Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Card For Joan

Here's a little something to show you:

Sorry the picture quality's not all that great, and unfortunately I've given the card to the recipient so no chance of taking another pic now.
I had such fun making this, but I'm going to be honest.  The SU tulip embossing folder is a very strange size (unless I'm doing it wrong!)  If you used it on a card it would be very small, and I'm really struggling with this.  In the end I embossed a piece of Pool Party cardstock and cut the whole thing out and mounted it on a white piece of card stock as the only good way of doing it.
The stamp I recently bought from a woman on a facebook group (which I will never do again as long as I live - what a saga that turned out to be!) and it is truly lovely.  I'm going to be using it for my Christmas cards this year, which I'm very pleased with too, but can't show you yet.
The stamps are from the old Fresh Vintage stamp set, which I still love.
All the staff signed the card and the recipient was very pleased with it, which always makes my day.  One lady has still got the Christmas card I made her last year in her drawer, isn't that lovely?
Back soon, m'dears!
Jane xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Project Life Pages

Hello, I'm back again with some more from my new mini album. I love the fact that this is basically an A5 book, so any sheets of A5 paper fit into it perfectly.
I always used to do The Simple Woman's Daybook, which is actually a blog, but it's great for journaling prompts too.  I try to do it every month.  Here are a couple of pages of what's been going on:

This is actually a pad of writing paper I bought from 'the book man' at work.  It's got lots of sticky notes with it and the colour scheme is perfect for my pool party/more mustard combo.  I love owls anyway, they are always welcome in my crafting!

We've had a bit of a saga with sofas this year, so I decided to take a photo of our new one.  It's such a relief after having two chairs that were really uncomfortable and awkward.  I've photographed my dressing table as John ordered it as a surprise as I've never really had one and it's perfect.  I've used Spice Cake paper again and made my own journaling card from my Technique Tuesday stamp.  I love playing with this and love the fact that you can use whatever ink you want to match it to your colour scheme.

And then I came over all arty-like!:
I've seen this done on Pinterest and thought I'd do my own version, so I went outside with my conkers that we'd collected in Stratford and took a photo. I've stuck it on vellum and just put a piece of pretty cardstock behind it.  It makes me smile every time I look at it.
So that's it for this week.
Back soon with more.
Jane xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Card For Anthea

Evening everyone!
I'm gradually working my way through my card list for November and December.  Here's the latest creation:

I've managed to use up some Everyday Enchantment dsp for this card.  The stamp is one from the Simple Soft stamp set.  I still adore these.
I do love my days off work, where I get lots of time to craft.

It's a good job really, as I've recently got my eldest daughter into Project Life. We are both doing December Daily this year.  I've made some cards for my daughter to use in her album.  Hope she likes them.
Back soon
Jane x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Style Change

Hi everyone!
I hope you're all well and getting plenty of time to craft - whatever form that takes!  I was invited to do a demonstration of art journaling to my church group on Wednesday night.  I wasn't nervous but I didn't expect people to think much of my paltry efforts, but actually when I explained what had lead me to make each one, they were very well received.  I demonstrated different inks and what they do, plus masks, spray inks etc and everyone really seemed to enjoy it.
I've noticed in my own crafting a shift in style recently too.  I think I've been influenced by Project Life and some of the funkier designs around at the moment.  Because I work in a care home and mainly make cards for the residents there, they tend to be very pretty and nearly always have some kind of flowers on them.  But there is another side of me that's really appreciating some of the more funky creations I'm seeing on Pinterest recently.
This has been reflected in my own card making, as you can see below:

This first card uses the SU woodgrain embossing folder.  I loved the colour scheme.  People have used the SU hostess set, but I had so many similar stamps that this came together really easily.  I even hand-drew the arrow.  Very brave of me, don't you think?
This card was for the same recipient:

 I challenged the Card Swap Group in October to reflect the Autumn season in their creations, and this is what I made.
The dsp is the old SU Spice Cake paper, which I truly love and am rapidly running out of as I am using a lot of it in my Project Life folder as well.
I had a ball making this, using my Polaroid dies, my lovely foxy stamp (free with a magazine last year) and some lovely leaf die cuts (Sizzix).  I have a Dymo label printer, which I used for the word Celebrate.  This was a card I wanted to keep, rather than put in an envelope, so I'm really glad I took a photo of it.  I have seen some fab ways of using the Polaroid die on Christmas cards, which is something I'll definitely be exploring soon.
The final card is the one I've made for the November challenge (to use a die or a punch) for Aileen Skene.  I've used my new SU file tabs die.  I am so obsessed with this, I can't stop playing with it, it is such fun.
I'm also loving the Tap Tap Tap stamp set and want to stamp the typewriter on everything!

I can't see either of these items being hidden away in a cupboard any time soon.  Of course I'm using the tab die in my PL folder and having a ball.

So no, not every card I make has a flower on it, does it?  I think I have a quirky style, but it really makes me happy.  And that's what card making is all about, isn't it?
Thanks so much for looking in today.  I really appreciate that there are so many fantastic blogs out there but that you've made time in your hectic lives to come and have a look at my little corner of blogland.  Your visit has made an old lady very happy!
Back again soon.
Jane x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Card For Sadie

Hello all,
I seem to be spending every spare minute making something at the moment, whether it's cards or stuff  for my PL folder (or my daughter's!) or preparing my first ever December Daily, my desk is never clear.
Don't you  think we have the best hobby ever?  It's perfect because it doesn't depend on the weather (speaking as someone who had a horse for years, being able to stay snug indoors and craft means a great deal to me).  It's a hobby that doesn't depend on anyone else for enjoyment.  When you have a horse, unless you have your own land, there is always someone telling you to bring your horse in, sweep up, tidy up, don't let your horse do that, you can't go in the school because so-and-so got there first etc.  I love being able to craft what I want, when I want, for as long as I want, that's what makes this hobby so special for me.
I need to make loads of cards for residents in November and December.  Here is the latest one:

I've seen several cards in this style (look out for some Christmas cards coming in December).  It's a great way to use up dsp.  I got the flower dies out and added 3 different styles.  I'm grateful to a friend of mine for reminding me the recipient is 90 otherwise I would have just put Happy Birthday.
The colour scheme is Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green.
I've realised I've been a twit and sent out two cards without photographing them, silly woman!  Never mind, plenty more where that came from.
See you soon

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hexagon Fun

Hi guys!
I've been very, very busy on the Project Life front and have joined two brilliant groups on facebook, but I have made some changes too.  As soon as I've got some piccies ready, I'll update you on my progress.
In the meantime, I've been extremely busy on the card-making front as well.  I work in a care home and I make a card for each resident on their birthdays for all the staff to sign.  I had no idea there were so many in November and December.  This is partly why I haven't been on here so regularly, I've actually been making the cards and thoroughly enjoying this amazing hobby.
As well as that I run a card swap group.  There are ten members and we make a card for one other person in the group each month.  This is the card I made for Aileen Skene's birthday in October:

I saw something similar on Pinterest (if I ever find it again I promise I'll credit it) using a different dsp of course.  I am actually winning the battle to get through my dsp supplies, largely thanks to Project Life usage, so this was a great way to use up some of the smaller pieces I have left.  I had to really study it to work out how it's made, as the base layer is white, then a layer of Island Indigo card stock.  Then I cut the white top layer out and cut out the hexagon with my dies.  I cut out a small piece of white cardstock to stamp the sentiment on and stuck that onto the back of the top piece.  Then I die cut some little hexagons from the beautiful Twitterpated dsp.  I started with the bottom hexagon first, stuck that in place exactly where I wanted it, then trimmed off the bottom before adding  the rest of the hexagons.  I added a few little punched out flowers and there we are!  This was a really fun card to make and I was captured by the cleverness of it.  I'd definitely make some more as they're a great way to use up those last bits of dsp.  And once you've done that, you've got the perfect excuse... to go out and buy some more!
Happy crafting everyone
Jane xx