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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 6 July 2015

It's Christmas!!

Well, sort of!! Tonight sees the launch of the Pick of the Week on Ideal World - and the launch of the lovely Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas Collection which includes a CD, stamps and embossing folders. 

I have used the CD to create this side-stepper card.
The base is made from A4 Kraft card and the measurements shown below are in cm. The black lines are scoring and the red are cutting. The dotted ones are to show the measurements. You will need to trim a little piece of at the bottom - it will be obvious once it is folded.
The image is from the Shaped Cards section, and, after cutting out the centre section, I have made it so that it bows out. I embossed a piece of acetate with my Embossalicious A4 Let it Snow folder, and placed this behind the image. The knitted background is a paper from the CD, with a Die'sire Snowflake to embellish.

I matted and layered the matching paper to the front and sides of the stepper. The white pieces on top are Kraft card painted with gesso, embossed with Let It Snow, and then sanded back. The snowflake embellishment was also cut from this. The message is from the Sentiment section. I printed it a couple of times to decoupage the holly to give it some depth. The baubles are from the Embellishment section.
I printed an A5 landscape insert from the Design Set section of the CD - and then cut into it so that the pieces all fitted onto the inside of the stepper.

Watch out for all the sneaky peeks that will be popping up over the next couple of days - and set record for Tuesday at 9pm on Ideal World.

Cxxx

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Mirror Crack'd - #11 - Canvas


This month, our challenge at The Mirror Crack'd is to create a Canvas, and the lovely Sue B is hosting this month.

I decided to combine printable canvas with a more traditional canvas panel, and took inspiration from my garden which is in full bloom at the moment.
I started by painting the panel with Pebeo black gesso. This stuff is great and doesn't need a second coat.
I then combined a few photos taken in my garden - roses, a petunia, and this gorgeous black pansy!! And then I printed it onto A4 printable canvas. I embossed a piece of Crafter's Companion Matt Black card with Embossalicious A4 Delicate Floral, and created a frame for the picture.
Using Sheena's 7x7 Graphic Equiliser stencil, I dabbed Luminarte Silks Pink Azalea, and Pebeo Deco Matt Pearl in Red, Blue and Yellow, onto the corners of the canvas using a make up sponge. I then mixed some of the black gesso with texture paste and went over the colour with Sheena's Grid stencils.
I used the same paints to paint in the debossed side of the piece left over from making the frame - and I did the same with the frame.
I also highlighted some parts of the flowers with the paints - and went over with the texture paste and Grid stencil.

Using the gesso, I covered some string, and then dabbed on more of the coloured paint.
And I used this to create a kind of trail around the canvas - stuck on with Collall Tacky Glue.
The wooden butterflies (from The Range) were also given the pain treatment, before being added to the canvas.
And there you have it - the finished canvas to remind me of the gorgeous colours that my garden can produce.

Make sure you pop over to The Mirror Crack'd blog to check out the fantastic inspiration from the rest of the team.

I would like to enter this into:
Crafty Friends Challenge - #9 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog -#87 Anything Goes - Floral twist

Back soon,
Cxxx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Crafter's Inspiration 7

Morning - just a quick post today to share some photos of the projects I made for Crafter's Inspiration 7. I have to say, the photos in the magazine are MUCH better than the ones I took - but then I'm no professional. All my projects were made using the Kimono part of the free CD.

Here they are:
This first one is a box - and this one also makes use of the embossing folder from the magazine.
The second one is a wall hanging - kind of a faux scroll effect with a few tassels thrown in for good measure.
And the last one is an iris folding card. 

All the details and links are in the latest Crafter's Inspiration 7 magazine - along with tonnes more inpsiration from the team - a few rather nice freebies!!

Cxxxx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Box full of flowers!!

Morning - and what a fine, warm one it is!! Have had to have a fan on all night, as we currently have a bees nest in our roof - and they are going in and out just outside our bedroom - so we can't open the windows!! Ah well! 

A while back I blogged about three pallet art canvases I made for friends' birthdays. Well, I also made them each co-ordinating box card. 
The box itself is made from Sheena Stamping Card as it is nice and thick. I laid it landscape onto my Big Score, and scored at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm, 28cm. I then turned it portrait so the small flap/tab is at the top. I then scored at 10cm and 17cm BUT only through the flap/tab and 3 of the side pieces. The bottom one will form the back of the box so you don't want to score into that.
I used the same images and papers as I did on the canvases along with a (hopefully) inspirational quote!! 
I used just one strut inside the box which I decorated with flowers made from the papers using several different Spellbinders dies . The bird and the boat images are from Crafter's Companion Halcyon Days, and the flower from Sugar and Spice.

Enjoy the rest of your day whatever you are doing!!

Cxx

Monday, 29 June 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More #142 - Sentiments!!

Afternoon!! It's that time again - time for a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More. The lovely Jackie has chosen 'Sentiments' for this challenge. We would love to see your creations where the sentiment is the main focus, but as long as the sentiment is there and clear enough for us to see, then that will be fine!!
I initially thought I would do a white on white card, then changed my mind, deciding on a cream on cream card instead.
So, I had a rummage in my card box, and came up with the plain, hammered and pearl cream card. I used the plain to make a base card, and used more of it to cut with my Die'sire 6x6 Aurora Create a Card die, and inked through with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
With the hammered card, I made a large mat for the base, and cut a strip of pearl to go across the middle. Around this I wrapped wide cream organza, cream satin, organza edged with satin, and a thin satin. The Create a Card needed cutting down a little to fit, and I used Die'sire Essentials Circles and hammered card, to create a mat for the sentiment, and Scalloped circles to create a smaller pearl mat. 

The sentiment is Die'sire Only Words Special Day, and I cut this in pearl and also in a slightly darker scrap of taupe to create a drop shadow so it would stand out. The cream roses, a large bow, and the pearl embellishments finished the whole thing off.

Don't forget to pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers and More blog to check out all the inspiration from the rest of the design team. 

I would like to enter this into:
Creatalicious Challenges - #76 Ribbon and Pearls
Paper Creator's Crafts - #39 Anything Goes

Back soon.
Cxxx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Happy Birthday!!

Morning!! Back today with a card I made for my sister-in-law for her recent birthday! I used one of the Card Frames from Crafter's Companion's Sugar and Spice CD. I printed it twice, cut the circle out to make an aperture frame, and then decoupaged the gorgeous fuschia image.
The base card is made from Centura Pearl, matted with one of the papers from the CD. I embossed another piece of Centura Pearl with my Embossalicious Elegant Orchid folder, and used a different paper across the middle with more embossed CP. I finished off with a big bow of different ribbons, a few pearls, and lettering cut with Die'sire Only Words Decorative Alphabet. 

Enjoy your day!!
Cxxx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Wedding Time!!

I realise it's been nearly a fortnight since I blogged - so will hopefully make up for it now and blog a little more regularly. 

A friend's little sister got married recently - at the same place my husband and I got married. She asked me to make a boxed card for her, based on one I made a couple of years ago for a challenge. I'm not that keen on re-creating layouts - so always have to give it a little twist. Anyway - please excuse the photos - am not sure why they didn't come out too clearly.
So, I dug out my Angelina fibres (it took a while to find them - it's been a while since they've seen the light of day!) and my iron (yes - that doesn't get used that often either!) - and created the material to cut the large hearts from. 
I used a combination of  Centura Pearl Snow wWhite Hint of Silver and plain white card. For the horizontal mat on both the box and the card, I used Embossalicious A4 Dottie folder and an insert from Spellbinders Classic Bracket Edgeabilities. For the vertical mat, I used Embossalicious 8x8 Elegant Orchid folder and an insert from Spellbinders Classic Postage Stamp Edgeabilities. 
The silver embossed card used for matting, is from my local market - and I printed the sentiment from the computer. All the hearts were cut with XCut dies. 

If I'm honest, I would have liked to change the layout and materials a lot more - but she was very specific. And while I know she was really pleased with it - a little bit of me is disappointed with how close it is to the original!! Silly really, I suppose, as it was the original that she really liked and wanted!!   

Anyway, back soon (hopefully!!)
Cxxx