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Friday, September 26, 2014

Sneak Peek 3

okay last sneaky for a few days, I am holding something special in reserve!

Todays offering is a simple Box

Last time I sent goodies into the Boys at Kraftyhands, everyone but Mike ate them, then left Mike an empty wrapper as the wrappers were pretty! Cheek!
So this time I sent some Amaretti in Mikes own chest, so he got them and others could not have any! Yes you lot you know who you are!!
The design was a silhouette studio online design, which I bought a while ago, its a pirates chest, but I cut it on the Zing, as it deals with heavier cardstocks than the Cameo.
then I simply printed off butterflies and backing papers, adding a bit of vintage photo distress ink, by Ranger, and some pearls for decoration.

So keep your eyes open next week, as the British Craft network internet channel starts on Wednesday at 9am!
In the meantime you can pre-order the Butterfly Botanicals CD here before it goes live on the BCN!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

sneak Peak 2

Okay this ones a bit hard to see, so I'll try to make it a large picture, you'll understand why!

A lovely door hanger made from the Tags on the Butterfly Botanicals CD, It does say Welcome, and is more obvious in real Life, as its a good 4 feet in length. All I added were some Fairy silhouettes, cut on the Zing, and varied the finish on each panel, so some have glossy Accents, some are glazed all over with Embossing powder, some are glittered, and this is something I had to search DD for as she left the house, sure enough she had tried to sneak off with it! My response was "Make your own!"

So watch out for it on the British Craft Network which launches wednesday 1st October at 9am, an new way for us crafters to get our crafty fix via the internet. This is demo and technique heavy, not sales heavy like other programs!
You can buy the CD Butterfly Botanicals, on pre-order from the Boys at Kraftyhands, here



Monday, September 22, 2014

No solution to vision issues,

but I am now using a recording program, so this now stays at the top to explain why my posts are so very short and sweet

alternative die storgae

okay a couple of videos on a cheap and less weighty die storage solution

and heres part 2:

so now the link to the sheets I used here in the UK:

Its £4.44 with free p&p, cheaper than the magnetic sheets, less weight than the magnetic sheet and in my opinion more secure, the darned things were always falling off on me



Sneak Peek 1

Okay time for some sneak peeks! these are all from the upcoming release of the Butterfly Botanicals CD from the Boys at Kraftyhands.

 main central butterfly decoupaged, and glossy accents

I love butterflies, and my Dad used to collect them years ago, cruel, so he stopped!
But I grew up with Framed butterflies, and actually I have a pair of stuffed squirrels, incredibly ancient, and a stuffed Owl, all died of natural causes, dont worry!
But Back to butterflies, this type of artwork just reminds me of childhood, so heres a set piece using one of the 6x6 card making sets.
I added my own spin, by making the butterfly the insert, by cutting 4 slits top am bottom of the wings, then angling it so it sat in the cut out of the insert.
You can see this and more on the British Craft Network, which kicks off on 1st October, only on the internet at the moment, and see the other fab offers my Teamies have made.
You can also get a head on the web, and order a copy of the CD from the Boys at Kraftyhands direct, heres the link to pre-order it before it goes live!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

a couple of videos

Hello Girls and guys

Okay firstly I have to apologise for the wobbliness of these videos, Its been a while since I recorded videos, and I have changed the craft room around since I last did a video, so had to use a handheld camera this time, instead of my webcam.
The reason I did these videos was to help someone understand what was being talked about when people were using electronic cutting machines to make embossing folders or plates, so here's the link to the embossing Folders video


This next one is about using stuff you have cut on an electronic machine to create voids when using embossing folders, and I have just realised that I put the videos together wrong! so it starts at @4.50 mins, and the ends at the beginning, DOH!!! So fast forward to 4.50 , and then go back to the beginning!


I hope these short videos help you get the concepts behind using electronic machines to cut things to make embossing folders, and then also using the shapes from your cutting machines to make voids in an embossed piece of card for things like sentiments, or to avoid embossing in a certain area, say over a picture or such.


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Time for Autumn!

Well its starting to cool down, and the boys over at Kraftyhands have a new Challenge or 2 up their sleeves.
The First October 2014 marks the Start of something called the British Craft Network, 9am UK time.
The British Craft Network is intended to provide Demonstration and technique heavy programs, cutting out the middleman so to speak, and providing links to companies websites where you can buy direct instead of through a third party.
And if you're reading this post then you're in luck, you can get to see it!
Its an internet only channel, 9 am until 9 pm, not currently available via TV, but who knows.............maybe one day!
Its pre-recorded, and there's no sales pitch, which will make a change, but I think everyone should give this a good viewing. I think that the names that appear will be familiar to the UK viewers, and offer opportunities to new and small companies who cant afford to make it to the big screen.
So competition for good old C&C and hopefully more variety and ideas for us the crafty public!
I know I will appreciate it, as I don't get to go to too many shows a year, and we all know you can spend forever on the internet trying to find something new, but then you get distracted , and never finish what you started out to do!
But I have been busy, and yes for once, this is a longer post for me and my vision issues, I'll tell you at the end how long its taken my voice conversion program to write this for me, and perhaps you will understand why I don't "Do" long posts at the moment!
So Back to me, not posting much, keeping quiet, making Samples, and generally being driven to distraction by Hubby, Kids, Grandkids, Parents, Oh and the Furrbies, cant forget them!
But Back to Autumn, which is where I started!
The Challenge over at Kraftyhands this month is Autumn colours!
Easy enough for you guys! But I had to do Autumn using Kraftyhands goodies! Problem was where to start? I have 62 Kraftyhands Cds! (Okay if you haven't got that many and you think you have the lot, then theres some soon to be released! Hint Hint!)
So Autumn colours, which CD contents suit Autumn Colours?
Now do bear in mind that I can be quite literal! So autumn colours means find a CD that doesn't have flowers in Bloom, That isn't Christmassy, isnt pastel based, see where I have trouble?
So in the end I plumped for an old CD, The Bearies. Lots of Yellows, greens, browns and reds!
Now did I snag the right Photo? Phew yes, okay panic over!
8x8 card base, in a lovely bronzy pearlised colour, cut from the fold to the bottom corner.
Stippey paper from the CD, and cut the slits for the narrow Gold ribbon I threaded through.
Bearies Topper matted and layered onto Gold mirri, and Green card. Then I used a new transparent Glitter Fablon type vinyl to cover the central image, gives a lovely Yellow and green glitter, with none of the usual mess!
Tonic flourishes cut twice from Mirri and red card to create the offset, and a lovely paper mache leaf which I coloured with distress ink, Fired Brick, a Green Spectrum Noir pen, and a gold paint pen.
A square of lovely brown Patchwork patterned paper from the CD to line the inside, and jobs a gud 'un as my Dad would say! (Apparently thats a New Zealand saying which Dad picked up when he lived over there).
So what can you create for the Autumn Colours Challenge?

Right this has taken 1 hr 27 minutes to do!



Saturday, August 02, 2014

August Challenge at Kraftyhands

evenin all, short and sweet as I have used most of my eyesight allowance today! This month its a sketch, so why not have a go?
Pop over here to get the sketch!
We are having a look back at Dangerous Dinosuars CD this month, so if your stuck for what to do, then have a look at my Teamies cards




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Guest book

heres the guest book, Flowers were made from the off cuts of parchment from the invites!
I kept it all within the colours the Bride had chosen. Yes I was forced to sign it, sigh, dont see why I should have had to though, as I made the darned thing!
we only stayed an hour, as youngest went and fell over, and tore a flap of skin off his knee cap! Blooming typical!
Mind you having said that I have now spent the past 3 wednesdays at the hospital!! Firstly Middlest dislocated his fingers and chipped a bone in his wrist, the the next wednesday Youngest got into a fight after school, and broke his finger, then wednesday just gone, I had to take him to the Fracture clinic, where they tried to re-break it, to put it straight, and failed, and have now decided that it will be "re-modelled" during his growth phase, Youngest is a bit clumsy at the moment!



Monday, July 28, 2014

the invites

Next up are the invites, on Parchment and centura Peal cardstock

Printing on Centura Peal is do able if you have a printer that will thake the weight of the card, why oh why wont Printer manufacturers listen to us crafts?
And if you're quick, you can cover with embossing powder.
The embossing folder is from Crafters Companion.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Didnt realise I hadnt blogged these

I posted an example of something I had done to the KNK forum, and then suddenly realised that I havent shown you lot!!!

First up is this Birdcage, requested by the bride, as a receptacle for the wedding cards. Its quite large, 2 1/2 ft tall by 12 inch wide, so that cards could fit in through the top, under the cage lid.

The lovebirds are from Here: http://liagriffith.com/make-a-paper-love-bird/, Thank you Lia, perfect for what I needed.
The doves are from: http://theideaking.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/diy-paper-dove.html

the flowers are a mix of old Hunkydory and my own quilled flowers.
The cage is cut on my zing, you can buy the file Here:  http://alittlehut.com/decor/three-birdcages, on some 400gsm card stock, then covered with Pinfliars Gold Buff it, and Prescious metals leafing fluid.


my favourite so far

For some reason this one sings to me, which I wouldnt have thought from the starting point, but its amazing how a design can develop.
Again, a bargain from the boys over at Kraftyhands: http://www.kraftyhandsonline.co.uk/webshop/prod_2962805-Christmas-Die-Cut-Mega-Bundle-19-Sheet-Set.html

so starting point was the main image, on a white square background. so first step, distress with old paper! get rid of so much white! then choose the card colours, I took the red from the Angels dress, and the lighter older green of the tree.
so to make it pop a bit more, I matted and layered on Black pearlised paper. the Green is embossilicious  Poinsettias sanded back on core-dinations cardstock. a few Cosmic shimmer pearl dots for the visible centres of the poinsettias
the die is cheery lynn, holly flourish, some lime organza ribbon, and an ezi-bloom from the boys over at Kraftyhands.
the word Nan was created using a mixture of Crafters companion 1 inch dies, and Cheery lynns script die, and glued to the black pearlised paper, before cutting round to create a shadow layer.
on the topper there is glitter as can be seen in the top picture, some cosmic shimmer pearlised glues for the tree baubles, and the whole reason for 2 photos, is the mica I added to the angels wing, catch it right it shines, dont and it doesnt, so it grabs the eye when it does

wow that was a long post from me!




Saturday, July 26, 2014

on a roll

okay heres number 3 so far from the boys at Kraftyhands and their mega die cut kit http://www.kraftyhandsonline.co.uk/webshop/prod_2962805-Christmas-Die-Cut-Mega-Bundle-19-Sheet-Set.html

Okay topper, cut a mask for the image leaving the bear visible, then I used some DSA to cover him, before dousing him in Micro Beads. Glitter, Wink of stella, and some 3D glaze on the tree baubles, sign and penguins beak and eyes.
I found an old frame from a kit I had several years ago, and embossed it with Embossilicious Vintage music, before colouring it with Tim Holtz, Faded Jeans.
an 8x8 Scalloped Card base, embosilicious Snowflake folder, and a distress of Faded Jeans, and a papermania Christmas bow, and jobs a gud 'un, as the Kiwi's would say