Sunday, 14 October 2012

Butterfly birthday

This birthday card is based on the October DT sketch from Its Crafting Time. The sketch is really simple and gave me the idea for my layout.

The card is made on a piece of heavy weight linen photo paper, size 8.5 x 11.5 (letter size rather than A4) as this gives a shorter fatter card when you fold it in half.

The papers used in the background are 'Miss. Caroline' by Jen Allyson, published by My Minds Eye. The blue is trimmed with a rotary cutter to get the soft wavy edges. The butterfly paper is cut with a Spellbinders dye.

The main image is a Polka Doodles stamp that came free with Crads and Papercraft magazine. It was stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers. The image was trimmed with a Spellbinders to match the butterfly paper. It was edged in Memento 'Rose Pink' and then sprayed heavily with Crafters Companion 'Spray and Sparkle' to give the sparkly laquered look. 

I then took three Tando Creative chiboard butterflies and painted them with pale blue acrylic. Once they wre dry, I then stamped them using a small rose stamp from the same set as yhe main image.

They were then covered in a thick layer of Glossy Accents to finish. Once the card was assembled, I added some pink gems from my stash to make the 'trails' linking the butterflies together, and stamped the 'Happy Birthday' to finish.
Grandma really liked her card, I hope you do too!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

All in one???!!

This design is made from a single sheet of A3 water colour paper. The fold was shown to me by Cheryl at ITC craft club.
(I will try and make a step by step set of instructions soon!)
The fold leaves you with 4 diagonal pockets (and several other little hidey holes...) which I have put tags in.
The image stamps are by Indigo Blu, from the 'Sewing mends the soul' set. They have been stamped in a combination of Ranger distress inks and Memento inks. The ink has also been lifted using a water brush to give the appearance of water colouring in places.
The music background stamp is by Papermania.
The tag images are by Graphic 45, which I found had the identical 'Ellen Terry Corset' image on to the Indigo Blu stamps!
The stamps were sprayed with a mixture of Glimmer Mists and Dylusions Inks through masks from my stash. The Glimmer Mists are horribly expensive, but the shine is fantastic!

The ribbons, brads and other bits and bobs are all from stash.

Friday, 5 October 2012


Hello All,

I am sorry that I have been missing in action...
I completely lost my crafting mojo and couldn't get to craft club at the end of last month (open evening), and I can't do the last Thursday of this month (quiz night...). School gets in the way of so much!

Any way, I seem to have finally got back into it, my 'spare room' has been turned back into a sea of paper and mess in the 2 hours since I got home this evening!

This is my first attempt at crafting since before my birthday party on the 1st September...

Pretty in pink.

All papers are from the 'hello luscious' range by Basic Grey. The ribbons are a Michelle Coleman design from Fancy Pants.
The mini-coasters 'Ornamental Circles' and 'Ever After Circles' are Blue Cardigan Designs by Imagination Project. The large flower matte (cut in two pieces) is 29th Street Market 'Spirit Sisters' by My Minds Eye.
The chipboard butterflies are Tando mini designs. They have been flooded with nail varnish and then small drops added to highlight.
Finally, the 'family' tag, the word stickers and the gems are all from stash.

I am going to try and be more activiely crafty again now!