Friday, 26 June 2015

June Rudolph day

It's rolled around again - the time for Rudolph day as hosted by Mo on her blog. I really thought I was going to be ready this month - but no I wasn't! I decided to dig out this Debbi Moore cdrom black and white Christmas and intended on printing one of the images, a printer error meant I printed the whole sheet, and I decided to go with it and just add some glitter and a couple of die cuts to make a simple card this time.
I do know that I am way behind on having cards ready for Christmas, so will need to step up my efforts.

What doesn't help is searching for something that was on my desk for soooo long, decided in the last tidy up it could go somewhere safe.......... still searching........

Yesterday I went to the Imperial War Museum with a friend to see the Fashion on the Ration exhibition. Unfortunately you couldn't take photos and there were no postcards of some of the mend and make do things that I saw and would love to recreate. I would really recommend the exhibition though.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

LIM week 229 - stencilling

I have used a few different stencils on this card. A brick work one for the background, Sheena Douglass landscape and clouds stencils for the scene adding a balloon from a SU set, a fence from hobbyart, birds from Inkylicious and a SU sentiment. The die is from Crafters companion and the bricks are cut from a Marianne die.
This is for the Less is More challenge which is stencilling this week. I'm also popping into the snippets playground as those bricks and the window were out of my snippets box.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Happy Birthday at Ooh la la challenge blog

Welcome to the new challenge at Ooh La La and our theme this time is Happy Birthday - so I look forward to seeing lots of entries as everyone needs birthday cards.

For my DT card I used the Carnival of Colour cdrom.

I used MCS to make a faux mat and layer with one of the toppers and then "cut out" digitally one of the flowers and placed them around the corners. I also took one of the images and tiled it to make the bottom border. Finished off with another little image this time popped up on foam tape and some pretty ribbon which I thought was just right for this card.

Look forward to seeing your entries.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

mid month reminder for wings at Penny Black & More challenge

Morning everyone, here I am with my DT card for the mid month reminder for the Penny Black & More challenge. This month we are looking for wings - real or fantasy/fiction will do. Just remember to make stamping the focal point of your card, you don't need to use a Penny Black stamp but we don't allow digi stamps.

I used PB4306L Kisses in the sun for my card and a sentiment from PB40-239 Sprinkles & smiles which is my new favourite for sentiments, it's so versatile and the sentiments are all lovely.

I created a background on my gelli plate and then placed a stencil over it and ran it through my grand caliber to give the trellis effect, I then used another stencil over the top for the flowers. Finally I stamped over with the butterly and then painted it with cosmic shimmer drawing inks and used a script embossing folder over the whole piece. I then lightly brushed ink over to highlight the embossing and used the punched rectangle from Tattered lace to cut it out. The sentiment is a piece of the same background stamped and cut out with a smaller die. I then mounted it onto a Craftwork card pre printed base and added a couple of MS butterflies which had also been put through the embossing folder.

Thanks for looking. Hope to see you over at the challenge blog - as always there are fantastic prizes on offer from our lovely sponsors.

I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp challenge - show your favourite technique/product. Well at the moment it is using my gelli plate.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Butterflies and sequins

I'm entering Mrs A's Butterfly challenge with this card for the challenge of Butterflies and sequins. I cut some butterflies from some glittered acetate they were already pre printed onto. I then used a tag I had created with my brushos - added some sequins and then mounted onto a card stamped with a SU butterfly.

Friday, 12 June 2015

CD Sunday add some bling or glitter

The challenge on CD Sunday is to add some bling or glitter and I can't believe it has taken me until now to get my card done - anyway here it is just in time.
I used MCS Deco Follies. The background is glitter acetate - can't capture it very well, so here is a close up.
I also decorated the inside and the back of the card.

I had some images left over and this Tattered lace carriage die on my desk, conjured up for me "carriages at midnight" - so ............
The sentiment on both cards is from Penny Black and the little row of bling on the card below is from a Wplus9 set. I have added diamond sparkles to the carriage and lettering in the background, the image of the lady on her own is also on glittered acetate.

Hillarys crafts competition

This is my entry into the Hillarys Crafts competition. The challenge was to make something from a 1 metre of Hillary's fabric that was sent to anyone who requested it, and then when you've made your item create a blog post.
These were the fabrics you could choose from.
Craft -Comp -4-part -montage

So this is what I have made, an across body self lined bag. The fabric I chose from Hillarys is called Daisy Pistachio and I loved it at first sight. When I got my material I realised I actually loved the reverse as much as the right side. This is why I decided to make something that showcased both sides of the fabric. You will see this better in my final photo of the back of the bag.

Here's the fabric showing both sides.

I chose these two cottons to sew with, putting one for the top thread and the other for the underneath thread, so that the stitching contrasts on different parts of the bag. I also used a 16/100 needle as although the fabric is not that thick, when you begin to build the layers of fabric you will need a strong needle to get through them all.
Step one
I began by cutting two pieces of fabric 21 inches square. I then instead of the putting the wrong sides together to stitch, stitched around the two pieces of fabric, with one the right way and one showing the reverse side. This is so that my finished bag will show both sides of the fabric. If you make this and you don't want that to happen, just stitch with the right sides together. 
Before you begin to stitch remember -you will need to leave a little gap for turning the fabric inside out. I've shown it here between the two pins in the middle of one of the edges.

Step two
Before you turn the fabric inside out and hide the seams, cut across the corner, so that they will lie flat and be easier to push through.

Push out each of the corners - I use the rounded end of an unpicker to do mind but you could use a blunt pencil, just be careful you don't push too hard and come through the seam.

You know have something that looks like a cushion cover, you stop here, and use it as a cushion cover if you want to!
Step three
Or you can press on and make the bag. Here is my press - I find it gets better results than an iron (excuse my breadmaker in the photo!).

Once you've pressed the seams nice and flat you can top stitch around the whole piece, taking care to fold in the seam of the little gap you left.
If you remember, I used two different cotton colours to stitch with. As you can see in this photo below, the other side has yellow stitching, whilst the photo above shows the green stitching.
Step four
Now take your piece and fold in from the bottom and top to the centre - as shown here. Slightly overlaping. This will be the bag base.
Then stitch two lines half an inch either side of the middle - so you will have two lines of stitching one inch apart.

Step five
Now fold the other two corners together and stitch up the sides
Step six
Flatten out the corners
 and stitch one inch across - like this. This will form the bag base and square it off.
Step seven
Now turn the whole thing inside out.

The inside will look like this
and the outside will look like this

I've then folded down the flap to close the bag. I decided to add some buttons and ribbon to finish it off. You will see it now also has a strap. I made this long enough to go across my body. I cut two lengths of material and stitched them together. Then I made a sleeve by stitching down one side and then turning it inside out - that probably took the longest time in making this bag LOL! 
Because I stitched with one of the sides of material on the wrong side - the back of the bag looks like this
After I attached the strap I also added some co-ordinating buttons and ribbon  where the strap meets the bag.

 I really enjoyed using this fabric and thanks to Hillarys for sending me the fabric and letting me take part.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Handbag snippets

I've had this stamp for ages, and finally it fitted a card that someone asked me to make. The brief was shoes and handbags - so this is it. I paper pieced using snippets,  the shoes on the stamp and then added these little matching handbags cut from snippets with a die, I added some tiny flowers from a punch and then just because I had it and never used it, I punched the corner!
I'm off to the snippets playground to show Miss Di as she has the best prize on offer this week - a patchwork die. I've been after one for ages, Wplus9 make one too but it is out of stock everywhere, so if you see one please let me know.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Nail varnish sunset - LIM week 227

I've wanted to have a go at marbling for a while now, but the kits are expensive, and I know it will be a fad. So when I saw the nail varnish technique I decided to give it a go, but with my Leighton Denny nail varnish costing £11 a bottle it wasn't a viable option long term. The paper I made hasn't made it onto a card yet - but it will. 
So, I went to a Macmillan coffee morning the other week and they were selling five nail varnishes for £3 - so when I saw the sunset challenge on Less is More - I decided to give the technique another go and this is the result. I'm rather pleased with it. The quotation was one I found going through my stash and by chance fitted, I used a MS butterfly punch using an off cut from the paper I created.

For advice on the technique here is a link to some much better work than mine. Of course you can use it to actually marble your nails too! - not tried that yet...........

Monday, 8 June 2015

Here comes summer at oh la la challenge blog

Our challenge this time on Ooh La La is "Here comes Summer" - let's hope if you are in the UK that it stays!

This card is for a friend who loves donkeys and has a summer birthday. So when I saw this image on the new Paula Oakley cdrom I knew I would be using it for her. The backing paper and sentiment are also on the cd rom and I used a spellbinder die to cut some reeds out of the same paper but used ink over them to darken them a little.

If you want to enter, you don't need to use one of the fab Ooh la la cdroms - but it would be lovely if you did, or you can get some great freebies from the Ooh la la  website.

Thanks for looking and I can't wait to see your summer images - who knows it may be the only summer we get LOL!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Wings at Penny Black & More

Morning everyone, it's time for the new challenge on Penny Black & More and this month it is Wings - real or fantasy/fiction.

For my DT card I've used PB2695J Dance, sing, love, live - together with one of the new DP paper pads from PB - Gentle Whisper. I've used my new brushos to create the rest of the background. Rather pleased with this effect I managed to create with the mottled effect on one side and the lines of colour on the other, which I did my dragging the colour from one side to the other. I also used a honeycomb stencil to repeat the pattern from the PB paper pad. I then used a tonic die to cut out and added some MS punched butterflies and a tiny bit of glitter to the wings.

Thanks for looking and me and my teamies look forward to seeing what we've inspired you to make this month for our challenge. Please remember we don't allow digis!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Hello Kitty

I used my silhouette to make this card with a free template I got from someone online. It did try my patience a little cutting all those different elements and then piecing them together, but I got there in the end. Because this is a big card I wanted a large sentiment so I opted for some peel offs and coloured them in. I've just given all my peel offs away - so in future I need to use the silhouette to cut something like this myself.

I'm entering this into the Papertake challenge which this week is "anything goes".

Thursday, 4 June 2015

All creatures great and small

A really quick card from me today which came about as a result of another DT card I was making - more of that another time. For this card I used the Penny Black silhouette stamp set for the cat the frame and then added a PTI sentiment. The border is cut through the card using a stitches die from tattered lace, but I thought it looked a bit like fish tales!
I'd like to enter this card into the All creatures great and small challenge at Crafty Creations challenge blog.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


This is a card I made for a friend who likes fashion and has a greyhound dog - so I thought these creative expressions stamps were perfect. 
I embossed the images and coloured with promarkers. I actually cut the dog out as I thought the technique o leave him on the background, wouldn't work so well with the fancy frame die. I've had the edger dies for some time now and don't seem to be able to use them much - so this is another outing for them before I decide if I really need them!
I'm entering the vintage challenge on Allsorts and the hot sunny colours colours at Vintage Stamping.

Monday, 1 June 2015

LIM week 226 - 2 or 4 legs (plus stash for sale)

When I saw the challenge on Less is More this week I knew which stamp I wanted to use. I don't have the actual stamp but a blogging buddy stamped me some images a few years ago and I never got to make a card with them. But.......... where were they........

As you can see I found them! I used a little washi tape cut in half over the corners of the image which I coloured with promarkers. I cut the image with a little step in it to account for the sentiment being a little off centre on the image. Then I add a couple of sparkles for the dots over the eyes.

I'm also entering this card into the "Anything but square" on I love ProMarkers challenge and "Anything goes" on Simon Says Stamp.

We went to see San Andreas on Saturday night - I am so glad I visited San Francisco before seeing that movie! The special effects are amazing.

Finally - I have created a new page with some of my stash for sale. You can find it next to the home page below the banner at the top of my page. This is the beginning of a bit of a major clear out - could take some time!