Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Warm Wishes - Crafts Beautiful Oct 2014 Issue

Good afternoon my lovelies!

It's very autumnal here in Norfolk today. Still mild, but there is that lovely mist in the air that you only get in the autumn :o)

Anyhoo, I have the second card from the October issue of Crafts Beautiful to show you. The projects feature paper/card piecing.

What you need...

My lovely, cosy templates: Crafts Beautiful
Textured card stock: textured aqua, cream, chocolate brown, pale aqua, pale pink
Ink pad: Rich Cocoa - Memento
Blending tool: Inkssentials - Ranger
Punch - corner rounder
Gems: clear
Lettering: Basic Grey
Baker's twine: pink, brown

What you do...

Use the templates to cut out a pale aqua mug and handle, an aqua inner, a pink snowflake and cream steam.
Ink the edges of each with Rich Cocoa ink, then assemble straight onto chocolate brown card and trim to leave a narrow border.
Round the top right corner of a white A6 blank.
Cut a slightly smaller section of pale pink card, round the top right corner, ink the edges and attach to the blank.
Use foam pads to mount the mug onto the blank.
Add lettering to make a sentiment in the top right. 
Wrap and tie pink and brown twine around the spine and add a few gems to finish.

Ta dah!

Ooh! It makes you want a lovely mug of hot steamy cocoa.

Craft tip!!! I used some cream lettering from a sheet of alphabet stickers by Basic Grey. I then coloured them in with a brown Promarker. Great if you want to match up your colours.

The templates are in the back of the October issue or you can download them free from the Crafts Beautiful website. You will need to register to download templates, patterns and papers, but it quick, easy and free to do. There are loads of projects and ideas on the web site.

Just before I go, the new Christmas Special issue will be hitting the shops on Friday. I have a lovely snowflake paper cutting master class, 3D bauble cards and I'm featured in the 'Ask the Expert' pages on how to cut out circles by hand and what triple stamping is. 

Ooh! Get me! Colette (I am a fountain of knowledge) Smith. Bwah har!

Anyway peeps. I have to sign off for now, but I'll be back. Toodle-pip! xx

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Exciting News!

Hello peeps!

I do hope you are all having a good week so far.

Ooohh! I've got some exciting news.... I've made it onto the Incy Wincy Challenge Design Team! Sooo happy! Thank you  to Chris, Heather and all the team for choosing me as one of their new members.

I know I'm going to have great fun working alongside some lovely and very talented ladies. 

There is a new challenge every Monday and they have some fantastic sponsors on board. 

This week the theme is 'shaped cards' and the sponsor is 'Dilly Beans Digi Stamps'. Why not pop on over and have a peek?

You'll be seeing my Design Team challenge cards soon, so watch this space. In the meantime, get those entries in!

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Define Good - Crafts Beautiful Oct 2014 Issue

Hello my lovelies!

I do hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I've had a busy day making onion bread, sun-dried tomatoes (oven dried really), a big, huge enormous pot of ham hock, lentil & leek soup. I also picked the remaining few tomatoes and chillies in the greenhouse; plus I washed and sorted through some brambles I picked last week ready for a yummy apple & bramble crumble. 

Phew! I thought Sunday was supposed to be a day of rest! I've actually really enjoyed doing it. When I get into the home made foody stuff there's no stopping me.

After all that, I've managed to find a few minutes to say hello and show you the card I did for the master class in the current issue of Craft's Beautiful.

Isn't the image cute? It's from a stamp set called 'Define Good' by The Cat's Pajamas. I used some papers from my Christmas stash (one of my fave collections from My Mind's Eye called Colorful Christmas). I wish you could still get this collection :o((  The image was coloured in with the ol' faithful Promarkers.

Why not pop on over to the Crafts Beautiful website where there is loads of stuff for you to download for free. There are also lots of projects for you too.

Okay, that's me for the moment. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and thanks for popping by. TTFN xx

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Friday, 12 September 2014

A few changes are afoot...

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend.

Just a quick post to say that I'm making a few changes to the blog. You may have noticed I now have some page tabs at the top. 

These should make it a bit easier to navigate around the blog and you won't have to scroll down for evermore to find what you are looking for. I will be adding some more, such as a page listing challenge blogs, a gallery of my past makes, a contact page and maybe one with hints and tips :o)

Hopefully the new pages will be added soon.

Thanks for popping in. TTFN xx

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Cosy Christmas - Crafts Beautiful October 2014

Hello peeps! Happy Thursday to you!

As some of you may or may not know, I have regular monthly projects in Crafts Beautiful magazine. 

This month I have a heat embossing master class and a two card project featuring simple paper (or card) piecing. It is one of the paper piecing cards that I would like to share with you today.

I decided to come up with a warm and cosy theme using lovely ice-cream colours, and here it is...

What you need...

Textured card stock: chocolate brown, cream, pale aqua, pale pink, peppermint green
Ink pad: Rich Cocoa - Memento
Lettering: Basic Grey, brown
Baker's Twine: green
Gems: clear
Punch: corner rounder
Tool: Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool - Ranger
Templates: Available to download from Crafts Beautiful

What you do...

If you have the magazine, copy the templates from the pattern pages or log on to the Crafts Beautiful website and download.
Create two pale pink mittens, two pale aqua cuffs and two peppermint green trees. 
Colour the edges of each piece with Rich Cocoa, leave to dry and assemble.
Round the corners of cream card, 10cm x 13cm and pale aqua card, 3cm x 13cm and ink the edges.
Mat onto a white 13.5cm square blank with the cream panel at the top and the pale aqua panel below.
Round the corners of the blank.
Stick the mittens onto chocolate brown card and trim, then fix a tree to each. 
Attach a short length of green twine between the two, securing on the reverse. 
Adhere to the cream panel with foam pads.
Add the sentiment with brown lettering to the pale aqua panel and a gem to the top of each tree.

There you have it! A cosy card that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside :o)

I'll share with you the other card in this set at a later date. That one features a steaming cup of cocoa - yum!

You still have a week or so to grab this fantastic mag. As usual it's packed with gorgeous makes, great ideas, hints, tips and more; or you could pop on over to the Crafts Beautiful website, where you will find lots more projects and ideas. There are also lots of free patterns, papers and templates to download, you'll be spoilt for choice.

I'm going to sign off for now, I have to get on with some illustrations for a future issue of the magazine. Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for calling in. xx

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Monday, 8 September 2014

I Heart U This Much

Hi there!

I'm back today with a cute little Christmas card. 

I've been very good and used stamps and papers from my stash. 

Saying that, I did get some lovely goodies through the post this morning (naughty girl - slap wrist). Oh well, I can't be good all the time ;o))

So onward we go to the card....

Don't these little guys want to make you go 'Awww!'?

What you need...

Stamps: Freezy Fellas - Paper Smooches
Patterned papers: Snow Day - Crate Paper
Card stock: white
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Promarkers: Amber, Bright Orange, Chilly Red, Warm Grey 1
Buttons: beige, orange, red
Baker's twine: purple
Gem: red

What you do...

Stamp the images onto white card, colour in and cut into a circle. 
Mat onto a slightly larger piece of aqua patterned paper.
Create a white top fold A6 blank. 
Attach a 6.5 cm wide strip of scallop paper down the length of the blank approximately 1.5cm from the left edge.
Cut a simple banner 3cm x 6cm in aqua patterned paper and fix to the top left corner.
Attach the snowmen to the lower right corner.
Tie twine through a red and orange button and glue to the lower right of the snowmen. 
Thread twine through a large beige button, tie in a bow and glue to the left of the banner. 
Finish with a red gem in the heart.

So cute!

I based this card on retrosketches#56...

Pop on over to the retrosketches blog where this and many more fab layouts can be found.

I would also like to enter this in The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Challenge #77 - another gorgeous blog, I'm so glad I discovered it :o)

Craft tip!!!! I find that Versafine pigment ink pads are the best to use with photo-polymer stamps as it gives very clear, precise results and you don't get the patchy result that you can get with dye based inks; but it does have a tendency to bleed when using alcohol based pens such as Promarkers or Copics. Of course you can use embossing powder to fix the image, which can be messy and time consuming.

Solution? A quick fix is to gently set the image with a heat gun for a few seconds. Let the image cool down and colour away!

Anyway, that's me for now. Thank you for dropping by...xx

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