Monday, 31 December 2012

Poundland napkin ring decorations

I adore Poundland. Every time I am in town, I love to go and browse the shelves to see all the bargains. I discovered that they had a fabulous selection of wired ribbon, and these gorgeous big, glittery poinsettia with clips on the back. There were three flowers for a pound, and they were being sold as tree decorations, but I could immediately see another use for them. I cut a short length of the red wired ribbon, wrapped and overlapped it around our Christmas paper napkins, then secured the ribbon with the clip on the back of the poinsettia. These table decorations literally took about two minutes to make the seven I needed for my Christmas table, and they looked really pretty on the gold charger plates I already had.

 

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Poppy calendar

I was first prompted to start a blog almost two years ago, after attending a wonderful class by Kath Stewart, whose blog you can find here. You can find Kath's post about the class showing her calendar here, and if you look carefully, you may be able to spot me in one of the class photos! In the class, we made an easel style poppy calendar, which I am still using. You'll need to scroll down a bit to see the calendar. I always make a gift of handmade cards for a friend at Christmas, but because I was ill, I didn't get a chance to make any, so I decided to make a calendar basing it on the one I had made before, which meant I didn't need to come up with a new design at a time when my mojo was hiding. I mostly used the Hero Arts stamps used in the class, with the butterflies substituted with the new Kanban ones I bought last month. I also left out the little sentiment bit, and obviously changed the colours completely.

 

Friday, 28 December 2012

Hero Arts Social Club shout out

I am so chuffed! One of my cards has been included on the Hero Arts blog in their social club shout out. It is a simply stamped bike thank you card, and you can see it on the HA blog here if you scroll down a wee bit.

You can find the original post on my blog here.

It's made my day!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas cards versions 1,2 and 3 for 2012

I didn't manage to get all my cards made this year as being in bed with the flu for a week severely curtailed my pre-Christmas preparations. Fortunately, I had made about half of what I normally send back in November, so at least I was able to give a few handmade cards this year. I had three versions, the first two using Christmas decorations I bought after Christmas from Tesco for next to nothing. I think a pack of ten wooden decorations were about 30p. I didn't know what I would use them for, but they seemed too good to pass by.

I doctored the decorations up a wee bit with the addition of a holly leaf and some dimensional paint for berries. They were then added with a brad to the front of a computer printed card, which had been hand stamped with a Hero Arts snowflake background. The decoration can be easily removed for hanging on the tree if desired. I try to make Christmas cards with a Christian message, so used a verse from Matthew for each card front.

The post-friendly version of this year's card was made by replacing the wooden star with a gold embossed star, cut with my Craft Robo.

I already know what my New Year's resolutions will be:

  • Next year I will be more organised and make my Christmas cards in July, and
  • next year I will have a flu jab!
 

 

 

Friday, 21 December 2012

Hunkydory For All 70th card

I used the Hunkydory For All Pastimes, wine kit to make this card for a 70 year old who enjoys a glass of wine and loves books. It seemed a good fit!

I used a verse from the LOTV sentiments set again, this time gold embossing it and mounting it on some gold card. Half the front of the A5 card is cut away, with the topper overhanging the edge, and the outer frame lifted on foam pads. It really hasn't photographed well but hopefully you can get the idea.

 

 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Birthday card for a 50th birthday

I haven't posted for a while as I have been flattened by a dose of flu, which has kept me away from my crafty desk and pretty much everything else for the past week or so. Fortunately, I had already made this, and the 70th card to follow, before I fell ill, so I was able to get them out on time.

I've kept the age quite discreet on this card, for no particular reason other than I couldn't find a spot to add big numbers! The stamp set is Kanban Butterflies clear stamp, and I have been really impressed with the quality of them. They held the ink brilliantly, right from the first impression. My only gripe with this particular set is that I don't like butterflies that seem to be flying upside down. It just looks weird to my eyes! To get around this, I used one of my latest purchases, and added a sentiment from the really useful Lili of the Valley verse set. It has a verse to cover just about anything, including the offending butterfly!

I used lots of Distress inks, Glamour Dust and leaves from a Sizzix set, along with various distressed and embossed layers. The entire card front was embossed with an A4 folder.

 
 

 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Bad review for Craftycapers.co.uk

I've never felt the need to do this before, but since it is my blog and I can therefore indulge myself, and it is read by folk in the crafting world who may well come across craftycapers.co.uk, I thought I would give a little review of craftycapers.co.uk and its associated businesses, as a little warning to others. There are a few bad reviews for craftycapers.co.uk on line, and I wish I'd read them before ordering. Any good reviews have been left by people who didn't experience any problems with their order, and as the website is okay, the prices okay, and the delivery okay, I would have definitely gone on to use them again, and been none the wiser. However, the measure of a company is how they treat their customers when there is a problem, and this is where craftycapers.co.uk fail. My hope is that you have landed on this site through a search engine, and read this before you deal with them, so welcome!

Craftycapers.co.uk has a few websites (littlecraftybugs.co.uk, littlepartybugs.co.uk, craftycapers.co uk, craftybugs.co.uk and craftsformen.co.uk) which fall under the same umbrella.

I was excited to find craftycapers.co.uk as they have a good range of products. Unfortunately, one of the items I ordered was not fit for purpose. The phone number they supply with their Paypal receipt is false, and a request via their website to phone me to discuss the problem, which took some time to explain, was refused. I found craftycapers.co.uk difficult to deal with and my problem was not resolved to my satisfaction. After numerous emails, they did eventually offer to refund but this wasn't an option for me as I needed to make the best of what I had due to time constraints, so my problem was never resolved. Although craftycapers.co.uk seemed completely incapable of accepting or understanding my problem, a goodwill gesture that would have cost them a few pounds would have completely resolved the problem and led to many future orders. A great shame that their customer service is so lacking. I placed an order of almost £100, and several hundred pounds worth of orders would have followed for Easter, Mother's Day etc. throughout the year, as I order for two toddler groups, have an input to a kids' club and had already recommended them to a Rainbows leader, who has now been told of the issues I have had. Huge customer service fail on their part, and I'd recommend them to no one.

 

Monday, 26 November 2012

Hunkydory For All A Stitch in Time

Another Hunkydory card from the bumper For All kit and this time I've used A Stitch in Time.

It's a simple easel card, for a girl who has her own sewing machine and loves making things.

 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Boys2Men football card

I used the wonderful Boys2Men CD (currently available for a bargain £12.99) to make this card. The image was printed on to Tesco photo paper then decoupaged, and layered over the background which was printed on to smooth paper. A Hero Arts sentiment and a bit of ribbon finished off this 8x8 card.

 

 

Monday, 19 November 2012

New home card

Here's yet another card made with my new Sizzix On the Edge Townscape die.

This time I used papers from Papermania's Happy Days collection, bought for a bargain half price from Creative Boutique at Oldmeldrum. It is a happy little card for a young couple buying their first home by the sea. Hope they like it.

 
 
 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A card to celebrate baptism

Another six people at church are having a believer's baptism this morning, so I have come up with a new design of baptism card. Having made my previous card fourteen times now, I felt it was time for a change!

As before, I used a verse from Heaven's Inspirations for the inside of the card.

The writing and black border were created in Serif Craft Artist, and the waves were stamped with a very old Hero Arts stamp.

I am entering this card in to the following challenge:

Less is More challenge blog: hardware

Friday, 9 November 2012

Hunkydory For All Delightful New Dress 18th birthday card for my daughter

As soon as I saw this Hunkydory For All Delightful New Dress topper set I knew I would use it to make my daughter's 18th birthday card, as the image immediately reminded me of her, all dressed up for her prom. I used a Craftwork Cards 8x8 scallop card blank and cut way about half of the front. I mounted the main topper on to some of the spotty card then silver card, and used most of the rest of the spotty card mounted on silver on the inside. The butterfly was cut around so the wings could be lifted up, allowing the silver card to show through underneath. I used a craft knife to trim away the black border left on the die cut sheet after the image had been popped out, and used it to frame a special message to my daughter that is too mushy to display here! The card was finished with a metal handbag charm and a few shiny dots that look like drops of mercury.

My girl is away at uni now, so it will be her first birthday spent away from her family and I am going to be thinking of her so much tomorrow. Lots of her pals are going to be visiting her this weekend and they have a great time planned. It's hard to see your babies grow up. Sigh!

I backed the sentiment on the front with another sentiment the same size.
And here's a photo of DD in her prom dress so you can see why the topper reminded me of her.

 

 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

You're moving card

My good pal is off to London, so I made this card to give her. I used my new 656919 Sizzix On The Edge Townscape die, cut out in brown card, them backed with little pieces of yellow. The townscape is raised up with Pinflair glue. The letters are a decorative strip alphabet.

 

 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Golden wedding anniversary cake

I've never made a celebration cake in my life before - never iced a cake, and never made a fancy topper, but thought I'd have a go for my mum and dad.

I got the idea from a girl at church who made a cake to celebrate her daughter's dedication, by using a rocky road type tray bake mixture for the cake, then iced it with Dr Oetker's fondant icing, and I thought that seemed a great idea, and good for a beginner like me as the cake doesn't require any baking.

I started off by multiplying by three the recipe my friend supplied for the cake. I dread to think how many calories the cake included, but I threw in two pouches of Maltesers, two Mars bars, four and a half bars of chocolate, almost two packets of butter and enough digestives to keep a large office happy for a week. This recipe is not to be found in any slimming manual!

I packed this mixture in to a deep 7” cake tin, and once it had been in the fridge for a couple of hours, I draped it in the fondant icing and smoothed it down. I used a heart cutter to press a design around the top edge and added a ribbon around the bottom.

I made a wired topper for the cake by using various lengths of coated florist wire, to which I attached hearts and stars cut from gold and cream card with Sizzix dies. I inserted the wires in to a posey pick which had been filled with Pinflair glue.

It was very far from perfect, but for a first attempt and when viewed in low lighting from a distance, it looked passable, and my mum and dad loved it and appreciated the effort, which made me happy :)

Here's a look at the inside. Yum!

 

 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Wine bottle tag

My lovely neighbour looked after our house for us while we were away, so I made this as a little thank you for her.

I used my newly purchased Sizzix On the Edge Townscape die to make the tag. I saw some beautiful tags on Shannon's blog a few days ago, but couldn't remember at the time I was making mine where I'd seen them, so had to take a guess at the measurements. I think I ended up with a strip 8cm wide and 20cm long, then scored 3 inches down. Sorry for the mixed metric and imperial measurements, but I just grabbed my Hougie board and it happened to be inch side up. I dusted off my Fiskars Shape Cutter to make the circle aperture, and used papers from one of my old Quirky Kits Lite.

 

Friday, 2 November 2012

Embossed Golden Wedding Card

My mum and dad are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend, so I've made this card for them. It was a very expensive card to make because I had to buy a Grand Calibur, purely because I needed the rather lovely A4 M-bossability Grand Dainty Dots embossing folder. Amazing how easy it is to justify a big purchase!

The sentiment was created on my Craft Robo using Wendy Medium, one of my favourite fonts for cards. It is a great one for welding in the Silhouette software as it naturally overlaps so the letters don't need to be moved together before welding. I used my large Xyron machine to put adhesive on the back of the sentiment, which was the easiest way to do it, and allowed me to mess about a fair bit getting the positioning right on the card. The numbers are cut with the CR using the font Impact.

The flower was made with flowers cut from my Sizzix Tattered Floral die, and the leaves are from a favourite Sizzlet set Flowers, Branches & Leaves 656064.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Hunkydory For All Time for Tea birthday card to a friend

I've made this birthday card for my great pal, who whenever I text or phone her to see if she's free, will invariably answer back straight away, ”Kettle's on".

I've used the Hunkydory For All Time for Tea kit, with an 8x8 card blank as the base, with the front half cut away and lace edged with a border punch. Most of the edges have been heat embossed with gold.

I carefully cut round the edge left on the sheet when I'd popped out the die cut topper, and this gave me a narrow frame for my computer generated message inside.

I bought lots of beautiful paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts some time ago now, and found some that were a perfect match for the flowers on the card, so I made a 3d bouquet with them.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Dr Seuss birthday card

I made this card for a huge Dr Seuss fan. The main image is a free printable from The Dr Seuss website, Seussville. The quote on the card front is taken from the Dr Seuss poem Happy Birthday to You!

I found quite a few Dr Seuss digital kits on line, but thought I'd save myself a few dollars by having a go and making my own.

In Serif Craft Artist, I was able to find a stripey paper in one of my existing kits that just needed to be recoloured to suit this project. However, any spotty papers I had just wouldn't recolour to the bright red of the cat's hat no matter what settings I tried so I needed to start from scratch. I first drew a square and filled it with red, the exact colour of the hat, chosen with the colour picker tool. I then drew a small white circle and used the replicate tool to make a row of them. I duplicated the whole row, offset it below the first row, then grouped the two rows and replicated them again to fill the whole of the red square. I digitally assembled the card then printed it out on to my favourite Tesco photo paper, mounted it on to black card and then on to a 8x8 card blank.

The font is Grinched, downloaded from Dafont.com.

The final touch was some Triple Thick Gloss Glaze by Decoart, painted on to the bow tie and the 3.

 

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Pink Petticoat birthday card.

I've revisited a Mojo Monday sketch I used a few days ago, for this birthday card made with a Pink Petticoat digi image and papers.

I added touches of glitter, and did a little doodling around the edge of the card and the Tattered Garland flower and leaves. The flower centre is a gorgeous Papermania sticky blingy bit which looks like a drop of water with a petrol sheen.

I love doodling on the card insert. Here, I've made use of a tiny Hero Arts stamp that comes on a sheet of sentiments.

 

 

Monday, 8 October 2012

Quick and easy pop up card tutorial

I spent a little time yesterday trying to find a way of making a really simple pop up for the inside of a card, on to which embellishments - die cuts etc - can be adhered, and came up with this. I was going to design it on my Craft Robo, but it is really so simple to do, it wouldn't be worth the effort of switching the pc on.

I've used the largest scallop circle die in a standard set of Nestabilities to form the pop up and the pop up sits 3cm out from the card. This size works well inside a 15cm square card. I used quite a thick card, but it would be better made with thin card or even acetate to reduce the bulk. It can be used in a tent fold or side opening card.

The tutorial shows the basic method I came up with to make the pop up, but it can be tweaked as needed, eg, using a fancy bracketed square instead of a scalloped circle, increasing the size of the base shape, altering the depth of the pop up shelf etc.

I hope you find the tutorial useful, and easy to follow...it's my first!

 
 

 

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Stampendous ranunculus stamped 80th birthday card

I made this card for the same lady who will be receiving yesterday's card. I used the beautiful Stampendous Clings CRR112 - Ranunculus Field stamp, which I water coloured using Whispers pens, then added a little DecoArt Glamour Dust to. I think this glitter is the best I've ever used. It is so fine and pretty. The background is coloured with Distress Dusty Concord.

The embossed background of this 8x8” card has been done with my new Spellbinder M-Bossabilities 8 x 12 Dainty Dots folder, the main reason I succumbed and purchased a Grand Calibur. I just love embossing folders and really liked the idea of being able to do a whole sheet of A4. This background has cost me a fortune! Hopefully, I'll find plenty more uses for my GC, besides this folder.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Flowery 80th birthday card

I've made this card for my friend to give to her mum. She likes flowers so I made lots of 3d flowers using my Sizzix Tattered Florals die.

I wouldn't have chosen to do the sentiment in black normally, but the lady has a thing about the colour green (natural things being green is fine, so I was able to make the leaves from green paper), otherwise I probably would have made the writing a very dark green. With hindsight, dark brown may have looked better than black.

 

 

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Doodled 21st birthday card

I've made this card for a friend's daughter, and was asked to make one that wasn't too busy, and told that they like purple, black and silver. I managed to take all that in to account so hopefully they'll be pleased with it.

I started off intending to make a card using a sketch on a site I've recently discovered called Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. The sketch is here, but once I started building the card, I decided to leave out the whole circular element on the RHS. I really love this sketch though, so plan to return to it soon.

I've used Tim Holtz Word Play numbers, TH Chip Block letters, TH Tattered Garland leaves and flowers and a Hero Arts sentiment.

 

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Golden wedding card

I've made this card for my aunt and uncle's golden wedding anniversary. I've based the card on a sketch at Sweet Stop Sketches. I love these sketches and they have often come to my rescue when I have needed a mojo injection. I particularly love the work of Monika Davis on the design team there, and love her blog. Her card gave me the idea of adding some leaves and butterflies to the card, which embellished what would otherwise have been quite a plain card. You can see her lovely interpretation of the sketch on her blog here.

I am entering this card in to the following challenge:

The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog: SSS177

 

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Star and charm baby boy card

I've made this new baby card using a small Craftwork Cards scallop card blank. The white background was embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder Baby Words, then trimmed and mounted on to some gingham card. The Sizzix stars were cut from the same card, and all edges were inked. A sweet little teddy charm was attached to some gingham ribbon, which was then secured with Pinflair glue gel. The sentiment is an old Hero Arts one which was stamped then cut out using a handy little die which comes in the Sizzix HERO ARTS® Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamp - Frames w/Sprigs.