Thursday, 8 March 2018

Brown isn`t always boaring

Today is the final chance to get all three jungle of dreams CDs as the one day special on Hochanda but if you miss out you can always get them from Craffters Companion.
Here is another sampe I have made using the go digi CD and its so easy to make.

 I am not all that computer savvy but I love digi crafting and I suppose I got into it because I couldn't find things in the shops that were the right size or colour. Digi crafting as I do it is never confined to the computer screen as I always do what is called fusion crafting where I print it out and then incorporate it into a real life craft project. It is quite important that you use good quality paper to print on and I like to use 190gsm mat print paper or if I want to add a bit of texture I would print onto linen paper but in the past I have had a go at printing onto all sorts of things (pearl card, sugar paper, non print paper, cotton).

For this card I printed a script background onto Neenah desert storm card and the script I used was a free download that I found on Pinterest.
Select some flowers from the colour me crafty flora file on the CD, re sized them and arranged them on the screen work area, then over print them onto the script background.
Whilst you have the graphics program open make the sentiment using the abc`s file and print it onto cream card.
Colour the flowers using Spectrum Aqua pens and draw in the stems of the flowers with a black fine tip pen.
Use a water pen to hand draw a line which would be the edge of the topper and then gently tare down the line, repeat this till the topper is cut to size.
Using vintage photo distress ink shade the edge of the topper and also the cut out sentiment.
Assemble the card and add gems and small punched out dragon flies to finish off.
I was busy yesterday making some more samples for a future Crafters Companion launch and I think the sunshine may have had an influence as the sample I mocked up is so bright I may need sun glasses to finish it off. I had a run out to the cat shop, they had asked me to call in as I didn't get to the shop last Wednesday for my final day volunteering there. The lovely volunteers had bought me some chocolates and a card as a leaving present which was a complete surprise, I was quite choked up as I left the shop.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A little bit messy

Today the Hochandas one day special is digi crafting and as I said yesterday in my blog it is featuring a CD called jungle of dreams, this is a card which I have made using a couple of the elements from that CD. This card may look messy with its inky splodges but my hands stayed clean, it was all done on the computer.

This is really easy and once again I am in my comfort zone here with a square card.
If this CD is like the last one Michelle designed it will actually be a set of three CDs but the one I have used is the go digi CD which is full of digi images which you can re size, re colour, and use as overlays in your graphics program. I always use Craft Artist as my graphics program as I think it is very easy to use.
The CD has files of backing papers which Michelle has made using Brushos and they are all gorgeous but for this card I used one of the more muted colourways. The CD also has a section called embellish it and the black splodges are to be found in this file, I have used them as an overlay on top of the background colour. Once you have created this splodgy background you can print it out and then overlay the sentiment and print out the sentiment topper.
The corners of the topper were die cut using Crafters Companion die`sire essentials, decorative corner 2.
I have to make an apology for a big mistake that I made in yesterdays blog when I said the clocks would be going forward this weekend. My blogger friend Holly commented on yesterdays post and told me that the clocks don't go forward here in the UK till 25/3/18. Thank you so much Holly, I work weekends and could just imagine me rocking up for work an hour before and it all being locked up.
I had a lovely catch up with my sister yesterday, Pauline is very into parchment crafting at the moment and that is something that I`ve never got to grips with. I will be trying to get my crafting mojo on today as I have to make a start on some samples using some new dies for Crafters Companion, if you loved the last easel dies you will love these new babies.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Hot pinks to chase away the blues

I hope all my crafty blogger friends are looking forward to the spring and with the clocks going forward this weekend it will feel more spring like after that. On Wednesday Crafters Companion launch another Craft CD from Michelle Jackson Mogford called jungle of dreams. Here is a card which I made using the CD.

This card is easy as it is mainly print, cut out and stick on.
The main side stepper (square) part of the card is 4" x 4" with a 1" strip running across the bottom, the side part can be any size just cut it down after the card is folded.
I used 190gsm mat print paper to print my images on.
The main body of the flamingos was cut out and shaped with a ball tool. I cut slits into the bodies to poke the feathers through and secured them on the back of the bodies. I then used 3D glue to stick the bodies onto the topper when it was secured to the card base.
The sentiment is made using a die from the Crafters Companion 2017 Advent calendar.

This CD is inspired by the artist Rousseau and so a lot of the images are bright and as the name would suggest it has a jungle theme.


The snow last week was really bad here in Lincolnshire and our little village was cut off for two days. On Friday I had to go out to post these samples back to Crafters Companion and I had to go to work. Luckily some kind farmer had ploughed his way through the snow drifts which were 3` high on the long road out of the village but the road was still only single file and very slippery.
What a difference a few days can make and the temperature feels much better now. I`m going to have a coffee and a catch up with my sister today so that is a real treat because Tuesdays are usually a bit boring.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Never too old to learn

Hete is another card that I made for the Gemini junior one day special which launches today at 5 on Hochanda. This is the first time I have tried making a side stepper card but it was really easy. The picture doesn`t really show it well but the butterflies are all glittered and sparkle with blinging gem bodies.

The main circle die is a create a card die called Butterfly dreams, it is a smaller version of the usual create a card dies and comes in two parts so you could just have it as an ornate frame or like this card.
The smaller butterflies and accent flourishes are from the fluttering motifs die set which contains four dies.
The sentiment is from the simple sentiments die set which includes the words Happy, Birthday, Celebrate and  finally Thank You, all of which will be really useful.
When I was trying to figure out how to make this card first of all I decided what measurements I wanted for the main square part of the card and this was determined by the size of the Butterfly dreams die. I then added another 1" to this measurement and that gave me my top fold line for the main part of the card. I used a sheet of white A4 card portrait and I followed the tutorial on Youtube to make the cuts and folds and then finally cut down the right hand side of the card to the desired size.
I have another dentist appointment today for a deep scale clean. When the dentist mentioned that I needed this I thought OK just a bit of a clean then, but as I was leaving he very casually said "I can always numb your mouth if the pain gets too much, its just an option". Needless to say I`m not looking forward to this appointment today. My sister Pauline is coming with me and we will be looking in all the charity shops and then off to my crafty friend Helens shop for a chat and some much needed crafty goodies. I have put my name down to attend one of Helens craft days when she will be having John Lockwood demoing but that is in the summer, still I can`t wait.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

2nd anniversary

Hello crafty friends, tomorrow Crafters Companion begin celebrating their two year relationship with Hochanda and to kick it off they are having a ODS featuring the Gemini junior. I have been working on samples for the show and the dies, stamps and an embossing folder which will feature along side the Gemini junior are beautiful.

The background frame on this card was made using the butterfly quartet edge`able die cut four times. Because this die is an edge`able it only cuts out on one side (the out side) and so the centre of the frame remains solid.
The topper for this card is made using the spread your wings clear acrylic stamp set which contains 17 stamps of which some are sentiments. I used vintage photo distress ink to stamp the images and sentiment (background image 2nd generation stamping), then the edge of the topper was coloured using spiced marmalade and vintage photo distress inks.

I absolutely love my big Gemini and use it constantly but at £180 it is a lot of money so the Gemini junior is a great alternative. Gemini junior is still an expensive piece of kit at £139 and I think the best time to purchase one would be like this as a ONE DAY SPECIAL when you will get lots of extras. I would highly recommend a Gemini of some description as the cutting pressure is amazing and not having to wind a handle is a joy. Some of the recent concept dies are so intricate and in some instances need to cut through multiple layers of card which the Gemini can easily handle.


Today is a bit of a sad day for me because after two and a half years it will be my last day volunteering at the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats shop. I have been given more hours at my real job (dinner lady) and what with that and my craft work I just wont have the time. I have made some fantastic friends at the shop and I do hope we will remain friends and not drift apart. I have a lot to thank the trust for as they introduced me to my gorgeous Roger and Rosie (cats) who I love so much.

Here they are doing a bit of advertising, my little darlings (sometimes).

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Keep it in the family

Today I am sharing a card made by my lovely sister Pauline. Pauline needed to make a birthday card for our sister Jackie who is going to be 70 in March and so we had a girlie craft day and this was the result.

The background for the fish was made by stamping distress ink onto a craft mat, spritzing with water until big blobs of water formed on the surface and then rolling a piece of Sheena stamping card over the surface and allow the card to dry (once the card is dry this technique can be repeated until the desired effect is achieved).
A fish was drawn and then cut out and the black detail was added with a fine tip pen.
The sea weed behind the topper was made by using the Sheena what a mesh! die from Crafters Companion to cut white card and then coloured using distress inks.
The sentiment was cut from black card using Die`sire celebration words dies from Crafters Companion.
Pauline often makes large canvas works of art but needed a bit of help to scale down her idea and put it onto a card. Our sister Jackie is a Pisces and that's why the gorgeous fish are the focal point. My birthday card for Jackie has a big 70 plastered all over it but Pauline has gone for the "don't look at it and it will go away" option. I don't think Jackie minds being 70 after all its a privilege to get to that age and it`s only a number. 
I had a lovely day out at the pictures on Thursday with some friends from work. I never go to the pictures and I didn't think I would enjoy the film as it was the last film in the 50 shades series but I was surprised how much I did enjoy it. I had been lent the previous two films to watch so that I understood the story and my most shocking moment was when I realised that the film actually had a good story. We all went for a meal after and it was truly a day to remember.
I hope that you all had a good Valentines day. I was too busy to make Stu a card but to be fair we don't really bother for Valentines and he didn't get me any thing. I did buy him some sweeties but as they were still in the cupboard last night I ate them (ha ha).

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Groovy man

This is my final easel card and this is so "Austin Powers" meets steam punk and I just love the bright colours. Today is the final day to catch the live Crafters Companion shows on Hochanda but you could always see them on catch up. The demos that Leanne does are really good and the design team have excelled themselves with the samples.

The dies do all the hard work so once the base and topper are cut out you just need to think how to trim them up. I used Pebeo dyna paints to get the bright orange and pink colours. I love Pebeo paints and these dyna colours are enriched with a pearly sheen. The white net backing is angel hair which I have had in my stash for years but I do remember I got it from Hobbycraft.
I have been so lucky with the beautiful products that Crafters Companion have let me use to make samples but these dies and the last corner dies were definitely my all time favourites. My next Crafters Companion assignment arrived yesterday (more Butterflies) so I will be getting creative tonight with that.