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Friday, July 10, 2015

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

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

http://youtu.be/wlVEeL33Iic



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!

http://youtu.be/ZvO8_4E_4bo

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.

Lou

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!

hugs

Lou

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

enjoy

Hug

Lou

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!

Sigh

Lou

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.

Lou

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.

Lou

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!

lol

Hugs

Lou

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

Hugs

Lou

Friday, July 25, 2014

card number 2

gotta catch up here, got more drying!

again from the boys at Kraftyhands http://www.kraftyhandsonline.co.uk/webshop/prod_2962805-Christmas-Die-Cut-Mega-Bundle-19-Sheet-Set.html

a landscape A5 card base, trimmed with deckle edged scissors, Black pearlised paper, again used deckle edge scissors, and card topper lifted the creatures from the card base by trimming around at points and using silicon glue underneath for dimension and shape, then loads of ultra fine glitter, fluffy stuff, and some Wink of Stella
hugs

Lou

Thursday, July 24, 2014

yay Thumbs working again

Hi guys,

well enforced 2 day rest after an injection in my thumb, which fingers crossed seems to have worked, so time to blog this kit comes from the Mega Christmas Die cut set from the boys at krafyhands, : http://www.kraftyhandsonline.co.uk/webshop/prod_2962805-Christmas-Die-Cut-Mega-Bundle-19-Sheet-Set.html

a double popout gatefold,
Inside paper from Kraftyhands Santa's Little Helpers CD
embosilicious snowflake embossing folder

hugs

Lou