Monday, November 17, 2014

LOTV Rocking Horse Baby Boy card

Another baby blue card today, this time for a new baby boy.
I used a LOTV stamp you can find the stamp HERE.
While we are on the subject of LOTV stamps, there is a new release coming this month and I cant wait as there are some new baby and wedding stamps, so I am watching the sneak previews like a hawk LOL

Used stripy papers from Craft creations and that Papermania Boofle patchwork embossing folder again - I WISH they would re release it as other crafters who don't have one will snap it up, it's one of the best designed folders EVER!!

Some other photos to show the layering and dies.. not happy how dark the horse came up in the photos :( sometimes the camera does that!?

I love the star theme for boy's cards, a good way or dressing up without flowers, if you're stuck for dressing up your masculine cards ;)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Decoupage Christening Card using a Joanna sheen CD

Happy Sunday everyone. Time to post this as I am having a lazy Sunday morning - yep no work until later on today;)
This is a Christening card changed slightly from the first time I used the image - it's from a Joanna Sheen CD and is good for boys or girls.

Used Spellbinder dies and tags for the frame and the sentiment - kept this one quite clean and simple.

I boxed this one as well and added a small cross charm to the box.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CraftyCutting Altered Cardboard Christmas Tree

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially after this little project was completed and I realised how soon we will start opening advent calendars!

This post is a little earlier than planned, since my altered cardboard tree is going to be at the Creative Crafts Show in Belfast, on the CraftyCutting stand. Pop along and have a nosey, as there are lots of design team projects which you can see for yourself and versatile products too.

Lots of photos again. The weather has been overcast of late, so trying to take photos of gold foiled, dark green papers was difficult, a couple taken with light in the evening but most in the day time.

The cardboard trees were covered with 12 x 12 papers - I needed the whole 12'' for the height of the tree + a bit more to finish the bottom, as the tree is just over 12'' high.

Using a crop a dile to make holes to thread the tinsel is the easiest way to secure it, randomly threading the thin tinsel through the holes.

After covering the two tree pieces on both sides, and the two star pieces on both sides, the covered sections are a teeny bit thicker, but this holds them together well, just be patient when sliding the shapes onto each other.

The 24 mini envelopes are held with tiny pegs and contain 24 advent things to do, which involve the whole family :)

Here's a snippet of number 24!!

Trying to capture the foiled papers - these were from Craft Creations

If you would like to have a go at decorating your own tree, you can purchase one here.
With all the gorgeous Christmas wrapping papers you can get, you can have loads of fun and get the whole family involved:
* Punch out the tree from your pack
* Using a pencil, use the tree shape to trace out the shape on the back of some pretty paper
* Cut out your tree shape
* Glue the paper to the card
* Do this for both sides of the two tree sections
*Push the two together, and your tree is all ready
*Cover or paint your star and add this to the tree

They make great table centre pieces and you can make up your own use for them, hang gold chocolate coins, trinket parcel boxes or add your own themes for playing charades perhaps.

That's all for today, happy crafting everyone - hope this one gets your Christmas Crafting going :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

new finds!!

Some interesting product finds I know my fellow crafters may like!

First, a cuttlebug embossing folder which is no longer available and everyone asks me about - Taylored Expressions have released an almost identical one:
Click on the photo for a link to product details

Second, spellbinders snowflake 1 set which is also no longer available has one particular flake design everyone likes.... good news is My Favourite things Die range has a similar one - link found if you click on photo again.

Hope you liked those finds!

Lilac and white Penny Black Peonies

I thought it was about time I shared a paper pieced project with you.
Love colouring this flower, even if it takes ages :)

I used lots of pearls on this card..

Layered flower petals..

Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencil crayons

The card was boxed with satin ribbon to match.

You might have seen my previous post with door hangers - these are now located on the CraftyCutting stand at the Knitting and Stitching show in Dublin's RDS this week.
POp along and see the great die cuts on the stand and the fantastic design team projects - albums, bunting, boxed frames, a cake stand and lots more!

I am also giving away a free door hanger on November 3rd.
To enter, please visit my page and folow the instructions HERE.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CraftyCutting Design Team Christmas makes

So am back with these fabulous shaped greyboard door hangers from CraftyCutting, which you can purchase HERE on the website or at the RDS Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin this week.

To demonstrate the versatility of these ready to decorate shapes, two are in a clean style and the other two are in a more rustic / distressed and slightly vintage style.
It's Christmas soon and these will make perfect gifts!

The first couple are for those good girls and boys who believe in Santa, and want him to visit this year - in blue and pink with the cutest baby deer (who of course has a red nose!)

The hangers were covered and decorated with die cuts, lettering, pearls, charms and ribbon.

...and now for the boys:

Onto the hangers which were altered as Christmas Decorations / Gifts for our homes in mind.
I loved making these, and one is a simple design in white and silver, while the other has flowers, berries and ribbon added along with some glitter..

Christmas papers, LOTS of glitter and sparkly glitter card, Christmassy Ribbon and a simple sentiment for this one

The poinsettia is a spellbinders die and those centre round things are glittery beads.
The flourish is one of my favourite ones - a Magnolia Doo Hickey die.

Tried to photograph as best I can but the overcast winter weather set in here over the last few days. Never mind, with Christmas tunes (yes I am officially in the mood!), that helps brighten the day....

Last but not least, this is my favourite of all the hangers, as I could use lots of satin ribbon and glitter and flowers and the gorgeous new foiled papers/card from Craft Creations.

The holly die is from Cheery Lynn, the berries from stash and the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The Santa post card was cut from a larger stamped image - Hero Arts Stamp

and the back has been decorated too...

If you would like to see these items, pop along to the CraftyCutting stand at the RDS this week and they will be on display.

Go on, get some and decorate with funky foam shapes and letters and decorate with pretty christmas papers.
Or, if you would like to order your own personalised hanger for Christmas, pop along to my Etsy shop HERE

Meljen's Designs Little Puddle Duck

Hi everyone, late popping in as have been busy with other things, including work. Real life has to take precedence over crafting sometimes LOL!!

Am sharing two posts with you today, the first is a similar card I did a while back in a workshop, but in pink. The second post will be some altered Christmas door hangers which I got very excited about over the last few days!!

Enough rambling, here are the photos of the pink duck card, so cute!!

You can find the duck image here.. I added balloons from another Meljen's image

Hope you like the girly colour scheme.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

nautical card with a sailor's knot

Hello again, if you're popping in to catch my next card share. This time it's a masculine one for a wedding anniversary.

The ship stamp was sourced on eBay, I got ages ago, and the script stamp is a hero arts one.

The fancy tag is a spellbinders label tag, cut out from copper centura card, onto which was mounted the personalised sentiment.

Hope you like the sailors knot.. no thick twine at home so plaited two long strands of garden twine before tying the knot - if you want to know how to make these knots yourself, just google sailors knot and there are how - to diagrams and videos - just be patient with yourself!

The colour ink used on the circle topper is chipped sapphire distress ink - a different shade when you apply ink to ivory card!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

catching up........... with a Stamping Bella stamp

... yes I am doing that again - catching up! I have a few cards to show and didn't realise how many until I moved some photos.. oops.
Here is the first one, sent to Canada for a lady who has three black cats. I had the pleasure of playing with a cricut machine on loan from a friend (great fun thank you!!) so resized and cut out some black cats and teamed these up with a Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with polychromos pencil crayons.

The cerise pink colour didn't come out very well in the photos -  bright pink, black and white was the colour scheme..

And a side on view showing the cats tucked behind the main image..I like the way they look like silhouettes.

Will be popping back with some more cards over the coming days so keep checking back or subscribe to my blog if you fancy, using the email subscription box at the top right hand side of the main page - thanks for looking!