Boxes and Cards

Hello Everyone!

Where has the time gone???? I was meant to post again on Thursday … and then I caught that cardmaking virus which makes you forget about everybody and everything 🙂 lol. I had to prepare for today’s Make & Take Class … 8!!! Christmas cards I promised everybody we’d do in 3 hours, it meant a lot of prep work on my part … I think in future I’ll be more careful about what I promise.

Well one of these cards is one we made today:

Well it is the one on the right, the tree decorated with sequins. The one on the left is the card I want to enter into this week’s ‘Music’ challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations'(http://outofahatcreations.blogspot.co.uk) as it has the musical score of ‘Silent Night’ as a background. Singing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve was a big part of family tradition when I grew up.

The trees are made from a sort of left over from making the following boxes:

The boxes were made using the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro after watching their Christmas DVD. I really liked the look of them. Their pyramid shape looks like a simplified Christmas Tree. The shape I used for the Christmas Trees on the cards is the bit from the windows I cut out and covered with acetate.

Hope you like them:

What I used: Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro Christmas Embossing Board, Darice embossing folder (snowflakes) both from www.crafterscompanion.co.uk, Sizzix Ornament Framelits, jewellery tag punch, tiny tags stamp set and Baker’s Twine from Stampin’UP!; red ribbons from Fantastic Ribbons; Penguin stamp came with the Creative Stamping Magazine; seam binding ribbon from The Ribbon Girl; Budding Vine embossing Folder, Marianne border die, Nestability Die, Promarkers, jewels, sequins, glitter glue, acetate, patterned paper, peel-offs, Zutter corner rounder and card from my own stash.

Back soon with yet more Christmas projects …

… until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Christmas Card & Matching Gift Box Set

Hi Everybody,

today I’ll have a little treat for you – a Christmas Card & Gift Box Set. This one is quite quick to make and could be entered into a ‘less is more challenge’. I think it still has the wow-factor … you can see for yourself …

I like the slight aged look which is due the type of card stock I used. It is not perfectly smooth and therefore gives a slight patchy look when stamping on … perfect for what I had in mind.

The matching box is inspired by one I saw in the current issue of the ‘Creative Stamping’ magazine, which is only available from craft shops … luckily my friend Dianne has one near where her boat is moored -thanks Dianne- … otherwise it would mean a 50-minute-round trip to Creative Pastimes at the Sycamore Garden Centre in Great Sutton, a great craft shop and staff is very helpful especially if you are like me wanting to order some Woodware stamps … but I am digressing now … back to the box … I also used my Fiskars punch around the page punch I won in a competition last year, it makes the perfect border.

This is number one for entering in the Christmas Card Challenge at ‘Out of a hat Creations’ with more to follow tomorrow …

… until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

What else I used: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season and Tree Trimmings (retired) stamp sets, Sizzix Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (co-ordinates with ornament keepsakes stamps) plus pear pizzazz (retired), cherry cobbler and early espresso ink all from Stampin’UP; ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons; card stock from my own stash

 

Stash-Raider Boxes

Hello Everybody,

it’s the time of the week again and I have been using up some stash or more like finishing bits that were half ready. Here they are my Stash-Raider Boxes:

This is the first lot. Let’s start with the pillow boxes. I cut these a few month ago and didn’t finish them all. I distressed the cream boxes using some creamy caramel and close to cocoa ink (SU retired), punched the borders,filled them with lovely hazelnut chocolate and tied them all together using ribbon I had for ages. Well it wasn’t all that plain sailing, pillow boxes are very difficult to stack .. I ended up sticking them on top of each other using double-sided tape, which made tieing them together a lot easier.

(materials: creamy caramel and close to cocoa ink (retired), bravo burgundy ink, lace ribbon, eyelet border, oval and scalloped oval punches, creamy caramel card stock (retired) and oval all stamp set from Stampin’UP!; cream card and ribbon from my stash; pillow boxes cut using Sizzix Eclipse)

The lilac box is made from a pre-cut box I bought ages ago. to decorate it I used some ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons and some I had in my stash, the brad is from my stash too. For the Flower I punched one using rich razzleberry card stock and one using white vellum wich I had stamped in white craft ink with the image (blossom punch, white ink and mixed bunch stamp set from Stampin’UP!). I then finished off by running glitter glue around the edges. I like the way the vellum softens the colour of the razzleberry card and gives it a delicate look.

Back in a bit … off for a chat with my hubby … back again.

The next one is yet another notelet box. Yet again I used bits I have had for quite a while. The box itself is one I made a while ago in a class I was teaching (without finishing mine of course); the stamp set from Stampendous is one I got a while ago. The only stamp I ever used from it, until now that is, is the one saying ‘just a little note…’. I also used some more of the creamy caramel card stock plus close to cocoa and creamy caramel inks (retired SU); apart from that I used some burgundy and white card stock from my stash, so are the card blanks and the brass coloured brads; the real red ink is from Stampin’UP!

I still got some more boxes to finish off, but that will be for another time.

Hope you enjoyed popping by.

See you soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Next card making class: Wednesday 5th September 1.30 – 4.30pm, the focus will be on Christmas.

Notelets Take III

Hello Everybody, first of all thanks for all your lovely comments. Sorry for not replying back, time always catches me out. I’ve sorted out a lot of old crafting magazines and generally tried tidying the crafting area before going out to the caravan again. On the way I went to a crafting class run by my Stampin’UP! demonstrator Katie-Jane, it is nice to just enjoy what someone else has prepared. Thanks for a lovely afternoon and of course thanks to her mum Dianne too for lovely cupcakes and great crafty chats 🙂

Well on the way to Wales I also picked up some stamps I ordered which I wanted to use for this weeks challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’. Some lovely Woodware stamps perfect for this week’s sewing challenge … yesterday on my way back as I was passing through Flintshire I realised that I had left them behind at the caravan … too late to go back … and I ended up doing some more notelets for the craft stall at Hoylake Community Centre on Saturday 1st September …

The bag for the notelets is based on an idea Dianne gave me during one of our crafty chats and it is made from a square piece of double-sided designer paper. Finally I used the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro … for scoring and cutting whatever I needed for this project; I found it easy to use and got a bit carried away making boxes 😀 They still need finishing off and I shall post them soon.

Once I got my head cack to focusing on the challenge in hand, I made 4 notelets to fit the bag each one featuring a button sewn on by hand. I love the Tonic Studio Border Punch it gives the impression of a lace border. To contrast the swirly pattern I used a striped ribbon and a stylised flower stamp.

Hope you like it.

Here is what I used: Designer Paper (Hostess only), ribbon, Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, Blossom Punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, tab punch and lucky limeade ink from Stampin’UP!, Tonic Studio Border Punch, Buttons, dark blue sewing twine, Zutter Round It All from my own stash.

Enjoy!!!

Happy Crafting 🙂

Sense of Time

Hello Everybody!

Where is time going, it seems to be racing away with me. Had a busy week at work. Nevertheless I got something done with a button (this weeks theme of the challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’) and I might even get done something else which I am hoping to post on Wednesday. 🙂

Not having much luck with posting today, somehow managed to lose the whole post. Well never mind!

To todays project. It is based on something Dianne showed me on Monday and I’ve turned it into gift wrapping for my husbands birthday present or at least one of them. I love using Stampin’UP!’s natural ivory card stock to create aged looks. It slightly mutes the colours when you stamp on it, so you’re already half way there. Most of the supplies for today’s project came from SU apart from the raffia, the corner rounder punch and the burgundy card. The stamps/stamp sets I used are: Woodgrain, En Francais, French Foliage, Sense of Time (retired), So Happy For You (retired); the inks are: more mustard, bravo burgundy, Sahara sand, crumb cake, close to cocoa (retired), tea stain distress ink; plus the punches: word window and spiral border (retired); twine; designer button (retired).

Off to Wales again. Until next week. Happy Crafting!!!

Finally, here it is:

Enjoy!!

Wow Flower Burst

Hello Again,

We had a real hike in temperature today of at least 10 °C and consequently I’ve been melting. Luckily it has cooled down a bit now and the forecast is for it to stay like that. After Ice cream yesterday it is going to be wow flower burst and washi tape today:

It was sunny too when I took the picture the other day, so it’s apologies for the shadows.

The left overs I used on yesterdays card came from the Tonic Studios border punch I used to creat the border on today’s card. I also stamped the Wow Flower on some white shrink plastic to make the little embellishments.

Hope you like it. Let me know what you think.

Here is what I used: Wow Flowers (retired), Everything Eleanor and Tiny Tags stamp sets, melon mambo card stock, melon mambo, basic grey and old olive ink pads, circle and jewelry tag punches, glimmer brads from Stampin’UP!; gems, white shrink plastic, white card, white card blank, Tonic Studios border and corner rounder punches from your local craft shop; washi tape from Daloni’s kiosk at Towyn Beach

That’s it for today.

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

Just an afterthought:

Burbo Bank Extension

I normally don’t post links for e-petitions, but this is one I care passionately about. Dong Energy are planning to extend the existing Burbo Bank Windfarm which is off the coast of Hoylake/Meols. The catch is that the turbines are at the same distance as the existing ones, but they are much higher so will be even more visible.
The aim of the petition is to get the turbines built further out to sea to minimise the visual impact. For this reason it is not a petition against the windfarm as such.
Also if one can put some pressure on the developer to create good jobs for local people, even if they have to be trained, we will all be in a win-win situation. (The developer currently says that there aren’t the skilled people needed in this area to build the windfarm)
We need to get 100,000 signitures to get a chance to have the matter debated in parliament.
When you click on the link, you will first get to read the text of the petition before signing. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34283
Thanks for considering this.

Delicious Ice Cream

….. that’s all I could dream of for the best part of the last two weeks. I was sruck down with ‘Dehli Belly’, just that we didn’t get it from an Indian restaurant, I picked it up somewhere else. Sorry if you thought I’d disappeard or so. On the up side it was a wonderful detox and my skin is really peachy now. 🙂

To ease myself in I thought I’d show you another one of my creations with this wonderful ice cream punch, that Aintree bargain:

It makes me think of sun, summer, beaches, holiday ….

Maybe just as well that the weather has picked up!!

It is not my normal type of colour scheme, but I quite like it. I wanted it to be a bit candy coloured and, as I was rooting through my stash, I cam across these papers which were simply exactly what I needed.

I also made some clever use of punching offcuts: the scalloped edge is made up of crescent shapes stuck to the bak of the topper, the sprinkles on the ice cream are also punching ‘left overs’. If you want to know where I got them from you will have to wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and ice cream!!!!

Happy Crafting!!!

 

supplies: Tonic Studio Border punch (for left overs), white card, white card blank, ribbon, glitter glue from your local craft shop; eyelet border punch from Stampin’UP!; ice cream punch from Every Craft’s a Pound; papers were free with ‘simply cards & papercraft’ and ‘papercraft inspirations’ magazines

Monochrome & Lunch Inspiring Creativity

Had a great Crafting Swap last night with Dianne and Fanny. Many thanks to the two of you for your inspiring ideas!

Today is ‘Challenge Time’ for me. This week’s Out of a Hat Creations Challenge is based on a picture, now here is what I made of it:

… a card to say ‘hi’. There were many aspects I liked about the picture: the softness of the fabric, the funky patterned paper, the almost hidden circle -a lampshade maybe- the seventies feel and last but not least it was all in one colour – orange! Whilst I find it a bit of a challenge to work in shades of one single colour, my last crafting win as you well know was due to a one colour challenge. Oh by the way it is one of the winning entries published in the current issue of ‘Quick Cards Made Easy’ (page 10). Nevertheless at some point I got stuck in a creative block, luckily, due to the time of day, it was lunch to the rescue, and, after a little break, I quickly finished the project.

For the background I used what I tend to call the emboss-stamping technique which simply uses an embossing folder/texture plate to stamp and emboss at the same time. The withe vellum -looking a bit peachy here- re-creates the softness of the fabric from the original picture on  Out of a Hat Creations Challenge . To creat the lay out I got some general ispiration from Keren Baker’s blog. Please let me know what you think.

Here is what I used: cream card blank, gem, glitter gel pen, cord, tonic studio punches (small flowers), crop-a-dile, vellum, Martha Stewart Border punch, brayer and PSX Sketch Box Lower Case Creative Characters (an alphabet I got ages ago) from your local craft shop; texture plate from sizzix; peach parfait, tangerine tango and cajun craze cardstock, tangerine tango and cajun craze ink, circle and large flower punches from Stampin’UP!

Back soon. Until then …

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

Ice Cream & Dream

Hello Everybody!

How time flies. I so looked forward to going to the HobbyCraft Fair at Aintree … and now it’s all over. Well Alison spoke to one of the exhibitors and they mentioned that it was the last one at Aintree because it’s moving to Manchester’s Event City. Apparently it is going to be on a larger scale with more space for demonstrations and make & takes. Would be great if there was a train station right outside. will have to find that one out.

Never mind, I was able to bag a bargain or two … I had to make a quick couple of bits for the craft fair yesterday and I managed to create these funky covered notepads … the delights of summer in a handbag …

… strawberry ice cream and picnics. I can just hear you say dream on. 🙂  The ice cream punch was one of the bargains and all I used were some pretty papers, funnily enough they came from a pack called picnic in the park I think it was and I got them last year with a magazine, the pink paper is from Wild rose Studio … add a bit of glitter glue …  and you have delicious ice cream.

The other punch, again a bargain, is one of the new Tonic Studio Border punches and it is a delight to use. The label punch is from Stampin’UP!

Unfortunately the fair wasn’t busy, on the upside I now got plenty of stock left for next month (26th May), and all I have to do is work on the presentation.

Tomorrow I am seeing Dianne and Fanny for a crafty exchange. I know one of the things I will do, but I am still looking for inspiration for the other one. This is where I am starting to dream … maybe I need some magic here …

I worked with my homemade spray inks to create the background. The stamps I used are from Lily of the Valley (LOTV) and Penny Black; the punch is from Creative Memories; early espresso cardstock, peach parfait and pumpkin pie inks from Stampin’UP!; everything else from your local craft shop.

Hope you like it. Back again later in the week for the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge. Until then…

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

Oh, I almost forgot, I also updated the Stamping Classes page with new dates. xxx

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 and 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. 🙂

Off to cook dinner now.

Happy Crafting!

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