Monday, 24 April 2017

More Messy, Little Video and the Winning Ticket!

Hello friends

Thank you for all your kind comments on yesterday's post.
I've been putting the finishing touches to my double journal page,
that means doodling with gel pens - also loved that!
Here it is....




The second page we created was something a little different
and I foolishly did not take step photos so I'm going to recreate that one
to share with you later this week and incorporate die cutting.

Yesterday I did a little video of my crafty happy place.
I've been receiving quite a few questions since the publication of 
Paperhearts and Summer Kisses as to whether I really craft in a 
summerhouse/cabin?  Is it really in my parents' garden? 
So I thought I would do a little show and tell.
It is up on my Facebook page and also the Hope and Chances page.
If you fancy a look please click here.

Now...who has the winning ticket to win these 'heart' goodies!?
A signed copy of Paperhearts and Summer Kisses,
set of Spellbinders dies - Hearts and a pack of 3D Foam Hearts.


And the ticket is....[tap desk to imitate drum roll!]


Please check your charity kit bags and if you have number 22
please email me hope-chances@live.co.uk 
(different email address this month).
I'll be sure to send out your prize gift wrapped with special
#Paperhearts paper too.

Take care friends and wishing you a fantastic start to the week.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Messy and New!

Hello friends

I had an absolutely smashing day yesterday at The Artistic Stamper
trying out something completely new to me.
It involved paint - a lot of paint!

The class was taught by Tracey Scott, super talented and lovely lady.
First off we applied various colours of paint to good quality card.
No paintbrushes here...just use your fingers!


We then did some splattering with gold or white.


Next step was to do some stamping - these are Tracey's stamp designs for 
PaperArtsy.
I adore the leaves and huge daisies and look...one closed flower looks
just like Queen Elizabeth I !! 


It was then a case of cutting them all out!
I found this very relaxing, I don't think I've sat for that many hours
just chatting and fussy cutting - really enjoyed it.


We were asked to bring a journal, turns out I brought along the smallest one!
I was pleased though as I used less flowers and now have some in reserve
for other projects.

We prepared a background with paints, mine with hindsight was a little too subtle.


Added a little bit of stamping to the background and then arranged the flowers.
This isn't quite my finished piece but even just laying the flowers down
and seeing the vibrant colours made me very happy.


My mind is now racing with ideas and these include die cutting so
watch this space!  
We did complete a second page which I will share with you soon,
just need to get some photos in daylight (typing this near midnight!)

My summary of the day - brilliant and a change is 
most definitely as good as a rest. 

Stop by tomorrow for more photos and announcing
charity kit winner!

Take care friends.


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tempting Trio

Hello friends
 
Today I'm heading off to Faversham - The Artistic Stamper
for a workshop, I'm bracing myself for getting a little messy!
When the list of items to take was sent through and it said
'paintbrushes and apron' I thought ...ok let's do this!
I hope to share photos with you tomorrow.
 
Before I go I wanted to share another card project I made using
Beaded Squares - the die set I featured yesterday for Friday Die Day.

Using three of the smaller squares I positioned them diamond-wise
in a row, slightly overlapping, added my typed sentiment and three pink flowers
(the flower die is also included with Beaded Squares).

 
Addition of some foliage makes the colour pop a little more.

 
 
It is possible to purchase Beaded Squares as a bundle on the website
with Flowers and Leaves embossing folder and a pack of lovely
3D Foam butterflies - details are here.
 
Or if you prefer to purchase Beaded Squares on its own - please click here.
Flowers and Leaves embossing folder - please click here.
3D Foam Butterflies - please click here.
 
Phew! That's a lot of clicking isn't it!
 
Take care friends - have a great Saturday.
 


Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
 
This week's Friday Die Day is Beaded Squares
 
 
Beaded Squares is a three piece die set and the approximate
measurements are:
 
Small Frame: 1.40 x 1.40 in
Large Frame: 2.25 x 2.25 in
Flower: 0.80 x 0.80 in
 
This is how they look cut/embossed.

 
To create my card background I die cut a piece of ivory cardstock using 5 x 7 Matting Basics.
Once cut I kept the cardstock inside the die, opened the embossing folder -
placed on platform.  Positioned die and die cut (cutting edge upwards).

 
Cover with tan mat and one cutting plate.
Run through the machine.

 
This way you retain a frame line with an embossed patterned middle.

 
Matted onto a further ivory mat and affixed to card front.

 
I then used both frames from the Beaded Square set,
largest positioned diamond wise and the smaller as a square.

 
Placed a sentiment across the middle and then the flower from the set
cut from lilac cardstock.
The little green leaf (Homespun die set).
 
The finished card.


 
Lovely detailed emboss on the flower die.

 
is available as a bundle on the website and also included is a pack
of 3D Foam Butterflies.
A tempting trio and all for the bargain price of £8.75 -
details are here
 

Take care friends and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
I'm off to take part in a craft workshop tomorrow, it has been ages since I attended a
workshop and it is something slightly out of my comfort zone...messy with paint!
More details to follow.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Market Fresh and a 'Deer' Little Gift

Hello friends

I'm back home from Peterborough and heading to my city job today!
I had such a nice time with Debi Adams from Spellbinders,
she was launching her own Spellbinders design line on Create and Craft
called Market Fresh - the dies are so clever as each one
could have multiple uses and Debi's projects are adorable.
I got to spend time with Debi and talk craft - it's a tough job you know! ;)

Here's a video of Debi at CHA earlier this year showcasing Market Fresh.


My crafty project offering for today appeared on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
blog here yesterday.  It is a little gift package that has bath salts inside.


The full step by step tutorial can be found here and I truly appreciate it 
if you have time to leave a comment on their blog.
Isn't the paper I used lovely?!


Take care friends and please stop by tomorrow for Friday Die Day.



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Venetian Versatility!

Hello friends
 
Today I'm revisiting Venetian Gatefold, another beautiful die
designed by Stacey Caron from her Renaissance Collection.
 
There are two dies in the set.

The approximate measurement of each die is:
Panels: 2.10 x 5.50 in
 
This is how they look cut/embossed.
You will notice that if you align each die side by side
it enables you to cut a frame to fold - create 'gates/doors'.
 
 
I've chosen to patterned paper to place behind.

 
Secured a ribbon band - this can slide off to open up the gates.

 
Final touch - flower and tag - the flower and leaves is created from


 
It is also possible to use this die to create a tea light holder
(battery one please), just by creating four panels.


 Venetian Gatefold is available on the website here along with 
other beautiful designs by Stacey Caron for Spellbinders here.

You may have caught some photos on Facebook as to where
I went yesterday - Create and Craft studios in Peterborough
to welcome Debi Adams, a fantastic die designer for Spellbinders.
We are spending some time together and you can 
catch her shows today at 11am, 3pm and 5pm. 
Her collection Market Fresh is adorable.

Take care friends.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Trapezoid Trellis

Hello friends
 
Today's card is revisiting one of the Kaleidoscope dies -
I like this design, it certainly said 'garden trellis' to me.
 
 
I created a square aperture in my card front.
Die cut Sprigs and threaded it through various parts of the Trapezoid die cut.
Added in some bright flowers and gemstones.

 
Inside the card I placed a die cut square of white card to create the backing.
Stamped and die cut sentiment to finish.

Trapezoid Motif is available as pre-loved on the website here,
again bargain price along with other Kaleidoscope dies.

I'm driving off to somewhere today...more news to follow :)

Take care friends.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Marvelous Majestic Oval

Hello friends

I haven't quite sorted the cabin but got as far as finding a 
box with lots of projects inside.
I thought I would revisit some of my favourites
and today it is Majestic Oval.
Here is a sort of Friday Die Day on a Monday -
not confusing at all!

This die set comprises of three dies and the approximate measurements are:

1: 2⅜ x 1⅜”
2: 3⅜ x 2⅜”
3: 4⅛ x 5⅜”

This is how it looks cut/embossed.

I chose to use die templates 2 and 3, stamped 'Thinking of You' on the smaller one.
My card base is white card, patterned paper (scrap box) and rounded the corners.
The flowers are Marisa's Bouquet. 



Assembled my flowers and mounted the oval with 3D Foam Squares.


The finished card - I kept it fairly neutral.
I like to do this with more intricate dies so it doesn't detract from their beauty.
Pearls to the flower centres, always makes them pop.


Close up pics.



and can also be found here - a nice reduced price for today.

How is your Easter weekend going? We indulged in a lovely dinner
last night with family, feeling the affects a little today hence the later blog post!
A lazy Monday I think :)

Take care friends.