Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Hey Mr DJ .....

My baby brother is 40 very soon and loves to DJ in his spare time and I was chuffed to bits to come across some paper with some headphones on it!

With the addition of a blank cd and some lovely wooden embellishments (bought from Pink Tulip, made by Candy Box Crafts) covered in stickles I have made a birthday card for  him. The spooky thing is that the silhouette head really does look like my brother!


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Birthday Card for My Brother

Made an 8 x 8 birthday card for my brother this afternoon.

The backing paper is a sheet from the Papermania Bookprint collection. I chose the Italian paper as my brother's wife is Italian and he has lots of Italian connections. Originally the paper was black and white, but I distressed it with my trusty Vintage Photo distress ink - I don't know if you are like me but I use that one on everything! lol

I used a chipboard pocket watch from studio 490's art parts and gilded it with indigo blu gilding flakes. I then cut a watch face out from some Bo Bunny 12x12 paper and glued this behind the chipboard to make a watch.

I then added a couple of tickets (also distressed with Vintage photo), a brass embelishment and a sentiment.  Am quite pleased with it!


Aphabet Challenge - Letter C

My second page for the Alphabet challenge by The Craft Barn. Not so happy with these pages shouldn't have used brown ink around the words, think it has spoilt it  a bit  ... but hey , will know for next time !

If you want to have a go, click on the Craft Barn hoto on the tright anf it will take you to their page,

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Perpetual Calendar

I bought a Tando Perpetual calendar kit a while back (before xmas!) and have finally got around to putting it all together.

The kit costs between £12 and £15 (depending on where you buy it from!) and comes with the straws, bamboo skewers and instructions. You will need to purchase a piece of florists foam though, as it is not included in the kit.
I used a selection of 12 x 12 papers from the Hot Off The Press "Serendipity" collection to decorate the pot, flowers and tags. LOve these papaers as they are so cheery. Then I used a memeory box die to cut out the letters for the days of the week and the month - and yes it took ages lol

I added a little bot of fake grass to the inside of the pot - this too was cut using a Memory Box die, and added paper flowers onto the chipbaord ones.

The pot is approx 6 inches wide x 4.5 inches tall, and the whole thing stands approx 12 inches tall once the flowers have been added.

I plan to keep this on my desk in my craft room as I can never remember what the date is - think it is a sign I am getting old!



Wednesday, 23 January 2013

No crafting tonight but had a huge tidy up!

Decided to have a huge sort out and tidy up this evening and boy have I worked hard!
nice clear desk

lower shelves
upper shelves

Promarker storage, ring binders for stamp storage and 12 x12 pads

magnetic sheets on a cork notice board for die storage

under desk storage (all free from off freecycle!)

back of the door storage

stickles and liquid pearls

more buttons

bits and bobs

more bits and bobs

my candi 

my promarkers

some of the empty containers left after my sort out!
Can't wait to do something crafty tomorrow night!!!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Blog Candy Giveaway - closes 25/01/13

Well the grand crafty blog candy giveaways continue, and as promised here is another chance to win some crafty stash (as shown below).

It is very simple - there isn't a catch, you dont have to buy anything or make anything. All you have to do is: become a follower and leave a comment on this post.

The winner will be chosen on Friday 25th January 2013.

Good luck and Happy Crafting xx


Gift Box and Card - Tutorial

This year I am on a mission to use up some of my lovely 12 x12 card/paper stock instead of just stroking it! The two sheets I have chosen for these projects are from the Prima Rondelle Collection. I thought it might be fun to take some photos along the way so you can see how I made them ... and maybe have a go at making them yourself! So here goes: Select 2 sheets of coordinating 12x12 cardstock
Trim off the label strip (if necessary)
Fold the edges of the paper into the centre and crease use a bone folder
Using a score board, score at 5 inches and 7 inches
Bring the scored line out to the edge of your paper and make a fold (so that you end up with a triangle shape).
Do this on all four score lines
You should end up with your cardstock looking like this
Use strong tape or glue on the triangular shaped area and stick into place
yYu should now have your basic box shape
I used the largest Spellbinder Labels 29 to cut a shape from the 2nd peice of cardstock
I folded the die cut shape in half
I then glued it to one side of the box
I attached two magnets to the flap and the front of the box to act as a clasp
I then simply decorated the box with a coordinating bow, some pearl sprays and a touch of Stardust stickles on the flowers
From the remaining cardstock I made a simple card and decorated it in the same way as the box
.... and there you have it, a coordinating gift box and card
Happy crafting!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Alphabet Challenge - letter V

The Craft Barn have set up a fortnightly prize challenge, based on an altered dictionary type theme. Those that know me, will know that I have never really got on well with journaling or altered projects, so this year I am trying to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try! The first letter that the Craft Barn have chosen is the letter V, so I have chosen the word Valentine - definition = a card or gift expression of love sent, often anonymously on Saint Valentines Day. Here is my first ever attempt at a couple of journal pages! Please be kind!!!!!! lol
I used Memory box dies to cut the letters and hearts, then added glossy accents and liquid pearls. I also used a dotty mask and some perfect pearl sprays but you can't really see it on the picture. Also used a touch of vintage photo distress ink around the edges. This is a fortnightly challenge so will last for a year ... whether or not I last the same amount of time is another question! lol There is a link to The Craft Barn on the right of my blog, feel free to click on it and it will take you to their web page where you can find links to their blog and this challenge. Happy crafting xx

Friday, 18 January 2013

Origami Box

Was feeling at a bit of a loose end today, didn't want to make any cards, so made this - a very simple origami box made with a couple of 12 x2 sheets from the Graphic 45 BiC:

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Beautiful Little Birdhouse

Treated myself to a Bird House Kit from Pink Tulip, my lovely local craft shop in Spernal Ash, nr Studley in Warwickshire. The kit was designed by the same local craftsmen (Candy Box Crafts) that designed the advent calendar I made in an earlier post and was of the same fabulous high quality and fitted together perfectly.
I decided to finally use a few sheets of my precious Graphic 45's "Little Darlings" 12 x12 collection, (am a huge Graphic 45 fan) and am really pleased with the result.
For the roof of the birdhouse, I cut lots of 1.75 inch circles using my EK Success circle punch and overlapped them to creat a slate roof effect. I also edged each tile with Stardust stickles (my favourite one as it is so versatile). I then edged the roof with some narrow faux stiched effect pale green ribbon.
I used a  Spellbinder die to decorate the little door way, a Memory Box die to cut some foliage, and a small floral punch to make extra petals for my flowers.I also cut out a few of the butterflies from scraps of left over paper.
I used some Shabby Shutters Distress ink around he edges of the bird box to give it a more shabby chic kind of look. Hope you like it as much as I do! Am really enjoying these altered projects and can't wait to see what new kits Pink Tulip get in store next!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Valentines 2013

Made a very quick Valentines card this evening. Cut 9 hearts out using the Tonic heart punch, I used vintage photo distress ink around the edges and then matted these onto a cicle cut out with an EK Success 1.75inch punch (these were also distressed with vintage photo distress ink. The 9 circles were then matted on to a piece of old Kanban printed cardstock and finally matted onto a white square card. Simple but quite effective I think. Both of the punches listed above are absolutley brilliant to use - no issues whatsoever with card or paper getting stuck in them like another brand I could mention - lol will add more Valentines cards to this post as and when I make them - love and hugs Debs x

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Getting Ahead for Xmas 2013

I was tidying up my little craft room yesterday and came across a huge pile of xmas papers and  wooden embellishments that I had forgotten I had bought! So I have set myself a couple of goals: a) to use some of them up  and b) not to buy any new xmas stash in 2013 ... think I will be able to achieve goal a) but am not so sure on goal b)

Anyway have made a start with some very quick and easy cards - these are mini cards 3.5 x 3.5 and will be used for work xmas cards rather than my specials! Just matted and layered a small wooden embellishment onto a die cut scalloped circle, with was in turn matted and layered onto small squares of decorative paper &card stock. Hope you like them!