Thursday, September 30, 2010

Morning crafters.  Firstly Susan I posted a link to the cracker template earlier in my posting.....however just for you click here and it will take you to the site, then just download and print the template and you're good to go, ENJOY!  Hope it doesn't drive you "crackers" LOL.

Now onto my final card from the Aberdeen demo.

This card was made using Spellbinder Nestabilities label 8 with white AC textured card, it was then mat and layered with Best Creations Inc Christmas time CT Merry Christmas, both sides.  The tree was made using Spellbinder Nestabilities Big scalloped circles large.  I used 3 circles starting with the largest then every other one.  The circles were scored from side to side at the internal scalloped point and then cut into the middle from the bottom.  I then pinched two sides together holding with red tape starting with the biggest circle then adding the smaller ones and working up.  I then glued to another label 8 base adding a trunk and pearls to decorate.  Finally adding some Rangers distress ink vintage photo, white gel pen stitching and a white satin bow.
This little tree seemed to be popular not only in Aberdeen but also in Elgin and does flatten to post but I'm afraid you'll still be charged large letter post so maybe not to send for everyone.  Or as I like to say "a special card for special people!"  LOL

So now onto today.....I am mostly going to be playing with snow!!!  Big hint of what might be coming up on Saturday!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Well we're nearly at the end of my demo samples for last weekend, just a few more to go.
Firstly I have used Spellbinder Nestabilities Star to create this Christmas decoration and AC textured card, ribbon, bell and jump ring from my craft stash and a wee bit of gold glitter.  I have used five stars in three sizes to create the 3d star but it would work equally as well with four.

This card could be used for any occasion if you changed the background papers.  I have used black card stock and Best creations Inc Christmas time CT Snowman, reverse.  The flower has been made using Spellbinder Peony cut and inked with Ranger distress ink black soot attached together with a black brad.  The swirls behind the flower have been made cutting up Spellbinder Shapeabilities fancy tags (oval).  Finally the strip has been created with Martha Stewart Edger arched lattice punch and the greeting is from PI Christmas stamps MM Christmas wishes, finished as normally with black ink pen around the edge.

Finally today another Gorjuss girl "Sitting" coloured with my copic's.  This velum in pink burst and pink holly is from the Papeterie, again I was asked to incorporate with my designs together with pink and white AC textured card stock.  I have used the new Spellbinder Nestabilities beaded ovals and have embossed then stencilled it with Ranger distress ink spun sugar.  The flowers have been made using my Spellbinder Nestabilities scalloped circles...I have used 5 for each flower 1 large 2 small and scrunched them finally adding a brad.
The greeting is again from PI stamps MM Christmas wishes layered on Martha Stewart edger punch new scallop and I have added some pink brads around the edges with, guess what?  More black pen!!  Can you see the trend!  LOL.

That's it for another day here, final card for you tomorrow folk and I have to say it was the favourite of most of the folk.
Happy crafting....I'm off now to get out the glitter!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Morning....and another Gorjuss girl this time Little Star, and what could go better with her than the Star Spellbinder Nestabilities?!
For this easel card I have used white and green AC textured card together with Best Creation Inc 12" Christmas paper.  I have also used my Martha Stewart edger punch doily lace and white satin ribbon.  I have sanded some edges added a bit of bling and the "Christmas Cheer" words from PI Christmas Cheer stamps, then finally edged with black marker pen.

The next couple of cards are using PI stamps Christmas Santa Paws.  The above card is again using AC textured card in white and red.  The 12" paper is from Best Creations Inc Merry & Bright Mb multi strip.  I have used Spellbinders Nestabilities label 8 to mat and layer, copic's to colour and Ranger gloss accents.  Red eyelets and gold split rings have been used to make the sign, from the stamp set also.  Finally I have again used black marker pen to highlight.

The above his "dog house" is from the same stamp set as is the greeting but this time the card stock is "Holly" from the Papeterie, which I was asked to incorporate into my demonstration.  I have also used red and green card stock from AC, the red had been made into a roof using Martha Stewart edge punch new scallop and glittered with MS gingerbread glitter set.  The green at the base has just been folders, which seems to be quite popular just now.
The wee dog is coloured again with copic's, and glitter and glossy accents have also been added....finally you've guessed it I have highlighted with black ink.

So guys that's it for another now to get ready for my upcoming demo in Elgin.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another day and another card from the weekend.
This card is very simple, I've let the beautiful glittery paper do the talking from Best Creations Inc CT Snowflake.  I have used AC textured card stock and layered a rectangle of snowflake paper edged with Versamagic chalk ink sea breeze.  I then used my Spellbinder Nestabilities round and big scalloped circles large to create a shaker topper also using a further circle of the snowflake paper, acetate and a frame combining the circle and scallop circle.  I then have layers up the sandwich with a roll of 3d foam adding glitter from Martha Stewart Gingerbread selection.  Finally added a small bow of burgundy ribbon, a jem on the snowflake from K & Co and edged with black ink and white gel pens.

Onto another Gorjuss stamp "flower girl", I have coloured her with my copic's and highlighted with white gel pen and pearls.  I have again made a frame using my Spellbinder Nestabilities circles and big scalloped circles using snowflake paper supplied by the Papeterie and edged with black ink, I have attaches a snowflake metal embellishment with some white sheer ribbon.  The background paper is again from Best Creations Inc Fx Taboganing and has beautifully glittered trees.  I have created a strip across the top with Martha Stewart punch lace heart and a further strip of FX Taboganing paper as well as two tabs in grey AC textured card and snowflake paper, corner rounded and topped with a pearl.  The stamp "Happy Christmas" is from PI Christmas Cheer.  The card is then mat and layers with grey and white AC textured card stock, finished with white gel pen and black ink.
The coordinating Christmas cracker template was from Waltzingmousestamps, with many thanks to the guys over there for letting me use it.  I have used the paper from the Papeterie Snowflake, sheer ribbon and grey AC card with my Martha Stewart lace heart around the bottom.  The rectangles of Best Creations Taboganing papers were created using Nestabilities long classic rectangles large with a stamp "Noel" from the PI Christmas cheer set finished off with pearls and black marker pen.

Phew, that's me for another day...I'm off now to my local craft shop to coordinate this coming Saturday's demo at Papercraft's Boutique "The House of Sugar" .
Before I go I'd just like to say a big "thank you" to all the girls who came to my Hopeman crop yesterday afternoon for fun, giggles, crafting and cake.  I had a great afternoon in great company, looking forwards to the next one on the 31st of October, cackle, cackle and don't forget the challenge.....create something on a Halloween theme. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Morning crafters!!
Firstly I want to say a big thank you to Charlotte and all the guys over at the The Papeterie in Aberdeen for a great day yesterday and for providing loads of tea and biscuits.  I would also like to thank all the lovely ladies who took the time to come and visit and chat with me about crafting....enjoy all your new toys! 
I had a lovely day with lots of giggles and plenty of crafting.  :)
It was also great to meet Kate Ganson who actually designed the art work for the first card I'm going to show you.  I love this stamp from the new PI range Christmas cheer. 

I love the simplicity of this card (I like to include some easy to make cards in my demo for folk new to crafting), sometimes less is more!  Especially at Christmas when we've got so many cards to make.
The card was cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilities Long classic rectangle, as was the frame around Mrs Christmas and her pud.  It was layered with a green American craft textured card using  Nestabilities Long classic scalloped rectangle and 3d foam.  The stamp "Christmas cheer" was from the same pack of stamps inked with black stazon.  It is then layered with the new range of papers from Best Creation Inc. ST Snowman and AC white textured card stock.  I also used Vintage photo Ranger distress ink as a stencil with my rectangle to create a vintage look, my copic pens to colour and white gel pen to highlight then finished with some Martha Stewart glitter and black ink to edge.

On to my next card...and to Sugar Nellie Gorjuss girl Party Princess and the new Spellbinder Nestabilities label fifteen.   I love the Gorjuss girl stamps which are FAB to colour and so PI distribute them!  Yaah!
The papers again are the new Christmas range from Best Creation Inc. CT Tree dot....the detail is so perfect and glittery is would be a crime to cut up too much (I think a few of the ladies winced as I cut into them yesterday!!) know when paper is too good to use...we all have that pile of stash that is for stroking only, lol!
Weird but very true.  :)
Anyway I have used a square card folded in the middle for a change and have used AC textured cream and white card to layer.  Inside I have continued the colour and added a greeting...but the papers are so glittery and perfect the only other embellishment is a bit of bling from the Papeterie in the corners...
Loving this new Nestie labels fifteen, it just layers thinks this will be getting lots of use in my craft room!
Finally I have coloured again using my copic pens, inked with Ranger distress ink vintage photo (my present favourite) and then highlighted with white gel pen and black ink.

That's me for today I'm now away to get sorted for today's Hopeman crop....more crafting, what a fab weekend I'm having!
More cards for you tomorrow and happy crafting!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

To all my fella blogger's and crafter's out there in cyber land I have some catching up to do with all your news...I can't believe how much I've missed by leaving my computer off and crafting this last week!!
I hope to catch up soon. x
All my work is now done and ready for my day in Aberdeen at the Papeterie this Saturday....want a sneaky peek?!!!
All will be revealed soon.  :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

So guys what do you journal?
I always have great intentions but usually have cards to make, orders to do or demo's.  I seem to get less and less of scrapbooking and journalling done about my family and friends unless of course if I am making a gift for someone.
Mind you I tend to also sit down on my puter or to watch the TV when really I should take myself to the office and play.  :)
Anyway, I was in TK Max this week and saw this blank book. 
Now we all are guilty of saying I won't buy it as I can make one....which if very true, but I have come to the decision that if I wait till I've make the could be sometime....and then I would have forgotten what I wanted to write!  LOL.
So I took the plunge and bought this book which I thought was very apt for my caravan journal....sad I know but my other half said it would be nice (note because it is a job for me!) to keep a record of sites and what we get up to whilst travelling around the country.

So my journal is made....and I only had to do a topper, using my Spellbinder nestabilities labels 8 and my cricuit machine.  The lettering was taken out of a magazine and finished with Ranger Glossy accents.
The journalling has been done with stamps from Papertrey Ink.
How easy was that!  I have also decided to keep it very simple....that way I might keep it up!

It is also already filled with our latest journeys....definitely a first for me. 
But the real question is "Will I keep it up?!!!"
My brother bought me a travel printer for Christmas so I can print and go....actually just had a good play with it and it is fabby....even though it took me a wee while to work out....not very techno minded!
So really now I have no excuse all I need is my camera, printer, pen, book and a couple of way of getting in some crafting whilst on the go....well, it would be rude not to!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Now this really is the final post today!
In amongst the Christmas goody bag from K & Company there were pages of boxes and decorations enough to keep you going for this year and next.  So here are a few I made up.  :)
We did a few more on the day but I'm sure the ladies who bought the pack will be busy right up till Christmas.

What's next?
My next date to demo is Saturday 25th September at the Papeterie in Aberdeen.
Meantime "happy crafting!"
So ladies today is my final post from demo day in Elgin and today I'm going to show what was probably the most popular decoration of the day and I will give you  link to the instructions which were sent to me by my boss Jan, thank you.

This snowflake was made using Spellbinders Pendant Shapeabilities Fleurs De Lis, an old ribbon reel, K & Company papers and Christmas cheer adhesive gems and pearls and satin white ribbon from Papercrafts Boutique.
The pendant requires two large and two small pendants for each side and is scored and folded then attached together see the tutorial link I have added.  Thanks to Beckie for a fabby idea. x  You can check out her fabulous blog here.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

So I'm interrupting my samples again for a wee coffee break.....and whilst having a break I made another egg box so I thought I'd share it.  I have used K & Company Cuddly friends baby range, pink and white card stock, my cricuit and buttons from Dress it up.

And inside:

Simple but effective.  I also used some pink chalk ink and my new buttons from Epiphany Crafts in which you can back with matching paper which I've then threaded white ribbon through.
I'm loving these new buttons and tools....I am so going to need more!!
Let's hope the recipient likes it too.  :)

Another day another demo card.   Most of the items on this card were in the K & Company Christmas pack except the use of the Martha Steward lace that's the card, paper, tag, rub on. glitter chipboard letters and ribbon all in one pack...Christmas done and dusted!  If only it was that simple, lol.  Still it's a start....!

The same with this card too everything from the K & Company kit....I have used Spellbinders Nestabilities 8 to mat and layer and the tree was made using 3 sizes of Nestabilities Big Scalloped circles SM.  The circles were scored after each scallop right to the opposite diagonal, then I cut into the circle to the middle only and folded in and out...reminded me of fan making as a child!  :)
Once done I opened up and then glued 2 scallops together to give it tree branches all around.  For the second and third piece I scored the same and folded but when it came to gluing I attached it to the bigger circle already folded....make sense?!  Just make sure you glue on the folds so you get the overlap tree shape...I used red tape so it was instant. 
Bling was added from the kit too then a wee bit of Rangers distress ink vintage photo.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Right back to demo items.....

This little chap is from Personal Impressions Christmas set 1 (Clear stamps A6) and for those of you who are not keen on too much colouring in or got lots of cards to make this Christmas...he is the man for you as you only have the hat and scarf to colour. (I have used my copic pens then I have added some clear glitter and a wee bit of Rangers Glossy Accents.)
The papers and rub on are from the K & Company Christmas pack and the ribbon and snowflake charm from my stash.  I have used the corner punch from Martha Stewart "loops" on white America craft paper (also the card) then cut in between the loops to make them proud.  Finally I have edged with black marker.

Now with this card I wanted to do something a bit different rather than the usual Christmas colours and I have heard on the grapevine the "black" will be big this year.....we will see but here's my attempt.
The bauble is from the same Christmas set 1 from PI.  I have used Spellbinders Nestabilities labels 8 (1/2 of) and Shapeabilities Fancy tags and Martha Stewart edger punch new scallop.  The paper, rub on, bling and ribbon are all from the K & Company Christmas kit.  Finally I have edged using Ranger Black soot distress ink and a black marker.

Two more cards down....more tomorrow.
 I've got another birthday card and a New Home card to make for this weekend....I think I might play before cracking on with the housework which is SO boring in comparison!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Today it was Sarah's birthday so I dashed home and got crafting....she made me such a beautiful card for my birthday I wanted to return the favour.  I am taking a break from showing you my demo items to show you her card.
Now in true crafting form I wondered if there was a challenge anywhere that I could incorporate, kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, hope you don't mind Sarah.  :)
Over on the Sugarbowl challenge blog  they've set a challenge to join the Sugar Bowl so I thought I'd have a go.  There is a sketch to follow and a few requirements so why not have a go?
I have used K & Company papers from Classic K Bailey and brown craft together with Spellbinder Nestabilities label 1 and 8 and Martha Stewart doily lace.  I found some matching flowers by Prima, lace, wire, ribbon and cotton from stash.  I have edged with chalk inks brown and creamy beige and black ink.  The "Best Wishes" stamp is by Funstamps and the little tag and stamp from Stamping up.  The Sugar Nellie stamp is Gorjuss sitting and is coloured using copics pens.  Finally I have used my winnings from Epiphany Crafts to make 3 matching buttons.....oh I so loved playing with that new toy!! x
So before I go it's a final HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sarah hope you've had a cracking day...and happy crafting to you all.

Another day and another card...again using the Nitwit range.  The background is AC textured red card then strips of Joyful hearts plaid and holly.  The strip along the bottom is Joyful hearts "hearts" finished using the Martha Stewart punch lace heart and the greeting is a K & Company rub on.  The Snowman is from the Joyful Hearts decoupage sheet as is the snowflake.  I have finished with some Christmas gems again from K & Company a wee bit of Rangers distress ink Vintage Photo and my black journalling pen.

For the above card I have combined the Nitwit range with the range of goodies from the Special value K & Company Christmas pack.  I have put two of the cards together to start again with adding Joyful hearts papers plaid and holly.  The plaid having been edged with Martha Stewart punch lace.  The JH pink spots paper has been cut using my scalloped circles nestabilities and the Ho, ho, ho chipboard shapes are from the K & Company pack.  The stamped images are the Nitwits Deer friends range including the "Merry Christmas" and have been coloured using my copics pens finished with glitter and Ranger Glossy accents.  I love the simplicity of this card and the stamped images are so cute.
When it comes to making Christmas cards I think it is fair to say when you've got so many to make it is always nice to have a couple of quick and easy cards up our sleeves.

Anyway that's all from me for today, I'm away to crack on with some more crafting, just found out it is a crafty friends birthday kept that know who you are!!!  
When you made me such a beautiful card for my birthday too.  Very naughty!

Monday, September 06, 2010

So guys what to show you next...that is the question?
Got lots from the demo at the House of Sugar over the weekend to show you this week so please bear with me and to anyone who had joined my from the Sugar Nellie link thanks for taking time out to visit.  I'll be updating daily this week so feel free to come back and I'd love to hear any feedback you may have.
Today I think I will show you more from the Nitwit range of papers, did I mention I love them, sorry got you yawning already?!  I think of them as being quite American in style, got quite a folkie, primitive style to them and remind me of clip art that I used when I started making cards a wee while ago!
Back to todays card....

This card was made with American craft cream textured card and I have used the Deer friends Nitwit papers Blue bulbs, Diamond red and Stripes.   Rudolph (as I have named him) and the holly are from the Deer friends topper sheet too, so how easy does that make your card?! 
It is a T slide card and instructions can be found here, with many thanks to the guys over on Splitcoaststampers for all their inspiration.
The Spellbinder nestabilities I have used is labels 3.  I have also used glossy accents on the light bulbs and Rudolph's nose and eyes.  The whole card has been edged using Ranger distress ink vintage photo, outlined with black pen and the greeting was a rub on from the K & Company special deal of the day.
As you pull the tag on the right hand side the front of the card lifts and reveals, whatever you want it too, I have a further greeting on mine from the topper sheet also mounted on a cream oval from my nestabilies, as shown here:

This card was great fun to make.  More tomorrow, happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.  :)

Sunday, September 05, 2010

So ladies fancy some Christmas crackers? 
For this I have used a template from Waltzing Mouse, isn't it fab and thanks very much to the guys over there for letting me use a couple of templates for my demo.
The papers I have used are from the Nitwit range Joyful hearts blue swirls....which I love.  I have used my round Spellbinder Nestabilities with Joyful hearts pink dots and then topped with the snowflakes from the Joyful hearts decoupage sheets and K & Company Christmas cheer adhesive gems.  I have also made a tag from another snowflake and attached to the cracker with red gingham ribbon from my stash. 
These would make great gifts at Christmas you could get small gifts inside but even better some chocolate! 
I'd have to pack them quick or I'd be doing "one for me one for the cracker!"
I will certainly making some more of these this Christmas.

This Gingerbread house is also from Waltzing Mouse.  You should check out their stamps too.  They have a whole range that are compatible with Spellbinder Nestabilities and trust me when I will be hard to pick your favourites.  It is a fab site with lots of lovely ideas...I have a parcel on route as we speak....I could not resist!!  :)
Anyway back to the papers, again I have used the Nitwit range but this time Deer friends Poinsettia and Diamond Red papers.  I have added some fine glitter on American craft white textured card as snow on the roof and around the base.  Two red brads for the door, red ribbon to hand and a wee gingerbread button by the door.  I have also added a few trees from the Joyful hearts range to give it an added Christmas feel.

So ladies that's me for today....I'll have more again for you tomorrow, happy crafting!!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

So I'd like to say a big "HI" to all the ladies I met in Elgin at Papercraft's Boutique today, thanks for making my day so enjoyable.  I hope you found it interesting also.  Over the next week I will share with you all my samples, where I got my inspiration and what I've used to make them.  For now, however, I'm going to open myself a small glass of red and chillaxe.....bring on the X factor....sad I know but it's got to be done!

Friday, September 03, 2010

So my crafting friends this week I have been getting ready for a demo at Papercraft's Boutique in Elgin tomorrow.  All done now and ready to go.  Looking forwards to it.  If you live locally and are at a loose end tomorrow come and visit....we're doing CHRISTMAS!!
The shop has some great deals tomorrow including a fabulous kit from Kay and Co which will have you sorted for Christmas, with cards, toppers, paper, boxes, glitter, rub-ons....oh the list goes on! 
It is a limited offer so get it whilst it's hot!!

I also got a super surprise parcel today from the states.  I recently joined a group on Facebook that follows Epiphany Crafts....there was a prize draw for everyone who did...and guess what ....I won.  I can't believe it.  You should see what I have won, can't wait to open and have a play with it:

Isn't it fantastic!  I keep having to pinch myself.
To all the guys over at Epiphany Crafts thank you so much for your generosity.  :)  Made my day!  :)