Wednesday, 12 October 2016

A card I never wanted to make

Hello crafty friends, today I am sharing a card that I said I never would make - a bereavement card. I always thought it would be depressing to spend time thinking about and making a bereavement card but a good friend lost her husband last weekend and as she knows I make cards I thought it would be disrespectful to her husband if I bought one. I had to do the thing I said I never would and I didn't know where to start as it has to be respectful but not morbid. I bought the angel wings by mistake a month or so ago and they were just the right image for this card as it turns out. I hope you never need to make this kind of card but if you do then this one is really quick and easy to do.

what I used:
Tattered Lace Angel Wings die
Tonic heart punch
small hole punch
dull gold card
mink pearl card
red card
dark cream parchement card
Thinking of you gold peel off sentiment
5mm red satin ribbon

The card is really just mat and layering and very easy to construct. My finished card measures 15.1cm x 9.6cm but as I make my cards to fit the image it is not a standard size and I have made the envelope myself from brown paper.
The angel wings are cut from the gold card, I cut the wings apart to make a better space to place the red heart.
The red heart is punched from the red card and then shaped with a ball tool to give it dimension, I stuck the heart on to the card using hot glue to fill the void and give it stability.
The small red dots which I made with the small hole punch have also been worked with a ball tool to make them look more like brads and again give them dimension.


I don't know if its the fact that the weather has been a bit grey and wet lately but I have been feeling a bit lost as far as my crafty mojo is conscerned. I have done the usual of looking on Pinterest and watching the various craft channels to pep me up and in the process I have ordered a Brother scan n cut (naughty me). I have wanted a scan n cut for about two years now but could never justify the cost however I saw a fantastic deal on Create and Craft and couldn't resist, so now I am eagerly awaiting the delivery van. Yesterday a white van came up and down the little road I live on about five times, he was obviously lost and I kept thinking to myself he`s looking for my house. Eventually he revearsed down the drive and I ran out with a big grin on my face and quite startled the poor man who was lost and looking for someone else two houses away. I`m still awaiting my white van man but when he does deliver my scan n cut I am going to lock myself away in my craft room for the rest of the year making fantastic things. Well that's how it plays out in my head but I think the reality will involve a big bag of things that didn't quite work out, still it will be great fun - can`t wait.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Little girls grow up so fast

Hello, today I am sharing with you a card my friend asked me to make for her daughters 18th birthday. Her daughter loves horses and so this sweet little art pad image from Lili of the Valley was the first one I thought of. The brief was must say "happy 18th", must be horsey themed, must be larger than 6" x 6" and this card is 8" x 8" so I think I covered the brief.

what I used:
Lili of the Valley set 26 Here Comes Annabel art pad
8" x 8" white base card
NitWit Lovestruck Too downloaded paper pad
red paper to mat and layer
pink/red, green & teal paper/card scraps
good quality mat print paper
Crafters Companion Signature Collection Pretty Petals dies
Marianne Designs LR0271 leaf swirl die
2 x small flower punches
ring binder hole punch
Glamour Dust glitter
heavy lace & pink gingham ribbon
pearl embellishments and small pearl heart
This is a fairly straight forward mat and layered card but I made the sentiment in my Craft Artist graphics programme, the happy is Hudson 48.26pt and the 18th is Hudson 68.97pt, which were positioned together and coloured blue.
The swirly leaf die cuts were made of green card and covered with Glamour Dust glitter and left to dry before attaching to the card.
The lace is a heavy lace and I doubled it up to get the depth I needed.
The pink gingham bow is a slightly thinner ribbon than the gingham used across the lace but this is only because the bow was already made and in my scrap box.
My friend`s daughter was 18 last Friday and she said that she loved the card and had a really good birthday weekend. I think all birthdays should be on a Friday and last all weekend.
I had a parcel delivered yesterday, it was from LC Designs and had a new butterfly stamp in it so I went straight to my craft room and made a card with it. I have loads of ideas how to use it and I want to do another make with it today. So I hope the stamp goes on sale soon so that I can share my makes with you.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Love is in the air 3

Hello lovely crafty friends and here I am with the 3rd and final wedding invitation sample that I made for a friends wedding. As you already know the couple wanted a Peter Rabbit theme and I made this card to give them a more traditional look. I love how the card turned out but it was fiddly to make and I prayed that they didn't chose this one as I didn't want to make it another 35 times.

what I used:
Crafters Companion Peter Rabbit CD ROM
circle dies - one slightly lager than the other
Spellbinders fancy edge dies
blue base card 17cm x 12cm
white pearl card
blue satin bow
I cut the blue base card with the plain shaped edge die to cut the fancy shape to the front of the card (these dies come as a set of fancy and not so fancy dies) .
I then used the fancy cut away die on the white pearl card to make the lacy effect and then trimmed and stuck this down to mat and layer onto the base card.
I opened the Peter Rabbit image in my graphics programme (Craft Artist) and re sized it to  6.75cm from top to bottom. I always like to try to get as much of my printing done on the same piece of paper so I wrote the words Wedding Invitation in Zelda 28.14pt and left enough room between the words for the topper to be placed. I printed out the designs onto good quality mat print paper.
The wording was mat and layered onto blue card and stuck into place.
I cut the Peter Rabbit image out using the smaller of the dies and mat and layered it onto a s slightly lager circle of blue card and then stuck it onto the base card.
Finally I attached the blue bow.
I am happy to say that the card they finally decided to have is card No 1 and so I will be getting busy over the next few days making up the order.
I am loving the way Autumn is turning out so far with sunny days and clear cold nights. Rosie was being naughty the other night and sneaked out after dark so I decided to sit outside and wait for her as we haven't got a cat flap. It was a cold but clear night so I got wrapped up in a quilt and set about to do some sky watching and I`m so glad I did because I managed to see two really bright meteors, so clear in fact that the first one made me jump. Rosie came home eventually after her night time adventure and we were both glad to get back into the warmth of the house.                  

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Love is in the air part 2

Hello my crafty friends this is the second commissioned sample wedding invitation card I have made using the Peter Rabbit theme as requested by the bride and groom. Again I have kept the construction simple as I will be making 35 or so of which ever design is chosen so I didn't want to get bogged down with complicated techniques. There has been an update on this order so please tune in for part 3 when all will be revealed.

what I used:
Crafters Companion Peter Rabbit CD ROM
NitWit Lovestruck Too paper download
white linen base card 12cm x 17cm
circle die
eyelet circle die
pearl heart and blue satin bow
I use Craft Artist when I am printing and I find it really easy to map out designs on the computer
screen before I ever print them which is a good way to minimise wasted ink and paper.
Open up the NitWit papers needed in Craft Artist and trim them to just a bit lager than the size required. Open the Peter Rabbit image and re sized it to 6.75cm from top to bottom. Write the words Wedding (and again separately) Invitation in Piranesi It BT 36.4pt font, arrange the words as in the picture and group the words together. Arrange the images to fit onto the page as best you can (you may need to carry some images over onto another page as they may not all fit onto a A4 sheet of paper) and print the page onto good quality mat photo paper.
The rest of the card construction is simple die cutting and mat and layering from here on...
I have been lad low this week with a wretched cold so nothing much has been done in the house or craft wise and I feel quite guilty. It looks like the weather has finally turned more Autumney and I do love Autumn its my favourite time of the year, its the colours, the smells of fires burning and less biting things in the garden. Yesterday I mowed the lawn hopefully for the last time this year and today I must get out and tidy up the planters and divide some plants in the garden ready for next year. I wanted to do a bit of crafting today but at this time of the year you have to make the most of any dry days and then tomorrow I`m back at work. So as the days are getting shorter I feel that the weeks are too, I just don't know where the time goes. Whatever you are doing with your day I hope you have a good one.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

and on a personal note

Hello crafty friends, I am bursting with excitement and wanted to let you all know that I have been asked to be a member of the Crafters Companion design team. There are 11 of us new DT ladies who will join experienced DT already working for Crafters Companion and 3 new clever Spectrum Noir ladies who will be doing magic with their pens. This means that you will be seeing me using their fabulous products much more on this blog as I will be making samples for their TV shows. I will still be working for LC Designs when they require samples but I think the majority of my DT work will be with Crafters Companion. I am just waiting for them to give me my first project and then I think I will be in crafty heaven. It`s true what they say you don't get any where if you don't take that first step and I`m so glad I did.

Crafters Companion have begun celebrating their 11th birthday which is in October and will be having fantastic competitions and give aways between then and now so keep a look out for the celebrations on their Facebook page and on Hochanda TV.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Love is in the air - part 1

Today I am sharing with you the first in a commissioned set of cards that I have been asked to make for a friend who I used to live next door to. Alan is getting married in April and asked if I could do some sample cards with a Peter Rabbit theme as his marriage to Barbie is taking place in the Lake District so my first thought was that Peter Rabbit would be under copyright, it is but fortunately Crafters Companion do a CD ROM which I used to print off the image. I have kept the card simple as I may have to make 35 of them and I didn't want it to be like the painting of the Cysteine Chapel.

what I used:
Crafters Companion Peter Rabbit CD ROM
NitWit Lovestruck Too paper download
cream linen base card 12cm x 17cm
fancy edged die about 8.25cm x 6cm
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink
blue satin ribbon
ring binder hole punch
I use Craft Artist when I am printing and I find it really easy to map out designs on the computer
screen before I ever print them which is a good way to minimise wasted ink and paper.
I opened up the NitWit papers that I needed in Craft Artist and trimmed them down to just a bit lager than the final design so for the hearts paper I made it 6.5cm x 18cm and the blue paper is just big enough to punch the two dots - say 2cm square.
I then opened the Peter Rabbit image in Craft Artist and re-sized it to 6.75cm from top to bottom.
Finally I wrote the "Wedding Invitation" script in Palazzo Werk at 26.38pt and drew a black line box around the wording.
I arranged the images as best I could to fit onto the A4 paper sheet and printed them off.
The rest of the card is simple, I just die cut the Peter Rabbit image and shaded around the edge with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink, then attach the satin ribbon to the cut to size printed paper panel, punch out two holes from the blue printed paper, cut around the sentiment box making sure to keep the black line and then simply stick everything in place onto the base card.
I will show you the other two designs over the next few days, I have my favourite and also one that was a complete pig to make so I hope he doesn't chose that one. Alan has said he definitely wants to use one of the designs but hasn't decided which one yet so fingers crossed that he doesn't chose the difficult to make one.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Sisters are the best gift your parents can leave you

Hello crafty friends, I`m sorry its been a few weeks since I posted on here but I have had my sister come to stay with me (which was fantastic) and then it was back to work as the school holidays ended (not so fantastic). I have been making a few commissioned cards which I will share with you later on but for now here is a Birthday card I made for my sister a few years ago after we had a fantastic day shopping at a craft show in Harrogate and she had said she liked this stamp. I do love trips out with both of my sisters and I think myself very lucky that we are so close and share the same interests.

what I used:
Woodware Leaf Quartet stamps
Woodware sentiment stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Broken China & Picked Raspberry
ink dusters
clear embossing stamp pad
black embossing powder
Glossy Accents
pink and black papers from my stash
The image panel on this card is so easy to make and I did it by first stamping and embossing the leafs onto white card which I then cut to size and coloured using the Tim Holtz Distress inks and ink dusters (it was the first time I had used ink dusters and they are really good for seamless blending of big areas like in this card). Finally I spritzed the topper with water to make tiny water spots.
The sentiment is stamped and embossed onto the pink paper and then the whole thing is mat and layered onto the base card.
Finally I used the Glossy Accents to make a feature of the swirly circles on the hearts.
Pauline was thrilled with the card and we went on to have a few more shopping trips at craft fairs but as I have moved away from her I have missed out this last year. Fortunately for me she is coming to live near me here in Lincolnshire soon so we can pick up where we let off and we have lost shopping time to make up.