Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Snow scene

Hello and welcome to my blog.
Today's project is a single layer card. This isn't something that I choose to make very often. In fact, because I am a bit of a rubbish stamper, I'm not usually brave enough to stamp directly onto my card background.

Today, though, I have been brave and this is the result!
See that lovely snowflake shape?  I made a stencil using a die from a new set that will be available only in November 2018. They are totally gorgeous, so be on the lookout for them!
I had some help with the stamping. I used my Stamparatus, which gave me the confidence to add the sentiment and the fir tree after I'd done the colouring. I would never have been brave enough to attempt the stamping without the Stamparatus as I would have been certain to stamp in the wrong spot or to smudge my work.  As I said, I'm a rubbish stamper

Here's how I made my card..

I'm very happy with the way it looks and I really hope you like it.  

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Love never melts

Hello, and welcome!

How cute are these snow people from the Spirited Snowmen set?  I'm not usually much of a coloured-innerer but I did enjoy colouring this stamp in with my blends.  And I had lots and lots of fun colouring the background using glycerin to help the inks blend smoothly!  

I've never come across this technique before (thanks Gail O'Neill for the YouTube video that put me onto it).

Here's the tutorial -

I love that this isn't necessarily just for Christmas.  I think this card would be great for a winter wedding, engagement or anniversary.  What about you?  

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Pop-up "Boo!"

Hello, and welcome!

Who loves Halloween?  I do! When I was a small child, we didn't really make a big thing about October 31 - the big excitement was November 5th, or Bonfire Night. Halloween was a night for staying home and playing games like trying to take bites out of an apple suspended on a string while blindfold and with hands behind the back.  Pumpkins were pretty much unknown in South Wales so if you wanted a Jack O'Lantern you had to hollow out a swede or turnip (and if you've ever tried doing that you'll know just how hard it is to do!)

I'm so excited when I see the Halloween items in the shops nowadays and I so enjoy crafting Halloween -themed items.

Today it's a pop-up card.

The pop-up is based on a v-fold mechanism, which is one of the simplest pop-ups.  The main thing to be careful about is where you place the pop-up element, because you need to allow enough room so that the pop-up bit doesn't show when the card is closed.

See how here - 

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Toil & Trouble Treat Pouches

When I was a kiddie, on hot summer days (I'm sure we used to have some!), my friends and I would spend all day playing out in the sunshine.  There were playing fields and a children's playground at the top of our village and that's where we'd be.

OK, I know it's October but stay with me, I'm getting to the point!  One of the treats that we'd buy from the sweetshop near the fields was a block of frozen orange drink known as a Jubbly.  It came in a container that was shaped just like these treat pouches (only much bigger - with care a Jubbly could last most of the afternoon!)

These pouches are very quick to make and embellish and would be perfect if you're expecting to give away lots of treats this Halloween!  The pumpkin and the witches' hats are fussy-cut out of the Toil and Trouble DSP, which sounds like a lot of work but is something I would do while watching TV of an evening!

Here's the tutorial 

That's today's project and I hope you enjoyed it!  I'll be back again soon but meanwhile,

Keep crafting!


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Glam and glossy takeout box

Hello and welcome!

Oh my gosh, how cute is the tiny Takeout Box ?  I must admit to having a bit of a thing about  dies to make boxes and I just may have squeaked with delight when I spotted these dies in the Autumn/Winter catalogue!  I wanted to make it up in the black foil as soon as I got my hands on them.

I will admit, though, that the foil is a bit tricky to glue.  It's so shiny - so the next time I make one of these, I'll either use a solvent-based glue or, more likely, roughen the surface of the tabs with an emery board so that the glue can be absorbed more easily.  

This box is glitz and glam all the way- see how I made it!

And what did I use? The supplies are listed below.

Thanks for visiting - and keep crafting!

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Saturday, 29 September 2018

InspireINK Blog Hop - Sketch

Hello, and welcome!

It's Inspireink Blog Hop day, when this blog links up with others the challenge to bring you lots of inspiration!  This time the theme has been set by lovely Hannah McCurley, and she has chosen a sketch - 

The advantage of using a sketch as the basis for a project is that all the tricky composition has been done for you, so sketches are a great blessing for a crafter in a hurry, and there are lots and lots of sketches out there on the interwebs! 

This is my card.  It's all about the colour this time!

I felt that I was neglecting that cute little octopus (well, I think it's cute!) so I decided that it was going to be featured.

I love the bright colours in this card and I do hope you like them as well!  Thank you for visiting, and I'd be very pleased if you'd now proceed in an orderly fashion to the next blog in the hop, by clicking below...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Spooky Bats

Hello, and welcome!
Earlier this year I came across the prettiest little gift bag, made by Caroline van Straaten.  It was done using the gift bag punch board and I just loved it, so of course I had to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it.  And more than that, I loved it SOOO much that I had to do it again…

I made a couple of changes to the original.  First of all, I adjusted the measurements because I wanted a 6-panel bag, rather than the original 5.  And I folded the top edge in, instead of out.  And I didn’t use the Gift Bag Punch Board. 

Here’s how it was made -

And here's a diagram.

Perfect for filling with treats for Hallowe'en, don't you think?

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