Friday, April 27, 2018

We'll weather the weather!

It's all about the weather this week on the Daring Cardmakers Blog - fitting really as we've had quite a lot of it this week - for instance on Wednesday afternoon we had blue skies and bright sunshine - then it suddenly went really dark and we had a hailstone storm, then sun again and then, still not content there was the sound of distant thunder rumbling accompanied by some very heavy rain.  All in one afternoon - which all reminded me of this little 'ditty'
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not. 
No real surprise that I ended up making a 'Sunshine and Showers' card for Miri's challenge 
It’s Miri here and I suggest a little bit of small talk:

Let’s talk about the weather!
Use anything weather-related on your card: clouds, sun (rays),  rain (drops), snow etc.

And maybe you can tell us about the actual weather outside your craft room. Can you already see, feel and smell spring?
I've just used a lot of inked up white card, and a whole bunch of Spellbinders dies to make this one,  The text was pc generated and the words cut up with scissors to fill that space in the corner 😉
Smooth white card blank plus extra for all inked pieces. 
Background panel inked with Tumbled Glass DI
Piece for the sun was inked with a couple of the yellow DI shades
The pots, stems, flowers, clouds, raindrops were all inked using 
Versamagic ink pads
Dies used:
Plant Pots and stems: Green Thumb Die D-Lites Etched Dies
Flower Heads: Prims Die D-Lites Etched Dies (house, flowers, heart and star)

That's it for this time, it would be fab if you'd join in with us - Click HERE for more info and to see all the weather related cards from our wonderful team 
Thank you for popping by

Monday, April 23, 2018

Visitors BooK

Hello there!
I hope you had a great weekend and you're feeling fine and dandy this Monday.  I'm not actually sure where the morning went, but it's definitely gone and I even forgot to have a mid morning coffee.  It's taking a while to get into any sort of routine again!
Anyway, my crafting project today was actually finished a couple of weeks ago but the photos have been waiting to be blogged since.
One of the things on the inventory of things we needed to leave in the Southwold holiday flat (Alice's, Southwold) was a Visitors Book, and  couldn't bring myself to just leave a ready made one - plus of course, I knew it would be a fun project to get stuck in to!
 I started with one of the lovely Kraft ring-bound books from Paperchase, then gathered a load of seaside themed bits and pieces that I might find a home for on the book.
The papers are from a couple of Studio Light paper pads I bought last year and absolutely adore!To make the 6x6 papers work on the larger area of matted black and white card, I adhered some areas onto card, then tore the edges and overlapped and inked the various pieces to layer up a bit.  The larger base layer was stencilled with my favourite stencil in a rather random and overlapping series of inks, glitter gel and also for some areas I added gilding flakes. 

I threaded some seaside themed charms onto a few strands of silver thread to decorate the left side, and also added some plaster shells and a couple of shell brads.  The 'beach' sign was created in Paint Shop Pro, and raised on a piece of chipboard to keep the silver thread in place.  I used Glossy Accents behind the charms so they stay where I want them to be. 

The letters were cut with a Spellbindrs Alphabet Die Set  - I cut each letter 4 times from plain white card and glued them together so that the stand out.
The little beach hut was hand cut, except for the window die which comes from a Spellbinders set. I scanned a piece of the patterned paper so that I could use exactly the same colours to make some striped digital paper for the walls and trim of the beach hut, and some in the plan cream and aqua for other parts.
I added some aqua and clear dewdrops to finish the cover, then tied little pieces of ribbon, twine, fibre etc around the wires to finish the whole thing off.

I had a load of fun making this!
Before it was taken over by one of the big companies, we loved travelling with Simply Travel - all their properties had simple exercise book style Visitors Books where precious guests left lovely messages about the places they'd found and enjoyed visiting.  The books were always fun to read and a great source of
recommendations for where to visit, good places to eat and other local info.  Often these places were off the beaten track and we'd never have found them on our own - like the amazing restaurant, up a hillside track near Gumusluk in Turkey, where you sat on rugs and big cushions and watched the sun go down as you ate wonderful, home-cookled food!
 Ah, the memories!
That's the sort of thing we'd love people to leave in our Visitors Book too - their  recommendation for interesting and favourite places to go in Southwold and the surrounding area,
Enough of my waffling - I hope you like the book,
Thanks for looking

Link to Holiday Flat is here:


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sketched Blooms set 2 - Spellblogger post for Spellbinders

I loved the Sketched Blooms collection as soon as I saw them and soon acquired two of the sets.  Last week I shared a card made using set 1 so today I've another card, this time using Sketched Blooms 2 to share for my Spellbloggers post. 
Smooth White card blank, with extra of the same card for the embossed panel (Blistered embossing folder)
Black card to cut the Sketched Blooms 2
I chose some Digital papers, resized a few of the designs so they would print in a very small size, plus one larger piece to cut the Petite Double Bow from.  The designs were then printed onto white textured card
The torn Kraft paper background is actually an envelope
 Decal sticker sentiment was added to a little tag cut from scaps of the printed paper
The circles in the corner were cut using just the centre of one of the flowers, and shaped with a ball tool

Here are the details of all the Spellbinders products used this time 

Sketched Blooms 2 
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

 Petite Double Bow and Flowers  Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Embossing Folder  by Tammy Tutterow Designs
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
  I love these die sets!  I've another card using set 1 to share, and something else I'd like to try out, so don't be surprised to see more
 Sketch Blooms projects popping up on my blog!
In case you missed it, here's how I used Sketched Blooms1 last time 
Anyway, that's it for this time. Thank you for visiting. 
Click on This Link to visit the wonderful Spellbinders store where you will find lots of lovely dies, stamps and other goodies, plus a huge amount of inspiration
to get you motivated

Happy Crafting

Friday, April 20, 2018

Still Got the Blues.....

Well, the weather has really changed for the better, hasn't it?  Mind you, there is always a downside, and in my case it's the onset of hayfever.  You can't have it all!
Last weekend we went to Southwold for a few days, just to drop off some more bits and bobs and do a few little jobs there,  This time we even managed to have not only a walk along the prom, but to sit there with our books for a while too.  I always have an Audible book on the go and my earphones in my pocket - that way I can watch the sea and the comings and goings on the prom and listen to a book while I do.  
Talking of upsides and downsides though, the downside of a few days away is the lack of crafting time it leaves.  So I've been trying to catch up with some projects during the last couple of days.
First to share is one of my Blue-themed cards for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week

Feeling Blue  
It's Nat here, and I'm just back from a little holiday in Cornwall visiting family. :)

Blue is always a colour I associate with Cornwall - the iconic blue stripes of Cornish-ware pottery, the gorgeous indigo fabric prints (especially in Seasalt - yep, I bought another shopper bag...), and just the general weathered blues on boats and buildings all about.

There's lots to love about that colour so this week I'd like you to share projects showcasing shades of blue!

Blue is my favourite colour,  from Deep Navy to the softest Baby Blues and of course all the lovely Aqua blues too.  I willed myself to stay away from the latter this time though as I wanted to make a more masculine card (preparing for all the 'boy' birthdays coming up in the next few weeks!)
It was supposed to be an easy card, but all those stars and squares took a lot longer to cut and work out how to use than you'd ever believe!  So while ot was easy, it wasn't quick!
I used lots of pieces of card from my Blue card Scrap box (yes, I have my scraps colour coded!), As many square and Star shaped dies and punches in the right sort of sizes as I could find and set to work.
To complete the card I used black card to cut the word 'happy' and my fab Spellbinders Alphabet set to cut 'birthday'  I love this set so much that I've just bought another, different alphabet set, so will be giving that an airing soon!

That's it really.  A simple idea, if a bit time-consuming!
There are, as always some lovely cards to see over on the DCM BLOG, so please pop over to see them.  We'd love to see your own Blue creations too.

Now, a little shameless advertising for our lovely holiday flat in Southwold, Suffolk - if you'd like to take a look, and maybe make a booking (friends and family, contact me first!), you can find out all about it here: 

Fingers crossed this lovely sunny weather sticks around for the weekend!  Have a great one
Thanks for looking