Hello and a warm welcome to my blog, Cosmic Strawberry (aka - Colette Smith). Why Cosmic Strawberry? Well, I wanted a blog name that was random and unique using my initials. The two words cosmic and strawberry popped in my head and ta da! My new blog name!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Easter Chickens!

Hello chums!
 
What a glorious day it is today! The sun is shining, the birds are singing.....wonderful.
 
I know I haven't really been posting much this year because of with everything happening with my dad; but I am getting back on track now and hope to be posting a lot more makes. I also have something exciting in the pipeline that you will all be able to join in (watch this space).
 
I would also like to get back to doing a regular spot showcasing makes using the Cricut Mini. You never know, it might tempt you to pop one on your birthday or Christmas wish list (just make sure you leave it so it can be seen/found/read. 
 
Anyhoo! Talking of makes; I know Easter has been and gone (there are still some choccy eggs left - yummy) but I have another little card to show you.

 
 
What you need...
 
Patterned papers: TV Dinner 8"x8" Mini Deck - Cosmo Cricket
Card stock: white
Stamps: Picoti Picota - Artemio
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Promarkers: Apple cider, Cocktail Pink, Pineapple Crush
Ribbon: dusky pink
Gems: clear
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Stamp three chickens and the eggs across a piece of white card 12.5cm wide. Colour in and mat onto the bottom of a 12.5cm square blank, trim any excess.
 
Cover the top two thirds with the quirky squares paper. Tie a loose knot in a length of ribbon and attach across the bottom edge of the paper.
 
Print out a sentiment, trim and fix to the right of the blank just above the ribbon and finish off with a few gems.
 
This paper pad from Cosmo Cricket is so me :o) it's very retro with lots of quirky images and wonky lines. The colours are muted tones of pinks, greens, yellows and creams. Reminds me of some of those 1950's cartoons. Love it!
 
Tomorrow I'm in London for the launch of the new Cricut Explore, hosted by the fab Cricut EU and Ranieri Communications. So looking forward to it. I went to the Cricut Mini event last year and it was a fantastic day, with lots of demos, makes and goodies. Why not check out their website? http:/uk.cricut.com/intl
 
For now though, back to the commissions for Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter magazines.
 
Take care and thanks for stopping by xxxx 


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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Wishes (and a huge egg of ginormous proportions)...

Aft'noon peeps!
 
Are you looking forward to the Easter holidays? I am. It will be nice to have Simon around over the four days. Hopefully the weather will stay lovely and I'll get more gardening done.
 
I'd like to show you a little card I whipped up for Easter. I sent it to my mum and the gang up in Yorkshire. Here it is...


 
What you need...
 
Papers: Cotton Tail 6x6 Paper Pad - WRMK
Card: white
Stamps: Picoti Picota - Artemio
Promarkers: Baby Pink, Oasis, Pressed Leaf
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Punches: circle 1.5"; 2"
Gems: clear
Adhesives

Mat a piece of blue spotty paper at the top of a 12.5cm white blank and a narrow strip of plaid paper underneath, leaving a small gap between the two.
 
Stamp a chicken onto white card, colour in and punch out with the 1.5" punch. Mount onto a punched 2" circle of pink paper. Mat to the left of the blank, over the gap.
 
Print out the sentiment, trim and fix to the lower right. Finish with a few gems.
 
The layout was based on this sketch, rs#82 by Retrosketches...

 
Click here or on the link in the sidebar to discover this and more fab layouts.
 
Okay, so you are probably wondering about the ginormous egg mentioned in the title. Well....the other day I found an egg in the nest box and no kidding it is massive! I think an ostrich laid it (I suspect it is Dolly).
 
No wonder she struts around with a wide eyed look on her face. I've taken a picture (sad, I know) with another egg (of average size) with a ruler to give you a general idea. The size of the thing! There is an omelette for two just in that one egg.
 
How did she push it out? The mind boggles.
 
The eye watering evidence......
 
 
I think I might blow it and save it to compare with any other rugby balls laid in the future.
 
I am going to go now, but I'll be back soon. Thanks for dropping by. xxx

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Krafty Thank You!

Aft'noon peeps!
 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I've been busy making a rag dolly. I made several of them a few years ago and my mum always said she would like one. Well, I've finally got round to doing her one.
 
When she's finished I'll take a few photos and will post them for you to see. I can't give too much away or post the photo's until I've given to mum (my mum reads this blog).
 
As the posts regarding the projects I did for the March 2012 issue of Crafts Beautiful have gone down so well, I thought I would share another with you all (I did seven for the Card School - floral cards using one paper pad).

 
 
What you need...
 
Paper: Cara Marie 12" x 12" Paper Pad - K and Company
Card stock: Kraft, white
Punch: scallop border
Stamps: Big Sentiments - Personal Impressions
Ink pad: Olympia Green - Versafine
Gems
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Make a Kraft card blank 8.5cm x 13.5cm and cover the top two thirds with the Kraft floral paper. Punch a scallop border along a piece of white card and fix to the blank under the patterned paper. Arrange and attach some die cut flowers so they overlap the border.
Finish with a sentiment stamped in the lower right corner and add a few gems to embellish.
 
There you have it! A quick and simple card that can be rustled up in next to no time. I'm not sure how available this paper pad by K and Company is now, you might find the odd one out there in Internet land. You could use any floral paper collection that you have in your stash (or maybe see somewhere, which is a good excuse to purchase).
 
The Cara Marie pad did come with sheets of pop out die cuts; if you choose a floral paper that has quite big blooms, you could cut a few of them out an use in place of the die cut flowers. There are some gorgeous papers out there that just scream to be cut up, plus it makes the paper go further!!
 
Okey dokey.....back on with the dolly. Thanks for dropping by and I'll be back soon :o)
 
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Friday, 4 April 2014

April Blog Candy

Good evening chums!
 
Well I'm here with the candy for April. As I mentioned in my last post, this one is a little bit different.
 
The thing is, this month I'm not going to tell you what the candy is. So it's a mystery giveaway. Plus the good news is that there will be two small runner up prizes as well.

 
Ooh! The intrigue. I can assure you that the candy will be as good as previous giveaways and the rules for entering are exactly the same as before. The only difference is that you post the above image instead of the usual candy image.
 
Now the technical stuff...

To have a chance of winning this fab candy:-

1. Be a follower either through, Bloglovin, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs or email (see sidebar)
2. Post a piccy of the candy with a link to this post in your sidebar (if you have a blog)
3. Leave me a comment (with your blog address if you have one) ta da! You are entered!

If you do have a blog, it will be great to have a look and see what you are up to :)

This candy will close on 30th April 2014, I will then use RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner!

The candy is open to all, nationally, internationally, those in outer space and previous winners. However, anyone who has a blog that does not show or appear to have any crafty makes, will not be entered.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck. xxx

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

March Candy Winner!

Whatcha peeps!

Hope you are all well :o) I've been busy with commissions for PaperCrafter and Crafts Beautiful. They are all finished and sent off so I have a bit of 'me' time.

Before I do the honours, I would like to say a big hello to all my new followers - HELLO!!!!! I will have a peep at all your blogs (if you have one). I can't miss out all my loyal, faithful and lovely existing followers...so a big hello to you too - HELLO!

Now onto the important stuff. The candy!!!

Here is the list of names in comment order and as I always do I've allocated each of a number. I then use Random.Org to generate a winning number.

  1. Divya
  2. Paperpapier
  3. Sindhu
  4. Aggie
  5. Ardilla
  6. Kelly-Anne
  7. Eemeli
  8. UT
  9. Berina
  10. Vinita
  11. Paperkate
  12. Olenkaja
  13. Kiranmayee
  14. Nikki C
  15. Phi
  16. Anjali
  17. Meredith
  18. Rajlakshmi
  19. Suman
  20. Dzej nej
  21. Lucretia
  22. Iris
  23. Dawn
  24. Justyna
  25. Robin
  26. Rebecca
  27. Kelly
  28. Doris
  29. Somdeepa
  30. Mags
  31. KT Fit Kitty
  32. Susan
  33. Elly
  34. La Vikinga
  35. Jaya
  36. Agnieszka
  37. Bad Kitty
  38. Catherine
  39. Gunjan
  40. Cebelica
  41. Jennyfer
  42. Misiowa
  43. Neha
And this month's winner is.....#6 Kelly-Anne! Congrats to you! If you email me your address Kelly-Anne I will get your lovely candy posted to you asap.

I wish I could send you all a candy, but imagine the postage costs?!!!!

Anyhoo.. the candy for April is going to be a bit different. I'm not saying anymore, you'll just have to keep an eye out for the post.

Before I sign off I just want to say thanks to you all for entering my giveaways and following my blog. I also appreciate the lovely comments you leave.

Take care xxx
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Monday, 24 March 2014

Hello

Hi peeps!
 
Ooh! This is a late one. I'm not going to bed just yet, I'm wide awake and I'll only toss & turn if I do go and then I will get frustrated and have to get up again anyway. The best thing to do is to say hello to all my lovely followers out there in blog land (or wherever you wonderful peeps follow me from).
 
This is another card I did as part of the seven card set for the March 2012 issue of Crafts Beautiful, using some beautiful papers from K and Company.

 

 
What you need...
 
Papers: Cara Marie 12" x 12" Paper Pad - K and Company
Card: white
Stamp: Big Sentiments - Personal Impressions
Ink pad: Vintage Sepia - Versafine
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Create a white blank 8.5cm x 13.5cm and cover the top with a piece of the tulip paper 8cm x 10cm. Attach a length of the large die-cut card frame over the join.
 
Layer up a few of the matching flowers, then cut some extra leaves and a stem. Arrange on the patterned paper making sure one of the flowers lies over the border. Finish with the sentiment stamped in the bottom right corner.
 
Pop on over to the Crafts Beautiful website to download free, papers, templates, patterns, ideas and inspiration. You need to sign up to be able to download, but it is free and easy to do. The web address is http://www.craftsbeautiful.com.
 
I hope you like this simple little card. It just goes to show you don't need a load of stamps or dies to create a card; one lovely patterned paper pad can work miracles.
 
Just before I go, don't forget to get your comments in before the end of 31st March to win the blog candy (click on image in the sidebar for details).
 
I'm off now to make a cup of tea. Thanks for visiting and sleep tight! xx
 
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day #2

Happy 1st day of spring all!
 
Yippee! There's no going back now (hopefully).
 
As I promised in my last post here is the second of the St Patrick's Day cards I created. This is the one I gave to Liam & Alan. It's a bit crazy, but hey ho!

 

 
What you need...
 
Stamps: A Little Lovin - Paper Smooches; Picture It - Avery Elle
Paper: Country Drive 12 x 12 Collection 'Just Dandy' - Echo Park
Promarkers: Bright Green, Green, Lime Twist, Lime Zest
Card: lime, white, green
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Baker's twine: green
Gems: green
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Cover the top three quarters of a 12.5 cm square blank with lime card. Wrap twine around the edge a few time and knot at the right side. Stamp the photo frame (with the comment part), the bunny and pieces of tape. Colour in a and cut out.
 
Fix the bunny at an angle to the reverse of the frame and trim the excess, then mat a piece of the Just Dandy paper behind. Attach to the blank at an angle, so it cover the knot.
 
Create a sentiment and adhere to the blank above the bunny. Create a mad pair of specs from green card and attach to the bunny. Embellish with the stamped tape pieces and a few gems.
 
The font I used to print out the sentiment is called Homegirl Sweet Barista and it was completely free! I downloaded it from Fonts101. There are some great sites out there that offer free fonts for you to download, check out the sidebar for links to some of the font sites. There are hundreds to choose from, you'll end up spending hours just browsing and downloading - I betcha!
 
Well, that's me for the nonce. Enjoy the rest of the 1st day of spring! xxx

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day #1

Good evening chums!

Well, did you all have a fab St Patrick's Day yesterday? Simon & I did. Our friends Liam and Alan had an Irish themed get together last night (Liam is half Irish, half Yorkshire - now there's a combination).

There was eight of us and we had lots of Guinness, Champagne, Irish food, wine, Irish music, wine, limericks, wine, Irish songs, wine, Irish jokes, wine, daft hats, wine and Irish whisky. Liam even wore an Irish kilt and went shopping to Waitrose in it! Apparently he got quite a few stares. It was an absolutely fantastic night, thanks lads :o)

I would like to share with you one of two cards I made. This one I sent to our friends June and Stephen up in Yorkshire, Stephen is Irish and I always send him a card for St Patrick's Day.
 
I don't have any four leaf clover stamps so because the leaves are basically heart shaped I used a heart from one of the delicious stamps sets by PaperArtsy to create the clover. The border stamp in the set is just perfect for the stem.

 

 
What you need...
 
Stamps: Squiggly Ink Love & Kisses (SILK1) - PaperArtsy
Papers: Poppy Seed - K and Company
Promarkers: Bright Green, Green Shoot, Leaf Green, Lime Green, Lime Zest
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Punch: corner rounder
Button: black
Twine: white
Ribbon: green
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Stamp the block heart four times and the border to create a four leaf clover. Colour in with shades of green, trim and round off the top right corner.
 
Fix a panel of lime patterned paper slightly off centre to a top fold A6 blank and mat the clover onto it.
 
Snip a banner from green patterned paper and attach to the top left of the card in line with the fold. Create a sentiment and fix to the blank so it overlaps the banner. Finish with a button tied with twine and green ribbon.
 
You could stamp the basic clover shape, then stamp four more hearts, cut each one out, colour in and layer over the original to make a lovely flower. A button or a large gem could be added to make the centre of the flower. Full of bright ideas aren't I?
 
So there you have it. I will be back soon with the card I made for Liam and Alan. Thanks for popping by and in the words of Liam..."ta-ra a bit!" xxx

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Old Bird

Happy Saturday peepsicles!
 
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend :o)
 
It was my Uncle Roy's birthday on the 13th (Happy Birthday Uncle Roy! - sorry the card was a day late - oops) and I decided to put together this little creation.

 

 
What you need...
 
Stamps: Bird Assortment (97729) - Inkadinkado
Papers: Swagger 6 x 6 Paper Pad - Fancy Pants Designs
Promarkers: Burnt Orange, Ice Grey 1, Mustard, Pear Green, Petrol Blue, Rock Pool
Dies: Framelits Circles (657551) - Sizzix
Card: white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Button: mustard
Parcel string
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Stamp and colour the owl. Die cut into a circle and mount onto a larger circle of pale blue paper. Cover a top fold 12cm square blank with a smaller square of patterned paper. Cut a panel of the petrol blue paper and die cut a part circle from the lower left side. Adhere the panel the right side of the patterned paper.
 
Mat the owl onto the blank so it sits in the cut out circle of the panel. Stamp a sentiment and trim into a banner, fix above the owl and finish with a button tied with frayed string.
 
I know the sentiment is a bit cheeky, but Uncle Roy has a good sense of humour so I know he can take it. Plus, this bird stamp set is just so cool. The bored/not impressed look on the birds' faces is classic.
 
I based the layout on the Retrosketches #99.
 
 
Click here to link to the Retrosketches site or you can find them in the sidebar under Brilliant blogs I follow.

Anyhoo, that's me for now. People to do, places to go, things to see....
 
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday! xx

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Thinking Of You

Howdy peeps!
 
Isn't the weather just lovely at the moment? Everything is starting to come alive in the garden; Bren, Babs, Dolly & Hattie seem happier that the weather is a bit better. At least the breeze blowing up their fluffy pantaloons is not as cold as it was a couple of weeks ago.
 
They were trying to 'help' (I use the word 'help' very loosely) me in the garden on Sunday. Every time I raked things up, they jumped in the pile and kicked it all back out again. Doh!
 
Of course Bren (the most gobby and nosiest one) followed me around constantly and never shut up yakking all afternoon. Didn't understand a word of what she was saying...I just agreed with her.
 
Now on to making stuff. The card I have for you today is way back from the March 2012 issue of Crafts Beautiful. It is taken from a seven card project I did using one paper collection.

 

 
What you need...
 
Papers: Cara Marie 12" x 12" Paper Pad - K and Company
Card: white
Stamp: Big Sentiments - Personal Impressions
Ink pad: Olympia Green - Versafine
Ribbon: aqua
Glitter dots
Adhesives
 
What you do...
 
Cover the top two thirds of a 10.5cm x 15cm tent fold blank with the embossed floral card. Trim a length of the waste from the large die-cut card frame and fix underneath the floral panel.
 
Cut out some of the circle flowers and leaves from the blue floral paper and a couple of stems from the dark brown. Arrange and stick on to of the floral panel, trimming off the stems at the join.
 
Wrap a length of ribbon around the join and tie in a knot at the right. Stamp the sentiment in the bottom left corner and finish with a few glitter dots.
 
I adore this paper collection, it didn't seem to be around very long and was quite difficult to get hold of. You can still get the odd one if you browse the web. The kraft card really makes the colours pop out. This is one of my favourite projects I did for Crafts Beautiful, I'll show you a couple of more cards from the set later.
 
I'm going to sign off now, better get supper ready.
 
Thanks for popping by, until next time xxx

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