Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Pretty in Pink

something sweet for a little princess

some-thing different plus some super cute butterflies
My crafting and blogging continues.  It’s my treasured little bit of relaxation and creativity.  In the last few days though, an assortment of non-crafty things have had to take priority on my time.

Any-hoo, here’s the finished result of last week’s craft class.  I’ll be back there again tonight, I’m still loving sharing time with other crafters.  Sharing with on-line crafters is good (it's great joining in and being inspired by a card a day blogging even if I'm not managing a card a day these days) and I love my little crafty bubble, but sharing ‘in person’ is extra special (and we talk about all sorts of non-crafty stuff too, from Michael BublĂ© to dog pregnancies and lots in between).
These decoupage cards are from the Daisy and Dandelion range from do-crafts. For the little circular card on the stand we used some plain purple card and a template.  I rarely finish any-thing in class (perhaps it’s all that chatting!), so when I got home I added some stickles glitter, liquid pearls and glossy accents (on the window and mirror).  I also added glossy accents on the little butterflies for a bit of re-enforcement.  Oh, and there is a touch of sakura gel pen here and there for even more sparkles.

Could do better : My photography skills could definitely be improved.  I’m afraid there’s a bit too much glare on these pics.
Next: I have two other projects on going, not sure which one will be finished first, so it will just have to be a surprise!

Friday, 25 January 2013


Peter Rabbit is having fun in the snow

The snow here today is a bit slushy for snowballs
It's been snowing here today and like some sort of fool I decided it would be good for me to go for a walk and get some fresh air.  It was a bit on the slushy side for snowballs but it reminded me of a card a made pre Christmas but didn't get around to sharing.

It's made from a Crafter's Companion/Hunkydory kit which I used with some centura pearl card cut to make into an 8" by 8" twisted easel.  I used some purple card and holographic from my stash for some layering and added some dots and dashes.  I love the Beatrix Potter artwork as it is, so tried to keep the added decorations to a minimum, but added one big bow and bling for impact.  The bling is from creative expressions and the ribbon is from a 99p roll I had in my Christmas box.  As the ribbon was slightly wired it made it fun to shape once I had tied a simple bow.  The embellishments are stuck down with colall glue gel.

I've been crafting on another project too, so I'll share that tomorrow when the finishing touches are dry.  I've had a lovely meal of haggis, neeps and tatties for Burns Night and I'm going to get myself all cosy and have a crafty night in xx

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Steampunk Inventor

A bit of personalised steampunk fun
Another busy day as I’m going to see ‘Les Mis’ at the cinema.  Determined to get my blog habit up and running again so it’s time to share an earlier project.

For my ‘son-in-law to be’ I made a steampunk birthday card earlier this month using serif’s craft artist professional.  Number one daughter told me that he liked all things steampunk, but to make sure it was masculine.  I am still more of a tactile crafter than a digital one, but you just can’t get away from the world of possibilities with digital crafting, and how easy it is to personalise your creations.  I am still expanding my knowledge as I go, but having fun all the way.  I’ve added a picture of the loving couple.  The digikit used was ‘Steampunk Inventor’.  I printed on Neenah card and cut out.
This is stage one.

Stage two, was layering on some embossed and inked mirri card, adding some metal bits and bobs, some Tim Holtz tape and glossy accents and crackle glaze.  Unfortunately, doh! I didn’t take a photo of the final result before rushing to visit.  With a bit of luck, my daughter will come to the rescue and send a picture xx
Ok, where’s that box of tissues …

Ready for Bed?

I love colouring in and I love my jammies, hope you love this project x
Well here I am again and it's almost time for bed.  I've had a busy day but not with crafty goodness as my crafty mojo appears to be having an off month.  I've started a few things this month but not finished them, and finished a few things and not photographed them (this getting fit must be making me light headed lol!).  I was at my local craft club tonight, but I want to add some ink to my edges and glitter before I share. 

Thought I would share some of my pre-holiday colouring in (appropriately for bed-time of some-one in their jammies), which I really enjoyed doing.  It's a Saturated Canary image (called stockings I think) and I have coloured it using copic pens.  There's a bit of layering on holographic card and dots and dashes (of course) and mounting on a do-crafts gift bag.  In other words, lots of my favourite things.

For added extras, there are tiny gems in the corners, a few highlights with sakura pens, and glossy accents on those big, beautiful eyes.

Back again soon, mojo permitting xx

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Word Book

A special word book for Jane (but most people call her Jean which was my mum's name too)
I’ve been to a Zumba class tonight.  It’s great fun (even though I have two left feet), but I’m pretty pooped now.  Trying to get back into blogging, so here’s a quick one.

I made this word book for my mother in law just before Christmas.  The letters are from the Funky Hand 'Funky Daze' CD and printed on card, cut out and edges inked.  I layered them on some core’dinations card and added some dots and dashes and stickles.  Some do-crafts christmas ribbon and ribbon from my stash is the final touch.
It’s not seen in the picture, but inside there is a personal message that says we are going to see ‘Cats’ at the Edinburgh Playhouse at the end of February (because we all need something good to look forward to).  We’re off to see ‘Les Mis’ at the pictures later this week too.  Can’t wait, but I think we’ll need a box of tissues.

I was chuffed to see that the word book was still on display last week.

That’s all for now, back soon xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Gone Fishing

Something special for a special friend

Lots of my favourite colours and styles plus a hand tied daddy long legs (legs made from a paint brush)

I love these chronology toppers and papers. I just had to add them to the back of my card.
Time to get blogging again.  Got a bit busy completing some crafty creations for Christmas, but didn’t get round to blogging about them.  Then there was the eating and drinking and now I am trying to fit a bit of exercise into every day.  So far, so good, but yet to master keeping fit and eating healthy with my crafty ideas which usually involve me sitting on my bum.

Here’s my latest creation, which I made for our friend Jim’s 60th birthday at the weekend.  Jim enjoys a day’s fishing getting away from it all and a pint now and then, so that’s the theme for the card. 
  • I’ve used: Flippin’ Men ‘Gone Fishing’images – I’ve made a few cards with Flippin’ Men decoupage before and love the sense of fun the images have.  This time I’ve used the images from ‘The Best of La Pashe’ CD and printed on matt card.
  • The backgrounds are from Papermania Chronology range (part of a goody bag I treated myself to).
  • I have also printed a sheet from my Debbi Moore ‘shabby chic’ mechanical CD for some of the sentiments which I think fit in well.
  • Techniques: Base card from Las Pashe decorated first with Chronology papers (inked edges of course) and some Tim Holtz tape.  Window made with leafy acetate from Hunkydory/Crafter’s Companion.  A few peel off’s here and there.
  • Images cut out, some extra detail added with Sakura gel pens (I especially liked adding a bit of sparkle to the fish).  Gloss accents added to the welly boots.  Decoupaged with pinflair glue and glued to the acetate.  Sentiments layered up and added.
  • Extra bits: butchers twine and cog thingy (from Chronology range), thought this might look a bit like a fishing reel.  In a little plastic bag I’ve added an actual ‘tied fly’ from the local fishing shop.  You can’t see too well in the pic, but it’s a Daddy Long Legs and really appealed to my crafting side as they are hand made in the shop.  I didn’t risk attaching it open as it is on a real hook.  Tile letters on front from WH Smith.  Of course I added a matching bottle bag and envelope.
  • Could do better: Running at the last minute as ever, hubby took photos when I was putting my make up on for the birthday party.  When I went to put the card in the envelope I found it didn’t fit due to my added extras.  So it was a last minute rescue, wrapping the card in brown paper and sticking the front of the envelope on (when will I ever learn!).
a shop bought gift bag decorated with another flippin' man Gone Fishin'.
the decorated envelope (first version)

Hope you like the card and hope to be back again soon xx

Thursday, 6 December 2012

All in my Head - Part One

I can see all the decoration in my head, but every-one else will have to wait till tomorrow.
I just can't believe it's Thursday already.  As I am choked with the cold, my crafting is mostly being done in my head again.  I am working on some requests for special cards which are all at the work-in-progress stage.  I have got them all just about planned out in my head (although my plans have been known to change!).  I have made bases for two of the cards though.

Just for fun I thought I would share this one as part of a Card a Day Blogging.  It's a twisted easel made with A3 centura pearl card cut down to an 8" by 8" size.  Then I have made some layers with silver mirri and holographic plus a couple of sheets from my Hunkydory Christmas Multi-buy.  It's not showing too great in the photo but there is some organza ribbon from my stash and some Anita's ribbon that says 'Happy Christmas'.

Although I have inked the white edges of the card, I have worked really hard to keep the look very clean (no faux stitching, yet). 

Hopefully, I'll be fit to post the final result tomorrow.  I'll be using a matching Hunkydory topper, plus some paper flowers and snowflakes and a very tasteful bit of bling.  May be some more ribbon too.

Well, time for some hot tea now, then back to playing with my paper flowers xx