Monday, 31 March 2014

Mother's Day

I got some lovely flowers for the garden from Hanni this year, very striking in plain white, I have just the place to plant them.  She also got me a beautiful orchid and some Sweet Pea seeds, since Hanni was a baby I've always called her Sweet Pea so they were very apt lol.  Thank you daughter.

This is my offering for my mother-in-law this year, I really do like these dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This card is using the Accordion Circle Pop it Ups dies and the edges are from the Square and Circle Frame dies.  I used a textured pink card for the frames and a white base card.  I used some white texture card as well as the pink for the butterflies, using the selection of butterflies from Tonic.  The sentiment I just wrote out using a Memento pen giving it a bit of a swirl and finishing the card off with some pink gems in various sizes.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Project Club - March 2014 ~ Main Card ~

This is the main card for this month's Nina Crafts project club, a little late this month, things have just happened the way they seem to do, tut.  Never mind back to it.
Materials Required for this card
Project Club Stamps and Card Kit
Stamp and Stash Set
Purple Ink - I used Memento Elderberry
VersaMark Stamp Pad
Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Bag
Heat Gun
Sticky Notes
Double Sided Tape
Narrow Foam Tape (Shaker Tape) or Foam Pads

I have already cut all my card so I will give you the sizes as we go along.
Open your yellow base card and cut off a 5.5cm strip along the right hand front edge.  Cut a 5cm strip off the green card and use the film reel stamp to stamp a border using the VersaMark and heat emboss using detail clear embossing powder.  I used a piece of scrap paper to stamp the film reel so I could get a better idea of where to place them.
Add double sided tape to the back of this panel and attach it to the inside right of the yellow base card.
Cut the remaining piece of green card so it measures 9cm wide.  Randomly stamp over the card using the corner flourish stamp and VersaMark.  Add the detail clear embossing powder and heat emboss.  Use double sided tape to attach this panel to front of the yellow base card.
Cut a piece of white card so it measures 8.5cm x 7.5cm.  Using the sentiment stamp and purple ink, stamp in the middle of the card.  Stamp the corner flourish in the two opposite corners.  Colour as required.  Use the purple ink to ink around the edges of this piece of card.  Use double sided tape to attach to the card front.
Cut a piece of white card so it measures 9.5cm x 9cm.  Using the photo frame stamp and the purple ink stamp in the middle of card.  
Use the sticky notes to cover up the bottom left hand white border space.  Using the purple ink and the corner flourish stamp in the corner.  Colour as required.  Ink around the edge of this piece of card before cutting out the middle section.
On the left over white card, use the purple ink and the small camera stamp.  Stamp, colour and cut out four of them.  Use foam tape or pads to attach the small cameras to the right hand film reel panel.
Use narrow foam tape or foam pads on the reverse of the photo frame, try and keep the tape on the edge of this piece of card so your photograph/card insert will just slide into place.  I couldn't find my narrow tape so used 3mm foam pads.
Fix to the card front.
I’ve added a thin piece of white card, cut this so it measures 7.5cm wide and stamp the corner flourish in the top right hand corner and colour.  To do this I inserted the card into the photo frame and made a little pencil mark, then removed the card and used the purple ink to stamp the flourish. 
Alter the length as required, I left mine popping up at the top so a different photograph/card can be inserted easily.  This also depends on where you placed your foam tape or pads along the bottom of the photo frame.  Once you’re happy with the size of your piece of card this can then be used as a template for your photograph/card.
This is the same card using a photograph of my daughter having one of her daft moments lol.
Hope you enjoy your stamps, happy crafting 

Jackie J

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sympathy Card

I'm going to a funeral tomorrow an old friend has passed away, so I needed a card for this very sad occasion. I wanted to keep the card as simple as possible so I had a look through my stamp stash and thinking what do I do for this kind of card, it's not very often I have to make them.  I came across this rose from the 'A Touch of … Summer' stamp set from as was Dimension Stamps (now Nina Crafts) so using some cream textured card I stamped the rose using some Memento - Rich Cocoa ink straight onto the card, no matting and layering or anything.  I used my heat gun to lightly heat set the ink before I used my Art & Graphic pens and a waterbrush to colour the rose giving a faded effect.  It needed something else so I used some sticky notes and cut out a mask of the rose, then covered it before adding the random rectangle shape again out of sticky notes.  I used some Distress Ink - Antique Linen to very lightly add the slightly coloured background.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Project Club - March 2014 ~ Love Black and White ~

Stamps used are from Nina Crafts.

The letters on this card are from an chipboard alphabet set I bought on a trip to Florida, the craft stores over there are amazing.  They are self adhesive and the letter itself can be and I have removed them so two for the price of one.  They fit perfectly into the photo frames, so using some black card, I first used my anti-static bag then stamped using VersaMark.  I also used the feather from the 'Carnival Time' project club stamps ref: 2300042a from Nina Crafts and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.  For the background I matt and layered some black and white card onto the 8X8 card blank and added the cut out photo frames, then peeled and stuck down the letters.  I stamped three film reels onto some black card, heat embossing with white embossing powder and three onto some white, heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  I cut off the surrounding edges and was left with the flowers, I layered the white one on top and added a large black gem to the middle of each of them.  I added the three leaves which are from Spellbinders and attached them and the flowers with silicone glue.  I was surprised how quickly this card came together really.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Project Club - March 2014 ~ Wish You Were Here ~

Stamps used are from Nina Crafts.

I wanted to do a beach scene for this card, so used my Big and Juicy ink pads.  I used an A5 piece of white card and using masking tape taped it onto my craft sheet.  I then used a piece of copy paper and masked off the bottom section of the card so I could ink the sky.  I have a piece of card I've had for a while and I only ever use it for the clouds it's getting bluer and bluer but I always use it.  So using the Waterfall ink pad and starting from the top did the sky.  Next the sea, I ripped the copy paper in half, making a wavy line, then covered the sky and the bottom of the card to ink the sea.  For the beach section I covered the sea and slightly off set the copy paper to give a little bit of white showing for the shore line and added copy paper over the grassy area.  I inked this sand section using my Spice ink pad.  Last section was the grass I covered the sand and inked the grass again with the Waterfall ink.  The seagulls, sand castle, bucket and the grass are stamps from the old Krystal Tips range from as was Dimension Stamps and the darker sand bits are actually the middle of a flower stamp that I thought would look effective as a shell like layer.  I coloured in using some ProMarkers before scanning the background ready for printing out.  I matted the background onto some black card and attached it to the card front.  The wooden fence was made using my Spellbinder M-Bossabilities folder - Bricks and Bark and some brown card, this card has a white back so once embossed the grain of the wood cracked and the white background showed through, I quite liked this for the distress look of the wood.  I then stamped the camera onto some white card using the VersaFine and heat embossed with the detail clear powder and coloured in with ProMarkers.  I then re-sized my scanned background to fit the camera opening and while on my computer made the sentiment.  Once I'd added the printed background to the camera I used some foam tape to attach it to the card, adding the sentiment to finish with double sided tape.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Project Club - March 2014 ~ With Love ~

Stamps used are from Nina Crafts.

I used a cream textured card base so didn't want to completely cover it up with card and papers, so used some cream and biscuit coloured pearlescent card.  The biscuit (mmmm biscuits, sorry back to it, David get that kettle on haha) panel was embossed using my Cuttlebug folder Happy Birthday then attached to the card front using some double sided tape.  I made a cream panel and left it plain adding a biscuit matt, attaching it to the card with foam tape.  The camera, film reels and the text were stamped using some Memento - Rich Cocoa ink and heat embossed using detail clear embossing powder, you can use this ink if you're quick enough, don't hang about as it dries quite quickly, so a only do a small section at a time.  The sentiment and smiley face are from the 'Popular Phrases' stamp set ref: NC023 from Nina Crafts.  I cut out the camera and used the cream one to cut out all the bits and pieces.  I left the biscuit card film reel and cut up the cream one, making a flower out of them, I also cut up another cream film reel and made some little candi corners for the embossed panel.  The little flowers and leaves are from some Papermania punches and to finish I've added some little gems to the centers.  

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Project Club - March 2014 ~ Blue Smile ~

Stamps used are from Nina Crafts.

I started with the background for this card and wanted to use some blue ink.  I used Memento - Summer Sky and the smaller of the two camera stamps from the project club stamp set.  I used a sticky note to help me get the cameras into some kind of straight line, well diagonal straight line, and left the background quite plain.  I have a drawer full of cut shapes, whenever I use my Spellbinder dies I cut more than I need if using white card so I can just dip into the drawer and find anything that works for the item I'm making.  So I stamped the camera onto the shape, inked around the edge and added some self adhesive foam alphabet stickers.  I stamped the larger of the cameras onto some white card using Memento - Paris Dusk ink and coloured in with ProMarkers (I like to use a 250gsm white smooth card to stamp onto, hope that helps).  Once coloured I used some Crafter's Companion Spray and Shine and left it to dry, I only did one coat, I didn't want too much shine on it.  When the camera had dried I attached it and the sentiment shape to the card front using some foam tape and to finish I used some blue gems to the corners adding smaller one for the dot on the 'i' in smile.  

Monday, 17 March 2014

Project Club - March 2014 ~ Little Lady ~

Stamps used are from Nina Crafts.

I wanted to use some patterned card for the photo frames, so I used some of my Kanban card, I know I'll never be able to get any more of it, but I really need to use some of my card and papers I'm getting buried in the stuff.  I stamped the photo frames using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed with some detail clear embossing powder, cut them out, both inside and out before adding some photos of my daughter Hanni.  The photos at the back are of her with some of her soft toys and the one where she's in the bath I kept at the front.  She would always like to have a bath at my friend Suzan's, she lived next door, and had one of those Jacuzzi baths and Hanni loved all the bubbles as you can see from this photo.  I think it took Suzan longer to clean the bath than it did Hanni having the bath, the bubbles where everywhere lol.  I stamped the sentiment onto some white card and added a frame to that as well, it was a little too big but I added it anyway.  Once the photos and sentiment where added to the frames I matted them onto some black card.  The background lower section of the card has been embossed with my Cuttlebug folder - Swiss Dots and the top section has been stamped with the small camera stamp using Memento - Angel Pink ink.  I stamped one of the film reels and cut it in half for the little border effect at the sides of the card.  I used some silicone glue to attach the frames adding a little ribbon to the front ones.  To finish off I added the two knots on the ribbon.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Craftroom - The last box

The box full of bits on my filing cabinet is the last box, I have actually unpacked it now the only thing needed to finish everything off is the give the carpet a clean, so that's a job for the weekend.  My craftroom smells of polish and the trail of glitter around the house has gone, David says I will never be able to find my way around the house again especially the kitchen.  Cheeky man, go and get that kettle on.
I even have a bit of floor at the side of my desk, I haven't seen that for a while.
This is the set of drawers I acquired from David, so now I can have my eBosser out all the time.
These are my original drawers that have been moved along to replace David's desk space.
Eighty eight drawers emptied, contents and each drawer cleaned and sorted, it seemed to take for ever and that was just the drawers.
Then had to start on the boxes, card boxes and paper pads.  I haven't taken a picture of inside the cupboards, the top one is full of my computer software stuff.  The middle one is full of card blanks and the bottom cupboard is full of card blanks and card.
So this picture shows the entrance to my craftroom.
If I turn left this is David's office, he's very happy with his clean, tidy and glitter free room hahahaha
I'm really glad it's all finished, it was a massive job and I couldn't have done it on my own.  David was brilliant as usual, never criticized the amount of stuff I have just ended up with a nervous twitch every time he found another paper pad lol.  Thank you David xx

Monday, 3 March 2014

Craftroom - In the beginning

My husband David works about 75% of the time from home so this was his desk in our shared office (front bedroom) this photo was taken from my desk.
Recently he told me he was leaving me, he couldn't stand the glitter any more hahahahaha.  The next door bedroom is the single one and basically it was my craftroom overflow, so he decided to move into that room.  Now David is a very tidy person so it must have been hell sharing with me hahahahaha, he couldn't wait to move, I feel very hurt and upset (ahem) that he was off like a shot.  
I think you need to see what he left behind, Oh My Good grief.
OK, it may be a mess but I knew where everything was and could actually go straight to it.  The blue drawers were behind me, but we (yes, even thought he'd left he helped) moved them into the space where David's desk was.
Every drawer was emptied, the contents cleaned and the drawer cleaned before the big sort out.
 David had a set of these drawers in the garage so I ended up with those as well lol
Look, he hadn't gone completely that traction engine is still on the top of the unit.
So what do you think of the mess?  I will post again tomorrow and show you the finished craftroom.