Saturday, 30 April 2011

Thank You Berry Much card

Hi, just a quick post.

Off to Sheffield now for some retail therapy :)

Happy Crafting
Anna x

Friday, 29 April 2011

Nature calls...

This week I seem to have been thinking natural thoughts lol! I have three cards and a corner bookmark and a tiara (HUH!) Where does that figure in the wild lol! Well it doesn't unless you include a Princess themed Brownie party :D

Right on to the first card, this is for a lovely lady who is retiring this week where I work. I've known her most of my life and she is the sweetest person and will be very much missed. She is a nature lover and a keen animal lover so I wanted something that reflected her interests. I used the Cricut to cut the mat and my Bigshot to cut the felt flowers. Images were stamped using Crumb Cake and the twine was a bargain from the £1 shop lol! And it came in a cute tin which I will alter when the twine has all gone.

Card stock Stampin Up Marina Mist, River Rock and Very Vanilla
Designer paper series Stampin Up Botanical Gazette
Stamp set Stampin Up Nature Walk
Sentiment See D's stamp
Natural Jute garden twine from £1 shop
Ink Pads Stampin Up Crumb Cake & Old Olive
Cricut Cart Tie The Knot
Sizzix Die Flower layers set
Felt sheets from Hobby Craft

This next card is for my Dad, I haven't decided if it will be for Father's day or his birthday yet. I stamped the image in Crumb Cake and also used it to ink the edges. The mats were cut from the Gypsy Wanderings cart (Yep I now am the proud owner of a Gypsy :D more about that in another post )

The card was two mats from the Don Juan cart welded together, I used the stitched one then used my pokey tool to pierce the top layer so I could stitch it easily. I used my new Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder for the brown piece and Core'dinations Chocolate Box cardstock which I then sanded back and inked to give it a mossy look.

Card stock Stampin Up Sahara & Core'dinations Chocolate Box
Ribbon Stampin Up
Cricut Carts Gypsy Wanderings, Gyspy Font & Don Juan
Ink Pads Stampin Up Crumb Cake & Old Olive
Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder

The next card is just too cute, even if I say so myself lol! It's for my nephew who is a Sheffield Wednesday fan and for those of you who don't know, The SWFC symbol is an owl, hence their nickname, The Owls. Again I used the Tim Holtz wood grain folder, used my nestabilities to cut a hole and cut the sentiment from the Just Because Cards cart.

Card stock Stampin Up Choc Chip, Core'dinations Chocolate Box, Core'dinations green and lime scraps
Cricut Cart Just Because Cards
Ink Pad Color Box Creamy Brown
Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder
Stampin Up 2 Step Owl punch
A few scraps of brown & cream card for the owl

This is a corner bookmark, I followed a tutorial on You Tube but don't have the link handy so will post it later.

Card Stock Stampin Up Rose Red & Certainly celery
Designer paper series Stampin Up Botanical Gazette
Inkpad Stampin Up Old Olive
Stamp set Crafters Companion Mens Collection
Ribbon HunkyDory

Finally here is the tiara I made for my niece for her Brownies party.

My sister popped around for a visit on Wednesday and the first thing she said to me was, do you have a tiara, obviously I said, of course darling, I have several, just like the Queen Lol!!

Anyhoo I actually don't but I had an idea, I whipped out my Rock Princess cartridge and said take your pick.

This was so simple to make, I cut it at about 7 inches, cut 2 strips of glitter card stock which I glued either side to make a band, adding velcro so it could be adjusted and then just blinged it up. Simples :D

I do have a piccy of my sister modelling it but she won't let me post it lol!! Don't know why she's so worried, her street cred went down the pan years ago lol!

C&C pink glitter & silver mirri card stock
Cricut Cart Rock princess
Hobby Craft large pearl hearts and clear gems
Self adhesive velcro strips

Any hoo that's all for now, off to get ready for work. I am hoping to post a vid tomorrow and maybe show off some of my birthday haul, which isn't until next week but seeing as I bought most of it myself I decided I could have it early lol!

Have a happy crafty day
Anna x

Friday, 22 April 2011

Monotone Butterflies

Just one card this morning :)

A simple black and white card, my hubby loved this lol! He always says he likes everything but he was really taken with this particular card. Butterflies and background stamped on to white vellum with white Stazon and embossed.

White vellum
Stazon White ink pad
Meltdust Original embossing powder
Basic Black card stock Stampin Up
Siver Mirri board
Bliss Stamp set Stampin Up

Have a happy crafty day, I'm off to get a bit of gardening done :)

Anna x

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Paper Flower Tutorial

Morning, I've just uploaded my Chrysanthemum tutorial to Youtube, hope you enjoy it.
Here's the link for for the flower files.
Other suggestions for the flower shapes
Cricut Cartridge Mother's Day Bouquet
Spellbinders Nestabilities Rose Creations
EKSuccess Retro flower punches which come in several sizes

Happy Crafting

Anna x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A mixed bag...

..this morning :)

Morning All, I've actually got a day off today, hooray lol! So thought I'd post a few bits I've been working on over the last few days.

My fist project is a mini photo organiser, I find of followed the tutorial here but added my own twist. I used c6 envelopes and made up some simple photo mounts to slot in to each of the pockets. I think it turned out really cute and you could do so many variations on this. I'm already thinking of gift ideas for Xmas lol!

The tabs and photo corners were cut using SVG files from Images By Heather M and SCAL2

Stampin Up
Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede card stock
Early espresso Classic ink pad
Early espresso taffeta ribbon (I think, it was a gift so I only had a couple of metres)
4 c6 envelopes

I made some more flowers, I'm getting addicted lol! I used an the Impatien SVG file from SVGCuts 3D Flower Kit Pt2 and cut it in 3 sizes, I'll pop a quick tutorial up some time this week to show how I made them. The large purple flower was made using the wilted ribbon technique, there is a tutorial on Stamper Dogs Youtube channel here. It looks gorgeous in the 'flesh' but I couldn't get a nice piccy of it. I think I might make some faux enamelled flowers for the centre if I make more of these and turn them into brooches.

I just made up the next card to try out my new flowers lol!

Stampin Up Love letter DSP
Stampin Up Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla & Basic Black card stock
Anita's Black satin ribbon
Colorbox Chalk ink pad Lipstick Red
Memento ink pad Black
Berry Red & Burgundy Promarkers
Create & Craft Super Smooth paper

The last card is for my Brother-in-laws birthday, he's an old school metal head lol!
I wanted a kind of faded/worn denim effect so sanded and distressed some Core'dinations card stock from the Earth Elements pack. I like the effect and think it worked how I wanted it to :) The guitar and large skull topper where cut from the Cricut cart Rock Princess.

Stampin Up Sahara sand card stock
Core'dinations Earth elements card stock in co-coordinating blues & black
Papermania medium grey cardstock
pewter brads
silver gel pen
Colorbox chalk ink pad in Blue Iris

Anyhoo that's all from me today
Happy Crafting
Anna x

Friday, 15 April 2011

Spring Tulips

Morning all, just a quicky card this morning made using the stampin Up owl punch again :) I just love this punch, it's so versatile.

I followed a tutorial at Valita's Designs and Fresh Folds for the tulips.

The tulips were cut from Create & Craft super smooth paper, deep pink and white one coloured using Impress garnet inkpad, pale pink coloured with Stampin Up perfectly pink and rose red inkpads and the darker pink was coloured with antique rose promarker and rose red inkpad.
Sentiment stamped with rose red
Pink cardstock Stampin Up in Perfectly pink
Green and white cardstock and ribbon from my stash

That's all from me today
Happy Crafting
Anna x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

My first video tutorial

This is a video of me making the Easter chick from the tutorial I posted a couple of days ago.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

My First Tutorial... A quick easter chick using the Stampin Up 2 step owl punch

Good Morning, today I'm posting my first tutorial using the 2 step owl punch from Stampin Up. I haven't seen another tut for a chick so hopefully I'm not duplicating someone else's idea.

Here's a finished card using my chickies, I think they're fun and just a bit silly, sure to bring a smile :)

Lets get started :)

Scraps of yellow, orange, pale yellow, white, black and pale peach light card stock
Adhesive (I used Anita's tacky glue and a Sakura quickie glue pen)
Ink pads (I used Colorbox chalk petal pads in tangerine and yellow citrus for the chick and Stampin up cake crumb for the egg

1. Cut 4 owls, 2 in yellow and 2 in orange, 2 chest pieces in pale yellow, 1 of the small circles in yellow, 2 small circles in white, 1 heart in orange and 2 tiny circles in black (alternatively you could draw these on using a black pen)

2. Cut the feet off the yellow owls and sponge the edges

3. Glue the yellow owls over the orange base

4. Cut of the owls ears, rounding of the corners so you get a nice shape and then touch up the sponged areas

5. Do this to both sets and sponge the small yellow circle with the orange ink

6. Next sponge the 2 chest pieces with the yellow ink and glue to the main body of the chick

7. Cut the small yellow circle in half, sponge the cut edge and assemble the eyes

8. Glue the eyes just above the chest and then glue the beak (orange heart) in place, overlapping the eyes slightly

9. For the egg you need a scrap of pale peach card stock, punch an owl from a piece of copier paper.

Cut off the feet and the use to draw a rough template for the bottom half of the egg. It needs to be a couple of mm wider than the actual chick.

Then draw a rough line to join the two sides of the egg together and cut out

10. Sponge the edges of the egg with your brown ink pad

11. Glue the egg on to the chick with no face

And there you have your two chickies ready to decorate your card, I made several and chnged the position of the eyes to get different expressions.

Hope you enjoyed my first tutorial,
Happy Crafting
Anna x

Monday, 11 April 2011

A tough project

Or not, anyhoo, I found this set of commissioned cards hard to do, I struggled for inspiration. The lady who ordered these is sending them to her sister and family in Japan.

For the first card I made I ended up using a design and colour scheme from a card that the lovely Stampin Up demonstrator, Christine Guile sent me as a thank you. I hope she doesn't mind me pinching her design but the original card was lovely and it's the first time I've done paper tearing and been happy with it. I did change the design to fit a larger card :) Stamps, cardstock, inks and ribbon by Stampin Up, inside designed in MCS.

The second card is a male card, I used a stamp I made with ImagePac a couple of years ago and coloured it with Promarkers, I then cut the name on the Cricut using SCAL2, inside designed in MCS.

The final card is for a 5 year old, I wasn't told the sex of the child so I thought every kid in the world knows who Mickey is and I thought the design was pretty unisex. All cut using the Mickey and Friends and Mickey carts on the Cricut. Apart from the large circle which I cut using a nestibility die.

So yep, a hard order to fill, I hope my customer likes them, I'm quite please with the results.

Happy Crafting
Anna x