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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hello!

Good morning all

I've been missing from around here for sooo long, first my Florida holiday (complete with hurricaine!)  Then when we got back home things have just been so busy, house things and family and such a lot to do and catch up on that I haven't felt much like blogging at all to be honest.  But I'm hoping I've now got my enthusiasm back and I'll get my blog back in business!!

So many things seemed to have happened in these last few weeks I could write a book not a blog - but I definitely haven't got time to write a book!! - though it's always something I thought I might do - they recon there's a novel inside of each of us, ha ha watch this space .....

Anyway down to blogging  business......

 I have a Christmas card to share today

its for the challenge over at


where the theme this week is 

Paper Piecing


The stamp is from Imagination Crafts decoupage stamp range.  I bought a whole set of them a while ago because I loved the traditional styles and thought they were a little bit different to other Christmas styles around- and this was exactly the style of card I had in mind.  Not to difficult to make but with the lovely poinsettia image lending itself to a bit if paper piecing and decoupage.  I think I might make up a few while I'm on a roll. 

We have a fabulous sponsor this week


offering a great prize for our challenge winner
This is what I did....

 I stamped the image onto white card, then parts of the stamp onto the patterned paper and pieced it back into the stamped image, I then stamped the poinsettia again and decoupaged another layer.- it was really quite easy to do

Image - from imagination crafts decoupage stamp range
papers - First edition - Vintage noel
Dies - Creative expressions Sue Wilson pierced square 
           Tag dies from MFT
Ribbon from my stash
Card = neenah white card from Crafter's Companion
Neuvo drops from tonic (in centre of poinsettia)
Card background coloured with CC Spectrum Noir pens TN1 and 2

We'd love to see your paper piecing at Fab'n'Funky - hope to see you there.  I'll be round to catch up with your blogs very soon.

hugs
Judith x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Things that fly - at Moving along with the Times - this week

Good morning all

There's a new challenge starting at 


the theme is

Things that fly

It can be anything at all - if you check over at the MAWTT challenge blog you'll see that the team have been very creative - everything from birds to kites and a lot more besides!

I thought this was a great theme to make a Christmas card 
(one more to add to the stash)
and got out my new dies and embossing folders that I bought a couple of weeks ago
- I've been dying to use them and I knew there was a cute little bird that would fit this challenge perfectly. I love the Scandinavian style.


This is what i did....

Red card - Luxury collection - red from Crafter's companion
Dies - all from Crafter's Companion Scandinavian Christmas collection by Sara Davies
Embossing Folder from Crafters Companion Nordic collection 
inked with red berry DI from Tim Holtz

The bird is a fab die - it's one of the deep cut mixed media dies so it cuts several at a time and also would be great for all kinds of  fabric Christmas Projects - I think I might make some little felt bird decorations to hang on the Christmas tree - I know I've got some red and white felt squares and some ricrac  to  make a hanging loop .... now where to find them lol

Hope you'll join in with our challenge

Hugs

Judith xx








Friday, 21 July 2017

Use a digi for our challenge at Winter Wonderland this week

Good morning all

We have an easy peasy challenge starting today over at

Winter Wonderland

the theme is

Use a digi image

and of course our challenge is a Christmas one

I used a cute little image from our sponsor this week

its called A Star is Born 
available HERE


and our lovely sponsor is 

All Dressed Up

who are giving a prize of 2 digis to our winner

This is what I did

Image - A Star is born from All Dressed Up
Coloured with - Spectrum Noir colourblend pencils
Die - Holly frame by Sue Wilson (including Noel)
Papers - MME 

Hope you'll join in with us this challenge - you really should start on those Christmas cards!

Hugs
Judith x









Saturday, 15 July 2017

Take your pick!

Hi all

I thought I'd make an appearance around here and show you what I've been doing lately!

I've had a few trials and tribulations over that past few weeks and at the moment I've totally fallen out of love with my pens and colouring - I just can't get my act together at all
when it comes to my alcohol pens : (

However I haven't stopped crafting or creating.  I've really been enjoying die cutting and mixed media, journaling, construction work and general messy crafting!  

I have a few projects to share that I made for Crafter's Companion recently
They have some great deals on Hochanda tomorrow with pick and mix packs
They are all featuring the  Die'sire Classiques corner die collection

I made this easel card with the fab lace corner die 
and Luxury card pack in Ice blue


The bow is the lovely Brooch die from the Downton Abbey range
 words are all from the Diesire only words sets
 - great sentiments for every occasion!

This box is made with the heart corner die
black card and Centura pearl metallics card


My final card was a really quick and easy one
made with the butterfly corner die and  Sheena Stamping card
Highlighted with Pebeo gilding wax (empire gold)


The butterflies and swirls are from Sara's Shabby chic collection

The shows are on at 8am and 11am tomorrow 
Lots of fab demos from the Crafter's Companion team
- be there or be square!!

I'll be back soon with some more to share

have a great weekend

hugs Judith xx



Friday, 9 June 2017

Fathers day card tutorial


Good morning all

Here I am again - this time with a cute tutorial I created for Crafter's Companion to make
 a Fathers Day card

Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re looking for a fun card from the kids for Dad – this might just be the thing for you.  Sometimes cards for Dad can be pretty boring – either pictures of football, shirts and ties or a scenic view – not much fun or cute.  I for one think our Dad’s deserve a bit of fun and cute on their special day! – so I looked to the new Crafter’s Companion Mixed Media dies for inspiration, and came across with the cute Twit Twoo owl die, which seemed pretty perfect.
This card is made with a Die’sire fancy card blank  -easel card.   Easel cards are great for creating extra space for embellishments and sentiments especially when the subject is as big as this cute owl.
owl fig 1 1

Here's what i did....

owl fig 2

Step 1

Cut two card mats each for the easel and the base.  Use three layers for each mat - the bottom layer in Centura Pearl precious metal (copper), black card for the middle layer and Sara’s Signature Autumn Morning 12x12 for the top layer.  Stick together with Collall all purpose glue and then adhere to the two surfaces of the easel card.

Step 2

Cut a tag shape using the same 3 three layers as the main card (the bottom layer being 12.5cm x 7cm and graduate each layer as shown below).   Adhere the paper to the black card with Collall all-purpose glue, then the black card to the Centura Pearl with Collall 3d glue gel to give dimension – this tag forms the stopper for the easel as shown.owl fig 3

Step 3

Using black card and the Diamond Press Fashion dies, cut the words HAPPY, TWIT, TO YOU.   Then using the Die’sire Male Words dies cut Father’s Day.

Step 4

Die cut the branch and the parts for the owl from mount board, (I used brown for the branch and the owl’s main body, chest, wings, and pupils of his eyes and cream for his eyes, eyelids and legs)  Then cut papers from the Autumn Morning 6x6 pad to cover each part except the main body and the eyes and pupils.

Step 5

Adhere the papers to the appropriate parts of the owl. Then assemble the owl and the branch on the front of the card, placing the die cut words as shown.  It’s a good idea to take a bit of time to lay the pieces out before sticking to ensure that it all fits perfectly.

Step 6

Finally stick the lettering on to the tag on the easel base – finishing off with a bow of twine.
owl fig 5 1

Step 7

My crafty tip for making an easel card is to create a small pocket in the blank underneath the easel to insert a sentiment tag. (use redliner tape around the 3 edges to create a strong pocket shape)  It gives the card a nice finish and also a lovely place to write your greeting.
Pop on over to the Crafter's Companion blog to check out lots of crafty tutorials
hugs Judith



Thursday, 8 June 2017

Embossing (wet or dry at Moving along with the Times

Good morning all


And here I am again - two days in a row after after nothing for weeks - I'm putting the effort in to get back on track after my hollies : )

We have a new challenge starting today over at 

Moving along with the Times

our theme this time is 

Embossing 
(wet or dry)

my card has both - just for good measure!


I made this card a while ago and kept it for this challenge as I knew i'd be struggling to catch up.  
it's made with the Sara Davies Signature Shabby Chic range from Crafter's Companion
The dies are all dry embossed then 'wet embossed' with Stampendous Frantage powder for that real shabby chic look! - this is such a lovely range and makes it easy to create that Shabby Chic look - I know some people find it difficult to put together 

What I did.....

Papers and image in centre of heart - 12x12 Shabby chic paper pad
Heart die - Die'sire essentials from Crafter's Companion
Dies all fro the Shabby Chic range except the heart
Stamp and flowers Shabby Chic from Crafter's Companion

Hope you'll play along with us this challenge - can't wait to see what you make!!

hugs

Judith x


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Marvelous Men challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Hi!

I bet you thought I'd disappeared

After 4 fabulous weeks holiday in America I thought I had too lol

It's certainly taken some catching up with things a lot of post, messages 'things' build up at home when you're away for so long - but now I'm back to earth with a bump, it's taken more than a week to catch up with myself and I'm happy to be back to crafting and blogging for the first time in ages

There's a new challenge starting over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

a really easy one

Marvellous Men!

We're hoping to catch all you Fathers Day crafters so we're looking forward to lot's of lovely entries to our challenge this week

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous 

Dr Digi's House of Stamps




I used this fun image called 
Gardening Gus 
available here



I coloured him with Spectrum noir blendable pencils
the papers are an old LOTV pad and the alphabet die is Easy Peasy from Sizzix 

It hasn't photographed very well - i think there is a shine on the image from the pencils - it's not like that in real life - I'll try to rephotograph later 

hope you'll come and join in with our fun challenge - we'd love to see your marvellous men!


hugs Judith xx