Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas card 2013

This is the Christmas card I've come up with for this year. The background stamp is a very old Hobby Art one, and probably the first Christmas stamp I ever bought. I've used it a lot over the years. The other stamp is by Hobbycraft, a real cheapy called Wisemen, which is fine apart from the fact Distess ink beads badly on it, unless the stamp has been pre-inked with Versamark, which is a bit of a pain if you are mass producing a large number.

The background was done with Distress ink applied with ink dusters over a mask handcut from acetate. The mask helped to keep the rest of the card free from ink, and provided the dunes shape. The photo looks a little washed out; the colours are a little stronger in real life.


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Baby cheque wallet card tutorial using Serif Craft Artist

I made this wallet card to give a cheque to a new baby. I created a document on Serif Craft Artist, dividing the page in to three sections with straight lines where I wanted the folds to be. The first section which has the greeting, and folds inside to create a pocket is shorter than the other sections. Using the lines as a guide to where to place the text, I positioned the baby's name in one section, the message of congratulations in another and the 'made with love' message in the middle section, rotating the text by 180° so it reads the right way when the card is folded.


I used my Sizzix Bigz Word Play die by Tim Holtz to cut the baby letters, and I used these die cuts to get the positioning of 'Sebastian' correct by holding them up against the screen. I use this technique quite a lot, where I resize my page on screen to actual size, then hold things up against the screen to work out the placement. It's maybe a little primitive but I find it easier than using rulers or entering actual co-ordinates to position text or objects on screen.

Once I'd positioned the text, I reduced the transparency of the lines to 0 so they wouldn't print.

After printing the card, I scored at 6cm and 16.5cm, and punched a decorative edge to the front panel. The inside flap with the sentiment was stuck down on two edges to create a pocket for the cheque.

The finished wallet card fits in a DL envelope.

The letters are raised up with Pinflair glue.

Just a quick word about Serif Craft Artist - I know I've banged on about it before, but it really is the best program I have ever used for crafting. It is so intuitive and straight forward to use, and the ability to create unique printed designs on any size of card I have or want to create through the custom settings is invaluable to me. It's brilliantly simple to print custom inserts for cards too. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a crafting program, especially if they have already tried and failed with Photoshop etc.


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Hero Arts baby boy card

This is a very less is more card that ended up taking a bit of a detour before it got to this point. I had made a square tent card, and added the words 'Congratulations Granny and Pappa' on the bottom right corner. I printed the insert and was about to photograph it, when it occurred to me that 'Pappa' should be spelt with one 'p'. Aargh! I saved the card by slicing off the sentiment and making it a card similar to A6. I say similar, because of course it didn't occur to me to make the card a standard A6, which would fit in to any of the many C6 envelopes I have. Oh no...I stamped the new 'It's a boy' sentiment, and then considered the envelope. It took me 5, yes 5, attempts at making an envelope with my Hougie board before I finally made one the right size. I just couldn't get my head round the very simple measurement today. What a frustrating morning.

Sorry for the terrible photo. There has been no daylight here at all today.

The stamps are both Hero Arts.



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Quirky Kit Lite: First day of term LO

This is a LO made with a little of a recent QKL, with the addition of bits and pieces from older QKL kits, including the yellow, foam alphabet which I love. I was continuing my catch-up, going through some old photos, and discovered that I hadn't scrapped the traditional first day of term photos from 2011.

I am really enjoying using the Project Life core kits on 12x12 pages, and I made use of three here. It was such a big outlay, but I am finding them a great addition to my other supplies, and as there are so many in a box, cost per embellishment is very reasonable...that's today's justification for being spendy!


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Pink 16th birthday card

I've made this card for my goddaughter who turned 16 a few days ago. I used several Sizzix dies and DCWV white core cardstock, sanded back after embossing. It is A5 size.



Friday, 23 August 2013

Project life: water-skiing LO

I treated myself big-style, to two Project Life core kits, Honey and Midnight, because I simply could not decide between them. I managed to talk myself quite nicely in to stepping on the whole PL bandwagon. Even though I have been using divided page protectors for years, I didn't have any of the page protectors with 3x4 pockets, so I bought a couple of versions of those, to add to the rest of my rather large and varied collection. The big push for me was getting 168 photos developed from our recent camping trip, with too many good ones to leave on the computer unseen, but also too many to possibly get traditionally scrapped.

I started by making one traditional LO and three PL LOs of holiday snaps from a couple of summers ago; a whole holiday scrapped in an afternoon. Brilliant! Having the two core kits has left me spoilt for choice, and gave me the option of using the cards on my traditional LO too.



Saturday, 17 August 2013

Quirky Kit Lite: using up the scraps

I have a couple of Quirky Kit Lite kits that are down to their very last scraps, and decided I wanted to completely empty one of those bags with a LO. I pretty much succeeded with this LO, except for a pack of Kraft alphabet stickers, a printed envelope and a calico flower. I filed those bits and pieces with other stash, and emptied a 12x12 ziplock all ready for my next kit. Job done!

The photos were taken a couple of years ago when my DD got her exam results texted to her while we were on holiday.

I used the MFT Abstract Art stamps again for the ink splotches.


Friday, 16 August 2013

Quirky Kit Lite: Coastal Path LO

As this kit has just arrived, I know for sure it is mostly from the July/August 13 Quirky Kit Lite.

The yellow paper came from an earlier kit ( a Halloween themed one maybe?). I love the background paper.

The splodges have been stamped; having ruined one of my favourite T-shirts with the fallout when splattering acrylic paint on to a previous LO, I have learnt my lesson and bought a set of stamps to fake it.

It's the Abstract Art set by My Favorite Things.

The LO is a lift of one on Jennifer Evan's blog Create Often (which itself is inspired by a LO by Heidi Swapp) but without the interactive fold out bits.

I don't think there is a thing that Heidi Swapp does that I don't like, and the same is true of her designers.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Quirky Kits Lite: Last day BBQ LO

I have completely lost track of what Quirky kit belongs to which month, and mix them all up when I'm crafting any way. Does anyone else scrap with kits this way? I carefully file each kit away in a ziplock bag, label it with the month, then promptly pull bits of paper and embellishments out of umpteen bags in one session, and mess my great system up!

The journalling is non-existent on this LO, which is unusual for me, but the album includes lots of divided page protectors, bought long before I had ever heard of Project Life, and a lot of the photos from this brilliant holiday and a good bit of the journalling, are on the divided pages.

If memory serves me, I'm pretty sure I used one of Shimelle's LOs for inspiration, but can't find which one it might be, but here's a link to her fab site.



Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A day at the beach LO

I used Docrafts Happy Days collection for this LO. I love this range. I don't know that it was particularly popular as it was widely available for half price, and I bought the 12x12 paper pad for a song, but it is full of lots of lovely papers, with several sheets suitable for cutting up for embellishments.

The photo makes me smile, as it was a bright and sunny day, but fairly typically for a summer's day on a Scottish beach, most definitely wasn't scorchio, so my DS sat there wrapped up with his hood up, but his sunglasses on.

The title is done with the Bigz Block Talk alphabet was worth every penny.

I'm just awaiting a large order from the Sizzix sale. I think I'm addicted :)


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Quirky Kit Lite LO

Long time, no see, but I've not been sitting idle honest! I've made quite a few LOs, mostly using the fabulous Quirky Kits Lite. The holidays and life in general has got in the way of posting, but there will be a few posts over the next few days.

Here's the first, from last year's camping holiday. I used white and blue acrylic paint over the papers and the Bigz XL chipboard letters. The photo is awful...not sure what has happened to the light this afternoon, but the LO doesn't have the blue cast like it does in the photo.

I lifted a LO from the wonderful Envisages blog. Scroll down to the Christmas Morning LO. When I look at it now, it isn't really that much like the original (I wish!), and I flipped the design so the vertical bit is on the right, but this blog is so full of fabulous inspiration, it is great for kick starting a scrapping session when Mojo has flown.



Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Monster birthday card for a boy

I've made this card for my son. It was one of those cards that I started and had no idea where it was going to end up, and has had a few incarnation along the way. The papers are from the DCWV Doodlin' Around stack. The wee monsters were cut from one of the papers. I added a bit of kraft card stock, white paint, a ribbler, lots of embossing and a good smudge of Distress ink. I also used for the first time, my fab new Tim Holtz Bigz XL Block Talk alphabet, which I bought from Craft Obsessions for a great price as they already sell it for less than the RRP, but it was cheaper still in the sale. Great service from them too.

I particularly wanted to use the latest Mojo Monday sketch.

I love googly eyes!


Quirky Kit Lite LO

I used this month and last month's Quirky Kits Lite to create this LO. I've been so busy the last few weeks making cards that I haven't had the time the scrap, so it was lovely to be able to spend last night tucked away in my craft room, catching up with a TV boxset I've had for ages but not got round to watching, happily surrounded by stash making this page.



Sunday, 30 June 2013

A big thank you card

I was asked to make a big thank you card for lots of folk to sign, and it needed to be bright as the recipient is colour blind and can only see bright colours. I made this 8" x 8” card, using WRMK papers. The large letters are hand drawn and cut, and the small, black letters are Sizzlet Girls are Weird. The large letters were stuck down using Pinflair to give dimension, and overlapped for a bit of interest.

The words inside are ' ...from all of us'


Friday, 28 June 2013

Teacher chalkboard thank you card

I was asked to make three of these cards, for my friend's daughters to give to their teachers.

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on to black matte paper, then added a few swirls of white chalk ink to look like chalk dust on the board. The frame is a Sizzix die that came with my Big Kick many moons ago. It is an original die, so cuts through chipboard with ease and has been quite handy over the years. The front of the card was covered with Papermania Happy Days paper, with a tiny message and the Just for You on the inside cut from the tickets paper in the pad. The green maths paper came from a Quirky Kits Lite kit. The bunting die is by Memory Box. The apple die cut is a free cutting file kindly provided on UK Scrappers by Tina (Silverst170).

I designed the clipboard using Robomaster and cut it with my Craft Robo.


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Birthday card for a lady who's Born to Shop

I made this card with Born to Shop papers and stamps, adding a bit of doodling around the edges.



Sunday, 23 June 2013

Baby boy card

This is a variation of a card I have done before, brought about as I smudged some ink on the right hand side of the card and needed to hide my mistake! I used the Cuttlebug Baby Words embossing folder and Sizzix stars.


Monday, 17 June 2013

White Stuff postcard competition

Well, I didn't win the holiday, but I was one of the finalists in the White Stuff postcard competition. You can see the winner, and the other finalists here on White Stuff's blog.

You needed to send in a postcard of a favourite summer memory, and I wrote about and scrapped a postcard of last year's camping trip, our first in our lovely campervan, Toyah. As I love White Stuff labels, I have a few hoarded away, and was able to utilise one on the postcard.

Here's a photo of the postcard with the front photo and the White Stuff tag showing.

And here it is with top photo raised. Sorry for the fuzzy focussing.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Me to You birthday card

Just a quick post today, of a Me to You card created in Docraft Digital Designer.


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Chalkboard card for a teacher

I was asked to make a card for a few of us to sign, to give to a teacher on her special birthday.

I had a seen a few of the chalkboard cards popping up in galleries and blogs everywhere but hadn't given one a go until now. I then found this gorgeous card on Angie's blog Feathertassel, which provided me with inspiration, although I didn't refer to any of the sizes, as my card needed to be big. I made the sizes up as I went along, using two sheets of A4 card, joined short ends together so that the card stands about 27cm tall and is 17cm wide. The frame part of the board is raised on foam pads, and the chalkboard part is created with matte black paper, lightly sponged with white chalk ink, with the sentiment Versamarked then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I used the Sizzix Framelits Bicycle set to make the bunting and the clipped on sentiment (love this set), and Tim Holtz Word Play for the numbers.

All the papers, except the black, came from various Quirky Kits Lite kits.


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Raising a glass with Hero Arts digital image

I love this Hero Arts Wedded Bliss digikit, which I bought some time ago from Two Peas in a Bucket. I have just checked the site to link to it, and virtually all the Hero Arts digikits are gone (at least I can't find them), but were there very recently, so I'm not sure what's happening with them. I've used it quite a few times now, but never like this. I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for some friends to give to a lady who was being given a champagne tasting birthday treat, and who is well known to be a big bubbly fan. Although this kit is designed for wedding projects, the champagne glasses work well for any celebration.

The card is a big 8"x8" one, but the image was perfect even when enlarged to this extent. The birthday girl has a bit of a thing about green, so the original colour of the the image wasn't any use, so using Serif Craft Artist, I recoloured it pink. As she loves pink bubbly, this was perfect.

I printed the image twice so that I could decoupage the glasses, which were glazed with a thick coating of DecoArt Triple thick Gloss Glaze - love that stuff! The image was then double mounted on silver and black.

The insert was printed using the matching watermark image that is included in the kit.



Sunday, 19 May 2013

Stampendous Ranunculus Field watercolour card

I had a lot of fun making this card this afternoon. I bought a pad of watercolour paper very cheaply in The Works a while ago and it has languished unused in the back of a cupboard since then, but it was perfect for the look I was going for today. The square of paper was distressed with scissors round the edge, then Distress ink in shades of pink and orange were applied with ink dusters. This background was then splashed with a little water to create some droplets. Parts of Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamp S4878 were stamped here and there, followed by the Stampendous Ranunculus Field stamp CRR 112, in Versafine. It was coloured with Distress ink and Whispers watercolour pens. My new favourite thing, Frantage embossing enamel, was randomly sprinkled and heat embossed to add a bit of interest. This Shabby White enamel has a lovely fine gold glitter through it and is my favourite from the taster set of five I bought.

The card front was mounted on to Kraft card.

Job done, and a card ready well ahead of time to send to my friend Anne.


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Quirky Kits Lite March/April kit layout

At last, I got round to doing some scrapbooking, and pulled out my favourite Quirky Kits Lite kit. The majority of the LO has come from the March/April kit, but the full sheet in the background is from an earlier one. I love mixing the kits and spreading them all out around me.

This was a LO of a couple of photos taken of me returning to our campsite following a swim in the North Sea. It wasn't a long swim, and I didn't go far, but I felt really proud of myself for doing it, as it felt pretty scary to me. I rarely go out of my comfort zone, but I did a couple of times during this holiday, pointing a few so called friendly observers to conclude I was having a mid-life crisis! The rest of the folk in the photos are just some of the crowd we go camping with each year. All of the kids, and most of the adults, spent the majority of the week in wetsuits, and had an absolute ball.

The LO is a pretty shameless lift of one of Shimelle's recent videoed LOs you can see here.

I love embellishments clusters, and this is a close-up of one of my attempts.



Saturday, 27 April 2013

Embossed less is more birthday card

I bought this embossing folder, Hobby Solution Ball Flowers, when I was at the SECC in March and this is the first card I've made with it. I love the shape of the flower and thought it would compliment the Inkylicious Allium stamps on some future project. I embossed the flowers on to thick pearl card, then added glitter to all the balls, although I'm not sure if that shows up. The sentiment is from an Anna Griffin set from QVC.

The seam binding has been added using a technique I quite like to do as it is really secure and requires no glue. Punch a hole in the card where you want the knot to be, then wrap the ribbon around the front of the card bringing the ends to the back, then through the hole to the front. Tie the ends around the ribbon at the front to form a neat knot.

Note how the mark left on the card by the edge of the embossing folder has been cunningly disguised with a couple of embossed lines!

The insert was embossed too.



Friday, 19 April 2013

Trying a bit of Frantage (well sort of)

This is one of those cards that evolved due to lots of 'opportunities for creativity', ie, lots of mistakes which needed disguised!

Initially I stamped and chalked the IndigoBlu Harlequin background directly on to the card blank, then continued stamping the Inkylicious Allium stamp and Anna Griffin sentiment over the top. So far so good. The stamped image was surrounded by a wide border of unstamped card blank. Lovely, minimalist...quite pleased so far. Until I noticed the big, black thumbprint on the lower right corner. Aargh. So then after spending some considerable time trying to cover the mark with various embellishments, die cuts etc, which just didn't work, I decided the only option was to cut the stamped image out completely and remount it on to white and then black card after inking the edges. Guess what? I smudged the new white mount too.

Reluctant to abandon a card I had at this point spent the whole afternoon making, I put my thinking cap on. I remembered seeing Fran from Stampendous demonstrating her Frantage embossing powders on Create and Craft and rather liking the effect, but as I had none of her powders I had to wing it. I sprinkled some gold embossing powder over a couple of the corners (covering the smudge), and heated from underneath, then quickly added some chunky glitter over the top, and heated again.

So there we have it. A finished card, thanks to the Frantage-ish technique! I have since purchased a set of the real Frantage powders, something like these, so watch out for more experimenting to come.


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Indigo Blu and Inkylicious stamped flower note card set

My mum asked if I would make her some notecards, and as it is her birthday coming up, I made this little gift set. I used Indigo Blu's Harlequin stamp, which was stamped with Versamark then dusted with different colours of chalk. Each card is different, as I couldn't decide which colours I liked best! I then used black Versafine to stamp some images from my new set of Inkylicious Allium stamps. The sentiment is an old Purple Onion one.

Here's a photo of one of the cards done in greeny blue tones. Each flower head has been glittered with Glamour Dust.

My initial experiment when playing with ideas for the notecards was to use Antique Linen Distress ink with purple over-stamping, but I didn't get the soft look I was after, so dusted off the chalks, which hadn't been used for a very long time. I managed to make use of my experiment by decorating the top of the notecard gift box with it. The image is mounted in purple to match the flower, but it seems to look more like black in the photo.

These were quick and easy to create and multipurpose depending on the sentiment added, so I can see me revisiting this design again.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Anna Griffin stamped birthday card

I have a couple of sets of clear Anna Griffin stamps I've bought from QVC. I bought a set of vintage type flower, border and sentiment stamps a while ago, and made a rare and recent purchase of crafting goodies from QVC a couple of weeks ago, when I saw these lovely sentiment stamps pop up on Anna's show. There are three sheets crammed with sentiments, the majority of which are highly usable and not overly sentimental. I love the mixed fonts used to create the messages.

The background stamps are both Hero Arts.

The corner swirl is not an AG stamp, but one from a cheap little dump bin set I bought for a £1 at some show. I used it to decorate both the front and insert of the card.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Memory Box Prim Poppy 50th birthday card

I made a variation of the Prim Poppy aperture card I made a few weeks ago, to create this 50th birthday card. I was able to emboss the entire front of the card in one go with an A4 embossing folder in the Grand Calibur, and used classic and scallop circle Nesties to create the aperture and frame. The numbers and letters are Sizzix and the stamp is Hero Arts.



Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Memory Box Prim Poppy card...again!

I know, I know...I keep using this Memory Box Prim Poppy die, but it is just so pretty. I used the Less is More challenge as inspiration for this card. It's a colour challenge, and the lovely soft colours are gorgeous. The sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley set.

I am entering this card in to the following challenges:

Less is More challenge blog: colour challenge

My Mum's Craft Shop: spring has sprung

Papertake Weekly: anything goes


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Memory Box Prim Poppy Mother's day card

I've made this LIM card for my mum using the Prim Poppy die my lovely DD gave me for Christmas. I started off by computer printing a sentiment directly on to the card then I cut the first poppy from the card base, which was then backed with some red card. A few of the die cuts were then arranged over the top, raising the poppy heads with Pinflair.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Purple 50th birthday card

I was asked to make a purple clean and simple birthday card and came up with this. I used one of my favourite backgrounds - a Sizzix embossing plate - then added another few favourite (mostly) Sizzix die cuts. I used a large Craftwork Cards 8x8 scalloped card blank for the base. I was asked to include the card recipient's name on the card, which I did by adding the small tag. I think the card would have looked better without it, but know that people really appreciate sending and receiving a personalised card so I'm happy to oblige. I really love dew drops, one of which I used for the flower centre. I just bought a wee bag, but am getting through them rather quickly.



Thursday, 14 February 2013

Slightly naughty Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

I've my this card for my DH, and it is a wee bit naughty! The bra top is a Ellison die.



Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Another Hero Arts clean and simple Valentine card

I have fallen in love again with this LL935 Jubilee Dots stamp set, and have used the E3083 Big 'n' Little Jubilee Dots stamp again for this card, stamped with a Kaleidacolor Riviera ink pad. The Sizzix heart was added over a hand cut banner stamped with the XOXO from CL267Hero Arts Card Messages. I added cheap blingy bits, but as I didn't have any green ones, I coloured a blue one with a Promarker.

I am entering this card in to the following challenge:

My Mum's Craft Shop Blog: Valentine's/ love