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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.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Mirror Crack'd - Challenge 7 - Wings

Afternoon! Am here today with this month's mixed media challenge from The Mirror Crack'd. We would like to see anything (other than cards) that you can create with wings. For my project I have gone for a butterfly theme, using a sentiment stamp from Crafter's Companion Sentimentals Nature set - 'There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly'.

I've been wanting to have a go at the 'caught in crystal' technique for a while, and finally got round to it. It was a bit of an experiment, as I wanted to play with some of my Pebeo Moon and Prisme paints. Well, to be honest it all went a bit wrong as I hadn't realised that the floor polish would repel the paints (or the other way around). So I didn't get the effect I wanted at all. 
At this point I stopped taking photos of what I was doing, and just started throwing all sorts on. This first one has the following on it - although I'm really not sure what it is that actually shows up: Pebeo Prisme - Eggshell White and Emerald; Pebeo Moon - Gold and Apricot; That Special Touch Mica Powders - Golden Malachite, Golden Pear, Pale Gold, Enchanted Gold; Stampendous Frantage - Sage and Taupe. 

Because the paint didn't spread, and the mica powders soaked up some of the floor polish, when I put the tissue on, it all seemed a bit, well, bitty. So I whipped out my Aqua Tints, and dropped some over the back of the tissue with a pipette. I used Bright and Beautiful 37, along with Pretty Pastels 39 and 25. 
Despite the fact that it wasn't quite what I had intended, I was quite happy with the effect. But I decided to have another go - this time using the Aqua Tints from the start. I was a bit heavy handed with the orange!! And then I decided to add glitter to this one - and had a bit of an accident - so dropped on far more than anticipated of the orange glitter - and not so much of the green glitter. Never mind! It turned out OK.
The next step was to create a base for my project. I bought some scalloped square clock bases ages ago - not to make clocks with - but because they were really cheap and I knew they would come in handy!! 
Using Cut & Dry foam, I dabbed on Pebeo Deco Matt Acrylic Paint in a combination of Tangerine, Greengold, Forest Green, Anqtique Green and White.
I used sections of the 'caught in crystal' acetate to create the background and mats, with frames cut from Crafter's Companion Matt Black card. And I edged the scalloped square with my True Black Spectrum Noir pen. 
The butterflies are cut with Crafter's Companion Die'sire Butterflies, and Essentials Butterflies. The leaves are cut with Leaf 2, and embossed with the new CC Textures Leaf Vein 8x8 Embossing Folder. I rubbed some Creative Expressions Golden Green Gilding Wax over these - and alo arund the black frames. I finished off with some glittery flowers and pearls from my stash.

Be sure to pop on over to The Mirror Crack'd for lots more inspiration from the team!!

I would like to enter this into:
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge - #99 Anything but a Card

Craft My Life - Feb/Mar All Crafts Challenge

Cxxx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More - Challenge 133 - Stripes

Good afternoon. It's been a while since I posted - but I am hoping that things will settle down now, and I will get myself back into more of a routine.

Well, here's the Crafty Cardmaker's Challenge for the fortnight. Leslie has chosen the theme 'Stripes' - so, dig out all those great striped papers in your stash - and get crafting. 

I chose to use one of the Card Frames from Crafter's Companion Sugar and Spice CD, that had stripes as part of the frame. I teamed it up with two of the co-ordinating striped papers - also from the CD. All was printed onto CC Light Printable Card. I printed the frame twice so that I could cut the circular image out and give it some height.
I scored a piece of Papermill Ocean Blue card at 12cm using my Big Score board, and folded it to create my base card. I covered the large, inside part of the card with one of the papers, and the smaller front part with the other, having first wrapped some pink ribbon round them. A smaller piece of one of the papers, and the Card Frame were mounted onto more of the Ocean Blue card. 

I printed the card frame a second time, and then cut the circular image out to layer on top. The flowers are Dovecraft, and I topped them with buttons and pearls. A pink ribbon bow, and some more pearls finished the card. 

Don't forget to pop over to the Crafty Cardmaker's Blog to check out all the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team. 

Cxx

Saturday, 14 February 2015

My Wonderful Valentine!!

My wonderful Valentine - otherwise know as my husband - has been an absolute gem over the past few weeks. I love him to bits - and this is the card I made for him.
It's 8x8, and I used the gorgeous blue/green papers from Do Crafts Valentine Collection download. The sentiments are from the Love Sentiments download.  I added a couple of wooden buttons and some hessian strips. Not much else to say really.

I would like to enter this into:
Deep Ocean Challenges - Love is All Around

Cxx

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A Bag of Thelwell Goodness!!

So, this is the last of my Thelwell samples. Quick and easy to make. 
I used a 12x12 piece of paper to make the bag. 
Fold the paper in half diagonally.
With the fold at the bottom, fold the bottom right corner up and across.
Do the same with the left.
 Now fold the top layer down.
Turn the bag over, and do the same on the other side.
Once I'd made the bag, I decorated the front and back with papers, and one of the shaped toppers, before punching the holes for the ribbon with my Big Bite.
So, there's one more day of the 4 Day Deal. Fiona will be back at 1pm and 5pm tomorrow. Be sure to tune in!!

Cxx

Trophy in a box!!

This morning I have another of the trophy cards to share with you. And for good measure, I made a matching box for this one!!
I used watercolour card to print the Trophy card on - and then printed one of the matching papers on the other side. I printed the front of the card several times so that I could decoupage it, and also use it on the box too.
To decorate and embellish the card, I used one of the tags and sentiments from the CD, and cut several flowers using Die'sire Small Fringed and Itsy Bitsy Quilling Flowers. I also used Leaf 2, with some ribbons and pearl flowers.

For the box, I measured the finished card, and added a little extra for wriggle room in the box, then 1/2" each of the four sides for the depth of the box. I printed the papers onto more Watercolour card and then cut two pieces according to the measurements.
This was scored with my Big Score board, and then decorated in a similar way to the card itself.

Don't forget to tune in at 11am to see Fiona with the fab 4 day deal!! I'll be back later with my last project.
Take care,
Cxxx


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Thelwell Teardrop Card

Well, what a day!! I don't know whether I an coming or going! But I found a little time to pop back again with a Thelwell card this time. I was looking for a different card shape or fold to do - and came across the idea of a Teardrop tri-fold card via Beccy's Place 
I printed one of the papers from the CD onto the back of a piece of Centura Pearl Hint of Gold, then printed Beccy's template onto paper, and used this to draw the shape onto the card. 
I then used more papers from the CD to matt and layer, with one of the Shaped Toppers and lots of Die'sire Essentials Flowers for All Occasions. The sentiment is also from the CD.
Will be back tomorrow with my last couple of samples. 
Cxxx

What day is it ...???

Yesterday my perpetual calendar sat on the front of the display table during the shows - and I loved the fact that it was open on the 9th February. Sara even showed it off during the second of the shows!!  This project was not originally one I planned to do. I had sorted all the others and had been contemplating a few ideas for my last. And then I had this bizarre dream about making a Thelwell perpetual calendar!! I never dream about crafting - or get inspiration that way - so this was a bit weird for me. And I just couldn't shake the idea off!! So, I decided to go with it. And this is the result!! 
For the base of the calendar I used a piece of A3 Centura Pearl Hint of Silver (29.7cm x 42cm). It needs to be scored at 2cm, 18cm, 34cm and 38cm . This folds to make the base (the 2cm piece is the place where you stick it together).

I used the Die'sire 3" number dies to cut the numbers - 1,2 and 3 for the first part, and 0 to 9 for the second. This was all cut from Centura Pearl Hint of Silver, printed with one of the papers from the CD. 
 Each number was edged with Frayed Burlap before being mounted on more Centura Pearl - each piece was 8.5 cm x 6.5 cm. This in turn was mounted onto a piece of the printed Centura Pearl  - 14.8 cm x 9 cm.

I created the month cards on the computer - each one is 11.5 cm x 7.5 cm. I printed off some different papers from the CD, then printed these cards over the top.  The pictures are from the Toppers section of the CD - and were added to the month cards. These, in turn were mounted onto more printed Centura Pearl.

Using the same papers as for the month cards, I cut lots of flowers using Die'sire Essential Flowers for All Occasions, and used these to decorate all of the pieces.

Finally, I used my Zutter Bind It All to punch the holes and bind each of the sets of cards to the top of the base. 

Am looking forward to seeing if it says the correct date on the shows today!! 

Cxxx