Friday, January 31, 2014

Girls have hammers too!

This week Lythan's challenge for the Daring Cardmakers is all about
 Belts and Braces 
apparently in honour of the 31st anniversary of the wearing of car seat belts being made compulsory here in the UK.

hmmm, so what to do with that one then?
After a lot of umming and ahhing and generally "not a clues" I thought I could make a Tool Belt - maybe it was something to do with the extension being built at the house across the street and the seemingly endless number of white builders vans this seems to necessitate! 
It would be good to give Mr Craft Robo a workout - it might be the last time as one day soon I'm going to have to get that new Silhouette out of the box and learn how to use it.

I did plan to make this a regular sort of "masculine" tool belt but then I changed my mind and made a girlie version instead.  After all girls wield hammers and spanners too - and I thought I'd make it a New Home card, because  if you're moving to a new house chances are you're going to be needing a tool kit.

Materials and Tools
Various shades of card from my scrap box
Bakers Twine
Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder - used twice to make the background piece wide enough
 The tool belt template was created from a colouring page image and cut using Craft Robo
The sentiment was pc generated and printed direct to the card
The bunting was hand cut from scraps

It was the background that was the most difficult part of this card - how often does that happen?   That irritating thing when You've got an embellishment or focus piece made and ready to use then you can't work out how to display it....but if you start with the the background, then it's the top bit that causes the difficulties.  Or maybe it's just me.

Anyway, you can see some great ideas for "belting up" (so to speak) over on the DCM BLOG
That's it for now - and yes, another single post blogging week - I am crafting, I promise, but just can't share yet.

Please come and visit again soon - it would be great if you'd leave a message before you head off again....
Bye for now.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stripes and a bit of upcycling!

This week's challenge  on the Daring Cardmakers is set by Zuzana and is nice and simple - Zuz just wants to see lots of stripes on our cards.
No problem, I thought - I have masses of striped papers I could use.
But then a little parcel of new paints and some new masks/stencils turned up and the idea of using papers was forgotten
In the end, I didn't use  my new paints, but I did use one of the new stencils, a Stampers Anonymous one by Tim Holtz
The "upcycling" bit in the title refers to the flower....can you guess why?

 Materials and Tools
Striped background made using "Burlap" layering stencil from Stampers Anonymous
Various DewDrop, Versamagic and Cats Eye  ink pads
Horizontal piece and twirly bits made from extra card strips coloured with some of the inks
Velvet ricrac braid
Doily die and flower petals die by MFT - Die'Namics

So what is the flower made from?
Well, the other day I was doing a bit of ink-resist embossing so used a couple of baby wipes to clean the ink from the embossing folder- being a messy moo I'd just left the damp and inky wipes lying on the desk.  Going to actually clear myself some working space I thought how pretty the wipes were....and surely I could do something with them.... So I put them aside to dry properly, thinking maybe they would make pretty coiled roses. 
 In the end though I decided to try die-cutting them.  The die I chose is quite a simple shape and this was a good thing because the wipes do "pull" at the edges when you cut them and I did need to trim a few stray strands off with scissors.  

Next time I'll try them with a sheet of paper over the dies to see if that improves the cut
I used two sizes of the dies in the set for this flower and there are a few layers of each size.  I really like the softness of the baby-wipe and especially the variegated shading of the pink - you end up with quite a nice carnation effect, I think.
So there you go - look at those inky, painty baby wipes as a potential embellishment from now on.  I'm not sure it would work for most of the ones I use as they tend to be a revolting mess of colours!

Thanks for looking
Please join in with us over at the DCM BLOG this week

Friday, January 17, 2014

Coffee, Anyone?

After  last week's blog-fest, I'm back to being rubbish at updating my blog.  Must try harder....

This week it's my turn in the Daring Cardmakers challenge-setting hot-seat:
"What's Your Tipple?"
 or alternatively, "I'll Drink to That!"
- it's all about the things we like to drink;  Tea, Coffee, Wine, Beer, Drinking Chocolate.....and the bottles, cups, glasses and mugs we use for them too
I love my cappuccinos, but at this time of year it's often a big mug of thick, rich, hot chocolate that hits the spot.  I like to heat the milk using the steamer bit of my cappuccino machine so I can top the mug off with some milky froth... mmmm I think I'll go and make one NOW!

So to recap (and get myself back on-topic) this week I'd like to see lots of drinks and drinking vessels on your card.

For my card I've used something from Funky Hand that fitted the bill perfectly.  I had to get Anice's go-ahead to show this one as this fab image is so new it's not even available to buy yet - but it will be soon - so check out the shop at the end of January!
What you will get when you buy this download is the plain image so that you can print and colour, or paper-piece, or use however you prefer.
For my card I did most of the preparation work on the computer, selecting the parts of the image I wanted to print on the different layers, then layering the image onto the paper designs before printing out all the bits ready to stick together.  The papers I've used are from Funky Hand's "I Love You Sew" download collection, I printed extra designs to use for the background of the card.
Although it took a while to do all the digital prep work, the actual card then took about 5 minutes to cut out the layers and glue together!  I made the coffee mug stand out from the card by adding a box hinge behind it.
White square card blank
Coffee Take-Out mug Digital Image from Funky Hand (coming end of January)
All papers: "I Love You Sew" Digital  Download, also Funky Hand 
printed onto white Bazzill card
Scrap of card to make the hinge
Well, that's got to be the shortest materials list ever!
Please head over to the DCM BLOG and check out all the fab cards the team have made this week - and of course, it would be great if you'd join in and play along with us this week.
Thanks for visiting

Friday, January 10, 2014

DCM - Back after our Holiday Break

As usual the Daring Cardmakers took a couple of weeks off over Christmas and New Year but we're back this week.  We're having another year of First Friday Colour Combo Challenges, but for this month only it's happening on the 2nd Friday as we weren't here on the fisr one!

Nat has chosen such a pretty colour palette to inspire us to get going with our crafting again.  
 I decided to use plain and textured layers of the warm cream shade as the background for the rest of the colours
The main layer has been embossed with a chevron embossing folder, and the upper panel is plain with 4 heart shaped mini apertures cut from it.  I adhered small pieces of patterned paper to the lower layer so that they would show through the holes, then cut extra hearts from card covered with more scraps of patterned paper.  Most are raised on tiny scraps of card and one has a little "hinge" behind it for even more dimension
I plaited lengths of seam binding to make a curvy ribbon trim to go across the card
Materials and Tools
Smooth Cream card
Various scraps of Funky Hand papers
Paper String, Seam Binding, Flat-backed pearls
6x6 Embossing folder; Crafter's Companion
2x heart punches, MFT Heart die set
Please visit The Daring Cardmakers BLOG to see some gorgeous cards from our fab team of designers

As you'll know if you've visited here over th last couple of days, I've been lucky enough to get to play with some of the Teresa Collins A4 embossing folders designed with the eBosser in mind and being released at the CHA over in the USA, well, although there are quite a few more to go, I'm only allowed to share 5 of my sneak peeks at the moment, so here's the last for now.  Hopefully it won't be too long efore we're given the OK to share some more of things we've made with these fab folders

This card has an embossed Vellum wrap and the flower is cut from inked and embossed vellum 

Teresa Collins A4 embossing folder; "Sophisticated"
Stamp: Die’Sire Sentimentals "Memories are Made"
Die'sire: Quilling Sunflower – Small
Die'sire: Cameo Stamping Frame
 All these products from Crafter's Companion 

Just another reminder that you can join Crafter's Companion's very own Leann Chivers live from CHA on Create and Craft TV at 4pm (GMT) on Saturday 11th January - tomorrow!  to see some fab new products, including the Teresa Collins Designs Collection of eBosser A4 folders I've shown a couple of here. 

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again soon

Thursday, January 09, 2014

CHA Sneak Peeks 2

 Two more sneak peek at the new A4 embossing folder designs from Teresa Collins which will be released at the CHA exhibition in the USA.  
It's all very exciting to be part of - even if it is only the minutest, teeniest weeniest bit imaginable!

Cabbage Rose
This Cabbage Rose folder has such a glorious, bold design that keeping it all very simple seemed the best way to go.  I used Faded Lipstick (I think) Distress Ink, applied directly to the upper side of the embossing folder.  I quite like the uneven shading you get this way because of the "watered silk fabric" look you get. Peeking in at the corner of the photo you can see a rose made with Crafter's Companion's Die'sire Quilling Rose  (Small) 

Dotted Chevrons
Another flower in the corner of the next sample, this time it's the Die'sire Quilling Lace Flower.
The embossing folder is another gorgeous chevron design (see yesterday's post for the Twill Herringbone chevrons), this one is called Dotted Chevrons and is also by Teresa Collins, and I've embossed some  lovely Centura White with a Hint of Silver card

Teresa Collins: Dotted Chevrons
Stamp: Die’Sire Sentimentals: Memories are Made
Dies: Die'sire Quilling Lace Flower, Cameo Stamping Frame and Circle Doilies
 All these products from Crafter's Companion 

Just a reminder that you can join Crafter's Companion's very own Leann Chivers live from CHA on Create and Craft TV at 4pm (GMT) on Saturday 11th January to see some fab new products, including the Teresa Collins Designs Collection of eBosser A4 folders I've shown a couple of here.  

Hope you like today's sneak peeks!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Christmas Round Up and a First CHA Sneak peek!

Happy new Year!
Okay, that's a teensy bit late, but sometimes it takes a while to get back into the blogging routine, doesn't it?
("What blogging routine?" I hear you say....)
So before I get on to the exciting Sneak Peek things for CHA here's a quick Round up of some Christmas photos as I've very much neglected my poor old blog over the last few weeks - and not in a small way due to the said CHA things!
Please click on the photos  for larger images
We went for a Purple red and Gold theme for our tree and parcel wrapping and I loved the way it worked:

This is the card I made for Hubby - all the while I was making other things I was wanting an excuse  to make these paper baubles!
And just one last photo of Christmas makes - because I forgot to take photos of all the other boxes and gift card wallets etc that I made. oops!
Here are some shallow gift boxes made using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board.  They were a bit of a pain until I found a tutorial even this dumb blonde could make sense of!  Definitely need more practise with this little gadget though.

Okay, so on to the exciting stuff!  Over in the USA it's the time of the year when all the crafting folks get very worked up and excited because its CHA show-time.  This is the exhibition where all the Craft companies show off all their new goodies and announce to the world what they think the trends will be for the coming year.  Eventually it all filters through and we get to buy all those new tools, paper and pretties for ourselves - usually this filtering process takes quite a while - especially for the stuff to arrive in the UK shops....but this time I've been a little bit luckier and thanks to Crafter's Companion I've already had the chance to use some of the Teresa Collins Embossing folders that will be released in the next few days.  We've just been "given the nod" that we can blog some Sneak Peeks" of the things we made with the brand new A4 folders, so here are my first two sneak peeks

First up - and my favourite of the  things I made, this one uses the About Time embossing folder.  I embossed patterned paper, then swept black ink over the embossing to highlight the clocks design. I embossed some cream card and chose one of the larger clock faces to shade with lots of Distress Inks and some Versamagic Gold ink, then again used black to highlight the embossing before cutting it out.. 
 The second sneakie for today is a wall hanging using the gorgeous Twill Herringbone embossing folder.  I created the rainbow stripes using paint Shop Pro and printed it onto Centura Pearl "Hint of Silver" - I used the same card for the embossing and I love how crisply the embossing design works on this gorgeous card.
Sentiments on both of these are from the Crafter's Companion "Memories are made" stamp set.
Now then, that's about it for this time - but you may be interested to know that you can join Crafter's Companion's very own Leann Chivers live from CHA on Create and Craft TV at 4pm (GMT) on Saturday 11th January to see some fab new products, including the Teresa Collins Designs Collection of eBosser A4 folders I've shown a couple of here.  

That's it - well done if you got right to the end ;)  
Back soon with more Sneak peeks
Thanks for looking