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.