Friday, 27 June 2014

Helping to save the flower pot pretties!

News Alert from Lacy Sunshine Blog; An evil Stinky Buggmee is trying to wilt the magical Flower Pot Pretties, it wants them as its minions.  It plans to drain them of their magical powers and beauty.

I'm helping to saving them by creating as many projects as I can using the Flower Pot Pretties digi stamps available from the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe, just click the blinky in the blog margin and you too can help to save them from the evil Stinky Buggmee, there are prizes up for grabs!

Here is my first Flower Pot Pretties: Cherri Cherry Blossom.  I used the following Graph It markers; Hair - 1140, 1230, 3245, blender Skin - 4115, 4120, 4145, blender  Flowers - 5115, 5120, 5125  Beads - 5140  Eyes - 7105  Kimono - 7210, 7240, 7250  Earrings -6130  Lips - 5110  Twigs - 3150, 3160  Bamboo - 8110, 8120  Pot - 6140, 6175  Inside pot - 9203, 9205  Pot Legs - 6290, 9407  Pot Edges - 9201, 9203, silver shaker  Background - 9401

This was my first attempt at blonde hair too, not too bad for my first go and using the colours I have available at the moment.

Cherri is mounted on black card with foam pads, I added a few oriental extras using stamps from my stash and mounted the whole topper on ivory linen card.  The name is made use purple Foil Play foil from the bumper 20 foils kit.  Click the blinky in the margin to visit the Foil Play website.  I also used this to create an aged affect on the trim of the pot, with which I'm really pleased.

Cherri's brooch is a flower gem from my stash.

I think this image is just adorable and hope my penpal likes her card.

Crafty Blessings. x

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges;
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes -
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes -
Crafty Girls Challenges - Anything Goes -

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Inchy with a twist notebook

As part of lots of Facebook groups I regularly take part in swaps, my favourite one is the cross stitch Inchy with a twist swap, this month (June 2014) was an inchy for a notebook.

Rather than purchasing a notebook I decided to make mine using the faux leather technique.  If you haven't seen my post on this click here. 

Once the cover had dried I used a piece of fabric from my stash to cover the inside.  I cut the fabric slightly larger than the cover and used my trusty Cosmic Shimmer glue to adhere it to the inside.

I left it to dry over night.

The next day I trimmed the whole thing with my guillotine, it chopped through the fabric and faux leather no problem.

I used a corner punch to round of the corners.
I then marked with a pencil at regular intervals along the inside spine of the cover and made holes using my pokey tool.  I used an old writing pad for the pages, trimming them down to a size slightly smaller than the cover, again marking and making the holes, I did these in batches of three sheets, and stitched them in to the cover as three separate sets.  Setting them slightly apart so the holes die tear.   For full instructions on how to put the notebook together please view the video by the very talented Sheena Douglass

I stitched the inchy using a stitchy initial design from Cross Stitch Alphabets by Sue Cook book.
Ta-da, here is the finished article, I hope my swap partner likes it!  Crafty & Stitchy Blessings. x

I would also like to enter this in to the following challenges;

Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes June 2014 -
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #77 Anything goes with optional twist of Pink -
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes -

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A Few of my Favourite Things

So the brief from the Creata challenge (using at least one Creata item other than mirri board)  was to make a card with the theme A Few of My Favourite Things.  It wasn't difficult to think what Creata items I would use (I have drawer dedicated to Creata/Carley Duff), but only a few of my favourite things - I have lots of favourite things which ones would I pick!!! I've tried to cover as many of them as I can in this Creata neverending card, it seemed the perfect choice to showcase a lot of my favourites.

So just in case you can't work out my favourite things, let me explain what they are and what I used; writing (Creata Script stamp, Graphic 45 Foutain Pen stamp), Scotland (white card and blue paper from my stash),  reading (Gorjuss paper and image cut from Gorjuss notelet pad), Sewing (Marianne Paper Sewing Pattern stamp, felt button from stash (love buttons too) with thread and needle also from stash), tea (Creata die cut cup), music (Notes punched from Creata Mirri board with Create & Craft punch), purple-yes ok so I did a few things in purple but I really LOVE purple (Creata pattern paper), baking (Creata baking paper pad and die cut rolling pin in foam using Creata die), birds (Barbara Grey birdhouse & silhouette birds stamps), creating/crafting (Graphic 45 Create & Creative stamps & 'Handmade' ribbon from stash), cake (Creata design sheet), vintage style (dress stamped on Creata baking paper pad using Marianne Fabulous 50s stamp, Creata Tres Chic and Shabby Chic kits, hat peel-off from stash adhered to Creata patterned paper), family (Creata pattened paper and FAMILY chipboard sticker from stash), my Newfie Fergus (silhouette peel-off from my stash), butterflies (die cut from Creata die cuts & pattern cardboard pad), Autumn (skeleton leaves from my stash), dolphins (Creata parchment, sun punched from Creata patterned paper pad & yellow Creata peel-off dot from the centre of a flower peel-off and dolphins punched from grey paper from my stash using Create and Craft punch), flowers (Creata flower rub-on), snow (Create & Craft snowflake punch using Creata Christmas patterned cardboard), Yule (Creata patterned cardboard pad), Peacocks (Stampendous peacock feather stamp using Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire & Forest Moss Distress inks), Winnie the Pooh (Winnie the Pooh image from my stash), bears (Creata stencil using parchment aperture card & Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink) and cats (a sticker from my stash).

I might send this card to myself, I know I would love it, although it wouldn't be much of a surprise!
Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Redgrave and Lopham Fen

A couple of months ago we went for a walk around Redgrave and Lopham Fen.  We were blessed with a lovely sunny day but not too hot, so we took THE BEAR (Fergus) with us, if you would like to see photos of the fun he had, then pop over to his blog at Newf News Dog Blog

If you haven't been to this art of Suffolk it's definitely worth a visit. It was very restful and the ground is easy-going, there are two or three different routes, we took the shortest on this occasion.  I took some shots of the scenery and wildlife to share with you.

 Blessings! x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Fathers Day Card

Yesterday was Fathers Day (UK) so today I thought I would share the card I made for my dad.  Male cards can be really difficult, I find the best way to start is with a theme or colours. These papers were from Making Cards magazines, matting and layering the summer scene onto blue and yellow, I adhered this to a piece of kraft card and mounted onto a black card.  Using letter buttons from my stash I mounted the word Father on to blue paper and matted and layered on to yellow paper and then kraft card.  The spotty ribbon across the bottom is washi tape (of which I seem to have an abundance!) and then a gingham ribbon hand-tied bow fixed with a blue fuzzy brad.

 I hope you all had a good weekend however you spent it.  Crafty Blessings. x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Just for Fun: Here Comes Summer
Totally Gorjuss: Dad
A Girl Who Crafts Anything Goes Challenge No 1

Sunday, 15 June 2014

More Inspiration for A Quirky Faerie World!

I absolutely love this image from Crackerbox Palace, it reminds me of cool breezes, bubbling streams and faery tales I used to tell myself.  On long car journeys I would pretend to be walking amongst the clouds playing with the faeries and visiting their castles.  This bookmark is a reflection of that world.

Once again I have used the Sleeping Faery Dreama and Cloud digi images from Crackerbox Palace printed on to printable acetate, usually alcohol markers won't work on acetate but because this has a rough side I found the brighter colours did work.  (I've now invested in a set of permanent markers.)  I build the bookmark up with blue textured card stock from my stash and glue all three layers with cosmic shimmer glue (have to endorse this glue again because it's just awesome - it dries clear, has a small nozzel and dries quickly but gives you enough time to manoeuvre your bits and pieces if they aren't straight - I have to thank Hazel at Dragon's Paper Craft in Rugby for recommending this.)  The tassel is from Joanna Sheen, the stamped F and T on the back sentiment were a set of stamps from Poundland, the rest of the wording is written with blue Glitz It Glitter Glue and I used pink gems from my stash on the dress.  Another fun creation.

I hope you like my little creation.  Now why not have a go at your own Quirky Faerie World make, the rules are very simple, make your creation using a faery and 3 elements from the faery ring, all the info is here on the Quirky Crafts Challenges blog.  There are digital images up for grabs and every person who enters can have 10% off anything from the Crackerbox Palace website!  We all look forward to seeing your quirky faery world makes. Crafty Blessings. x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Freebie Card Kit

This was a quick little make using a free card kit from Making Cards Magazine.  The designer is Sarah Hurley.

I used the packaging as my base as I liked the faux stitching around the edge and then built up the card using the paper which I cut in half and then reversed one half used a strip to hide the join.  I decoupaged the rose image, using a slightly thicker pad on the larger rose to bring it further forward.  I added the Best Wishes sentiment, cut out more leaves and spiral cut the roses from the design sheet.  I then used a quilling tool to twirl the roses up to look like small buds.  Quick and simple.

Crafty Blessings x

Friday, 13 June 2014

May Review and June's Choice

I really surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying this!  It's the first time I've read a graphic novel and I can only describe the experience like reading a book quickly and watching a film slowly.  I found myself studying the graphics to see if I could pick up any clues!  I have never read the book or watched the movie but I'm keen to see it now, the original and the Daniel Craig version.  Reading this definitely opened up a whole new reading genre to me. 

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

My choice for June was a gift from one of my besties, Again The Magic - Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon

Monday, 9 June 2014

My first EVER Guest Designer spot...eeek!

I was so delighted to win the Quirky Crafts Challenges with my Peacock Fae card (if you missed this post just click here) and even more excited to be accepted as a Guest Designer for the 'A Quirky Faerie World' challenge.  The quirky faerie digi images I have worked with are provided courtesy of Crackerbox Palace, to visit their store click here.  They are also sponsoring the 'A Quirky Faerie World Challenge' over at Quirky Crafts Challenges. 

As soon as I saw the first image I knew I had to make it a reflection.  That's the beauty of digi images you can easily flip them over, it is possible with rubber stamps using a brayer, but digi images are just a few clicks from being flipped or turned. 

I used a plain blue pre-scored card, printed the cloud 3 times, the faerie (and another version flipped) and coloured them with Graph It markers 1210, 1230, 2110, 2120, 3245, 3250, 4115, 4120, 4155, 6130, 6140, 6290, 7105, 7110, 7110, 7240, 8110,8240, 8270, silver shaker and blender.
I added a Just for You sentiment coloured with a Graph It marker.

Sleeping Faery Dreama

The other image I used inspired me to make something a little more fun.  I decided to make a concertina pop out card.  I stamped part of the sentiment on the outside 'Aim for the moon...' and used a punch and dark blue paper to punch out several moons, I used cosmic shimmer glue (which I can highly recommend) to apply them to the card.  I printed and coloured about six stars digi, coloured them using Graph It markers, and cut them into smaller clusters.  After applying the same dark blue paper to the two outside sections and middle section I applied the clusters of stars, stamped the rest of the sentiment '...and land among the stars.' and then fixed the main digi also coloured with Graph It Markers to the centre.  So I could tie the card shut I adhered a blue spotty ribbon (from my stash) to the back of the card.  The Graph It markers I used were gold shaker, silver shaker, 1250, 2105, 4125, 4135, 5125, 6110, 7105, 7130, 7210, 8280, 8290, 9100, 9303, 9403, 9405.

I hope my creations have inspired you to take part in the Quirky Crafts Challenge there are Crackerbox Palace dig stamps prizes up for grabs.  So head over to the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog, you have two weeks to share your quirky faerie world!  I can't wait to see what you create. I will be back next weekend with more inspiration for the challenge.  Crafty Blessings. x

Friday, 6 June 2014

Just plain Gorjuss

I thought I would share with you a few makes I've created used the Gorjuss range.
This was a birthday card for a Bestie.  I used Kraft card for the main card and folded it to make two flaps that slightly overlapped, I cut the shelves of books paper from the 8 x 8 paper pack into three strips and used two of them to cover the front panels.  I threaded black and white twine (fromt eh packaging) through two buttons (I love these tiny Gorjuss buttons, they are so cute) and stuck them on the front to look like door knobs.  I used one of the Gorjuss frame with lines stamps on to patterned paper from the 8x8 pad and used Happy Birthday Amy gold peel-offs from my stash.

I stamped the entire inside with the Creata script stamp.  I feel like I should whisper this next bit, I stamped the paper family inside a book, yes a real book, it was sitting unloved in a charity shop, so I decided to put it to good use, it now rests happily amongst my crafty stash waiting for the next opportunity to be loved. 
I stamped and cut this image out twice.  I use the third strip of book shelves paper from the 8x8 pack and cut it into four blocks and mounted on copper coloured Creata mirri board. 
I stamped the Gorjuss standing on books image twice so I could make the book pile slightly taller, added the stamped book image to her hand.  The bow in her hair I made from a piece of the package.  By stamping the image for a third time on to patterned paper I was able to use it for her dress. 
I coloured in the rest of the image using Graph It Markers in the following colours 1210, 1230, 1230, 2105, 3140, 3190, 3250, 4115, 4120, 4125, 5140, 5215, 6150, 6290, 7119, 7180, 8270, 8280,8290, 9100, 9201,9401,9401, 9405, 9407 and white shaker.
Instead of using a traditional envelope for this card I wrapped it in brown paper and tied with string, using more of the patterned paper to make the tag.
I was inspired to make this card because of my bestie's love of books (one of the many things we have in common) and then I had the idea to use the stack of books as a piece of jewellery.  Stamping the image on shrink plastic I cut around it, made the hole and used my heat tool to heat it up.  I coloured it used permanent markers (by colouring the piece were the image's toe is on the top book gold I made it look like a latch) and threaded onto a chain.  The box I made using an old mini soap box (makes your gifts smell lovely) covered in patterned paper form the 8x8 paper pack.
Once I started I couldn't stop so here are some photos of a few of my other makes using this particular range.

 This card was made using a purple blank from my stash, purple buttons also from my stash, image, patterned paper, black buttons, twine, ribbon (from the packaging) and stamps all from the Gorjuss range.
My First Pop-Up Box

The image at the front I cut from the Gorjuss mini notelets and coloured it with pencils, I used the heart from the packaging as a template to make hearts from the patterned paper, I also used images and patterned paper from the 8x8 paper pack, buttons, ribbon from the packaging and finally I twisted a few strips of paper which I had cut from around one of the mini notelets attached them between some of the different elements.
This was made using the packaging from the stamps and a small piece of striped paper from the 8x8 pack and a Joanna Sheen tassel.

This range is delightful and so versatile, and you can't help smiling to yourself as you create cute and adorable pieces.

Crafty Blessings x

Please note I have not been paid to use these products or endorse them, they were purchases using my own pennies and I am sharing them with you because I enjoyed using them.


Thursday, 5 June 2014

April Review and May's Choice

Ooops I'm a bit late with this post!  So I promised to let you in to a little secret, so here goes.  I wonder how many of you have ever thought if you could have celebrity relatives who you would like to be your mother, father, grandfather, etc?  The connection between this imaginary famous family and my April book?  Alan Titchmarsh, yes I decided a very long time ago that I think Alan Titchmarsh would be a super Uncle.  He seems so down to earth and genuine (not to mentioned the gardening tips he could pass on, I'm not very green-fingered!).  It seems my thoughts on him as a person were not too far off the mark.  Amongst my family he is affectionately know as Uncle Alan, it's a standing joke.  My dad didn't pass up the opportunity of extending this joke when he heard 'Uncle Alan' would be doing a book signing, yep my dad has never been one to shy away from asking, what seems to most, outrageous questions?  So you can imagine what he asked of Mr Titchmarsh and here is the proof.

It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands.

Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party. Conversation, laughter and the clinking of glasses soon fill the air as friends and neighbours come together to toast the laird's happiness and prosperity.

But Charlie sees the truth behind the fa?ade: the sacrifices made to safeguard the estate; the devastating losses that have haunted him for decades; the guilt that lies at the heart of it all.

And in a few hours, he knows, the perfect afternoon will come to an end. The past, with its dark secrets of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, is about to catch up with him. And it could finally tear his family apart . . .Blurb from Goodreads website.

Anyway now you all know than I'm just a little weird, unless you know me very well and then you will know I'm more than little weird!  So is it a good book?  It is a excellent book, I enjoyed every moment of it.  The story is so well written it could be based on a true story, you get an instant feel for the characters and the descriptions of Scotland and the castle are vivid and natural, everything comes together to make feel as if you are experiencing everything first hand.  The first chapter is set in 2000 and a very simple event has you wondering exactly what Charlie has done, this is not revealed until the very end of the book, everything in between is twists and turns which lead up to this event.  I had no idea what was coming next, the suspense kept coming and I read it with greedy anticipation.

10 KDS stars plus 5 extra for it being signed!

My choice for May is very different for me, the graphic novel of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Photo courtesy of Goodreads website
Publisher: Vertigo