Saturday, 16 April 2016

Monochrome - something a bit different!

Hi everyone

Hope you are well. This is just a quick post today. Just recently I've started really looking at tons of new blogs I'd never visited before and honestly my head is buzzing with loads of things I want to try. I say it quite often - I am just amazed at the variety of craft stuff out there for sale not just in the UK but elsewhere and there's an awful lot of goodies I fancy lol. I am in awe at the cards and creations people continue to achieve, I had no idea until I started crafting this world even existed! 

Right enough of that now to my card...I am really quite pleased with this card. I wanted a simple card for my sons gf who has had her tonsils out in the last few days. I didn't want get well soon as that didn't seem like the right wording. While I've been doing my blog hopping I have seen loads of CAS cards. Now I think you all know I'm not really a CAS girl but I do however love this type of card. This stamp set was actually a freebie made by Clearly Besotted and came with a mag about a year ago and last time I used it to make a card for a friend - I'll post a pic of that card at the end. 

Now I think you'll agree that it just looks totally different in black and white. I stamped the leaves in black versafine ink. I also stamped the butterflies onto this piece of card along with the wording which is from Altenew. I stamped the fuchsia flowers and cut these and the larger butterfly out with a matching die set (a new addition to my stash since last year when the flowers were cut out by hand - unfortunately scissors and my tremor these days are just not good friends so I've had to think of an alternative lol). I added these at different heights on foam pads. This was backed onto black and a few gems added to the flowers and butterflies. I must admit this was a lovely simple card to make - I'll be making a few more like this...Lea X

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This is the first card I made with the stamp. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Wonky stamping!

LlHello all

Hope you've had a good week. It's absolutely flown and here we are at Friday again already (by a whole three minutes as I write). Thank you for the lovely comments on my posts...I've had a few new people comment which is lovely, thank you also to those that always take time out to visit...I'm always very grateful. 

My card today was a lot of fun to make. Those of you who know me know I have a dystonic tremor in my right arm which causes me lots of problems with fine motor skills. It therefore makes things like painting and stamping a challenge. Well don't say I'm never up for a challenge hey. Usually I use quite large stamps because obviously they fill the space quicker but today I used stamps from a set by John Lockwood. Off the top of my head I can't remember what they're called but if you need to know please ask! I started off by masking the middle section off. As you can see I have got a couple of places I've not quite stamped completely but hey ho I'm still learning lol. It took me a while to stamp the flowers as I have to get my arm into just the right position to try and get some control (you should see me try to eat hahaha) but I got there in the end. When I removed the tape I tore a tiny bit off which just happens to be where I planned to put the happy (if you believe that....). I scored some lines at the top and bottom of the stamped section with my scoring board. I stamped the birthday - this is a stamp that comes with the happy. This is a set by Clearly Besotted and I must admit I think it's one of my best buys. You get the large Happy and Birthday stamp along with other wording like the many happy returns and what I think is great is that there is a matching die for the large words. If I had to cut the happy out by hand I'd have separate letters hahaha. I finished the card with three pink pearls. 

This second card was meant to be 6 X 6 but in case you didn't notice unfortunately with this one things didn't quite go to plan. I masked off the centre section again and tried blending the colours but without much luck I'm afraid as my hand wouldn't play ball so I deliberately changed it so it looks like circles. I stamped down the side and along the bottom with a Woodware stamp which at this point looked quite good but no I had to go one step further and decided to attempt to paint the flowersusing ink and a water brush (which I've never attempted to use before) - well this is when the wonky hand really kicked in and I ended up with a mess (I hope you're not laughing you lot out there...😜). I had to do a rescue on the card and sort of chopped it at a point I thought I could get away with. I used my Clearly Besotted wording again and a few pearls...I will try this out again. One thing it's a good job I can laugh about it - my Dad has got the same tremor and we often joke and say we've got one good pair of arms between us. People often ask how I craft but the answer to that is you find ways round things and things like dies and electronic machines are a huge help.  It can get frustrating sometimes because one thing I do struggle with is writing (hence the problem trying to paint with a water brush) but I just count my blessings as there are people far worse off than I am.

Right it is time for bed now...I hope you've enjoyed my tale of my foray into stamping and painting lol....Lea x

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Girly card

Hello all out there in Blogland

Well can you believe it's almost Thursday already....never have I known the weeks to fly by so quick. I'm thinking its coz I'm knocking on now lol! My parents say the same, that the days go so quickly. I always thought when I wasn't in work any longer the days would drag (unfortunately the fibro stopped me working) - how wrong was i? 

My card today is back to a girly one. I used an image from a coloured art pad from LOTV. I have added stickles to her wings and the edge of the cream on the cake. I cut it out with a circle die and mounted it onto an SB loopy circle die cut. I embossed a piece of white card with a freebie folder from a mag. This had a natural circle in the centre which after I used the loopy circle die to cut an aperture in the centre of the embossing I then put pearls round. This was then mounted on layers of white and blue. The sentiment is from LOTV. When I stamped it I wanted it a lighter grey colour so in the absence of a grey ink pad I used the second generation stamp of my black ink pad. I finished the card with more pearls my flowers and bow. I think this is much more me than my Christmas card yesterday...don't you? Lea X 

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Christmas card no 15

Hi everyone

First I'd like to say thank you so much for your kind wishes on the loss of Mr Bs grandfather. It's always difficult to know whether to mention things that happen as you go along...things like family losses, not feeling very well (I notice an awful lot of people like me got into crafting through illness) but when I thought about it I decided it is part of our life so it's important to acknowledge life's ups and life's downs. Well that's me finished being philosophical (I hoped autocorrect would kick in then and it did lol) today now back to crafting. 

Now I have two cards for you is Christmas card no 15 and the other is an anniversary card made from the Camden Town kit. Now I must confess the Christmas card looks better in real life but guess what I dislike it intensely!!! I had a pot of gilding flakes that have sat there in my cupboards for eons so thought I'd get them out. My problem with the card isn't so much the design as the colour mix of the gilding flakes. The card is in three layers. The first has the edge gilded then backed onto black card. The second layer was stamped with one of the first stamps I ever is a Christmas swirl I think from Justrite. I then covered a small sheet with the flakes and used part to mat an embossed piece of black card and used the rest to cut baubles out of an SB die....I used the two smallest sizes and stacked them on foam pads. I 'hung' these from a string of gems and added bows made from bakers twine. I finished with a few gems. 

The anniversary card is made using elements from the Camden Town kit. I just dressed it with ribbon and lots of pearls. 

Well that's me done until tomorrow...until then..Lea x

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Camden Town

Hi everyone

I hope you've had a good weekend. Again it has zipped by. Yesterday we had some sad news - Mr Bs grandfather passed away at the grand old age of 104! He has been poorly for a few weeks now so it wasn't unexpected but it is just so sad. Until he was taken ill he still lived in his own home which I think is amazing. 

My card today is a male one made with elements of the Camden Town kit. I made a card base using a lovely red card from Creative Expression. I backed some patterned card from the kit onto gold mirror card. I wrapped red bakers twine round this three times. I put some sticky pads onto the back of a topper then added this on top of the twine. I tied a double bow with the twine and added that to the side. I stamped the word uncle with versa mark and put gold embossing powder on it and heated it with my heat gun. I finished with a few gems and a really cute little wooden car. Well that's two cards made from that kit...I've got another three cards set up to far so good....Lea x

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Pretty in pink

Hi everyone

I hope you are having a fabulous start to the weekend. It's just nice to be awake today....yesterday the fibro took me over and I slept all day! As you can imagine I got nothing done at all yesterday. I'm afraid I couldn't even manage to sit on my iPad and blog so I apologise for being awol especially after so many of you left me lovely comments about my first stencilled card. Thank you so much for taking the time to pop along.  I also acquired two new followers so a huge welcome to them. During the last week I have found some amazing new crafters in Blogland and have added their blog links to the sidebar on my blog - I hope you will check them out as I have seen some amazing work. 

 I'm pretty sure most people started out making cards like me. I used kits to make my first cards and progressed from there. I have been going through my crafty stash and have so many part kits (some hardly touched kits too!) so have decided to try and incorporate them with my crafting now as it seems such a waste. Of course there will also be those ghastly kits I will never, ever use and have no idea why on earth I bought them but they are for another day lol. So to my of my very favourite kits I did buy was the Camden Town one by Crafters Companion and I have very little of this left. But I will get a few more cards using bits from it. The lovely background card was backed onto a pink mirror card and this was then backed onto a card blank made with blush card from Creative Expressions. I ran some pearls down and across the card. I took a small topper which has a lovely sentiment on it and backed it onto matching layers. The butterflies are cut out from a die (the make evades me at the mo...sorry!) and then given dimension using my bone folder. I added pearls and flowers to finish. I've already got pieces ready for the next few cards from the kit so hopefully I'll have another to show tomorrow. Take care......Lea X

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Stencilling !

Hi everyone
Just a quick post tonight as its so late/early. My card is a little different yet again for me. I saw some really lovely stencils by Claritystamp last week and decided to treat myself...not that I've ever done this before. And anyone that knows me will know I'm a sucker for poppies. I started by taping my stencil down so it didn't move I then inked through the stencil with a worn lipstick distress ink. I then decided to go in with a green ink so it wasn't so flat. I used a clear versamark ink on the flower heads and covered this with clear embossing powder and heated it. I trimmed the image up and then lightly inked round the edge and mat and layered it onto pink and black card.  I finished with a few gems.  I left the sentiment off and will add this as needed. All in all a nice easy card to batch make.....Lea x

Monday, 4 April 2016

Christmas card no 14

Morning all

A quick post this morning as I need to get on! The colour of this card looks a bit looks far better in real life. I backed a green card onto silver mirror card and then onto black. I then used various spellbinder snowflake dies and layered them up. The ribbon was out of my stash. 

Hope you have a great day....Lea x

Sunday, 3 April 2016

A birthday wish.....

Hello all 

A quick post from me today. I've got my crafting head on so thought I'd quickly post this card before getting back to it! I'll pop along to visit any outstanding posts from you later on. 

The lovely flower is from Woodware. I embossed cream card using a Crafters Companion folder. I had two new embossing folders from Mr B for my birthday (carefully chosen by yours truly of course) one a basket weave one and this lovely linen effect one. Now my fellow Crafters out there know how much linen effect card costs well this folder embosses beautifully. I backed this onto a navy card from Creative Expressions (my new go to fave card stock at the moment). I backed a plain piece of the cream card onto another navy piece and finished by making a linen effect band to break up the plain piece. I wrapped navy bakers twine round the panel and raised the panel onto pads. I stamped a lovely sentiment also from Woodware. This says 'a birthday wish for my friend...may the happy never end!' A nice sentiment which I think will get a lot of use out of. I finished the card by shaping the flower and raising it up on foam pads to give it some dimension. I'm sure the flower would also look lovely for another time I think. A few navy gems completed the card. 

Right folks back I go into my craft room. It may not be my craft room much longer. I'm thinking of moving into a slighter larger room where I can have my desk in a straight line as at the mo it is 'L' shaped. Fortunately none of our bedrooms have been decorated yet so I have the pick of three spare rooms...I'm not greedy or anything. Am I like every other crafter....did you ever expect to end up with all the stuff you've got? Where did it all come from....I used to craft on my lap in the living room hahaha, four years later a bedroom is too small....Lea X

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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Altenew stamps

Hi everyone

I hope you're having a great weekend. I can't believe we are on a Saturday again already. It's been a gorgeous day here today so much so the washing has been outside and dried! I've never had washing out in April..I'm one of these people who has it indoors to the bitter end but now I have a bigger garden where both the sun and breeze hits I thought it would be a good day for it to go out. Mr B has almost finished in the kitchen/diner. Our new blinds and curtains are a perfect colour match. I might not be much use any other way but I can usually get my colours right lol. 

I cursed earlier coz I realised John Lockwood was at Colemans in Rushden today. If I'd known I'd have gone time maybe.....Instead ive been playing catch up looking around Blogland. I don't know if you are like me but I keep finding new blogs to go and visit. There is some amazing work out there and I like a mixture of styles too which doesn't help me at all. I keep thinking I'll thin things out but it doesn't work with all these creative people around - it's a good job I don't work as its so time consuming lol (definitely not a complaint everyone..I love looking at everything you come up with!). Anyway it makes me even more grateful for the fact that people spend their valuable time visiting and commenting on my blog. I thank you all very much. 

My card today has been created using Altenew stamps. These are great layering stamps. I'm still learning to use them and to improvise the way I can use them as my tremor causes me a few problems with getting them to line up. Im wondering if it might be worth me investing in a Misti. If any of you have got one I'd love advice on whether it would be worthwhile spending the money on one as I know they're quite expensive. Anyway I digress lol..back to my card...

I started with the stamped panel first. I was going to make some little notelets. I stamped the pale blue layer using the solid stamp first then over stamped with the outline onto a small card blank. I just couldn't leave it all looking so flat so cut the back off the card blank and backed the stamped part onto the aqua card. I then stamped the outline again in the pale colour and backed this onto the aqua too. The final layer was an embossed piece of white card. I took a dark Aqua seam binder ribbon and put a band across the card and made a double bow with it. I completed the card with the flowers and matching pearls. So much for a notelet hey folks....Lea x

Ps I should've said the sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted. I also have a die to cut this out if wanted. 

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