Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Back to Basics #2

Today's back to basics is the start of another gift set.  The first two of six.

A little bit of paper tearing, some stamping and there you go.

They are both essentially the same card.  I am trying to use up my box of scraps; wow, I really didn't realise how much that scrap box has grown LOL!

My cream card bases are from my old stock from the UK, they are 6" by 4".  All the layers were inked, including the torn edges.

The flower stamps are from a set called Reason to Smile by Stampin' Up. 

The Thankyou stamp is from a See D's stamp set (from the UK, many moons ago).  I'm not sure where the "a little something for you" is from.

And a double bow to finish them both off.  The inside is the same in both cards.

I'll be back later in the week with another two to add to this set.  Then once I have finished all 6, I will do a gift box or bag.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Love to Create - Challenge #39: Lots of Layers (closes 4 Nov)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #6: Anything Goes (closes 9 Nov)

Paper Playtime - Challenge #87: Anything Goes (closes 1 Nov)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #82: Anything Goes (closes 1 Nov)

Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge #20: Anything Goes (closes 8 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

Hi everyone, having some technical issues this morning with blogger - so am testing this posting.

Could a few of you please leave a quick comment to this post - if you can.  I am unable to reply to some comments on the Halloween with Emily post and yet was able to this morning on comments on the Sunshine Award

Thanks and hope you are all getting through this horrendous storm safely.


Seems that doing this post has reset everything - so now I am good to go.  Service has returned to normal - LOL!

Stay safe my friends, we were lucky - we just got the edge of the storm - lots of wind and rain but no power outages here in Ottawa.  Yet to venture outside to see if theres any damage still early.

Have a safe day everyone:-)

Monday, 29 October 2012

A little bit of Halloween with Emily

Hi all.  Emily (my youngest, 11) came home from school the other day asking if I could bake muffins for school next Wednesday, for their Halloween party in class.  I suggested that we could make up some treat bags and top them with a Cricut cut.

So Saturday, we spent the morning in the craft room and this is what we ended up with - 32 bags of treats for her class.

She was quite specific that she didn't want multiple layers and nothing to fussy, that's my Emily.

All the images are from the A Childs Year cartridge.  The pumpkins were cut at 1.5" and the witches were cut at 2".  The topper itself is from the Art Philosophy cart (page 53, square 4) cut at 4.5".

Emily and I stamped half and half, I think she did an awesome job.

I stuck the pop dots on the back of the images, she placed them on the topper.

We both used bone folders to make the folds nice and crisp and then filled the bags with candy; the best part says Emily.  She is quite excited to hand these out because she helped do them.

So a great morning in the craft room, with daughter number 2 LOL, she is not the crafty one out of the two, but she admitted she really enjoyed doing these :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sunshine Award

Hi my super crafting and blogging friends.  My apologies for the late in the day post, but it took me a while to think about this one!

I am honored and humbled to receive another blog award:-)  This award is called the Sunshine Blogger Award and it was given me by the very talented and crafty Norma of Pink Bling Crafter.  Thank you so much Norma :-)

Guess what - I get to pay it forward:-)

Here are the rules:

1.  Include award logo in blog post.
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and include a link back to them.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself, that you have made up yourself. (I might have to pinch a few!)
4. Nominate 10-12 bloggers and contact them at their blog site to inform them.

Question 1.  What was the last good book series you read?

Diana Gabaldon series The Outlander Series about Jamie and Claire; I couldn't put these down.

Question 2.  Name one place in the world you would love to visit.

The Grand Canyon, but there's no way you will get me walking out on that glass bridge or taking a helicopter ride!

Question 3.  Why did you emigrate to Canada?

Thought a few of you might want to know the answer to this question.  We wanted a whole new start in life with our children and we got it.  We have no regrets at all about leaving the UK, other than maybe some proper fish and chips by the seaside LOL!

Question 4.  What do you enjoy most about crafting?

I love the peace and quiet, and I also enjoy the looks on peoples faces when you give them something you have made.  I also love creating something from virtually nothing:-)

Question 5.  Why did you start up your blog?

I wanted a way to record my creations and ideas, and to be able to share this with like minded people.  It also gave me a little more purpose in life when I hit a low!

Question 6.  What is one of your worst qualities?

I find it really hard to take a compliment, and always feel people are just being nice and putting up with me.  Even my husband finds it annoying, but he literally does put up with me LOL!

Question 7.  What is one of my best qualities? (Sorry I lifted this question, its getting hard - my brain hurts!)

I am very loving and giving and always try to help if I can. ( I'm biased so what can I say!)

Question 8.  How did you meet your husband?

I met Andy at 20000ft (maybe more LOL) we are both ex Royal Air Force and we were passengers in an airplane, flying home for the holidays from Cyprus.  His first letter to me was addressed to Passenger 17G from Passenger 17F as I am not very good at introducing myself!  His letter went through three forces post offices to reach me in Cyprus, (he was based in the UK), I thought I had better reply and the rest they say is history:-)  In fact we have been married 17 years today!

Question 9.  Who do you miss most?

I miss my Mum.  She passed in 2003 and I miss her every day.  I miss going shopping with her and having all the laughs and tears that we shared.  She was a very young 60 when she passed and the kids have misssed having one awesome Nanny.

Question 10.  What couldn't you live without?

My family and my friends - they make me laugh, they make me cry and I would be lost without them all.

I never knew how hard asking yourself 10 questions could be!

I am passing the award to the following bloggie friends - I hope you will accept:-)

2. Andie and Brandy - Contagiously Crafty

3. Tracy - Tracys Treasures

6. Pamela - Loving My Crafts

9. Doreen - Doreen's Dream

10. Migdalia - Crafting with Creative M

11. Lisa - A Mermaid's Crafts

And my list could just go on and on:-)  Thank you to everyone that takes the time to visit and to support me in my blogging life:-)  You all make me smile, laugh and also inspire me each and every day and for that I am truly grateful.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Box of Cards

Earlier in the week I made a set of 6 cards and I said that I would be back with a gift box.  Well here is what  I came up with.

I used a gift box tutorial from Gina K Designs at Stamp TV.  The tutorial can be found here.

It was really easy to follow and I am really pleased with the result.

Now. of course me being me, I thought I would try and create a template for my Cricut machine.  At least then I would eliminate the need to cut the pieces out by hand.  Still scoring them afterward on my scoreboard.

Here is a screen shot of my template in Cricut Craft Room.

Here is a picture of the hand cut template. 

And a picture of the template cut using my Cricut with George and Basic Shapes.

The only thing with using the Cricut - you would have to use a 12" by 12" piece of cards stock.  As the final measurement of your template is 8.25" by 11" and you wouldn't therefore be able to position your 8.5" by 11" cardstock exactly to get it to cut the image (if you know what I mean LOL).  All that is left to do then, is score and cut the slits for the flaps.  There is probably a way of doing that with the Cricut but I have yet to work that out :-)

My butterflies are from the Art Philosophy cartridge cut at 1" and layered for that dimensional look.  A little bit of bling on the bodies.

The Font (cut at 0.75" approx) is also from the Art Philosophy cartridge, as are the shaped layers (page 62, oval 5) cut at 2.75" and 2.5", and I inked the edges of these.

A little bit of ribbon run from back to front, to hide the join under the label and voila one gift box completed.

The finished box measures 4.5" wide, by 6" high, by 0.75" deep.  The box holds the six cards and envelopes very comfortably.  It will also hold cards and envelopes, where the envelope is upto 4.3" by 5.75" without any problem.

This box is being entered in the following challenges.

{PIN}spirational Challenge #30 - I went with the Orange colour as I'm not really into Halloween (closes 29 Oct)

PaperPlay Challenges - Week 43: Butterflies and Bees (closes 31 Oct)

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #74: Anything Goes (closes 1 Nov)

Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes #4 (closes 31 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Back to Basics #1

"Oh no," I here you say "there's a number in the title."  That can only mean one thing on this blog!  Another series, LOL!

This will be interspersed with other projects of course, as I am so enjoying the colouring with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I got to thinking the other day (I know its terrible isn't it, me thinking!), that I haven't really been using my Cricut much lately and I was trying to think of different but basic things I could make.  You know those things that don't really take too long to make but can be used for gifts and maybe even craft shows (way in the future!).

So, I thought I would literally go back to basics and see what would happen.

Yesterday, I had a great day in the craft room and these were the result.

A set of 6 cards.  I was digging through my stash boxes, and I found a set of 6 cards and envelopes.  Plain cream with just the word Thank You, in gold lettering, on them and I decided they were the perfect size to remake into something prettier.  The bases were 5.125" by 3.75".

The flower, stamped on the blue paper, is from a Stampin' Up set called Reason to Smile.  I didn't want an overpowering stamp of this image, just suttle.

The image on this purple background, was a stamp from  a CTMH Stamp set called Blessed.  Again, its very faint, I hope you can see it, its better in person.

This butterfly stamp, on the orange background, is from a Recollection stamp set.

The banner on all the cards, is from the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 68) cut at 3.25" and 3".  The stamp for the banner is from the CTMH stamp set that came with the Art Philosophy package.  The Just a Note.. and the Thank you, are from a Recollections sentiment stamp set.

This is the inside of  each of the cards, done in the same colours as the card.  Just the orange one to show you.  The butterfly stamp, on the inside, is from the CTMH Blessed set also.

I am going to make a box to go with these later in the week, which I shall, of course, share with you.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Forever blowing bubbles!

Hi all, todays card is just because I can :-)

Found this adorable little image at Angelique`s blog, Sliekje`s Digi Stamps, where all her digis are generously free.  She is coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers, however as I am new to this I unfortunately didn;t keep a record of the colours I used.

I`m trying to get used to blending the colours and where to put darker shadows.

I used my Cuttelbug and the embossing folder Baby`s Breath for the blue layer.  The colourful layer is from a DCWV stack called Blossoms and Butterflies.

I thought I would try a different position with my bow this time, adventurous or what LOL!  The sentiment is from When the Scrap hits the Fun.

You know what I am loving about this colouring thingy, is that no matter what colours I use on my image, I can always find some paper/cardstock that will compliment it.  So that means that I can colour to my hearts content and think about the card after the colouring is complete.

And just for the inside of my card.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge 4CCC#112: Dry Embossing (closes 23 Oct)

Digi Haven - October Challenge: All month Anything Goes (closes 31 Oct)

Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes #4 (closes 31 Oct)

Every Day is an Occasion - Sunday Funday #2 (closes 31 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Colouring, Colouring, LOVE!

Yay!!!!!  I finally got in and played with my Spectrum Noir pens.  Am so loving these pens.

I have the first 72 (12 packs of 6), however I think I will also be getting the other 4x24 sets too over time.  Just to add that more choice of colours, but will of course see how I get on with these first.

The image I chose is from Angelique at Sliekje's Digi Stamps.  All her digis are free and they are fabulous.

This was chosen because I wanted to try a few different blends and colours to see how they would come out.

I have to apologise I overworked the clouds, but it doesn't look too bad.  The clouds and the bottom of the grass were done with sponges and ink.

I didn't keep a record of the pens I used, but after I get used to them I will start making a note :-)

The sentiment is a freebie from When the Scrap Hits the Fun.

I like how the mice turned out and how the blending on the orange and yellow.  I need more practice on the blue and purple.

And the inside of my card, ready for a sentiment or something.

So there you have it, be gentle with me:-)  I'm pleased how this turned out, but I have a long way to go yet.

A quote from my 11 year daughter Emily, "Mum aren't you too old for colouring!"

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #74: Anything Goes (closes 1 Nov)

Stamp n doodle - Challenge Oct 17:  Lauren Curtis Spotlight: Anything Goes (closes 23 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Blue Birds of Love

Hi all my bloggie friends.  Today I am Guest Designer over at Little Scrap Pieces , Karen (yep there are many of us!) asked me if I would do a card to be a theme for one of her Fun Friday Challenges.

The theme this week is Use Blue.  Karen is also offering a fabulous prize to the winner of Tim Holtz Broken China and some blue crinkle ribbon, so get crafting and head on over to enter your creation.

I hope you will go along and link up your creations this week and I'll be along to leave some bloggie love if you do :-)

I'm really into the digi stamps and colouring at the moment.  I thought this image was so sweet and I'm thinking it could be used as an Anniversary card, or even a wedding card with different papers and a sentiment.

The image is from Angelique's blog Sliekje's Digi Stamps.  Please visit as her digis are amazing.

I used pencils and gamsol for my colouring.  The base layers are papers from my stash, the brown layer with the butterflies is from the DCWV stack Blossoms and Butterflies.

The sentiment is an InkADinkADo stamp.  I inked the edges of the sentiment and the coloured image, with blue.

A little ribbon and some pearl dots to finish off.

And the inside of my card which I'm now getting in to the habit of doing :-)

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Perfect Sentiments Challenge - One Year Birthday/Anniversary Challenge # PSC53D Birds and Blooms (closes 30 Oct - #4)

Red Carpet Studio - RCS #7: The Birds (closes 20 Oct)

Bearly Mine Challenges - Challenge #57: Anything Goes (closes 22 Oct)

Creative Craft Challenges2 - Third Blogaversary Challenge - Use three of something (three pearls)

The Stamp Man - October Challenge: Butterflies, Birds and Bees (closes 31 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Liebster Award - Thank you!

Oh My Goodness, thank you so much Susan, of A Thousand Words. Never thought anyone would think my little blog worth one of these, I feel so appreciated.  I only started my blog back in May and I love all the new friends I have made.  Never knew there was so much inspiration and such talented people out there.  This is a big thank you to everyone who takes the time to come visit and leave such supportive and encouraging words on my blog.

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved","Favourite," or "Dearest."  This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger.  This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.  Post the award onto your blog.  Give the award five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Actually choosing just 5 blogs to award this too is the most difficult part.  However, I have chosen the following.

Sandy of Sandy's Crafty Creations, her blog is amazing.  She is a fabulous crafter, her coloured images are fabulous and her creations are awesome.

Laine of Hugs4theHeart Designs, truly an amazing inspirational lady.

Dawn of Dip 'n Dots Creations, fabulous Copic colouring and her card designs are wonderful.

Susie of Susie Craft Happy, such a wonderful talented person, amazing blog full of inspirational creations.

Yoshira of Amo Mi Cricut, such a wonderful blog, full of inspiring creations, from colouring to cricut.

Please go along and visit them all, you will be totally in awe.

I cannot say I know any of these fabulous ladies personally, but they give me day to day inspiration and encouragement.  Thank you and I hope you will accept the award.

Thank you to everyone who visits me, I wish I could choose you all.

Have a great day, a great weekend and as I'm feeling a little better today I might even venture into my craft room :-)

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Who knew paper could be so interesting!

Hi everyone, so who knew that researching paper could be so interesting.  On my surfing adventures, I found some really interesting tidbits of information.

Thanks for all your wonderful get well wishes recently - I'm still not well  but I couldn't stay away from those Spectrum Noir pens any longer!

Firstly, did you know that Cover stock is thicker and smoother than Index card stock.

So 60lb cover stock is the equivalent to 90lb card stock and 160gsm, but remember the cover stock is smoother.

And 80lb cover stock is the equivalent to 120lb card stock and 220gsm (approx).

Here's a link to a paper website -  this is the link to the actual paper weights table.

I had a nice man at Staples (here in Canada) who gave me two samples, one was 65lb cover stock and the second was 100lb cover stock. (I will confirm this when I get chance to visit when I'm feeling better)

So, I finally had a play, yeah!

Here is the 65lb cover stock (176gsm).  As you can see it bled quite a lot! I was using three blending colours so lots of juicy ink.

The same image on the 100lb cover stock (270gsm). (Anything out of the lines on this one is mostly me!)

And another 65lb cover stock with the balloons.

And finally the 100lb cover stock.

So as you can see the 100lb cover stock was way better.  

The only one problem!  Staples do not sell the 100lb cover stock on their shelves in packs - the 110lb card stock is not the same! I made this mistake and thats why I ended up doing the above research.

I was able to buy 50 sheets of the 100lb cover stock from the photocopy/print centre in Staples, I believe its what they use for doing all their printing for customers.  It cost me 30cents a sheet, and he couldn't be bothered to count them so I ended up with around 65:-)

So, all I can say is go along to Staples and ask the man!  I will confirm the weight/type etc when I get chance to ask them what is exactly on the box of paper he is getting it from :-)

A bit more details reference the info that some of my bloggie friends in the UK/USA/Canada recommend

Staples Text & Graphic 160 gsm (UK) - not available here in Staples Canada :-(

Georgia Pacifica (USA) - not available where I live in Canada - not sure if this applies to the whole of Canada

Another highly recommended card, made by several friends, is the Xpress It Blending Card for Copics (250 gsm) - trying to find local stockists or Canadian on line.

Neenah Solar White  - trying to find Canadian suppliers

Gina K Design Pure Luxury card   - same as above.

I also bought some Strathmore Bristol Paper, at a local arts shop (I think Michaels sell this too) that is 100lb - 270gsm card stock - I have yet to try this.

Who new!

And if I find anymore paper that is good over time, I will let you know.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Waterfalls and Butterflies

Hi everyone, its my turn over at She's A Sassy Lady this month and here's what I'm sharing with you.

I have decided to do a waterfall card, I have been meaning to do one of these ever since I started back into card making earlier in the year.

You will need to start off with an 8.5" by 11" piece of card stock.  Cut this in half, along the long edge, so that you end up with a piece measuring 8.5" by 5.5" and when folded a 5.5" by 4.25" card base.

My first two layers are cut at 5 3/8" by 4 1/8" and 5 2/8" by 4".  You can go ahead and stick these two layers together, do not stick them to you card base yet!

I stamped my four images (from a Recollections stamps set) onto four pieces of white card stock.  Each piece measuring 1 7/8" square.  I used blue ink to stamp the images and ink the edges of all the pieces of card.  Then I backed each of the images with a 2" square, in my yellow card stock.

Now we are going to form the waterfall element of the card.

You will need a piece of card stock 8.5" by 2".  You will score the this piece at the 1.75", 2.5", 3.25" and 4" marks.  (I used yellow for the card)

Before we assemble this next part, you will also need a piece of card stock to use as a band to hold the waterfall in place.  This is to measure 4" by 1".

In order to get the placement of your waterfall band correct, place your waterfall card stock on your card, note the long end when folded (from the 4" fold mark - place this at the top of your top layer) is on the bottom under the band and the shorter at the front of the band.  Lets secure the band with brads, before we continue.

(The base of my band was approximately 1.5" from the bottom.)

Slot the long side of your waterfall behind the band, you only need to secure the front of the waterfall to the front of the band.  Like so.

Next you now need to secure all your images to the folded edges.  Place the images, just under the score marks - this with let your waterfall move easier. Please note after positioning your first image, the rest of the images only need be secured with a little glue.

Now you can add the remaining images, remember secure them just below the the score line.

Now we need to add a little ribbon to the back of the waterfall feature, I used an eyelet to give a little extra strength and then added a little piece of rainbow ribbon.

Now you can secure this to your card base, and we are done.

You can pull the waterfall down using the ribbon.

I also decorated the inside of my card - I really do need to get used to doing this every time, it really finishes the card off.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and were able to follow it:-)

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge #113: Anything Goes (closes 19 Oct)

Eclectic Ellapu - Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 20 Oct)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #5: Anything Goes (closes 26 Oct)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire me Fridays Linky Party #111: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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