Summer Time

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for popping by and all your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

As promised, I have some more of the wonderful ‘Summer Time by Agnes Richardson’ cards for you. Again I am using the lovely Nicecrane Designs Images. Initially I thought that ‘Summer Perils’ would be a fitting post title …

… the first one is going to school when it’s hot and one would rather play outside, very dangerous for a child’s mood! … LOL …

This card is based on a sketch I saw on Nonni’s Blog, one of my fellow DTs at Addicted to Stamps and More. I liked it so much, that I wanted to give it a go. Here is my take:

 

School Time

It is very easy to make and would be a good Beginner’s Project. Layer some pretty paper on some dark brown card and attach to your base card, then layer the three strips across and add some faux stitching (dashes) using a fine liner pen. Cut out your image leaving a narrow white border, attach to some dark brown card and affix to card as shown. To finish off add some flowers, buttons and sentiment as shown. 🙂

For my next card the chosen peril is bees. Bees are actually quite lovely and if one keeps still they usually leave on their own accord, which can also be said for wasps … but then there was a time when I too was afraid of them and ended up like this …

Stinging Bees

This image makes me smile. Not that one would get hands and knees bandaged in such a way after a bee sting, this come more from falling whilst running, my knees were almost bandaged up … hmmm … maybe that’s why I prefer crafting to running …

For my last card I played around with the diamond shape card from Quick Cards Made Easy’s Card School (issue 116). It’s the one I used for the Fairy Garden card. I played round with the design and altered it a bit … just couldn’t help myself …

Sweet Friend

I leave it to your imagination what the peril in this one could be ….

Please pop by the Nicecrane Designs Blog for more Vintage inspiration.

Have a great day and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

 

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Who needs Umbrellas

Hello Everybody,

Thanks for all your lovely comments and Birthday Wishes during last week. It was very much appreciated, especially given that I am now ‘officially middle aged’ LOL …

I am also back from holiday. We had a lovely time at the caravan, it felt rather like being on a Mediterranean Holiday, for once the weather was on our side and we did get some serious beach time in. It was nice to be able to spend so much time outdoors.

The card I have for you today is one I made as an entry for  couple of challenges:

Out of a Hat Creations, which is ‘rain’ and

Addicted to CAS, which is ‘water’

a little rain

For this card I used a couple of stamps by Sheena Douglass, the sentiment and the rain drops are part of a set of her A Little Bit Sketchy range at Crafter’s Companion. I stamped the sentiment in dark blue on  piece of white card and then added the rain drops in a lighter blue along the top edge. I then rounded two of the corners and mounted it on a piece of red card, again rounding the two corners. I then embossed the wavy lines across one side of my base card using one of my Ultimate Pro’s Christmas Boards, added some twine and the heart charm before adhering my panel using 3-D foam pads and finishing off by adding a few clear gems.

Hope you like it.

Enjoy!!!

Back soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!!

 

Stars and Stripes

Hello Everybody,
Thanks for all your lovely comments. Sorry, I haven’t been able to visit many of your blogs to say hello. I am still on holiday, went for a long one this year. I managed to sneak a few crafty bits into the caravan … and with a bit of creativity I am able to join the current challenge at Out of a Hat Creations which is ‘Stars and Stripes’.

Here is what I used: Ultimate Pro from Crafter’s Companion, sentiment stamp from Wild Rose Studio, inks fom Srampin’Up!, black fineliner, card blank and sanding block from my stash.

Enjoy!!!

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Yet More Hougie!

Hi Everybody,

as you’ve probably guessed, I am in a phase of exploring creative uses of the Hougie Board for card making (it’s brilliant for boxes too, you can also use other score boards such as score pal, ultimate pro or Stampin’Up!’s score board).

I got two cards for you today.

The first one is the one I want to enter in the ‘Embossing’ challenge at Addicted to CAS, here it is:

Floral tile Thanks card

I basically used the Hougie to dry emboss some lines and in doing so create a frame for my stamped image. To give it a tile effect I inked the whole image square with versamak and double embossed it with clear embossing powder. For added shimmer I brushed some Ranger Perfect Pearls on and briefly reheated the tile with my embossing tool to heat set the perfect pearls. On the picture you can detect the slight shimmer towards the edges. I then mounted the tile using foam pads onto a slightly larger square of matching card stock before adhering it to the base card.

TIP: Don’t worry about any impurities in your embossing powder or if it is a bit uneven … it all adds to the character!!! 🙂

Here is what I used: Cream card blank with a slight embossed pattern 12x12cm when folded, Hougie board, scoring tool, versamark ink pad, Ranger Perfect Pearls and clear embossing powder from my stash; elegant eggplant card stock, rose red and elegant eggplant inks, so happy for you and botanical blooms stamp sets from Stampin’UP! (Both stamp sets are retired, but might still be available through eBay :-))

The second card is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations ‘Most useful Stamp’ challenge. The stamp I used for the card is my most used stamp … and it truly is … from the Lovely as a Tree set by Stampin’UP!. Here it is:

Lovely as a tree cas

Again the image is framed by embossed lines, and I had to do some repeat stamping to get the border effect. Those trees have been popping up everywhere and they can be used as a feature, for collage stamping, as a background, as part of a scene, for Christmas cards …. the list could go on and on.

Here is what I used: always artichoke and really rust (retired) ink and lovely as a tree stamp set from Stampin’Up!; cream card blank, dark orange card and glamour dust from my own stash.

Hope you enjoyed my cards. Have a good weekend … until next time …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂