Saturday, 24 November 2012

Silver 60

Hi Crafter's

It was my friends birthday this week and  she has reached the big six zero.

I thought I would send her a nice card with no reference to her age because I knew that she wouldn't want to be reminded of it..................BUT
 I just couldn't resist the temptation. I even managed to get hold of a photo of when she was young about 7 I think.

Oh well I hope Denise forgives me soon.... lol

The Name and number were cut out on my Pazzles cutter. I love the freedom that it gives me to use any font I have on my computer.

Well that's all for this post. Thank you for dropping by I'll see you again soon.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

A Lattice Bauble

Hi Crafter's

My second post of the evening. This time I have a card to share. A couple of weeks ago I had the Spellbinders expandable lattice dies in the shop, after I got over my cold I had a play. While playing I came up with this card.

This card started life as an experiment. I wanted to see if a technique I learned with embossing folders would be able to be adapted and used with the lattice.
First I cut a shape from a cereal  box 5 times and glued them together. The shape used in this card Spellbinders2012 Heirloom Ornament.

To have the shape cut out in the lattice you make your cutting sandwich   as follows ( I used a bigshot)  white base plate, clear plate, an A5 card folded  (A4 card folded in half) with right side inside and the lattice inside the card with the cutting side to the right side of the card, cereal box shape then clear plate.
With this technique you don't have a hole cut, with a lattice glued behind it.
Here a view in side the card ....
That's all for now. Let me know what you think I do love reading your comments.
Thank you for stopping by and I will see you again soon.  :)

The eBosser is here

Hi Crafter's

It's that time of year again when the clocks go back. I don't know about you but I'm not keen on the dark nights.... it's not yet 6pm and it is already dark outside.

Oh well when it's dark out side I can always loose myself in my card making. I love getting to play with new crafty tools.......
Talking of new crafty tools..... I have just had in stock in the shop this week the new eBosser made by Craftwell

 I'm not sure why they have called it eBosser because not only will it emboss it will cut, and not just the thin dies such as Spellbinders or Cheerylyn dies, it will also accept Sizzix thick dies too. How amazing is that.

Here is the blurb from Craftwell themselves....

The eBosser will both cut and emboss for all your crafting needs, including fabulous frames, beautiful backgrounds and stunning borders. Here are some of the reasons we love it! 
No more hand cranking
The eBosser is fully automatic, making it perfect for those with dexterity problems
Compatible with most brands of cutting dies and folders
You’ll receive all the cutting and embossing platforms you need in the box, so you’ll be able to use all your dies and embossing folders in the machine straight away!
Cut multiple layers in one pass
The eBosser will cut through multiple layers of fabric in one pass and also cut or emboss leather, wood and metal with ease too!
Full A4 capacity
Emboss edge-to-edge with embossing folders up to A4 in size! You’ll even get a free A4 embossing folder included in the box!

And that's enough to bring  sunshine to any crafter's craft room on these dark nights.

Well that's all for this post. Thank you for stopping by. See you again soon.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

More card sharing

Hi Crafter's

I'm feeling a bit sorry for my self this morning, even though the sun is shining and not a cloud in the sky. I should be out and taking the dog for his walk but I am so bunged up and full of cold I couldn't face taking him. So my dear old hubby has taken him instead.

So instead of walking I'll share a couple of cards with you.

This card I made a while ago
Here I have used a Cheery Lynn  window die. I stamped and sponged a snowy scene on my base card, then layered up  the window with the poinsettia.
I have since made this card with a red border and white  poinsettia that have  glamour dust on them, really does look festive. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of it so you are going to,  have to use your imagination I'm afraid.

This is a more recent card with a Christmas rose made from ribbon.
For a change I have used Kraft card stock for my base card. I like using this but I know some people don't like it. 
It would be a very boring world though if we all liked the same things.
You can't see from the photo but I have stamped holly in the background with old paper distress ink, it is quite subtle which I like.

Well that's all for this post. Thank you for stopping by. I will see you again soon.
 I'm off now and have some hot honey and lemon drink.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Just a little sketch.

Hi Crafter's

I have more cards to share with you as promised.

For these two cards I used the same card sketch 

Here I have used a Rudolf stamp from Hobby Art  and some punched snow flakes to form the wreath on a snow flake stamped background.

For this card I used the boot stamp from the Crafters Companion Christmas card kit. I have stamped a holly background and holly punched shapes for the wreath.

Well that's all for this short post. I will see you again soon.

Monday, 8 October 2012

It's about time.

Hi Crafter's

 It's about time I updated my blog. I have a few cards to share with you, so I had better get on with it hadn't I. :)

Here is a variation on the shaker card....

It's one of those games where you have to get the little balls in the holes.

These are so much fun to make. And difficult to put down when you have received one.

These three cards are made using the new Holiday tree die from Spellbinders.

 Die cut it....

Emboss it....

Use a bit of scrap and embellish it...

Ok that's all for this post. I have some more cards to share tomorrow.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Manchester to Blackpool update

Hi Crafter's

My husband Grahame and Son Paul have completed the  Manchester to Blackpool night bike ride. We saw them off at the Trafford Centre at 12.00 midnight. 
Here they are getting ready

Waiting for the off....

The photo is a bit of a blur but this is the the start. Grahame and Paul are in the pic somewhere......

Nearly five hours and 52 miles later in Blackpool they both cross the finish line....

 Here they both are showing off their medals . They both still look as fresh as daisies

  Grahame has raised £330 in total for the British Heart Foundation


Sunday, 30 September 2012

Bike ride Manchester To Blackpool

Hi Everyone

My Husband Grahame is taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool bicycle night ride
 29th September 2012
To help raise money for the British Heart foundation.
The bike ride starts 11.00pm at the Trafford Centre in Manchester   
And finishes at Blackpool tower in Blackpool
This is a worthy charity in my opinion
If you would like to sponsor him please click HERE 
If you do make a donation please could you gift aid your donation.
Or if you would like to take part yourself click HERE to sign up
Thank you in advance for your support.

This post will stay at the top until November, to see craft posts please scroll down the page.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Christmas is on it's way.

Hi Crafter's

I know the sun is shining ( well it is here I hope it it where you are too ) and it isn't Christmas card making weather but we have to start them some time, the earlier the better really and I'm off to a late start. Then again I'm always in a rush at the end getting them all finished.
Any way I've made a few Christmas Cards,  it may be of no surprise to you I've used quilling again.

The first card I have used Marianne design poinsettia die cutter. I then used beehive quilled  flower on top and a couple of quilled flourishes to finish.
Here is a close up....

Next card I made I wanted to do something I hadn't done on a card before. Mistletoe. I had to make up my own pattern for it, which wasn't to difficult. I looked a a picture on the internet and copied the leaf shape.

The hard part was getting it to look right on the card. You wouldn't believe me, to look at it, took me about three days of messing about before I was happy with it. There is quite a lot of torn up card in the bin now.

And now for the close up...

And now last but not least, is a little card I made using peeloffs. I'm not a big fan of peeloffs but I do like these little baubles. I have put them onto holographic card and cut them out and mounted up on my card blank.
That's all for this post, I hope you like them.

Thank you for visiting my little bog. I'll see you again soon.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Wishing you Brighter days.

Hi Crafter's

Just a quick little post to show a card

I was asked if I would do this as a class project after making the baby shower card a couple of weeks ago.
For this card I coloured the quilling strips 3 different colours with my alcohol ink markers instead of gluing three colours together. This way I got just the colours I wanted.
The sentiment is from a Hobby art sentiment set.

Well that's all for this post. I hope you like the card. Thank you for stopping by and I will see you again soon.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Daisy card

Hi Crafter's

I can't believe it, we have had a whole week of good weather. After all those weeks of nothing but rain I was beginning to think we would never see the sun again.
I hope you are having good weather where you are.

Any way on to my card, and some more quilling.
This is a reworking of a card I made a while ago. That card was made with die cuts and embossing folders my first love in card making and can be found HERE.
I haven't fallen out with my big shot it's just having a rest.

 Well that's all for this post. Thank you for visiting. I'll see you again soon.

Make your own quilling comb

Hi Crafter's

As many of you know I have recently got hooked on quilling. I discovered husking and I wanted a comb but was having trouble finding one. So decided to make my own. 
So here is what I did.

You will need fine corrugated card ( used in card making ), 15 cocktail sticks and PVA glue.
When choosing your cocktail sticks make sure they are as smooth as possible with no nicks or splinters in them, this will save you a lot of time later . 

Cut 2 pieces of  corrugated card 8cm X 3cm

Apply glue to every alternate row of the corrugated card.
Put a cocktail stick into each channel of glue 15 in total.

Cut the tips off  7 sticks and then cut them in half.

Apply  glue to the empty channels.

put a cut stick in between each full cocktail stick.

When done should look  something like this.

Now place the second piece of corrugated card on top, with the flat side up. Firmly pressing together.

Apply some glue to the inside edges and then press firmly together to neaten the ends up.

When you have finished pressing your comb together and cleaned up the excess glue it will now be ready to bind. You can use 3mm ribbon if you wish. In this tutorial I have used  Nymo beading thread because I didn't have any ribbon at home.
Start wrapping the ribbon or thread tightly from the middle trapping the end under as you go.
Don't go beyond the end cocktail sticks as it will unravel if you do.

When you get to one end start going back in the other direction keeping the ribbon or thread tight as you go. Cover in this way at least three or four times if you use ribbon  then tuck the end well in when you have finished. If you have used thread you can spread a bit of glue over the end of the thread. Leave to dry. If you wish you can varnish to make it last longer.
Then it is ready to use.

These shapes have been made from strips of waist paper from my office shredder, perfect for practising with.

I hope you find this as useful  as I have.

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

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Quilled scallop border.

Hi crafter's

I popped over to the Less is More site this afternoon to have a look to see what the challenge is for this week.
And the Challenge for this week is.......
As soon as I saw this sketch an idea popped into my head.
Now just lately I have got hooked on quilling........ I'm not sure if quilling would fit into the criteria of the Less is More but I had to make what I had in my head.

Here is my take on the sketch.
The stamps I used are from a Hobby Art wedding set. The scalloped border across the card is quilled. I first made the scallop with thin strips of  card then filled in with beehive quilling, giving the lacy look. Just above the heads of the wedding couple is an embossed line across the card, which you can only just see in the photo.

Here is a close up of the scallop

Well that's all  for this post. I hope you like it. Now pop along to  Less is More  and have a look at some even more creative creations.

Thank you for stopping by. I will see you again soon with another card soon.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

My first quilled Christmas card.

Hi Crafter's

Here is my first Christmas card this year.  More practising with quilling shapes.

 The holly is more beehive quilling and made in the same way as I made the petals in this card.


When I was making this card I thought the petals could be shaped in to holly so had to have a go.

 Well that's all for his short little post. I hope you like the card. Thank you for visiting my little blog and I'll see you again soon.

Quilling combined with Ballerina die cut.

Hi Crafter's

WOW how wonderful we have had some wonderful sunshine to day for a change. It has been a beautiful day today. I hope you have had good weather where you are.

Yesterday I was playing around with some quilling shapes. I didn't know what I was going to do with them at first but some how ended up with this.
I used beehive quilling for the scallop, and what's called a P scroll at the sides. I used the quilling comb to make the ballerina's tutu. The ballerina is cut from brown and pink Bazzil basic with Marianne Design  die cutter.

I'm not sure what I think of this card, I was just playing around practising with different shapes and combining it with what I do normally.

Well that's all for this post I hope you like the card. Thank you for stopping by. I will see you again soon with another creation.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Any one for a quilled coffee

Hi Crafter's

I never knew quilling could be so addictive, and I have got to say I am addicted, I just can't leave it alone.

Here is my latest quilled creation.....
Since I have discovered some new techniques I find myself experimenting with different shapes.
The scroll filling in the cup is called beehive quilling.
It doesn't resemble the inside of a beehive to me  but I do love what I can do with it though. So a big thank you to a lady called Susan ( click on Susan to see a video tutorial )  who came up with this little technique..... I just love it.

And here  a card for a Fella

And here is a card I made after I had watched Susan's video on you tube. 
I love what can be done with quilling, and it seems the more I discover, the more addicted to it I become.

Oh and I forgot to say in my last post of the baby shower card, beehive quilling was used in the umbrella to give it the lacy look.

Well that's all for this post, thank you for stopping by. I'll see you again soon with some more cards.