Friday, 4 April 2014

Gorjuss Girl for a Gorgeous Girl

My friend Becky's birthday was last week and I haven't got to see her in quite a long time so I wanted to send her a card and some crafty goodies for her birthday. I know that she likes the Gorjuss girls so I purchased a small decoupage kit from Hobbycraft and got to it. I have to admit that this is quite a departure from my usual style, I don't think I have ever decoupaged before, however, I was really pleased with how it came out and I was especially thrilled to hear that she loved it and that's the main pleasure of crafting for me!

Patterned paper - October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Bo Bunny.
Stamp and dies - Wplus9, PTI. Twine - American Crafts. Gems
and decoupage kit - Do Crafts. Rose - Hobbycraft. Washi Tape
American Crafts. Ink - Ranger, Memento. 

I was lucky to find all the patterned papers I needed in my scrap drawer, the blue didn't match that well, however a little distressing with some broken china distress ink and I think it goes beautifully. I added some glitter to the hearts and coloured in the white stripes on her tights with a Sakura clear glitter pen, the striped borders were cut from the packaging.

The only problem with this card is the amount of layers, 10 I think! I made a custom envelope with my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board (I love, love that thing) and it was all ready to go.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Lacy Wedding Card

Weddings, *sigh* I think, if I could, I would get remarried to my husband over and over just to be able to wear lots of different dresses and plan beautiful weddings just like the ones I drool over on Pinterest! A lovely colleague a work got married the other weekend and I had inquired on the scheme 'lace, pink and mint', how fortuitous that I love that whole combination!

Patterned paper - MME, Cardstock - American Crafts. Cut files - Silhouette America

Once again my trusty silhouette got a work out, the background is cut using 'Grandma's Tablecloth' and the sentiment is 'Mr & Mrs Love Birds', I simply used the offset feature to make a background mat from the same paper I used on the background. I hope the Bride and Groom liked it!

Here's a colour palette on Pinterest that helped inspire me.

I love this combination, if you missed my previous post, you can see my mint and pink Mother's Day card here.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 30 March 2014

52 Cards Challenge 2014 - Week 13

March seems like it has been such a long month, I guess it's because February was so short, but even with it being a long month I have not really had much time to craft, or take photographs it seems, I made this card for the 52 Cards Challenge on Monday and have only just got around to photographing it.

Patterned paper and die cuts - Crate Paper. Stamps and Die - Avery Elle
(via Make the Day Special) Resin embellishment - Etsy.

Fortunately this came together quite quickly, although I decided to die cut some foam tape for the sentiment and got it all stuck in my lovely new die! I'm looking forward to make a few sets of cards using the lovely Simply Said - Hello stamps and dies over the next couple of weeks.

I hope you have had a relaxing weekend,

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Happy Tuesday and 52 Cards Challenge - Week 12

Isn't the weather wonderful? Spring has truly sprung, the burst of colour from spring blooms, the shock of pink from the cherry and almond trees, green grass and the dawn chorus, it has to be my favourite season!

Without further ado, here is my entry for this week's 52 cards challenge;

and here is the inspiration image
Now, I am going to admit to cheating a little with this challenge, the card was already in process, all the pieces were ready, it just hadn't been assembled, plus it kinda goes with the orange and the yellow in the inspiration picture.

This is a card for my mother-in-law, whilst I like the colours I am not too happy with the Coming Up Roses stamping, I just can't seem to find the right balance with it. I bought the gathered fabric ribbon on sale, it was the only colour they had that I liked, after using it on this card I knew I needed some more and luckily when I went back they also had it in white, it adds such a soft feminine touch.

Speaking of spring, I thought I would share some of my favourite spring photographs from my hometown.

Happy Tuesday, I hope spring has sprung in your neck of the woods!
Ang x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

52 Cards challenge 2014 - Week 10

I am running so behind just lately. Here are my entries for this week's 52 Cards Challenge, the prompts are wood, plastic and stickers.
Paper - Oh Darling, The Pier, Crate Paper. American Crafts. Flair - American 
Crafts. Enamel Dots - MME. Washi tape - Hema. Stamp and dies - Papertrey Ink

 Paper and Stickers- Party Day, Crate Paper. Wooden Stars - Studio Calico
Die - Papertrey Ink. Ribbon - Etsy.

I have been having fun with my recent Crate Paper purchases! I think they have to be my favourite manufacturer, it's helped that TK Maxx and Homesense have been carrying a number of their items, along with some great American Crafts stuff.
I've also been lucky enough to acquire some more Wplus9 stamps and dies courtesy of Make the Day Special, it's dangerous to shop there! The other Crate Paper loveliness is from Sarah's Cards.
At Homesense I also picked up some washi tape with mixed prints on it including gorgeous doilies in silver and gold for £2.99. As far as the chalkboard stuff goes I think this is a new line in with other stores, except the price is quite a bit cheaper here.
These are some other little bits I picked up, 1-3 are all from the 99p store 4-5 from The Works and 6 is from Hobbycraft. Tiny sequins for shaker cards, mica looking glittery stuff, microbeads in darling little bottles, cameos, rose ribbon and some gorgeous pearl and diamante embellishments that I'm going to be forced to use (I just want to look at them!). I will add that these purchases are over the space of the past month!

Anyway, nearly bedtime, hope you had a lovely sunshiney weekend.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

52 Cards Challenge 2014 - Week 9/Taking Inspiration..

For the 52 Cards Challenge this week Nat has chosen the following picture of a beautifully decorated cake as our inspiration.
Elements to be inspired by in this pic:
  • Colours - white/mint/pink/gold 
  • Embossing 
  • Doilies
  • Ruffles/pleating
  • Ribbon
  • Fancy buttons/brads
  • Pearls 
  • Dimensional flowers

All of these elements spoke to me and said 'Mothers Day Card' (Mothers Day in the UK is on Sunday the 30th of March) I had also been reading one of my favourite blogs by a wonderful Polish cardmaker,  Dorota_MK who makes the most stunningly beautiful cards, tags and projects, I decided that I would also make the card inspired by her style, taking elements from a number of her recent projects and this is what I came up with!

To me that equated to lots of layers and little details like the distressed edges, the vellum doily, the gold glitter swirls, sigh, I really enjoyed making this. It's not my usual style but I loved using some of the pretty embellishments I have accumulated over the years and my silhouette certainly got a workout with the swirls, feathers and rose. I wish I had as much time to devote to every card as I did on this. I think my mum is going to love it!

I need to plan something similar for my Mother-In-Law so watch this space! I am also having fun with Chalkboard products that I hope to share later in the week.

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop Challenge

This month's blog hop theme over at Papertrey Ink is Sweet Spring, here is the inspiration photo.

Cardstock - Hero Arts. Watercolour paper - Cotman. Stamps and
dies - Papertrey Ink. Ink - Ranger, Memento, PTI.

I used distress stain on the background and then spritzed it with water and sewed it to card base. I die cut Birds and Blooms and stamped them with the companion stamps, I cut the legs off of one of the birds and added an extra wing on foam pads so the bird would look like it was flying. I die cut the clouds from vellum and embossed the sentiment in gold and added a small heart. I think it's so cute and I can't wait to send it to a couple who will be new parents soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 23 February 2014

1 card, 2 challenges.

Today I am entering my card into the WPlus9 Birthday Celebrations Trend Watch challenge and 52 Cards challenge 2014 - Week 8. I am using the sketch from 52 cards and have taken water colouring and enamel dots from the trend watch challenge to make my card.
Stamps - Wplus9 and PTI. Ink - Memento/PTI. Enamel Dots - MME

I decided to finish this card at about 3am which is why the stitching is a tad wonky and needed to be covered with an enamel dot ;) 

Happy Sunday,

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hero Arts Birthday Challenge

Over on the Hero Arts blog they have a challenge all about birthdays, and there are five category options to choose from. I decided to go with - 

Metallic birthday cards or party decor - In celebration of the Winter Olympic Games, add a touch of gold, silver, or bronze to your cards/projects.

and here is my take..

Unfortunately the daylight was fading when I took the picture. I made an A2 acrylic card base and stamped Hero Arts S5362 Dogwood stamp onto the lower two-thirds using StazOn metallic ink in gold, I also stamped a piece of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Little Bo Peep 6x6 pad with the same stamp and ink and adhered this inside the card. I inked a Pink Paislee Artisan Elements label with spun sugar distress ink and stamped Happy Birthday from Hero Arts CL181 Sparkle Clear Messages with gold ink.

It looks so delicate and really shines when it catches the light in the sun, I already have an idea who this card is going to go to!

I really love stamping on acetate and so far the card below that I made last year remains one of the most popular in my flickr photo stream and on pinterest. For more details you can visit the original post here.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Ways with Watercolours - Techniques

I have been exploring some more with watercolours since my previous posts and thought it would be a nice idea to share the techniques with you that I have learned over the past week. This is a super long post from me!

First, here is the card that I am most pleased with. I completely cased the card and technique from the wonderful Betsy Veldman as seen here. I stamped and embossed my image using white embossing powder onto watercolour paper, I then generously applied distress inks in 5 different colours over the image, deliberately going over the lines. Once you have completed this, spray the whole piece with a mini mister to make the inks bleed prettily like watercolours and leave to dry. So easy, right?

There are many ways that you can achieve watercolour effects, even if you don’t own any! Let’s run through a few;

 Ink Pads. You can turn any dye ink pad into a watercolour medium. Stamp your ink pad on to a craft sheet/acrylic block/glass tile and pick the colour up with a wet paintbrush. I like this method if I want to watercolour a small element quickly. Distress Inks are made for this, however I use all of my dye ink pads for this method and re-inkers are fantastic.
·         Brush Pens. Brush the colour onto the stamp with your pen, spritz the stamp with water and stamp or stamp and spritz the paper with water or use the ink pad method. This is how I first learnt to watercolour stamp when I started crafting a number of years ago. My Marvy le Plume pens are still going strong!
·         Watercolour Pencils. Well, obviously these are great for this, however I also like to use the shavings when I sharpen the pencil to create paint for a ‘wash’ when I am in a pinch and can’t find a specific colour.
·         Chalks. I have quite a few palettes of chalk cubes which I rarely use. For best results, spritz the chalks a few minutes prior to use and then use a wet paintbrush to thoroughly wet the cube then paint. Leave the chalks to dry and they can be used again for their original purpose.
·         Gelatos. These can be used directly on paper and then you would go over it with a wet paintbrush. I like to slice some of the gelato off the stick on to a Pringles lid, add a little water and ‘smush’ the water into the paint to create a thick paste, this can then be watered down. I’ve had great success adding mica powders to these, and the other great thing? Leave it in the lid to dry and simply wet to reuse, you can make your own custom colour palettes by mixing the gelato colours!
·         Spray Inks. Spray on your sheet and use the ink as is or add a little water.
·         Alcohol Inks. Drop some ink on a non stick craft sheet and go in with a wet paintbrush. This is good for very pale washes.
·         Eyeshadow. I like to use old eye shadows by scraping off some of the powder on to a craft sheet and adding water. I have found that most shadows contain mica so they will add a shimmer to your finish. I picked up some vibrant matte purple and green shadows cheaply that create a really bright effect when used in this way.
·         Food Colouring. Obviously this is an old school staple, I loved mixing my own colours to use when I was a kid, although I find that when you do mix them they tend to turn a sludgy colour. Gel food colouring is even better, especially if you want bold colour.

I am sure that there are many more, these are just the ones that I have acquainted myself with.

This one is easy peasy and super quick. White embossed sentiment washed over with different watercolour paints.

I hope this post inspires you to give watercolours a try, you'll be so glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 13 February 2014

52 Cards Challenge 2014 - Week 7

Just popping in to share my card for this week's 52 Cards Challenge.

Card - Bazzill. Watercolour Paper - Winsor and Newton. Stamps - PTI.
Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior. Ink - Ranger, PTI, Memento.

This is my take on one of my favorite techniques by Betsy Veldman. Very soft and really relaxing to create too, I just love the Larkspur stamp set.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Step it Up!

The birthday celebrations continue over at WPlus9 and the challenge is to Step It Up by adding dimension to your project. I am a big fan of foam pads and don't seem to be able to make a card without them, I have yet to delve into the world of embossing pastes as another way to add texture but I hope to rectify that over the weekend.
Card - Bazzill, Bo Bunny. Flower stamps and banner, Fresh Cut Florals and
Written on Ribbon by WPlus9. Doily Die - Cheery Lynn.

I used two of my favourite stamp sets and also stayed in my comfort zone as per the challenge I missed last week. I popped up the flowers and banner using foam dots to add dimension and used my favourite blue ink combination that I always seem to go back to.

I couldn't bear to throw away the spare pieces so used them up on this clean and simple card.

Thanks for stopping by,

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Celebration - Part 2

As you may have read I am taking part in Papertrey Ink's 7th anniversary celebrations, read more about it here. This challenge is to create a project that incorporates stripes in some way.
Cardstock - Bazzill. Glitter Tape - American Crafts. Stamps and Dies - PTI.

I used some super sparkly American Crafts glitter tape in stripes and finished it off at the bottom with tiny tags 2 that also features stripes in coordinating colours.

I have a couple more posts planned for this week, including one that covers my new found love of watercolours!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Working with Watercolours

As you may have seen from my previous post, I have just discovered the fun of using watercolours with my stamping and WPlus9 has a great step-by-step guide on one of the ways to do this, playing along, I decided to use the lovely Merry and Bright stamp set and dies.

Card - Bazzill. Watercolour Paper - Winsor and Newton. Ink - Memento.

Simply stamp your stamp on to your ink pad, you can then either take a mini mister or a wet paintbrush and spray/brush across the surface then stamp! Easy! I need to work some more on this card to balance it out a little better. It's a fun technique and so easy to do, so much so that I have decided to experiment some more. I have a couple more cards that are currently drying that I will post later!


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Celebration - Part 2

As you may have read I am taking part in Papertrey Ink's 7th anniversary celebrations, read more about it here. This challenge is to create a 3x4 Monthly Moments trading card and here is my attempt.
Card - American Crafts. Watercolour Paper - Winsor and Newton.
Umbrella and Sentiment - Papertrey ink. Twine - American Crafts.

This has been my first experiment with watercolours, it was so much fun but I have so much to learn, I have seen some great tutorials on Pinterest that look helpful that I must look into!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, 7 February 2014

Papertrey Ink 7th Anniversary Celebration - Part 1

Papertrey Ink are currently celebrating their 7th anniversary with a number of contests where you can win gift cards to spend in store or even a year of free stamps! Today I am entering in the recipe card challenge and here is the first combination.

Card - Bazzill. Stamps, Dies and Ink - Papertrey Ink. Twine and Glitter
Paper- American Crafts.

*sigh* in my head it seemed like a good idea, on reflection it is poorly balanced with too much white space, I decided to try again with a different combination.

Card - Recollections, Papertrey Ink. Stamps, Die and Ink - Papertrey Ink.

And again, this is too flat and frankly blah. What can I say? I think my mojo has deserted me! Oh well, here's hoping the card I am working on now turns out better!


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

52 Cards Challenge 2014 - Week 6

This week for 52 Cards, the challenge is to create a card where the vast majority of items on it are from the same collection, as Nat said, "it shouldn't be too hard, right?" At first i thought this would be a walk in the park, i have a number of collections where i have the coordinating embellishments and thought i would be able to put a card together in 10 minutes flat. Wrong, so very wrong.
Card - Bazzill. Paper and die cuts - The Girls Paperie (discontinued). Twine- 
American Crafts. "on this day, all about you" My Minds Eye. Die - PTI.

I have been hoarding this Girl's Paperie collection for a couple of years or more, I love the whole shabby chicness of it, however this was my second choice of paper. I had originally pulled out the Farmhouse collection by October Afternoon, but try as I might, I was not inspired and after a long evening I ended up shoving all of it in a box and throwing it in a drawer, as much as I love it, I think the 'farm/child' theme was a misguided buy by me :(

Once I moved on to the loveliness that is Paper Girl, this card was a breeze, I do like collage style cards but need to learn when to say enough is enough when it comes to adding embellishments.

It is a friend's birthday this week and I needed to whip up a card and gift wrap idea, fast! I can confidently say that this took less then 10 minutes but looks fab when all put together, bright and cheery.

The paper is from a huge stack of Making Memories paper that I bought on sale, and have barely even touched. I have decided to try and use the paper when making coordinating card/gift tags/gift wrap to use up as much of it as I can. The card was accented with some punched stars, glitter sentiment and glitter dots, I also wrapped the gift in the paper and used a Martha Stewart label for the tag and covered the envelope. Done!

I don't tend to get too personal on my blog, but I have been going through a tough time at the moment and am rarely able to venture outside so this has been a bit of a life line for me to 'talk' to other crafters. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for reading and for all the kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

Ang x

PS - After 45 minutes i gave up trying to get the text to display correctly, sorry!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CASE Study Challenge #176

I was inspired by both cards created by muse Donna Mikasa for this week's challenge over at CASE Study and followed the colour and design quite closely, hey, if it works, use it!
Card - Bazzill. Doily - Wilton. Wood banner - Studio Calico. Die - PTI.
Stamp - PTI. Washi Tape - Hema. Spray Ink - Dylusions.

I keep looking at it as it sits on my desk, it really conveys a party feeling, it just makes me smile!
Thanks for looking,

Sunday, 2 February 2014

CASology Cue Card Week 80 - Purple

2 posts in one day? I'm on fire ;)

Today I am following along with the cue card over at CASology which is purple. Here is my interpretation.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps. Embossing Powder - WOW!
Perfect Pearls - Ranger. Gems - Doodlebug. Cardstock - Bazzill.

I love the Waltzingmouse Funky Feathers stamp set, so many different combinations and possibilities. I decided to use the peacock feather today as my main image. I stamped and embossed them in gold, stamped the hearts and dusted with perfect pearls then added the gems and just to break it up a little I raised the panel on foam pads.
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps. Embossing Powder - WOW!
Perfect Pearls - Ranger. Cardstock - Bazzill.

I also went on to make this 'cleaner' version. Simple stamping with memento ink, I coloured the centres with turquoise promarker and embossed the hearts in gold. I think I can see me replicating this card in lots of different colours.

Thanks for looking,

WPlus9 Monday Mood Board #26

I managed to rustle up a card for WPlus9's Monday Mood board,, isn't the inspiration picture so pretty?

Paper-MME. Stamps-WPlus9. Doily dies - MFT and Cheery 
Lynn. Ink - Memento. Lace - Dainty Paperie.

I liked the wooden boards so used some wood print paper and a little white pigment ink to recreate the look from the picture. I finished it off with Fresh Cut Florals and the sentiment on a small MFT doily.

I haven't done much crafty shopping for a while but was happy to find Studio Calico wood veneers at my local Homesense and TKMaxx for £1.99 a pack and cute little American Crafts glitter pegs for the same price.
I have been wanting to experiment with watercolours for a while but haven't found a set at a reasonable price so it wouldn't be too bad if I don't get on with them, however, I did pick up this set today for £4.99. I can't wait to start playing!
Happy Sunday :)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Keeping it simple

Today I have a couple of cards to share, the first one was created for both the CAS-ual Fridays CFC126: Colour Blocks and 52 Cards Challenge - Pale, Glitter, Love and the second was a way to use up the scraps from the first card. I love it when that happens!
This cluster of hearts caught my eye in the Silhouette store, I was originally going to go with reds and pinks in the aperture but the 52 cards challenge helped to change my mind. I do enjoy more clean and simple designs at the moment and this is one of my favourites.
I could not throw away the die cut hearts from the middle so went with a simple cluster and embossed sentiment. Valentines Day will soon be upon us, I really need to make some more cards!

Thanks for reading,

Friday, 24 January 2014

Bits and Pieces 5 - The Sweet Life

I am back with a quick couple of cards, remember the scraps from the other week? This time I have concentrated on using up the stamped images from The Sweet Life by PTI.

 Card stock-Ripe Avocado. Patterned paper - Marrakech, Basic Grey. 
Ribbon - Anna Griffin. Rose and sentiment stamp - PTI. Pin - Etsy.

Card stock - Bazzill. Roses, sentiment, ink and embossing plate- PTI. Vellum - 
Making Memories. Glitter paper - American Crafts.

I can't seem to get enough of that perforated paper, glad I still have a couple of sheets left, although I still don't know who the manufacturer is.

Happy Friday!

PS - You can see my attempts at 3 step colour combinations here using this set.


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