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.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Quilled Umbrella

Hi Crafter's

I think I might be hooked on this quilling.

The other day I was asked to make a card for a Baby Shower. I hadn't made a baby shower card before. ( First time for every thing )  I didn't know what I was going to do but I knew it was going to be quilled.

Here is what I came up with.....


I decided to use an umbrella as my focus, cos what do we put up in a shower?..... and instead of rain drops I used tiny little hearts.

Well that's all for this post.
Thank you for visiting my little bog I hope you enjoyed reading it. I will see you again soon with another creation, most probably quilled. :)



Saturday, 14 July 2012

More Quilling

Hi Crafter's

For someone who doesn't like quilling all that much, I sure have been doing quite a lot lately. Recently I have discovered some new techniques..... well new to me any how..... and can't leave it alone.

Here two more cards I made with my quilling comb, I do like using my little home made comb.
The paper used is bazzle basics cut into strips with a hand operated shredder.

This is a more traditional quilled card. The leaves where made with the comb though.

Since discovering quilling again I have a new found inspiration and motivation . And I can't leave it alone.

Well that's all for this post. Thank you for visiting my little blog. I'll see you again soon with some more creations.


Monday, 9 July 2012

A common buzzard Near home

Hi Every one,

This afternoon while walking Dan in the fields near us, my brother saw a Buzzard flying just above the trees. We walked a bit further and saw it just sitting on a fence post. We watched it for a long while,  and all the time I was wishing I had my camera with me.

Any way we decided to go home and get the camera, leaving the dog at home and go back, hoping the buzzard would still be sitting on the post. It was a long shot. to my great  surprise he or she was still there on the same post.  I got some photo's but was too far away to get a really good pic.


I know it's a grainy photo but it's the closest  I have seen one. I  saw plenty flying over the fields  high in the clear blue skies last year.

When my Hubby came home from work. I was telling him what we had seen. After tea we took Dan out for his walk we went to the same field and our buzzard was still there on a diffarent post in the same field I couldn't believe it. We watch for a while from a distance. All in all it was a great afternoon and evening.

I know this is not very exciting for some people. But I was quite fasinated and surprised when I realised I had been whatching it for well over an hour.

That's all for this excited rambling. Thank you for visiting my little blog and I'll see you again soon.

Walking not Crafting

Hi Crafter's

Do you know I can't remember a time when we have had so much rain day after day. The fields around us are  so water logged.
Yesterday  the sun was shining for a change, so we took our chance and went for our Sunday morning walk with our black Lab, Dan.
 Mind you the dog was pestering us so we had to go any way. It's the same every Sunday. ( But when the weather is really bad the walk isn't so far.)

Our walk is the same most Sundays we walk about 6 miles, a nice couple of hours walking.

This is one of my favourite places in Shipley  Park I love it here. And it is even better when we have it all to our selves. The photo does not do justice to the area. I can tell you though it is so peaceful I never tire of it.

This is the view the other way.


And on our way to have our stop for a cuppa at Derby lodge tea rooms.


Sitting in the garden of the tea rooms having our coffee and looking at the view.

I've just noticed that non of the photos have me or my hubby in them, I think that's because they look so much better with out us in them.

This photo was taken in the fields near Smalley Dam on our way home. The path is so water logged the water came over my boots. Dan is enjoying having a paddle though.


We normally go over this stile to get home but as you can see the water is up to the top of Dan's front legs. So we didn't bother, we found a less wet way home instead.

I think we've had enough rain now, can we please have some dry weather so we can dry out a bit. Please Mr weather man just a few days of sunshine would be nice.

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

A card for my Brother

Hi Crafter's

Just a quick little post tonight.
Here is a card I made for my brother.  He does  volunteer work for the RSPCA. So I made him this.

The dog image is one I drew my self and decoupaged it for this card.

As I said, just quick post so that's it for now. Thank you for visiting my little blog and I'll see you again soon.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

I descoverd Husking . Quilling with a comb. It's New to me

Hi Crafters,

Gosh it has been a while since my last post. I hadn't realised it had been so long.

In the past few weeks I have been playing around with husking using  a quilling comb after I discovered a couple of tutorials on you tube.
After looking at several blogs around the net on the subject  I made this card.  I didn't have a quilling comb so decided  to make myself one with  cocktail sticks and some corrugated card, I have to say it works a treat.

Here are another couple of cards I have been making with my new quilling tool.

Quilling is not normally a technique I like doing but I have to say I really did enjoy making these cards.


I didn't have any quilling papers so I cut up bazzil basics papers instead. It can be a bit too thick for some projects I guess but for these it worked just fine.

Well that's all for now . I'll try not to leave it so long before I post again. Thanks for stopping by.