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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Crafters Companion August Challenge

Well, hasn't the weather changed - I'm looking out on a dreary, wet day, ah well, looks like summer is over for another year!

My lovely buddy Alison made it over on Saturday and we had a fab time, she made loads of cards, and I didn't!  But I did manage to get most of my Spectrum Noir accreditation test ready to send off, I've only got the final image to stamp and colour, still got to pass it, but we'll see.

Anyway, onto the card for today, the theme for the August Crafters Companion challenge is 'all about school' - now many of you will be getting children ready either for first day of school or the return to school, so this should be right at the front of your minds.  You could make a bookmark, a teacher gift, card, or just something that has a school or academic theme, there are so many possibilities, so come on people, let's see what you can do!

I chose one of the shaped cards from the Mulberry Wood everyday range, I printed a backing paper onto the back so that the inside of the card was decorated as well, and then printed the image again a couple of times so that I could decoupage the image, and then added WELL DONE using my scan n cut - fairly simple, but would have made a great card for a teenager just passing their exams.

Hope you all have a great day & manage to stay dry!

TTFN

Rach
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Friday, 15 August 2014

Sorry, been hiding under a pile of snowmen!

OMG! I did not realise it had been so long since I posted on here - bad blogger!

It's not entirely true that the whole time I've been buried under snowmen, but it is true in part, I have been working on the next big launch for Crafters Companion, which is the 2014 Snowman & Snowdog CD.  It's cram packed with beautiful things, and is not just for card makers, there is so much there you can have a truly amazing house decorated with everything Snowman & Snowdog over Christmas.  There are baubles, bunting, crackers, wine glass charms and soooo much more, I had a blast using it all & will definitely be making more in the run up to the big day!

Anyway, onto todays make, which is actually one of the cards from the CD, it's a spring card, but I played about with it a bit and put it on a stepped base, add some snowflakes and ivy (all Diesire dies), some frantage snow, and some gems and voila!


Anyway, hope you like, and I'll be back later with some more to whet your appetite for the launch tomorrow.

TTFN

Rach

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sorry - been playing with my new toy

Well, sorry for the extended absence, I haven't really been creating an awful lot recently, I have been hiding away playing with my new Scan n Cut, which my Mum very kindly offered to get for me (and I really wasn't going to look that particular gift horse in the mouth! - not that my mum is a horse!).

As part of my experimenting, I took the lastest download from Crafters Companion and used the scan n cut to fussy cut out all of the embellishments, well I say all, it could not handle some of them that were in yellow as the contrast was obviously not good enough for the screen, but it did most of the work for me.

I used the Rachelle Ann Miller stamp 'Squeeze' for my image and coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - have to say she was such a joy to colour, I love these images (the white dots were done with a white gel pen, I use a Pentel).  The only other things I used were some coloured card and my trustee collal glues.

Hope you like this, it's the first time I have done this pocket style of card.


Pens used: FS1, FS8 FS9, GB2, TN2, TN5, TN7, EB1, EB2, BT2, BT4, BT5, CR3, CR4, CR6, CR8, CR11.

Well, that's it for me today, will try and come back soon with some new things - there is an exciting launch or two coming up with Crafters Companion soon!  Ooh I'm such a tease!!!!

TTFN

Rach
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Crafters June Challenge

Okay, so I'm really late posting this, but hey, I still got in there before the end of the month and so there is still time for you all to enter out there, just click on here to take you to the entry page.

The theme for this month is tags, boxes and bags, so I thought I would make a gift bag using one of the gorgeous new Scruffy Little Cat images and the gorgeous Lola sat on her bath seemed ideal to me! I coloured her with my specrum noir pens and pencils and I used glossy accents on the bubbles.  The bag I made by printing onto two pieces of Centura pearl paper (from Camden Town CD), glued the two pieces together into a tube and then creased to give a boxy shape, I then scored 2 cm at the bottom and cut a piece of card to fit inside, and used the 2 cm crease to glue the card to the paper sides - that probably doesn't make sense so I will try and do a tutorial at some point.


I know some of you like these things, so here are the colours used to bring Lola to life:
Hair: CR11, DR5, DR7, EB3
Bodice & eyes: BT3-5
Bottles & potions: BT1 - 3
Bath: GB3, GB5, GB7, TN1, TN2
Ground: IG1
Skin: FS5, FS7, FS8, FS9
Bubbles: IB1
Pencils used: 097, 072, 063, 062, 005, 009, 017, 092, 084, 023

Anyway, hope you are all having a lovely day & enjoying the last of the sunshine (with Wimbledon just started and Glastonbury at the weekend, the weather is bound to take a turn for the worse!).

TTFN

Rach
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Crackers Anyone?

I learned to make this Cracker gift box last year & I love it, it's really simple to do - will put up a tutorial at some point so you can all follow along.

I used the Bebunni papercrafting kit for this one (A4 paper pad, die cut toppers and epoxy stickers), the papers in the pad are just gorgeous and they are all double sided so you can do fab fold backs easily.  I also used Diesire Lace border 4 and Holly dies and some ribbon.


Well, the range is released tomorrow and you will be able to see for yourself all of the wonderful things you can create.

TTFN - may be back later with more!

Rach
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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Here comes Santa Claus!

Lol! no you haven't just missed the last 6 months of the year and screamed into Christmas (although each year it seems to creep up in just that way!).  But I spent the entire weekend last weekend listening to Christmas carols and playing with the soon to be released Christmas Bebunni range (I sooo love being on the Design Team!).

You do not have to wait too long to get hold of these little beauties for yourself, they are launching on Create and Craft on Monday 23rd June as the 4 Day Deal - save your pennies this weekend, you're going to need them all!

Anyway onto today's little beauty from me - this is Bebunni with Poinsettia, and is one of the eight stamp sets in the release, each come with their own sentiments, one of which I've also used on this card.  There are also two 5x7 embossing folders, and if you look carefully at the green panel, you can see the Christmas wording on the paper - that is embossed using one of the embossing folders.  All of the papers for this card were printed from the CD (one of two CD's) and as you can see some of my old diesire dies made another outing.


I coloured Bebunni with my trustee Spectrum Noir pens and pencils (SN Pens: BG1, BG4, BG6, PP1, PP3, CR5, CR11, DR3, DR6, CT2, CG3, JG1 Blender.  Pencils: 033, 047, 045, 024, 119, 008, 089, 034 – 037)  Oh and I used some glue and glamour dust on his hat.

Anyway, hope you like my little sneak peek - come back for more soon!

TTFN

Rach
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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Introducing Nicola!

Well, continuing on from yesterday where you were introduced to Jessica, today's little beauty is Nicola.

I decided that Nicola would look just stunning decorating the front of a gift bag - she has a very plush 'present' feel to her & I can imagine some gorgeous smellies or bath products inside the bag.

The bag itself is made from a couple of sheets of Centura Pearl paper, onto which i printed a backing paper from the CD.  I used some gold edged ribbon from my stash for the handles, and also as decoration around my rolled flowers.

I cut the Chantilly Lace Doilie from mat black cardstock and the sprayed this with gold spray & sparkle - it doesn't show up very well in the picture, but looks stunning IRL.  Nicole is matted onto Coredinations colourcore brights - pink, and I also used this for one of the rolled flowers.

I hope you like it - I love making these gift bags, and can see me making loads of these with a christmassy theme to give presents in this year - they become a card and gift all in one!


For those of you who would like to know the colours used, with the pens, I used: 
IG1, IG2, TN1-3, TN5, TN9, EB3, EB4, FS5, FS7, FS8, PP1, PP2, PP4, PP6, GB2, GB3, CR3, DG2, BT2, Blender
Pencils: 007, 009, 033, 034, 039, 058, 087, 088, 096, 105, 119

Well, back tomorrow with another peek at the upcoming gorgeousness!

TTFN

Rach
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