Thursday, 26 May 2011

Craft US Crazy challenge

Where does the time go?  Sorry this post is late (again) I've been having problems getting into Blogger.  Still, I'm here now, so onto this weeks challenge.
This weeks challenge is in honor of Memorial Day coming our theme is REMEMBRANCE AND/OR LOVE!!!! I know that some folks don't celebrate Memorial's Day or just choose to make a project outside of Memorial Day, so of course this challenge is open to however you interpret the challenge. I do want to say a personal note to all those that have had family members serve in our Armed Forces, whether in the United States or International. Our loss is the same, no one hurts more than the other, so my thanks and heartfelt gratitude goes out to each and every one that has a family member or loved one that has given their life in the line of duty, so that we may have the life we have today! Thank you to all of them!!! 

We want all crafters to feel welcome, so if your crafting medium fits our challenge, then we welcome you to join! Whether it be sewing, scrapbooking, altering, cardmaking, candle making, whatever!! We hope you'll be joining us!!

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So here is my project for the challenge - it is on the Love theme as here in the UK we celebrate Remembrance day in November.  However my thoughts are always with those who serve in the armed forces and their families.  It is very close to my heart as I am married to a former soldier.
Anyway here is my card;

This is an 8 x 8 square card so larger than usual for me.  I have used Ladybug Tilda and colored her with Distress inks.  The hearts were cut on my Cricut and the script is a Stamp Addicts stamp gold embossed.  The paper is Basic Grey Mellow and the sentiment is a rub on I have had for ages.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon is from my stash.  I was quite pleased with how this turned out as I was concerned that the paper didn't realy fit but in the end I think it worked quite well ;o)
I hope you like it!
I'll be entering this into the Wild Orchid Challenge

Thursday, 12 May 2011

New Craft US Crazy challenge

Hi everyone - so sorry this post is late - I a hopeless at tring to schedule posts and it never works and when I tried to get onto blogger this morning the site was down so have only just got on here.  Anyway, better late than never!
This weeks challenge is USE YOUR FAVORITE EMBELLISHMENT/s AND/OR SOMETHING NEW!!!! That means any embellishments that you find yourself reaching for over and over, or that you love seeing on projects...or something new (ie, baby, house, car, stamp sets, embellishments...whatever is NEW!) It doesn't have to be can do one or the other, but if you're feeling up to a bigger challenge, see if you can use both!!!
We want all crafters to feel welcome, so if your crafting medium fits our challenge, then we welcome you to join! Whether it be sewing, scrapbooking, altering, cardmaking, candle making, whatever!! We hope you'll be joining us!!

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I have used some new paint fusion stamps from Sheena Douglass for my project;

I've made a card that has a little box for 5 tealights on the side.  The tealights I had were sunflowers so a little bigger than normal so I could only fit in 4.  I have the new sunflower stamps for paint fusin so I used these to match the tealights and painted them onto a crackled mountboard tag.  I added some ribbon and layered up some coredinations card stock as a base.  I used an embossing folder from Darice to emboss the flowers on the yellow card.
It's a really simple card but quite effective.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Craft US Crazy monthly challenge sponsor

Hello everyone, just a quickie from me this morning as I have so much to do.  I am posting  a card mde using the One Spring Day Printable stamp set from C U C's monthly sponsor, the Cutting Cafe.
I have done a large Easel card in colours that I wouldn't normally choose but I thought they suited this card ;o)

All the images are from the stamp set and are coloured with pro markers.  The papers are from DCWV The Green Stack which is where I took the colours from.  I added some buttons and ribbon from my stash and that was it.  Quite a quick card really but kinda cute ;o)
Hope you like it.
Back soon with the next challenge from C U C and another knitted bag and a painted mirror.

Friday, 6 May 2011

My first attempt at a hand knitted bag

I've been feeling really rotten lately and not really up to sitting at my desk to craft.  As I am comfiest on my bed it is almost impossible to get lots of papercrafting stuff onto the bed so I can craft there as I never know what I'm going to need and so end up with piles of stuff everywhere that just has to be taken back into my craft room at the end of the day.  So I thought I would give knitting a go as I haven't done any for years.  At the trade show in February I saw a book by Ella Rae for knitted bags that are felyted and I just loved them.  I tried to get the pattern book everywhere in the UK to no avail but finally found a great company in the USA who were willing to ship internationally.  So a big thankyou to Coveted Yarn who are the most helpful firm to deal with.
Anyway i finally got the book and managed to get the wool and after just a few days I had managed to knit all the components for my bag.  I gthen had the nerve wracking task of felting them all in a hot wash in my front loading machine.  Anyway that seemed to work so I stitched all the bits together along with some lovely handles and this is what I ended up with;

I am so chuffed with this as it actually looks like a bag that would cost a fair bit of money in one of those fancy gift stores.
I am now just waiting to get the right coloured thread to stitch together my next bag and I will post piccies as soon as it is done.

Card for a teenager

Well it's a very long time since I was sixteen so I find it quite hard to do cards for teenagers.  However, I was asked to do a 16th birthday card for a grandad to give to his granddaughter.  I was really worried that what I came up with would disappoint so took ages trying to decide what to do.  Anyway here is what I ended up with;

The stamp is from Bildmalarna and is called you and me.  It is available here ..
The papers are Basic Grey - Cappella I think.  I cut out her name on my Cricut along with the 16 on the front and inside the card, and distressed all the papers with Distress inks  . The image itself is coloured with Aqua markers.  The flowers and lace was from Wild Orchid crafts.
I thought this was a nice card as not too babyish but representative of how a granddad always sees his granddaughter as a little girl.
I made a nice box for it to go in too.
Well I was still nervous about it but he was really pleased with it so I was chuffed with that in the end.  I just hope Jessica liked it too ;o)
I hope you like it too.