Thursday 25 November 2010

Let it snow.........

Every time I go to the NEC and see Barbara Grey demonstrating, I'm so in awe that I really feel the need to drag my brayer out.  I've tried and tried to master the art of brayering, but I've never really managed it and the box of lovely shiney postcards that I bought along with the brayer is slowly emptying with most of them ending up in the bin.

But, I've given it another go and I'm actually quite pleased with the result.  I don't know what I did differently this time and I'm sure I won't be able to do it again, but this is what I used and how I did it:

I tore a piece of copy paper to form snowdrifts and put a 2p sized circle at the top of my card where the moon was going to be.  I placed the copy paper at the bottom of the card and inked up my brayer with Adirondack Winter Sky.  I used a Clarity stamp to put the clouds in place in front of the moon.  I then stamped the trees in place.  The stamp is called 'A grove of trees' and it's by Art Impressions.  I added a bit of glitter to the trees but I don't think this shows up on the photo.  To give the impression of snow peaks I used my torn piece of copy paper and a make up sponge.  The sentiment stamp is from Elzybells. I mounted the picture onto some dark blue card and then onto a 6 x 6 white card blank.

Well, that's it - nothing like the cards Barbara makes, but I did enjoy making it.  I'm sure the brayer'll now go back into the drawer now until Barbara's next show on C&C or the NEC in March.

Bye for now.x

Tuesday 23 November 2010

And while I'm at it, here's another card I did over the weekend (and all because I had no internet to distract me). 

I haven't done a cute card for ages, but I do still love my Elzybells stamps - this one I didn't get round to using last year. 

It was nice to do a different shape for a change from my usual square cards. 

I used my Prismas to colour the image and matted onto some reddish, purpleish (not sure what colour it is) card. I used a corner punch at the bottom of the card and slotted the picture into it.  I then matted onto white card. The sentiment is from Inca stamps.  Another simple layout - the colouring took the time, but I do enjoy using the Prismas, quite therapeutic really.

I'm going to try to do some blog hopping whilst watching 'I'm a celebrity' tonight.  'Bout time I had a bit of a nosey. Have a good evening. x

Cut it out

Our telephone line developed a fault on Saturday evening, so we've been without the phone and internet since then - it's been awful, just like being cut off from the outside world.  A nice man from BT came and fixed it today, thank goodness.

Now we're back in the land of the living, I popped onto the papertakeweekly.blogspot and found their challenge for this week is called 'Cut it out', and to enter you simply had to use a punched shape or a die cut on your card. So, here's my entry:

It's back to my normal CAS look for this one.  I cut the snowflake out using my Silhouette machine and added Diamond dust Twinklets to it.  The Sentiment is from Paula Pascual and the ribbon from Hobbycraft.  Just so the snowflake would stand out from the white background a bit better I added a piece of silver mirri card at the back.  And that's it, a really simple card.

Saturday 20 November 2010

Vintage for a change

I know this isn't my usual kinda thing, but I've had this Paper Artsy stamp for years and never used it - you must all have some of these stamps - you see it, love it, buy it and then don't have a clue what to do with it! This is one of those.

After a bit of a blog browse, I came across a few Norwegian blogs which gave me a bit of inspiration.  With a bit of cream card I used Distress inks to give a Vintage look and then stamped with a gorgeous snowflake stamp I've had for years (another one that's been neglected) and also part of a swirly Hero Arts stamp. I added a bit of lace - another first for me, and some punched flowers with findings and some tiny beads in the centre.  The Father Christmas I stamped with Walnut Stain Distress ink and added the same colour as the background around the edges.

I don't think I'll be doing this kind of card too often, much to time consuming!X

Tuesday 16 November 2010

Happy Christmas

As usual, I'm behind with my Christmas cards and desperately need to make a batch of some fast, simple cards and I think this is going to be it!

I bought this lovely Cuttlebug holly embossing folder from the Hobbycraft show last November for just £2.50 - what a bargain. 

I didn't get around to using it last year so decided to give it an airing and use it as the basis of my card.  All I've done then is add some Art Institute fine glitter, a ribbon and stamped Happy Christmas with stamps from my Paula Pascual set.

Now I've sorted that, I'd better get on with the mass production. x

Thursday 11 November 2010

What's one more friggin' candle

Sorry, I've been a bad blogger again.  I've had a serious case of disinterest and lack of enthusiasm for crafting and blogging lately. I hope it's a passing 

I wasn't even looking forward to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC, which is unusual for me. I do a twice yearly pilgrimage to the shows each year in March and November. Although, I did manage to drag myself along and here's what I got:

Doesn't look much for the amount it cost, but hey ho, who said crafting was a cheap

Now, on to the card at the top of the post.  I did have to drag myself to my craft desk this week as it's my sister's birthday on Saturday and it's a case of pull my finger out and make her card or (shocking thought) buy one from the shop!  The digi image is Stella from bugaboostamps, perfect for my sister's sense of humour - she's kinda like a female version of Victor Meldrew (she doesn't read my blog so I think I'm safe to say that).  And while I was at it I also made her this candle. My first attempt - it was great fun, I definitely will be doing more of these. 

That's it for now folks. Hope to be back soon.x