

Here is the cushion I got my inspiration from.

 Thank you for stopping by. See you again soon.