Wednesday, 21 August 2013

La Pashe - New CD - Something For Everyone

Another of my favourite companies - La Pashe produce quirky hand drawn artwork with comic style characters and this new CD is lovely...there are lots of trades on this new CD - from the Policeman to the Army to the Teacher and lots of situations suitable for everyone.
I was asked to make a card that had to have the legend - Shop till you Drop and lots of shoes so this decoupage set from the CD is just perfect.
To achieve a real depth on the card when I print out the decoupage I always print it twice - once on a matt paper and once on a glossy photo paper. The base layer is the matt paper and I add the decoupage - in this case the shoes and they really leap off the card - there that's my top tip for today.  Keep all the spare bits not used on this card as they will be enough to make another card....waste not want not...
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Monday, 19 August 2013

TV Samples for Create and Craft

I am very lucky to be on the Design Team for My Craft Studio and as a result I am kept very busy making samples using their fabulous range of CDs and I also am regularly asked to make samples with the Tattered Lace brand too.
Wishes and Whispers launched on Friday 16th August on Create and Craft TV - using hand drawn and painted fairy imaged by the renowned illustrator Lisa Fox.
These images are childlike sweet fairies which remind you of your childhood...  as always a real pleasure to create samples with.
Thanks for looking.


Friday, 16 August 2013

Kraftyhands CD Crafting - The Golden Age of Steam

Busy day again - I decided to make a batch of A5 cards for men this morning and selected the Kraftyhands CD - The Golden Age of Steam - a delightful CD full of photographic material and backing papers all things train related.... a must for any mens cards.
I sell so many cards with Steam Trains on so when I spotted this CD at the Hobbycraft show in March on the Kraftyhands stand I could not resist buying it.
Each train is quite heavily decoupaged which is not clear from the photo.
I do have quite a few Kraftyhands CDs and eagerly await each new launch.
Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Inspired by Craftwork Cards

I love card candi and I was inspired to create this simple Birthday card using them after watching the return of  Julie Hickey and the company Craftwork Cards to Create and Craft tv this afternoon.

I used some Hunkydory cardstock to create a card blank 5" x 7" and using my Cricut machine cut out the numbers 2 and 1. These were stuck to the card to use as a template to add the card candi. I find this much easier than trying to free hand the placement of these little things.

Cover the numbers with card candi using standard 2mm foam pads - no need to buy any special foam pads for this job.

Makes a very striking card I think.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A day of Christenings

Sometimes the phone rings and I am asked for commissions which I am more than happy to do - this week strangely I have been asked for four Christening cards which is most unusual - must be the season..!!

I do struggle with all things baby and especially Christenings - maybe for me it's because I just cannot find decent artwork to use - it's either clip art in style or photographic - neither of which appeals to my customers - so there is a definite gap in the market for superb baby themed source material.

I have added three photographs below together with a brief recipe for each - feel free to use the design as a whole or in part within your project...I am more than happy to share - just please do not claim my photographs as your own work.

Thanks for visiting - come back soon for lots more.

The fairies are coming!!!

 This card is made by embossing Crafters Companion Centura Pearl cardstock in an A4 embossing folder by the same company. Affix patterned pink backing paper to an A5 card blank and attach the embossed card. Add a couple of peel off corners to the top as shown. The topper and sentiment and ribbon strip are from a Kanban set - sadly this company are no longer with us.
The Cross is set onto a couple of Spellbinder die cut circles using foam pads for dimension - add a little bit of ribbon before sticking to the card blank.
I used a Tonic punch from one of the Petal Pair sets to cut some small pink flowers which I have glued on with a Quickie glue pen - it helps to break up the expanse of white card.  
 This is a specific commission as it has the name of the Baby added - I used a sheet of backing paper from a Forever Friends free set of papers from a magazine - the brief was Yellow and lots of it. The largest Lattice Frame is a Marianne die and one of my favourites - topped with two Spellbinder Labels 6. The topper is made from a My Craft Studio image with text added.
The 'Congratulations' wording is a Brittania die - the baby's name is cut from a Memory box die - the large upper case Parker Alphabet - again one of my favourites as it cuts so well.
I added a gem to the centre of the cross and finished off the card with two lengths of ribbon tied around the spine of the card - the ribbon is in two different widths so it looks layered and really pretty.
  A stamped card to finish - I used an A5 white card  blank and added a sheet of backing paper again from a set of freebie Forever Friend papers. To that I added a sheet of white card embossed in an A4 folder from Crafter's Companion. I added large peel off corners as shown. I cut a ribbon strip using a Martha Stewart border punch and decorate it with glitter peel offs. The wording is from a very old Kanban paper kit.
The stamp is a really pretty Lily of the Valley rubber stamp which I just highlighted with a Sakura pink glaze pen - this topper is mounted onto two Spellbinder circles - one plain and one scalloped.
Lastly I added a ribbon bow to finish.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

My Craft Studio and a change of blog on the cards

Lots of upcoming shows for My Craft Studio that I am sampling for but I am sworn to secrecy at the moment.

I have joined the Creative Showcase page on Facebook and have added half a dozen photos selected from the many hundreds of cards I make to show the sort of work I can do.

I'm not a regular stamper but I do enjoy inking main passion is CD crafting - decoupage and mega batch making cards for my market stall.

This last weekend I was at a show in Cornwall selling my cards for one of my charities - The Cornwall Air Ambulance and it looks like we have raised just over £200 for one day's selling so I am pretty pleased with that. It was a two day show but Sunday was cancelled because of the awful weather and we came home early..shame.

I am revamping this blog over the next few days to reflect my crafting addiction and to share my love of cardmaking with a much bigger audience than Facebook so watch this space.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Kanban Blog Challenge

This will be my first attempt at at blog challenge - but when it comes to Kanban it's hard to resist the temptation of winning some Kanban goodies - I love to work with Kanban kits - they make my life so much easier having to make hundreds of cards every week to keep my market stall stocked up.

This card is a special commission for a neghbour's daughter who is getting married soon - using the Love and Romance kit which featured on QVC quite a while ago.

I have entered this into the Kanban Blog Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Only Way is Words

These are a few cards made using the fabulous new cd from My Craft Studio - The Only Way is Words - yes there are lots of words on the disc but there are also a great many beautiful backgrounds and toppers and florals - my new favourite disc.

Anna Griffin meets My Paper Stash

A stunningly simple but elegant card made using gorgeous background papers from My Paper Stash and Anna Griffin border ribbon punch threaded with brown ribbon and edged with lace. I added a sentiment and three bows to finish. I made this card for a swap this month on the topic of ribbon and lace.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

I have expressed an interest in joining the La Pashe design sample team so I am going to add a few
cards made from their lovely CDs - I use The Big One regularly to make cards to sell on my market
stall and they are exceedingly popular. Decoupage is my favourite craft and these images are fun and easy to work with.
Hope I am lucky in being chosen for the team. 

My Craft Studio - The Only Way is Words

Samples for the launch of My Craft Studio Elite Cd - The Only Way is Words - 15th January 2013
The girls are back on Create and Craft - what an exciting day as Diane Peternel and Nancy Watt returned
to Ideal World and Create and Craft with a phenominal launch of a stunning cd.
I was so lucky to be asked to make a few samples and prepare some of the demos for Nancy that were used throughout the days's shows.
This is a beautiful and useful cd covering all occasions - a craft room staple.

Jems Designs Fancy Footwork Samples

This is a brand new cd which will be on Create and Craft on Friday 18th January 2013. Fancy Footwork is a shoe themed cd designed by my friend and crafting buddy Sheenagh Hulin - the second cd she has worked on and a delightful set of artwork to design and create with.