Sunday, 14 October 2018

Let it snow

Hello folks from a very wet and miserable Manchester.

What a difference in the weather this week. We have gone from summer to autumn and now we have winter all in the space of one week. Consequently I am snuggled up in my crafteroom trying to tidy it and then make a couple of cards that I need for next week.
Today's card is another Christmas one - 
For this card I have used - 

  • matt black card
  • Sara's signature collection Winter wonderland luxury matt mirri card
  • Shimmering snowflakes 3D embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
  • blue topaz Spectrum Noir metallic pen
  • Pebeo silver gilding wax
  • Die'sire Let it snow die
  • Spellbinder's snowflake view die set
  • gems and ribbon from my stash

I coloured the small snowflakes and the centre of the medium sized snowflakes with the metallic pen and used gilding wax everywhere else.
Well those cards are not going to make themselves. Have a lovely Sunday.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 7 October 2018

3D poinsettias

Good morning folks

Well I didn't manage to make any cards yesterday on national cardmaking day but I am in my craftroom today. I am not however, making cards - doing alterations. Something I hate doing as you always uncover some dodgey stitchery mess whenever you unpick something. I would rather make a garment from scratch than alter a shop bought one. but they are for my dad so I will persist.
Today's card is one I made over the summer - 
I have used a Crafter's Companion 3D embossing folder which I then coloured with my Spectrum Noir metallic pens (love these pens!!) The products I have used are -
  • Poinsettia frame 3D embossing folder from Crafter's Companion
  • Spectrum Noir metallic pens - pewter, burnished copper, red garnet, silver ingot, jade green, green citrine and gold nugget
  • Gemini festive words 1 die set
  • matt black card
  • gold mirri
  • jade centura pearl

This is a really simple card to make but the effect is stunning (even if I do say so myself).
Right, that's your lot for today. Back to my sewing machine. Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for stopping by.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Timeless

Good afternoon folks

Happy cardmaking day! I would love to say that I'll be crafting today but unfortunately I have some chores to complete before I can retire to my little piece of crafting heaven.
This is a card I made for my brother-in-laws birthday - 
In the summer I visited Phil Martin's shop in Sheffield and this card is based on one of the cards on display in the shop. I have used - 
  • Phil Martin's timeless classic background stamp
  • Phil Martin's timeless small square frame stamp
  • Phil Martin's timeless small oval frame stamp - the sentiment only
  • Phil Martin's boxed in stencil
  • Cosmic Shimmer texture paste - copper
  • Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish - copper
  • Copper detail embossing powder
  • matt black card
  • wooden embellishments from my stash

I rubbed the gilding polish over the black card to create the copper card. I did this so that the shades of copper would match and as all the mirri card I had in my stash just wasn't quite right.
I stamped all the stamps with Versamark and then heat embossed the copper detail embossing powder.

That's all from me today folks. I hope you are able to enjoy some crafting time on this special day for all of us crafty folk.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Happy Anniversary

Good afternoon folks

How are we all? I am spending my Sunday catching up with household chores and my blogging. Today's card is a wedding anniversary card I made for my sister-in-law - 

I have used - 

  • kraft card (to make the card base and cut the champagne bottle)
  • Sara's signature collection - rustic wedding 6 inch paper pad
  • Crafter's Companion's rose garden embossing folder (to emboss the front of the card blank)
  • Tattered Lace ornamental hearts die
  • Tattered Lace love is in the air sentiments die set
  • Tattered Lace champagne bottle die
  • Tattered Lace champagne glasses
  • lace and pearls from my stash

I removed all the flowers and foliage from around the champagne glasses.

That's all from me today. Enjoy your Sunday.
Crafty hugs

Lesley

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Christmas snowflakes

Good morning folks

I do hope this post finds you well. I am sat in my dressing gown watching the lovely Lisa from Creative Expressions on Hochanda, browsing through my card photos and I have discovered a whole load of cards that I have not yet shown you. I started my Christmas cards in the summer holidays and this is one of the easier ones I made - 
I have just noticed how wonky that looks - I hope it is just the camera angle! For this card I have used - 

  • matt black card (from Crafter's Companion)
  • gold glitter card (from Crafter's Companion)
  • gold matt mirri (from Crafter's Companion)
  • Shimmering snowflakes 3D embossing folder (from Crafter's Companion)
  • Pebeo antique gold gilding wax
  • Downton Abbey ornate oval frame die (from Crafter's Companion)
  • Gemini festive words 1 die set (from Crafter's Companion)
  • Spellbinder's snowflake die
  • black organza ribbon from my stash
 I love these 3D embossing folders but have only just realized that I was using the wrong sandwich in my Gemini, thank you Fiona. It should be one clear cutting plate, magnetic shim and thin plastic mat. I was using just the cutting plate and the pastic shim so the emboss is not quite as deep as it should be.
I think I was possibly a little heavy handed with the gilding wax it some areas of the embossing. I need to remember less is more.
That's all from me today folks. Enjoy your Saturday whatever you are upto - I am off to buy new curtains for my Hubby's study.

Crafty hugs

Lesley


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Another Oops

Good afternoon folks

Well I am late again for my Alphabet Challenge blog post. Wouldn't mind but I have had it made for ages and the photo submitted. The days just run away from me, I lose track of dates and times all the time - it is awful. Do not know what is wrong with me, I used to be such an organised person but now my life is chaos and I never know what day it is or why I am stood in a room. 
Anyway enough of my memory issues, here is my (belated) DT card for the new challenge at Alphabet Challenge Blog - 
 The new challenge is M for monkey. I have used monkey fun stamp from Your Next Stamp which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens - 

  • crystal clear, smoked quartz, cosmos, rose quartz, moonstone and pink champagne 

I also used - 
  • Sheena's stamping card (for the background)
  • clear embossing powder
  • Sheena's Sparkle pens - warm basil, green pickle and glacial pines (for the background)
  • white linen card
  • Tomic layering circles die set

I made the backing paper using Sheena's stamping card and Sparkle pens, heat embossing the leaves with clear embossing powder and applying the Sparkle pens mixed with glycerine. I then coloured the leaves with a darker green Sparkle pen.

That's all from me today folks. I am off to tackle the housework and make some more late cards!!
Enjoy your weekend

Lesley
PS. why not pop over to the Alphabet Challenge blog and see what my fellow teamies have made for the challenge. Maybe join in the fun too. You can reach the blog here.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

A floral favourite

Good afternoon

Sorry for my blogging silence. I am back and work now and have had to have lots of early nights to prepare myself for work each day. Those 6 weeks holiday certainly take some getting over!
Today's card is a commission I made some time ago but I always like to delay posting them for as long as possible to give the person chance to send it to the recipient.
 The front of the card is half acetate which is difficult to photograph so I have included a flat shot too (below).
Flat shot.

For this card I have used - 

  • Hunkydory's Floral Favourites pretty in pink deco-large
  • Hunkydory's Floral delights card stack
  • Hunkydory's Floral delights inserts and paper pack
  • Hunkydory's construction weight acetate
  • white Centura Pearl
  • gold mirri card

Closer detail of the deco-large.
As the deco-large was so deep I made a box instead of an envelope. I decorated the box using the Floral delights paper pad.
Flat shot of the box.

That's all from me today. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Crafty hugs

Lesley