Saturday, 19 September 2015

Seed heads

Spent the last few days trying to find a short holiday and finally managed it yesterday - just one small point though - we go tomorrow!
So it's been literally a "chuck everything in the suutcase quick" kind of day!
In between this week I have managed to do a couple of cards, one or two inspired by Pinterest (of course!), and have started to try and put together a commisioned card which I confess for some unknown reason is proving really difficult.
Can't raise enthusiasm for it - so I know that although I have enjoyed my year so far it has actually been very tiring  - the travelling especially - and I think I DO need a few days rest doing not a lot except lazing about.
The pic isn't too good on this card - it's not very sharp (a bit like me!) - but the stamping IS - not blurred like it shows here!

This was a 'necessity' make for someone who is not very well - but didn't want a 'Get Well Soon' type of card as it isn't appropriate.

My fave white linen card used throughout.
The poppy head stamps are eons old and may have been bought at a long ago visit to the NEC. Same with the script stamp - eons old!

Used some Distress inks  (Wild Honey/Scattered Straw/Mustard Seed/Squeezed Lemonade) on a scrap piece of card, stamped the poppy and script and then tied round the trim.
Stuck onto another piece of card then layered onto the base card.

Am popping this into the Playground as I did use a couple of pieces of scrap for the layers.
Am hoping to get internet connection whilst I am away so will be able to keep in touch.

Other Challenges -
Crafts 4 Eternity - Handwriting
RRR- Orange plus trim
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Crafty Creations - It takes 2
Retro Rubber - Ombre

Catch up with you all soon. x

Monday, 14 September 2015

A long time....

You may be forgiven if you think the title of this post refers to me being absent for so long.... well suppose it does really(!!) 'cos I have! (Back at home now for a little while although I am trying to book a PROPER holiday - just for a week, but somewhere warm where I can just chill out and relax. Not having a lot of success finding somewhere at the mo....)
But the title also refers to this commissioned card which I finished a couple of weeks back.

A Diamond Anniversary - now that IS as long time isn't it!
I was happy with this when it was finished - although I really do NOT like taking pics of pearlised card as it never shows up well to me.

Embossed background and layered onto the base card. The sentiment was PC generated then cut out with a Marianne die. I placed some glitter paper behind it - again this hasn't shown up well buy looks really sparkly in real life!

The roses were made using what has to be one of my fave dies - and used up the leftovers from the base card in the process!  I love making these flowers, they look so delicate when finished. I added some glittery stuff to the edges of the petals and then punched out some leaves and ferny bits in both glitter paper and pearly paper, using up more leftovers - (Playground for me I think!)

I added a large corner die and popped a couple of small flourishes -which are the bits cut out from the corner die (waste not want not) behind the roses.
A small bow secured with a very sparkly diamond buckle, a couple more bits of bling and job done.

Challenges -
613 Avenue Create - Love me Do
Glitter n Sparkle - Beginning with 'G' (Gems/Glitter/Glitter paper)
Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo (2+layers/Embossing/Bling and Flowers/Ribbon/2+layers)
As You Like It - Fave die  (The Spellbinders die for the Roses)
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 327

A  massive thank you to all my bloggin buddies who have called in and left comments for me whilst I have been doing the Bowls England Presidential Team bit over the summer months... I have appreciated that you all remain visitors and more importantly friends! x

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Sew Special

Stamping Sensations challenge this month is 'Sew Special' and we're sponsored by Sizzix with a fab prize so hope you can join in with us!
Here's my card -
and as the challenge theme suggests it's all to do with sewing!

The papers are from Melissa Frances' Classic Elegance' pad.
Distressed and stitched the background paper onto grey then white card before adding all the different layers.

All the distressing done with Pumice Stone DI or Weathered Wood DI.

I turned down the corner of the third layer before hand stitching the button Then machined the whole layer three quarters of the way round onto the base card.

Rolled up some material scraps and stuck them behind the turn down to imitate fabric rolls.

Added some lace and some cream seam binding ribbon, hanging the metal scissors charm from the centre of the bow.

All the stamps were from a free set with a card making magazine and the buttons are from my stash.
Other Challenges -
Come and Get It - Buttons and Bows
House of Cards - Stitching
Allsorts - Lots of Layers
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
CFTH - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to pop in today. I am home for a few days from the middle of this week so am looking forward to catching up with all that you've been doing whilst I've been doing my 'duty' elsewhere! x