Monday, 26 September 2011
Ok so its been a week or so since my last blog, have had the craziest week at work as a couple of peeps were on hols and then a couple went sick, you all know how it goes and then the nec hobbycraft is coming up soon and I am really hoping to go as I missed out a couple of times due to lack of funds. Once you have been to the shows you really feel bad about not being able to go because you know what you are missing out on..... so any extra funds will come in handy.
Anyway moving on I know I promised not to make a square card and to be truthful the last thing I made was a lovely little ribbon book/frame card with a piece of patterned paper I made myself from scratch for a christening which was quite lovely, but I was finishing it right up to the minute my sister was leaving and so never got chance to take a photo. My sister did say she had taken some photo's so it may appear on here at some point. It wasn't perfect I should have left a little more room in the spine so it closed easier but it was nice..... but its not nice to tease you with things you may not see so today's offering is another xmas card ( I told you I have lots to make this year) for the willow sketchie challenge.
This is an 8" square card, No surprise there I hear you say but it is a little different in that it is a pearlised one bought from craft creations and not a blank made from scratch. I matted and layered with gold mirri, and then some red tree paper from the papermania festive frolics paper pack. I then matted and layered gold again with the green xmas coredinations with the lovely little tree design on which I had sanded to reveal the lovely light green trees.... still loving coredinations. The topper was a piece of white pearlised card lightly inked around the edges with shabby shutter distress ink and the Peppers xmas party decoupage with the cute little miskies decorating their little tree.
I cut some lovely holly sprigs from the coredination glittery card in green with a lovely memory box die. (the first intricate die I have had which did not leave the die cut stuck inside the die. Plus their dies come in nice envelopes which I think I may use as a storage idea over all the dies) and added them to the topper. Then as a finishing touch to complete this card from the sketch challenge I used some ribbon I got from create & craft some time ago matted onto red glittery coredination. I cut the card at an angle to simulate the tree shape which was in the cardstock and decorative paper.
Not sure about this card yet it has been stood here by me for a little while and its pretty enough but needs something. Maybe I will have a tweak later.
Anyway enough of my blathering for now....until next time..
Friday, 16 September 2011
Hello again blog peeps, just popped with a quick square card for the willow sketchie challenge and as the printer died yesterday I had to use something from stash and so humphrey is out again hurrah!! (the challenge is at willowsketchiechallenge.blogspot.com)
On this 8" square card I used silver mirri to mat and layer some snowflake paisley paper from DCWV some beautiful, gorgeous, lovely coredinations xmas embossed card and the beautiful humphrey decoupage. The ribbon I think came from a TSV DCWV kit from QVC (wow that looks like I have written it in code) and the greeting from an old Kanban kit.
I like this card but I lurvvve that embossed coredination card more lol. There may be quite a bit of that on the blog until it runs out lol. Really want to do something with the gingerbread one and need to make a card with a different shape I was looking over this blog and its square, square, square so will come up with something else for the next few posts. Am going to be properly slowed down with no printer for a bit but have plenty of other bits to play with in the meantime.
So until next time
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
ok blogging peeps so I challenged myself today to use only bits from my 'bit box' when I say bit box what I really mean is small pile of offcut card and when I say challenged myself what I really mean is couldn't be bothered to tidy and sort it lol so what better way to reduce the tidying than to use as much as possible.
I am pleased to say I created two passable cards.
I used a 5" card blank I matted and layered gold mirri and then some leftover red card with a gold holly pattern. I used a cricut cartridge Elegant Edges to cut a white mat and the next size blue mat from coredinations glitter card. I used a pre-used pad with blue distress ink (I didn't refresh the ink at all) and went round the edges of the white card. I found a sheet of die cut forever friends which had two images on and used one for this card and decoupaged it up.
I used a holly punch to punch out 8 light green holly leaves and 4 darker green holly leaves from leftover coredinations cardstock and shaped them. I also used sakura glitter pens in two different greens and coated the leaves. Using Collall decoupage glue I stuck the leaves into the glue and added some red gems for berries on each of the corners before adding the sentiment which came with the die cut decoupage.
All in all a cute and pretty little card from bits of nothing.
I used same 5" card blank and matted and layered with gold mirri and red coredination card. As this die cut image had a rectangular base I matted and layered again onto gold and then onto a fresh green colour and then glued it to the card and built up the decoupage. I added a small sentiment from an old Kanban kit and some metal star brads which were glued to the card.
This is a fairly plain little card, the decoupage is cute but this may end up in the nephews box for school friends.
As these two cards have turned out ok I will try this again soon, after all it beats tidying up lol. Willow Sketchie challenge starts tomorrow yay!
Until next time
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Hello bloggin peeps, to celebrate the launch of Humphrey christmas cd and stamps later today I have created this 'christmas card'. I decided to go for the traditional christmas colours of blue and yellow lol just because I wanted to colour his little jacket in yellow and this turned into a seasonal card rather than a xmas one.
I know the colouring on this stamped image is not brilliant, I still struggle with colouring in, lol even the basics of staying inside the lines sometimes is a challenge in itself but at my level of colour-er in-er I am happy with it.
This is another 8 x 8" blue card with a dotty embossed silver base layer to which a blue layer of coredination silk was matted with the yellow coredination matted atop of the blue. The free stamp from papercraft essentials was coloured using spectrum noirs and matted onto a holographic blue, I used a little blue distress ink around the edges of the neenah card I stamped onto. The elaborate frame is from Cricut fancy frames cartridge with some adhesive pearls added. Some metal snowflakes were added to the corners with a blue gem inside and a sentiment from hunkydory added.
I am quite happy with this card as I needed some seasonal cards for a few peeps at work who don't celebrate xmas and think this card will suit that purpose well and I am entering this into the crafters companion monthly challenge (the address is http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com for anyone wanting to join in)
Until next time
Hopefully will be posting lots
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Ok so this is a late post as I was waiting on the rosette to dry and to be honest it took me such a long time to cut out the decoupage by hand I was nearly late for work lol. But as they say better late than never...so here it is finished.
I used a 6 x 6 card square for this card I used some gold mirri and some distressed green stripes from a dcwv pad as the base. I followed the sketch from the willow sketchie challenge (http://willowsketchiechallenge.blogspot.com)with the elements making the card. I used pink and green coredinations for the oval shapes, I embossed the green oval with a cuttlebug folder and sanded and matted onto the pink. I added a strip of paper from the my minds eye lost and found paper pack (which is lush, so many glitter papers, was almost painful to use, I like it so much!) Matted and layered the housemouse decoupage (from Joanna Sheen) onto gold mirri and then pink glitter and then used the same pink glitter paper to make the rosette which was topped off with a greeting. I then added two green flowers to the strip of patterned paper and added two large round green gems for a bit of bling.
I do like this card but the amount of time it took to cut out the decoupage would put me off recreating it. That said sometimes the ones that take the most time are the better ones and this is one I would happily give to a close friend..... well as long as they liked meeces lol.
Till next time
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Just another quick card before work, another Humphrey diecut decoupage but from the xmas collection. Was trying to decide what to put on the card and realised I really need to get xmas cards sorted so will try and do a few a week until then.
I used a 5" card blank from hobbycraft, some green and orange coredinations card (I used a martha stewart punch round the edge of the orange) some lovely hunky dory gold holly card from create and craft and of course the decoupage from crafters companion. The little sentiment came from stash.
Love the decoupage on this card as it really does pop but not sure about the background colours, if I had to do this again I would try swapping the orange to the back,background and having the green as the holly border to see if it made a difference to the impact of the card. Also I would have liked a sentiment that toned in better with the colours rather than the stark white. But all in all this will end up being given out at xmas as it is a pretty card and I think someone will like to receive it come the yule.
Anyway best go get ready for work and am swimming after work today trying to shed a little weight as my back has been aching lately and I think it might be weight gain issues lol.
Until next time
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Ok so for people following crafters companion blogs and sites you will know that there will be a new cd and stamps on the 13th Sept (they have a great comp on their blog to win the lot worth a visit just click the humphrey button on the right to take you there) so in honour of such wonderful news my quick card of the day is this little humphrey one..... I know I could have made a christmassy one with the christmas die cut humphrey kit but with such a lot of lovely sneek peeks coming out daily I decided to go for the everyday. That's just how ornery I am sometimes lol.
This little 5 1/2 inch card was made with some die cut with a view paper from stash, green coredinations embossed with a script and sanded, some plain green paper,gold card and sentiment from stash and some lovely lemon and greenish roses which I think came from wild orchid some moons ago. Of course the decoupaged topper is the everyday humphrey of which I have raved about often :)
Decoupage on this one is lovely and really gives the dimension but I also do love that lime coloured coredination card. Best of all most of this card came from chopped off bits lol I suppose that is the best thing about smaller cards. (still love 8 x 8 tho)
Till next time crafters
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Hello again blogpeeps just a quick card before I am off to work this time with the new Humphreys corner diecut everyday decoupage. Tried to make this card quite 'boyish' but just had to put the tiniest of bows on (cause I love them) surely no boy would notice, perhaps a card for a younger boy lol.
For this card I have used some A3 blue card cut to an 8" square (my favourite size for a card) I matted and layered with gold card, coredinations glitter silk (I will need some more of this very soon) some more gold, ordinary (if that's the right description) coredination card and some dotty paper from a pack I picked up at dunelm mill (think its papermania). I made my own rosette using some paper from the same pack using my hougie board and added a sentiment from a craftworks set. Made 2 tiny tiny bows from the glitter girls bowmaker and added 3 pieces of card candy.
I used a martha stewart circle cutter to cut all the circles and am finding it cuts really well but leaves a little nick where the end meets the start so need to practise more with this I think. All in all am quite pleased with this one and love the humphrey image in the centre.
Well I had better get ready for work I guess until next time....