Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Purple happy birthday

One of the first cards I ever made at a class in Tarleton (must call in there this week to sign up for some classes). Lovely cardstock with a textured surface, spellbinder cut outs, some nice ribbon, buttons and bows - done!  Also a couple of peel offs which I don't really use now, but they work fine with this card.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Craft caddy

No card today, but thought I'd share my bargain buy from Aldi - a craft caddy, costing £4.99!
Pink of course :)  Measures around 13" x 10", with 2 tier storage for all my crafty bits and bobs. It'll be great to take to classes/courses/crafty get togethers.  They are in different colours, if anyone's interested.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Tidy up time

It may not look much, but this clear floor is a first in my craftroom. Every papercrafter out there will relate to boxes of stash littering every surface, and spilling out onto the floor. It was getting to the point I was climbing over stuff to get to my desk. I almost felt like one of those folk in Hoarders - I could recognise the signs!!   It has been driving me nuts, and today was the day to get something done about it! Finding lost and forgotten treasures is, of course, a huge distraction, with much temptation to play and create... I managed to resist.
Perhaps losing my broadband connection today and being exasperated with the clutter was just what was needed to make me tackle the mayhem! Back online, but the tidying is nearly done.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Happy birthday

A different style again!  I've realised I don't have one particular style I like, I seem to like lots of different ones. Maybe it's to do with the fact that I'm a Gemini, and have a bit of a grasshopper mind!
This one uses a digistamp which I coloured with my Promarkers. I cut it out with a Spellbinders die, as well as one in mauve. (Haven't used my dies in ages, so it has been fun re-discovering them).  I had some pretty background paper in my stash, and mounted it on mirri board. I have a bit of a button addiction, so this was a good excuse to use a pretty spotted one and tie a bow made of twine.
I was really pleased with this one and will probably make variations of it.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Distressed but not sad!

I love using inks in my crafting to produce different effects. Nothing more fun than starting out with that blank piece of white paper, and seeing what I can come up with.
This background was made by splodging (lovely word) Distress ink pads onto the craft sheet, spritzing with water, and then swooshing (another lovely word) the card across the ink, moving it round so that much of the card is covered. Once dry (a heat gun speeds up the process) this was stamped several times with the orange Distress ink (with some 2nd generation stamping which helps create a feeling of layers and dimension) and then with black Versafine (which was embossed). Matted and layered onto black card once the ribbon had been tied round, and then layered onto toning card (which had been cuttlebug'd). This was then affixed to a black card. Voila!

Again, I can't take credit for this - a crafty pal called Cheryl taught us this - but it is a technique I've used many times since. I must get Cheryl to do a blog - her work is amazing :)

Sunday, 16 February 2014

If nothing ever changed....

....there'd be no butterflies. True words!

I made this last year in a class, and really enjoyed making it.  The base white cardstock (layered onto black card) was put through the Cuttlebug in a butterfly embossing folder, and pale pink Distress ink was applied lightly to the raised areas.
There is a vellum overlay (with an oval shape cut out) - and this too was put through the Cuttlebug. 
The layered flower has a cardstock and 2 vellum layers - the vellum was coloured on the back with a pink wax pencil to give subtle shading. Being the big kid I am, the best bit was curling the fronds!
Finally a button for the flower centre, and a butterfly stamped onto coloured cardstock with some glitter added.

Photographing this card proved a bit of challenge today - bright sun shining through the window causing a few shadows!


Today's photo is actually one of the first cards I ever made, a few years ago (another of Cheryl's designs) More to follow, designed by Sue and Ros).
The cardstock was stamped with Versamark to give a watermark effect. The flower and stamp were stamped on the cardstock using black memento, and a second time onto patterned paper. The flower was cut out and layered onto the stamped image.
The flower centre was stamped onto shrink plastic with a similar sized stamp from the set, coloured, and then shrunk right down when heated. Magic!

Saturday, 15 February 2014


This card was again made quite some time ago. 3 friends and I were having a cardmaking day, and this one was one of Cheryl's designs using inchie stamps (which as the name suggests, are stamps measuring one inch square)
A lot of lovely detail on the stamps, and if I recall correctly were inked up using Versafine ink, which really brings out that detail.
Such a simple card, using 3 stamped out images, some lace, ribbons and embellishments. Once stamped, the squares were very lightly 'distressed' around the edges with a coordinating Distress Ink.
Another technique I learned was using one or more of the inchies to create a border down one side of the inner paper - so effective!

Really enjoying going through all my cards both to photograph them and re-discover ideas and techniques.  I have even started clearing up my disorganised craftroom and now have a desk to work on again!

See you tomorrow x

Friday, 14 February 2014

Christmas card

Yes - rather late in the day!  I'm starting the process of photographing cards I've made, now that I understand my camera and how to use the macro!

This is another card made in a class by a very talented and creative teacher.  I love the black and white theme, using embossing folders, stamping, die cutting, sparkle, and pretty organza ribbon.  I couldn't bear to part with this one!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Camera practice!

I must admit to being very lazy when it comes to reading manuals - I'm one of those people that prefer to press buttons and experiment!  Just recently I've been admiring so many beautiful photos on blogland, wishing I could produce the same results, so I finally got around to dusting off the manual and practising using the settings (and learning what they were about!)  What better subject than my lovely furry friend and housemate, Tiny :)

Time I think to dig out my many cards and share them with you over the coming days and weeks.
I hope all in the UK survived the horrendous winds last night, and thinking of those of you in the south suffering during the flooding x

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Black and white

This is a lovely card I made at a class last year, and is one I shall definitely make again in different colours.
I love the black and white theme.  Flowers were stamped onto patterned cardstock and embossed in white then cut out to give the 3D effect of flowers in a vase.  Loved the detail especially the pretty spotted organza ribbon

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Melt pot virgin!

I bought my Ranger melting pot quite some time ago, but have been a bit nervouus of using it up until now. Today was the day however! I melted some clear ultra thick embossing crystals, and added a pinch of coloured crystals, and poured the (very hot!) molten liquid into some Martha Stewart silicone moulds. I wish they were better photos, as the flowers are so pretty - translucent with a lovely shine. Of course, I now want more crystals (which are basically ground plastic) to try out different effects and techniques!  I'll probably use these for card embellishments, but if I change my mind they can be re-melted in the pot, and made into something else :)

Friday, 7 February 2014

What a difference....

...it makes, using a camera to take photos instead of using my iPhone!  This was a card I made for my sis in law's birthday, she loved it.  I coloured in the image with my Promarkers, and used Distress ink to colour the edges.

Tomorrow's job is  to sort out my disaster of a craft room !!!

No use asking Tiny to help - she'll be snoozing on my bed as usual :)