Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
It was a bit of a mission to get my hands on this die as I could not find it anywhere in the UK and ended getting it from the US. I used it this Christmas to mass produce cards. I teamed the figures up with a Marianne D die for the lantern (bottom half trimmed off), Creative Memories background paper and a sentiment from a Peachy Keen set.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
If you are wanting to have a new set of different, fun Christmas ornaments for your tree then using your stamps and felt shapes is the way to go. I would not think they would last until the next Christmas season but then new stamps will be out by then and you can create a whole new set of tree decorations.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
The background felt shape is a Spellbinders die - large scallops and the foliage bit came from some scraps I had in a container of left over die shapes. Not sure but I think it is a Marianne D die. Under the fox I did some felting with strands of white wool.
Friday, November 25, 2016
As there are 2 butterflies in this mould I used the smaller one to experiment on as it was the first time I had used Stampin Up Clay. I found that Distress inks and markers worked well and I used a combination of these on the butterfly. Once dry I topped the body in the centre off with Distress Stickles and the tips of the wings off with Stickles as well.
The butterfly was glued onto 2 Spellbinder heart shapes cut from felt. I lightly stuffed the white heart shape to give the ornament a bit of dimension. Again I used the Felt Glue which worked well.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
For the background I die cut 2 x Spellbinders Scalloped Circles out of white felt. The sleigh is a Marianne D Creatables die, the mouse is from Cottage Cutz Mouse w/Sunflower and the reindeer antlers were taken from the Cottage Cutz Festive Owls set. All the die cuts were done out of card stock and adhered on with Felt Glue. The "reins" were just to lines of embroidery thread. I did add a little glitter glue onto the sleigh to jazz it up a bit.
Once the glue was set I stitched the two scalloped circles together using a zig zag pattern and added some filling in to give it a bit of body. With card stock being rigid it is best not to add in too much filling.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
The squirrel is from a Cottage Cutz die as is the present. The squirrel was cut from card stock and I used Distress inks and a sponge to darken certain areas. Again I used Felt Glue to stick the squirrel to the felt. It really is an excellent glue.
To finish off I attached a loop of ribbon on the top and lightly sewed it in. I then sewed around the edges leaving a small gap to insert filling in before closing it up. I am not overfilling these ornaments especially the ones I am using card stock toppings on as the card stock needs to sit as flat as possible for it to look nice.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
The outside scalloped circle is a Spellbinders die called Petite Scallop.
Friday, November 18, 2016
What I did with this die was to run fairly heavy card stock through a couple of times and I then cut one of them up along the embossed lines for the black section of the head, the eyes and the tips of the ears. This made it easier to cut these sections out of felt using the card stock as a template.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
My first effort was this owl made with the Spellbinders Owl die. I used craft felt and bought some amazing felt glue which helps a lot as hand sewing is not my strong point ! For the eyes I used some scraps of ribbon and a couple of dark beads. It was a lot of fun.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
DH needed a birthday card for a fellow golfer and retired vet so I thought I would give this stamp another go. I have previously struggled to get a decent image having tried many different ink pads. Since I now have a Misti it makes it a lot easier and quicker. I used Momento Tuxedo Black ink on special Copic card which I purchased from Flourishes a long time ago.
The colouring in was done using Copics. The cats are from an Impression Obsession die and the dog is an Art Impression stamp. The background paper is from my large stock of old Creative Memories and the 'window' was made using 2 dies from Spellbinders Rectangles large.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
I usually struggle when cutting out fiddly or alphabet dies. I am not a fan of using glue to stick them down as have often seen the glue not holding. I normally cut tiny strips of double sided tape with more ending up sticking to my fingers than on the die cut.
Whilst doing my latest card I had a brainwave !! On the back of the card stock to be used for the letters I was die cutting I stuck a strip of double sided tape (see above) and ran it through the Cuttlebug (see photo below).
In the next photo is the reverse side of the cut out letter. After that I simply peeled off the double sided tape on the back and stuck it onto the card. I cannot think out why this has taken be so long to fathom out ! Will definitely be trying it with the more intricate dies even if I can just get some of the fiddly bits taken care of then I will be happy. I did not experience any problems with removing the card stock from the die.
The background paper is an old Creative Memories one. The sentiment is taken from an old Cuttlebug alphabet die using Stampin Up Certainly Celery card stock and the image is a stamp from Stamping Bella - Big Guy Golfing by Mo Manning. To colour the image I used a variety of Distress Stains and markers sometimes mixing a couple of the colours. For the skin I used a combination of Letraset Aquamarkers Mocha and Eggshell with an aqua brush. I normally struggle with skintones but this time I managed to get it right.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Even though I have been gone a long time from this blog, I have been making a few projects. We moved home again at the end of January this year (5th time in 2 years) and it has taken a while to get my craft room up and running. The downside to having cupboards to house most of my stash is that I cannot remember just where things are. As a result I have tried to keep my projects simple.
The Jelli Plate is a great for making mono prints. This is one background I made a while back. For this card I cut 2 vertical slits half way on either side of the card and inserted a strip of white card stock. Not sure where the sentiment came from.
I have found the trick is to use a medium weight card stock and you can make this out of one 12" x 12" sheet. For the first one I needed to use 2 sheets but with careful planning you can squeeze it out of 1 sheet. Cut the die 3 times and use extra sticky red tape to piece it together. At this stage I found it easier to slip the sleeve over an empty wine bottle (a full one was too heavy). Cut 2 circles out of matching card just less than the bottom of the wine bottle in size. I laid the bottle in the sleeve on its side and popped one of the circles underneath the bottom flaps (in other words, at the base of the bottle) and attached it to the wine sleeve bottom flaps with double sided tape. Stick the second circle on the outside of the bottom flaps and you now have a firm base. If you don't get the base quite right you can always stand the container upright and stick on a thick ribbon at the bottom of the container. This is also easier to do with a bottle in.
Embellish with the long rectangle panels that come with the die or if you use pretty patterned themed card then this might not be necessary. I used a raffia type twine for the holes at the top of the die and an old Clear Dollar die for the sentiment. The sentiment comes from MFT.
The downside of not drinking is that we never have any wine bottles around so I went down to the local recycling bin and rummaged around until I found a suitable empty bottle ! I have just found some pretty patterned Christmas card stock and will be trying that out soon.