Sunday, 13 April 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #8

Hello everyone and welcome to my new followers.  It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenge and this time it's the lovely Asha of Sunny Summer Crafts who has chosen the theme which is:

Christmas Lights (candles, fairy lights, lamps, lanterns)

Now I have been really busy this week and had to leave making this card until yesterday after I had done a few hours of I merrily went about making my card; one of those times I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Finished it, photographed it, just going to schedule my post and then a niggling thought in my mind made me check again...........yep, I'd read the wrong challenge and made a card for the next challenge due on 27th April.  Soooooo, panic stations - what shall I do, help, ummmmh!!!! lol  Anyway I gathered myself and then thought about what I had, if anything, to meet this challenge and then remembered my lovely MB candles die.

So I die cut  three sets, one in gold mirri, one in red mirri and one in green bazzill cardstock.  I then die cut my shape using Spellbinders Labels 8 and die cut the candles again from the centre of the label.  I then paper pieced all the elements back into the negative shape.  The sentiment is Tattered Lace.  Tartan paper and red and gold glittery paper from my stash, borders are a MS snowflake border punch to which I've added red Liquid Pearls.  Sorry for the quality of the photo, I just couldn't seem to get a good photo with all the mirri card.

Thanks for popping least there's no rush for the next challenge; mine's already made!!! lol

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Addicted to CAS - challenge #36

Hello everyone - well it's Saturday and that means a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. This week your hostess and the person responsible for the theme is the lovely Michelle.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:

It's a new month, which means that we have a new Guest Designer here at ATCAS.  Please welcome the very talented Anita (in France) from MyPaperCraftWorld.

Hello … bonjour.  I’m Anita in France … and I’m blessed to live in beautiful south west France.  I’ve crafted in one way or another since I can remember and got seriously into card making about 18 months ago, when I started my blog.  My style is mainly clean and simple … sometimes quirky, sometimes graphic, occasionally whimsical.  I’m excited, delight and honored to have been invited to join the ATCAS Design Team this month and am looking forward to seeing what you create over the next few weeks.

A huge welcome to the lovely, and superbly talented, Anita; we are all looking forward to working with her for the next month.  

Our lovely leader Kylie has been on my mind this week as it's only a few days before she flies off from Australia to enjoy a very well deserved holiday in the UK and Europe.  So she is behind my card today..............

I have used watercolour paper for the card which I wetted first and then brushed Distress Inks on to create a simple background.  I left it to dry overnight with a weight on top to stop it curling.  The image is the Leaning Tower of Pisa by Designs by Tabbykat stamped using Black VersaFine ink. The sentiment which was a freebie with a magazine has been stamped and punched with my EK Success Labels punch and threaded with some bakers twine.

Pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to have a look at Anita's gorgeous card and all the wonderful inspiration provided by the rest of the Design Team.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Happy Friday.......

Hi folks - sorry I've not posted for a few days but have been really busy work-wise and also getting samples ready for our craft club which was held on Wednesday evening.

Just thought I'd pop by to show you what we got up to.  The first project was making a tissue box cover and lid and the second was making earrings from shrink plastic.  Here are some of my samples:



I think the girls really enjoyed themselves but it was a pretty full on evening trying to get everything done......don't think I've known them as quiet in a long time!!! lol

Thanks for dropping by - don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the latest challenge at Addicted to CAS.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Are crafters in South West England missing out on workshops?????

A quick shout out to all crafters who live in South West England.  We always moan that no workshops etc ever happen anywhere near us.........they're always up North.......right?????

Well, Oyster Stamps have actually organised a fantastic workshop in MINEHEAD on TUESDAY 8TH JULY at St Audries Bay Holiday Club, Nr Minehead, Devon.

Didn't know how many of you actually got the newsletter from Oyster Stamps but they have managed to persuade the amazing Emma Lou of Heartfelt Designs to come over to the UK to conduct a series of workshops both one day and two day.  The details are below:

Heartfelt Creations

are on their way!!

For the first time ever,
the fabulous
Emma Lou
Heartfelt Creations
is coming to do workshops
in the UK.
This going to sell out FAST,
so to guarantee your place
please book soon.

Places ARE limited!! 

Emma Lou
Emma Lou Beechy 2


HF 2

The projects covered at the
Workshops & Retreats
will be different,
so you are able to book a
Workshop & Retreat
without repeating the projects.

Numbers for each event are limited and we
anticipate these going very quickly.
To book any of the above, please phone the shop on 01634 686823 and speak to the lovely Martine.

If you are interested please ring Oyster quickly and speak to Martine as places are going fast and this is definitely not a workshop to miss!!!

Happy crafting.  Have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Christmas Card Club #7 Cute Christmas

It's time for another challenge at our Christmas Card Club and the theme for today is Cute Christmas.

For my card I decided to use my Hobby Arts "Small Parts" stamp - I think it's so cute with the polar bears and penguins.  I stamped it onto white card and then paper pieced the letters which had Diamond Glaze on them after I'd attached them to the main image.  The little colouring was done with Flexmarkers.....really just a touch of a blue grey and some yellow for feet and beaks.

I made a stepper card for a change.  Now I know these are easy to make but how often have you done one and been a fraction off with your measuring or cutting and ruined the whole thing???  So when I saw that Cheery Lyn had actually released a die that cut not only the main card but also all the panels I did a little happy dance!  I've not seen it over here and actually bought it from the States - which was probably no more expensive than if I'd bought it here.  It always amazes me that the US$ price actually turns into the same thing in £'s................hmm like over twice as expensive right?

Anyway, the main card is a red base with the panels cut from papers in my stash.  For the centre piece I embossed a piece of white card with a Cuttlebug icicle e/f and added a ribbon before adhering the main panel. The bottom has been shaped with a Fiskars border punch, as has the paper panel.

As this card also fits the Completely Christmas  Challenge #5 Anything Goes I will be entering my card there.

Thanks for dropping by - hope you're having a great weekend.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #35

Happy Saturday to you all

It's time for another new challenge at Addicted to CAS and your hostess for this is the "uber" talented Sylvia of Poppy's Papercraft Patch

She has chosen your code word for this challenge and it is:

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:

The prize will be a pack of her rubber stamps called "It's all about You".

I decided to use some NBUS (Never-Before-Used Schtuff) in the form of a Joanna Sheen Motorbike Signature die.  I cut it out twice, once on silver mirri and once on black shiny cardstock.  I put these together but offset them so you can see the silver mirri at the back of the bike and also to give it some dimension.  The sentiment is computer generated (thought it gave the impression of speed???) and cut using an EK Success label punch and I've attached it to the bike with some bakers twine making it look like it's being pulled along behind (it's popped up on a couple of foam pads).  I used a Fiskars border punch on the edge of the card with a touch of red behind and three red gems.

Thanks so much for popping by - don't forget to visit the Addicted to CAS challenge blog to see what inspiration the other DT members have made for you.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Less is More - Week 164 Recipe

Hello All

The latest challenge over at Less is More is a Recipe which consists of:

Our recipe this week has two parts!
Firstly we'd like to see 
of something on your cards 
We'd like you to visit and comment on three other participants, hopefully ones you haven't visited before!

My card is a pretty simple one.  I have stamped the THREE flowers  (Stampin Up Organic Grace) in THREE colours of Stampin Up inks.  I then die cut them using Spellbinders scalloped circle dies and mounted them on THREE die cut mats - again Spellbinders, but this time Lacey Circles.  I embossed two lines vertically down a DL card and stamped my sentiment (Personal Impressions P488 E) using the same THREE ink colours.  Finishing touches were to use THREE colours of Liquid Pearls in the centre of the flowers and three "pearls" above and below the sentiment.

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm off to visit THREE other participants in this challenge...........hehe.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Anita's Birthday Surprise and LIM Week 163

Hello Peeps

A few of us found out, too late, that our friend Anita R. from My Papercraft World had a birthday on February 18th, the stinker!

Bev of Happy Dance has suggested that we surprise Anita with a birthday card hop on March 18th and Darnell has offered to host it for us all.

Now those of you who know Anita will realise she has a real style on all her cards so I decided to case one that caught my eye last month.  Here is Anita's card:

And here is my take on her lovely card.  

Now I know Anita used plasterboard mesh tape and jointing medium but I had been wanting to use this That Special Touch - Distressed Dots mask.  I masked off the area I wanted the embossing paste to be and then used three colours of Sparkle Medium from Imagination Crafts (Black Stars, Jade and Silver).  When it was dry I matted it onto some dotty embossed card in complimentary colours and onto the card base.  I had used a Spellbinders border die at the bottom of the card and placed in a layer of vellum.  I then heat embossed in white the sentiment from Stampin Up Vintage Verses which, in turn was die cut using Spellbinders fancy tags.  This was then added to the card using some matching brads.

As this ties in nicely with the current challenge over at Less is More I am entering my card there.

So, although we are a month late I hope Anita feels it's worth it!!!  Happy Belated Birthday Anita. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Christmas Card Club - Challenge # 6, Completely Christmas #3 and Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge March Extra

Hello everyone.  It's a brand new challenge over at the Christmas Card Club and this time it's Christine who has chosen the theme which is:

Let's see some wings (angels, fairies, birds)

Soooo, probably like some of you I have some NBUS (never before used schtuff!!!) in the Christmas department and thought I needed to use this cute stamp which is Woodware Clear Magic Christmas Hoot.

I stamped this little fella using black Memento and coloured in Flexmarkers.  He's been cut out using my Lil'Inkers Stitched Square dies.  The b/p was from my stash. I'd been using my Clearly Besotted Make a Wish dies for the card I posted yesterday and had some blanks lying around...........and what do you know - yep, the sentiments that come with this stamp set actually fit on the balloons! Lucky or what??? I added some bakers twine to the balloons and tied them together under the wings and popped them up with d/s foam pads.  The corner dies are Cheery Lyn (the die cut pieces didn't come out fully on the first pass, but thought they looked good with them in so just glued the entire corner piece to the card), the chevrons are Die-namics Chevron Stripes and the flowers are Heartfelt Creations stamps and die, gold embossed onto red vellum.  Final touches were some fluffy stuff for hat and boots and Glossy Accents for his eyes.

I'm also entering this card into the following two challenges:

Completely Christmas #3 Anything Goes and Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #34

Hello all.  It's time for another challenge over at Addicted to CAS and your hostess is the delightful Sandie of London Days and here is the code word she's chosen for you:

Our Sponsor for this challenge is

The prize will be a pack of her rubber stamps called "It's all about You".

We also have the very talented Karen as our Guest Designer so please pop on over to her blog to say hello.

Must admit I had to sit and think about this one as there were several ways you could go but in the end plumped for this.............come and look what I made.

I have used the dies from Clearly Besotted's Make a Wish set to cut three apertures in a piece of card and then used the same dies to cut out some multi coloured glitter card.  I used Pinflair to pop these up over the apertures, tucking a piece of bakers twine under each balloon which were drawn together with a small bow.  The greeting is from Stampin Up Sincere Salutations stamped in Kaleidacolor Pastel ink. I then added three gems.

Pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Stampin Up Extravaganza Day

Hello Everyone - just a very quick post as I've just got home from a fantastic day with our Stampin Up Demonstrator, the wonderful Jenny Moors.  As usual we made three projects throughout the day and I thought you might like to see some quick photos of what we achieved.

First up we made a gift box with four different cards to go in it.

Secondly we made this lovely card in a box and gift card to match.


Lastly we made this gorgeous photo frame (no we didn't use hammer and saw!!! lol) and matching gift box.

Aren't they all lovely.  We had a fabulous day with Jenny - as always - and can't wait til our next Extravaganza Day with her.

Hope you're all getting this wonderful weather we have in Somerset - what a change eh?

Happy crafting.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Technique Time Tuesday - Caught in Crystal

Well, it's the end of the week and looks to be a lovely weekend weather wise but also looking forward tomorrow to our Stampin Up Extravaganza that we've arranged for our craft club - it's always a fantastic day with the amazing Jenny Moors.

Mynette at Technique Time Tuesday has got a challenge on her blog which is to use the caught in crystal technique.  Do pop on over and watch her YouTube video on how to do it.  Must admit it's been a while since I've played with this technique and I used to use Kleer Floor Polish instead of Glossy Accents but the basic method is the same.  This is what I made.  It was really difficult to photo with the shiny acetate and don't think you can see all the glitter caught in the Glossy you'll have to use your imaginations!!! lol

I stamped the ornate butterfly from Aspects of Design Butterfly Beauties stamp set in Stazon black and then cut it out using my Lil'Inkers Stitched Squares dies.  Backing papers are from a First Edition New Leaf pad I got at Farnborough last Friday. I've used my Joy Crafts corner (6002/0135) and Our Daily Bread Beautiful borders dies.  The sentiment is the freebie with the current Craft Stamper magazine and I've added some Liquid Pearls.

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Less is More - Week 161 - Colour

Just popping by to post my entry into this weeks' Less is More challenge which is:

For our colour challenge this month we have chose real Spring colours
LIMettes always come up with such imaginative creations... we can't wait to see what appears!

Don't forget to keep it Clean and Simple and remember that white space!
This week's challenge does not necessarily have to bee a one layer card, although we are always  happy to see them in any of our challenges. 

I decided to base my card on die cut inlays.  I took a piece of white linen card and die cut Fresh Daisies by Simon Says Stamp!  I then die cut it in yellow and green.  I also die cut the words Happy Birthday from All Occasion Dies (Robert Addams) from the white base and then again in yellow and green.  So I had a piece of white card with negative shapes.  I placed the green flower back into it's negative shape making sure I also put in the white piece of card that came out between the two stems.  I cut the yellow flowers from the stems and just touched the base of each of them with green ink so they would blend in with the green stems.  I did exactly the same with the words, again making sure I still had the white "waste" from the inside of the letters. I popped this up on the base card using d/s foam pads and Bob's your uncle (well, maybe not!!! lol) one finished card - very clean and simple.

I was so pleased to have time to play with this as I've been sitting all day typing up Minutes of our Parish Council meeting last night and dealing with loads of planning applications etc............banging your head against a brick wall comes to mind!

Thanks for dropping by.  See you soon.

Another new home card...........

Yet another set of friends and neighbours have moved out of the village........that's two couples in one week which is very unusual for such a small village.  However they have only downsized and moved to the next village so will still see them.  Here is the card I made for them.

I die cut two Poppystamps Grand Gothic Iron Work and two Grand Gothic Windows and attached them with acetate in the back.  I have again used my Chocolate Baroque Home Sweet Home stamp set and stamped on the waste part of the Grand Gothic window so it looks like the landscape continues through the two windows.  I masked the houses to put in the background using DI's and they were coloured using Flexmarkers.  I've used an Anna-Marie's 8x8 scalloped card and cut a piece of her pearl card a little smaller than the base card so I could put it through my eBosser using Creative Expressions Basket Weave e/f.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set punched using my SU Modern Label punch.  The ivy is Joanna Sheen's Ivy Flourish and Ivy Corner dies.  Flowers and ribbon from my stash.

Thanks for dropping in and taking the time to leave your comments.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 3 March 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #7

Happy Monday everyone.  Well I'm thrilled to be here today as I was asked by the lovely people over at the STAMPlorations Blog to be GDT for this challenge.  How cool is that?  Well, here is the sketch they have chosen:

Had to sit and scratch my head for a bit with this one but as I was playing with my Scan N Cut decided to go for bunting.  I cut out the bunting on SU d/p and matching cardstock, punched holes each side of the individual pieces and strung them together with some matching rickrack ribbon.  I then die cut the letters from my MB Large Classic alphabet dies and the hearts are Spellbinders classic hearts.  These were all popped up using d/s foam tape.  I then scored 3 lines at the base of the card and added more rickrack ribbon in the spaces inbetween.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse stamped in SU Pumpkin Pie ink and I added some gems.


As I had cut more  of the banner shapes than I needed for this card I decided to make another which virtually follows the sketch to the letter.  The shapes are spaced along the top and bottom of the card and the overlapping edges were trimmed off.  I added two score lines top and bottom and the sentiment is from SU Apothecary Art stamp set, again stamped in SU Pumpkin Pie.  I added some pearls and gems as a finishing touch.

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to pop on over to STAMPlorations Blog to check out the great cards made by the DT.

Have a great weekend.