Thursday, 24 July 2014

Pale Blue Family...

Happy Thursday,

No New New card today I'm afraid as not yet got a craft space fully up and running and yes it's getting me down lol!

Today's card is a quick one I'm afraid, firstly because I am low on time secondly for some reason I only took 2 pictures of this one!

This is the card I gave to my boss in the bar when I Left.  I worked there for 2 years, until last month when I left the country, as a chef and barman and it was a family owned place with a wonderful family running it.  As soon as I saw this sentiment stamp from Crafters Companion I know that the card I made for them would be centered around this!

This is another example of my love of cutting apertures from the centre of cards and foam mounting behind to create lots of levels.

Spellbinders Elegant Ovals
Spellbinders Classic ovals small
Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy
Blue and white PMD cardstock.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Last Spanish Card...

Happy Wednesday,

I thought today I should show the last card I made in spain before my return, now there may be more cards made in my old crafting space popping up as I have a small bank of cards, photo's and posts ready and waiting to any untoward occurance.  However this is the final card I actually made before packing the final bits of craft equipment in the car and driving off into the sunset and returning to live here in the U.K!

The background for this card is made with a spellbinders background die that I borrowed form Val in Spain at one of Wendy's craft group meetings I'm hoping Val can tell us which one it is?!?

I started by die cutting the background in the centre of a sheet of soft gold embossed card that I bought when shopping in the closing down sale of the loacl craft shop (sadly the last craft shop in the local area in spain the owner had to move back to the U.K. and wasn't able to find as buyer in the short time she had!)  Happily now being back in the UK I have more options for Crafty Shopping!

The frame is made by using spellbinders matting basics set B, following that I simply layered different frames of white and soft gold to create the whole card.  This is all mounted onto a large 18 x 16cm card blank and a strip of gold tulle and white seam binding added to the front, to balance the flower and bow.

Now I know that not everyone is into big bows however the rose needed something to make it stand out and this was the best Idea I had.

The rose is made using the spiral rose die and I ran a gold marker pen around the edges of the flower before rolling it up (similar to my Christmas poinsettia wreath from Christmas In July)

A simple sentiment and seam binding bow and a few (dozen) pearls and finished.

Spellbinders Spiral flower one
Spellbinders background die 
Spellbinders matting Basics set B
White seem binding
Gold marker pen (Sakura)
Soft gold card (local craft shop bargain)


Curved corner brown and gold

Happy Wednesday,

Monday & Tuesday Summery, today autumnal I'm not sure what weather will be greeting me now I am back in the U.K. (hopefully I am scheduling this in early July to be honest to cover my travelling) at the moment it is hot and sunny but I know this rarely lasts.  Therefore a little bit of autumn shade can't go amiss!

Spellbinders Embossing folder
Spellbinders Curved border one
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals
Core'dinations cardstock
Ranger Gold Perfect Pearls


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

HOME for a Purple Flower...

Happy Tuesday,

Well firstly I would like to thank each and everyone one of you for your wonderfully warm messages of safe journey!  We are now HOME and I've got to admit that whilst it was trying, the journey was worth it if only to be reunited with all my craft goodies which have been here for nearly 2 weeks!  When I have more time I will hopefully add a few pictures we took along the way however suffice to say that the journey was mostly smooth apart from 2 hours of golf ball sized hail stones along with torrential rain through the Pyrenees on the Spanish french border. I think my little blue car is still shaking and checking his scratches as I write this!  The remainder of today's pots is a scheduled one readied to go today as are the remainder of this week to give me a little breathing space.  There may be something new on Saturday as the gorgeous new striplet from Sue Wilson i bought last week was waiting for me on the door mat along with a few other purchases i had made along the way!  Once again thank you from the bottom of both our hearts for the warm wishes which I am sure helped make the journy, relatively, smooth!

Still on a summery kick with another flower, now I know I am not, classically, a flowery type of crafter but the simple effectiveness of these spellbinders create a flower dies really appealed to me.  The Iris die is one of the easier to die cut at least as it uses a lot less petals than yesterdays sunflower.

 I started by distress inking the mask onto a sheet of super smooth white PMD cardstock, once I had inked the design I also inked around the edge to give a crisp clean border.  I then die cut a small oval from the centre then arranged some of the elegant ovals, cut as frames, with foam tape over the aperture.  I then stamped the sentiment into the cut oval and foam mounted it behind the base card to give a depth to enable the flower to sit properly as this die makes a large stem.

I made up the Iris using Twinkling H2O's to paint the yellow onto the leaves, these show against dark cards so are perfect for giving a highlight on the purple.  The ivy and leaves are cut form a sheet of shimmer card form DoCrafts from my stash and simply arranged around the edge of the ovals to balance the flower.

Spellbinders Create an Iris
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals
Spellbinders Classic ovals small
Joanna sheen Ivy Flourish
Creative Expressions sentiment stamp
Mask (packed so don't know which one!)
Twinkling H2O's (Creative Expressions I think)

A card that would take any flower and any colour,


Monday, 21 July 2014

Lonely Sunflower...

Happy Monday,

Today's card is the ultimate antidote to the Christmas of last week what could bring us back to the summer than a sunflower!

I know I am saying this a lot lately but this is not a difficult card or creation however it is time consuming as the flower dies from spellbinders, whilst easy to follow and make up do take a while to put together properly.  There are numerous tutorials on you tube on the making of this and the other flowers in the range.

I have to say that they are very effective and whilst quite big a smaller card does show them off well.  I started this card by making the card blank using the largest die in the labels 38 set from spellbinders. I folded a sheet of A4 card in half and placed the die over the fold ensuring that the fold is inside cutting line, ensuring that the fold is not cut.  Once run through your die cutting machine you will get a shaped card out with fold intact.  I then drew round the inside of the same die on a sheet of white card and cut out the shape.  This creates a perfect mat that fits the card blank, using the next die down leaves too large a border.

I then cut a frame using the next 2 sizes of the labels die and embossed these.  This was then foam mounted in the centre.  The sentiment strip is cut using spellbinders curved borders 2 i then cut this into a strip and added a thin layer of yellow to balance the flower.

Finally I added the flower with a selection of leaves that come in the set and a nice sunny card is created.

Spellbinders create a sunflower die
spellbinders labels 38 die
spellbinders curved borders 2
yellow, brown & white cardstock
Crafters Companion Sentimentals stamp.

A summery card that would be great to send wishes to anyone.


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Something Simpler....

Happy Sunday,

Now today's card, the last of Christmas in July and again not in traditional colours, is a simple stamped affair with no die cuts at all.  I used the same stamping technique as earlier in the week and I hope to give more details today.  I stared with a sheet of smooth cardstock in a simple cream shade.  The card must be super smooth otherwise the mica sicks to the raised surface.

Firstly I inked up my stamp in versamark or similar perfect medium style of ink pad and stamped each image.  Then using a small soft haired brush I brushed the mica powder, this time in a silver and a blue, over the area I had stamped.  I them used a large soft brush (I use an old blusher brush of my mums for this) to dust off the excess and polish the stamped image.  I then moved on and stamped the next bauble and used the same colours.  As you can see from the card I have used two colours on one of the baubles which is achieved by using a small brush and placing the powder carefully in certain places.

To set the design I sprayed the sheet with hairspray, Wendy tells me this is the technique for chalking, and then stamped on the lines using archival ink in black.  As you can see from the bigger picture of the backing, above, the mica gives a really clear image with a beautiful shine and shimmer which catches the light.

The border, foam mounted over the image, is made by hand cutting a frame in white hammered card and then the frames are scored using my scor-pal.

I hope you like this simple card and again whilst the colours may not be your idea of a classic Christmas it is a technique that can be used in loads of colours.  There are hundreds of mica colours available out there!

Versamark Ink Pad
DoCrafts Christmas stamp set 2013
Archival ink pad black
Super smooth cardstock


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Christmas Sneak Peak Bonus!

Happy Saturday Night!,

Here is a bonus post showing some of my Christmas projects for 2014 that I have been working on or trying out in Spain before my return.  Now these are by no means finished projects and are, at the moment, simply prototypes.  Some of these may not even make it onto the blog or may be radically changed before they do!

I hope you enjoy this sneak peak and bonus post, keep an eye out I will give some more ideas as to when these are finished and are ready to be presented in  August.