Sunday, 10 August 2014

Scrapbooking - Old photos

Hello Blog Readers

Today I thought I would show you my first ever scrapbook page. Earlier this year  Christine  Emberson ran a class introducing scrapbooking to new comers.  I enjoy my papercraft, making cards, boxes etc but I had never tried scrapbooking.  So, as I have tons of photos, I thought I would try scrapbooking.

Christine was so good explaining how to pick out colours from your pictures, to decorate your page.  Also how to draw the line to the picture/s you want the viewer to see or notice.

I picked some pictures of my three children, which they had taken at school 25 + years ago.

I used a variety of Spellbinder dies, for the flowers, leaves and butterflies.

I was very pleased with my first attempt, I really enjoyed making this and so, I have decided that I must make some more.

Let me know what you think.

Take care x Sally

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Poster for a Temple

Hello Bloggers.  

My future Daughter-in-law (Vandi), asked me if I could help her make a poster for her Temple.  Vandi brought me a copy of one they had before which was a photo copy of flowers.  So I thought it would be nice to have a 3D poster and set about making quite a lot of flowers.  The post was A3 in size. The literal translation is "worship of the guru". Guru means 'master" and in this instance is being used to refer to god as the master.

 I used the following Dies:-
Spellbinders Dies- 
Anemone Flower Topper
Rose Creations
Gold Elements - The four corners
Les Papillion - butterflies
Jewels & Flourishes - small butterfly
Heartfelt Creations die-
Delicate Asters
Gems - from my stash
I cut the letters using my cricut machine - I have had my machine for quite a few years and only used it about three or four times, because I love my Grand Calibre.

Thank you for stopping by xx Sally

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Little Birds - Stamping & Colouring

Hello Blog Readers

Yesterday I went into my craft room, with all the good intentions of giving it a good sort out but I got side tracked and ended up making these two cards instead.

The first card,  I have used the following items:

Large Blue Tit - Clarity stamp
Small Blue Tits - Clarity stamp
Bird Feeder - Clarity stamp
Tree Branch - Clarity stamp
White card - I used Clairty Stamps 'Theuva card'
You can also buy the masks from Clarity Stamps for the blue tits, which saves a lot of cutting out, as you can use them over and over again.

To stamp the images I used Archival ink pad - Jet Black.
To colour back ground I used Adirondack ink pad - Meadow, Lettuce and Stonewash
Christine Emberson sells these and other ink pads in her shop and on her website

To colour in the birds I used Spectrum Noir colouring pencils and a silver 'Sharpie' pen for the wire on the feeder.

I mounted the card onto some green paper I had in my stash.

For the second card I used the following 
Square image from Imagination Crafts Decoupage Stamp Set - Birdhouse - The set comes with a little branch, which I used to stamp around the card. 
Spectrum Noir colouring pencils
Adirondack ink pad - stonewash
Stencil brush to give a hint of blue in the back ground.  
Again, I mounted the card onto some green paper, which I already had in my stash.

And so the craft room was not sorted - maybe one day - but I enjoyed making these cards.

Hope you  like them, come by again soon
Sally x

Monday, 7 July 2014

Leather Effect Birthday Card Wallet

Hello Blog Readers, 

I thought I would share with you a birthday card I made for my Son.  I got the idea from Christine Emberson's blog, which is  Christine featured Angela Dobson blog, (Angela is on the Papermill Direct design team), where she showed some cards she made using Papermill Directs leather effect card.  

The Leather effect card comes in white and buff colour, which is the colour I used. Christine Emberson sells this card in her shop, in Gravesend, Kent.

I inked the edges of the card with Tim Holtz distress ink, to make the wallet looked used.

I covered the inside of the wallet with some paper I had in my stash, which matched nicely.
The "Happy Birthday' and the initials are Robert Addams dies. The verse is a stamp I have from Clarity Stamps

I cut some more leather effect card to make the pockets to hold the messages.  The message cards are cut with Spellbinders label dies.  As you will also see there are couple of stamps in one of the pockets.   I photo copied a small photo of my son and them used a 'postage stamp' stamp from Clarity stamps and cut out.

The last piece of card I cut was for the closure, I used a little piece of velcro, so it would close and a brown caddy dot.  To finish the look, I used a fine black marker around the edge of the wallet to look like stitching.

I think it made a nice male card, so I think I will be making a few more.
 Thank you for looking in. x

Monday, 2 June 2014

65th Birthday stitched steam train card

Hello Blog Readers

Well today I thought I would show you a card I made for my partners 65th Birthday.  
Neil loves trains, so I thought his birthday card should have a train on it.

The Train is a pattern from Form-A-Lines, I stitched the engine with a dark green thread and the carriages with a dark red thread, for the smoke I used a grey/silver and black/silver thread.  I used some peel off letters for Neil's name at the front of the train and numbers for his age on the side of the engine.

I then used a spellbinder label shape to cut around the train, which I then mounts onto dark red card, I trimmed both the white and red card with fine line peel offs - I have loads of peel offs, from when I first started crafting, which I don't really use anymore, so I need to use them up.

I cut some cogs and the words Happy Birthday I cut out of silver mirror board, using Robert Addams dies.  
I then mounted the stitched pattern onto some brick card and white industrial card, which I had in my stash.

Neil really liked his card, hope you do.
Back soon xx

Monday, 26 May 2014

Crafty time just flies by...

Hello Blog Readers,

I thought I would show you something I made using a very very cheap clock, which I bought from a 99p shop, so yes it cost just 99p.

I dismantled the clock and removed the cardboard clock face.  I used the cardboard clock face as a template for the base colour.  

First I cut the base paper and glued this in place using Cosmic Acrylic Glue.  I then cut a circle using one of the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles One, in plain cream paper.
The flowers and leaves are Spellbinders Delicate Asters, which I cut using plan and patterned paper, I then inked the edges with  distress ink and glues a gem in the centre of each flower.

The two large butterflies are Spellbinders, Les Papillions, with some gems glued along the body of the butterfly.  The two smaller butterflies are from Spellbinders, Jewel Flowers and Flourishes.  I also glued a piece of lace I had in my stash.

I then put the frame and glass back on, so this is it with a silver frame.

The next picture shows the clock picture with a pattern frame, which I have cut using Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles One.  I haven't glued the frame in place yet, as I'm not sure if I like it with or without the frame.

Let me know why you think?

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. x

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Flowery wooden butterfly plaque

Hello Blog Readers

I thought I would share with you a plaque that I have made.

The idea started when I attended a class at Christine Embersons shop - Hope & Chances Creativity - which is in Gravesend.  We decorated a heart shape plaque, this was how my one came out. 


 I was pleased with the result and so thought I would try to decorated another shape.  My friend Janice had bought some wooden butterfly plaques from Anna Marie Designs, you get three sizes, I picked the middle size one (6" x 83/4") to decorate.

Here is the list of the papers, dies and adhesives which I used:-

Paper - DCWV Paper pad - The letterpress stack.  
Dies - Spellbinders:- Rose Creations,  Jewel Flowers & Flourishes
           Robert Adams:- Alphabets
Adhesives:- Rangers:- Glue 'n' seal and Cosmic Shimmer, acrylic glue.
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Lace, gems and ribbon
Emery board

I used the wooden plaque to draw around the shape on the paper and cut out, I coated the wooden shape with the glue 'n' seal to adhere the base paper to the board, I then put this to one side to dry.

 I then cut out the flowers, leaves, butterflies and flourishes, I inked the edges of the flowers and leaves with distress ink, then curled the flowers into shape before layering them up to the size I wanted.
I then sanded the edge of the butterfly (with the emery board) using a downward motion, this gives the edge a very neat finish. Once I had been all around the edge, I used distress ink around the edge to soften the look of the edge.

I then glued the flowers, flourishes, little butterflies, lace and gems into place and tied the ribbon to hang the plaque.

I'm quite pleased with the end result.

I will be back again soon. Thank you for looking in. x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Engagement News

Hello All,

In February my Son, Anthony, took his lovely girlfriend, Vandi, to Venice for a long weekend, where he propose to her.

So I had to make sure I had an engagement card ready for when they got back.  I had some Kan ban toppers so I glued some lace ribbon around the heart using cosmic shimmer glue (I love this glue). I then layered the card with a large Spellbinder die, tattered lace floral.  I then mounted  all onto gold mirror card.  I think they liked it.

Here is the lovely couple, my Son and my lovely future Daughter-in-Law.  We had an engagement celebration last week and Vandi wore this wonderful outfit.

 I am so happy that she accepted my Sons proposal, Vandi is lovely, I am so lucky she is going to be my Daughter-in-Law.  xx

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy this lovely sunny weather today. x