My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Monday, 27 June 2016

It's got to be a Lazy Daisy - English Country Garden collection

Morning everyone, can I just thank all you lovely ladies for coming to see us on Saturday for our Crafter's Companion demo day I  hope you all enjoy your new goodies as I know you will, it was a fun day for us all.
As I'm still feeling the after effects of such a busy day and Sunday was certainly no different for me either I have decided to go with the easy option and also the requests of some of you who came to our demo for a class with the Lazy Daisy sample cards I had made so by popular demand that's what we shall recreate this week. However I have to say that colours and patterned papers may vary slightly but I'm sure you won't be too bothered by that fact.
If you managed to get your beautiful dies on the day then by all means bring them with you and then you won't have to wait as long for your turn to do the die cutting 😊
After die cutting the daisies I applied some of my Pearl Gilding Polish before gluing them together, then I cut out several of the lovely leafy swirls which comes as part of the Lazy Daisy die set. The flowers and swirls were all cut from Kraft cardstock.
Just to let you know before I add any photos of the cards I used Distress inks Gathered Twigs and Frayed Burlap. I believe that the daisy card was so popular because I kept it plain and the colours very pale and  simple although it would look just as nice in any colour as its such a pretty flower.
Back in a while just have to go and finish our second class card off before I can add the photo's.

So I'm back and this is one of the cards I made as a sample for the demo day and just because you asked if we could make it as a class card that's exactly what you are going to do.

Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad.
Pearl Gilding Polish.
Lazy Daisy die set.
Sara's Embossing folder from English Country Garden collection.

I've made the next card using Stacey Base card dies.

The stamps from English Country Garden collection.

Colour Cloud ink Rose Blush.

Quickie glue pen and Glitter Jewels Iced Snow.

Black Versafine ink.

I have stamped the background paper  with the Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

I think that this card will be quite quick to achieve so if we have finished good time then I may have a third up my sleeve which just might have that butterfly on that you all seemed to want to get your hands on but we will all have to wait and see, I do know however that Louise has put yet another order in so hopefully they will be back in the shop soon : )

Later x


By the way can I  just say   "COME ON ENGLAND" and play some real Football!!!!!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

English Country Garden and Ribbon Threading Dies

Evening Folks, how is it that the best laid plans always seem to go astray. I was so happy that I had actually managed to get up front with my class for this week and then just like that back to square one when everything is going to be last minute! How on earth does this happen, I will never know.
Anyway lets knot dwell on the might have, should have, could have, instead lets be glad we still can have our class this week. Can I just say at this point " to Louise and Ian " hope it's not too hot and boring for you in Espanola this week, poor you if it doesn't rain!, what can I say lol!
Right lets move forward at a more lively pace no man Yana for us......
This time I have used a little bit of Sara's English Country Garden collection and teamed it up with one of the Ribbon threading dies. I have to be honest and tell you that I really do like this range from Sara whom I should also mention has just been awarded an MBE clever girl, well done you! The whole range is so easy to work with its impossible not to make something really nice from any of the  elements in the range.
So what did I do with Sara's English Country Garden, strong colours from the paper pad, simple and sweet with the dies. Lets hope you feel the same when you get to use them.
I forgot to mention the stamp set that is also from the English Country Garden collection.

Card one is 5x7

The front panel has been die cut with a Ribbon threading die then stamped with one of the stamps from Sara's English Country Garden collection

Ribbon has been threaded through the die cut.

The background has been stamped with Clear ink and Embossed in Green Wow Sparkle powder.

The butterflies have been die cut from one of Sara's new dies out of white Parchment and then embossed in a Die'sire embossing folder. I have used a pale green Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker on the reverse to add a hint of colour.
 okay so card two is 8x8

I didn't quite finish the card before I took the photo's so this is just a little sneak peek to give you a hint of what it will be like when it's finished.

Here again I have used one of the Ribbon threading dies and cut it twice out of the background panel  before putting it through my Gemini in the embossing folder.

I have die cut the Butterfly dies again using some of the papers from a previous Sara Davies collection.
 I have to say that this layered Butterfly die is so pretty despite the fact that it is a solid shape but it looks so nice no matter what you cut it out of and you can make it in different sizes as well.

I used some Faded Jeans Distress ink and a Blue Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax to highlight the embossing and then a Quickie glue pen and some blue glitter to outline the wings of the butterfly.  Sorry that the photo doesn't give you much to go on but I will do my best to add a couple more later. You might just be able to make out the die cut panel in the top right hand corner of  the photo which is the Square Frame from the Downton Abbey range.
Well that's it for now got to go as I have a very unhappy little black cat who has been poorly this afternoon and only wants to drink water from a running tap, she was sick a few times earlier today so I'm keeping my eyes on her.
See you all soon x

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Mystic Garden - Hot Off The Press

Morning sorry I'm so late forgot to post this yesterday I had so much to do and things didn't quite go to plan. After waiting all day for the new kitchen windows to arrive only to get a phone call at 5 pm to say that they didn't get them finished today and can only come next Tuesday to fit them as they were going away on holiday that evening for a week........... charming I don't think!!

If you're wondering about the title this week then wonder no more we will be making our cards with this beautiful set of clear stamps from Hot Off The Press, and I would describe them as very vintage Victorian Shabby Chic. I have seen a couple of their sample cards over on Pinterest which is quite useful for those of us who are looking for a little inspiration.
So here's what I have made for us this week.

This is A4 half fold or C5 I have cut a decorative edge using one of Sara's Signature Collection dies.

The background paper is from a pad of 8x8 that I have had for a while so the pattern and colour in class will be slightly different.

I have stamped the images onto the background paper with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and then coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens, just a couple of brown tones for the birds and a green for the leaves.

I have made the frame from Kraft card by using my Die'sire Create-a-Card Base die set, I think this one is called Louise but I'll have to check on that.

The flower has been stamped with Black Versafine ink and embossed in clear powder.
I have used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour  the image.

You might just be able to see that I have added some Pink Stickles glitter glue to the flower.
You can click on the photo to enlarge.

The frame is embossed with a script folder and I have used Gathered Twigs Distress ink to darken it before highlighting the embossing with my Pearl Metallic Gilding Polish.

Onto card two which is 6x6, this one has been die cut from cream cardstock using the Base Card Die Nicole.

The main focal panel has also been cut using the same die set.

I coloured my panel with Distress inks Squeezed Lemonade
Ripe Persimmon
Abandoned Coral
You could also use Colour Cloud inks instead which work equally as good as the Distress inks.

The beautiful Bird Cage stamp has been stamped in clear ink and embossed with Gold Powder, I have used my Distress inks to paint the image.  

I added a couple of die cut String Flowers (by Sue Wilson) from cardstock that I had coloured with Abandoned Coral and Pearl Gilding polish before cutting.

To finish off the image panel I added some Gold Gilding polish through a mini stencil and around the outer edges.

Well that's it for another week see you soon x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Patchwork- pretty or not? Works for both

Hey morning! and how is everyone today, good I hope and its not even raining up to now so that's a bonus lets keep our fingers crossed it stays that way. I finally managed to spend a little time out on the allotment and I feel better for doing so and I'm a hundred percent sure that my plants are as well.
The tomatoes are firmly in there larger dwellings along with the pepper plants and a couple of cucumbers and I also managed to plant my sweetcorn and peas, sorted out the strawberries and a few other things. Now all I have to do is remember to water them lol!
So, this week I decided we would keep to the sweet and simple kind of style well for at least one card and then the other I thought might be good to change to a male looking card and that's what I did.
I had a couple of ideas and thought it would be good to create using the freebies from the last issue of the Inspiration magazine with the hexagonal patchwork type dies and the stamp set and this is what I came up with.

For the 6x6 male style card I used some Cosmic Shimmer Gold and Copper Gilding Polishes, a touch of green and blue Colour Cloud inks, a hint of Aged Mahogany Distress ink and wait for it............. a brand new product (just arrived in at the shop also from Cosmic Shimmer), the tiniest amount of Pixie Powder to create a lovely arty type background for my card.
These lovely powders are rich in pigments and mica and come to us in a choice of about 20 colours. Lots of crafty fun time to be had me thinks 😁

Funny how photo's make things look so different, it appears that I have added little hexagon panels on top of my Hessian embossed background when in fact they have been die cut out to reveal the background underneath. Only three have been layered up on the front.

The Hessian embossed panel is Kraft card that has a touch of inking and then gilding polish over it.

It's such a pity you can't really see the mica on the background panel.

Thought maybe you could make this card for Father's day as it's just around the corner.

Now onto the next card which is C5 in size (A4 folded in half).

For this I used my A4 Scrip background embossing folder, the hexagon dies, patterned papers, stamps from the magazine, Decadent Wine Colour Cloud ink, Cracked Pistachio Distress ink and the flowers are all cut from a Sue Wilson die set "String Flowers".
Black Versafine ink for the stamping.

Think this might be the nearest thing to patchwork I will ever get to do lol!

see you later x