I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year and hope all your dreams come true xx
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Please check out the projects tab on this blog to see future projects for our card making workshops at Lench's Trust. Ridgeacre Road, Quinton, Bham. B32 - Sunday 10am - 12pm . All levels of crafters are catered for from absolute beginner to advanced crafter. It is a fun workshop with lovely friendly members. Everyone is welcome.
Dates for 2014 are
More dates to follow soon.
Below are some pictures of projects we will be creating in 2014.
Love Debs xx
Friday, 25 October 2013
What a crap week I have had. Monday started the week OK, Tuesday morning about 3am woke up with a migraine and being sick this carried on for all of Tuesday and Wednesday couldn't even keep water down. .Woke up Thursday still with migraine but managed to eat a piece of toast before going to work. Big mistake..... Lasted about 20 minutes before headache was too much, got too hot and went for a nap face down on the floor in the office....... Very ladylike I don't think! One crash call later and one ambulance to city hospital, high blood pressure And heart rate double what it should be... Still with migraine. They decided I needed a 12 lead heart monitor - lovely, all clothes from top off - not a good sight, very degrading. They then decided I needed fluids as was dehydrated and anti sickness drugs and pain killers..... OK I thought one little needle and would feel better - or so you would think. Needle inserted in right arm inner elbow. In go the fluids - very painful..... Needle not in vein fluid going into arm - MADE ME FORGET THE MIGRAINE..... Removed needle, tried other arm/hand for a good vein - no joy so back to the first arm which is swollen and painful as waiting for the fluid to be absorbed into my arm. Needle inserted in wrist by base of thumb - very painful going in but at least in vein - fluids and drugs now going in. All the time still monitoring my heart rate and blood pressure and sticking pins in my fingers to measure my blood sugar. Finally i think it would get better - the fire alarm goes off, now hiding under blanket in hospital gown with hands over ears- now thinking I felt better before they took me to hospital.... 15 mins later it finally stopped.
Fluids and drugs final oy in, heart rate now down to 105 beats per min and blood pressure going back down, told I could go home and must take it easy and rest - only took 5 hours.... Taking the needle out was a problem..... they pulled it out something went wrong and ended up big lump filled with blood under skin - told it would go down - very painful.
Now Friday night, no longer being sick - but still have headache..... I think I am being punished - 4 days with a migraine, is there no justice in this world.
Still, the moral of this story is the nhs staff were lovely and made me feel like they were going to help me, even though things went wrong with the needle's the staff were brilliant, especially the nurses and the ambulance staff, they couldn't have been nicer, it makes me proud to work for the nhs and be a part of it.
Monday, 21 October 2013
I will be taking part in some some craft fairs in November to sell off all my stock, please come along and see me and my wares, there are bargains up for grabs.
3/11/13 - Yew Tree School, Solihull
8/11/14 - Birmingham Children's Hospital (Restaurant)
17/11/13 - Alderbrook School, Solihull
23/11/13 - The Sportsman Pub, Tipton.
If you would like further details please advise and I will provide you will full details.
Happy crafting, TTFN.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Had a little break from blogging for a week. But am back now.
I am doing a craft sale on 3rd November 2013 at Yew Tree School in Solihull, I will be selling hand made cards and jewellery - pop along and see what bargins you can get.
I am also having a sale at Birmingham Children's Hospital on 8th November from 9am - 2pm - again pop along if you are free.
For this card I used some beautiful border dies to create a frame, I then used a crafters companion stamp and coloured in and finally die cut some sentiments and attached with a ribbon and this is the result.
Monday, 30 September 2013
Well last day off work today, why do weeks off go so fast, and working weeks so slow..... is there a conspiracy....
You may be aware my daughter graduated from St Andrews University with a MA in English and Philosophy so I made a frame card to display a picture of her.
It is made with an A4 Sheet of card stock which was cut to 21 x 28 cm and from the bottom up scored at 13 cm and 14 cm then from the top down was scored at 1cm and 2 cm and on each side 1cm and 2cm, you trim the corners off when the score lines over lap and cut out a pretty windown in the front, add acetate to the window, add your picture and fold up and seal shut with strong glue/tape.
This is the end result after a ribbon and some flowers.....
Friday, 27 September 2013
The competition for Creative Expressions is Autumn, so below is my entry.
This is how I did it.....
I have used Creative Expression stamps (Create a Scene Trees and Church) to create this card. I stamped (using Momento rich cocoa ink) the tree image from the Church set as my focal point and used one of the smaller foliage stamps at the base of the tree, I then die cut and matt and layered onto orange core-dinations card stock and gold matt mirri card. I created my own background paper using the branch stamp from the tree stamp set and used first and second stamped impressions to give a feeling of depth, I then used antique linen distress ink to colour the image and added some glitter to the background. I then matted and layered onto orange core-dinations card stock and gold matt mirri card and put on my base card. I finished the card off with some ribbon and gems and some stamped leaves again from Creative Expressions Seasonal Flora and coloured using Spectrum Noir pens and cut out and clear inked/embossed the leaves and placed around the bottom of the card.
Other than the picture being sideways, I love this card, it is so simplistic but was great fun to make.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Well, it is my wedding anniversary on Sunday 29th September - we have been together 21 years now. So I thought I should better make my hubby a wedding anniversary card, so what better to use than Crafter's Companion Party Paws stamps and rose quilling dies and rose embossalicious embossing folders and finally stamped on Neenah card stock and embossed card is centura pearl.
I have used a red card base and matted with black card, I embossed the centura pearl card using the embossalicious rose embossing folder and used spun sugar distress ink to go over the embossed roses, then layered on the black card stock.
I stamped a party paws cute image on neenah card stock and two sentiments, I then coloured with my spectrum noir pens, for Party paws, I decided to use all greys and used IG1,3,4,5,7,8,9 for party paws and DR5 for the heart and then glitter and glue for the "stripes", I used black card for the quilling and quilled 2 strips of roses and 2 stamens and rolled together and sprayed with Crafter's Companion pink glitter spray and die cut a leaf again in black and again sprayed with the same pink glitter spray.
I then die cut my sentiments and party paws image using a spellbinders shaped die and run IG2 round the edge of the party paws image to give an illusion of matting.
I hope my hubby will like it xx
Well, happy crafting till next time.
Sunday, 22 September 2013
I made this card for one of my friends who enjoyed the books and who can't wait for the film. So made this for her to keep her going.
I downloaded some fifty shades images from Google images using black and silver theme I added the downloaded images and this is the end result.
Very happy with this.
Well a nice bit of sun this weekend, summer is coming back.
Using my XXL go create scalloped circle dies I cut out a card blank and slightly smaller backing paper and an even smaller plain one which I stamped and coloured with my spectrum noirs. I made into an easel card. Ttfn
Thursday, 19 September 2013
I used a small stamp from crafters companion and coloured with spectrum noir pens. And cut out with a pretty die. I used a drafters companion diamond embossing folder to create the lovely background and sanded the core -donations card stock to reveal the embossed pattern. I added ribbon and ta dah......
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
I got my new Makey bakey mice CD rom from Crafter's Companion yesterday so got printing out and have made the card below.
It is all printed from the Christmas CD and from the new section on the CD "complete companions" which I find is wonderful, everything you need to make a card in once place.
So, here's how I did it.
I printed out the backing sheet, 2 matt and layer sheets, and the topper and sentiment sheet and cut out.
I then took some silver miri board and along with the 2 matt and layer sheets and the backing sheet, I embossed it all with the A4 snowflake embossalicious folder from Crafter's .
I then took an A3 piece of centura pearl card stock and folded to make an A4 card, and using my Collall all purpose glue I stuck the silver on the card, then the backing sheet, following by the 2 matt and layers (which I layered each on to embossed silver miri) and finally put the topper on the card which I raised with foam tape. I embellished with ribbon and the sentiment and the odd gem or 10, and this is the result.
Let me know if you like.....
TTFN - happy crafting till next time.
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
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Sunday, 15 September 2013
I have just made a Humphrey frame card from Crafters Companion Humphrey CD and put it on to an easel card. To make the stopper for the easel I used core-donations card stock and embossed with a Crafters Companion embossing folder and sanded to reveal the inner core.
This is the end result.
2nd Card today using Crafter's Companion A4 snowflake embossing folded and die-sire corner swirls (Sorry I can't remember the proper name - but they are lovely). I used one of the spellbinders snow men and a Martha Steward fence punch and a sentiment. And this is what I made.
I took a piece of A4 centura pearl card and folded into an A5 card. I matted with black card stock and took a piece of A4 centura pearl card and cut in to A5 and embossed with the A4 snowflake embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. I then layered onto the card.
I die cut two corner swirls and used Spellbinders MR and MRS Snowman Die (again brought from Crafter's Companion) and just used MR, and stuck him to black card and put in on the corner of my base card and put a fence around him and finished with a greeting which I matted on to black again to keep the black and white theme.
The snow man does look a little scary........ but overall a good card. ;-)
I have been playing with my Crafter's Companion A4 embossing folder (Snowflakes) and Die-sire icicles die and Marianne Christmas tree die which I have embossed with embossalicious petite dots (6x6 folder).
I took an A4 card blank and folded into an A5 card, I matted with black card stock and took some centura pearl card stock and put in my A4 snowflake embossing folder from Crafter's Companion, I cut to size and layered onto the black card matt. I took the Crafter's Companion Die-sire Icicles die and cut out of centura pearl card stock and attached with collall 3d glue gel to the top of the card.
I cut 3 tree's from the Marianne Christmas Tree Die and embossed using the Crafter's Companion 6x6 embossalicious petite dots embossing folder. Again using the collall 3d glue gel I attached to the bottom of the card. I took a Martha Stewart fence punch and punched a fence in black card and attached to the bottom of the card and finished with a sentiment.
I do love this card, and was fun to make.
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Did you enjoy Friday 13th, not many horror films on this year, still I think there is another Friday 13th in December to look forward to and there is always Halloween.
I was asked to do a female 50th birthday card for someone who lies to travel - so what better than a globe picture from google images.
I used my cricut machine to die cut a "happy birthday" and a "50". I took a doily and cut it in half and some soft green flowery backing paper from my stash and some silver miri card and matt and layered it all together so it looks like this.
Well, though I would have a crafty afternoon - (between dying my hair - yet to see the results when I wash it off - wish me luck its a new colour).
I was asked to make a birthday card for a 50 year old male who is doing up a VW bug.
Using my cricut machine I cut "50" and "happy birthday" out of gold miri card and google image searched for a yellow VW bug.
I took a piece of A4 card stock and folded to A5, I matt and layered with gold miri and some yellow/white polka dot paper from my card stash and matt and layered the image of the VW bug on to gold miri and put the happy birthday and 50 on it and ta dah!!!!! this is what I ended up with.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
I have some fun this evening, I decided to make another card using Crafter's Companion Regency Swirls Embossalicious 8x8 embossing folder.
I have a confession to make - I used my ebosser and put my sandwich in wrong making it too thick. My ebosser decided it was going take the sandwich in so far and then stop and not move for anything. So there is me with my hammer giving the stuck sandwich a good few whacks to get the sandwich out, which I successfully did, and then re-made my sandwich correctly and happily embossed my card stock. I am very pleased with the quality of this item and despite whacking my plates with a hammer, everything works perfectly and they are hardly scuffed. Well done Crafter's Companion - I am a very happy customer.
Well, on with the card. I used centura pearl card for my base card and cut 2 6" circles, then I cut a pastel centura pearl peach 5 1/2" circle and finally a 5" circle. I scored a margin of 1.5cm from one edge of the 6" circle and attached the other same size circle to it creating a folded card (the 1.5cm margin being the fold).
I then embossed the 5 1/2 and 5" circles with the regency swirls embossalicious embossing folder and matt and layered the circles on the card.
I took a SWALK stamp and stamped the characters onto Neenah card stock and cut out using a scalloped oval (Go Greate) die and coloured using spectrum noir pens. I stamped a sentiment and lined the edge with CR2 spectrum noir pen (running the edge of the pen round the edge of the stamped and cut out sentiment).
I placed this on the centre of the circles and took a piece of white ribbon and tied a double bow and curled the tails around the edge of the card using Collall 3D glue gel to stick down.
Finally using a white pearl pen I put pearls around the edge of the card and using a clear glaze (glossy accents) I put this over the wine glasses to give a glass like finish.
Here is the finished card.
Other than the problems with the wrong sandwich (which was my fault) which was very traumatic when I thought I had broken my ebosser and exhilaration when I realised that I hadn't broken it, I am very happy with the finished card.
What do you think?
Well, off to bed now. Happy crafting.
Monday, 9 September 2013
I have gotten my ebosser out again and done a bit more embossing. I used the Craftwell Fanciful Flights A4 embossing folder which I brought from Crafter's Companion and cut a piece of A4 centura pearl card stock in half and put in each half of the embossing folder ensuring the embossing was on the pretty pearl side of the card (the embossing folder creates an A5 card - including the score line and butterflies on the inside). I then took a shaded lilac distress ink and inked the A5 patterned piece of card stock and took pickled raspberry distress ink and inked the butterflies and cut them out. I then sprayed all with Crafter's Companion pink iridescent glitter spray and a touch of multicolour glitter spray to the butterflies.
I took an A4 piece of centura pearl card and folded in half to make an A5 card blank, then took a piece of lilac card and matt and layered the embossed A5 piece of card on to this (I trimmed down slightly to allow for a border for lilac).
To this I randomily added added the cut out embossed butterflies and using the Crafter's Companion quilling die - blissful flower, and leaf 1, I added a beautiful red quilled flower which I sprayed with Crafter's Companion iridescent pink glitter spray and drew veins in the leaf using spectrum noir CG4.
I then used a pearl pen to create butterfly trails from the butterflies.
This is what I created.
I do love butterflies and quilled flowers.
Sunday, 8 September 2013
I enjoyed making the last card so much I decided to do it again but in another colour.
This time, I made a 6 1/2 " card blank, 1 took a 6 x 6 " piece of whitewash core-dinations with a blue interior and embossed with the 6 x 6 Santa embossing folder from Crafter's Companion and sanded, I matted onto matching blue card and wrapped a fancy ribbon around the bottom and stuck to the card blank. I added a sentiment from a Marianne die cut ribbon and stamp set which I inked with tumbled glass distress ink and Collall 3D glue gelled to the ribbon.
I think I will be making more of these.
I am in a Christmassy mood today so making Christmas cards - as you do in September..... well if you are a crafter you do.
I started with a 6 1/2 inch square card and a piece of 6 1/4 inch burgundy/red card.
I then took a 6 inch piece of core-dinations black magic card stock with a blue/grey inner core. I embossed a Crafter's Companion 6 x 6 Santa's sledge embossing folder on the core-dinations card.
I matted the core-dinations embossed card onto the burgundy/red card, and wrapped a matching burgundy/red ribbon around the base. I then attached to the base card.
I took a Marianne ribbon die with stamp and stamped and die cut a sentiment, I inked with tumbled glass distress ink and used Collall 3D glue gel to attached to the ribbon making a simple Christmas card. I added a little glitter to the stars.
This is the end result.
Off to do another one now.
I thought I would play with my Crafter's Companion Snowman kit.
Using the aeroplane die cut decoupage, I cut an A4 background piece of card in half (A5) again from the Snowman kit, and scored at 2 cm, 4 cm, 61/2 cm, 9 cm, 12 cm and 15 cm and mountain and valley folded. I then stuck the aeroplane on to the middle step of the folder card so it looks like it is flying.
I then took a piece of acetate and using my ebosser, I put the acetate into my A4 snowflake embossing folder (again from Crafter's Companion) and embossed the acetate. I then folded in half and stuck to the front and back of the stepper card creating a window over the plane. I added a ribbon and sentiment to the bottom front of the card and this is the end result.
I love playing with acetate.
TTFN Debs x
Saturday, 7 September 2013
I have used the Crafter's Companion Beatrix Potter Male embossing folder to create this very simple card, I embossed a piece of centura pearl card stock and matted onto silver miri card and stuck to an A6 card blank. I had added a rose made from punched flowers a ribbon which I made a bow and twisted the ends and stuck down with Collall 3D glue gel and added a sentiment which I matted on silver miri card.
I love this card. Very elegant looking and suitable for all occasions - just change the sentiment to suit.
Well, its the weekend and time to craft, at present the sun is shining so better make the most of it - and stay inside and craft.
I have used a darice embossing folder (from Crafter's Companion) and embossed 2 x A6 pieces of core-dinations green card and 1 2 inch strip for the butt bar for the easel card. I sanded the embossed core-dinations card and matted onto gold miri card, I put the butt barr on the base of the card to create a stopper for the top of the card and punches two butterflies out of whitewash core-dinations card and sanded and attached to the the card with collall 3D glue gel and added a few gems.
A very simple card but so pretty and elegant.
Friday, 6 September 2013
Just a quick card today. A cupcake birthday card. I took a piece of background paper and attached to a base white card, die cut happy birthday from miri board and put two cup cake pictures on.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
I was asked for a cat card, and this is what I created. Using die-sire corner die I cut 2 corners from black card and mounted on Ventura card in opposite corners. I then took a piece of black card and punched happy birthday using a Martha Stewart punch and layered the cat picture on it and put in the middle of the card. I added a bow and a quilled black flower and leaves and this was the end result.
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Well, it feels a bit like Christmas..... in my world it does, so have made another Christmas card, this time from the traditional Christmas card kit from Crafter's Companion, its such a lovely kit and so hard not to make a lovely card.
It's such a lovely kit to craft with.
Well off to do some more crafting now.
Well, it's Wednesday, therefore it must be a crafting day..... well, do I need an excuse to craft!
I have been asked to make an Hello Kitty birthday card for a 4 year old, so decided to get my die cut machine out and cut out a pretty Hello Kitty picture and I created a sentiment with Mimi and 4 and die cut and glittered. I then matt and layered on to red miri card, I created a patterned background using my craft studio and punches then matt and layered onto red miri card then put all together and this is how it turned out.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Well, though I would enter the Crafter's Companion September 2013 challenge - embossing!!!
This is my entry.....
I love this style of card at the moment and think it looks lovely but looks hard (I will let you into a secret - it's not and its fun to do).
Using the Embossalicious A4 and 8x8 snowflake embossing folders I have embossed acetate with the A4 snowflake embossing folder. I took an 8x8 card and stamped Barkley on the front bottom right of the card and the sentiment LET IT SNOW (again from Barkley) on the top in the middle. I then cut out the middle section of the front of the card between the two stamps. I then attached the snowflake embossed acetate over the section I cut away to make a "whole" card again - thus creating an embossed window. I then cut some wavy lines on plain paper and using tumbled glass distress ink I created hills/valleys/snow drifts by inking over the wavy edges in different areas of the card, then using the 8x8 snowflake embossing folder I embossed the back of the newly distress inked card, I then stamped a SWALK image onto a separate piece of card, coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and cut out the image and stuck on the inside of the card on a hill/snow drift.
I then glittered freely and attached punched snowflakes to the front of the card.
I have put a few pictures below of this card as I was trying to show the two different embossed parts of the card.
I hope you enjoy the card - now for colours used - (Spectrum Noir pens):
Bartley - hat DR4,6,7, ears IG4,6,7, paw CR4
Snow/shadow - IG1 and IB1
SWALK - Green top, skirt, boots, CG4, LG2, 3, Red top, boots, bow, gloves, DR2, 3 7, Scarfs ,FL3, ,3 LG3, OR1, CR1, Orange gloves / carrot nose OR1. Hair CT1,2,3,4,TN2,3, 2nd person's hair CT4,GB5, TN3. Top Hat IG3,5,6 BT7.