My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Monday, 29 February 2016

Spring Summer Autumn and Winter- Bird Blossom - Stampendous

Good afternoon folks hope you're having a muck better day than I am, would you believe it  took from early this morning to nearly lunchtime to find just one set of stamps that I had decided to use on my second card for our classes this week. I must possess dozens and dozens of snowflake stamps which I must confess I'm a bit of an addict  but could I even find one........... No not one!! I drove myself mad looking, eventually I managed to find a set Hooray I can finish the card I started last  night and get started on some samples for my demo at the weekend as it has all been changed as from TODAY Yikes!! and I really do need to get cracking so to speak....... But........ as I  set everything up to take the photo's for you all to see what you will be making my camera on my tablet decided it wasn't going to work, it kept on telling me Oooops! Something has gone wrong! Just what I don't need right now a trip to see the O2 Guru to get it sorted this me thinks is down to the upgrade to Windows 10 Blooming thing!!!!!!
So we will be doing class, we will be using the Bird Blossom stamps from Stampendous and you will get a photo even though it won't be the best quality as I have had to use my phone and that's another camera with bad attitude and only works when it feels like it, right enough said here goes fingers crossed......
Two cards for this week both 7x7

The background, flowers and bird have been coloured using Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters, Gathered Twigs Distress inks , Rose Blush, Decadent Denim, Spectrum Aqua Pens Lime, Rose Pink, Heather and Tan.

Black Versafine and Clear Powder.
Fine paint brush.
Blending eggs.
Foam tape.
Clear Day Colour Cloud blending ink.

I have made the second card into a Christmas design as I thought this set works well for lots of different styles and could be used for and seasons just by changing the colour scheme.
In case you can't really see the elusive snowflakes are part of the background panel.

I added some of the Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel from the Fran-tag entrusted jewel kit to give a bit more texture.
The snowflakes are from my (put away in a safe place) stash bad I stamped them with Memento Summer Sky ink pad.

Just had to mention He is such a cute little birdie x

The bird has been coloured with my Aqua pens and a paint brush and I used Peacock blue, Teal, Tan and some Evergreen on the leaves.

Clear Crystal Sparkle pen and Diamond Stickles glitter glue
to highlight.

Both sentiments are from my stash so you could bring your own if you wish to do so.

Well it's been one long day which  would  have been done and dusted early this morning if it wasn't for those carefully put away Snowflake stamps lol!
See you soon x

Monday, 22 February 2016

Scripted Clematis Down Under - Sydney no less !

Greetings to all, hope you've all had a good weekend mine was extremely hectic but very enjoyable. Up early on Saturday morning to take my friends to a local craft event for the day but unfortunately we were missing an important member of our group as my poor sis - in - law was suffering from that horrendous flu virus and had to stay in bed, so Patricia when you're  better and read this as I know you do look in on my blog hope you get well soon and if it makes you feel any better you didn't miss much this time as I'm sure you will get the lowdown on it at some point and in my opinion it was a much smaller show than ever before and we came home several hours earlier than normal, can you believe it!! Never heard of before but none the less we weren't all that impressed.
Anyhow that's enough said about Saturday, yesterday I was up at the crack of dawn (5.30) and it was still dark outside. I drove to meet Louise and Ian at the shop for Severn a.m. and off we went to the Trade Show at the NEC in Birmingham, at this point I am pleased to report that we had no major incidents this time just in case you were all wondering and Louise I admire you for not even having one drink of coffee before we left lol !!!!!!!!! But you did make up for it later on in the day lol!
No more gossip for the moment or I'll forget about the important stuff.
There's a clue in the title for this week's classes, maybe I should just tell you and not keep you guessing, Dies by Sue Wilson Australian Collection - Sydney and the stamp is Scripted Clematis which matches the die set.

Distress ink pads.
Antique Linen
Stormy Sky

White Embossing Powder
Black Versafine

New Pearl Starlight Paint

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops Neptune

I have made a border on one of the panels using my Red liner tape and Iced Snow Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels.

The base card is an 8x8 and the larger background panel has been embossed and colour applied with my Antique Linen ink pad.

I haven't added a sentiment as yet but I think this style of card would cover quite a lot of different occasions.

Card two is a 5x7.
I have used the Stormy Sky this time and teamed it up with Navy and White.

I did add a very small amount of the new Pearl Starlight paint around the edges of the panels with a piece of Cut and Dry foam just to give a more subtle highlight.

You just might be able to see it in this photo.

(Click on the pictures if you need to enlarge them)

That's just about it for this week so I will see you all soon.

May I just  say what a good day we had at the Trade Show it was a very long day and we must of walked miles but it certainly proved worth it as there was an abundance of laughter and maybe a touch of Prosecco involved especially at the end of the show when we attended the Awards ceremony, it was fun but I'll have to tell you all about that later  :-O

Thanks Louise and Ian for taking me x

(p.s. it must of been the bubbles and the fact you won first prize in the raffle) : )

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Wellington & Lilies - Continued :

So sorry I just couldn't get these photo's to post any sooner as Mr. SKY decided to play up most of yesterday, typical as always lets me down when I most need it.........

Here's the second card I made with just the die's this time it could work for a male card just change the colours and leave off the butterfly.

6x6 card base.

See you soon
Shelagh x

Monday, 15 February 2016

Wellington - New Zealand Collection + Lily Corner

Hello, what a beautiful day we're having but boy is it cold where I am especially when you have workmen in your kitchen taking your window out and putting one back in it's place, but why? Oh why? can't they keep the back door shut and stop some of the heat escaping at least, no not these workmen. Guess I couldn't have chosen a colder day for this sort of work to be done lol! Well they've finished now so SHUT THAT DOOR..........
With all this happening today I'm running a little behind so to get things started I'll show you where I'm up to so far then you can see what we are going to be using this week.
Wellington dies and Lily corner stamp by Sue Wilson.

Okay here's a look at what
I have used on our first card which is 8x8

I have stamped the Lily in Black Versafine and embossed in clear powder.

I used my Aqua pens to colour the image Moss (green) and Begonia (pink)
I then went over with my Clear Sparkle Pen.

In the background I have used Colour Cloud inks Rose Blush and Basil Leaf.

The Silver Starlight paint and paint brush has been used on our second card and
I will post a photo later for that one time Gods willing lol!

Sorry I did rush when taking the photo's so they don't look quite as good and for some strange reason the lilies don't look as pink here as they are on the card, must be the light???? or just me!

You can just about see the Gilding Wax that I have applied to the embossed background and the darker pink panel at the front.
Wax is by Imagination Crafts.

I will do my best to post a photo later of the other card but I must go now and sort things out in my kitchen before I can start with making our tea as it appears to be that time of day already.


See you all later or sooner whichever comes first. : )

This was the card I made for my friend Angela as you might already know it was her mum's funeral last Thursday so apologies to the ladies for my absence on that day I'm sure Louise did a grand job of standing  in for me, thanks Louise.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Simply Floral - docrafts Papermania

Good morning everyone is it really Monday already? I have had the busiest three days of demoing ever as I was at the Event City craft show last week from Thursday till Saturday and it was none stop I can tell you, much busier than most people expected it to be, so busy I didn't even get the chance to go and have a look around so poor me didn't pick up any goodies for myself lol. Everyone I spoke to was having a brilliant time and trust me when I say that was hundreds and hundreds of crafters all eager to get a barging or just to add to their crafty stashes (that would be everyone then!) at some points through each of the days you just couldn't move it was so crowded, I was demoing for Samuel Taylors with the Sparkle pens and boy they were going like hot cakes everybody loved them so much so they had to get more stock in for day two. Even some of the other demonstrators came and bought them as they were really impressed with the results, so I know who is going to be happy little bunnies after they got home to have a play.  Well I could go on and on about it but it would take me all day so I had better tell you what's happening in class this week instead.
I have made a 7x7 card and also a 5x7  and I have used these lovely 12x12 Floral Papers from Docrafts Papermania, I teamed them up with the free stamps from the Crafter's Inspiration magazine that we used last time as I think that they work together well, you can't beat rosés and butterflies and just looking out of the window I'm wishing that time of year would hurry up.
Let's just take a look and see if you agree!
 The papers in the pack come in a range of different colour ways and designs.

I chose a large rose design for this card.
I have cut the backgrounds with my circle dies and stamped and embossed the butterflies onto a matching paper with a smaller design.

There are quite a few different colours of  this design which I think was by far my personal favorite.

On card two I decided to die cut the front for a different look so I have cut out a panel from the papers and also the front of the card as well.

I used a piece of the striped paper on the front and the corresponding paper on the inside.

Again the butterflies have been made from the leftover papers.

 As you can see these cards are relatively easy to make but I think that the papers make them look a bit more special and having so many in the pack you could make an awful lot all at once in no time at all, great if you make cards for craft fairs, charity etc.

Here's what I used for the cards, you can check the paper packs out at the shop.

See you soon x I'm off now as I have to make a sympathy card, one of my close friends has just lost her mum and I know what she is going through (Angela you are in my thoughts xx) also more samples are required for my next demo this coming Saturday, no rest for the wicked then ! What? housework who said that, just ignore it lol.