Wednesday, 29 February 2012

March Calendar

Happy Wednesday

Here is my March Calendar Page:

Stamp set is Spring Basket by Gina K Designs
I cut out the calendar grid using Grand Labels Four - LF-190
For details on how I made the Calendar please see a previous post

Life here on my little bit of the Kent coast has been rather mad lately, my youngest son moved out last week (I say youngest, he is 23), and I have moved out of the corner of Hubbies Study, and into my own craft room (formally said sons bedroom). So my week between work and helping youngest settle in to new flat, I have been moving in to my new room, everything is now in and I will be taking pictures, the new craft room will be posted on here next week.

Thank you for stopping by 

Monday, 20 February 2012

STV Free for all Friday & FB Challenges

Happy Monday to you all

Firstly I would like to say how much fun it was being the guest host last week for the shaker card challenge (see previous post). Thank you for all of you who supported me in this, and for your amazing creations, they can be seen here in the challenge gallery.

I had never appreciated how hard the designers over at STV really worked, until last week, and I would like to say a big thank you to Gina and all the designers for their ongoing inspiration and support, you are all truly wonderful.

Today I have two cards for you, the first is the Friday challenge at STV, creative Cat has asked us to CASE the lovely Jimmi Mayo, the card I have chosen to case can be found Here

As you can see, I have changed the DP, boarder, the ribbon and the sentiment.

The pots are paper pieced, and the DP is from my stash, the stamp set is What's the Dirt, I was lucky enough to win this as blog candy from the amazing and talented Melanie Muenchinger, if you have not checked out her blog yet, it is well worth a look and can be found Here

The flowers were coloured using Bic Mark it markers in the ultra fine in Sunset Orange, Summer Melon, Polynesian Purple, Fandango pink, and Key Lime.

The little towel was coloured with the same Bic pens and I used Cloud Nine Grey, Summer Melon, and Polynesian Purple.

As you can see there are some "nibble" marks next to the little caterpillar, he is from a set by Melanie Muenchinger called A Year of Leaves, the addition of this little guy is me covering up a mistake, when I cut the Spellbinders Classic Oval small S4-112, I had used a scrap piece of card to create the image, and after taking it out of the die realised the mistake, so thinking it looked like a bite had been taken out, I added the caterpillar, to make it look like it was intended. As I tell all the lovely people who come to my classes, and demonstrations, there is no mistake you can't cover up. In fact I am very pleased with the outcome of my carelessness.

The sentiment is a wood mounted stamp from my local hobby store (probably from a sale bin), I cut an extra edge in the DP from the same punch as I used for the tag, and added it to the sentiment.

The lacy edge is cut using a MS punch, and the DP is mounted on some pink textured card is from a mixed colour pack by Papermania. the focal image is mounted on the same textured card and cut using Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals small S4-252.

My second challenge card is for the STV FB challenge, hosted by the lovely Lee, she has challenged us to use butterflies.

I have used another set of Melanie Muenchinger called A Year of Boarders, for the background and the large butterfly is a stamp duo called Hope is Faith, the boarder is Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Boardabilities S4-239, cut from another piece of the card from the same Papermania pack, the ink is Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, I just love how these inks twinkle in the light.

Thank you for dropping by, have a great crafty week!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Shake it up Monday

Happy Monday to you all

I have the honour of hosting the Mix it up Monday Challenge over at STV, the challenges can be found here. The challenge I have set is to make a shaker card, the theme of your card can be anything you like, winter, spring, birthday, valentines the only rule is to "make it shake"

Gina has two wonderful videos on how to make a Shaker card:

Shaker Card Part One:

Shaker Card Part Two:

As tomorrow is Valentines day, I have made two valentines cards samples, and also added two shaker cards I have made previously, to help give you some inspiration for the challenge:

The first card is made using the stamp duo from GKD called Because of You, the image was stamped using Versa Fine black ink, the reason I used this ink is I personally find I get a better impression when using solid stamps. The DP was also stamped using Vintage Boarders

Below is a close up of the "shaker" part of the card, the black is music notes punched using a little punch I have had in my collection for over a year, and I think is by Woodware, the glitter is from a bargain bin, and is glitter strips in white.

I have also taken a photo of the inside of the card for you to see:

The "treble clef" was from the grab bag I recently was lucky to win, and the musical frame is from Lovely Labels Two, the sentiment is from one of my favourite sets Love Notes, the sentiments in this set are so beautiful, and in my humble opinion a must have for any stamper.

The shapes were all cut using Spellbinders dies, and a little tip if you want to cut acetate in your Cuttlebug or other die cutting machine, is to place some card stock underneath the acetate sheet, the die then cuts through both layers, but when I have tried to cut the acetate on it's own it does not cut right through!

The next card is again another valentines card:

The dies are also from Spellbinders and is called Heart Circles S4-316 and the heart dies are Spellbinders Classic Hearts S4-136 and the Classic Scalloped Hearts S4-137, the little hearts inside are the waste from the Heart Circles Die, and also some silver glitter.

Here is the inside:

The corner details are made using a punch again from my collection and the sentiment is from Heartily Yours, also from GKD.

Below are two shaker cards I had made last year, both using templates, if you would like a copy of the template PDF, please contact me at STV with you e-mail addy, and I would be pleased to send you a copy, as I can not work out how to post it on here for you!

The shaker part is sequins!

The shaker part is seed beads!

I do so hope you will come and join me for the challenge, have an amazing Monday 

Thank you for stopping by.