Friday, 31 May 2013

Congratulations in Orange and Yellow

I don't usually make that many cards but at the moment I seem to need quite a few.  Here's a simple Congratulations card using bright, summery colours, as the weather so far isn't!! 

I used Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade and stamps from Inkylicious.  The card was embossed in the Cuttlebug and then using some Cut n Dry foam, the colours were lightly smudged over the raised images to leave little trials underneath.

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Sunday, 26 May 2013


Just a quick post to tell you about a new monthly magazine I've just discovered called 'Homemaker'. It covers home decor, art and craft, baking, recycling, upcycling, sewing and all sorts of other arty-crafty ideas.    It's also full of really good website addresses for those hard-to-find or unusual craft items.

This is the cover of issue 6 (I don't know how I missed the last 5!!) but issue 7 is due out on 7th June.  If you like a mixture of all things crafty then this is definitely worth checking out.  A real 'pot pourri' of  creative ideas to keep you going.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Feeling Blue in Paris

Here's the other 'Thank You' card I made with a stamped background.  This time I used Distress Ink in Broken China and StazOn blue and black.

I used the same card blank as the last card but die cut a smaller shape for the middle using Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge.  The stamps used are Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp and Clarity Stamps' Eiffel Tower which was stamped onto acetate.

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Soft Focus for Paris

The current challenge at CRAFT ROOM is 'Stamp your own background/background paper', so I made a couple of  'Thank You' cards as I'm going to need quite a few of these towards the end of term.  This is the one I'm entering into the Craft Room challenge and I'll post the other one later in the week.

I used a whole blank card and cut another in half to layer on one side.  The inks used are Distress Ink in Tattered Rose and Milled Lavender for the background on the card and layered section and Pumice Stone for the two little pink letters.  I used Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp, Clarity Stamps' Eiffel Tower and a music script and flower stamp.  The image is from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People & Places 2.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Flight of the Imagination

Finally, I've finished altering the bird cage tea light holder and I'm really pleased with it. 

 I used Stampendous Fran-tage Embossing Enamels in Aged Scarlet, Aged Bronze and Aged Teal with a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and IndigoBlu Mega-Flakes, Manchester Tart, with FlitterGlu. 

I've always liked this tea light holder but felt that the leaves and grape vine on the front were too pale and insignificant.  I wanted to leave the main cage cream but decided to use the Fran-tage to colour these decorations.  I didn't know if it would stick or completely ruin it but luckily it worked a treat. 

 I cut a selection of butterflies from thick card using the Cricut and Indie Art cartridge and sprayed the back of each one with gold spray, then mixed the embossing enamels on the butterflies to give each one random colour.  For the large butterfly inside the cage, I pieced together two die cuts.  One covered with Mega-Flakes and a slightly smaller one covered with Fran-tage. All the butterflies are stuck on with a hot glue gun and although they have adhered,  some are a little precarious because the bars of the cage are very narrow. 

The label is cut from thick card sprayed with gold and then edged with a little of the teal and scarlet enamel.  The sentiment is stamped using black StazOn and is part of a stamp from the Ranger 'Stuff to Say' set.  Due to the gold spray the stamping has a nice faded quality which suits the whimsical nature of the piece.

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

A big Thank You to Esther over at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES for choosing my sentiment tags for her 'Saturday Spotlight'.  It's always nice to know that other crafters like your work and what a great way to end a stressful week.

I'm afraid there are still no finished items for posting, but here's an item I've had for years which I've decided to re-vamp.  It's definitely 'slow' work in progress but I'll get my act together soon.  So far I've used Fran-tage products on the leaves and vine to great effect and now need to work on the inside. 

Finally apologies to all my crafting friends whose blogs I normally visit regularly. I've been very remiss lately but intend to rectify that too. I miss popping over to see what you've all been up to and look forward to catching up very soon.

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