Friday, May 31, 2013

Making it Myself

It's my turn to set this week's challenge for the Daring Cardmakers:

"I think we've probably all saved links to wonderful projects and ideas that we'd like to try day, so this week I'd like you to.....
 Make It Yourself 
It's all about making your own embellishments. You can use one of those saved "I'll try this one day" ideas, or come up with your own decorative element and use it on your card.
 Use felt, card, paper, fabric, ribbon, lace, wire - anything you like, but no cheating and using a ready made one LOL 
 If the idea is your own, it would be especially good if you could add a little tutorial when you add it to your blog, and if not then a link to where you found the idea would be great, so we can all be inspired!"

Well, I quite often use my dies, Craft Robo and fussy cutting to make flowers and other embellishment - I love using ribbon and lace and other bits and pieces from my stash to make the decorative elements, so I had a look around for something a bit different.  
It was while browsing around Pinterest that I spotted some beautiful beaded pins and thought that one of these might do the trick.  I already had the pins - bought months ago and unopened, and what a good excuse to delve under the desk and drag out the crate with my bead boxes in it.
Obviously I completely forgot to take photos of the making of and of the finished pin before it was fixed onto the card.

 I used a couple of Distress Inks to colour the card I used for the background of the butterfly, and also used this piece as a stencil to add some shading to the background - this didn't turn out as planned - it was supposed to be wispy and ethereal, but you can't have it all, eh?
I've used Glossy Accents to keep the various beads in place, and then a needle with silver thread to fix it to the butterfly wings.  Once the wings had been glued into place, I made another stitch down near the catchy-fastener-thing.  The threads can just be snipped off to remove the pin.
Materials and Tools
Deep pink "Best Creations" Glitter Card (from Craftz Boutique) 
Distress Inks on both sides of smooth white card for the butterfly wings and to stencil onto white background card
Bazzill Bling turqoise card for fancy wings
Long Pin and Dewdrop jewels from Charmed Cards and Craft
Beads from stash
Silver thread and narrow braid, Glossy Accents
Craft Robo for Plain wings
Memory Box Butterfly Die for Fancy Wings
Spellbinders Die for tag, pc generated sentiment
Woodware Butterfly punch 
Circle Punch

This took ages to make - not because there was anything difficult or time-consuming, not even because of the difficulty of choosing which beads to use. No!  It was trying to get the background made and get the little sentiment to fit the circle I wanted to use that took the time - you know, the stuff we do all the time that should be the simplest to get right.  
Anyway I hope you'll head over to the DCM BLOG and take a look at some truly beautiful embellishments, all handmade by our wonderful design team.  We'd really love for you to join in with us and share your own embellishment-making tips and techniques with us this week.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Crafty Templates Blooming!

I'm posting on the Crafty Templates/Quirky Kits Ideas Blog today.
My card actually used templates from the March set of Crafty Templates but it's one I didn't get round to sharing till now.  
Hopefully the warm weather we had at the weekend, and now the rain we've had today will have all the gardens blooming soon!

After I'd used the "Watering Flowers" template to make this card, the top left area looked a bit bare, so I added a mini garland of flowers and leaves from the "Flower Garland" template to add a little more floral decoration
For a change, I used a tiny snowflake punch to make the pink centres for the flowers on the garland.  The printed leaves were leftovers from a card I shared here a week or two ago.  So glad I saved them just in case.... ;).  It's nice when just for once that notion works....

These papers, along with the chunky flocked letters all came from recent Quirky Kits.  From my stash I added the green ribbon for one of the flower stems and a turquoise gems

Find out all you need to know about Crafty Templates and Quirky Kits by clicking HERE!

Friday, May 24, 2013


 This is my card for our lovely Zuzana's theme over on The Daring Cardmakers blog this week:
Zuz says:
As we learned at school trees are essential to life. 
They come in all variety of shapes and sizes and they look so interesting 
throughout the year. So
Let's Plant a Tree! 
I would like to see trees on your cards. It's completely up to you what kind of technique, colours and 
material you will use. Can't wait to see your creations!
I love to see the blossom on the trees - it really lets you know that Spring is here.  Mind you, no-one seems to have told the Weather-Maker yet as it's been damp, chilly and miserable for the last couple of weeks!
I've used |Pink and Cream Card Candy to make the tiny blossoms on my tree.  Some is just used "upside down" and some I've turned inside out and used a quilling ball tool to make a more random, fluted shape.
Materials and Tools
Background: 2 x blue Distress Inks used directly onto the card blank, then the card was run through the printer to add the sentiment
Pale Green card, Deeper green card with embedded glitter, Brown card
Pink and Cream Card Candy. Yellow beads
Craft Robo to cut the tree
Memory Box Contempo Circle Die
Nesties labels 9
Medium headed Ball tool

I'd wanted to use a Memory Box tree die, but it looked a bit small for the card so I found a similar image on Google Images and converted that to cut on the Craft Robo

For the green background I used a couple of the Contempo die cuts, lined up and glued to the darker green card, then cut out with the Nesties die - another for the list of "Ways to use this die"!
I did have another card in mind - a bit of a painty experiment - but it went all to pot so you won't be seeing that one!
Might have to have another go one day though....
I hope you'll join in with us this week, it's such a lovely theme to work with - check out the cards the rest of our fab Design Team have made HERE
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Today is Sketch File Update day and Jackie and I have new projects to share over there, I hope you'll take a look and maybe also follow the links that have been added to see what others have made too.

I've been playing with new downloads from Funky Hand.  There are four collections, themed for weddings, a different set for each season of the year.  Actually they have a much wider appeal than the title "Wedding" suggests, so don't think you won't be able to use them unless there's a wedding in the air.

For my Sketch File card this week I used the "Summer Wedding" set - I really love this pink, peach and creams paper set.  So far I've made a little gift box which I'll share on another day, and this card using the May "Cascading Circles" Sketch File LO

 Tools and Materials
All papers Funky Hand Summer Wedding download (available soon)
Cream Satin ribbon
Various fibres
Rub-on sentiment
EK Success Border Punch

This is the sketch from The Sketch File that I used for my birthday card.

I printed the papers on Bazzill textured card - the effect is really lovely so I'll be doing this again.  I only had 12x12 so cut them down to A4 size for printing.  I then did some cropping and resizing of the designs so that I could also use the strips I cut off the 12x12 sheets - cunning, or what? ;)

The balloons are hand-cut, then shaped using a quilling Ball Tool.  I added scraps of chipboard under the balloons to keep the dimension.

That's all for today, I hope you like what you see hear and will come again soon

Thanks for visiting

Monday, May 20, 2013

Glammed Up Notebook

Just before Christmas I bought a few gorgeous plain notebooks with Kraft covers from Paperchase.  The idea was to decorate them as "Little Extra" gifts.  Well, in the usual way of these things, I didn't get around to doing any at all - nothing really surprising there, eh?
Anyway, I remembered them when I was trying to think of something extra to add to the birthday parcel for one of my SiL's .
This didn't take long to do and was fun too.  I hope she liked it
Notebook from Paperchase
Bazzill card: White, Black
Various "silk" petals fixed with Black Flocked brad 
Large black feather, Tiny Black Prima gems

That's it for today, thank you for visiting

Friday, May 17, 2013


It's Gez's turn to set the challenge on the Daring Cardmakers and she would like to see lots of stencils being used.  How you use it, and whether it's a bought one or you make one yourself is up to you.

If you do a google image search on "free stencils" there are loads of ideas to download and use with inks, paints etc.  I found a pretty butterflies stencil  I saved the image, then decreased the colours to just 2 (Black and White) before moving the butterfly images about a bit to fit better onto a square card. 
I saved this as a .gif and opened it on a Craft Robo page and resized to be the right size for my project. The stencil was cut in plain white card and was all ready to use.
I used the little cut out butterflies too, inking them and adding them in the gaps.  Some were just glued down flat, others are just adhered under the body section so that their wings can be folded up
Inks; mix of Versamagic and Cats Eye ink pads
Dies: Memory Box Amana Circle, Large Butterfly
Bazzill deep purple card
Dewdrops in aqua shades
Ice Stickles in purple and crystal white

I did make another card but it was such a "dog's breakfast" that it's going in the bin!

Hope you'll pop over to the DCM BLOG and join in with us this week
Thanks for visiting

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2 Birds....

Okay, so saying this may be a little controversial, but it drives me nuts when people say "I'm entering this project for the following 101 challenges...."  
Now, combining 2 or 3 or maybe up to 4 when the challenge calls for a particular sort of technique or embellishment is absolutely fine but any more than that just means someone has made a card, perhaps with a couple of challenges in mind and then scanned through challenge list blogs for all those their card could, however dubiously qualify for.  What is the point?  

Well, today I'm sharing something which works for The Sketch File blog and is also a Design Team project for Crafty Templates.  So I hope that doesn't me sound like a hypocrite!!

you can put together in any way you fancy.
I used the "Flower Garland" template from Crafty Templates  as it worked so beautifully with May's "Cascading Circles" LO from The Sketch File    

I've used Kraft card, some black Bazzill and a strip of patterned paper cut from one of the 12x12 sheets in the last Quirky Kit box.  The squiggly design was the perfect corner piece for this card. 
 There's more info over on the Quirky Kits Ideas Blog

 Materials and Tools
Crafty Template used; Flower Garland (March 2013)
Papers from the Quirky Kit, plus a couple of additional sheets from some MME 8x8 pads
"HELLO" cut from a tag in a previous Kit
Black organza ribbon, black Prima gems from my stash
Flower centres made with one of the pieces from the Memory BoxCherry Blossom die set
Quilling Ball Tool used to create shape for the flowers
LO idea from The Sketch File

This is the LO from The Sketch File I used - click on the link to see the DT's projects so far this month
Today I've been making yet another of the May "boy" birthday cards - I'm so fed uyp of footballs that this one has a Rock Star theme for a change.  I know I've not actually got round to sharing most of them, but I will soon!  When I get one of those elusive, and much sought after Round Tuits

Thanks for popping by today
See you again soon

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sneak Peeks

It's my turn to host the Get Funky and Craft Inspiration Blog this weekend and I've made a couple of cards using Anice's newest collection.  Actually, as it's not been released for sale yet it's more of a sneak peek at what will be in the Funky Hand Shop soon.
As usual I've done a bit of resizing and cropping to get the most from the downloads
Here are the cards I've made - there are a couple of extra photos over on the Funky Blog 

The new collection will be called "Spring Wedding" and as well as some lush papers in these pretty colours there are matching "chipboard" letters and numbers etc
I hope you'll come and visit us over there and leave a message.

Thanks for looking today

Friday, May 10, 2013

Distressed and Inky

Well, I've not blogged in a while and it's time to make a big effort to get back into crafting as well as the blogging.
We had a wonderful week's holiday in Derbyshire (photos to follow), arriving home last Friday but since then I've not been feeling too well and haven't managed to do half the things that were on my agenda for this week.  I'm feeling better now though and hopefully my crafty mojo will come back soon too!

The only thing I managed to make this week was my card for today's new DCM challenge- and that was yesterday afternoon so a bit Last Minute Minnie.

 It's Keilly here with this weeks dare and my theme is
Ink It Up!
I'd like to see cards using ink - there are lots of choices, perhaps you could ink up an image or patterned stamp or even use spray inks to create a background.  Let's see how inventive we can be with this crafty basic!
 I wanted to use inks to make the background for my card, my first plan was to create something using masking tape and Distress Inks.  It started out ok but then the tape started pulling off layers of the card that was already inked.  Probably something to do with not leaving one layer to dry, I suppose.  It was binned and I was back to the drawing board.

Rifling through my stash I came across a few paper flowers that I'd inked and Glimmer-misted ages ago. they turned out quite pretty, but never got used.  I decided that Glimmer Mists were more trouble than they're worth - I think they are quite expensive for something that just seems to get bunged up and stop working within a few sprays, no matter what I do to try and prevent it.  I even tried making some of my own - it's easy enough to do and they work pretty well - till the spray mechanism fails.  I have quite a cache of unusable spray bottles and I've given up the whole notion.
However the rediscovered flowers gave me a colour palette for my second inky background attempt.

 The flowers are those really big ones which we probably all have masses of from when they were popular a few years back....well I have loads, anyway!  I didn't want a giant bloom for my card so cut down the petals and used them individually to make a different kind of flower.  Maybe I can now get rid of a few more "big bloomers" this way!  I can't remember which inks/glimmer mists I used as it was so long ago, but there's definitely a gold effect in there somewhere
For the background:
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door
Stazon Black Ink used with a die cut "stencil" (Memory Box Contemporary Circles Border Die)
I tore the stencil roughly in half after using it with the black ink, then used the torn section to stencil with Gold Acrylic paint, plus some Gold Ice Stickles
Flocked Sticky backed fancy braid, Black and metallic orange Card Candy,  a few black and gold Prima gems, Flocked Black Brad
The leafy flourish is a Craft Robo template
 Please join in with us this week, it would be fab to see your inky-fingered creations!  There are some wonderful ideas on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week to get you inspired.

Now I have to get busy with some samples for my turn on the Get Funky and Craft Inspiration blog - I've just printed off some papers from a collection that will be on sale soon - so my blog post will be a bit of a sneak peek at what beautiful designs Anice has come up with this time......

Best get on then....
Thanks for looking