Wednesday, 30 April 2008

A Couple of Altered CD's

These are CD's I altered as little gifts for a couple of my crafting friends who's birthdays are both today.

I used alcohol inks on one side of the cd and then stamped my Paper Artsy swirls stamp randomly over the cd using black ink. I then used a couple of stamps I got from "I brake for stamps" and stamped using black ink onto blue paper and then mounted the images onto the cd. The other side of the CD's I've covered with scrapbook paper and then I used some K & Co stickers to decorate them.
The challenge on Lots to do Challenges blog this week is to alter a cd :-)

A Couple of Birthday Cards

This first card I made for my good friend Ann, who's birthday it is today.

I used a square card and covered the front with some scrapbook paper. The main image is decoupaged and I then simply added a pink ribbon down the left hand side.

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This next card I made for Claire, another of my crafting friends who's birthday is today. I just had to make this card for Claire as she is always buying crafty goodies, so I thought it very apt for her.

This card again is another decoupaged card.

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Serendipity Card for Gia

This is a card I made and sent to one of my SBS friends, Gia. I used a lilac square card for my base card. I took some of my little scraps of patterned paper and tore them all into small pieces and stuck them onto an off cut of card.

I then used one of my Paper Artsy stamps and a versamark ink pad and stamped all over the papers. I added gold embossing powder and heated it. I then cut it up into squares and mounted them onto some black and then gold mirror card squares. I took a piece of cream card and stuck these onto it and then mounted the whole thing onto some gold glitter card. I then simply added a pink flower using a little purple brad. This is a great way for using up all the little scraps us crafters love to keep :-)

Saturday, 26 April 2008

A Qucik Hello

Just thought I'd best make a post as it's been some time since I added to my blog. I have been quite busy the past week or so as we went away for a few days to the Lake District. We have also had two new sheds arrived this week, so we've been busy sorting the back garden out and lots of levelling for the sheds to go on. We have finally finished putting the sheds together, just a few last touches to do now.

I hope to be back posting regularly very soon. I have made a couple of Birthday cards today for some friends, but can't post them until after they have been received.

Bye for now

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

From Me To You

These two items I made for a swap I'm involved in, each month we have to make something "altered" and mail it to the next person on the list. Well this month I had to make and send to Nicky - Nicky does some really beautiful altered pieces so I was a bit worried about what to make.
This first item is an old CD which I altered. I cut the cd shape out of some lilac paper which was out a kit I got ages ago from QVC. I stamped the little girl onto the paper and then added distress embossing powder and heated it. I then added the letters onto the top of the cd - these again are from a QVC kit. I then stuck this paper onto the front of the cd.

For the back of the cd I used my alcohol inks to cover it and then when it was totally dry, I used some Squiggly Inc stamps from Paper Artsy and randomly stamped the swirl pattern. I took a piece of glossy card stock and my cranberry and wild plum alcohol inks and inked up the glossy cardstock. I then stamped another little girl using stazon ink onto the alcohol inked background, I rounded the corners and then simply added a little flower using a brad to fix it in place . Both of the little girl stamps are from Paperbag Studio's and are from the Dreamer set.

This is my very first altered cd and I am quite pleased with the end result and can see me doing lots more of these.
The next item I made for Nicky is a little tag booklet with small concertina pouches inside. This project was in the Craft Stamper magazine and I just had to have a go at it. I must say mine didn't turn out as I wanted / thought it would - but it was my first time, so maybe I will have another go sometime in the future.

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I cut the tag booklet template out of some card which already has a sort of bluey mottled effect to it and then I used a little distressed ink on it. I decorated this using Cat's Life Press stamps and rusty brown stazon ink.

For the concertina flaps inside, I made 5 little folders/pockets from the same mottled cardstock and then used some green distress inks and gold glimmer mist to colour them. I used some chipboard letters which I covered in distress ink and then I triple embossed them - spelling out NICKY. I attached these onto the front of the little folders. For the inside of the little folders I cut some white cardstock into squares and used blue distress ink to colour them. I used various Cats Life Press stamps, mainly pictures on the front and words/quotes on the back.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Dotty About Tags

I have managed to make a tag today for the Weekend Taggers challenge. This week challenge is to use Polka Dots on your tag.

I covered the front of my tag with white and pink dotty paper. I stamped the Paperbag Studios little girl stamp onto some pink paper using black stazon ink and then cut her out. I added some pink gems onto the centres of the flowers on the little girl stamp and then mounted it onto the tag. I stamped "dream a little dream" onto some white vellum, again using a black stazon ink pad and I attached this to some floral ribbon and then placed it onto the tag towards the bottom. The tag looked a little bare at the top, so I added a little butterfly an a flower. I then added a white eyelet to the tag and will add some pink fibres when I get some.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

All Stitched Up

Something a little different from me today, no stamping, inks or mess. This is the very first stitching card I have done. The template / pattern I bought from Stitching Cards Com.

For the main card, I used a white A5 sized card and dry embossed a design at the top and bottom of the card using my shapeboss. I then used a piece of white card and pricked the holes in the correct place and then stitched using metallic threads. When the stitching was done I layered it onto some copper mirror card and then added it to the A5 card.

This card first in nicely with My Time To Craft challenge, which this week is "In Stitches"

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Monday, 7 April 2008

Tag Your It

Whilst blog hopping this morning I came across a new challenge blog Weekend Taggers. The first challenge is "shades of blue".

I cut my card to 6" x 3" and cut the corners off the top to make a tag shape. I used my distress ink pads (broken china and weathered wood) to create the background. I then used one of my Paperbag Studio stamps and stamped it using a versamark ink pad and then sprinkled the image with broken china distress embossing powder and heat set it. I then added a blue button flower in the girls hair and put some blue ribbon across the tag close to the bottom and added a shiny gem flower with a blue centre. Finally I added a blue eyelet and some blue fibres.
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Sunday, 6 April 2008

Sunday Stampers - Week 11

Hels set this weeks Sunday Stampers challenge which this week is "Travel/Journey/ Transport. Basically, you can use any kind of stamp that features a mode of transport in or on which you could make a journey! This could be a train, car, hot air balloon, flying, sailing, biking or even rollerskating!!" Well I don't have any transport stamps so had to have a good think about this one .... I came up with this card as I figured that walking is a form of transport - hope this is okay.

I used my alcohol inks to make my background onto which I stamped my image. I used latte, ginger and caramel alcohol inks and then added just a touch of demin and then dabbed with a bit of ink out of my gold krylon pen. Once I was happy with the look of my background I spritzed it with some gold glimmer mist. I then stamped the Papgerbag Studio's stamp onto the background using an adirondack black ink pad. I then layered the image onto some green card, gold card and then some cream card and finally mounted this onto a light green A6 card. I added a little grungeboard heart which I coloured in gold using my krylon pen.

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My First Skinny

This is the first Skinny I have made. For those who don't know what a Skinny is, it is simular to an ATC but the size has to be 3" wide x 5" tall. As with an ATC, you can decorate / embellish it how you like.

I cut my card to size and covered it with a swirly background paper. I stamped my little fairy (lLost Coast Designs) stamp onto white card using stazon black ink and then layered this onto some black card. I used my "Dream a little dream" stamp and just stamped the Dream onto white card and layeed it onto black card to match the main image. I then added 2 papermania black buttons and a papermania flower attached with a black brad.

I made this for the Skinny Saturday challenge blog - this weeks theme is open, so you can make what you want.

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Long Tall Sally

This is a bookmark I made for this weeks challenge on Funky Fairies blog - which was "I want you to make something tall and skinny"

I used worn lipstick and tattered rose distress inks to make the background of the bookmark. I then used fired brick distress ink and stamped the swirl stamp (Paper Artsy) over the background and added fired brick distress embossing powder and heat set it. I then stamped the heart swirl and sentiment stamp onto some pink paper using a black ink pad and added clear embossing powder and heat set it. I tore the paper around the sentiment and I cut out the heart and mounted them both onto the bookmark. Finally I edged it with fired brick ink and added an eyelet and some pink fibres.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Birds of a feather

This card is not one of my better ones LOL. It is the first time I've tried blending inks to make a background and I think I need more practice at blending the colours together.

This card is for the challenge on Scrummy Stash Cafe blog, which this weeks theme is to use Quotes or Sayings on your card. My quote says "Birds of a feather flock together". The bird stamp I used is a Tim Holtz stamp and the feathers stamp is from I brake for stamps.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Ismaki Challenge and My Time to Craft

This card I made using the sketch challenge on Ismaki

It also qualifies for last weeks challenge on My Time to Craft, which was Sparkle "Use shiney card, gems or glitter".

I used pink petticoat papers, some cuddly buddly papers and some bits of card from my stash. I stamped the Cuddly Buddly stamp, Charley onto white card and watercoloured it and then cut it out. I added 3 large flower gems, which are nice and sparkly and also a prima flower.
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