Friday, 11 August 2017

Don`t throw any thing away

I`m showing you yet another card made for the latest edition of Crafters Inspiration and I had a light bulb moment with this design as I was sitting looking at the stencil after I made the box featured yesterday and thought it was too pretty to throw away. I was watching Hochanda yesterday and Fiona Clayton was talking about this card, she called it frugal crafting and as all crafters know you should never throw any thing away.
what was used:
Crafters Inspiration 15 heart die
Sheena stamping card
15cm x 15cm white base card
Coredinations brights teal linen card
38mm (1 1/2") wide teal organza ribbon
5mm teal satin ribbon
sentiment made using Serif Craft Artist graphics program
It really is as simple as it looks just use the leftover stencil from yesterdays box project to make the topper for this card.
Summer finally returned yesterday and I had to sit out in the garden and enjoy it for a while but it was so hot I could feel it burning my face so I had to get my sun hat.
Today looks like being equally glorious and Stu and I are going to Scarborough but not for a paddle in the sea, no we are going to pick up a heater that I bought a few days ago when the weather had turned cold. I finished off my blanket box up cycling project yesterday and will show a picture of it in my next post although I realise that I haven't taken a picture of it before I started (silly me).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A box of hearts

Here is another of the samples which I made for the CI 15 magazine. I just made a random size box but you could make a box to fit a present, say some tea lights. If you do have a go at making this project don`t throw away the template as I will show  you a card that you can make with that tomorrow.
what was used:
Crafters Inspiration 15 heart die
12" x 12" Coredinations pastels linen card
Crafters Companion Big Score
Sheena stamping card
Tim Holtz distress inks - various colours
organza ribbon
Work out the size of the box lid and cut a piece of card roughly to size but larger.
Cut another piece of card roughly to the same size and randomly cut the heart shapes into the card.
Place the heart card template over the card to be used for the box lid and sponge colour the hearts with Tim Holtz distress inks.
Remove the template (do not throw the template away) and make the box lid using your Big Score.
Make the box bottom using the peach card from your Coredinations and tie the organza ribbon around the finished box.
This is a really pretty gift box which looks more complicated than it is and when teamed with the card made from the template which I will be showing you tomorrow it gives a very coordinated look. I never used to like constructing boxes but now that I have the Crafters Companion Big Score it is so easy to make fabulous gift boxes and bags.  
Thank goodness the rain has stopped and the sun has returned although its cooler this morning. I am going to be working on more secret stuff this time for Crafters Companion but my MoJo is hiding and I need to find it and soon.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Barely friends

I just received my Crafters Inspiration magazine yesterday and as I was busy doing secret stuff for Little Claire I didn't get to look at it till I was tucked up in bed at 11.30. I had been asked to make 10 samples using the heart die which came with the magazine and this is one of the samples I made. I did a version of this card for a very dear friend who has a bit of a teddy bear obsession and she loved it.
It is a straight forward card although I never did get the easel bit right and ended up with the top of the card not sitting directly over the bottom. This was my first ever attempt at an easel card and I think I could have made life easier if I had chosen a square shaped card.
Its a really simple card to make but looks much more complicated than it is.
what was used:
Crafters Inspiration 15 CD - Autumn Charm toppers & papers
Crafters Inspiration 15 heart die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Heartfelt Thanks stamp
Tattered Lace essentials circles die
15cm scallop die (I used my Scan n Cut)
yellow embroidery thread
small hole punch
good quality 210gsm mat print paper
white card
Coredinations Brights linen card (burnt orange)
greeting made on computer
I have just finished my secret samples for Little Claire and I should be able to share them with you at the end of the month. I have to say the new stamps which I have been working with are lovely and I have enjoyed using them all.
I have been trying to upcycle a blanket box which Stu made for me years and years ago to put all of my sewing stuff in. Well my sewing stuff has outgrew the blanket box ages ago and it was looking a bit tired and tatty so I thought I would paint it and do a bit of stencilling on it. I am just waiting for Stu to fix a wooden plinth around the bottom of it and then I can seal the paint and its good to go. I will take a photo of the box when its finished but I`m rather pleased with it so far.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

So delicate and feminine

Here is a card that I made ages ago but I needed to wait until after my friends birthday as I was giving her a pink version of this card and didn`t want to spoil the surprise. I have to confess that this embossing folder isn't the one that I have listed for you to use (here is a spoiler alert), this folder which I have used was sent to me because I was working on a feature for the next Crafters Inspiration magazine and it is slightly smaller than the one you can buy.
what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies dies
Woodware sentiment stamp
blue card
cream base card
Pebio, Empire Gold gilding wax
black Versa Fine ink pad
The background paper is the time consuming part to this card but it is a technique that is easy enough and just needs to be done in advance as the card needs to be left to dry.
Cut a piece of Sheena card in half and using the Aqua Pens make a line of each colour along the longest side of the card. Turn the card over and using a wide brush apply the water to the card. Turn the card to the right side and using the wide brush apply the water to the front of the card starting at the coloured edge and dragging the colour up to the opposite edge. Repeat this process until you are happy that the colours are blended and then allow the card to dry.
Cut the dry coloured card to a size that will fit the embossing folder and run through the embossing machine. Further cut the card to neaten the edges and with your finger lightly apply the gilding wax.
Use a left over piece of coloured background card to stamp the sentiment onto.
The rest of the card is straight forward die cutting and mat and layering from here on.
I used a combination of double sided tape and some wet glue to stick the embossed backing to the mat and layered gold card. This was for two reasons, firstly the gold card is slippy and will eventually give up its grip on any tape stuck to it and also the 3D embossing folder makes such a deep impression that tape alone will not form a proper bond. I do not use only wet glue to stick large areas as I find wet glue bends the card when it dries. 
I absolutely adore all the elements on this card, the embossing folder, the gilding wax, the gold card and even the Butterflies.
My friend loved her pink birthday card and I thought it quite a fitting card as she saved me from a particularly big moth that took a shine to me. I don't like things fluttering around me and this moth actually landed on me, my friend allowed it to go onto her hand so she could put it in the bushes, a very brave lady in my estimation.
I was all set to go to the local car boot this morning but it poured down with rain last night and as the car boot is in a big field and the sky still looks full of rain I think I might pass on it today and see if next Sunday is a better day. I love car boots and the one I go to at Hemswell has an indoor market with a very well stocked craft stall and a ribbon stall outside, but apart from the crafty stalls I just love to browse and try to bag a bargain. Talking of bargains I found quite a few craft things on sale at one of my local charity shops and bought a couple of embossing folders. I am finding more and more paper craft appearing in the charity shops but of course its all about being in the right place at the right time but still always worth a look in just in case.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

No paper anywhere in sight

The open day for the Lincolnshire Cats Trust is looming (3/9/17) and I promised that I would make some teacup pincushions which can be sold on the gift stall. I asked for some pretty cups/mugs that were struggling to sell in the shop and now hopefully they will sell as a novelty gift for someone who sews.

The pincushion base is made from a large curtain ring which is padded by wrapping wadding around until it fit nicely into the top of the cup.

Wrap a strip of Tshirt material around the padded ring and stitch it into place on the inside of the ring (it gets covered so don`t bother how neat the stitches are).

Cut out a circle from some pretty fabric using Tattered Lace essential circles die (circle No 16).
and sew a running stitch around the edge of the fabric. Place a handful of stuffing in the middle of the fabric and then draw up the running stitch to make a cushion.

Pin the cushion onto the ring and then neatly stitch into place trying to eliminate as many tucks as possible. Add extra stuffing from the ring base to make the cushion nice and firm.

Using Tattered Lace essentials circles die No 8 cut out a circle from grey board (I used a piece of board from the back of a reporters notebook, I always tear them off and keep them when the notebooks are full).
Cut a circle of Tshirt fabric slightly larger than the grey board circle and on the reverse side of the grey board run a strip of tacky glue around the edge, stick the Tshirt material in place.
Carefully stitch the circle base to the ring base.

Decorate the pincushion with lace, flowers, bows etc to hide the stitch line where the cushion is attached to the base ring.

I didn't want to start making these pincushions as I haven't sewn for ages but when I had finished my first one I couldn't stop and ended up making all of them in one day.


I really did enjoy doing a bit of hand sewing for a change and am inspired to keep my sewing box out for a while longer. I have a shop bought quilt which managed to get torn whilst in the washer so I think I am now inspired to get out my material stash and have a look how best to patch it up and of course I will show you photos if it all goes well.

I am so lucky to have a lovely view of my garden and my old Apple tree from my craft room window and once again the tree is laden with cooking apples. The tree is the oldest Apple tree in our little village and sadly it has canker which I am not sure how to get rid of so I guess it is coming to the end of its long life but it is a beautiful tree and still giving great crops. My freezer is still full of last years Apple harvest so I think I will take some of this years crop to the cat shop and see if they can sell them (or even give them away for a small donation).


Friday, 7 July 2017

Quick and easy

I`m sharing with you today a tag card I have made using another of the Little Claire Christmas stamps which will launch on Hochanda today at 11. Its a simple card to make and is made easier because the tag shape has already been cut as a base card, you just add the cute little image and a bit of trim.
what was used:
Little Claire Designs stamp
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Rustic Lattice die
Crafters Companion, Luxury Cardstock, gold pack
corner punch
black Versa Fine ink pad
Glossy Accents
Pebio Empire Gold gilding wax
1" wide fancy gold ribbon
This card is so quick and easy to make. The only thing which I did that is perhaps not noticeable from this picture was to apply a bit of gilding wax to the edge of the card where the lattice die cut was stuck so as to define the lattice trim.
It was so hot yesterday at work in the school kitchen, it was sports day and I managed to get outside to serve some burgers but even there on the playing field it was hot and sticky. We had a fantastic thunder storm last night and I sat outside for ages watching the big black thunder clouds roll in. I love thunder storms, the way the air becomes charged and the lightening is always a spectacle I will never grow tired of watching. The air feels much fresher today but as I am going to work again I don't suppose it will be feeling fresh in the kitchen.
I didn`t get any crafting done this week and I am feeling withdrawal symptoms so I keep looking at the lovely crafty things on Pinterest. I do get inspiration from all kinds of things but Pinterest provides instant gratification. I must knuckle down and try harder next week.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

You couldn`t have Chrisrtmas without Robbins

This is a much more traditionally coloured Christmas card which I am sharing with you today and again it features one of the new stamps by Little Claire which will be launching on Friday morning at 11 on Hochanda. The base card is also a new product from Little Claire and also comes in red, they are £1.99 for a pack of 10 cards and envelopes.
what was used:
LC Designs stamp
small snowflake stamps
red card
cream linen card to stamp onto
gold mirri card
gold embossing powder
black Versa Fine ink pad
Versa Mark ink pad
gold liquid pearls
opal liquid pearls
decal edge scissors
Glamour Dust glitter
1cm wide green sentiment satin ribbon
1cm golden yellow faceted gem
This is a really easy card to make.
I stamped the image onto the cream linen card and coloured it in, cut it to size and dribbled the gold Liquid Pearls along the edge. Leave until completely dry and then mount onto mirri card.
I made the red background card by heat embossing golden snowflakes onto red card. I then cut the card to size using decal edge scissors and mounted it onto mirri card.
Its plain sailing from here on.
I am at work for the next six days so I was out in the garden with Stu yesterday trying to get the hedge cut now that the birds have finished nesting (its definitely a two man job). The hedge in our garden goes all around the perimeter of a 3/4 acre plot and it is a massive job to cut and not something that I look forward to doing. I tend to let Stu work the hedge trimmer as it makes my arm weak for days after with the vibration, so I was on tidying up and bagging up duties. Tiding up is not without its perils as the hedge is Hawthorn, wild Rose, Holly and fiercely stinging Nettles and always seems intent on causing as much pain as possible. I did manage to not get too beaten up by the hedge but any one walking on the outside must have heard a lot of bad language as I got pricked and hooked up on the thorns. It does look so much neater now that the sides have been cut but the top will have to wait until after the weekend and Stu can take a trip to the tip to empty the garden bags which are full and overflowing.
I managed to catch one of the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas shows on Hochanda yesterday and as I suspected from looking at the design samples I really NEED quite a lot of the things I saw on the show. The samples were fabulous and Sara did a fantastic job with her domos. I did manage to stop myself from ordering straight away on impulse and will wait and see if they come up for sale on the Crafters Companion web site, so there goes my over time money.