Sunday, 23 April 2017

Watch this Craft Space!

Hi there

As many of you know, I currently craft on the table in my lounge.  I live in a one bedroom flat so don't have a spare room I can use.

Firstly, this isn't ideal as my lounge always looks a mess, and two, most of my stash is in a cupboard in my hallway (erm, and also in random drawers and hiding places!) so I'm constantly backwards and forwards grabbing what I need.  I leave the things I use a lot on my table but it's really beginning to frustrate me that my living space is cluttered and that I have to eat meals from a tray on my lap!

So, I've been having a think about what I can do.  I'm lucky that I live in a converted flat which is the upstairs of the original house so my hall is the original landing which is a good size.  And before I had my new kitchen installed I had the doorway into my kitchen relocated so that I could better utilise the hall space.  So, I've made the decision to move all my crafting to the hall.

Here are some photos of what it looks like at the moment and the space I plan to use...

The kitchen door used to be behind the little drawer unit so by relocating the door opening I've created a usable corner.

This drawer unit will go and be replaced with a desk/workstation and narrow chest of drawers.
The dents in the carpet are from my clothes airer.  That will have to be done elsewhere in the future!

Better view of my craft cupboard.  My lounge where I craft is through the door next to the kitchen.

Reverse view of the hall from the kitchen so you can see how close the desk will be to my existing cupboard...Yay!!!
The closed door is my bedroom and the little visitor who came to say hello is my little furbaby, Mr Murph!

So there you have it.  I've placed an order from Ikea for the desk and drawers and also placed an order elsewhere for a floor protector for my chair.  Ikea is a 200 mile round trip from here so instead I'm having it delivered when I have a week off work next month. Cream carpet is far from ideal but, unfortunately, I don't have the funds to replace the carpet so will just have to be careful with the Brushos!

The only downside to this space is not having a window close to the desk, so although it can be quite bright on a sunny day I'll need to be using a lamp the majority of the time.  A little sacrifice though I think for getting my lounge back!

So all that's left to do is decorate this section of the hall in preparation and buy a half-decent screwdriver!

I'll keep you posted.  Happy Sunday everyone! :)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Less is More Week #325

Good morning

It's new challenge day at Less is More....yes it really is Saturday again!  And this week it's the turn of our Recipe challenge.  Here are the details...

The stripe(s) can be in any direction.

I've got three cards for you this week so I'll get straight to it.

My first one uses patterned paper for the striped element...

I adhered some striped paper to the lower part of my card base.  I then die cut a fancy border to a panel of white cardstock and stamped the floral design in co-ordinating colours.  The white panel was then adhered flat to the base.

Materials used:
  • Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up (unsure of colour)
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Bracket Edge Die
  • Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders: Vines; Clearly Besotted - Many Messages
  • Ink: Versa Color - Rose Red, Petal Pink, Olive; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

Time Out - Challenge #81 - Photo Inspiration (inspired by the red/pink palette and multiple small images)

A bit of masked, emboss resist for my next card...

After heat embossing my stripey stamped images in white, I cut negative masks from Post-it notes using the co-ordinating dies and then blended the presents and balloons with Distress Inks.  I then stamped the sentiment, die cut the design with a diagonal stitched rectangle die and mounted it on my card base using fun foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Laugh Out Loud
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Inks; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entries:

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #109 - Rainbow

And just basic stamping for my last card...

I stamped the stripey onesie before masking it and stamping the other two.  The stripes image was then stamped across the base of the card before adding the sentiment strip embossed in white on black cardstock.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Littlest Onesie, Basic Stripes
  • Ink: Versa Color - Baby Blue, Mint, Bisque, Sky Gray; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

As always, I really do appreciate your visits.  Thanks so much and I hope you find time to play along this week.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Curtain Call - Guest Designer!

Hi guys

Last month I was lucky enough to be the Lead for the Green challenge at Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  And by winning the challenge I'm delighted to have been invited to be their Guest Designer for the next challenge, which starts today.

So, without further ado here's the inspiration photo...

And here's my interpretation...

I think it's fairly obvious which elements I used from the photo!  I started by stamping the tulips with a little masking for dimension.  I then cut a rough mask to cover the flowers before gently blending through a stencil to create the background.  I then took inspiration from the cracked paint on the chair in the photo and used a die to cut some patterned paper which was a great match for the flaking paint, and I then added a little shading to the edges of the jar die cut to add some depth.  I then stamped the sentiment, matted the panel onto some orange cardstock and then adhered it flat to the card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Spring Blooms, With Love
  • Ink: Altenew - Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf; Distress Ink - Weathered Wood (stencil shading); Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: MFT - Checkerboard
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Spring Blooms (jar)
  • Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs - Country Boutique
  • Coloured Card: Papermania

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #132 - Spring
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #272 - Spring Spectacular
Penny Black and More - April Challenge - Spring
Stamping Sensations - April Challenge - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #40 - Spring with an Optional Twist of Easter

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  And a big thank you to the team at Curtain Call for inviting me to join them for this challenge.

Less is More Week #324

Good morning!

These Saturday mornings really do whizz around quickly!  It's time for another challenge at Less is More and this week we're back with our Theme challenge.  In the UK Spring has really sprung over the last couple of weeks so our new theme couldn't be more appropriate.

I have two cards for you this week.

I absolutely love seeing blossom on the trees so I've tried to replicate it on my first card...

I started by stamping the tiny flowers in pink pigment ink and I then heat embossed these in clear.  When stamping these I kept the branch stamp to hand so I could create the approximate shape with the flowers.  I then stamped the branches over the top with second generation stamping to keep them subtle and wiped away any ink that was over the embossed flowers.  Once dry I blended a subtle ombre effect in blue to create the sky.  Next I stamped the sentiment before popping the panel up on 3D foam.  To finish I added a tiny dot of darker pink to the centre of each of the flowers with a FlexMarker.

Here's a closer view of the embossed blossom...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Wplus9 - Fresh Cut Containers (3 tiny flowers); Card-io Combinations - Greenery 1; Clearly Besotted - Design a Tree (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versa Color - Petal Pink, Cocoa; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #132 - Spring
STAMPlorations - April CAS Card Challenge - Anything Goes (Option: any pastel colour)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #272 - Spring Spectacular
Penny Black and More - April Challenge - Spring
AAA Cards - CAS Game#87 - Shiny Spring

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For my second card I used my favourite Spring flowers, tulips...

The floral stamps here are wooden stamps so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to assist with placement.  I stamped the stems and blooms in various colours of pigment ink.  This was simply finished off with a sentiment stamped in black.  I was going to add sequins but they seemed to overpower the images so I settled on a scattering of tiny clear gemstones.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up - Both Way Blossoms; Wplus9 - Happy Wishes
  • Ink: Versa Color - Green Tea, Olive, Burgundy, Lilac, Lavender; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Clear gemstones from stash

Challenge entries:

Daring Cardmakers - Spring Garden
Stamping Sensations - April Challenge - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #40 - Spring 

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Thanks so much for popping by, and if you have time I'm sure my LIM teamies would love a visit from you too.  Their creations this week are fabulous and there could be more inspiration over on their personal blogs too.

I love Spring so I'm looking forward to seeing the gallery of entries this week.

Friday, 14 April 2017

You Make Me Smile

Hi guys

As it's Good Friday I'm at home and found a little crafty time this afternoon.  I've been wanting to enter the Smile challenge at Addicted to CAS and it's closing in a few hours so I got a wriggle on and used a stamp I've had for years and only ever used once before.

Here it is...

I stamped the little mouse and coloured her in with FlexMarkers.  I then curved and stamped the sentiment from the same set to follow the curve of the mouse's tail.  I used a pierced square die to cut out the stamped images and mounted it using foam tape onto a panel I've embossed with a diagonal stripe embossing folder.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: MFT - Millie the Mouse
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Coloured with FlexMarkers
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax
  • Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up by Sizzix (name unknown)

Challenge entries:

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #108 - Smile
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #237 - Make Your Mark
Crafty Catz - Challenge #366 - Anything Goes with optional twist of Animals

Thanks so much for visiting.  I'll be back tomorrow with details of the next challenge at Less is More.  Hope to see you then.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Seize the Birthday - Surprise Party Guest! (Week 4)

Good afternoon!

I'm happy to be back sharing a card for another week of my Surprise Party Guest role at Seize the Birthday.  I love the theme this week as it meant I had to use something I neglect to use far too often!

Every week at Seize the Birthday is Anything Goes as long as it's a birthday theme.

And some weeks there are also optional Toppings

And this week's Topping option is...

Two Patterned Papers

I had fun using two co-ordinating papers from the same paper pad here...

I adhered a strip of the floral paper directly to the card base.  I then adhered the polka dot paper over this which had been die cut with a stitched edge die.  This was then stamped with a bold happy birthday sentiment which was heat embossed in white.  I wasn't sure about the placement of the sentiment at first but I now quite like the quirky angles! :)

Materials used:

  • Patterned Paper: Pebbles - Sunny Side
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Basic Edges
  • Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #2
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

I hope you get a chance to play along with this one, it's a great way to use some of those lovely papers that seem to get left in a cupboard or drawer and forgotten about!

Oh, and I hope you all have a fantastic Easter weekend.  This is a scheduled post so right now I'll be leaping out of the office looking forward to four days off work...bliss!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Less is More Week #323

Hi there

Well, are you ready?  Yes, you've guessed it, it's time for One Layer week over at Less is More.  I think there's lots of scope for this one this week, see what you think...

I'll get straight to my cards, I have two for you this week (I did plan to have a third but it didn't go to plan so got filed under bin!)...

I started by stamping the flower, the flower head being stamped in two shades of orange to give it some depth at the centre.  I left it a few minutes to ensure it was dry before masking off a curved section and blending with two shades of Distress Ink.  After removing the masks I splattered some water drops to remove some colour, and finished with the sentiment, which was manipulated slightly to follow the curve.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Penny Black - Dreamy; Clearly Besotted - With Love
  • Ink: Altenew - Olive, Sunkissed, Orange Cream; Distress Ink - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #236 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - April Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black - April Challenge - Spring

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I decided to do some faded out ghosting on my second card.  Not entirely happy with it, not sure why.  Perhaps it's the colour, hmmm...but makes it gender neutral I suppose.

I die cut a curve from a scrap of card and used it to mask off the base of my card.  I then blended some green Distress Ink, gently fading it out upwards.  A leafy stencil was then placed over the inking, spritzed with water and then blotted away.  I curved the sentiment stamps to follow the curve of the design.  I think this one needs something else, but left it alone for now before I went ahead and ruined it :)

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Bundled Sage; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: The Crafters Workshop - Mini Vineyard
  • Stamps: Wplus9 - That is All

Challenge entries:

CAS on Sunday - Challenge #105 - Leaves and/or Trees
The Male Room - Challenge #57 - Black and white and one other colour

For your blog

Thanks so much for popping in to see me today.  I hope you'll have a go at our one layer challenge this week, they really aren't that daunting, just sometimes take a little more planning.  Good luck!

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