Thursday, 31 March 2011

Black and silver earrings

Last year I bought a silver lined, black glass heart to make a necklace with.  I have been looking forever for seed beads to go with it.  My problem is the heart looks brown/goldish until you put it next to something brown/goldish!  I think I've got the right beads now so what did I do.  I  made these earrings instead.  They will go very nicely with the necklace when I do get round to doing it!

Beside the Sea


I went to the Make-It Craft show at Farnborough in February and bought some Hobby Art Scene It stamps.   I got out one of the Harbour sets (CS018D) and created a tiny little scene which I watercoloured with my Whispers Pens.  I cut out the scene and matted it with my Oval Nestabilities.  The bg paper is some I've had for ages and ages and is from Joanna Sheen and the textured grey card is from my stash.  I added the flourishes (QuicKutz) and some little pearls. 
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Just like a No. 9 Bus . . .

No jewellery for ages and then a whole load made this month, lol.  Today I was inspired after a visit to the bead shop that started it all for me - Distinctive Designs Bead Bar.  They have recently moved premises and have some fabulous new beads in. 

I used some lovely grey imitation pearls and some turquoise glass beads along with some cute little silver charms all strung on stretchy elastic.  It's years since I used elastic and of course once I had tied my knot I couldn't thread the ends back through the beads because their holes were too small!  Oh No!  So I added a dab of glue to the knot and then tucked it into a crimp cover before cutting off the ends.  Fingers crossed that it won't come undone.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Sweet Butterflies


My daughter saw the Witchy necklace I made for my niece and asked me to make her one with butterflies in turquoise.  Well here it is!  I have quite a few different butterfly charm and chose 3 and then made dangles with turquoise and clear beads. I was pleased I had some matching cord and didn't have to go out and by more because my beading box is now overflowing, lol.

That Spring Feeling

I wanted to make a little card to go with a necklace I've made for my daughter and decided on a Nesties card.  I used my Scalloped Circle Nestie to cut the card and added a layer of paper from DCWV Pocket Full of Posies.  Then I stamped the cute little cat chasing butterflies (how spring like is that - I saw Brimstones and Commas today on my dog walk) and watercoloured with Whispers pens and added a bit of Sakura Stardust to the butterflies (I know, it hardly shows!).  The image was cut and matted with the plain Circle Nesties.  Then I added lots of little diamond blings and a bow.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Penny Black at Allsorts - Welcome Spring
One Stop Crafts - Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
2 Sisters - Furry Friends
The Crazy Challenge - Not a square
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything but a square

For the birds


I was looking through some old Craft Stamper magazines and came across an article by Helen Chilton where she used Kaleidacolor inks to make a background (September 2010).  What she did was swipe the inks across her craft matt and spray the ink with water.  Then glossy card was swiped/swooshed into the ink.  I used a Kaleidacolor Pastel pad but was quite surprised at how bright the inks were! 
For the notelets I stamped various birds onto my backgrounds (Craft Stamper CS 180/179/183/200/265).  I then matted them with purple card and added them to square cards, finally adding Just a Note . . . on the bottom corner.
For the card I started with a sketch from The Pink Elephant.   I used a large piece of the bg card and stamped my Twitter Lane stamp (Feed the Birds).  The pink bg paper came from American Traditional Designs (Brights).  The purple background card was stamped with a flower image from Inkadinkadoo Garden Flower set.  The ribbon, flower and brad were from my stash.
I would like to enter these in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
For Your Inspirations - Photo inspiration

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Blue and Brown Flapper


The Stampsmith have a colour challenge this week and it's one of my favourite colour combinations so how could I resist!  Blue and Brown.  I used one of the delightful ladies from the Flappers #2 Plate and cut her with my Nestabilities adding a scalloped matt in pale blue.  The gorgeous papers are from a 12x12 pad I have had for ages (K&Co Scrap Pad to Go), then I added a strip of fabulous fabric, made a lace rosette (with an SU sentiment) and added a bow tied with my Bow Maker.  I followed the sketch from Mojo Monday for this card.  I must get my camera instruction book out and see where I'm going wrong with my photos.  I have this little camera-ish icon that I don't remember seeing before and if I can get rid of it maybe my photos will improve.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
The Stampsmith - Blue and Brown and at least one Stampsmith stamp
Mojo Monday - Sketch

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Spring has sprung


I won a Stampin' Up set (In My Garden) on ebay recently and couldn't wait to use them.  I stamped the snowdrop onto watercolour paper using Archival ink and then watercoloured it with SU inks (Always Artichoke and Bashful Blue) then cut it out with oval nestabilities.  The sentiment is also by SU and cut with nesties.  The green backing card is embossed with my Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder and the brown card punched with Martha Stewart Scallop Dots punch.  I made the little flowers using my Woodware Sunflower Multi punch and added liquid pearl centres (gold and baby blue).  I used the sketch from Sketch and Stash (new stash my SU stamps).
I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Lexi's Creations - Ribbon but no bow or knot
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Happy Spring
The Creative Cottage - Spring is Sprung
Stamping with the Dragon - Bring on Spring
Sketch and Stash - new stamps
Stamps R Us  - Spring

Look what Santa gave me


My friend Jilly was my Secret Santa in a group I belong to and she sent me some gorgeous beads plus instructions for making this bracelet.  I have been meaning to get on with it ever since Christmas and finally got round to starting it yesterday when I was on a play-date with another friend.  There wasn't too much left to do so this morning before I got dressed (yep, another pj project) I sat in bed and finished it.  I'm thrilled with how it has turned out.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 42 - Special Birthdays

Time for a new challenge over on Crafty Cardmakers and this week's theme is Special Birthdays.  We are sponsored again this week by the fabulous Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 prize for her online store.  My teamies have made some fabulous cards so go check them out. 
I made a card and matching notebook for my niece, Ruth, who is celebrating her 18th Birthday
Ruth is a big fan of Manga/Anime so these Sugar Nellie images were just perfect.  I watercoloured them with my Whispers pens and cut them out.  The background is made using one of Tim Holts Alterations Texture Fades folder (Rays).  I dabbed Pearlescent Orange and Pearlescent Yellow inks directly onto the folder, added a piece of white card and ran the folder through my Cuttlebug.  I was really pleased with the result.  The 'grass' was made by folding ribbon onto double-sided tape.  Ruth's name was cut using a Sizzix alphabet - Man Oh Man and I added a stamped 18 to a large yellow brad.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Fun at Fairy Knoll - Birthdays
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything but a square
Paper Sundaes - Embossing
Gingerloft - Die cuts or punches

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 3 - Mothers Day

Its time for another Challenge at Dream Valley Challenges and this fortnight we want to see your Mother's Day creations.  Our sponsor for this challenge is the fab Digis With Attitude who are offering a $10 Canadian dollar voucher to spend in their shop.  The girls have made some wonderful DT card so go and take a peek.
I have made two cards for this challenge, the first is my attempt at daffodils!
The pale yellow petals were made using my EK Success Papershaper Daisy punch (twice for each flower).  I made the lines on the petals by placing the punched shape on a foam mat and running my pokey tool along each petal, turning the shape over and repeating on the other side.  The darker yellow centres were circles cut with the largest flower on my Woodware Sunflower Multipunch and then I cut round the circle with deckle edge scissors (think next time I will make the circle a bit smaller).  I then cut from the edge to the centre and then shaped the circle into a cone.  The very centre is just a frill of yellow paper rolled up.  The leaves are strips of green card again shaped with my pokey tool.  I mounted and matted my flowers onto white and green card cut with Nesties labels ten.  The bg paper is from K&Co Tim Coffee Daffodil Pad (how appropriate, lol) and the sentiment was computer generated and cut with a Woodware tag punch.  I then added a bit of ribbon to the bottom of the flowers.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Stampman - Mother's Day, floral theme
Do You Stack Up - Add a bow

The second card is made using one of the fabulous digi images from Digis With Attitude
She is from the Tweens With Attitude range and is called Giving Tween.  I started with the sketch from A Spoonful of Sugar.  I watercoloured my Tween with Whispers pens and cut and matted her with my good old oval nesties.  The bg paper is from American Traditional Designs, Pastels, and the pink card was run through my cuttlebug using the Birds and Swirls folder.  All it then needed was a bit of ribbon and some flowers with pearl centres.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations - Mother's Day
Stampin' For the Weekend - Mother's Day
Fairy Tale Challenge - Pink and Green

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Witchy necklace


It's my niece's 13th birthday and she is into anything witchy so along with her cheque I made her this little necklace.  I found some witchy type charms and made them into dangles with some black, white and clear beads and then hung them from a wax cord and added more clear beads each side of the dangle.  Hope she likes it.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Stampbord Mirror


















I have a wonderful friend called Lucy who is a constant source of amazing inspiration to me.  For Christmas she gave me my very own stampbord mirror kit (stampbord tiles, mirror tile and scratchy tool).  I took the bits to her house when we had a playday (I think it was in January!!!) and borrowed some of her Crafty Individual Stamps to make it.  I nearly completed decorating the tiles and then of course put it away. I was walking past my craft room from the bathroom yesterday, still in my pjs and thought I'd just take a look.  I only had a few tiles to finish scratching, then I added Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish.  That bit went alright till I swiped my pj sleeve across one of them!  Luckily it was still really wet so I was able to wipe the glossy stuff off and reapply.  Just hope it comes out of the pjs as easily.  Then something woke me at midnight and so into my craft room I went again and the tiles were nice and dry so I stuck them to the mirror.  And there ya go!  One finished mirror, lol.  Take a look at Lucy's blog.  All of her stuff is amazing but my favourite (at the moment) is her interpretation of the Tin Man - just incredible.
For this mirror I used a mirror tile, 20 stampbord squares coloured with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and a little bit of Pearlescent Sky Blue (it is VERY green IRL - bad photographer!), Crafty Individual stamps stamped in Black StazOn (184, 218, 226, 248, 266) and Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog - Things with wings
Do You Stack Up - Just Green It
The Artistic Stamper - Spring is Sprung
The Stampsmith - Try something new - my first stampbord mirror (hope it's OK to enter twice, if not I apologise xx)
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Is it Spring Yet?

Monday, 7 March 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 41 - Fabric

Our challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers this week is to use Fabric in your creation. That means ribbons, fabric flowers, fabric for BPs, get the idea, lol. Our sponsor this week is One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher. 
I'd been thinking about making a cloth book for ages and wondered how it would work with stamping.  Remember those ones you could buy for toddlers (showing my age here, lol).  Well here's my version.
For the pages I used some curtain lining I bought about 15 years ago and never got round to putting in the curtains.  I cut the pages out with pinking shears.  Next I got out the fabulous Relish Reading stamps by Rogue Redhead Designs.  I was lucky enough to win this plate of stamps recently.  I stamped them on the fabric pages in StazOn Saddle Brown.  I added extra sentiments from Stampscape Scenic Sentiments Sheet 4 and Hero Arts Anytime Messages.  Then I sewed two pages together back to back to give them a bit more substance.  The lovely fabric for the cover came from a bundle I bought off of ebay and I lined the covers with card to stiffen then.  The image on the front was stamped onto the curtain lining, stitched onto the cover fabric and then buttons added.  Lastly I stitched the pages and the covers together.
Head on over to Crafty Cardmakers and check out the fabulous things the rest of the DT have designed.
I'd like to enter this little book into The Stampsmith challenge which is to use or do something new.  My stamps are new and I've never, ever made a fabric book before.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 2 - New Beginnings

Over at Dream Valley this week the challenge is New Beginnings, you know - new home, new baby, wedding etc.  This challenge runs for a fortnight and we have two fab sponsors this time; One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher and Crafty Ribbons who are offering a gorgeous bunch of ribbons.  I decided to make a wall hanging for someone moving home.

 






I used Archival Ink to stamp out images from Hobby Art (Harbour Scene-its) and Art Impressions (Watercolour Project 6 English Garden) stamps  and then watercoloured the images using Whispers pens.  I added flowersoft (Sweet Pea and Summer) to the flower pots to add dimension.  The words on the central panel were printed off on my computer and then the leaves were added.  Then I cut the images into 4cm squares, matted them onto pale green card and fixed them all to a piece of dark green mountboard.
Go check out the other amazing examples from my fellow DTs on the Dream Valley Challenge Blog.