Thursday, 31 January 2008

Di Hickman Challenge

Happy Thursday to all :-)

This card I made for the Di Hickman Card Sketch Jan #5. Another first for me as it is the first time of joining in with the challenge.

I used Pink Petticoat Blooming Doodles paper (putty & black). I put some silver & black rose ribbon down the right hand side of the card which I matted and layered onto silver, putty and black cardstock. I put a strip of black card, mounted onto silver card running along the lower card and added two little silver heart peel offs and a black ribbon bow.

I'm not sure if I like the end result as it is quite a "busy" card - not my usual style at all - but it is growing on me LOL

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Foil Card with Ribbon

This card I made for Daring Cardmakers challenge - the first time I've joined in. The dare this week was to use kitchen aluminium foil some where on your card.

This card also meets the criteria for the Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge which is to use ribbons.

I covered a piece of card with kitchen foil and embossed it with a cuttlebug embossing folder. I added this to a black card and then stamped a DMD butterfly stamp in black ink onto white card and matted and layered it onto black and silver card. I then added a black ribbon and a buckle cut on my Wizard.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Pinkle's Challenge & Papertake Weekly Challenge

I've not done any crafting for a few days as I've been busy with one thing and another.

Anyway, here are two things I've made for The Sunday Stampers Challenge set by Pinkle The challenge was to use inky stampy techniques to make a card, ATC or a tag and this weeks theme was love.
Also the theme on Papertake Weekly Challenge was to make somethihng with a heart on it, so these were perfect.

The first thing I made is a card - I used red cardstock and the actual card design/fold was taken from January's Craft Stamper Magazine. I used a versamark ink pad, and stamped the free stamp which came with the magazine, randomly on the left front of the card and then embossed it using gold embossing powder. I put gold mirror card behind the front fold (hope that makes sense). Then I stamped an Anna Griffin heart stamp on a piece of red card again using the versamark ink pad and again embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then matted and layered it onto gold mirror card. The word "Love" I then stamped and embossed and matted onto red and gold card.

Next I made an ATC - I used some alcohol inks to make the background and then I stamped the heart in black ink and coloured it using a distress ink pad. I cut it out and edged it with a Krylon gold leafing pen. Again I used the free stamp and stamped "Love" on the bottom of the ATC and I added a lilac heart gem over the letter "o". Finally I used foam pads to mount the heart onto the ATC and edged it with the Krylon gold leafing pen.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Having a tidy up

Today I have been sorting all my crafting things out. I had a phase where I decided I wanted to do Parchment Craft so I bought all the tools and inks etc. but never really got into it. Anyways, I've sorted them all out and I'm going to sell them so I can get some money to buy some new crafting goodies :-)

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

No rain today

Well I've not managed any crafting yet today, I might get chance once my little monsters are in bed :-) I did get a few crafy things in the post today. Another 6 Alcohol inks for me to play with!
It's been a much nicer day here today, than of late as we haven't had any rain yet ...

Monday, 21 January 2008

Fat Book Pages

These are some FBP's I made today for the Flower swap on Craft Swap Forum. I used Pink Peticoat papers on three and the other one I used a cuttlebug embossing folder. The stamp I used is from DMD, I stamped it in lilac and then put Holographic embossing powder on. I just added a little bow and a few square lilac gems. The papers are all lilac and white, but look a little grey in the photo's.


Well it is raining here again and has rained all night :-( I really can't wait for the better weather to arrive - roll on Spring.

I've been up early this morning crafting. I've been making some Fat Book Pages, but had a bit of a disaster as my big tube of UHU glue decided to get a hole in it and it leaked all over the place :-(

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Son's 11th Birthday

It was Adam's Birthday yesterday. This is a quick card I made for him - I find it quite difficult to make cards for him as he is in between a child and adult. I thought this Magnolia stamped Edwin would make a good card. I used twinking H20's to colour the stamped image and matted and layered it.

Friday, 18 January 2008

Quick Card

Another wet day here again - roll on spring.

I made a quick card to send with my BIA book to my forum friend. I used my Craft Robo to cut the card out and added decoupage to the front - a very simple and quick card.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

First BIA Book

Another wet day here today - I think I'll have to grow webbed feet :-)

Here is my first proper Bind It All project. I am quite pleased with the results and have learned quite alot of things for when I do my next one.
This is the front cover of the book, I didn't think it needed anything adding to it as it is quite a "busy" paper. The paper is from K & Co Garden Collage pad.

The inside cover of the book is again covered with scrapbook papers and the "imagine stamp" is a Heidi Swapp one, which I stamped and heat embossed. The next page was stamped using a brilliance 3 colour ink pad and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The stamp is from Crafty Individuals.

The left page is again stamped and heat embossed and the stamp is another Crafty Individuals one. The right page is covered with Anna Griffin paper and the "Smile" stamp is from DMD. The butterfly is one I bought from Dawn Bibby's shop and it comes already glittered.

The left page I stamped in encore metalic ink and heat embossed it. I aslo re-stamped one of the butterflies onto yellow card and decoupage it to put a little colour in the page. The right page is a DMD stamp, which I stamped onto yellow vellum and heat embossed again. I just added a few papermania die-cut flowers.

The left page again I stamped using encore metalic ink and heat embossed. The "dream a little dream" is a stamp by Anita's which was stamped onto yellow vellum. The butterfly stamp is another Crafty Individuals stamp, again stamped onto yellow vellum and again I re-stamped the butterfly and decoupaged it. The right page is a DMD stamp, stamped with Versamark pale blue ink and embossed. I attached this to the page using little flower brads and then just added a couple of Papermania flower stickers.

The right page is part of a download scrapbook page / set from Cuddly Buddly. I inked the tag using versamark ink and stamped Smile on it in a darker purple ink. I then added two pieces of twill ribbon, which I also inked with versamark purple ink. The last page is the inside of the back cover and I just covered it with scrapbook papers and stamped and heat embossed the saying - I think it is an Anita's stamp.

The back of the book is basically the same as the front. When the book was finished I just added a few bits of fibres and ribbons onto the o wires.

I made a box and covered the lid with the K & Co Garden Collage paper. I decided to send this book to a forum friend who has been feeling a bit down in the dumps lately. I hope she likes it.
Now I have completed my first book, I can't wait to start on my next one :-)

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Work in progress

Another wet day here today - at least the roof isn't leaking now.

I've been busy making my first Bind It All book today. Hopefully I will be able to post some pics of it tomorrow as it is currently drying (glue and silicone) and then I just need to put it all together.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Altered Tin

It's been a miserable day here today, it rained most of the day. I've not been upto much today, but I did make a few things yesterday.

The first thing is an altered tin. This is the first time I've altered anything. I used my alcohol inks to cover the tin and then used old paper distress ink on the background of the butterfly and tore the edges and edged them with walnut stain distress ink. The butterfly stamp is from Crafty Individuals and was stamped using walnut distress ink and then I coloured it with some Adirondack ink. I just added two little flowers and a few bits of raffia.

I also made a Fat Book Page, again using my alcohol inks and distress ink pads. The butterfly stamp is from DMD and I stamped it using walnut stain distress ink onto a piece of card which I had distressed using old paper distress ink. Again I coloured the stamped image with a little Adironack ink and added a couple of flowers and tied a piece of raffia around the page.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

My First Play With Alcholol Inks

Well my alcohol inks arrived the other day, so I had a play with them last night. I used latte, ginger, caramel and cranberry inks to make the background. I used some distress ink pads on hammered cardstock (old paper and walnut stain). The dragonfly is a rubber stamp from Clevercut, and I used a graphite black Brilliance ink pad to stamp onto the alcohol inked background.

Whilst I love the effect I got, I don't like the card at all. I think I will try some ATC's and Fat Book Pages as I think these will look much better.

Hubby has took the boys out today, so I'm off for another play with my inks and stamps.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Some Good News

I'm so excited, my daughter has just sent me a message to say that she has a new job. She went for an interview on Thursday with British Airways and she has got the job :-) I'm so pleased for her and also very proud too.

Here are a couple of Fat Book Pages which I made yesterday. They were made using digital downloads from Cuddly Buddly. Some of the elements of the flowers have been decoupaged and the backs are covered with the same papers and have two tags eyeletted together with my details of the swap written on the bottom tag.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Roof leaking

Just thought I'd best make a posting as I haven't posted anything this week. I've not had much time for crafting this week as we had a bit of a disaster - we have a hole in our roof and water was dripping through the upstairs ceiling :-( Hopefully we will be able to get it sorted out quickly and before we have any more rain.

I made a few Fat Book Pages today, so will hopefully get them uploaded tomorrow.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Oriental ATC's

I've had a busy crafty day today. OH took the boys out this afternoon and I got my ink and stamps out, dusted them off and set to play. These three ATC's are for a swap on CSF, I used distress ink pads to do the backgrounds (old page and walnut) and then I used different small oriental stamps to finish off the background. The geisha's were stamped onto photo paper and then rubbed over with a little more distress ink. I just added an oriental "coin" and a bit of red ribbon/fibers.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Fat Book Pages

Again, carrying on with the oriental theme I made a couple of Fat Book Pages, for a swap on CSF. I used backing papers from Joanna Sheens Oriental Dreams cd and stamped and embossed the geisha's with gold embossing powder onto off white cardstock. I then used irridescent gold H20's and just painted over the cardstock to give a lovely shiney effect. Mounted onto red and black card and then I just added a couple of gold fans on the side.

These next two Fat Book Pages were stamped and embossed again with gold embossing powder. This is the first time I've used this stamp and I love it - it is a Crafty Individuals stamp. I used scrapbook paper for the background and just mounted the stamped images onto pink and brown-grain card, inked the edges of the pages with brilliance ink and added a pink bow.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Goodies Arrived

No crafting today, but I did receive quite a few crafty bits which I had ordered online. I got some lovely Distress Ink Pads and some Crafty Individual stamps, which look lovely. Hopefully I will get time to try them out tomorrow.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

A Couple of Scrapbook Pages

This page was made for a challenge on Craft Swap Forum - the subject was "presents". The papers I used are Papermania. I stamped the word presents and punched them out using a tag punch then threaded ribbon though them.

This page was my first attempt at scrapbooking - I made it about 12 months ago. I just need to put the date in the bottom left corner.