MY CRAFTING ADVENTURE

My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Woodland in Winter or any Season

Good afternoon to everybody, these weeks are getting shorter and shorter if that's at all possible anyhow we just have to keep on going don't we! and this week we are taking a visit to the woodlands with these two beautiful die sets from Sue Wilson's Woodland Collection - Birch Tree Forest and Forest Animals. The Sentiment die I have also used is from her Festive Collection.
Both sets from the Woodland Collection could be used for so many different themed cards and cover every season so don't think of them as just for your Christmas makes because I have chosen to turn them into Winter/Xmas type cards. I think these die's will be so useful indeed.
So here is a very short list of things I have used :-
Chalk inks or Oxide inks
Blue
Pink
Yellow
Water Spray
Blending ink (Onyx Black or Black Soot)
Glue Pen and Glitter
Pearl Gilding Polish or Wax
 A5 card.
Sorry the pics aren't very good but st least I have managed to take some this week lol!

I used my new Sue Wilson Twisted Holly embossing folder to create the frame on this 7x7 card.

 I think this style of card could be quite easily made into a mans card.

Change the sentiment on this card and send it to someone who has a December birthday, change the colours completely and it can be any time of the year.
Well that's it for this week see you soon x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

On the Diagonal

Morning! No! no Christmas for this week you might be pleased to know, then again you might not lol! Sorry I don't have much time this week to go into depth with this weeks post for class so it is definitely short and sweet. I will give you a run down on the craftiness that I used to create two cards one being an 8x8 and the other is a 7x7.
Is there die cutting involved ? Yes! not too much. Is there inking and stamping involved ? Yes using the Colour Cloud blending ink Decadent Teal which by the way is from the Phill Martin colour range, two die sets from Sue Wilson and a lovely big Swirl Stamp from Sara's latest Collection (Scandinavian no less). Sentimentally Yours Everyday Sentiment Stamps also by Phill Martin.

Along with the teal blending ink I have also used:-
Black Versafine
Frayed Burlap Distress ink pad
Teal Ink Spray Mist
Cosmic Shimmer Teal Pearlescent glue
Clear Powder
Gold Starlight Wax
Clear Sparkle Pen
Alcohol Pens in Coral and Magenta (in other words peachy pink and a darker pink)
I think that is just about everything except for the Grand Floral die set which was part of Sara's English Country Garden collection used as the embellishments.

Now I must dash no more time left will come back later to add some photos.
See you later then x



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

3D for Christmas

Hi all! So late today been a bit of a struggle but finally got there in the end. Been playing with the new 3D Christmas Embossing folders from Crafters Companion that I was demoing at the weekend at Inspirations Preston and can I just say Hi! and a huge thank you to everyone who came to see me xxx
I will speed things up as time is slipping away so we shall be using the beautiful Village scene this week to create a couple of lovely cards with very little effort and this is exactly what these folders do for you.

Clear Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Silver Gilding Wax
Antique Gold Gilding Wax
King Gold Gilding Wax
White Gel Pen
Cut n Dry foam

This actual design is very useful because it works for any season just by changing the colours and card stock.
See what you think...........
Each card is A5 in size.
Just added a die cut poinsettia and sentiment.
This one is made from black card.
 Gold Centura Pearl card one of the new shades from the Precious Golds collection.
Three colours of the Pebeo Gilding Wax.


Sneak peek at the none Christmas card version 😁
Not quite finished yet.
OK see you soon x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Raid Your Stash Day ! Parchment Re-Visited

Good afternoon, didn't think I would actually get to share with you all this week as I'm in the process of making lots of Christmas samples for my demo this coming Saturday and by yesterday I was almost tearing my hair out whilst trying to figure out what on earth we could do in class that wasn't anything to do with the C word as we had visited that season last week. Soooooo! I decided to go right off piste and go with something that was literally a Luck Dip! right out of my stash so to speak, so please forgive me as we have probably made something similar in the past but this time I decided we should make a card with a matching box to put it in.
As you will see I have used my own flower stamps so they won't be available in the shop (sorry 😞)
The flowers have been stamped in CLEAR INK and Embossed in WHITE POWDER, there is something so pretty about flowers made from parchment don't you think?
I coloured the flowers with my Spectrum Noir pens in Pink and Light Green.
The background is Small Dots Embossing Folder.
Do bear in mind when you look at the photos that I haven't quite finished them both off yet, they need a little more titivation so to speak so I've not stuck any of the flowers down and there is no sentiment but here is where I'm up to............
By the way I know that you all will have many different Flower stamps and Dies in your own stash so this will be easy for you to make at home.........

Versamark.
White Embossing Powder.
Alcohol Pens.
6x6 Card and Box

I will post more photos once I have finished them both as I need to add something into the centres of each flower.
See you later x
OK so here the finished artical or should I say Box and Card. Pleased to say everyone enjoyed making them 😁 x



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Frozen Forest - Craftwork Cards

CHRISTMAS!!!! There I said it ha! Nuts! that's what you are all thinking, well not quite all of you as I know oh too well that many a true card maker starts their xmas card making in this our Summer season. What Summer? I hear you exclaim! Its not too bad outside at the moment the rain hasn't hit yet but I'm not holding my breath it's in the forecast so we shall see.
Next for our classes we shall be using this lovely paper and topper collection from Craftwork Cards entitled Frozen Forrest.
To create these cards I have chosen to use my Circle Swing card die from Crafters Companion and a few of my Snowflake dies, here are the other ingredients :-
White Gesso
Small Stippling brush
Glue Pen
Glitter
Chipped Sapphire
Memento Nautical Blue ink pad
Moonstone Sparkle Pen
White Gel Pen

 I stippled the white Gesso arround the edges of the die cut paper panels. I have also added panels to the other side which I have stamped snowflakes onto with the Memento ink pad.
 The white panels on this card have been embossed in a folder.
Click on the image to enlarge.


 I have only used one small part of the beautiful paper from the 8x8 pad.
 You might notice that there are three different cards, I have included the picture of this one to show that it doesn't have to be just Christmas as I have made this card as a Winter Birthday with Flower Dies instead of the Snowflakes.


I used one of the animal toppers from the pack because I thought he looked cute but you could easily use a die cut or maybe a stamped image instead.
See you very soon x
Sheilagh.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sands of Time - Time Flies Donna Ratcliff Designs

Why does it have to be so miserable today?the light is so bad to work in and why does everything go wrong? when you are trying your best to get things finished with plenty of time to spare, well I guess that's just the way it goes so how can you tell that I'm having a bad day !!!!!! Not playing any more need to have a cup of coffee and re-group. Deep breath and start again........
Well hello! lets go back to the start and begin once more. Trying to incorporate a few different techniques this week and I might just regret it later lol! I have used the new stamps from Crafters Companion which are Sands of Time and Time Flies

A6 Rubber stamp sheet at a great price.







Card 1 is 7x7

Just taken a very quick photo to give you an idea as time is definitely not on my side today.
Distress Ink pads
Salty Ocean
Rusty Hinge
Mermaid Lagoon
Candied Apple
Black Versifying
Clear Powder
Jade Starlight Paint and a small paint brush or water brush
Blending tool or foam
Now I need to just finish card 2 so I will be back in a while with the results of a very stressful day !
To be continued........
Like I said this morning nothing going to plan so I have taken a couple more photos to let you see the things I have been using on our second card.
Aqua Pens to colour the Hour Glass and Leaves
Alcohol Pens to colour the flowers
Spiced Marmalade to distress the edges of the background which was created with the Colour Cloud Chalk inks and a touch of Glitter Kiss
Now I just have to stick it all onto the card base............. hopefully 😲



Aqua pens

Alcohol pens


I have used the Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze to make the back drop to the main image.
I have started! so I will finish! card 2 it will be all ready for class tomorrow,
See you soon x

Update......
Just a couple of photos taken at the end of yesterday's class.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Chalk Clouds and Bold Blooms

Morning, hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather and it seems a little cooler today which is a good thing because we were all melting in class on Tuesday afternoon and it was quite draining as everyone went home feeling a little tired to say the least and by the time I got in my car it was 28.5° and I could hardly keep hold of the steering wheel lol! It was hot! hot! hot!
Well for this weeks classes I have used the Colour Cloud Chalk inks and a really lovely stamp set from Woodware known as Bold Blooms - Erica, in fact a few weeks ago there was a make and take day at the shop with Karen from Stix2 and she used this stamp set in a couple of her cards, I liked it so I had to buy it as one does don't you know 😁
Thought it would be nice for us to use it in a class so this is what I came up with.........
First on the menu is s 5x7 card and I have coloured the background with the chalk inks, embossed in the Regency Swirl 3D folder then used my Silver wax to highlight.
Distress inks...
Chipped Sapphire
Seedless Preserves
Shaded Lilac
The flowers are stamped and heat embossed in Clear Powder.

I used the Distress inks and Glycerin on Cut n Dry foam to stamp the flowers then Clear powder over to emboss.



Back shortly with card two πŸ˜€
Next card is a 7x7
 Colour Clouds....
Blue Lagoon
Sweet Violet
Vanilla Twist
Sweet Apple
 Pixie Powders
Golden Mint
White Pearl

Gold embossing
Powder
Anti Static Bag
Starlight paint Clotted Cream

Small round paint brush to paint in the flowers.

That's it for now see you soon x




Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Die Cutting Essentials - Special Edition

Well! Die's, Stamps, Embossing Folder and there's even papers in side the latest edition of the Die Cutting Essentials Magazine and if you haven't guessed by now this is exactly what I have been using for our next gathering of the crafty clan or should I say class this week lol!
Hello there, as you can see I've taken my inspiration from this lovely set of free gifts that come boxed in this Magazine and I am quite impressed I have to say. The dies cut beautifully, the embossing folder is so pretty and so are stamps, very useful indeed!
Here is the first of my interpretations hope you like it.

Memento Rich Cocoa

Spectrum Noir  Pen PL2(medium purple)

Water brush

Distress inks
Mowed Lawn
Seedless
Preserves
Vintage Photo
Bundled Sage

Pearl Starlight Wax

So I am still working on card number two and I will pop back later this afternoon to show you. I will add more pictures of both cards then πŸ˜€
.............................. Card two.............. 6x6
Forgot to tell you that the first card was a 7x7.

This time I have used the Trellis die and stamps.
Distress inks Vintage Photo
Walnut Stain
The only other embellishment added is a little Xcut flower die.


Done for another week, think you could do so much with these freebies like I said the dies cut like a dream and will go with.so many that you already have. Louise still has some magazines available but I bet they won't last long x
See you soon x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Flower Frame - Stamps & Dies by Chloe

Afternoon and Hi!
Can't spend too much time on the post today as I have been suffering all last night and all of today with my back it is driving me nuts right now and I'm waiting for the tablets to kick in so I will tell you about the classes without further ado!
Pretty and floral for our next set of cards, made with this lovely big Flower Frame stamp and some matching dies by Chloe.
Both cards are 7x7 square but I have made them in different colour ways and you could really go to town with this set but given our time in class I haven't gone over board.
So here is a list of products used to make them:
Versamark ink pad
Dark Cherry gilding polish
Silver Embossing powder
Iced Spruce Distress ink
Starlight Wax White Gold
Brilliant Sparkle Sea Turtle embossing powder
Diamond Sparkles Hologram glitter
Glue Pen
That's mostly it I think so I will leave you with a couple of photos and see you soon x


Centura pearl cardstock and a touch of the Dark Cherry Gilding Polish
 The Flower frame stamp creates the background and the die cut flowers are layered on top.

 Card two is very similar but a slightly different layout and the die cut flowers are made from parchment this time.


This background has been embossed with the Sea Turtle Powder.

Sorry not the best photos but still better than none I guess x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A Touch of Glamour

Hi all! Just come back from greenhouse duties so I feel glad that everything green has had plenty to drink and remains green, for how long I really couldn't say lol!
Now onto this weeks classes, so you might think OK there is a fair bit of die cutting to be done but last nights class did fine but I should mention we did have three dies on the go to begin with and I should also tell you that we used the new edge'ables that came free with the latest addition of the Inspiration magazine and they cut so well! So if you have already got yours you just might want to bring it along and save on waiting time to use the die.
I teamed it up with one of the new 3D Embossing Folders from C.C. Regency Swirl.
I absolutely love these folders!!😊 Card one is a gate fold card and I embellished with a couple of butterflies and of course some of my Pebeo Gold Gilding Wax and Abandoned Coral Distress ink.
The next card is definitely the Glamour with the very Elegant lady and Venetian Mirror dies from Sara's new Signature Collection.  The only other elements added to this creation was Black Soot Distress ink and a rather nice embossing folder that came from Xcut I think but I shall have to check on that fact as I'm not 100% sure so if it is wrong I will let you know.
Well a short list of requirements but a little more in the way of die cutting ha! ha! I know you will forgive me once your cards are complete. Two very nice birthday cards but could be used for so many different occasions.
Sorry no photos as yet we did the cards in class last night and left them there I only thought about photos when I got home so I can't take any till class on Thursday so I will add them later  πŸ˜
See you soon x



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Stitched Up! - Stiched Flowers - Woodware

Hey! Good afternoon to you all, so I be like Speedy Gonzales, Grease Lightening and The Flash! not a good image I grant you but at least there is no picture of it to torture you with lol!  Here for your approval is our next set of classes and it contains ????? Yes you've guessed it already a stamp from Woodware called Stitched Flowers ta! da!
Quick quick I must speed up for my time is short and I have to stretch myself so you can call me elastic for short ha! ha!
This is what I managed in a very short space of time, well I did start at late morning today but I can bet some of you call that early lunch lol!!!
Here's what actually occurred...........

 Ok so blogger is being a pain right now and won't let me type were I want to so I will just continue, above is a photo of good stuff I have used.
 Water colour Pens in Yellow, Blue and Turquoise.
Black Versafine and Clear Powder.
Peeled Paint D I.
Platinum Starlight Paint.


Cards are 6x6 and 7x7 in size.
The corner die is from Sara's new Glamour Range.

Told you so! Done! blink and you will have missed it........
Sorry it's so short this week we shall resume as normal next time WWHhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! See you soon x