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Monday, 30 September 2013

Pictures of Southerness

Hi folks. Sorry for the late post but Internet connection in this part of Scotland isn't too good. Here are a few pictures of the beach behind our holiday cottage. 
We will try to find somewhere to post from tomorrow. TTFN Jude xx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Nicki and the Snowdog

Good morning all, hopefully by the time you read this I shall be tucked up in a nice cosy bed in the holiday cottage we have rented for the week lol. I am scheduling a few posts for this week as we don't know what the Internet reception will be like where we are going. That makes it sound like the back of beyond lol, when reality it is only southern Scotland. We are off to a little place called Southerness which sits in the Dumfries and Galloway area. We haven't been here before but do know the surrounding area quite well. Anyway if we get good signal we shall pop on and load some pics etc.
I'm afraid it's all Christmas cards from me at the moment, as we don't have any family birthdays, from middle of September until beginning of December it's a great time to concentrate on the Christmas cards.

Today's card, is using the lovely Nicki digi stamp from Saturated Canary. I have coloured her with chalks and flex markers! I know a right combination but I only used the pens for her skin lol. It's the first time I've coloured an image with chalks and I think it turned out OK for a beginner ;o)) I then set it with Iridescent Spray and Sparkle.

I have teamed Nicki with The Snowdog from Crafters Companion. He should be with The Snowman, (remember the film???) but I thought he was so cute he could be used with lots of different images.

I cut him out of white card stock and sat him with Nicki on to a piece of Centura Pearl card which I embossed with the Snowflake embossing folder. I cut this in to a curve and sat it on top of a coordinating piece of paper from the Snowman range.

I added a bow using Teal satin ribbon and a snowflake charm and then finished the card with a stamped sentiment, using light blue pigment ink and clear embossing powder.

Hope you like it. Take care and I'll see you soon.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Heading North to Scotland

Morning all.  We are off on our holibobs today and are very excited.  The cases do contain some crafty items to fill the quiet times, but don't expect there will be too many of them lol.  There are 6 adults and 2 dogs staying in a four bed cottage on the coast below Dumfries in Scotland.  It is right by the beach so may be a bit blowy but I don't think we will mind too much.  Anywhere which is away from work and our usual routine has to be good for us.
As I have been in London for work this week I haven't had any crafting time :(  It was made worse by two awful train journeys and a foul up with my hotel booking which saw me staying at Heathrow when I should have been in Kensington!! Still last night I took half an hour and put together a little birthday card.  Back to one for the girlies :)
This is a 5x7 card blank inked with tattered rose DI and matted with a pink shimmery paper and a polka dot.  I also inked the edge of the spotty paper but it doesn't show too well on the photo.
 I think you can see it a little better in this one.
The sentiment is from a freebie set received with one of our crafty magazines. 
The dress form is from a set of Kanban toppers I bought ages ago, as are the little roses.  The topper was raised on foam pads to give a little dimension to the card.
Down the left hand side I stuck two pieces of redline.  On this I added a pink ribbon and some lace, lightly coloured with the tattered rose.
That's all I have for you today as I have to go finish my packing before we set off. We will be back to share some of our holiday photos over the next few days but until then take care.
TTFN Jude xx

Friday, 27 September 2013

Merry Christmas

Good morning all, hope you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend. I must admit to being a little excited about going away tomorrow. I am really looking forward to the break, but I shall soooooooooo miss the craft room !!!!!!! But we are taking a few supplies with us to stop the withdrawal symptoms getting too bad lol.
Today's card is back to Christmas again, just green and white and very simple.
I started with the background and ran a piece of white Centura Pearl card through the Snowman Snowflake embossing folder. I matted this on to a piece of dark green card on a 7x5 card blank.
I then stamped three Christmas trees using Forest pigment ink and heat embossed with a Verdigris embossing powder. I cut them out by hand leaving a small border.
I added a piece of green gingham ribbon and a silver snowflake charm and then stamped a simple sentiment with the same colours.
I finished the card by adding some iridescent gems and stars to the trees and snowflakes. I think it's really pretty and can see us making more of these in different colours.
Anyway that's all for now I've got a million and one things to do today before we go, so see you soon.
Take care.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Circus wishes

Morning everyone.  For today I needed a quick simple card as I'm currently in London for work and don't have time for any proper crafting.

This is a card made using another Hunkydory set which came free with issue 13 of their magazine.  The set is called Little Treasures.
 I took a piece of pre-printed card and added it to a 5x7 card blank.
I cut 1" circles from a co-ordinating card and added letters from the set.  I wanted to put birthday underneath but didn't have enough letters!  I think it works ok though.
A sweet and easy card.
TTFN Jude xx

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Owl be seeing you...

Good morning friends, could you guess that today's card may feature an owl??? lol. After making the Kraft and Black card with the scooter last week, I thought I would use the same design again, but with a different topper. And can you believe that today is our 350th post???? I know, it's true what they say that time really does speed up as you get older, lol, or is that just me and the dizziness ha ha ha. I did get to the docs on Monday and I have a case of Labyrinthitis, so I have some tablets to take for nine days and see how it goes. But it does mean no driving! (Arrrgh) and no work ;o) oh well, a little more craft time never hurt anyone did it?
Anyway on to today's card, I'm really liking Kraft card at the minute so it could feature in quite a few of my cards ;o))

I started by stamping the owl stamp using an Indigo Pigment Ink, then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I cut it out by hand and inked it with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
I used the Adorning Squares to create the frame and centre piece again and layered these on to some dark blue card.

I raised the outside of the frame on foam pads and then sat the owl in the middle.
This time I used a ready made sentiment to finish it off.

I would really like to get a few male cards on standby as we never seem to have any when we need one, and this design is so simple to do and can easily be done with lots of different toppers ;o))
Hope you are having a good week.
Take care, see you soon.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Embossing folder stamping

Morning all! 
I came across a new technique while trawling through Pinterest, using an embossing folder as a stamp! Well you know I just had to try it ;)  This is how it turned out.
[If you want to view the original visit and take a look at the fabulous card Tamara made]
For my version I took a Couture Creations folder called Workshop and inked it up with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I found the best way to get even coverage was to rub some ink directly from the pad onto the folder, lightly ink up a brayer and smooth the ink out.  Don't use too much ink!!  You then need a really steady hand to press the folder onto the stamping card.  It took a few attempts to get a decent image as I smudged one and inked another too much!

I was quite true to Tamara's layout as I liked the simplicity, however I don't have any burlap so I improvised with some white paper weave.  I inked with the vintage photo to give the same impression.  I also used the same DI again for the sentiment.
I cut extra die cuts in brown centura pearl and halved 2 of them to back the sentiment.  This was layered on the inked paper weave, a brad added and the whole piece matted on more centura pearl.

It works really well for a male card but I think I will try a more girly version too.  TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 23 September 2013

Flowers for you

Good morning all, hope everyone is doing well. That was a really strange weekend, had a good but very tiring day out with my daughter, granddaughters and Jude on Saturday to do a spot of shopping. Then a relatively quiet evening, followed by an awful night!!!
I started feeling quite ill about 1am Sunday morning and if I had been a drinker I would have sworn I was really drunk (I wasn't honest lol). The room started spinning and I had to grab the bed and hubby, then the sickness started. Horrid I know, but I thought I would share anyway, so I had a rubbish night not being able to lay down or the dizziness would start again closely followed by the sickness ;O(
Anyway I am feeling a bit better, but still dizzy every time I get up or lay down, so think it may be an ear infection, I'm going to try and get a docs appointment today and see if I can get it knocked on the head before we go away on Saturday. I am so looking forward to this break and I don't want a silly ear infection to spoil it!
Now, on to today's card at last lol. I started with some long stem flower buds that we had picked up at the Great British Craft Fair the other month. I twisted loads of them together to form a long line and then bent them in to a ring shape. It took a bit of fiddling and faffing but eventually I was happy with it.

I used some papers from the stash and matted these with a dark green card. Then added the flower ring to the middle.

I used some green spotty ribbon to make some little bows and added these around the ring, and a piece of plain green ribbon underneath it.

I finished the card with a little sentiment in the centre and then some white pearls.

Hope you like it.

See you soon.


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Vintage Friend

Morning folks and happy Sunday.  I can't believe I'm back to work tomorrow!!  It was such a busy week and I was looking forward to a nice quiet weekend, but we spent most of yesterday walking round a local shopping centre with my niece.
Today we are off to visit Joe as he is actually having a weekend at home for a change lol.  Apparently his TV has broken down so we are going to see if we can fix it.
I did manage to get a little crafty time last night though and made this card using the Docrafts Papermania Vintage Notes set.  I had some scraps left over from other projects and didn't want to throw them out, so I laid them as strips on a DL card blank.
The paper roses were bought on a recent scouting trip Jen and I did round the craft stores of Rotherham (jet setters or what?)  I really like the combination of the two pinks and cream with these vintage feel papers.
The sentiments were inked with my usual scattered straw distress ink and I added few pink pearls to finish.
A nice little card which can be put together quite quickly.  TTFN Jude xx

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Kraft and black today

Happy Saturday everyone, hope the sun is shining where you are. We have had some sunshine the last couple of days, so it feels more like a normal September now lol.
Anyway today's card, is another that I made for my Son-In-Law last week. I started with some matt black card and stamped the scooter image all over it using Versamark ink. I then added black embossing powder and heat set it.
I cut the black card to fit on a 6x6 Kraft card blank and then stamped the same image again on some Kraft card, but this time using Cocoa Memento ink and clear embossing powder.

I cut the image out with a Spellbinders Adorning Squares die.
Then I decided that the piece of card I had cut it from was too pretty not to use ;o)) so I decided to trim it down and use it. I mounted it on foam pads and then set the fancy cut image back inside.

I used my little craft alphabet stickers to make the sentiments and mounted them on Kraft and black card.
Even though you don't really see the embossing on the black card I still really like this one. Hope you do too.
See you soon.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Vintage Notes

Welcome to Friday again ;)
We have almost finished with the family birthdays now until December, so hopefully we will be able to crack on with the Christmas cards.  Before then I have one last card for our Aunt who is 66 this weekend. 
I decided to use the Docrafts Papermania Vintage Notes Collection with a little washi tape, and this is what I came up with.
I took two of the linen feel papers, inked the edges with scattered straw distress ink, and layered them on a 5x7 card blank.  The heart topper and sentiment were matted on green card and the edges distressed and inked also.
The collection has matching flowers so I took four different ones and layered them to create this bloom.  The centre is silicone glue covered in dark flower soft and glitter.
I am pleased with the end result and hope Sheila will like it too.
TTFN Jude xx

Thursday, 19 September 2013

More male cards

Good morning folks, hope all is well in your little part of the world ;o)) All is good here, we had a nice family meal last night to celebrate my son-in-law's birthday.
Today's cards are some of the ones I made for the family to send to him.
They are quite simple, but made using different methods.
A very straightforward ready made topper and sentiment.
Then a photo in a ready made frame card.
Some more toppers but this time on hand made paper.
and finally, my little owls that I printed and cut using my Silhouette Cameo, and added on to a cork background.

I do have another couple but I'll save them for another day lol, Hope you like these ones. Thanks for stopping by again.
See you soon

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