Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Another day, another card


I could get back into this blogging lark quite easily, although I butternut speak too soon,

Just a quick card for you tonight. Again made with the My Mind's eye Lost and Found 3 Ruby collection. I love the colours in this collection.

The doilys and text icon are from the sticker sheet that coordinate with the range. add a little ribbon and a little inking around the edges and this makes a perfect card to maybe thank someone for their invitation to a wedding or just a good day spent with friends.

Monday, 18 January 2016

I told you I liked Butterflies - Home decor.

Something different to a card today!

One day I wanted to make some thing different to a card, and so using papercrafts on nylon lampshades came into my life.

Most of these flowers started their life on my Silhouette Cameo machine. I cut the flowers in different sizes from patterned paper which instantly gave them life, them inked the edges and added shape and pearls to really make them 'breathe'. I also cut leaves and stems from Co'ordinations cardstock, and of course had to use butterflies in different sizes. My Love for Butterflies continued.

The lampshades I used are nylon, they are more expensive than paper ones (but not not considerably more) and being nylon I knew they would be more robust and hardwearing. They would withstand the use of hot glue to fix the flowers onto the shade and also last a lot longer.

These items weren't a quick make, the flowers took quite a while, but I would cut a lot of flowers stems and butterflies in different sizes and then ink, shape and build at the same time, I then had a bank of flowers to use whenever I needed some. Nad if course if ever I needed flowers for a 3D card they were there for that too.

I really hope you like these lampshades. Perfect for a little girl's room I hope you'll agree.

Join me again for another make soon.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Love is like a Butterfly

Hi there,

Isn't it funny how tastes change. 

When I started crafting I really didn't like using butterflies on my projects. Not because I have a phobia to them or an inherent dislike to them, but just because I just didn't 'get' it. 

Then, all of a sudden I did. I liked using them and really couldn't get enough. Now I think I have this down to a healthy balance of butterfly love. 

Again made with the My Minds Eye Lost and Found 3 Ruby collection, The butterfly is from their sticker sheet, as is the pink doily like sticker that forms the main focal point of the card. A little ribbon and glitter stickers finishes the card. 

The sticker sheets are great for those quick cards when you realise "Oh poop, I forgot to send great Aunt Gertrude a card again to thank her for that present at Christmas!"

Back on Monday with yet another card, I could get used to this! 

Friday, 15 January 2016

The best things in life...

Good Evening all,

I hope this post finds you well.

I love those cards that have that eclectic vibe to them and come together eclectically too. This was one such card.

I made some flowers (just playing about as you do) and before I knew it I was making a card to put them on. You know how it happens, you stumble upon some papers, think 'ooh they look nice, I wonder what they would look like if I made something with them.' So you make something (In this case, flowers) and then as you're making them you almost see a card developing in your head. A few die cut circles and edging and a stamped butterfly with some inking later and a card is created. 

My Mind's Eye did have a part to play in the creation of this card yet again, and I think the butterfly is a docrafts Urban Stamp. I hope you like! 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Must see New York!

Howdy Folks!

Not something they would say in New York I'm sure!

I love New York. Well I do now. I visited back in 2002 and when we first arrived there I hated it. Nearly got run over by a yellow taxi near Grand Central Station on our first night and something like that sticks in your mind as not one of the best holiday memories. Anyway, over the week I warmed to the cosmopolitan lull of the city and also the nonchalance and sometimes rudeness of most of it's residents (who let's all be honest are just trying to get to work and probably are fed up with someone oohing and ahhing at the big buildings getting in their way).

By the end of the holiday I didn't want to leave and was lucky enough to go back on 2013 when visiting a friend from the UK that was living in the US of A due to her husband's job. We had three nights in New York and again it didn't disappoint.

One of the souvenirs I brought back was a calendar, and when it had served it's purpose I couldn't bear to just discard it. I bought it because I loved the images that reminded me of those old posters that can now be purchased so one of the images became repurposed and rejuvenated into a reason to make a card!

I used papers from the My Mind's Eye 'Lost and Found 3 Ruby' Collection, along with some real stamps and other embellishments. The punch that makes the note book torn edge is from Stampin' Up. Boy, I love that punch, but can I find it for the life of me since my house move? Can I? No I can't.

A simple card 'just because...I hope you like it.

Another card on Saturday!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Well it's about time...

That I update this old blog.

Now that my craft studio that is really 'the posh shed at the bottom of the garden' is oh so nearly finished, I truly am trying to get back onto crafting in a major way. And at the moment that's not so easy.

You see, when there's a cosy fire with a cat hell bent on sitting on your knee in the house and the craft studio is at least a 30 second walk away in the freezing cold with an equally freezing interior for at least 10 minutes until the electric radiator warms the air, it takes the will power of the strongest person to make it out and up there.

However, up there I will, and I'm sure it will be easier in the summer with lighter evenings and the like.

'Till then I'll share with you some of my most recent projects (probably made a good few months ago) that have never made it onto my blog. I'll share one every other day for the next few days. Space 'em out. You know, make them go further...

 I made this card for one of my friends at the local drama group that I'm a member of. Obviously she wanted a special card for a special birthday and I think she thought this fitted the bill perfectly. I made the pink flowers and stems with a die and added paper flowers. The frame was die cut from Core'diations Whitewash paper and sanded back to add definition. I created the text on my computer. of course I had to make a box to fit this card in which I made with my Scorepal.

So, still sat here in front of the real fire with a cat sat on my arm whilst I TRY and type, don't think I'm going to make it up there tonight. It being past 11pm and all...Maybe tomorrow.