Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bring on the Pearl...

Happy Wednesday,

Well what more can I say this is not bring on the pearls, there would be no point as I use them on virtually everything, but bring on the pearl..  What I am referring to is the beautiful Pearlised card I used to make this card.  I went crafty shopping (and to possibly arrange a class and demo) at Mrs Ducks local craft shop I saw this gorgeous pearlised card that they were selling in handy bundles of 5 sheets for a pound. Of course I bought a few packs and colours however it being me the first choice was the chocolate brown and beige.

This is the first card I have made with the cardstock and so I thought I should share it!

I started by cutting the largest die from Spellbindesrs Mystical Embrace in the chocolate card and mounted this, with foam tape of course, with cream then another layer of the brown.  Next I added a strip of a matching Grosgrain ribbon from my stash before layering alternate die cuts from spellbinders Elegant Ovals set in alternate colours.

The final layer was stamped with an old sentiment stamp and eat embossed using CE Gold detail embossing powder. I added a bow and a few of Wendy's hat pins (click the item in the ingredients list to see where to purchase these lovely hand made pins.

The card didn't look finished however so I grabbed my new Die Du Jour the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies die set and cut a few of the edge daisies using the scraps of cream.  I finished the centres of these and the edges of the large die cut using ranger perfect Pearls in gold.

I really feel that the addition of the finishing touches makes this card.

Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals Die
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die
Cream & Brown Pearlised Card
Ranger Perfect Pearls in Gold
Wendy's Hit Pins


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Missed the Post...

Happy Tuesday,

There were so many differing opinions on yesterdays card It was bit like a game of tennis! lol  We all have different tastes and styles and yesterdays card showed how people can have differing views of the same card.
 I did start my blog purely for the selfish reason to get feedback on what I create this was especially pertinent at the time as I was living in a little bit of craft isolation in Spain.  I was relatively new to the craft world and the comments and encouragement you have all given me has helped me grow as a crafter.  I honestly appreciate what every person who checks out my work thinks and whilst these may not always be positive I do value the opinion of everyone who takes the time to comment!

 I thought today would be a good point to show three cards from the selection I have never posted because personally I felt they weren't good enough.  However, to me these are a good way to demonstrate how much each of us grows in our crafting and artwork.  I now look at some of this work and see nothing but the flaws however I know from past experience that others look at these and see the potential!

It is thanx to the support and feedback I receive on here that I feel I have moved on and learnt.  If I can inspire others whilst developing my style and skills then there can be nothing but winners.  As I've said before let me know what you think, each opinion is important!

Take Care,

John x

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Mixed Bag...

 Happy Monday,

Toady card is a little of a mixed bag using different papers and techniques to make the whole.

I started by embossing a piece of parchment by hand using a die cut from Spellbinders holly accents die set under the parchment which I simply ran a ball tool over to give the pattern.
I then simply set that within a frame made using the Sue Wilson filigree bow die set from which i used the ribbon strip.  I cut this in silver metallic card and mounted the strips onto a frame in a bright gold card.

Finally I added a bow made form the whole set and a simple banner sentiment.

Spellbinders Holly Accents
Sue Wilson Filigree Bow
Crafters Companion sentiment stamp


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Simple Sunday

Happy Sunday,

Firstly thanx to all of you for the lovely comments about my craft studio I was blown away again by the positive comments you all leave!  To answer a few questions yes we have some heating in there, no we haven't fully insulated as yet but still have a few jobs to do re that!

back to today and a quite simple card for simple Sunday.  I die cut the largest of the delicate daisies form Sue Wilson in the centre of a hand cut pale blue square card and stamped the sentiment from Creative Expressions underneath.  Next I added a white die cut flower in the space created and, using a small circle of card, secured the white flower on the back.  Then all i needed to do was fold out the petals and add a large pearl in the centre.

It really is that simple but, I hope you agree, effective.

Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die set
White and blue PMD cardstock
Sentiment stamp Creative Expressions
Pearl from stash.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Something Different Saturday...My Craft Space!

Happy Saturday,

As I launched my first craft room as a something different Saturday I thought, now it is finished, that I should show the new one as a post as well.  Now the space you are looking at is in the garage in the house as when I returned from Spain Mr ND said the only space that was probably free was the Garage.  To be honest I was very unsure what to do and how to, cheaply, convert a garage.  However as you can see from the pictures we managed it through hard work (the adding of the wall panels took us from 10am last Friday to 1:30am Saturday morning!) and determination.

Those of you who have been with me for a while will know my predilection for old shop fittings and I was lucky enough to get a load of 200 slat panel hangers, from the craft shop that closed before I left Spain, for €20.  I therefore ordered 10 x 1200 x 1200 slat panels to house it which would give me my dream of a wall of dies!  This is fantastic as I can see and select form my collection as I want and inspiration comes from just looking at it.

 Next I manged to get two of the curved large office desks in a local charity shop delivered for £50!  Even the large table used for Die Cutting was a cast off, originally from a Charity shop, from the kitchen as it was too large and whilst looking for bits for the studio we found the perfect replacement in bargain corner at Ikea.

I have to say, at this point, that I am a great believer in recycling and don't see the point in buying new cardboard furniture when good quality old furniture is virtually going begging.

The remainder of the items are all brought back with me and constitute the varied collecting I have done in the last 18 months including items for old shops, Lidl, Aldi etc.  Now the space is shared and the half you are looking at is my half, the other has been set up as a home office and music studio for Mr ND however I haven't taken pictures of his half as it is a tech paradise and covered in paperwork and music scores!

The Slat panel, which I have renamed crfat panel, is perfect for working and creating as I can have shelves along with everything hanging in easy reach I can finally have all my ribbon collection together.  There is even a place, if you look carefully for my Chino shop pearl hoard.

Finally we managed to get the pool table we have been hoarding for a couple of years (another £50 charity shop bargain) assembled and that houses my Light tent letting me take pictures whenever!

All in all a great deal of Bargain Hunting and hard work but worth it I feel, I therefore introduce our Studio!


Friday, 22 August 2014

A Little Brighter...

Happy Friday,

Yesterdays card split opinion and I have to agree it was unusual but I love trying something new.  To answer a couple of questions I sprayed the background card not the mask then set the piece with hairspray (if this doesn't make sense you will have to scroll back lol)

Back to today and something a little brighter for Friday to, hopefully, banish any blues form the turn in the weather!

 When I was cutting the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies in blue for another project I loved how the piece they were cut from came out.  I decided therefore to use this to make a card of its own (waste not want not)  I started then by inking through the piece to make a background panel using broken china DI.  I mounted one piece in blue as the front piece, used the mask I had created as the next layer and used a final inked piece as the background.

 I added a strip of ribbon, a tag from the Sue Wilson French collection borders and tags die and a few of the daisies left form the other card and a different look form leftover pieces. Of course there are a few of my signature pearls!

Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die set
Sue Wilson French Collection Borders and Tags
Blue & White cardstock
Broken China DI.


P.S. Craft room reveal tomorrow for al of you who asked!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Simply Playing...

Happy Thursday,

 I thought I should calm down the colours from yesterday and go back to my classic browns and beige's!  This card is a little bit of an experiment as I was trying out a new technique I thought of whilst using the That special touch mask I bought with Mrs duck at the Craft show a couple of weeks ago.  In fact it was a good job the stall had two of these peacock masks as we both had it on our lists.

I started by spray mounting the mask onto plain card to keep it in place however I was a little too overzealous with the spray and the whole piece of card got covered.  I then thought I would try adding different shades of Mica and see if it stuck and it did. The next picture (taken after I had set up my light tent, shows this better.

I then simply made a large background by inking vintage photo DI through the border die form the Sue Wilson Austrian collection and added a few layers of gold mirror card.

I cut one of the borders in gold and placed it down the side with the sentiment, bought at the same show, stamped and embossed then rubbed with the ink to distress it, added on top.

I'm not sure if this truly works but the subtle mica shading does shine in real life.

That Special Touch Peacock Mask
Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Borders and Tags die set
Sentiment stamp
Gold Mirror card
Vintage Photo DI