Monday, 29 February 2016

Evening landscape with trees in picture frame - Day 60 of my 366 day challenge


Evening landscape with trees in picture frame 
 Day 60 of my 366 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

So for this my latest blog, I am writing about my latest "landscape" I have hand coloured and hand stamped and then put in a picture frame.

Evening landscape with trees in picture frame To make this project, I first of all placed some Spectrum Noir Aqua markers randomly over a piece of watercolour card.

As you can see, i used purples, pinks, blues, greens predominately as they make for a really atmospheric scene.

I then spritzed it with some water so it started merging into each colour and then dabbed some of it off using some kitchen roll. I then left it to dry fully.

Once dry, I then added some trees to the bottom of the card using the "Trees, Birds and Moonshadow" stamps from Clarity Stamps. I also added some of the birds and the moon image from the same set.

I then placed it in the wooden frame - I was going to decorate the frame but thought it looked better just plain.

And there you are.. another idea for a gift or just to make for yourself... and..

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Products and items you may need to make these projects
  • Watercolour card - cream
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua markers
  • Clarity Stamps - "Trees, birds and moonshadow" collectiion
  • Wooden picture frame - any colour and type of wood you want
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Days 58 and 59 of my 366 day challenge-



Hi Craft addicts...

Since I missed writing my blog yesterday, I thought I better do two today (well am combining them both in one post!.

I wanted to go back to see what I had made using the Raining Cars n Dogs paper collection from Graphic 45.

As you can see from the photo, you can make a variety of fantastic projects and only a couple are actual cards - the rest are either home decor or stationery items.

You can see how I made a lot of these on my blog - I will be making some different ones using other Graphic 45 collections over the next few weeks.

If you would like me to make something special - then why not get in touch and make this a real 366 day challenge!!



For today, I am looking back at a card I made using the Songbird Couture range of dies from Create and Craft. They really do make fantastic stylish cards and here is how I made this one...

I used a 7" x 5" card and covered it in a purple tartan paper which is from Craft Style (I think) leaving a narrow border around it. I glued a black and white ribbon to the centre of the panel first.

I used the "Songbird" reflections die and cut the panel out in white card and coloured the flowers with a variety of Spectrum Noir Alcolhol markers and  coloured the border in purple. I then cut out the bird element in purple holographic paper which I also got from C&C and placed it on to the white card so it had a shadow effect to it.

I then stuck the the songbird panel on to the right hand side and allowed it to dry. I also cut the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Tonic Studios Retro series  in both the purple holographic paper and white and glued them together just offsetting them a bit to again give a shadow effect and placed it on the top right hand corner.

This is, as you can see, personalised and I used some of the letters you can get from Graphic 45 in their paper collection (I am not sure which one these are from)

And there you - a really fun, bright and stylish card that anyone would be pleased to receive.

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Products and items you may need to make these projects
  • Selection of Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs toppers and papers
  • Stationery items such as notebooks, pads etc
  • Household items such as empty powdered potato pots
  • Kraft, white, black and coloured cardstocks and papers
  • Purple tartan A4 papers from Craft Style (or any other tartan paper
  • The Songbird die collection from Create and Craft
  • Happy birthday die from Tonic Studios
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
  • Black ribbon
  • Alphabet tile self adhesive letters from Graphic 45
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Stamps Away clear embossing powder

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Friday, 26 February 2016

A beautiful person..birds and flowers decoupaged door hanger - Day 57 of my 366 day challenge




A beautiful person..birds and flowers decoupaged door hanger - 
Day 57 of my 366 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

The weekend is nearly here so thought I would try something new today for my latest post... this time using a beautiful good quality decoupage paper and an MDF door hanger.

I first of all cut a sheet of the decoupage paper to fit the hanger. This one is Bird Tree tops from Craft Consortium and you get 3 large sheets in each pack so you have plenty of it left over! 

I then covered the door hanger using the Forever Moments (Tonic Studios) Pure Matt adhesive and placed the decoupage paper on it making sure that all the glue was distributed evenly under it. 

Once it was dry, I then added another layer to it and again let it dry (I must admit I used a heat gun to speed it up). To make the edges smooth, I just used a normal emery board to get rid of the excess paper and for the hole, I just cut around it with scissors and then used the emery board to smooth it. I also repeated the process on the other side. 

I then embossed an Altenew sentiment on to it (The message reads "A beautiful person sees the beauty in others").  I really love the words in this set which is their "Painted Inspirations" collection. I used a Memento Luxe ink pad and Stamps Away clear embossing powder and then added the flower heads from the Clarity Stamps Alium Stamp set using the same process.

I only used the message etc on one side, but you could of course do a different one on the other! 






And there you are - one stylish gift that would be great for Mother's Day

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Products and items you may need to make this project
  • Wooden or MDF Door hanging (with hole at top)
  • Birds on Treetops decoupage paper from Craft Consortium
  • Forever Moments Pure adhesive matt glue from Tonic Studios
  • Altenew Painted Inspirations "A beautiful person" clear polymer stamp
  • Alium stamp collection from Clarity Stamps
  • Memento Luxe Ink pad
  • Stamps Away clear embossing powder

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Rose Garden floral pattern in 9" x 7" picture frame - Day 56 of my 366 Day challenge


Rose Garden floral pattern in 9" x 7" picture frame - 
Day 56 of my 366 Day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

I had die cut this A5 panel from Tattered Lace (Rose Garden panel) in white cardstock, but didn't want to make a card out of it and had the idea that it would make a great idea for a really lovely focal point in a picture frame.
Rose Garden floral pattern in 9" x 7" picture frame

So,I stuck the die-cut on to some black cardstock and then coloured some of the flower heads in a variety of colours using my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers and their Sparkle Glitter brush pens. I left some white as I think it allows for great contrast, but did add some of the clear Sparkle pen on them.

Once they were dry, I then glued the panel on to the reverse of the "carrier sheet" that came in the picture frame and placed it in making sure that it was evenly placed and closed the frame up.

Using a leaf pattern from the standard ones found on the Brother Scan n Cut, I cut some out in the green "Wildflower" 12" x 12" paper from Cricut - Like American Crafts, this has a lovely texture to it. I had some flower shapes cut out in Black, gold and yellow from Tattered Lace and layered them up to make 2 flowers and stuck them on to the leaves. 

I felt that they needed something else, so found some small fabric rosettes in black (which I think came from Lelli-bots) and added them to the centres.

And there you are - one stylish gift that would be great for Mother's DayDon't forget - you can buy them on my website here  and why not sign up to my regular newsletter?

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Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 9" x 7" oak picture frame 
  • Rose Garden A5 panel from Tattered Lace
  • Black cardstock - from Creative Crafting World
  • Green paperstock from Cricut Wildflower 12" x 12" paper pad
  • Gold and pink Adorable Scorable cardstock from Hunkydory
  • 2 black fabric rosettes
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers
  • Spectrum Noir Glitter brush pens
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall all purpose glue

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Oriental bird of paradise revisited - this time in a picture frame - Day 54 of my 366 day challenge



Oriental bird of paradise revisited - this time in a picture frame - 
Day 54 of my 366 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

Another Hunkydory topper this time used in a picture frame which measures 7" x 5" approximately

Oriental bird of paradise revisited - this time in a picture frame
I took the bird of paradise topper sheet from the Hunkydory's "Little Book of the Orient" and cut the main image out and glued it to some black card which I then cut round it so that it left a small border.

I then stuck it to a panel of gold coloured Mirri card (it was precut to A6) and then attached it to more black card.

I then glued it on the white sheet that came with the frame and placed it back in the picture frame and making sure it was the right way up replaced the backing.

Once that was done, I cut out the flower using Tattered Lace floral dies in gold and black which matches the image and stuck it to the right hand corner - and then added a large drop of Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue in the centre and then dropped some gold glitter on to it and left it to dry.

And there you are - one stylish gift that would be great for Mother's DayDon't forget - you can buy them on my website here  and why not sign up to my regular newsletter?

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Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 7" x 5" picture frame 
  • Bird of paradise topper sheet from Hunkydory's "Little Book of the Orient"
  • Gold mirri card (again from Hunkydory)
  • Black cardstock - from Creative Crafting World
  • Tattered Lace floral dies
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall all purpose glue
  • Gold glitter

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Handbags, Flowers and buttons Mother's Day or Birthday card - Day 53 of my 366 day challenge


Handbags, Flowers and buttons Mother's Day or Birthday card - 
Day 53 of my 366 day challenge

Hi Craft addicts!

I know Mother's day is approaching but wanted to do a card that could be sent for any occasion not just that one to your Mum (or anyone who you feel is your mum!).

Handbags, Flowers and buttons Mother's Day or Birthday card So, I chose an insert from Hunkydory (there are 4 of this design in the kit so you could decoupage certain areas such as the handbags). The image is fun and bright and would cheer anyone up.

I had to cut the insert into various sections and the handbag section it measures 4" x 5.5" and I cut it so that the bunting and the handbags were the focal point.

I cut off a strip of the spotted part and glued it in the centre of some silver mirror card (this is the precut to A6 size from Hunkydory) and then used the pink strip (with the button edging) that was left to add a central border to the card itself.

Using Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue, I then added the topper to the card and then added 2 pink buttons to the corners.




The MUM sentiment was cut out using my Brother Scan n Cut machine and placGelly roll (08) pen to add some faux stitching to the letters.
ed at the bottom of the card. I then used a white

Handbags, Flowers and buttons Mother's Day or Birthday card insertFor the insert, I cut the rest of the paper up, making sure that the sentiment was in the right place. As the bunting part overhung the card itself, I cut it off and then glued it back on to the inside so it matched the outside.

And there you are - one bright and cheerful card that you could give to your mum at any time of the year (not just Mother's Day)
















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Products and items you may need to make this project
  • 7" x 5" white card and envelope (from Hunkydory)
  • Handbag and flowers paper insert sheet (from Hunkydory)
  • Silver Mirror card (again from Hunkydory)
  • Black cardstock
  • Pink buttons (from DoCrafts Papermania Capsule Wild Rose collection)
  • White Gellyroll No. 8 pen
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall all purpose glue

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