Monday, 11 September 2017

A bit of a stretch

Hi Crafty Friends

One day I might get my blogging up to date, but sadly that day is not today!
Here is another random pick from the club card archive - it must be several months old by now.

Any hoo, we had a fun time making it, and the green and white scheme was very popular. It's another take on one of my favourite layouts, but I tweaked it a bit. I was so delighted when people brought in their makes inspired by this one.


My favourite bit is the embossed panel with the hand embossed ridges and narrow border which I think finish it off nicely. I also like the sentiment. It's unusual for me to stray from basic sentiments like happy birthday, but I think both the sentiment and the font are lovely.

It should be a really straightforward card but it was complicated by the fact that the green backing paper was v narrow and the embossing folder was too small. So it was an exercise in 'stretching your stash' - literally in this case.
Still, it was fun to do (imho) hope you like it.
happy crafting
jx

Friday, 8 September 2017

Peaceful Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends

I can't believe it's September already, and soon Christmas will be upon us. A couple of weeks ago I gave in to the plaintive appeals from the club, to do Christmas cards. This is the first.



I love the tiny hills and trees dies. We layered them up in the aperture for lots of dimension, which was a bit fiddly on account of their smallness and then there was a tricky bit of masking and stamping for the sentiment. In real life, it's very sparkly with glitter, but I haven't managed to capture that at all well. The stamp set was very popular, but sadly I couldn't send any one the link as it was free with a mag, but I can't remember which. I think magazine freebies are heaps better these days.
Happy crafting
Jx

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Putting on the Ritz

Hi Crafty Friends

Just thought I'd stop by with a couple of cards we made a while ago in the club. They were both quick to make, hence two in one week.
They are a bit of a departure for  me, but I love the glitz and glamour of black and gold. I couldn't wait to get cracking with the starburst die. As soon as I saw it, I imagined it as a fancy top for a card, and I was pleased with how it worked out. I think it looks a bit like a present.


The stripy paper was a freebie in a magazine. I found the mags in a sale and snagged a couple, so there was just enough to go round the group. Wish I could get it again.
We just cut the star die out of the top of the card base, and cut the same shape again in gold to cover it - easy peasy.

The next one was even easier


We just die cut the flourish and the sentiment from black cardstock and layered it over gold mirri card. But we did use my (sadly, not) patented technique for taking the blinding out of the bling. I think it's a great improvement on ultra shiny metallic paper (even if I do say it myself 😊) Unfortunately you can hardly see it in the pic. Ah well.
happy crafting
Jx

Monday, 21 August 2017

A Blast From the Past

Hi Crafty Friends

Here's a fun children's card we made in the club a few weeks ago. I certainly had fun designing it. I saw a card on Pinterest with this fold, but without all the 3D layers. It occurred to me that I could fill it with dinosaurs (as y' do!)


We inked a cloudy background and inked and stamped a sandy foreground. I love these rather friendly looking dinosaurs (Marianne, I think). The foliage is coral and some Memory box poppies which I thought looked a bit Triffid like scaled up to dinosaur size.
I love the dimension you get with this fold, and the fact that it goes flat for posting. I'm already thinking 'Christmas scene'
happy crafting
Jx

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