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!