Sunday, 31 May 2015

member showcase

Good morning ladies

I have a member showcase today from Rita of Mold II.  At last weeks meeting for Mold II we did the aluminium tape & alcohol inks.  Well, Rita obviously quite took to it as Thursday (I think - but it might have been yesterday), she sent me this photo;

Wow, Rita, that is some session you had there.  They look great & I do expecct to see some of them appearing in cards later.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

mold 2014 project - part 7

Good afternoon everyone. Another grey day but they are tempting us with news of a heatwave next week.  Fingers crossed.

Today I have some photos from one of the Mold 2014 project books.  This one belongs to Clare & her theme was red, cream & black.  The ladies who filled pages in her book certainly did her proud;

Well done everyone

I hope you are all having a nice weekend.  Take care.

More member news tomorrow.  'Bye for now.

Friday, 29 May 2015

member showcase

Good afternoon everyone.

What a dreadful morning - I haven't heard rain like that in ages - but then, perhaps you didn't get it over you.

Today I have a member showcase for you & this time it is Betty from Mold II who has one of her cads featured in the latest issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft including a letter;

Here is the card with the letter - it was rather a small photo of the card

I have increased the size but I think it has affected its clarity.

Well done, again, Betty - keep them going in.

More member showcase in tomorrows post.

Have a nice weekend. 'Bye for now.

birthday greetings

Today is 29 May 
& a CSNW club member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Claire

Have a lovely day Claire

Thursday, 28 May 2015

mold photos - part 2

Good afternoon ladies & today I have the photos from the project at Mold II's meeting, where we indulged in a little bit of playtime with alcohol inks.

This morning I should have had a rubber stamping workshop (as I mentioned yesterday) & the subject was using alcohol inks - so I was definitely looking forward to having some more exposure to them - but the workshop was aborted as not enough of those booked on it turned up.  Ah well, such is life.

The Mold II project was using alcohol inks, embossing folders & aluminium tape together & we used the technique to decorate some tags.

Here are their photos & for a change some from me!

This tag is the one I created during my demonstration.
When the ladies went off to play I decided I would do some more playing myself. So whilst I still had quite a damp felt pad I coloured a domino that I had in my box.

This is the tag & domino I decorated next.    Hmmm - I want to play some more.    Now - how can I use them & use them together :)

These two tags were created by Annette - seems to be a colour theme going on here.

These two were created by Betty.  That hessian embossing folder was free with the Crafters Companion magazine - it's a great pattern.

Three tags this time & they are the work of Carolyn.  I love the colours on that central one - I think Carolyn used my Butterscotch ink with others on that one.

This one is the only tag that actually ended up on a card & was made by Elma. That embossing folder works well with this technique.

These two tags were created by Helen & she also used the technique of dropping the blending solution onto the finished pattern. It's a little clearer on the right hand one as you can see where it has moved the ink away from the centre of the flowers.

This design was created by Lin & she used a different embossing folder - a non background one.
I was worried when I first looked at the photo that it had come out blurry - but I think it's mainly the fact that the lights above are reflected onto it.  Look very careful at the bottom half of the tag & you can see the owl corner that was used.

Towards the end of the meeting Lin (who made the tag above) suggested that this technique should work using alcohol pens (Promarkers etc) as it is the same ink.  I couldn't see why not, so yesterday afternoon I tried it out - 

Some of the colours didn't mark very well - it was better with the darker colours as they have more pigment.  The pens are obviously not as wet as the ink in the bottles so applying the ink to the aluminium tape wasn't quite so easy.  But I persevered & just kept adding different colours not worrying about the colour scheme.  After that I put a little Isopropyl on a kitchen tissue & dabbed across the pattern.  Isopropyl is more or less the same as the blending solution.  It has given it a washed out appearance but still quite effective.  I think using the pens rather than the ink you need to lay lots of colour down & work quickly.  But it is not to be written off.

As I was about to sign off I wondered whether the Promarkers etc would lay ink on the felt pad without drying out too quick, then add some blending solution to the felt pad & dab it on the tape as before.  If it works then the pens have another use & the only purchase to make is the blending solution.  I will try it & let you know.

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

mold II photos - part 1

Good afternoon everyone.

Today I have the photos from last night's Mold II meeting & they are of their Show & Tell where the theme was to make a card using the Pointillism (their interpretation) style.

We had quite a small gathering last night as several ladies were absent - so only 8 of us, including me.

Here are their cards;

This lovely little hedgehog is by Annette.  I love the idea of attaching the little tag with a brad to make it look like he is holding it.

Betty chose to use the design that Janet (from Mold club) had given Mold II group when she showed them the technique.  Lovely subtle colouring Betty & I like that you used the dotted background as Janet had suggested.

This lovely CAS design is from Carolyn.  I think it shows that this doesn't always need lots of colour.

This cute little teddy is from Elma - his fur looks almost real - quite curly

These colourful trio of ices is from Lin. Good enough to eat, Lin !
It wasn't until I copied & resized the photos to put them here on the blog that I really read the sentiment on the card - "Happy parfait to you" - very clever.

Well done ladies some different styles here.

Tomorrow I have a rubber stamping workshop in the morning - so must make sure I have everything ready - so that's me for today.  I will be back tomorrow with the photos from Mold II's project.

'Bye for now.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

a 90th birthday

Good afternoon ladies

Today I have some photos of two 90th birthday cards I made over the weekend. They are both for the same lady, a colleague. One I was asked to make to be given to her from the group that we both have an interest in & the other was a personal one from Bob & I.

This is the one sent from the group

Here is a side view of it as I made a type of easel card.
The card came with the shaped top & I used some Couture dies that I purchased from C&C. Some pink gems for some bling & a silver 90 & "Happy Birthday" peel-off.

This is the one from Bob & I made with a Tonic die.  Again gems for bling, a silver die-cut butterfly & a silver 90 peel-off.  I cut the circular greeting from the blue card then mounted it on white card & repositioned back in the aperture on sticky pads to raise it a little.

Sorry! no stamping on these two.

I took them to her today along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the group - she loved them.

Off to have my evening meal & then get ready for the May Mold II meeting tonight.
'Bye for now.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Mold photos

Good afternoon - well here are the photos  (at last -  do I hear you say!) - of the project from Molds May meeting last Thursday.

The project for the evening was taken by Carolyn of Mold II club & was that lovely Diorama card & here are the ladies hard at work;

& here are their cards;

This lovely peaceful garden scene was made by Fiona.

A cute owl family made by Clare

This beautiful large butterfly card was made by Yvonne, & it is a
stamped butterfly too.

A pretty decoupaged floral image from Jo (Brookes)

& another flower decoupage this time from Maureen

This is a very interesting design - the background paper which is in black & white has had a couple of matching flowers cut out & coloured & then layered back onto the background.  Very effective.
Oops nearly forgot to say - this was made by Joan (Brown)

Ah! more owls - aren't they cute! Nice CAS design by Mair.

Oh - more aahs - a cute teddy - beautifully coloured & this design was made by Lynn

A cute little girl & some amazing butterflies created by Janet

Birds & a birdcage from Joanna another nice CAS design

Some stunning fuchsias from Sheelagh - love the purple die-cut butterfly & flourish.

Well done ladies & thank you once again to Carolyn for showing us how to make this card.  I think it is a design that we will be seeing about quite a bit.

That's me for today I hope you weekend is going well.  'Bye for now.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

holiday photos

Good morning everyone

Today Bob & I are off to visit his brother who has been very poorly & is in a Nursing home, then after that visit we are going to meet up with one of his friends for a meal & good old natter.

This means I won't have time to move the Mold club photos from my phone to my laptop until tomorrow, so I thought I would show you just a couple of photos from our holiday in Jersey back in April;

The view from our room overlooking the marina

A slightly different view

A close up of Elizabeth Castle Island which you can see
in the background of the photo above

The little boat/bus that runs between the mainland & Elizabeth Castle
At high tide it is a boat.

I have some more photos of our holiday to show you - but will use them as fillers between crafty posts.

Have a nice day.  'Bye for now.

Friday, 22 May 2015

A birthday card

Good evening everyone - just before I show you this birthday card - a little chat about last night's Mold meeting.

We had Carolyn from Mold II show the ladies how to make that lovely Diorama card.  Now true to how I manage things these days - I forgot to take my camera, but I was saved because I had my phone.  So tomorrow I will be putting those photos on my laptop to show to you.

Before that I must once again thank Carolyn for coming along & showing this card - it was really well received & the ladies were very pleased with their cards.

Earlier today I spent a few hours with Caroline - browsing garden centres & having a coffee & a chat. Yesterday was Carolines birthday & it is her card that I am showing you today;

The colour has not quite come out right - it was more of a deep violet red than this.  The background is one of Carolines own texture mats which I have had for a long time & recently when looking through a box of things saw it & thought - "about time I used that".  This really is the first time I have used it.

I stamped it on white card with black ink & embossed with clear EP  I then stamped again the area where the big flower is (yes that is part of the texture mat) - which I coloured with my pens.  I cut a piece of white satin ribbon & coloured that with the same pens.  Next I laid the large flower over its image on the background & held it down with a small strip of repositionable double sided tape.  I used one of those tape pens.

The next stage was to run it through en embossing folder - the  one I used had a sort of dog-tooth pattern.  This is called "Embossed embossing" - because the process of embossing like this actually embosses the cut flower into the background.  I layered the background onto another piece of white card leaving a small border which I had inked with the same pen that I used to colour the flower & ribbon.  This was then layered onto the white card; a Happy Birthday sentiment stamped & some gems for bling.  To make the little bow I used the tattered lace bow maker - mini size.

Well! another weekend - & a bank holiday one at that - it upon us once again.  Have a lovely weekend whatever you choose to do.

Our weekend kicked off with us meeting up this evening with Gareth & Elayne & having a lovely evening meal at the Village Massala in Rhuddlan.  Trouble is - it is another meal tomorrow when we meet up with one of Bob's friends of any years - still never mind the waist - think of the great company.

'Bye for now

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

a birthday card

Good morning everyone.

I wonder where Tuesday went!  In the morning I had a Crochet workshop down at Daleside which went very well - then in the afternoon I cleared my desk of stamps & inks etc from some earlier stamping work. Afterwards I decided what other cards there were to make & sorted out the items for those.  Before you know where you are - Tuesday gone.

Today I am having a card making & card preparation day.  But I also have a photo for you of a recently made clean & simple birthday card;

On Monday I went to the Happy Stampers club meeting & one of our members was showing the masking technique.  Now most of us use this technique & sometimes those of us who show people "how to" ideas, forget that there are always newbies coming along.  So, it was quite refreshing to watch the techniques being demo'd again, & it set me off thinking of the way I had used it in the past & that meant that this card was born.

I used one of my shaped die cuts to cut an aperture in a spare piece of card, the centre will be very useful later for a topper for another card.

The aperture was placed over the square card & I brushed on 2 colours of Distress Inks (Crushed Olive & Stormy Sky).  I prefer using brushes than the foam as you get a softer hue.  The floral image was then stamped in black archival ink & because I keep clear embossing powder on my desk I can quickly emboss the image. I then looked through my DoCrafts Connoisseur Pens - these are felt pens with a brush one end & a bullet nib the other - & found almost matching colours to add colour to the image.  A little flower in the corner & a "Happy Birthday" completes the card.

I think I will be making more along this style in the months to come.

Now - back to my preparation & putting my things ready for the Mold meeting tomorrow evening.
'Bye for now.