Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #285



Hello lovely peeps!  Today, I thought I would travel a little out of my comfort zone and go rustic!  I have a love/hate relationship with kraft and rustic items . . . I LOVE them and the results other people get with them . . . they HATE me!  When I use kraft/rustic embellishment, it always looks like I rummaged through my waste bin and grabbed a handful of waste and threw it on a card base (I don't of course, but that is what it looks like).

This time, I was pleasantly surprised . . . it didn't look half bad (for me).  I made it with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge in mind, which, this week is a sketch by Amy.  This is the sketch.

http://jen-icreate.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/freshly-made-sketches-285.html

Great, isn't it?  This is my take.  Explanations below the pics.







First, I took a piece of card (from the back of an envelope, no point buying, when you can recycle, right?)  and adhered it to the front of a card base.

Next, I took a small doily and adhered that down to the front of the card.  Then, I cut a strip of jute 'ribbon' and adhered that.  Next, I took my flowers and leaves and arranged them where I wanted them and adhered the leaves directly and the rose, up on foam for dimension.

I finished, by adding the stamped sentiment with glue to the flower and foam to the jute (to keep it level).  Finally, a lick of Stella over the rose and three of my home made dew drops (haven't used them in a while).  That's it done!  I'm off crafting with the girls tonight, so have a good evening/day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Playing With A New Stampin' Up Set


Yesterday, I made a card with my new Stampin' Up set called, 'Timeless Textures'.  I have long admired the cards that have been made with a collage of textured stamps and wanted to give it a try!  Here is my attempt, explanation below pics!






I started with a plain, white card base and stamped the little 'grid' stamp three times in a grey ink.  Then, I stamped the little, distressed flourish in the right hand corner.  Next, I took, what is rapidly becoming my 'go to' flower and leaves, 'Altenew's - Beautiful Day' and arranged them over the stamping.

I finished by stamping the greeting in the same grey ink as the other stamping and adhered a few sparkling sequins.

I was quite pleased with my very first (unadventurous) foray into collage stamping, maybe next time I will be a little more adventurous with it!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! 

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #284


Hello lovelies.  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far.  Today, I wanted to make a card for a sweet friend, so I thought I would use the sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #284 blog.  This is their sketch, which is a sketch by Karren!

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/freshly-made-sketches-284-sketch-by.html

I hadn't used these butterflies from Clearly Besotted or this embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers in a long while and they are actually a couple of my favourite crafting items (note to self: I MUST use my favourite items more), I don't think this card needs any more explanation, so on to the pics!






There is a little shimmer spritz to the base card, which isn't showing in the photos, but it is a subtle shimmer.

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Happy Card Frame Dies by Concord & 9th



Hello lovely friends.  I hope you have all had - or are having, depending where you are in the world - a lovely day!  I opened a new die set that I have purchased and given it an airing.  This is a very clever concept! I did attempt to explain how it is used, but got all 'tongue-tied' . . . well, perhaps that should be 'finger-tied' as I am typing this (of course), anywho, I'll stop gibbering and just let you see the video instead (which explains it a whole lot better than I was doing!  Then I will post the pictures of my card below.


Here is the aforementioned card!






Not a lot to it really as C&9th has done all the hard work!

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Trying Out New Supplies


Hello my lovely friends.  I don't know about you all, but whenever I feel a little down, I hide in my craft room and get some crafting done.  I don't necessarily have any concrete plan in mind, just that I want to craft something.  This was one of those cards. 

 Hiding in my craft room I took out a stamp and die set that I have just recently purchased from Stampin' Up called 'Special Reason'.

Explanation below the photos.






I took a plain, white card base, a plain white layer the same size as the card and a smaller white layer for my focal piece and a piece of black card slightly larger than the focal piece and set to work.

First, I took the white panel the same size as my card base and ran it through an embossing folder and adhered it directly to the front of the card base.

Next, I took the focal panel and one of the dies from the set and ran it through my cutting machine twice, shifting the position of the die for the second run.  Then I die cut two leaves.

Then, I took a panel from my drawer that I had smooshed in the past and used that to back my die-cuts.  Then I stamped the sentiment.

To finish, I adhered the focal panel on to the black panel - which I had cut a bit wonky - hence the little bow, (rescued from a garment that was being disposed of.)   Sshh, don't tell and mounted that to the card front with foam for a bit of height.  Adding the finishing touches of a few black enamel accents.

When I had finished, my mood was a little more lifted - you know what they say folks - that crafting is cheaper than therapy . . . well, not in my case, but it is far more enjoyable!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! 

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Monday, 17 April 2017

CASEing You Tube


Hello lovely bloggers and friends!  I hope you are having/have had a wonderful Easter weekend!  I have had a very lazy weekend of watching card making videos on You Tube and trying some of them out!  This time I remembered to copy the link to the video that inspired each card.

This is the first, and here is the link to the video by Dena Rekow






I overdid the sparkle on the leaves, but they were already adhered to the card and it would have meant destroying it to remove them, next time, I will remember that sometimes, less is more!

The second card is by JanB and you can see the video here .  This is the card.





I hope you are having fun wherever you are and whatever you are doing!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! 

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

A Card For Stash


Today's card is one for stash, as I don't have many anniversary cards and I saw someone making a similar one on You Tube (sorry, I watched so many yesterday - lazy day - that I can't remember who), if I come across it again, I will link it here.






I used a couple of stamp sets that haven't been inked before and some washi (I hardly ever use washi).

Have a wonderful Easter sweet friends, whatever you are doing!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! 

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