Thursday, 15 January 2015

Awww, nearly over....

Yep, the four day deal on Create and Craft comes to an end today, Fiona has done an amazing job with the Tweedies, and made some fab cards on the telly.  I really hope you are all loving these designs, they really are amazing!

For today's make, I thought I'd show you one of the 'Fold Back Frame Cards' from the CD - you actually get the bits to make TWO frame cards on the one 'design' (this is from the shaped cards section on the CD), you get two images, two fold back frames, the triangles to give you the double siding to the foldbacks, the base cards to print (if you want) and some embellishments (see the buttons in the corner, these were from the same sheet), I also used some backing paper from the CD, and you see the beautifully folded paper holding up the easel, well this is actually from the embellishments section and actually includes all the scoring lines to fold your paper pleat! 

Suffice to say, I'm a complete Tweedies convert, I hope we get to work with loads more of Abigail Mill's artwork.

Anyway, must dash, so TTFN


Monday, 12 January 2015

Not long to wait now

Well, by the time I've finished writing this post, the Tweedies should be live on air with Fiona, so I thought I'd show you another of my makes for the launch.

This is an A5 cream card base, the card I've used for matting and layering is Coordinations colourcore card from the pastels set.  The topper is one of the Card Frames, I cut out the centre circle and set it back into the card, raising the remaining frame up with Collal 3D glue gel, I've used one of the borders, one of the embellishment sheets, some faux stitching, lace ribbon and some buttons.  So beautiful and so elegant.

Anyway, it's just started so I'm off to watch for a bit before work.



Sunday, 11 January 2015

Tweedies Launch

Well, I'm a little late to the party as all my teamies started to show off their stunning samples yesterday, but as I could barely see through sneezing yesterday, you've had to wait a little longer for me - sorry.

This new collection from Crafters Companion launches tomorrow (12th January) at 8 a.m. with the lovely Fiona on Create and Craft TV.  I have to confess that I did not instantly fall in love with this collection as I have some of the others, it really is a bit different, but I think thats what Crafters do really well, take the unusual and make it into something infinitely craftable.  As I started to work with the images I found more and more that I really loved and the creative juices kicked in.  The Tweedies collection is created by the same lady, Abigail Mills, who did the Halcyon Days.

This first sample is created on an A4 sheet folded longways and is actually created from one of the card companions, which now come on two sheets so you get lots of alternative toppers and, as you can see lots of embellishments. I also used a bit of Neenah Desert storm for matting on the base (with one of the backing papers), some glossy accents and a brad, but other than that, it's all one card companion.

Like I said, I now love this CD, it's going to be a great go to for those people who 'don't do cute' (odd, but there are some people out there!).

Anyway, for now I'll sign off, but I'll be back with another sample tomorrow, and don't forget to tune in and see Fiona tomorrow morning.



Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, it's January 1st, so a fresh brand new year to make a mark (or completely arse it up, like every other year, but I can dream!).

Sorry I've not been about much, I was so busy in the run up to Christmas getting things ready and making cards (most of my makes last year were for Crafters Companion and I didn't make that many for my stash, one of the first things I'd like to rectify this year - make more cards for my own supplies, not that I'm complaining, I love working with Crafters Companion stuff!).

Well, I thought I'd just come on with a quick post to wish you all a Happy New Year, and to show you one of the cards I forgot to put on my blog from last year.  This is from the Bebunni Floral CD and uses one of the lovely topper companions, some backing paper also from the CD, the coordinating Bebunni cupcake die and some stunning purple ribbon.  Should be a really quick card to make, I say should as even simple cards seem to take me forever as I faff about moving things around until they seem just right.

Anyway, hope you're having a great start to the new year, and that this fresh brand spanking new year brings everything you want.



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Did you miss me?

Sorry for the prolonged absence, I really was trying to be a good blogger for a while there and then Christmas started to get in the way, in a good way.  I've been tasked with arranging the Christmas party at work, which is on Friday this week and so I've been concentrating on this and getting my house/fridge/freezer ready for the festivities, I think I'm about there now, there will be only 4 of us this year but you would think I'm feeding the five thousand the amount of food I have in - well, it is Christmas!

Anyway, here I am back with you sharing another design team card (should have shared this days ago, oops! sorry).  This card uses one of the new Darice embossing folders that were launched yesterday on Create and Craft, this one is the honeycomb one and I can see it as being really versatile for creating fabulous texture in the background of a card.  I used one of the Sheena Douglas sentiments with it, and cut a bee out on my scan n cut using a free download from Birdscards (thank you for that!), I did use a bit of clear wink of stella on the bees wings to give it a bit of sparkle and then just some ribbon and black card for matting and you're done (oh, forgot to say that the card I embossed onto was Core'dinations colourcore card, lovely stuff!).

Anyway, that's it for me for the moment, I promise to try not to leave it so long next time, I will try and remember to show you some of the Christmas cards I have been making.



Monday, 17 November 2014

Crafters Companion November Challenge

Well, the theme over at Crafters Companion this month is "Christmas/Winter", and as I haven't played with my Makey Bakey Mice stamps much recently, I thought I'd unbury them from all of my other goodies and set to it (I am also desperately behind with making Christmas cards this year so I needed to get on with it!).

I chose the image, 'trimming the tree', he's such a cute little fella!.  Coloured him with my trustee Spectrum Noir pens (colours after the piccie), and then cut him out with one of my spellbinders bauble dies and inked around the edges using TH distress ink 'iced spruce'.  Mounted this onto some beautiful sparkly green cardstock and put a double bow at the top using my fabby Ultimate Pro.  The background is Centura pearl hint of gold, embossed with the Embossalicious Vintage Decorations embossing folder, I then used a green metallic rub on to highlight the embossing and mounted this again onto the sparkly green cardstock, this is all matted onto a 7x7 card base.  For the sentiment, I used the same stamp set as the image and used a green pigment ink stamp, then used clear embossing powder and heated, I then cut this out with a spellbinders circle die, this is matted onto a gold paper star cut out with Diesire Classiques 'stars'.

Spectrum Noir colours used: FS1, FS8, TN1, TN3, TN5, TN7
JG2, CG4, CG3, LY1, CT2, CT4, CR10, DR5, DR7
IG1, IG2, Blender

Well, hope you find the time to enter the challenge this month.



Sunday, 16 November 2014

More Bebunni loveliness

Hello again, it's a lovely sunny Sunday Morning here in Plymouth and I'm getting set for one of my favourite days of crafting, I always try and make something on a Sunday (besides the roast dinner!) and I'm really trying to get started on those Christmas cards.  I have loads of card companions printed out from various CD's The Snowman & Snowdog, Father Christmas, Party Paws, Mulberry Wood, Crafters Companion really do have an awful lot of incredible CD's, oh and of course not forgetting the stunning recent Moonbeam Meadows CD's.

But for today I thought I'd show you two more of the cards you may have seen on telly for the Bebunni launch - I really will never get tired of this little rabbit!

 This card uses the stamp set 'Brighten my Day', I used the diesire classical frame, and used the inside of the frame to create the size for the cutout bunni, I just used a pencil to draw where the image did not catch the frame and then cut out, cutting around the bits that were outside the pencil lines, rub out any pencil that remains and voila the bunni sits in it beautifully.  All of the papers are from the CD and I added the little stars which are one of the new coordinating die sets.

The pens & pencils used were: SN Pens: IG1 – 3, CR6, CR4, CR2, CG1, CG2, LY1, LY3, GB3, OR1, GB4
SN Pencils: 119, 114, 059, 020, 022, 061, 062

This card was made by using the Chantilly lace stamping frame to create an easel card base and then cutting the frame again in orange to mount the image onto (image and sentiment from the Flower Garden stamp set).  I only added a few butterfly gems to this one as I didn't think it needed too much extra embellishment.

The pens & pencils used were:  SN Pens: IG1, IG2, IG3, IG5, GB3, OR1, OR2, CR4, GG1, GG2, PP1, BP2, TB1, TB4, CG3, LG5, LG2, TB1, TB3, CT2, BT1
SN Pencils: 118, 115, 067, 051, 017

Anyway, hope you enjoy your Sunday, whatever you're up to!