Thursday, 28 January 2016

Last Year's comp entry that I forgot to share..sorry!

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you're all well. It's hard for me to believe but it's nearly the weekend AGAIN! And nearly the end of January!!! I can't believe how quickly this year is going, it doesn't seem like five minutes since Christmas. I've managed to achieve absolutely nothing this month and haven't even started to work on my goals. *hangs head in shame*

I promised a while ago to share the final cardmaking comp entry from last year. I left this entry until the last minute (I am a procrastination princess!) something I'm definitely not going to do this year if I enter the competitions this time round - it cost me a small fortune in postage costs last year and I'm not sure I can afford to waste the money on an obvious lost cause. Anyway here are some photos of my entries, as there are quite a few of them I won't be adding instructions on how to make the two cards or project but if anyone is interested on how they were made then please leave a message and I'll be happy to share them with you.

Box with flush fitting lid - returned damaged (which is why it's bulging at one side)

Zig zag folded mini album with tags inside pockets 

Both sides of album are secured with ribbon and you open it on the right hand side to access the first six months

Tag was damaged when I got it back but I couldn't remake it as I've lost the June stamp!

Each double page covers one month and has a die cut tag in the pocket behind the journalling panel

To access July - December you flip the album to the back and open on the right hand side again

Side view of July to December pages
Now for the two cards.

8" x 8" Rock Star Easel Card with guitar stopper
Alien box card
Close up of Alien toppers
Front flap of alien box card
Back interior panel of card with Saturn image
Outside mail art for the box card
Flap of mail art envelope
Alien surprise waiting for the viewer inside the envelope - love it's evil grin lol

Might not look like much but the topper is on an Action Wobble spring!

 The video above was with the related photo but for some reason it moved to the bottom when I added the second lot of photos. I hope you like the cards and mini album, I shall be using the mini album to record my achievements of 2016 (which explains why January is empty!) Hopefully I'll have some good things to record in it in the coming months. As always if you have any questions or comments then I'd love to see them so please leave them in the usual places. Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Friday, 22 January 2016

A few cards to share

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. Have you got anything crafty planned? I got an order from Every Craft's A Pound yesterday and I'm really looking forward to having a bit of a play with my latest goodies. The main reason I put in an order was to buy some more 300gsm super smooth card stock, they don't sell it all the time so I was really pleased to find they'd got it in again. You can buy a pack of 125 sheets for £7.50 which is really reasonable for a card that is so versatile, I use it for my card blanks and for Promarker colouring. It's also great for distress ink techniques too. ECAP also sells the same brand of paper in 200gsm and 250gsm weights in packs of 250 sheets for £8.99. I find anything less than 250 gsm to be a bit flimsy for card blanks (unless I'm doing a card technique that is backed onto another card blank) but like the 300gsm card, the lighter weights are brilliant for colouring using alcohol markers, however I wouldn't recommend using it for pencils as the surface is a bit slick and I've found that the pencils don't blend very well even using blending solution. I also bought a Santoro Mirabelle 2 A4 Premium paper pack which was £3 - as regular readers will know I love Santoro stamps and the Mirabelle ranges are particularly sweet. I keep hoping that the Willow collection will make it's way to the site because I really like the rather fey images of that range but don't own any yet. Here are some photos of my other purchases included in my order.

Love these bright colours 

Flame embossing folder with free Core'dination card

Victorian Valentine Die cut sentiments

Victorian Valentine paper and diecut A4 stack

It's hard to tell even in real life but these are in olive green

pretty in pink polka dots

an 8 pack of pink striped card

8 sheets of large polka dots card - bargain!
 I also purchased some embossed white card in two designs - tartan and buttons but because it's white I wasn't able to get a good photo of the card, I'm hoping Distress Inks go well on it as I think they'd look amazing on the embossing. I ordered a couple of packs of enamel dots too which I love but refuse to pay the crazy prices some stores sell them for (£3.99 seems to be the average price which is ridiculous when you consider how small they are and how few you get in an average pack) I buy my enamel dots from either ECAP or The Works as they sell them for a pound. Admittedly I may not have a huge colour range but one lot I order are glittery, one is matt and the other is in neutral colours so are perfect for men's cards and although dots are popular now, I'm sure a new trend will come along in a few months and nobody will be using them so it doesn't make a lot of sense to go overboard and buy lots of them if I end up getting tired of using them. (I don't get rid of the things I get bored with though but put them out of sight for a while then view them with fresh eyes at a later date.)

Although I've not blogged for a couple of weeks, I have made a few cards including a New Home card for my friends Adam and Victoria. I've actually made this card twice now but even though I sent the first one a few weeks ago, it's not arrived at their new home yet so I made a second. In a way I'm not unhappy about it going astray as I had lost my camera at the time so couldn't take any photos of it and remaking meant I could take a couple.

New Home Box Card

Close up of the floating (sort of) elements

The houses and tree images were taken from "Get Stamping" stamp sets, unfortunately the magazine no longer exists but as I'm a craft hoarder and subscribed to the magazine, I have all the stamp sets apart from the very first as my subscription didn't kick in until the second issue - most vexing because I seem to recall it was sort of steam punk themed. I coloured the images in using Promarkers and fussy cut around them. I punched out a small square to make the for sale/sold sign then cut a third off a second square to make the sold bit to go on top. The wooden post was made using a bit of scrap kraft card left over from making the packing box card base. The clouds were die cut using a Memory Box Kite and Clouds die. When you fold the card flat for posting, the for sale/sold sign is directly in front of the middle house so I like to pretend that that's the house that my friends have bought lol. I will confess that the middle house had a chimney like the other two houses but I couldn't be bothered to fussy cut around it so just snipped it off.

Here are a couple more of my recent makes.

A Celebratory card for a couple of friends 
A Valentine's card for my husband

One of the many Thank You cards I've been making recently using a Prima stamp set

I have made a few other cards but I can't locate them in my photo file at the moment so I'll have to share them another day. If you have any questions or comments about the cards featured in this post then please leave them in the usual places. I hope you all have a brilliant weekend and until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Should this blog be renamed apology corner???

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! As is becoming a bit of a habit I'd like to start this blog post with an apology, I had hoped to add a post before now but the start of 2016 wasn't the best and I haven't been able to add a blog until now. One of my life hiccups was me losing my camera (the craft gremlins have been busy!) which meant that the things I've crafted so far this year have only been recorded on my phone which is better than nothing I suppose but means I can't actually upload them onto my blog etc. Thankfully I've now found my camera and it's been fully charged so I'm ready for my close ups ;).

With perfect timing my comp entries have been returned today by the respective magazines, unfortunately they've either got battered through the post or someone hasn't treated them with the respect they deserve - they may not have been winning material but a lot of my time and resources went into making them and it would have been nice if that had been taken into account instead of them being manhandled. I suspect that their poor condition is a combination of post machinery and a busy employee at the mags who didn't have time to take care when packing them up again - if I'm wrong then please forgive me but some of the damage to the projects is hard to explain if it wasn't done before being packaged up ( tags creased for example yet they were inside a mini album which in it's turn was inside a matching box - 300gsm card stock too not flimsy stuff). Anyway I'm moving on now and I'll be sharing the mini album with you in the next few days once I've repaired the damage.

I just wanted to add a quick blog post so you my lovely readers know I'm still around and crafting. Fingers crossed (and if that craft gremlin repellent works!) I'll have a post with pictures added in the next few days. Until then - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,