Friday, 30 September 2016

recent card

Hello ladies

Today I have a card to show you that I made only yesterday for a friend who has moved house.

I first stamped it in a sepia coloured Adirondack ink with the intention to produce a sepia picture. But, I didn't like it - so instead I stamped in Versamark & heat embossed in gold EP.

I then used Distress Inks as paint by putting the colour on an acrylic block & picking the colour up with my water brush.

I layered it onto dark green card , then blue card then onto the white scalloped edge card.  I stamped & embossed the "New Home" in gold & layered that as well onto the green & blue card.

That's me for now - may be back later.


Happy Blogaversary

Today is the 30 September
& this blog is now 6 years old

The old blog ran for about 3 or 4 years
so we have been going about 9 years in total

Thursday, 29 September 2016

mold II photos - part 2

Good morning ladies - here I am again & this time I have the photos from the Mold II meeting on Tuesday, & they are of their project for the evening.

Carolyn showed the ladies how to make the Z-fold card, & these are the cards that they made;

This is Elma's card - a really nice Christmas card.

Another Christmas card version - this time from Betty.

Betty had also made a couple of these at home - so she brought them in to show us.
It is interesting to see the difference appearance the narrower strip gives.

This lovely shiny holographic finish was made by Sylvia.  The topper is just perfect for it.

Annette's card is really crisp & clean & the blue background makes it definitely feel very wintry.

Helen decided on a birthday version. I love the black & gold - very elegant.

Aother beautiful sparkly card, this time from Elizabeth.  Very rich & sumptuous card.

This is a second card made by Elma
Elma so enjoyed making her first card that she set to & made another one.
The pink card really sets the embellishments off well.

As you can see most ladies went for a Christmas theme & the shape is just perfect for it.  Also it does not take long to make & is a great way to use up all those designer papers we collect.

I also made a card - it just needs a greeting. So when I have put that on I will take a photo & pop it in another post.

That's me for today - more tomorrow.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Mold II photos - part 1

Good afternoon everyone.

Today I have a few photos from the Mold II club's Show & Tell cards from last night's meeting.  The theme, or challenge, was a fusion card.  A fusion card is the marriage of a sketch & a photo.

This is the sketch
& this is the photo

There are just 3 cards to show you as last month several ladies were not present, plus we were 3 ladies absent last night

Here are their cards;

I love this little bouquet on the front of Elma's card.  It captures the colours perfectly.
Elma told us her son thought it was lovely & we all agreed with him.

Annette's background papers pick up all the colours & the little vase of flowers in the centre highlight's them really well.

Betty found she could use her brusho's to get her background pieces & once again you can see all the colours from the picture there.

Well done ladies.  I did pick rather a bright multi-coloured image for your first challenge of a fusion card.  Perhaps I will be kinder the next time when I include it in the programme!

That is all there is today.  I will be back tomorrow with the second set of photos from the evening.

'Bye for now.

Monday, 26 September 2016

a recent card

Good afternoon ladies - I hope you all had a good weekend.

Today I have a photograph of a recent birthday card I have made;

I made this from an "all-in-one" background stamp that I purchased from CaroLine quite a few years ago - I love it - it is so versatile.

This time I have stamped it in black ink on white card & heat embossed with clear EP.  I then coloured it with my pearlescent water colours & mounted it onto black card. I had a long think about where the greeting would go as I was reluctant to cover any of the flowers. So, as you can see, in the end I added it vertically off to the side, after stamping it in black, heat embossing with clear EP & layering it onto black card to match the main focal image,  A little group of pale pink pearls
completed the card.

Tomorrow evening is the September meeting of the Mold II club  - so there will be photos for you over next couple of days. Carolyn is taking the demonstration part of the evening , showing the ladies the z-fold card.

That is me for today.  'Bye for now.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

new home card

Good afternoon ladies.
Well, it did turn out a nice weekend - a bit blowy - but very pleasant.

I finally made a new home card for our daughter out in the States - I just couldn't make up my  mind what to do - but then one of the magazines came with a free door embossing folder & some stamps that were Christmas themed.

As soon as I saw the door I knew that was what I would use. Then had the idea of using it on a stepper card. Seem to be in to stepper cards at the moment.

Here is the finished card -

I embossed the door in white, then decided I was going to use kraft card for the stepper. Well, that was actually my second choice I had first made the stepper from a bright blue card then didn't like it. I gave the door a distressed look with some Distress inks which looked better on the kraft card.

The stamps that came with the embossing folder included a set of numbers, a door knocker, an outside lantern light, a wreath, a bow, a plant urn & a plant head - oh! & a letter box & some festive greetings.

As you can see I used the door knocker & the numbers.  That is the number of their house in their address - but it doesn't seem to be that long a road according to google maps.  I stamped & cut out 2 of the urns & the flower heads.  I was really pleased with those as I had been trying to decide on the best way to colour them after I had stamped them  - they are open stamps. I looked in my scraps box & there was a piece of paper with tiny pink flowers on it - so I just stamped on that.  It worked out very well.  I think so anyway.  The "new home" is part of a set from Clearly Besotted Stamps.

I hope they like it.

OK - that is me for today.  Tomorrow I am out with Sue - it's time for a good natter.

'bye for now.

Friday, 23 September 2016

That 70th birthday card

Good afternoon ladies - goodness! it's Friday again & another weekend is with us.

I finally got around to photographing my brothers card this morning & here it is;

Gosh! it looks a bit rumpled there - but it isn't.
It's a centre stepper card, for which I have a die - so no measuring involved - it is perfect.

I cut the juke box from gold mirri card & then attempted to only emboss it in red mirri card.  
Despite the sandwich instruction with my Gemini - the machine wanted to die-cut it - so it did go through in places - but held together.  So I achieved the result I wanted which was the red coming through - not just behind - the design.  I had to be very careful adding adhesive so that it didn't slide & mark the red.

The die cut "happy birthday" is a strange font - the a's & the p's do not join together - I haven't broken them.

This is the message on the back which I have layered onto gold mirri then decorated with musical notes & a record.

A short while ago there was an A4 sheet of stamps free with a magazine & it was all to do with music.  Very handy indeed.

Have a great weekend - I think the weather is going to be reasonable.
'Bye for now.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

a recent card

Good evening ladies - & a rather late one it is too.

This morning I had to take my car in for a service - it's first one - so had time to kill whilst it was being done.  I popped in on the park & ride to Chester.  I haven't been for a while & I thought it was generally looking very sorry for itself.

Having picked up a few bits & pieces I was after & deciding I wasn't enjoying walking around I went back to the bus & at the same time got a message to say that my car would be ready in about 45 minutes - it was currently being valeted.

Then this afternoon I have been putting my brothers birthday card together.  I had a couple of attempts at the effect I wanted & eventually got it right.  Will show you tomorrow.

In the meantime here is another card that I made recently;

I ran the butterfly embossing folder through my Gemini, Then coloured it with distress inks in green & blue, & finally smoothing it all out with some yellow which gave me 2 shades of green.  The topper I coloured with the same inks then stamped the butterfly in black archival ink.  The same with the "happy birthday".  Next I mounted the pieces onto black card & then onto the scalloped edge white card.

I really must use my inks with my embossing folders more - it is a very nice finish.

That's it - sleep well .......... or perhaps more to the point - I hope you slept well.
Night night.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Having a play

Good afternoon ladies

I have had a play day today - well, a few hours this afternoon actually - but it almost amounts to the same thing.

When I popped into the craft shop in the garden centre yesterday I am afraid some new dies caught my eye & what do you know I bought them - couldn't resist them.  So this afternoon I had a practice die-cutting session with them to see just how they would come out & what I thought I would be able to do with them.

Here they are;

The first one is just an ordinary little hexagon die - but I can think of lots of ideas for it.
It actually embossed the edge quite well with just the one pass through the machine to cut it.

Just look at that die!  I cut it out of some grey card I have to see it "in the flesh" so to speak. The 3 little circles are actually a separate die.  Lots of ideas for this one.

Then there is the floral cascade.  Again I just cut it from grey card to see what it looked like. You do end up with about 5 varying sized flowers as well. - Some of them are "behind" other flowers so you lose part of one of their petals - but they could still be used.

This next die was not one from the craft shop in the garden centre.  I bought in the craft shop in Llandudno about a week ago.  It is absolutely perfect for my brothers 70th birthday card.  He has one in his lounge.

It a juke box & it cuts beautifully plus the bits fall out so easily too.  Now all I have to think of is the colours I am going to use.  Oh & I suppose what size card I am going to put it on too.

That's my chat for today - I hope you are all finding time to play too.

'Bye for now - more tomorrow.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

a recent card

Good afternoon ladies

I have photos today of the final sample card that I made for my workshop down in the garden centre - they are cards that fold differently.  After finishing the last one & taking it down to the craft shop I realised I hadn't taken a photo of it.  This morning I had to pop in there so took the opportunity to take one whilst I was there.

I chose the black & white theme for this one - this is the front.
Although it will not be a stamping workshop I had to stamp at least one of the samples & its this one
The background paper is ready printed.

& this is the inside.
It is the same style as one of the cards I have placed a photo of on the new "future projects" tab on the blog.

I think you will like making this one - it will be very early in the New Year.

That's me for today - more tomorrow.
'Bye for now.

birthday greetings

birthday greetings

today is 20 September & a Mold club member has a birthday

Happy birthday Lynn

enjoy your day.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Just chatting

Good afternoon ladies I hope you had a good weekend.

After tidying up some of my work space I decided to have a look around the internet for ideas for next year.  Yes! I know it is still 3 months away - but I have to have the ideas ahead of time.

If there is anything in particular you would like to cover - or even cover again - or if you have any ideas, please email me or leave a comment on this blog.

Also if you have some ideas or techniques that you think the ladies would be interested  - & you would be willing to show them please get in touch with me.

I have a couple of ideas lined up & at the moment I am thinking of creating another page on the blog where I will put photos of projects I would like to include during the year.

Tonight I have my meeting at HSNW club. I hope you have got your tickets for the Stamp Festival there is only just under 2 weeks to go.

Tomorrow I hope to have photos of cards I have made recently.
'Bye for now.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

mold photos - part 2

Good morning ladies.

Another weekend is here - I do hope you have some good things planned.

This morning I have the photos from the project at Mold club's meeting on Thursday - which was Carolyn's (of Mold II club) - z-fold card.

The colours of Joan's flowers are gorgeous & I like the toning roses on her topper. Very pretty.

Rachel went for drama on her card - it is really striking, & the grey band with the greeting works so well.

Joanna decided on a real focal point topper & with the black matting layer it is really striking.

Mair decided not to put a topper on her card during the evening as she really wanted a nice rose for the front & didn't have one with her.  The background paper is really delicate.

Look at that amazing colour in Sheelagh's card.  Her background papers are papers that she has inked at some earlier stage & then stamped on top at the meeting.  That clematis stamp is a favourite of mine too.
If you look closer just to the right of the topper - there is a little message tag behind the z-fold strip - very ingenious.

Maureen has gone for a cute design in lovely shades of lavender.
For some reason they always come out slightly blue in the photo - I think its the effect from the lights in the hall

Lynn's background papers had parcels on it - so she has replicated that on the back page of the card with paper & ribbon.

Janet is in love with Brusho paints & she came armed with paper for her background on which she had used the paints.  There are her pretty stamped flowers adorning the front.

Well Carolyn (Mold II)  - along with your clear instructions & me showing the ladies how to make your card, which I really enjoyed making myself - we have some lovely cards.  They loved the style & I am sure will be using it often.  Thank you for thinking of it for us.

That is me for today.
I may be back tomorrow - it depends if I have anythng to show you or tell you about.

Friday, 16 September 2016

club pages

Just popping in to let you know I have updated the club pages with Octobers information & the project photos page as well.


mold photos - part1

Good afternoon ladies.

This afternoon I have the Show & Tell photos from last night's Mold club meeting, where the theme was a fusion card.

The challenge was to "fuse" a sketch & a picture into a complete design;

This is the sketch
& this is the photo

& these are their cards

Janet's card has the colours very subtly in the background & then more dominant in the hand-cut flowers.

Sheelagh was not at the meeting when I said not to use the photo I had given you on the card. So she has included it - but all the colours have been really well picked up around the design.

Joan has used the softer version of the colours which is really effective.

Again, Lynn has also gone for softer colours & I love the bling which picks up the sparkle on the photo.

Joanna has used the really vibrant colours in her card & matting & layering of the colours as well.

This is the first time I put that challenge to you - so keep an eye out it will probably pop up again in 2017!!!!

That's me for this afternoon, I will be back tomorrow with the photos from the evening's project.
Have a great weekend.
'Bye for now.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Just chatting

Good afternoon ladies - gosh I didn't realise I had not written anything since Monday.

Of course Bob & I & the family were out all day Tuesday for a family funeral, then yesterday I had to finish preparing the materials for the card workshop I will be doing at the garden centre later on.  I needed to sort the items that they would have to bring & what I would supply.

Then I took the cards down so they could be displayed & forgot to photograph the third one I had made.  I need to pop down there tomorrow - so will take a photo on my mobile.

Last night it was the moved meeting of the CSNW club - I had to change their day due to talking to the WI last week.  Sadly only 4 ladies turned up & we lost a little bit of time waiting for others that the ladies didn't get to decorate their fold over boxes.  So they are going to finish them at home & bring them in next month for me to see. & photograph.

This morning was my monthly lunch & this evening is the September meeting of the Mold club.  So it is not surprising that the week has gone so quick.

I hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather & were not troubled too much by the storms on Tuesday.

Should have photos for you tomorrow from tonight's meeting.

'Bye for now.

Monday, 12 September 2016

just chatting

Good evening ladies - I hope you all had a good weekend.

There isn't a lot to chat about but I thought I would just pop in for a little while.  I spent some time today thinking about the set of Christmas cards that I make each year for Bob to give out & had a good browse in Pinterest for ideas.

Then I had to make the third sample card for the workshop I will doing in October at the garden centre.  The best design I found actually used 12x12 card & paper which isn't the best idea for a workshop - although I do have stacks of 12x12 that could be used.  So thinking a little longer I managed to get it down to an A4 sheet which would make 2 cards.  I was rather pleased with the fact that I had been able to work it out - then when I returned to Pinterest for more ideas - found that someone else had created an A4 (2 card) version & it would appear we agreed on measurements.  I also found a version using A4 card complete to make a larger version.

I didn't finish the sample in time to photograph it - but will do that either tomorrow or Wednesday. Tomorrow Bob & I & the family have a funeral to attend.  So the photo probably won't be until Wednesday.

Well that's my quick pop in.
'Bye for now
Sleep well.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

recent cards

Good afternoon ladies.

I thought I would show you some recent cards I have made - they are in fact the ones that I made for the WI talk I gave.  You were able to see them in the display photos I posted on Friday. The photos are in the order of my demonstration, & I demonstrated how I had created the card before holding it up & passing it around for them to see closer;

This was the first card & I used it to show how I made background papers, in this instance using Card-io stamps.
It also gave me the chance to talk about embossing folders & of course the different colouring mediums, & how different a card looks when it is layered like this.

This card was to show Clarity Stamps designs & pattern making & of course variegated inks.
I also used this card to talk about stamping flower shapes & creating multi-layered flowers.

This card was to show the use of the stamp positioner.
Those eagle-eyed amongst you will spot that I still didn't get it right every time.

This card allowed me to show the large stamps that are around & how a card can be made using just one of these stamps.  Of course it was also my big introduction to heat embossing.

Having introduced heat embossing I then showed this stamp which of course I actually stamped n Versamark. So, at first nothing could be seen - except by the lady sat virtually next to me who saw the slightly wet design on the black card.
As well as the white embossing I also used white puffy stuff which looks like toothpaste in the bottle - but, as it says in the name - puffs up with the use of the heat gun.  I also used a tiny amount of white glitter.
The layout of this card also gave me the chance to talk about die-cutting.

When I used to give regular talks & demos I always finished with a stamp using shrink plastic & this stamp is my favourite one to use.
I had several of them to pass around - lus a couple of an elegant old car that I had shrunk.

I had to have a couple of smiles to myself as when I was describing the embossing / die-cutting machine one lady said - "Oh! just like the old mangle".  Well - she is right isn't she?  But not so much fun as die-cutting.

Another smile was brought about by the lady who gave the vote of thanks.  She said some really nice things but closed by saying that she felt that "the cruelty to teddies should be investigated".  That comment came about because right at the end in order for him to lay flat I rather heavily put the wooden stamp block on him.

That's me for today I hope yoour weekend is ging well.

'Bye for now.

Friday, 9 September 2016

my WI talk

Good afternoon ladies

I am sorry there was no blog written yesterday - but Bob & had a day out meeting up with a childhood friend of his, which we do every couple of months.

On Wednesday evening I did my talk to the WI group.  They had been on a summer break & that evening was their first one back - so there was quite a lot of business to cover before my talk.  They only had little tables to work on so the planned great layout I had decided on did not take place & I practically worked out of my bags.  Fortunately my demos that I had prepped were all in order in a box so it was easy to work.

They were a lovely group of ladies & most receptive of my work - & of yours as well, as I had taken my birthday cards that I had received this year with me to show different styles of stamping.  When doing a talk like this I always choose shrink plastic to close & I have a particular stamp I use.  The Ladies absolutely loved this part of the demo.

So I came home a happy lady.

Today, before putting everything away I laid the items I had prepared onto my dining room table & took photos to show you.  The only item I don't have a photo of (which was stupid of me) is the candle, as I gave that to the group for their special raffle.  They help raise money for Kentigern House.

Here are the photos;

These are the different cards I made showing different stamping processes.
In it you can see 2 stamps that I used with shrink plastic. At the demo I only used the Teddy.
Ca you see the really tiny one on the table?

This is a close up of just the shrink plastic items.

Then these were the non-card stamped items that I took along.
Hmm! the flower spray doesn't show up all that well - I will photograph it on its own & put it on the blog later.

The plan had been that at the end of the demo the ladies who wished to could come up & have a dabble - but because they had so much business to cover at the beginning we ran out of time. So, I said if they were interested in a little session I could sort something out.

Right - that is me for today, more tomorrow.
Have a great weekend
'Bye for now.