Day two was spent making a book out of mount board and trying out lots of distress oxide techniques. My book had a minor malfunction as the holes on the front page didn't quite line up and so they repunched them to bind it, but as I managed to drop it on the floor the holes gave way! I will rescue it later by trimming it down and repunching the holes, but wanted to share it with you now as it'll probably take me ages to get round to sorting it. This is going to be a seriously picture heavy post, so grab a cuppa!
Monday, 18 September 2017
I spent a lovely weekend crafting with Hels and Pauline and lots of the other regular crafters, but I'm pooped now! Been trying to catch up on some of your blogs today, so if you could all stop posting for a few days it would be most helpful. Thanks!
This was the project we made on Saturday, lots of distress oxide inky goodness went into making the masterboard which we then cut into 9 and added to a backboard and embellished away. For some reason it tickled me to have washi tape with poison printed on it, along with words about friendship on my project.
I'll share Sunday's project with you soon, I didn't quite finish it in the workshop and so need to add the finishing touches before I blog it. In the meantime, I shall bore you with lots more pictures of this project! Happy crafting (but not blogging just yet...) x
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Woohoo, the weekend is here and I'm off crafting with Hels Sheriden and Pauline Wheeler again. It also means that it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we want you to use your favourite stamp! Now, if you're anything like the design team, this could be a challenge to pick just one...
I really struggled to pick a stamp, but narrowed it down to one with bunnies on it and so went for my most recent purchase, this cute stamp from lili of the valley. I stamped it in black memento ink and whipped out my favourite copics to colour it. I used tattered lace pin dot rectangles to cut out the image and make a mat for it. On a 6x6 card blank I used some more of the purple card and some old lili of the valley patterened paper for the background. I used some lovely Polkadoodles dies to cut the corner flourishes (had these for ages and not used them before, but they cut like a dream and popped out easily) in blue card and added them to two corners. I used the same card to die cut the Hunkdory sentiment and backed it with white card before adding it on foam tape. To finish I added some stickles to her ears and to the centre of the flowers on the patterned paper.
I can't wait to see what you pick for your favourite stamp, good luck choosing!
Friday, 15 September 2017
It's the halfway point at The Flower Challenge and we have a tic tac toe grid for you to use for our challenge this month. We'd love you to play along and please join us for our first birthday celebrations next month, there might be some very good reasons to join us!
I chose to the use the bottom line on the grid this time - white, die cuts and blue. I used this lovely Docrafts X-cut die and die cut it three times in dark blue, light blue and white, so that I could inlay the pieces on a mat of pale gold card on my 6x6 card base. I added blue gems to the centre of the flowers. I added the die cut sentiment from a Hunkydory Moonstone die set which I inlaid again before adding on foam tape. Simples!
We're really looking forward to seeing all your fabulous makes from the tic tac toe grid, just remember to make flowers the focal point of your card, and remember to join us again next month for our birthday celebrations!
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Well, the wedding went well, it was held at Hazlewood Castle, a beautiful building,although I did feel slightly sorry for the Registrar. The groom is Dutch and had multiple hard to pronounce names and the ring was tied to the best man's collar as he was a dog! The bride walked down the aisle accompanied by their pet Jack Russell, Adora who had a floral garland over her collar to match the bride's bouquet. There were also several dogs as guests. They were mostly well behaved, although one of them had a very loud shake (as if drying itself off) just as the Registrar asked if anyone objected to the marriage. She declared that she wouldn't take that as an objection though! The bride had to pick Adora up towards the end of the ceremony to stop her whining and so when the Registrar told the groom he could now kiss the bride, she added, "if you can get past Adora to do so!". Unfortunately, Hubby and I had to leave before the evening reception started as my pain levels were starting to get too bad and it was a two hour journey home.
Right, enough if the waffle and onto the purpose of this blog - card making! I had some bits of card on which I'd cleaned off my blending tools after using my distress oxides. They seem to stay wet for weeks on the foam otherwise, and so I decided to use them up.
I die cut the image from a Docrafts X-cut die set. It has an outside cutting edge and two tiny circle dies that you can position for the eye and I presume cheek. I didn't use these on my cards though. I trimmed down the first image with my guillotine to leave a thin border. I then simply glued this on a 6x6 card blank and stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment.
The other two images didn't have enough of a surround to create a frame and so I snipped them out of the frame and glued them onto 5x7 card bases. I stamped the same sentiment on them and drew in a border. Simples!
Friday, 8 September 2017
With a distinct lack of mojo present, I sat down to make a card for the wedding tomorrow. I used an Xcut die set, which come with the main die, a seperate cutting edge die to go round it, a seperate die of the sentiment and a couple of little heart dies. I cut the main die and the cutting edge out of soft gold card (I think it was from a Kanban offcut pack). I only used it because I couldn't get to my usual mirricard with all the honey stacked up, but I think I prefer the soft look to it in this case.
I folded a piece of 300gsm quartz shimmer card (lLimetree Crafts from one of the shows) and made an A5 card base. I then mat and layered up the gold and quartz card, before adding the gold die cut. I die cut the sentiment twice more and layered it up on the card to give some definition. I found a strip of double rows of pearls in the gem box and so added that to the card along with a pearl heart surrounded by diamanté which I added with glue gel. I added a posh cream paper insert to the card and made an envelope out of some 12x12 paper I had lurking about. Apologies for the pictures, it was a swine to photograph!
I almost had a heart attack this afternoon. I realised on Sunday that I had nothing suitable to wear for the wedding and not wanting to spend much, had a look in the local supermarkets. They had nothing that was really what I wanted, but I found a dress online at Asda, in a style that I had had before and so ordered it at the start of the week for collection from the store as soon as possible (today).
I picked it up no problem and went to try it on when I got home. At that point I realised that that there was a fault on the armhole seam, where the overlocker hadn't caught the edges correctly.
Arrggh, what to do? If I took it back to complain, there was no way that I would get a replacement in time and I knew there was nothing else that I would feel comfortable wearing in store. Only one thing for it, out with the needle and thread. Not the easiest of jobs these days as my fingers go numb when hand sewing, but in the end I was quite pleased with the result, even if I say so myself. Let's just hope everything else goes smoothly! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend x
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
I don't think I've shared this card before as I made it last September, but apologies if I did. I went a bit blingtastic on this one!
I used the Sue Wilson Arbour Gate and Bride & Groom dies cut out of centura pearl card. I backed the bride and groom with a bit more card so that they didn't have see through areas. A bit of glamour dust was added to the brides veil. For the background I used an 8x8 flourish embossing folder by Crafters Companion, but used the debossed side as I preferred that for this card. A bit of matting and layering on the 8x8 card to give some dimension and then lots of bling!
Hubby and I were chatting on Sunday about something random, which suddenly reminded me that it was a friend's wedding this month. I checked the invitation that was on the notice board in the kitchen and realised that it's this Saturday! That was a close shave, can't think why I didn't write it on the calendar. Oh well, you may see another wedding card appearing here soon...