Sunday, 19 October 2014

Winter Wishes - Cricut Explore - Crafts Beautiful Nov 2014

Hello my lovely peeps!

How are you today? It's a lovely warm autumn day here in Norfolk ;o)

Today I would like to show you a peek of the card I did for the Masterclass project in the November issue of Crafts Beautiful.

A while ago I suggested to Sarah, the Editor that a project featuring a card made using an electronic die-cutting machine would be really cool and that I was lucky enough to own the fabulous Cricut Explore®. 

She thought it was a great idea and I came up with this little cutie...




Isn't he just adorable?

I had such fun making this. 

If you have a lot of Christmas cards to make, then the Explore® is perfect as you can cut out multiple images in one sitting.

Christmas cards are my favourite type of card to make, I wish I had more time to make some for myself  :o( I love to do individual cards each year, so that everyone gets a unique one-off card. I might have to do multiples of one design this year, so maybe I will have to gear up the Explore® and have a little production line going! 

Anyhoo, for my write up on the Cricut Explore® including the instructions on how to make this little card, hints, tips and ideas, you'll need to get your mitts on the current issue (November 2014) which out now.

Of course the magazine comes with its usual great free gift and is jam packed with other gorgeous projects, designs, articles, what's trending and so on; plus there is a fabulous gift from Kaisercraft when you subscribe.

Well, I'm going to head off for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for dropping by xx

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pop Flowers

Hello my lovelies!

How are you today? I'm feeling much better, the yukky cold is on its way out - I think drinking plenty of fresh lemon/honey in hot water with a couple of paracetamol helped. 

So, what I got for you this time? Well, I was inspired by a card I found on the Internet and decided to create my version of it as a birthday card for my sister, Yvonne. 

It's very clean, simple and fresh.



What you need...

Stamps: Birthday Sampler, Perky Plants - Paper Smooches
Dies: Clouds - Paper Smooches
Ink pad: Tea Leaves - VersaMagic, Onyx Black - Versafine
Card stock: aqua (light & mid shades), bright pink, lime, turquoise (dark)
Card blank: white 14.5cm square
Pearls: white
Adhesives

What you do...

Hand cut a circle from lime card approximately 2.5cm diameter, three 2cm circles, one each in light aqua, dark turquoise and bright pink; lastly cut three 1.5cm circles, one each in light aqua, dark turquoise and bright pink.
Use Tea Leaves ink to create three stems with leaves at the bottom right corner.
Assemble three flowers and stick to the top of each stem.
Die cut three clouds in mid aqua card and arrange around the flowers.
Stamp the sentiment in Onyx Black at the lower left and embellish each flower with a pearl.

Ta dah!

Believe it or not, this card seemed to take me ages. I'm terrible at taking my time making sure placement of an element or image is just right. 

I won't commit to sticking anything down until I'm 100% happy - too fussy maybe? No. If you are going to make something unique and special, it's worth taking the time (even though I do get frustrated with myself). It always seems to happen when I need to get the card done quickly - grrr!

If I'm struggling, I find the best way is to walk away from my project and then come back to it later with a 'fresh' eye.

Any hoo, that's me for now. Back to the ol' commissions. Thanks for calling in and I'll see you soon xx

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Tic Tac Toe

Good afternoon peeps!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Unfortunately I have a stinkin' cold (kindly dontated to me by Simon - thanks hubby). I don't often get colds but when I do it tends to be a rotten one.

Any hoo! Over at Incy Wincy this week we have a fab new challenge - a Tic Tac Toe board. Pick three of the elements in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) and make your creation!


The sponsor this week is Dr Digi's House of Stamps. The lucky winner will get a prize of 2 digis.


I chose the 'Made for each other' image and  Funny Ha Ha, Free Space & Just a Little Bad from the board. This is what I came up with...




What you need...

Digital stamp: Made for each other - Dr Digi
Card stock: black, lime, white
Promarkers: Black, Firewood, Ice Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, Lime Twist, Lipstick Red, Purple, Winter Spruce
Baker's twine: black, purple
Table confetti: Halloween mix
Font: Chiller
Adhesives

What you do...

Download, print and colour in the image and then cut out.
Make a black top fold 10.5cm x 15cm blank and attach the image to the lower right corner.
Add a strip of lime card across the top of the blank.
Type and print out the sentiment, trim into a banner and adhere to the lime strip.
Wrap and tie black and purple twine around the blank just under the lime strip, adding a spider motif from the confetti.

That's it! Done!

Well, I'm flagging a bit now. Time for a mug of hot lemon and honey with a couple of paracetamol methinks.

Why not head on over to Incy Wincy and see what gorgeous makes the rest of the Design Team has come up with?


Thank you so much for popping by. See you soon! xx

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

29 Again?

Afternoon peeps!

Well it's another wet, miserable day here in Norfolk. We can't complain too much, because until yesterday the weather here has been glorious. The chickens don't like this rain though, they've been sheltering in the shed :o(

Anyhoo! I'd like to show you the little card I made for my mum's birthday. Thankfully my lovely mum has a great sense of humour. I apologise for the quality of the photo, it was quite a dull day and I needed to get it posted to my mum, so I had no choice but to snap it when I could.

So here it is...



What you need...

Stamps: Bird Brain - The Alley Way Stamps; Birthday Sampler - Paper Smooches
Card stock: white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Patterned paper: Zip-A-Dee Doodle 6x6 Pad - Bo Bunny
Promarkers: Apple, Duck Egg, French Navy

What you do...

Stamp the bird onto white card and colour in.
Trim to size and attach to the top of a white top fold blank 10.5cm x 15cm.
Stick co-ordinating papers either side of the image.
Stamp the sentiment underneath, to the right.

I love this stamp set, the faces on the birds are so comical. I based the layout on Retrosketches #46.


My mum loved the card...phew!

Okay, I'm off now to get on with magazine commissions. Thanks for popping by and enjoy the rest of your day. xx

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Incy Wincy Designs - Colour Challenge

Good morning all! 

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. 

Ooh! Before I get down to business - Happy Birthday Mum!

This week over at Incy Wincy Designs we have a colour challenge for you...


Chilli Color - Design Seeds®
and our sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies and you can win a $12.00 GC (equivalent to 3 digis)!


Here is my challenge card...



A Day For Daisies has some of the most gorgeous digi-stamps. I fell in love with this creepy little design and as the colour challenge has an autumnal theme to it, I knew it would be perfect for a Halloween card.

What you need... 

Digi-stamp: Creepy Mushrooms - A Day For Daisies
Card stock: brown, red, white
Ink pad: Vintage Sepia - Versafine
Promarkers: Firewood, Pine, Tawny Owl, Winter Berry
Baker's twine: red
Button: red
Adhesives

What you do...

Download, print and colour the mushroom image. 
Stamp a simple sentiment near the image.
Cut out so that the edges look torn and ink the edges with the Vintage Sepia.
Create a 12cm square top fold blank in brown card, mat an 11cm piece of red card centrally, so the top is in line with the fold of the blank.
Make a long banner in brown card and fix to the left of the red panel.
Mat the image onto the blank, near the top.
Add a red button to the bottom of the banner and finish with red twine wrapped and tied around the blank.

I think this makes for a unusual and different Halloween card; a break from the normal colours of black, orange, purple and lime. 

Why not head on over to Incy Wincy Designs and have a look at the fantastic creations my teamies have come up with?

I'll be back later with the amusing little card I've made for my mum. Until then - TTFN xx

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Cosmic Colours Challenge #5 Winner and Top 3!

Good morning all my lovely crafty friends!

Well it's that exciting time again when the winner and top 3 are announced for the Cosmic Colours Challenge #5.

Winter Hues - Design Seeds®
Thank you to all who entered. Your creations were beautiful. It was very hard to pick a winner, but I managed to struggle through. So without further ado, the winner is... 

#27 - KT Fit Kitty!!!

KT Fit Kitty
Congrats to Kitty! I think you'll agree, the colours work really well with the image and theme of the card. Please contact me with regards to your prize and feel free to grab your badge from the 'Cosmic Colours Challenge Badges' page.

Now for the top 3...

#1 - Craftin' Suze
Craftin' Suze
#9 - Jennifer
Jennifer
#14 - Stacey
Stacey
Well done to the top 3! Remember to pop on over to the 'Cosmic Colours Challenge Badges' page to grab your badge so you can proudly display it on your blog.

Thank you all again for playing along. It's great having a look at what you come up with using the colours from the palette, and in so many different ways too.

There are two palettes to choose from in the Cosmic Colours Challenge #6, both suitable for Halloween makes (or any other occasion if you want). Just click on either image in the sidebar and it will take you to the challenge and rules.

Well, that's all from me for now. Enjoy the rest of your day and I'll be back soon :o) xx

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