Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Im a Chic Lady (but I need a bit of Shabby in my life)

Hello, Yesterday was the launch of the Crafters Companion Shabby Chic range of products and as you know I have made some of the samples for them to show on Hochanda TV. I didn`t realise that the range was split in two with one half called Shabby and the other half called Chic. It turns out I was on the Chic team and now that I have seen the whole collection I have ordered a few pieces from the Shabby collection. I have been reading posts from DT members who weren't working on this project and they are all saying "oh the whole collection just fell into my basket when my finger slipped", So have you managed to watch any of the shows and have you had a "slipped finger" and ordered any of the products?
This is the most creative of all the sample cards I made for the shows and I just loved messing around, trying new techniques and wondering why I hadn't done them before.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic Graceful Edges dies
Crafters Companion Shabby Chic 12" x 12" paper pad
Crafters Companion Shabby Chic buttons
Crafters Companion, Birthday Party, Lets Party stamps
17cm x 13.5cm cream base card
cream linen card scrap to stamp sentiment onto
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo & Pumice Stone
really pale blue water based paint (Dulux tester pot First Frost)
Ranger Crackle Accents
Funky Foam
5mm ppink satin ribbon
pearl gems
First of all I cut out my paper from the paper pad and cut into it with the main part of the Graceful Edges die.
Distress the edge of the paper with sand paper and tint the distressed edge with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Paint the pale blue paint onto the area of the paper you would like the stamped image to appear and leave to dry.
Paint over the pale blue paint with the Ranger Crackle Glaze and leave to dry.
Lightly rub over the crackle glaze with the Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Cut the Butterflys from the Funky foam using the Butterfly dies and secure the cut foam onto an acrylic block. Stamp the Butterfly images over the crackle glaze using the Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The rest of the card is just basic card making which you will have done many times before.


It looks like its going to be a nice sunny day today. I have so much crafty stuff to do this week and could really do with a few more hours in the day but it is an absolute pleasure to be sat in my craft room looking over the garden when the sun is shining. I went to have a check up at the dentist yesterday and called into my favourite craft shop in Louth whilst I was in town, I just love browsing and chatting to the owner, then I go and fill my basket and rush home to play with my purchases. I got some lovely ribbons from the market and some Cosmic Shimmer gilding wax in pastel colours as I have a card project for Little Claire that I think they may come in handy for and I can`t wait to try them out. I hope my little card has inspired you to take a look in your craft stash and have a play with the scary things that you bought but haven't been brave enough to use yet, I know I will be doing it more often.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

I don`t like Butterflies

Hello again crafty friends, I am sharing with you another of the cards I have made for the Shabby Chic range due to be launched by Crafters Companion on Hochanda at 8, O, clock on Monday. I loved the papers in the paper pad but my imagination was running wild and I just had to make this card. As you know by now I am frightened by things that suddenly fly up and I have been seen running away screaming when a Butterfly comes near (they just know), but these Butterflies are not scary at all and I can`t stop using them on other projects (which I will share with you later).

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Chic Butterflies dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Vintage Lace Edge die
14,5cm x 13.5cm  base card
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Card, Snow White with a hint of Silver
copy paper
mica pigment misters (3 soft colours)
pastel chalks (4 bright colours)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Milled Lavender
small heart punch
lilac pearl paper scraps
5mm lilac satin ribbon
sentiment from stash
Not a difficult card to make but it does require a bit of thought and prep..

First of all I made the creased backing paper prior to making the card as it needs to dry out thoroughly before it is stuck to the card.
I wet a sheet of copy paper with a mister (I mean soaked) then dabbed colours from the mica misters onto the wet paper with a big brush, then screw the paper into a ball making sure that the painted surface is folded onto itself, finally squeeze the excess water from the ball of paper and unfold onto newspaper and allow to dry. This is a messy process and every time you do it you will get a unique result so just play and enjoy. I made these papers ages ago and I cant remember the colours I used.
Once the paper is dry you can flatten it down further by ironing on the reverse side.
The background for the lace and the Butterflies was made with the bright pastel chalks which I just dabbed onto copy paper and blended (you don't need to be too particular about the blending of the colours because it all merges seamlessly when it is put under the cut out design).
I simply marked the edges of the die cuts onto the chalked paper, cut out the shapes and stuck them onto the back of the die cuts.
I hope you have fun and aren't too put off by the messy paper making because once you start it is addictive and you will be making loads.
Well today we have storm Doris arriving and it is already very windy here in Lincolnshire. I have a big Conifer tree outside the house and a wonky chimney so I really hope they hold up to the winds to come. It is on days like this when the weather is too bad to venture out that I am glad I have my crafting hobbies to keep me occupied or I would go stir crazy. My fur babies Roger and Rosie didn't think much to the winds this morning and didn't stay out long, in fact Rosie was very vocal in her complaints when she came back in. I hope you all weather the storm safely and get lots of crafty things done too.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Shabby Chic a go go

Hello crafty people, today I can finally share with you a card that I have made for the new Crafters Companion Shabby Chic range which is to be launched on Hochanda next Monday. The design team have made some fantastic things and I know that they enjoyed this collection as much as I have. You really cant go wrong because the papers do all the work and the papers are just beautiful.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic 12" x 12" paper pad
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Aged Rose Die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Antique Frames die
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Distressed Lattice Embossing Folder
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Graceful Edge dies
Crafters Companion, Shabby Chic, Heartfelt Thanks stamps
Crafters Companion, Floral Delights, Pretty Petals die
Tonic small Daisy boot punch
Hobbycraft small Daisy punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Weathered Wood
6" x 6" white base card
pale pink paper
Crafters Companion, Sheena Stamping Card
pearl gems
1cm pink satin ribbon
black Versa Fine ink pad
Quite a straight forward card even though it has a lot of elements.
 I cut the beautiful Shabby Chic paper to size and then embossed the lattice at an angle, luckily I have a Gemini machine to do this but if I had a smaller machine it wouldn't have worked.
The hinges were cut using both parts of the Graceful Edges dies (I cut the inner die first and then the outer) and then I trimmed the ends down and cut the piece in half.
The big flower is tricky to work with as the paper is such a good weight so I cut the last 3 big petals off (they got in the way) and I used hot glue once I was happy with the flower shape.
Have fun and don't forget to watch a Shabby Chic show if you can, this is a "MUST HAVE" collection and as I only have half of it I will be putting in an order myself (I have seen a Lilly on some of the samples and I must have this die its just stunning).
I have just finished some secret stuff for Little Claire and will be sending the samples back today for them to use in their next Hochanda show in March so I have been kept quite busy in my craft room of late. Its also been half term so I have been on holiday from my day job but the time has flown by and I feel as though I haven't achieved much on the home front. I did manage to get out in the lovely sunshine yesterday and cut the grass, I know its only February but it has grown such a lot over the mild winter. Today is different again as we have storm Doris due in tonight and winds of 70/80mph here in Lincolnshire and I have a dodgy chimney so I hope it survives (the chimney cowling was a casualty of the last big winds). Time to batten down the hatches and ride the storm and I will share another fabby Shabby Chic card with you tomorrow.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Just to say you are amazing

Hello my crafty friends, I am sorry it has been a while since my last blog but I have been really busy doing secret stuff for Crafters Companion and although I can`t tell you about it just yet I will say it is the first new collection of products to be launched since Sara came back after having her baby and it is just the most amazing collection I have ever worked with, even the Butterflies are fantastic and as you know I don't like Butterflies - I cant wait to share it with you.
This is a card I have made a week or so ago for a friend who I hadn't spoken to for a while but I wanted to let her know that I was thinking about her and that she is amazing. I used the Leonis stamps which came with issue 13 of Crafters Inspiration magazine and I just love how quirky they are.

what was used:
Leoni flower and sentiment stamps from Crafters Inspiration issue 13
Crafters Companion, Diamond Press, Handmade Love zig-zag stamp
Artylicious Filigree Fusion CD
cream base card
cream linen card to stamp onto
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
large flourish die to make for top corner
smaller corner die for bottom corner
2 x cream mulberry flowers
cream organza ribbon
2 x small pearl gems
I have once again been bad and sent the card off without measuring it so you will just have to guestimate the dimensions - SORRY
I stamped the flowers onto cream linen card using the Walnut Stain ink pad and then used the Vintage Photo ink pad to shade them. I cut the topper to size and then stamped the zig-zags around the edge using the Vintage Photo ink.
I printed the
backing paper onto watercolour paper and mat and layered it onto the cream base card.
The die cut flourishes were cut from cream card and then I tinted them with the distress inks.
Finally I tinted the flowers by wetting them with a water brush and then colouring them with the Vintage Photo distress ink applied with the water brush. I let the flowers dry and then added Walnut Stain distress ink to the centre.
I am on half term holiday now so I thought I would get a bit of decorating done (I thought), but then my sister thinks she might be coming to visit for a couple of nights and I have just gotten a top secret project from Little Claire Designs so I think the decorating might have to be shelved for now. I haven't seen my sister in ages so it will be lovely to have her stay, I just hope the weather is a bit better than of late. LC Designs have sent me two new stamp sets which will feature on their next Hochanda slot on 20th March, they are beautiful so I cant wait to get started with them and I`m sure you will love them too when you see them.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Hay look Ma I`m on TV

Hello, well I`m not on TV but my cards are. I did some samples for Crafters Companion a week or two ago and today they are on Hochanda with Fiona Clayton and I think the next show is at 3 this afternoon. I love this card using the Diamond Press dies & stamps and as I am a sewer myself I really connected with this set.

what was used:
NitWit Dress Shoppe 8" x 8" paper pad
6" x 6" white base card
craft card
white card to stamp onto and die cut
white linen card
grey ink pad
pink ink pad
small heart punch
pink sewing cotton
small white button
This is a fun card to make but I did use my Scan n Cut to make the doily shape so if you don't have this machine you could use any doily die or even a corner or apeture die instead.
Some people have asked what is the best way to use these dies and stamps and I find it easier to cut out the shape and then stamp the image onto it. Because the stamps are clear it is easy to see where the stamp is on the card but some people I know prefer to take the card to the stamp.
I hand cut the little cotton bobbin and wound the cotton onto it.
My little battered up old car made it through its MOT and lives to drive another year although my purse is much lighter now so no more treats for me this month. I hate driving but love my car as it gives me some independence, but she`s an old girl now and I do fear for her every year at MOT time.
The snow that was promised over the weekend never arrived although it was bitter cold. Its all change today as its dull and wet so I think a day of crafting is the best way to deal with a miserable Monday in January. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Is it Valentines Day soon?

Hello, todays card is a sweet little design that I made for a Crafters Companion Diamond Press TV show which I think may be aired on Monday. The little plane is cute and the banner stamp comes separate to the sentiment so you could put anything you want on there and although I made this as a congratulations card I think it would work well as a Valentines card.

what was used:
gold mirri card
black card
fine detail gold embossing powder
gold crochet thread
This is a really simple card to make basically mat and layering and a bit of heat embossing. I have sent the original card off to be shown on TV and forgot to measure the size of the base card (sorry).
Today I have taken my little old car for its MOT and I am waiting for the dreaded phone call from the garage so I am writing this blog to keep my mind active. We have been forecast snow here in Lincolnshire tonight and as I have to drive to work tomorrow I am feeling a bit anxious about that also. I normally lock myself away in my craft room when I am anxious, I did that first thing this morning and made a lovely Birthday card for my sister whose Birthday is in March and I will share it with you when I have taken a picture of it. I hope wherever you live you don't get too much snow and if you do I hope you don't have to go out in it unless its for playing.

Monday, 9 January 2017

New year new stamps

😺 Happy New Year my crafty friends, the holidays seem like a long time ago now don't they. I`m sharing a card with you today that I have made using a new stamp from LC Designs which they launched last week. I must admit that I made this card a while ago when I first got my Brother Scan n Cut machine and I used it quite a lot on this here but I know that most crafters wont have a Scan n Cut so you could use dies and punches from your stash.

what was used:
fine detail swirly clear stamp
6" x 6" white base card
pale blue card
cream card
white card to stamp onto
pink card scraps from stash
blue and white spotted paper from stash
Imagination Crafts stencil
3 x Daisy punches
2 x hole punches
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Tea Dye & Spun Sugar
black Versa Fine ink pad
wide white organza ribbon
pink satin ribbon
pink satin ribbon bow
pink bakers twine
Glamour Dust glitter
The little bootees, corner patches, base shape to stamp image onto and the background mat layer were all made using pre installed patterns on the Brother Scan n Cut machine.
To make the pink backing paper I used Tim Holts Spun Sugar and sponged through the Imagination Craft stencil onto cream card.
The lovely image was stamped onto the pre cut white card and then I made a mask to cover the image and very lightly tinted the white card with the Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink using a sponge. I removed the mask and coloured the image. I stamped around the edge of the image card with the Spun Sugar ink pad and swirly stamp then I ran around the edge of the image card shape with liquid glue, sprinkled with Glamour Dust and allowed to dry.
The rest of the card is straight forward to make.
I was back at work this weekend and although I loved Christmas I am glad to get back to normal, especially my sleeping pattern which did suffer. I don't make New Year resolutions but I do have crafty things that I would love to do this year including more mixed media after seeing some amazing work my friends have done (thank you Inkybliss and Jane Royston). I would like to do more patchwork too but it takes me ages and I don't know if I will have the time to commit to it but I will keep it in mind. I also need to get some planting done in the garden to encourage the insects and create more colour but that will be in spring. I did treat myself to some cutting files from the Digital Craft Emporium over Christmas (they were very reasonable) and I am so pleased with them that I think I will be using my Scan n Cut a lot more now.
I hope you manage to keep to your resolutions if you have made any and I do hope that you will keep having a look at my little blog of indulgence, but most of all I hope your crafty mojo is energised and you create some amazing things this year.
Thank you for joining me Xx