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Lawn Fawn slider card

I’m still working hard on my long experiment – I can’t believe I’ve been doing it for a month!! My friend Holly only started card making this year, but she’s really got into it and wanted to enter some competitons. I’ve realised that I’ve been so taken up in my work that I haven’t entered a competition for years and Holly’s excitement about entering her first competition inspired me to join her. Holly has entered the new Lawn Fawnatics challenge (which replaces the Lawnscaping Challenge). The second Lawn Fawnatics challenge is ‘Interactive Cards‘.

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Now that Spring is here there are lots of dogs out playing on grass playing fields enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I wanted to create a slider card of a dog chasing after its ball. I stamped the dog and tennis ball from ‘Critters at the Dog Park’ several times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens to make a few cards for people who have helped me with my experiment. The Spectrum Noir pens I used were FL3 for the tennis ball, EB8 for the dog’s nose and TN7, TN8 and TN9 for its body.

I used Stampin’UP! Soft Sky and Gumball Green card stock for my sky and grass. I used the Lawn Fawn Grass border die to make my grass playing field from a 3 1/2 inch panel, then cut the MFT ‘Surf and Turf’ die across the panel. To make sure the background is the same colour as my grass or sky I made two 7×5 Soft Sky panels, one that I stuck to the card base with Hi-Tack glue, the other I die cut the MFT ‘Hit the Slopes’ die from it and stuck a 3 inch Gumball Green panel to the bottom.

I stamped the sentiment on the top die cut panel and then started to add foam tape to the back of the slider panels. I die cut the dogs using the coordinating die and I die cut the balls with the MFT ‘Surf and Turf’ dies (its a perfect fit!!). I layered several of the little circular die cuts for the back of the sliders so they were more robust. I used Hi-Tack glue to stick the backs to MFT Replenishments Spin and Slide Disks. Once the glue was dry I put them underneath the slider channels and glued the disks to the dogs and balls.

Once the dogs and balls were dry and sliding in their channels I was happy to assemble the card.

To add a few ‘spring’ touches I added some tulips in the bottom left corner from ‘Penelope’s Blossoms’, the butterfly from ‘Critters in the Dog Park’ and some little die cut clouds from Memory Box and Joy! crafts. My Silhouette pick me up was invaluable for making this card with all the little bits to stick on the card.

So here are the finished cards with the balls and dogs moving along their slider tracks.

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I think they are so cute!! What do you think?

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Happy Birthday to me!

As you can probably tell from the title fo this post, today is my birthday. I’m afraid I won’t have any time for crafting this week as I’m still working on my big experiment, but I wanted to share some exciting news with you.

Firstly, a HUGE, HUGE thank-you to my parents for buying me a Tim Holtz Stamping Platform on pre-order!!! I’m going to have so much fun when it arrives and my experiment is over and I can play!

Secondly, I decided to treat myself to some Clarity Stencil Brushes as a present from me to me. I’ve seen such lovely projects using them, so I really want to give them a go.

Wish me luck at work today, and I apologise if crafty posts are a bit on the thin side whilst I concentrate on work!

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Organisation

Hi everyone! I’ve just watched the latest episode of Line of Duty on BBC1 – it’s really gripping!

On a completely different note, I wanted to quickly share what I’ve been up to, craft-wise, this weekend. Having watched several craft room tours and gone green with envy over the Christmas holidays I thought to myself “I really need to be more organised in my craft room!”

Right now I’m in the early stages of a 7 week long experiment that requires long hours so I have very little crafting time, but this is the perfect time to get my stash in order… I bought lots of coin collectors plastic wallets and I’ve cut 5cm x 5cm squares from either Stampin’UP! white card or from Crafter’s Companion Watercolour card.

This is still very much a work in progress, but I feel better about having started my organisational efforts. When I’m done I hope to have all my inks, all my Nuvo drops and all my embossing powders in this format so I have them all in one place and I might get more use out of them if I can flick through and see them.

How do you organise your crafty stash? I hope you all have a good week, come back soon!

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Mothering Sunday 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the Mothers in the world!

My Mum loves Boston Terriers, and if she wasn’t caring for my aged Birman cat I think she would have a little pack of rescue Bostons. As Mothering Sunday is all about Mums I wanted to create a card that would make her smile, and I know Bostons would do just that! Art Impressions created an exclusive stamp for #STAMPtember2016 that I bought in this haul, so it was just made for a card for my Mum.

I bought a paw print clear stamp from Hobbycraft YEARS ago and I have used it in scrapbooking etc. but I can’t remember if I’ve ever used it on a card. I wanted to use it on the background to create my own patterned paper, so I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card to 5×7 inches and got out my VersaFine Onyx Black, Versa Mark ink, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo inks and stamped randomly over the card until it was covered. The VersaMark ink was sprinkled with Stampendous! Vivid Orange embossing powder and heat set using my heat gun. once the paw print patterened paper was done I attached it to the card base with double sided tape.

I stamped the AI Bostons onto Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. There are several colour variations of Bostons, so I tried to create one red Boston and one lilac Boston, with the remainder being the traditonal black and white.

Once I had coloured the Bostons and i was happy I trimmed down the card to 6 cm x 7 inches so it would go over the patterned paper, but still show enough of it behind.

For the sentiment I used the lili of the Valley circular sentiments clear stamp with VersaMark ink and the same Vivid Orange embossing powder and because I don’t have a circular die that fits I fussy cut around the edge. I wanted to try to create a ‘dog tag’ out of my circular sentiment so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the Boston panel and in the circular sentiment and then set a white eyelet in both. I used a short length of Hemptique twine in teal to continue the colour theme to attach the sentiment to the Boston panel.

To attach the Boston panel to the patterned base I added thick foam tape to the back of the panel and adehered it in the middle of the card.

 

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When is Mother’s Day in your part of the world?

Niece’s Birthday card

I thought I would try to share where my inspiration came from in this post, because I haven’t shared a sketch or ‘inspiration’ picture in a while. I had this pin on Pinterest for its positive message and I thought it was gorgeous, then I got to thinking “Come on, you must be able to re-create it with the supplies that you have…?”

Having recently purchased my Nuvo Aqual Flow pens they were my first thought and there is the Spring Meadow set that has the ‘Soft Rose’ and ‘Lilac Blossom’ pens in, so I grabbed them. However, when I tried them out on some watercolour card they were the wrong colours for what I wanted to achieve (if you look at the ‘colour swatch’ I created in the photos they are the bottom two colours – the rose is too rosey [d’oh] and the lilac wasn’t vibrant enough). So I had to re-think my options. I love purples, so I have lots of purple Distress Inks, but did I have the right pink?

I smooshed several Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat and used my Aqua Flow water brush (not to be confused with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens) filled with clear water to paint them on my colour swatch. Instantly I knew that Picked Rasperry was the right vibrant pink for my project and Shaded Lilac was a good purple to blend with it, so that was what i started with on my first layer of colour on my watercolour card. Once it had dried it was quite pale, so I went in with more Picked Rasperry and I contemplated adding the Nuvo ‘Lilac Blossom’ to darken the purple – this was a bit too dark and harsh (it’s the fairly straight line of purple on the right of the card) so I quickly smooshed several purple Distress Inks and used lots of water to spread it around and attempt to tone it down. I think I ended up using load of colours – Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet – I was using so much water they all mixed together on the craft sheet in the end.

I was really happy with it after the multiple layers and loads of colours had been mixed together.

Next came the sentiment – I didn’t want to re-create the image exactly, I wanted this to be similar but not the same. I love the sentiment ‘she believed she could so she did’ – I am a feminist, and I would like my nieces to grow up believing that whatever they want to be when they grow up, they can achieve it, so I chose this sentiment to go on the card so I could give it to one of my nieces. I gave the watercolour cardstock a generous dusting of my embossing buddy because it’s so textured I knew the embossing powder would want to stick in all the texture. I love the My Favourite Things ‘Well Connected Alphabet’ that came out earlier this year – it’s just perfect to make this card, and I’m sure I will be reaching for it over and over again. I used VersaMark ink and Stampin’UP! Gold embossing powder. I LOVE how it turned out (OK so my alignment is a bit off, but I think it adds to the whimsy of it)!!

Having not given my nuvo Aqua Flow pens a proper outing I really wanted to use my new Nuvo Jewel Drops, so I tried them out on the colour swatch too. Again I thought the ‘Rose Water’ was too rosey so I stuck with the ‘Pale Periwinkle’ and added drops here and there, then left them to dry for 24 hours in a cupboard (so the cats can’t tread in them!!)

To attach the watercolour panel to the front of a 6 x 6 inch (rosey!! ha ha!) pink card base I used foam tape. I really love it – it’s one of the few cases where something on Pinterest actually lead to a project rather than just endless hours of pinning and no crafting time left!!

I had real problems photographing this card – the shiny bits were ‘too shiny’ or ‘not shiny enough’ and I tried all sorts of lighting and angles, so excuse my dreadful pictures!! I hope you get an idea of the card anyway!

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Let me know if you would like me to share more inspiration posts showing the thought process behind my crafting projects in the comments below.

Have a lovely weekend and come back on Sunday when I will share the card I made for my Mum.

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Make it! Farnborough 2017

I won’t lie – I was aprehensive about going to Make it! because I have very little money at the moment (vets bills!!) and I feared I would go on a wild spending spree… I went with the right friend though – she got cash out that morning and was only going to buy with cash, so I followed her lead and didn’t overspend!

Make it! Farnborough is in a hanger on the Farnborough airfield (it’s quite a treck from the gate – we felt like we drove for miles!!) and there were lots of exhibitors and all sorts of different crafts, so if you are new to crafting it’s very exciting – all sorts are on offer for you to try. There are lots of exhibitors selling wool for knitting and crochet (one had some amazing HUGE knitting needles that looked more like toy wooden swords than needles!), some selling MDF shapes to personalise, crafty storage, stencils and stencil brushes, all kinds of ink pads, patterened paper and card, sooo many kinds of adhesives and more stamps and dies than you can shake a stick at!

My friend and I were very taken with Encaustic Art (painting with an iron and wax – it looks so cool!) but we decided that we already have very expencive hobbies and we didn’t need to start another!

Phew! you would think shopping was a sport – we were both very tired by the end of the day.

So… I hear you say, what did I get? Well, as I said I was very restrained. I had made myself a little list of things I needed vs some stuff I would like to have if I had any money left over (ha ha ha ha!! The optimism…). So on my list was Nuvo Jewel Drops (I already have all the Nuvo Crystal Drops, but non of the glitter drops, and when I saw the Jewel drops I had an “I MUST HAVE THOSE” moment, follwed by a look at my bank balance and a “not this month” realisation, but as a result I’ve wanted them for a while and know I would use them rather than lose them in the back of my craft cabinet to collect dust), the brand new Nuvo Aqua Flow pens (I saw Vicky of Clips n Cuts demo them here and I just had to get them!!), a ‘pick-me-up’ tool for embellishments, the Heartfelt Creations Black Friday 2016 set of border dies and a Hampton Art Stamp Perfect tool.

I got some, but not all fo the things on my list and a few surprise items snuck in to my basket. I did get the Nuvo Jewel drops and Aqua flow pens (squeal!!) and a Silhouette pick-me-up tool so I could tick them off my ‘needed’ list. Unfortunately I didn’t realise that Heartfelt Creations had a ‘Black Friday’ collection and a ‘Black Friday 2016’ collection, so I bought the beautiful ‘Regal Borders and Pockets’ dies, only to find out when I got home they weren’t the ones I thought they were (d’oh!)… never mind – they are lovely and I will be able to use them on future projects! I hadn’t put a non-slip patterned embossing folder or stencil on my list because it has been on my ‘want one, but it has to be the right one’ list for so long that I’d forgotten I wanted one, but when I saw this stencil I knew I had finally found ‘the right one’ so I snapped it up with glee.

I got a little bit over-excited by some WOW! glitter embossing powders and woosh that was me with not enough money to get a Stamp Perfect, but I did find some Gorguss buttons and 8×8 patterned paper that will go with my Gorguss stamps PERFECTLY so I’m very happy with my haul.

It’s all shiny and colourful!!! Just right for spring projects.

Do you splerge all your money at craft shows, or do you tend to only buy what you need?

Come back soon to see what I create with all my new goodies!

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St Valentine’s Day treat box

As a single person I don’t really celebrate St. Valentine’s day, but the Simon Says Stamp ‘Hey Love’ release is soooo adorable, who couldn’t help but be inspired?

First I used the Stampin’UP! box die to create a box base out of Neenah Desert Storm card. I used my Simon Says Stamp love background stamp and Stampin’UP! Sahara Sand ink to create some subtle pattern on the box base.

The i die cut the love outline die from black card and the love word die from white card several times and created a stack of ‘loves’ and adhered them to the outline die, then positioned this on one of the box base panels.

The heart is the one that came with the box die. I originally cut hearts from reds and pinks, but on such a small surface it looked too busy, so I stuck with three hearts from Red Riding Hood card.

When I was happy with the positions of all the hearts and the sentiment I stuck them to the side of the box with HI-Tack glue and assembled the box. Last, but not least I popped some chocolates in and tied up the opening with some black and white ribbon.

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Let me know if you get any St. Valentine’s Day treats/cards tomorrow in the comments section below!

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SSS haul! February 2017

Squeal!!! This was an uexpected surprise! I ordered some exciting stamps and dies from the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) ‘Hey Love’ release and misread one of the reservation dates – I thought it was 10th January, but actually it was 10th February!! SSS don’t ship until everything in the order is ready, so I thought that I probably wouldn’t get my delivery until after St. Valentine’s Day. However, the crafting Gods must have been smiling on me because I found my order on the door mat this evening when I got back from work!

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I’m so excited to create gorgeous projects with my new stamps and dies – come back soon to see what I create!

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Niece’s 13th Birthday card

Where does the time go???!!! I cannot believe my eldest Niece is in here teens!! (she was born when I was at University so that makes me feel REALLY OLD!) As it’s her ‘coming of age’ card, I wanted to make it feminine but not girly and I wanted to make it a bit interactive so I wanted to make another rocker card.

When the Tonic Studios Fairy collection was released Jodie was on Create and Craft TV demonstrating how versatile the fairies could be if you cut off their wings and when she showed a card made with Breena without here wings I HAD to make it for my eldest niece (so the idea for this card has been about 2 years in the making!!)

I die cut Breena from some 300gsm black card stock and embossed it so all the details were clear, then I carefully cut off her wings. To give her a dress I stuck some Centura Pearl in Teal behind the die cut and trimmed off any bits that peaked out from behind it. I wanted to just highlight her necklace and belt so I used a silver gel pen to colour in the cut outs for a little extra detail.

Having gone to all the effort of stamping 13s all over the card base I was loath to cover them all back up again with die cuts, so for the sentiment banner I die cut a stitched banner from vellum and adhered the Tonic die cut on top with Quicky Glue pen. Once I was sure the glue pen had dried I put glue pen on the reverse of the vellum banner over the back of the die cut so the glue wouldn’t show when it was stuck to the card base.

I had made some flowers that were all different colours and made the centres from nuvo Crystal Drops, left them to dry overnight and the Crystal drops had all cracked!!! 😦 I was so sad – they would have been so cute! But I didn’t want them on the card in the state they were in, so plan B kicked in… I die cut several ‘Camellia complete petals’ flowers from black card stock and the co-ordinating ‘Camellia open petals’ from Teal Centura Pearl and the leaves are from the ‘Camellia open petals’ in black card and the ‘Camellia complete petals’ from vellum (to tie in with the banner). The black stars are waste from another Tonic Fairy die set.

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Just as a finishing touch I wanted to add some matching bits to the inside of the card too, so I added the same sentiment with the frame and a flower and leaf.

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I hope you like this card? Crafty hugs everyone and come back soon for more inspiration!

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Punny birthday card

I fully appreciate that this card may not be to everybody’s taste, so excuse me if you don’t like the pun. I have made this card for a lovely, funny woman who did her PhD where I’m studying and has gone on to pastures new, but is still in touch with lots of us at the Institute. I will be seeing her on Wednesday for her birthday meal at Wagamamas, so I thought she would appreciate the mushroom based pun…

I have a confession – I bought the dies used for this card for my niece’s fairy birthday card and was going to make toadstools, they got buried under some cardstock and I totally forgot I had them (how embarrassing!) So I didn’t put any toadstools for the faries on her card… So rather sheepishly, I’m glad I can use them for this card instead… The dies are by Leane Creatief called ‘Mushrooms‘.

I wanted the card to be really plain so that the punny sentiment could hold its own, so I cut a Neenah Desert Storm mat and some green cardstock as a larger mat. The mushroom dies I cut from cream card and inked through the dies with my finger dabbers with Iced Spruce and Old Paper Distress Inks. I cut the grass from the same green card as the mat so as not to introduce too many colours to the card.

The sentiment is die cut from some chocolate card using my Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet Uppercase’ dies.

I used Hi-Tack glue to adhere all the die cuts, bending the mushrooms and grass a bit for dimention. To add even more dimention I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut to the corners.

When the Crystal Drops had been left to completely dry I stamped the sentiment inside the card with VersaFine Sepia ink.

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I think this could work as a masculine card too, the colour sceme is very unisex.

Do you like punny sentiments on birthday cards? I hope this card inspired you and you come back soon to see what else I create!

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