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

Thursday, 4 May 2017

A Rose by the name of Poppy

Hi Crafty Friends

Here is a card I made ages ago, but decided not to use for the club because the lining up the stamping took too long. But that was before we had the MISTI.
Layered stamps were just coming in, and I was please to get some bargain poppies at a show. They were a bargain because they were proto-types and when I got them home I found the layer that made the lines was rather thick, and hard to align, so I drew my own lines in. I liked the look, so I stamped the poppy shapes twice in different colours to get a blend, then drew in the lines. Then I stamped the poppies again with Versamark and embossed them in clear ink.
Then I brushed on the background colour and stamped on random patterns.


And here's another version, not made into a card yet



Hurray for the MISTI. It made accurate repeated stamping a doddle. The only thing was, I only had two poppies and I needed three. Luckily I had an Altenew layering stamp set, free with a magazine. It was a rose, but as I was drawing on my own petals, it was pretty easy to turn it into a poppy. So you might have spotted the big poppy in the foreground of the club version, is the Altenew rose in disguise.




For my original card, I was lucky to find a scrap of paper which matched my colour scheme. The only paper I had for the club was a bit plainer, so folks stamped over it to add more interest to the background (unlike the one you can see here).

It was fun and good to see all the variations. The only thing was towards the end we ran out of embossing powder so I started a new pot - which didn't work properly at all!! Does anyone know if embossing powder goes off? Does it have shelf life, or should it be stored in a particular way?
I need to know - I have a lot of embossing powder which may be rotting away as I type.

Happy Crafting
Jan x


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Inks and Dies

Hi Crafty Friends

We had a two-fer day at the club recently. We did a couple of cards which were quick to make. Thanks to Debbie for the sassy woman design and to Shaz in Oz for the Brushos and Dragonfly combo.

Both the dies are cheapies, and the woman and dogs one fell apart, so we had to stick the bits together with low tack tape, but hey ho, it was cheap. It didn't put people off, and several have ordered the die.

I didn't have a stencil for the skyline so we made our own with a die (Oyster stamps?) and then brushed in the background. I've had the sentiment ages - I'm so pleased it finally made it to a card.


This next one involved Brushos (sprinkled and splodged onto wet watercolour paper). This was a new technique for most of the club members, but was great fun and everyone got great results.


I got carried away and made loads of Brusho pieces, so I hope I get some time to turn them into cards.
Happy crafting

on a Roll

Hi Crafty Friends

One of our craft clubbers hasn't been able to make it to the club for ages, and it was her birthday recently, so I popped round with a card. I really wanted to try out my new Spellbinders border die (had to buy it after we'd used it in the class Margaret did for us), and I'm still on a roll with the rolled roses. My latest rolled rose die (a nameless cha cha cha die) is, I think the best yet - even if I did buy it, thinking it would make fir cones!
I used a mix of Spellbinders and Tattered Lace dies for the sentiment panel, and another cha cha die for the leaves, I love the way they emboss.



here's to hoping our pal can get things sorted so she can return, in the meantime
happy crafting everyone.
jx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mixing It Up


Hi Crafty Friends

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while. The next thing to blog would be the lovely card Margaret shared with us, but I keep forgetting to ask her permission, so instead here is what I've been up to.
I was really taken by one of the demos at the NEC show I went to a few weeks back. The amazingly talented artist from Craft of Hearts, called them Mixed Media Assemblages. I immediately ordered the glue and did my best to remember what she was doing.

Then it was play-time with my Tuesday evening pals. This is my first attempt at this technique (or what I remembered of it)


Then I decided (a bit ambitiously - or madly even) to embark on a plaque/ wall-hanging for my step-d's birthday. She favours goth style stuff so this is what I came up with. The scale (huge for me), the goth genre (I think I've veered too far into steam punk) and the techniques were all challenging. I have to admit, I'm not entirely happy with it, but I thought I'd post it anyway because I enjoyed doing it, and hope to do some more, so with a bit of luck, you may see some improvement.



The small skull nestling in there was a 'serendipitous' find in a charity shop. It was a ring but I got my jewellery making friend to saw the ring bit off. She made a fantastic job of it (I'm so glad I didn't just attack it with a junior hacksaw).

And this week mixed media has reached the club! A bit of a departure for us, but good fun, and I got to craft too - which was great. I was still busy making coffees etc so I was a bit behind everyone so no finished project of mine for me to show you.
Here we are, having a very messy time - just look at that table!


And here is Julie's finished piece - absolutely lovely, and very shiny and silvery in real life.

And here are some of the Wednesday gang - the rest are missing in action or camera shy.


And some of the fabulous makes. Pity my photography isn't up to the same standard - the metallic gleam is stunning IRL.


Our first foray into mixed media was such a blast, I'm sure it won't be our last ...
happy mixed up crafting
Jx






Friday, 24 March 2017

Coming up Roses

Hi Crafty Friends

Us crafters get offered some weird stuff sometimes, on the grounds that we'll probably get some use out of it. But a whole wedding dress??? Yup, the full meringue!! A gazillion miles of net, several acres of duchess satin, more buttons than Cadbury's and lots and lots of lace. Of course I said yes 😀😀.
I spent hours seriously HOURS, unpicking lace pieces, so we just had to use them on a card, and this is what we made.


I decided to leave the bottom corner undecorated so people can add a suitable sentiment later. I thought it would be good for Mother's Day, weddings, anniversaries and the like.
The lace has all sorts of beads and sequins sewn on it, but I haven't managed to capture the sparkle of it. It just required a simple bit of matting and layering with some soft romantic papers and a cha cha cha doily die. Lots of fun and games making the smaller roses - by twisting and rolling thin strips of paper, and job done!
happy crafting
J xxx