Sunday, 19 April 2015

Using up stuff ... (part 2)

In my previous post (here) I explained that for once I decided to use up my scraps rather than file them away or worse still, bin the bits ....!

I'm still shocked that I managed to make 5 cards in one go but I did, so without further waffle, here are the remaining two cards that I made ...

Card 1

I decided to use up some of the die cuts and the sentiment.

The embellies and sentiment are from Twiggy and Toots  from Polka Doodles.

The next card is yet another CAS card ...

A quick post from me as have to get ready to meet up with my dad as off out tonight to a large(ish) ball affair. It takes me a little longer to get ready these days and the "titivating" and "tucking things in" process is more time consuming.

x x x

Allsorts - quick and easy (card 2)
Crafty Calender - anything goes
Coffee, chocolate and cards - use a die cut
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Using up ... stuff! (part 1)

I've been making quite a few projects over the last few weeks and decided that I really must tidy up after myself. Once I had put things away, I was left with a pile of papers and card in different sizes. Normally I add these to my scrap boxes and then, if I'm honest, forget about them. Not this time ... I had a mini brain wave and before the idea disappeared, I grabbed a selection of sentiment stamps and created some sentiment toppers...

I even used up some green card bits and stamped leaf shapes and cut them out ready to use on different projects.

Feeling rather pleased with myself, I gathered together lots of left over printed embellishments and papers from different Polka Doodles collections ... mixed in with a few die cuts that I had left over from these projects ...

... and a box of pre-scored card blanks that I found in a basket in a wardrobe in the spare room ...

and decided to challenge myself to see how many cards I could make with just these items and believe it or not, I made 5, yep FIVE cards. I am so chuffed with myself because normally I would neatly squirrel these things away.

Card 1:

Card 2: yep, a CAS card .... normally unheard of from me!

 Card 3: On a roll, another CAS card ...

The only thing extra I added from my original bits was some card candi (which I discovered at the back of the basket that held my card blanks) and some ribbon.

I will share my other two cards later as my pooch is now sitting with his head on my lap as I try and type, huffing and puffing at me, so I think he might be hinting that he would like a walk!

Catch you all later,

x x x

Products I used:

Tip Top Tuesday - 3 of something (Card 1 and 3)
Shopping our stash - lost and found (card blanks and card candi)
Thru the craftroom door - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - words, words and words
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Get Creative Challenges - must use a tag (card 2)

Monday, 13 April 2015

"You brighten my day" in pink with Polka Doodles

Whoops, this post is very late and I have no excuse really other than .... well not gonna make up an elaborate story as the truth is I forgot !!! Thought I had done (probably in a dream) it but in "real time" obviously hadn't ..

Anyhow it's all about "pink" at Polka Doodle Challenges and I have used the gorgeous Eden collection to make my card:-

I have used one of the frames and a sentiment as my focal point. The card base was joining two die cuts to create a bigger card and cut from one of the paper designs from the collection. I then cut a further panel in a contrasting paper from the same die.

I then layered up lots of the different embellishments: banner, flower branch, flowers and a gorgeous bird. I had a blissful time cutting out all the images as I do find this very relaxing and somewhat therapeutic.

I added a little lace to the bottom for some texture and gold Liquid Pearl centres to the flowers after shaping each of the petals.

A quick card that came together as I envisage it (for once)! Right better get my butt in gear and get things ready for tomorrow.

x x x

Links to the product I used:
             (CD)                                              (download)
Eden CD - Digital Crafting Collection    Eden Download Collection - Big Kahuna Digital Craft Bundle  

Pile It On - fancy frames and borders
Corrosive Challenges - floral frenzy
Crafty Calendar - focus on a sentiment
Craft for the craic - die-ing for spring
4 Crafty Chicks - die cuts
In the pink - celebration
Crafty Catz - 2 or more patterned papers

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Stampbord, pan pastels and stamping (part 2)

Well the Easter holidays are over and back to school tomorrow. I am glad to be going back to work but am sad that my holidays are now over as I have had a wonderful time doing anything I wanted; bit of crochet, dabbled at painting, lots of gardening (taming the jungle), oodles of crafting, catching up with friends and family and finally finishing Game of Thrones "Ice and Fire" before the new series ... which my son now informs me that the new series is not following the books ... WHAT ... NO ...!

Okay back to the crafting. It's "anything goes" this fortnight over at Pan pastel Challenges and I have decided to upcycle an old mobile phone box in to a drawer, which also conveniently matches the stampbord frame I made last week (see here).

This is how my drawer started; it was an old box that my son's phone came in eons ago and yep, I kept it just in case I would use it one day.

I covered the box first in gesso and then white acrylic paint. Next I added my pan pastels to make my background and then covered with various stamped images using Premium Craft Brand Roses, Postcard and STOP stamp sets. I then aged the edges with Soft Gold pan pastel and dry brushed white acrylic paint to soften the stamped images. Next I stamped some of the butterflies and clock images on to white linen paper (for texture) and coloured then with pan pastels. I decoupaged the images randomly over my drawer.

Here are a selection of photos ... top of drawer ... 

One of the sides ...

The other side ...

For the front of the drawer, I used a piece of stampbord and decorated it the same way as I did the main drawer base. Using my cropadile, I punched a hole through and added the wooden toggle button, to act as my drawer handle. I added some ribbon as a finishing touch.

Here's a picture of the drawer open and as you can see, I haven't had time to decorate the inside (which I will do so at some point ... lol).

I had great fun getting messy with my pan pastels, inks and stamping away like a tornado. Have to say that am also falling deeply in love with stampbord and how versatile it is ... aahhhh, bliss.

Well better get myself organised and get ready for work. Have a great week everyone,

x x x

Here are the links to the products I used:

A-muse - butterflies
Crafts 2 celebrate - spring
Glitter and sparkle - add a butterfly
Scribble and scrap - anything goes
Catch the bug - recycle
Open minded challenges - recycle something
Jo's scrap shack - florals and butterflies

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Stampbord, stamps and pan pastels

 It's inspiration week over at Pan Pastel Challenges and the theme is "Spring Colours", so with that in mind I have gone all pastel spring colours.

Using a scrap of old card and various Stampbord pieces, I created a mini photo frame which actually sits on top of my other project (using same colour scheme etc) but will share that at a later date as it still is being tweaked.

I began by inking each panel with Perfect Medium and then used my pan pastels to colour each panel. Next I over stamped using a selection of stamps from Premium Craft Brands roses, postcard and STOP stamp sets.

I layered the completed pieces on to the card background. Next  I decoupaged the clock and butterfly images (from the same stamp sets), coloured with pan pastels and then randomly placed on my Stampbord tiles. Finally, I covered the edges and centre with white acyrlic paint, adding some to my Stampbord tiles as a dry brush effect.

I had planned ahead (surprisingly) to create a stand for the back of the my frame and decorated this piece at the same time as I did the other Stampbord pieces. It was secured to the back of the frame with a small hinge, secured with hot glue.

There is a second part to this frame ... something extra for it to sit upon ... but as I said previously, it is still having it's finishing touches added, so watch this space!

Okay, that my (hopefully) post scheduled as am up and out early to go visit my eldest son as I want to avoid any Sunday drivers pootling along at nothing mph (hee, hee, hee).

Have a great Easter Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products I used (click on photos):