Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Round the Bend (2)

Hi Crafty Friends

Here's the card we made at the club last week, so it's almost on time!

I really like bendi-fold cards but they are time consuming so we don't do them too often, but I have to indulge myself every now and again. As before, this is a triple bendi.

The basic shape is a Go Kreate die I've had ages, and I just made up the shapes for the flaps, which the club used as templates.
The other dies are mostly cha cha cha. The flourish is Spellbinders from the holly border set.

The papers are quite heavy so didn't need matting onto card, which speeded things up no end.
Sorry the background is so distracting - I'll try to re-do these pics.


Happy crafting
Jx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Grand Crafting Jamboree

Hi Crafty Friends

Well how about this! An up to date post from me 😀

I just had to blog our grand all day crafting event which I was somehow talked into about 2 months ago. Since then I have been beavering away making cards and plans, and finally, after a week of carpentry (making the tables and fixing the chairs) heavy lifting, advanced logistics and generally running around like a mad thing, the great day dawned.

This is what we made in the morning
This one used a lot of die cuts: Marianne poinsettias and the rest unbranded. (cha cha cha)


This one involved a lot of stamping and heat embossing, but no die cuts. The poinsettias had to be cut out by hand but they are an easy shape (Four Petal Flower by Chloe). I think they're lovely on vellum. In fact I generally love white on kraft card.


And here's everyone hard at work. As you can see, quite a lot of furniture shifting has gone on. But we all fitted in fine

The pom poms you can see were a late addition from my pal who had them left over from her daughter's birthday party.

The new, makeshift, die cutting station worked well (Thanks Wendy, for the wood)



And with a quick change, it worked equally well for the real reason for the day - the buffet!!
 Everyone brought something and it was all delicious



A moment of quiet reflection (or major stuffing ourselves with deliciousness) I think the red place mats were the success story of the day!



And then it was back to the table of craftiness. This is what we made in the afternoon. I do love white on white cards, but I tried to get some variation by using a mix of plain and pearlescent card, and LOTS of glitter. None of which is very apparent in this pic.


And then there was the Christmas dec. Many thanks to my good pal, Debbie, for the idea and the prototype. I'm pleased to say my cunning scheme for scoring and cutting made quick work of making all the basic shapes. Then it was just a matter of sticking on coloured paper, in the right places and joining them up. (I'm saying nothing 😉, but some might remember the Christmas snowflakes at Tracey's 😀😀) 





Many thanks to everyone who came for making it such a fun event, and for the lovely lunch. Especial thanks for all the help with clearing up, and to Ann for the help with moving the furniture.

Happy crafting, everyone
Jxx




Thursday, 28 September 2017

Diamonds are for ever

Hi Crafty Friends

Diamonds may well be for ever, but here at Serendipity Towers, it just means it takes forever to blog them!
We made these cards last May and I totally forgot I hadn't done a post on them. Oops. It was our first club foray into Colour Cloud inks, and it was a lot of fun. I also loved getting to christen so many new dies all at once too.
I made three samples, mainly because I couldn't decide which colour to choose, and everyone chose their own colours.
It it a really easy card, but gave us a chance to experiment with the inks and with making various rolled roses, which I recall I was fairly obsessed with at the time. We coloured the ribbons on the purple and turquoise cards with Colour Cloud too. Easy peasy matching!




I still can't decide which is my favourite
happy crafting
jx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

In a Bit of a Flap

Hi Crafty Friends
Out of order as per ..., but I thought I'd share a card we did at the club a couple of weeks ago. I had great fun designing it. It's very loosely based on a trifold card the lovely Tracey sent for my birthday, and on a Christmas card of June's). I didn't have either of the cards to hand so I just made it up.

It's a DL trifold card with lots of pockets and possible places for gift cards etc.
here's the front

This is with the front panel open


And here it is with the second panel open

We definitely got in a bit of a flap with flaps and it took longer than I thought -  a marathon crafting session on Tues. and slightly less on Weds. Still everyone enjoyed it - even if not everyone finished the card.
Hard at work  - as you can see!


I really like the opportunity to play around with all the die cut embellishments and have made two more. I'll post pics later.
Happy crafting
jx

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