Thursday, 17 December 2015

Snowman and his Dog

The latest stamps from Nina Crafts is a set for Christmas called Merry Christmas Wreath.  For this card I used the tree shaped sentiment and actually cut it out as a tree, using some plain green card, stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using some detail white embossing powder, colouring in the bow at the top with a red Sakura pen.  The background paper is from an earlier project, I had two pieces left so used the other one for the inside of the card.  I used The Snowman and The Snowdog dies from Crater's Companion and coloured in using ProMarkers.  I used Google to find a picture of them and used my Memento pens to add the details on both of them.  I cut a piece of white card and sprayed some glue on it then added the glitter for the bottom of the card.  I added a bit of green foil just to frame the background, the tree was attached using some Tacky Glue, the snowman and dog were attached using foam pads/tape and tacky glue to make sure it adhered to the glitter.  To finish off I used some Papermania Dew Drops from Docrafts.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Oh Deer

Onto some white card I stamped the wreath from the Merry Christmas Wreath stamp set from Nina Crafts using some VersaMark ink and heat embossed with some gold tinsel embossing powder from Stampendous, then coloured it in using Sakura pens.  I used the Tonic - Circle Layering Dies to cut out the inside edge and the Scalloped Circle dies to cut the outside edge of the wreath.  I used the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder - Whimsy for the background and used my score board to add some lines at the right hand side so I could add the ribbon down the middle of the lines.  The wreath was attached with foam pads.  I used the Britannia Dies for the Poinsettia, I used the large, medium and small dies adding some Yellow Stickles in the centres.  I already cut out the two deer's for another project but they were just the right size to add to the middle of the wreath and to add a bit of balance I added the other to the bottom corner, they are Impression Obsession dies, I haven't a clue where I got them from, but I like the detail on them.  I finished off using some red gems from Meiflower to the middle of the holly on the wreath, the corners and three down the side.
The colours are a bit rubbish on this card, I'm going to have to take photos earlier in the day, these dark nights are no good, tut.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Our house to yours

When I read this stamp from Nina Crafts new set called Merry Christmas Wreath I immediately thought of the house die I have from Poppystamps, it's called Cute Cottage and you can get attachments for it so the winter one I have is called Frosted Roof and Ledges.  So starting from the background I used the paper from a pad called Silver and Gold Collection from BoBunny.  I cut out the house in texture card and another one in some kraft card for the doors and windows, I actually made two cards using the bits left over from this card.  The ledges and roof were cut out of white card and stuck on using PVA glue, I added a bit of yellow card to the back of the house to fill the blank spaces.  After I attached the ledges and roof I used some glitter glue to scribble the snow effect, also adding a white strip to the bottom of the card, again adding the glitter glue.  I cut out the sentiment shape using kraft card and the Spellbinders - Labels Seventeen dies.  I used VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment and heat embossed using detail white embossing powder.  The house and sentiment were attached using some foam tape and to finish off I added a little shiny bow from Meiflower.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas/Birthday Gathering

It would have been my dad's birthday this past week.  My family and I always have a meal to celebrate and another in April because that's when my mum's birthday was.  We usually have a theme e.g. Jamaican, Italian, Mexican etc. but this year I suggested Christmas lol.  I made some mini Christmas crackers using the Tonic die set which also has three sentiments in, I also used the Icicle Border from Joanna Sheens Signature Dies range.  Inside each of the crackers I put a mini Lindt Santa and mini mint candy cane and I also added a cracker snap, one of those tapes that bang when you pull them .
The place settings where made using the die collection on the Tattered Lace magazine Issue 24.  I used my Photoshop Elements software to add the hats etc onto all our photos, then used the dies to cut them out.  I used the Presents die from All Occasion Dies with some foil card and the snowflakes are from my stash, some that I punched out ages ago and saved the leftovers for another project like this.  Because the crackers where small I added the cracker jokes to the inside of the place settings, plenty of room for two jokes and big enough to be able to read them lol.  Finishing with a little pearl gem in the middle of each snowflake.
This is the table ready nice and early for us all to mess up.  We did have a really good time, we share the cooking, my middle sister made the starter (potato skins), we made the main (Christmas dinner with all the trimmings) and my youngest sister made the dessert (chocolate and raspberry trifle).  Needless to say we couldn't move afterwards lol.  But a good time was had by all and we did go a bit mad with the photo booth props and got some really daft photos of us all, some good memories were made at this gathering lol.

Friday, 13 November 2015


Can I just say a big thank you to all who bought my cards recently, I do have some more to post but I have had other stuff on at the minute.  As I mentioned at the time of selling them some of the proceeds would be going to a couple of charities at this time and they are Children in Need and The Royal British Legion.  So tonight I have made a donation to the Children in Need appeal, once again thank you for your support.
I've blocked out the donation reference number as I didn't think it appropriate to post these details on here.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Quilt Top

It's getting there, just needs a good pressing now then the top is finished.  I'd better get that wadding and my black cotton fabric washed now.  I have however, put my sewing machine away, I've just got fed up of seeing it on the dining room table, only place big enough to work on the quilt.  So I'm having a little break and doing some other stuff, which I have loads of, Christmas is coming as well.  So here's my picture of how the one hundred blocks turned out, it fits a king size bed, it will be an experience quilting it lol.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Halloween Boxes

Done.  This years Halloween sweets for the Trick or Treaters, last year I made 50 bags and that wasn't enough, we had to give odds and ends from the sweetie bucket for the slightly older ones.  This year I've made 60 boxes, so when they've gone they've gone.  The best thing is that our visitors are all youngsters, no older kids, so we don't mind doing it.  To make the boxes I used the Tonic - Diamond Favour Squeeze Box Die Set, just the outside frame section.  I used bits of leftover A5 card pieces, just to use them up and Hanni my daughter said to make some white ones because they would look like ghosts.  I cut out the eyes using a 1" punch and used some Candi from Craftwork Cards for the pupils.  For the ghost eyes I added some Memento - Tuxedo Black around the edge, otherwise you wouldn't have seen them, I just made little smudges here and there to give a distressed look.  On the coloured boxes I left the eyes plain white.  To keep the squeeze boxes closed I used some Baker's Twine, it looks like a bit of hair hanging down lol because some of the lollies where just popping out of the tops.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Autumn Leaves

I was going to mask the leaves on this card but I wanted them to stand out and shine, so I did the background first using some Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Peeled Paint and Ripe Persimmon.  I masked off the top and bottom of the card using some sticky notes, blended the ink in the opening and before removing the sticky notes added some drops of water, I tend to soak up the water too soon, but left it a little longer and got some nice water blobs across the panel.  When I removed the sticky notes the ink had smudged a little so I just used a Memento - Rich Cocoa pen and added the wavy line to the top and bottom of the panel.  The sentiment is stamped on using the Memento - Rich Cocoa ink pad.  The Autumn Leaves Kissing Stamps were stamped onto some white card using the ColorBox Pigment Cat's Eyes Ink - Jelly Beans and Woodgrain, these inks do stain the stamps but you can still see through them so it's not a problem, don't leave any ink on the stamp, wash with water as soon as you can.  I washed in between stamping with a wet wipe so the colours didn't contaminate my ink pads then once finished washed them in a bit of warm water.  I used the Memento - Rich Cocoa for the outline and the veins, before cutting out.  Once cut out I used the Memento - Rich Cocoa pen and coloured the raw edge all around the leaves.  Then I used VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder to give the shine, I actually did two layers of this as just the one was a bit mottled, whereas two give a smoother finish.  I added some orange magazine paper, had it ages so not sure where it came from, but cut it very close to the white card ass I only wanted a little sliver showing, once this was attached to the card front using some double sided tape I added the leaves with some foam pads.  The leaf on the bottom is actually covering up a little dot of ink that was hanging around on the end of my finger lol, of course it ended up right in a place it was not wanted, never mind, you wouldn't have know if I hadn't have told lol.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Rolling in the Leaves

 Sorry about the photo, the flash shows the embossing a bit.  For this easel card I used the Autumn Leaves Kissing Stamps from NinaCrafts.  I inked the background card with some Distress Ink - Peeled Paint because the leaves couldn't cover all of the card as I needed it to fit inside an envelope, so that was my guide to placing the leaves.  I used my weird brown/green VersaFine ink to stamp the leaves onto some magazine paper, these being Tattered Lace, I used four different papers, and heat embossed them with detail clear embossing powder.  The happy birthday is from my Word Perfect set of stamps (discontinued from Nina Crafts), I just removed some of the ink from the stamp before applying it to the paper.  I used a grey ProMarker to edge every leaf before cutting them out, it meant I didn't have to cut too much detail out.  The Plain Hedgehog is another stamp from Nina Crafts that I stamped onto some paper again from the Tattered Lace magazines, one in the beige and one in the light brown scrip, I also used the same ink.  I added a ProMarker highlight to the hedgehog but the paper was a little too thin so I stamped it again but this time onto some plain white card and used the patterned paper as an overlay.  The sentiment is from the Popular Phrases stamp set, I stamped onto the patterned paper with VersaFine and heat embossed adding a ProMarker border around the paper, again the paper was a little too thin so I stuck it onto some white card to give a bit of extra support.  I added some of the green patterned paper to the base of the easel card, shaped the leaves a little before attaching them, then using some foam pads to attach the sentiment.  The leaves on the front were shaped before attaching with a little bit of PVA just in the middle of the leaf and the hedgehog was attached using foam tape.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Quilt Update

Well all my blocks are finished, all one hundred, well I actually made two extra.  They just need trimming then I can get them all sewn up.  They seemed to have taken forever lol.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Snowflake Crunchy Leaves

I was thinking of doing a card with this flower on it but it is a little on the big side so I decided to make it into a present topper instead of a bow made of ribbon.  I could actually sit it on the top of some ribbon, I have some wired ribbon that's quite wide and it is blue with snowflakes on, now there's a thought.  Anyway, I used the new set from Nina Crafts called Crunchy Leaves Kissing Stamp.  I thought I'd do pictures to show what I mean instead of trying to explain what I did, much easier to see what's going on.  Here's the nearly finished flower.
I used the Memento - Grape Jelly ink for the leaf outline and the snowflakes, this snowflake stamp is an older one from Dimension Stamps (Nina Crafts).
Onto the solid leaf stamp I used the Memento - Summer Sky ink.
First of all I stamped the outline onto some white card, I like to use the 250gsm super smooth card.
I then inked up the snowflake stamp and the solid leaf stamp. Then stamped the solid onto the snowflakes.
Then stamped the solid now patterned stamp onto the outline.  I like to stamp the outline first if adding a lighter colour to it, I just eyeball the tip of the leaf with the end of the stem to get a decent fill.  As you can see I made extra, just in case.
I cut each leaf out leaving a little white border, I have a drawer with die cuts in, just odds and ends that I haven't used in other project, I found a couple of these flowers that would do for the centre.
After shaping each of the leaves I attached them to the flower using some PVA glue.  I used a circle punch to cut out the white card and dusted some Summer Sky onto it.  I stamped the sentiment using the Grape Jelly, these are the from the What a Year set, again from Nina Crafts, then stamped the solid numbers with the Summer Sky ink.  I then added some Grape Jelly ink around the edge of the circle.
I used PVA to attach both the layers together and some silicone gel under the sentiment.  To finish I added some violet iridescent glitter, although you can't see it in the photo, it just looks like some glue blotches so I haven't posted that one, tut.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Mini Crunchy Leaves

On the Crunchy Leaves Kissing Stamp set from Nina Crafts there's a really handy little (well not so little) leaf stamp.  While having a look in my left over card drawer for another card, I found a piece of Kraft card that I could use up with the little leaves, so this is the card I made.  I used the Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large die for the sentiment in the middle, then turned the kraft card over and stamped the leaves.  If you look at your kraft card you may notice that they are slightly different colours on each side, good for shading.  So I stamped the sentiment from the Extra Circle Words and the leaves using VersaMark and heat embossing using detail white embossing powder, then cut them out.  The background paper is from the Craftwork Cards - Country Charm paper pad, lovely papers.  I used the Tattered Lace - Hearts set and cut out the middle section of the paper, I used a glue stick to attach it to the Kraft card base, because the opening in the paper is on the big side I needed to be able to lift and replace the paper if I didn't get it right in the first place, I needed two goes at it lol.  I attached the leaves all around the edge of the heart with tacky PVA glue, having done a dry run first, to make sure I'd cut enough out.  The middle of the heart looked massive and the sentiment looked diddy, so I used the Spellbinders - Classic Scalloped Circles Large die set to cut out a matt for the sentiment.  The matt was attached with double side tape and the sentiment with foam pads.  I added some pearls from MeiFlower randomly (I'm not very good with random, so I'm practicing), on some of the dots on the background paper I added a bit of Glossy Accents.  It needed something else, it wasn't quite finished, but I couldn't think of anything to add, so I left the card and started something else.  Later in the day I was playing on a daft game on Facebook and a picture of a feather popped onto my news feed, so that's what I needed to finish the card.  I used the Spellbinders - Feathers die set to cut two of the smaller feathers and attached with some PVA glue.  Finished.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Crunchy Leaves Greens

Really pleased with the green crunchy leaves, I made the background the same as for the Debbie Dingle wallpaper background lol.  This time I used it on some cream card on a kraft card base.  I needed to break it up a little so used one of the Tattered Lace - Autumn Leaves embossing folders with some cream card for the strip across the middle, randomly adding three leaf brads.  I stamped the Wise Fox from Nina Crafts onto some cream card using Memento - Rich Cocoa, I only needed this as a guide so I could cut out the fox and leave a little cream border around him.  Onto two pieces of textured card I stamped the fox on each using some VersaFine ink, the ink was supposed to be Vintage Sepia but I think it must have been the last of the Cottage Ivy and the first of the Vintage Sepia, the more I used it on a single project the more it changes colour, it's definitely weird, but it's very earthy so I like to use it regardless lol.  So once stamped I used some detail clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I cut out the two textured pieces of card and stuck them onto the cream outline I'd previously cut out of the cream card.  I attached to the card front with foam pads and once in place added some Glossy Accents to his nose and eyes.  I added a cream bow to the corner and to finish added some Dew Drops from the Docrafts Papermania range.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Bath Time

While having a look through my card blank cupboard I found some foil blanks that I'd forgotten about, so I've started making some more of my quickie cards, I'm getting shouted at for more of them lol.  The image is from Pink Petticoat, I've had a look on the website and they have now been discontinued, mind you I have had them since 2008.  I have some other images that I will be using soon, I'll post the outcome and let you see them.  I coloured the image in using my Photoshop Elements software, even though I could have enlarged them they are a perfect fit for a card of this size.  Once printed out I used Spellbinders - Labels Three for the bath time lady, I have made four of these, all different colours, but thought you only need to get the idea from one.  I used a pale blue ProMarker to outline the image before using foam pads to attach to the card front.  I added some glitter to the bubbles in the bath and the sentiment is from some stamps I had made at Nina Crafts, I have them in two different sizes and I used the smaller set for these cards.  If you are interested in having some stamps made why not send them an email.  I stamped onto a punched piece of white card using the Word Window punch from Stampin Up, outlining the shape with the pale blue ProMarker.  To finish I used some Adhesive gems from the Docrafts Papermania range.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Using that background

So this is the card I made with the Crunchy Leaves Background I made the other day, I didn't want to cover the whole of the background up with a topper so I cut half the front off the base card.  Then cut the background to fit, using my Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper on the ½" edge to round the corners of both the background and the base card.  I used the Spellbiners - Blossom Three die to cut out the flower topper, giving it a little dust with Memento - Desert Sand before removing the white card from the die.  The flower was made using the Tattered Lace Trio set - Rebecca, I cut two of the largest flower shapes in the white card and just before embossing them used the Memento - Lady Bug ink on the embossing folder that comes in the trio set.  Because the ink dries so fast I made sure I cleaned the embossing folder straight away after each use.  Onto some white card I stamped the outline of the leaves four times using Memento - Rich Cocoa, then used the solid leaf stamp with Memento - New Sprout to add the colour.  I find it a little easier to do the outline first when using a darker colour as this gives a good visual aid when stamping the lighter colour from the solid stamps, whichever you find easiest really.  I added the veins using the Rich Cocoa, on the last of the four leaves I added the sentiment from the Birthday Galore stamp set from Nina Crafts.  I gave the flower and leaves a bit of shape before attaching to the card front using some PVA glue and the sentiment leaf was attached flat with foam pads.  To finish off I used large glitter gem for the middle of the flower. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Crunchy Leaves Background

I do like to watch Emmerdale on ITV, if you have a look at the wallpaper in some of the houses they can give you some really good background inspiration.  This background was made from the pattern in the kitchen of Debbie Dingle.  I used the new Crunchy Leaves Kissing Stamps from Nina Crafts, and I used the Memento Ink Pads in the following colours.  The solid leaves were stamped using Morocco, Peanut Brittle, Desert Sand and Lady Bug.  For the vein stamp I used the Rich Cocoa.  I stamped on a piece of white card that will fit onto a 6x6 card blank, which I will post later to show what I made.  I really like making my own backgrounds and getting different effects depending on the colours used, I'm thinking green at the moment lol.  

Monday, 28 September 2015

Quilt Update

I've been doing quite a lot of sewing recently, but I really do need to get some stamping done, but first an update on my quilt project.

It's growing lol.  Picture shows me pressing those seems.  I kept getting told off for using the ironing board and leaving little bits of thread all over it, the thing was my daughter kept using it before I'd had chance to remove them.  I now use my Fast Press machine, just finger press first, then flatten out on the press, I had a right production line going.  Once I've finished the blocks I'll post a photo of them and give a few more details.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

My Sister's Birthday Card

Today is my sister's birthday (happy birthday Susan lol) and this is the card I made for her.  I used the Tattered Lace - Shutter Card dies for the base card in pink.  The background little owl paper is from a pad from Trimcraft called Sweet Owl and has little bits of glitter on it, the strip paper is from some 12x12 bits I have left over from other projects.  I used a pink ProMarker to add a little border around each of the cut out pieces before attaching them to the base card, I was going to use an ink pad but thought the tee shape would be a little awkward to get round.  I used the Cottage Cutz happy and birthday dies for the sentiment, I used one layer of brown card and a layer of kraft card to make a shadow for the words.  The matt is the Spellbinders - Office Supplies die, I was going to used the same die on the front of the card for the owls but changed my mind.  The branch the owls are sat on are from the Spellbinder - Cherry Blossoms set of dies, I cut two out of kraft card.  The owls are from Tattered Lace, I die cut them out of the brown card and stuck them onto some pale pink card before re-cutting them out by hand.  I used the Lea'bilities - Small flowers and Leaves die to cut out the leaves.  To finish I used some really small gems for the owl eyes.  I kept thinking it needed something else but I backed off and left it lol.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


This is one of my blocks so far, needs a good press but you get the idea, it's an off set log cabin I'm doing.  I keep changing my mind as to how I'm going to do the quilting, every time I see another design I want to have a go at that, I have far too much to do before I make my final decision lol.  Now I'm off to plug the iron in.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bow Ties

For my wedding anniversary I found a bit of inspiration for a card is the link to the post I did.  I made these cards in the same way, so no need to waffle, I just changed the ink I used, depending on the colours I used for the tie.  The happy birthday sentiment is from a set by Lili of the Valley.  I think all the papers I used are from Craftwork Cards, I know some of them are anyway.
Just showing the bows here no need to put full photos.  As you can see they are already in their wrappers.
No sooner had I finished these cards and they were off to my sisters and away with Hanni, better get some other stuff made.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rainbow Cards - Hearts

OK this is it, the last of them, I promise lol.  I used the heart punch from Stampin Up!  The sentiment on the first card is from the Nina Crafts - Birthday Galore stamps set and the second sentiment is from the Carftwork Cards - Sunshine Sentiments set.  I used Memento - Tuxedo Black then re-stamping using the Memento - Cantaloupe ink.  Some of the strips in the first card and the first row of hearts on the second card were attached using foam pads.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Rainbow Cards - Hands

Not more rainbows I here you shouting, I really think I'm getting these out of my system.  For these cards I used hand dies from the Joanna Sheen Signature die set, attaching the circles again with foam pads.  The sentiments are from Nina Crafts, I stamped with Memento - Tuxedo Black then re-stamping using the Memento - New Sprout and Dandelion.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Rainbow Cards - Cogs

OK, for today's cards I used the Xcut - Cogs dies, I just used two of them as you can see, but there are ten in the set.  These were just the right size for the ¾" white circles that I punched out, some of them were attached using foam pads.  The sentiments are from Lili of the Valley and I used Memento - Tuxedo Black and Memento Summer Sky inks.  

Monday, 24 August 2015

Rainbow Cards - Drop Hearts

For today's cards I used strips of coloured card and cut them randomly, then on the ends I trimmed the straight edge using some scissors that have a decorative edge.  The hearts were cut out using a small heart punch from Stampin Up! and attached with foam pads.  The sentiment is a Nina Crafts stamp, I used Memento - Tuxedo Black then Memento - Tangelo inks, I also used the Tangelo pen to add the stitched edge.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Rainbow Cards - Feet

I've posted two A6 cards today showing both the left and the right foot.  I really like this set of dies, they are Signature Dies from Joanna Sheen.  In the set you get both the left and right foot, hands, a paw and a ducks foot.  I stuck the feet on some white circles I punched out using a ¾" punch and attached them with some foam pads.  I used various stamps for the sentiments, firstly stamping using Memento - Tuxedo Black then re-stamping using the Memento - New Sprout and Dandelion.  

Friday, 21 August 2015

Rainbow Cards - Balloons

I have been catching up on some quick cards, Hanni wants some for work, my sister has taken some as well, so thought I'd better get some more made, still quite a few to do.  I've had rainbow colours in my head for a little while so thought I'd stop thinking about them and just get it done lol.  I'll post over the next few days showing the different cards I made.
I made these, only need the one photo, I cut the balloons out of some texture card using the Xcut dies and the clouds are a Memory Box - Puffy Clouds die.  I used various stamps for the sentiments, firstly stamping using Memento - Tuxedo Black then re-stamping using the Memento - Summer Sky ink.  As you can see this one is bagged up ready to go.  Next.

Thursday, 20 August 2015


OK, I've started it, it's going to be full size.  I'm not going to tell you what size until it's nearly finished, as it may end up being a for a cot lol.  I'm making the blocks all at the same time, if I get fed up I will sew them together and see what size it is, if I get through to the end it will be rather large.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Converse Booties

I've started doing a bit of sewing, I'm making a quilt, it will be my first proper full sized quilt.  I've made smaller bits and pieces over the years but got talked into making this.  I'll post progress photos as I go along, I started it at the end of last month, so I'll post some earlier ones first.  I've got quite a few cards to post as well, I've been going through a rainbow faze lol.  You'll see what I mean when I post them, anyway, here's something I made.

I have never followed a crochet pattern before, so wanted to give it a go.  I made these, they are a practice pair, I actually used a smaller hook, but I'm not very happy with the finished boots I was going to throw them away.  I'd got half way through the second boot and went wrong, it wasn't anything drastic but I was about the throw them out when Hanni asked me to finish them off so she could have them in her car, this photo make them look different sizes as well, tut.  I used a pattern from Craftsy and will be having another go at some point using the proper sized hook, but I have too much on at the moment so they will have to take a back seat.  I should have used an English pattern, I think it would have been a little easier for my first one.  Hanni is happy with them, so not all bad really lol, I padded them out with some cotton wool balls so they keep their shape a little better while hanging in her car.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Wedding Anniversary

Today is my 17th wedding anniversary, I ask David every year 'how long have we been married', sometimes he gets it right hahaha.  Poor man he does have a lot to put up with lol.
I wanted a quick card, but needed a little inspiration, so I went and had a look on Pinterest.  After quite a while (I always get distracted) I found loads of really clever cards for men, I found a card like the one I've made, I'm really sorry but I'd seen that many I haven't got a name for the person who designed it, so it isn't my own design and I did make little changes, just to let you know.  I used some paper from the Craftwork Cards - Suits you Sir! 6x6 pad for the bow tie.  I used the Sue Wilson Classic Bow dies, I just shortened the back tail ends.  I stamped the Lili of the Valley circle sentiment in Memento - Rich Cocoa and cut it out using the Tonic - Circle Layering dies.  I added some score lines to the white card before attaching to the card front.  The bow tie was attached with PVA, the sentiment with foam pads and to finish I added the gems.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Project Club - July 2015 ¤ Main Card ¤

You will all be aware by now that this is the very last Nina Crafts project club and judging from some of your comments many of you have really enjoyed it as much as I have.

I feel as if I've been around forever, starting in the Dimension Fourth days.  I've seen lots of changes and meet lots of wonderful people and feel sad that it has now come to an end.

Nina will still be doing her designing so it's not completely over, stamps will be popping up on the website so keep an eye out for those.  As you will also be aware the manufacturing side of Nina Crafts is going from strength to strength showing they are moving with the times, carrying on with what they do best and I wish them every success.

Thank you all very much and here is the main card:

Materials Required
Project Club Stamps and Card Kit
Acrylic Block
Memento – Tuxedo Black
Foam Tape or Pads
Double Sided Tape
Silicone Glue

Cut the coloured card so it is slightly smaller than the base card.  Cut the white card so it is slightly smaller than the coloured card.
Masks - Divide the sticky notes into two lots of three.  Onto the first stack of three, stamp the outline of one of the butterflies.  Stamp the other butterfly outline onto the other stack, make sure that the stamped edge covers the sticky part of the notes and ignore the antenna.  Cut out the butterflies, you will end up with three of each of the outlines. Cut off and ignore the antenna of both butterflies.  Using the white card and the black ink, stamp your first butterfly, anywhere on the card, then stamp the inner bit of the butterfly.  Cover with your sticky note mask.  Stamp the other butterfly next to and overlapping the sticky note, stamp the inner section of the butterfly before masking.  Continue randomly stamping until all the white card is covered, moving the sticky note masks as and when necessary.  Colour the all the butterflies, if there are any spaces in between the butterflies colour them a dark grey.
I have put the photographs I took while doing the above and put them in the little video, this should make more sense.
This is the coloured background.
Colour the piece of ribbon.
Matt the butterfly background onto the black card using double sided tape before attaching a piece of ribbon down the side.  Using double sided tape attach to the card front.
Using the remaining piece of coloured card, cut so it measures 8cm x 5cm.  Using the remaining piece of white card, cut so it measures 7.5cm x 4.5cm.  Onto this white card stamp the sentiment using the black ink.
Using the same ProMarker as used for the ribbon colour the edge of the card.  
Matt onto the coloured card using double sided tape.  Attach to the card front using foam tape or pads.  With the remaining ribbon make a bow and attach to the card front with silicone glue.
To finish attach one gem to each corner of the sentiment.

Happy Crafting

Jackie J