Thursday, 26 December 2013
I made these quickly on Christmas Eve, took about an hour in total. The template is from Crafts U Print which I printed onto some Neenah card. The cutting out is a pain but was easy enough (even easier with a new blade in your craft knife - I think changing my blade is one thing I will do on a regular basis next year!). I used a bottle of glue to help keep the shape of the cracker whilst I stuck it together with some strong double sided tape. I filled them with some lottery scratchcards and chocolates and tied them with raffia ribbon.
I didn't have any snaps but they're fine without.
The scratch cards by the way netted us £120 on Christmas Day- result!
The card is a stepper card and I used an embossing folder on some core'dinations Black Magic card which I sanded back to reveal the orange beneath the black. The ghosts were stickers that I attached using some Papermania mini springs.
The gift bag was a plain kraft one from Hobbycraft that I attached Halloween paper and a topper from the Hunkydory Little Horrors kit. I filled the bag with some sweets before sending it off to some friends children (although I was tempted to keep it!). It's the first gift bag I've made like this and I was pleased with the result.
Saturday, 19 October 2013
When I first saw the Fall for Autumn kit by Hunkydory, the sheets with this fox image on were my least favourite and yet they are ones that I have used first! The top card is for my nephew and the lower cards is for a work colleague. I think the image has grown on me!
Both cards are very simple designs, the card stock has been matted and layered onto card blanks and a topper and sentiment added. I also popped some black gems on the bottom one for a finishing touch.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
I made this card up from the new Hunkydory Fall for Autumn collection. It's an 8x8 card blank and I simply used a piece of one of the cardstock sheets and a piece of the corresponding foiled card. I used some velvet rick rack ribbon to disguise the join and added a sentiment from the topper sheet. The flower centres and bee's wings have been highlighted with glitter glue. This card is for my sister in law, Nicola who was Alison's step-mum. It's going to be a tough day for her so I needed to keep the card 'peaceful'.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
It feels so much better knowing that I've made a proper start for the festive season - just hope the mojo holds out for a few more weeks.
This card was a first for me! I used a CD to print the images. I've been having a little play with CD's for a while but the images don't usually make it as far as a card.
I made this for my sister's birthday back in June and it's from the Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood everyday collection. I printed the images onto Centura Pearl cardstock (which is why they probably don't look very clear - in real life it gives a beautiful effect). I embossed some pale yellow pealescent card with some swirls and mounted on to a DL card blank. The tags were stuck down using some double sided tape and then I used some glitter brads in corresponding colours at the top of each tag.
OK - I've been absent for a wee while. I'd like to say it was because I'd been way too busy crafting or living the good life but sadly that's not the case. My dear niece Alison passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly in June. She was just 31 years old and, naturally, the whole family has been left devastated. As well as my niece, Alison was godmother to my son and so holds a special place within my own little family. It takes a long time to pick up the threads of life and make the effort to carry on when every part of you aches for a beautiful young woman who touched so many lives during her own short life. She will be forever remembered as the life and soul of any party; she was one of those very rare and special people that manage to light up a room just by entering it.
Thursday, 28 February 2013
I made this card using the Mulberry Wood Everyday collection by Crafter's Companion. The images in this collection are just so cute that I love working with them. The toppers already have the gold foiled border and the pink background card comes with the striped corner so I feel a bit of a cheat as there's not much actual crafting but sometimes you just need something quick.
Sadly I was a bit too late to enter these into the I Love Promarkers Four Legged Friends challenge, but I can add them to my blog anyway! I've been doing a bit of Promarker practice recently and am beginning to fall in love with them all over again. Not sure why I stopped stamping and colouring in the first place as it really is a very relaxing thing to do.
I made 2 cards virtually the same so that I had 1 to use and 1 to pop into my spares box (the spare one has now been sent out so it didn't last long!).
I used some yellow Core'dinations embossed spotty card for the background. I received a huge 12x12 pad of this card not last Christmas but the one before, so I get a tick for using up something old. The message ovals are by Craftwork Cards and again are something that I've had 'forever' (and to be honest wouldn't be without as they are so handy).
Continuing my theme of 'use it up' I found this really old Kanban kit in a drawer when I was having a bit of a tidy up (and I'm talking circa 2009, so not just old but really old!).
There are a couple of reasons I haven't used it previously - for one it's just too lovely to use and send and secondly it came with some really strange spacer things that made no sense (and the 20+ reviews on QVC at the time confirmed it wasn't just me). Anyhow, today I bit the bullet and just went my own way with it. I decoupaged some elements onto the A5 pre-printed card blank that came in the kit and then used the remaining layers to create and 5.5 inch square card. Got another 9 nine sheets to use but I shall crack on with them and get it all used up.
I'm entering this in Stamping For Pleasure's February Rudolph challenge and, as usual, I've made it by the skin of my teeth!
Monday, 4 February 2013
So carrying on with my theme of using up stash that I've had for ages I found a lovely set of LOTV squares. I used some Docrafts paper from 6x6 stack along with some purple Centura Pearl card. I found the little flowers in a bag (can't be sure where they came from) and added a Craftwork cards oval sentitment. I've got another 19 of these squares from the same set to use....
Friday, 1 February 2013
Thursday, 31 January 2013
I used a Kanban kit and added some Card Candi (still don't like it spelt with an 'i') and a little lilac bow. I'm on a mission to use at least some of my older stash this year (and I think I probably have enough stuff to last until the next decade!),
A bit late - but just in time (that will probably be my mantra for 2013! This is a Humphrey's Corner card that I made using a kit that came with a magazine last year. I used the decoupage and paper from the kit and added some red card and some star shaped gems. This is the first Christmas card that I've made for 2013 and it also falls within the promise I made to myself to actually use up some of the stash that I've been hoarding for the past 5 years! I've entered this card into Sarn's Rudolph Day challenge over on Stamping For Pleasure