Colourful Roots

Hello Again,

Just a quick and easy project for today. It is a bit like going back to my roots, to where I started when I first got into card making – cut stamped images to colour in. To be honest I was never very good at it, that’s why I decided that now is the time to re-visit the idea and try to improve my colouring in skills.

All of this was of course sparked by ‘just popping in’ at WHSmiths the other day. As usually I found it hard to resist buying some of these lovely magazines with the even lovelier freebies. I treated myself to ‘Papercraft Inspirations’ and got a pack of colouring pencils andĀ some LOTV pre-stamped images. Pencils and I were always like two worlds on a collision course, but I think I did alright. Judge for yourself:

I like the soft almost chalk like finish of the image. Please let me know what you think. I will be sharing some hints and tips in my next class.

I also re-visited some stamps I haven’t used in a while to stamp the flower border and the sentiment, both pick out the dots and flower from the main image and help to soften the background. Just another way of using your stamps. šŸ™‚

Off to cook dinner now.

Happy Crafting!

supplies: stamps, border punch, green card stock, inks, glitterĀ – Stampin’UP!; Nellies Multiframes, X-Cut nesting frames, patterned paper, white card, card blanks, gemsĀ – local craft shop; LOTV image, colouring pencils – Papercraft Inspirations

Ouick Notes

Hi Everybody,

This week I am looking at how to make quick note cards. It is easy. All you need is a nice stamp set some coloured inks and some card …

… stamp the images on A4 or 12×12 inches card and cut to size. This is a good way if you need to make a batch of cards to give as a present. You can always embellish more than I did using some ribbon and die cut flowers for example. I made these to go into a box, and I tend to keep them relatively plain. This way it is possible to fit several cards into a smallish box. šŸ™‚

Happy Crafting

supplies: stamps – SU, Stampendous; punches – SU;Ā ink – SU; cardstock – SU, local craft shop

Boxes and Keeping Your Brain Active

Hello Everybody,

I am back again. This is blog no 7 for this year, we are in week 7 and it seems as if I finally caught up, Phew! What a marathon! In future I shall think twice before I fall behind again. Hope my camera is getting the message or more like: I should finally read the instructions fully. At heartĀ I am still a big kid and rather learn through trialĀ & error than sitting for hours reading instructions.

Even in crafting, for example when I intend to make a box, I love working out my own measurements. I usually go by the size of what I intend to go into the box, that will give you the hight and base measurements. From that I’ll work out if it is possible to cut the whole pattern from one sheet of A4Ā or if it needs to be 12×12 inches or even 2 sheets, which usually to me means making a separateĀ lid. You could ask why do I prefer going for the ‘difficult option’. I believe it keeps my brain active, a bit like otherĀ people go for quizzes, crosswords or suduko and at the end of it there is something nice to share … like today’s box:

Sorry the picture isn’t great, but as I mentioned in an earlier blog: I got myself a bit in a pickle using the camera. The picture was also taken last week when it was raining and therefore the light is not brilliant. Sorry!

Nevertheless I think that the idea and layout of the lid decoration would also make a nice card. I must say iĀ like the soft colours of the stamped image, it reminds me of the fragility of big garden roses and their fantastic scent.

That’s it for this week. I shall see you next week.

Happy Crafting!

supplies: all SU apart from Seam Binding Ribbon (The Ribbon Girl)

Valentine & 3D

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everybody!!!

Here is the card my hubby found on the doormat this morning as if it had been posted through the letter box.

He loved it.

As you can see I’ve gone wild againĀ with distressing. I just sometimes like to give projects the ‘aged’ effect. Staying with tones ofĀ one colour made it look less busy. I suppose one could have achieved the layer effect usingĀ some masking, but I wanted it to be 3D especially as it didn’t have to go into the post. I know some of you are concerned about this issues given that postage for a large letter is about 75 pence and therefore creeping a bit too closely to Ā£1. But I must say I do like the 3D effect, it just gives natural depth and shadow in all light conditions. Layering is the easiest way to achieve this unless one goes for more complicated constructions. I shall have a think about that, could be a theme for a class ‘Pop Up cards and more’. Please let me know your views.

For now have a great day and allow yourselves to be spoiled. šŸ™‚

Back again tomorrow. Happy Crafting!!!

supplies: stamps – SU, LOTV; inks – SU, Tim Holtz; die cut flower – SUP; ribbon, eyelet, distress tool, card etc from your local craft store

Heart Matters

Hello Again.

Lets start with a second piece of good news which made ‘my heart sing’ in recent days. Our caravan is going to come out of ‘Winterschlaf’ (hibernation) at the end of March – just a little bit over 6 weeks to go. I am looking forward to our new site and pitch and of course to saying ‘hello’ to the local seals. šŸ™‚ I can already see myself picnicking above their beach beside the coastal path, binoculars in hand … Sunny days!

Of course we are also getting close to Valentine’s Day … and Valentine’s Day means hearts. Today’s project is a card I made for a friend’s birthday, which is tomorrow – Valentine’s Day. Of course it had to feature a heart or two.

To keep with the girlie theme I decided to create the feel of a charm bracelet by punching 3 little hearts with a little hole and attaching them to the bow as if they were little tags.Ā I think it looks quite cute, just fitting the lovely Lily of the Valley die cut. Hope, she will like it.

As for today I’ve got to wait in for a parcel to arrive … perfect time for crafting.

See you tomorrow.

Happy Crafting! šŸ™‚

supplies: Stampin’Up! – ribbon, cardstock, heart punch, twine; SizzixĀ – embossing folder; LOTVĀ – die cut; local craft shop for nesties, MarianneĀ Creatables, glitter glue and gems

Card Making Classes

Hello again,

today will be just a brief post.

Before I forget, there are still places available on my card making class on Saturday 18th February. We will start at 2pm and finish about 5pm, and we shall be making some exciting projects such as a little box filled with notelets – a perfect gift for any occasion-, some cards and if we got time we will go for the following bonus project:

… a fresh upliftingly covered notepad, plus you can choose your design.

The class including all your materials and refreshments will be Ā£11. If you want to join us please get in touch.

I myself had a good afternoon yesterday at Dot’s, Janette’s and Maria’s class. We made some lovely cards, which I will show you on Saturday, and had lots of laughs. It was great.

Off for our Sunday walk in a bit – back again tomorrow.

Happy Crafting! šŸ™‚

Beauty and Planning

Hi Everybody,

First of all a big apology for not sticking to my New Year’s Resolution. Lots of things have happened that diverted my attention. First of all the HooseĀ Court developmentĀ here in Market Street in Hoylake – a large 4 story block of flats next to barelyĀ 2 story quaint cottages. Looks a bit like a prison from the outside, no wonder the locals have already nicknamed it ‘St Quentin’. I really don’t know what the developers are thinking – one thing is for sure they do not have any sense for beauty and aesthetics. Sorry to rant on about that but as you can see I am not in favour of it. I just don’t understand why they didn’t decide on a 3 storey building, which wouldĀ blend in better and would haveĀ the support of the local community. Instead it is all fighting and antagonizing, and everybody ends up feeling bullied. The poor residents it is designed for are already on the back foot long before they’ve even moved in!!!

So as you can see it took up a lot of my time. Then I got myself in a pickle with my camera….Ā The good news is – now that I know how to work the camera a bit better – I shall be blogging for the next few days to make up for the weeks I missed. šŸ™‚ Sometimes one just needs to read the manual. There isĀ some moreĀ good news which I will reveal nearer the time. As for now Here is today’s project:

As you can see I created a layer effect by using a fine marker to draw a line which I the embellished with sparkly gems. The image itself is stamped with sepia archival ink and then water coloured. It gives a softer look as compared to stamping with black. Image and words are from Stampin’UP!’s Every Moment set. This clean and crisp look is easy to do and so up to date and very stylish.

Back tomorrow.

Happy crafting!