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 🙂

Box in a Box

Hello Everybody,

first of all: Thanks for all your lovely comments!!!

Next week I am meeting up with a friend for some crafting and today was planning day. I thought I’d do something a bit unusual and took some inspiration from The Ultimate Pro DVD (Crafter’s Companion) to craft a Box in a Box. Given that I was just that bit too late for entering my ‘Stash Raider Boxes’ into last week’s challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’, I designed the whole project in ‘Black & White plus silver’ … and now I am able and in plenty of time to enter this week’s challenge 🙂 … which is ‘Black & White plus one colour’.

As you can see I have gone for a Christmas Theme with embossed mirri card and glitzy embossing powder. I was quite surprised as to how well the mirri card embossed, it has a kind of foil look about it which I like. Again I have been raiding stash as most of the materials and tools I used have been sitting in my cupboards for at least a couple of years. I am really enjoying looking through my bits and appreciating what I got.

Of course there is also another twist to it, I am also sorting some things out to go on eBay, some bits are already on … fingers crossed ….

… now back to the box. I am sure you want to know what it is like on the inside .. here we go

I think this box definitely has the ‘wow factor’ and I shall be making more of them. …and because I enjoyed crafting today how better to end than by making a matching card

This time I embossed some black core-dination card rather than the mirri card.

Here is what I used: mirri card, silver satin ribbon, white organza ribbon, rhinestone gems, Stikkles white lace glitter glue, sparkly silver and white embossing powder, versamark, versafine black and silver background inks, white card stock, white card blank, mirri card, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder from my own stash; Stampendous Timeless Tags stamp set from Creative Pastimes; Black & White Designer paper (retired SU), Contempo Christmas and Mixed bunch stamp sets, blossom punch, white craft ink, rhinestone brad, black & white ribbon from Stampin’UP!; snowflake punch from Creative Memories; Wild Rose Studio snowflake stamp set from Handy Hippo

That’s it from me for today

Back again soon

Happy Crafting 🙂

Sew Happy

Hello Everybody,

back again. I am on a roll at the moment, just as well that my husband is at the caravan. Well I had to come back for some appointments and had the strangest day yesterday … my phone died on me … without any obvious reasons. I switched it off for the night, still with some charge left, and when I got up in the morning it refused to switch on … I tried charging almost all day … I tried different sockets anything I possibly could think of … not a sound … it just didn’t want to switch on. Today when I went to the shop to get it sorted, it just switched on as if nothing had happened … and yes, I tried switching on this morning.

As strange as it seems, it rewarded me with some undisturbed crafting time. 🙂

As a result I am early plus I am also entering TWO projects in this week’s ‘line’ challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’.

The first one is the one I didn’t get finished in time to enter last week (I started it yesterday), but it has some lines, some sewn and the other ones the stitching on the ribbon. It also was an opportunity to get my little sewing machine out, which I got for exactly this type of project. thinking on I might do some similar card in my next class …

Sorry, I know it’s notelets again, it’s that craft stall and C….. coming up. As a result the challenges will have to be incorporated into prep work.

Will have to go and do a bit of work now, back later to finish posting xxx

Back again. As mentioned earlier I am on a roll and here is the other set of notelets for the ‘line’ challenge. I thought this paper was very fitting, even the images are arranged in lines and I love to draw wonky lines as outlines to give the impression of an added layer – how fitting …

… not so sure what’s going to happen to the mouse trap. Kept looking out for one when I went shopping today, it seems to elude me … there is still time, I guess …

Here is what I used for the first set: Papermania Book Print papers and white card from your local craft store; sequins, pearls, Zutter Round it All corner punch and sewing twine from my stash; Hostess Designer Papers, Simply Soft Hostess stamp set, Lucky Limeade card stock, Concord Crush card stock, ribbon and ink from Stampin’UP!

for the second set: White card, pink gem and Sizzix Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes Die from local craft shop; Hostess designer Paper, Hostess Posy Punch stamp set, Fancy Flower Punch, Melon mambo Stamp’n’Write Marker, Concord Crush ink and card stock from Stampin’UP!

I think that’s all. Off to check out all the other projects from the challenge.

Until next week and

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 🙂

Time Challenge

Hello Everybody,

first of all thanks for all your lovely comments. They are as always very much appreciated.

For this week’s challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ I’ve come up with a tongue in cheek interpretation of the theme ‘time’.

This one is for all the ones who don’t have time …

… initially I thought of adding ‘crafting in progress’, but I might keep that idea for some presents … this one will be for my treatment room door.

The reverse side will show ‘Welcome’ as soon the crafting table is cleared ready for the ‘Eclipse’ to cut some letters, the ones from my alphabet dies will be a bit too small. I shall add a picture once it’s ready.

The idea was that there is a time when one welcomes others being open to socialising etc.  … and then of course there is a time for crafting, work, meditation etc. simply when one might want to be alone and focus on the task in hand …

Here is what I used: Well Worn Designer Papers, early espresso, cajun craze and river rock card stock, early espresso stamp’n’write marker, cajun craze ink pad, Blossom Party Sizzix die, antique brads and jumbo eyelets (retired) from Stampin’UP!; Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes Sizzix die, Wallflower sizzlits alphabet dies, cream organza ribbon and tea dye distress ink from local craft shop; baker’s twine from Fantastic Ribbons.

Just a short post today, will be back later in the week.

Until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Olympic Torch, Criccieth and Portobello Road

Hello Everybody,

What a week it has been!!! After coming home from the caravan on Tuesday, I immediately got stuck into the mountains of washing that had accumulated or more like I got the washing machine to do it. As we all know rain was forecast for the rest of the week …. and rain it did!!! But that’s only half of the story, the rest of my time got more or less divided between working and preparing for a Mind-Body-Spirit Fair where I had a stall. I felt I needed to do some advertising. There I went, all excited and thought that I could get a bit of work done … you can guess what is coming now … or so I thought. It was very quiet and I ended up wondering if it hadn’t been better to stay at home and do some crafting.

Luckily I had already made this week’s entry for the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge. It got finished the previous night whilst watching tele, and it was a project I intended to do anyway, what better synchronicity does one want!!! Alas, an opportunity to catch up with projects in the planning.

I went for an all British theme. The mini scrapbook measures 7 x 7 cm or just under 3 x 3 inches and was cut from an A 4 sheet of sturdy paper, a larger size of the Union Jack, which I used to embellish the front cover. Both, front and back covers, are made from card which again was covered in a matching paper.

Here is what I used: Pictures from our visit to Criccieth on that lovely sunny weekend before the Jubilee; my latest eBay purchase Tim Holtz Typeset Alphabet Strip by Sizzix; Papermania’s Portobello Road papers a gift from my friend Sue; white card, red gingham ribbon, gems, small daisy punch, red fineliner pen from my stash (or local craft shop); ruby-red ink pad (retired), itty bitty shapes punch pack, natural ivory and riding hood red cardstock from Stampin’UP!

Until next time …

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

… and now … may I introduce you to ‘London 2012’:

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

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