Sunday 26 April 2015

Three Quick Cards

Good Morning and Welcome.

Well it's almost the end of the month again and I needed some quick cards to fill up my charity box.

I've used an embossing folder which came free with a magazine a couple of months ago.

I used my chalks, which I've only got out again recently, to colour the embossing then attached the panels to white A6 cards.

Finally I added clear self adhesive  gems in three different sizes to the centres of some flowers and stamped the sentiment which also came free with the folders.  I made two in each colour and I'm pleased with how they turned out. My box is almost full now and will be ready to send off in a few days time.

Thank you for popping in!

Friday 24 April 2015

Retail Therapy

Good Evening!  Thanks for stopping by.

I cut the scalloped card out with a Grand Spellbinders die.  I really like this stamp which I borrowed from a friend for a few days.  I'm afraid I don't know who it's made by.

I coloured the image with Pro markers and added touches with a white gel pen.  The Sentiment is one from Stamp Addicts and the ribbon is from my stash.

I've made several different cards using this lovely stamp and used up scraps of pretty papers for the parcels on some of them.

Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday 21 April 2015

New Baby Girl

A sunny Good Morning!

The weather is beautiful and I'm going out for the day with friends.  We're doing a Brusho workshop this afternoon  at Colemans after having lunch at the nearby pub.  So just a quick post today.

A few weeks ago I went to a Saturday workshop where we made ten cards in the one day.  They were mainly quite quick simple cards -they needed to be with the time available, but they were all fresh and pretty cards that I was very pleased with.

I shall be doing more like this and adapting to make baby boy cards too.

I have lots of these little pegs hidden away in my stash that haven't seen the light of day for years so have nothing that I'll need to buy to make them.  No doubt there will be something I need to buy from Colemans today though.

I hope you enjoy your day - I think I will!

Sunday 19 April 2015

Ally Pally (7) Daisy Panel

This is the last of a week of cards using new craft stuff I bought at Ally Pally when I went with friends last weekend.  I've still got lots of new stuff as yet unused so still lots to play with.

The stamp is by Woodware and named "Daisy Panel".  It comes with the sentiment which I have heat embossed in silver and one other which says "FOR YOU" all in upper case letters.

I've used papers which came free with a magazine some time ago and silver-grey purls and ribbon also from my stash.

I stamped the image onto white card then onto the papers which I cut out and stuck to the image.  I highlighted areas of the leaves with a white gel pen and used a dark grey Promarker to fill in the border of the image.

I made a DL card and rounded the top corner, added a panel of the pink paper which the image was stuck onto and another strip where I wanted to put the sentiment.  I do seem to use a lot of pink although my favourite colour is green.....

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday 18 April 2015

Ally Pally (6) Inca Gold

Good Evening!

This is the 6th of my seven cards made with the craft stash I bought on my day out at Ally Pally last Saturday.  It's hard to believe a week has already passed.

Anyway, This card came about more by chance than anything else.  I got out my new Inca Gold (I have never used this product before).  I decided to see how well it covered  so I took a scrap of black card and rubbed the Inca Gold on randomly with a piece of Cut and Dry. The fairy stamp was lying on my worktop - I don't know why as I haven't used it for a long time.  It's a wood mounted stamp that I bought with one other from QVC when they used to do regular craft programmes.  I really don't know what it is.

I stamped in black Archival ink  then poured over  detail clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I decided to use it on a card so I tore the card and made a tag to mount it onto.  I attached in with red double sided tape in the centre only, so that there was a bit of dimension, added a black eyelet, snippet of ribbon and inked round the edge with Black Soot Distress ink.

The background paper is some that was given to me by my friend Jacky a couple of weeks ago and I embossed it with a folder that I've never used before.  I finished by putting stickles onto some of the dandelion heads, a gem in the fairy's hand and finally added it all onto an A6 card.

I'll be back tomorrow with the last of my seven Ally Pally cards.  Thank you for visiting.

Friday 17 April 2015

Ally Pally (5) Bubble Bloom Julie

I'm so glad you decided to visit my blog.

It's a quick post this evening as I'm running late - only just cleared away after dinner.

This card is made with a  Woodware stamp,  Bubble Bloom Julie.  I really like the sentiment which comes with it.

I used a promarker for the leaves and for the flowes card candi, which was stuck on with Pinflair Glue Gel.  I rounded the corners and used a silver Krylon pen on the edge of the topper.

Next I put the pink bow and little heart on the card but it still looked unfinished so I added the tiny green dots with the pro marker I'd used for the leaves.  That is a tip I heard on Create and Craft some time ago - from Sarah Busby of Inky Doodles, I think.

I'll be back tomorrow with card No. 6 of 7 from items I bought at Alexandra Palace last Saturday.   I can't believe almost a week has passed since then.

Thursday 16 April 2015

Ally Pally (4) Playing with chalks

Hello Again!  This is my fourth card using something bought from Ally Pally last Saturday.

Yesterday I had a friend round to do some crafting.  One of the things we decided to do was using large stamps to make backgrounds using chalks.  It's a technique neither of us has done for a long time now.

We used our Versamark ink pads, which leaves a watermark on the card then coloured with chalks, using cotton wool pads.

Today I made a few cards using some of the  backgrounds.  The ribbon was from my stash and yeah! I've used up a few more of those old peel offs.

 I used my new Memory Box  (No.98838) "Happy Birthday" die.  I think it's going to be one that I use quite often as it makes a quick card which will help to fill up my charity box each month.  The possibilities for using different backgrounds and embellishments, with this die, is almost endless.

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Ally Pally (3) Special Bird

Welcome!  Here I am back with the 3rd of the cards made with my new stash from Ally Pally last Saturday.

The stamp is called "Special Bird" and is a Woodware clear stamp which comes with two sentiments.

This card was a new venture  for me as it's the first time I have used my Chameleon pens to colour a complete stamped image.  I've only had them for a few days and have to say that I've found them much harder to use than they seem to be when demonstrated on the television.

  I had a play with them for over two hours and came to the conclusion that I'll find them much easier to use on small rather than larger areas.  The flowers were not too much trouble but the body of the bird took quite a bit of time to do compared to my Pro Markers. It's said that practise makes perfect so I'll have to do a lot more practising I think.  The background (sky) was coloured by rubbing chalks on at the end and finally I put glossy accents on the bird's eye.

I cut out the complete image and mounted onto some blue card, put a strip of white card near the bottom and with foam pads attached the sentiment, which came in a big pack of mixed sentiments  that I bought from The Works for £1.  I finished off with blue Dewdrops by Papermania. They were left overs from a couple of years ago.  I'd bought them to use on the Woodware Bubble wreath and baubles stamps.  The card is a DL size.

I'd like to enter this card into  "The Crafty Cardmakers and More"  blog With Wings Challenge.

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Ally Pally (2) Luscious Lips

Again  I've used the same stamp as yesterday but I think this card looks very different.

I stamped the lips (Visible Images) onto a piece of white card with  a black Archival inkpad.  I stamped the lips again onto a scrap of paper, cut it out to make a mask then sprayed with re-positionable glue.   When the glue had dried I placed the mask onto the card to hide the lips then blended 3 colours of Distress inks, including my new Barn Door all over the piece of white card.  I spritzed the card with water, dried with a heat tool then rubbed round the outside with black soot and with the same colour rubbed through some sequin waste.  To finish I stamped the sentiment, which comes with the lips stamp, added a little glitter glue and the three glitter gems.

This is a 5" square card and looking at the photo I think perhaps I should have mounted the topper onto white card, as it is now, then put it all onto a 6" black card.  Next time then ...

Thank you for dropping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card using my new stash from Ally Pally.

Monday 13 April 2015

Ally Pally (1) "Kisses"

Good Evening.  What a lovely day it's been here.

Well as promised here is the first of my 7 cards made with my new stash from my day out at Ally Pally on Saturday.  It's a quick and easy card.

The background is made with an Inkables Mask which I sprayed through then dried with a heat tool.  I rubbed round the edge with my new Barn Door Distress ink then mounted onto black card and stuck onto a 6" square card.

The lips are a Visible Images stamp which was just stamped in black and mounted onto a scrap of red card.

The heart is punched from the red card and covered with  Glossy Accents.  The sentiment looks handwritten but is a wood mounted stamp that I've had for a long time and finally the kisses are from me.

So - here's my first of seven cards. I'll be back tomorrow!

Sunday 12 April 2015

A Day at Ally Pally

I had a great day yesterday at Ally Pally with four of my crafting buddies.  We were all very tired when we got off the train at Milton Keynes  and my DH surprised me by taking me out for dinner.  It was the perfect end to a wonderful day.

This is what I bought along with some basic materials.  I've already made three cards using my new stash but they've not been downloaded yet.  I'll endeavour to post at least one card each day during the next week made using my newly purchased craft goodies.  I'm off to watch my second football match now.

Back again tomorrow.  Thank you for visiting!

Friday 10 April 2015


In my previous post I said that Wendy Stenton was coming in to our little club to make a card with us using one of her templates.

This is the card we made using the WS football boot template.  I love football and I really enjoyed making this card.  It took us almost the whole two hours to make as there was lots of cutting and drawing involved.  The lines and stitching were all drawn on the white part of the 'football' and the black hexagons were cut out and stuck on.

I can think of several men who will be getting a card like this for their birthdays this year.

Well I'm off to Ally Pally in the morning and have got to get myself sorted out and write my list of must haves ...  Hope you enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Faux Leather Shoe

Good Morning!  Thank you for visiting my blog.

This evening it's our craft club meeting in the village chapel.  We're a small group who get together once a month and take turns to do demonstrations.

This is a demo that I did with everyone several months ago.  It uses Wendy Stenton's shoe template. We used the template to make the card then tore off pieces of masking tape which we stuck randomly onto the shoe.   Using our own choice of colour we used dye ink pads to colour the shoe.

 Next we used a versamark ink pad, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and set with our heat tools.  It may take two or three applications of embossing powder to cover well and get a good shine because of the uneven surface.  Again, unfortunately, my photographic skills have let me down and the shine doesn't show too well.  It really did look like a shiny shoe when finished!

The flowers are from a Hero Arts/ Sizzix  set of stamps and dies.  I used an embossing folder on green card and then rubbed over it with a gold metallic wax then stuck on and trimmed to make the background.

Wendy is back from Spain for a visit and she is coming along to do a demonstration with us this evening.  It will be lovely to see her again and I'm  really looking forward to finding out which WS template we will be using.

Thursday 2 April 2015

Typed (1 of 2)

Good Morning!

I've been up in my cabin having a play and just made two cards today.  That's all I'll have time for as I have a busy few days ahead.

For the two cards I used the Hero Arts Ledger stamp for the backgrounds and inked round the edges with Distress ink.  The typewriter and all sentiments I have used are also a Hero Arts set of red rubber stamps.  I've had this set for several years now.

I cut out the typewriters after stamping,  rolled the tops of the images (the sheets of paper) on the edge of my worktop then attached them to my cards with foam pads.

The three 'kisses'  on this card were to give  it balance.

 The next card is very similar but do please take a look.

Typed (2 of 2)

This is the other card.  They'll just about complete my box of charity cards which I'll be sending off after the Easter holiday.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

Sprayed through stencil (1 of 3)

Good Evening and thank you for popping by.

I was recently introduced to Heidi Swapp's "Stencil Minis".  They are just the right size for using as toppers and so I ordered her four sets which arrived this morning. I've had fun playing with them today.

I got out some shimmer sprays that have been hidden away for several years now.  Two of the colours didn't spray too well so I have only used a pink and blue which fortunately were working fine.

After placing the stencil on the card I sprayed with the pink and then the blue before very carefully lifting the stencil from the card.

I added the hearts washi tape to the top then mounted onto a scrap of black card which I tore at the bottom.

The strip of patterned paper was lying on my worktop and I thought the colour matched quite well so I machine stitched down the left-hand side and then stuck it onto my white A6 card.  I decided to zigzag stitch the side of the topper then added that to the card and finally stuck on the two heart stickers to add interest.

It somehow didn't quite look finished so I quickly drew over the "hello" with a fine black micron pen.
My first card finshed so I made another two.

Sprayed through stencil (2 of 3)

This is the second card that I made using the same two colours of shimmer spray but two different stencils.

The "Happy" was sprayed as on the first card but I moved the arrows stencil around to where I wanted it to be and rubbed through using Tumbled glass distress ink.

The background paper was again lying around on my worktop.  Perhaps it gives you a clue to the sort of muddle I often work in!

The gems were all clear but I coloured three of them with peel off marker pens.  The gingham washi tape came as part of a magazine free gift a year or two ago.

Sprayed through stencil (3 of 3)

This is my final card which was made in the same way as the previous two.

I corner rounded the top right hand corner of the card as well as the topper.

The "Happy Birthday" stamp is one I bought from Stamp Addicts several years ago.  I think it has rather an Oriental look to it.

I really enjoyed making these three cards and do hope you like them.