Friday, 25 April 2014

ProMarker Giveaway

It's my turn to post over on the Letraset blog today, pop over and see what I have been up to using air-dry clay


Letraset have given me a set of twelve ProMarkers to give away to one of you....thanks Letraset



there are some gorgeous colours in the pack....


All you have to do is leave your name under this post AND on the Letraset post which you will find HERE. Only those who have commented on both blogs will be entered in the random draw. I will mail to anywhere in the world, and will draw a winner next Wednesday and tell you who won on Thursday 1st May - good luck

I'll be back tomorrow, see you then x

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Friends are like pockets....

Continuing with my mission to make some cards using only the built in shapes in the Scan N Cut machine, I came up with this idea..... 




I used one of the basic shapes, and folded over the point to make it look like a pocket, I added some black card behind the glasses and covered that with glossy accents - they look a bit smudged in the photo, it must be the light because they are lovely and glossy in real life. A bit of stitching, and a couple of the wavy borders from the machine and I was done. Papers are from a very old stack by Martha Stewart, and the sentiment is also an old one from Stampin Up


It's been a work in progress kind of day for me, I have stuff that I need to get done and dusted before my next little jolly outing on the 5th May - a trip to France and Belgium to visit the world war one battlefields, well, it won't be so jolly, I shall probably spend four days in floods of tears at the total waste of so many young lives. 

Now I don't speak French, I regret not paying more attention in school, but I didn't. So I found this iPad app called Duolingo, and decided that by the time I went on this trip I would be at least able to say with some authority 'another gin and tonic please' or understand what I was about to eat. I was very enthusiastic for about two weeks, and kept coming out with bizarre statements to a bemused husband 'this apple is red' I would announce in French, with all the gravitas of the Prime Minister announcing a reduction in income tax. I can also tell you that the elephant is grey, and that the boy likes cake. All of this will, I'm sure come in very very useful around the battlefields of the Somme. I sort of lost interest after a couple of weeks, I wasn't sure how many grey elephants and red apples I would come across, so
the impetus vanished, and I shall just have to fall back on the time-honoured British way of speaking English very very slowly in a loud voice.....I'll let you know if that works, and if I see any elephants

See you tomorrow

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Burlap and Flowers....

When I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago, if you remember I met up with a bunch of friends from the old Cricut message board, one of them, Carol, is a good online friend but it was the first time I had met her in person. She gave me such a lovely gift - these gorgeous papers and burlap flowers by DCWV. I decided to make an easel card. The scallop circles and the burgundy scroll were cut with the Scan N Cut. The burlap paper on the base is also by DCWV and is real burlap on a paper backing.........


the  kraft sentiment is by Craftwork cards and was perfect for the very textured card......


thank you so much Carol, I totally love everything you gave me, look out for more cards very soon......


Those of you who have been coming here for ages are well acquainted with my six year old grandson Max, who has given us many a laugh over the years with his hilarious questions and stories, so I thought I would share this photo I snapped of him at the weekend, I love it, he is looking so thoughtful - no doubt he was thinking of his next impossible-to-answer question.....



See you tomorrow x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Flowers for Papercraft Inspirations Magazine....


Here's a couple of floral cards I made for a commission for a  past issue of Papercraft Inspirations magazine. The theme was floral thank you cards, and each card has to look totally different. For this first one I used some cute fabric covered wooden shapes that I found in Hobbycraft.....


 and this next one was made with papers and stamps from Heartfelt Creations - the white seam binding ribbon from The Ribbon Girl was coloured with ProMarkers to match the card



I really must get around to updating my little gallery buttons at the top of the blog - and maybe add one for Scan N Cut cards as well. I am not very good at the admin type side of running a blog I must admit, I will put it on my ever growing TO DO list.........



When I was in Florida catching up with all my friends there, I saw my friend Carol's latest creations and I was blown away by how she has developed her style since I last saw her - she was a fledgling scrapbooker when I first met her, and decided she liked making cards much more than scrapbooking, it is so nice to see her develop as a crafter and I took a couple of photos of her lovely cards to show you 




Thanks for letting me share them Carol x

Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Birthday Anne - and some winners.....

Today is my very good friend Anne's birthday. I made her this card using a shop window from the Fabulous Fellas CD by Katy Sue Designs - no she is not a fella (but she is a fabulous friend) but she is an artist, and I just loved this little bow window art shop. All the elements were cut out using my other new best friend the Scan N Cut. I used some acetate from packaging materials I'd salvaged to make the windows. The little pot is air dried clay, made with a mould also by Katy Sue

Happy birthday Anne xxx  






I hope you didn't go into chocolate overload yesterday? We did the egg hunt thing just before the heavens opened, what a soggy day it was for us. My son had bought some gadget for himself that six year old Max was very taken with (something to do with phones, I haven't a clue.....)
'Daddy, when you are elderly, can I have this please?'
'Your daddy may still need it when he is elderly Max' I pointed out
'No, old people just sit in a chair and watch TV. He won't need this then...' 
A whole generation written off in a single sweeping sentence uttered by a six year old!

Now on to the winners of the various giveaways I posted last week. Firstly for the (slightly used) Polkadoodles Paper Boutique CD. The names were all chosen using random.org, and the one that came up for this prize was:

JAN who said...............

Hi Enfys, Wow what a fantastic tip for making the mats sticky again, that will prove to be an invaluable method for me, thank you so much!

I love all of the cards, the robot would be perfect for my little grandsons.

I would love to win the CD, thank you for the opportunity.

Hugs Jan xxx

Next, the winner of the UK/Europe crafty goodies (set one) is:

RHIAN PENNANT who said......

Would love a Michaels in my home town, Llandudno North Wales. Diolch thank you Enfys
Rhian

Lastly, the winner of  Set 2 is:

JESSICA who said......

Blogger Jessica said...
I have a friend in Australia who recently got a Scan N Cut, so I sent her to see your posts. I'm sure she'll love them. I'd love the DVD. Which is great since I'm in the US;) You are so sweet to bring some Michaels things for your European friends. I'm sure they'll love them. TFS Hugs, Jess

Congrats to you all, if you can email me with your address your goodies will be winging their way to you

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Little boxes - and eggs....

 A happy Easter Sunday to you all

How do you make little boxes? There are all sorts of complicated patterns out there, but I always make mine the same way. Take a square of cardstock and score down each side - for this example, which would make a good box to hold an embellished card I used a 8" square, and scored at 1" on four sides. Snip up to the line on all four corners...


 attach some double sided tape


fold the corners in and stick. You have a box in seconds....


To make a bottom, just score at 1 1/4" all round so that it's slightly smaller than the top....


Adjust the measurements to suit your project, here, I used a 6" square, scored at 2" to make these sweet little Easter baskets - which I made as guest designer for The Ribbon Girl challenge. The lace and flowers are from the Ribbon Girl, as is the seam binding around the box........ 




which I coloured with pastel coloured ProMarkers, then plaited before tying around the box......



and now I must dash - I have to help two little boys searching for eggs in the
 garden and must help them eat them......

See you tomorrow x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Birthday to Moo.....

Okay folks, I make no excuses for another Scan N Cut card today - well, you have to allow me to play with it for a while. This time I cut out elements from the Back to Nature CD by Polkadoodles (look at the cow eyelashes!).....


It made a bright and cheery springtime card......


I had some printed out bits left over, so made this card as well, it made me smile. I hand cut the grass and used some bits and pieces of cut out flowers to dot around....



I will be sorting out the winners of the giveaways tomorrow, but if you haven't already left your names, scroll down for the posts to leave your names and be in with a chance to win

Has my town been magically moved to the south of France without me noticing it? The sun was shining again, a lovely day when a light sweater was all that was needed to feel comfortable, but definitely not what you would call a heatwave. What did I see? A girl in a strapless boob tube type maxi dress (the type you throw on over a bikini) and flip flops, two young men parading about with no shirts on and a granddad who should have known better in very tight short shorts circa 1966, a long sleeve shirt and sandals with socks.  What happened to style?  Don't these people have mothers/girlfriends/significant others to give horrified gasps as they appear 'you CAN'T go out looking like that'....
Obviously they don't. I may have to adopt them, I will be the equivalent to Mother Theresa of Solihull, gathering up the style-disadvantaged, rehabilitating them and discharging them back into society looking like models for Ralph Lauren........

I'll be back tomorrow with some Easter eggs, see you then x 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Using Built-In Images Scan N Cut.....

Those of you who have 'known' me for a while will know that when it comes to die-cutters I don't do design. I was never really interested in Design Studio with the Cricut, the most I ever did was weld a few letters together to make a word. No, for me, the fun is looking at a shape, then doing my thing....I can spot a shape and remember that I have the perfect paper to go with it, or a sentiment will pop into my head. I don't think I will ever be a crafter who welds circles and triangles together to form fabulous lacy shapes, although I greatly admire those who can.

I am on a bit of a mission to see what cards I can create just using some of the basic built in shapes on the Scan N Cut - those of you with the Cricut or Cameo will be able to do something similar quite easily - as I say, pretty basic shapes. This one was inspired by some paper I found in a pack by Authentique on sale for a ridiculous price in Tuesday Morning, and despite my ban on buying any more papers until I have used up some of the ones I already have, for which several forests gave up their lives, I had to get it...... 



The machine, SEW and scissors were both cut with the SNC, I added some bakers twine around the reel and carried it down to the 'needle'. The scissors were painted with glossy accents. The sentiment is a random acrylic one that I chopped up before stamping to make room for the word SEW (I rather like this built in font by the way). The little dots on the machine were done with perfect pearls in pale pink



I hope you are all looking forward to a happy and peaceful Easter weekend. Me? We are going down to London to see some of our family - I better stock up on some chocolate eggs because I think there will be a Easter egg hunt with Max and Milo on Sunday morning before we head off for a lunch cooked by Alexandra. But today, I'm going to be back at my desk doing a bit of the crafty stuff....see you tomorrow x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

How to re-stick your mats - and a giveaway

I promised you a peek at how I make my mats sticky again, this works for all die cutting mats - I have used it for years on Cricut and Cameo mats with no ill effects. There is no sticky on the parts of the mat that shouldn't be sticky, so no damage is done.

Firstly, give your mat a really good scrub with hot soapy water - this might revitalize it and you may not need to move onto the next step, but sometimes, they are beyond help.........leave it to dry before the next step



In which case, this is what you need. Some Aleenes Tack-It-Over-And-Over glue, a foam brush, a plastic container with a lid and a measuring spoon. I made up a solution with just 1/4 of a cup of glue and 1/4 of a cup of cold water.......


This makes quite a watery solution.......


Very carefully apply a thin layer of the solution to your mat, keeping within the cutting area - to make sure no glue has strayed onto the grid line markings, I use a damp kitchen towel to wipe down after applying the glue. Set aside to dry - it doesn't take long.....



When you are done, cover the solution with a lid, it will sit nicely until the next time....



You may find your mat is TOO sticky after this treatment. Pat it down with a lint free cloth like an old T shirt before using it. The sticky will last for a long time - much longer than the original stickiness! I found the glue in the adhesives aisle in Michaels, and I know it can be bought online in the UK

Here's a few cards I made very quickly using the Paper Boutique CD's from Polkadoodles, I was really just testing out how the machine would cut - it made quick work of it...... 


One cute feature on the CD is that you print out a back for your card - this is the back of the house...............


A quick little robot, I added a few metal bits and pieces, this will probably be a birthday card for Max who turns seven in May......



and a cute ladybird (I'm not quite sure what the orange patch is on the photo, it's not like that in real life!). I covered her with glossy accents.....


When we were spending half of the year in the USA, Nikky used to give me two copies of the new releases, so that I didn't have to lug them backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. So I found my second copy of Paper Boutique Vol 1, and even though it's been used, it's in perfect working order, and I'm happy to give it away to one of you. You don't need a Scan N Cut of course, a good old fashioned pair of scissors works just fine. Just leave your name under this post and I will draw a winner on Sunday, when I draw the other candy winners. Good luck, I'll see you tomorrow x


Paper boutique vol 1 CD-Rom

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Using Scan N Cut with Crafting CD's

As some of you know, I was on the Polkadoodles design team right from the day Nikky Hall started the company, so I have a good pile of CD's, and I was eager to see how the SNC would deal with cutting out some of the digital elements. I chose one of the Paper Boutique CD's - full of templates just needing to be cut out and assembled. I haven't made any of these shaped cards for the longest time, but the machine made it a breeze.......



I had a lot of tiny flowers left over......


So I made this card, using one of the little pots from Katy Sue Designs. The scallop circles were very quickly cut with the machine as well.....



and as a designer, Nikky is very interested to see how the machine deals with tiny elements, so here you are Nikky, 1" butterflies from Sugar Birdies, cut out just for you - pretty cool antennae don't you think?


More cards from Paper Boutique tomorrow, and I have a giveaway as well. I totally fotgot to take photos of the re-sticking of mats, I'll do that tomorrow as well. See you then x