Hi everyone, after a very long abscence I've decided to come back to my blog. I've still been crafting over the last couple of years but my poor blog has been totally neglected. I'm looking forward to posting regularly again now that I'm finding more time to get in my crafting cabin. I'll post a few of my more recent creations.
thought I'd update my blog, didn't realise it's over 3 months since I posted anything!
I've been ill, but I'm feeling much better now so will hopefully have something to add soon. I've also been designing for Trimcraft , so will post some pics soon of the creations I've made for them to take to CHA.
Some other news I have is that I stood down from the design team at I &hearts: Promarkers. I've been with them right from the beginning a couple of years ago, so it was a very hard decision to make to leave. I couldn't have worked with a better team. Unfortunately illness took over and I felt unable to commit on a weekly basis at the time. Hopefully I'll soon be entering the challenges instead, that is once I've had a good tidy up in my craft room.
Sorry I'm late with this week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers, I just haven't had time to think let alone blog and craft this last week. I've had a few personal problems which thankfully are now sorted, then illness. Everything's ok now, so I'm left playing catch-up.
Our challenge this week is SPOOKY. I love making Halloween cards, but never know what to do with them after, so I try to keep it down to only making one a year.
We are being sponsored by the fabulous Joanna Sheen, with the winner getting a £10 gift voucher to spend in her online shop.
For my card I've used a Pollycraft image called Luna Bitterfrost - Happy Haunting, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I've coloured the white background with a grey Promarker, die cut the image with Go Create Frilly 2 large frame, then doodled round the edges with a black fine liner Promarker.
The dps are MME Boo to You and Martha Stewart Creepy Face. I cut around a part of a spider's web from a sheet of the dp. The bat is a die cut from the Boo to You collection. The sentiment and cat's face are digis, which unfortunately I'm not sure where I got them, I've coloured the backgrounds on both with Promarkers. The Halloween wording embellishment was a gift from a friend. I added some faux stitching, some in black and some in white. Other items used are Martha Stewart punches - a spooky gate and goo, Prima orange pearls, and Glossy Accents on pumpkin eyes and mouth, and cat's, bat's and spider's eyes. Cardstock is orange 6 x 6" Bazzill.
I'm entering my spooky card into these challenges:
This week's challenge at I ♥ Promarkers is Distressing. We are being sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop with the prize being $10 to spend in their online store.
For my image I used vintage sewing machine by Digi Doodle Shop coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I die cut it with Nesties Labels 2, distressed the edges, inked pumice stone Distress Ink, then added some gesso.
The dp is Tim Holtz (not that you can see it any more lol), to which I distressed the edges as before, and added gesso. I then stamped a Claudine Hellmuth domestic foam stamp using terracotta acrylic paint and stamped over the top with the outline stamp in frayed burlap Distress Ink.
In the top left hand corner I used some sequin waste as a template and sprayed Glimmer and Memories Mists. I then added a doily and the image.
The flower was made by firstly stamping Hero Arts printed flowers with frayed burlap onto Tim Holtz dp, cutting them out, then scrunching them up, adding a brad and then some gesso.
Other items used are a swirly corner from Make It Crafty dabbed with a little butterscotch Adirondack acrylic paint, lace from Wild Orchid Crafts, and 3 buttons from stash. Cardstock is white 6 x 6".
It's my son's 10th birthday on Sunday, so I made this card to give him from his sister. He's so excited as he's going to Wembley on a stadium tour with his dad and some friends on Saturday, then for something to eat. It gets harder each year to know what to do for his birthday, hopefully he'll have a good day. On Sunday we've got family round for a birthday tea.
For my card I've used Magnolia's Edwin with present, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I've cut him out and added a gem in the middle of the parcel. The dp is from the Kaisercraft Up, up and Away collection, and I've inked the edges with tea dye and vintage photo Distress Inks.I've added some chipboard swirls, and numbers and stars, coloured again with Distress Inks. The numbers and stars also have Glossy Accents on them. Other items used are BasicGrey gems, a Martha Stewart punch and sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up. The cardstock is Kraft Bazzill 6 x 6".
For my card I've used Magnolia Pirates Tilda and Edwin, and a ship rubber stamp by Stamp Addicts, all coloured with Promarkers. The ship has been punched out and matted onto purple/blue Bazzill card which has been distressed. I've added Glossy Accents to the sea and various other bits. The sentiment is a download which I had printed out and am not sure where it's from. I've sat Tilda and Edwin on a rope image by Magnolia. The dp is Fancy Pants Beach Bum which I've distressed round the edges.I've also added silver metal dolphins and a silver metal corner embellishment. The cardstock is 6 x 6" purple/blue Bazzill.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenge 36 - Inspired by a song - (Yo ho ho, a pirate's life for me - a Walt Disney song from Pirates of the Caribbean Ride)
I've used a Humphrey's Corner image by Crafters Companion coloured with Promarkers, then cut out. I've added Glossy Accents on the snowdrops.
I took a piece of shiny white card and brayered some blue inks for the sky. I added a little greenery with a Tim Holtz stamp, and used my white gel pen to give a snowy effect.The image has been stuck onto some white glitter card to give the effect of a snowy ground.
I've added some red satin ribbon from my stash, and a chipboard button by Little Yellow Bicycle with some red leather like cord.
I stamped snowflakes round the edges of a 6 x 6" white card with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Finally, I added a die cut snowflake and star with a greeting stamped on, then a silver metal embellishment was put in the corner.
It's going to be a long post today as I have 2 cards to show you. They have been made for our new Challenge blog at Truly, Madly, Crafty. It's our second challenge and the theme is NEW - so anything new goes - it could be a new baby, new house, new technique or stash - however you'd like to interpret it! The challenge lasts a whole month, so plenty of time to get those entries in, and the winner gets £5 to spend on anything from the Truly, Madly, Crafty shop.
For my first card I've made a new baby boy easel. The image is Bambino by Sugar Nellie coloured with Promarkers, then cut out and added to a Marianne Creatables Doily die cut. The dp is HOTP and some gingham I found in my stash. Other products used include a Martha Stewart punch, Dovecraft sheer ribbon, a corner flourish die, some monogram stamps, Stormy Sky Distress Ink, a shaped white card base by Hunkydory, and a pearl gem.
I'm entering this baby boy easel card into these challenges:
I started off by using Distress Inks on shiny white card, then stamped over it 3 times with the Home is where the Heart is rubber stamp by Stampin Bella with Stazon. I separated the 3 images, and mounted them onto black Coredinations card with a green core after I had distressed it. The sentiment came with the stamp, and I stamped the heart again onto the Coredinations and 3D'd it. The swirl was die cut with a Tim Holtz die on the same card and distressed. I added a green flower from Wild Orchid Crafts, and a bronze metal butterfly I found in my stash with a couple of gems. All on Bazzill 6 x 6" green cardstock.
I'm entering my moving home card into these challenges:
The image I've used is Hope from Sugar Nellie, coloured with Promarkers, then die cut and inked round the edges with Distress Inks. For the card I've crossed 2 flaps to give the shape, and added a tag inside. The dp is Tilda blue which I've distressed with ink, and added lace, flowers and a gorgeous gem flourish. The inside tag/card has a sentiment sticker added.
For my card I've used Louis, Butterflies and Buttercups, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, and Distress Inks for the sky. I've added some freehand paper piercing in the corner, after die cutting the image with Nesties Labels 2. The mats have all been cut with red card. The dp is BasicGrey Hello Luscious, and I've pierced holes round the edges of the green base layer. Other items used are a Martha Stewart punch, some red leather-like cord and a green button. Cardstock is dark green 6 x 6" Bazzill.
I used my A4 die cutter and Spellbinders Scalloped Circles dies to make a circular easel card. The image is by Penny Black, coloured with Promarkers. I've also used some of the new FlexMarkers, they're just as good as Promarkers, but have some fabulous pale and light shades. They took a bit of getting used to, but I love them now, and am going to have to buy the whole set (except for the colours that I already have in Promarkers) Many of the colours however, are brand new. You can find some information about them here.
Other items used are DCWV papers (I think), the poinsettias are from Wild Orchid Crafts, as are the pearls. The sentiment eyelet is by Making Memories and the felt ribbon is by Papermania. The snowflake was made using an EK Success punch, then covered with Twinklets. I've also added Twinklets around the image, and Stardust Stickles on the poinsettias.The ribbon bow is from my stash.
For my card I've used Piano Bear coloured with Promarkers, then die cut with a circle Nestie and matted onto red Bazzill, die cut with a scalloped circle Nestie. The dp is BasicGrey Boxer, and I found the music sheet online somewhere. The digi sentiment is a free Ticket tag from Digi Doodles Shop
We are being sponsored by Joanna Sheen and the winner will get a gift certificate for £10 to spend in her fabby online shop.
The image I've used for my DT card is a fairy that I found at the Newbury show for £3. She's also got a few sentiments on the sheet , so I was pleased with my bargain. However, after colouring her with my Promarkers, it was brought to my attention that her boobs look like they're hanging out. I have to say that irl she doesn't come across like that at all, but I have to agree that in the pic she does look a bit 'dodgy' around that area lol.
I think I'd better get on with listing the supplies - the dp is Prima, some pink Bazzill has been punched with a Martha Stewart punch, then some ribbon added across, then tied in a bow. The pink heart is a Martha Stewart heart button punch triple embossed with clear embossing powder, then threaded with some yellow ribbon. I've also embossed the fairy's wings to give them a nice sheen. Lastly, I've added a gorgeous butterfly charm. All on pink Bazzill 6 x 6" card.
There's a brand new monthly challenge just started up at Truly, Madly, Crafty to which you can enter any type of paper craft. I was honoured to be asked to join the fab Design Team, and you can find out more about us all here.
The challenges will be posted around midday on the first of each month, and you can enter up to a max of 3 projects which must all be new. They can also be combined with as many other challenges as you like. You will have till the 28th of each month to enter, so lots of time to get creating! The winner will be randomly selected from all the entries and will get a prize of a gift voucher to spend in the fab Truly, Madly, Crafty online shop.
For my first creation I've made a sandal. I used a template for the basic shape, and then embellished it. Dp is Anna Griffin, flower has been made by stacking pieces of cream and peach ribbon, then adding a button. All the gorgeous ribbons and buttons are from Crafty Ribbons. I also made a box, (measurements by eye), cut a large rectangle out on top and replaced with acetate. I used a Martha Stewart border punch round the lid and decorated with ribbons and buttons.
I'd like to enter my sandal into these challenges:
I've made a male card for a change. The image is from Di's Digi Downloads and I've coloured him with Promarkers. Dp is Fancy Pants Beach Bum, layered onto Kraft Bazzill. I've added some brown leather cord and a button with twine to embellish. Lastly, I added some Glossy Accents to parts of the image ie: the spade, flowers and snail, but it can't really be seen in the pic.
I'm a 44 year old mum of 2, a daughter of 19 and a son of 8. I haven't worked since having my daughter as I became ill and was diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago. I wanted a hobby that would take my mind off everything, so crafting was suggested to me. I started in March/April 2008 and have been having fun learning lots of techniques ever since.