Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Christine Haworth

Well, the time is here to show you what I've been working on, squirrelled away in my craft room.  On Wednesday on Create and Craft, Fiona is bringing you two wonderful CD's from Christine Haworth, together with some stunning stamps.

This card uses one of the frame card designs from the CD, together with a tag and some backing paper all made into a rather stuning side stepper card.  The embellishments are from the Die'sire wildflower trio (a huge favourite of mine!).

Well, I hope you'll be able to join Fiona on Create and Craft on Wednesday (tomorrow!) at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Unfortunately, I'm working but I will have the Tivo all set to record so I can have a look back later at all the gorgeousness.



Sunday, 11 October 2015

Halloween Haunted House

Well, as promised in my last post, I've been working using the same country cottage template from Crafters Companion to create a spooky Halloween house.

I used white A3 card for the main body of the house, cutting out the door & windows in an angular creepy looking way, and I used Spectrum Noir Pens (DR5, Black, EB3, CG3 and FL2) with my ebrush to give the house it's colour, I also sprayed the house with gold spray and sparkle (because you can never have too much glitter and I didn't want it to look too spooky).  The roof was made using Kraft card and I then cut out the tiles (part of the template) in Kraft and black, alternating to create more interest (well, I think it's interesting).

I cut out all of the embellishments on my scan n cut, using the scan feature to create the spiders webs on the side, I really love how this turned out, and I hope it inspires you to look at your templates in a different way & see if they can be used differently.

Well I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.



Friday, 2 October 2015

Hello World

Cannot believe I keep leaving it so long between posts - I have been making loads of things recently (and buying with my birthday pennies), unfortunately I cannot share - yet!

But I've been looking back through my blog and realised there was a project I forgot to share when CC released their templates, and with Halloween fast approaching I thought I'd share this lovely project (well, I think it's lovely), which could easily be adapted into a scary Halloween Haunted House, in fact I might just have a go at that myself this weekend!

This was made using the Country Cottage Template, I didn't cut the windows that are templated as I wanted to change things up a bit and turn it into a garden shed.  My base card was Kraft card, which I then over stamped with a wood grain stamp in versamark and then clear embossed, gave a lovely wood grain effect to the base.  I used the Die'sire Icicles die to create the grass at the bottom (great versatility on that one!), the door was simply a piece of corrugated card on top of a larger piece of cream with a candi dot for the handle, a few embellishments and a sentiment and you're done.

I really do think this would create a great treat box for your Halloween candies, or even, with Christmas as the next holiday after that, you could have a fab time with the kids decorating it with sweets as a faux gingerbread house - once you get going the only limit is your imagination, so go have fun folks!



Thursday, 24 September 2015

Downton Abbey

Okay, I've never watched Downton Abbey as I'm really not a fan of period dramas (except The Paradise, that was brilliant, but it got cancelled after just 2 series!).  Anyway, having said that I love card making and when I got a sneaky peek at this range from Crafters Companion at their 10th Birthday party in August I just loved it, it is very grown up and elegant and there is so much there for men you should not be lost for a male card again - ever!

Having seen the samples on the screens now, I can honestly say my fellow teamies have done the most amazing work, and I'd like to think I've contributed a little bit to that, so without further ado, here are my little contributions which were created as step by step instructions which will appear at some point on the Crafters Companion website.

With this project I wanted to show how well the collection would work with things that you may already have from CC, such as the gift bag template, this is such a fabulous size and with everything on the CD you can coordinate your gift packaging, card and anything else you fancy! (I used the downstairs CD (2) for this one)

This twisted easel was done to show off one of the gorgeous male elements that are available on the CDs and also makes use of the Regency Swirls embossing folder that you may already have, bit of gilding wax and your away! (I used the upstairs CD (1) for this card).

Anyway, I hope you've been enjoying the Downton Abbey collection on Create and Craft over the past few days and that your CD's, dies and embossing folders are winging their way to you!



Sunday, 30 August 2015

Just playing

Well, I've had a very busy week off work and spent some time with the most AMAZING people to celebrate the upcoming 10th Birthday of Crafters Companion, I say busy, but when you spend most of 2 days in a car driving, that kind of uses up your time & I also needed a day to recover!

Anyway, I'm back to it now and managed to get together with an old crafty buddy back in Plymouth, it was lovely to see Sharon & I hope we can get together more often now, it's been waaaay too long.  I even made a card!

I recently ordered the gilding waxes from Crafters Companion, and in order to make use of the discount code I had, I also ordered some embossing folders, which like any good crafter stayed in their packet being stroked and cooed at every time I went past.  Well, I finally got them out of their packets yesterday, labeled them up so I know which is which in future and decided to make a card using one of them.

This card uses the Wood Grain embossing folder, and I actually used the cardboard back of the packet as it has such a lovely colour to it.  I then used the Renaissance Gold gilding wax over the top and cut this into 6cm squares, I layered these up with Coredinations from the Neutrals set and cut out the leaves using the Diesire Wildflower Trio (again with card from the Neutrals set), the sentiment is from the Sentimentals Nature set which I stamped (memento Rich Cocoa) onto a frame cut using the Nouveaux Stamping Frame, which was inked using Brushed Corduroy distress ink.

Well, anyway hope you like it & hopefully I'll be back soon with more to show you - I have another Crafty buddy, Alison due over this afternoon so we'll see what else I can get made!



Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Where does the time go?

Wow! its been ages since my last post - sorry about that, before you know it it'll be time to start singing carols again.

Speaking of which, have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  I don't think I ever really stop, can't help it, Christmas is my favourite time of year, and Crafters Companion are releasing today a really fabulous and quirky CD from the fabulously talented Abigail Mills with a Christmas theme, it's called Romany Christmas and there are also four stamp sets with some amazing characters.

My make will actually be a tutorial on the website, so if you like the look of this one you should be able to re-create it (I will happily share how to do things if there is ever anything you want to know, just get in touch).

This is a waterfall card using a section from the CD called 'Blended Tags', there are some incredible images, which will make fabulous quick toppers for cards, or like here, you can use them in combination, the backing papers are to die for - oh who am I kidding! the whole CD is just outstanding (as always).

Anyway, hope you can tune in later to Fiona on Create and Craft (4 p.m.) for the One Day Wonder.



Monday, 13 July 2015

How to make a Trinket Box

Ever wondered how to put together one of the trinket boxes on the Crafters Companion CD's?  Well, I've put together a step by step for one of the ones on the new Nordic Christmas CD (they're just gorgeous!).

First, let's show you what you're going to make, here's the finished card:

Okay, so first you need to print all of the pages out (print two of the second page, it does tell you at the top of the page that you need two.

I start by making the drawers (these are labelled 'box base'), so cut these out and the wraps first, then score along all the lines using a scoreboard such as the ultimate pro and burnish all of the creases.

Box wrap
Score on the lines
Score on the lines

 Next, snip along the solid lines on the drawers, and then glue the triangle tabs inside, this will form your drawers.

Sorry that the pictures are all over the place, hopefully you can see what was done....

Now you have your drawers, you need to make the wraps for them, so fold these up and glue along the small end and adhere this inside.  Put a draw inside each, you may want to do this as the glue dries so that you can make sure that the wrap fits well (if you use a wet glue you have a little wiggle time before its set).  You can use brads through the white dots at the front for handles, or punch holes and thread a loop of ribbon, a tassel, button.... you get the picture.

Next you need to cut out the two squares of card on the first page of the trinket box.  Glue your boxes to one of these so that there is a narrow border all the way round the drawers, you might want to dry arrange them before using glue to stick in place.

 Once your four drawers are in place (you can arrange them with one opening on each side if you like), then glue the other square of patterned card on top.

Now cut out the card, which is page 3 of the design, and score and burnish along the dotted lines

I have folded this so that the image is facing up on the base, this forms the easel top of your design.

 Next cut out the topper page of your design and create your easel design, this is very much a personal thing and you can go as mad as you like with this (especially with these stunning Christmas designs!)

Next, glue your easel to the draw base you have made

Once you have your easel on the base, you need to create a stop for the topper so that it stands up - there is a strip on the card page (page 3) of the design which you can use, raised up onto foam or 3D glue gel, or your can create rolled flowers from the last two pages of the design, which is what I've chosen to do.

Once you've created your lovely flowers, glue these into place, I also cut out some holly from the Die'sire Holly die to add an extra detail under the flowers, but again all the embellishments are down to you, there is so much scope with these lovely designs for adding your own personality.

Anyway, I hope this has helped if you were at all unsure of what goes where with these and I hope you all have loads of fun with this.