Friday, 28 June 2013

2 new frames

 Here are 2 frames that I have made recently. The one above I have used an image of a tiger which I mounted onto black card, then onto orange card. I have used a "grass border" stamp by Martha Stewart along the top and bottom of the black border. The "Paws" are from Joy crafts "Lin & Lene designs" of dogs. I cut them out using orange paper then inked through the die using Tim Holtz distress inks. The braided ribbon at top and bottom of frame completes the project.
In this frame I have used a image from "jems designs" "Yesterdays Dreams" cd rom. I have mounted onto blue backing paper. Using Tim Holtz "sewing room" die have cut out the mannequin and then using crafters companion embossing folder - paisley, have embossed the cut out and then inked over the top. I have added gem butterflies and hearts. I cut out a butterfly in metalic blue paper and finally added some white paper flowers in the bottom corner and on corner of image.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

My Winning Entry

Here is my entry into the "stitch - a - greeting" craft club challenge. This is the first time that the club has run a challenge. It was decided by Sue and Sue (yes, it's run by 2 ladies called Sue) that there would be a monthly challenge set to the group. We would all receive the same pattern and told which die to use, but the design etc would be up to the individual. The winner would be picked by the whole group by secret voting. The winner would receive a £10.00 gift card to use at Hobbycraft. This is my entry and to be honest I didn't even make it into a card because I didn't like it that much. To my surprise I won first prize!!!. I am absolutely delighted and cannot wait to go to hobbycraft and spend my winnings. Thank you to everyone in the group that voted for my entry. Cant wait to start on next month's challenge. xx

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Last of the collection 

 Here is the final instalment of the cards that I have been stitching over the last few weeks. As I said previously, I had a stitching pattern book that contained 20 patterns. I thought I would work my way through the book and make into Christmas cards. I have to confess that there are only 19 photos here. One stitched pattern I completed, but when it came to making into a card I totally ruined it by cutting into the square card. Once I had cut it there was no going back despite several attempts at trying to make into "an interesting shape". In the end I tore it up and threw away.
 I have tried to do something different each time to the cards, by either layering, cutting into a different shape, keeping small or making into larger cards.
 Some cards I have kept simple and others I have added lots of embellishments.
 The final two cards did not lend themselves well to being Christmas cards, so I have made into birthday cards instead.
 I have tried to take John's advice about photographing my cards. These photos I have done by placing the card inside a white box (a lid that I had made for a large card) I kept the light on beside the box. Can you see an improvement?
Take care everyone and thanks for taking the time to view my blog. xx

Saturday, 22 June 2013

 Here is the next instalment in my Christmas cards. This one I have used spellbinders labels 1 to cut the shape of the card, as well as the layers. The topper is from forever friends which I cut down a bit so that it would fit in the centre of my stitching.

 This card I have kept simple with no matting and layering. I feel the topper and the background paper is busy enough, without adding to it.
and finally for this section a card that I got the idea of the layout from Sue in my craft group who had made this layout in mauve and green with a stitched tulip pattern. I thought it was really good so I told her I would be stealing her idea. Luckily for me, she said it was ok. The front of the card has been scored down the centre to give 2 panels. Not really an easel card, but just gives a different look. I put the same green backing paper onto the front of the card so that it wouldn't look so bland.

And just a note: if you go onto "johnnextdoors" blog he gives details on how to take the best photos of your projects. I'm afraid I had already taken these photos before I had read his blog today. But I will try in the future to make my photos look more appealing. 

Friday, 21 June 2013

 Here are a couple of frames that I have created. The one above I have used the cd rom "Fancy footwork" by jems designs. I printed off a couple of copies so that I could decoupage the shoe. I have added a ribbon bow (over the printed one) and added pearls to the shoe and also at the bottom of the frame. The flowers are cut using Spellbinders "Daisy patch". I have added "animal candi" to the centre of each flower. In a white frame from Ikea.
 This one I chose to put in a black frame for a more dramatic effect. I went onto google to get a image of a masquerade mask. This I used to make a template, which I cut out onto black card that had the silver swirls already embossed and gilded on. Then I added pink gems around the edge and the lower part of the eyes. I used sparkles onto the top of the eyes. I then added 2 large gems (which I coloured to match using promarkers) and black and pink feathers. The silver stick is made from a straw covered in silver paper. The ribbons I have curled before sticking down. The small costume and mask were toppers that I added to the mannequin shape (again from spellbinders). The pink shoe in the corner was from a M&S gift voucher card, which I cut up.
and finally, another hat card from the cd rom "fabulous fashion" by katy Sue. I have used spellbinders Grand labels 11 as the background layers. The shoe in the corner is a tattered lace die which I borrowed from a friend. The happy birthday die is from Robert Addams. On the hat I have added a slider and purple ribbon across the middle, once I had decoupaged with several layers. The background papers are also on the cd rom.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

 Here is the next batch of stitched Christmas cards. This pattern I particularly like as the design and the thread that I have used is striking. With the topper in the centre I have used a very fine ink pen and just went around the edge of the topper just so it stands out a little bit,
 I'm not sure of you can see very well that I have used a pink fineliner pen an drew a running stitch around the frame of the card and into the corners where the snow flake has been punched (Martha Stewart). For the topper  i used extra fine glitter and with a quickie glue pen went around the edge and then applied the glitter.
 These two cards were very easy to do as i had the toppers and matching cards, so all i had to do was add the embellishments.

... and finally Father Christmas. This topper already had a gold border. So i just added a gold border to my stitching and added the sentiment. Look out for the next instalment ..... xx

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Monday, 17 June 2013

 Here are some stitched Christmas cards that I have made. Yes, I can hear you all scream "Christmas cards- but it's only June"!!!!!. Yes, I know, but you have to make some throughout the year, otherwise you will be fed up making them if you did them all in December!!. 
 I have a stitching pattern book that contains 20 simple patterns. I decided to work my way through the book, doing each pattern on either white or cream card, and using a variety of threads. 
 Each pattern was on a piece of card 5 x 5 inches. Some I have cut down, and others I have left as 5 x 5.
 By changing how you make these into cards just shows the versatility of stitching. 
The top two cards are 6 x 8 inches, the middle card 8 x 8 inches and the bottom two 5.75 x 5.75 inches. Watch this space for the next 15 designs.
 This card I have already shown on my blog. I have just added the sentiment "Happy Anniversary" in red. 
A quick and simple card for my friend's son, who is mad on golf. I added the golf embellishments to the card. They were buttons, so I just snipped off the loop at the back so that they would lay flat.

Monday, 10 June 2013

This is my attempt at a Zentangle card. I used a stencil from "sweet poppy" of a wedding cake. Then I doodled in between "zentangle-ling !!!".  I then mounted onto red card and then used a black and white background paper. By added 3 red paper flowers I think it makes quite a striking card. Not sure if I like Zentangle cards, but it is good to try something different now and again. 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Another card using the cd rom "fabulous fashion". This is a shop front, which I was able to print as a digi stamp and then colour in with promarkers. I did this because my printer is playing up and I was getting lines on things that I printed off (especially on photo paper). The dress behind the shop window was printed off using the cd rom as a decoupage page. I have just used "ice stickles" on the bodice to give it a bit of bling. Like I have said my printer is playing up so when I printed off the dress I did get lines on the photopaper, but once dry I used my promarkers over the top to blend the colours in together. Once promarkers had dried you could barely see where I had used them. Try it yourself and see if you get same results. 

Saturday, 8 June 2013

This card i have made using the cd rom "Fabulous Fashion". On the cd are co-ordinating dresses and handbags. Watch this space for more cards.
 Here are a collection of boxes that I have recently made. 
 This box has 4 drawers and I have used spellbinders "delicate Aster" for the top along with some ribbon.

 This box has 3 drawers and is a patriotic theme with red,white and blue and union jack on top.

 And finally a 3 drawer box which has butterflies and pastel colours.