Friday, 30 May 2014

Big Shot, dies and Distress Ink

Oh what fun I've had today :)

Love the Big Shot. It enabled me to cut out the shape from the front of my card, and the swirly leafy die on the front. I used 3 shades of Distress ink which I spritzed with water, and then swooshed the cut out through the ink. Dried it off, splattered water across it, blotted it, and dried it off. (My heart really is with all things messy!) Finally stamped the sentiment then assembled the card, adding the little butterfly.

This was one of those cards that just came together, and I was really pleased with it. Hope you like it :)

Thursday, 29 May 2014

New toy!

- my shiny new Bigshot! :)

Until now I've used my faithful Cuttlebug, but decided I needed a machine with a bigger platform so I could emboss or cut out bigger dies, or several at once. So far I love it! Working out the sandwiches for different thicknesses of dies, but it seems very straightforward and, of course, plenty of youtube videos.  I've no need for an A4 machine, and am not interested in whining electronic machines which have more to go wrong. This will do me very nicely :)

Edited to add: Just cut out some shapes in thick felt - cut through it like butter. Very impressed!

My birthday present to me!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Card for crafty day

Another card I made for our crafty get together day tomorrow.  As we make 6 cards throughout the day, we keep to fairly simple cards since time is limited. Everyone has different styles and ideas, so we come away with lots of new ideas.

For this one, I embossed this tree on to Coredinations card, and then lightly sanded it to reveal the paler inner core.  It was mounted onto coordinating paper, the extra being used to cut out two sizes of butterflies using a punch.  Finally, mounted onto Craft card, and a simple sentiment added.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

2 quick birthday cards

Made these today - one's a last minute card, and the other is for a crafting day on Wednesday with 3 crafty friends (we each make 2 cards to bring along, together with packs of materials needed)

Really enjoying the more natural look at the moment, using hessian, raffia, wooden buttons and slightly faded papers.  I just don't have a 'style', I love trying out different ones - I go from grunge and messy, to neat and precise :)

Without more ado, the cards.  This one is for my sister in law :-

The next one is one I've made for the crafty day on Wednesday :-

Two posts in one day!  I shall try not to stay away so long next time :)

Altered box

But firstly - what a bad blogger!  Never mind, back finally :)

I found a rather beaten up little box costing £1 in a Charity shop the other week, and it was crying out for a bit of love and attention - and altering.

I bought 2 sheets of 12x12 card in my local craft shop, and set about covering it, and also adding a few embellishments. I painted over the whole thing with Ranger's Glue N Seal (which sadly has been discontinued), giving it 2 coats to give it good protection.

Really pleased with how it turned out - for now I'm just admiring it on my crafty shelves above my desk, as I can't decide what to store in it :)