Thursday, 30 June 2011

We're So Proud Of You

We had a fantastic day yesterday at Louise's graduation.  I started getting tearful the minute the opening ceremony started and with every whoop and cheer that the other graduates got, I became more emotional.  You can imagine how I was feeling by the time Louise was called.  I clapped so loudly that the lady next to me asked if it was my daughter.  Of course I couldn't reply, just nodded violently whilst choking back tears of pride.  Good job Keith had taken the camera because I was in no fit state for anything. I think he only just managed to click away himself. 


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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A Gift For Graduation

I made this gift box for my daughter's graduation present.  We bought her a necklace and I wanted to make it extra special by giving it in a keepsake box, so I used my Crafter's Companion Boxer board which is so easy to use.  Just measure the dimensions of the gift, cut your card stock to size and score away. I've used my favourite card stock which sadly is now discontinued:  Imaginisce Black Tie Optional, Kitsch n' Floral.

I made the paper flower to match using Danielle Pollacco's brilliant tutorial for making 'Water Distressed Card Stock Flowers' which you'll find by clicking the sidebar link to her blog 'Such a Pretty Mess'.  I used white cartridge paper and Bo Bunny spotty card stock to make my flower.

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Saturday, 25 June 2011

My First Altered Paper Doll - Love It!

This month's challenge at Craft Room is to make an Altered Paper Doll.  Click the link in the sidebar for Craft Room Challenge to take part.

I've never tried anything like this before and must admit that I didn't think it was my sort of thing.  I struggled for a few days not knowing how to approach this even though I checked other blogs and the entries on the Craft Room Challenge Blog. 

Eventually I found a body and face shape that I thought I could use but still hesitated.  It wasn't till I realised that the best way forward was to 'dismember' the body!!!  I cut the doll around the hips so that I could reposition the legs the way I wanted and voila,  it all came together.

I made the dress in two pieces from 2 small paper doilies.  I cut one from the edge to the centre and pleated to make the skirt and then cut a quarter section from the edge of another and folded to make the bodice.  I inked both with two shades of lilac pigment ink and then using a section of a large patterned heart, stamped over this in black StazOn.

Here's a close up of the inked dress which turned out really well.

 I used the same ribbon for the waist and the sandals, cutting this into thin strips. A few stick on gems, some Ranger Stickles in gold, a couple of feathers and a die cut bag completed the outfit.  Then I simply drew the ball masque over the face and she was finished.

I really enjoyed this challenge and couldn't believe how much fun it was designing the outfit.  I'm dead chuffed with the way my 'model' paper doll turned out and I'll definitely be doing more of these, whether for challenges or not.
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Thursday, 23 June 2011

A Male Card - What a Challenge

Yes, I find male themed cards a challenge.  I suppose because I don't have many men to make cards for, it's always feminine, girly cards that I have to make and let's face it, because I'm the same gender the ideas flow far more easily. 

This is my entry for the June card challenge over at Crafts on the Net, where we had a sketch to follow.  I really did try and keep away from male stereotypes, but it's really, really hard.  Honest.  Anyway, here's my offering.  Not quite, golf, football or DIY but sadly, not far off and could equally be a card for a girl.

I die cut the image using my Gypsy to weld together the images which are from the Indie Art cartridge.  I mounted the centres of the guitars on 3D foam pads to make them stand out and give some dimension.  The corner brads are actually stationery split pins:  I much underused crafting item.  I cut the wavy line ribbon strips using my Carl cutter and added a couple of small gold gems to the guitars and bottom ribbons to finish off.
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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Where Did Last Week Go?

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana!" or so said Groucho Marx.  All I know is it's gone in a flash and if you're like me, there is more to do and seemingly less time to do it in.  Hence the lack of posts for for a few days.

Anyway here are the ATCs I made for the May swap over on CraftyMess where the theme was to do with the beach.

For this one I used Mircromesh to cover the panel first and then just added the suitcase and sunglasses to tell the story.  These were from the Happy Trails collection by K & Co.

I used a Crafty Individuals' stamp on this one and heat embossed the images with silver powder, even though it looks blue.  I really must try and improve my photography skills.

This stamp was free with the July issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.  I used black StazOn to stamp the image onto fine grade DIY sandpaper which gives a lovely textured.  Whoops! I've done my usual and chopped a bit off the side when scanning the ATC.  I didn't realise until I added the picture.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Crafty Individuals June Challenge

Yet another challenge, this time at Crafty Individuals,,  where the theme this month is 'vintage with a heart'.  To enter you have to use at least one of their products but I've used 3 of their stamps to create my Hollywood inspired card.

The backing paper is from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Vintage Shabby paper collection.  I die cut the hearts using my Cricut and Cindy Loo cartridge and lightly inked these using VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria. I also used this to ink the edges of the backing paper and the hearts as well. 

Using CI-017 I stamped the large heart using gold StazOn to give the look of an old letter.  The image of the man and woman is from a stamp that has the words Dancing Lessons on it (sorry but I've lost the code for that one).  Having stamped this onto white card using Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge, I cut out the couple and lightly swiped the Perfect Plumeria around the edges to blur the image slightly.

The word 'forever' is part of another Crafty Individuals' stamp with a lost number and I heat embossed this using bronze powder and used a PaperMania Embossing Marker to make the dots around the heart and  heat embossed these as well.

Finally I added the ribbon and the mother-of-pearl buttons to finish the card.
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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Craft Room's First Challenge

Here is my entry for the first challenge from Craft Room.  The theme is 'Anything goes' and it closes at 8pm on Monday 13th June.  Click on the links on the sidebar for the Craft Room Challenge blog and the
Craft Room online shop.

As Father's Day is on the horizon, I thought I would make a male card and I used two Crafty Individuals' stamps. 

First I heat embossed the ship image, CI-295, onto wood patterned paper and then tore round the edges.   I used Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge to colour the card and the rough edges of the image.  Next I used bronze powder to heat emboss elements from the watch face stamp, CI -255, onto the card.  I used small post-it notes to mask off the images from the stamp that I didn't want, inked the image and then removed the post-it notes before stamping.  A few metal watch parts completed the card.

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Friday, 10 June 2011

And Finally ....

This is the last of the four thank you cards and Enveloboxes and you'll see what I meant by my comments on the last one when I said it's a return to a familiar format.  Again the box is almost identical but the card is very different to the other 3.

See what I mean? 

Firstly, I inked round the edges of the white card with chalk ink in Perfect Plumeria, then I tore the two panels and roughly inked the edges with the same colour.  Once these were stuck down I embellished with small paper flowers in dark plum and lilac and used a plum coloured pearl brad to secure the large flower.
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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Last of the Tiles

Yep!  Here they are, the last of the tiles made using air dry clay. 

I'm really pleased with the way they've all turned out.  Not perfect, full of wrinkles and misshapen but looking rustic and yes, home-made.  I don't see the point of producing something that looks as perfect as a shop-bought one.  Why not just go to the shops but then that's me. 

Now all this messing around with air dry clay has left me hankering after the days when I used to use real clay and throw pots on a wheel.  Sounds great doesn't it.  I wasn't that good but I could produce a fairly even sided pot or jug shape.  Problem is time.  Like everyone else there just aren't enough hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month and so on.  So, I might get some more air dry clay and see what I can make, pot wise.  I'll let you know if it's worth looking at.  In the meantime, here they are.

The birds and the tree stamp were complimentary gifts from Crafty Individuals with a larger order.  The fob watch and sentiment was a free stamp with the February issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.

If you want to try these for yourself see Tutorials on the side bar for instructions and tips.

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Third Time Lucky - It's An Envelobox and Card

Here it is, number 3 of the 4 thank you cards and gift Enveloboxes I'm making.  Again you will see the Envelobox is very similar in design, with different patterned paper used for the flower.  The swirls were cut from pale green mulberry paper using the Cricut and Cindy Loo cartridge

The card though is completely different as the 4 recipients all work together as a team. 

I wanted to use different techniques on each card so this one has heat embossing using one of my many favourite Crafty Individuals' stamps CI-269 and one of their small decorative corner stamps.  I used a black die cut paper frame which worked really well with the pale blue of the pearlescent card and silver embossing.

There's just one more to come which again is very different from the previous 3 but regulars will notice a return (temporarily) to an old style I've used many times. I have to admit it's the format I find the easiest to put together but I'm determined to keep evolving and trying new techniques, not revolve and go back to the same old, same old!

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