Saturday, 29 December 2007

peel off's maybe aren't so bad

No glitter glue, no gems, but peel offs... yes you heard right peel offs. Something that in general is considered almost with destain, and here I quite like the results.

It’s not so shiny in real life (ah the joy of flash!), and really I am quite pleased with it.

The background paper is from Crate Paper (Trendy I think is the style).

I’m trying to really settle into my style, a less is more thing.
Saturday, 22 December 2007

shiny stars

I love the look of paper ribbon at the moment, because it matches the colours of your papers perfectly. So whilst I was doodling away I came up with this little number.

I used the Simply Chic papers from American Crafts and Pebbles Inc. duplicates rub-ons.

My mojo is in a rut right now though, I hope inspiration strikes very soon.
Saturday, 15 December 2007

its a boy girl thing

 You all must know by now that I love to recycle my ideas, so here are cards for baby boys and girls.

I used American Crafts simply chic papers (a bargain in the QVC sale), along with the Pebbles Inc. duplicates rub-ons and Crystal Ice stickles.

Tool wise I used a scolloped edge cutter (which I got Mum for Christmas) and my new Sizzix Clearlits star cutter.

It’s such a simple card, and I love the repetition of star motif. Scollops are so fashionable now as well and who does not love glitter glue.

Monday, 10 December 2007

tutorial - christmas star

 Papercrafted Christmas stars are all the rage this year, so here is a quick tutorial for those who want it.
My grandad taught me how to do this with old copies of the telegraph!
Start with three squares of the same size, here I have used 3” squares which makes a star a little under 4.5” from tip to tip.
Fold the square in half diagonally. You will need to know the centre point, so mark that too.
Open the paper out again.
Fold two opposing points to the centre as shown.
Fold wrong sides together along the long diagonal fold.
Then fold in half length ways.
Repeat for all three squares.
Stack the three sections together, and staple along the centre line.
After opening out the leaves you should have something like this. Adhere a strip of double sided tape along the back edge of each leaf.
Adhering adjacent leaves together and you end up with the Christmas star.
Papers are the DCWV Christmas stack.
You can also do this with the concertina method, which makes the star less deep.
Hope all this helps.
Saturday, 8 December 2007

magnolia - here at last

I had a huge smile on my face yesterday, I was shaking with the shock. Because I won... I won the November Card Challenge on UKScrappers.

There were some great cards, I particularly loved passionflower’s card. More than glory I get a small prize lovingly provided by Julie at Scrapbooking Castle. Thank you. I can’t wait for my little surprise it will be just like Christmas.

On another note I made my first Magnolia card today. Magnolia has been a craze for a  while, but as I’m not really into stamping I’ve not indulged so far. However, I have been stamping a little recently and so got 3 Magnolia stamps (these presents, DIY Edwin (very apt) and Tilda with frog) from Silly Monkey Crafts.

The paper and card here are both DCWV, (I got some stupidly cheap DCWV stuff from Ellison so was please with that), stickles and Pebbles Inc. duplicate rub-on (as usual). Oh and I used a Quickutz tag die too.

I coloured it in with my water colour pencils (from WH Smiths) and my new fabby water brush from Sakura (koi I think it was called, no more RSI for me!)

It’s certainly not your average Magnolia card, but that is the joy of these things, it really doesn’t matter.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

thinking of you at christmas time

I was still thinking of the challenge on UKscrappers for using the Prima flowers when I made this page.

The papers are from the DCWV Christmas glitter stack and matching cardstock stack. I added loads of extra glitter to the paisley card.

I hate stickles though (or rather I love making everything in sight glittery and hate waiting for it to dry). I balance bits on top of the radiator to encourage speedy drying.

The message continues with ‘at Christmastime’ inside the card, although the print is not immediately jump out at you Christmas.

I’m still making Christmas cards, why do I do this to myself. I started them in July! July! and I’m still doing them now. I only had 60 to make. It appears that I can even procrastinate my way out of crafting... go me!
Tuesday, 4 December 2007

recycling rules

Not a card, today I went one better. I recycled.

I sometimes buy stuff because it comes in nice packaging (I use the contents eventually though). Here is what I did with a Bazzill flowers jar.
Pretty boring as it stood (I used an empty one) but a few papers, a die cut or two, a bit of ribbon, some sweets and some very neat folding at the top of the lid, hey presto a Christmas gift.

Not into the altering really (most alterers would not even call this altered) but it is definitely recycled, which is something I love.

I used Rob & Bob studio aqua and orange ticking stripe, along with a couple of shades of orange peel bazzill. My cookie cutter dies, lemonade alphabet and the star from the wand die from Quickutz.

We are trying to have a cheap(ish) Christmas, so this will make a nice little something for someone. I have other hand made gift ideas, but whether I will get round to them I don’t know.
Monday, 3 December 2007

i love you (and i love stripes too...)


Five cards in 4 days, and a new look for my blog (I hope you like it).

This was just a way to use up a nice piece of green card I found (DCWV). It matched perfectly to my Rob and Bob Mini Juicy Stripes so really it was fate.

I’ve had these big heart brads for ages, I got the in the sale in Lakeland one time. I bought more than one packet (because they were half price) and this is the first one I have used. Never mind. 

Sunday, 2 December 2007

get well soon

Get out your winter coats, with 4 posts in 4 days (that’s 4 whole cards) hell must be freezing over right now. It is amazing what procrastination will do for you.

The weekly card challenge on UKscrappers is Prima. Erm, I have a few Prima flowers I can spare so this is what I did. Primas layered with a gem centre, just how I like them.

Doodlebug swimming pool Bazzill cardstock, Making Memories Meg papers (with added glitter), Quickutz scolloped circle cookie cutter, and a sizzlit circle inside finished with my new Papertrey stamps (with KI memories ink in Teal).

Looking forward to my day opening the Lego advent calender tomorrow.
Saturday, 1 December 2007

christmas bling

I know that the plan this Christmas was to make cards for my mum to send and her to make my cards. I know that I was going to stick to one design. But I can’t help shopping...

I got the wonderful Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder a few weeks ago, and I just had to make a card with it.

So here you go. Quickutz cookie cutter words, loads of gems, DCWV Christmas glitter stack and some ribbon I got really cheaply in IKEA.

Oh and a pin, just like Monica.