Wednesday, 15 August 2018
For one of my lovely ladies. Joan's favourite flowers are poppies so every year I try to make a card with them on.
This is an 8- inch swing card, card blank is from Crafter's Companion.
The poppy stamp set is an old one from Docrafts and I've decoupaged it. Alphabet dies from eBay and I have no idea what brand the leaf die is.
Wednesday, 8 August 2018
I came across this style card - an Arrow fold - while browsing Pinterest recently.
There's an excellent tutorial by Sam on Mixed Up Crafts and the card was very easy to make.
Finished card is 6 x 6 inches.
Sentiment stamp by Just Rite
Flower stamps - not sure, will check later
Sunday, 5 August 2018
Monday, 30 July 2018
Friday, 27 July 2018
Saturday, 21 July 2018
A 'happy accident' card.
I used distress inks for the yellow background, it was originally for something else but I made a mistake on it. Then I stamped the black frame (Phill Martin stamp) and made another mistake - there was a big black ink smudge in the middle...used a square die to cut that out...then tore the frame...so used a butterfly die-cut to cover the tear! I mounted the yellow frame on foam pads.
I wasn't sure what to use on the inside of the frame but could see a small pot of bronze gilding flakes on my desk, I decided to stamp a Lili of the Valley greeting with tacky glue and added the gilding flakes.
To say it was all a "make it up as I go along" card I am pleased with how it turned out :)
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Card I made recently for my friend Dawn, she loves hedgehogs.
The colours are slightly out, the stamped card is actually a pale blush pink.
Hedgehog stamps were unbranded from ebay, I've used SU copper embossing powder.
'Friend' die by Sue Wilson.
In hindsight I don't think I should have distressed the edges but Dawn loved the card so never mind :)
Friday, 13 July 2018
Monday, 9 July 2018
Card is 7 x 7 inches and was inspired by one I'd seen on Pinterest by Shawn de Oliveria
Flower stamp by Stampin' Up! which has been heat-embossed on watercolour card. The image was coloured using SU ink pads and a water brush.
I started with a piece of water colour card four inches high but about six inches wide and stamped the image. I've then fussy cut the left hand side of the stamped flower and used a paper trimmer at the top and bottom of the image to trim it to four inches square.
Sentiment is a Sue Wilson die
Sunday, 24 June 2018
No usual card making the last couple of weeks because I've been busy making wedding invitations for my good friend Dawn and her fiancé Steve.
We started planning the design, colour etc together way back at the start of the year. Over the last few months things got changed and added on...then all of a sudden time seemed to run out and I had to get cracking!
Dawn and her fiancé liked the pocket-fold style so I ordered those direct from China. The template for the printed pieces was from Etsy, this included the fonts, and the sizes are all worked out, so you get a guide where to cut and it really saves wasting card.
The right side of the pieces looked a little plain but we were wary of adding an embellishment with any depth. Anything like a gem would leave an imprint on the opposite side once it was all folded. In the end I just heat embossed a silver swirl on to the pocket.
For he belly-bands I used a sparkly ivory card from Papermill Direct and their pearlescent pink card for the top layer. The 'wedding invitation' stamp (also did some 'evening invitations') was from a set that my mum bought me about ten or twelve years ago, which goes to show that there's always a use for something, eventually.
Now I can breathe a bit more easily for a couple of weeks or so. Table plan still to do and also some sort of boxes for favours...
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Sunday, 3 June 2018
Friday, 1 June 2018
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Friday, 18 May 2018
For years now I've made sample swatches of card, paper, ink-pads etc etc. It's really helpful when shopping or for when trying to colour match for projects.
Papermill Direct will send out samples of their products, ten pieces for £1 inc p&p.
I recently bought some of their pearlescent card samples and they are quite generous in size, by the time I'd cut them down to suit my swatch rings I had lots of little strips left over.
Looking at the strips on my desk I thought they were too nice to throw away so made this quick card.
The sentiment die is by Crafter's Companion.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Monday, 14 May 2018
Friday, 11 May 2018
I spotted several of these 'Impossible' cards on Pinterest recently and thought I'd have a go at making one.
My favourite tutorial videos are usually about ten or fifteen minutes long, just enough time to enjoy a cup of tea whilst watching them.
The particular video I watched for the Impossible card went on for quite a long time.
After about thirty minutes I just had to switch it off but at least I had all the vital measurements.
I sat down to make the card and then realised the measurements did not work. So, now I know why it's called an Impossible card!
I wouldn't let it beat me but it's not possible that I'll be making another one ;)
The gears/ cogs are Sizzix dies, sentiment is by Crafter's Companion.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
I don't buy a lot of patterned paper/ card for my club as I don't find it cost effective. Recently I found some nice vintage-style pads in The Range and they were so cheap (£1.49 and £1.99) I couldn't not buy them.
I'd watched a video the other day of a card with a similar fold to this one but the measurements were all in imperial and I find it difficult sometimes marking 3/16ths of an inch or whatever.
The card from this pad is perfectly sized to just fold in half and then half again, no faffing. I did then decide to trim some off the height but no silly bits of an inch.
The stamps are a mix of Inkandinkado and Kaisercraft.
The tag punch is SU