Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year

Hello crafty friends and as its New Years Eve (back in Bradford they say old years night) I want to take this chance to say Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have all enjoyed a good Christmas with lots of crafty treats from Santa. Whatever you are doing tonight I hope you have a lovely evening and manage to stay awake long enough to see 2018 in. Do you have any new year resolutions that you care to share? I don't make resolutions as I have no will power but I have been thinking about taking up yoga recently. I have been super busy lately doing magazine projects for "making cards" magazine and "die cutting essentials" magazine, (both of which are the January issue so officially they will be on sale from tomorrow) and of course Crafters Companion. The secret stuff I have been doing for Crafters Companion are dies and they are just amazing, I will give you a shout when they are launched. I am heading back to Yorkshire tonight to celebrate the new year with some fabulous friends of old and I can`t wait to see them. Christmas has been a bit of lazy time for me craft wise but when I get back home tomorrow I will be back in the craft room as I have loads of birthdays coming up before March so that means birthday cards to make and of course Stuarts Valentines card.

Here is a little tease of one of the cards I have made for the "die cutting essentials" magazine and its also a card that I made for my sisters birthday which was in December, she loved it although the slippers that I gave her were too small. If you want to know how to make it (its fairly self explanatory) you will have to buy the magazine or wait till February and I will share it with you then.

2017 was good but lets hope 2018 will be even better. Xxxx

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween

This is a simple Halloween card that I was going to give to my niece for her birthday yesterday which is why the sentiment says "happy birthday" instead of "happy Halloween" or something equally spooky but you could change the wording as you wish (I quite like "you are my favourite pumpkin"). I made this card to put on the Crafters Companion blog so I took pictures of every step and that is why this recipe is full of pictures.

what was used:

Crafters Companion sentiment die
Crafters Companion Gemini die (free with Gemini machine)
stitched oval dies
5" x 5" craft base card
orange & dark orange linen card
black card
craft card
Tim Holtz distress ink - vintage photo, wild honey, peeled paint
black green & white card scraps

This is such a fun easy card to make and a good project to get the little ones involved in.

Cut a piece of craft card to fit inside the base and shade the edges using the vintage photo and cut n dry foam.

Mat the craft card onto black card and stick to the base card.

Using two of the oval dies cut the shapes from the darker of the orange linen card. Shade the edges of the shapes with the distress ink.

On a piece of scrap paper make a template for the pumpkins by drawing a pumpkin shape around the oval cut outs. Fold the paper along the middle of the shape and cut out.

On the back of the lighter orange linen card draw the pumpkin shape and cut out. Shade the edges of the shapes with the distress ink.

Stick the oval shapes over the pumpkin shapes.

Cut the shapes you will need for the pumpkins eyes, mouth and stalks.

Shade the stalks with distress ink and then stick all the pieces in place on the pumpkins.

Stick the pumpkins onto the base card at a jaunty angle.

Die cut the sentiment words from black and light orange card, stick the words over one an other to form a drop shadow.

Stick the sentiment words onto the card. Cut out the leaves using the Gemini dies from green card scraps and stick in to place. Finally cut a two thin strips of green card and make into a spiral by pulling tightly against a boner tool, stick the spirals onto the card.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Happy birthday Debbie Xx

Today my niece has her 40th birthday and I have made this card for her. I didn't know weather to make a Halloween birthday card as I was busy making Halloween things for the Crafters Companion blog (take a look if you dare) but decided against it in the end.

what was used:
flourish embossing folder
Tim Holtz,THS032 Flourish, stencil
Tim Holtz distress inks - picked raspberry, Fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, mustard seed
orange pen
Pebio gilding wax
Versamark stamp pad
fine detail gold embossing powder
8" x 7" cream base card
black card
5mm peach ribbon
8mm orange gem
mister bottle
craft mat
This card used a lot of techniques but once the background is created the rest is easy peasy.
Make the background by dabbing directly onto the craft mat with the spiced marmalade, fossilized amber and picked raspberry distress inks (near to each other but try not to have them touching). Spray the ink dabs with the mister until water droplets can be seen. Cut a piece of Sheena stamping card in half and roll it over the inks. Dry the card and repeat the process until the desired pattern is achieved. Allow the card to completely dry and cut to required size, lightly rub over any white areas with mustard seed distress ink using cut & dry.
Place the stencil over one corner and apply the Pebio gilding wax. Remove the stencil and repeat at the opposite corner. Allow the gilding wax to completely dry.
Stamp the sentiment with Versamark and apply the gold detail embossing powder, emboss with a heat tool. Cut the sentiment out and colour in the words using the orange pen.
Decide where the sentiment needs to be on the topper and place a strip of the satin ribbon down the side of the topper.
Mat and layer the topper onto black card and then onto the base card, cut the base card down to size.
Cut the numbers from the gold card and emboss with the embossing folder. Stick the numbers onto the card.
Stick the sentiment onto the card along with the ribbon and the gem.
I used Stick & Spray to glue the numbers to the card and a hot glue gun to glue the sentiment, ribbon and gem to the card.
My niece loved her card and put pictures of it on Face Book, here is the box I made to put it in.
The weather looks like its going to be good today and I have a load of washing to do so that's the first of my jobs. I have some samples to make for Crafters Companion and one of them is a cushion cover which I have made but I just need to nip into Market Rasen and get a cushion bale to stuff it with, I cant wait to share those samples with you. I had a great shopping trip with my friend on Saturday, I thought I could shop but she wore me out. We had tea and cake and then we were shopping for so long that we had to go for another cuppa but no cake the second time.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cozy winter mittens

The foils shows were a big hit and you can still buy the foils and transfers over on the Crafters Companion web shop but today I`m sharing with you another card which is featured in the Crafters Inspiration 16 magazine.

what was used:
sentiment stamps
12.5 x 12.5 off white base card
off white card
red, blue, dark blue and off white card scraps
blue & white bakers twine
watercolour paper scraps
black Versa Fine ink pad
Tim Holtz distress ink pad - vintage photo
4 x peg embellishments
12 x pearl gems
A really straight forward twisted easel card which looks more complicated than it is.
To make the twisted easel take the base card and fold the front of the card from bottom left corner to top right corner. This is the base for the card but you need a top section so cut a piece of off white card 12.5cm x 12.5cm which you will decorate and stick onto the base card.
Decorate the base of the easel card and attach a sentiment which is angled to create a stopper for the top part of the easel card.
I have no design work on for a while so I am hoping to get some Christmas cards made and I have a birthday card to make for someone who truly loves Christmas so it will be a Christmas card that says Happy Birthday - my friend will love it. Its such a lovely day today I wish I were at home to do a bit of tidying up in the garden but I`m in the cat shop this afternoon so I wont get the time for gardening.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Baby baby

I`m showing you a sweet little trinket box today and it is really the easiest thing to make although it looks like something you might pay a lot for in a posh shop. It featured a lot on the Crafters Companion foils launch yesterday and it is really the foiling that gives it that professional finish.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Bundle of Joy transfers
Crafters Companion, Blue Lagoon & Pear Green foils
Small wooden box from The Works (cost £1)
Dulux apple white paint
Tim Holtz mowed lawn distress ink
fine sand paper
Such a simple project, you will love the results
Rub the outside of the box with fine sand paper to make it smooth .
Paint the box with the apple white paint.
Rub the edges of  the box with the mowed lawn distress ink.
Add the transfers one at a time and foil immediately with both colours of foil (to use both colours of foil on one transfer simply cut out small pieces of foil and place onto the transfer, overlap the foils where they meet).
You can seal the box with a spray varnish is you wish.
A hand made gift like this for a new baby would be treasured and you could always put a little gift or some money in it to make it even more special.
I had a fabulous day yesterday just crafting and chatting with my sister and she made a lovely card for her friend so it was very productive too. The weather here today is wet and windy so I will be staying home and locking myself in my craft room. Stu lit the fire yesterday dinner time and I loved how cozey it made the whole house feel for the rest of the day (Stu has made it his job to be in charge of the fires and he does do a good job with them). I love pottering about in the garden in summer but I do like the smell of a real fire when the weather turns cold.

Monday, 23 October 2017

A splash of colour lifts the spirits

Crafters Companion are launching their foils and transfers for birthday week tonight at 6pm on Hochanda and I was lucky enough to have made samples for the show. The brief was to make matching sets of things and use as many different surfaces as possible so I decided tohave a go at foiling onto fabric and this card is the result.

what was used:
Crafters Companion, Fresh Journey foil transfers
13cm x 22cm cream base card
cream cotton fabric
cream linen card
thick card to back fabric
water brush
gold ink pad
4 x 2mm gold gems
The painting of this card took me all day to do but it is a real stress buster and thoroughly enjoyable.
Cut a piece of thick card to the size of the transfer and spray with stick & spray. Cut a piece of cotton larger than the card and stick onto the card. Take the backing from the transfer and place the transfer on the fabric, run the fabric/card/transfer combo through a Gemini machine. Peel off the acetate transfer sheet and place the foil over the sticky transfer. Cover the foil with copy paper and run through the Gemini machine. Remove the foil to reveal the pattern.
Colour in the pattern on the fabric with Spectrum Aqua pens (I used a piece of copy paper to lay over the foiled area that I would rest my hand on so as to not drag off any of the gold. Also build up slowly the layers of colours, remember that if you use too much water the colour will bleed and if you don't let the fabric dry before you apply the next layer of colour it will become muddy). When you have coloured as much of the pattern as you need allow the fabric to completely dry.
Gently peel away any excess fabric and cut down the backing card before cutting down and securing the fabric to the card from behind.
Foil the sentiment onto a piece of cream card using the Gemini as before and cut to size. Rub the edges of the sentiment banner with gold ink.
Mat and layer the card and attach the gold gems.
The foil is surprisingly robust once it is on the fabric but I tried to be as careful as possible when handling it and never to rub it.
This is a gift box that I made using the acetate transfer sheet and the Fucshia foil (Its how its spelt on the packaging). I love it when you can use the throw away bits to make lovely projects, its like a bonus gift.
I love working with foils and the amazing results you can get using them - things just look so lush. I have seen the samples that my teamies have made for this show and I would recommend that you watch just to get some ideas of what interesting ways that any foils can be used.
I was out shopping on Saturday with my friend and found the most amazing sewing shop not too far from where I live. I was like a child in a sweet shop and although I was really good and mostly bought ribbons I did pick up what I thought was glitter paper only to find it is glitter felt, I cant wait to use it.
My sister is calling this afternoon to have a crafty time as she needs to make some Christmas cards and also find her MoJo, but mostly its just a great way to spend an autumn afternoon.


Saturday, 21 October 2017

A Crafters Inspiration card

This is a card that I have made for Crafters Inspiration 16 magazine which is on sale now. I had been asked to make cards which featured bakers twine and when I got the brief I was less than thrilled, I mean bakers twine. I ordered lots of bakers twine in many thicknesses and colours and I have to say the results were much better than I expected.

what was used:
2x snowflake dies (1 larger than the other)
snowflake stamp
merry Christmas sentiment stamp
gold embossing powder
cream linen base card 8.5cm x 21.5cm
cream linen card scrap
black Versa Fine ink pad
Versa Mark ink pad
Tim Holtz distress inks - faded jeans, Peacock feathers, evergreen bough, twisted citron
1cm blue faceted gem
thick beige & white bakers twine
water mister
This is a card packed with techniques so perhaps not for the beginner
Stamp the evergreen bough, faded jeans and Peacock feathers distress inks fairly close together onto a craft mat and mist with water until beads of water can be seen. Take a piece of Sheena stamping card bigger than the finished panel to be used and roll it once onto the inks, dry the paper and repeat the process until you have the desired look.
When the card is dry cut it down to size and rub over any light or whit patches with twisted citron distress ink.
Using a Versa Mark ink pad randomly stamp snowflakes on the coloured panel, cover with gold embossing powder and heat emboss.
Attach two pieces of bakers twine to the side of the panel. Mat and layer the panel onto the gold mirri card, then onto black card and finally onto the base card.
Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of cream linen card using Versa Fine ink and cut this out to form a tag.
Cut 2 snowflakes from the mirri card (one larger than the other) and glue them together. Glue the tag on to the card, glue the snowflakes to the tag and finally glue the gem onto the snowflakes.
I used a hot glue gun to attach the tag, snowflakes and gem as this sets quickly and forms a coating over the bakers twine which the embellishments can attach to.
I am still waiting for my Crafters Inspiration to arrive and I cant wait to get my hands on the CD and look at the fabulous Christmas backing papers which are on it. I know there is a lovely Christmas embossing folder and snowflake edge die too so I think I might be making some Christmas cards whilst I`m off work this next week.
I am going on a shopping trip with a good friend today and although she is not a crafter she is very good and puts up with me dragging her into any shop that looks remotely crafty and then getting over excited over a crayon or pencil.  She is the same when we visit a garden centre and see plants.
I think storm Brian is due to descend today so that will bring even more leaves off our trees and Stu will be having more bonfires. I hope you all keep safe and don't get blown away.