Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Time Flies

Hello everyone,

My gosh where has time gone, I can't believe I haven't blogged since the 24th September, I have been so busy with the bike club and card crafting for christmas.  

At the last card making workshop with Amy & Carol we had a session using Indigo Blu Stamps http://www.indigoblu.com/ and we worked from one of their worksheets, this card shows how I got on:

I really enjoyed making this card, we used the Christmas Bauble stamp in the background and distressed the edges, the centre image was part of the Stag and Label stamp using distress ink and paper to make the illusion of hills & sun the label was stamped and cut separately to make a tag.  

 I made another couple as well using the same stag stamp:

I stamped on to pearlescant card stock in black and embossed using black glitter embossing powder and cut out the shape on the Big Shot and distressed the edges, I then mat and layered on to glitter card and plain white and finally placed on to a plain black base card, I used Cosmic Shimmer pearlescant  for the pearl drops on the edges.

On the purple Christmas Card I used the same technique as the brown and red, but I didn't have the bauble stamp so I used the Indigo Blu swirl stamp I have and used glitter on the background and on the image.

The weekend just gone I had the opportunity of joining a craft weekend at Tortworth Court run by Jane & Chris Gregory of Addicted 2 Craft. http://www.addicted2craft.com/  We had a fantastic weekend and I learnt loads.  On the Saturday we decorated a mirror and made a coaster using Pebeo paints, we had a sessions with the fabulous Jenny Mayes from Hobby Art, where we made 2 cards, Jenny also ran a demo in the evening on Saturday along with the fabulous Carolyn Shulz whose demo was on Jewellery making, then it was off for a three course meal.

On Sunday we had another card making session with Jenny where we made another two cards, then we had a break where we could use the facilities in the hotel if we wished, then it was lunchtime and then on to a Shrink plastic jewellery making workshop with Jane Gregory, where I made three pairs of earrings.  This was followed by a quick tea break and then we had a workshop with Carolyn Shulz on wirework rings, where I made three rings.  During our break on the Sunday, Andrea showed us how to make Kumihimo bracelets and how to do the shambala technique.

Some photo's of my makes from the weekend:

Can you see the ghost?
Since I have been home I have made a Chambala bracelet since I have been home and four Kumihimo bracelets, I'm also going to have a go with Pebeo paints, nothing will be safe, things will be blinged.  

Hope you're finding time to craft, sorry this blog is a bit long.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Gilding Flakes

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you are well and are finding some crafting time.

The first card I am going to show you is the card I made at Amy's (Out of the Blue) card making workshop earlier this month, it was using an Indigoblu tree stamp and their mega flakes gilding flakes.

The trees were stamped using Royal Purple Stazon ink onto acetate, double sided sticky sheet was then used to make the back sticky for the gilding flakes.  The trees were then mat and layered on to purple and white card stock, a cream and purple card was embossed and distressed and then a fine coating of gilding wax was used for additional dimension, the trees were then mat and layered on to the embossed card, which in turn was then attached to orange card which had been distressed slightly, all these layers then went on to the base card.  Cream raffia was used across the bottom along with flowers and leaves, the leaves were made using the same technique as the trees.

This card I made after the work shop, I was a bit impatient and didn't have any double sided sticky sheets, so I thought I would use the flitter glue, but it didn't work as well and I was left with blank areas, but the over all result was pleasing and looked very much like a winter scene, I mat & layered the trees on to a pale blue/grey card and I think it has worked well.  I stamped out a Stag on pearlescant card, coloured it black and cut it out.  I then embossed silver mirri card and a charcoal grey pearlescant card and used a pinkish gilding wax over the embossing.  I then used Spellbinders dies for the greeting bases, Tattered Lace dies for the poinsettia's and a Britannia swirly die.
Whilst I had all the tools etc out and playing, I used one of Sheena Douglas Little bit Magical stamps, with a dark brown Staz On ink on acetate, by this time I had received the double sided adhesive sheets and used Autumn Blaze Gilding Flakes over the stamped image.  this was then mat and layered on to dark brown, dark cream, dark brown, dark green, dark brown, embossed green card with a Die Sire embossing folder, then mat on to dark brown and layered on to a 8 x 8 craft card.  I used cream, pale green ruffled ribbon, orange and dark green ribbon.  The greeting was using a Hobbycraft stamp and embossed in copper.

I have been busy with a task for our motorcycle clubs final (official) ride of the season, it is our turn to organize an event and I think I may have mentioned that we are going to the Cotswold Falconry Centre in Moreton In the Marsh, we have decided that those attending will receive a thank you card.  This is a difficult task as we don't know how many people will turn up, we have decided that we will have 30 pre-made and if more people turn up then we will have to make more  and post them out after the event.  I will take a picture of the group of cards when we have all 30 made, they are not all the same although there is a theme going on.

Hope to get some more crafting done today before hubby comes home from work.  Have fun in whatever you're crafting.  See you soon.  xx

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Jem's Design Ltd CD - Lililicious

I have recently purchased this CD from Jem's Design Ltd, as its name suggests its about Lilies.  I am a fan of Jem's Design and have several of their CD's.

I would like to share some cards that I have made using images from this CD:-

This is the Fantasy Lily,  I printed it on to satin effect photograph paper, mat and layered on to pink, black,  green check and green card stock, then placed on to a 8" x 8" blank card base, I have used two Marianne Dies for the pink swirly bits and flowers from my stash that I have made a while ago and can't remember what die I used, I finished this off with Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescant PVA for the  pearl drops in the corners.

This is from the Watercolour Lily section of the CD, I printed off the jigsaw topper, matted on to black card stock then a velvety finished paper and black card stock, I then attached this to a 8" x 8" blank base card, attached a co-ordinating ribbon and Marianne Die for the swirls, I then used the Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA for the pearls and some paper flowers that I had in my stash .

This card is from the Bejewelled Lily and was sent to my niece for her birthday earlier this month.  Again it is a 8" x 8" card, I used the jigsaw topper again but cut a section out and placed this at an angle, the topper is matted on to black, purple and red card stock, I used a Cheery Lynn Die for the black swirls, red organza ribbon and a purple paper rose and a red butterfly from my stash, I finished of the corners with the Cosmic Shimmer PVA.

This card is from the Chocolate Coated Lilies section, again another 8" x 8" card, I used the jigsaw topper again and cut a section out and added it at a jaunty angle, the topper mas mat and layered on to black, ivory and cream card stock, the blank base card was craft card.  I used the Cheery Lynn die again for the swirl and the roses were from my stash, I think these were made using the Britannia Dies.  I used a latte coloured organza ribbon and lce for the bow, again finishing off the corners with Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearl drops.

I hope that you like these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Coming up over the next few days I will share some Christmas cards I have made along with a card I made at the Card Making Workshop run by Amy from Out of the Blue Shop in Chipping Sodbury.

More information about Jem's Design Ltd CD's can be found at http://jemsdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Weekend of Syn - Motorcycle Rally

As you may know Dave(my husband of 30+ years) and I are bikers and we belong to the Virago Star Owners Club, I thought I would share a little snippet of the things we have recently done.

We have now had the last motorcycle rally of the year for the bike club we belong to, we had a long weekend down in Gravesend in Kent over the Bank Holiday.

Whilst we were in Kent we went to see my Mum and two brothers, which made it a very pleasant weekend,  we had good bands and entertainment at the rally site, which was at Gravesend Rugby Club, we had rain for the majority of the day on the Saturday, but that was soon forgotten on the Sunday when the sun came out.

My bike won another prize that weekend, that's two trophies this year, I had never one anything before so I am quite chuffed.

We had a bit of fun on the Sunday evening, our group decided we were going to the club house in "onesies" and they were all different animals:

We still have a couple of rides planned, the last official one being the 13th October and unfortunately named "The Fat Ladies Run", I'm afraid I don't know where that came from as it was already that when I joined the club 13 years ago.  This run I have organised and we are going to go to The Cotswold Falconry Centre in Moreton in the Marsh.

I would like to share a photo of the back of my waistcoat, spray painted by Herb from Spellbound, it is my favourite design of his and of course is in my favourite colours.

Spellbound Design by Herb of Spellbound.

Since we have been home I have made a few cards, using a CD by Jems Designs I have also made some more Christmas Cards and yes I have made another card using the Cat stamp. I will share these on another blog on another day, when I have taken some photographs.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

From the Past

I thought I would show you some cards that I have made in the past.

I have in the past made several cards using different Parchment Craft techniques, I love doing this craft, but it does take time, patience and practice.

These designs came from various sources, magazines, Christine Coleman patterns, Craftsuprint.

The following card is something I made this weekend, I just love using my distress inks and stamps at the moment.

The background stamp is by Indigoblu and the cat is from Stamps Away, the flower is from my stash, which I think originated from Hobbycraft.

Hope you like my cards!xx

Demo Update

I trust that this post finds you well and that you are finding time to craft.

I am enjoying my garden leave and still taking the opportunity to get lots of crafting in, I seem to have found inspiration and have made a couple more Christmas Cards.

I went to Hobbycraft Wednesday 7th August, I arrived early (a terrible trait to have) and had to wait for the previous gentleman to finish his demo.  I offered to do cardmaking, incorporating, stamping, distress inks & the Big Shot Die machine.  On the details on the front of the store they had my name as Shannon, oh well never mind.  I had prepared three cards to make and took some samples to show.

I didn't actually manage to finish one card, but I did manage to make all the components so that when I got home I could complete two.  I was asked quite a few times on how to use the Big Shot and was more than happy to demo how I use it, so many people have the machine, but haven't used it as they are frightened of breaking it.

I enjoyed the experience and the two hours flew by, I have offered to go in again Friday 16th at 11.00am for two hours, I intend to limit this to using distress inks & stamping with die cutting, I don't anticipate on making a complete card this time.

This is one of the cards that I completed  the components for at Hobbycraft.  I can't show you the other card yet as I am giving it to a friend for her birthday.

The Owl card has been made used using:-

              Stamps Away - Silent Night background
              Tattered Lace Owl Die
              Britannia Rose Die
              Cheery Lynn Designs Tropical Flourish Die
              Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
              an embossing folder which was a freebie off a magazine.

This card was using /flower Soft Theatre Cards CD Rom Winter, I made up all four scenes and made a sort of star card out of them, it looks really effective even though I haven't used the flower soft on it I did use crystal clear glitter.  I will use flower soft & glitter on the next one.

This card was a bit of fun, I had a digital image, which I coloured in with my Spectrum Noirs and glitter, the Poinsettia & Holly is from Tattered lace Dies & CD.  The card base is from Creative World of Crafts a 8" x 8" Elegant Tent card.

I am looking forward to the Card Making Workshop Thursday evening this week after I saw the sample of what we are going to be doing on Carole's blog: http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/.

Happy crafting everyone!. x

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Catch Up

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't been around for a while, the last couple of weekends I have been busy with the Motorbike Club and we have our Summer Party this coming weekend at Court Farm in Banwell, Somerset.

We have had a ride out to Bourton on the Water, what a beautiful village in the Cotswolds and very popular with the tourists.  Last Saturday was Calne Motorbike Show, so we went along to join our friends and promote our club.

In my last post I said I was going to play with a new stamp, well I did and produced the following two cards:

The card above was made using a stamp from Creative Expressions called Wise Friend, designed by Sam Poole.  I have used distress inks in various autumnal colours and dies from Marianne for the leaves and Britannia flower for the roses.

When I have finished the card I looked at it and as I just love the owl I thought I would try it in vibrant colours and see what the result would be and the following card is the result:

With this card I used Spectrum Noir alcohol pens and distress inks in matching colours, I also stamped the owl onto shrink plastic and coloured this in, I think the overall effect works really well.

At our last workshop on the 18th July we worked with distress markers, Spellbinders Die and a Milliner stamp and the card below is my interpretation:

 There are more pictures of cards on Carole's blog  http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/.

As the weather has been unsettled I have had an opportunity to make a couple more Christmas Cards:

These two cards have been made using a stamp from Woodware called Faithful & Joyful.  I stamped this image and embossed, I used black embossing powder on one and gold on the other.  I decided to try different backgrounds, in the first one I used a script stamp by Indigoblu and embossed this in a pale gold and over stamped with a swirl stamp also by Indigoblu and embossed this in black.  The flower is from a Hunkydory collection, the flower inspired the basic colour theme for these cards.  The bottom card I used a crackle background stamp from Indigoblu and distress inks, again the flower is from Hunkydory.

I have voluntered to do a Card Making demonstration at Hobbycraft on the 7th August and need to decide what I am going to do.  I think I will do something with the Big shot, stamps and distress inks.

Well, I have another idea for some Christmas cards going round in my head, so while the mood takes me I'm away to my craft room, while hubby sleeps and can't interrupt me.  xx

Monday, 15 July 2013


Well what wonderful weather we are having at the moment, it means I have been sat in the garden making Christmas Cards, I was determined to get an earlier start to them this year.  

I have started with some cards for the the Motorcycle Club I'm a member of, these were made with a little bit of matt and layering and some peel offs, easy to complete.  

Above is the first lot of cards I made and finished the end of last week.  The next 8 cards were started at the same time, but I didn't finish them until today.

I forgot to mention when I went to the motorbike rally a couple of weekends ago my bike won an award!  It won best customised 650, even though it is almost standard and the paint work is original, but as they say the Judge's decision is final, and if you wondering what the trophy is it a piston.

Well, I am now off to play with a stamp I recently purchased from Out of the Blue in Chipping Sodbury, it is of an owl and I have in mind to go autumnal we will have to wait and see what actually happens as it may go a different way when I'm working on it!