Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Congrats!

I had a scrap of the lovely "Forest Friends" paper from Fabscraps left over so rather than chuck it I made it into another small new baby card!


This time I worked out how to "meld" on the eclips and create a word with joined  up letters. Took me a while, I am sure things should be easier than I find them! :)

I used Alako-Bold font and then cut it out several times on the eclips and stuck them on top of each other to make a raised "Congrats".

I tried adding an au-naturel laser cut bunny but he didn't look right so I painted him silver!

Studs added after from the stash. Kraft card blank.

Monday, April 24, 2017

New recruit!

Very pleased to make this commissioned card for a new arrival! I used the eclips AGAIN! I know, I am finally using the technology!!! :)


I cut out the "Welcome Ethan" using the eclips and then backed it with silver paper. The paper I used it two sided and called "Forest Friends" by fabscraps.com.  The silvery trees are on the one side, and the cute animals on the other.


I added some little wood laser cut animals as an embelli and some silver studs on the topper.  I keep meaning to use the wooden animals but they never seem to fit the card, I think they look quite cute on this one though!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

More experimental cutting!

As you might have guessed, there is now no stopping me cutting stuff up! :) This time I used a freebie celtic pattern to make a cutting file and used it on the eclips.


A few months ago, one of our newspapers was giving away free prints of Claude Monet paintings. They were abandoned everywhere in our local coffee shop so I swiped a few at the end of the day to perhaps use as a background image. However, I decided to cut a celtic design out of " Path in the Garden at Giverny" (1901-02) for this card. I wanted a floral/irish feeling card.

Flowers from Wild Orchid, Hobbycraft and stash. Papers from stash. Number from Amelia's Creative Craft Shop in Studley. Embelished with glossy accents, Nuvo crystal drops and stickles.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cat cards!

Recently read someone's blog where they mentioned that they made a prototype of their card before making the final version, phew! I am glad I am not the only one to do this!  Because I am very new to the Eclips I was experimenting with free svg files and used one of a cat for a commissioned card order.

This is the prototype! I decided not to waste the cut and used it to make a card. The background and rainbow strips are using up a background I made on a previous "having a mess" day. I'm pretty sure it was using liquid distress ink refills on glossy cardstock.


So after making that card I edited the cutting file and made the cat a bit more streamlined. I also popped on some text to make it relevant to the customer's order.


This was another "having a mess" background. I used sequins from the stash, stickles on the text and some glossy accents in the eyes.

BMW card.

Used my photo card formula to make a commissioned man's card for a BMW 3 series E92 coupe owner. Tried my best to get it accurate, but it's hard when you don't know much about specific cars! :)


Using images from Honest John Car Reviews and the Autocar website I used Paint Shop Pro to make a collage and then changed the resulting image to black and white to match the silver theme of the card.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Bunnies

Another card using Gerda Steiner Stamp Set - Hoppiness! that Helen kindly stamped for me! Made this as an Easter card for my nephew, just using the bunny parts of the set.


I used the fence and little bird from the set on this card last month.

Bunnies were coloured with copics. Holes cut on the cuttlebug using a spellbinders circle set and added yellow bling to finish. Wanted to have a go at a card like this for ages, so glad I had an excuse to make one for Easter.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Challenge 35

Very happy that Knitty Kitty Digis are sponsoring this months Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog!

The challenge this month is ATG/Add a sentiment and to the winner KKD are offering 3 free digis.

I have used from Knitty Kitties - "Dachshund Thru The Snow" and it's my first time colouring him up in pencil! I quite like these almost CAS cards because the colouring didn't take forever so it was quite quick! Hurrah!


This sequins were from a very old pinflair kit and I think they make quite nice snow! The font is "Apple Boy BTN" and I added some highlights using polychromo pencil in white and then a spot of White posca pen. The dachshund is coloured using polychromo pencils.

Close up of him -


Monday, April 03, 2017

Happy Mail!

Really pleased to share a photo of some Happy Mail from my friend Fiki! As well as a fabulous card (which I cannot yet unveil) there was this super awesome wand!!! I love it! I've had it on my craft bench since opening it and it's not going anywhere!


She used the Kittaccino Knitty Kitty Digistamp and I love her choice of china and the super realistic biscuit! Does this mean those little biscuits are a universal thing? :) I hope so, nom! :)

I thought, like me, you might be interested in a picture of it that shows a bit more of my crafting area? Heavily cropped as there are wedding invites everywhere at present!!  (No, a customer order, not my wedding!) So here is my wand in pen pot situ!


Thank you Fiki for my wand, I love it! :D Crafting friends are awesome!



Friday, March 31, 2017

Bestie Chickens :)

Another commissioned card, I don't have any chicken stamps (well none that I could find) so I made some myself. And yes they are attached to balloons because they are birthday chickens! :D

They are now also a digiset in my Etsy shop and you can find them HERE! There are seven chickens in the set including a kite, weather vane and sqwalking chicken not shown here :)




Clouds are distress inks and a homemade cloud stencil. I added a few Joy die clouds too. The chickens and balloons are all coloured with copics.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bunch of Birds

I felt really sad that A Day for Daisies and Sami Stamps have stopped sponsoring challenges. They have beautiful images and they are a pleasure to colour. I decided to buy the one I was hoping for for the next challenge, called Bunch of Birds. I made two layouts with it, one for a commissioned birthday card and one for a Mother's Day card.


They are coloured with, as normal, polychromo pencils on Kendal Buff Card.


Font is East Coast Stationery. Background papers from stash. Glossy Accents and Bling to finish.

Friday, March 24, 2017

A bit of GerdaSteinerDesigns.com

Helen was kind enough to stamp me some of her new Gerda Steiner Stamp Set - Hoppiness! I decided to use the fence and birds to make a Wedding Congrats Card (Or Anniversary etc). The bird is super cute and really easy to have ideas for. I am doing the bunnies from the set on another card :)


 Birds - C1, Y08, Y17, B93, B95
Fence - W3, E31, E35

This is a distress ink background with water flicked on top. The fence and birds are coloured with copics. Sequins and banner added too. I also use part of the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border diecut on the fence. Banner is in Lobster Two Font.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cinderella :D

Really enjoyed making this commissioned card using "Frame-it Cinderella" by Bugaboo stamps. It's polychromos on kraft card and then some simple matting and layering in pinks. There are a lot of very old stash items used up in this, paper sets I have really loved and now have almost used up! :) Flowers are from Wild Orchid.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend trip out!

Went with Helen to the NEC on Saturday. It was verrrrrrrry busy! Whilst we mainly went for the hobbycrafts/papercraft show we had enough energy this time to check out some of the cake stuff. They had competition cakes there, and some were amazing! Thought I would share a few photos of some of our favs!

I loved this labrador in the water! And the unicorn in the water was pretty epic too. The texture of this hedgehog on a large Alice in Wonderland cake was amazing and I am a sucker for anything with Niffler on. :)


Helen was not at all happy about the doomed bunny cake (It was amazingly made though!). The lemons were a breast cancer awareness cake.  The princess and the pea was stunning and the beaver cupcake selection were my fav cupcake deco effort. I didn't realise alot of the cakes aren't tasted, and it was really odd seeing some of the decorations with large bites taken out in the tasted section!


Thought this one was super successful, tho not as complicated as others it was so pretty!
 

We had a fun day out, but I'm not sure if we will go to another March Hobbycrafts show at the NEC. It's so expensive compared to the Midland Motor Museum Show and has only a few papercraft aisles these days. I suppose Sewing and Baking are more trendy now, and papercrafts is all a bit old hat? :)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Minion Kitties

Made some actual Minion Kitties (A bit like the Knitty Kitty Facebook Group Freebie) as catnip toys for my friend Helen who has just had two new cats! Oscar and Maisey :) I am pleased to report that Oscar already approves of them and so they were definitely worth sewing! :)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easter Parade!

Treated myself to some Bloobel digistamps to make a few Easter cards for my family. I lined them up to go on a DL card, and then coloured them in Polychromos. Ralph, Marty and Bunneh!


As it was an Easter parade, they all needed some easter bonnets/hats so added  feathers, flowers and bling to them. I think they turned out super jolly!


Font is Bernadette Rough.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Carrots.

Quick post to share a commissioned card for someone who enjoys growing their veg! I used a lot of vintage images & illustrations that were free online to make this. I made a collage of them for the back image, adding some drop shadows for interest :)


Yep, same fold again, for another Man's Card, but it lends itself well to doing a card with PC generated graphics. :) Also matted and layered onto orange and then green card, with added gold bling.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pottery Painting Day.

Last year we had a really fun trip to The Melting Pot in Bewdley where you can paint pieces of bisque pottery and have them fired. I gave my family a voucher to go again this year and  last week we went for a jolly morning glazing! :) (I've just used my instagram pics, might take some better ones sometime soon, sorry for the poor quality.)

My brother did a cannister to match his 1930's tea set.


Mum did a green and pink flowery jug.


I did two side plates (or milk saucers) with a white cat on.


It was a really great day, would very much recommend it if you enjoy doing something crafty but different from your normal hobbies.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tiny Totoro Terrariums



 What people don't tell you about making terrariums is how hard it is to get a good photo of them!  :) This has been an ongoing project for a couple of weeks, of a couple of years if you count how long I have had the jars in which to make them!


I order the figures from ebay but when they came they needed a bit of retouching with acrylics.

Recipe:

The jars were from the charity shop.
The twine was left over from the last wedding invites I made.
The charm is from ye olde bead stash.
I purchased fresh cork pieces for the base and used grass intended for Minature Warcraft set ups, easily available on ebay too.
For some of the them I used bark/twig my friend Helen kindly donated me from her garden.
I added a felt base to them afterwards too.

On the bottom of the cork lid there are glow in the dark stars which add a bit of night time interest. As yet I have not found anything glowy enough to actually light them up properly at night. I shall keep up the hunt!

I have two bigger jars to have a go at next! :)

Monday, March 06, 2017

Diesel Trains.

Another commission card, this time for someone interested in just diesel trains (not steam!!). I used the internet to search for these images, reduced them and recoloured them before creating a photo montage in Paint Shop Pro and printing them out for the card.


This card is mainly just matting and layering but I always think this fold makes this shape card more interesting. It also features in the background the recipients local station, I am hoping he spots it.
(And also also, features a train at my local station, but I don't expect him to know that, lol)

Friday, March 03, 2017

After my own heart...

Commissioned Coffee Lover Birthday Card! Not hard to do for me, I understand the love of coffee, lol.


Combo'd a few ideas from Instagram to make this (From Xmyhartworkshop and Kim Becker)  and two new diesets -
Hunkydory Coffee Time FTLS140
And Lawn Fawn Love You A Latte.

The image is coloured using copics and the sentiment is printed onto yellow vellum.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Ad hoc surprise challenge!

For a bit of fun and some awesome prizes we are running an ad hoc challenge on The Crafty Addict's Facebook this month. It's an "Anything Goes" challenge and the Design Team will vote for winners at the end of the month. Dr. Digi's House of Stamps  are sponsoring it for us, so you can win two free stamps too!

I have used Peg Leg Pete from Dr. Digi's to make this 50th birthday card for a friend! I love this image, it looks a little bit like my friend too, but I might not say that outloud, lol!


As normal, it's polychromo pencils on kendall buff card. The little skull and cross bones is from a very old pirate kit I have been hoarding. The font is Le Grand.

Close up of Pete and his parrot.


Sponsor Badge

http://www.doctor-digi.com/

Challenge 34

Back again with another Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog post and this time it's for Challenge 34 - ATG/CAS (Anything Goes/Clean and Simple).

We are very lucky to have Polkadoodles sponsoring this month and offering a prize of £6.75, which equates to 3 digistamps from their shop.

I have chosen for my inspiraition card  "Winnie Wonderland - I'm late" featuring a very hurried white rabbit!


I have, as normal, used polychromo pencils on kraft card. I added some sequin bling from the stash and the sentiment is in the font called "Angelina".

Here he is a bit closer - 


We are also running a challenge in our facebook group this month, with a great prize from Dr.Digi's House of Stamps. Pop by The Crafty Addicts on facebook for a look at the DT inspiration and details on how to take part. I'll do a second post today with more deets too.

Sponsor Badge

http://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/


Monday, February 20, 2017

Pix's Favorites.

Helen very kindly stamped me some of her new Mama Elephant set, Pix's Favorites. They were great fun to use and colour, I went with copics and tried a new colouring style, but I find it hard not to keep adding shadow! :)


I also tried a few new background techniques with the distress inks. I used water directly onto a blended background but moved the water to resemble clouds. The middle one is just a blend over a Memory Box Birch Trees stencil, and in the third one I filled in the background, then used the stencil and removed ink rather than added it. Makes a kind of spooky background I like! :)

So this is the watercolour cloud background, the grass is Grass Border by Lawn Fawn.



This is using a stencil in a more traditional way, tho oddly I don't think I have ever used a stencil like this before, normally I use it for paste and sprays.




Final spooky background. The sentiments on all the cards are from Hero Arts and are called "Messages with flourish". (CL738)


Love these stamps, they are so cute! :) Nice to have the chance to make some cards just for fun, and not for an order, don't get the chance much these days :)

Friday, February 17, 2017

We will miss him too.

Unfortunately my friend lost her dog this week, so I made her a little sympathy card. He was a really funny, loving, beautiful dog and I will definitely be missing him too.


Dachshund is coloured in Copics, E08, E31, E33. He and the Sentiment are from the "We Love Dogs" set by Apple Blossom (STOB0012). Paw prints are from the set called "Foot Marks" by Muji. Mounted on 3D foam and attached to a 7x5 inch card blank.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

And the winners are....



Finally the results are in, and I am very happy to report that we have six winners!

Helen's Winner - Bunny Roo Digistamp - Jen - http://jencraftsa.blogspot.co.uk/
KT Fit Kitty's Winner - Cupcake Kitty - Tink - http://tinktime-tink.blogspot.co.uk/
Christine's Winner - Surprise Kitty Cake - Birdie - http://alittlemorecanthurt.blogspot.co.uk/
Laine's Winner - Kleokatra - Hetty - http://craftchaos.blogspot.co.uk/
Marion's Winner - Basket Case Kitties - Gail - http://hutcho53.blogspot.co.uk/
Annabel's Blog Winner - Kittiski - Carole - http://cjcrafty.blogspot.co.uk
The Knitty Kitty Digi Instagram Winner - Olga  - http://creatingwitholga.blogspot.co.uk/

Just incase I have not been in contact with you on facebook, please feel free to email me at
to claim your prize.

Thanks for taking part everyone! We had great fun with it, hope you did too! x

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hop Day Eight


Just interupting the flow of the hop, I had to make a card for an order! If you want to find out about the hop and how to take part, the link to the post is HERE. Today is the last full day of the hop, picking winners tomorrow on the 14th.

So onto the card order! It was a card order for a film theme birthday card for a Dad! :)


I harvested the film logos from google to make the background and then printed them out. I mounted this on gold paper. I used 3 cigarette card of movie idols to make the fan shape in the centre, and mounted them on gold too. I printed out the greeting (Little Lord Fontleroy) in a slightly curved shape and then stamped over it the Bannerific Banner from Lawn Fawn (LF339). Gold bling to finish. Not an elaborate card but it was quite short notice and needed to be mailed pretty quickly to the customer. Might actually have benefited from no faffing keeping it a pretty crisp design.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hop Day Seven!


Just hopping on by with a very suitable hoppy type image and another link back to the ORIGINAL HOP POST incase you need to look at if for how to take part :)



I wanted to have a go at the digistamp that Helen chose for the hop, BunnyRoo! It's actually the second attempt, I have decided that grey fur on kraft paper is not ideal, and that I should mebbe do a different colour next time! :) He was easy to colour tho, quite quick, which I approve of! lol. If you don't want to try and win him for free in the hop, he is in the etsy shop for sale too.


So I made BunnyRoo into a New Baby Card, always handy to have one in the card hoard! :) He is coloured using polychromo pencils on kraft card. Sequins from the stash and the font is Mister Sirloin. I used a white posca pen to highlight their noses :)




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hop Day Six!


Another day hopping! And if you would like to take part and win some free digi's please visit THIS POST and read what you have to do! Nothing complicated, all very easy and a great chance of winning something!

I decided to have a go at colouring some of the digi's the Knitty Kitty Digi Design Team chose and test them out! I like to know how difficult an image is to colour so I can make improvements if needed. The first one I chose to do was Kitty's "Cupcake Kitty".



You can win Cupcake Kitty by visiting FT Fit Kitty's Blog HERE.
If you'd like to purchase it rather than hopping, it's in the shop HERE.



Well, I can report that it was good fun to colour in! I just made it into a simple CAS card. I used polychromo pencils on kraft card and a white posca pen for highlights. The font is Mister Sirloin. Sequins were from the stash. It's a Valentine's card for my significant other :) Yep, I am safe to post it ahead of time as it's incredibly unlikely he will check my blog! lol.