Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A little update...

Well, a big update!

It's been AGES since my last post. Sorry... But since then a lot has changed. I won't bore with all the details, but basically I'm now a Full time student! I passed my First year with flying colours and am well into my 2nd Year. What am I studying you ask?

I started training back in 2003, but gave up shortly after starting due to falling pregnant. I gave up, raised my family and im back! And loving every minute of it!

I also lost my Dad suddenly a couple of months ago. He was diagnosed with stage 4cancer and only lasted 2 months. The hardest thing I've ever had to experience so far in my life...watching someone you love rapidly dying in front of you, in so much pain, and there's nothing you can do to help.

Moving on from this, my life has been extremely hectic, my head is all over the place, my body is constantly telling me to stop. It can't cope with anymore stress. So I've turned to Bullet Journalling to help.

I've barely crafted the past couple of years. Odd things here and there but nothing worth writing about. So the few posts will probably be about my Bullet Journal journey.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Sheena Douglass Anemone Card

Another quick card!

 This card measures 5"x5" and all the components were previously made from my 'experimenting'.
The background is distress ink brushed through a hexagon stencil and cut slightly smaller than my card front.
The flowers are Sheena Douglass Anemone die and stamps, I LOVE these stamps, utterly gorgeous!
I stamped them onto white card, die cut them out and inked them using distress ink and a water brush. Once dry, I shaped them using my flower tool and mat and a small pearl embellishment was added for the centre. I then added stickles with my fingers over the tops of the petals and leaves to add a little sparkle.
Originally the flowers and leaves were adhered to the card using silicone, but it just was not sticking, so I scraped it all off and used foam pads instead!
The greeting was die cut from white Papermill card and gently inked with distress ink.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Sheena Douglass Anemeone

My mum told me about these lovely stamps and dies that could be used to make wonderful flowers. I investigated and discovered they were the Sheena Douglass Anemone stamp and die sets.
I managed to get hold of the set and came up with this!

The background is made from black card and a fabric weave stencil, through which I added gilding wax. I used 3 colours, Gold, Bronze and Silver.

The flowers were made by die cutting the anemone then embossing them back through the die. I rubbed gilding wax gently onto the flowers and leaves then buffed them to a shine. After this I shaped the petals and leaves using my flower shaping tools and mat and adhered them to the card front using silicone glue.
The 3 'brads' to the right of the card I made by rubbing some bronze gilding wax onto a scrap bit of black card and punching out the dots with my Crop a dile. Using a ball tool, I shaped them into tiny domes and used a tiny dot of silicone glue to stick them on.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Memory Box Floating Butterflies Background card

This card took no time at all to make. It was SO simple!

I started with an A6 white card blank and cut background paper slightly smaller and corners rounded. The butterflies were cut out from Papermill Pink card using the Memory Box Floating Butteflies Background die and then cut to slightly smaller than the background paper. Corners were rounded too and it was adhered using double sided adhesive.
The butterflies and edge of the card were 'faux stitched' using  a white gel pen and gems added for the bodies.
I stamped the greeting, which came from a free stamp set from a craft magazine (I dont know which one, I just have a pile of free stuff from magazines in a tub) and a teeny tiny gem was added for the dot of the 'i'.

This card is being entered into the June Memory Box monthly challenge, over on Outside The Box, which happens to be butterflies!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Teenage boys Graffitti Card

I LOVED making this card, I cannot take credit for the idea, it came from watching someone on Create and Craft, but it was so easy and a lot of fun to make.

The background was made by distress inking through a brick stencil, then the words stamped on using Woodware Graffiti stamp set and coloured with promarkers. Ink was splatted onto the background too.
The tiny sneakers are also a Woodware stamp set, which I stamped onto shrink plastic and heated, THEN coloured using promarkers and white gel pen. The greeting on the tag is also part of the Woodware sneaker stamp set. The sneakers on the tag are dangling loose, the other pair are adhered using double sided tape.

My 11 year old son said he would be happy to receive this card...he doesnt often say that about my work!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Craft Room Conversion and Make Over!

Sorry guys this post is quite photo heavy. But there really is no way to show my "project" without it being photo heavy! This was my own little project with very very minimal help from my other half. He only helped to saw a small bit of skirting board when my hand was blistered and I couldnt carry on. 
So here it is...

When we moved in to our new house November 2013, this room was an extension to the front of the house in the form of a porch. It was unfinished. The previous owners used it as a Utility room. We did too for a short period of time. I hated it. It was a bit of a dumping ground for tools, shoes and my husbands bike!

 Look closely and you see no skirting boards, just a huge gap and no floor tiling up tp the main door! Also on the wall to the left was a HUGE hole to the outside world where a tumble dryer pipe was put. I filled it with expanding foam and plastered over it.

The old main front door into the house before the porch was built.

Here is the pipe work for the washing machine to be connected up. A bit of an odd place to put a radiator too, but actually works well because it hasnt taken any useful wall space!

The walls  have been painted Magnolia and skirting boards roughly measured out. We found lots of left over skirting board in the loft, most of which somehow fitted.

My middle son desperate ho help paint. You can see the fille dand patched "hole" just above his head on the left wall.

 My youngest son also had to have a go at painting.

 My oldest Son had a go with the "Big" tools. He was 9 here. In his Pikachu onesie too

 The skirting all done and fitted! VERY proud of my handywork!

 More skirting, and the coat stand which is staying, back in the room. Ready to find suitable carpet now.

 Underlay! Fitted by myself too. The room smelled really fishy for a while. Yuck

 Carpet! Again fitted by me, I NEVER pay anyone to fit carpet. Im actually quite a competent carpet fitter! In all our old houses I've fitted all our carpets.
 The carpet cost me about £10. Its a really good quality hard wearing, stain resistant, non-absorbant one. An off cut from Allied Carpets.

Time for my Cupboard!
 I even made the cupboard by myself with a little help from the boys to hold a panel or two as screwed it together.

And here it is! The Brimnes 3 door Wardrobe from Ikea. The mirror door can be placed in the middle or to the sides, I decided middle just because Im a bit OCD with things being symmetrical. I searched, measured and battered many wardrobes both on the internet and Ikea and this one was the right size, LOTS of customizable space inside and doesnt look out of place in the room. Some wardrobes just shouted "hey I'm a wardrobe" and looked awful.

The blind on the front door is also from Ikea. Its the Schottis, which costs £2.50! Its perfect for UPVC fittings because its sticky and doesnt require any holes being made in the plastic. My husbands rule is absolutely NO drilling or screwing into UPVC doors and windows. Fair enough.
The rug was a bargain from Tesco. I picked it up in the Sale for £2! Its a tightly woven fabric rug. Perfect for hoovering up any small bits and scraps that will inevitably find their way onto the floor.

And that is it for now! My craft room is now re-stocked and full to the brim. I just need to take some pics and do a Craft room tour. Watch this space!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Quick Cards Made Easy Sample

This card was made for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine using their bonus papers.
I was sent the papers back in March, to make a Man themed card, ready to go into the June edition of the magazine.
The papers were lovely, but I did struggle! I really struggle with mens cards anyway, so I tried to keep it simple. My original idea was using Origami shirts, but it just did not look good, no matter what I did. So I settled for simple, punched circles.

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