Thursday, February 28, 2013

Better Late than Never

I've just realised that I forgot to blog the card I made for The Sketch File last week.  T to share so please pop over and have a look through the things we've been making and sharing over Februrary.
The sketch was perfect to use alongside an image and papers from Funky Hand.  This little fairy house is one of a series Anice is busy creating - isn't it cute?  The papers are all from trhe latest download collection "Just For Jen". - I love that there are soft and bright pinks and that the grey and white colours they are teamed with are soooo stylish!
I really can't colour in by hand so I've been practising my digital colouring skills - I think I'm getting better at giving some shade and colour depth so that the various areas aren't just flood-filled with a single "flat" colour - what do you think?

I turned the sketch upside down to make my card

Materials and Tools
Sketch from The Sketch File
All papers and Image Funky Hand
Flowers: some cut from one of the paper designs, for other's I've used the flower shape as a template to cut some from scraps of different papers
Lace, pearls and gems from Creative Treasures
Dies: Spellbinders; Lacy Scallop Circles, Plain Circles
Sentiment; made with decal paper from Crafty Computer Paper

Did you know that twice a week the members of the Funky Hand Design Team take turns to add some new inspiration to the "Get Funky and Craft" blog?  It used to be about challenges, but now it's all about sharing the things we make using Funky Hand products - it would be great if you would add the blog to your reading list and visit regularly to see what's new on there - and it would be even better if you'd take a minute to leave a comment every now and then!  There's still an Inlinkz gadget so that you can share anything you've made with Funky goodies too - we'd love to see what you're making!

Thanks for visiting - please come back tomorrow when it'll be time for the Daring Cardmakers' March Colour Combo Challenge

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


For his birthday hubby treated himself to a new iphone. He's only been mythering on about needing to upgrade for the last year or so.....
I thought I'd make him a giant iphone5 birthday card to match!  Here it is posing with my own iphone4 (I might have to start whining about needing the new model now...)
Most of the icons are fairly simple when you look at them, and similar versions can be found with a quick google image search - a little bit of tweaking in Paint Shop Pro and they are ready to cut on the Craft Robo.  For some I was able to convert PSP Pre-set images (such as the phone, text message and music notes) which was even simpler.  Some I just drew on the squares.  The "Photos" icon on the phone is a sunflower - so as I had a wired, paper sunflower in my stash I thought it would be fun to use it on the card for a little bit of extra dimension.
When I ran out of ideas - or should that be couldn't remember any more, of the apps on his phone I just added a few squares with tiny punched hears on them

Materials and Tools:
Plain Black Bazzill card for card blank and top layer of "phone"
Bazzill Bling Black card for the screen
Lots of bits of card from my scraps box for the app icons
Paper sunflower
Gel pens, Glossy Accents for "camera" lens
Craft Robo; iphone template and most of the app icons
Punches; tiny heart.

I've loads to do today, so I'm keeping this short you're probably pleased to hear.....
So, that's it for today, thanks for visiting - please leave a message :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hot Chocolate

This week on the Daring Cardmakers it's my turn to set the challenge and as we're still in the season when a big steaming mug of hot chocolate is a welcome and warming temptation I came up with this one:
Hot Chocolate
I'd like your cardmaking to be inspired by yummy, scrummy chocolate. 
Anything Chocolatey goes - colour, favourite centres, hot chocolate drinks, chocolate cake, chocolate bars, boxes of chocolates etc. 
 I'm really sorry if this makes you feel a bit hungry ;)  but I hope you'll still have some fun creating even if you can't really eat what you make!

I decided to stick with the Hot Chocolate drink for my card and made this:
Materials and Tools
Smooth white card blank plus spare for tag and white square
2 shades purple Bazzill cardstock
Red Glitter card, red Seam Binding, Purple button
Dark Brown paper for upper wording
Wording on tag is pc generated
Craft Robo to cut the cup, spoon and "sending you"
Tiny heart punch
larger heart is hand cut

This would have been much easier and less bulky if I'd remembered to the sachets of hot chocolate - luckily I found this one lurking at the back of the drawer - it's a bit bigger and bulkier than those I had in mind but beggars can't be choosers!
I used a ball tool on the upper layer of the cup, and in the centre part of the spoon to get some realistic curvature to the shapes
I did want to keep the design quite "clean", but maybe I should have added apanel of patterned paper across the card behind the cup.  Problem is purple can be a really difficult colour to match and even harder to photograph so maybe I was just being a coward....

The first of the deliciously chocolatey ideas from the DT are on the DCM BLOG now, but there will be more to come - it's been one of those weeks when we're all up to our eyes in "life"  hehe - which is also my excuse for not having blogged more this week....

Right, I have visitors coming to stay   here for a few days so I need to do some *whispers* housework
Back soon (hopefully) with more stuff to share

Monday, February 18, 2013

Spot the Butterflies

....I wonder if you can?

Busy week this week, but I really want to get back to blogginh more regularly - it's slipped again in recent weeks!
Today I have another scrapling to share - I'm really enjoying making these - even though the surface area of the card is quite a lot smaller than a regular card, they bring a bit of extra creative ooomph with that interesting elongated shape - plus as envelopes aren't really made to fit this size. you've also got the opportunity to go a bit off-piste so to speak!  You might as well take the design off the edges of the card and use the available "envelope space"
So where are those butterflies then?
Yes - the back layer of the flower is created from 4 butterfly die cuts!

Tools and Materials
All papers, inc birdie tag; MME Lost and Found "Rosy" 6x6
Ribbon and layered up Prima flowers, black brad all from stash
Die: Memory Box Butterfly
Punch: EK Success border punch

To make the butterflies into the flower, join the ends of the larger wings together to form a ring, punch a card circle for a base and apply PVA-type glue to the circle. Gather in and onto the lower wing shapes till you achieve a shape you like - using wet glue gives you time to fiddle about till you're happy with the flower shape.

Hope you like it and will give the idea a try - let me know if you do
Thanks for looking in today

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flutterby Dreams

Oh my!  the Daring Cardmakers Blog looks fab today - full of the promise of summer and all the lovely butterflies we hope to see,  I'm nor going to give more than a passing thought to the wash-out that was last summer because at this time of year we need to keep hold of our dreams of sunshine and all things Summery!
Anyway, Zuzana has asked us to make cards featuring butterflies and the blog looks amazing - actually, it always does!
The weird thing is I've always struggled with using butterflies, dragonflies etc - I don't know why because I do love them - it's just plonking them on a card that I have a problem with!
I made a couple of cards for this challenge, but have decided to go with this one - mainly because the colours are soooo pretty and sunshiney whilst the world outside my window s so full of dreary greys and browns
I think I overdid it with the tiny butterflies - they were added after the card, minus "dream" and the glittery bits because the card looked so flat and bare, but in the end, in the way this sort of thing tends to happen it looks a bit much now!
The thing I enjoyed most about making this card was rediscovering the remnants of the gorgeous On A Whimsy papers from Fancy Pants - just how beautiful are these colours?

Materials and Tools
All papers; Fancy Pants "On a Whimsy" 12x12, sentiment cut from one of the papers
Black Bazzill card
Fibres from stash,  pearls by Prima, Ice Stickles glitter glue
Dies;  flower border and large butterfly both Memory Box
Punches; teeny tiny butterfly,(don't know the maker), slightly larger butterfly (abt. 2cms across) by Woodware

I love these two Memory Box dies, they are so darn pretty!  Might have to have myself another little die-shopping spree as I know there's at least one other butterfly to be had!

I've been a really bad blogger this week - but I have actually done a fair bit of crafting so hopefully I can get my act together and show what I've been making - it's just a case of putting the two things together - the making and the blogging!

That's it for now, I hope you'll head over to the DCM blog to see all the gorgeous butterflies - and it would be fab if you'd join in with us this week and share your own Flutterby cards with us.

Have a great weekend

Friday, February 08, 2013

Love is in the Air

It's the time of the year when the shops are full of hearts and flowers - no matter what sort of shop it is, from shoes to ironmongery there will be an "Ideal Valentines Gift" sticker somewhere....
And there will be loads of people saying "...all a load of marketing nonsense, its just about merchandising...." You've heard it all before.
Now I think that's partially correct - but it's also about taking the time out of the ordinary day to day life to step back and think about the people who mean the most to you - and letting them know how you feel.  It doesn't have to be about expensive gifts and over-priced meals out (though obviously OH, if you read this - those things would be fab...... at any time of the year!....).  It's the simple things that mean a lot - and often that's just making a special gesture - like giving a bag of Strawberry Truffles, knowing that as you don't like Strawberry Truffles he won't have to share...

I must admit, I do have a good giggle and-a-shake-of-the-head in disbelief over all those weird Valentines Cards - you know the ones; "To my Daughter/Auntie/Neighbour/Goldfish/Dog on Valentines Day",  But on the other hand it does make me think about how rarely we all take the time out to let our loved ones know that they are....loved.

I don't make New Year's Resolutions - but I did make a little promise to myself that this year I would try to be more on-the-ball with birthday cards, and also to send the odd "Just Because" card for no other reason than to surprise someone.  Obviously, being me, I have so far failed in this endeabour - but I will try harder.........

Here is my card for our lovely Gez's "Love is in the Air" challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers this week (took a long while to get to this, didn't it hahaha....)

Materials and Tools
White smooth card blank, edges inked with a creamy peachy ink
Papers: Fancy Pants Country Boutique 12x12
Bazzill Red card, silver versamagic ink pad
Red Satin Ribbon (Creative Treasures)
Dangling Heart charm, Silver thread, clear round gem
Large hearts are cut with a Marianne Die
Tiny hearts are the waste from a MS border punch
"valentine" and kisses cut with Craft Robo
Cuttlebug Tiny Hearts embossing folder

I used  several layers of each heart shape, the left hand large heart was embossed then inked through the embossed pattern with silver ink
For the the 2nd heart I traced round the die, then cut the shape out with scissors inside the line to make a mat - this was glued to the reverse of the die cut shape before removing it from the die as there is no plain shape in the pack and I didn't want just a "holey" version.  I cut a further three die cuts with the bits removed, stuck them all together and then adhered this piece to the base heart.
I'm really happy at how this really shows off the detail of the die
Thanks for popping by today, I hope you'll be spreading the love by joining in with us at the Daring Cardmakers this week!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Hardwick Hall

I'm still working my way through the photos of the places we visited when we added a year with the National Trust to our Life English Heritage membership,  It would be nice if I got the whole lot finished before too long. I've still a few places to do and then will need to do the facing pages and put the whole thing together.  Amazing really that I've stuck at it, however intermittently as usually long-tern projects like this end up in the "never finished" pile - some before they've even really started!
So, anyway, I've reached March 2011 and we're staying at the English Heritage holiday property The Lodge at Hardwick Old Hall.  Hardwick Old Hall is "next door" to Bess of Harcwick's New Hall, which was begun in 1590,
The Old Hall itself is still closed to the public for the winter, so we have that part to ourselves for the week we are "in residence",  Hardwick New Hall is open for part of the week so fortunately we are able to visit during our stay - and look how the sun shone!  Mind you the rest of the time it was thick fog!
Mini book page for Hardwick New Hall:
 I've used the new February Sketch File LO for this one.
  Instead of putting the photo on the top, I fixed all the background rectangles together then cut the circle aperture using a Spellbinders die to make it into a frame.  The photo was then slid underneath and fixed to the yellow paper.
I used:
Papers; Carta Bella "Beautiful Moments" 12x12 and 6x6
Lace, Red Pearls; Creative Treasures
White Pearls; Imaginisce 
Glossy Accents on mosaic squares
Spellbinders plain circles Die
Punches: 2 sizes of squares
Craft Robo for title

I thought I'd pop another couple of photos in too.
This is The Lodge, our home of the week
Part of the Old Hall:
The view from our bedroom window:
The nice thing about taking so long to get this book done is that it's lovely to re-visit these beautiful buildings via the photos, I hope you don't mind seeing a few of them!

That's all for now

Friday, February 01, 2013

February Colour Combo

It was my turn to choose the colours palette for the Daring Cardmakers this time, and as Valentines Day isn't far away I thought Id go for something traditionally romantic.
The colours are
Cranberry, Slate Grey, Pale Grey and White
My card took so long!  Not because it was tricky to do, but because I wanted to use the velvet ricrac braid on it as its gorgeous!  Problem was I have it in brown, deep aqua and raspberry pink....not cranberry or dark red.  So I inked over the pink one with the Fired Brick Distress ink and got a really good colour.  DI takes a long time to dry doesn't it?  I am impatient and went ahead making my card, covering any inky finger blotches (oops) with flowers and gems.  It wasn't till I photographed it and went to "develop" the that I realised that I'd managed to get the red ink all over the white lace grrr how could I have missed that?
So back to the desk to fix it and then more photographs.and here's the finished card
Materials and Tools:
Papers - various including Hot Off The Press, Funky Hand, Colourbok. Bazzill
Pink Velvet ric-rac braid inked with Fired Brick DI
White Lace, Deep Red Organza ribbon, Gems and Pearls (dark red, Grey, Silver) - all these from Creative Treasures
Punches: Small Square, Hearts are "waste" from MS Doily Hearts Border Punch
Craft Robo cut "Love"

This won't be my Valentines card for Hubby - far too heavy on the flowers and ribbon for him hehe.  I'll keep this till someone asks me for a wedding card and it'll be just the job ;)

That's it for today, thanks for visiting - I hope you'll pop over to the DCM BLOG and see the other cards - it really looks gorgeous today with all the colour coordination!

Have a great weekend