Friday, 22 April 2016

Happy News

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. It's rather chilly here on the east coast but that just means it's perfect crafting weather. I don't actually have a card or project to share today, I'm still poorly so haven't been in my crudy much the past week. However, I do have some crafty news to share. The first thing I want to share is I've won a giveaway on Facebook! My prize of a paper crimper hasn't arrived yet but I'm really looking forward to having a play, as you probably know my husband is sight impaired so I try to add a lot of texture to the cards I make him so if he can't see the card (his sight isn't constant) then at least he's be able to feel the different layers and textures to it. This tool will be perfect for adding some texture in a different way so I'm thrilled to be one of the winners.

My second piece of news is even better! A few posts ago I hinted that I'd have some exciting news to share and now I can. I uploaded a Verity Rose Mother's Day card last month on the Crafter's Companion's Facebook page and the following day I got a private message from the Media Manager for Crafter's Companion who'd seen my card and wanted to feature it in the next issue of Crafter's Inspiration Magazine, she asked me to send a photo of the card via email to the magazine which I did. Unfortunately because I only have a Mini Kodak digital camera which only takes small file photos it wasn't suitable for publication (don't really understand the ins and outs of digital camera files - I've never had a problem uploading photos on my blog - apart from blurry images of course - or on Facebook) so I arranged for my mum to give me the card back so I could get my dad-in-law to scan it and email it to me. That didn't work though so my lovely sis-in-law Sue took a photo with her iPhone and emailed that to me. Luckily that was big enough and I've been waiting for the magazine to come out so I could order a copy. I managed to get it ordered on Wednesday and it came yesterday in the post. The card is in the letter page (they cobbled a letter together from my emails!) and it looks really good. Here's a couple of photos of it.

I really love the sweet comments Sara Davies wrote and I'm looking forward to receiving my £10 gift voucher. I've only got Cupcake to buy in the Verity Rose sets (there are some additional dies and a paper pad too) and as they are no longer available to buy as a collection, I might put this voucher towards it or there are some fantastic stamps and dies in the new Men's collection that I might get instead. I've had cards published in magazines before (I've even won a comp or two!) but this is the first time I've been approached via Facebook so I feel very honoured to have the card appear in such a brilliant magazine.

I hope you've enjoyed sharing my bits of good news, hopefully I'll have some cards to share soon, as I said at the beginning of the post I am still suffering from the bug/infection/dreaded lurgy I got nearly three weeks ago though thankfully I'm not as bad as I have been. I'm really lacking in energy and motivation as a result so it's a bit of a struggle to get my bum off the sofa and into the crudy but I will try to get some cards made over the weekend.  As always if you have any questions or comments then please leave them in the usual places and until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Get Whale Soon

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all well and enjoying the wonderful spring weather. I'm still not very well but I've managed to make a card for my nephew Chris who is recovering after having surgery last week.

Close up of the Get Whale Soon card

New stamp for the back of my cards (my pins are at the ready!)

A departure from my usual style, I've not done any colouring on this card. The whale and sentiment are from a Clearly Besotted Stamps set called ' Whale Done!' and the waves were made using a Clearly Besotted Stamps die. The whale and spurt were stamped using Distress Inks and the clouds were die cut using a Poppy Stamps Die called Flying High (I think). I saw the stamp from the back panel on Facebook and had to order it as it made me giggle, it took a while to get here as it's from the USA but it was well worth the wait. I added some clear wink of stella to the clouds and waves and added a googly eye to the whale.

Sorry this is a shorter than usual post, I'm still feeling really ill and want to get back to my sick bed. As always if you have any questions or comments then please leave them in the usual places. Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Friday, 8 April 2016

Four legged friend - entry for Passion for Promarkers week 340 Blog Challenge

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all having a brilliant week - it's nearly the weekend again! I'm not very well at the moment as I'm fighting a severe infection. It's mainly in my neck/throat but it's extremely uncomfortable to have anything touching my neck (even pillows!) so I'm not getting much sleep at the moment. As I can't sleep much anyway, I decided to spend a bit of time in my crudy and have a go at this week's blog challenge over at Passion For Promarkers blog please click the link for details .

Basik & Sparrows card with floating sparrow

 I bought a couple of ScrapBerry stamps last year but haven't got around to using them until today. I really like the whimsical style of the images and this Cat Detective image really caught my eye. I've kept the design really simple because in all honesty I don't feel up to a lot of faffing around, I've also kept the colouring relatively simple too for that same reason and because the smell of the Flexmarkers was making me cough more than usual. I've not added a sentiment to the card yet as I'm not sure who it's for at this point.

A lot of my Promarkers and Flexmarkers are not as juicy as they used to be (I've had to throw BG1 and 2 away as they were completely dried up) which makes blending challenging and is also why my characters are floating mid air as I'm out of a pale grey to ground them. I know sparrows are usually brown but the birds on the stamp set are all different colours which makes them really quirky so I decided to colour mine brightly too. I stamped the main character onto a panel of Sheena's Stamping Card, it isn't my favourite card for using alcohol ink pens on as it tends to bleed but I had a couple of panels pre-cut just sitting on my desk so I decided to use one. I added some bird stamps but actually stamped one of the birds upside down in the air so quickly trimmed the card panel down to 7.5 cm x 10.5 cm. I coloured the images in using Flexmarkers and added highlights to the birds and the deerstalker hat and scarf using clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle brush pen. I matted and layered this image onto black card stock and some yellow polka dot paper from docrafts Papermania Spots & Stripes > Brights 6" x 6" paper pack. The beige coloured large spotted paper came from the same pack and I stamped sparrows and flowers from the Basik & K "Basik & Sparrows" stamp set that I used for the main image. I coloured them in using bright coloured Flexmarkers as shown then went over the sparrows with the clear Sparkle pen. I matted and layered this piece on yellow and black cardstock and added it to a top folding 8" square card blank. I coloured one of the spare sparrows in using Bright Green Flexmarker and fussy cut it out leaving the legs off the image. I added the green bird to a thin strip of acetate and secured it to the back of the main image panel so it floats/flies over the scene. I then added d/s sticky tape to the back panel and added it to my pre-decorated card front as shown. Here are a few more photos with close ups of the topper etc.

I spy with my little eye something beginning with - DINNER!!

Close up of Floating/Flying buffet item erm I mean cute lil birdie!

*Thinks* I may have to crash land on Harry (yellow bird)
I hope you like my latest card, hopefully I'll think of someone to send it to so it doesn't end up in a box somewhere which tends to be the fate of a lot of unplanned cards. I'll be making a few more cards as soon as I feel better - I'm a bit worried about passing the lurgy on via the cards so don't want to make too many potential snail mail time bombs aka cards! As always I'd love to hear from my lovely blog followers so please don't be shy, leave a comment below and help cheer me up *cough, cough*.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Monday, 4 April 2016

A card share

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you all had a brilliant Easter etc. Things have been rather quiet in my crafty nook which is why I've not blogged for nearly a month. It's partly down to the state of my craft space, I sometimes think there may be something in the feng shui principal of clearing spaces to increase creativity, I certainly struggle to create anything when my crudy is as messy as it has been in recent weeks. I still have a lot of work to do in my tiny craft space but I've made a start which is something.

I have managed to make a couple of cards over the weekend. It was my mum-in-law's birthday on Saturday and it's Gramps's birthday today (Monday). I made a Verity Rose card for mum and a Wine Buffs card for Gramps (he's notorious for being difficult to buy and craft for!) The Wine Buff stamp set has a number of accessories for him to hold so I decided to add a balloon to the image.

Sorry about the slightly out of focus image

Close up of Sunbeam Verity Rose Image

Close up of die cut Flamingo - comes with matching stamps

A bit of envelope art featuring the flamingo from the Verity Rose accessories stamps

All of the images were coloured in using Promarkers (some are getting a bit dry though) and I went over the shell and part of Sunbeam's hat with clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen - I take back all I said about the inferior sparkle, if you shake well before each use it's even more shimmery than the Wink of Stella! The shell paper is from a Craftworks 8" x 8" paper pack called Harbour Boulevard, I bought it last year for £6.50 (36 sheets with 6 designs) but it came out 2014. I didn't want to waste any of the paper so I cut out the inside of the paper leaving a 2" frame which I then covered with some striped blue paper from my stash (not a 100% positive but think it may have come from The Works in a scrapbook kit). After stamping and colouring the Sunbeam image, I cut it into a square and matted it onto silver mirror card leaving a thin border around the image. I die cut 4 flamingos out of holographic card and stuck them down in the corners using tiny blobs of glue and added the coloured in panel to the centre as shown. I recently got a Happy Birthday die from Tattered Lace so I die cut that out of the same card as the birds.

I've got all but one of the stamp sets available in the Verity Rose range and I love them so much, Sunbeam is only the second one I've stamped with so far but I'm very excited about what I can make with them. I hope you like the card I made for mum-in-law.

How Old! Wine Buffs Card for Gramps

Close up of topper

Fabulous Fellas Sentiment 
I stamped the Wine Buffs image onto a die cut circle of Sheena's Stamping Card and though I like it for coloured pencils I think I prefer my usual supper smooth card stock for Promarker colouring as I got a slight bleed outside of the outline something that rarely happens with my regular card (which is a heck of a lot cheaper too!). I coloured the image using Flexmarkers then added some clear Shimmer pen to the balloon (which you can't actually see on the photo). The blue large dot paper was from a pack of 6" x 6" Docrafts Basics Dots and Stripes. I added this to a 5.5" square card blank and trimmed off the excess.. The sentiment on the front of the card was from the How Old! stamp set and I added silver Shimmer pen to the nails after cutting out the stamped image. I added it under the circle panel of card using foam tape. The stamped sentiment inside the card was taken from the Fabulous Fellas Sentiment stamp set. Both the stamp sets used on this card were bought in the £1 sales from Katy Sue Designs a few months ago. If you don't already shop at Katy Sue Designs (Flower Soft is probably their most well known product) then check them out online and sign up for their newsletter, they regularly have sales on and unlike other sites they don't just sell unpopular (or old) stamp sets but ones that return to the full price after the sale ends. I've had some real bargains from the site and the quality of the stamps (clear acrylic ones for ease of use) is very good - these images were the first time I've stamped with them and they didn't need any priming.

I hope you've liked the cards, I had a lot of fun making them and the Sunbeam card went down very well (Gramps hasn't opened his yet). Hopefully it won't be quite so long between blog posts and I'll have some stamps and news to share soon (look out after the 20th for some exciting news!) As always if you have any comments or questions then please leave them in the usual places and until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx