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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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Niece’s 10th Birthday card

OMG!! I just can’t believe my middle niece is 10!!! Where does the time go???

I wanted to make a fairy/magical/mythical card for her (because she won’t believe in the magic for much longer… [cue ‘Age of Not Believing’ from Bedknobs and Broomsticks running through my head]) so I got out my Tonic Studios fairy collection. I’ll be damned if this was the first die set the TODO really struggled with, I just could not get the dies to cut properly, I won’t lie I was in dispair!! Then I thought ‘I’ll just try a metal shim’ and thank the Gods, it worked!!

I saw the Tonic Studios YouTube ‘How to make a z-fold pop-up card tutorial‘ video and I though ‘I’ve just got to try that!!!!’ So I bought an A3 piece of Centura Pearl white hint of silver card and cut it as instructed to assemble the card base.

I then had to think about how I wanted to decorate the card… I knew I wanted a bit of a woodland scene with fairies in it, but wasn’t sure what the whole thing would be ‘about’ then I saw an inspirational quote online that said ‘write your own story’ and I thought ‘write your own fairytale’ could be the overall theme of my card. I wanted a brown/green colour scheme for the card to give the idea of the fairies in the forest, so where possible that’s what I tried to stick to.

If the theme of the card is writing then I needed a script stamp for the background. I stamped the script stamp repeatedly on Centura Pearl cardstock with Archival Ink in Coffee. Then I cut some dark brown card to mat and layer the scrip stamped sections to layer on to the Z-fold.

I die cut the second largest Presscut ‘Smaller Book‘ die from green card for my book cover, then cut 3 of the third largest die from cream card for the pages of the book. I stamped the sentiment on one of the pages using coffee Archival Ink and the Waltzingmouse Victorial Alphabet stamps. Lovely old story books have gold gilding on the pages and I wanted to re-create this so I used my Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish on the edges of the ‘pages’. I used my bone folder to get a natural bend in the pages, then adhered them together with HI-Tack glue at the ‘spine’ of the book and foam tape under the pages to maintain the curve of the pages.

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I’ve had the Tonic Studios ‘Fairy Door’ for AGES and not used it once, but now I wanted to use it for the big reveal. I die cut a full door and surround from green card, then I cut just the door from kraft woodgrain card (from Simon Says Stamp, but they only do the white one now) and stuck this over the top of the green card. I wanted to have the second half of my sentiment behind the door, but at the moment I only had the card base behind the door and I wanted it to be dark behind the door. I die cut the whole fairy door again from black card, stuck it behind the green die cut and used tape to hold all the little bits in the black cut-out. Because I was going to be sticking the door over the Z-fold I die cut a few more doors (just the top half) to build it up to the same height as the Z-fold so the door would be flush with the Z-fold and not bent by being stuck to multiple layers.

Most importantly – you can’t have a fairytale or a fairy door without a fairy, so I die cut Fae Ella from both black card and Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured her in using Spectrum Noir pens, then adhered the black die cut as a drop shadow.

I die cut several foliage and leaf dies from green card to adhere to the pop-up elements to give the feeling of the forest.

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Do you know anyone with a birthday around Christmas? What do you do to make their birthday cards extra special?

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Nadolig Llawen

I have a lot of Welsh friends and wanted to make Christmas cards using the Welsh sentiment dies I have from Tattered Lace. Unfortunately (as per usual) this card was WAY more intensive to create that I had anticipated and I’ve only been able to create one as opposed to several…

I die cut the ‘Holly Leaves Pine Branches‘ dies by Leane Creatief from green card and the berries from red card (I think I ended up needing 7 of each size of the leaves/branches to make the full wreath, which properly broke the TODO in!). I used a circle die to line up all the die cuts in a circular shape (I wouldn’t get it right by eye and would end up with an oval!!) and adhered them on to a white card base with HI-Tack glue, only attaching the bases or spines so there was still lots of dimention and they all stuck up in a more organic way. I inked the edges of the mat with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The sentiment was cut from red glitter card, which is just brilliant – it really sparkles, but with no mess!!

I adhered the mat to a kraft card base; bish, bash, bosh, done!

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Are you feeling Christmassy yet?

 

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Autumnal Thank you card

Last month I had a long weekend in Devon with my Fairy Godparents, it was so nice to get away from my PhD deadlines for a few days! My parents looked after the kittens whilst I was away so they were at home, not in a cattery. I wanted to give my Godparents a thank you card for taking such good care of me, and I didn’t get much of a chance to make Autumnal projects because of my experimetnal schedule. I have the Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine #11 Autumn edition and it came with lots of exciting freebies, so I thought I would give them an outing for this card.

I used the leaf and sentiment from the clear stamp set that came with the magazine and tried to recreate one of the suggested projects in the magazine with copper embossing powder. I don’t have copper embossing powder, but I have LOADS of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders – the Autumn Lustre was the closest colour I had. I have recently purchased some Creative Expressions stitched banners that will complement my Spellbinders ‘Banners and Pennants’ dies, so I embossed the sentiment on this white stitched banner and attached it to the card base with foam squares for a little dimention.

I think I will have to put copper embossing powder on my Christmas list because this didn’t turn out quite as I was hoping – more orangy than copper… But at least I was able to find a card base that matched, and add some Hempatique twine that wasn’t too bad a match either.

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I hope this inspired you? What colours do you use for your Autumnal cards?

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My Australian Cousin has dual citizenship and is living and working in the UK, but he does go home to see his family at Christmas. I wanted to make him a Christmas card with the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters Down Under’ stamps and matching die set.

Firstly I die cut the mountain range from the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper Card’ set from platinum Centura Pearl card and I cut and folded some snow white hint of silver Centura Pearl for the card base.

For the sentiment I stamped the greeting and frame form Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set with black Archival Ink. I used the Lawn Fawn grass border to die cut some ‘snowy grass’ from some more white hint of silver card, and die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Labels Four die and attached it to the card base with foam squares for some dimention.

Once I had my background sorted, I started on my critters. I used the ‘Critters Down Under’, ‘Hats off to you’ and the present from the ‘Year Five’ stamp set. I stamped all the images on Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir pens. Once all the images were coloured I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I kept moving them around until I was happy with the composition, then adhered them all in place with HI-Tack glue.

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I just love Lawn Fawn critters – they’re so cute! I hope you liked this card and it gave you some inspiration, come back soon to see what other Christmas cards I make.

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Lose yourself to dance

Now that she is at Grammar School, my eldest niece has become a complete ‘tweenager’ and her younger sisters are ‘so childish’ and she is desperate to be seen as a big girl, so I had to make her a birthday card that wasn’t ‘girly’, but more refined/edgy/grown up. All three of my Nieces love their dance lessons. Last month my eldest Niece performed in a dance show that was put on by her school – the children from all years (11-18 years old) were given the opportunity to either dance, choreograph, do lighting and sound or costumes and the show was amazing. Because of her love of dance I decided to make my her this card with a dance theme.

I like the song by Daft Punk called ‘Lose yourself to dance’, so I thought it would be a really nice sentiment to use on a card. Unfortunately I don’t have that sentiment as a stamp, so I used my new Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporay Alphabet’ dies to create the sentiment from some white card.

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Everything on this card is a die-cut! I have seen the Tonic Fairy dies used on cards with bits cut out to make them appear as women rather than faries and so I used both the ‘Rococo Fairy Lilly’ and ‘Rococo Petites Fae Ella’ dies and snipped thier wings and flowers off to create silhouette dancing girls.

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I bought the ‘Bohemian Designer Series’ 12×12 paper pack because I loved the colour combinations. As I think the colours are lovely and the patterns are very trendy in fashion at the moment I decided to use this as my background. The Ikat pattern paper made me think of the light-up dance floor in Saturday Night Fever in the dance scene with John Travolta, so I thought it was apt for a dance-themed card. I started with an 8×8 white card base and layered the ikat pattern paper on the card front and attached the die cuts and stuck them down with Nuvo Glue Pen.

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Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get a chance to do some crafting!

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Moo-chas grass-ias!

I’ve made my Christmas thank-you cards, at last, so I’m going to share them with you. I’m always trying to look for novel thank you card ideas.

I learned Spanish for a year at school, but because I was struggling in other subjects I was forced to give it up. So my Spanish has never progressed past really basic phrases, but I love the language, so when I find the thime (ha ha ha!) I will try to start learning again. I got the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters on the Farm’ set a while back, but haven’t used it yet. So I decided to combine farm animals and Spanish sentiments to get: Moo-chas grass-ias!

I tried to make these cards in a conveyor belt fashion, so each step was performed in bulk, then I moved on to the next step.

First, I started with some white A6 card blanks. I cut some pale blue layers to go on the front of the cards and stuck them on with roll-on glue. Next I did all my stamping on Neenah Classic Crest Card by Crafters Companion with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The cows were from ‘Critters on the Farm’ and the presents were from the ‘Baaah Humbug’ set. I coloured the cows and presents with Spectrum Noir pens.

I tried to do all my die-cutting in one session. The cows and presents were die cut using the corresponding Lawn Fawn dies. The speech bubble is from the Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me’ die set, the grass is also a Lawn Fawn grass border die that I cut from textured green card and dark green patterned paper (I think it was from a Crate paper 6×6 pad). The cloud die is by Joy! Crafts.

I decided that instead of fiddling about with stamping the sentiment in the speech bubbles I would hand write it instead.

When I had all my pieces ready I started to construct the cards. The grass sections were glued to the blue panel with roll-on glue. The presents and clouds were attached with glue pen and the cows and speach bubbles were attached with foam squares.

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Enjoy your weekend before most of us have to go to work for the first time in the new year!

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