Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Using the latest free die from Docrafts Creativity magazine

Hi fellow bloggers
I hope you are all enjoying the longer days and  crafting time.
It is a while since I managed back in blog land but here is todays project - a card and matching envelope and a gift bag.

For the card I used the die cut twice and placed together with a stamped sentiment and trimmed with an EK Success edge punch that I coloured with sakura gel pens. The sentiment was backed with matching paper to the die cuts and raised up on sticky pads. Some of the die waste was used to decorate the card corners. The remaining waste was used for the envelope - back and front. The bag was also decorated with the die cut and the larger waste and had also been embossed with one of the Anna Griffin large folder.

Happy crafting :)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

LiM - one layer

hi fellow -  bloggers another weekend and another LiM  challenge.

This is a one layer week so have gone for a monchrome card using memento London Fog for the koi carp background using a dreamweaver stencil, The image and sentiment stampe with Black Brilliance ink The added bits are a collar and faux stitches in blue Sakura gel pen to keep it one layer and I have again used the Scorit for the embossed lines.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

LiM entry - Green and Yellow

hi fellow bloggers
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend? I decided to use Kraft card for the challenge this week- as when I had made the card elements I thought that it suited Kraft card rather than my normal white.
I have used Ranger distress inks for the main mat and also on the other elements to tone them in,

 The main mat is one of the direct ink on acrylic block and spritzed with water technique [here is the tutorial link -]. The stamp is an old one from my stash - stamped with cocoa memento andcoloured with shades of yellow promarkers and edged with distress ink. The die cut is from Anna Griffin and cut down and re pieced  to suit the size of the mats. The bottom mat is green card again inked with the same distress ink. The envelope was inked and stamped to match.

entered in LiM
Happy crafting

Friday, 6 March 2015

more birds!

Hi fellow bloggers
I have made two more bird brooches using the Tim Holtz caged bird die and UTEE [love this stuff]. This time I used black with silver, and also red with black. The red one has the wing attached but I am a little worried about this being a strong enough bond - still I will soon find out and will let you know as i do think the added wing is very effective.

The onlyreally tricky bit is trying to attach the brooch back but a bit of perisistance and it is achieved!
This weekend I am off to the SECC for the sewing and hobbycraft show so early start tomorrow!
happy crafting

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Cute bird

hi fellow bloggers
I have made a small brooch using the Tim Holtz Sizzix caged bird bigz die and mount board. I made a bird brooch using this die about 2 yrs ago and wear it quite often so decided to make another one slightly more mono colour.

I used versamark ink with blue iris r, clear and silver utee. I added bugle beads for the wing and a seed bead for the eye in green and yellow. A brooch fastening was attached using utee. I am going to wear it tomorrow and am going to make a couple of different coloured variations as they look good on my scarf  accessories. Back to paper/card later in the week!
happy crafting

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sizzix - & Green

Hi fellow bloggers
More stash busting and upcycling on this post.

This brooch is made using the Sizzix Bigz Flora die, with upcyled fabric from a black felted jumpe - on the backr, 70% sage green wool felt and upcycled fabric from a lime green voile curtain. The centre is a handfelted ball cut in half and  hand beaded with green seed beads. The voile was singed to give some more dimension and texture.

I am entering it in the Green challenge set by

Monday, 2 March 2015

Sizzix project - Not cards!

Hi fellow bloggers - in my vain attempt to so something with my stash I have been finding quite a few unfinished projects - not all cards so have made myself a promise to get some of them finished! This weekend I finished a rustic brooch that I made using elements from my sizzix dies.
I used burlap for the leaves and linen for the cream flower  - both cut from the same Sizzix bigz die - Flora.
The puff is topped with a metal flower [cut from a recyled juice can that I coloured by heating on the gas hob] cut using a sizzix embosslit a - Wildflower - and a small shell button I recycled from a shirt,
Well need to get onto the next unfinished project!!  happy crafting

Sunday, 1 March 2015

LiM entry

Hi fellow bloggers - hope you are all well - I have been trying to sort out some of my stash this week so not much done but have managed an entry this week for the theme  things that make me happy.

One of my favourite things are pansies as I love their faces as they make me want to smile, so I have used peg stamps with pansy flowers for this card. I have used distress inks - dusty concord, chipped sapphire and sage moss together with brilliance  moonlight for the butterflies. I used my water brush to soften some of the edges. The backing paper is sizzix sizzlit and I have used purple cord for the contrast. Also used my scorit tool for the embossed lines - although they don't show up so well in the photo. The envelope is given an edge to match with an embossed butterfly on the flap.
happy crafting

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

cricut card

Hi fellow bloggers
I got a reminder from windows this morning about my brothers upcoming birthday so thought I would use my seriously underused cricut and cartridge to make a card. I have used the celebrations cartridge and a card cut with birthday cut out. Then cut a tag with happy and a mat tag - both using scraps in my bid to use stash!. They were put together and mounted on a white card then given a celebratory spray with crafters companion spray and sparkle! Just an insert and verse to compose and that is it ready to send.

Happy crafting

Monday, 16 February 2015

Learning from other bloggers

Hi fellow bloggers todays post is a card using a technique I saw on this weeks LiM challenge and a tutorial is on if you would like to check it out.

It is a simple technique that can give a fab result. I used fired brick distressed ink and dripped water from my water pen [ couldn't find a spritzer and want to get on and try it!!]. I covered the acrylic block with the ink and added the water and then pressed onto a piece of card and left to dry. When I looked at it I saw poppies  - to make them more poppy like  I added black soot with the water pen to some of them and blotted the excess off and again left to dry. Once dry I layered onto toning card and added a piece of ombre ribbon that matched. Hope you like it as I really do. I am going to try some different distress inks to see what effects I can get as I have now found a spritzer!! Sometimes I think my stash disappears into some kind of parellel universe then turns back up again - so wish I was organised but that gene seems to have eluded me Lol!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Using my new anna griffin die

Hi fellow bloggers - I hope you are having a good weekend and getting some crafting time!
I recently bought some anna griffin dies - really tried not to:)

Anyway this is the first card I have used one of them with - I have cut out quite a few for playing with Lol! The script stamp is an old one from my copious stash! I stamped it with Memento London Fog. The hearts are cut from red vellum using a small sizzix die from the big shot starter kit. The centre die is actually 2  dies cut and then trimmed and joined together to fit the card. The same script stamp was used for the envelope inner.  -  happy crafting  I am entering this in the 
I hope the script meets their words criteria.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

LiM Feb 14th

Hi fellow bloggers - todays LiM challenge is about Love - no suprise given the date :) and it had to be just one layer. I am a bit out of practice as have been off blogland and cardmaking for a while so just picking up again!

I have used an old stamp from Hero Arts and stamped it more than once using Fired Brick distress ink pad. The sentiment is part of a free craft stamper gift and stamped with Memento London fog and underlined with silver pen.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Less is More entry

Hi fellow bloggers
I am a bit late with this but hopefully not too late. It is 4yrs since the LiM challenge began and the theme is pink and grey. So congratulations and happy birthday to the LiM team.

For this card I have used hero arts grey shadow to colour the space under the pink strip from sizzix sizlets pad which was finished with a martha stewart edge punch. The strip was then given an embossed edge using the scorit.

 I used stazon grey ink pad for the sentiment and edged it and parts of the pansies with sakura glitter pen. The two pink butterflies were punched out and the grey dragon fly was also using the hero arts ink pad.

Monday, 9 February 2015

1st card of the year!

Hi fellow bloggers - I hope this is me back in blogland as I have missed it :)
This card was made with a cricut cartridge - 'create a critter' and I have used all bazill card as it cuts well. It is a 1st birthday card for my grandson who turns one this week - how the time has flown.

I will enter this in Diecutdivas feb challenge : -

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year and wishing you all the best for 2015 and many hours of crafting :).