Sunday, 31 August 2014

Simple Sunday Scraps...

Happy Simple Sunday,

Today's card is the second part form Friday and is, again, made from the scraps left over form that card.  All I simply did was to mount the waste piece form cutting the Delicate Daisies onto a double sided sheet and add Creative Expressions Glacier Ice.  I added some matching gems in the centres and mounted the whole piece on a hand cut Lavender card.

The final detail is the faux stitching around the edges and the stems and leaves.  I drew these on by hand ( difficult as I haven't done much drawing since leaving art college some 15 years ago) with a fine line pen.

A simple and quick card for a Sunday,

Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die
Double Sided Adhesive sheets
Creative Expressions Glacier Ice


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Something Different Saturday...Been Playing

Happy Saturday,

Today's different is really different for me as I don't think I have ever shown an unfinished project or a work inn progress however I have had the opportunity this week to play with some different techniques and I so loved the results I thought it was different enough to warrant a post.

I have been playing with the masks I bought at the craft show I went to with Mrs D and using different techniques to makes backgrounds and front pieces for my cards.

 Look out over the next couple of weeks as I will make all of these into finished projects however I think it is fun to see them in their raw state!

The tigerish peacock feathers mask is made using Gilding flakes, a double sided adhesive sheet and Iced snow.

The Black and white is again using an adhesive sheet and iced snow and midnight snow

The flat black and white is made using texture paste and iced snow and finally the brighter one is made using glitter! yes glitter however this is the polished silk glitter from Cosmic Shimmer and is amazing.  once polished it can be stamped on and is so mess free I think I may have to indulge in more colours (no Mrs Duck it wont be peel offs next!)

I hope you don't mind me indulging myself by showing my playing efforts I will show finished products when I have used these backgrounds so that is my defense!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Lavender 2'fer...

Happy Friday,

After the success of the original and scrap made cards of the last two days |I thought I would repeat the experiment however Today's card is the original you will have to tune in for Simple Sunday for the scrap made version!

This is still, however, a simple card.  I started by die cutting the frame using a set of A4 rectangular die I bought at the craft show with Mrs Duck a couple of weeks ago (visitors to her blog will already be familiar with these as she bought a set as well!)  I used three of the nesting rectangles 2 for the frame and one to make a nice embossed line within the frame.  These are offset at the bottom to give a wider border for the sentiment which Is one of the new singles stamps from Creative Expressions.

Next I die cut a background using the Sue Wilson Beveled glass striplet which I cut twice in plain cream card.  I foam mounted the back, then the panel, then the frame to make a simple card.  I added four daisies made using the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies set to which I added a pearl to the centre.

I did think that the sentiment on this could be anything and would make a nice card idea for loads of occasions.

Sue Wilson Beveled Glass Striplet
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies die
Creative Expressions singles sentiment stamp (part of a set with a floral stamp designed by Sue)
Cream & Lavender card.Pearls form stash.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Using Scraps...

Happy Thursday,

Normally I try to avoid posting the same colours 2 days running as I don't think the ascetic on the blog is right however this was too good an opportunity to miss as today's (yes I know I sometimes write Toadys! lol) card is made entirely of the scraps left over from yesterdays card.  The main body is simply constructed using the pieces of pearlised card that I cut the ovals form for yesterdays creation!  The other pieces are either leftovers form that card or were cut using scrap pieces.  I wanted to show that not only can one card lead to another but that it is wise to keep all the spare pieces when you are creating because you never know what will come of them.

I started by simply foam layering each waste piece over the top of each other cutting a wider border on each subsequent layer.  The centre sentiment panel is foam mounted onto a spare oval and is the foam mounted the the back of the card.  This is something I am always doing as I love the differing levels.

I added a few more dots of the perfect pearls and some of the delicate daisies, this time I added bases cut using the whole petal set to offset the cream of the front.  The only addition, again cut using a scrap piece, was the filigree leaves which just set the whole piece off.

Interesting what you can make with scrap isn't it?

Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals Die
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Die filigree & Solid petal sets
Sue Wilson Filigree leaves Die
Cream & Brown Pearlised Card
Ranger Perfect Pearls in Gold


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


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Feeling Blue..Bright Blue!

Happy Wednesday,

Don't be fooled by the title I am not feeling blue, whilst it is my favourite colour, I am feeling the bright blue of this card.  I love this pearl bright blue card that I bought at the craft show and I wanted something classic to show of the beautiful sheen and colour.  I couldn't turn anywhere else for the classic elegance than the Austrian Collection dies by Sue Wilson.  This Die set has got to be my favorite of the whole new release (I have seen the Christmas ones now that everyone is mentioning and am already plotting how and when I can buy my favorites, which is hard as I can't find one I don't like!)

I started by stamping the Iris stamp, a creative expressions single stamp by Sue Wilson, on the blue card in Detail white embossing powder.  Next I die cut an aperture in white hammered PMD cardstock onto which I had added a die cut, again in the blue, of the Austrian collection background die.  I added a simple white frame cut with 2 old Spellbinders oval dies and foam mounted this over the aperture.  I added a further piece of the blue onto which I added the largest oval die cut from the Austrian set, again foam mounted.

Once this piece was finished I simply added a few pearls and mounted the whole thing on white card.  Finally I added the finished front piece to a hand cut card blank in white onto which I added a pierced mat (really thought I should as all the products were designed by Sue, and finished.

Hopefully a nice classic card with a twist of filigree...

Pearl Blue Card
Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Die
Spellbinders Classic ovals Sml
Sue Wilson Austrian Background Die
Creative Expressions Iris stamp
Details White embossing powder


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Simple Filigree...

Happy Tuesday,

Firstly I would like to thank you all for the kind words yesterday, both my mum and I had a nice day remembering the positive things and as so many of you said My dad would be so proud of what I have achieved.  There are a couple of things that I cant wait to share with you all but as they say patience is a virtue so I will have to wait until the time is right.

back to today, I have made two versions of this card and this one is the simpler one of the two, the other is on hols and will be posted when I am allowed!  I started by making the filigree base by using the new Sue Wilson Austrian collection background into the top fold filigree base.  Next I added pieces of First Edition Isabella paper on the reverse.  As this paper is a double sided pattern it worked perfectly as it also makes a nice inside as well.

The sentiment panel is simply made by layering a die cut, using the centre oval in the set, in the same paper with foam tape n top. The sentiment its self from Crafters Companion, was stamped onto a plain die cut form the Sue Wilson Borders and Tags set and I inked through the die with Vintage Photo DI to give some definition.

The final addition of some pearls (of course) completes a simple filigree card and by changing the background paper you could ake this in any colour, and for any occasion, you like.

Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die
Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Borders and Tags die set
First Edition Isabella paper pack
Ranger Vintage Photo DI
Crafters Companion Sentiment
Pearls from Stash.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Heavy Heart..

Happy Monday,

It is with a heavy heart that I post today's creation, I have been agonising over what to post today (thanks Mrs D for the assistance on this one you really put things in perspective).  I have never been one for blogging the whole of my private life and whilst I love all the friendship and togetherness that craft blogging brings I have always shied away from being too personal.  Well last year on the 18th August I posted something important to me which was the loss of my Dad now two years ago today.  If you want to scroll back for more info please feel free!

Obviously today is the second anniversary of this event and whilst I had said, last year, that I would not post on this day It does not now seem right.  I know he would not want me to stop creating and posting work as he was such a positive person and supporter of my hopes and dreams.  Therefore today's card was specifically for him and my my mum (and Me as well lol!) as it was made especially around the sentiment for this occasion which, whilst being appropriate for many occasions, seemed to sum up what I want to say to me and my family.

Sue Wilson French Collection Border & Tags die set
Justrite Embroidered Background Stamp
Crafters Companion Sentiment Stamp
Detail White embossing Powder
White, Black & Silver cardstock

I will leave you today, if you don't mind with the sentiment which, whilst being for all, selfishly today is for me and mine.

"Everyone wants Happiness, No one wants pain.  But you cant have a rainbow without a little rain"

Love, John x