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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Beading time again

Good morning all, hope everything is well with you.
Today's post is about beads again. I know it's very sad but I do find beading quite therapeutic lol. I think it's the magpie in me that's attracted to all things shiny and pretty lol.

I made a few of these for my son's girlfriend when they were going to Thailand a few weeks ago, I absolutely love these pale pink pearls so I will definitely be trying to get some more of these :o)).

This last set I have made for Mum. I've also made a couple of sets for Jude and some for me :o)) but I forgot to photograph them, doh. So they will have to be a future post lol.

Anyway, that's all from me today, hope the weather plays nice for you this week.
Thanks for stopping by again. Take care.


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Tilda at the Shore

I should have been off to Coventry this morning.  Fortunately it was cancelled yesterday, so for me that makes it a HAPPY TUESDAY lol ;) 
After all the travelling last week I was hoping not to have to go, but the cancellation was made  because the person due to be chairing the meeting is ill.  I hope you get well soon Greg!
Today's card features the lovely Tilda.  I can't remember what she is properly titled but as she is in a bathing suit, I thought Tilda at the Shore was fitting.

I had no idea when I coloured the image that she would end up on a card like this.  However once she was finished I just knew that the Portobello Road papers by Papermania would be perfect.  The image is cut with a Spellbinder die and inked through with Chipped Sapphire distress ink.

The 8x8 card blank is covered with a postcard print paper then layered with a red check on a Chipped Sapphire coredinations mat.  A navy blue ribbon and some sea side themed embellishments finish the look.

I'm very happy with this card, hope you like it too.
TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 29 July 2013

Altered Frames

Good morning all, hope you had a great weekend. We really enjoyed a family barbecue on Saturday and then out for a little tapas yesterday :o)) Now that's what I think a weekend should be about! not housework and gardening etc. lol
Anyway today's post is to show some photo frames that I have been having a go at altering. They were nice enough frames, but I've had them for years and they didn't match anywhere in the house now.

So I decided to have a go with some paint and papers and thought, nothing lost if they turn out awful lol. But I'm happy to say I quite like them :o))

I started by giving them a couple of coats of white Gesso, when that was dry I gave them both a good coat of acrylic paint. This one is a teal colour. The next day I gave them another coat and then once this was dry I gave them a sand over with a sanding block just to smooth them out and give them a bit of an aged look.

Next I added a layer of brush on crackle glaze. I hadn't used this one before but it worked great and was dry in a couple of hours.
Next I went mad with silver gilding wax lol. I thought about just putting a bit on here and there but once I got going I really liked the effect where the wax and crackle were together.

To finish the frames I made up some roses with the Tattered Floral's Sizzix die. I gave them a good spray with a silver sparkle spray and when this was dry I sprayed them with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Patina. I like how the Mist sits on top of the sparkle spray and looks more like droplets. A few gems and a little scroll finished them off nicely.

And here they are up on the wall, what do you think?

 Hope you like them, thanks for stopping by again.
See you soon

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Golden Rose

Welcome bloggers to another lovely Sunday.  Yesterday we held a bbq at my nephew's house and had a really pleasant evening eating, drinking and socialising with the family.  The rain even held off until we were just about finished lol.  We went inside for a little while but it certainly didn't spoil our time together.
When I got home I put together this card with an image I had coloured on Friday following my trip to London.  The image is a Saturated Canary one called Rose Red, but I wanted to do something different with her, hence Golden Rose.  I coloured her with peach and apricot shades while the bodice of her gown is a soft gold.
I've never been very good at black hair so I tried a slightly different take on it this time.  This effect is made with 4 shades of grey promarkers.  I was going to add some black highlights but I like how she looks so left it alone.  What do you think?

The background is a piece of Hunkydory cardstock layered with some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core from the nostalgic collection.  I cut a couple of flowers from the waste, layered these with some orange and yellow ready made flowers and a leaf swirl from the stash.  I then added dark bronze and olympic gold cosmic shimmer to the centres.

Three pearls made with the olympic gold finished the card.

Thanks for joining us today. Although we have quite a few return viewers, we don't get many comments. It would be interesting to know a little about who reads our ramblings, so could I ask that you leave us a short message please today?  We would like to get to know where you are joining us from, and perhaps a little about you?  We would really appreciate it :)
TTFN Jude xx

Saturday, 27 July 2013

1st Christmas cards of the year!

Good morning all hope you're weekend is going well. If this weather stays nice we will be having a barbecue later at my sons house. They have a lovely big garden so it's nice to sit outside there. 

With the sun shining like it is I can't believe I am thinking about Christmas though lol. But we did say after the mad rush to make cards last year that we would make some every month this year. Ha well, as you can guess that didn't happen so these are the first ones lol.

I started by simply embossing two different card fronts with a new Die-sire embossing folder. I love how this has the two different designs in one folder and the perfect gap for ribbon.
Once embossed I added some ribbon and then decorated with snowflakes cut from glitter and plain card using a Spellbinders die set. 
I added a rub on transfer to the largest snowflake and then a simple sentiment and a few gems finished them off.
They are both very simple cards but quite effective. Hope you like them too. 

Thanks for stopping by again. See you soon. 

Friday, 26 July 2013

Fairy wishes

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope the week has gone well and you are looking forward to a fabulous weekend.

I've scheduled this post well ahead as I am currently in London for work and have no access to my PC or the craft room!

These cards are more made from my Hunkydory fairies set.  I have used the same image in two different ways.

The first card is an 8x8 and has a floral background with the topper layered on mirror card.  The sentiment is layered on the same card I have used for the two banners.

The second card is a DL and the topper is the main portion of the card.  All this needed was some coordinating card and ribbon, then a simple sentiment.

I won't be home until late this evening so probably won't get anything crafty done until Saturday.  Hope you get chance to be creative this weekend.

TTFN Jude xx

Thursday, 25 July 2013

I appreciate you

Good morning folks. Hope you are all well. Today's card is one I have made using papers and toppers from a craft magazine. I think these papers are just gorgeous. 
I layered three different pieces of paper on to a 6x6 card blank and inked all of the edges with Antique Photo Distress Ink.
I used a punch to cut a scalloped circle out of paper to sit behind the topper and inked these also. The sentiment is also from the same set.
The flower is made up from pieces of the Tattered Florals Sizzix die. I cut these out of three different papers and then sprayed them with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mists in Patina and Antique Rose.
I added a couple of small flourishes and some hearts that I also cut with punches. I am trying to use them a bit more as they are one of the very neglected items in our craft room lol.
I finished the card with a couple of fancy brads, some pearls and a piece of ivory lace.
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by again.
See you soon


Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Good morning crafters. It's Wednesday again already - don't the days fly by?

Later today I am off to London for work and will have serious craft withdrawal by the time I get back on Friday evening!!

I have spent quite some time in the craft room though over the last few days.  One of the things I've been working on is the Kraft card tag I'm sharing with you today.

I started with the digi stamped image and coloured her with pro and flex markers.  I'm not sure what the range is called but I do like the style.  I layered her over some book page coloured with Pebeo prisme paints in red, green and black

Once the sealer was dry I added some bunting and hearts with Graphit texture paste through a stencil, and rubbed some treasure gold in for a bit of bling.  The same wax is used to edge the tag.

For the bottom corner I added paper leaves and flowers from our stash, some of which I inked with peacock feather distress ink.  I also added a key and a heart as embellishments.

The final touch was a piece of coordinating ribbon to hang my tag.

I'm very happy with how this turned out.  Hope you like it too.

TTFN Jude xx

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Border punches

Good morning all hope you are having a good week. I'm back to work today after 10 days off! Eeek I'm not looking forward to it lol. I much prefer to be at home ;o))

While I was off, I had a little play with some border punches and used them to make this card. 
I used 3 different punches and 3 different shades of paper. The punches are all Tonic Studios and the paper is from a DCWV adhesive paper strip book. 
I added some little wooden flowers and a few gems. Then punched some small butterfly's from an old book page with another Tonic punch.
The stamp is part of a Papermania set and the Happy Birthday stickers are from a Fundamentals Petite Alphabet Booklet. 
Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by again. See you soon. 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Fairy teacups

Good morning and welcome to Monday :)
Yes folks it's me again.  As Jen covered for me on Saturday due to my reckless gallivanting (lol) you are stuck with me two days together.  What did you do wrong? :)
My cards today are from my slowly dwindling Hunkydory stash.  These ones were a freebie with project magazine no10 and are fairies.  I used a couple of the toppers on cards I posted early last week.
These are die cut already into fluted circles so all I had to do was add sticky pads to the backs.  I used a single layer for the outer circle and a double layer for the inner.

Down the left hand side of the cards I used mirror card punched with a Tonic punch and a layer of co-ordinating card.  These were then layered on a 6x6 card blank and wrapped with organza ribbon.
Cute and easy cards.  Hope you like them.
TTFN Jude xx

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Fabulous lady

Good morning everyone and a very happy Sunday.  Hope you're having a super weekend.
Yesterday I spent the day with my youngest son Joe, who moved in to his own home last month.  It was lovely to spend some time with him as he or I have been busy every weekend since he moved.  We made the effort this weekend as a lovely friend of ours was celebrating her 50th birthday with a party in Clumber Park.  For those of you who don't know it Clumber Park is 3800 acres of lovely countryside, a lake and gardens which used to belong to the Duke of Newcastle and is now kept by the National Trust.  It actually site right by Sherwood Forest and is a great place to visit if you're ever in the area.
This is Joe and Jean having a 'quiet' moment.
The card I'm sharing is the one I made for her.  I felt a fabulous lady needed a card depicting a fabulous lady lol.
Here is a close up of the topper, which is another from Hunkydory.

I love the feathers on this card.  They really suit the Art Deco feel of it.
Also in fitting with Art Deco is the colours and the way the card opens.  I really love the deep burgundy card which picks up on the colour of the lady's dress.

Hope you like it as much as Jean did.
TTFN Jude xx

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