Monday, February 19, 2018

Love Hearts! Spellnlogger for Spellbinders

This time my Spellblogger post for Spellbinders is a Valentines card.

Did you see  Spellbinders previewing their new Glimmer Hot Foil System at Creativation 2018 recently? Well it may not be a Glimmer machine, but I did get a hot-foiling machine for Christmas and I've been practising and getting the hang of it over the last few weeks.  I thought I'd do some hot-foiling with my machine and some regular Spellbinders dies, just to whet your appetite for when the new machine arrives in the shops.

Do you see the pretty pattern on the red heart?  That's made by hot-foiling the heart with the Vintage Clover Insert from the Vintage Elegance Filigree Booklet set 

Love Heart card
Red Bazzill card matted onto a plain white card blank
More white card used to cut the pierced curved layer
one red and one gold heart cut suing middle die from the Prim Hearts set
The glitter heart and the word 'Love' are from the @love Is' Craft box from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox.  The word started out as red, but again, I used the foiling machine to change its look - you can use these machines to foil die cuts, chipboard and ribbon too.
The word YOU is also foiled, this time with a glossy red foil, the letters are from my lovely new Alphabet die set
To finish the card I punched some tiny hearts from red and gold card, plus some from a practise foiling attempt that was lying on my desk!

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time

(Becca Feeken Amazing Paper Grace)
Shapeabilities  Etched Dies

Happy Grams #4 Collection by Tammy Tutterow Shapeabilities

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time

Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Friday, February 16, 2018

Coffee Break

Hi there

How are you feeling this bright and sunny Friday?  
I know lots of people are still suffering with the coughs and colds that just linger on at this time of the year.  What we all need is a nice holiday in the sun - so where shall we go? hahaha

Failing that there's always a mini-break in the shape of a mid-morning cuppa, and maybe if you're lucky a chocolate biscuit to go with it
..... and that sums up En's challenge this week over at The Daring Cardmakers!
Hi, it's Enfys here this week, my turn to set the challenge, I chose
    Take a Break     
Use what ever gets you going again in the mid morning slump, when breakfast seems hours ago, and it's too early for lunch.
Is it coffee? A refreshing cup of tea? A sneaky doughnut?
For me, it has to be coffee, I seem to need gallons of the stuff in the morning, just to wake me up! Mind you, if there was a doughnut shop within walking distance, they would feature in a big way as well!

Make mine a coffee please, En....., since you're offering  😉
I rarely say 'no' to a coffee, though just occasionally I might swap my mid-morning coffee for a steaming hot mug of chocolate instead!
If OH is on a work from home day there might be a biscuit too - we are still working our way through the Christmas biscuits, would you believe?

Anyway, for my card this week I couldn't resist digging out this fab digi coffee cup from Funky Hand. I teamed it with some digital papers, not from Funky Hand, but from KHDigi via Etsy.  This paper set is actually a Christmas set, but I do love the colours and most of the designs are not out-and-out Christmassy, and are too lovely to leave unused for months.  These are from sets called 'Loving Christmas' and 'Loving Christmas Again'.  

For this card I did a lot of work on the pc, resizing the image and the papers I wanted to use for the cup so that I could print the image and paper in one print run, using three of the designs and printing onto white Bazzill card.
Next I cut out the parts I needed from each design and layered them up with some faux chipboard between the layers.

The Coffee Time sentiment was also created mainly on the pc, using Paint Shop Pro to create the circles and writing.  The only extra layer is the scalloped circle.

It's ages since I made an easel card, but having made the coffee cup I needed to think how to use it - because as usual I didn't do any planning first! 
An easel card meant I could use the coffee cup in an 'off the page' sort of way, and I could also have it standing out by using a box hinge to fix it to the card.

All the papers come from the same sets.  The scalloped circle and the two different kinds of hearts are die cuts,

Digital papers by KHDigi from 'Loving Christmas' and 
'Loving Christmas Again' downloads
Digital Image Coffee Cup by Funky Hand (sorry, no longer trading)
Hearts on cup are from a Nested set by Tonic
Tall heart from Spellbinders - I cut it twice and trimmed one down slightly
Scalloped circle is from a Nesties set also Spellbinders 

So what's your mid-morning tipple?  
We'd love you to join in this week and share your Take a break cards with us - you can check all our cards HERE
Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great weekend

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Two Sketch File Cards

Hi there
Bit of a dull and drizzly one here - of course it always seems to be that way when its the day for putting out all the recycling bins and boxes!
Shrove Tuesday today, so I've just been making the batter for our pancakes, I've  got the lemon and sugar ready, and I may even have some maple syrup too.  What about you?

It's also Sketch File Update Day,  and as I never did get round to blogging last week's card I've two to share today.
First up is the one for this week
The card blank was embossed with a Cuttlebug Swirls folder - to emboss this top fold card down the side, I slit the top of the folder where the fold is and used tape to fix it together on the left side instead.  
The narrow ribbon was adhered down the 'line' between the embossed and non-embossed sections
I used a hot Foil 'stamp' from CraftStashUK and gold foil on red card to make the heart, then cut it out freehand
I added Prima flowers (I have zillions and rarely use them tut-tut), with enamel and glitter dots for the centres
The red ribbons ( from  the "Love Is.." box) and the gold glitter washi tape (from the "Seeing Stars" box) from Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox craft boxes
The loopy "with" is part of a "with love" die by Spellbinders

Here's the February sketch I'm using for both of these cards
The Sketch File - February 2018
Now my other card - I was able to use this one for The Sketch File Blog last week, and also for a post on the Bubbly Funk blog too
Plain white card blank
Pale aqua panel from pearlescent card
Darker green-aqua card for tiny stars, sentiments and backing pieces
Matching organza ribbon
From the "Seeing Stars" craft box by Bubbly Funk Through the Letterbox
I used the Silver and White stars and the beautiful silver star charm

That's all for today, I hope you enjoy your pancakes if you're indulging 😉
See you again soon
Happy Crafting

Monday, February 12, 2018

Snowflakes in a Flurry - Spellblogging for Spellbinders

I've a new Spellblogger post for Spellbinders today and it's another card using dies from Lene Lok's Four Seasons range. These snowflakes come from the Winter Canopy and Elements set, but as the name suggests there are dies to go with every season in this lovely collection

I managed to squeeze a couple of the snowflakes in to the last Spellbloggers post, which you can see HERE, but I am such a sucker for snowflake dies that I just couldn't resist letting them take the main role on this one.  
 I really love the extra elements that come with the various seasonal canopies, they really make the sets so versatile. 

Snowflake Flurry
I've used just the snowflakes from the Winter Canopy and Elements 
set for this card and cut them in plain white card  

The striped paper is digitally produced to match the red of the curved section - I then printed it to the size I needed onto some plain white Bazzill card

The fancy curved piece is cut from red card using a die 
from A2 Curved Borders set 1

I used lengths of red and white bakers twine around the curved red piece, which is matted onto scrap chipboard for some extra dimension
The knotted red satin ribbon came from a Christmas Cracker (I always keep those pretty bits and bobs!
I strung some tiny gold bells and a red bead on gold thread and attached them under the ribbon, then added a tiny red gem to each snowflake
"joy" is from Ho Ho Ho Holiday 2017  Die D Lites Etched Dies  matted it onto a Nesties oval 

Here are the Spellbinders die sets used this time

Winter Canopy and Elements 

Four Seasons by Lene Lok 
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

That's it for this time,

Thank you for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store where you will be tempted by lots of lovely dies, stamps and much much more!

Happy Crafting

Saturday, February 10, 2018

‘Love Is...’ Scrapling

Do you ever make “Scraplings”?
Just in case you’re new to these, they are cards, tags etc made from the strip you cut off when making  a square card from a sheet of  A4 
I found this Ribbed Kraft card Scrapling in my Bits Box and grabbed my “Love is…” Through the Letterbox  craft box.  
Kraft looks great with white and rd and I’d soon finished this little scrapping card 
The Letterbox craft boxes cost just £12.50 and  they are stuffed with stash!  You can see masses of projects made using the ‘Live Is...’ Box and all the other boxes on the blog:
From the “Love is…” Through the Letterbox craft box I used:
Gingham ribbon
Red Glitter Heart die cut
Paper Flower
Tiny Sales Tag
The tiny star was punched from another of the glittery hearts
From my stash: off-white card and border punch for the ‘lace’ strip
Red beads set in Glossy Accents for flower centre, sentiment sticker on the tag
That’s it for this time.
Thank you for visiting.
Happy Crafting
Kathy xx

Friday, February 09, 2018

Cosy at Home

Hello there!
I hope you've had a good week.  It was pretty chilly here with a few very frosty mornings - but you can definitely see a lightening in the sky by 7am now, can't you?  The birds certainly think so if the racket they've been making the last few mornings is anything to go by!
Have you been to any of the cinema-theatre live stream performances?  We went to our local cinema to see the live stream from the Royal Opera House of Puccini's "Tosca" during the week.  After ages sating "We must do that" we finally got round to booking some tickets.  The first thing we went to see was "La Traviata", streamed live from the Metropolitan in New York - oh, but we were so disappointed.  The sound quality was rubbish and the camera work really poor - it wasn't just us, I checked the feedback the next day and everyone was saying the same sort of thing - so we've avoided productions from the Met since then.  
A few weeks before Christmas we went to see the streaming of the new Royal Opera House production of La Bohème  and it was fantastic -
I loved every minute and every single thing about it.  Tosca this week was pretty good, but La Bohème was better.

Anyway, if you've not been to any of these events check out your local cinema and see if they do them - there's ballet, theatre plays, opera and even museum exhibitions so loads to choose from
Enough of the waffle, lets get down to some craft stuff.  

I think Miri must have had a premonition about how the weather would be this week when she put her challenge into the Daring Cardmakers' calendar!

"Deep into cold and gloomy February, let’s celebrate our homes
 a home, a house or a building
Feel free to think outside the box. 
You could use pieces of furniture, wall paper or the home of an animal (cave, tree trunk etc.)...
Happy crafting -  hopefully in a warm and cosy home!
Click on this LINK to see the great ideas from our design team."

I went off on a bit of a tangent and instead of a building I used the actual word HOME.  Our homes are generally a big part of our lives, so I thought I'd make some extra=large letters and some hearts and keep the LO simple.

White square card blank plus extra for the top panel and the letters
2x shades turquoise card for the hearts (die set by Tonic)
3 layers of black letters and one white layer (letters cut with Silhouette)
Wooden heart covered with red glitter heart (both from the “Love is…” Through the Letterbox craft box).
A bit of inking around the big hearts and that was it.  Lots of layers, but a really simple design and it made such a nice change for something to work straight away!

I really LOVE the wooden hearts and other shapes (they come in several different sizes too) from the various Through the Letterbox craft boxes - they are about as thin as chipboard and really take inks, paints etc well.  When I first saw them I thought "what on earth am I supposed to do with these?"  but now I love them!  I think I'll have to try them with my foiling machine next.....

That's it for this time, Thank you so much for coming by.
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Have a great weekend, and stay toasty!