Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Flower Challenge #14 - Reminder - CAS

I love seeing all your inspiration on our challenge blog. Really you always pull out all the stops for us and that makes me so happy.

We are still on Challenge #14 which is all about CAS. So that's white space and limited embellishments. Does white space actually have to mean it's white? I don't think so, I just think it needs to be one colour, so I've gone with black this time and coloured my stamped image in with my Gansai Tambi Pearl Colours. Although it's not watercolour paper, if you're careful with it, it won't buckle.

  I simply mounted it onto a white card base and added the heat embossed sentiment popped up on foam pads on the bottom.

Can't wait to see what you make, so keep adding them to the Linky. Happy crafting!

Card Concept #82 & Magazine Makes #8

Well, there's no let up from me with the Christmas cards, I just can't seem to stop, and this fortnight's Card Concept Challenge #82 Retro Holiday is the inspiration for this one.

When I saw the inspiration photo, all I saw was pink and silver and sparkle, so this card is definitely going all out with that.

I saw one of Justine Hovey's videos a while back showing how to make this layered card. I've used a beautiful stamp that came with Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 169 and some seriously sparkly sticky backed paper which I stuck on top of some white card stock. The embossing is in some Papermania silver on MFT black cardstock.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to play along and join in and get even more Christmas cards made :)

Happy Crafting one and all!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Merry Christmoose!

Hello! How are you all getting on with Christmas cards? I know some of you have been making for a while, but I've still got quite a few to make and so I'm taking advantage of some challenges to get me going.

This was inspired by two challenges about Snow. The first was Lisa's challenge for the IG Crafty Crew easy challenge 'Let it Snow' and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (thanks Tracy!).

I started by making a panel with home made glitter paste and my MFT snow stencil. I then cut out three frames from the MFT scalloped rectangle die and layered them up. I adhered them to the stencilled panel when dry and trimmed it to fit.

I found some old patterned paper I'd got with a copy of Quick Cards about two years ago and used it to cover a card base, I then placed the stencil panel on top and my Reverse Confetti moose and tree on top with foam pads. I'd pre coloured them with Copics when I was in Edinburgh with Kathy and Debby. I added the sentiment at the bottom - it always makes me laugh!

Thank you for stopping by, and happy crafting, Christmas card or otherwise :)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Craft Haul - September, October, November - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! Despite my craft room being in a bit of a mess for much of September and October, I have still managed to buy a few bits and pieces here and there, so I have a haul video to share with you today. I've ordered some online at Seven Hills Crafts, but I also had some purchases from my September Copic class with Dies to Die For Pop Up shop, a trip to Stamp Magic in Doncaster with the lovely Natalie, and popping into my local Hobbycraft.

Thank you to all of my lovely YouTube subscribers, as I'm almost at 200! I know there are lots of people out there with a load more, but 200 is quite a milestone and I just want you to know you are all very much appreciated for popping by and watching and leaving me such nice comments.

Happy Crafting Everyone - I'm off to make more Christmas cards :) 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Flower Challenge #14 - CAS

Thank you all so much for joining in with our anniversary challenge last month. It was so lovely to see all your beautiful cards and have you so enthusiastic about our challenge :)

This month our challenge is all about CAS - Clean and Simple - so we want to see flowers as the main theme, with lots of 'white' space and minimal embellishment.

Do you remember the card I made last month with ink swiping? I had two panels I didn't use, so I've used it up here and simply drew a flower using one of my Uni-Pin pens and fussy cut it.

I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted (Brushed Greetings II) onto a white A2 card base and adhered the flower on with foam tape.

I love CAS, so I can't wait to see what you all come up with. You have until 25th to play and I'll be back with some more inspiration on 15th. Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, 3 November 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Now that Hallowe'en is over, it's time for me to start more Christmas cards in earnest. My friend Lisa posted up a tag on Instagram that she had entered into the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge and I saw that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was involved and decided I should play along It's been ages since I actually joined a challenge!

I'm not great at tags really, but Andreea commented on Lisa's post that if you start making a card, a tag then follows, and that's exactly what happened here.

I bought some Black Soot Distress Ink some time ago as I've always wanted to try making a galaxy background. Honestly it looked like a right hot mess when I started and right up until the end it still looked pretty awful. I added some splatters with my white gouache, and I still didn't like it much.

  I die cut the nativity scene from Sugar Pea Designs and adhered it with foam tape. This makes a really lovely silhouette against the background and that's when I really started to like this design.

Having made the card (sentiment is Stamping Bella Gingerbread Chicks), I then made another galaxy background and cut out two tags from it. I die cut another nativity scene and then cut out the pieces I wanted to adhere to the bottom of the tag. I stuck them on with double sided tape and then trimmed it with some scissors before stamping the sentiment (Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas) using VersaFine Onyx Black. I added some twine at the top to finish them off - not much use if they don't have something to attach them to a gift!

  How are you getting on with Christmas cards? Have you made any yet? Did you finish in July? I'm definitely now in the mood as the evenings get darker. 

  Thank you so much for visiting today and as always, Happy Crafting :)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Card Concept #81

After a little hiatus, I'm back on the Card Concept and #81 is based on this gorgeous Christmas table. 

I was struck by the colours and just loved the green and red and as I have very few Christmas cards so far, I went with a simple CAS design I could mass produce - the key to Christmas cards for me at least!

These were simple to produce, just an old Lawn Fawn bauble set stamped in distress oxide and Versa Magic chalk inks I've had since I first started crafting. I wanted to use these to check what the difference was with basic stamping for the Oxides and the chalk inks - they seem pretty similar for just stamping, but I have yet to have a good play with the Oxides for other techniques, so the jury is still out for me with them.

To add some interest and texture as in the photograph, I cut the bauble panel down at the side to 3.75inches. I then took my WRMK Next Level embossing folders - gemstone - and embossed some coloured panels I'd cut to A2 size (US).

I adhered them to my card bases and then the bauble on top. Simple, but effective and bold like the inspiration photograph.

Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope this has given you some inspiration to play along. Happy Crafting Everyone!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Hallowe'en

I generally don't make Hallowe'en cards, but just before we moved house, this super cute set came out from Sugar Pea Designs and I couldn't resist. I've made 5 cards with it, but I'm showing you these three.

I Copic coloured all the images and fussy cut them out. I just had to have this set when I saw that cheery looking Dracula - I mean, he's not that cheery in the films unless he's just eaten. What a guy!

The backgrounds for Frankenstein and the Mummy are made with a new stamp set (I'll have a haul and craft room tour in one coming up on my YouTube channel soon!) from Uniko. I have ordered from them before, but I met them at the last stamp show I went to in Doncaster a couple of weeks ago and they are so lovely and had some new things I couldn't resist. With Frank I used some LilyPad Ranger ink and I heat embossed Mummy with WOW! White Bright EP.

With Count (remember Count Duckula? I loved that show!) I masked off a rectangle on the front of a red card base and splattered on white gouache, red and clear sparkle pen. I adhered all of them with foam tape and just added a simple sentiment at the bottom.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today. Hope you have a very Spooky Hallowe'en and happy crafting!

*** Apologies for those of you who subscribe and saw I'd linked this up to a challenge. I hadn't realised it had closed on Sunday, so I've reedited it and am sharing the cards anyway! So out of the loop!!***

Saturday, 28 October 2017

European Copic Colouring Programme Class 3

What do Copics and moving house have in common? They have a great deal for me. Back in February I took the first two classes in the European Copic Colouring Programme with Faye Wynn-Jones. You can read all about it in my post for Copic classes One and Two. The following day, I decided to broach the subject of moving house with my husband. Fast forward 8 months and the week after we moved house, my friend Dawn and I travelled to a venue outside Leeds for Copic 3! Thankfully for my husband, nothing dramatic has happened.... so far...

Dawn is wonderfully kind and takes me in her car. I truly HATE driving round the outskirts of Leeds and Bradford. Junction and roundabout Hell.

Having found the venue and after a quick catch up with our old colouring buddies and a quick whizz round the Dies to Die For Pop Up shop. That was a welcome addition - new goodies.

Copic 3 is all about folds and pleats and practicing feathering and blending quite different colour combinations. 

Since getting hooked on Stamping Bella, this has been the most useful one by far. I was prepared to feel horribly overwhelmed as I had convinced myself that folds are really hard, but, like everything, it just takes practice. Do not be put off! In three hours I had begun to understand the basics and am itching to get my SB stamps out and do some more dedicated folds and pleats.

It makes such a difference to me to have someone there to encourage and also put me back on track. Faye is a superb teacher and I find I learn a lot and it makes me want to practice more. She is wonderfully encouraging and has given me some tips on colour combinations for the future. 

Next April Faye returns to do Copic 4 and I will be there with bells on. It's in my planner so no one, but no one, can stop me. Quite possibly my husband will then breathe a sigh of relief that they are all over...

If you've any questions, please drop me a comment. I am a zealot for this course and think it's worth every penny I've spent on it and the markers!

As always, happy crafting!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Flower Challenge #13 - Reminder - Use Your Favourite Flower

Hi Everyone! We are half way through this challenge, where we would love you to use your favourite flower. I've been loving seeing all your cards so far. 

Don't forget that this is part of a fabulous prize giveaway, with some amazing prizes from some fabulous companies, so read the instructions and join in! 

I used my favourite stamp again from Clearly Besotted, and this time I coloured it with my Polychromos pencils, which was nice as they don't often get an outing.

I then took a piece of white card stock and drew outlines of these arrows from a stencil in different coloured pencils and coloured a few.

I took a white A2 card blank and distressed the edges with some wilted violet and cut the stencilled panel down so there was a small border. I popped the die cut iris out using the matching die and atached it with foam tape on top. A simple sentiment from the Clearly Besoted Many Mini Messages set and a few sequins is all that was needed to finish it off. 

Hope you will feel inspired to join us. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs and I would hate for you to miss out!

Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting :)

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Colo[u]ring Challenge Road Trip - Edinburgh and craft room news

Back in August, after some deliberation I booked a rail ticket and some cheap accommodation in Edinburgh for the first ever Coloring Challenge Road Trip with Kathy Racoosin and Debby Hughes. I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss out on seeing some superb colourists and crafters so close to home.

The day itself was beautiful and we sat in a room upstairs in the Botanic Gardens colouring in chatting. 7 of us plus Kathy, her sister and Debby, it was a small affair, but I liked the intimate atmosphere.

We all got given a little zip up bag full of goodies, including a Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy and a cute little clipboard and some images to colour.

Kathy and Debby are inspirational people and really really lovely. They even agreed to pose for some crazy photos with me (and Morag too)

 I even got to use Kathy's favourite pencils....

 and the famous rag....

A lot of time and effort went into this event, I could tell, and I appreciate all that both did for us.

If you are thinking about it, I can tell you it was definitely very very very worth it! Meeting Kathy and Debby in person, as well as the other ladies who had travelled to it (one from Minnesota!!!!!), was wonderful. I'm the kind of person who needs a kick every now and again with my crafting and colouring and I find these kinds of events help. I get the chance to get away from the house and small people to spend time to myself - it's the headspace I need to give me a boost. Doing it with some amazing crafters was the icing on the cake.

I had to leave early just after Debby's demonstration of watercolouring a galaxy background (I want Daniel Smith now!), so unfortunately I didn't get in the final photo, but I didn't mind. I got to Waverley station to find my train was late but this lovely Black 5 came in on platform 20, so that was the perfect end to my day.

And in other news, my craft room currently looks like this....

I can get to my desk and know where a lot of my stash is! I hope to actually get making again within the next week, with luck. I need to start getting on with Christmas cards.

I've also received some more wonderful happy mail this week from Tina and Niki
B. Thank you ladies. It's so lovely to be reminded of why we make cards - they have made me smile!

That's all for me for now. Thank you so much for reading. Happy Crafting everyone!! xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Flower Challenge #13 - Use Your Favourite Flower - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Flower Challenge #13 - this is our One Year Anniversary. Can you believe it? A year! And so we have a fantastic challenge this month where you can win some amazing PRIZES - yep PRIZES, and you will want to go to the blog and read what they are - I would want to win these! 

Before I go any further...


I really don't want you to miss out!

 So, my favourite stamp is one from Clearly Besotted that is sadly discontinued. It's called Just Darling and it is my favourite flower in real life too - an Iris.

I've had this idea in my head for ages using the ink swiping technique that I was introduced to by Tracey. I didn't of course have the die, and I could no longer buy it, but having lovely crafty friends I managed to borrow it - thank you Lisa!

I have a video to go along with this process, so I won't go into much detail here, but it's a fairly simple technique of swiping inks onto a piece of paper. I have lots of little cubes of ink and these were the perfect size for this. Also I hope you'll forgive the messy enamel dots in the top left hand corner - it was all going too well with those until the inevitable splodge!

Thank you all for stopping by today, I hope this gives you some inspiration to enter and don't forget to follow the instructions or you won't be eligible for the prizes.

You have until 25th to enter and I'll be back on 15th with some more inspiration. Happy crafting!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Where hast tha been?

Not on Ilkley Moor Baht'at [without a hat], that was in the summer, instead I have been moving house. It has been an extremely stressful experience altogether and it's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we got there in the end and now we have a whole load of boxes to unpack and a new house to get used to.

I know some of you who follow me on other social media sites were surprised, given that I'd only recently moved into a new craft room, but it was all part of the plan as the room was not used as it really should have been and turning it into a useable space certainly helped to get the house sold very quickly (offer on day 1!). The video of my craft room tour is still on my YouTube channel and the new space I'm planning here will have its own tour when I feel it's ready.

I have some blog posts coming up which I got ready ahead of time, but it will be some time before I am back up and running, so I may disappear from my blog for a few weeks as I slowly unpack and find where my stamps and inks are. I know where my Copics and other colouring media are as I took them with me in the car!

This is currently the state of my new craft space...... 

  Thank you for the lovely cards which have come my way and which have cheered me up as I try to make some headway with unpacking. Almost two weeks in and we are doing really well, with thanks from friends and family.

I'm so excited to have my own Squirrel card! I've been following her blog since I started out and she makes such beautifully coloured cards, so I feel very honoured to have one on my mantelpiece.

This one is from my lovely crafty friend Lisa who has a blog post on it. She has listened to a lot about this move from day one and has been hugely understanding and reassuring. Her card is just so her. Stencils, colour and flowers, all beautifully presented.

And this absolute beauty from Michelle arrived and I'd remembered seeing it on her blog in this post and secretly hoping I'd get it - couldn't be happier!!

(Apologies for the shocking photos, they do not do the cards justice! Just making do with what I have on hand, my phone!!)

I'll be back with some posts on colouring classes I've been on lately. They were so much fun, I just have to share!

Have a great day and happy crafting :)

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