My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Shabby Chic Chalkboard - Craftwork Cards

 Good morning all, hope it's brighter where you are as it is wet and dismal here such a change it's  hard to believe we had a beautiful day yesterday and now look at it, not to worry at least for those of us who are fortunate enough to be at home it's a good day to craft.
This week we'll be making two cards using the very pretty papers from the Chalkboard Paper Pad brought to us by Craftwork Cards and I have to tell you these papers are such good quality. In each pack you get the paper pad which is 8x8 inches in size (36 pages in 6 designs) along with a whole host of toppers, die cuts, sentiments and a bag of matching Candi, all that for under £10 great value !

As you can see the papers mix and match perfectly together as they are designed to do taking the stress away from trying to match up colours that means your card making becomes more of a pleasure to enjoy.

This card is 8x8.
All I had to do was choose the pattern paper and decide on a layout and as you can see the only other thing needed was to do a little die cutting.

In the close up photo you will see I have used my circle dies and my floral die's both from Xcut.

The sentiment I cut from black card with my free alphabet die that came with issue 15 of the Tattered Lace magazine, these cut really well and they are of a decent size. I glued them onto the die cut with my dries clear Collall Tacky glue.

Card two is 8x8 made from 2 A4 sheets of white cardstock, scored at 1" and 2" at each end.

The front part of the card has been embossed in an A4 folder then die cut using one of the free dies that comes with the Cut-n-Boss die cutting machine.
When I had put the card together I added some pink, red and blue glitter glue to the flowers.
The decorative boarder at the top and the beautiful bike at the bottom have both been cut from one of the pages from the pad.

I added in some die cut foliage to the left corner using the white card cut from the center of the front and my Wildflower Trio Die'sire dies.

The sentiment was stamped in black Versatfine and embossed in clear powder.

Here is a photo of the dies and the glitters that were used.
I seem to have forgotten to include the Floral dies when taking this photo so I will just tell you that they are called Petal Posy large dies from Xcut.

Ok think that should cover everything so let's see you will be cutting out, die cutting, embossing, stamping and gluing and sticking......... nothing different there then lo,!!
See you soon x. Sheilagh   : )

Monday, 16 March 2015

Have Wings - Will Fly. With Imagination Crafts.

Hi All!
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend
Especially you mum's on Mothers Day.
It was just the norm at ours only with flowers loll!
I had to cook the Sunday lunch for everyone else in between crafting with grandchildren and trying to finish the cards for class, nothing new there then.
Now enough complaining let's move on with our class for this week and we have some very nice new stamps to us from Imagination Crafts.
They are really nice to work with and lend themselves perfectly to a bit of decoupage, this makes them very versatile indeed.

As you can see the first card is 8x8 in size.

I have stamped the image in Clear Ink and Embossed with White Powder onto black cardstock.

The Dragonflies have been painted with some Mica Powders mixed with a tiny amount of water.

The background is white card which I painted with Black Gesso then once dry embossed in my Brick wall folder, slightly sanded and Silver Gilding Wax applied.

Card two is 6x6 and as you can see I have stamped the image out there times with Black Versatfine and embossed with Clear Powder.

I chose three colours of my Distress inks and put them onto a piece of white card to see how they would look together, these are the colours I used.

Peacock Feathers, Festive Berries and Mustard Seed.

Here you can see I have coloured each layer after the embossing stage.

Then cut away the sections that I didn't want. I did use my craft knife for the middle layer.
I applied some Crystal Glitter with my Quickie Glue Pen to the Butterfly wings before putting the layers together.

The yellow background is just white card coloured with Mustard Seed and my new best blending tool then dried and embossed with the Script folder.

The outer edge of the base card has been stamped with a lavender/pale purple ink pad and a stamp from the Dragonfly set.

Loving this Dragonfly set, they make great individual embellishments once cut out away from the background. They would look fabulous on acetate and glittered.

Think that's just about it for now except you might want to bring your heat tool and a flat paint brush to paint the black gesso with.

Ok. See you soon x. Sheilagh x

Monday, 9 March 2015

Oxalis or Rose A flower by any other name, well the name is Woodware.

Hi to everyone, sorry for the delay in posting today it's been a mad busy weekend for me with both Saturday and Sunday demoing firstly on Merseyside and then to Preston and I would like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful people who came to see me.
I had such a great time with you all.
Now let's get right to it, as time is running out on me and I'm sure you would like to know what is on the menu for this week.
I've used two different stamps this time both from Woodware and I have to admit I couldn't choose between them which I liked the best as they stamped out equally good and I just liked the look of them both. As you can see this card has the image of Oxalis stamp and it's so pretty, a perfect size for this A6 easel card. Thought we might go somewhat smaller this week just for a change.

 I have used my Black Versatfine ink and Clear Powder onto smooth stamping card.

To add colour you can use Aqua Pens or watercolor pencils or just distress inks and paint over the image, I used my new Spectrum Aqua Pens which I absolutely love I have to say.

Even though I don't really do small cards anymore I have taken rather a shine to this style as it is so neat and extremely easy to reproduce.

You might find it much easier if you use wet glue like your Tacky glue or Cosmic Shimmer in place of double sided tape.

I haven't added a photo as yet of our second project as I'm still tweaking it so it might be later if I get chance, but I will tell you that we shall be using the Big Score board from Crafters Companion so bring your  scissors. This is where the second of our stamps will be introduced ........... The beautiful Rose Corner which also has a separate flower head and leaf. Both sets have sentiments included in the sets.

Bet that's got you all wondering now loll!
Well you won't have to wait too long now will you.
See you soon x

This card is constructed from white and cream card stock.

The cream card has been cut using an A6 create-a-card-die.

Just remembered to add a couple of photo's to show you what the box will look like, the photo is a couple of samples from my demo weekend.

You can just see peeking in the background another card in black and white but I used the beautiful Rose Corner Stamp this time.

This type of box is usually called a mailing box or sometimes a pizza box, sorry no pizza in these loll!
If you have the Big Score board you will find a larger version on the CD rom that comes with the board using A3 card stock, I have used just one piece of A4 to create each of these boxes. Very clever this Big Score from Crafters Companion.

Sheilagh x