Thursday, 8 December 2016

My Favourite Crafty Things | Stamps #3


Hello there, well I'm back today with my final installment from this My Favourite Crafty Things mini series. Today as you would of already guessed is Stamps, I'm sure you're just like me and totally addicted to stamps. To be honest with you I wasn't always a stamping fan, can you believe? but the past two years or so I've loved using them so much and thoroughly enjoying stamping.   


Clearly Besotted Mini Messages - Well I originally purchased this set early last year and I've not stopped using them ever since. You have sentiment suitable for so many occasions and the font is simply stunning and oh so fresh and modern. 

Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Happy  - This set is packed full of wonderful sentiments that can be interchanged with the larger sentiment stamps included, again a simple and classy font that is perfect for so many greetings. 

Altenew Vintage Flowers - Any of you that follow me will know that I adore Altenew stamps and this set is no exception, the set allows you the stamp in layers to create a realistic 3D flower effect. 

My Favorite Things Herd it's your Birthday -  A cute, fun set that is array of farm yard animals with such sweet expressions, wonderful punny sentiments to match. A great set to have for children and adults alike and they will never date. 

My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripe background stamp - Perfect for creating backgrounds and such versatile stamp to have in your stash that is unisex to all genres. Red rubber means is superior quality and suitable for mix media.



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Well I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and would love to hear your opinions on your favourite crafty things, who's your favourite brands and why? Enjoy the rest of your day.   

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My Favourite Crafty Things 2016 | Inks | #2


Hello there, back again with the second in my mini series of my favourite crafty things. Today is inks and we all need inks of all kinds don't we? There is so much choice in what to purchase and it can me mind field too. So I thought I'd share with you the inks I personally turn to on regular basis.


Paintbox Pigment Ink Option Pads by Colorbox - A rainbow of 12 stunning colours per set that suit would any occasion. Stamp together or you can lift each one out individually. Pigment inks are wonderful to have in your stash as they are a lot thicker than dye based inks and do tend to have glycerine base. I purchased mine many years ago when from eBay when I got the three sets for around £12 but you can still purchase them but they can be hard to get hold of as stock does get snap up pretty quickly. 

Perfect Medium Ink - This is one thing I just can't be without and always make sure I have one to hand, I tend to re ink the pads myself using  glycerine that you can purchase from most pharmacies, just add a few drops to the pad and allow to soak into the foam ink pad. This ink is so handy for watermark stamping and embossing too. 

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad - This ink is fade resistant and will be water resistant once dry, suitable for many paper surfaces and works well with alcohol markers and will not bleed. Absolute delight to use and does what it says. 

Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad - I have used this particular ink pad since I began crafting and I know that it's so reliable and so perfect for picking up that fine detail. I also think it lasts a lot longer than other inks I've tried in the past. Versafine is made by Tsukineko, who are highly regarded in the craft industry. 

Distress Inks - Well I love my distress inks as they are so versatile for stamping, watercolouring and different watercolour effects and will work well with water as they as water based ink. I don't own that many of the colours but the ones I have do get used on regular basis. They can be re inked with their reinkers. 

  

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I will be back soon for the last one of the series, hope you have found this series of help to you and would love you to let me know what are your favourite inks? Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My Favourite Crafty Things 2016 | CD Roms| #1


Hello there, firstly I would like to apologies for being a little absence lately, this is due to personal circumstances that have had to take precedence over my crafting. Hopefully going forward that there will be a regularly amount of posts from now on, but I am slowly getting into my crafting again but not at the speed I would like it to be. 
      


So, on with the mini series itself, this is a first for me as can you believe I've not actually done a my favourite crafty things series before. I picked CD roms for my first series as they are quite unrated for my liking and not seem to be used as much my bloggers and paper crafters alike, which is such a shame as CD Roms are wonderful resource to have at hand. Personally I love CD roms as they ever so versatile and allows you to print off as often as you like at any time of the day or night, no running to the local craft shop also as it's appeal too. 

I do have large collection of CD Roms but decided to pick the ones I personally go to time after time. 

Polkadoodles All around and everywhere - This is such a wonderful CD which is jam packed with backing papers, embellies and digis alike and all in Nikki Hall's style. I can't recommend this CD enough.


My Craft Studio Dressing Up Dolly Divas - Crammed full of stunning designs inspired by fashion and full of wonderful backing paper and digi stamps. This one I've had for many years now and still love the unique designs that never date.

Bebunni  Baby - Well what can I say about this CD, it's filled with the cutest that is Bebunni. This particular one is super for new baby (as the name suggests) and christenings alike. The elements include backing papers, colorizer, printable images and many more. 

My Craft Studio Papercraft Library Men-y Happy Returns - This is a definite must in any ones stash, CD all to do with men and overs a wide range hobbies alike, including music, skateboarding, drumming, men at work and much much more. Men's cards can be difficult to create at times so anything that makes it easier for me is a winner.

My Craft Studio Quintessential English Garden - Floral paradise that is full of those beautiful english country garden flowers, feminine and simply stunning and I've used this so many times.



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Unfortunately a few of these CD roms are currently unavailable or have now been deleted.I hope you have enjoyed the first of this series and I'll be back soon with next one in the series very soon.
  

Friday, 4 November 2016

Buttons


Hello there, well I've been looking at all my old embellishments, which includes buttons and it got me thinking? I've not used my massive button supply for such a long time and thought it was high time I did. Buttons and ribbons don't seem to be used as much these days especially with CAS, which is definitely a shame as I love buttons and ribbons and think it's time they made a worthy come back. Don't you think?     


Created a A2 (US size) card blank using 300gsm white card cut down to 11 x 5.1/2 and folded at 5.1/2 using big score board and created the envelope to match using the envelobox board and score tool. Cut a stitched panel out of kraft card on the silhouette cameo, Using Go kreate medium circle  I placed the die to the back of the panel with some washi tape and ran this through the cuttlebug with tan mat and two B plates to emboss the panel. 


Removed the die and washi tape to show the embossing. Next using DIY stamping tool I stamped thank you from the Simply cards and papercraft Altenew free giveaway, inked using versafine onyx black ink pad. Selected a few of buttons from my stash and arranged them first so I knew where I wanted them to go and then adhere them glue dots. Applied double sided foam tape to the back of the panel and adhere to the A2 card blank. 


So glad I set myself a little project to use up old supplies and give them a new lease of life, I think the finished result came out well and I'll be back back using buttons again very soon. Have a great day!! 



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(Buttons from my own craft stash)


Thursday, 20 October 2016

How I reached and achieved a six months no spend on craft stuff | Top tips on how you can too


Hello there, firstly I apologise for my absence on here lately, this is down to me re-evaluating things and putting my energy into organising my life and finding the right balance to put into my crafting, as at times I've been crafting to just to get my work on my blog and now think I need to start crafting for me first. From now on I'm going to focus more on the quality of my work than the quantity of my blog posts, I so hope you agree with me on this one? Yes there will be slightly fewer posts each month but I'm hoping there will be of higher standard and I'm hoping to do more tutorials, tips and tricks posts too if you like this one.

Right on with the the blogpost, back earlier in the year I decided to have a massive craft stash sort out, I took no prisoners and really got rid of a awful lot of stuff, things I'd not used for years to brand new things that were just sitting in a drawer. I was totally ashamed and astonished at how much I'd collected over the years. From that point I sat there and set myself a goal....no more purchasing craft things, I didn't know how long it would last or if I could do it...but I did and in September I reached six months no spend. Which I am totally thrilled about it and very proud that I've managed to do it. Below is some tips and tricks on how you can do the same, or save money on your crafting. So hope you don't think I'm preaching as that's not how I wanted to put it across, its just to help others in crafting life.    

Willpower  is definitely needed !!!!  

  • Blitz your craft room /space or area, look through everything you have and ask yourself this, do you use it? have you used it lately? do I need it? Be ruthless and just keep the things you really do use or will use. I found this part of the process totally refreshing and therapeutic, it certainly spurred me to carry on. The things you no longer want...you have many options to head, personally mine was donated to a local charity shop but you can donate to schools, charitable organisations or of course you can sell them on auction sites, car boot and jumble sales near you.
  • Use what you have already, that is the obvious I suppose, but we all have craft supplies that we may have only used on or maybe twice, like clear stamps a lot of us use a couple of the stamps in set and put them back in our storage boxes. Well get them out and play about with them and see what else you can with those supplies, believe me you will be surprise what you can make with them.
  • If you already own a electronic die cutting machine, see this as free shop at home as you can design your own cutting files or use elements you're already purchased. Lately I've been loving the stitched A2 (US) panels and instead of purchasing dies I created my own. Also is abundance of FREE cutting files you can pick up on the internet (as long as you make sure to adhere to their copyright and angel policy) both Birds Cards and Miss Kate Cuttables are very good. Also you can do a whole lot more than cut just cutting files, you can create your own stencils, embossing folders, stickers and of course decorations for the home. 
  • CD ROM papercrafting for backing papers....Yes you heard right...CDRoms don't seem to be used as much as they use to be these days, I'm a massive fan of them because you can print as many as you want and have them at home on hand when you need them, like having a little FREE craft shop at home day or night. Printing them these days is more economical when you use super smooth card or paper and print on just normal settings, you don't need all singing and dancing printer as mine is only about £49.99 and that was couple of years back. I've decided once all my paper pads have been used up I vowed that I won't be purchasing anymore and use solely CD ROMS to print off backing papers. 
  • Making your own card blanks and envelopes, this is a major saving when crafting as pre packed card blanks can be expensive. I use two different score boards for making my own and had these score boards for many years now, for card blanks I use big score board and for making envelopes I use the Envelobox board. 
  • Embrace D.I.Y !! You won't believe what you can find online or even pinterest on how to make your own crafting tools, like when I made my very own DIY Stamping tool that was found on Youtube. You can make your own texture paste, mini blending tools and so much more with household items you may already have. Just search online and you will be surprise what you can come up with.

We are so very lucky to have such wonderful craft industry and we see so much new and amazing products every month and we would all like to own it all, but most of us just don't have that sort of budget, so the next time you see something you want, try to see if you can create it yourself using what you have already have. I use to feel that I needed to have the latest things to be modern and on trend but I've realised you don't have too. 

I so hope you're enjoyed this post and would love your feedback on the subject and hear if you agree or if you found this of help to you. Would you like more tutorials and craft advice in the near future?         




       

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Thank You | Lawn Fawn


Hello there, well today I'm sharing with you a card that was made over the weekend, yes it's a another thank you card...but it seems that I am sending out so many of these thank you cards out at the moment that I need to make more.     


Started with stitched panel created in the silhouette software and cut on the silhouette, Then using my DIY stamping tool I stamped the first flower from Lawn Fawn Flutter by set using versafine onyx black ink, then masked the first flower with a piece of sticky note that I then cut out to create mask to stamp the second flower and the same for the third flower. Using Uni 0.1 fineliner to fill in any gaps from the stamping. Coloured in the images using colouring pencils . 


Again using my DIY stamping tool stamped thank you from Clearly Besotted Mini Message set using versafine onyx black ink just below the flowers. Applied double sided foam tape to the back of the panel and adhere to the A2 US size card which I made. Adhered three clear iridescent sequins using micro glue dots and I decide to add three self adhesive gems to the sequins to finish.  


Well as you can see I managed to replace my camera towards the end of last week, if you follow me on social media you may of heard about my camera saga, but for those who did not I'll cut a long story short. My previous camera was only 16 months old and it just broke down one day and the stockist from which I purchased it from wouldn't do anything about repairing it, but anyway I have brand new one now so hopefully you will be notice the difference. 

Do you like to send thank you cards? I like to send thank you cards and do so regularly, not just for the big things in life but for all the small things people do. 

Supplies       

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