Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Announcing a summer craft day... mine on Thursday 11th August!

 Try your hand at glass and felt bead making (free!)

 Make a card (free!)

 Kids’ craft kits and crafting supplies

 Treat yourself to some unique jewellery

 Sample papercraft products

 Stock up on special occasion cards

 Catch up with friends and neighbours

10am – 7pm  @  64 Fengates Road

--- children welcome, bring friends ---


Monday, 25 July 2011

An apple...

...for the teacher!

We needed a nice big card for my daughter's teacher so that everyone could sign it so I made this apple card, in old olive paper and using the owl punch to make a little teacher-owl.

If I did another one, I think I'd use a square card and mount  the apple on as it looks a bit odd on the left...

Woodstock weekend...

With apologies to my crafty readers who won't recognise anyone! 

Most people would probably use facebook but I admit it leaves me very confused, so I've taken the liberty of using this blog to publish some pics from this weekend just gone.

Great weekend everyone, so lovely to see you; so brilliant the way the children all mucked in and were friends from age 1 - 23.  No names or captions to protect the innocent!  Already looking forward to next year.  Big thanks Richard and Sue xxxxx

Monday, 18 July 2011

More flowers...

...that look almost like real ones (well, at a distance anyway).

This isn't a new idea but it's the first time I've made them.  I used the brilliant Flower Daisies #2 die and cut three of each medium and large blooms in the three reds, then 4 little ones in brown for each flower, then stacked them up around a stalk.

This is what the die looks like:
When you get it, it's all black, but it makes it much easier to use if you stick some white sticky labels over the die, run it through your Big Shot, and then just peel away the middle of the flowers.  Then you can see exactly whether you've got the paper lined up over the flower you want to cut.  It works on felt and fabric and card and you get beautifully perfect crisp flowers every time.  StampinUp Code 114520, £16.95

Friday, 15 July 2011

A flower made of flowers...

...and a therapeutic session stamping and punching.  (Sounds like a Combat workout!)

I had fun stamping lots of little flowers using the hostess Pot Pourri set and then cutting them out with the matching punch.  I stuck them round the edge of a circle with glue, then the next layer with Dimensionals, then used two layers of dimensionals for the last few petals.  It's mounted on torn Certainly Celery then Baja Breeze cardstocks.  I just coloured the leaves and stalk with my certainly celery marker and built up lots of layers for a stronger colour.  Next time I'm going to stamp blue on blue instead of blue on white, and remember to colour in the leaves before I stick them on!

Thursday, 14 July 2011


...struck last night, twice!  I was experimenting with the enchanting daisies 2 die cutter and wondered whether it would be able to cut foam sheet (I think the brand I tried was called funky foam).  The answer is YES, beautifully.  So then I wondered if it would make a stamp if you mounted it on perspex.  The answer is YES, beautifully.  So I experimented in Rose Red ink, which was nice, then decided to do it in Baja Breeze (my favourite colour), but I forgot to clean the stamp.  So it started purply-blue and then progressively more baja-ish.  And this is what I ended up with.  There are a couple of smudges, but I think these two ideas are definitely something to work on!

Have you had a moment where a new idea has come to you by mistake?  Do put it in the comments!

Monday, 11 July 2011

I believe in saving money where you can... you have more money to spend when you want something special!

That's why I decided to make three grunge-style background stamps: Polka Dot, Harlequin and Mosaic patterns instead of buying them. If you want to know how, read on...

You'll need:
A piece of funky foam any colour
Hole Punch (for the polka dot)
Craft knife, pen, ruler (for the harlequin)
Perspex pieces trimmed to size or similar rigid plastic or wood - I used a piece of trimmed broken playhouse window
Good glue
Geometric patterned paper for a template

Polka dot stamp:
Use an office hole punch to punch lots of little dots out of the funky foam. If they get stuck and don't cut properly, fold a piece of scrap paper around the foam (use a different colour to the foam or you'll be picking up paper instead of foam). Take your piece of perspex round off sharp edges with a file if necessary. Tape a suitable geometric paper to the perspex, then get to work sticking your dots to the perspex using the paper as a guide. The more space you cover, the easier it is to use as a background stamp. Done! 

Harlequin stamp:
Cut lots of diamonds of the same size. (You can use this method if you want: Cut a strip of foam , say 1.5cm wide. Draw a line at an angle across the strip, measure the line, then mark that length all the way along the edge of the strip, both top and bottom. Cut with the craft knife from each mark to the opposite one, parallel to the first line. Repeat.) Stick the foam diamonds onto your perspex sheet. Done!

Mosaic Stamp:
Chop your foam into random straight-edged fragments. Glue them as closely together as you can onto a block in a roughly square shape. Done!  To use, first create the image you want to turn into a mosaic, finish and dry, then stamp the mosaic block over the top of it with versamark, emboss with clear powder, melt with your heat tool, then when it's set, rub all over the image with a contrast ink - this will colour the "grout" lines. Wipe the ink off the embossed areas with a baby wipe or very lightly damp cloth - ta dah! I confess that I spotted this idea on this blog, and there's a great video showing how to make the stamp and get the mosaic effect with this stamp.

If you have any stamps you've made, why not put a link in your comment? I'd love to see them...

There's a bit of the collector in most papercrafters...

...don't you think? I was just thinking how nice it is to have every colour of SU plain paper from all four of the standing SU collections since my last SU order! Not in a smug way, but just that it was exciting to have everything available for me to use...

So I wondered if you might like a set too...

I have put together a limited number of sets of 6"x6" papers (total 40 pieces) including every one of the SU standing collection (subtles and neutrals are textured, regals and brights are smooth and it does not include the in-colours).  I have carefully cut and wrapped these in a whole metre of new certainly celery grosgrain ribbon , for the bargain price of £5.75 for 40 sheets. That is a seriously CHEAP way of getting all the colours.  If you're in the Redhill area, you're welcome to collect, otherwise, I'll charge postage at cost. If you'd rather have a set of 12"x6" pages, that would be £11.00 + postage. 

Just contact me to buy a pack (or anything else of course!).

I know it's too late for mother's day... this one's for NEXT year!   This is another example using the lovely Springtime Vintage DSP collection, so pretty and nostalgic.  The tearing worked out pretty well - I wasn't sure and the first go was all over the place, but I just kept on tearing little bits away until I liked it, hope you do too.  If I had the bird punch I would probably have used the branch from that for the bunch of flowers but as I don't, I had to improvise with curly leaves which turned out ok, I think.  How would you improve this card? All suggestions welcome!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Got a headache?...

...get a packet of Panadol!

I saw this idea in Craft Stamper a few years ago and have been using one for postage stamps since then, it's a great shape and pretty sturdy with a built-in fastener.  I thought I'd make a new one, using my current favourite Springtime Vintage DSP collection.  Just take a Panadol folder packet, and pull out the tablets in the inside. Rough up the surfaces a bit with a nail file, and use double sided tape to attach pretty paper to the cover and inside, and trim down.  I used some grosgrain ribbon and cut out a few flowers from the same paper that I used on the inside.  Then I used a sponge to edge the whole lot with my top colour, Baja Breeze.  I used the "just for you" stamp from Just Believe but didn't ink the "just".  This little folder will hold postage stamps, post it's, business cards... all sorts!  And it only takes scraps of paper!  Hope you like...

Springtime Vintage Designer Paper from the Mini Catalogue p 17
Code 121782 £8.75 for 12 doublesided sheets

I'm loving these butterflies...

...they're so versatile and great for using up scraps.  I used it in yesterday's post, and here's another example.  This time, I cut up a Coke can and ran that through the Big Shot with the embosslits die.  It works a treat, though you do have to be careful when you're initially cutting the can with scissors as the edges are a bit sharp.

I'm very happy with this simple design.  I used glue dots to stick the little butterflies on, I don't think anything else would have done it.  I love the contrast of the "night of navy" card stock with the matt silver. 

Stampin'Up! Embosslits butterfly die (118138) - a bargain at £10.50
Embosses and cuts 5 butterflies in one easy big shot pass

3 very different window cards...

... that have come out surprisingly different considering the layout's the same.  I'd love to see what they inspire you to create - just put a link in the comments.
First I cut the holes using the extra large plain square punch.  Then ran the Daisies die through my big shot, and used Welcome Baby from the current hostess set Something to Celebrate (except I didn't manage to mask the comma grr). The silver elastic gives a really neat finish, don't you think?
I used the embosslits butterfly die to cut out the three butterflies, edged everything in Rose Red ink with a sponge dauber and finished with the rose red binding that I scrunched up a bit first.
A bit out of season I know, but the little chicks are sooo dinky with their funny little eyes and I got the squares wonky so it needed to be something cute.  I made the chicks in seconds using the BRILLIANT owl punch.  Finished with ric-rac from my stash to continue the wonky theme.

Friday, 1 July 2011

I love the natural look...

...of the nature walk set.  This card was inspired by the cards on this blog, thank you Arlett.  I just love this shabby chic effect, easily achieved by building a background using a sponge and a ruler to apply the ink, and quickly inking stamps with the lovely stampin' write pens for a slightly more watery effect.

The paper in the background of the photo is from the gorgeous Very Vintage set, so pretty, it costs £8.25 for 12 sheets of double sided paper, just contact me to order.