Saturday, 31 December 2016

Oh so pretty ...

Eeeekkkkk, 2017 is almost upon us and whilst its good to embrace the new challenges and adventures that lie ahead, it's also very daunting at how quickly 2016 went ... blink and a month disappeared. One of my personal goals in 2017 is to try and keep a journal; not to complete it daily but at least weekly so I can look back through the year and actually remember what happened and when it happened. I think with the age of digital photos and being able to snap away at a whim, we sometimes forget the reasons why we took the photo and the memory it should become, (good, bad or indifferent). I want one of those remember vials/bowls, (like in Harry Potter), so I can pour the memory in and soak it all up again ...!

Okay this project is another blast from 2016 and is made using the Magic Garden Soup Stamps from Polka Doodles ...


I created a floral panel using the stamps, colouring them with distress inks. Next I inked the edges to blend the colours further. I layered the panel on to another piece of watercolour paper for dimension.


I cut a square aperture and placed it over the images with 3D foam and as they say, "at a jaunty angle!".


Next I stamped out some additional images, colouring them as previous images, cutting them out and adding to the front of my card over lapping the square aperture. The sentiment was then stamped around the outside, adding a few dots with a black pen.


I really fancy having a go at making another of these cards but varying the colours this time. Oooohhhh, who knows might even make a selection pack as a present ... watch this space ...

Better dash as need to get ready for New Years Eve - drinks need chilling, nibbles need putting out and want to make a dip or two (for the nibbles of course).

Happy New Years Eve everyone and see you all in 2017,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Crafty Friends -anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - anything goes
Little Miss Muffett - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes

Friday, 30 December 2016

Mr and Mrs ... packing for the honeymoon ...

Well that was a mammoth task and a half ... found 2 more memory cards and didn't think there was much on them. Oh boy was I wrong. So have spent many an hour sorting through photos and putting them together either by date, occasion (party, holidays and general get-togetherness) and my crafting ones too. If nothing else it was a great workout for the "old grey cells" trying to place each one. It was also wonderful too as we looked through them as a family and had a great reminiscing session. The only downside ... I have confirmed to myself that I do so dislike myself in photos!

Anyhow, I waffle and need to get to the post in hand. On the smaller memory card were my photos of this sample I made for the recent NEW Tonic Studios Marmalade's World stamp and dies launch and as you can see, I did throw a lot at the card ...


I've seen several of these card designs and thought I'd give it a go myself. Loved it. What a great way to make everything look 3D and still the card folds down flat ... bonus or what? Sorry don't know the name of the fold but if any of you do, please do let me know.


I covered the back panels with papers from "Rose Garden" by First Edition, inking all the edges. Next using the Mr & Mrs strip die, I created a panel and placed this on the largest of the back panels.



I paper pieced Marmalade using papers from the same pack and inked all the edges. I have layered Marmalade up to give further dimension. Have to say I do adore a bit of paper piecing as it's a great way to use up all those paper bits that are just too big to throw away ... !


On the "Z fold" part, I have added half a King Cross suitcase and to hide the hollow inside, I have created a postcard. The diamond shapes are the waste from making the suitcase.


On the smaller back panels, I have cut away the "Mr and Mrs" sentiment and stuck it on top of the designer papers, (which you can just about see if you get up really close to your screen ... lol).

As a finishing touch I have added some hearts and flower bunches, using the accessory stamps and dies, ageing them with distress inks.

Now after finding all those photos, begins the mammoth task of blogging them, so best get on.

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craft for the Craic - anything but Christmas
Cut it up - in with the new
PDE link party - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T - anything goes
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Shake it Heffi-styleeee ...

Oh my oh my ... just decided to update my blog as it's been neglected a wee bit, (large understatement) and came across quite a few projects that I haven't shared. So my mission over the next few days is to share them with you all and start 2017 with NEW projects. Not sure if this will really be the case but it's worth giving myself a goal or two.

Well one of the main projects I have neglected to share was the release of a set of new stamps and dies ... and boy oh boy are the accessory dies going to be a firm favourite of mine for a long time. Versatile, fun and suitable for multiple occasions, so I apologise now if I get carried away using and sharing them.

So what are they you ask ...

Marmalade is a wonderful new collection of character stamps from Tonic Studios and is made up of versatile characters with FIVE different accessory sets. I had great fun playing with the collection and it was introduced to you all by the very talented Hels Sheridan on Create & Craft TV. Well before I share my project, let me re-introduce to ...

Henri and Heffi

Minnie and Marmalade
I have made a shaker card paper piecing the adorable Heffi ...



I began by sticking my paper down and then created the aperture with my circle layered dies and created a frame using the scalloped circles and Celtic circle dies. Heffi has been stamped multiple times, shaded with my Nuvo pens and then cut out and layered to give a 3D effect.


The papers are from the Simply Blooms paper pad (also from Tonic Studios) and make Heffi look so cute. The bow has also been stamped and then cut out with the matching die.


Also from the accessory sets you'll find some presents, balloons and flower bouquets (to name but a fraction of the accessories), all with matching dies. I've stamped, coloured or paper pieced the extras and added them to the front of the card. The sentiment is also a Tonic Studios die and is placed on a circle mat on the inside of the card.

As I have LOADS of projects to share, I'm going to try (!) and keep my descriptions short and to the point but as a born waffler, that might not always happen ... giving you all fair warning ...

A tidy up day here, (boring) and then a blog catching up session tonight. I do love visiting everyones blogs and can while away many hour.

Have fun with what ever you are doing,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Retarte - anything goes
Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Many "Blessings" to you all at Christmas

Time has flown by and Christmas has been and gone and now we have the New Year celebrations to look forward to ... I do love watching or even recording (as we are going out) the Jules Holland Show. Not sure why, but this programme has begun to signify the end of one year and the beginning of the new. We all have our own little traditions I suppose. Sadly no snow over Christmas and I think one year it would be wonderful to open the curtains on Christmas Day to see a white glistening carpet but until then, I can always tune in to the countless films on TV and immerse myself.

Well whilst I'm still on Christmas, here is a card I made using Winnie Winterland from Polka Doodles combined with the wonderful new dies that Nikky has designed.

I have printed the imaged and then framed Winnie using the Ribbon/Gift frames & Corners die. This in turn has been mounted on to black card to make her really stand out.Next matting with paper from the Winnie Winterland collection.


Finally I used the large corner die, slipping it behind the last layer to give the appearance of a decorative larger panel ... if that makes sense ... !


The flowers are from the Bubbleicious Frames die set, cut in complimentary card with leaves cut out from the backing paper. Sentiment is also from the same collection.

Rather belatedly ... MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Create and make - anything goes
Digi Chooseday - anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - create a Christmas card
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes