ATSM Challenge 83

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #83 – Holiday!!!

Another great challenge for you, one you’re surely like! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Kathryne from StampArt Design is back again this week as our sponsor. 

The winner will receive 5 digis from her store.

We are also welcoming again Cathy R from  Cathy’s Card Spot as our guest designer for the week.

I really love working with Kathryne’s images, and you seem to like them too! My scrapbook look alike LITTLE BEAR CANOE ADVENTURE with it’s outdoorsy look was yet another hit with you. Hope that this week’s card will be another one ..

… and now, with no further ado, to my DT piece for the week:

Lizzie making memories

This week I worked with another image from StampArt Designs. This holidaying little lady is called LIZZIE and perfect for this week’s challenge theme. As you can see I was thinking Summer Holiday again, maybe due to the high winds and rain we’ve had for most of the Winter so far. I needed an antidote …  The sentiments I used are both by StampArt Designs’ from the FOR FUN AND ADVENTURE SENTIMENT sheet.

Again another easy card for you. To start with I sized and printed my image, coloured it using Promarkers and cut it into a squre shape. The film strip frame is hand drawn … gasp! … with the help of a ruler. Luckily I had a 1/4″ square punch. I only needed to cut the large squares into the frame used using my craft knife. I then die-cut and punched my flowers, cut my chosen sentiments and pretty paper to size and layered my elements as shown in the picture before finishing off by adding some gems and glitter glue.

Hope you like it!

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Holiday’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
🙂
Here is what I used:
Sizzix ‘Secret Garden’ framelits, Boho Flower Punch, so saffron, melon mambo and pretty in pink card stock from Stampin’Up!
Tonic Studio daisy ribbon punch (little pink flowers) from local craft shop
DSP by Fancy Pants was a freebie from the Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine a while ago
Promarkers, gems from my stash

Magical Shrink Plastic

Gremlins moving in and getting side tracked …

Hello Everybody,

have you ever had days where the best plane just had to be put aside, because something else just wanted to be done???

Well I had a week of it, and I don’t know where my time has gone. On the upside I ended up making a beautiful book which I shall share with you later in the week.

First I have a card for you made using the beautiful Wishing Tree by Lavinia Stamps. I always wondered how it would look in shrink plastic, and if I could give it the 4 season effect. I thought I’d start with Winter as I wanted to enter it in the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge, but I didn’t get it ready in time … the gremlins had started to move in and things started to go wrong, never mind, here it is anyway:

life is magic

I first cut the flower shape (sizzix floral framelits SU) from frosted shrink plastic and stamped the tiny snowflake all over. Next I stamped the tree in a darker colour and used my heat tool to shrink the plastic … and the snowflakes started to look like blossoms lol. I die-cut another blossom shape from blue glitter paper and layered my tree on top. I then stamped some tiny stars on white card, hand wrote my sentiment, rounded some corners, layered as shown and added some gems to finish off.

I am entering the above card into the Lavina Stamps Challenge Blog, where the theme is ‘add glitter’.

I did try to make another card using the stars instead of the snowflake, but the gremlins were still active and it ended up looking somewhat differently arty from what I had intended. Basically the shrink plastic got a bit stuck together and then wouldn’t flatten fully … and I used the wooden bit of a stamp to flatten it down … this transferred a flower image onto my plastic plus a piece of paper got stuck to the other side … well from now on I shall use my heat resistant craft mat and on old acrylic block when working with shrink plastic … here is how it turned out anyway …

dreaming tree

 

The sentiment I added is from the VIGNETTE Artful Flutters set by STAMPlorations.

I also made two sets of note cards in a little wallet for a friend of mine, something I posted about last year when I first made them using the stamps from the first issue of the Get Stamping Magazine. They were inspired by the Purse Paper Tutorial which you can find on Splitcoast Stampers, you can find the link to it in my previous post here.

Feather Note Cards

 

This is the outside of the wallet. I simply stamped the feathers in pink, rounded the edges and blended two of the corners with pink for some subtle shading. I did the same for the cards on the inside, but added the ‘just a note’ sentiment to them. I also stamped the feathers on the envelopes to match. Here is a brief look of the inside:

inside of feathers note cards

 

I want to use the opportunity to remind everyone that there is still time to enter the ‘Stamps and Feathers’ challenge over at the STAMPlorations challenge blog, plus the bi-weekly Sketch challenge. Links to the individual challenges are on their home page.

Oh, by the way the stamps I used for my note cards are VIGNETTE Trendy Feathers by STAMPlorations, but you do not have to use their stamps to enter the challenges!!!

To create the beautiful border and paper ribbon, I used a Tonic Studio punch.

… and here is the outside of my second set …

dandelion note cards

 

I used the free stamps from the Get Stamping Magazine, the current issue, plus the cute daisy corner punch which I acquired on Sunday whilst visiting the nearest Hobbycraft Store in Chester. This visit left me feeling very smug …

… when my hubby asked me how much I paid for my folding daylight lamp which I recently bought from The Daylight Company with some of my Christmas money …

It turns out that it was more than twice of what I paid according to my hubby, who saw it in the shop … or was the whole thing more about the right timing given that I had toyed with getting one for a looooong time …

Hope you got your bargains!!!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Diamond Cuties

Hello Everybody,

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Today I have a couple of Cuties to share with you. I fancied making a fancy shaped card, especially after Patricia St Martin’s Diamond Origami Fold Card Tutorial landed in my inbox … and it had been sitting there for a while until I finally got to make one or two.

This is what they look like once they are folded up:

Diamond Shaped Origami Cards folded

And here they are opened out:

Birthday Origami FoldHorse Origami Fold

I basically used the same idea and slightly changed the colours. This type of card would be very suited to making some Art Deco cards, as a matter of fact I have one which is work in progress. Maybe I need to go and see ‘The Great Gatsby’ for some added inspiration … hmm … now there is a thought.

Well I used some Lily of the Valley round sentiment stamps and die-cuts, X-Cut looped border punch, Memory Box Nottingham Border die, Tonic Studio flower punches (small flower), Stampin’Up! Mixed Bunch stamp set, Blossom and circle punch, Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle nestabilities dies plus daisy punch, ribbon, buttons, gems, pearls, paper and card from my stash.

Back soon with more crafty bits … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Paper Clip Bookmark

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I have a project to share with you which is probably the quickest I’ve ever made for a challenge.

This morning I logged on to see what the latest challenge at Out of a Hat Creations is and found that it was ‘decorate a peg or paper clip’. My initial thought was ‘oh no, what am I going to do with this … no wooden pegs in my house … large enough paper clips, to my knowledge …’

As I was scrolling through the page to have a look at the design team’s projects, I noticed something silvery from the corner of my eye lying right next to my laptop …

here is what I made with it:

Paper Clip Bookmark

I simply die cut 2 scalloped hearts using my X-Cut nesting dies -yes, Keren I had to buy them after your demo at Burleydam the other day- and some swirls using my sizzlit die from Stampin’UP! to decorate the hearts. I also punched a couple of flowers using Tonic Studio punches, added them to the hearts and finished them off by adding buttons to the centres. I then sandwiched the paperclip between the two hearts … that meant my bookmark was finished.

Just in case you wonder … the book in the picture is ‘The Soul Loves The Truth’ by Denise Linn. I only started reading it, and the bookmark will be the perfect companion.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Get Stamping Notecards

Hi Everyone,

thanks everyone for all your lovely comments.

Today I want to share a notecards set with you. It is slim and small enough to easily fit into any handbag.

notecards

I stamped the cards using the swirl stamp of the ‘Get Stamping’ magazine freebie set and the sentiment from Wild Rose Studios, of course you can use whatever you like. For an added twist I shaped the corners using two different sized corner rounders. Then I stamped the swirl on some envelopes too.

All that was needed next, was a sort of pocket envelope to protect them.

envelope pocket inside

envelope pocket outside

I used some earthy colours for the whole project … simply because I started off using some ‘older’ card stock for the pocket envelope. It happened to be in a burnt orange colour. Whenever I start off on a project, designing a new box or something like that, I tend to use some older card stock for my first attempt, just in case things go wrong. In this case everything went smoothly, and I decided to stick with the earthy theme using some natural ivory card, really rust and chocolate chip ink, all from Stampin’Up!.

The lace ribbon was made using a Tonic Studio punch, and it acts as my fastener, it simply slides on and off. The flowers are from the same stamp set as the swirls, and I finished by adding some sequins and gems to the centres.

For a bright and up to date look you could try something like this:

just a note

Enjoy and have a great day.

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 🙂

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.

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