Friday, 17 September 2010

Happy Birthday Bro - better late than never!!!

Evening Everyone
Well that's an end to yet another week. Actually yesterday marked the end of the week for me cause I've been out to play at the Craft Show at Sandown.
It's quite a nice little show with a mix of stands including Cross Stitch which I think we have all done at one time or another.
It's quite a local show for me really. So local in fact that I even had a lady come up to me and say 'Don't I know you from somewhere?' We established that she is actually a customer from the garage where I work and I had served her yesterday - small world isn't it!
My lovely daughter is taking me to Stoneleigh each day to meet Paul and Jane as Gill's guest bedroom is already occupied. I mustn't complain since the current occupant did transport a large pile of Stampin Up catalogues for me , all the way from Canada.
The other alternative would have been to chuck Paul and Jane's son out of his room, so this works much better. I think Jane did get him to give his room a really good clear up in anticipation of my arrival, before she told him that actually I won't be using it - Good plan Jane lol.
The card that I am sharing tonight actually has nothing to do with what I have been demoing today but was made for my little brother for his birthday. It was of course very late in arriving, in fact I was in danger of sharing it with the blogging world before he even got to see it himself, but I resisted.
So Happy Birthday little Bro, better late than never don't you know. Hope you liked the card and that you had a great day.
Night, night and don't forget to pop along and say Hi if you are the show over the weekend.
Love and hugs

Saturday, 11 September 2010

More Black and White

Hi Guys
Had a brilliant day at Lavender Lane as expected.
The ladies all seemed to have a great time and really enjoyed themselves, and there was plenty of coffee lol.
As promised here are the other two cards that we made in the Black and White Christmas card class.
This first one is very simple but effective. I stamped Inca 5018g Warm Winter Wishes in black, onto white card stock and embossed with crystal embossing powder. After I cut it out using a square nestie I drew a stitched line around the edge.
This was mounted onto a black glossy scalloped panel, again cut with a nestie, and then onto white card. Finally mount onto a black square card which has had a versamark ink pad tapped around the edge. This is then embossed with crystal embossing power.
The final finishing touch is a small crystal at the centre of each snowflake.
The second card uses one of the new embossing folders from Crafts Too.
I have used just one of the greetings from the panel (there are six messages in total) and having trimmed round it I have gently rubbed a black ink pad across it to make the greeting stand out. I have mounted this onto black glossy card and trimmed to leave a narrow border.
The main card is white with a piece of black card mounted onto it which has first been run through the Cuttle bug using a snowflake embossing folder. I have transferred ink from my favourite Stardust pen (no 700) on to the embossing with my finger. I'm afraid it doesn't show up terribly well in the photo.
The card has been finished off with a few flowers made from black and white pattered paper and one of the multiple flower punches from Woodware.
We had to improvise a little with this card in class as I had one of those moments which all of us dread. You know the one where all of your cuttle bug folders are sitting at home on your work bench!!!
Fortunately Jane had several folders available for use in the workroom so we managed, even if they weren't the ones that I had used here.
I think that everyone had a good time and I can see quite a few black and white Christmas cards being sent this year lol.
I also appear to have become responsible for yet another addict. Welcome to the wonderful world of Crafting, you will have an amazing time and meet lots of lovely people along the way. Enjoy.
I'm in the mood for some card making so I am going to close now and try and finish a couple of the bits that I made today.
You never know I might share them with you tomorrow.
Have a good evening, what's left of it.
Love and hugs

Friday, 10 September 2010

A Black and White Cristmas.

Afternoon Everyone.
I can't believe that we are at the end of yet another week, where are they all disappearing to this year. Would you believe that in 16 weeks Christmas will be all over, how scary is that!!
I'm sorry that I have been missing for so long, I just can't seem to get motivated at the moment.
I am teaching at Lavender Lane tomorrow, A Black and White Christmas in the morning, and Acetates and Inks in the afternoon.
I always have a wonderful time teaching there, so I am sure that I will return to full motivation tomorrow.
My good friend Gill comes to the classes and can always be counted on for a laugh. I have to make sure that there is plenty of milk as the kettle is permanently on. She does like her coffee does our Gilly. I think she can even out drink me and that takes some doing :)
I thought that I would give you a sneak peek of a couple of the cards that we will be making tomorrow, and then try and share the others with you tomorrow evening, although I can't promise that that bit will happen. I always intend to blog when I get back after a class but some how the time just seems to get away from me, but I will try.
I have made the background for this card using acetate, inks and crumpled paper. I decided that I would use a peel-off and permanent marker pens just in case some of the ladies found stamping onto acetate a little daunting. Don't panic Shaz I did stamp and emboss on the other cards from the class lol.
I had better go now, its my night to cook, and I have to go back and do the cigarette count at work later, no rest for the wicked hey.
Love and hugs

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Thank you for all your kind thoughts.

Afternoon Everyone.
Firstly I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who left messages for me on my last post, 'Inspired by a Poem.'
This last week has been unbelievably hard, not easier as you might have expected. Anyway Thank you again for all the lovely thoughts.
That, as you may understand is why I have been absent from blogland for the last couple of days.
However life must go on and so I thought it was time to share some more cards with you.
These were made for Barbara's TV show in August and so as she is on the box again tomorrow with a new show it seems the perfect opportunity to share them with you. (Create and Craft channel 671 Sunday at 11am. Repeated at 10pm and 5am Monday 6th Sept)
With this first card I have stamped and embossed the church window onto watercolour card and then painted it with my kaleidacolor ink pad Creole Spice. This is my favourite kaleidacolor pad.
I stamped the verse sideways on a piece of Bazzill card stock. The edges of all the panels have been distressed with ink and then a stitched border has been drawn on using a fine Zig Millennium pen.
The second card uses the same two stamps but this time I have stamped the verse repeatedly down the right hand side of my main card.
The Shepherd Window has been stamped and embossed onto cream card and then ink has been sponged around the edges of the trimmed window. The shepherds and star have been painted afterwards.
A peel-off border completes the card.
I am entering this into the challenge over at Paper Sundaes where it is Christmas in August.
Hope you are having a great weekend. I really must get back to some crafting as I have got really behind with everything again.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs