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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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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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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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Crafty kittens!

Hmmm… The kittens are adorable, but they are annoying too!! I had made a 50th birthday card using loads of die cut letters and managed to keep them out of the paws (and mouths!) of the kittens, stuck the card together and just had to add the nuvo Crystal Drops to leave them to dry overnight and suddenly Inara jumped up on my craft table and trod on the three top drops and trailed her little tail through the bottom drops!!!!!!!!!

Inara is fine – as I was there when she did it I was able to wipe as much of the crystal drops off her paw as possible immediately with a wet wipe.

So here is what I managed to salvage of the card! (I tried to colour in the top drops with alcohol markers in an effort to get them to look better, but it just didn’t work!!)

And here are the kittens helping me with photography…

Note to self – if anything needs to dry or set I need to put it in a cupboard in future! I still love them both to bits, despite their naughty ways!!!

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Welcome baby card

Some friends of mine were safely delivered of a baby boy last week and they have said that now the Grandparents and Aunties have met him, their friends can go over to meet him this afternoon, so I’m going to meet him for the first time today!

To celebrate his birth I have made his Mum and Dad a card. As he is a boy I decided to go with the traditional blue colour sceme with a baby blue and a darker blue. Blue works really well with Kraft, so I wanted to use that too for an extra masculine colour, my Neenah Desert Storm was just right for my base layer.

I don’t have much money at the moment, but I thought it was important to get a die especially (I don’t have any baby specific stash) so I bought this ‘Baby text and pin‘ die by Marianne Creatables. I wanted to have the sentiment ‘welcome baby’ so I die cut the welcome with my 1″ Contemporary Alphabet dies by Crafters Companion. I also wanted to use my Sizzix stackable stars dies too.

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I die cut enough of the stars to have one at the top of the card and one at the bottom and the sentiment between them, but the card base didn’t have enough space for both stars! So after a quick re-think I adhered the second stack of stars to the inside of the card to bright the card front through to the inside.

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The last step was adding some crystal drops in ‘Duck Egg Blue’ and leaving them to dry overnight.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring. Do you know anyone having a baby soon? Or maybe someone has just had one – was it a boy or a girl?

Enjoy the last remnents of your weekend and have a good week!

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Step-Sister’s birthday card

Today is my eldest step-sister’s birthday, I’ll be going to see her later today, but before I go I’ll post her card and present here.

I must admit I bought her present in May and started work on this project back in August, but with very little urgency. So it was only right at the end of October that I thought, “oh, wait, poppies in November – Remembrance.” so sometimes it doesn’t help to be ahead of the game!

I started with a box I had recieved a shower gel and moisturiser gift set in, which was just the perfect size to put my step-sister’s birthday present in (very breakable). The edges and ribbon were already red, which was where the poppy inspiration came from, but I needed to paint the front and back black to cover up all of the shower gel info! I painted it with acrylic and um-ed and ah-ed about whether or not to cover it with Decopatch to protect it, but for some reason thought better of it… (I wish I had, because it has litrally just now started to wear off on one corner!!)

I stamped the ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp eight times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (four on two A4 sheets of Neenah cardstock) and cut them out using the matching die.

I coloured the poppies with Spectrum Noir pens: CR9, DR3 and DR5. Whilst the petals were still wet with ink I shaped them using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and glued two different sized petals together. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled some black rocailles in it, then left them to dry.

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The Spellbinders Labels were die cut from black and red card. The sentiment is Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp that I inked in VersaMark and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Golden Red Blaze’ embossing powder to make the sentiment pop on the black background.

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To create the card base I folded a piece of black A4 in half, then cut two layers (one red, one black) to give the background more impact.DSC01477

I adhered the poppies to the box and the card front, along with the layered labels.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Friday will be my mother’s birthday and she isn’t very ‘computer savvy’ so I feel safe posting this before her birthday.

I stamped the IndigoBlu ‘Sunflower’ stamp on Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink. I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir GB1, GB3, Ct1, CT4, TN8, EB4, EB6, JG1 and JG5.

Using my Perfect layers tool to cut layers from More Mustard and Chocolate Chip card for the stamped panel. I cut a 7 inch square of white card and placed the layers on this. I attached the layers onto the white card, then attached this white layer on the 8×8 inch white card blank with 2mm foam pads.

Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Classic Sunflower’ stamp and Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’ ink on Neenah card three times. Then I used the ‘Classic Sunflower’ die to cut them all out. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens and shaped them using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. I layered the different sized petals on top of each other and attached them with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny and added Bronze Rocailles and left them to dry overnight. I attached one sunflower to the card, along with a leaf cut from green card using X-cut die.

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My Mum grew up in Shropshire and heard a lot of Welsh on Market Day and she also supports the Welsh Rugby team, so she knows a little Welsh. As a result I wanted to get the Tattered Lace ‘Welsh Sentiments’ dies and use them on this card. I cut ‘Penblwydd Hapus’ from Chocolate Chip card and attached it to the stamped panel and on the More Mustard panel.

I made a triple bow from Hempatique brown hemp cord using the Bow Maker and attached it to the card with HI-Tack glue and attached a wooden button on top.

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I wanted to present my Mum’s present in a brown paper bag in a ‘rustic’ look, but wanted to add sunflowers and twine etc. so it would match the card.

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I saw this card on the Heartfelt Creations site and I loved the colour scheme and how sparkly it was! I wanted to re-create it for my Mum’s birthday card because she loves purples and greens, and then I realised that it’s actually my step sister’s birthday before my Mums! (Yes, I am very scatty!)

I recently got the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp and die set and decided to use this for my card. I stamped the poppies onto Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Onyx Black’ ink and cut them out. I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to colour the petals with Tim Holtz Distress inks ‘Dusty Concord’, ‘Shaded Lilac’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’. I shaped the petals using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, then attached petals on top of eachother with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I made a large drop of nuvo crystal drops ‘crushed grape’ and sprinkled Purple Seed Beads over it, then left them to dry overnight. I used wink of stella in ‘Violet’ around the edges of the smaller flowers.

DSC01439Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Delightful Daisy’ die to cut leaves from SU! ‘Pistachio Pudding’ card stock. I inked the edges with a sponge dauber and ‘Peeled Paint’, then decided I needed to shape them again with my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.

DSC01441I stamped the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style’ sentiment in VersaMark watermark ink and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Violoa Lavender Blaze’ embossing powder. I cut out the sentiment with Spellbinders Labels 2 die and cut one size bigger from pale blue card stock, then cut one size bigger from white card. I coloured the largest label with Dusty Concord ink. I layered the labels and glued them with roll-on glue.

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I used HI-Tack glue and attached the flowers and leaves and labels to an 8×8 inch white card base.

DSC01440As a sort of after-thought I used a corner rounder punch on two corners of the card.

DSC01438I hope your working week is going well. Do you have kids who are on their summer holidays?

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New Baby card

I’m so pleased that one of my former colleagues has been safely delivered a baby boy! He and his wife have been waiting for a baby for years, so this is such a wonderful moment for them.

I love water lillies and I think they are a sign of new life, so I wanted to use them on a card for a new baby. I used the ‘Classic Sunflower’ die to cut out white card. I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to colour the edges of the petals with Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Spun Sugar’. I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to create the petals of the lillies, then attached the layers of petals with Hi-Tack glue. To the centres of all of the lillies I added nuvo crystal drops in ‘Sugared Almond’ and sprinkled yellow Rocailles over, then left them overnight to dry.

I used the Waltzingmouse stamp set ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The set works well with the Spellbinders ‘Labels Four’ set so I cut it out with the die.

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When the water lillies were dry I added drops of Glossy Accents to look like water drops.DSC01436

For the lilly pads I cut Spellbinders Circles from ‘Lucky Limeade’ card stock, then cut a sliver out of the circle and used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to roll the edges and create veins on the pads. Lastly I added some drops of Glossy Accents for water drops.DSC01433Using a 8×8 inch card base and cutting a 7.5×7.5 inch mat from Pool Party card stock. I attached the water lillies and pads with Hi-tack glue. The sentiment was attached with foam pads.DSC01431

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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On Sunday it will be my Granny’s 95th birthday, the card is in the post, so I thought I would share it with you. I’m afraid this post is a bit picture heavy due to all the different flowers I made for the card – sorry!

I really wanted to try out a cascade card because they look so amazing, I also wanted it to have a woodgrain base and I had some Kraft coloured Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock that I had bought ages ago, but just admired it and not used it, so I decided to use it for this project.

Note to self: when using someone else’s instructions for the first time, keep them right next to you instead of attempting to remember what they said or you WILL cut a slit in the wrong place and have to start all over again… AHEM!

So… with my kraft woodgrain base all slotted into place I started work on the front panel. I used Whisper White card stock and die cut the floral frame from the Samantha Walker Spellbinders Shapeabilities ‘Botanical Swirls and Accents’ set and used Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush stampin’ write markers to colour the embossed design. I also die cut the leaves/branch from the same set in Pistachio Pudding card. I used the Memory Box Parker Numbers dies to cut 9 and 5 from Pistachio Pudding card. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the branches behind the frame and Quicky Glue Pen to attach the numbers to the cut out. I wanted to be able to open and close the card easily so I didn’t want to attach the frame to both front sections of the cascade base, so the frame was attached with Hi-Tack glue to the left half of the card, and the cut out was attached to the right half, so the two halves could still move independantly.

For the back of the card I cut a piece of white card to fit on the right hand panel and stamped the ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set and used roll-on glue to attach it to the back panel before too many flowers were added to the front panels and it would have been difficult to write on.

I used the four small flower shapes from the Crative Expressions ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ dies to cut lots of flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to make them more dimentional, then added some nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Buttermilk’ to the centres and left them to dry overnight. I also used the ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ smaller leaves dies to cut some leaves from Pistachio Pudding card stock and attached these and the flowers to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

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When I saw the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy Petals’ stamp with matching die I couldn’t resist, so I wanted to use them on this card. I stamped the image on parchment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my heat tool to dry the ink, then cut out the shapes with the die in my Grand Calibur. I coloured the petals with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir PP4 pen, which didn’t dry very nicely – a bit blotchy, but I figured it was just the joy of homemade… Again I used the HC Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to add dimention to the petals, then used Hi-Tack to hold the petals together (so glad I did – parchment is not keen on sticking!!!) When the glue had dried I added a generous blob of nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled on a few black Rocailles, then left this to set overnight. I punched some leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the leaf punch in Ruth Hamilton’s Pick of the Bunch punch and stamp set ‘ Rose – Pansy – Camellia – Gardenia’, shaped them, glued a few toghether, then attached them with the parchment poppies to the bigger panels towards the back of the card.

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Having taken the leaf punch from the Pick of the Bunch set out, I figured I’d keep going so I created two pansies coloured with Spectrum Noir pens in OR2 and FL3.

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I had wanted to have a butterfly on the card somewhere because the Red Admirals and Peacocks are out in force in my Mother’s garden. I used a Martha Stewart punch to get a black outline, then stuck it to some parchment with Hi-Tack glue and when the glue had dried I coloured in the sections with DR4, then cut the parchment around the edges of the butterfly and stuck it to the card base.

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As per usual I had been taking my time, doing a bit here, a bit there, and suddenly I needed to post the card this week and the left side of the card was finished, the right… not so much – eek!! So, my lastminute.com nature kicked in and I decided to make some really quick and simple bits to stick on the panels – I had been planning to make roses, but that would have taken too long!

I used the Wplus9 ‘Fesh Picked’ stamps and matching dies to make some strawberries and leaves for the back panel. The flowers on the middle panel are the sepal punch from the Pick of the Bunch set punched in white with a dot of nail varnish in the middle, the leaves are Sizzix Susan’s Garden (658413) cut from Lucky Limeade.

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Phew!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, I hope you have some sun to get out in and enjoy!

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