Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Another trellis card

Hello again

Again I have made another trellis card using Sara Davies' blog ideas.  In my previous blog I showed you the original trellis card I had made.

This time I used some backing paper from my stash  and the same floral and flourish dies as in my previous blog.

I also used the Crafters' Companion 'With Love' Floral Delights die.  The flowers and words were made with Centura card.

I used some very tiny pearl drops for the centre of the flowers which I had in my stash and also some Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls in opposite corners of the card.

I stamped 'Happy Birthday' inside on the insert.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

birthday card


I'm back in the process of making more birthday cards.  I must admit I'm quite enjoying making them again.

I've been looking at the Crafter's Companion blogs and really liked this one from Sara Davies' blog.

Its not exactly the same but the idea comes from the blog!  I've used Sara Davies' Floral Delights Ornate Trellis for the main part of the card.

The flourish is from the Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die and the flowers are from the Fabulous Phlox die.

Although it looks quite simple. It is a very striking and effective card and I shall try it in different colours as I think the card will look quite different.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Facetted box


I can't believe January has already gone and we're now into February!  The days are just going by so fast!

I was so fascinated by Sara Davies' Ulti-boxes DVD, after I made the triangular boxes on a roll, that I wanted to try a couple of other ideas she has demonstrated.  I shall show you the other one I tried later.  This is the first one and is called a facetted box - ideal for popping little items in like jewellery, a cup cake or homemade sweets etc.

As you can see it is a reasonably sized box and the different score lines make the box look quite unusual.  Again this is not very difficult as long as you follow the instructions on the DVD.

Again I used the Crafters Companion A3 double sided card, which makes the little box look so professional as there is no need to line it.  The box has an easy opening lid at the top enabling ease of access.

The finished item.  Unusual isn't it?  Quite impressive though.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Yet another apron


Here are pictures of my third and last apron I made for Christmas presents.

This time I bought the material.  My daughter-in-law said that her sister loved 'vintage' style and I didn't have any appropriate material.  I bought the material from a shop in Horam, East Sussex (I'm afraid I don't know the name, we just call it the 'fabric shop in Horam').  

I used the same pattern from Sharon at Whoopsiedaisy but used one of the alternative options, using the heart shapes.  I added the frill around the heart bib as I wanted to make it more 'vintage'!!

She seemed tickled pink with the apron.  I do hope she like it!

I must say I probably won't be making any more aprons in the near future!!

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Monday, 25 January 2016

little boxes for men


I'll bet everything is back to normal now.  Holidays and family gatherings over and just a memory.  Preparation takes so long and it is all over so quickly.

You may remember I showed you some aprons I made as sort of 'hostess' gifts for having me over the Christmas period.  Well I couldn't very well leave out the men, now could I?  But what to do?  Luckily Sara from Crafters Companion had brought out her Ulti-box DVD which showed some very clever boxes and containers.  So here is what I decided to make for the men of the family.

Although it looks very effective and difficult it was surprisingly simple and not too fiddly either!

As you can see this is made up by making six small triangular boxes, which open at one side to put little things in.  Sara's video is very helpful and she gives you the measurements and every process with great detail. 

I used Crafters Companion A3 double sided card from the Christmas range.  The card is strong and ideal for crafting and the double sided detail makes life so much easier!   You do not have to put in the acetate feature in three of the boxes but as I planned to fill them with homemade peppermint creams and truffles, I wanted the sweets to be seen.

Once I had made the six boxes to my satisfaction, they were placed on a thin strip of card, alternating the acetate boxes with the closed boxes and glued down.  Then a long ribbon was attached along the full length of the boxes, with enough left over to make a bow.

Once you have filled the boxes with whatever you have decided to put in, you can roll the boxes up, using the ribbon.  When the boxes are in a circle, tie the ribbon firmly at the top and there is your unusual present.

I actually used the other Christmas set of A3 double sided card which is much richer in colour and more suitable for men, but I only took a picture of one of them.  The other two I forgot to photograph!!  

The blue one was my practice roll but I made three different boxes in three different sets of card.  They did look very effective and the men seemed very pleased and impressed.  Success!

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Thursday, 21 January 2016

More Christmas cards!


Here are a couple of Christmas cards I made using Crafter's Companion Create-a-Card dies.  I must say I find them so easy to use and they produce a very impressive card which cannot fail to impress.

This card uses the Christmas fireplace.  I cut and embossed the card using Centura pearl card then backed it with red card for the fire and gold for the fireplace from my stash.  It was a bit fiddly cutting out the different colours of card but I think it was quite effective.

This card also uses a Create-a-Card die but this time it was using Santa's sleigh with the reindeers flying over the roof-tops.  I used light and dark blue Bazzil card-stock and then highlighted the stars, trees and roof tops using Diamond Stickles.  Again I think the die makes the card look quite impressive.  Hopefully the recipients  were impressed also.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Cards for the grandchildren


I like to make individual cards for my grandchildren, so I looked through my stamps to see what I had.

I loved this one - I made one for each of my two younger grandsons  The stamp is from the Humphrey's Corner '1st Christmas' stamp set.  

This one uses the SWALK 'Winter Cheer' and I thought this was rather cute and sent to my Oz grand-daughter.

This one uses Humphrey's Corner 'Meeting Santa' stamp.  This seemed quite adorable and I sent it to my younger grand son in Oz.

I think this one was a freebie Humphrey's Corner stamp as there is no title for it.  It is cute though.

And this one is called 'Hello Snow Friend'.  I used some free backing papers and also some which were in my stash.

I hope the grandchildren liked them.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x