Tuesday, November 23, 2010


It's my daughter's birthday in a few weeks so I'm making a few things and getting ready for her birthday party. The one she went to last weekend wad huge - all of her class. We are just going small - she's inviting 5 of her friends round. These are the invites.

It's made with freebie papers, stamps and ribbon flowers. I used the new Neenah card from crafters companion that I bought on there birthday weekend and coloured with promarkers. The card is lovely and smooth, but I think I like watercolouring better than promarkers.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Craft club week 3

We had a play with alcohol inks this time. Really good fun - so another thing to add to my wish list.

We embossed some flourishes with clear powder and ink on gold mirror card. Then used 3 colours and blending solution to colour the card. Then with a piece of copy paper we ironed on top to melt off some of the embossing and ink leaving the mirror card showing. Then used archival black to create a shadow. It's a really nice effect.

We also made a quick decoration for the Christmas tree.

I shall be making a few of those with my daughter.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Make and take 3

Another fun one trying new techniques. On this one we used silver leaf on the back of a butterfly on acetate sanded it and used alcohol inks to let other colours show through.

The background was black card covered with distress inks and then with mica powders all over.
Stamp inked up with perfect medium used and then embossed. While still warm a contrasting colour mica was brushed over.

It was a really good day - I love trying out new techniques. Would recommend it to anyone.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Make and Take 2

This one was a quick one. A blended and stamped background covered with double sided sticky stuff and glittered. We made a huge mess with the glitter - it got everywhere. The glitter hides quite a few sins with the stamping!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Make and Take 1

To launch all their Christmas stock my local garden centre had a fun day and they had John Glossop from Creative Expressions doing four make and take sessions. I had to miss one to take my little girl to a classmates birthday party for a couple of hours. This was the first session.

We did some embossing on acetate to make the butterfly and some triple embossing on the chipboard flower. I had to leave this one early so I finished the background papers last night at home - used slightly different colours as I only own 2 distress inks. I scrunched the paper wiped the ink, sprayed with water and ironed. Repeated until covered. The other paper was just coloured with foam and stamped. Again I used slightly different stamps to finish it off. I'm really pleased with the effect.

I'm entering this into:

A spoonful of sugar distressing

Quilled Christmas card

Another Christmas card. This one is a fairly simple quilled snowflake with some free NitWit papers and a foil snowflake.

I'm entering this into:

- Take a quill pill challenge 3

- MSE winter wonderland

- Totally Papercrafts Snow and snowflakes

- Delicious Doodles challenge 1 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

60th Anniversary commission

My Mum's friend had a 60th Wedding Anniversary this week so Mum asked me to do a big card. I made this star card using the crafters companion ultimate pro. It's decorated with Papermania Henbury Lane papers and quilling.

I'm entering this into:

- Digidoodles anything goes 
- HodgePodge anything goes
- Craftycreations beautiful insides

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Candy Roundup

There are lots of generous people out there - heres a roundup of the candy on offer at the moment

Crafty granny has a lovely selection to help raise awareness of the ear trust. It expires on the 17th November.

Barbara's World of Whimcees has a giveaway to celebrate her birthday

 Simply Create, Alford have some prismacolor markers which look fun to play with.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Catch up after half term

Last week was half term, my daughter just started back today. We did a fair few craft projects getting ready for Christmas.

We made soap and bath bombs in mini cupcake moulds - chocolate scented to match the lipbalms. I'll make some boxes to put them in and DD can decorate and give to our family.

DD has been invited to a few birthday parties. For the one little girl we made a memory wire bracelet - I'm a convert after the one I made for my Mum and invested in a few supplies from Sanctuary Beads on eBay. She made the pinky one and I made the other two for family.

She also made all the Christmas cards for her classmates.

I've had a good craft week too. I won my first candy :D

A beautiful selection fromSamuel Taylors. It had some lovely things that I haven't played with before. Haven't had the time to play with it - just looking and stroking :) I'm hoping to have a day to play next week.

Today was my craft club we played with resist techniques and distress inks.

I'd like to enter this one in the latest MSE challenge.

I bought Do Crafts Creativity magazine and I am on page 78 with a card I made for the competition

Lastly added to my stash with these quilling dies - great fun.

Phew - long post! Should have restored order and be back to normal by next week.