Saturday, 28 February 2015

Yellow is the colour...

Hello, hope you  all had a good weekend.

I have some cards to share with you from Creative Cardmaking, issue 77. I was asked to make 5 cards with the theme 'One-Layer Stamping'.

In this first card I have used a set of rosette type stamps (Daydream Medallions, from Stampin Up), that layer together brilliantly, allowing you to play with your favourite colour combinations.

 This second card, uses just one stamp for the main focus in a repeat pattern. Again, with this design it will look fab playing around with the colour combinations, a monochrome scheme would be fab (might have to go and try that....LOL!)


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Butterfly Wings ...

February has been a very exciting month for me, and has seemed a very long time coming. Back in October I was thrilled to be asked to join the design team of Creative Cardmaking exciting is that?

So my first projects were for issue 77, on sale now (including a metal die set of two stars) and is packed full of fantastic projects ranging from Easter cards, to Cards for Men to name but a few.

I have chosen to share this card with you today because it sneaked its way onto the front cover (all be it the top corner...hehe!)

I used one of my favourite stamps to reach for, Sarah Hurley's Large Tiger Butterfly stamp. its so versatile looks amazing simply backed with Woodgrain background stamp by Stampin Up (courtesy of my favourite Stampin Up supplier, Domestic Goddess Crafts, aka Carol Christie).

Thank you for sharing in my excitement too today, i'll be sharing the other days over the coming days.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A Mother's Day card that made me Smile.......lots !!

Hi there, things have been so busy here, crafty wise, and I have lots to share with you. So this evening I will be spending some time organising my photos so I can share with you all my news.

 I'd like to share this card that is currently being featured in Quick Cards Made Easy, issue 136.
I had the pleasure of receiving the magazines free download Bonus Papers from this edition (follow this link here to the downloads), ahead of time, to make a Mothers Day card.

 In a promotion drive just before the issue went on sale the magazine used my card on their facebook page, again it made my day, and I was grinning from ear to ear. 
Oh my word, just popped over to FB to get their link(for you here) and have just seen they have featured it again today...... how fab is that!!!!

I was so so pleased and excited to actually see one of my creations in print for all to see. 

Thank you for popping by and letting me share my excitement with you. 
Hope to see you again xxx


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Create a Calendar - March

Hi, I like to share today the latest page I have created for my calendar - March.

I have also sharing this over at Sarah Hurley 365 blog, where along with my fellow team members Clare & Jayne, we are are each creating 12 month calendar.
March here, sees my using artists canvas texture cardstock, which is a dream to work with along side the Distress Ink sprays. The colours I have used here, Weathered Wood and Tattered Rose, remind me of a scarf that both Mum & I have, bought from a town called Roquetas, last summer.

The large butterfly stamp is perfect on this paper as it retains the texture of the paper, and adds to the 'shabby chic' /vintage feel this design has taken on.
I have also used the Distress Ink Sprays to ink the Lattice Background stamp. Its a technique I havn't tried before, but love the effect and will definatly be using it again. using my non stick craft mat as a palette, I sprayed the inks, mixed them lightly before laying the large stamp in it to to stamp. The un evenness of the image was perfect in this case.

Thank you for stopping by today, I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to read.
Enjoy the rest of your day x


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Create a Calendar - February

Morning, thank you for joining me (Claire N) today as I share with you my next page in this mini series where we are creating a calendar.
February, traditionally is portrayed as the month of Valentines Day, but I see it as my sisters and niece's birthdays, so I wanted to do something a bit different. 

As I stand at my kitchen window, seeing what I can see out in the garden, I find myself watching our resident Robin bravely defending his territory from the fencing panels around our oil tank. Our little character sits atop his fence panels alongside the evergreen Ceanothus plant (that unusually already has a couple of blue flowers in January!).

So it is that scene that I wanted to create, using Jaine's Robin's stamps, originally designed for Christmas, so I was conscience not to make this piece look festive.

Thank you for joining me today, for a few more details, and to find inspiration to make your January pages, head over to Sarah Hurley's 365 blog.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Series - Crafting on a Budget - Sentiment Stamps

It was nice to get back to my desk, and put away my festive supplies and start crafting with some pretty fresh colours.
I have begun a new series of posts on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog, running monthly through the year, with the theme - Crafting on a Budget. There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to do this

  • To encourage newcomers to the crafting world, and show them that it needn't cost a fortune to dip their toe in and see if it is the hobby for them (.....I won't say anything about how addictive it can be....hehe!). 
  • I will aim to make recommendations for those on a budget, as to what will work best for all occasions, and help the beginners build their stash slowly, but still with the possibilities for making a variety of cards.
  • To share ideas with fellow crafters on how we can get the most from our stash. Perhaps for New Year you have decided to not spend as much on supplies, or have promised yourself that you will make sensible purchases and want to get the most out of what you buy.

I made a set of five cards using the basics (card and tape etc), one stamp set, and a few embellishments. Because my main passion is for stamps I think I will concentrate more on how versatile stamp sets can be. For example, these cards are all sentiment based, with now image as a focal point.

I have included a few tips and techniques along the way.

Tried to show the versatility of  tiny stamps that appear in sets. As part of Sarah's sentiment stamp set, there are three little stars, and on the card below I have tried to show how useful it could be in finishing an otherwise simple card.

Also for the beginners I have tried to take a bit of the mystery away from how cards are constructed. I havn't focused too much on dimensions, that is entirely individual and is how unique styles are developed. But I have been asked in the past how I've made cards, and more often than not, when broken down like this it makes sense.

The post is a bit lengthy, so you may want to head over with a sup of tea (and maybe a biscuit). 
For those of you seasoned crafters you may not learn anything new, and I am by no means an expert, so if you have any tips you could add in the comments they would be most welcome. 

I actually really enjoyed going back to basics, sometimes we get so involved with techniques and products that we forget a simple sentiment is just as effective.

Thank you so much for reading, hope to see you again soon. x


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Bookmarks

Hiya, how was your Christmas and Boxing day, feeling relaxed and endulged?
 I am, apart from easy peasy dinners I havn't done very much at all....and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm sharing with you today one of my Sarah Hurley Xmas Lookbook projects.
I really enjoyed making these cute bookmarks, and tried something new.

I done a little bit of beading (nothing ground breaking...LOL) but it added a little bit of silver bling for the tassle, to show off the cute little shrink plastic characters.

I have done a full write up in the Lookbook, if you are interested, and if you cross to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog I have added the link to it there.

many best festive wishes,