Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Eat, Drink & Be Merry



How cute is this paper? Its from Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety. The day I found out I could purchase it digitally was pretty much the highlight of my year! I used it as the basis for this card for a person whom I know likes food & cooking. 

I printed the Graphics Fairy image on tissue paper, layered it over the Cosmo Cricket ‘tossed salad’ and artfully(!) tore it. I then sponged some old paper Distress Ink around the edges - which somehow makes the tracing paper seem more translucent, I think its an illusion – and then spent a very long time fiddling with a shrink plastic, only to end up printing the sentiment on paper and mod podge-ing it to resultant tag. A lot of faffing but a pleasing result!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Daylight, How Novel!

I sat down at my desk today and thought, wow I’m actually sitting here in the daylight! Unfortunately that was after 2pm on a thoroughly miserable day so it wasn’t long before I was switching the light on! I wanted to share this card with you, a request that I found quite difficult at first but I think it turned out ok in the end:


I was mostly impressed with these foam letters that I’ve had for ever and can rarely find a project they will suit but in this case I tried heat embossing them (I covered the surface in Versamark first) and I quite like the effect!


And in case you’re wondering what I did all morning, behold:


Festive or what?! Hmph!

Monday, December 05, 2011

A Stampin’ Up! Christmas!

SUBaubles       SUBirdy
Pop over to the blog of the incredibly talented Loraine to check out the details of these three gorgeous cards made with Stampin’ Up products. Finger crossed Santa brings me some £moolah to enable me to have another spending spree after Christmas!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Tis The Season

Would you like to see some more of my Christmas offerings? No? Well tough!
CutOutChristmas   DashingTurquoise
This cut-out was created on Robocop (among much cussing) and layered over some of last years Funky Hand paper. (I think I saw the idea on the Papercrafts Connection website but I can’t be sure).
The turquoise creation is the ‘Dasher’ stamp from Stampin’ Up repeatedly stamped in Versamark over a piece of aqua card. I printed the sentiment onto a strip of vellum and wrapped that around the card before layering it onto a card blank covered in a freebie paper from Design House Digital.
GiltBelthehem   GiltSkyline
And these two were created with the last of my gilding flakes that I picked up at the NEC almost two years ago. I love this stuff and may well have to procure myself some more. On the right hand card, I followed the example that I saw created on the NEC stand by covering the negative of the black silhouette – cut by Robocop – in soap before placing it down on the Woodware double sided adhesive sheet and covering the space left with the gilding flakes. Then I lifted the mask and covered the ‘sky’ with black glitter. Pretty cool, huh?

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Flying High


I recently succumbed to a Hero Arts digikit sale on Two Peas and purchased the ‘Ode To Steampunk’ kit, with the intention that it would help me with my masculine cards. This card was created by printing the map overlay directly onto kraft card and the airplane and my custom text onto tracing paper which I tore and glued to the kraft. It seemed a lil flat so I inked the edges with old paper Distress Ink and over-stamped in the same ink with a Prima text stamp and then finished the card with air mail bakers twine and a stamped metal… um thing with the recipients name. I like it much more now, hope my uncle does!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Morning WOYWWers, r we well?

Last time I joined your party, I was preparing for my first ever craft fair and I think… it… went… ok…! It wasn’t earth shattering but it wasn’t as boring as I thought it might be!

Since then, I’m afraid I’ve hardly done anything! As my desk is testament:


I’ve been a naughty jodpea, I’ve been buying this week – now I just need to actually use the stuff! And yes that is a pair of orange tights  - make your own jokes!

If you look back at my last few posts you can see a selection of the things I made for the fair - n there’s more to come! (Is that a threat or a promise?!)

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Shine & Shadow

Some more examples of the work I completed for the fair. I know I don’t really use my alcohol inks to their full potential but man, I love the effect of them on miri card! I had some of these cards lined up on the desk while I was making them and when they caught the light from the window they really shone!




I do intend to make some more of these so if anyone has any suggestions on a ‘skyline’ to use, I’m all ears…!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Here’s wishing you a ghoulishy good Monday!! Meet Mike:


Monday, October 24, 2011

All The Fun Of The Fair

I seem to start every post with "wow, hasn't it been a long time since I posted?" so who wants to break with tradition? I genuinely haven't posted this month as October has proved to be the most manic month of the year... jus when I was planning me some hols too!

Yesterday was my first ever craft fair, at Essington Fruit Farm near Wolverhampton. The magnificent Loraine accompanied me, to hold my hand (and split the tea bill!) and I actually sold a few things. It wasn't a ground breaking day but it wasn't as bad as I was imagining. I just need to work on my people skills!


The illustrious Mrs Dunnit requested that I share some sneak peeks last week but I’m afraid I am not even a lil bit that organised but I did work my wobbly backside off to get enough stock together so how bout a series of here’s what I made earlier shots? I’m afraid there will be liberal showings of the C word but it IS two months tomorrow!!




The sleigh bells sentiment is a Waltzingmouse stamp and I can’t look at it without singing the song so I thought I could make a series of cards based around the lyrics – clever or cheesy?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WOYWW - Slow n steady wins the race

I'm conscious of how often I use the word bombsite but I really do have a talent for making a mess. Last month or so I've been furiously attempting to fill up my stocks in preparation for my first craft fair next month but I seem to have slowed down considerably in the last week! I also have mutiny on the craft robo front, he's chewing up almost everything at the mo, wasting card left, right n centre :( So after two hours in here last night I only produced one card but I'd better not show it to u cos it is still only September and some of you might get an attack of the vapours!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kiss Me Quick

I'm so glad Lucy Abrams has picked up her blogging again as I find her work so inspirational and she stops me feeling guilty bout using computer generated embellishments (I dunno, somehow it feels like a cop-out but I think I owe this all-consuming hobby to the digital crafting world so go figure!)

She made clever use of a recent Hero Arts digikit release that was actually autumn themed (I.e leaves) but she went down the xmas route instead and created this:

Which I thought was such a great idea I literally ran home (well ok maybe not literally!) and made these tags:

The 'berries' are homemade card candy using scrap card with liberally applied versamark and pearl embossing powder stuck down with rolled up glue dots. There are five of them tied together here, thats not a huge ribbon embellishment!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Knees Up

Not only have I not been blogging lately, it seems I haven’t actually photographed any of my creations! So here’s a quick post about a get well soon card commissioned by my main customer for a knee operation patient:
It took a bit of faffing (and swearing at the printer) but I was pretty chuffed with how Robo Cop cut these crutches out in the end… and look how CAS it is!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Christmas In July

Edited to add: Yes I did make these in July, somehow this post never got uploaded, oops!

I heard a DJ exclaiming over the ridiculousness of shops and restaurants already looking toward Christmas, taking bookings putting out merchandise etc. I was very tempted to text in and explain that in papercrafting circles Christmas in July is pretty much a staple and I’m afraid I’ve kind of jumped on the bandwagon this year as it dawned on me not so long ago that, as December is one of the busiest months in our family for birthdays and how much effort it takes to craft on the dark wintery nights, perhaps some forward planning would be sensible…? Yes you heard it sensible! Who’d’ve thought it? Am I getting old? Mostly I was inspired by this layout which I pinched from Therese Calvird at Lostinpaper:
which just shouted out to be recreated with snowflakes so I made these:
LetItSnowYellow LetItSnowLime
with my new Waltzingmouse stamps. Am I finally succumbing to a stamping addiction cos I really wanna go back and buy some of their frame sets… even tho I don’t own any nesties or even a manual die cutter!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Poppies & Gladioli

The Daring Cardmakers dare this week is the birth flowers for the month of August – poppies & gladioli. Here’s my card:


The paper is from a country diary paper pack and I cut the poppy centres out on Robo Cop. I’m pretty pleased with it but I have no idea how I’m gonna package it!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Up, Up & Away…

I've been visiting the Case Study blog lately and I have come to the conclusion that its concept is pretty much what I do! I trawl the internet stumbling across other fantastic crafters and their wonderful talent that I just need to copy! On this occasion I found the talented Jennifer Rzasa (a finalist of Gallery Idol) and this shining example:
And this is my attempt:
I didn’t have access to the embroidery floss that Jennifer used so I pilfered some nylon cord and dyed it with alcohol inks. The shapes were cut out by Robo Cop – do you think it needs strings drawing on?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Lisa!

So yday was Lisa Sparkle’s bday and I couldn’t leave it any longer to post the pic’s of wot I made her cos I’m well proud! Without wanting to give too much away it was a special bday so I had to put some effort in to and I decided quite a while ago to make an exploding box:

Exploding Box_Side1

Exploding Box_Side2

The larger stickers where 29p from Home Bargains (gotta love that shop!) and I made the smaller letters myself with clear self adhesive paper from Crafty Computer Paper.

Remove the lid and ta da!

Exploding Box_Exploded

Exploding Box_Alice Exploding Box_Hatter
Exploding Box_Queen Exploding Box_Rabbit

All the Alice In Wonderland characters are by The Octopode Factory – I was looking for an excuse to buy them and lo and behold I found one, so thanks Lise!.

Exploding Box_Whatsdetail Exploding Box_Insidedetail
I stuck with my original sentiment of “Its not what’s on the outside, its what’s on the inside that counts” which I decided was fitting for  Alice’s boredom of the outside world versus the craziness down the rabbit hole.
I created the chequerboard with some offcut red rubber in black n then I went a filled a few in with Versamark n various embossing powders.
Hope u like it n HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUS!

Monday, July 25, 2011

No Shades Of Grey

I consider myself a very literal person, I often take things to heart and I have a very black & white view of the world. So the July challenge from St Lukes shouldn't be a problem for me, right? Well no actually it wasnt! It started off with a desire to recreate a sketch I'd seen on Amy Wanford's blog which was taken from CASE Study .

I had some pearl paper knocking around so I stamped a butterfly and my newest Agapanthus stamp (love, love, love) in Versamark and embossed them with WOW Pearl White powder then spent ages trying to recreate the band on the sketch. I tried black, I tried vellum and I tried with just the ribbon that ended up on the second card but I finally settled on teal We R Memory Keepers paper and tried to match a sentiment stamped from my new set of circle sentiments in Versamark dusted with cosmic shimmer powder which kind of complements the whole shiny vibe of the card but makes it hard to photograph!!
Luckily enough it also fits this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge which is one I've never entered before so here's hoping...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Going Round In Circles

This was a card that begged to be made, springing fully formed from my mind even down to the font to be used (Arial Rounded). I think I've seen the design somewhere else but I don't know where so I'm not deliberately not crediting someone, I promise!

I'm hoping it fits the CAS regulations of the Less Is More challenge which this week is circles, with emphasis on the plural. Well to my mind theres at least four on this card so...!