Sunday, 22 September 2019

ANOTHER UPCYCLING CHRISTMAS CARD

Good morning crafty friends

We've had three consecutive days of sunshine in the north east!  Must be our belated summer extension

Yesterday Littlelamb mentioned she'd upcycled a Christmas card using a jigsaw design.  That promoted me to use my jigsaw die but not only that I have a set of postcard sized card already pre-cut as a jigsaw, so thank you Littlelamb for jogging my memory!

Today's card is just under a 6" square and easy to replicate as long as you have a pine cone die, not that it has to be a pine cone border lol

All I had to do for the card front was to cut it off the original one and adhere it to a 6" square card base

I heat embossed the image and sentiment on the inside of the card and for the envelope I used another envelope seal but this time in white



INGREDIENTS:
  • 6" white card base
  • Versafine  clear ink pad
  • WOW metallic gold rich embossing powder
  • filigree stamp and sentiment - craft magazine freebies
  • envelope seal - Hobbycraft
Now for the winner of this week's stamp set:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Results
Total names (N):9
The winner:Sue M

CONGRATULATIONS

Your win will be with you soon

Until tomorrow....

June x 



Saturday, 21 September 2019

UPCYCLING CHRISTMAS CARDS

Good morning everyone

Whilst sorting yet another craft box (will it ever end?) I came across this card front.  It was sent to me a few years ago when I approached a Stampin Up  Demonstrator for a catalogue and she sent me this cute card

I cut the navy blue panel from her card so all I had to do was mount it onto a card base etc etc

I used two snowflake stamps to stamp a light background and repeated this on the insert of the card

A gold metallic stamp pad was used for the card front and silver for the inside

The stamp sentiment was one from Tonic's Craft Kits

A peel-off  was used on the envelope to complete 




















INGREDIENTS:

  • topper - Stampin Up
  • snowflake stamps - Tonic
  • verse - Tonic Craft Kit
  • ink pad - VersaFine Clair
  • metallic silver and metallic gold ink pad - docrafts Artiste 
  • envelope peel-off -  The Works


Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Results
Total names (N):8
The winner:Lyn H

CONGRATULATIONS

Your card will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June x



Friday, 20 September 2019

FUN KIDDIES' CARDS & FRIDAY FREEBIE

Good morning crafty friends

You don't see me make a lot of cards for children but one of my commissions was to make two cards.  I had ordered a stamp set and a few other items with CraftStash but because one particular items was out of stock I didn't receive my order!  This is has never happened before and I'm still awaiting my order!

I have two great-nephews, the youngest was 2 a few weeks ago and the older one will be 6 next week.  The commission was for 2 cards, one from a great aunt and the other great grandma, all boys!  Oh, this little boy was turning 3.  On top of  this my printer died, actually is was 'playing up' something terrible to the point I borrowed my stepson's printer but can now happily report I have a new printer yay 

So here are the cards


When stuck use balloons!  This card went to my great-nephew

I stamped the stars and sentiment on the white panel then embossed it

I purposely left the 'strings' on the  balloons as I thought Lewis may like to pull them


Had I a super large balloon die I would only have made two of them but as I don't he got 7 lol

I was undecided as to whether using different colours but, as you see, I went for different shades of blue but now think it should have been my first thought



This was a commission and the little boy in question loves running!

I got this image from CraftsUPrint.  I printed the boy twice, cut him out to make a mask then coloured the background and stamped the words

The inside of the card is shown below

This card was for the same little boy from his great-grandma.  I was told he loved Land-Rover Discoveries and after searching the internet for something suitable I had to give up the ghost after 3 hours and plumped for the one above

I had to fussy cut the image then adhered it to the blue card base.  I purposely left a narrow border on the side as opposed to the top and bottom of the card

And, as you can see the inside of the card is shown below

I've another card nearly finished for my other great-nephew and that will be going in the post today



This week's freebie is a set of clear stamps

                                          

 Please leave me a comment on today's post and the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog

Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 19 September 2019

CASCADING CARD

Good morning crafty friends, I hope your week is going well

A cascading card for you today.  I love the delicate colours of the paper


I cut the white base card using a template I purchased from Which Craft (on line store).  I ordered it Monday and it arrived yesterday.  There are two templates, one large (this is the one I used today) and a smaller one.  You should get both pieces cut, for the smaller one, from one sheet of cardstock (English A4)

I don't like the gap showing on the very top panel in the middle, so when I make another I'll have to ensure they are 'kissing'

The pretty paper from Tattered Lace and I cut the pieces to fit on the card


Once the papers were in situ all I needed to do was add the embellishments

You can stamp/die cut your verse to the back of the card.  Mine is blank but I'm keeping this one as a samples

INGREDIENTS:
  • cascading card template - Which Craft  Whichcraftco.co.uk
  • paper - Tattered Lace
  • pink patterned butterfly - Spellbinders
  • smaller butterflies - The Range
  • gems - Creative Expressions
  • sentiment - Beebeecrafts
Here's a link to the dies and charms I shared with you on Tuesday.  They did work when I tried them on my email so I hope they do for you

It is FREE shipping with Beebeecraft




Until tomorrow....

June x 



Wednesday, 18 September 2019

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY CARD GIVE-AWAY

Good morning crafty friends

We were at our local cinema yesterday to see the film Downton Abbey, if you've enjoyed the series you won't be disappointed with the film for sure

Here's this week's card give-away


This is the back of the card - the inside is blank


It's an 8" square card  I love how the backing paper gives a 'lacey' look

The die cut is unbranded

If you would like to give this card a new home leave me a comment.  You have until 6pm Friday to do so and the winner, chosen by Random Name/Number Picker, will be announced on Saturday's blog

We also ship internationally at no expense to you

Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY, GORGEOUS GOODIES & REVIEW!

Good morning crafty friends

Beebeecrafts contacted me asking if they could send me some of their goods for me to try and review.  I can honestly say the dies, stamp set and charms are excellent quality and I do highly recommend them.  Shipping is also excellent.  I am awaiting to hear from them regarding direct links to the products I have so in the meantime I will list the product codes at the bottom of this page

This first video is an introduction to the products Beebeecraft sent me



I've only used two of the charms on the above pocket folder

The video below is showing what I used to decorate the front and spine on the black and pink folder


This is their link (I hope!):  Beebeecrafts

  • for the huge bag of charms the code is:  TIBE-MSMC006-M3AS
  • for the edge dies, scroll & filigree die it's:  DIY-BC0010-18
  • for the Christmas trees, butterfly, leaves:  DIY-BC0010-22MP
  • for the reindeer charms the code is:  TIBE-PH0004-64-RS
Until tomorrow....

June x







Monday, 16 September 2019

AND I'M BACK WITH 'SEASON'S GREETINGS'!

Good morning crafty friends

Once again I thank you for your kind messages.  Not having rheumatoid medication for 6 months has really taken it out of me, plus, pain from the beastly gall stones, what a to do!

First Christmas card of the year and a friend happened to tell me about a site named 'Instant Card Making Downloads' so I took a look and the pink poinsettia took my eye.  The background papers and colours are so delicate and all for, I think, £1.20!  Obviously I'm ignoring the cost of printer ink and the time fussy cutting the flower.  I can honestly say I really like this card!


 Ignore my watermark on the above and below, it should not be there as it's not my design etc etc





All I had to do was make a 7" square white card base, cut the papers to size and fussy cut the flower.  I added glitter to the edges of each petal, shaped them then added white stamens

Until tomorrow....

June x




Monday, 9 September 2019

LOVE

 Good morning crafty friends

This was originally an A5 card but once I heat embossed it I decided to cut it to make a 5"x7".... try to ignore the huge, half of 'copyright & design'  over the top of it!

I stamped and embossed the whole of the card front and the true colour is shown bottom left and top left on the photo below

The sentiment stamp has the tiny marks in the stamp and gives a different look to being just smooth.  You can see more clearly what I mean on the last photo at the bottom

I stamped and embossed on a heavy-weight parchment then die cut


I then decided to die cut the larger
die from the set, also in parchment and add the sentiment, it  has mounting foam added to the back, onto the larger piece of vellum 

I have yet to stamp a verse inside

INGREDIENTS:
  • pearlised pink card - Crafter's Companion
  • parchment - Woodware
  • Spring Flower Words stamp set - John Lockwood
  • metallic gold rich pale embossing powder - WOW
  • 'Emma' frames and tags set - Creative Expressions


Listed below are the latest offers/bargains from CraftStash:

Get 15% Off Paper Discovery Craft Supplies When You Spend Over £30
CODE: ELEGANT15              STARTS: NOW          ENDS: 13 Sep 2019


BEST SELLER: Crafter's Companion Christmas Die Advent Calendar 2019 - Only £19.99
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 BEST SELLER: Crafter's Companion Christmas Die Advent Calendar 2019 - Only $20.69
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Until tomorrow....

June x 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

STAMP WINNER

Good morning crafty friends....

Just this week's 'Friday Freebie' winner today, and that person is:

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Results
Total names (N):13
The winner:Littlelamb


CONGRATULATIONS

Your win will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....

June x

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Use Your Stash Of 6"x6" Papers & Card Winner

Good morning crafty friends


Here is another short video showing you how you can use your 6"x6" double sided papers by making corner bookmarks.  Ideal as stocking fillers, more so if the recipient is getting a book!  Of course there is also 'happy mail' too!


I hope you enjoy the video as well as trying this technique yourself

Now for the card winner:

True Random Number Generator Powered by RANDOM

CONGRATULATIONS
 KarinsArtScrap

Your card will be winging its way to you soon

Until tomorrow....


June x

Friday, 6 September 2019

CROSS-OVER CARD & FRIDAY FREEBIE

Good morning crafty friends


For today's card I started with 2 square red card bases, 6"x6" and cut a slither away from one side of one card base so that I was able to adhere that on top of the other base card.... just like how you would make a gate-fold card.  I hope I've explained that clearly!

With the 2 top folds I diagonally cut away the top portion on each side, as shown above

A smaller panel of black card then a smaller panel of the pretty paper were adhered to each side

A thin line of adhesive was applied along the bottom of the base card and one flap was adhered to it.  More adhesive was applied for the top fold and adhered on top of the first fold


I die cut the 'happy birthday' in black card then the floral paper, adhered them together to give a shadow effect

Three card panels were cut to size for the pull out card in black, gold mirri and red

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on the red card.  Punched a hole at the top of the panels and added an eyelet and put white satin ribbon through the eyelet

To complete the front of the card I added pearl gems

I made a stand and adhered it to the back of the card to enable it to stand upright



This week's 'Friday Freebie'  is a stamp by Sam Poole


Leave me a comment if you would like your name added to the draw

You have until 6pm Saturday to do so

We use Random Name/Number Picker to choose a winner, therefore it doesn't matter if you have previously won or where you live as wer ship, at no cost to you, internationally

Until tomorrow....

June x

Thursday, 5 September 2019

THROW BACK THURSDAY

Good morning crafty friends....

Sometimes you only need a detailed paper and the appropriate sentiment to complete your card

Whilst today's card isn't that 'exciting' it was made for a friend of the family who plays guitar, actually he loves playing his guitar, so when I saw this paper I knew the card would be going to him


I did use a white pearlescent card for the A5 base, adhered the guitar paper to a larger panel of silver mirri, then added the black ribbon , securing it at the back of the mirri card.  This was adhered to the base card and I added faux stitching as a border

The sentiment was stamped onto white card then die cut

A verse was added to the inside and a die cut guitar was also adhered to the inside

Until tomorrow....

June x 

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY CARD GIVE-AWAY

Good morning crafty friends

I love the shade of card for this week's give-away, unfortunately I don't have any left!






This is an 8"square card

INGREDIENTS:

  • raspberry card - Papermill Direct
  • oval and square dies - Creative Expressions
  • embossing folder - CE
  • flower die set & leaves - John Lockwood/John Next Door
  • sentiment - JustRite Stamps
  • black gems - CE

If you would like to give this card a new home please leave a comment

 You have until 6pm Friday to do so and the winner will be chosen by
Random Name Picker/Number Picker and announced on Saturday's blog post

It doesn't matter if you have previously won or where you live as we ship (at our own expense) internationally

Until tomorrow....

June x

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY - MINI NOTE-CARD HOLDER

Good morning craft friends

Yesterday I thought my 'mo-jo' had left me hence today's technique is shown in photographs!





I used a heavy weight Kraft card for the base.  You can use chipboard

Cut 2 pieces of kraft card 31/4" x 31/2" and for the spine cut one piece 11/8" x 31/2"

Add plenty of strong adhesive tape to one side of the kraft card.  My apologies as I forgot to take a photo of the pieces covered in tape!


 Turn the base paper over so that you are working on the back of the paper

Remove the tape and position the kraft card to leave a border

NB  ensure you leave at least 1/8th" either side of the spine


Mitre all for corners as above


Remove tape backing and adhere paper to the kraft card

With a bone folder gently score the paper either side of the spine and, again gently, score whilst lifting one side to an upright position

Repeat on the other side of the spine

Add adhesive tape to the spine ensuring the tape is right on the edge of both sides

Now add the liner paper to the inside.  Again, apologies as there isn't a photograph


Cut 2 pieces of paper to measure 51/4" x 3"

Score on 3 sides only at 1/2" and 1" and burnish well


I've turned over the paper so that the score lines are visible because they weren't showing very well on the patterned side

You will now have 4 small boxes in 2 of the corners, as above


Remove the corners as shown above


On the first score line apply strong adhesive tape

Remove the tape from the bottom of the paper and adhere to the inside of the note-card holder

Ensure the edge does not overlap the score line for the spine

Remove remaining backing paper from the sides and attach to the base 


I think I should have added a little distress ink on the tops of both boxes



Tea bags/packets of coffee/biscuits and/or chocolate could also be put into these boxes

I also made a 'belly band' for the above.  The holder below is tied with ribbon


I made 4 note-cards measuring 3"x3" with envelopes


I will also try to do a video tutorial for the above



Until tomorrow....

June x

ANOTHER UPCYCLING CHRISTMAS CARD

Good morning crafty friends We've had three consecutive days of sunshine in the north east!  Must be our belated summer extension ...