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Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Birthday card for My Eldest Son.

 Good Morning all, hope the day finds you all well and happy.

I hope when you look at this card you don't think to yourselves "OMG What is this woman on ?" , I know it is a bit striking and "in your face" but when I had made the central part of the card I was looking through my background papers and nothing seemed to work. When I came across this Zebra print I thought wow,  it seems to draw your eyes to the centre image ......or have I been sniffing too much glue ? LOL !!!


My son normally gets a batman card made by me, but this time I thought I would do something different. He is not one for colour (he only ever wears black) so I thought I would only add a hint of colour with the red, and keep the rest of the card black and white.

The topper is from LOTV, the dies are from Spellbinders, the wording from Robert Addams.


Have a good weekend. 

Thanks for stopping by. x

Friday, 27 February 2015

2 Embossing Folder Techniques...

 Hello everyone, welcome to my blog..... 

It's Friday again, another week flown by for me...how about you?

Today's card shows two embossing folder techniques. 

The first one is named by Sue Wilson:- she calls it grouting !!. I was watching c&c the other day whilst she was on and she showed this technique. 
First run a piece of card in an embossing folder through your cutting machine. Then, using a paste, smear the paste across the card - it should stay in the de-bossed parts - wipe the excess off. Once dry the de-bossed card should shine through. I have done this technique on the black piece of card using a glitter frosting paste from "Glitzcraft.co.uk". I had to wipe the piece of card over several times with a tissue to get the black card to show through but i quite like the look of it.

The second technique is to ink the embossing folder before putting the piece of card in and running through your machine. This time the ink is on the embossed part of the card - so opposite to the piece above. I have done this on the white card below.



Two good techniques that add something else to your card making. My son should be coming home tomorrow as it's his birthday....as he stays in my craftroom, my blogs might be a bit scarce next week, but i will try and schedule some.
Have a great weekend and enjoy crafting !! x

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A quick card using the new Sue Wilson Madison Square die

 Good morning all, a quick card today. I ordered two new dies from Sue Wilson's collection:- Madison Square and Frames & Tags:- refined rectangular frame.  I was itching to use them straight away.... (as we all do) so just using the outer edge of Madison Square i have made this card. In mauve mirri card I have added a small flower in each corner. The background paper, topper and sentiment are all from "Making Cards" magazine.  I have loads of these papers etc just stored in a cupboard not being used. So i am now determined to use up all my bits before i even contemplate buying anything else !!! (don't hold me to that because i am so easily tempted when i see new things ! LOL !!).
 The little star and beaded embellishment i bought some time ago and just thought it would add a bit of interest to the card. I photographed the card twice as in the first picture there is a little bit of shadow as the sun was shining through the window.....hooray....sun !!
This i photograph i did from a side view to show the mirri card off a bit better.

Have a brilliant day. See you again soon I hope. x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Still Stitching and Beading.....but now adding Sequins...... !!!

 Good Morning, today's card has gone one step further from just stitching and beads.....today i have added sequins !!.

A simple design card that was quick and simple to do. First do the stitching then add the sequins and beads. 
 The topper was from "making cards" magazine. I choose two random background papers that did kind of match the main piece. I off-set one against the other....I don't normally do "off-set" as i normally like to have everything uniformed.
I have used 2 different ivy dies - one from Des'ire and one from Britannia dies. They tie in with the image. I think that although this card has sequins and beads on, it would still be suitable for a male card - what do you think ? - let me know. x


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hexagon Crochet Cushion

 Good Morning all, hope you are all hale and hearty !!

Here is the Hexagon Crochet cushion that I have just completed.....not a bead in sight !!! LOL !!!

The pattern was free from Deramores.com, and was easy to do. Took a total of 32 hexagons to completed back and front. The original pattern was done in 4ply, but i did mine in DK so it came up larger. (20 x 20 inches). I only used just over 3 balls x 100gms, 1 white, 1 green and 1 and a small bit in brown. It will go in my lounge.
 A close-up of the crochet.


Have a good day, thanks for stopping by and see you again soon I hope. x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Mexican Tile Card.....with beads !!!!


Good Morning All. This is a card that just evolved and I'm really pleased with the result. 

I started with the bead and stitching part. Royal blue and aqua beads are a great combination. Once that was done I was searching through my stash for a suitable topper. Couldn't find one, but I had just bought "Cardmaking & Papercraft" magazine as there were some Spellbinders free stamps - garden collection. I chose the largest one which is of a dragonfly - which is perfect as the colours of a dragonfly are normally an electric blue or green colour. 
I wasn't brave enough to stamp directly onto my stitched piece, so i stamped onto white card and using promarkers in blue and pale green shades coloured the image in. I then used Glamour dust on the wings.
Next I had to decided whether to put it directly onto the stitched card or onto another layer first. I decided on the latter. I have a spellbinders "scalloped circle die" so I used this on aqua mirri card. Once i had cut it out I realised it was just a fraction too big. I then used a plain circle die on it and cut it again. It gave an interesting design that worked well with the stitching.
Then to cut out the stamped image. I didn't have a circle die the right size so i decided to cut the image out as it was. 



 Once I had done that it was time to matt and layer. This was straightforward, one layer blue & one layer aqua. I looked at the stitched part again and thought there is too much white card showing - it needs a corner embellishment. I looked through my dies - no corner dies suitable. Then I found the Cheery Lynn Mexican tile die. Great I thought i would cut it out in blue and then chop off each corner to use instead. Perfect !!!!
Next - background - no suitable papers - So had a brainwave (doesn't happen too often so have to run with it LOL !!). I will cut out the middle section of the Mexican tile die in blue and aqua and lay it down as tiles for my background paper. I cut 6 blue and 6 aqua. Laid it out - but then decided to have the corners in aqua and the middles in blue. I stuck the aqua ones down onto my base card and then inspiration struck again !!! (Twice in one afternoon LOL !!) I would off-set the blue ones.....hey presto a card is born.

Hope you agree that this card worked out well. 

Enjoy your Sunday Roast dinner...beef for me today. x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Still life Card ?

Good Morning, hope you are all well.

Todays card has a topper from LOTV of some flowers in a jug - hence the title LOL !!

Once again I have used beads and done some stitching.

This time I have added 3 layers of ribbon at the bottom and some bows and pearl gems. The corner dies are from "Marianne Designs". I stuck them onto the stitched card and then using a craft knife cut away the pieces so that you could see the pale yellow/gold satin card behind. The background paper is from Docrafts. 


 A close-up of the stitching and bead work. As you can see a very simple design, but looks so effective.


I think navy, yellow and pink is such a striking combination. 

Have a good day and a good last week of February ....time is really moving on fast.......is it too soon to start making Christmas Cards LOL ??????

Saturday, 21 February 2015

As Fresh as a Daisy......



Good Morning to you all. Saturday here again.....hasn't this week flown by?. Half-term now over and all the lovely kiddies will be back at school on Monday ....hoorah !!!!! 

A quick card today - involving.....you've guessed it beads LOL !!!

No real stitching involved , only in attaching the bugle and seed beads to the card. The paper and topper come from "Making Cards Magazine" and with all the beaded cards that i have done lately I have used patterns from "Creatief Zijn Met..... Bourduurpatronen 10" ............ no it's alright, i haven't just typed any letter on the keyboard LOL !! this is in Dutch!!!! The pattern book is by Adri Widenburg.

The instructions have a translation and pictures so it's easy to follow.

There are some fab designs that I'm itching to do, so I'm afraid for now there will be quite a lot of beaded cards to show !!

I am also in the process of completing a crochet cushion, which i will show asap...so keep popping by - you never know I might have something completely different to show you one day LOL !!!!

Have a super weekend, whatever the weather and thanks for visiting me. x





Thursday, 19 February 2015

Fuchsia Card



Good afternoon, hope you are enjoying this half term week if you are off with your children. 

This is another stitched and beaded card, but just to add a little bit more i have made the fuchsia flowers myself, using the Cheery Lynn rose dies.  If you go on you-tube you will see how to make roses, poppies & fuchsias all from the one rose die - "Pink Frog Crafts" do a good tutorial. I have also seen them at the craft shows where they demonstrate them too.


A close-up of the stitching and beadwork.


 A close-up of the fuchsias. i have used green flower-arranging tape to hold all three flowers together and stuck a small green bow on top.
 The background papers and topper comes from "Making Cards" magazine. There were 2 background papers i could have used on the front. I decided to use the smaller all-over design on the front and the other sheet as my insert - as it has space to write on.
A side view. The large swirl is also a Cheery Lynn die.  I have not just stuck this down onto the card, but have part of it behind, and part on top of the stitched part. Also have done the same with the strip of ribbon - just to add a different look. Two strips of ribbon across the bottom complete the decorations. I haven't added a sentiment of any kind at the moment until i know who to send it to. 

Have a good rest of the day, thanks for stopping by. x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Back to Beaded and Art Deco !!!

Good Morning one and all. Hope the day finds you well and happy. 

Spring is just around the corner and having the sun shine makes me feel happier. When i took Rolo out for his walk yesterday i was amazed that the snowdrops and Crocus flowers are all in flower in gardens now. I love to look into people's gardens as i walk around and see the year unfold in plant life. Spring is my favourite season, as it gives hope that we will have a lovely summer.

Today's card is back to beading and art deco - both seem to go together so well.
I did the beading on black card (for a change) and it seem to cry out "art deco" to me......luckily I have loads of toppers that are art deco so it wasn't a problem deciding on what to use. I have layered the topper and beaded section onto pale green mirri card. I added some glitter onto the topper using a quickie glue pen over her feathers and on her dress. I have used a corner punch on all layers, just to add to the art deco theme.
The background paper I have had for years, but didn't want to use it as I liked it too much!! - how silly is that ? - I have decided that I am not going to buy any more paper pads and toppers until I have used all my stash....it's no good keep looking and stroking the papers - you have to use them !!!!!!





 A close-up of the beading and stitched piece, as well as the topper.

Have a great day and see you again soon. x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

A Tea-bag Folded Card

 Good morning all, hope you are all well and happy. 

Hope Mrs. Duck and Spanish Crafter are well on the mend after their little trips and stumbles. (Check out their blogs to find out the details and also look at their creations.) 

I too am suffering slightly at the moment. 

I decided, in my wisdom, that it would be a good idea that while i am walking the dog i would add a little run - good exercise for me and Rolo. Nothing too O.T.T. but a little spurt as we went along to make our hearts beat a little faster. I did this for a few days and all was going well, i felt a little bit fitter and Rolo slept a little longer when we got home. On Friday when i went out and started to run i felt a little Twang in my knee and on Saturday when i woke up i had a shooting pain in my knee. Needless to say i didn't walk him on Saturday and on Sunday we just walked around - no running. I am feeling better now but i think i will give the running up for now.... 

Onto today:-

Today's offering is slightly different to my normal cards of late. This one is a tea-bag folded card.

I was given some tea-bag folding sheets from a friend, so i thought i would make one. Very easy to do, with instructions on the sheets of the different folds.

I used one sheet as the background paper, and used one sheet, cut into squares and folded for the tea-bag effect.
 As the paper shows 4 musical instruments, i thought i would stamp this image of a boy playing a guitar (by LOTV). It is actually on yellow paper and i have used shades of brown and peach to colour it in . The main photo is a truer likeness in colour.
 The tea-bag effect. I have used Spellbinders "Moroccan motifs" and cut the star shape twice and layered behind the tea-bag flower.
The background paper.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon. x

Monday, 16 February 2015

2nd Mother's Day Card



 Good morning to you all. Well it's the start of another week. Time is really moving by fast, mind you, it doesn't help when i am making cards for the following month now. This is the 2nd Mother's day card and this one will be for my ex Mother-in-law (don't ask !!!!!) I still like to make her a card and write that it is from all of us.

It's another stitched and beaded card......sorry if I'm becoming predictable, but at the moment i am really enjoying making these cards, and if you enjoy doing something then you should continue, which is what crafting should all be about don't you agree ??

 This time, i stitched directly onto the backing card. The topper image is from LOTV, which i have cut down to fit my space, after i had layered it onto some pink card. I also used the pink card as my first layer and for my sentiment - which is just a peel-off. 
I added a piece of bakers twine and added 2 beads on each end and then knotted the twine so that the beads would not fall off !!



 I have been asked how i stitch these designs. You start off with a pattern, which is a series of dots in a design. You lay this pattern over your card stock and each hole is pricked through to transfer the design onto your cardstock. Then it is just a matter of stitching through these holes to create the design. Some patterns (like the one above) is just straight lines, others, are more intricate and require counting and stitching back and forth to create a curved line or pattern. The beads are added on afterwards, all the work is secured at the back of your cardstock with sellotape- no knots, as this would make your card uneven and difficult to attach to a card blank.
Have a brilliant day, whatever you are doing and thanks for stopping by. x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Beautiful Roses


Just to report that i did get a dozen red roses from my husband for Valentines Day. They are a lovely red  (not magenta as in the photo).

Hope you all had a lovely day of being spoilt. Tune in again for more crafting projects......

x

Saturday, 14 February 2015

A Valentine for My Husband

Morning all and happy valentines day. I hope you and I are being spoilt by our love ones today( I have scheduled this post so will have to report later if the red roses appeared today LOL !!)
 This is the card that I made for my husband. I photographed it from different angles as I have used silver paper behind the main section - which is difficult to photograph as you get reflections !!

The trellis square and the wording are dies from Tonic. The corners are from Spellbinders (one of Sue Wilson's I believe before she branched out on her own)
The image is from LOTV. They do such great toppers, I have a few pads of theirs that I go to again and again. I have added some Glossy Accents to the balloon and the animals noses.

Have a loving, romantic day and see you again soon. xx

Friday, 13 February 2015

A Quilt Cover Design Card

Well it's Friday the 13th today........ hope you aren't superstitious....if you are STAY IN AND DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING !!!!! LOL !!

Today's card is a stitched birthday card. The stitched pattern is from "Form-a-lines" and is called "Quilt block flower". With this title in mind, once i had completed the stitching i scan the image onto my computer and then reduced the image and then duplicated it several times until i was able to do 16 "blocks" to represent a quilt cover. This i then printed off to use as my background paper. The original stitched piece was mounted onto green and red card and place diagonally in the center of the card. I have added red gems to the center of each flower, as well as where each block meets.

A close-up of the stitching pattern.

Thanks for stopping by. Tune in tomorrow to see my Valentines card that i have done for my husband.

Take special care today and remember it's only 24hrs long.......what could possibly happen in 24 hrs ?????

Let me know if anything did happen to you. x

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A Quick Stitched Christmas Card.


 Morning (just about still) all, i'm a bit late doing the blog this morning, had to do the weekly food shop- (boring !!!!) before i was able to come up to the craft room.

This card I finished off last night. I had stitched it at the end of last year when I was making a load of Christmas cards. I have simply mounted onto pale blue paper and then using a "Sharpie" pen drawn a red line around the stitched piece and also around the backing paper. This gives the effect of another layer without being too bulky - ideal if posting.
 A close-up of the stitching and thee red line.
Enjoy the rest of your day.....it's one of those gloomy days here in Kent. No sunshine breaking through the clouds. Might as well spend the day in the craft room LOL !! x