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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

My Weekend Makes

At the weekend I headed up the M40 to Redditch and a Crafting Retreat that was held by Thompson's Craft Supplies. Although most of the people stayed at the hotel where the retreat was held there were four of us that stayed at another hotel near to the venue that was a bit cheaper. Our first project was to cover a very ordinary looking A5 notebook. We used all sorts of bits and pieces to achieve the finished result, including metal embellishments, chipboard and Lindy's stamp gang sprays. Once we finished these we made flip books using 6x6 scrapbook papers.



  The following day we started with a 6x6 by 4 inched deep white boxes and we covered these in a winter theme. There were some stencils provided for our use but I had taken my own Christmas stencils so decided to use these instead. Different embellishments were provided for decoration but it was put together very much the same way as the book.After lunch on the Sunday we were given kits and instructions to make a couple of shaker cards and star wands on a Halloween theme. All too soon the weekend came to an end and it was time to drive home again.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 8 September 2017

Another For Christmas

I thought I would post this while I'm waiting for a friend to arrive, then we are off to a retreat for the weekend in Redditch. This is being run by Thompson's Craft Supplies. My card is for the Addicted To Stamps challenge which this month is Christmas. The main die I used is by Poppy Stamps and the embellishment by Tattered Lace. The background is distress inks then stamped with Lavinia Stamps, I then die cut it with an oval to match the main die and stuck together before mounting onto a card base. The Sentiment is from Crafters Companion.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Indigo Blue and Butterflies

The new challenge over on the Butterfly Challenge blog is S is for Silhouette and/or the colour Indigo. So for this challenge I decided to go with some new dies I bought recently from Tattered Lace, the beautiful Barley and Butterflies and The Pearl Square. The butterflies are from All Occasions Dies and I carefully removed the Butterflies from the die without disturbing the bits that would normally drop out making them silhouettes. The background was made with Sheena's Stamping card and distress inks. I've not added a sentiment as I'll pop this card into my box for later.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Create A Card Die

Another card (or two) made for the box, this time using one of the new Diesire Dies from Crafters Companion. I've used a 6x6 card black and Sheenas stamping card slightly smaller and then slightly smaller again in silver mirri card. I cut the die from the mirri card then with the Sheena card I plotted where to use distress ink to make a background that suited the die. I then mounted them all together onto the card blank. I've decided not to add a sentiment, I shall just put a verse inside.



I'm going to enter this card into Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra which is anything goes.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Monday, 4 September 2017

Kraft Card

I love to stamp and colour onto Kraft card but don't seem to do it very often, so when I saw that the current challenge over at My Time To Craft was to use Kraft card I just had to get some out and have a play. I used a stamp from Chocolate Baroque which I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and then coloured with pencils. I colour matched the card used for matting and then used a Kraft card base.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 1 September 2017

More Christmas Cards

Another four Christmas cards for my box. I seem to be in Christmas card overdrive at the moment. I have made my own Christmas cards for the last fifteen years and always made a certain amount for my Father-in-law. This year after years of making her own Christmas cards my Mum has said that she can't make hers this year, so would I make some for her too, which is why I'm making so many. For these cards I've used this great stamp from Hobby Art, I feel in love with the image the moment that I saw the wonderful samples on Hochanda. They are quite simple, just stamped onto a square of card and then coloured with promarkers, the green and the red card used for the matting were leftover in my scraps box and the sentiment stamp is from Chocolate Baroque.



The four for the Box


I'm going to enter this in the following challenges
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Christmas Animals

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Playtime

Friday morning I decided that my stencils which were house in 3 A4 boxes could do with sorting out. In my cupboard I had some 6x6 scrapbooks that were unused, they looked ideal for the 6x6 stencils. after a productive morning filling 4 6x6 scrapbooks with the 6x6 stencils and a clarity stencils book with the clarity stencils I was inspired to get out the inks and have a play in the afternoon. Below is the result. I started with the flower stencil (sorry I've had this stencil so long I can't remember where it comes from) and some gesso which was splodged though the stencil onto some white card, this acts as  resist for the inks over the top, which came next when the gesso was dried. Then I went back with the same colours and inked through the stencil. I chose colours that I would not normally reach for, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and worn lipstick Distress Inks. Then I used a stencil from Peerless Designs which again I've had for sometime but it was unused. I inked through the stencil with Archival black and used the word dream from another unused Peerless Designs set at the bottom. Finally I highlighted some of the black before matting it onto a 7x7 card base.



I'm going to enter thins into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations which this month is anything goes.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 25 August 2017

Rudolph Days

I can't believe that it's almost the end of August already, but as it is it's time for this months challenge Rudolph Days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. For my card this month I have used an image that I found on the Internet, I took it into a graphics program and made 4 toppers for my cards. I found  backing paper on a Debbi Moore Christmas CD that teamed with it and also some green card for the matting. The holly die is from Tattered Lace and the sentiment stamp is from Crafter's Companion. The dies that the sentiment are on were from the Works.


Another four made for the box this year.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Forest Friends

My card today is to enter into the Allsorts Challenge this week, which is Forest Friends. I had this topper left over from a previous project and thought I would make it into a card. As the topper was a circular one I either had to cut a circular mat for it or do something else. I went for cutting apertures into my backing paper and matting. This was done on the Cameo, something that does not get used very often. The sentiments were cut using dies from Robert Addams All Occasion dies and then some card candy was added. This is one for my box for a later date.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated

Sue

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

I'm off to Pixies Snippets Playground with my card today. This was make as a "Just because" card for a crafty friend and my snippet was the wood effect background. I had made several in different colours earlier this year including two in this colour way which I had not used. So that was my starting place for the card, I then rummaged through my stencils and found these two, which are from Imagination Crafts, and then used some white pearlised embossing paste through the stencils. Straight away before it dried I sprinkled some purple glitter from my glitter mountain over the top and left to dry. Next I found my Lavinia stamp with the verse "Don't Let Life Dull Your Sparkle" stamped onto a scrap of white card and the cut the words apart edging with a little bit of black promarker I then stuck the onto the front. Next I mounted the topper onto some black card and then a piece of matching mirri card (it matches better in real life than in this photo). Finally I found a lovely poem about friend and printed this off onto an insert before giving to my friend. I'm glad to say the she loved it.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue