Sunday, 11 September 2011

WMS Sketch Challenge - more Halloween!


I'm still making Halloween cards - and have just started making Christmas cards, too, but more on those later...

This is for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge where this week's sketch is this:

My card is made pretty much entirely with Waltzingmouse Stamps, with the addition of cardstock & ink (obviously!), ribbon and a button!

I used a pattern from Off Beat Backgrounds and the little bats from Cicely at Halloween and Gracie at Halloween for the background, Holiday Labels No. 14 on the die cut and the witch and sentiment from Gracie at Halloween.

The ribbon matches the purple inks and markers a bit better in real life but it was refusing to photograph better.

Hope you're all enjoyed the weekend! Feels like it has just flown by again... (see what I did there?!)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Imagine It - Unity Friends With Flair Friday card

Happy Friday!

Every Friday Unity hosts Friends With Flair over on their blog, for us Unity fans to show our stamped creations.

I actually made this card last weekend but haven't had time to blog it until now.

I've used Unity's Donna Downey stamps from the set "Imagine It". The label is die cut with Nesties and inked with alcohol inks - it has a bronze metallic sheen in real life that I couldn't capture in the photos. The background is an embossed sheet of Black Magic cardstock.

I just love that quote! What have you achieved this week?

Me, well, I'm now running for 28 minutes nonstop for the first time in my life. I started training using the Couch to 5k plan at the end of June and I'm now nearly finished, going to be running for 30 minutes 3 times a week from next week! It has been truly amazing. I've never been athletic and was never good at running before. I'm so proud of having got this far with it. And having achieved that, I now feel I can do anything! Happy place!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - Autumn is coming!

Happy September!

Despite a warm weekend, it's getting undoubtedly autumnal. Autumn means lovely warm colours, big mugs of hot tea, getting cardigans out from their summer storage and having the cat sleeping under the duvet all night. What's not to love?!

With that in mind, I've used some of my favourite autumnal tones and a stamp from Waltzingmouse's 'Cicely at Halloween' set for this card. This is the challenge sketch for this week over on the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog:

And this is my card:

(Click to see it bigger.)

The patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye 6x6 'Allspice' paper collection. I just love those delicious autumnal tones!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Long time, no blogging!

As you can see, I haven't quite fallen off the face of the earth yet even though I have been very quiet on the blogging front this summer.

Well, I'm back with a card to show you... this was inspired by a recent UnityTV card tutorial using these same stamps/layout. And of course I've used my favourite colours, brown and teal... I promise that one of these days I'll make a card that uses a different colour scheme!

This is the second attempt - with the first, everything that could go wrong, did. I smudged the ink in the sentiment, and after spritzing the background with a Shimmer Mist, managed to drop it on the floor.

The background stamps are from Unity's Donna Downey "Inspired Meadows" kit, journaling spot is from Unity's Simple Stories "100% Real Life" kit and the sentiment from the Papertrey anniversary set.

This is going in the post tomorrow for someone's 91st birthday!

Hope you've all enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend (if you're in the UK) or had a good start to your week if you're elsewhere!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Unity FWF & Dream Big


Every Friday over on the Unity Stamp Company blog it's Friends With Flair Friday. That's when Unity fans can show off their Unity creations.

This one is with special thanks to Unity because I won the Itty Bitty stamp in one of their Facebook competitions! It arrived in the post this week and of course  I had to ink it up right away...

Stamped with Distress Ink (a combination of 3 different shades actually, but it all became pretty orange... but it's Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick and Crushed Olive) for a vintagey look. I also took my scissors to the edges of all the papers to distress them. DP is from My Mind's Eye - I'm still in love with the amazing patterns in the Stella & Rose collection.

So, just a fun simple card with a fabulous new stamp!

So happy it's the weekend now because that means more time for crafting!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Less Is More challenge sketch card, and exciting news!


Make sure to read all the way to the end of this post for my exciting news... :)

But first, it's week 21 over on Less Is More and this week it's a sketch challenge. I really like sketches - when I'm making cards without one, I often end up using the same layout on all, so it's good to be challenged to do something else!

This is the sketch:

And my interpretation of it...

I substituted the band of colour with stamping some faux stitching with a Waltzingmouse background stamp. The doilies are from My Mind's Eye and stamped with a random coral red chalk ink from my stash, and cut out and attached with pop dots. The sentiment is Hero Arts and pearls are Prima.

And yes, I'm having a bad photography day today... somehow brown ink on white never seems to come out right in photos, for whatever reason.

Soooo, that exciting thing I mentioned the other day but couldn't say more yet?

Well, now I can! I'm super excited to share with you that I got my first Design Team position! I made it to the DT for Papercrafts.TV! Hurrah! Can't wait to get started!

Hope you all have a fun weekend, whatever you're doing!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Art in small scale - with Unity Stamps

Wednesday! Halfway through the week (well for me, anyway, because I work Tuesday-Friday)!

I made something small this week. Literally!
There's another monthly twinchie swap over on UK Stampers and this month's theme is flowerheads. I just had to get out the flower trio from Unity's May 2011 Kit of the Month.

And then art happened...

I used lime green pearl cardstock for these. The flowers are stamped with VersaMark and white embossed. I then distressed the edges (with the edge of my scissors - works well!) and inked with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress  Inks. Then I splattered some Cosmic Shimmer mist on them (by taking the spray bit out of the bottle and flicking it over the twinchies).

And there we have it - 2 inch by 2 inch art. I really love working in small scale!

I got a super exciting email this evening...  I can't tell you more yet but I'm going to share the news as soon as I can!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Handmade Monday - Teeny Trees 4 seasons canvas


It's Monday... (hear the excitement...) but, that means it's Handmade Monday , a change to see what everyone has made this week.

I pulled out my current favourite stamp set, Teeny Trees from Waltzingmouse Stamps, again and had a little play... and here's what I ended up with:

I painted the whole canvas first with acrylic paint, and covered the edges with some tissue tape (Tim Holtz).

The little panels are stamped with Memento Inks. I also added some random words and sayings, cut out of a book. Just anything I thought sounded nice. It was surprising how many things you can find looking through random booktext, and how when taken out of context, they really take on another meaning.

I've been making wallart a lot lately, it's fun to branch out from cards every now and then. 

So, that's me! Pop over to the 1st Unique Gifts blog if you haven't already, to browse through what other crafty people are making.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Unity Friends with Flair Friday

Happy Friday!

It's Friends with Flair over on Unity Stamp Company's blog. This takes place every Friday and is for Unity fans to showcase their Unity projects.

I made this card earlier this week and it's one of my favourite projects I've made for ages! It's my current favourite colours again...

This card started out with a blank sheet of cream cardstock. I used stamps from Unity's March Kit of the Month. Both the butterflies in the background and the butterfly frame are stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with a bronze embossing powder. The 'aunt' stamp is from the April KOTM.

I used my Distress Inks as watercolours to colour the background and then spritzed some Cosmic Shimmer Mist onto it for added glitz! My fingers were an interesting shade of green after making this card!

This is, obviously, for my aunt and I'm going to send it off to her today.

Hope you like it! Make sure to pop over to Unity's blog to see what others have made!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Teeny trees, green wellies and a welcome to new followers!

Hi everyone! First of all I want to say a very warm welcome to all my new followers that found me this week! Thank you so much for visiting and following, it really means a lot. It's quite humbling to think that people who don't know me like what I make enough to want to continue seeing what I make. (I mean, your family and friends are going to be nice about what you make out of politeness but strangers have no such obligation!) So, thank you, and I hope you find what you see here inspiring!

This evening I wanted to share a birthday card I made for my godmother. I've used my current favourite stamp set, Teeny Trees from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I've never seen a stamp set with such versatility! Seriously, you can make so many variations of the included images that it's just amazing (all the little elements - leaves, tree trunks, birds etc. come separately, and they're clear stamps so it's easy to build a scene). I've previously blogged at least two other cards using these stamps, and I've got another project up my sleeve that also features these...

I also can't get enough of green, blue and teal at the moment!
I actually ordered a pair of mint green wellies today  for next day delivery - I finally said "ok weather, you win, I'm buying wellies!". We've had so much rain lately - or at least it feels like loads of rain after a very dry spring. I know it's great that it's finally raining but who wants wet feet? So cute minty green wellies it is - hopefully tomorrow morning, if Royal Mail Next Day Delivery does what it says on the tin.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Reuse, recycle! A Boden inspired card.

It won't come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I love clothes. Especially anything with pretty and unusual patterns. One of my favourite companies is Boden - they are famous for their fabulous prints and bright colours. The catalogues are equally gorgeous.

A particular page in a recent Boden catalogue caught my eye and I couldn't resist giving it a new life on a card...

How gorgeous are those colours?

I went for a clean and simple design to show off the pattern. The stamps are from Unity and Ippity.

I wish Boden would start making designer paper! In the meantime, I'm going to keep a close eye on the catalogues for any pretty pages...

Today is Handmade Monday - go check out what others have been making!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday reflections...

This week was a good week for making things.

Usually I don't craft after work during the week. I always think I'm too tired, won't have time, don't want to get everything out just for a short time... there's always an excuse, whatever it is.

BUT, this week I had a card to make and I realised how much I loved crafting after work! 
It gave my brain a chance to switch to a completely different activity. 
From staring at a computer screen for most of the day, 
it was so much fun to play with colours, to make something pretty. 
It didn't make me more tired, it made me feel more awake.

I enjoyed it so much that I did the same again the day after! 

And now, I'm going to try to remember to craft more. No matter how busy or tired. 
Making things is good for me. It makes me feel happy and creative.

This week I also remembered how the best thing about making things is the making of them. Not the end product. The end product might not turn out like I hoped it would. It will certainly not be perfect. But if I enjoyed making it, then the end product isn't that important. Sometimes I spend a long time at my craft desk and don't really end up with anything in the end. But it's fun. It let's me express something of me. And that's all that matters. Thinking this way makes crafting a better experience for me. 

Today I only made one thing, but I enjoyed it. 

It's for a challenge over on My Unity Place where the theme is creating your own background paper.
I used Unity Stamps (of course!) from two Kit of The Month kits (May 2011 and February 2011). The flowers are stamped with VersaMark and clear embossed, and then lightly coloured in with Distress Ink and a waterbrush. I dyed the seam binding with the same inks. 

That quote is so true.
What we see depends on what we look for.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Less Is More - Week 19 - One Layer "In The Frame"

Happy Saturday!

It's time for another challenge over on Less Is More, this time a One Layer Card. I haven't taken part in a few weeks but this week's theme "In The Frame" was a chance to try out a technique I saw in the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine (Emy Buxton's article, Craft Stamper July 2011). That is, stamping a frame with the use of a mask.

This is my card

I used a square post-it note as my mask and stamped around it with flower stamps from Personal Impressions (they are clear stamps so I could see exactly how I was overlapping them). I used a summery selection of colours of Memento Inks, and then finally stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) in black.

Super easy to make and the effect is really fun! I'm thinking snowflakes for winter holiday cards, and leaves for autumn and even Easter eggs for spring... The Craft Stamper article uses this technique on a scrapbooking page so it's not just for cards either. And of course the mask could be any shape - how about a heart mask with small heart stamps for Valentine's Day!

I really love when a simple technique can create something pretty cool. So many techniques involve x, y and z products and tools so it's refreshing to be able to just reach for stamps, inks and a post-it note!

I'm looking forward to a crafty weekend - just have to tidy up my craft desk first to make some space to work in. I have a card-sized space there at the moment...

Monday, 6 June 2011

Unity Kit of the Month Sketch Challenge June

It's time for the second Kit of The Month sketch challenge over at Unity.
The rules are to use stamps from ANY Unity Kit of The Month and make a card using this sketch:

I used my April KOM stamps for my card.

That stamp with the little houses and a hot air balloon is so much fun to colour in!
The papers are from My Mind's Eye and the felt flower is from my local Poundland! (It's a store where everything costs a pound.)

A bright summery card for a grey rainy day...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Fabric scrapbooking

Hello from rainy London! Sundays are the best for rainy days though - you can just curl up on the sofa with the cat, or, obviously, spend hours in the craft room!

I didn't actually work on this today but in the past few weeks... One of the things I bought at Alexandra Palace in April was a Donna Downey/ Prima fabric scrapbook. I'm using mine more as an art journal than an actual scrapbook and just having fun working with a different material!

Here are a few pages I've made...

(Stamps by Unity Stamp, My Mind's Eye and Catslife Press)

The first two pages are painted with acrylic paints and the third is coloured using Distress Inks.

Love, love, love working with the canvas pages! I'm still deciding how to decorate the cover (also canvas)... and of course I have many more pages to decorate!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Art in small scale...

Happy Monday, everyone!

I've been making mini canvases and tags lately. And some twinchies and ATCs for the swaps on UK Stampers forums.

Here's a selection of some recent projects:

Stamps used: Specs by Unity Stamp, text backgrounds by Glitz

Stamps used: Unity Stamp

Stamps used: bicycle by Unity Stamp, doilies by My Mind's Eye, memory definition by Catslife Press.

That's all for now! Hope you all have a creative week!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Unity Kit of the Month Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday!

Unity has a new sketch challenge for showcasing Kit of the Month - the current one or any previous KOM. This is the first sketch:

I don't have my latest Kit of the Month yet so I've used the March kit because I haven't really had a change to play with that much yet. Here's my card:

It's a bit more messy than most things I make - I really wanted to just do something fun and play with colours and ink! That's what it's all about after all - doing something fun and expressing yourself. That sounds so cheesy but I really believe it.

The designer papers on the card are from My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose collection. I can't get enough of the gorgeous patterns and colours in that collection! They're perfect for the shabby distressed look.

Have a good week!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Unity Challenge - bird theme

Hi everyone! Sorry about the radio silence of recent weeks - but I'm back now, with a card for the Unity Stamp Company Challenge.

I'm getting my card in just before the 15th May cut off point. The theme this month has been bird or birds.

I dug out my Melody Ross & Unity Love Life stamp set for this. The floral stamp in the corners is from Unity's January Kit of the Month. I wanted to do something inky and distressed with a vintage feel. So, that's what I did!

The rose paper at the background is Laura Ashley. I've also used a part of a paper doily, a manila tag, some cream coloured seam binding, Prima pearls and Distress Inks.

Hope you're all having a good weekend and getting loads of time to make things!