Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Creative Card Crew easel card challenge

Sorry I'm a bit late posting my DT card for this times Creative Card Crew Challenge.  I must start making my posting and save it into drafts ready to publish at the proper time or learn how to pre load it so that it appears at the right time.

I made this card for my great-niece's Christening which was yesterday.

 I really like making the easel cards, they always look good

 I used plenty of 3D foam to give good dimension 

and plenty of  peel-off borders too

I do like using decoupage in my creations

Materials used

Decoupage by Le Suh
Magazine freebie papers
Gold Label border and words peeloffs

Monday, 26 September 2011

DOH!!!! Who's a silly girl then?

Yep it's me :o(
Got up this morning had breakfast and then got everything ready for when a couple of friends were coming for lunch and have a stampfest and a die cutting session.  I was all set, even down to having grated the cheese to save time for making lunch.  Then it occurred to me, today is Monday and my friends are coming on Tuesday !  doh, doh, doh.  Oh well it least I don't have to grate the cheese tomorrow lol

A little blogging question.  On my dashboard it says that I have 34 followers but on my blog it's only showing as 32.  Does anyone know why that should be?

Saturday, 24 September 2011

UK Bargain for Crafters!!!!

I've just been to Asda and bagged myself a really good bargain from the  Really Useful Box Company 
The boxes are only diddy, 8cm x6.5cm x 5cm, perfect for all those little things that are all in one box now but would be better if they had their own little boxes.  It's on the website for £9.59.  The one that Asda has  for sale has a blue storage unit as opposed to the clear one  in the picture.  So I can hear you asking how much did I pay?  Wait for it...................................................

 Now that's what I call a bargain :o)
Feel free to link a post back to this, I love sharing with my fellow crafters

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Fly Free as a Bird

The Crafty Individuals September Challenge is to create something with a hanging element
I've made this as my entry to the challenge
It is in keeping with my own challenge to myself to use items that I've not used for a long time or haven't used at all, but not a recent purchase

I'm quite pleased with how this has turned out

I love these roses,inspired by the roses made by the talented Julie

A side view of the roses, not as good as Julie's but I'm still practising :o) you can also see the dimension on the birds

I "enamelled" the chipboard birds using UTEE

The quote is "Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings"  Victor Maris Hugo

I've also covered the back with more papers from the paper pack


The scalloped square is a page from an Anita's chipboard album and the sentiment is on a piece of mount board
Papers from the Crafty Individuals Springtime pad
Stamps and chipboard leaves and birds from Crafty Individuals
Spellbinders Rose Creator  Dies
Brilliance, Versafine and Versamagic inks
White acrylic paint  
Paper Cellar raffia 
UTEE from Joanna Sheene
Brads from stash

Friday, 16 September 2011

Flowers and Swirls

This journal is my entry for this weeks challenge at Allsorts using flowers and swirls

It also ties in with my personal challenge of using items that I've had for a long time and/or haven't used at all
The papers were free with a magazine quite a long time ago and have been sitting in my stroking only file lol, felt and ribbon yet another free gift and my Bind-it-all  

I used the papers to cover the insides of the journal

and the back

The swirls were already printed on the papers 

I used my new Spellbinders dies to cut the flowers

Materials used

Paper from Crafts Beautiful magazine
Felt and ribbon from another magazine
Brad from stash
Spellbinders Rose Creator dies

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Love you Sis

I'm entering this card into the Sundays with Crissy Friendship challenge

This is one of Crissy Armstrong's designs from her Wags and Whiskers collection and goes under the title of Love You Sis
Appropriately it is the card that I have made for my sister who's birthday is next month

It falls in with my personal challenge to use things that I have bought and never got around to using or have used but way, way back in time.  The papers are K & Co (I think) and have been sitting in my stroking only paper file for a couple of years   

I'm really pleased with how this card has turned out and I'm loving using my Promarkers more and more

I love the detail on the wellies and on the denim.  I have used my Promarker fine point add on for quite a bit of the detail, the plaits and the denim stitching in particular

The umbrella looks really nice and I was tempted to put some raindrops on with my Glossy Accents but I'm glad that I didn't now

Materials used

Love You Sis digi stamp from Crissy Armstrong
Papers by k & Co
Sentiment sticker from Papermania
Paper string
Circle punch to add detail to the corners

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Oh, baby, baby, baby DT card

The latest challenge for the Creative Card Crew is to make a card, or gift, for a baby.  
This is because there are a few of us in the design team that are expecting 
or have a new arrival in the family. 
 I'm celebrating the arrival of my beautiful granddaughter, Bronwyne

I love decoupage (second only to stamping) and have had this particular sheet for 
a very long time.  I thought it was about time I used it to make a card!

Such a cute image, the way the hands are it looks as though she's been up to mischief!

Materials used

Decoupage from Le Suh
Cardstock and backing paper from Kanban
A pink Promarker was used to edge the backing paper and the decoupage panel
Sentiment sticker from stash

Monday, 12 September 2011

The colour purple

I'm entering this card into two challenges
I love Promarkers using a metal charm or embellishment
Sew Many Challenges using the recipe of the purple, 2 papers and 3 or more gems

It also fits into my personal challenge of trying to use things I've had forever!

I've used an aperture card and covered it with the two backing papers

The flowers and peeloffs were coloured with Promarkers
 I also used thr Promarkers to colour the metal embellishment
  The original digi stamp has little stitched patchwork images which I've covered with the gems
Materials used

Digi stamp from Sew Many cards
Metal charm
Backing papers from a Papermania Colossal paper pack
Peel-off borders
Aperture card

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Two for tea

The Charisma Cardz challenge for this week is to be inspired by a song

I remembered that many moons ago I bought a book of Morehead mini decoupage and have used one of the images for this with the song being "Two for tea and tea for two".  
So this is another card where I have kept to my personal challenge of using up old stash
 I used a HOTP paper to cover the front of the aperture card and set the High Tea background paper behind the aperture.  I then put the decoupage in the centre of the BP
 Again I've use border and sentiment peel offs coloured with Promarkers
I didn't use all the layers of decoupage as they ended up being really tiny and fiddly

Materials used

Morehead decoupage and BP
HOTP paper
Peel offs
A piece of green card from stash cut with a deckle edged border using my Woodware paper trimmer

Have a quackin' birthday!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Papertake Weekly  anything goes

This decoupage was free in a magazine and has been gathering dust for quite a while!  I've set myself a challenge to try and use up stuff that I've had for a long time.  I've done it on this card for the picture, the peel offs and the card itself which is an aperture card from when I used to make a lot of cross-stitch cards

I had 4 copies of the picture so I cut the borders from two of them to make the bubbles come forward from the rest of the picture and then the big bubbles and the duck to raise it to 3D

Once again I've used peel offs which I have coloured with my Promarkers

I have glazed all the bubbles and the duck's eye

Materials used

Freebie decoupage
Anita's 3D gloss
Peel offs
Red paper from stash
Aperture card from stash
Computer generated sentiment

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Blue and Green

I'm entering the card into two challenges both asking that blue and green be used


I got the inspiration for this card at the craft show in Manchester at the weekend.  We saw several examples of cards using illusion film for the background and I knew I had some, somewhere lol

I used an aperture card, covered the front with a computer generated backing paper (can't remember where I got it from)

Used Peel-offs for the borders which I had coloured with a black Promarker 

You can see the silky pattern on the film in this photo

There isn't a black line across the film, it's the way the light has caught the reflections

Materials used

Illusion film
Squigglefly digi stamp
Aperture card

A Gem of a Challenge

 The Gem of a Challenge blog gives a colour combination of blue, turquoise and pink

 I like making these rosettes

3D butterfly using 3 peel-off butterflies

Coloured the flowers in the centre to co-ordinate
Used brads to affix the vellum

All the peel-offs were silver, coloured using Promarkers

Materials used

Circle aperture card
Papers and vellum were magazine freebies
1" circle punch
brads from stash

I Got You Babe!

I'm entering this baby card into the challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbons

A close up of my knot

Oh so peaceful

Materials used

Decoupage from Etappe-Knipwerke
Cardstock from DCWV
Peeloffs and ribbon from stash

I have a craft room, hooray!!

Ever since we moved into this house and Michael left home it was my intention to turn Michael's room into a craft room for me.  But due to changes in circumstances it stayed as Michael's room for when he came to visit.  As it's such a small room and that Michael is now married with a baby daughter it isn't big enough for them to stay over as a family.  They go to a local hotel now to sleep but spend the days with us.
So, at long last (9 years later than planned lol), my craft room is now a reality.

You can tell that I've got tonnes of paper by the number of files there are 
plus you can't see the bottom shelf which contains files full of card!!
The small drawers on the left contain various weights of papers and things like laminating sheets and Safmat

This table is only a temporary measure as the plan is to get a kitchen worktop which will go from the wall on the left , under the window and to the wall on the right on the next photo

Hopefully I'll get some shelves or a small cupboard on this wall.
The chest of drawers contain most of my rubber stamps, my ink pads, A3 card, envelopes 
with  poly bags and a few bits and pieces that I haven't found a place for as yet

Adrian put a metal shelving unit in the wardrobe to house my boxes full of all sorts of things, some of which I'd forgotten I had!  See the hidden stash of chocolate lol.

Maybe now that my Bind-it-All is more accessible I might get round to making some more journals and things. 

I hope that you've enjoyed the guided tour around my "craft studio" hehehe