Wednesday, 26 June 2013

WOYWW #212

Hi everyone and welcome…
it’s that time of week again...Wednesday ... which means we go blog hopping around the world to see what you have on your desk, all thanks to the lovely Julia at THE STAMPING GROUND.
To join in the WOYWW fun aka 'Whats on your work-desk Wednesday' check out the info over at Julia’s place.




My desk is a bit more messy today as I'm working on a 90th birthday card and there are some white die cuts for a challenge piece that I've started to do as well. 




On the other part of the desk is a blue box I haven't looked in for a while and yippee! I found my stencil cutter that I'd been looking for, along with a glue gun, wood carving tools (err why do I have those?) and a glass/bottle cutting tool too.
I should have been born an octopus maybe with so many things on the go (as well as the digital pages I am making too and a 25th card still to make for July) I need so many hands.

OK that's my lot for now. Will try to visit as many desks as possible next.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day... Gill x

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Out of a Hat Creations #65 Transport challenge

This is for a fabulous challenge over at Out of a Hat Creations about Transport - I needed to make some male cards, so this was a great excuse to play with this theme.

 
 
On a white tent style card used spiced marmalade and walnut stain distress stains and green intense pencil around edge.  Then layered a smaller piece of blue card.

 
Stamped onto to some patterned paper off-cuts I found.
Used Indigoblu 'Grand Tour 1' stamps coloured with Inktense pencils.

 
 
I printed and cut out some Dieselpunk cars (like the one on my blog heading) that I had designed and made myself digitally using Serif Craft Artist software.

 
 
Added some faux stitching with  black pilot pen.

 
 
Car is just a simple decoupage - only two layers.
Used Quickie glue pen and silver foil to highlight tyres and various parts of car and also on stamped image of car and girl on bike.
Cog die cuts on silver card are made by X-cut.
 
Thanks for stopping by and looking - Gill x

Tranquility

Algera Designs has got a really gorgeous new digi-kit out and I went a bit mad and in a few hours made twelve - yes twelve layouts.
I won't bore you with them all straight away, but here are six pages - just added images - hope you like them.







 
 
One of the great things I love about Craft Artist (the software I generally use to make digi-layouts)is the many ways there are to re-colour things. I copied/pasted and then rotated one of the backgrounds adding colour burn blend to it and then changed elements colours to compliment.

 
 
 
thanks for stopping by...
and if you can smell a strong smell of garlic I'm so sorry  - my husband is in the kitchen roasting potatoes with garlic for Sunday lunch ....and phew... they are soooooo strong! 
Happy crafting.....Gill x
 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

WOYWW #211

Hi everyone and welcome…
it’s Wednesday once again (don't they come round quickly) which means thanks to the lovely Julia at THE STAMPING GROUND we go blog hopping around the world to see what you have on your desk.
To join in the WOYWW fun aka 'Whats on your work-desk Wednesday' check out the info over at Julia’s place.

So whats on my desk today? it's fairly tidy as just finished making a wedding card and also a birthday card for an eleven year old boy. Males are always hard to think of ideas for and for an eleven year old even more so - ahhh panic!
I wasn't happy with the one I'd previously made with a design of London, woke up early thinking about it so got up (at 5.30am yawn) to make another.
Desk also shows what I did with some excess rubber.



 
 
Printed out letters with black lines around edges onto card, which I made using Craft Artist software. Then stamped over top of each letter using black archival ink and sport theme mini stamps by Hero Arts and coloured with Inktense pencils.
Used See D's birthday stamp for a border and added some random splodges of Inktense pencils paint also.

 
 
 
cut off some excess rubber from a stamp and wondered if I could use it for anything.
So on two pieces I punched random holes and on the other I painted some structure gel.
Quite like the effects it produced when stamped, the picture not showing the one with the structure gel very well as it was more delicate. Going to have a play with some fun foam next.
 
 
OK that's my lot for now. Will try to visit as many desks as possible next.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day... Gill x



Wednesday, 12 June 2013

WOYWW #210

Hi every one and welcome…
it’s Wednesday which means thanks to the lovely Julia at THE STAMPING GROUND  we go blog hopping around the world to see what you have on your desk. To join in the WOYWW fun aka 'Whats on your work-desk Wednesday' check out the info over at Julia’s place. 

So whats on my desk?  well there is an ATC as sadly I missed the WOYWW anniversary blog hop and although I sent some to people who I promised, I still have one left (at the front of my desk) if any one is interested I'll send to the first person that asks.

Further down below are some lovely ATCs and cards I received from Heather and Ria  which I just have to show you as they are so amazing - thank you so much for them xx


 
 
I have a wedding and a silver wedding anniversary card to make for July, so have just started getting some bits out to play around with.
I was playing with the Marianne butterflies I punched out - they work nice to make frames - that was just using 4 of them, but with more butterflies you can get varied shapes. 

 
 
I also have some new boxes and blank photo frames to play with. I decorated one box with some Tando Creative chipboard pieces that I recently won.
Over on the right is the tag and 2 ATCs given to me by Ria - aren't they gorgeous?

 
 
Far right is an IndigoBlu clock blank - but that's going to take a bit of planning first so I don't mess it up LOL. Also shown are the beautiful ATC and card from Heather and also some fabulous chipboard locks, which I will be saving for an extra special project - thanks Heather x
 

my lovely WOYWW 4 surprise from Heather

my lovely WOYWW surprise from Ria

the box decorated with rabbits and butterfly from Tando Creative

 
 
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good week and happy crafting x

 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Some Bunny Loves You

Well I am ashamed to say that I hadn't heard of Tando Creative  until recently - what?...I know, it's awful to think that all this time I have been missing out on these fabulous products.
I was very lucky to win some Tando mini chipboard pieces from a challenge over at Out of a Hat Creations -  thank you to both for these.
 
So here at long last is my first project, a wooden box, using just a few  'Tando minis -Rabbits' and a butterfly from 'Tando minis - Butterflies'

 
 
I primed the wooden box with gesso first, then painted it with a 'Soft Green' all purpose acrylic paint from Do Crafts.
 
Then punched out a frame on white funfoam using a Spellbinders die for outside and a Marianne die for inside. Inked the frame using lettuce and aqua alcohol inks.
 
Used the Marianne die on card too to stamp the words using Dovecraft alphabet stamps and inked it with shabby shutters and tumbled glass distress stains. 
 
Stamps used were from 2 sets by Elusive Images called 'Autumn hedgerow' and 'Nature table' and stamped with Stazon.
 

 
 
Flowers coloured with coloured pencils then glitter glue added over top.
Butterfly and Rabbits coloured with distress stains and alcohol inks and glazed with Glossy accents. I used a piece of wire saved from a bottle of wine ( which was covered with it) and made it into an antennae for the butterfly.

 
 
Glittered small bits of flowers too.

 
 
Used Glossy accents over the recess where the words are.
 
 
Once again, many thanks again to Tando Creative and Out of a Hat Creations for the lovely prize, they were a real pleasure to use
and such good quality x
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by....happy crafting xxx


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Surprise again

 
 
Good morning - it's lovely and sunny here today hoping its the same wherever you are too....
 
I always find making mens card so difficult. This one was for my husbands birthday on the 3rd -
he said not to bother making one but since he does all the cooking and never moans about all my crafting stash I buy - it was the least I could do LOL
 
 
 

 
I started by cutting up a sheet of patterned paper from a collection called 'Sucerie' but have no idea from the box who it is made by...I think possibly from a code on it that it could be by Brenda Pinnock (apologies if not).
I cut the paper into 8 different sized squares to fit on my blank card and then stamped on them.
 

 
 
Stamps used: message stamp in circle by Paula Pascual, Keys by Prima, Hinge from an Anna Griffin set....also used 'Antiques' by Andy Skinner, 'Vintage Illusion' by Creative Stamps and 'Bird Print' from urban collection by Papermania.
Put some foam pads on one end of hinge and some little to gems to accent it.
Used glue pen and gold foil to highlight parts and X-cut large rectangle parenthesis die and flowers nesties to layer the message on to.
 
  
Here are some more digital layouts made with the new kit from Algera Designs 
The digi-kit is called 'Surprise' and I made the layouts using Serif Craft Artist as its so easy to use
and so easy to alter colours of things and do all sorts of other effects and blending of papers.
papers blended and some elements colours altered using Serif Craft Artist software
 


I recoloured the flowers, heart, swirl and bow to match the band of colour on the hat
Lots of recolouring here - but it was so easy to do with the software


 




Thanks so much for stopping by and looking x
 

Monday, 3 June 2013

SURPRISE!

 
Hellooooooooo
Well it was a manic May with workmen in cutting down trees, new fencing and other stuff and now I am going to have a lazy June and catch up with doing loads of crafting to make up for what I have missed.
The good news is the tunnels under the fencing we dug for the hedgehogs seem to be working, as we have seem them ( or it) in the garden eating the food we left out.
There are at least two of them as I saw them a couple of weeks ago having a bit of a tussle one evening, shoving and pushing like two Sumo wrestlers, then one rolled itself up into a ball and the other one was pushing it around like a snowball...very funny to see.
 
so...over the weekend I have been playing with the new digi-kit from Algera Designs called 'Surprise'
but it's no surprise that it's an absolutely beautiful kit.
So here are some of the layouts I made by just adding some images and words/quotes and some blending of papers and elements.
 
 
 
 
The pages were all made using Craft Artist software which is really versatile and easy to use and some of the quotes are from that too.




 
 
 
Click here to see more about Algera Designs

 
 
I recently won a lovely prize of chipboard pieces on the   Out of a Hat Creations blog which came from Tando Creative   thank you so very much.... I have been itching to play with these... and yipeeeee I now have some time.


 
thanks for stopping by and looking x