Monday 31 May 2010

City Crafter Challenge Blog-Week# 6

Hope you're all having a good Bank Holiday Weekend.We haven't done a lot because the weather's been so bad but we have gone out and bought a BBQ ready for those hot sunny days again!!!
This week while looking at some of my favourite blogs I found a  blog called City Crafter Challenge Blog and this week is a recipe  card challenge using:
1 ribbon
2 papers
3 flowers
I love these challenge blogs as it kick starts your mojo and it's always good to see what other crafters have done,you never see two cards the same.Here's my card using the recipe:

The two papers I used were Graphic 45 double-sided papers. The floral paper was Endless Love (Baby 2 Bride collection) and the dictionary paper was Haute Couture (Fashionista Collection).I distressed all the edges using Antique Linen Distress Ink and my Tim Holtz edge distresser to get it nice and shabby.I tore the text paper at the top then rolled the sides to get a v-shape and put a piece of vintage ribbon behind it.

Once again the sewing machine came out I think it's my favourite tool at the moment.I've also started using my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists a lot lately and used the Sand on the tag, flowers,lace, angel wings and the ribbon.The ribbon started out as white satin but that got the Glimmer Mist treatment as well.To get your custom coloured ribbon spray it until it's completely saturated in dye and leave to dry,if you want a really shabby,crinkled ribbon scrunch it up and wrap an elastic band around it and leave to dry overnight.
I inked the edges of 7Gypsies tag and attached the 3 flowers,some lace and diecut the heart and wings from the new Tim Holtz Alteration die.I  used foam pads on the tag,wings and heart to give it some dimension and tied the ribbon around the card and attached a button to the bow.
Enjoy the rest of your day.

Friday 28 May 2010

Ribbon Roses.

This month in the Stampin'Up Impression magazine  there was a tutorial on 'how to make ribbon roses.They look really elegant and they are so easy to make.Here's the card I did using some of the roses I made.I stamped the French Filigree background stamp in Close to Cocoa and made 2 large and 1 small rose,I added some flat back pearls from the Pretties kit and from the same kit I made the hat pin.

How to make the roses:
1.Adhere about 6 strips of Sticky Strip (depending on the size of the rose) to cardstock in parallel lines to form a solid sticky surface (normal double sided isn't strong enough).Remove backing.

2.Begin twisting the ribbon (I used taffeta ribbon as it's easy to twist) and adhere end to the centre of the tape.

3.Continue twisting and adhering ribbon in a tight outward spiral.
4.When you've got the size rose you want,cut off the ribbon and make sure end is secure.
5.Trim the card stock.

One last thing to share with you that's not crafting,Paige has been going on about having her hair cut short for a while now. She booked an appointment but I kept saying are you sure want to do this as she had lovely curly blonde hair.So off she went to the hairdressers yesterday and I just kept thinking she wouldn't go through with it but she did!!! It looks gorgeous but I think it was a brave thing to have done,I hope she doesn't regret but as she said she just wore it in a ponytail most of the time anyway.

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Wednesday 26 May 2010

The Shabby Tea Room Week #11

This weeks challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is "Polka Dot Tea Party". There is a very cute photo to take inspiration from to create a project using a tea party theme or polka dots or both, I decided to use both!!!

I used Cosmo Cricket Early Bird papers and sewed around the sage green dot paper I then attached it to the red polka dot paper making a square to fit on the front of the card base.I added some lace down the side of the card for that vintage feel.
The cake stand and sentiment are from Stampin'Up's Crazy for Cupcakes set .I coloured the cupcakes in using Promarkers and also glittered some of the icing to make it extra yummy.
Lastly I added a piece of ribbon along the bottom of the card and made two small bows to attach either side of the sentiment.

Monday 24 May 2010

A Quiet Weekend.

I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather over the weekend.It was a quiet weekend at our house,Jodie stopped at Uni and Paige was at her friends all weekend.I don't enjoy the peace and quiet and really missed them not been here.It was too nice to sit in my craft room so I settled myself in the garden and caught up with some reading.
On Saturday afternoon I did a demo at Sunrise Crafts in Wombourne on how to make handmade flowers using punches and nestabilities.Here's a card I did using the flowers I made from this tutorial.

The double-sided  papers I used are the new 7gypsies Avignon range and the border punch is my favourite Martha Stewart Floral Vine deep edge punch.All the items I used on the card are from Sunrise Crafts.
I've been doing a bit of new stash buying in the last week and couldn't resist the new Hero Arts Clings stamp called Make Your Own.It reminds me of my Gran when I use to go to her house when I was a little girl and rummage through her button tin and sewing patterns.I couldn't wait to use it and here is the card I did with it.

The papers I used were from Cosmo Cricket Material Girl Mini Deck.The 6x6 Mini Deck paper stacks are perfect  for cardmaking as the pattern is scaled down so it looks more in propotion on a card.The brown fabric rose is  Webster's Pages Bloomers.The little tag is a new stamp set from Stampin'Up called Tiny Tags and I used it with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch which coordinates with the stamps.
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Wednesday 19 May 2010

May Prima Build a Page

When I saw the monthly kit this month from Craftz Boutique I knew I had to have it.It is so gorgeous how could a girl resist! The Prima Build a Page this month was a perfect sketch to use it with.

I actually managed to finish this LO at Thursday's Bromsgrove crop,which is very unlike me to get one completely finished.

 There were many things in the kit I hadn't seen before like the beautiful mint green lace with pearls and the laser cut dress and frame.I just adore the cage dress stand and knew one of Jodie's prom photos would suit it perfectly.I painted it white and tied the mesh around the waist adding a diamante buckle from my stash.I then just added loads of flowers,buttons and embellishments. I did use some of my own embellishments for this LO but have got loads left in the kit.Watch this space for more LO's using the May Craftz Boutique kit.


Monday 17 May 2010

Lots of Stampin'Up !

Last week was a busy week making samples for the two SU workshops I have this week. The first one was on Saturday where I went to The Cutting Crew Crop.They asked if I would put a 12x12 LO kit together. I gave you a sneek peek last week and now I can show you the full LO.

I used the Kaleidoscope double-sided papers which are so pretty and summery.I think my favourite things on LO's and cards at the moment are bunting so I had to have some on the page somewhere.The large flower was made using the scallop circle punch.Here's a diagram to show you how you make the petals. You will need 4 scallop circles.

Punch out a circle from some cardstock and adhere the 4 petals to the circle and add a brad or button to the centre.
The other punched flowers I layered up,used a brad through the centre and then curled the individual petals to give dimension,for the leaves I used the branches from the bird punch.
There is some hidden jounaling under the photo mat.I stamped a journaling card from the Frames with a Flourish stamp set and then stamped a tab from Totally Tabs  and used Round Tab punch. You just line the punch up with your stamped tab,fold it in half and you get a perfect tab everytime,much quicker and easier than trying to cut around it.I  used foam pads to adhere the photo mat leaving a pocket to slide your journaling in and out.

Supply List:

Kaleidoscope Designer Series
Scallop Circle Punch
Boho Blossoms Punch
5-petal punch
Crystal brads
Linen Thread
Totally Tabs
Frames with a Flourish
Round Tab Punch
Scallop Edge Punch
Extra Large Two-Step Bird
On Board Load of Letters
Sanded Background stamp (I stamped the blank chipboard letters)

Stampin'Up have added three new colours to their range ,along with coordinating card stock,ribbon and papers.I couldn't wait to start using them especially the gorgeous polka dot ribbon.

This card is using the Rich Razzleberry with the Cottage Wall DSP and the Baroque Motif stamps.The small flowers were punched using the Boho Blossom punch and pearls from Pretties Kit.

Another card using Rich Razzleberry,I don't usually use purples in my projects but really love this vibrant colour.This time I stamped the Medallion background stamp with versamark inkpad and embossed it using white embossing powder.The flower was made using 5 punched scalloped circles with a brad through the centre,starting with the top one really scrunch it up tight then do the same with the other three leaving the bottom one flat.You then start opening them back out and you get a very pretty flower shape.

This is Melon Mambo,I just love pink so this is my favourite.Once again I embossed the Medallion stamp and matted it onto some kraft card which I'd stamped with En Francais background stamp.I used the Eyelet Border to get the pretty border strip to tie the ribbon around.

This is the last new colour Soft Suede.I used this with some new papers from the mini catalogue called Autumn Meadows and the Two-Step Bird punch.I think this would make a great man's card which I sometimes really struggle with.
The card below is using Flight of the Butterfly stamps and the coordinating butterfly punch which is so much easier to punch the butterfly out instead of having to cut around it.The papers are from the Sweet Pea paper pad.

I've recently purchased the Night & Day Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.The pack includes some 12x12  dotty acetate sheets and beautiful black & white double-sided papers.I think black & white is so elegant for any occasion. I've used it for a wedding theme LO and also a wedding card.

I used the Vintage Vogue stamps on this card and the Mr & Mrs was from Basic Phrases.

The flowers and pearls are from the Pretties Kit,you get so much in there and the flourish stamp is from Baroque Motifs.I painted the chipboard letters with the Frost White Shimmer paint and then stamped them with the En Francais background stamp.I punched out the butterfly using the dotty acetate.
If anybody is interested in any of the Stampin'Up products or the Idea Book & Catalogue for £3.00 including p&p please email me.

Thanks for stopping by !!!

Monday 10 May 2010

What a Cutie!

Like I said in my last post I wasn't able to get a lot of crafting done last week and here is the reason why.

My Sister and I are dogsitting for this cute little pup,Rosie,while my Mom & Dad are on holiday.My Sister has her the majority of the time but I have her in the day while she's at work.She's only 20 weeks old and very demanding but adorable,she's either following me everywhere or wants to sit on my lap and she doesn't stop jumping up  until I pick her up and sit down with her.
I've managed to get some LO's and cards done over the weekend.This LO I started at the last crop and managed to finish it on Saturday.

I used the gorgeous October Afternoon Fly a Kite papers.

 I'm doing a SU workshop at the Cutting Crew crop on Saturday and they requested a 12x12 LO,so I've put together a kit for them using some papers from the Kaleidoscope designer paper range.Here's a sneak peek.

 I've been meaning to scrap this photo of Jodie on her christening day for a long time (she's 20 now) and finally got round to doing it using some of the papers from the Sweet Pea designer paper stack.This paper stack is so versatile,it has paper suitable for men,vintage, funky and girly,just about any occasion.

I used the cherry stamp from the Tart & Tangy stamp set and the papers are the Pink Flamingo designer papers.The red buttons used for the cherries are the Playground  buttons and the white one is from the Latte button set.The sentiment is from Crazy for Cupcakes.

I used the Sweet Pea papers again for this friend card and the Vintage Vogue stamps which are so pretty.I've used the Dazzling Diamond glitter on the stamped corners and the flatback pearls are out of the Pretties kit which is full of flowers,beads,hat pins and clear brads.
Lastly,I'd like to thank everyone who takes time to leave a comment,I really do appreciate it.
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Saturday 8 May 2010

5.6 Sketchy Challenge

Well it's the middle of the night and I just can't get to sleep.I've tried reading and counting sheep to no avail so I decided to get up and write this post.I've hardly done any crafting this week and I will tell you why on my next post.Hopefully I can get some done over the weekend.
As you all know by now I love to do sketches and Sketchy Thursdays is my favourite sketch blog to follow.This weeks sketch is my favourite so far until next Thursday and there'll be another great sketch.Here's this weeks sketch:

and here's my LO:
All supplies are from Stampin'Up.I stitched around the kraft card and inked the edges in Close to Cocoa.The double-sided papers are from the new Sweet Pea designer stack. I distressed all the edges and inked them,next I stitched through the middle of the Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and then pulled to get the ruffle effect.The flowers were plain white but to get the brown ones I used Close to Cocoa ink pad to colour them and then painted them with the new shimmer paint in Champagne Mist.I also painted the chipboard letters,it is fantastic to use, the shimmer you get from it is so pretty and a little goes a long way.
I'll try and see if I can drop off now.
Night Night!

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