Sunday, 29 December 2013

After eight? no any time will do

I finally got a chance to sit and play this afternoon so I thought I would just make this little holder for after eight chocolate mints...Alternatively you Could use it for any flat chocolates or tea bags or coffee sachets.

I have the large and small g45 french country paper pads now I have had them some time..they have been looked at and stroked an awful lot ..I have used some...but not much ha ha and its time to start using them can't justify buying any more until its mostly gone and CHA is coming up and there is sure to be sonething something new lol.

I made some little pockets inside to hold the choccies I think I will enter this in the following challenges
Sweet Lilac Flowers....buttons and Lace

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Happy 18th

Hi all  It's nearly here - Are you ready yet?

I think I am all done just some last minute food to get on Tuesday from the butcher and baker - don't need the candlestick maker - I am posh I have electric lol.
So I came her to sort out my next offering for the January Claritystamp challenge so that I wont be on the last minute - it being Christmas and all - you never know what's gonna happen, and I found this picture that I had uploaded but never blogged.

It was for an order - young man turning 18 and it had to have Matthew B on it.  So I hadn't a clue what to do then I found a brick wall gelli print in my stash - so handy them prints lol.  So I used the Claritystamp shapes and letter box set to make the Banner and the word Grandson - the small happy birthday at the top is just a sentiment stamp from my ever growing stash of stamps.  I inked through a number stencil I once bought from craftwork cards.  The background stamping is a large stamp like ledger paper from Indigoblu and the blots and rings are also Indigoblu./

Right going to post this then get back to the job in hand.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Glitter and sparkle

Yesterday's lunch was a good laugh and it was great to see the girls - we all used to work together for many years and I was "boss" to four of them so  it's great to keep in touch every now and again .

For today's little jaunt I am off to the craft club over at the Craft Range this afternoon for an afternoon of play 

I made this card for a card swap group that I am in .its a variation on a theme - I do love purple and this butterfly montage stamp.

This one was stamped onto pearlised lilac paper I think I used shaded lilac distress ink and then embossed with clear.  I stamped it twice then cut out the little butterflies and the tag shape and layered these up.  I stamped again onto acetate and silver embossed then cut out the butterfly.  I added glue and glitter.  the background is stamped with a clarity sprig - its a bigger version of the little leaves you can see under the word butterfly.  I created some glitter background for matting and layering with ds tape and some glitter.

Oh well best get a wriggle on and do some chores and pack my truck ready for this afternoon!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

1 today

Morning all...well look at this another day another blog -- no I haven't been busy this is a card I made for an order the other week and was sat in my Camera!!

I am off out for lunch with friends today but before that I must set to and retrieve my crafty stuff from everywhere around the house I can't put it all back in its normal place as I should really be tidy for Christmas but I still have a week before the big day so time to do some more playing !!!

I was asked to make a first birthday card for a grandson - now this proved to be a bit of a challenge - as you know I love stamping but I don't have anything childlike in my mahoosive collection lol

So if in doubt get the Serif out.  I don't have mega numbers of digi kits but can usually cobble something together with all the free ones that I do have and a few that I have bought.  My thoughts were to use a big number one on the front of the card.  so I created the back ground then added a number one and made it big - the large text is an alphabet in a mexico set - all brightly coloured so I recoloured it to blue.  I added the mobile from another set .  I also printed these out twice one another sheet to cut out and layer up -- I did the same with --today-- added the text top bottom and in the circles .

I have another couple of cards that I have "found" in my camera so I will blog these before Christmas so watch this space.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Butterfly Birthday

Hello everyone - Oh haven't I been a bad blogger - it's been an age.  
I am sat here not doing anything - all my stuff is scattered all over the house as I decided that I must get the downstairs carpets cleaned - cream carpets - WHY did I pick cream?  As many of you know I craft at my dining room table (we have to eat on our knees now)  You can never see the table for all the stuff piled on it, around it and under it - so you can imagine the state of the carpet - bits of sticky stuff that I have missed when I dropped it and it had gone black - speckles everywhere and the lovely man has got rid of them all - I am very impressed.  He is in the other room now - that wont take as long as no mucky jobs go on in that room lol. I can't put my stuff back until tomorrow when the carpets have had time to dry properly so I thought I would use my time to upload some photos so that I could do some blogging.  Methinks I might not get much crafting done between now and Christmas except I must do my offering for the Claritystamp challenge blog  - the one that goes live 1st January  - not got it sorted yet .  

Anyway this is a card I made the other week - I think I made it for my niece's birthday.  
 I had the gelli print in my stash so decided that would be my starting point .  I have obviously silver embossed the butterfly montage and I am almost certain I did it on acetate.  I suspect that the background to it was the remnants of the gelli printing session picked up on double sided sticky sheet,I love that trick you get some lovely stuff.  I laid this on some silver mirri  card. Stamped the butterfly mantage again and the smaller butterfly is a stamp on its own.  Added a bit of ribbon and some sweet lilac flowers .

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Beer? Footy? Whose your team then?

So a man's card today.  I originally made a version of this card for my son in law then sent it to him and forgot to take a pic!  Anyhow he's a Blackburn Rovers fan and I did it in Blue and white.  Then I was talking to my SIL Margaret - my crafty mate - some of you know her - and she mentioned that my Nephew had gone to watch a rovers match - she didn't know why as he was a United supporter --ding ding  light bulb!!

So his birthday has passed now and I can share this with you - how many men drink beer and support a footy team - birthday cards --simple just make em in their team colours!!
the central stamp is either from LOTV or Little Claire? and the others were a freeby on creative stamping mag absolutely ages ago.  central panel is 15 x 15 ( makes it easy to cut squares lol)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Scene Building

Well hello there - I cannot believe that we have got to December already - it seem only a couple of weeks ago that I was asked would I be a DT member for the Claritystamp Challenge blog and here we are at the final challenge of the year No. 10 as we started way back in March - really? yes really where has this year gone?
Haven't we seen some beautiful cards and projects posted by not only by the rest of the DT team but from you guys too - the standard is astonishing, and what can we say about Claritystamp itself - this year has seen the introduction of ------THE GELLI PLATE --- OH YES -- I love mine and I do play with it but I need to play more to get to grips with it properly - I keep looking at Sam Crowe's blog and just wishing I could get to grips like she has - she does some fabby stuff it's no wonder Barbara picked her to be the gelli queen for her design team. Then following on from that came the Stencils - now I know there are lots out there but I have a lot of Clarity stamps so nothing teams up as well as a Clarity stencil - I now have a selection but I fear these will be as addictive as the stamps aaahhhh - more expense.  Then Barbara started blogging - oh boy can she blog! lots of excellent pictures and words to tell us how she has done things - fantastic and of course on Tuesday's I wait expectantly to see the next chapter in the Claritystamp history - so interesting especially if you are a nosey cow like me.

Anyway I think that's probably enough of waffle from me for today - and on to Challenge 10 - build a scene!  Now if you have been following my challenge posts you will know that I have done quite a few scene cards and projects so this should have been a doddle right? wrong - could not think of a single thing to do  but here is the finished article and I will explain how I got her below if you want to see........

On Thursday 14th October as I was driving home from the craft club I was looking at the sky - quickly as I was on the motorway - wish I could have stopped to take a pic - anyhoo it was all blue and pink - gorgeous it was.  Then the light bulb went on.  Could I replicate on the gelli plate with inks?mmm I wonder so off I went to try.  I used the technique with the cotton wool that we use to create a resist technique on shiny card.  So I put down some blue added some stringy bits took a print on copy paper - this wasn't what I was after.  I removed cotton wool and took another  mmm not bad but still a bit! so then I took a third - hurrumph not enough - just bits but I persevered next time with pink.  the final print now started to come to life so I carried on and did it several time till I had built up a lovely sky - well I thought so.  The second print wasn't bad --I kept using the same three sheets-- but it wasn't as subtle. ................Anyway I thought black might be a bit harsh for the stamping although in real life on the motorway the landscape was very very dark but I continued with browns then....hated the scene I created.  So I tried again with black on the second, brighter print --still not happy so they were not good enough to be put on the challenge blog.  I will have another go at this when I have more time though as I was quite impressed with my little self lol


So I walked away from the table that day and revisited the next day and thats how I finished up with my purple offering now if I could have replicated the scene I created on that one using my sky from the third print I probs would have been a happy bunny but these things are sent to try and test us and from our mistakes and mishaps we learn and grow.  I just thought I would share my mistakes cos we all make 'em.
Happy Crafting  xx