Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A Bunch of Thanks

Hi Crafty Friends

I was asked by a club member if we could make a thank you card, and as I will be needing some thank you cards for my team at work, I thought it would be a good plan to get some done early.

I thought we'd have a bit of an experimental week, using inks and stencils. I need a lot more practice at this myself, but it's good fun trying out different effects. I just created two simple layouts so people could concentrate on making their own background papers.
I love this sentiment die - I think its Spellbinders (or possibly Sue Wilson); the stars are of course 'cheap as chips ...'

On this next one I kept the background quite plain, and inked and stencilled the stars while they were still in the dies, which gave them a border. I liked the effect it gave.

I did add some Tim Holtz mica spray which looks quite pretty in real life, but doesn't show up here.
Happy Crafting

Friday, 24 February 2017

A little bird told me...

Hi Crafty Friends

I was dying to try out some of my (many!) new cheapo dies so I combined several on this class card. The oval lattice looks gorgeous, but I have to admit it drove everyone crazy, it was so hard to get the die cut out of the die. The sentiment and the filigree flowers were fine.
The bird is an old Stampin Up punch and the branch is Heartfelt creations. I enjoyed stamping and inking these to get texture that hasn't come out v well in the pic.
I wanted a massive floppy bow to finish it off, but gave up trying to tie one, and just looped the ribbon up and secured it with a brad. It proved a popular choice, so I may just give up on bows!

Happy Crafting folks

Monday, 20 February 2017

Cascade Cards

Hi Crafty Friends

A bit belated, but as you may know things have been a bit hectic here. I had a fantastic holiday in Cuba - great to get away from my flooded living room and to enjoy fabulous weather, and see a fascinating and very different country from anything I've ever seen before (and the cocktails were amazing too - I am officially cured of my dislike of rum!)

But despite the hol, the flood, loads of work and a problem with my eye, crafting has mostly continued at Serendipity Towers.
I was promoted to Miss for the day at the class I go to onThursdays, because some people there wanted to make cascade cards. As you know, I love this fancy fold, so I was happy to oblige. As it was a first attempt for everyone, I decided on a plain card with die cut embellishments (cutting and attaching matting layers can be quite time consuming). So here's what I made

It was a really fun class. Everyone made the basic card and then embellished it with their own choice of flowers etc. it was lovely to see all the different takes on the same idea.
maybe I'll get invited back to do the matted and layered version 😉
Happy Crafting