I have been crafting since May 2008, when in desperation to find an unusual birthday card for my Mum, I gave up looking in the shops and decided to have a go at making my own. I soon realised that crafting is addictive and I haven't brought a card since.
In 2011 I completed my certificate in papercrafting as a result of the work I did as part of the course I started entering challenges on line and in magazines.
I applied for design teams and also started making samples for Ooh La La Creations for their shows on Create and Craft.
I have now completed my Diploma in professional crafting and most recently been runner up in the Papercrafter of the Year 2013 a competition run by Papercraft essentials magazine,
I don't have a particular style I like to use elements from lots of styles and techniques, although I do love all things vintage.
In 2014 I started to move more towards scrapbooking to take care of the huge family archive of photographs that were stored in my attic.
I have continued cardmaking and Scrapbooking through 2015 and 2016 but have also become interested in off the page projects. I hope to be able focus on these in the future.
Sticking with the one word theme at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge blog I came across this die cut panel on one of the cards I am using for recycling. I mounted it on red glitter card and added black and silver die cut stars.
This week at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge the challenge is to use a single word greeting on the front of the card. I found the Greeting in my recycling bag and added die cut flowers flourishes and snowflakes the design.
Two of my work colleagues are soon to become Mr and Mrs. I have been privileged enough to have seen the romance between them develop over the past few years and everyone at work is currently being treated to a countdown of weeks days hours and minutes until the moment they tie the not. They really are a lovely young couple and I wanted to make them something special to remember their special day by. Here is what I came up with.
I knew the colour of the bridesmaids dresses so used this as the base colour scheme for the card. Knowing that Laura loves anything with flowers and a little bling made the design really easy. All the die cuts were made using Marianne dies and my trusty sizzix. I used card in two shades of pink, white and silver mirror card from hunky dory.because I was using an embossing board to create the book shape the adorable scoreable card they make is perfect because the lovely satin finish doesn't crack.
I started by making the box base and lid using a glitter girls embossing board and whilst that was drying I got to work with their bookatrix embossing board and their fanciful embossing board. Once the layers of the main book were cut I curved them slightly to add dimension and added silver peel offs just inside the embossed lines to add emphasis. The centre spine of the book was wrapped with pink satin ribbon.
I wanted the book to stand up on a easel and using a piece of A4 card folded to form an A5 card blank I folded this to form the base of my easel. I then embossed and cut round the door plate shape from the fanciful embossing board to shape the front inside of the blank for the stopper. I then embossed the layers from the fanciful board to match the layering on the main book. I added the congratulations message and added a flower at each end to form the stopper for the easel card.
I added a white heart that I had trimmed with sticky flat backed pearls all added individually around the edge. The greeting had been printed on safmat and was die cut to match the heart before sticking it down to get a neat edge. I added the die cut wedding rings and champagne glasses using glue gel to add dimension. To add the finishing touches to the card I added floral arrangements to each corner. On the top corners I added a cream rose with a pink centre and then graduated cream roses to frame the page adding die cut leaves and wire spirals. The spirals were made from the off cut of stems from the flowers used and I wrapped the wire around the handle of a paint brush to shape them.
On the bottom corners I added a single large pink rose again from Wild Orchid with some die cut fern leaves and a pearl spray, I finished off by adding the little twisted spirals.
Whilst the elements on the card were drying I could return to the box
I cut a panel of the paler pink card and stuck this to the lid adding a plain white heart and the lord and lady die cut heads. This was again trimmed with sticky backed pearls. I made the lady a veil using plastic net from a chocolate coin bag that was in my recycling box and added the tiny flowers to the head dress.
I added a floral arrangement to the top left of the box using roses from Wild Orchid crafts (ivory tea rose) and then added die cut foliage a seam binding bow and a silver heart charm from Mei Flowers. I added a similar arrangement to the top right hand corner, but this time without the bow.
I finished the box lid by adding a large pearl flourish across the bottom.
A couple of friends at work have seen the finished card and box and they were both convinced that Laura and Andrew will love the card. I am safe in the knowledge that neither of them are into the delights of blogging so it is safe to share the design here ahead of their big day. All that remains now is for us all to hope that April 26th is gorgeously sunny for them.
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As part of my charity card project I have looked through hundreds of Christmas cards and many have already had sections cut from them with various shaped dies to be recycled into new cards. When I came across this one in the pile I couldn't bring myself to cut it. I loved the sentiment and the image together as they were so I trimmed it and to transform it I used some of my stash. I have already decided that some of the cards will be given directly to charity shops to sell, but we have a number of local charities who don't have the luxury of a charity shop to help raise funds so having discussed this with work colleagues some of the more elaborate cards will be put on sale at work and the cash raised will be donated to the charities. I have requested that my colleagues come up with suggestions for charities they would like to see supported so that we can spread the magic of Christmas to as many as possible throughout the year.
I used some dark purple snowflake vellum from my stash I bought it years ago in a sale and have never had a suitable project for it. The recycled card image was just trimmed to get rid of any rough edges and stuck on the background at an angle before a die cut pine tree cut from green foil card and glittered randomly using stickles iridescent glitter glue was added and the whole thing was finished off with the glittered snowflakes. I added some extra glitter to the carpet of snow on the image using the glitter glue to make it really sparkle.
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I know I was really glad to see the back of the snow outside my front door but the white stuff is still very much a feature in my charity card project. Here's one I cam up with last night it everything is recycled from the cards donated by work colleagues, except the die cut snowflake at the top left, which was from my stash I have a box full which have been cut from scraps of white card left over from other projects and when I want one I just grab it and glitter it as required.
Hello All, well love really was in the air for our last challenge at Ooh La La Creations. We had some really gorgeous cards entered in the challenge and the lucky winners can be seen on the blog. This time we have been challenged to Sparkle and Shine with our creations. Dawn who runs the challenge blog is also looking for some Guest designers to join our team each Guest will be invited to join for a period of 2 months which would involve producing 4 cards if you are interested when you enter the challenge this time just put GDT after you name on your entry and Dawn will choose some guests.
I printed two images the same onto white card and then just decoupaged the wings. having done this I used several coats of stickles iridescent glitter glue to get the sparkle letting each coat dry. this also allowed the card underneath to curl up slightly when wet and then dry with the curve in to add even more dimension to the wings. I also added lilac ice stickles to the hem of her dress and her head band.
The flowers were cut from the off cuts of the backing paper and sparkle added in the form of the gemstone centres. I used scraps of the silver mirror card to cut the leaves and added ice stickles in lavender and finished off the floral arrangement with some gemstone swirls.
The rainbow ribbon and a butterfly cut from the pastel rainbow paper add the finishing touches.
Inside I used more of the backing papers from the Femme Fatale CD and added a printed doily from my stash to provide space for the greeting to be written
Well I hope it remains so as they are forecasting it for around midnight here, but whatever the weather the Challenge over at Crafty Hazenut's this week a Christmas card with no snow. So it was back to the recycling bag and having sorted through every snowy scene imaginable I came across a lovely embossed dove on a musical score type background. I trimmed the image to create a topper and here is the finished card I came up with.
The Papers are from Papermania and were left overs from one of their Christmas goody bags the lace and flowers are from my stash. The word Peace was cut from an off cut of card from a previous project and this was mounted on an off cut from one of the recycled Christmas cards. I used a craft card backing as I wanted a vintage effect and having aged the papers by rubbing the edges along a scissors blade I used Antique linen distress ink form Ranger to colour the whole surface of the papers and the doily, and then highlighted the edges of the paper with Tea Stain distress ink. I have a box full of flat back pearls and gems that I have accumulated over the years as freebies from various magazines so used these round the centre of the doily and at the edges of the card.
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As well as the mum to be card in my previous post another colleague has asked that I make her a new baby card fro her friend who is expecting a little girl any day now. So I went for something really pretty in pink and here it is.
I started with the pretty pink backing paper and matted this onto silver card and wrapped silver ric-rac round the panel which I then stuck to an 8x8 card blank. I added the doily then overlapped this with a greeting panel in white and silver mounted on pink card. I added a pink die cut inverted scalloped circle to the centre of the doily and then stuck the die cut pram to this adding pearl wheel centres and a bow to the pram. I cut the bunting alternating light and dark pink triangles which are 3 layers each to give dimension and I stuck foam letters on in white and pink once this was stuck to the card I coated the letters in stickles iridescent glue and left it to dry. Once dry I added the bows using glue gel. The final addition was the 'Its A Girl' charm which I attached using a pink ribbon bow.
On the inside I used a striped paper and added a doily with a greeting cut from more of the pink striped paper again using the inverted scalloped circle die and added pink card candy to the edge to give the gathered effect.
One of my colleagues is leaving us to have a baby and I have been asked as the office 'Arty One' to come up with a leaving card for us all to sign. So after a bit of googling to find a digital stamp depicting an expectant mum I foud this delightful image called 'Precious Feeling' by My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp, available at StitchyBear Digital Stamps.
I am still a bit of a learner when it comes to colouring but I felt that this image had just enough detail that it wasn't too plain, but also that it was simple enough for me to colour without too much trauma.
I didn't want to go down the route of pink or blue so went with soft green and peach for the colour scheme. The papers were some I had in my stash and were freebies from 'Making Cards' magazine. I matted the main background paper onto thin green card and then onto silver mirror board. Th polka dot paper was matted onto silver mirror board. I cut the trellis using a Cheery Lynn die and the birds were cut using a crafty individuals die. The tag was just computer generated. from the off cuts of the thin green card I used as the mat for the main backing I cut two flowery flourishes using a Marianne die which I wound round the trellis before this was added to the card and I used the remainder of the green card to cut the fern leaves using a Kreative die.
To colour the image I used spectrum Noir pens in the following colours
Skin FS1, FS3, FS5, TN3, PP4
Hair GB1, GB2, GB3, GB4 I chose blonde hair as the lady leaving is blonde
The Dress LG1, LG2, LG3 and for the trim CR1
The swing EB3 and EB5
The leaves DG1
I wasn't happy with the main part of the image the first time I coloured it so I coloured it again but I wasn't happy with the background on the second image so I fussy cut the second image from the background and mounted it over the first one using glue gel to add dimension and give a more 3D effect. I also punched out tiny flowers that I glued over the flowers on the image to add more dimension.
I then wrapped the panel with ribbon and then stuck it to an 8X8 base card. The final touches were the flowers on the trellis and the paper roses from Wild Orchid crafts.
I left the inside fairly plain as there are a number of signatures to go on it when I take it into work tomorrow.
As in Phew what a lot of P's can be associated with Christmas. From the starting point of P is for Penguin or anything else beginning with P I have used the challenge at crafty hazelnuts to boost the tally of cards I have made for my charity recycling project by finding as many different P's I could then turn into Christmas cards as possible. So far I have had penguins, polar bears, puddings, poinsettias and post boxes, pussy cats and puppy dogs. The cards below have all again been made from the preloved Christmas cards donated by my wonderful work colleagues with minimal additions from my scrap box, freebie papers and odd gems and embellishments I have around the house so here is the final push starting with Pine Tree.....
Followed by another Polar Bear...
Finally ending on what the message of Christmas is all about Peace on Earth
I am entering these cards into the following Challenges
Over at http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ the theme for this weeks Christmas card is P is for penguins or anything else beginning with P. So far I have done penguins, polar bears, puddings, poinsettias and post boxes, now I turn my attention to the cute factor with pussy cats and puppy dogs.
Again the cards are part of my charity recycling project and have been made from pre loved Christmas cards donated by work colleagues with the addition of some freebie backing papers and bits from my scrap box.
I love the combination of red with grey and silver so when I saw the DL card with these four adorable characters on I knew that I could trim the card front to just the image to create this cute and cuddly topper for a card. Again the backing is the printed inside of another card and the sentiment is silver on white so doesn't show to it's best advantage in the picture. I added some lines of stickles to make the snow sparkle and here we are P is for Pussy cats.
Moving on this little fellow had the perfect sentiment already printed with 'Santa Paws is coming to town' I created a background by cutting hexagons from scraps of paper and mirror card using sizzix dies and my bigshot.
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Again the card is part of my charity recycling project and have been made from pre loved Christmas cards donated by work colleagues with the addition of some freebie backing papers and bits from my scrap box..
This image and sentiment were actually one card but I split it and then trimmed both parts and matted them onto silver mirror card. I used the red mirror card backing to highlight the red of the post box and wrapped it with a strip of lovely paper from my scrap box. It feels more like fabric and has lovely waves of silver and opaque white running through it. I added a square of red and white polka dot paper behind the sentiment and mounted the sentiment at an angle finishing with a sequin snowflake and clear gem.
Once again I will enter this card into the folllowing challenges
Over at http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ the theme for this weeks Christmas card is P is for penguins or anything else beginning with P. This time I have focused on one of my favourite plants of the festive season, a native of Mexico I love the wonderful Scarlet colour of these plants.
Again the card is part of my charity recycling project and have been made from pre loved Christmas cards donated by work colleagues with the addition of some freebie backing papers.
I fussy cut the two Poinsettias from the front of a card which left the lovely sentiment because that was irregularly shaped I matted it onto a scrap of mat gold card. The backing is from the rear of another card which I trimmed to fit a 5x7 card blank and added a green doily the sentiment was placed in the top right hand corner and the Poinsettias positioned to hide the irregular edge. I finished with the flourishes cut from the back of another card and the bow salvaged from the front of a card. The finishing touches were bright red gems added into the centre of the 'flowers'
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Again the cards are part of my charity recycling project and have been made from pre loved Christmas cards donated by work colleagues with the addition of some freebie backing papers.
For the first card I just cut the image of the pudding from the card front and added stickles on the 'brandy sauce' and the darker areas of the pudding.
For the second I coated the brandy sauce with pearlised paint and added red gems to the holly. This one fits the letter P on a couple of counts as I figure that P is also for paws and the teddy has paws.
I am entering these two cards into the following challenges
Well it's that time of year when I become a bit secretive in with my crafting . I have to keep the project I am working on secret from Hubby who is normally welcome in my craft room but for the past couple of days has been barred from entering. Only because I have been working on a Valentines day card for him, here is what I have come up with and it is safe to share it here he has no idea how to find my blog.
All the images are from the Debbi Moore 'Days of Knights' CD and I went with the rich burgundy red and the white Knight for this design. The card is a stepper car but the back flab which stabilises the card when it is open has been folded over as a 'cover' and tied with ribbon I mounted the story book page image on the cover to tell the story. mounting this on plain black card.
I also decorated the back of the card with the coat of arms paper which was also mounted on black card.
Once the ribbon is undone the front cover flips over to reveal the stepper featuring the Knight ready to do battle with the fearsome dragon on the front step and his lady waiting by the castle window on the back step.
I couldn't use traditional decoupage other wise the card wouldn't lie flat when closed so I added dimension by just decoupaging the knights shield and the lady's sleeves and the shields mounted either side of the window on the castle back drop.
On the inside of the cover I used one of the white design papers from the CD and added a self penned verse on a one of the card inners which I cut to size and stuck to one side adding a gold panel bearing two hearts cut from burgundy card using a Cheery Lynne Celtic hearts die.
All that remains is for the card to be signed before I present it to him on Valentine's day.
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Hello everyone - well it's that time of year and love is in the air. I have to say we had some gorgeous entries into our last challenge and you can see the winners on the Ooh La La creations Challenge blog . Whilst you are there check out the DT inspiration for the latest Challenge of Love Story there are some real wow factor cards on show.
Here's my offering .....any Create and Craft viewers may think this looks familiar - that's because it was one of the samples I designed for the launch show of the Ooh La La Creations 'Yesterday's Memories' CD which aired on 27th January. The image and papers in the design are all from the CD and if you want to get a copy for yourself you can order it from Ooh La La Creations.
I started by printing 2 copies of the image from the wedding vinatge set folder and die cut a heart of just the couple's faces from one image I then used sticky pads to stick this over their faces in the other image to give a little depth. The wedding Day greeting paper is also from the same folder and this was matted onto gold card and trimmed to leave a narrow border. I also trimmed a small piece just to show the words 'Wedding Day' and matted it onto gold card to make the sentiment at the top right which I glued across a die cut heart I used the Celtic Heart design from Cherry Lynn..
The with love sentiment was from the tags and sentiments folder and was again mounted on gold card and trimmed to leave a very fine border. The gold heart die cut was one of those happy accidents that all crafters experience from time to time. The gold card was actually a little too thick for the Cheery Lynne die and all the really intricate bits didn't cut properly so rather than spoil the die cut by forcing the intricate bits out I left them in place to give an embossed look and leave a solid heart with just the edge cut out.
The wedding rings were cut using a Marianne die. Because of the vintage look of the image I used Kraft as a base and I covered this with a paper that I found in the bonus paper folder, which again was mounted on gold card and trimmed to leave a narrow border. The ribbon was recycled - it was wrapped around the lovely hand made Christmas cake that a friend of my dad's makes for the family every year. I washed the bits of icing off and dried it out and it works perfectly with the colour scheme. I raided the button box to find the painted wooden button. I finished off by adding a few golden coloured gems from my stash. Whilst this is a wedding card it could easily be adapted for an anniversary by changing the colours of the ribbons, gems and die cuts. and by replacing the greeting paper with a different patterned paper.
Inside the card I used backing papers from the wedding folder on the CD and edged them with gold peel offs. The die cuts are made with a Marianne die, and another of my happy accidents with Cheery Lynne die was used on the inside of the card. You can see the inner pages in close up below
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So I sat down and made a list and am currently searching through the bag of recycled cards to find images to fit the theme.
Hers is the first one I made.
The image is the front of an A6 size card but I matted it onto silver card and a pretty paper that was the insert from inside another card and then put it onto a 5x7 card, the snowflake embellishment was snipped from yet another card and added using a dab of gel glue to add dimension. I trimmed the edge of the backing paper with silver peel offs to finish.
It is quite surprising how many subjects beginning with P can be found on Christmas cards - and several of them will be making an appearance on here over the next week.