Friday, 30 November 2012

Pop's Cards

Sooo, this week's blog hop comes from Pop's Cards.


This crafty lady is another Lili of the Valley designer, but also works with other products.

Happy Crafting!

Holly

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Review: Sew Magazine - Issue 42 (December 2012)


Soooo, there are loads of Christmas-inspired projects in this month's Sew.

It didn't come with the usual free gift, but instead a copy of the new Homemaker mag, which I had intended to also review, but I lent it to someone at work and it is has now disappeared.  This always seems to happen and I swear that I will never lend anything out ever again, but I have an inability to say no, so again I lend my things out.  This is how I have managed to lose my most precious of DVDs - The Sound of Music - and I will cry about that forever.

Anyway, as usual, I digress to much.  Back to the magazine:

There are loads of great projects in this issue, and one of my favourites has to be the little girl's dress and cape set.  This is for ages 3 to 8, so I could make one each for my nieces - I just have to find the time.  These are good because they are easily adaptable and are in fact no pattern projects.  Just change up the colours for the time of year.

Something else I might have to make, although more for my cousin's little girl, Molly, as the nieces are too old (maybe) is the cutest fairy outfit, which consists of a netting skirt and a little star wand.  The instructions in the magazine are for a skirt to fit 18 to 36 months, but I'm sure it would be adaptable to fit the 5 and 7 year old nieces.  It is just so cute and the instructions are so simple and clear I hope this would be a doddle.

I also love the embroidered stockings.  Unfortunately, I do not have time to make them this year, but maybe if I start my Christmas crafting in March next year I will find time to do these then.  These are super pretty, and although the examples in the magazine are made using non-traditional colours, so I think they look a bit strange, changing the colour scheme would be no problem whatsoever to make them look a bit more traditional.

I also like the Christmas cake band.  Admittedly, something like this would never be needed in my house, as my big sister is cake decorator extraordinaire (even if she won't make me a sugarplum fairy castle cake), so all our cakes are always marvellously decorated.  But, I think something like this could be a good little seller at Christmas craft fairs next year.  Again, I will start these in March, and I might have some done by Christmas.  I would have to get practising my embroidery first.

Other projects include:

·         a bolero jacket made with only 1 metre of fabric (including the lining and a little corsage)
·         a sewing kit designed by Poppy Treffry
·         Tilda snowmen
·         a padded headboard
·         beaded hanging decorations
·         tea and egg cosies
·         bird tree decorations
·         a Cath Kidston snowy cottage decoration
·         fabric wristbands
·         the cutest (read: evillest) hat mittens and booties set for baby's first Christmas

In addition, Dressmaking SOS! has advice on shirring (I've tried this technique - it's actually really easy), adding frills, pockets and straps.  There are also quick tutorials on how to make a fur stole, screen printing, block printing bespoke napkins

The giveaways (always important) this issue are:

·         tickets to The Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show in Manchester;
·         book, 100 Years of Fashion
·         a screen printing starter set
·         sewing machine, Elna Experience 660

Finally, there are interviews with Poppy Treffry and Viv Burnham, together with features on landscape quilting (truly an art form) and branding your crafty business.

Sorry that, as usual, this comes a week or two after the magazine has hit the shops.  I will subscribe one day, but I am waiting for a good subscription offer.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Moshi Monsters


Soooo, this is card I wanted to share with you which I made for a friend’s niece.



Apparently she is into Moshi Monsters, and I will admit that I didn’t have a clue what Moshi Monsters were.  A little bit of internet research later, and at least I knew what they looked like, although I still don’t have a clue what they are.  Anyway, I still set about making the card.

To do this card I was very excited to have finally got my new printer – I did attempt to draw the characters and the Moshi Monsters logo but, maybe it was just tiredness, I just couldn’t do it.  Anyway, as my new printer had arrived, I got my darling fiancĂ© to give me a quick crash course in using a program he uses to design websites etc. called Corel.  I wouldn’t say I’m an expert now, but I at least know the basics.  I am still using my learning method of ‘let’s click this and see what happens’ though, so still a little bit nervous that I might break the whole thing.

Anyway, once I had got used to Corel, I started designing the image for the card, which comprises a picture of some of the characters (do not ask me which), the logo and some text.  I then printed this off, cut it to a square and matted it to some orange card.

I decided to stick wit the colour scheme of the logo – so orange and green – and cute a square of green swirly paper to cover the front of this card.  This paper came from a Dovecraft Back to Basics paper pack.  I wrapped some orange ribbon around this and then stuck the image at an angle (I do like my jaunty angles).

To finish, I added a green brad in the top left-hand corner of the image, which actually came with the Christmas Merry Magic kit I got a while ago.  I added a 9 to the top right-hand corner (as the card was for a nine-year old) and an orange rhinestone in the bottom two corners.

Et Voila!  One Moshi Monsters card.  Now, if I could just find out what a Moshi Monster actually is . . . .

Happy Crafting!

Holly
Xx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue 112 (December 2012)

Soooo, this is the last Christmas issue of C&P and it comes with some fabulous Christmas stamps and some downloadable Christmas papers, along with some makes using these to inspire you.

One of my favourite projects this issue is Traditional Christmas, which has a mix of stamping, heat embossing and paperpiecing to make some lovely traditional-style Christmas cards, including baubles, the three kings and a partridge in a pear tree.  My favourite though is little town of bethlehem . .  cue me singing (squarling, whatever) some Christmas carols, starting with O Little Town of Bethlehem and Moving onto Little Donkey via Silent Night.

Anyway, as usual, I am going off on a tangent

I think the 6 Ways With Ribbon Trees features is great - a few different ideas of how to use ribbons to create Christmas trees for a fast, easy, but really effective card.

My Wedding Invitation
 - made using the glitter stamping
 technique
Kids' corner has a great Christmas tree for the kids to make using paper hearts.  I think I might give this page to my sister as an idea to keep the nieces quiet for an hour or some in the Christmas holidays.

I also really like the 3 Ideas With Glitter Art feature.  I have a glue pad so might try out this technique a bit more.  I actually utilised this technique when making my wedding invitations, but this has given me some more ideas

As you can probably imagine, I love the shoe card in 5 Ideas For Winter Birthdays, which features girly-shaped cards, including a perfume bottle, a hat, a handbag, a dress, and, of course, the all important shoe!

I also like the 3 Ideas For Strictly Fans, made using Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, and I just so happen to be writing this review whilst watching Strictly . . . coincidence?


Other projects include:

  • Some cute Christmas cards made using one owl stamp
  • Hidden messages cards
  • A cute bluebell card (subscribers only)
  • Loads of Christmas-themed Quick Makes
  • Shaker cards
  • Ideas for your bonus papers
  • Christmas table decorations
  • Leoni Pujol's vintage Christmas card
  • Make a post box for Santa
  • Upcycle your empty boxes
  • Ideas using Graphtec Silhouette Cameo
  • Tartan cards
  • New Year cards.
The winner of Cardmaker of the Year is also announced in this issue - well done to Andrea Willis.  I think I will most definitely enter this next year.  I'm getting some confidence, having won a couple of challenge blogs recently, and I'm also getting used to the disappointment when I don't win, so, yes, I think I will enter a few categories next year.


Now, onto the all important giveaways, and this month you could win:

  • Bella goodies from Wild Rose Studio (subscribers only)
  • Lucy Cromwell Papermania sets (subscribers only)
  • Katy Sue Designs goody bag
  • Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go goodies
  • Little Claire goody bags
  • Waltzing Mouse goodies
  • Sizzix Big Shot and dies
  • Woodware goodies
This is a great mag for last minute cards and I believe hits the shops today, so go out and buy it.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx





Monday, 26 November 2012

Merry Penguins

Soooooo, sorry for the lack of creations over the weekend - I was at my most successful craft fair yet, and as it was run by my cousin-in-law-to-be I got to spend a bit of time with my soon to be aunties and uncles in laws.

Anyway, today's card is actually an order as a result of the craft fair and aren't these penguins just adorable?



I based this card on the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday:


So I am entering it into their challenge this week - http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/.

As I usually do though, I have not stuck exactly to the sketch.  In fact, I turned it 90 degrees to the left.

I am also entering this into the Crafty Creations challenge - http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/197-christmas-is-coming.html - where the theme this week is Christmas Is Coming, and Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas Challenge - http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/chnc-challenge-100-for-someone-special.html - where the theme is Someone Special.

As I have used a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece, I will also be entering this into this week's Lili's Little Fairies challenge - http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - where it is an Anything Goes week.

So, to make this card, I used my new Framelits oval dies to die cut the mini masterpiece into an oval a la the sketch.  I also die cut some greeny-blue paper which came free with an issue of Crafts Beautiful into an slightly larger oval.

I then printed some paper from Nigel May's Christmas CD-Rom, cutting a larger piece for the backing paper and a smaller piece for the rectangle at the bottom.  I edged these with broken china distress ink.  I also edged the star paper with the same and used this as the main background paper.

The ribbon is a Tilda ribbon I got free when I subscribed to Simply Homemade.  I also made the bows from the same ribbon, and as this card is for that most special person - an auntie - I stamped a Lili of the Valley tag onto the same paper as the oval frame and wrote 'auntie' in green glittery pen and attached this underneath the central bow.

And here you have one card.  Now, to get on with the rest of the orders.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


How To: Make Bows (using a fork!!)

Sooo, today I bring you a most useful tutorial from Scrap Tiffany - how to make bows.

My sister taught me to make bows years ago, as she has to make them for the amazing cakes she makes (still not allowed to make flowers though - only leaves), so I can now do them in my sleep.  But for those of you who find it a bit more difficult, try this unusual method - it has good results and you don't end up tying your fingers in knots:  


This is the method I am going to teach my friend when we have to make bows for her wedding invitations (her idea, not mine -I've been trying to talk her out of it, or talk her into just buying some).

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Carols

Soooo, I won't be bringing you too many cards this weekend as I am at a Craft Fair Saturday at Sunday.  If you live nearby, please come down.  It is in aid of Bramley Small Animal Rescue and is on between 10am and 4pm at Swinnow Community Centre.

Anyway, to keep you going over the weekend, here is the card I made tonight when I got in from work:



I love the image on this card, which is a Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece.  I could actually be tempted to get the stamp for this one.  We shall see when I have some pennies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Lili's Little Fairies (anything goes) - http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/anything-goes.html

Crafty Creations Challenges (christmas is coming) - http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/197-christmas-is-coming.html

Top Tip Tuesday (kids/teens) - http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/challenge-90-kids-teens.html

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/


As usual, I have faffed with the sketch a little - I have not used an oval image (not sure I can face trying to draw and cut out an oval again), but a frame shape, die-cut using my X-Cut frame dies.  I like the effect and it is not that different to an oval I don't think.

I have also used LOTV papers from the Classic Christmas paper pad, and a green blank.

The gold ribbon is from my stash.

I made the poinsettia using my Marianne Creatables dies and a gold sparkly pen for the middle part.

The sentiments I stamped on red paper with my LOTV Christmas label stamps and decorated with a holly stamp from my stash.

Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting!

Holly xx



Moni's Creative Place

Sooo, on the blog hop today is German crafter, Moni.


The blog posts are in both German and English, so as well as looking at the brilliant creations, you can teach yourself German at the same time.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Seeing Spots

Soooo, this is a bit of a long-shot entry for the lastest Moving Along With The Time Challenge - http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/lets-go-dotty.html - where the theme this week is 'Let's Go Dotty'.

I've just finished making some dotty bags for my craft fair at the weekend, so thought this would be a good time to share one:


I've quickly read the rules on MAWTT and it doesn't say anything about the entry having to be a card, so fingers crossed.

My bag is a large shopper-style bag, or in my world, a normal sized handbag, and it is made using Cath Kidston oilcloth.  These have proved very popular and I have also started a range of matching lunch bags, make-up bags and coin purses.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Winning Lilis


Soooo, I read the Lili of the Valley Ideas to Inspire blog religiously (every day) and if you comment on a post, you get entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £25 Lili of the Valley voucher.  Naturally, I leave loads of comments, and last month I was the winner of the voucher . . . woo!

I think I found out I was the winner on the way to work and by lunchtime that day I had already placed my order.  My goodies arrived a few days later and here they are:



I’d ordered all the new release stamps as they were on offer, together with the Baby’s First Christmas Stamp and some decorative corner stamps.  All I had to do now was make some cards.

The day they arrived through the post, I don’t think I had got home until after nine o’clock that night, which is way past my bedtime at the moment, so I had to wait until the next day to be able to play with them.

On a piece of white card I stamped each image – the mermaid stamps I stamped in black, as I also did with the Baby’s First Christmas stamp, and the fairy stamps I stamped in grey, as it gives a totally different feel to the image.  

I was going through one of my ‘I am feeling totally uncreative’ stages so instead of making these straight into cards, I decided to colour the images in first.  I do this sometimes hoping inspiration will strike.

I coloured using a different mediums, as I don’t like to get bored.  This one I coloured using promakers:



The Promarkers used on this one image!
As you can see, I decided to practice my blending techniques, as I had seen a few ideas on the LOTV Ideas to Inspire blog where the mermaids were two or more different colours.  Unfortunately, I had stamped this using pigment ink, and despite thinking that it had fully dried, it clearly had not, so the ink smudged a bit during colouring.  The same happened with the Baby’s First Christmas stamp, so I have learnt my lesson and bought some black Versamark ink.

Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent again haven’t I?

To finish this image, I coloured the background using a light blue colouring pencil.  I think this would have looked great if I’d used watercolour pencils, so I think that may be my next investment.  I’ve not used this to make a card yet.

As mentioned above, I also coloured in the Baby’s First Christmas image using promarkers.  I have already blogged about this one (http://fairyelephants.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/babys-1st-christmas.html) so I won’t bore you with details again, but as you can see, this one smudged a bit too.

The other single mermaid image I decided to colour using my distress inks.  This is a technique I love and one that I have also picked up from LOTV’s Ideas to Inspire blog – I think they put up a tutorial a while back, and I have been addicted to this technique ever since.  

I was very excited that this one didn’t smudge, so I’m not sure if it is something in the promarkers that doesn’t like pigment ink that makes it smudge.  I also practised my blending a little on this one, but it was one colour blending.

This one I decided to make into a card.  Originally, I thought it might do as a birthday card for my niece, but I’m not sure about the finished card at all.  

With this one, I decided to make the background paper myself using broken china distress ink and white paper.  I rubbed the distress ink all over the paper and then just left it to dry overnight.  I do think that this does give a sea-like quality to the paper, and might actually be my favourite bit of the card.

In my stash I found some Tilda fabric patches which I has received as a subscription gift when I subscribed to Simply Homemade a while ago, and I had put them away and forgotten about them.  So when I found them again, I was determined to use at least one.  So, I die-cut a scalloped circle using my Spellbinders Nestabilities.  From the remaining fabric, I also die cut a flourish, as I thought this might look a bit like seaweed – or pass for it at any rate.  

I think it was in the composition of this card that it all started to go wrong – I think I made it too fussy.

I attached the scalloped circle to the top right hand corner of the card and then attached the mermaid image (having already cut it out.  I’d also cut out some of the seahorses from the image).  I then stamped a ‘Happy Birthday’ in dusty concord distress ink and drew round this with stickles glitter glue.  

I also cut out some of the orange dots from the fabric, stuck these randomly to the card and covered them in glitter glue also.  I swear I’m like a little girl with glitter sometimes – you can never have enough.

I attached the ‘seaweed’ to the bottom of the card and hit a seahorse behind it.  I think the seahorse would stand out better if it was brighter colours and maybe not blue, and I also glued another seahorse near the mermaid.

To finish the card, I added some greeny-blue rhinestones and a pink ribbon.  I also added some glitter glue to the mermaid’s ‘wings’.



I’m still not sure about this card and the more I look at it the less sure I am, but what is done is done.

The final mermaid image I coloured again using promarkers.  This one didn’t smudge as much, but I had left it a couple of days to dry. Again, I practised my blending techniques.

This is the card I made with this image:


I used a blue card blank and printed off some blue spotty paper and some turquoise.  I also decided to pick out the orange I had coloured the starfish by using some orange handmade paper.  This has a straw-like texture which for some reason screamed sea-side to me, so I decided to use it.  Both this and the spotty paper were attached at my usual jaunty angle, after I had covered the card front with the turquoise paper.  I then cut the coloured image out and attached this to the front of the card.  I added some blue twine (which I thought I had lost – I was so happy to find it again) and where these cross over I fixed a browny-orange gem.

I then printed out the sentiment in blue ink and attached this to some of the orange paper and attached this to the bottom of the card.  To finish I used sequins in various shades of orange and glued these around the image, with a cluster in the corner.

With the fairy images, I coloured one in promarkers and one with distress inks.  

I coloured the Fairy and Bumblebee image mostly with promarkers and attempted to practice my shading on the skirt – not too bad I don’t think, but not too successful either.  I think I ruined this image however by having the bright idea of trying to make the wings silver.  I used a silver marker pen and didn’t realise quite how dark it was and in this photo they just look grey rather than the shiny I was going for.  For this reason, I haven’t turned this image into a card yet.

The other fairy, Fairy with Dove, I coloured using distress inks.  Again, I have already blogged about this one (http://fairyelephants.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/yellow-fairy.html) so I won’t bore you with the details.

I’ve also been making more cards using these amazing products, but I will blog about them separately.  They are quite possibly the best prize I have won in a while, if ever, and I will be getting plenty of use out of them.

Thank you LOTV.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Abracadabra

Sooo, this evening I bring you my first make of the day . . . this cute card featuring Lili of the Valley's boy wizard (again, I used a mini masterpiece).



This young man is being entered into the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday (which I won last week by the way - yay for me) - http://sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/
Top Tip Tuesday (kids/teens) - http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/challenge-90-kids-teens.html
Incy Wincy Designs (hip to be square) - http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/hip-to-be-square.html
Moving Along With The Times (seeing stars) - http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/seeing-stars-challenge.html
Cute Card Thursday (Starry, Starry Night) - http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/

I have loved this image since I bought it and have been waiting to use it, but have been lacking the inspiration.  Then, this morning I saw the sketch on Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and the card design just popped into my head - it happens like that sometimes.

Anyway, this is the sketch:


Unusually for me, I have not faffed with the sketch this time.

I have used Dovecraft Back to Basics II papers (the boy papers, as I refer to them), a ribbon from my stash and some black card.

I cut the oval shapes myself - I really need to get some oval dies - Hobbycraft opens in Guiseley today, but I have no time/money until next week to go.  I don't think I've done too bad a job.

The stars are also from my stash and the sentiment is a freebie from www.pinkcatstudio.com, which I printed out and coloured the stars in using blue sparkly and silver gel pens.

The image, sentiment and stars are attached using sticky fixers to give the card some dimension.

This was actually quite a quick card to make and I really like it.  

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Having A Snooze

Soooo, I know a lot of you who read this blog actually know me personally, so you know that in recent weeks/months, I've been undergoing a few tests for health problems that mean I spend most of my time asleep (or as much as I can anyway - work gets in the way of this, and I don't think attempting to have an afternoon nap at work would go down very well).  Anyway, I seem to be going off on a tangent as usual.

I thought that in light of my recent Sleeping Beauty impression, it would be apt to share this card with you.  I didn't actually make it with my sleeping issue in mind, but I couldn't help making comparisons:


I actually made this card for my Grampy for his birthday a couple of weeks ago, as I liked the image and could just picture this as being my Grampy when he was younger (in between working 70 hours a day of course - he will swear that he worked more hours than there actually is in the day, and that I don't work hard enough (the three jobs I had at the time of that comment clearly weren't enough!)).

This is another Lili of the Valley image - a mini masterpiece (I think these are amazing and more will be coming up on these), which I inked using Forest Moss distress ink, and then backed with some green card.  

The papers are from a Boofle paper pack and again I backed these with some green card.

The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment was stamped in Forest Green distress ink, using the Lili of the Valley postmark stamp set, and the postmark comes from the same set and is stamped in Brushed Corduroy distress ink.  I used the same green Boofle paper as on the card, but edged this with Brushed Corduroy distress ink.

Finally, I finished off the card with some ribbon and string from my ribbon stash (no idea where these came from) and hand-wrote 'Grampy' to attach to the corner, just to give it some personalisation.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Ahoy There

Sooo, this is the reason why my previous card was not my best work.  I've had this card on my brain all day:



This is the card for my fiance's nephew's 6th birthday next week and I am entering it into the following challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday (kids & teens) http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/challenge-90-kids-teens.html
CRAFT challenge (use fabric) http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/craft-challenge-181-use-fabric.html.

The inspiration for this card came from the LOTV mini masterpiece I used, and kind of developed from there.

I made the paper for the chest and the inside of the card myself, using a brown marker and brushed corduroy distress ink.  

While that was drying, I covered the front of the card in some sea-coloured paper and folded into an easel card.  I also inked the edges of the image in brushed corduroy also.

I covered the inside of the card with my wood effect paper and then from what was left I cut a treasure chest shape.  I added detailing to the treasure chest using a gold gel pen.  I then added the image.  I layered this onto some gold card, cut around to form a narrow border and attached to the easel.

I then cut a narrow strip of gold card and attached this to the inside to 'hold' the easel.  I covered this in double sided sticky tape and then sprinkled gold, silver and bronze sequins along this, to look like treasure.  I also added some 'treasure' to the front of the card.

To finish, I printed the sentiment, layered it onto gold card and added to the inside of the card.  I then added Tom's name and made a jolly roger flag from a magnum stick and a scrap of skull and crossbones fabric I had in my stash.

I hope Tom likes it.  Before that though, it will be going on display at my craft fair at the weekend.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx




Welcome Little One

Soooo, a quick post tonight to share this quick new baby card I made:



I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs (hip to be square) http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
The Ribbon Girls (lavender) http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/november-colour-challenge.html

I based this card around the square theme for Incy Wincy and then realised that the butterfly on the image (I used an LOTV mini masterpiece) was purple, so decided to tie it in with The Ribbon Girls theme too.

Using a pink blank, I cut six squares from different lilac papers and the stamped them with a flower trio stamp and victorian velvet distress ink.  I attached these to the card.  Unfortunately, I attached one the wrong way round so the stamping doesn't line up, but I think I have hidden that well, so you shouldn't be able to tell (I hope).

I then attached the mini masterpiece to a piece of lilac mesh I found in my stash and attached this to the card.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment in dusty concord distress ink and attached this to the card.

Not my best work, I admit, but I hope you still like it.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

How To: Ink Edges

Soooooo, after spending months clearly doing this wrong, I came across a tutorial on YouTube showing how to ink edges:


I have now changed my technique, and I must say, not only is it easier, but it also looks better.

I have done a couple of things different though.  I don't have a blender tool (ordered but not arrived), so I have been using a small piece of fine sponge.  Also, instead of using one of those plastic craft mats, I simply use an old smooth ceramic tile I acquired from somewhere I can't remember.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Gone Fishing!

Sooooo, today I want to share with you the card I made for my step-father's birthday recently.

He is a keen angler (keeps him out of my mum's hair), and when I saw this Lili of the Valley mini masterpiece at the Great Northern Papercraft Extravaganza I just knew that I had to have it (along with all the others too, but that is a minor detail).

I'd already downloaded the 'Keep Calm and Go Fishing' digistamp from Pink Gem Designs and had intended to do something with that along the lines of this card I found on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/29273466299190751/.  I'd even ordered some fishing-themed embellishments from Ebay.  However, my original idea went out of the window when I saw the mini masterpiece.  I still managed to use everything I had originally intended, just with the added mini masterpiece, and this was the end result:



Along with the materials listed above, I also used some card I got free when I got my Sizzix Big Shot and I stamped 'Birthday Wishes' using brushed corduroy distress ink and a Lili of the Valley postmark stamp.

I hope my step-father likes it.  

I even managed to tie his present in with the theme of his card, having bought him a 'Keep Calm and Go Fishing' mug, which I have filled with sweets.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Snowy Teddy

Sooooo, I have been a busy bee making cards this weekend (no doubt more to come too, but I will settle down to a spot of sewing this afternoon I think) and here is another one:



This is snowy teddy and will be entered into the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad (it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas) - http://thecraftypad.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/197-its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html
Raise the Bar (bears) - http://raisethebarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
Fab 'n' Funky (let's see those bears) - http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/challenge-147-lets-see-those-bears.html

So, the inspiration for this card actually came from an old sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, which I decided to follow.  

I love this image, which is a Lili of the Valley mini mastepriece and wanted to theme the card around the colours in the image, so blues and browns.  I love this image so much, I may treat myself to the stamp, so I can do some in pink too.  Only problem is my colouring is no where near as good as Bev Rochester's (who provided the colouring for the mini masterpieces).

I chose an ivory card blank and papers from the LOTV Frosty Christmas paper pad.  

I cut the image into a circle (they come as squares) and inked the edges in brushed corduroy distress ink (to pull in the brown).  I then cut a scalloped circle from one of the plainer papers in the pack and attached the image to this.  

I decided to go for a snowflake theme (my wedding in 5 weeks (aaargh!) is blue and snowflaked themed, so I apologise if we get a lot of cards that theme - I am addicted), so I chose snowflakey papers and the merry christmas paper, which I love and saves having to put a sentiment on the card.  I inked the edges of these papers too.  

I then assembled the sketch, using some blue twine, some blue gems and a glittery snowflake from my stash to finish off.  I also added little splodges of stickles to some of the snow blobs on the image, because you can never have too much sparkle.

I've left the bottom of the card blank because (a) it looks good like that and (b) it can be personalised if a customer wants it to be.

Happy Crafting!

Holly
xx


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