Saturday, 30 January 2016

Vintage style crate - my first attempt.. Day 30 of my 366 day challenge



Vintage style crate - my first attempt.. Day 30 of my 366 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

As the old saying goes, and now for something completely different! I really need some more storage space for my craft items so thought rather than just covering an old cardboard box, I would attempt to use one of the kits that Stamps Away (Ali Reeve) sells and see how easy it was to make!

Well this one is very simple (but have to admit I didn't notice I had one of the side panels on incorrectly until I had glued it - I definitely won't make that mistake again! (but as it happens it didn't really make a difference as I am the only one who would notice it (maybe I shouldn't have admitted it).


Vintage style crate - my first attempt..- side panelSo, first of all, I made sure that all the panels were clean and following the instructions glued each of them in turn.


I then used a large rubber band to hold them in place until completely stuck.


I then painted all sides with white gesso Acrylic paint a couple of times - for this one I wanted a slightly vintage/shabby chic feel so I felt 2 was enough.


Vintage style crate - my first attempt.- completed projectUsing 2 masks/stencils I have - one "Keep Calm and Drink
Wine*"  and the other the "Beady Eyes**", I used a variety of Tim Holtz Distress inks to decorate it.

I haven't put the side panels (which come with the kit) on yet.

I have to admit it was a really enjoyable thing to make and decorate  lessons learned for next time - going to use black gesso and textured pastes to see what other effects I can get - will report back!

So here is the final product - it fits so much in it and looks not too shabby (well it does but is meant to!) 











Products and items you may need to make this project (with links where possible)




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Friday, 29 January 2016

I Love you - Love birds on branch 7" x 5"card - Day 29 of my 366 day challenge


I Love you - Love birds on branch 7" x 5"card - 
Day 29 of my 366 day challenge

Hi Craft Addicts!

So it is nearly the end of January and I have surprised myself by having continued with my 366 day challenge!

For this one, I have returned to the Love subject as there is still time to make (or buy) this card...

I Love you - Love birds on branch 7" x 5"card - So, I first of all selected the topper of 2 love birds sitting on a branch and matted it on to silver mirror card (you can buy them already cut into an A6 size now from Hunkydory).

I then wanted the image to stand out a bit more so I used some black and white Washi tape along the centre of the card and then used some red Ultra strong liner tape on either side of it and placed some TODO red foil on it - you then peel it off and you are left with a foiled strip.

Using Stix2 foam pads, I then stuck the topper on to the card leaving more room at the bottom for my sentiment which I made using my Brother Scan n Cut to make the design from their standard images in CANVAS. I then cut it out on to red linen cardstock (as this is a bit thicker, I had to use a higher blade number).You could of course use any pre-made sentiments or die cuts.

I then glued them to the card just underneath the birds and then added some black NUVO crystal pearl drops at the bottom.

I Love you - Love birds on branch 7" x 5"card - inside
For the inside of the card, I chose an insert from Hunkydory and cut it out using the largest die from the Sara Davies Love and Romance Nested Hearts die collection and then cut out some of them in some red and white heart patterned paper.
I glued two of the small ones on the heart and faux stitched round it using a Sigma Micron fineliner pen. The envelope has a larger matching heart on the flap so it all ties together.

And there you are a pretty card that you can use for Valentine's Day or just to say I love you to that special person in your life. You can buy this on my website here
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Products and items you may need to make this project

  • 7" x 5" white card 300-350gsm card and envelope
  • Love birds topper (I think it is from Hunkydory)
  • Silver Mirror card from Hunkydory
  • I love you heart sentiment (from Brother Scan n Cut)
  • With LOve and best wishes insert from Hunkydory
  • red and white heart paper
  • Sara Davies Love and Romance nested heart die collection
  • Black and white Washi (or similar) tape
  • Black Nuvo Crystal drops
  • Red TODO foil
  • Ultra strong Red Liner tape
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
  • Tape runner (Create and Craft)
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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Elephants in silhouette on Distress Ink background trio of cards - Day 28 of my 366 card challenge


Elephants in silhouette on Distress Ink background trio of cards - 
Day 29 of my 366 card challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

For this post I am still looking at peel off stickers and how they can make really striking cards or can even be used for home decor.

So, first of all, I painted a background scene using various Tim Holtz Distress ink pads - from yellows to purples onto good quality cardstock. What I like is that they all come out differently each time.

Elephants in silhouette trio of cardsOnce they were dry, I chose the best place on the background and set the elephants in silhouette peel off stickers (which you can get from Craft Creations) on to the card and cut round it.

I then stuck them on to white cardstock and cut round them leaving a small border. Using a black Spectrum Noir alcohol marker I edged them so it looked as if I had added a black panel.

I then glued them on to the 88x114mm cards (Centura Pearl blue and lemon colour - but you can buy a variety of colours from Craft Creations here) 

And there you are, a trio of stylish cards that could be used as a special gift tag or card - am even thinking that the designs would look really good in a wooden frame - am going to try that soon!

You can buy this set of cards on my website here 

Products and items you may need to make this project


  • 88x114mm Centura Pearl cards - blue and lemon from Craft Creations with white envelopes
  • Elephants in silhouette peel off stickers from Craft Creations
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads in a variety of colours
  • White watercolour card
  • White cardstock
  • Black Spectrum Noir alcohol marker
  • Collall all purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue



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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Abstract flower peel-off - they do have their place today.. Day 27 of my 366 day challenge


Abstract flower peel-off - they do have their place today.. Day 27 of my 366 day challenge


Hi Craft addicts!

So, for my latest blog, I thought I would make a stylish card using a peel off sticker flower - and I think I have succeeded..

So for this card I had a 7" x 5" tan coloured card from Hunkydory (in Adorable Scorable) spare from one of their previous kits so thought the colour would go well with what I had in mind.

Floral card using peel off stickers 7" x 5" cardI first of all placed the peel off (which I got from Craft Creations) on to a pre-cut brown deckle edged panel (which I got from them too) and added a couple of the smaller flowers to add an extra interest.

I then die-cut a scalloped fancy edged panel in white card and glued the flower on to it.

Whilst that was drying, I used a scoring board to score some lines at regular intervals down the whole of the front of the card - I then scored the bottom of the half of the card in the remaining spaces. To separate the two, I added a patterned strip along the centre of the card.

I then glued the white panel in the centre of the card and then added some gold and yellow Nuvo crystal drops in the centre of the flowers and then in the spaces on the white panel. The card has been left blank on the front but there is room for a sentiment to be added which could then be repeated as an insert inside.

And there you are - one stylish card that uses peel-off stickers as a focal point. You can buy this card on my website here.


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Monday, 25 January 2016

How digital crafting can be used - Day 25 of my 366 day challenge..







How digital crafting can be used - Day 25 of my 366 day challenge..

Hi Craft Addicts!

So it is nearly coming up to the end of January - where has that time gone? Anyway, for this post, I thought I would show you how great digital crafting can be. For these three cards, I have used 2 different designs but all using the CRAFTSCAPES digikits that Daisytrail (Craft Artist Professional 2) have produced.

You do need to have the software package CAP2, but for what it can do, the price is incredibly reasonable. You can buy all items through Daisy Trail here - there are literally hundreds of kits that you can mix and match to create brilliant projects.

As it is a digital image you can layer things up that using shadows etc that actually look as if they are in 3D. They are also brilliant for mixed media projects and you can add as many (or few) embellishments you like. These are also watercolour images so it really creates that effect on your card..
Happy birthday house scene 7x5in card                                                                                                               Image 1 is a Happy birthday cads again using the house element (and many more)
Thank you - house scene 7" x 5" card
Image 2 is a Thank you card using various elements from the kit and as you can rescale them you can make it really dimensional.












With Love village scene 7" x 5" card
Image 3 is a "With Love" card this time using elements that made it look like a village scene











You can buy all these cards on my website (just click on the links above) To buy Craft Artist Professional 2 from Daisy Trail here 



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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Fairy and flowers Large MDF tag shaped wall hanging - Day 24 of my 366 day challenge




Fairy and flowers Large MDF tag shaped wall hanging - Day 24 of my 366 day challenge


Hi Craft Addicts!

So, this is another wall hanging - hadn't quite realised how many I had actually made - they are all so much fun to do!

So for this one I took a large tag MDF shape and painted it a couple of times with black Pebeo Acrylic Gesso paint. Once dry, I cut out a Tonic Studios Fairy die in white and glued it using Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue. You could of course either paint it with chalkboard paint or use chalkboard paper so that you can use the space for messages.

After it was dry, I made up some paper flowers and butterfly (from different companies) - for my next one, I am going to try and stamp some flowers out (such as the Honey Doo or Dreamees) and use them. I then glued them around the tag using a hot glue gun.

Once they were in place, I added some glue to the centres of them and added some glitter to them and allowed them to dry. I then added some white Tonic Studios Nuvo crystal drops around the edge and faux stitched it using a white Graph-it marker.and green Nuvo crystal drops.

I then added some pink organza or satin ribbon to hang it up with.

And there you are - a pretty wall hanging that would make a lovely present - you can buy this on my website here

Products and items you may need to make this project
  • Large MDF tag shape (from such companies as Dreamees or Ali Reeve)
  • Black Pebeo acrylic gesso paint
  • Tonic Studios fairy die
  • Paper flowers and butterflies (different colours and shapes)
  • Pink organza ribbon
  • White and Green crystal Nuvo drops
  • Shake it white Graphi-it marker
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Tonic Studios glue gun


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