Friday, February 28, 2014

We're Getting Sentimental....

...with Gez this week on the Daring Cardmakers.
 "I would like to see words as your main feature,
and here is the twist!
 if possible, words that mean something to you! 
Show me your softer side"
I rather like to use a longer sentiment or quotation on a card - they can fill up a nice big space for a start, and often when it's difficult to work out which image or other focal piece would work, a quotation does the trick.
 I knew I wanted to use this quotation, I've no idea where it came from or who wrote it in the first place, but I've used it loads of times.  I often mess around with fonts and colours and mix them all up to match the papers I'm using or the sort of person I'm making it for.
I wanted to use this gorgeous  large size doily die to frame it, so I just fiddled about with the wording until I got something that would fit the right size circle, then printed and used a Nesties circle to cut it out
I usually save the finished version of sentiments I make this way so that I can use the same one again, or just tweak it a bit to suit the new project - well, it makes sense to keep a copy of something you've spent a while getting to look just right, doesn't it?

Materials and Tools
Smooth white card base, 2 shades grey card
Paper from Charmed 6x6 pad by MME
Wide blue glittery organze ribbon
Satin stripe pink ribbon, Pearls and Enamel dots
Crafters Companion Circle Doily (large)
Spellbinders Nesties plain circle
PC generated sentiment

Whilst this card took a very short time to make in the end, the earlier versions are now in the bin!
Version one took ages did get photographed before I pulled it to pieces to make version 2, which didn't even get glued together before being rejected
Actually it looks a bit less of a dog's breakfast in the photo than I felt it did when I'd finished making it - but I still don't like it.

Right, that's it for today, thanks for looking in - I hope you'll join in and get Sentimental with the DCM this week

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cute as a Button

Funky Hand released some gorgeous baby-themed downloads at the weekend.
There are a couple of cute "Button Baby" images and a paper collection that matches the "button" theme beautifully
here are a couple of cards I've made using these cute new downloads

Materials and Tools
"Button Baby Boy" downloadable image by Funky Hand
All papers from the  "Button Baby" collection by Funky Hand
Circle dies, plain and scalloped by Spellbinders
Square Punch, Satin ribbon

Materials and Tools
"Button Baby Girl" downloadable image by Funky Hand
All papers from the  "Button Baby" collection by Funky Hand
Plain Circle dies by Spellbinders, 2x baby ribbon
 In PSP I cropped and resized the cream paper to make a square shape, then pasted this onto the plain pinky-red paper.  After cropping down to get the sort of border width I wanted, I merged the layers and resized the whole to fit onto my card ready for printing.
The image was printed twice, then I cut out some bits from one to use for adding dimension to the base image.  I've cut out some of the button shapes from the flower-button paper to use as embellishments, and a length from the chevrons paper to use as a "ribbon" behind the focal piece.
The LO for this card comes from The Sketch File
There's a gallery on the Funky Hand website with more projects from the DT using these lovely downloads - do check them out, they are all soooooo cute!
Here's a quick peek at the paper collection - you get both colour-ways in one gorgeous download on this one, so you don't have to choose ;)
That's it, I've got to get crafting....but a cappuccino first, though
Thanks for looking in today, please come back soon

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cable Knit Pillow Box

The latest new goodies from Crafters Companion are released this evening at 9pm on Ideal World.
The DT have been really busy using all the new embossing folders, papers, Stamping Frame dies and brand new additions to the Sentimentals stamp range, along with our old favourites the quilling dies.

For this pillow box I cut and scored the pillow box shape, then ran it through the ebosser using the A4 "Cable Knit" embossing folder to get an all-over embossed design.  I used a few shades of turquoise  and aqua inks over the raised design, then once the ink was dry I folded and adhered the box into shape.
The wrap is made from some of the gorgeous paper designs on the new CD,  As well as patterned papers there are absolutely loads of embellishments ready for you to cut out and use on your projects - the little coiled rose centre for my quilled flower is one of them.

Tools and Materials
All from Crafters Companion: Embossalicious A4 Cable Knit
Die'sire Spring Cd rom (papers and embellishments)
Centura Pearl Hint of Silver
Die'sireQuilling die - Rose, large

Here's the info for this evening's TV launch

I know it's shocking to blog two days in a row, but I'll be back tomorrow with my card for The Sketch File - there'll be a sneak peek of that later today on The Sketch File blog though....

Thanks for visiting

Friday, February 21, 2014

Old but not forgotten

This week's Daring Cardmakers's challenge is all about looking back to the things we used when we first started card-making.  It's Sharon who is our hostess and she says:

For my dare, I want you to think back to your very first crafty purchases and try and use something

Old but not forgotten

Have a look through your stash and see what you can find - maybe you've still got some of the very first stamp sets you bought, or if you're like me, you've still got papers and embellishments because you hate to throw anything away.
Well, it was all my mum's fault really - we saw some handmade cards and she said "You could do that" - she always had great and possibly unfounded faith in my creative abilities hehe!  Anyway, I thought I'd have a go. 
I went to a couple of classes right back at the start - these taught me something quite quickly -this was that stamping was never going to be my thing.
I like to get a lot for my money and soon discovered that buying patterned paper sets opened a whole realm of possibilities as you could make lots of "faux" embellishments like brads and ribbons as well as using it for backgrounds, layering, making flowers and all sorts of other things.
Which is probably why my shelves are groaning under the weight of 12x12, 8x8, 6x6 and A4 papers and so many other types of paper that it's never ev er all going to be used.
Periodically I have a sort and off load some of the "I am never going to use this" papers, but more often even if they've sat unloved for years I can't bear to get rid of them because of that naughty, niggling voice that says "throw it out now and you'll need it next week" - you know the one, I'm sure you do!
In the last couple of years I've gone right off Basic Grey papers, but back in the day they were the very first I bought and among those first purchases was one that I've loved ever since - even though I don't use them very often.  You know you love a paper set when you buy it in all the size formats and then go back and buy more,  BG's "Fusion" collection was one of these - I adore the colours, the "textures" and all of the patterns and I don't think I'll ever pull that box out and find I've gone off them!  Which is probably why I managed to make my card using only scraps and didn't need to cut into any larger sheets!
I'be just remembered that the book cover - a photo of which is my blog header was made with these papers!
The first major tool purchase I made, and first venture into the wonderful world of die cutting was the old blue Quickutz machine - it was soon replaced by the improved pink version.  They were hard work but the QK dies were really cute and I was hooked on die-cutting.  The QK machine was replaced by that teeny weeny little SideKick - I really didn't like the Sizzix dies, but that little machine was brilliant! 
Years on and the machines, the dies, the embossing folders got bigger, my shoulder got sore with all the handle-cranking and forcing difficult "sandwiches" through over and over to get a decent cut.
So now I have the grand-daddy of them all - an electronic die cutter and embossing machine, the wonderful ebosser - oh wow, what a machine!

I've used an old QK birthday cake die for my card and sat it on a very much newer Die'Sire diecut.  I think I need to reassess how I store all those little 2" dies as I'm sure I'd use them more if they were easier to get at.  Actually, probably not, but you never know!
Papers; Fusion collection from Basic Grey
Die; Birthday Cake by Quickutz
Embossing Folders; Chevrons and Petite Dots, both Die'sire 
Doily die-cut; Chantilly Lace stamping frame set also 
Hand-cut bunting, Lilac seam binding, Baker's Twine, Dewdrop stones, Gelatos for colouring embossed background and the cake pieces, Stickles glitter glue

So, will you join us on a trip down Memory Lane this week and use some of your oldest supplies, tools and stamps etc to make a card?  We'd really love to see what you make and enjoy hearing your story too. You can see the rest of the cards from the DCM Designers HERE

The problem with taking a trip down Memory Lane is that you end up rambling around a bit - which I have done for long enough, so I'll get back to the present and go and finish at least one of the half-made projects on my desk!
Thanks for bearing with me on my meanderings, hope it won't have put you off coming back soon

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Honeycomb Heart

Some time ago I saw a tutorial showing how to make your own honeycomb paper - I was too busy to try it out at the time but popped it safely onto one of my Pinterest boards - how I love Pinterest!  I used to save so many wonderful things then not have a clue where I'd saved them - so many hours wasted looking through all those "saved stuff" folders!

So, thanks to Pinterest it's now just a case of logging in and scrolling through the photos till I find the one I want - the relevant link is saved as a matter of course to make it even easier to find instructions etc. The tutorial I used is HERE and was really easy to follow if you want to have a go yourself.
Having made my honeycomb paper I cut it into a heart shape to use for a Valentines card
I used the "On Target" LO for February from The Sketch File - as you can see, apart from moving it lower down the page, I used it pretty much as on the sketch

 Materials and Tools
Honeycomb paper made from tissue paper using this tutorial
February 2014 LO from The Sketch File
Patterned paper (grey and red) from an old HotP paper pad
Red and Silver card scraps
Red satin ribbon and "Be Mine" brad from stash
Embossing Folders: Chevrons from Crafters Companion, Tiny Hearts by Cuttlebug
2x heart punches, Scalloped Circle Nesties by Spellbinders

The heart folds relatively flat to fit in an envelope, then the tab made from small hearts tucks under the brad to keep the pom-pom heart open

Hope you like this one, I enjoyed making it and the honeycomb paper was nowhere near as tricky to make as you'd think.
Please leave a comment xx


Friday, February 14, 2014

Neon Brights

Another Friday, another Daring Cardmakers' challenge and this week it's a bit special because our own lovely Leo is offering a prize from her fab Quirky Kits Papercrafting store

Each of the Daring Cardmakers team was sent a parcel of goodies from the brand new Jan/Feb Quirky Kits and extras to use on our cards this week
Leo's challenge is to
Use a pop of neon

It was the bubblegum pink twine I found in my goodie bag that I really wanted to use.  At first I thought I'd use it to tie a bow around my card, but then I decided that it was way too long since I'd made a birdie for a card
 From my Quirky Kits goodies I used:
Various patterned papers. Pink Twine, Chipboard cloud and raindrops, Sentiment sticker
Other stash:
Bubblegum pink Gelato crayon used with 2x Prima stencils, Inverted Card Candy, Green pearls, Glossy Accents
Birdie, Tree  and banners are hand-cut
Plain circle Spellbinders nesties

Just to add a bit of temptation, here's a photo of the prize we have to give away this week - remember, it's a random giveaway so as long as you join in and link your card you have as much chance of winning as everyone else.
Don't forget to visit the Quirky Kits Papercrafting store to see all the gorgeous and fun kits that Leo puts together - and please pop over to the  Daring Cardmakers Blog to see more of how we used the kits and of course to join in this week!

That's it from me for this time, thank you for visiting[ please leave a message, it's always so good to know I'm not only talking to myself!

Friday, February 07, 2014

A Glimmer of Sunshine

Here in the UK the weather has been appalling - so much rain, so much flooding, so much suffering - it seems like it's been raining for ever. My heart goes out to those people, particularly in the west country who are really up against it, with homes flooded out and villages cut off because of all the water. 
When will common sense prevail and they'll stop building on flood plains and they'll realise that there was a good reason that  rivers and streams were regularly dredged in the past?  That old saying "A stitch in time saves nine" springs to mind, eh?
It might not solve the problem entirely, but surely it would help. We seem to lurch between deluges like this and water shortages like a couple of years back atm
Kathy climbs off her soapbox.

Over on The Daring Cardmakers today  Leo has chosen the February colour combo - and it's a bit like when the rain stops and the sun comes out with a grey, yellow and orange palette that we've all enjoyed using this week.  The blog looks gorgeous and definitely worth a look.

The Sketch File
My card is very simple and Kaz and Joanne will be amazed to see so much white space!  I didn't even do my usual trick of "lifting" the white space by sneaking in a bit of embossing.

I've used the February LO from The Sketch File for my card, I've just moved the feature area down to the bottom corner. 

 I couldn't decide on the "where to put the sentiment?" question - so I left it off. 
Still not sure that it doesn't need something else though...

Materials and Tools
2 x Grey-green papers from MME "Miss Caroline
Ribbon and Twill tape
Lokta paper for flower
Grey flat backed pearls
SU Blossom punch
2 x plain circle Nesties 

I love using the handmade Lokta paper for flowers, this peachy-orange stuff I bought in France a few years ago and is a bit tricky to cut because the thickness varies so much between tissue-thin and bulky bumpy bits but I think it's worth preserving as the end result is so soft and pretty

Here's a quick peek at Leo's inspiration photo for this challenge
Image source: Pinterest
That's it for this time.
Thanks for visiting

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Take It Away!

it's my turn to share something Funky on the Get Funky and Craft Inspiration blog.
I'm hoping these will "whet" your appetite for some new image downloads coming soon to the Funky Hand shop.
There's a new range of takeaway coffee cup images due out in the next few days - they are so cute, and it doesn't take long to put together something with the perfect message already incorporated. 

T made this one using the  papers from the "Tea's Up!" collection which costs just £3.49.  I did most of the work on the pc, choosing the papers to use then adding the image over the papers I wanted to use, then resizing and cropping off any spare "paper" so that I only printed exactly what I needed.  Believe it or not, I was able to fit all these, including some paper for the background on to one sheet of A4
I shared another of these cards a couple of weeks back for a Daring Cardmakers challenge,
For this one I used papers from the "I Love You Sew" download collection priced at £3.19

The coffee cups on these cards are fixed to the card base with "box hinges" - I've explained a bit more about them on the GFandC BLOG so please pop over and have a look - it would be great if you'd leave a message to say you were there, too ;)

That's it for this time, I need to get back to my craft desk....

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Long Time, No Sketch

Back after a bit of a lengthy Winter Break, there's a new LO idea on The Sketch File today.  I'm quite pleased with this one as I think it can be used in different ways - one of my plans is to use it just for the sentiment or title on something, but for this week I've kept it pretty simple and made a card using the sketch pretty much as it is on the blog.

I actually just used some scrap card I'd been doing some Gelatos "experiments" with to make this!  They were just lying on my desk - I thought the shades of blue water-coloured card would make a pretty background so cut a large scalloped circle from it, stuck it on the card then looked around for what to do next! 
Yes - I really am THAT good at planning ahead!  not!
I spotted another piece of card, this time I'd used the Gelatos just swept across straight from the crayon, quite firmly for that deep colour - no water, but a bit of blending with my finger to merge the purple and 2 shades of blue together.  I just hand cut a few shapes to make some bunting for the horizontal lines on the sketch. 
Now with some bunting on a blue sky background the obvious thing to add for the top (heart) element of the sketch was a fluffy cloud.
I was just going to put a piece of ribbon as the vertical stroke, but then had a bit of a lightbulb moment and added the kite instead. 
I just love it when it works Like that!
Here's the sketch

If you pop over to The Sketch File you can see Brenda's fab card too - and find the InLinkx gadget to add your own projects if you join in and make something

Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment....