Monday, 28 January 2013

A Bit of Twitterpation

Hello all, I hope you've coped ok with the bad weather we've been having.  I've had a week off work and haven't ridden at all.  That's never happened to me before!  It's a good job I've got crafting to fall back on, isn't it?  I've been extremely busy in the craft room and am currently working on something extra special, which I'll show you as soon as I can.
But for now, here's a card I've really enjoyed making:
I've made it as a lovely way to use up the last of my Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I've decided it's definitely time to give it a good home and move on.  I've searched and searched for the original card to give it some credit, but I can't find where it's come from.  I've used one of the stamps from the Simply Soft stamp set, which I stamped in Gumball Green, which I think was a bit powerful, but it's stll a lovely card.  By the time I'd put the Lucky Limeade ribbon on it, it didn't seem to matter anyway. I've used the Twitterpated papers, which are lovely.  I also really enjoyed using the basic grey ink and cardstock.  Grey isn't really me, but I think I'll be using it a lot more now.
Thanks for dropping in today, let me know what you think of the card. 
I've also been busy with a paintbrush, painting and re-designing my craft room.  As soon as we get a bright day I'll take some photos to show you.
Happy stamping everyone!
Jane x

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

New Flowers and a Swap Group

Hello everyone, I hope you're not too cold, whatever you're doing.  I am in the middle of a blissful week off work.  I had, of course, thought I'd be riding, but the snow has put paid to that, hasn't it?  What is a girl to do, but put the kettle on and get the inks out?!
I recently bought a new set of Sizzix stamps and dies and couldn't wait to get home and open them.  BUT also, I am in love with the colour combination on the new More Amore dsp, which contains Pool Party, Primrose Petals and Real Red.  In previous years I've made and sold loads of Valentine's cards, as I sold them in two local shops, but this year there will only be one card for the hubster.  So instead  I decided to play around with the colour combo as I've decided it's not just for Valentine's day.  Here's what I made:

I made this as a result of just playing with the colours and not really minding if I didn't have a card at the end of it.  The base is Pool Party, then a white ef on top, which I've struggled to use over the years if I'm honest (I'd happily sell it!)  I've used a small background stamp from Clearly For You on the flat panel, in Primrose Petals ink, then put some of the pink ribbon across the top (is that blushing bride?).  I have actually stamped the flowers, but you can't really see, then cut them out with the die cuts.  I was pleased with it, but intensely aware of the massive white space at the top which really needed something.  Out came my old faithful, decorative label punch, stamped with an image in Primrose Petals (fab colour) from the Four Frames set. 
I had great fun making this, it was just a relaxing creative time.  Plenty more of that this year, I think.  Let me know what you think.
IMPORTANT NOTE!:
I am thinking of setting up a card swapping group, with about 12 people who will make 1 card a month to send to another member of the group.  I'll be showcasing the cards on my blog, but you don't have to have a blog to take part.  If like me you don't feel you have enough of an outlet for your card-making, this would be ideal for you.  We'll probably send each other an easter card and I might do it as a bit of a challenge, e.g. 'this month you must use a die-cut on your card,' but nothing too taxing.  It would be a great way to meet crafting friends, a chance to show-off your talent and receive someone's wonderful creation through your letterbox once a month.  I'll be collecting all 12 participants' birthdays and would ask that ALL participants send that person a card for their special day.
If you'd be interested in joining in this year long project, hopefully starting in February, send me an email at jane.orson@btinternet.com.  When I've got 12 people I'll set up the first exchange, which must be posted by the 21st of each month.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope to hear from you soon.
Jane xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Thankyou

Obviously it's dawned on me over a period of time that when you see a group of SU! colours on a set of dsp, it's their way of saying, "Hello!  These colours work together well, guys!" (for people who are a bit thick, like me!)
So I keep noticing cards using the new dsp Sycamore Street (part of sale-a-bration, by the sound of it) and am fascinated by the colour scheme of Island Indigo, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit and Tangerine Tango.  These are colours it would just never occur to me to put together, but I find them so striking, I just had to have a play.  This is what I made:


So you can see, the base of this 4"x4" card is Island Indigo, with a slightly smaller square of Rich Razzleberry (a colour I've hardly touched) that has been run through the square lattice embossing folder, followed by a stamp from Four Frames in Tangerine Tango.  I have never used this colour before, even though I've had it a year.  I cut out a plain piece of Pool Party and cut it in half so I could frame the sentiment.  That sentiment, by the way, is from Trendy Trees and is actually in a straight line on the stamp.  I used my samj to line it up in the white oval and was thrilled at how neat it looked.
The leaves are from a Marianne die, but there is certainly a SU version.  I used a tiny punch for the little orange flowers and added a little gem to the centre of each one. 
I hope you like the colour combination and have a little play with it yourself,especially if, like me, they're colours you wouldn't normally use.
Thanks for dropping by today.  This post took ages to write because blogger won't let me upload photos from my hard drive atm.  By the time I've uploaded a picture to picasa and then from there to my blog, I've had enough to be honest!
Back soon, I'm sure
Jane xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Summer Silhouettes

I am slowly but surely falling in love with this years in-colours, after a bit of a slow start.  I've been looking around for stamp sets that really make the most of these colours.  I came across a fab card by a lovely lady who you may know as naturecoastcrafter on Splitcoast, and you can see her original card here.  It was only later, when I looked more closely, that I realised she hadn't even used the stamp set I thought, and the one I used to make my card, the lovely Summer Silhouettes.  Come and have a look:
I have heard a lot of people saying they didn't like Summer Starfruit at first, but it is the colour from the new set that appealed to me instantly, I couldn't wait to start using it, but I wanted to really show it off, and this card seemed like an excellent way of doing it.  It works beautifully with its cousin Gumball Green, used here.  I have to say the quality of this ink is nothing short of awesome.  In real life the leaves here look like they've been printed on the computer, even the hubster commented on it.  Just think, an ink that's almost too good!
The card I cased has a strip of dsp in the background, but I am very taken with the 'trellis' design in the stamp set, and it was perfect for what I wanted to achieve here (and yes, it does have a slightly Moroccan feel to it).
I have a recipient in mind for this card, who will be 95 and who has failing eyesight.  I don't think she'll have any problems seeing this though, do you?
The sentiment is from the Apothecary Art set, which I'm sure you recognise.
Talking of colours, for Christmas last year John bought me a starter set (2 sheets) of every single SU colour.  It's very interesting to see, a year on, certain colours, like Bravo Burgundy, that I haven't used once in the entire year, while I've nearly run out of my Pool Party and Real Red.  Are there any colours you never use?  I think I need to make a special project to use it up, don't you?
Thanks for popping in today.  I'm off for another stint of course work - oh joy!  I'd rather be crafting, wouldn't you?!
Back soon, happy stamping
Jane xx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

I Remember When

I just want to make it clear that I have been sticking to my goal of doing a scrapbook page once a month.  I made this page in December, but there just wasn't time to upload it before Christmas.  I'd better get my skates on if I'm going to make one in January though, as it's the 12th already.  Does anybody else think January is whizzing past?
Anyway, here is a view of the overall page:
This photo was taken on a day that turned out to be a turning point in my relationship with Barnaby.  We went to a competition that had an orienteering phase, in which I got completely and hopelessly lost.  In the end I gave up (after over an hour of trying to find my way out of a woods) and said to Barnaby, "Take me home!" and within half an hour we were back at the starting point.  My love for him grew enormously that day, as you can imagine.
Let's have a look at some of the details:
Of course, a photo of The Boy.  The map at the top is the area where the competition took place.  Check us out in all our gear!  I couldn't resist including the baja breeze ribbon.

Look at this awesome brad, which is part of the Cambridge collection (Bo Bunny) and this wonderful frame that was in the SU! winter catty.  As soon as I saw these I knew I would use them for scrapbooking more than card making.  I have the decorative label punch that works perfectly with it and is easily one of the best punches I've ever bought.

I've used one of the labels collection framelits here for the background piece, that I then ran through the square lattice embossing folder.  I punched out another portion of the map with a scallop punch, before just hand drawing the compass point on the circle.  It was all about going in the wrong direction that day!
I've realised from this page that the more SU stuff you have, the more creative you can be.  Maybe that sounds obvious, but the more cardstock, punches and stamps you have, the more your imagination can go off in different directions. 
I had great fun making this page.  Again it took about 2 days before I was happy with it and stuck everything down.  I will look back on this day with fondness and remember it vividly through this page.
Thanks for looking in today.  I have made more cards since Christmas, but I am finding this light terrible for getting a good photo to put on here, but I should be back with something very soon.
Take care, everyone, happy stamping!
Jane xx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Well, can you believe it?  I think this is my fourth year in blogland!  Doesn't time fly?!  I started out just wanting to keep a diary of my antics on the farm, then started this blog to keep my crafting separate as it grew and took on a life of its own, and it's become very important to me.
Now I must apologise as the first thing I'm going to do is show you a card I made for one of the residents just before Christmas, but I've seen the picture and the quality is dreadful.  I'm afraid I didn't notice when I took the picture and now of course, the card is long gone to the recipient.  Anyway, this is the card in question:

Actually, it doesn't look that bad now I've uploaded it.  I saw this on Pinterest and traced it back to Marla Reed's blog and would like to thank her for the inspiration. 
You know when you buy something new from SU! and it automatically becomes your favourite thing ever?  Well that's how I feel about these embossed butterflies at the moment.  You know when you could just sit and play with something for hours?  The butterflies cut beautifully each time and I'm fascinated by the embossing on them.  So I cut 3 butterflies from Calypso Coral cs and Pool Party and stuck them to a piece of white card that I'd already embossed.  Then I die cut 3 matching butterflies out of vellum and gently stuck them on top of the coloured ones.  The soft texture is beautiful, I'm delighted with the result.

So, any crafting new year's resolutions, then?  Here are mine, in no particular order.
1. Lots more scrapbooking and making stuff for me, like smash books etc.  I have a book where I quite often write out new worship songs I've fallen in love with, and I've been decorating the pages.  It's turning into quite a nice anthology, so I'll be adding to that this year.
2. This is the year I'm going to crack 'the masculine card.'  To be honest, there are so many awesome stamp sets in this year's SU! catalogue, there's really  no excuse.
3. I'm going to continue to make cards for the residents at work, but will hopefully be able to make one for staff members this year, too.
4. I have lots of 3D objects lined up that I want to alter.  Watch this space.
5.  If I see a card, and I like it, I am going to make it.  Simple.
6.  Having said all of the above,  I am determined to use up as much dsp as possible, before I buy any more.  I am going to think very carefully about any set of dsp I buy, as I find, at first you think you'll make 2 projects and it'll be gone, but in fact, you end up with it for a year! 
7.  I am going to increase the amount of good sentiment stamps I have, and relation stamps, as it bugs me to use a whole sheet of card in the printer just to print, 'To my grandson' at the top of it.

So I'm very enthusiastic about another year of crafting and blogging, and of course, following along with your awesomely creatively blogs, too. 
Happy New Year, everyone, and may 2013 be everything you'd like it to be, and then some!
Jane x