Sunday, 31 January 2016

Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Week #173 - Wet or Dry Emboss

Good morning an welcome to this weeks inspiration card which I have made for the fabulous

This week we have had some fantastic designers (Lemon Shortbread , Lacy Sunshine, Arti Doodles) offering great prizes for your entries and one of those Sponsors was the very talented team over at ArtiDoodles

I chose the image called : Dragon Dreams
Here is my finished card

My embossing elements for the challenge brief are the wood effect dry embossed using a Darise Folder and I also wet embossed the 'Hug Me' Sentiment using clear embossing powder.

Here is a close up of the lovely image, I did go for a slightly unusual colour scheme on this one but it looks amazing.
I colour her with my Promarkers
Skin - Pastel Green , Soft Green & Mint Green
Hair - Grey Green and Soft Green
Tongue - Olive Green
Lips - Pale Pink
Dragon -  Herb Green & Khaki
Nails on the lady - Khaki
I have added Glossy Accents to the eyes on the lady and the dragon.

A close up of the Sentiment which I have wet embossed and turned in to a tag for the card.

The card was made from my scraps box of left overs so a real mixture involved.

If you would like to join in the fun over at the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog
then click on the link and submit your entry, We all look forward to seeing your entries.

Happy Crafting 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog Week # 172 Inspired by Songs

Good Morning and welcome to this week's Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog
This Week's theme is
Creations inspired by songs.

What a fun challenge and we all had great fun choosing our images for this week.
Now I got Bugaboo Images to choose from and I decided on the Song 
' Working 9-5' by the legend that is Dolly Parton
Here is the card I have created with this theme

The image is called Frame it - Escape Key and I have teamed it up with work like backing papers and added wooden clocks to represent how we all sit there waiting for end of the day to come around. I have finished the card with ribbon from Meiflower crafts and a sentiment from Lili of the Valley.

Here is a close up of the image which I have coloured using Letraset Promarkers.
Colours used are:
Primrose, Pastel Yellow & Mustard for the Hair
Blush, Saffron & Pastel Pink for Skin
Wild Cranberry - Glasses
Cobalt blue - Clock
Ice Grey 2, warm Grey 3 & Coo Grey 5 - PC
Ice Grey 1 & Pastel Beige - Filling Cabinet
Pink Carnation & Wild Cranberry - Mug
Herb Green, Grey Green & Ivory - Books
Orchid & Bluebell - Jumper
Gold - Pencil
CG5 - Chair
Saddle Brown - Coffee
Chilly red - Heart
Ice Grey 1 - Escape Key
Sandstone & Cinnamon - Desk
Cool Grey 1 - Outline of image

Just a few colours :)
Loved doing this one.

Now I also helped cover one of our team as Chris was unable to do this weeks challenge.
So here is my second card

Now this one was already picked but I have chosen the song:
'With a little help from my friends' By the amazing Beatles

I have kept this quite simple and used the purple colours as a focal point.
Finished with wooden letters to spell out 'Bestie'

Here is a close up of the image I have coloured
Colours Used:
Violet - Dress
Tequila Sunrise, lush green - Flower on the dress
Plum - Shoes
Crimson - Heart
Heatwave & Chilly Red - Top
Pastel Blue & Denim - Jeans
Warm Grey 5 - Trainers
Umber & Burnt Sienna - Hair in ponytail
Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon & sandstone - Hair down
Blush, Saffron & Patel Pink - Skin

A fun card for best friends to share :)

If you want to be in with a chance of  winning some money to spend on images or fab images from our sponsors this week. Then pop over to the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog and add your fabulous entries.

Hugs and Happy Crafting 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Morgan's Artworld Guest Designer for January

Good Morning and welcome to my special post today
This month I have been asked to be the Guest Designer over at Morgan's Artworld Blog
Which then transformed into a more permanent role starting from February.

So here is the card that I have made using one of the amazing images from the website: Morgan's Fae creations
I chose this field mice image to colour and used a very spring colour theme to brighten to dull winter season. I love how it came out and hopefully you will too.

Closer up version of the image which was coloured with letraset Promarkers.

I couldn't help myself and had to add some ribbons and flowers to tie in with the theme and also the colours. here is a close up of the paper flowers which I have curled the wire around my embossing tool to give a curled wire detail.

For my article and introduction on the Morgan's Art World blog follow this link and pop over and say hi to the team.

Looking forward to working with team over the year.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

My debut with the Personal Impressions team - Thursday 21st January

Good evening, It's a bit late for me to be blogging, I'm normally a morning girl. But I am just popping on as it is my debut blog post tomorrow with the team at Personal Impressions

I received my first box of wonderful products last week and I got straight to work on my first project.
Here is a snippet of the finished item

If you would like to see the full version of my product and the review of the items I received from Personal Impressions then please pop over to the blog (by clicking on the coloured Personal Impressions links in this post and it give it some love for me.
We are working on building the fab base of the blog and would love to see your comments.

Getting Excited now for tomorrow.
Happy Wednesday and hopefully see a few of you tomorrow.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Glitter N Sparkle Week #171 Monochrome design using Limited Runs Digital Stamps

Good Morning and welcome to my blog today
It's Sunday already and that mean just one thing it's
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog day

This week the theme is Monochrome
And going by the Dt samples that can mean a whole range of great ideas.
I went for traditional shades of grey for my sample which includes a great image by
The Image is called Watermelon and is great for all sorts of occasions.
Here is the finished card:

I have layered the card with plain black card stock by Ross Papercrafts, The pattern papers used are by Kaiser Crafts and the sentiment is also from one of the 6"x6" pads. Ribbon by Meiflower and pearls from my own stash.

Here is a close up of the watermelon design, I used my Promarkers for this project as I had all 5 of the Cool greys & black for the theme.
Cool Grey 1 - 5 used to create this image - Which I duplicated on the 3 identical glasses
To finish each image I added glossy accents on to the glass areas for added effect.

I love this design now it's finished and it is very striking.
If you would like to have a go and see the other Dt's Inspiration then pop over to the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog
 And then add your linky to be in with chance to win some great prizes.

Have a great week and see you all next time.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Kanban Wednesdays is back this week with Patchwork Pals

Good Evening, I hope everyone is save and warm with all this horrid weather we have been having?

It's Wednesday and that means Kanban day :)
This week I have older toppers for you but they are cracking ones :)

Patchwork Pals are a gorgeous family who love all things a family would love to do at the weekends, baking, gardening, football or going on a Train Ride.

You can buy them in Die cut topper format or Rubber Stamps
Here are a set of cards I have made just using 4 Topper sheets from the collection. 

As I'm sure you will agree they are very cute and great for Grand kids or Grand parents with their cute themes and back grounds.

There is even a rumour that Kanban Crafts will be releasing a brand new kit using the Patchwork Pals, I'm hoping for a Go Karting one for my hubby he would love that one :)

Happy Wednesday everyone xx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Glitter n Sparkle Week #170 Tic Tac Toe Challenge week - SLS Lines image

Good Morning and welcome to my design team inspiration card for this weeks Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog

This week there are yet again some fantastic prizes up for grabs for entering a card using the theme
Tic Tac Toe

There is board for you to use to gain your inspiration, all you have to do is choose a row that you incorporate in your card ie Gems/pearls, Image & Ribbon/lace
This the row I chose for my card this week which includes the fabulous image called:

Now here is my card using the information above, first is the close up of the image coloured.

I have coloured her using my Letraset Promarkers, here is the list of colours used:
Hair: Primrose, Pastel Yellow & Mustard
Skin: Blush, Saffron & Pastel Pink
Bow & cupcakes are in various shades of Pink's
Eyes: Pastel Blue

The image is obviously called Marie Antoinette so I went for a regal colour scheme and patterned papers. The Backing card and panel behind the image are from the Kanban Crafts Kensington Collection.
The line I used for my card was Pearls &/or gems ( So I have used both) on the left of the image and then I tied Lace & ribbon together on the right hand side.
The sentiment is from the same Kensington collection.

To purchase a SLS Lines Digital Image then click on the link then and it will take you to their Etsy shop.

To enter with your version of the Tic Tac Toe theme then just click on this link to the Glitter N Sparkle Blog and good luck.

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Day trip to Kanban's Open day in Elland, West Yorkshire

Good evening, it's been a bit of busy day as we have just got back from the Kanban Crafts factory new launch open day.

Today saw the Kanban Team open a new floor at the factory in Elland, West Yorkshire.
Chris, Sophie and Myself travelled up this morning and spent a bit of money on some items. Here is the new floor with all it's great goodies and the following photo is my crafty stash.

Now I suppose I best do some crafting with it all.

The new floor is open Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 4pm, Fridays 9.30am - 3pm and Saturdays 9.30am - 2pm
Full Address: Floor 1, The New Mill, Wellington Mills, Quebec Street, Elland, HX5 9AS

Well worth a visit if you love a crafty bargain and a cuppa.

Tracey xxx

Friday, 8 January 2016

New 2016 release stamps by Woodware Craft Collection

Good Morning, it's Friday so that means it is almost time to relax again, 

I hope everyone has got back into the swing of things with school & work again. I know I am my diet started again this week and it has been very hard to get back into it. I will get there though.

Now the real reason for my post today is I have been having a play with some new stamps that arrived this week. They are by the fabulous Woodware Craft Collection. These stamps are specifically designed by the very talented Franciose Reed. Now the fast service I received from my favourite seller of Woodware Stamps is The Stamp Man based up in Yorkshire and I have to say their customer service is brilliant and I always purchase online from them when I want new Woodware Stamps.
Here is my delivery in all of it's glory.

Now these new stamps are from the 2016 new release - so very much hot off the press :)

I will start with this amazing 'Home Collage' stamp - ref: FRS612
The following shows you the 2 designs I have created so far with the stamp.

Finished card - Now I distress ink'd the backing panel and then sprayed water over it to give added effect, then stamped the image using Momento Black Tuxedo ink. I have then used a water brush and coloured the door and flower for definition.

Closer up you can that I have used Glossy accents on the clock face and the word LOVE which is on the roof. I added dark bronze pearls to the card and finished with a tied knot of brown gingham ribbon also from Woodware craft collections.

Now for a rather more cleaner looking card this time, same stamp but this time coloured with Promarkers and went for a blues & greens tone of colours. Various backings for layering ad a pale green ribbon finished off with a metal key.

The sentiment also a new 2016 stamp called 'Make a Wish' - ref: FRS009

Here is a closer look at the stamped image.

Now I moved onto another fabulous release called 'Sewing Sampler' Ref: FRS615
I love this stamp set and so very fitting for a nation is slightly obsessed with sewing.
The stamp actually comes approx A6 size but because of how Fran├žoise has designed the stamp you can cut it up and rearrange it. 
So here is my first go with the stamp. I have coloured the elements with promarkers and then cut the panels out. Layered the card blank with traditional style paper and added 3 panels from the set, middle one is stuck with 3d foam tape for height.

I cut out (fussy cutted) the bobbin and needles from the stamped image to and added them in the corner, finished with a sentiment from 'Make a wish' set and added 2 polka dot buttons.

Now we move on to the more traditional look of the stamp set
But with a twist :)
Here is the finished card but it was a few layers in the making.
I chose 2 sheets of 6"x 6" papers from my stash ( Mainly Kaiser Crafts pads) and stamped the stamp on to each sheet. I chose the stitch effect as my main piece and then started to cut out the small elements with my craft knife, You will be able to see better on the closer up picture.
To finish the card I layered the same papers onto a piece of Stampin up Sahara Sand card stock and tied a peach crochet lace around it.

Now my work gained some interest from our cat Scamp yesterday she was keeping an eye on my sheet whilst I patched it together. And here she is :) She is very old cat now 17 years old in April and is very grumpy ( hey why not at that age) but she does love company and is loving my desk in the conservatory.

Back to the project - sorry got carried away with the cat story lol
Here is a close up of the patching of the image. I cut various elements out of the 2 sheets and layered them on to the image like a patchwork I think.

I even added a peach button on to the stamped one in the bottom corner for effect.

I love these stamps and they stamp clear and great every time. You can colour them, distress them or even just decoupage them,
I shall be buying more once I have saved my pennies and I can't wait.

Thanks for reading and please don't forget to say Hi in the comments and let me know what you think.
I love reading your comments.
Happy Crafting Friday everyone

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

My Crafty Kanban Wednesday's start today.

Welcome to my Weekly Wednesday Posts.

Starting this week I am doing Kanban Wednesday's - Strange but I have my mad moments, If I get the Kanban Crafts sheets out and craft on a Wednesday I can update my blog, showcase new and old kits and also offer inspiration, whilst also building stock to sell in my outlets - see not quite so mad now :).

I am intending to do this with each of the Dt's that I work with so each day I blog ad each day I show something different.

So today I decided I would work on a couple of really old collections from Kanban Crafts.
Here is collection 1's creations:
Kit : Fairies ref: 590558
The kit comes with a set like above for each scene to make a concept 3d box style card ( as shown above). 

I have made a couple of cards using just one sheet from the set
Baking & Shopping fairies - Ref PCT1396
I have made one into the Box card as shown above and then to show you that you can use the elements to make a normal card too.

Baking on the left made into the box scene and shopping fairy used for the A5 card.

Here is the 3d box scene card made up, you simply just fold and stick the scallop pieces together to fold the shape. You can stick everything inside the frame or as I have done and add elements on the outside.

 Here you can see it standing and from above, I have added a lilac backing paper from the 'The language of flowers' 6x6" paper pad by Kanban too. I have slit a cut into the bowl of mixture so I could slip the whisk into it for added effect.

All finished and you can see the elements stuck down, there are 2 sentiments on the sheet and also there is a lovely larger sentiment that you pop out to make the frame piece which you can add on the reverse for the name and from to be written too.

Now for the 2nd card I have made - Shopping Fairy.
Now for this card I cut up the backing panel for the box element and stuck the shop window onto it,  then layered and cut the elements to make a layered roof panel. I have decoupaged the fairy up with the sheet and cut her hand out and added the bag on her hand for effect.
I have added some pearls for embellishment.
Inside I have used th matching backing from the front ( which is from the Well wishes & Celebrations pad) and added the second sentiment inside as an insert.

Now for Collection No 2
The Griffins
A Dragon inspired collection ref: 589041

Again this kit is a really old kit from Kanban Crafts but it's a fun one :)
Here we have the lady who loves Chocolate & Wine just as much as me 
Ref no for the sheets used are: PCT9582, CRD9645, CRD9634 & PCT9588
I have used ribbon & twine for effect.

Here you can see her layered up ( there are more decoupage elements on the sheet but I felt she was layered up enough here. You can just about see the texture which has been added to the topper sheet to make her look and feel scaley :) Fabulous idea.

Now for the man of the house Dragon card. 
Sheets used are: Ref: PCT9585, CRD9634, CRD9640
I have added a kraft card tag and tied it with twine.
The sentiment is from the sentiment sheet included in the main kit Ref: PCT9587

Again on this close up you can see the texture that Kanban have added for the extra effect.

Well that was a fun morning and a few cards made.
Next week I will be working on a range called
'Patchwork Pals'

Have a great day

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Love Your Pets Kit by Kanban Crafts

Good Morning, I'm officially back to work today and lots of things have been happening over the last 2 weeks and a few more exciting things still to come.

This weekend saw the launch over on Create & Craft TV of the new Kanban Crafts

Love Your Pets 

collection which comprises of some super cute cats, dogs, rabbits & hamsters

Here are the cards I have made with the kit so far.

Even my daughter had a go yesterday whilst on a Teacher training day off school.

A fabulous kit for a Nation of Pet lovers like we are in the UK. No wonder the kit was sell out, even I didn't get the items I wanted as I was too late :(

Happy Crafting to those of you who did get the kit.