Monday, 1 September 2014

A bunch of flowers just for you...

Hi Crafters,

Some times in our lives we have to grovel a little.......
A few weeks ago I missed a friends birthday.... I hadn't forgotten I just hadn't made the card in time. so I made the card I'm sharing  with you.... I have removed her name from the photo of the card in photo shop before posting but you will get the idea anyway.

The greeting is computer generated, printed onto the card before I create the rest of the card.
For the flowers I punched some circles of various size and colours, cut them into spirals and then quilled them.  

I think this could be used for any occasion . 

Now I would also like to share with you where the inspiration came for this card. I surf the internet a lot looking at all sorts of wonderful things .
Well it was on one of those  surfing marathons I came across this image, I liked it and saved it to a file on my computer marked inspiration. Now I can't remember where I found it cos it was a good while ago. I knew it would come in handy one day....What I should of done was book mark the page but the problem I have with that is ... I end up deleting them cos I get sooooo many....with a saved pic I can just scroll through them.

Oh well if the owner of the pic see's this let me know and I will credit it . Thank you whoever you are for the inspiration for my card.   :-)

Thank you for stopping by hope you like the card.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Little Owl

Hi Crafter's

Some times I find it soooo difficult to come up with a card for a class ... ideas just seem to dry up.
The more I try to think of a card the more the ideas just won't come.

So Friday ( I've got a class Saturday morning ) I'm trying this....thats not working..... I'm trying that, which is not working either.... phew  the pressure is mounting....why do I do this to myself.... why am I not more organised .....

Oh well at the eleventh hour I did come up with a card......I normally do but not until I am starting to panic.

Finally my frantic experiments started to come together.... isn't strange how you try different things and and nothing is gelling ....then you pick up one thing..... and the whole thing comes together.

After I made this card  I fell in love with it, went down well in the class too.

Now what am I going to do for next week..... here we go again...... :-)

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

Gilding flakes. or Embossing folder

Hi Crafter's

A quick class catch up .

A week or so  ago I had been experimenting with gilding flakes and a floral vines mask from That Special touch. I liked what had come out of the experiments and so with a bit more fiddling I came up with a couple of ideas for a class.

So in the class last week we made the two cards in this post.

 The second card...... I stuck a square piece of clear sticky back ( Blue Peter style ) plastic onto the cleaned mask turned it over and applied gilding flakes to the sticky areas left exposed. This is then stuck onto the front of card.  I cut a frame from the same card stock as the c / blank Just to neaten the card.

In another class we made the same cards but we used an embossing  folder instead of the gilding flakes.

These are good for any occasion...... I hope you like them....
Well that's all for this post thank you for visiting my little blog.
I will be back with another card very soon.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Diesire cards

Hi Crafter's

For the last week I've been on holiday in st David's in Wales . We have had a lovely time and some lovely weather as we las some really wet weather.
I was going to post these next posts while on holiday but I couldn't get an internet connection. Well I was on holiday and supposed to be getting away from every thing.

Any way on to today's share now I'm back home.
Just before my hols I had the new creat-a-card Diesire dies in from crafters companion. 

For this card I used the enchanted die with pearlescent card stock.
 After cutting and embossing the card front and before removing the die from the card I used the spectrum noir pencils to colour the parts of the card I wanted coloured then used the blending solution to smooth the pencil. Punched and coloured a couple of daisies to finish the card.

That's all for this post. Thank you for visiting my little blog. I will be back soon with another creation. If you like this one let me know, I love hearing from you. See you soon.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Less is more week 172 ... Flowers....

Hi Crafter's

I have joined in this week with the challenge over at "Less is More" the brief this week is  Flowers. It's been a long while since I have joined in with a challenge.
I don't often get the time. 

Any way here is my card...

I have always loved kraft card. It comes in and goes out of fashion but for me It will always a favourite card stock of mine. I don't use it often enough, cos not every one likes it. So when I get an excuse to use it I jump right in.

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 soon.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Spectrum noir pencils

Hi Crafter's

Wow I have just got the new Spectrum noir pencils from Crafters Companion.
 I have a feeling I am going to like these..... a lot........

I have got two cards to share with you today.

For the first card I used the sunflower stamp from Indigoblu .
I coloured the image with the NEW Spectrum noir pencils..... and I can tell you I think I am in love....
Normally when I colour something in  I spoil it but I loved the results I got using these pencils.
This was my first time at playing with these pencils. So I thought I would keep it simple.....That simple it took me all day yesterday.... lol

The next card I used the Ickle Poppy from Indegoblu.
Again coloured with Spectrum noir pencils

I don't consider myself  a colourist. And I know there are some clever folks out there that are much better at this art but I was quite happy with my colouring in efforts for a change. 
I found it quite therapeutic.

That's all for this post. Thank you for stopping by. I will see you again soon.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Fringed Quilled Flowers.

Hi Crafter's

Now I've recovered  from my bike ride last Monday. Let me show you what I have been up to this week.

I think I've got stuck in a bit of a rut. I'm still using the distress ink ''Peacock Feathers'' I just love the colour. The stamp I have used is   Silhouetts Flowers from Joy craft. I've stamped it twice and made a quilled flower for the center. The sentiment is from a Creative Expressions set.

The flowers are so easy to make. For this fringed quilled flower, I started with a strip of  white paper 2cm X 29cm   and stamped it with the stamp used on the card. I fringed the strip and then rolled it up with a quilling tool. There are some really good tutorials on You tube showing how to make these.

These are flowers are a great way of using up those papers that we have lurking in our cupboards that we don't like or don't know what to do with. Try cutting them into strips and make fringed flowers. You will get some fabulous results.

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

Monday, 5 May 2014

The Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Hi Crafter's

No card today.

 I hope you have had a lovely Bank Holiday.  Mine was a bit tireing.
I said I would go out on a bike ride with my husband, who loves going out on his push bike, me however prefer a good walk. We went with my friend and her partner who is another keen cyclist . It's my own fault I did volunteer.... Oh well, that will teach me.

We cycled to the Attemborough Nature Reserve which is 17 and a half miles from where we live in Smalley, along the Nutbrook trail.
There are some lovely views along the way, well worth  the ride.
My friend and I went along at our own pace and let the men race along at theirs. Every now and then they would stop and wait for us, we would catch up and they would set off again.

We arrived at the reserve and I was surprised at my self, for someone that hasn't been on a bike since summer last year I felt ok ...... I can tell you the 17 and a half miles there where's the 17 and a half miles back that where difficult.

If you have ever been on a bike for a lengthy bike ride, you will be familiar with the pain you get, when you sit back on a bike saddle..... That was most uncomfortable.... After a while the pain does subside......
By the time I got back home I was cream crackerd......We had cycled 35 miles..... My poor little legs didn't even want to carry me upstairs to get a bath....... Anyway they did......just......I think I am going to ache a bit tomorrow.

I did enjoy myself really and the reserve is well worth a visit.

Well that's all from me for now.
I better go and rest my weary bones. Thank you for stopping by . See you again soon.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Some mirror image stamping.

Hi Crafter's

 Happy Bank holiday.

Here is my share today.

I love how when you make one card an idea for another card comes to you.
This card is a card that came to me after I had made the Shadow Stamping card.

I had stamped off on to an ink blending mat so that I could use the second generation ink, to  stamp the shadow. I then used the blending mat as a stamp, then used the stamp in the normal way, a little more stamping with another stamp and....... vaularrr

This card was my practice card, just to see how things would turn out. I was very happy with the mirror stamping but not with the overall card but as I said this was a practice.

So I made it again.......

Just a couple of small changes and......I was much happier with this one.......
This isn't a new technique in fact it has been around for a log time and I have been meaning to give it a go for a long time but never got around to it.  I love trying out different things.

That's all for this post..... Thank you for stopping by.
See you again soon  :-)

Friday, 2 May 2014

Found Bloglovin

Hi Crafter's

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Just a quick share.

 Hi Crafter's

Just a quick post I fforgot to share this card with you yesterday....

 I don't think you can see it too well on here but there is black embossing on the black card. It does look better in real life.... Honest....

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Shadow Stamping

Hi Crafter's

There's nothing like your blog going down to give you a wake up call.
A few days ago one of my ladies in one of my classes said she couldn't get on my blog.... It had disappeared..... Well that sent me into a bit of a panic..... All I could think of was.... where has all that work gone to??? Have I lost it forever????? .....So when I got time (at the weekend) I set to, to find out what was going on . Well to cut a long story short, I've had to change the address for my little blog. So it is now ...... Which, if you are reading this post you already know.... Oh well there's nothing like stating the obvious there...

If you have found me again please leave me a comment to let me know . I'm feeling a little lonely here on my own again.

Right onto today's share.( if  I'm not blogging to myself.)  Which is Shadow stamping.

I know there is nothing new here but I love the technique .
I stamped first with versamark then used clear embossing powder. I sponged over with my favorite Distress colour at the moment which is Peacock Feathers. Then stamped the image again with peacock feathers just off setting it a little giving the shadow affect.

I keep thinking  the card could do with something else on it but I can't make up my mine what.... Maybe three little gems in the top right corner.....It'll come to me at some point..... but until it does I will leave the card as it is.

If I do put anything else on it I will post it.

Ok that's all for this post., thank you for stopping by.
See you again soon :)

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hydrangea punch and Rock fern....

Hi Crafters

This little card took me back to the beginning of my card making.
 I used to use punches a lot in the early days, now I like to mix things up a bit.

The punches used are Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch and EK success Rock fern medium punch.
Other stuff used from my stash are a fine black liner , tiny sticky pearls , bundled sage Distress ink to colour spare card stock to punch the rock fern out of and bundled sage distress pen to add detail to the leaves.

Well thats all for this post. Short but sweet.
Thank you for stopping by.
Why not let me know what you think by leaving a comment. I love hearing from you. :)
I'll see you again soon.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Have a great Day

Hi Crafter's

I have a new card to share with you to day.

The inspiration for this card came from a class I took. We had been using the stamp in another card and as most often happens the girls started wondering how else they could use the stamp.
One of the ways was to use it in a wreath.
So I made this card to show how well the stamp works and its another good excuse to make a car ( not that I need an excuse LOL )

Here is the card


The stamp is from Indigoblu.
I lightly drew a circle on my card, then using the circle as a guide I stamped top, bottom and both sides. Then I stamp in between . Next I stamped 8 times onto coloured card stock then added some extra colour to dark areas of the stamped image. Cut out the flowers and mount on the wreath.
To add more dimension I created shade on the inside of the wreath with water based pens in a very pale grey. Finished off with a greeting in the middle.

Well that's all for this post I hope you like the card and thank you for stopping by.
I'll see you soon with another creation. 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Belated Happy Easter

Hi Crafter's

It's nice to be back on after my blog has been off line for a few days .....

Here is an update to let you know what I made for Easter I know I'm late.... but hey ho... whats new there....   :)

This card and the next few cards I have used the Easter egg stamp from Indegoblu .
I stamped this one with versamark and used sticky embossing powder then used gilding flakes.
I coloured the ribbon with Peacock Feathers distress ink.

This one was just stamped with the Peacock Feathers distress ink cut out and mounted .

Now I wanted to get more use from the stamp so for this card I stamped the bottom portion of the stamp six times to make up the scalloped border. 

I used the top part of the egg here. 
I just love the Peacock Feathers Distress ink. 

And the last card for this post, I used one of the spare stamped eggs that hadn't stamped out too well.
Using a retro flower punched out a couple of flowers and used them to make this little card.

Well that's all for this post I will be back soon with another. Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

I'm Back up and running

Hi Crafter's

Well I have been having all sorts of problems with my little blog. It's been down and out for a while. I didn't know about it until one of my customers  told me that she was having trouble finding my blog.

Anyway I'm back...... on the net that is... whoopeee.

Now all I've got to do is get the blog visible again.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Just playing.... Stencil guitar.

Hi Crafter's

These cards I made a few weeks ago. I had been experimenting with stencils I had made myself. I love the versatility of stencils you can sponge, paint, spritz and stamp through them. When stamping though them you can use any of you stamps to create all sorts of different possibilies. 

The two cards I have made here look very similar . The card above is how I wanted the card to turn out. The card below is from one of my practices. The card had gone wrong but the guitar image had turnd out OK so I decided to cut it out and use it as a topper.

I then masked off most of the c/s stamped it with a music background stamp and with a black fine liner drew a line top and bottom of the stamping, by some mirical the stamping on the card and on the guitar match up. I would like to say it was intentional ( is that a word ? ) but... It wasn't .... It was Just pure luck... Loved the result though.

Well that's all for this short post ..Thank you for stopping by... I will see you again soon with another little creation.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Inspired by Heartfelt Creations stamp

Hi Crafter's

It's not very often these days I get time just to experiment and play, today was a rare opatuity to do just that.

The card I am sharing with you to day has been inspired by a stamp from Heartfelt Creations, I saw a while ago. I loved the stamp but never bought it, it stuck in my head and every now and then it would pop in up in my head and I would think " I should of bought that stamp "

Any way, like I said I got time to play to day............

I started with cutting an apeture, then cut the rings, the banner then stamped the scroll flourish. Not sure at this point what I was going to do next, so I punch some flowers and played about with them until they fell into place. It feels as though the card made it's self really.  With just a little bit of tweeking the card was finished. 
Now I can see why I didn't buy the stamp.........because I saw somthing like this in my head and just needed to make it.

Here is the stamp set that inspired me....

Well that's all for this post...... Thank you for stopping by........ I will be back with another creation soon.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Faux leather

Hi Crafter's

Just a quick post today. It was my Son's birthday at the weekend and for some reason I always struggle with cards for the men in my life.

Because I couldn't think of what to make I made him this card.

I have used the layout before, I used it in my post "Happy on the edge"
This time I used a chevron embossing folder inked up with black memento ink.
The little stars are punched out of some faux leather card I created. 

I found a tutorial for the faux leather on the Stefany Whaitman web site. It's great fun to do, Stefany had made a note book with her faux leather and with my first go at making it I made myself a little note book too following her tutorial.

I had fun making this 

And here is a view inside. I've lined the inside with cotton fabric and hand stitched around the edge to finish it off.
It's great for keeping notes of things you can never remember like which inks I need for my printer.

Well that's all for this post. And thank you for stopping by.
I will ramble on about another project soon.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Clean, simple fresh Indigoblu.....

Hi Crafter's,

Every now and then I like to revisit a style of card. For this card I revisited the recess card. 
I love this style and don't use it nearly enough.

The stamp is from Indigoblu, I stamped it with sage green distress ink. The added  detail is created  with a  tiny punched flower and the bits that come out of a stationary hole punch.
 I use all sorts of things to create with in my cards and the stationary hole punch is one of my all time favorite punches.

Well that's all for this post
I hope you like it. Thank you for visiting my little blog and I'll be back again soon.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Heart to Heart

Hi Crafters,

Another stencil and mask to show you.

I sponged Distress ink Aged mahogany through the stencil, then stamped with my stamp through the stencil. Using the mask cover the first part replace the stencil and then do the same again in the exposed area.

Another card that can be created with the mask.

This one I embossed my card first then I sponged Memento ink Love letter through the mask.
I didn't think this one  would work out  at the time of making of making it.
For an experiment it turned out not too bad.

Thank you for stopping by hope you like what you see.
See you again soon. Regards Sue

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Take one square stencil.

Hi Crafters,

Its been a good while since my last post.... life just gets in the way sometimes.
I'm still crafting though and I've stolen a few moments to share some cards with you.

A couple of weeks ago I made some stencils to sell in the shop.

With the stencil you also get the piece that comes out the middle which is very handy.
By sponging and stamping through the stencil and using the piece that comes out the middle as a mask
 You can get a variety of different looks. These cards have  been made with this stencil....

Well that's all for this post and thank you for stopping by. I will see you again soon.