Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Memories........


Just a quick little card using "Background Patterns 1", clear stamps by Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
The sentiment is from their "Word Plate 2" clear set which I find I use time and time again.
I used my nestabilities to emboss a square onto this hammered card first.
It is a good idea to have a batch of these pre-embossed ready and waiting for a quick card.

I used Marvy pens to ink up the stamps in lavender and olive which I lightly spritzed with water before stamping.
The apple gingham is by Creative Impressions. Crystal stickle to finish.

Just a quick card today as I have been working on a project for Cornish Heritage Farm's Blog which will be available to view on 5th Feb. We go to Switzerland on 2nd so the pressure was on to get it finished.

Wild thing!!

In honour of the snow here in Switzerland I thought I would feature a cold climate loving cute penguin. Oh I know they live at the South pole but I needed a tenuous link to show off this card. :)

This is one of my all time favourite cards and not too time consuming to make. It is also a great way of using those cute penguin stamps you might have that only get dusted off at Christmas.
The penguin is by Sunday International and they have some others that are facing left and right so you could create a little scene.
The lower half is actually a stamp roller by Stampin up which I inked in black and added orange stickle. "Wild thing" is a sticker I had left over from a set by KI Memories ( I think!!).
The stitched grosgrain is by Creative Impressions.

Xcalibur!!!!

Wow!!! Look at what Spellbinders is launching at CHA in California next week! Rumour has it that it will be available for purchase in May '08 - (probably a bit later in the UK!!).


It is a motorised diecut/ embossing machine. This is the first machine of its kind.

Keep checking Spellbinder's website for details. I'm anxiously awaiting the pricing because I know I want one!!!

Spellbinder's says "A touch of the button gently feeds and slowly releases mats for cutting and embossing. The mats used in Xcalibur will be the same mats currently used in the Wizard, Universal Craft Tool. Xcalibur will cut, emboss and texturize virtually every consumer die from leading manufacturers making it the universal system of choice. Xalibur will revolutionize the die cutting world..."

Please be assured that this is not a replacement for the Wizard. The machines can share the same mats, pads and dies but Xcalibur's main features are to cut and emboss. The Wizard, Universal Craft Tool, continues to provide many additional functions such as cutting chipboard, replicating charms and transferring images, just to name a few.

Start saving your pennies!!!

Sunday, 27 January 2008

I've been tagged!!!

I've read lots of tagging on other sites but being relatively new to blogging, I've never participated before.My good friend and Cornish Heritage Designer Mary Anderson tagged me today. Check out her blog, It's all about the journey. You won't be disappointed!

Tagging rules!!

Link back to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog - we all want to know them!
Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

MY RANDOM FACTS!

1. I am one of 8 children!!
2. I like being on my own sometimes - see no. 1!!! :)
3. I got in big trouble when I bunked off school for 2 days when I was 12. I went shopping with my friends. (Those who know me won't be surprised!)
4. I was a police officer for almost 5 yrs in Manchester!!
5. I'm an advanced driver (see no. 4!). My husband doesn't agree....... :)
6. I broke my arm when I was 4 swinging from a neighbour's fence!
7. We are the proud owners of 2 lovely pregnant donkeys, Winnie & Rosie!

Proof of fact 7!!


Most of the people I know with blogs have already been tagged..... so I have decided to tag some special people who took the time to leave me a comment on my blog!

Marlou ~ Scrapping with love

Wife2TJ ~ A Scrap Addict's blog

Edna Taylor ~ Edna's place

Mary Duffek ~ Moe Joe Designs

Live.Life.Create.Art

Laurie ~ Stamping for God's Glory

My Paper World


Play along if you have the time.


Saturday, 26 January 2008

Thomas Kinkade ~ Cornish Heritage Farms!!!

I have some great news for all my blog visitors from the UK!!!

I am now the selling a large range of the Cornish Heritage stamps including the Thomas Kinkade images, backgrounders and much much more!!!!!
Please click here for details.

I have exclusive distribution rights to retailers in the UK so if you are a retailer, please contact me.
If your local stamp store doesn't stock this wonderful line of stamps, let them know that Mill House Crafts is their contact.

I will be exhibiting at the NEC in Birmingham next month, so fingers crossed that retailers will love the CHF stamps as much as I do!

Stazon ~ acetate

I played around with this card for ages and this was the final result. I toyed with not showing you the first draft as I really don't like it but I thought we all have days where the cards just won't do what we have in our heads so I thought I would show how I saved a "mistake".
(To be honest my eldest daughter came in and said "I don't like that big ribbon down the left hand side!") and I promptly whipped it out!

I even got out my sewing machine and now when I look at the finished card I can barely see any of the stitching!!!


The first draft. Yuck!!


Stamps:
-Silhouette Blooms I (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Cute Curls (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
-Jet Black Stazon, White Stazon, Royal purple Stazon by Tsukineko

Cardstock:
-Classic purple and Stormy light by Prism Papers
White cardstock and black cardstock.

Tools:
-sewing machine
-slit punch by Stampin up.
-Scalloped scissors by Fiskars

Accessories:
-flower by Prima Marketing
-button unknown source
-purple metallic brads by Dovecraft
-Black grosgrain, purple organza, dotty organza by Mayarts

Friday, 18 January 2008

You're the cat's pyjamas!


I love this cute cat from the "Cutie Pet-tootie" set designed by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms. He normally looks like this..........


I decided I didn't want him naked as I wanted to handwrite "You're the cat's pyjamas" as a sentiment. Using my Copic fine liner (doesn't bleed when colouring with copics) I drew on some groovy pjs and added little heart and pockets.

I coloured the whole image with Copics and added some clear Copic spica glitter pen.
Oh, and I had pre-embossed the square with my nestabilities before stamping the cat. Some people ask should you stamp first or after?? I do both.

It is best if you are organised and have nestabilites cut out before stamping but sometimes you decide to use nestabilities after you have the image coloured and ready. Now, this is ok if your Wizard holds the paper in place and doesn't move OR all your hard work could be lost. I minimise this by using a thin magnetic layer that holds the nestie in place.

Here's a sneak peek inside!!! This little mousey is from the same set and there is a little piece of cheese too.

Purple & silver thankyou

The inspiration for this card was driven by a recent publication call from U.S. magazine Papercrafts asking for this layout in purple/grey or purple/silver. I came up with this and on reading the criteria v. closely!!!! I discovered it should have been 3" x 3.5"!! Argghh!!!

(Mine is standard C6!) Ah well!!! maybe next time.......


Papers: Prism "classic purple" and "stormy light"
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms, Fishnet backgrounder, French Script backgrounder and wild rose (love this stamp!).
Inks: Adirondack purple twilight and slate. Encore silver.
Accessories: Purple and silver organdy by Creative Impressions and Pilot silver marker, extra fine point for silver highlights on flower. Judikins duster brush for shading around the flower.


Sunday, 13 January 2008

Kick stand challenge

As mentioned in my last post, Splitcoaststampers had a card sketch challenge on Weds incorporating a kick stand. For us in the UK we are maybe not so familiar with this website but basically you can join free of charge and post images of your work as long as it uses stamps. Other members can comment on your work and you can comment on theirs.

You have access to a huge gallery of work from all over the world and brilliant tutorials and techniques pages. You can sign up for their "Weekly inklings" which are emailed to you and provide details of the challenges for the week ahead which could be colour, sketch layout, limited supplies etc.

Even if you don't want to join, you can still view the gallery and forums on the site.

So, back to my original reason for posting. I participated in the Weds card sketch challenge 158, hosted by the wonderful Roxie. This is her card sketch. You can go to the Splitcoaststampers gallery and search SC158 to see who participated in the challenge and view their creations.

I didn't follow the plan strictly (forgive me Roxie!) as I haven't added a second panel but I wanted to use Bossy the cow's legs as the kickstand.


I had a leftover scalloped circle cut with my nestabilities lying on my desk that served as a cloud when I sponged on the Adirondack aqua. I can be lazy and just want to use what is lying around rather than spend 30mins searching for the perfect item.

"Smile" is from a great set by Kim Hughes for CHF, "Scripty words", stamped in Brilliance Graphite black.
Bossy (from CHF) is coloured with Prismacolour pencils.
Prima flower and lime stickle.
The little scrap of paper is Fancy Pants, Beautify which is a lovely double sided paper.

Friday, 11 January 2008

CPS ~ Card Positioning Systems

If you've not visited this site - where have you been?? Only joking as this is only my first time participating in one of their sketch challenges. I've lurked around this site for some time but finally decided to try a challenge.

Go to CPS and see their latest sketch no. 46 Part 1. (intriguing as to what Part 2 might be.........hmmm.) Be inspired by Tami Mayberry's fab January design. Tami is a fellow design team member at Cornish Heritage Farms and is a v. talented lady.


Kim Hughes, Melissa Phillips and Linda Beeson have 3 beautiful designs showing that can't help but motivate you!

Here's my effort!
Again, this isn't my normal style but I vowed this year to experiment - you never know I might just like it!
Base card was basic white cardstock inked with Adirondack latte and canvas backgrounder by CHF. I then overstamped this with Adirondack meadow and climbing floral backgrounder.
I absolutely LOVE CHF's backgrounders and a large variety are in stock at Mill House Crafts with many more on the way. ( My order was last sighted at L.A. - so fingers crossed xx)

Now for the science part !! I drew round a side plate for the curve and cut out Fancy Pants "Beautify" paper from the Fancy-free collection. This is double sided so the blossom is one side and the green is the other. I actually assembled 2 cut out pieces to make one large blossom and then curved the petals outward.
"Hugs" is from "Scripty words" designed by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage farms.
I highlighted the little green thingys on the blossom and the sentiment with Copic Spica glitter pen in melon.

Why not try it too?? Or perhaps this week's sketch challenge 158 over at Splitcoaststampers.
I'm doing this one too so I'll try and post that tomorrow.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Going round in circles

Happy New Year everyone!!

I'm so sorry I've been gone for so long but my holidays just seemed to become extended and I spent last weekend in Glasgow but I've finally got my finger out and started creating again.

As you can see this is a very different card for me but I wanted to try something new. I apologise for the sombre tone of a sympathy card but you could use any sentiment in this layout.


The papers are all BasicGrey, Pheobe range.
Nestabilities and circle punches used alot!!
Prima flowers.
Buttons from a craft fair and brown linen thread.
Apple organdy by Creative Impressions.
STAMPS ~ Climbing floral background is by CHF and stamped in the lime section from Brilliance peacock pad.
"With Sympathy" is by CHF from Kim Hughes' Silhouette Blooms set.

I can't believe I haven't coloured anything or added glitter or bling - AMAZING!! I guess my next card will need some sparkle or I'll be having withdrawal symptoms.