Sunday, 25 January 2015

Feeling blue...

Is there a point at which keeping crafty bits in case they come in useful actually becomes a hoarding problem? Naturally, I'm asking for a friend......

You see, when this friend saw that the current challenge at The Male Room is Shades of Blue, she decided to rummage through her snippets box to see if she had a few blue scraps. And this is what she found.....

After much sorting and pairing, she - oh, all right then, I - decided to only use a few of the snippets after all, so I'm going to be having the blues for a long time before I've worked my way through that little lot!

I decided on a CAS style, using the Clarity Stamps jeans pocket stamp. I wanted the pocket to be slightly raised, to make the tickets sit naturally inside it, but I didn't want the gap that would be created by foam pads or blobs of glue, so I stamped the pocket twice, and from one of the images cut away the top and middle, leaving just the raised border around the sides and bottom, and attached it to the back of the other pocket image.

That striped paper has been hanging around for years, I think it was from one of the very first QVC kits I bought, when my daughter was doing a school project about TV shopping - and she's 35 now! See, I KNEW it would come in handy one day! And the ticket and circle stamps were free cover stamps from old issues of Craft Stamper. I had to position the tickets carefully as they were for "Fairyland Park" and I thought if that showed on a man's card it might insinuate something unintended!

The stamped tickets could be replaced with real ones, tucked in to the gap at the top of the pocket, or maybe a folded up banknote as an interesting way of presenting a small gift.

I'm playing along at The Male Room - Shades of Blue  and also at Pixie's Crafty Workshop's Snippets Playground although when Di sees the pile of snippets that went back into my box she'll probably make me go and stand in the corner!

Friday, 23 January 2015

This week's failures

I mentioned in my last post that I'd not been well, and I think some of my recent crafting attempts were done when I was rather feverish.... I can't think of any other reason for them now I'm looking at them from a cool, calm and collected point of view. So I thought, in the interests of honesty, that I'd share with you a couple of cards from the last few days that did NOT go as intended.

First of all this, which was meant to be fresh, cool, clean and simple. Whatever was I thinking of, using that vicious dayglo pink card? And what made me think it might be a decent colour to use with red?

I know we've had some gloomy days recently when there hasn't been much natural light, but this one really makes me go crosseyed and my teeth tingle!

And next, a card that was meant to be CAS - I stamped the rose design and embossed it with clear powder, then used cut and dry foam to create a resist design. All well and good - if rather untidy  for a CAS card - until I dropped a black ink pad face down on one side of the card! The mess it left was too big to cover up with a sentiment, so I had to trim half the front of the card away - which didn't leave enough white space for the card to be really CAS any more, and leaves the whole thing messy and cluttered.

So how about you? Have YOU had any disasters recently? Are you brave enough to share them? Come on, I've shown you mine......

Foiling on Acetate

I'm sorry things have been a little quiet on here recently - I've not been very well, and have had visitors from overseas, so almost all my recent posts have been ones that were scheduled some time ago. But at last I've got both the time and the inclination to start crafting again, so here is my first Foil Play DT post for 2015.

I've been playing around with acetate, and foiled die cuts look super on it - the shine of the foil coupled with the transparent acetate looks great. As well as your foils and acetate, you will need some double sided adhesive film.

Die cut your chosen shape from the film, keeping the backing paper in place on both sides. When you have cut the shape, remove the backing from one side and attach it to your acetate. If you are going to cut it out, as I have dome, this is the best time to do so. Also if you wish to colour your acetate, to give a stained glass effect, do it now. This looks good with black foil. Colour on the reverse, using glass paints or permanent markers. (To test whether your markers are permanent on acetate, write something on a piece of waste acetate, leave it for a while and then try to wipe it off. I found that Promarkers become permanent after about an hour, so don't try to rush this step.)

I've kept the cards made with my acetate butterflies very clean and simple, to show off the butterflies, but of course they could be incorporated into much more complex designs.

Instead of die cuts, you could create the same effect on acetate using double sided peel off outline stickers.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Anything Goes at Cardz 4 Guyz

We've got an easy theme for you at Cardz 4 Guys this week - Anything Goes. Although don't forget it still has to be suitable for a man or boy!

Now I don't really associate my Glitter Girls embossing boards with masculine cards - when they used to appear together on TV, the Glitter Girls made everything very girly and sparkly. However Valentine's Day is only three weeks away so we're all on the lookout for ideas to make romantic cards to be sent to men. So I decided to try to make something masculine using the Mini Boox board. When I bought the board, it came with a pack of die cuts, some of which were vintage male designs, and I teamed these with some pearlescent copper card to make the hear shaped book card. I backed each of the pages with a cream heart, created with the board, to give the sender somewhere to write their greeting.

As the finished card is a non-standard size, I made a matching envelope from pearlescent paper and one of the remaining die cuts.

I'm joining in with
Twentieth Century Style at Make My Monday
Hats or Valentine at Crafting Musketeers
Love/Valentine at That Craft Place

Monday, 19 January 2015

Love is like a butterfly..

... a rare and gentle thing. Does anybody remember that sitcom from the 1980s, with Wendy Craig as the harassed Mum of two teenagers? Every time I see the words "Love" and "Butterfly" together, I remember it and start humming the theme tune.

This set of stamps was free with a craft magazine last year - I can't remember which - and has never yet seen ink, even though it's such a gorgeous set of Indigo Blu designs. I'm not sure why I'd not used it before, I guess I'm just overwhelmed with Stuff and some things don't get their fair turn!

The background was made by brayering glossy card with a Kaleidacolour pad, and then stamped with the silhouette flowers. It's years since I made a brayered background, and I'm a bit out of practise, so there are a few streaks in the background, but hey, they look a bit like sunbeams!  The dragonflies are pretty metallic brads that I've had for years and tend to just get out and look at rather than actually use them!

I'm playing along with Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies and B is for Brads  and also this is my second entry to Darnell's NBUS challenge #3 .... I was going to do a third entry to her challenge, a CAS card to fit in with the NBUS challenge at CAS-ology, but oh dear, my card went oh so very very wrong..... I opened a brand new pack of Washi tape, only to find it was actually ribbon, and things just went downhill from there.....

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Happy Birthday Karen

Today I'd like to share with you a birthday card I made for my friend Karen, whose birthday is today. Karen shares my love of entering competitions and in the days when I was producing Grape Vine, was one of the "elves" who helped me to find entry forms, so I personalised the card by making a topper using the free software at Tagxedo where you can create word clouds in your choice of shape and colour scheme.  The shape on the topper is supposed to be a lucky four leafed clover, although the colour scheme I have chosen doesn't really show that up too well.

Compers always need stamps and postcards, so I made the inside of the card with two pockets, then made some postcards, very simple ones so that they won't get caught in the Post Office sorting machinery, and tucked them into the pockets. Before sending the card, I added stamps to the postcards, but took the photos before adding them.

Happy Birthday Karen - I hope you like your card!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Happy Birthday to Cardz 4 Guyz

The Cardz 4 Guyz blog is one year old this week, so to celebrate, our theme is Happy Birthday. Here is my DT card for the week.

I love the bicycle embellishment - it was sent to me in a RAK by a blogger I'd helped with a technical problem - and what little boy doesn't dream of getting a shiny new bike for his birthday?