Indigoblu Monochrome Challenge – a tale of 3 attempts #174

Indigoblu Monochrome ChallengeIndigoblu run a monthly challenge on their blog and their theme for this month is monochrome.  I really fancied creating something quite atmospheric and thought I would work with a black and white palette.

The stamp is Poppy Meadow from Indigoblu (of course!)… kindly lent to me by Sarah (thanks Sarah!)

Those of you who have seen me craft, know that I’m an ‘as it comes’ crafter.   Very VERY rarely do I take more than one attempt to create a project because I’m a big believer of working with what happens.  BUT….  this one took me three attempts!  I knew what I wanted to achieve and that required it to be quite crisp and clean with white spaces… and I’m a mucky crafter! (more…)

A step back in time #173

N531I have been looking through the pictures of my original cardmaking creations today.  It’s really interesting to see how my skills have developed over time, but also how I can see a glimpse of how I was trying to develop my style but didn’t quite know how to at the time.

I know it’s sometimes a bit daunting when you see lots of fabulous projects on people’s blogs and think ‘I could never do that’ – but if you look back over your first creations to what you create now I bet you can see a difference.  Put yourself in your beginners shoes and look at what you do now – would you have said you couldn’t make them? (more…)

Simple and Elegant #172

june15I have wanted this stamp for ages… since February to be precise when I saw it at the trade fair and it was immediately put onto my wish list!   Well.. I finally gave in and ordered one in for me… and she is available to buy from the shop too (she’ll go online to order later this week).   It is a Stampendous stamp called Glance.  I think that she will come in very handy for my journal projects.

For my first project with her I wanted to keep her simple and elegant in design so I could really appreciate the stamp design. (more…)

Grungy Tree #171

Faux Leather TreeBack in my comfort zone today with a bit of Faux Leather.  This has been made using Sheena Douglas’ Faux Leather technique transforming Kraft card into fab leather like material.

For this project I have created the faux leather panel and then run it through the Cuttlebug with the Crafts Too tree embossing folder.  I then allowed to dry completely – in fact I put it aside and came back to it another day so I was not tempted to work on it too early!

It has a lovely rough texture to it so perfect to add Distress Inks to as you know it will catch on the texture.

I’ve used only two colours – Peeled Paint – a shade of green around the outside with Cut n Dry Foam and then with the ink pad directly to the card over the tree (more…)

All Pink and Girly! #170

Scruffy Little Cat stampAny of you that know me, know I really don’t do pink and girly.  I resist preferring the comfort of my steampunk grungy artsy stuff!  But… in the interest of fairness I do stock such girly items and therefore it seems only fair to have a play and make some suggestions for card ideas with them too!

So.. a new line we have in stock is the Crafter’s Companion Scruffy Little Cat ladies.  This particular stamp is called Perry and she was my favourite of all the designs.  I thought she would be nice for a teen’s birthday, or even a prom card.

I started by stamping in black Memento ink so I could colour with Promarkers.  I kept the colour scheme very feminine and soft with lots of shading.  It’s been a while since I have done a stamp that needed such delicate shading and I really enjoyed colouring her in.  I plan to do a few more in different colour schemes – maybe even grunge her up a bit ! – cannot help myself!! 🙂Scruffy Little Cat stamp (more…)

Old Fashioned Gentleman #168

old fashioned gentleman cardOops … missed a day!  I had planned to blog this card from my archives yesterday.. but….. I nodded off on the sofa and by the time I woke up I was good for nothing so took myself straight off to bed!

This is another card from the Joanna Sheen Fashion CD Rom.  I like the simplicity of this card but the green mount I think really makes it come to life.

Men’s cards are often tricky to do – but a design like this is ideal for a birthday or father’s day card. (more…)

Fashion Lady #167

Joanna Sheen Fashion CD CardWe will be having a trip through the archives for a day or so as I am busy busy doing lots of preparation for the Suffolk Papercraft event this Saturday 14th June 10-4pm.  If you haven’t been before – its a great event – a hall packed full of fantastic craft suppliers with lots of demonstrations to see too.  It is held at the Leisure centre at Bury St Edmunds.  Click here for more details.

Today’s card is using one of my favourite toppers from the Joanne Sheen Fashion Triple CD Rom.  I don’t think this CD is now available – but we have our last two copies in stock if you are tempted.  It’s an amazing CD – full of gorgeous images of ladies and gents to make lovely cards from. (more…)

Dream Big Heart #166

Dream Big HeartI am really liking working onto these hearts.  I cut them from greyboard and they are a nice large area to give plenty of options for decoration.

For this heart I have painted with gesso first and then used a mix of yellow and green acrylic paints from Eco-Green to create the background.  To add some pattern I have applied some of the colour using a brayer. (more…)

Sheena’s Faux Leather Technique #165

Faux LeatherI have been itching to try this technique – and finally this week I have got in stock the Kraft card and the Spray and Shine I needed to do it!

You can find Sheena’s Tutorial on Youtube – and she takes you through step by step on how to turn an ordinary piece of Kraft card into a faux leather.

My first attempt was this one – you always learn lots on the first one.  I learnt not to work the water and glycerin mix into the card surface quite so much as my surface was very fibrous.

I had to adjust the technique a little as I only have a Cuttlebug – so couldn’t run the folder through twice as recommended as it doesn’t fit sideways into my machine.  I haven’t made anything with my pieces of faux leather – but they will be incorporated into a project later. (more…)

Best Dad Cards#164

Best Dad CardWe don’t always have a stamp of everything we need – and sometimes if you just want to make a few cards, you don’t always want to buy a stamp just for that odd message.

This was the case with these two cards.  I wanted a bold Father’s day message for the centre of my cards – so I typed up a sheet of different words and messages in Word and printed them out in a couple of different lettering styles.

I’ve used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut out the shapes and mounts and then used a mix of different backing papers to create a background for my card.  A little Distress Ink around the edges of my card and my main topper adds a little depth to the design.  Then a finishing touch of some Liquid Pearls just gives it a little detail. (more…)