Monday, 29 June 2015

Butterfly Latch Card

Good Evening Everyone, its been a beautiful day here in Sunny old England!
I went to visit a Butterfly Farm a few days ago with my husband and I fell in love again with butterflies. The colours and patterns and the delicate wings. Isn't nature so clever!

I have been inspired to create using butterflies and by chance the latest challenge over at IndigoBlu is called 'Flutterby'. Why not take a look for yourself. Here's the link.

So, back to this blog and my latest goings on. 
This months challenge on my Facebook group!
This time round it was to create a Latch card and to add some embossing and a touch of Green to the card!

You can't really tell in the photo but the base of the card was embossed in white using the 'Something Lacy' stamp. I then cut a strip off down the opening side of the card and used a border punch to create a lacy strip then adding a die cut shape into the center of the card and a smaller shape to create the latch, which was stuck down with foam pads on the bottom part of the card!


Onto the decorations. 'Butterflies' with a little bling on them and a sentiment stamped onto acetate to go over the latch part of the card.

Enjoy the sunshine if you can and I hope to see you again soon with more Butterfly creations xx

Thursday, 25 June 2015

'Letter in a Bottle'

Good morning to you all.
Today I have a beach themed card to share with you.
This came about as a 'Seaside' card swap for a FB group i'm in. 
Now I don't really have much in the way of materials for this theme but I did remember that I had some Graphic 45 papers and small glass bottles and I had a spark of an idea!

I started off by Stamping a background using the 'En Francais' stamp in Tempting Turquoise then found 3 images from 'On the Boardwalk' that I liked.
I rounded off the corners of these images then went around the edges with inks.

Next I pulled out some silicon molds and crafters clay and made some shells an anchor and ships wheel. Once dry they were then painted with some IndigoBlu paints.
I then used the En Francais with some sepia ink to make a little letter to go into the bottle. I added a sprinkle of yellow glitter to the inside of the bottle and rolled up the letter put it inside. I replaced the cork and tied some bakers twine around the top.

I sprinkled some more glitter around the beach scenes, then down the center of the card I glued on some open weave cheesecloth and bakers twine. I then glued down the shells and little tickets I made from the G45 papers and used a SU punch to cut them out. To finish off I added some little pearls.

This was a fun card to make. 
Have a great day and I shall be back soon. Happy Crafting xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Altered Art and a little Card Making - Boxed Notelets Set

Hello Everyone,
Thank you so much for stopping by to have a look at my latest project.

To start with, I had  purchased a small seed box a little while ago thinking I could "Do" something with it and when I purchased the IndigoBlu "Plume" stamp set I knew exactly what I was going to make!
Let me show you how I created the Boxed Notelet Set. 
(The main materials used to create this project were IndigoBlu).


This is the hinged box I purchased and I started the altered process by covering it all over with Gesso to prepare the surface for painting etc, then once this was dry I painted it all over with Sleeping Beauty metallic paint which has a wonder shimmer to it, then added Emerald City with a piece of scrunched up cling film over the still wet Sleeping Beauty to give the surface a slightly marbled look.

Whilst the box was drying I went on to make 6 small Notelets & Envelopes to put inside it!

To make the Notelets I used the "Plume" stamp set.
I first of all used a couple of Green & Blue Stampin Up inks to create the background. I masked off sections of the white card then applied the inks using Ink Dusters

The idea for the stamped part of the design for the notelets came from someone who had posted on Pinterest, and I liked it so much that  I CASED the idea and added my own little twist to it.  
Once the background had been done I then used several of the Plumes (Feathers) as the main image on the notelets. I also brought in some white, sepia and black inks.

Using very thin double sided tape I added Megaflake to create a slight boarder.

Two different colours of Megaflake was used. Morris Dance & Yorkshire Dales. They give a lovely richness to the notelets.
 (Theses photos don't do the Megaflake justice really. Methinks I need to invest in a better camera)!


Once the paint was dry on the box, I then stamped more images of the larger feathers onto it with Flitterglu then added Megaflake. The Ink pot image was stamped onto the box using VerseMark Ink and Gold Embossing powder, then painted in using the Aladdin paint. This colour paint was also used to paint in some of the small hearts on the plumes.
I then went on to stamp the smaller feather onto some Vellum Card stock, added Megaflake then I cut them out and used Pinflare Glue Gel to attach them to the Ink pot as a 3D element. More gems were added around the box as well as a Latch to keep the box closed! I coloured the latch ( it was a brass colour) using a gold metallic permanent ink pen.

On the lid of the box I stamped the words, 'Create' and 'Art' using the Flitterglu and Megaflake again. I had some brass coloured metal embellishments in my stash, so used the gold pen to change the colour of them and attached then between the words.

 The finishing touches to the notelets were done by using a Gold pen to colour in some of the hearts, the paint came out again so I could stamp the small feather on each notelet and a gem was added to these.
Here is the final project, just waiting for a new home!

                                                                                                 I had lots of fun doing this. Hope you stop by soon to see what else I have been creating! Take care and Happy Crafting, Sue xx

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Feeling Excited!

Good Evening Everyone,
I haven't got a New Creation to share with you tonight, but a bit of exciting news for me, I have just read that a card I put forward for the IndigoBlu blog challenge was chosen as one of the Top 3 by the Design Team. (I must admit I did a little happy dance when I went in to tell my daughter)!
Here is a reminder of the card I submitted!

Why not have a go yourself on the next challenge!

This has been a pretty good week for me, what with going away for a couple of days and meeting my new great nephew!
Have a great week everyone, xx

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Making your own Presents- Altered Box

Hello Everyone, today I have a something a bit different to share with you.
 I call it my 'My Writing Box'. 

A little while ago I purchased a couple of boxes that I thought I could 'Alter'.


I started off by painting the box with white gesso then attached ribbon to the inside of the lid and box to make a 'stay' so that the lid could be left open. I then covered the outside of the box with patterned paper as well as the inside and outside of the box lid.
I used a die to cut out the white flourish for the lid of the box and some leaves, then went on to make some rolled paper roses.
Pearls were added to the inset part of the lid.


On the bottom of the box I added large wooden beads, painted white for feet and brass corner pieces to finish the outside of the box off!
The inside of the box was sectioned off to keep different types of stationary in place!
I filled theses sections with a selection of handmade greetings cards, pens with matching inserts to the paper used to decorate the box, as well as a covered sticky note's pad!

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope to see you here again soon,
Happy Crafting, Sue xx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Circle Magic Slider Card

Here is a short video showing how the card works!
More photos and info below xx

Circle Magic Slider Card

Hello there, thanks for stopping by. Its beautiful day here in Gloucestershire, the sun is shining and we have picture postcard clouds in the sky!
Today I have a Magic Slider Card to share with you. Children really love these types of cards, but I think they are pretty clever too.
I made this card as a Swap for the Challenge Swap Group I run on Face Book. Most of the ones I have seen tend to be rectangle so I decided to have a go at a different shape. 


Being a circle brought up lots of different issues in making the card but I think I have managed to pull it off. I also mounted the Magic Slider onto a round card blank so that it is fee standing!
The Magic Slider card itself is made out of a 12"x 12" piece of Stampin Up Irresistibly Yours specialty designer series paper which I coloured using two different inks. The stamped image is again from SU a set called "Moon Lake."For this style of card you need to stamp the image onto white card as well as Acetate and colour-in the image on the white card.
The butterflies stamps were coloured using marker pens then stamped onto white card and punched out! A couple of gems were added to highlight the bodies! I also made the fern flourish with a mold and crafters clay.


Thanks for stopping by, please visit again soon.
Happy Crafting xx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Pocket full of Posies - IndigoBlu Blog Challenge

Good Morning / Afternoon,
Do you remember the Nursery song 'Ring a ring of Roses, a Pocket full of Posies'?
Well I decided to use this as the inspiration for my entry into the IndigoBlu Challenge this month! Why not take a look at the other entries and have a go yourself!

To start with, I chose a couple of pieces of backing paper from the New Mixed Media Paper 6x6 pad collection Flights of Fancy


I stamped the nursery rhyme lyrics onto this piece from the Vintage Nursery Rhymes Stamp Set and rounded the corners off then attached it ti a card blank. I then went ahead and cut diagonally along another piece to make a 'Pocket' for the Posy to sit in. I used the Flutterby Dinkie to decorate the inside of the pocket.


Ribbon was then added to highlight the folded paper pocket and attached to the center of the card. I used the stamp sets, Dancing Children and 'Live Laugh Love' and the small flowers off the Giant Peony Stamp for the main focus of the card along with some die cut leaves, tiny punched out flowers, pearls that I coloured in to suit the tone of the card and some Linen Thread to tie the 'Posy' together.
Once I had coloured in the Dancing Children I cut around the image and to add a bit more dimension to the card, I attached the image either side of the card to give it a slightly domed look! (The card fits inside a gusset type envelope. When I send it out I will put a piece of bubble wrap under the dancing children to stop it from getting flat)

I now have the nursery rhyme floating around in my head! 
Bye for now,

& Happy Crafting, 
Sue xx