Friday, 29 March 2013

Buttons and Bow

Here's a pretty little card to wish you all a happy easter! 'Busy' one today with the requisite buttons and bow for me to enter it into Lili's Little Fairies Challenge Blog . She's a little darling for the image isn't she!

Stamps - Lily of The Valley Dandelion Clock and Happy Circular Sentiments. Image coloured with Promarkers and sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

Dies - Tonic Circular Doily

Background - Nitwits Perfect Pair papers

Embellishments - buttons, ribbon and lace from my basket

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Demo 4 - Bunting

Here we go with some springtime bunting - very easy to make...........

You will need -
  • 1/2  metre of poly cotton fabric, I used the same fabric for each piece but if you have scraps of different colours you can use them instead.
  • Corresponding coloured threads
  • Your digital image on fusible film (see demo 1 and 2)
  •  2 metres of 25mm bias binding (iron this in half length ways before you start, makes it easier to attach)

Each flag measures 16cm across the top and 21cm down to the point, this size meant that I had to print my image on a 6 to the page setting for an A4 sheet (full details are in demo 1) -

I only used 3 prints as they matched my colour scheme but I'll be using the other 3 prints on another project so they won't get wasted!

From the 1/2 metre of my chosen polycotton I cut 14 triangles - don't forget to add seam allowances along the 2 long sides! Although there are only 7 flags I am double siding them so you don't see a messy back.

Take 3 flags and on each one sew your 3 printed images on using your sewing machine. You may need to check your manual if you haven't done this before as I had to alter my settings to zig zag stitch and change the stitch length and width and tension and use the Satin Stitch Foot. Now I did feel a little intimidated by this as it's a while since I've done it, so I checked on a scrap bit of fabric first and can report back that it was much easier than I thought it would be and I think looked quite professional !
apologies for the afternoon sun
Obviously you don't have to do this method, you could do it by hand or  leave it as is just with the fusible bond (demo 2) - the choice is yours.

Once you've attached your image then sew your flags together in pairs, right sides together and then turn right sides out when you've trimmed the seams. All you need to do now is attach them to the seam binding -

Start from the middle to make sure you get an even spread,  put a marker pin half way along your binding and match it to a pin placed half way along the top of the middle flag, pin in place. Measure approx 2.5cms along from the edge of the flag and place your next flag, repeat with another 2 flags then when you've done one side go back to the middle and attach the remaining 3 flags to the other end. Simply sew along the binding from one end to the other.

........I added a few little embellishments between the flags by hand - ribbons and fabric flowers and you're done!

Hope you enjoy having a go, I used this image as I thought it would make a fab new home gift but there is a wide range you can pick from on the Lavinia Web Site just download the image , get some cotton inkjet sheets and away you go!

Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog Reminder for March

Got used to blogging every day with Jayne Nestorenko's stamp launch! So to stop my withdrawals here is one I made early using Claritystamps. Only a few more days before we close the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog for March, there have been lots of super entries but there is still time to do one and have a go. April's challenge will go live on the 1st with a new theme.
This one started as an ATC for the Clarity group I'm in, I think we all struggled with the idea of this one but there were some fabulous ATCs being sent out in the end. We are truly our own worst critics!
The theme for the month was Inspiration - and do you think I could get any? - in the end I just looked out of my window and although it was a cold and snowy scene that I saw, I could visualise summer coming (oh please hurry up!).

So this first picture is of the card I made looking through a window (there is acetate behind the top frame). I used Clarity stamps - Cherry Blossom, Poppies and Lupin and then stamped the Butterfly stamp onto acetate and coloured before cutting out to attach to the front. The little butterflies in the scene are simply punched ones.

So the ATC I sent is based on this idea but using the Clarity Spring Bouquet stamp. The rhyme started with something I remembered from school days - 'Can't think, Brain numb, Inspiration won't come' and I added onto that ' I looked around and what did I see? Nature was inspiring me.'
So there you have it 2 for the price of one lol!
I hope you all enjoyed Jayne's show yesterday on Create and Craft, I see there was one sell out so I'm really pleased for her and am looking forward to doing some more cards for her at the next launch. Welcome to my newest follower Debbie. x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Apple of My Eye - last peek until the show!

Last day of the sneak peeks for Jayne Nestorenko's new stamp range - Apple of my Eye and here we have the girls on a bench set, can you see the little birdie sitting on the bench?

It goes so well with the sentiment 'A little bird told me' and a very clever way of using stamps saying 'you're' and 'today' with a peel off number which is on the inside of this card so you can't see it on this picture!
So here's a picture of it on another sample.
 Well that's the last of the sneak peeks from me - tomorrow you can see everyone's samples all together when Jayne will be on the telly at 11am. Hope you will sit back to watch with a nice cuppa when it's Time for Tea with Jayne Nestorenko !

Monday, 25 March 2013

Apple of My Eye - Sneak Peek Number 5

Here's a great set of stamps to use for father's day. The two boys are busy cleaning up dad's car as a treat for the day.
Sentiments with this stamp are -' Happy Father's Day' and 'Birthday Wishes' so it can be used for either occasion. In addition you get a 'Best Dad' to create a different numberplate for the car (the original one says 'Just 4 U' )  and a blank numberplate to write your own sentiment. Super idea so you can really personalise the image. 
So unusual to get great boy's images to use I couldn't resist making a card with all four of the boy's as my four gorgeous grandsons. So here is Lewis, Harvey, Oliver and Will all together to create a special one for me! 

Well, just 2 more sleeps before Jayne's appearance on Create and Craft, I see she's with Dean so that should be fun! There is a new newletter from Jayne on her website with news of her upcoming workshops and a competition to watch out for so take a look when you can. Other samples can also be seen on Wendy Foster's blog.

Welcome and thanks to my new followers and hope new and old all have a happy Monday! x


Sunday, 24 March 2013

Apple of My Eye - Sneak Peek Number 4

Day 4 and here we have the Girl and her Pony to show you. This was one of my first attempts using digital images as the stamps were still in production so excuse my cutting out please!

Sentiments with this one are 'love and kisses' ' happy birthday my friend' and 'well done' and 'best friend' with the last two designed to fit the rosette.

A super image for all those horse mad little girls that you may know.

I  love Jayne's background images  as I think they complete the story, but you do have the option to just focus on the main image if you'd rather.

Not long until Wednesday, like you I've been watching out for other sneak peeks - there are some fabulous ones on Wendy Foster's blog - why not take a look. x

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Apple of My Eye - Sneak Peek Number 3

LOL - Couldn't make up my mind which one to put on today! Such a sweet little boy talking to the rabbit. The sentiments with this stamp set are 'have a perfect day' and 'with love'.
I wanted to make a clean and simple card design with this stamp by creating a frame effect. I have used this design before and think it really works well to focus on the image. The wiggly lines help to define it and I use linen card to add texture.

Well just couldn't resist the little tractor and it just had to be red! Some appropriate backing paper and a bit of bunting to add to the fun.

Well that's it for today. Hope you're all getting ready for Jayne's launch on Wednesday at 11am on Create and Craft. Don't forget to check out Jayne's blog on her website to see some other samples. x

Friday, 22 March 2013

Lavinia Stamps - Challenge Blog Number 1 Entry

So much going on in the crafting world at the moment. Must be spring fever !

Here's a card I made using Lavinia Stamps, thought I'd enter it into their first challenge blog - Anything Goes.

I made the image panel first by distressing with Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and a touch of Pickled Raspberry - LOL sounds like a recipe! I stamped on top with Adirondack Inks Slate and Cranberry and Black Memento Ink. I find using 3 colours I can get a feeling of depth - lightest at the back and darkest at the front. The stamps I used were Creeping Vine, Trailing Ivy and Fairy House and I highlighted areas with some glamour dust. I used a Martha Stwart punch for the flying butterflies and a Memory Box die called Butterfly Vine for the border. Some simple matting and layering - eh voila!

Well best get on now, the weather looks pretty grim out of my window but not as bad as some people have it in the rest of the country. Stay safe and take care if you are affected by the weather. x

Apple of My Eye - Sneak Peek Number 2

And here we have number 2 of my samples for Jayne Nestorenko's new stamp range - Apple of My Eye, girl on a swing. Isn't she gorgeous! You can almost feel her flying through the air on a hot summer's day under the shade of the old apple tree in her Grandma's garden...... isn't imagination a wonderful thing - I'm typing this in the freezing cold of reality in our supposed Spring - but hey I can dream!
Sentiments with this set are 'may all your wishes come true' and sister, daughter and granddaughter.

The design team will be showing more sneak peeks every day over the week, please take a look when you can at Jayne's website for more information.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Apple of My Eye - Sneak Peek Number 1

Yay! Here we have sneak peek number 1 from Jayne Nestorenko's new stamp range 'Apple of My Eye'. There are six stamp plates in total to choose from, don't forget the launch date is 27th March at 11am on Create and Craft.

These stamps are great for me as there are some super images to make cards - I have four grandsons (and 1 grandaughter) so to have some boy images to pick from is terrific! I can just imagine this wee lad out walking his dog and coming across Mr Frog, of course he would bend down to look at it closer - he might even offer him a crisp from his packed lunch!

This stamp set comes with the sentiment - Birthday Wishes and also  Brother, Grandson or Son. I chose to personalise this card with some additional dies I had.

The design team  will be showing more sneak peeks every day over the week, and yes I am on Jayne's team - how thrilled am I ! Please take a look when you can at Jayne's website for more information. Also visit Wendy's blog for some other ideas in using the stamps.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Eileen's Pans

Another fab workshop with Eileen Godwin yesterday. So good to meet up with my crafting buddies again and to meet new ones, everyone has a slightly different take on what Eileen shows us and the whole day is a massive learning curve! Even Daisy and Holly joined us for a wee while :-)

We spent the day using pans with other mediums -

The left tag was made using a Sweet Poppy stencil of a fairy castle with Versamark Ink through the stencil and then Panpastels added. The middle and right tag was made using a stencil without Versamark, an acetate butterfly on the middle one and elements of the stencil were decoupaged on the right one.

The left card was made using peel offs (de tack them first!) which left a white border around the images although I left some of the peel offs on for a different dimension. The right card was made using the negative 'moon' mask to create the circles before stamping on them and  Frantage was sprinkled on and heated up to finish it off with a butterfly added.

The other great thing about workshops is that you get the chance to use mediums you've not tried before - Frantage is now going on my shopping list! I really can recommend going to any workshops near you they have helped me so much in being able to practice with new products and old and new techniques - they're also great fun!

Welcome and thanks to my new followers, in a few weeks I'll be able to show you some of the cards I have made for Jayne Nestorenko's new stamp launch which is on the 27th March at 11am on Create and Craft. I had great fun making them and hope they show some of my favourites - fingers crossed! x

Monday, 11 March 2013

Milly Flower Power

Apologies for not posting for a while, it's been very busy here,  what with sorting out and emptying boxes after the ongoing conservatory saga, painting an old dresser and making lots and lots of sample cards for Jayne Nestorenko's new stamp launch on Create and Craft soon. Sooo frustrating that I can't show any of the cards yet ! Still there's a freebie stamp plate with Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine due on the 21st of this month to give you a clue - check out her website and see, she's also going to be doing a blog competition so the launch has got to be soon!

So for today I'm showing a new stamp I got from LOTV which sorta reminds me of the design I did the other week using Claritystamps. I think it's the pink flower! Needed to make a few Easter Cards - and I don't have any bunnies. It's not long is it? End of this month, better get a shift on :-)

Stamps – LOTV sentiment and Milly Flower Power image. Simply coloured with Promarkers and Polychromos pencils with Glamour Dust on the petals.

Background – LOTV Nitwits Perfect Pairs paper and Papermill Direct Linen Card to make the frame.

Made this one this morning and then spent the rest of the day cleaning up my craft room - it so needed it after my little production line.............hope to be back soon! x

Friday, 1 March 2013

Clarity Challenge 1 - Anything Goes .....

Hurrah - the first Clarity Challenge Blog has begun - I hope you'll have a go!

I have to say when I saw the theme for the first month my brain froze over lol and that was after I managed to get the song 'Anything Goes' out of my head! So many thoughts and ideas, I had to walk away for a while to try and focus on a single idea. I had a few goes at other ideas, but I'm not showing them lol - one of those times when things just don't go right !

I wanted to use colour as I love to do that, so Promarkers went on my list of things to use followed by Panpastels.  You could do this card using inks if you prefer but I personally find Pans easier to use and so much more forgiving - you can rub them out! How great is that! Inks - I love the intensity of colour but I find I am quite heavy handed (Barbara's words ring through my head ' you can always put it on but you can't take it off') but it doesn't seem to help me - Pans and I get on better to make backgrounds and I can build the colour up easier.
Meadow dance is stamped in Versamark ink and then Panpastels put on over it. Be careful here, it's the only time you 'dab' pastels - to cover all the inked area before you start blending. Then you stamp the verse and The Vine in Versafine ink. Normally you would seal before you stamp BUT it's tricky to rub out the Pans after sealing and you may need to (using a normal eraser),  where you want to colour on The Vine and The Butterfly image with the Promarkers.
Embellishments – Foiled butterfly and bling from my stash.
Background - I always use linen card stock when using Pans, it gives a better finish I think. This is matted onto navy blue card and onto silver mirri card before attaching to a gatefold piece of white card stock.
So there you go - my first offering for the challenge blog hope you enjoy making yours and can't wait to see it! Just click on the design team badge on the right and you'll go straight to the blog x

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