Monday, 21 May 2018

Very Important Information If You Still Want to See What I Share.

DO YOU STILL WANT TO SEE WHAT I SHARE? This post is extremely important and legally I have to share this with you. It is for all of my valued viewers and especially those who subscribe and follow. The New Data Protection Law (GDPR) that comes into effect on Friday 25th May, say that I require explicit consent from you, in order for you to receive extracts from my blog.

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Take care all and Happy Crafting.xx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Rustic Wedding Invite

Hi Crafters and Friends. Im back again today with a 'Rustic Wedding' Invitation, made using Sara's wonderful Signature Collection. As I have said so many times before, it really has been an inspirational collection to work on and design with. I have a full tutorial on my blog for you today.

You will need:
A3 Ivory Centura Pearl Card (cut to a 6'' width)
Ivory Centura Pearl
Kraft Card
Matching Organza Ribbon
Ribbon Slider Die

Step 1: Place the J'Adore die at the end of your card, make sure to cut into the pearl side of your card, Take your time positioning this and use low tack tape to secure. (See Photo) Then score from the  edge of the die cut at 1/4'', 6 1/4'' and 6 1/2'', then measure 6'' from the last score line and cut. This is the safest way, rather than give a measurement as score boards and tool thickness do vary.

Step 2: Cut the 'Just Married' die from Kraft card and snip out the second tree. At the base while cutting out,, add some grass rather than a straight cut.

Step 3: Cut a frame to fit using basic square dies, using Ivory Centura Pearl.

Step 4: Cut another square of Ivory Centura Pearl, the same size as the frame. Place under the Just Married Die to give you the area you can add and text and print on. Layer this onto Kraft card, leaving a narrow border.

Step 5: Layer these together and add your frame last, use Collall Tacky glue or similar. Secure to your inside centre panel using the same adhesive.

Step 6: On the back of your project, add a ribbon slider and thread through a length of matching organza ribbon, leave enough length to tie a nice bow.

Step 7: Take a piece of Kraft card 5 3/4'' x 5 3/4'', add some glue or strong tape across the bottom (as shown) and wrap with jute twine.

Step 8: Cut the 'Love' die from Ivory Centura Pearl and secure to your piece. Then add a wooden heart, threaded with the twine.

Step 9: Lastly secure this to the front of your card base. Close the card and tie a nice bow to close the invitation.

It's great that you have joined me today, I really hope you have enjoyed the tutorial I have shared along with the additional photos and finished card. I am hoping that I have shared some inspiration with you. I'd love to see you back again to see what else I am sharing, for now Take care and Happy

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Parchment Lace

Morning, Today I am sharing a card that I made for the launch of Sara's beautiful 'Rustic Wedding' Signature collection. Here I have used it to make a Congratulations card, but it could be made to suit any occasion, even using a different colour choice.

You Will Need:
Rustic Wedding Chic Border Die
Rustic Wedding Always and Forever Acrylic Stamps
Rustic Wedding Elegant Rose Embossing Folder
Stayzon White Ink
Funky or Craft Foam
Scrap Plastic Pakaging
Deep Burgundy Card, Coredinations or similar
Dark Red Mirror Card
Centura Pearl Ivory card
Centura Pearl Ivory Card Base
Coordinating Ribbon
4 Brass Brads
Burgundy or red Ink Pad
Embossing Tools and Mat

Step 1: Take you parchment, secure it down to your work surface. Stamp the banner and the 'Congratulations' in the centre of your piece.

Step 2: Cut the Chic Border die from Funky foam and secure it to a piece of scrap plastic packaging, which will allow you to reuse it again and again. It's also a great way of reusing the plastic instead of throwing it away.

Step 3: Ink up your new stamp with with white Stayzon ink, position and stamp as shown in the photo.

Step 4: Trace your design from the back, using a small embossing tool. Once everything has been traced you can add your whitework using a larger embossing tool. Remember to allow your work to rest regularly.

Step 5: Emboss your background card, add colour to the raised roses suing the red or similar ink pad, this really enhances the design.

Step 6: Take a length of ribbon and secure at the back using red liner tape or a Crafters Companion tape runner.

Step 7: Layer this onto Centura Pearl Ivory, then onto red Mirror Card before securing it to your card base.

Step 8: To finish your card, layer your parchment in the same way as before, this time securing the layers together with a small brass brad in each corner. Position on to you card and add a matching bow.

Thank you for joining me this morning. I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial I have shared along with the finished card. I really hope you will join me again very soon. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Sunday, 13 May 2018

A Single Bloom

Morning Everyone, It's a real pleasure to be sharing my first post as part of the 14CraftBar Design Team. I am thrilled as it's a real honour to be part of such a talented team doing something that I really love, anyone who knows me will know that I love Roses. So today I am sharing a Beautiful Single Rose Bloom made with Foamiran from 14CraftBar.

You will need:
Florist Wire
Copper Wire
Green Florist Tape
Glue Gun
Mod Podge Glossy
Oil Pastels Petals: Green, Peach and Pink. Leaves: Dark Green and Deep Red

I have actually done a few sections of video to go with this tutorial,however it was really disappointing as I have a new kitten who was calling for mum, I dont know how to turn the sound off, so I will try again next time.

Step 1: Prepare your petals from squares, rounding off 3 of the corners as shown in the picture. You need 7 - 4 x 4 cm, 7 - 4.5 x 4.5 cm and 12 - 5 x 5 cm.

Step 2: Colour your petals, each of the sized needs green at the base, front and back. Edge the smallest leaves with the pink, then blend pink on the front and back of the petals. For the mid size use very little pink and more peach. For the largest size use a little green and mostly peach.

Step 3: Shape your petals, by concertina folding the top edges and twisting them back and forth, Lightly stretch to give a cupped middle, For the mid and large sizes roll the petal gently outwards.

Step 4: Roll a cone shape and secure to the end of a piece of copper wire. Take the petal and secure around the cone as shown.

Step 5: Repeat on the opposite side as shown.

Step 6: Repeat with all of your smaller petals.

Step 7: Next add your mid size petals, overlapping each over the last. Make sure to secure these slightly loser than before.

Step 8: Cut a selection of leaves from the green Foamiran, also cut a calyx shape.

Step 9: Colour these using dark green oil pastels and areas of red, especially around the edges.

Step 10: Roll a small piece of foil, thread onto the wire and secure at the base of the rose.

Step 11: Add the calyx, secure in place with the glue gun, shape around the foil using a toothpick.

Step 12: Firstly add veins to each leaf using the mold then wire all the leaves and join them to form the classic rose leaf arrangement.

Step 13: Wire the leaves to the stem and cover with florist tape, paint the leaves with glossy Mod Podge or similar.

Step 14: Enjoy your beautiful bloom.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I really hope you enjoyed it and I promise to do a video for the roses in my next post. I would love to have your comments and to hear what you think. For now Take care and Happy Crafting.xx

Saturday, 12 May 2018

A wonderful day and some Great News

Morning. It looks like it's going to be another wonderful day today. I hope you are still enjoying some nice weather wherever you are. I am very excited to be able to share some wonderful news this morning. 

I was asked to join the Foamiran 14CraftBar 2018 Design Team, it's being announced this morning. Many of you know how much I love making flowers of all types, but especially Roses. Making them from all sorts of mediums, such as the wonderful Clay from FMM and of course the superb Foamiran from 14CraftBar. You really can achieve some amazing results with it, so to join such a super talented group is a dream come true for me.

I have my first project as part of their team being published tomorrow morning on their blog so I do hope you will take a look at what I have create this week. I will also be sharing it on here.

I did a video this time, but I was very disappointed with it. It took ages to set up and I had the music all ready and playing as I made it. However when I played it back to check there was the noise of a kitten crying for Mum in the background. I tried to removed the sound without success so it's not really good enough to share. In addition the glue gun looked awful on camera, I had no idea I had used it so much, so a new one is on its way. Don't worry, I will be doing another to share with you. For now take care and Happy Crafting.xx