Monday, 29 February 2016

Getting inky :-)

There's nothing I love better than starting with a blank sheet of white paper, and creating something original.

There have been some brilliant shows on Hochanda just recently- lots of stamping and inking techniques. Some I was familiar with, others have been new to me.

I was watching shows with Beverley Bee Crafty today, and was really inspired! I hot footed to my craft room, with my iPad, and crafted along to the programme.

For this sample piece, I blended 2 Distress inks, lay a stencil over the top, and lightly spritzed water over it. I gave it a minute to react with the ink, took off the  stencil and patted the whole thing with some kitchen roll. Voila! It's so pretty, I will be using it in a card very soon, and will post it on here when it's finished :-)  

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Promarker organisation!

Something I've been meaning to do for a long time!

Love my Promarker alcohol pens, and have been collecting them for a few years. They need to be stored horizontally, but the problem with this is that because the ends of the pens aren't marked with the colour or a number, it's difficult to find just the one you want. 

bought a sheet of sticky dots, coloured them as appropriate, and then numbered each pen. 

I then did a kind of directory in my notebook, together with colour swatches in the book, and have started to write down favourite blending combinations with examples.

I'm really into colouring at the moment, and already this new system is proving to be perfect!  It's a very simple system, and works perfectly for me! 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Card from the past

Facebook reminded me today that I posted this picture 4 years ago :-)

At this time, I was going to regular classes at the Stampers Gallery in Tarleton, Lancs. We used to have a great time, and the lovely owners, Sue and Phil, had some talented crafters running courses. I think the lady who helped us make this card was called Lynne.

Anyway - this was an easel card we made. Poor quality photo sorry, as my phone at that time didn't have a very good spec camera, but I think you'll get the idea. I must get it out of my box of many cards, and work out how to reproduce it-I think my brother would appreciate it on his birthday. He loves music and plays the guitar, and I think it will be perfect for him. :-)

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Anniversary card

...... coming up :-)

I'm not able to share it yet, as it is a commission for a friend to give to her husband on their wedding anniversary next weekend. Can't spill the beans yet!

I took inspiration from one of the shows on Hochanda, where Dawn showed some creative ideas on how to use nesting dies. I remembered I had some Xcut Paisley nesting dies, and who would think they could be used so inventively. I also used some bakers twine, some very pretty backing paper, a label die, teeny foam pads to raise elements on the card, to give it dimension, ink and ......well, you'll have to wait and see!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

On a roll!

I watched a great programme on Hochanda today - lots of inspirational ideas on using nesting dies. Couldn't wait to get in my craft room after the programme finished :-)
The beauty of this design is that not a scrap of card is wasted. First of all I assembled this card-added some stamping and some washi tape, and made an embellishment (work in progress) for another card with the heart shapes I'd cut out of the cardstock.
Again, not very good photos as I took them at night - the cardstock is actually shades of blue!

Oh dear, the dust in my house can wait for another day :-)

Quick card

- and I don't normally make 'quick cards' :-) but wanted to get this in the post today.
I wanted to make a little card to send to a friend who is going through a very rough time at the moment (illness) - something simple, with a hand written message inside. 
Thinking about it, it could be adapted for a valentine's card.
I have inked the edge of the card, and although it doesn't show up in the photo I have painted some Wink of Stella onto  parts of the card. 
Not a good photo sorry, hard to get any decent light at the moment-grey clouds and rain as I type. It has a subtle sheen and sparkle in real life, and I'm really pleased with it :-)

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Now for something a little different!

I've been making cards for around 7 to 8 years now, and I'm always looking out for new ideas and techniques.

Just recently, I've rediscovered my love of crochet, and been making some little brooches. It then occurred to me I could combine crochet and card making. And here's my first card! I am seriously pleased with it :-)
All that's needed now is to attach it to a card base -and a add a few more bits and pieces, which you'll see in the last photo

Friday, 5 February 2016

Back again!

I was feeling a bit disillusioned with blogging towards the end of last year, but maybe a break did me good because I'm back!
This afternoon's job was to clear my desk and put some stuff away. A slow job-currently got pleurisy, but hoping things are now starting to improve.
Only one photo to share today-a clear working space! :-)