Monday, 15 January 2018

Altenew Beautiful Day - Take Two!

Thank you for all your kind thoughts about my gammy neck. I'm pleased to report that whilst still painful, it is settling down and seems to be a much quicker recovery compared to the last time I had it done in September fortunately.
I threatened you with a second card made from my leftover bits from the Altenew Beautiful Day set and so here it is! I used a 6x6 card blank and the sentiment banner is years old, I think from the days when Lakeland had a craft catalogue. Very simples!
Gratuitous bunny photos coming up. Willow has been quite subdued since Parsley passed away, but is starting to return to her cheeky self now. She's having a precautionary course of medication and will then be spayed and then we can look for a new friend for her. She's very good and will eat her medication if I squirt it onto a fenugreek crunchie for her as you can see in the picture below,. She's also sporting some interesting moult lines!
Actually getting a photo of Willow is very tricky as she doesn't sit still, so I just end up with a lot of blurred grey photos. I did manage to get a couple of shots as she tried to escape from the run though. She still loves a good fuss and has the softest fur of any bunny I've owned. She now weighs 1.3kg and so is always going to be a smaller bunny but with a big personality.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Flower Challenge - Spotlight Stamping Reminder

We're halfway through the month and so it's time for our reminder post at The Flower Challenge where this month we want to see "Spotlight Stamping".
My amazing teamies have been creating lots more inspiration for you, but if you're still stuck, this month's Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine has a feature on Spotlight Stamping!
I'm afraid I cobbled together a card at the last minute, despite my best intentions to have it done in plenty of time. I had another round of facet joint injections and radio frequency nerve lesioning on my cervical spine on Friday causing acute pain and reduced range of movement in my neck for a few days until it settles down and takes effect fully. Not the most conducive to crafting but hey, I was determined to make something.
I stamped the Impression Obsession Daisy Basket stamp on a 6x6 scalloped card blank in black archival ink. I spotlighted some of the flowers in yellow and gold using my Zig Clean Colour pens. I felt that the yellows looked too harsh against the uncoloured rest of the stamp and so I naughtily added some grey to the rest of the stamp. I hope that it still counts as spotlighting though. Perhaps just do as I say and not as I do with your entries though! 
To finish I added a sentiment from a Lili of the valley handwritten sentiments stamp set and added some faux stitching around the edge of my card. Simples! You've got until 24th January to get your entries in and I can't wait to see what you come up with. I hope you all have a great week x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Altenew Beautiful Day

Mum asked me to make a birthday card for one of her friends earlier in the week and as I wasn't in the mood for colouring, I decided to use the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set. I couldn't be bothered to work out an arrangement of flowers and mask them off, so I decided to stamp all the elements individually and then fussy cut and arrange them.
I used three of the Dreamees' Dinky Inkies to stamp the flower and black archival ink for the outlines. I used two shades of green momento ink to stamp the leaves. A bit miffed as despite thinking that I was being careful I managed to tear off part of the base leaves stamp when removing it from the acetate. Fortunately, it stuck back together on the acrylic block well and the next layer of green hid any tear marks on the leaf. I also stamped the "twiddly bits" of foliage in black archival and then used a waterbrush and the momento green and a dinky inkies to colour them in before fussy cutting everything. 
I stamped my sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Magnolia Blooms set on a 5x7 card blank and then arranged my flowers around it, snipping the leaves and twiddly bits to fit. I mounted the flowers on 1mm deep foam tape so that I could tuck the leaves etc in behind them and glued everything else into place.
I ended up with lots of left over bits and so have "take two" to show you later in the week. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Sack the photographer! - LIM "Purples"

Why is silver mirri card the most impossible thing to photograph on the planet? Hey ho, just use your imagination, it's probably better than my card anyway. Let's see if I can manage to keep on track at Less is More this week. I hope it's purple enough for them!
I decided to use the Tattered Lace Capricorn die which has been languishing unused in my stash (one star sign down eleven to go...) and cut it out of the dreaded silver mirri card. I wanted to create a space sky behind the sign and so I die cut a circle out of some Hotel Chocolate packaging as it was quite thick and had a waxy feel and so wouldn't soak up the ink. As I was blending straight onto the card and wasn't sure how well it would move the ink I added a base layer of Antique Linen Distress Ink first. Hels Sheriden who is a Ranger Educator taught me this technique which will help the inks to blend more easily on top of it, but isn't dark enough to discolour your work. I applied Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet Distress Inks with a mini blender tool to the circle to give a blended purple circle. I then blended on some Black Soot Distress Ink to create the galaxy look. I spritzed on some water and left to dry. Once dry I spritzed on some white spray ink from my stash and added some white dots with a white gel pen. I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Happy Birthday stamp set and glued the Capricorn in place to finish. Honestly, it looks better and more vibrant in real life and the sentiment is straight(er)!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Lack of mojo card making.

Sorry about the poor photo, it's barely got light here today. Not a huge amount of creativity went into this card I'm afraid, but hey, it's a card. I've spent a couple of hours this afternoon sorting out the crafting table of doom (aka the kitchen table) in the hope that having a space larger than 4"x4" to craft in will help my mojo. It still looks like an explosion in a craft shop though!
In the midst of all that I found the ingredients to make this card. I think the images were from an old issue of Making Cards magazine which I'd previously fussy cut out. I glued them in place on a 6x6 card base and drew in some ground and a border with a fineliner. I coloured in my border with a spectrum noir sparkle pen. I stamped the Paper Smooches sentiment in black ink and added some stickles to the llama's attire. Totally Simples!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Recent Stash Acquisitions!

One of my not really a new year resolution, resolutions, was to blog more frequently, but the crafting mojo has gone AWOL and so I thought I'd share my new stash with you instead. Apologies for the rubbish photos, mostly due to the rubbish light and rubbish photographer! Hubby bought me the Bigz dies shown above as part of my Christmas present and he also bought me the dies shown in the following two pictures...

Okay, when I say he bought them for me, what actually happened was that Sizzix had a sale on and so I did some online shopping and then told Hubby that was what he was buying me! I did get good value though (well, I think so) as all the above, including the £6.94 delivery, came to a grand total of £41.87. Now, I'm not telling you this, but I've just had an email telling me that Sizzix have got some more sale offers on their website. I totally didn't tell you that and so cannot be held responsible for any spending that may take place.
As I mentioned yesterday I wandered into my favourite craft shop yesterday and they had lots of lovely yellow sale stickers dotted around the shop and a few big crates of goodies to rummage through. I was very restrained and put back a lot of the items that I originally picked up. I convinced myself that I probably have enough Christmas stash to last until 2098 and so focused on the more everyday stash. I think I definitely got some bargains and have smuggled them into the house and integrated them into my stash whilst Hubby is at work. Tee hee!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

More Tags!

I know, you thought that you'd escaped any further Christmas themed items, but then I found these two spare tags. I had some left over reindeer from my ATCs that I made with Clearly Besotted's Let's Prance and they fitted perfectly on some small tags that I purchased from eBay a while ago. I applied some copper glitzcraft sparkle paste through a star stencil onto the tags and once dry added the reindeer on 1mm deep foam tape and doodled a border.
The larger tag was another pre-bought tag and this time I stenciled white sparkle paste through a falling snow stencil. I stamped the bunnies (which I think are from a now discontinued Apple Blossom set) in black momento ink and coloured it in using my trusty copics. I aimed to make their colours roughly the same as Willow and Parsley as I used these tags on the presents that were from them (the poo presents for hubby (which caused much hilarity) and presents to my parents for helping out with them). Again, I attached them with 1mm foam tape and drew in a border. I also added some nuvo glitter accents to ground them. Simples!
I was so focused on adding the right size and colour tag to the right parcel eg my brother in laws favourite colour is green so I used the snowmen with green scarves on for his presents, that I forgot to write on lots of the tags. Doh! Fortunately, they were all for family I was spending Christmas with and I was able to work out from the size, shape and of course choice of tag, who the recipient was.
I promise that's the last of my Christmas makes, but I may need to start on next years soon! I happened to be near my favourite craft shop today (unaccompanied) and they had pretty much all their Christmas items on sale, along with a quite a few other things. I was very restrained as after large vet bills, money is very tight, but I did pick up a few bargains. I'll show them to you later as I've left them hidden in the car boot so that Hubby doesn't know about them!