Sunday, 27 April 2014

Creata Blog Challenge # 26 Monochrome

My entry for the Creata Blog Challenge.  I decided to use tones of my favourite colour. I love purple because it's a healing colour, it's a great colour to wear anytime of the year and it reminds me of chocolate! 

I decided on a technique which I haven't used for a while, iris folding, it takes time but I find it very relaxing.  Here is a simple guide to iris folding.
Cut strips of paper approximately 1cm wide.  You can use lots of different colours, tones of the same colour (monochrome) as I have done here, different patterned paper (a great way to use of your old stash) or one plain colour, each will give a slightly different look.

Trim down to lengths which overhang the edges of your aperture(s).

Fold one edge over of each strip. 

Inside/back of aperture
Overlap each strip fixing into place with double sided tape.

Front of card.

And your finished card should look something like this.

Products used;
Creata Aperture Card
Creata Patterned papers
Creata Mirror Board

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Another Creata creation: Floral Birthday Card

I have really fallen in love with these coordinating Creata products.  This was going to be an exploding card but I tinkered with the template (no I didn't do it wrong, just different!) to get this shape.

Products used;
Panels cut from Creata Pattern Card pad
Creata Gel sticker mounted on off-white silky card mounted on foam pads
Creata Rub-ons
Creata 3D handmade stickers
Panels and circle cut from Creata Off White Silky Card
Circle cut using EK success circle scissors (every crafter should have this tool it's incredible)
Happy Birthday Peel-off from stash.
I left the circle blank for the sender to write on and it folds completely flat for posting.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Male Card

I sometimes struggle with ideas for male cards, which is where the It's A Mans World Hunkydory kit came in very useful.  I followed a pattern in the magazine to make this card using the golf toppers, Rosewood & Argyle textured-foil adorable scorable cardstock and argyle insert sheet.  I tweaked it bit by edged all of the cardstock and toppers with distress ink and made the golf ball toppers look used by smudging them with Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink.  I think I shall probably use this style of card again, it's easy to make but the shape adds a bit of interest - ideal for a quick card!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Creata Blog Challenge #25 Say It With Flowers

Time for another Creata challenge card.  When looking through my stash I realised just how well the 3D stickers, gel stickers and rub-ons really complement each other. I tried to pull out the colours from the tulips with the mirri card.

Products used;
Cream A4 card from stash folded to make off centre gatefold card.
Creata Patterned Paper Pad
Creata Teal Mirri Card
Creata Pink Mirri Card
Creata Gel Sticker
Creata 3D Stickers
Creata Rub-on
Happy Birthday & flower Peel-off from stash
Pink brad from stash

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Year in Books: March Review and April's Choice

As I mentioned in my previous post, my book for March was by one of my favourite author's Katie Fforde - Practically Perfect.  I have to be honest and say I was little disappointed with this book.

Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, decides to risk everything on buying a tiny but adorable cottage so she can renovate it, sell it, and prove to her family that she can earn her own living. But the cottage interior isn’t the only obstacle she has to face; the other one is the arrival of Rob Hunter who puts up more obstacles than the Grand National. Blurb by

What this blurb doesn't mentioned is Max, who I found to be an extremely obnoxious man, but what was more off putting was the fact that Anna refused to 'wake up and smell the coffee'.  Her naive attitude just didn't fit in with the rest of her character, or maybe Miss Fforde just made it too obvious for the reader to realise that Max is not 'the One'.  Whilst I appreciate that Anna had held a torch for Max since college, I really don't think she would have bothered with a second date with Max.  She is an independent woman who refuses to ask for any help with renovating the cottage, yet when it comes to Max she appears to completely change character and, in my opinion, become a bit pathetic. I did however like the other characters, her supportive friendship with Chloe is one of the best themes running through the book, and the 'will they won't they' dilemma between Anna and Rob Hunter makes it a light-hearted read.  I just really wanted to skip the parts with Max as it made me want to shout at Anna!
7 out of 10 KDS stars!

Rather than picking April's book it picked me...don't forget to visit my next 'Year in Books' post to read my review of Bring me Home by Alan Titchmarsh, where I will share a little secret with you all! Until then happy reading!

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Commission: Friendship Card

The request was for a Friendship card, so nice to do some a little different to the usual birthday cards, etc.

Products used;

Anna Marie Designs Kraft Card
Anna Marie Designs Blue Dotty Card
Anna Marie Stamens
Creata Lace Trims
Lily of the Valley 'A Friendship Recipe' Stamp
Woodware Flower Punch
Wooden 3D Friendship embellishment bought from a stand at NEC but I've forgotten which one!
Buttons, hessian, string, bronze charm and 3D leaf from (long forgotten) stash!