Friday 18 November 2011

A special for post for a Lady about my Shaping Tool

This is a special post for a Lady that emailed me a few weeks ago regarding a tool I use on one of my Flower videos.

First I would like to apologise for taking so long to get back to you, Life has seriously taken over recently and I barely have time to think. And now amongst my thousands of emails I still have to filter through, I cannot find your message so I hope you get to read this..

The tool I use I purchased many many years ago on Ebay, searching the internet and Ebay, I cannot find another tool that looks anything like it, but the packet says on it "3D Shaping Tool and Mat"

There are many other versions of this tool out there, and to be honest, I only really use the ball shaped end.
Hope That Helps,

Monday 17 October 2011

Im still around!

Im still around!
I've jsut been extremely busy over the past few weeks helping run an after school group called FAST (Families and Schools Together) run by Save The Children, and also had a few card commisions so have had lots of planning and making for those too, along with a brand new laser printer to help along the way!

Im also sorting out starting up a business as Mobile Beauty Therapist. I qualified as a Beauty Therapist in May/June and now want to put it to practice!

I will have more stuff on here soon, but at present it has had to take the back burner while my life gets a major overhaul! Originally I anticipated that once my youngest started Nursery,  would get 2.5 hours everyday to craft. This has not been the case at all! Eek

Thursday 6 October 2011

I've got a laser printer coming!

After suffering Inkjet printers for many many years, never re-filling the colour cartridges because I just never print colour and they are just SO expensive, I've finally taken the plunge and invested in a Laser Printer.

After months and lots of research, I settled with the Samsung SCX-3205W. Its a 3 in 1 mono printer with Wireless function.

My Husband said he wants me to have wireless to stop me from perching my laptop next to him everytime I want to print!

So now I cant wait for it to arrive and making use of all those digi stamps available out there! No more smudged lines and text!

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Upcycled Flocked Wallpaper Card

A very cheap card to make!

A Sample of Flock Wallpaper was used on this card. I cut around one of the flowers and stuck it onto a card blank, added a few gems to the centre!

I've seen cards like this in  some shops for stupidly high prices. This card cost only a few pennies!

Monday 26 September 2011

I won a Set of Handmade in Wales Jewellery by Carrie Elspeth

Saswa is an independant shop in Cardiff, They sell lots of lovely items handmade in Wales and from around the world. Check out their online shop.
If you follow them on Twitter, you can enter their Twitter competition to win a lovely Set of Jewellery Handmade by Carrie Elspeth. I was the lucky winner last Friday, and on Saturday I went and picked my goody bag.
This is the lovely set I won:

This is a lovely addition to my Jewellery collection because I dont usually got for blues and greens, Im a pink person! Luckily I have a few outfits that it will go with, but theres always room to shop for some new key items.

So go and check out Saswa and you'll find some beautiful items at good prices!


Sunday 25 September 2011

Best Wished Flower Card

Another card using free papers from a Card making magazine.

The swirl is a sticker from DCWV Tiffany collection and the flower was also from a pack of DCWV fabric flowers.
The Best Wishes topper was made by myself in Inkscape

Saturday 24 September 2011

Thats it for a While, A change is coming

I'm currently working on some new projects after having a bit of a lost Mojo and not being happy with my style anymore and having a HUGE clearout of my card making stuff. Some of my recent cards havnt been up to my usual standard and its time for new things!

Im going to be doing more hand drawn artwork and more Sillhouette cut cards that I've created from scratch, along with a few more crafty projects such as keyrings and cushions I make along the way.

It's taken a long time to convince my 7 year old that yes, Mummy CAN draw, and Yes, She DID draw this dinosaur all by herself!

Watch over the next couple of weeks for a change!


Friday 23 September 2011

Butterfly Swirl Card

Another Butterfly card from me
This card was made using some free papers from a Craft magazine that I found when having a clearout. The punched border was done with an EK Success Morrocan edge punch and the butterfly cut using Marianne D Creatables die.
The Swirl was added using stickles and my free Rhinestone template

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Unfinished Christmas card?

This card an unfinished piece.

The background paper was from a stack of grunge style papers I found in my craft bag, I dont know who made them.
I matted it onto red cardstock and added some ribbon and green velvet ric rac.

It needs "something" else added to it, im still working on it.

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Handmade Buttons

I love Buttons and have always want to make my own but have been unsuccessful finding button blanks. Until now.
These buttons measure 23mm across and are made using some small pieces of pink fabric and white lace.

Buttons are SO quick and easy to make, your imagination is your only limit.

Monday 19 September 2011

Cuttlebug Embossed Happy Birthday card

This card was quite simple to make.

The card blank was inked with Tsukineko Brilliance 3 colour Aurora ink pad (a real bargain for £1 in WHSmith!) and I embossed matt silver card using the Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder.
I sanded the top to reveal the white core and rubbed the Brilliance 3 colour ink pad over.
The die cut topper is a Nestibilities labels 10 and an oval topper created by Myself in Inkscape.
The paper flower was a from a random pack I picked up cheap at a craft fair. The were a cream with green and pink blobs on them. I rubbed the Brilliance Aurora ink pad over them. The ink pad has a lovely subtle sparkle to it and worked well on the flowers!

Saturday 17 September 2011

Grunge Butterflies card

This card was a quick make using some papers I found in my craft bag.

Im sorry I have no idea what the paper is, it was a stack I found of grunge style papers.
The butterfly is a Marianne D Creatable butterfly, and the small doily circle is from Nellie Snellen.
The Happy Birthday topper I made myself and printed out.

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Guest Designer!

Making Memories contacted me and asked if I would make a project using my Slice cutter. I wasn't going to say No was I! I had come up with this idea a few days before I was contacted, I used to make much much smaller versions of this card at 1 3/4" years ago, the nI found one whilst sorting and instantly knew I could make them again using my Slice. And here it is on the Making Memories Blog.

This is why I've been quiet for a while, Ive been busy making this project!

Sunday 11 September 2011

More Crafty Clearout

Been having a bit of a clearout again, this time I have lots of Buttons and some Brand New Dimension Fourth stamps on Ebay here.
I love Dimension fourth Stamps because the quality of the stamp is amazing. They're made from thick acrylic and dont break easily like most other clear stamps I have. I think I own most of their stock. Oops.

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Girly 18th Birthday Card using Making Memories slice

This is one of my favourite cards.
Its a DL size card base, with swirls stamped in metallic pink ink and gems added to the flower centres.

The 18 was cut from dark pink mirri card using Making Memories slice and Basic Elements design card, using the shadow facility. A small flower gem adds even more sparkle.

Monday 5 September 2011

Chandelier Card

This card was made using a Linen effect base card and stamped with Inkadinkado Chandelier stamps.
Gold Stickles were added to the candle flames and pink pearls for the big beads.
The greeting was stamped with Kanban Greeting stamps.

Saturday 3 September 2011

Making Memories Slice Princess Card

I made this card some time ago to go into my card box and I put it in and forgot all about it!

The card was made using my Making Memories Slice and the Big Kids Desing Card.
I cut the dress at 4" from a gold pearlescent very thick vellum (its more like a very thin plastic, Sizzix Sizzlits struggle to cut through it).
The Princess is also cut from the same vellum and design card, and the scallop border is a Martha Stewart Punch

Sunday 21 August 2011

Crafty Clearout, Bits for sale on Ebay

Im having a bit of a Craft Clearout again.

My Bits for Sale can be found on my Ebay site here: LaceTopDesigns

Any Questions, please contact me, I also combine postage.

Caroline x

Saturday 20 August 2011

Making Memories Slice Butterfly Card

I made this card a few weeks ago, but was stuck on how to finish the card.

Then I bought these stamps, and I instantly knew and came back to this card.
I cut the butterfly using my Making Memeories slice and the Vintage Findings design card. I started by cutting the aperture using the shadow function, the cut the same butterfly on normal in pink glitter card.

The swirls are stamped in gold metallic ink using Kanban Stamps and added a few gems.

Thursday 18 August 2011

A couple of Doilies

These Doilies were easy and quick to make and cut using Nellie Snellen Dies.
Both measure approximately 3"

I didnt really have any ideas when I started. So I started by picking a small piece of glittered paper for one and worked off that, adding bits from my craft cupboard as I went along.
The flower originally started off yellow, but them I added watercolour pens to the edges and blended the ink with my water pen. The little centre flower is a chipboard flower that I coated with rock candy crackel paint then rubbed faded jeans distress re-inker into the top.

The second doily was distressed using Tattered Rose distress ink and a folded Dahlia flower was added.
The flower was made by folding 8 1" circles, then adhering them to the centre of another circle to hold them in place. I glittered the edge of the finished flower with stickles to give some sparkle.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

60th Birthday Rolled Rose Cake

My First ever fancy cake.
This cake I made as a Suprise for my Mum. It was brought out during a meal at a restaurant, and my Mum had asbolutely no idea! Despite smuggling it into the restaurant in front of her and talking to the staff about it for a while!

This cake was quite a challenge for me because I had originally hoped to buy a ready made, ready iced cake and just decorate it, but at £15 for a 6" cake, I just could comprehand spending that amount of money. So I bought the ingredients (and extra!) and made my own.

The flowers on the top were very very easy to make. I bought some specialist flower making icing, rolled it out very thin and treated it just like paper. I even wondered if I could cut the icing using my Making Memories slice? If I had more time, I would probably have tried it!
I cut circles using cookie cutters then used a knife to cut spirals. Rolled the up, and left them to dry for 24hours. I cut a leaf template, made veins with a kebab skewer and bent them.

I had lots of lovely comments about my cake, some even suprised I had made the cake myself, let alone the flowers!
As well that this cake turned out, I do not think cake making/decorating will become a new hobby/career anytime soon.

Tuesday 16 August 2011

60th Birthday Card

This Napkin Fold card I made for my Mum's 60th Birthday.

I die cut the circle using Nellie Snellen circle dies and distressed it with Walnut Stain distress ink.
The flourish and word on the front were cut using my Making Memeories Slice. The floursish is cut from the Remember This design card, and the MUM was cut using the shadow feature at 1" from the Vintage Findings design card.

The greeting inside the card was cut using my Making Memories slice and the Words and Expressions Holidays designs card and the border is a Martha Stewart Bubbles around the page set.

The pink flower cardstock, (unfortunately I do not know the brand), was bought from Carols Crafts, and sprayed with Crafters Companion irridescent spray.
The green and pink paper came from a scrapbooking stack the I picked up in sale from TKMaxx. Again, I do not know the brand, the stack had lost its cover.

Friday 12 August 2011

Doily Swap?

I love paper doilies. They are so intricate and feminine. Whilst Googling around for some small doilies in the UK, I stumbled across this site: Retrospection which instantly rolled loads and loads of inspiration into my head. Christine has an amazing tutorial on creating some stunning doily embellishments.

I dont know about you, but sometimes I get a little tired of card making and want to expand into making other items, but small items that can be used for something else. And as a means to use up some of my stash!

ATC's are fab way to use up stash, but I found they became a bit samey, and basically minature cards.
Then I had a brainwave of a paper doily swap!
Does anyone already do this? Or would anyone be interested? Let me know what you think!

Thursday 11 August 2011

Taking a break

Sorry I havnt posted anything for quite a few weeks. I decided to take a complete break from card making/crafting over the summer holidays. With my 3 boys at home all day and going away, I knew I wouldnt get much done.
I've actually found the break quite refreshing! I have made a couple of things as the need has arisen, (a napkin fold 60th card and a birthday cake) both of which I will add to my blog as soon as I can. (I know I keep saying this, but I will do it!)

Taking a break has also helped me to look at my card making in a different light.

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Making Memories Slice Dilly Dally Design Card

Im really excited. I managed to get hold of a Making Memories Slice Design card that I've been longng after since getting my Slice back in May.

Well, Yesterday a package dropped throuhg my letterbox and it was my Dilly Dally Design card, all the way from the US.
So basically I've spent any spare time cutting, creating and playing with my new card, and I LOVE it! I dont anythng to show at the moment becasue the best thing I created, which was a flower with leaves and gems, we nabbed by my 7 year old to put on a Birthday card for his Aunt all the way over the sea in New Zealand. So I cant even put his card up here to show you otherwise it'll spoil the suprise for her.

I'll get making some more nice things (some things didnt come out very well so went into the recycling bin)

Thursday 21 July 2011

Some bits through my Letterbox

A couple of weeks ago I must have been on a lucky streak and won a couple of prizes and this is what came through my letterbox:

First up was a Tag Challenge hosted by Helen over at A Crafty Kind of Truffle, in which I won the June Challenge and the fab prizes that fell through my letterbox were:

Secondly I was lucky and Won on the Banana Frog Blog Hop! I was lucky enough to choose any stamp set I like, and after much deliberation I went for Butterflies and Swirls.

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Teacher Gift

Sorry I havnt posted much recently. I've been busy with my Boys making gifts for their Teachers:

They look amazing, the photo really does not show the lovely colours.
We made them based on this idea from Making Mermories.

Every Flower on each glass is different and amazingly I had a pack of Making Memories Slice vinyl in my stash that I bought in TKMaxx in sale for £2 some time ago! The flowers and flourish stems were all cut from the Basic Shapes 2 design card.
We made 7 gifts in total, but had to give one early before I had chance to photograph them all together.

Once finished, we sealed them in A5 size card cello bags and scrunched it a little and the gifts looked posh and expensive!  (sorry, just realised I didnt photograph them in their bags! I did intend to)
For the name tags, we used rub-ons which I won recently, and all 3 of my eldest sons teachers asked him how he did the writing! (He's currently learning how to write joined up)

I will certainly make these again, Not only are they fab teacher gifts, they are also great for Summer Fetes, Craft fairs, Christmas and Birthday gifts!

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Swirly Birthday card

This card I made for a Friends Birthday.
I've used a plain black card base, and gold ink to stamp the swirls and sentiment.
The stamps used are all Kanban stamps, to which I have then added some gold diamonte and flower.

Monday 11 July 2011

Butterfly Rub-On Birthday Card

I dont usually "do" coloured card bases, especially not black, but I picked up a pack of square cards in sale and now I'm hooked!
This card was made using some rub-ons that came in a set wiht lots of other bits in TK Maxx. I have no idea who made them, but they're so vivid!
The Sentiment I made myself using a book of American Crafts Rub-ons I've had lurking for a few years.

Thursday 7 July 2011

Quick Easel card

This is a card made for my Charity box.
I came across a tub of Rosettes I had a made when having a clearout, and instantly this idea popped into my head.
To make the card, I used a normal A6 card blank, and creased and folded the front in half.
The Best Wishes greeting I made myself in Inkscape, and I love them!

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Best Wishes Card

This card was made a while ago, I'd packed it away in my box of cards and forgotten about it and found it when I was having a sort through!
I cant remember the paper I used, but I do recognise it as a stack that came free with a card making magazine. The spotty ribbon is upcycled from Pyjamas, the greeting is a pack of docrafts ones, 6 for 25p, which I distressed with my distress tool.
The flower is made using Marianne D Creatables flower dies, as in my video here.

Friday 1 July 2011

More coming soon!

More posts coming soon! I have the photos on my Camera, just need longer than 5 minutes to get posts written!

Been quite hectic here with School plays, days off, inset days and my youngest's 3rd Birthday.

 Thought I would add this photo too, its a Cave, in which you can get married! After a fair walk, and a "getting wet" under a waterfall, you finally reach the end, where the Alter can be found, for the ceremony.
 This is actaul cave, it's HUGE inside, and you can see the waterfalls you have to walk under/behind to reach the wedding area.

It can be found at Dan-yr-gof show caves in South Wales. Not my choice of wedding venue im afraid! But a great day out for the whole family visiting the caves and dinosaurs.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Photo Frame Fridge Magnet

I stumbled upon a pack for four Magent Photo Frames in WHSmith a couple of weeks ago. They were reduced to £2.49 for 4!

The frames measure 2.5" x 2.5" and take 2" photos. The frames themselves are made from a flexible firm rubber material.

On Thursdays I go along to a Time Out group, where we do all sorts of things, mostly crafty, but literally, anything goes. I take my 2 year old (now 3 year old as of yesterday) along with me and he loves it, and loves the Lady, Trudi who runs the class. The class is about to end for the summer (it follows school terms) and re-starts in September, But my now 3 year old, is off to Nursery and so wont be able to come along any more. He wanted to make a little gift for Trudi and this is what he and I came up with

We applied gold mixative alcohol ink to the frame, and curled some flowers I had in my stash, and made some pins from wire stems and purple beads. I added some gold Nail gems (bought from Ebay years ago to use on my nails!) and printed off a Name meaning.

I made a box using Laura Ashley cardstock, added purple ribbon and some pins, while my Son wrote "Trudi" on the label, all by himself!! (I wrote it into a scrap first, so he could copy)

Thursday 23 June 2011

Wedding Tag using Making Memories Slice

This tag was made entirely using my Making Making slice. I made it for the Tag challenge hosted by Helen over at A Crafty Kind of Truffle. The theme for June is Weddings.

The tag itself measures 3" and is cut using the Vintage Findings design card. As was the bird, which was cut at 1.5". The flower was cut from Basic Shapes 2 at 1" and 1.5". The word was cut from Words and Expressions, Holidays designs card.

Sunday 19 June 2011

Pay it Forward Award

The Lovely Helen over at A Crafty kind of Truffle gave me this award.

The rules for accepting this award are:

1. Mention the blogger who gave you the award
2. Link to their blog
3. Pay It Forward to 5 bloggers

I pass this award forward to:
Monica at Chasing Art 
Marie at Cardmakingbird 
Kim at Joyful creations with kim
Linda at Linda's Paperie
Nicole: Nicole does not have a blog that I know of, but I want to share my appreciation for a series of youtube tutorials she made and helped me come to grips with my Making Memories slice.

Wednesday 15 June 2011

I won a Coppernob Crease Mouse!

Helen over at Its All Fiddle Fart offered a few Coppernob Crease Mouse for blog candy and I was lucky enough to be picked out of the Teapot!

It arrived in my post box yesterday and I had a good play with it and its fab!
I have (had, as I will pass it on to my mum) a bone folder that came free with a craft magazine about 10 years ago, that I used to creasing my card but it just did not cut it and it was shoved in a box in my craft cupboard somewhere. I didnt get what the fuss was about for crease tools.
Until yesterday! The Coppernob crease mouse is very strong and creased my cards amazingly well, and with such ease. One swipe gave perfect results.
Now I'm hooked! I love it and will use it everytime something needs creasing,
I havnt used it with my Hougie board yet, or with rub ons yet, I'm really hoping it will fit the grooves of the board and im positive it will make easy work of rub ons!

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Butterfly Card using Making Memories Slice

Another card for which I cannot gain credit. This was made by my 7year old for me, using my Making Memories slice. The design card he used to cut the butterflies is the Basic Shapes 2 card.

Sunday 12 June 2011

Fathers Day Easel card

This card is made from WeRMemoryKeepers papers (sorry, I cant remember the name of the pattern), cut using my free template on my Craft Robo.
The stamp used is Kanban Greeting stamps.

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