Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Vintage Chic Teatime

Today I'm sharing a quick card made using papers and die cuts from a Studiolight pad.  I think it took me longer to decide which pieces to use than it did to make the card!

I have added glossy accents and a brad from my stash. The sentiment is a Visible Image stamp.

Creative Blessings.  x

Next post: 01 Oct

I wish to enter the following challenge(s);

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

London & Breakfast at Tiffany's Part 1

About 3 weeks ago I went on a trip to London with my mum, this was an early birthday gift from my parents.  It was a lovely bright sunny day and we saw some of the sights, had a picnic lunch, picked up some postcards to send to friends & family and then watched a production of Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Haymarket Theatre.  This is one of my all time favourite films and Audrey Hepburn is in my top 5 of favourite actresses.  I must say Pixie Lott did a fabulous job.

I had a lot of fun making this digital scrapbook page,  Mum and I had such a fabulous time and I really enjoyed capturing the day and memories in this page.

Next post; 29 Sept.

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Digitally 'Sweet' Challenge - Digital Scrpbook Page -

I made TOP 3!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Black and White Sixties Style

I was inspired to make this card by the image which I found in a stash my mum was getting rid of together with a small piece of sequin card.

I have used Black Soot distress ink around the edges to highlight the centre of the image, and mat and layered on papers from my stash, I think they are Dovecraft papers.  I have added a few black confetti style peel offs, a Happy Birthday peel off and some adhesive gems.
The flowers are made from the sequin card and the buckles from holographic cardstock using Noor! Design dies.  The ribbon is from my stash and the lace is from a giveaway I won from Linda Simpson a while back.

Creative Blessings.  x

I would like to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Noor Design UK - September Flowers and Lace - (30/09)

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September 2016 - (30/09)

Create and Inspire Challenge - Anything Goes - Challenge 52 -  (05/10)

Unicorn Challenge Blog - #13 Happy Birthday -  (30/09)

Crafty Catz - #339 Anything goes with the option of ribbon and pearls - (30/9)

Friday, 23 September 2016

Beers to you! - Birthday Card

Hello peeps!  I'm sharing the birthay card I made for my hubby at the beginning of this month.  I used three sheets from the Hunkydory's Little Book of Manly Moments.

I backed my card with corrugated burgundy cardstock from my stash.  I really like this humorous quote on the front and of course it's true - heehee.  I have cut the bottles from another sheet, hubby enjoys real ale so they seemed appopriate.  I adhered a few with 3D foam to give some depth.  The button and string are from my stash.

I have added a second funny quote to the inside and mat and layered onto a piece embossing card stock (Craftwell Argyll Checkered embossing folder) coloured with distress ink and cut a few more bottles.  I used Anna Marie Designs kraft card as my based card as I think kraft is great for masculine cards.

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Quick & Simple - Birthday Card

Greetings!  Gosh this month is flying by, there are now only 101 days until the end of the year!!!

Today's make is a quick and simple masculine birthday card.  The blue cardstock is from an old issue of Cardmaking in Easy Steps with came with a fantastic Outdoors Collection.  The kit included the honeycomb embossing folder that I have used on the card, I took an old nail file to it to add some distress.

Apologies for the lighting on this but it was taken at night in a rush! 

The ribbon and brads are also from the kit.  The string is from my stash and the sentiment is from Craftwork cards Vogue kit.

Creative Blessings. x

Monday, 19 September 2016

Bonus Papers - Quick Cards Made Easy Issue 157

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a card made for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine using the bonus papers, Fun & Frosty.  Unfortunately it didn't make it into the magazine but it is on their blog and Facebook page.

I tried my hand a some more origami for this card and have included a photo tutorial (unfortunately my webcam hadn't arrived in time to record a tutorial, and as I write this I'm waiting for a re-order as the original has been lost in transit!).

Once my webcam arrives I will try to record a tutorial.
I was inspired to make little shopping bags by the Winter woolies design on the papers, I just love going Christmas shopping all wrapped up in hat, scarf and gloves.

As you will see I have used two different papers on the front, trimmed with my scallop blade and cut elements from the papers too.

I have also used two papers for the inside.

Creative Blessings.  x

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Amy Tag - Craftwork Cards

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a good Saturday, I have been to The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace today.

My post today is sharing a tag made using the very first Craftwork cards items I bought, actually they were a present from my sister, who has a serious Craftwork Cards addiction!  The image is called Amy and came in a pack of ten, the papers are also from the Amy range which I think has been discontinued.  The tag base is also from Craftwork Cards.

Instead of colouring Amy's dress I used papers from the kit and gave her a decoupaged skirt and a little faux stitching pocket.  I replaced the glass she holds with a bouquet of flowers. I added a sentiment and a brad to match the backing papers from my stash.

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Yule Card - Craftwork Cards

Today I'm sharing a Yule card made using The Magic of Christmas papers from Craftwork Cards
I really love the vintage style of this kit.  I have also use a sentiment and bows from the kit and cut in to two of the sheets to make the tag topper.

Creative Blessings.  x

I would like to enter this into the following challenge(s):

The 12 Month of Christmas Linkup - Challenge #21
Optional Theme: The NATURE of Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes -

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Product Review - Jamberry Nail Wraps

A beauty style review today. I recently contacted Becky Hetherington who is a UK Jamberry Consultant for a sample pack of nail wraps.  You can hop over to her Facebook page here and this is her website Nails by Becky.

My nails are quite weak and papery so I've been using OPI nail polish to help and since they are doing a lot better I want to treat them to a pretty makeover.  Unfortunately I'm not so good at painting my nails so when I spotted the Jamberry Nail Wraps they seemed like a good option.

There is full instructions on how to prep your nails before applying the wraps.  You can also use the wraps over OPI strengthening polish.  I did both and whilst both methods worked, I found them easier to apply on a naked nail so to speak! My nails do feel stronger, obviously I can't say this is down to the wraps but I think using them over the polish gave my nails a little extra protection.

You get full instructions on how to apply them and to remove them, which is very easy. They are super easy to apply too. I used a hairdryer to heat them but you can buy a mini heater for just a few pounds, a worthwhile investment I think if you are going to do them on a regular basis.  I heated the wrap for a few seconds and then applied it to my nail, applied a good amount of pressure and heated them for a few seconds further once they were applied.

I found myself being quite delicate with my nails after I had applied them, just as I do after applying nail polish to avoid chipping it, but I knew to really test them I had to stop being so careful.  After days of punishment from cleaning, typing and crafting, not to mention all the other things you don't even think about where your nails get unfairly treated, I was surprised at how durable the wraps up.

I really like the fact that they are 5-Free (Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor), I won't go into the science (there is penty of info on the internet) but these chemicals are added to many nail polishes.  Whilst there are polishes that a 5-free the other benefit of the wraps is no drying time another bonus for the busy bees amongst us.  

It's definitely a product I would recommend, the only problem is choosing which of many designs you'll want to purchase! 

Creative Blessings.  x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Vintage Collection - Flora Antique kit from Tattered Lace

Today I'm sharing a selection of cards made using the Antique Flora kit from Tattered Lace.

I love the vintage look of this kit and have teamed it with a few pieces from my stash such as ribbon, string and peel offs!  I know these are considered as old-fashioned by some but I think they still have their place and they have just the right look for this kit.

The first is a card with a voucher pocket on the front.   I have used vellum and decoupage from the kit and a peel off from my stash and a copper gel pen.
I built the decoupage up on this one and gave it some shape too.  Another peel off from my stash.

These vellum and die cut butterflies are from the kit.
I have decorated the inside of this card with some of the vellum and a Tattered Lace die and some ribbon.
I also cut some brads from a sheet of the patterned card using a small circle punch.

This one I built up with lots of foam tape and decoupage layers.  I have also added some string from my stash.

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 9 September 2016

16th Wedding Anniversary - Digital Card

Today is my 16th Wedding Anniversary!  My hubby really loves my digital cards the most so for his anniversary card I used photos in black and white from our Wedding and a background and ribbon from the "From This Day Forward" digi kit from Daisytrail.  I used Anna Marie Designs black cardstock to make an 8x8 card.  Cut down the photo panel using the pinking blade on my trimmer. The inside is white paper cut with the same blade and I added a ribbon from my stash.

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Inspired by Thailand - Dali Art and Hobby Art Stamps

Today I'm sharing a card inspired by a friend's trip to Thailand.  After speaking to her and seeing the photographs I immediately knew the design I wanted to create for her birthday card.

I have used Hobby Art Indian Summer and DaliART Henna Alphabet.

Using Clarity and Sheena Douglass masks I created a scene using distress inks.

I have mounted the letters on black 3D foam pads and drawn the lines with a micron pen to create balloons.
I used one of the boarder stamps from the Hobby Art set for the insert.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 5 September 2016

Land Rover Lad - Birthday Card

Hello!  Today I am sharing a birthday card I made for my sister's fiancĂ©.  He is a big Land Rover enthusiast (for those of you who have followed my blog for a while you will have seen previous cards for him featuring a LR - hope he isn't getting bored of them!).

I used an 8 x 8 card and covered it with green ribbed card from my stash.  I have cut some mat and layers from Anna Marie Designs kraft card and black card.  I have also used pages from an old atlas (I get to keep the old one when we replace with the current year - no sat nav for us we prefer maps makes it feel more like an adventure!)

I have edged the mats and image with Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy and a little Black Soot distress inks.  I added the same mats inside.  The button & string are from my stash.

The image is a postcard, the artwork by Peter Wilford.  I bought them a job lot from Ebay - a nice little stash to make lots of cards for my soon to be brother-in-law! As it's his 40th I covered the number plate with a piece of card and used a white Pergamano pen to write U R 40.

Creative Blessings.  x

Saturday, 3 September 2016

DT Project - Sisters of Craft Challenge September 2016

Finally managed to get this uploaded, I've had a few blogger gremlins!  It's time for a new challenge over at the Sisters of Craft Blog.  This month we are sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy.  I used Young Mermaid.  I have coloured her with First Edition markers.

I have also used a silver gel pen and white marker pen.

This will be our last Sisters of Craft Challenge for a few months, but please keep an eye on the blog for a relaunch.  I have decided to step down from the team so this is my last creation for the team. 

Creative Blessings.  x