Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pop up Box instructions...

* This is a sticky post until the end of September*

If you're looking for my instructions on how I create pop up box cards, then click HERE!  There's also info on my box frame template and instructions too.  Happy crafting!  Lisa x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Altered chopping board...

Good afternoon, lovely peeps!  The sun is shining again here in Wales and I'm having a busy time of it, sample making and prepping my stall for the Ross Papercraft Show in Edinburgh, on 27th!  I only have just over a week to get everything organised ready to go and have been having some fun creating some textile and home decor items.  I found an old chopping board from a picnic hamper whilst sorting out my MIL shed (which we demolished and rebuilt a new one on Sunday - that'll keep me fit!) and decided to alter it...
 ...I found this fun saying and used Photoshop to create the word art...now, this could be true of my own cooking at times - more because I try to do ten other things at the same time and often we end up have chargrilled something for tea!  I used the polka dot paper and barbecue and hot dog images from the BBQ jpeg and png folder in A Play on Words and added some charring to the food with a black Promarker!  I cut the flames from yellow card and inked with Mustard Seed and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks to get a gradient of colour.  The sentiment panel was inked with Vintage Photo and I added some yellow buttons, ribbon tags and a red string ribbon hanging loop...
...Here's the word art that I created for you to use and I hope my project inspires you to have a go at altering an everday object!
Have a fantastic Wednesday afternoon and I'll be back again soon with some more crafty creations to share...

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges :
Anything Goes (until 27th)
Sentimental (until 27th)
Anything Goes (until 25th)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Passion for Promarkers - Make it Digital...

Good morning, lovely Bloggers!  Tuesday has rolled around again and it's time for a new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.  This week it's the lovely Marie playing hostess and she has chosen a nice easy theme of 'Make it Digital' ...so as long as you use something digital on your creation, be it a digital image, papers, etc, and use your Letraset pens, then you will be in with the chance of winning a £10 voucher from the wonderful Digistamp Boutique, who are sponsoring us this week!..
The lovely Sally-Ann gave us the opportunity to choose an image to work with and I picked the ever so cute Christmas Tweet Family...

...I went with quite a simple design, utilising the sketch that I had used for my Boys/Men DT card here...
 ...I coloured the sweet robin family with Pro/Flexmarkers and decoupaged the little robin chicks for a bit of dimension.  Here's the colour list I used :
Birds : Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa, Walnut, Umber
Red breasts : Red, Crimson, Burgundy
Santa hats : Amaranth Red, Crimson, Burgundy
Scarves and chick hats : Pastel, Arctic & Sky Blue, Leaf Bright & Forest Green, Buttercup, Mustard, Sunflower Yellow, Wild Orchid, Purple, Slate
Branch : Umber, Shale
Sky : Midnight Blue, Blender
...I used Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder for the background and the green polka dot paper from the Telephone design set of A Play on Words.  The blue plaid was a scrap from my stash and I added a Memory Box Corner Bow die cut from box cardboard, with white plastic snowflake embellishment...
...I finished the inside with a printed insert with the second image from the set in black and white and a simple sentiment.
Well that's another Christmas card to add to my stash, I think I'm up to 4 now!  Have a wonderful week, whatever you're doing and I hope you can find the time to join in with this week's easy peasy challenge!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my lovely teamies have been making for your inspiration!
Crafty hugs,

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Plush Pals with a difference...

Good morning, everyone!  I better not speak to soon, but I'm doing rather well with this posting lark at the minute!?!  It's because I'm still busy making samples (and probably will be up until the day) for the Ross Papercraft Show in Edinburgh on Saturday 27th September at Meadowbank Sports Centre, London Road, Edinburgh!  My old samples have been in and out of the box and handled that much that some of them are looking rather worse for wear now, plus it's nice to look at things with fresh eyes!

So for today, I have another card inspired by one of Jen's Deconstructed Sketches (told you I love this blog and you want to see the cutest Halloween treats she's just posted, oh my word!)  Anyway, this time it's number 159...
...and this is what I did with it...

I used Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes for the embossed background, the lemon polka dot paper from the Lamb design set and the Blue dotty paper from the Bear set which I then overprinted with the Green version to get the pretty aqua colour.  I inked the edges with Mustard Seed and Weathered Wood Distress Inks to define the edges and save having to mat and layer..

The flowers are from the multicolour flower embellishment sheet and I've inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, cut into the petals and scored and pinched them for more dimension.  I added some Marianne Design Button Flower leaves, buttons to the centre of the flowers and small twine bow.  The craft card die cut (SB Labels Eleven) was left over from making my recent Bear Aperture card and was just sat on my desk waiting to be used!  I printed the sentiment onto Safmat and adhered on top.  Here it is to share - click on the image then right click and Save Image As...to download it to your hard drive...

..I really like the modern feel to this card - so pretty and fresh...hope you like it too and once again, thanks to Jen for sharing her wonderful inspiration!
See you soon,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes Twist Add a Button (until 15th)
Cute as a Button (until 16th)
How does your Garden Grow? (until 15th)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Another Christmas creation...

Good morning, lovely peeps!  Half way through the week already!  Hope that you're all well and that the sun is shining wherever you are!
I'm back again today (boy am I on a roll!) to share a Christmas card that was inspired by Jen's brilliant Deconstructed Sketch #167.  I love a good sketch and often turn to Jen's blog to find inspiration for a layout and to see her amazing inspiration too!...
...For the papers I have used the Postbox plaid and flower paper, Lantern dots and Church snowflake, stripe and sentiment from my disc 12 Cards of Christmas.  I have inked all the edges and matted using various colour cardstocks.  The sentiment was cut using Spellbinders Labels Eleven (they're Mum's, but ssssh, don't say anything!) and I decorated with Spellbinders Pointsettia dies (they're Mum's too!), Cheery Lyn leaf border and All Occasions Dies Holly...
...I finished the inside with a printed insert from the Pointsettia design set and added my signature pearls to the front!  I really like the way this one turned out and I think this is another sketch that will be used regularly...thanks Jen!
I'll be back again with another creation tomorrow and have you noticed, even my photos are looking better thanks to the September sunshine!
Happy crafting! Hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Anything Goes until the end of the month
Anything Goes until the end of the month
R,E or D (until 14th)
I have used R- Red and D- diecuts
Red for Pointsettias (until 16th)
A Touch of Vintage (until 13th)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

On to Christmas!...

Hello, my lovelies!  Hope you're all having a fabulous start to the week and enjoying this spell of fair weather that we're having here in the UK - there's definitely an Autumnal feel in the air, especially in a morning but it's nice to see the sun still shining!  I have now switched over to my Christmas CD, 12 Cards of Christmas and begun to create some new samples for the Edinburgh show on 27th September (it'll be here before I know it!)...So today's project is created from a piece of heavy board (slightly smaller than A4) that came as packaging in a delivery of something or another - I am terrible for stashing bits of packaging, tins and boxes in the thought of altering them at some time!...
...I decided to make a sign to hang in my kitchen at Christmas - I used the Pudding plaid paper to cover the board, gluing it in place then trimming the excess with a craft knife before sanding the edges and inking with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I printed the Pudding dots paper and mounted a panel onto hot pink cardstock.  I then printed the Christmas Cheer Recipe .png file using Windows Photo Viewer and printed it to 13 x 18cm, cut out and mounted onto a dark brown cardstock.  I also printed the pudding, gingerbread man and holly leaf .png files, sized to Wallet (9 to an A4 page)...
...I printed one of the gingerbread man, glittered the icing and added Glossy Accents to his buttons...

...I printed 2 of the pudding images so that I could decoupage the icing layer and heat embossed the base layer with Clear embossing powder to give it shine and printed 2 of the holy leaf sprigs.  I also embossed the holly leaves in the same way, inking with Versamark ink, then sprinkling over Clear embossing powder and heating.
I added some rich satin ribbon over gold cardstock, a few pearls and finished with a pretty lime green hanging loop and bow. 
Well, that's it again from me, I'm off to cut the grass and tidy the garden a bit more before the cold weather appears!  Hope you like my little Christmassy creation and I'll be back soon with some more new samples to share.
Crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges :
Anything Goes
Anything Goes optional Add a Button
Anything Goes optional Colour Challenge

Monday, 8 September 2014

A Flying Rabbit!...

Good morning, dear Blogging buddies!  How about this?  Three posts in 3 days, anyone would think I was organised?!  I must admit that I had written and scheduled these posts on Saturday whilst I had some free time as hubby was off picking the big man up from Aberystwyth and my little man was busy with his friends, but still, quite an achievement for me these days!

Anywho, I am back to share another fab (in my opinion) new sample using the Plush Pals disc, this time using the sweet Rabbit with Balloons decoupage...
...I love these scene cards and this little bunny was crying out to be floating along in the clouds!  I inked the background with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and I've made a quick cloud stencil (sized for A5 paper landscape) for those of you who aren't brave enough to cut your own!...
...Just print and cut the stencil along one of the cloud lines, place on your paper and lightly ink along the edge of the stencil onto your paper, to create fluffy clouds!
...My Marianne Creatable Circles die came out again for my sun, inked in the die with Mustard Seed DI and again I hand cut some clouds from white cardstock, inked the edges with Stormy Sky and added a touch of crystal glitter for sparkle...
..I printed the decoupage as is and layered using foam pads, embossing the edge of each layer with a large embosing tool to give it more dimension and adding Glossy Accents to the lilac balloon for a bit of shine.  I created the sentiment with my individual letter stamps stamped onto 1cm squares and inked with Stormy Sky and decorated the inside to match by inking the clouds on the top half of the panel and adding a banner with the second half of the sentiment on, which reads '...it's your birthday!'.
I really liked the way this cute little card turned out and it could easily be adapted for any of the characters, maybe with a bit of grass drawn at the bottom.  There's full instructions on how I made it over on my Samples blog.

I'd like to enter my card into the followign challenges :
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes