Sunday, March 1, 2015

Promarker sale

Just giving any crafty people the heads up in case you're interested..
I am selling my promarkers, and the listing is on eBay, found HERE.
Note, that this is open to UK, NI or Irish buyers only




Friday, February 13, 2015

eBay sale

To any fellow crafters who might be interested, I am having an eBay sale. You can find my items listed for sale HERE.
I will only be selling through eBay, and no other means, as I have a lot to list and want to clear these items quickly, so wont be making any alternative payment or delivery arrangements.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CraftyCutting DT project - Heart Shaped Valentine Album

It's good to get inking and creating again, have to make up for lost time now.  This post was meant to be up last week but I couldn't finish it, so had to leave it for a bit - very frustrating.
Glad it's done now and I can show it.


CraftyCutting make various size and shape albums which are great fun to alter and this time I get to do a heart shaped one. It's a nice size and good for passport sized photos or a little bigger perhaps. This album measures 4'' x 4''.


I saw the new release from Nitwit collections, called Lovestruck and bought it straight away, knowing I had to use it on something... love the arrow designs on the papers and that fabric feel to the papers as always draws me in! 


Also trying to do more digital work, as this interests me too - not to replace paper crafting or physical paper itself, but to create my own composition, print it and embellish, ink etc is great fun as well.
I only have basic photoscape software, and one of these days I might give CraftArtist a try when I have some free time.

So I used papers and elements from the main Lovestruck Bundle and layered them for the different 'pages' in the album, printed them after fiddling a bit with size and layout. Mental note - don't try and do this again with an odd shape like a heart - a square album would have been a lot easier LOL!  well it's a challenge then and I did okay........


The easiest way I found to decorate album pages is to open the book ring, lay them on the table and plan your design (I numbered mine as it has a little story from start to finish and adding journal elements on opposite pages - had to keep them in some sort of order).
Use your page die cuts as templates to trace a line on the paper you wish to decorate them with, and then cut out the papers just inside the trace line. You might have to trim a bit more here and there.

I inked the edges of the hearts with antique linen distress ink, and the papers as well before adhering them to the heart shaped pages.
Adhere one sheet at a time, taking care to punch out the book ring hole before covering the other side of the page.


Now I guess this album could tell a little story for a special couple and I intend to make an album for my significant other, adding photos from special times, like a photo from where we met, where he popped the question etc etc
Each open double page I have laid out as a journal page on the left and room for photos and other trinkets to be stuck on the right.
Love the new journalling tags and the usual tags from Mary Fran's designs, they are good for all sorts of projects!





This is the back of the album:


To go along with the rustic fabric feel of the papers, I added little fabric hearts, twine and rustic ribbons.


Hope you liked this project - I am looking forward to making lots more different things this year, and will be back with some more posts later in the week.
Wrap up and keep warm everyone, another frosty night ahead, but it's meant to ease soon by the look of the forecast.

it's been a little while

Sorry it's been a while, but my blogging and crafting was halted after a good start to the year :(  I hurt my right arm (not so handy if you're right handed!) in work and haven't been able to do anything for a while craft wise, but it's a lot better now thank goodness.. I don't make a good patient and can't sit still for long..
So although I have few new projects to share, I will be back with some more posts of goodies made a little while back.

I can't let a post go by without a craft photo, so here's my new ink pad storage - SO much better than routing around in drawers to find colours. I find myself doing more and more stamping and inking so this was a Christmas present I couldn't wait to receive.
And I didn't get all those ink pads in one go - they crept in one by one, as craft stash generally does LOL!!
The distress ink pads take up a little more room than they would normally - this is because I have the foam ink applicators stored with the pads - under the bottom of each ink pad and held by a hair band - it keeps my ink sponges and matching inks together for ease of use - I don't think you need a wooden inking tool for each colour this way, and it means you aren't washing your ink pads repeatedly.




If you want one, you can get them from Craftracks.co.uk
I had mine posted to Parcel Motel head office in Dublin because of the size..

I have managed to finish off a project I had started, so will share that later.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Royal blue and white Wedding - Lili of the Valley Wedding Couple

Sorry it's taken so long to sort the photos and share these posts, but I thought I better hurry up and make sure I do.  It's no secret that blue and white go so well together and this card was no exception with the royal blue ribbon and pearls.


The same flower making technique used here as in my last wedding card post, except that I inked the petals with blue ink. 


Some close up photos..


The image was coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and you can purchase the stamp HERE.


Monday, January 19, 2015

White winter wedding - Craft Creations 2014 decoupage release

Another wedding card - this time using Craft Creations 2014 decoupage sheets. The attraction with this decoupage print is it's not only die-cut but it's all white and will serve as a great winter wedding image.


Dug out an Embossalicious flourish folder and did some partial embossing on the front and inside of the card


The cover on the box was nice and simple too.


The flower was made using Spellbinders/Heartfelt creations posy dies and a cluster bead which I sourced from an eBay seller. with loads of glamour dust.


The layers on the decoupage are effective when it comes to mounting the dress layers / steps of the sheet - has a kind of floaty feel to it. I accentuated that by cutting down the first layer to a tall rectangle, instead of using the larger full panel.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

LOTV Man's Best Friend

Time for a general greeting card for a guy in this post, using a Lili of the Valley stamp which I had neglected to use until late last year. New years resolution is to use the perfectly fantastic stuff in my stash which has been neglected!!


                             For those of you who like the stamp, you can purchase it HERE  


I added texture to the sign post (made with Sizziz sign dies) by using an old cuttlebug branch design embossing folder, making it look like wood and added my own 'sign post' by rounding the edge of a strip of brown card. The wording on the sign is computer generated.


...and the side on view to show a little layering

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lili of the Valley baby boy - Balloon Basket stamp

Back with one of Lili of the Valley's most beautiful baby stamps - you can find the stamp HERE and it's well worth the purchase as I use it time and again.


This is another large boxed baby card using that folder you can't get anymore, but I received the Darice quilt blocks folder so that will get some use soon and it's available in most craft outlets. I did contact the distributor for the Boofle folder but the answer is that they cannot be sold anymore :( ... I did try for those of you who asked me, but no luck I am afraid.


The Craftwork cards card candi goes very well with the kraft card.


I mounted the stars using different thickness foam pads, 1mm 2mm and 3mm



The boxed was finished off with stars too..


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wedding Anniversary card for a husband - no frills allowed!

So this post is about less is more...  It turned out well thanks to the red glitter card which really made the whole thing 'pop' - black, white and red are such a great colour combo!!



The text stamping and 'shaded' inking was done with masking, stamping and distressing techniques.


The completed card shown standing:


 Mounting the hearts with foam fixers instead of mounting them flat adds more dimension and a good finishing touch.


Still need work on my stamping techniques, so will make some more of this style this year.  I have some new slim storage for ink pads which I will share with you all once I have sorted out my mess of a craft room LOL. When you see it, I assure you, you will want one!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Flower Power 50th Birthday Celebration

LOVED making this card, because I know the recipient and because it was so fresh and funky and fun to make!

I used a Redonkadoodles digital image which was coloured with polychromos pencil crayons and some digi papers from Etsy again (yep Etsy has some fab stuff... too much maybe!)


I wanted the tag and ribbon on the card to be unusual to my normal style so I made a 'buckle slider' with the sentiment tag.






Those funky flowers are a cuttlebug die.


Close-up of the coloured image. - I spent ages colouring the flared trousers ;)


The inside of the card: