Saturday, 31 December 2011

Last Christmas Card

Hi everyone!

Just a very quick post today as I am battling a streaming cold and my brains not working very well (what do you mean 'no change there, then' lol).

Its a 'joint' card I made for me & Ian - I cant bear the thought of him spending money on shop bought cards!
The card is an A5 gatefold using a sheet of A4 Basic Black cardstock with panels of the stunning Mocha Morning Designer Series paper on mats of Basic Black and then Brushed Gold card. 

I inked up the tree and Joy images with Versmark, stamped them onto Basic Black card and then heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  This was matted on more Brushed Gold card with gold and antique brads (the ribbon with the antique brad is Crumb Cake Seam binding ribbon).

I dont know about you, but even now when I see a solid stamped image I always think its not going to come out right for me, theres bound to be a bit in the middle which is missing.  But nope, it came out perfect - FIRST TIME.  I just love SU stamps!

Right, thats enough from me, I'm off for a lay down (again).

Hope you have a lovely night tonight, whatever and whereever you are going.


Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Club Gifts for my Lovely Ladies

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas?   Mine has been lovely - we did the family stuff Christmas Day and have chilled out the rest of the time.  I bought Ian a really nice camera so hes been practicing taking lots of photos (its a cunning plan - he takes the photos, so I can do some scrapbooking!!!)

So far I havent done any crafting but I can feel my fingers starting to twitch when I walk by my craft room, so it wont be long before I am in there...

Anyway, here are the cards & gifts I made for my lovely Stamp Club ladies.  The card has the cute little penguins on from Polar Pary - I was determined not to buy this set as I only bought two Christmas sets last month and hadnt even opened them let alone inked them up - but resistance was futile...)

And here is a little gift box, which could also double as the card if you like.  Again, I used the tree & the Polar Bear from Polar Party (the Polar Bear is covered in Dazzling Diamonds!).  The sentiment is from Perfect Pairs.

This is the side view.  Inside each one, I put samples of the Glimmer Grads - my ladies love sparkle - and a little magnetic book mark that I brought them back from Convention in November.

I only have one more Christmas item to post on my blog, the card I made for me & my Hubby - and I will do that in a couple of days.  So come back soon to see it - even I love it!!!


Friday, 23 December 2011

At Last - I'm Back!

Sorry I have not posted for a while, but all the crafting I have done lately has been for ladies who see my blog and I wanted to make sure that they had their cards / gifts before posting them here!!!

Here are the cards I made for our team, Joanne, Sara, Hazel, Chrissi & Maureen.

I made up my own background stamp a few weeks ago using scraps of rubber from stamps I have bought and attached them to a spare wooden block. The stamp was used to create the cracked background for the skaters - I love how this turned out, its much better than I thought it would be.

I used Winter Post (for the first time!) and started with the snowflake, stamping it on Crumb Cake cardstock with Versamark, sprinkling on Heat and Stick powder, adding Dazzling Diamonds and then heating again to set.

Mats of Very Vanilla and Early Espresso card were torn diagonally and distressed, then I positioned them roughly in place to work out where to stamp the stag.  Once the stag was stamped I secured the distressed card mats to the card blank and the Post Card image was stamped in Early Espresso ink. 

The skaters were stamped onto Very Vanilla card and then inked up my 'cracked' background stamp with Versamark and sprinkled clear embossing powder over before heating.  To emphasise the cracks, I rubbed over the top with Sahara Sand ink on a sponge dauber.  The ink doesnt stay on the embossed areas, it just soaks into the card between the cracks, leaving a lovely effect. 

The edges of the Early Espresso mat I used behind the Skater image has been punched using something BRAND NEW!  I cant tell you much yet - but if you bob back soon, I can explain...

I had to keep the card relatively flat for posting so I just mounted the Skaters on Dimensionals.

To finish the card I stamped the postmark image on to the Very Vanilla card, decorated the insert AND the envelope (which I nearly always forget to do).

I also decorated a little box to match and added a bookmark.  Theres a little gift in the box too but I dont want to spoil the surprise if they havent opened the box yet.

Well, Im off to do some more cards - I really ought to make my Hubbys card didnt I? 

Hope you have a wonderful, special and safe Christmas!

Jan x

Friday, 16 December 2011

Langsett Barn Craft Fair

Hi there
Sorry for not posting anything crafty but the things I have been making lately have been cards and gifts for ladies who look at my blog!!!

I will post them as soom as I know that the ladies have recieved them, but I just wanted to let you know about a craft fair that Me, Sara & Joanne are doing tomorrow.

Its at Langsett Barn. Here is a link to the location for directions.  We havent been before, so it will be nice to do a fair at a different location - plus we will be able to have another natter - LOL.

Hope you get the chance to bob along!


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Beautiful Wings

First of all, Id like to apologise for not having the time to sort out the Class Bundle yet.  I have been on a course all week in Derby and although I knew there was an exam to sit - I didn't know there would be homework too (I haven't had to do home work for nearly 30 years!!!). 

The other thing that's kept me busy is that we have had all the work to the bathroom, so real life has got in the way lately. Thankfully, all the hard work in the bathroom is done now.

I had bought some new items to make the bathroom look nice and picked a lovely aubergine colour to accessorise the room, but its a really difficult colour to match up and after I put everything in place, there was a gap which NEEDED something else. 

I had been given a photograph frame a few years ago but I just couldn't find a nice enough picture to put in it so to save traipsing around the shops to find something, I improvised a bit - after all, a photo frame doesn't have to have a photo in it!

I used a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and trimmed it to fit the frame, then cut a mat of Whisper White card to sit inside.  The butterflies are die cut & embossed using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die and they were then sprayed with shimmer mist to add a little sparkle.

The butterflies were just positioned on the Whisper White card and Basic Rhinestones added for some bling.  It the only bit of crafting Ive done for at least a week (shhh, I still haven't started making my Christmas Cards!!!).

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Candy Boxs for Customers

Hi there!

Hope you are enjoying the weekend, despite the weather!

I'm having quite a bust one as Ian is still doing all the work in the bathroom whilst I have been doing classes & getting other (far more important) crafting stuff done.

Yesterdays class was brilliant - although we surpassed ourselves for running out of time by only getting half of the projects done!  But that was mostly down to me nattering on about Convention - Tee Hee.

I will be offering a class bundle and tutorial on my blog in the next couple of days if you would like to purchase one.  More details will be posted soon (I need to take some more photos and sort out postage costs) so bob back soon for more details.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the little gift I made for my customers last month.

These boxes are the cutest!  You get two out of an A4 sheet and are perfect for wedding favours.

I used the Candy Wrapper die to make the box out of Real Red card and filled it with some chocolates.  Then all I did to decorate was wrap a strip of Holly Berry Designer Series Paper round the box, stamp a sentiment from the Tags Til Christmas set (thanks for the loan Maureen!) and mount on a mat of Old Olive card.  So simple and if you are wondering how long they took - 12 took 40 minutes and that included cutting them out & filling with chocolate - simples!

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to bob back soon for the details of how to purchase the class bundles.