Saturday, 5 August 2017

Sailing By

Hi Crafty Friends

We made this card in the club last May, and I've only just round to blogging it. At the time the weather was summery so a seaside scheme seemed in order. I'm much indebted to my good pal Debbie for the layout - it was great fun sharing designing this. I tweaked it a bit for the club.


I loved having another opportunity to use my starfish and shells. I also enjoyed making the driftwood sentiment (a Kaisercraft wood stamp and a lot of distressing). The background is just a bit of inking and masking to line up with the die cut image.

happy crafting
jx






Friday, 4 August 2017

Animal Crackers

Hi Crafty Friends

You know how it is, every now and then you just get a yen to craft out of your comfort zone (or out of your mind!) I saw a card which really made me laugh on Lost in Paper (a great You Tube channel by the way) and decided I'd have to have a go at doing something similar.

So here is my take on LiP's card


I just love the decidedly uncheerful elephant with his party balloon. The animal stamps are by Katzelkraft (Les Jongles) and the happy die is by Sue Wilson. It was a really quick card to make: just a matter of putting patterned paper behind the word aperture and  colouring & cutting out the elephant.

So I gave in to my whim to use the flying hippo in the stamp set, and we made this. We die cut the letters, coloured them and then covered them in Glossy Accents. We inked the sky and mounted the hippo on pads. Easy peasy. But I do think the club are living in dread of my doing a card with the giraffe with a knot in his neck (which I love by the way, so be warned!)


I'm not terrific at colouring as you can see, but I really enjoyed these cards, and I sent one to my brother and one to my nephew, so got two men's cards done and dusted too.
Hippo crafting!
Jx


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Everything in the garden is rosy

Hi Crafty Friends

Long time, no see (well, no blog at any rate). As most of you know, I work pretty full on in the summer, but I'm now done and ready to catch up on my blogging.
Actually everything in the garden isn't entirely rosy as my favourite (but v elderly rose bush) was blown down in strong winds and pronounced beyond redemption. But I still have my dog roses and they inspired me to make this card for the club.


The leaves and the small flower are Susan's Garden; I don't know what the larger two are, but I had to cut them down as they were huge. The stamens were fiddly to cut into lots of thin strands, but I like the effect. The trellis is Spellbinders and the frame Crealies.

One of our club members has now left to live nearer her family. It was sad to see you go, Pat, but hope you're settling in to your new home and enjoying life down South. This is the card I made. I didn't have a suitable sentiment so I had to do this one on the computer.


Hope you're all having a fabulous crafty time
Be back soon
Jxx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sea View

Hi Crafty Friends

It's been boiling hot here recently (especially in the conservatory) and its put me in a summery sea side mood, so this is this week's card. I had the Wetlands stamp out from my stash busting efforts so decided to go with it again, as it is one of my fave stamps anyway. Teamed with the SU Work of Art paint swash, it was a quick and simple scene to create.
We made the 'wood' pieces with the help of a Kaisercraft background stamp and a bit of old fashioned embossing with a ball tool before swiping more ink straight from the pad.
The waves are a Stampin Up Swirly Scribble die, and the shells are Marianne.
The chains are actually sections from a circular frame ( from Craft Stash, but I can't remember the make)


I was pleased with how it turned out - hope you like it.
happy crafting
Jx

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Stash Buster continued

Hi Crafty Friends

Recently I needed an anniversary card and a birthday card for crafty friends, so it was a good opportunity to launch another assault on the stash mountain challenge.

Here's what I made
This was for Tracey and Neil, a lovely couple, and my lovely friends. After I photographed this, I decided to add a small '25th' on the horizontal band.  Congratulations to you both.
The flowers are wild roses by Sheena Douglas (matching stamps and dies). I love the heart die (Cha cha cha)





I love the dog roses on this card ( a mixture of Susan's Garden and cha cha cha) But sadly the subtle differences in the 2 papers I used proved too subtle for the camera and they look the same. I'm really pleased with the lacy squares dies, though - I think I'll get a lot of use out of them.


There's still a lot of the paper pad left, but luckily I've found another pad which goes with it, so I can shift the colour scheme a bit. I think Kirstie Marcotte is cleverer in her choice of pad for her challenges, as she seems to have more variety. Despite being a fan of soft muted shades, I'm beginning to feel I have looked at these papers for long enough. Not ready for giving up yet, though 😀
happy crafting
jx

Monday, 15 May 2017

My Stash Busting Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends

6x6 paper pads!! Can’t resist them, never use them J
Well, I’ve been watching   Kristie Marcotte (You can see her here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcj-jYI7SFdJ477sTGlSu3w)

She proves it’s humanly possible to use up a whole pad in a marathon crafting stint. She uses just the paper pad and coordinating cardstock and makes 30+ small cards. I don’t need so many and I like bigger cards, but I thought I’d challenge myself to USE UP A WHOLE PAD!

I’m not doing it all at once, and I am allowing myself to mix in random scraps and papers from other 6x6 pads (getting a sneaky head start on future challenges?). I picked my latest 6x6 purchase, a £1 pad from The Range. As usual, I fell for the soft colours but when I got it home, I thought the paper’s thin, I won’t really use it much. Still, there are 10 designs (3 of each) so it’s theoretically do-able. I’m also hoping to learn how to make the best out of this thin paper. (A handy skill, given the amount I have of it!)

This is the pad I’m using, and the others waiting to be challenged.



Here’s the first card I made – I’ve posted it before, but I’ve included so the challenge will be complete (if I ever finish it!)

I made the flower 6x6 paper; it’s a good weight for shaping the petals.

(I have no idea why the computer has decided to put this pic to one side - nor why it randomly deleted a whole load of wittering, I'd just typed, but hey ho)

And here are three more using the same layout as a recent class card. There is a fourth, but I won't blog it till its reached its recipient.



I've found really distressing the edges gives it more dimension and makes up for not being able to layer it up on pads.
I thought I'd keep this last one for a thinking of you card, so I've just popped an oval text mat roughly where the sentiment will go, so I can finish it later. Another good thing about this light weight paper is I've use 6 layers + a band, a sentiment and gems, and it will still only need a standard stamp.

 At this rate I'll only have to live to be about 3000 to use up my 6" papers - and then I'll have to start on the 8", the 12" .....

wish me luck
happy crafting

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Beating the Blues

Hi Crafty Friends

This is the card we made a fortnight ago. I fancied lots of texture and dimension, so we've got lace, raffia, dried seed heads and a lot of distressing. I just hand cut the banners, which makes a change for a dyed-in-the-wool die crafter like me. I don't know why I don't split up the sentiment more often; it's a lot easier to fit into the design that way.



 It was quite an easy card to do, especially as no one had to make any flowers. I've done a similar layout before, just rotated (oops maybe I shouldn't have admitted that!) but no matter everyone liked it, and it was so lovely and heart-warming to see the cards people brought in last week, based on this one - I do love our 'show and tell'. I've made a few more myself which will be appearing in an up-coming blog, but in the mean time

happy crafting
Jx