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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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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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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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Christmas Thank you cards

Normally I don’t get coughs and colds, but I was REALLY ill between Boxing Day and my first day back at work so I didn’t make any Thank you cards for my Christmas presents, but now I’m feeling better I have remedied the situation.

Pinterest is awash with rainbow cards at the moment – the perfect antedote to the winter blues! I wanted to recreate some of those beautiful cards for my thank you cards this year. I also love Paisley (as you can probably tell from previous posts) and have the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns‘ and recently got the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps with matching dies so I wanted to do a sort of compare and contrast between the sets.

I’ve had some holographic embossing powder since I was at Uni, but I don’t use it often, so I felt it deserved an outing. I applied my embossing buddy all over the card, then stamped the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns’ stamps in VersaMark ink and heat embossed the holographic embossing powder every few stamps so I could see where I had stamped previously.

Once I was happy with the coverage of the white card with stamped images, I picked up my applicator sponges and Distress ink to create my rainbow. I used ‘Candied Apple’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’, ‘Mermaid Lagoon’, ‘Blueprint Sketch’ and ‘Wilted Violet’. Unfortunately the glittery bits in the embossing powder that give it the lovely hollographic look really grabbed to the applicator sponges and I now have loads of glitter on my applicator sponges and on my ink pads and the surface of the card was a bit scuffed with all the glitter acting a bit like sand paper. (note to self – if I want to repeat this technique again with this particular embossing powder I should use stencil brushes rather than sponges!)

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse stamps from the ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ set. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock in VersaFine ink and die cut the banner with a Creative Expressions die. To coordinate with the hollographic embossing powder I die cut the Memory Box ‘Brea Ornament’ die from some more card, covered it with Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled Nuvo pure sheen glitter in ‘Ice White’. It’s really sparkly!!

Then I used the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps to do exactly the same, but this time I embossed with clear embossing powder so the glitter wouldn’t wreck my applicator sponges again!

I wanted to have the same effect of the Brea Ornament die on this card, so I used the coordinating dies to cut out three of the ‘leaf’ shapes, covered them in my Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled more nuvo glitter on them. I covered the glittered shapes with my non-stick mat and rubbed over the top with my bone folder to really push the glitter into the glue so they wouldn’t shed when they dry.

For the sentiment I stamped the sentiment that came with theĀ  Paisleys and Posies set on Neenah classic crest with VersaFine black ink and die cut a banner with the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions banner dies. I adhered everyting down to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

Do you prefer the SSS card or the Stampin’UP! card?

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Christmas tags 2017

This is just a very quick post to share with you the AMAZING new dies I got from Leane Creatief ‘Holly Leaves Pine Branches‘ and ‘Pine cones 3D‘ that I’ve used to make my Christmas tags this year.

I die cut the smaller of the two pine cones from brown card and inked through the die using Gathered Twigs Distress ink. You can build up the layers and tweak out all the bits of the pine cones to make them really 3D, they look amazing!

I used my Waltzingmouse tags dies to cut out craft tags and stamped the ‘be merry’ from a Waltzingmouse stamps sentiment set using Archival Ink in coffee (as you can probably tell I didn’t stamp the sentiment on the bottom tag well so I tried to line it up again and failed – I really need a MISTI or something similar!!). Then I adhered the pine branches and pine cone with HI-Tack glue to make sure they didn’t fall off under the tree.

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Will you be working next week or do you have the week off? I will be in Shropshire to see my Granny.

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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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Football birthday card

On Monday it will be my friend’s birthday, I finished off his card last night but let the Crystal Drops dry overnight. He is an avid supporter of Chelsea Ladies football club, so when Tattered Lace brought out the Footballers die set with the lady footballer I had to use it for his card. The captain of Chelsea Ladies is Katie Chapman and her number is 17.

I cut the Tattered Lace footballer, 1 and 7 and ball from some Neenah white cardstock and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens to resemble Katie Chapman, then set them aside whilst I worked on the rest of the card. I also cut the sentiment from black card using my Cheery Lynn designs sentiment dies.

I cut a panel of watercolour cardstock with my trimmer and attached it to a cutting pad, then wet it with clean water and smooshed my Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress inks on my craft mat and picked it up with a paintbrush and painted the watercolour panel, then let it dry.

When I attached the panel to the card fron and attached the footballer, ball and sentiment the card still seemed too bare (I know it’s a masculine card, but still I felt it needed something more). So I found some blue card that was close to the blue I had used to colour the football kit and cut some of my Spellbinders ‘Pennants’ dies from it and cut one shorter than the other for some interest. Last of all I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Midnight Blue’ and let them dry overnight.

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I hope this gives you some inspiration for a masculine card, or maybe for a football mad female friend. What have you been making during #STAMPtember2016? (maybe this card would have been more appropriate for #DIEcember!!) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Reach for the stars

Two of my friends have birthdays today, so I have two cards to share this morning (you can probably tell I was in a bit of a rush to post them on time from the rushed photography!!)

For some reason all of my friends feel a bit down at the moment – maybe it’s just the time of year. They are all looking at their lives and wondering “what’s the point of it all?” and “Why am I bothering?”, so I wanted all of the cards I give them to have positive messages to hopefully give them hope to keep going.

The first card I want to share is a masculine card. Some cardmakers find men hard to create cards for, so hopefully this will help inspire you for a masculine card – either a birthday or good luck or congratulations card.

I started with some watercolour cardstock by Crafters Companion, my Distress Inks and round blening tools. The Distress Inks I ended up using were: Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

First off I added some areas of Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry and Evergreen Bough to the watercolour card, just in random areas, and not covering the whole piece of card.

Next I added some Faded Jeans around the edges of the card and around the more intense areas of colour to make the night sky. After the Faded Jeans I went over the card with lots of Black Soot to darken the card and only leave a few areas of colour.

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Then I used a fan brush dipped in water to create splashes on the card, which I dabbed off with some kitchen roll. This created the appearance of stars. I did end up with too much water on one area, so I dried it and went over some of it with Chipped Sapphire and Balck Soot to bring back the appearance of the dark space with only a few stars.

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To add more stars I used a small round shaped brush to flick Gesso mixed with water over the card. Once the card was dry I removed the Washi Tape from the corners and went over the corners in Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

For the sentiment I used VersaMark ink and ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder by Papermania. The stamp set is by Stampendous called ‘Typewriter Alphabet’.

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I die cut some of the smaller stars from the My Favourite Things ‘Lucky Stars’ Die-namics set from white card stock. I also used the Crafters Companion ‘1″ Alphabet Contemporary Uppercase’ dies to cut ‘stars’ from white card. I adhered them all to the watercolour card with Nuvo Glue Pen and then attached the panel to the front of a cream C5 card blank with roll-on glue.

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I really like the way this turned out, and I would definately try it again, maybe with different colours on the base to change things up.

There are several YouTube videos on different ways to create this look including from The Craft Bunny, K Werner Design and Scraps and Stamps. Check them out!

Happy Crafting everyone!!

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Masculine birthday card

Today is my oldest Step Sister’s boyfriend’s birthday. He loves history, so I know that ‘vintage’ stuff would suit him.

I ran some black card through the Crafts-Too ‘Geared’ embossing folder. I stamped the image from the IndigoBlu ‘Little Voice‘ stamp set onto Whisper White card stock and inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I used my Xcut ‘Chronology’ dies to cut some cogs from gold mirror board.

DSC01384I used a cream A5 card base then attached a piece of patterned paper from the Marianne Design ‘Vintage Men’ paper pad. I arranged the gold cogs over the stamped image and black embossed panel until I was happy with the arrangement and used my pokey tool to make a hole for the brass brads to go through to fix the cogs to the embossed panel. The stamped image was placed under the gold cogs, then the embossed panel and stamped panel were attached to the patterned paper with HI-Tack glue.

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I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White card in Versa Fine ‘Onyx Black’, I cut it into a fishtail and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used my bonefolder to shape the banner, then attached it to the card with Hi-Tack glue.

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I hope this gives you some inspiration. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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