Monday, 19 February 2018

2018 and I'm back....

I still don't get much time to craft at home, however, I have been doing some at work! I started doing a craft session with our young people as part of our therapeutic offer - persuaded the boss to buy distress inks as an "essential" and took in some of my own bits and bobs, including die cutting various bits. In doing so, it ignited the dormant spark and I started to revisit my own crafting. Well, possibly more accurate to say I started buying more craft stash......
So I have now completed my Distress Ink collection and also have started acquiring Distress Oxides (more on them later). I am trying desperately to complete my Promarkers collection but have run aground on the limited edition 2014 autumn/winter collection (as it contains colours like chilly red and champagne that are not available singly but I am also not paying £69.99 for it!), which means my collection may have to remain incomplete.
Phill Martin has been a terrible influence, which has resulted in my buying several Pixie Powders, glitters, texture paste, stencils, foundation card (coconut ice is THE white for die cutting) and chalkcloud inks.....
Sue Wilson is an arch temptress and through watching her videos and also following her blog (Particraft), I now own a lot more dies than I used to............
Julia Watts not only creates great craft but also has a fantastic shop so I have also been getting a lot of my craft stash from her if not Phill (current order on its way with CS Ultra Sparkle Texture paste, Foundations card in Lilac, CS Glitter Jewels Crystal Hexagons & Aurora Hexagons & Crystal Stars, 4 more Smoothies and the Spellbinders Tool).
All three of them not only produce great work but also have videos and step-by-steps available that are really easy to follow and take inspiration from, along with the Creative Expressions Youtube account.
I am also now following an American called Jennifer Maguire - not only does she have a Youtube account but also Instagram (IG) and she produces some incredible tutorials (and work).
Next weekend I actually have the house to myself for the first time since K was born in 2012 so I will do some uploads then of my new products in action!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Finally getting time to craft again!

Well its now October, the little one is 1 year old (I know, where did the time go?!) and that means Mummy has a little crafting time whilst he naps (as he naps for a good hour twice a day normally). Every now and then, if I am very lucky, my partner will offer to look after him so I can craft. Recently I used this time to alter a plastic food container (by Systema) for a friend. Her eldest daughter is suffering some jealousy when the new baby is being breastfed so I have made a Snack Box for her, that only comes out during Boobie-time.
I used my Alcohol Inks to give it a pink/purple base and then added a little gold. Once this had dried, I added a lace effect "ribbon", some rainbow peel-offs (flowers and butterflies), hologram stars in gold, faux gem stickers in pink and purple and finally the word "Special" coloured pink with my Flex-markers and a circular "Enjoy" peel off for each end, coloured pink using my ProMarkers. I also used Foam Letters (The Range) to spell out her name and Snacks on the lid, so it was very personal to her.
Finally I sealed the entire decoration with PVA glue and whilst it was wet, sprinkled in very fine glitter.
The photos have not come out well using a flash so I will take some more in daylight and upload shortly but I am quite pleased with my first attempt at altering something and hope the little girl likes it!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Amsterdam etc

Well since I last posted, I have made more cards for Friends of Akitas Trust, another New Baby card for a girl (taking tomorrow when I meet her!) and a boy one just in case (2 people still due) plus a Thank you card for our friends parents, who lent us their flat in Amsterdam. They have a ginger cat named Boris and they are cat-mad too so I used that as the theme for the card. It was a glorious few days with good friends and not having to pay for a hotel made life much easier for us.
Papermania cream square cards, cat biscuit papers by BoBunny, hammered cream card from Creata layered over brown paper from stash (after it had been embossed and coloured using distress inks to make the pawprints "pop" out. Same brown paper used to mount the cat stamped image, again on the hammered card from Creata (fanastic quality and price!). Cat stamp by Kanban, coloured using Promarkers.
Cream Papermania square card, paper from Summer Breeze blockpad (First Edition Paper), Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares used on Creata's Hammered cream cardstock, pink iridescent Bazill card used with Joy Flourish die (cut in half to use one end at each corner) and Sizzix baby die (for words and bodysuit).
For topper: Woodware flower image stamped twice onto Creata Hammered cream cardstock. First image centred, corners rounded off, Antique Linen used to distress edges and gemstones added to corners (coloured with ProMarkers to match in). Second image, main body of flower cut out. Image painted using Distress Inks and then once dry, touched up with ProMarkers.
Main card body is a square Papermania card, scored down centre of one side and folded over. Paper added to folded over section and used again with Spellbinders to provide the layered labels that "hold" the card up. Ribbon from stash. Sentiment from a big Kanban box. Topper then attached. This is one of the cards for Friends of Akitas Uk to raffle/sell etc (

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

At last, some actual cards!

I have focused on two areas recently: new baby cards as several friends are expecting and raffle cards for Friends of Akitas, a charity whom I support. For the raffle cards, I have used some decoupage from Crafters Companion that came free in a magazine plus some that I got in a Create and Craft goody bag at Doncaster 2011. The new baby cards shown are the two I have sent people already but I have made two more in anticipation plus need a few more yet to cover all the imminent arrivals!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Good grief, I actually won something..........

I enter quite a few craft related things plus Euro Millions (!) but have never won. In the last few weeks however I have won twice! The first was a Tattered Lace Dies giveaway from Nancy Watt on Facebook. I am now the proud owner of the Venetian Mask die, which is beautiful. I haven't used it yet but will post when I have done so. Second was Letraset's Independence Day giveaway  - I was a "blue" winner and received 3 blue-toned Pro Markers (I have all 3 colours already but am still excited by "freebies"!). Sadly however my Euro Millions entries have not seen the same success.........

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

At last........

Well Baby K is now 6 months and also Daddy is currently out of work. These two things combined mean that I actually had some time yesterday to finish off a card! I started it some time ago, originally I had intended it for the Crafters Companion Breast Cancer challenge. I never got around to finishing it however and a friend was 30 today - who happens to love pink! So I put all the various elements together and added 30 and Happy Birthday to it. I had intended to spray it with CC iridescent Spray and Sparkle but the nozzle was clogged or something, as it just dribbled. Unfortunately the Multi-coloured comes out much thicker and was a bit over the top but I could not undo what had been done!I am however quite pleased with my shading on the image (Kanban stamp) using of course, my beloved ProMarkers!

Plain white card coloured using Distress Ink, pink mirror card from Craft Creations Ltd, pink patterned card from First Edition Paper Summer Breeze 6x6 pad. Peel Offs coloured using ProMarkers. Spellbinders used for the cut-out oval frame. Adhesive "lace ribbon" from stash.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

As you can see, life with a new baby has left no time for blogging let alone crafting! I still follow the work of others however, plus hope now that he is getting older and more independent, that I may get the odd minute or two at my craft desk soon! Anyhow, I am entering a Blog Candy draw here: Blog Candy
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