Sunday, 15 October 2017

Flower Challenge #13 - Reminder - Use Your Favourite Flower

Hi Everyone! We are half way through this challenge, where we would love you to use your favourite flower. I've been loving seeing all your cards so far. 

Don't forget that this is part of a fabulous prize giveaway, with some amazing prizes from some fabulous companies, so read the instructions and join in! 

I used my favourite stamp again from Clearly Besotted, and this time I coloured it with my Polychromos pencils, which was nice as they don't often get an outing.

I then took a piece of white card stock and drew outlines of these arrows from a stencil in different coloured pencils and coloured a few.

I took a white A2 card blank and distressed the edges with some wilted violet and cut the stencilled panel down so there was a small border. I popped the die cut iris out using the matching die and atached it with foam tape on top. A simple sentiment from the Clearly Besoted Many Mini Messages set and a few sequins is all that was needed to finish it off. 

Hope you will feel inspired to join us. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs and I would hate for you to miss out!

Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting :)

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Colo[u]ring Challenge Road Trip - Edinburgh and craft room news

Back in August, after some deliberation I booked a rail ticket and some cheap accommodation in Edinburgh for the first ever Coloring Challenge Road Trip with Kathy Racoosin and Debby Hughes. I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss out on seeing some superb colourists and crafters so close to home.

The day itself was beautiful and we sat in a room upstairs in the Botanic Gardens colouring in chatting. 7 of us plus Kathy, her sister and Debby, it was a small affair, but I liked the intimate atmosphere.

We all got given a little zip up bag full of goodies, including a Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy and a cute little clipboard and some images to colour.

Kathy and Debby are inspirational people and really really lovely. They even agreed to pose for some crazy photos with me (and Morag too)

 I even got to use Kathy's favourite pencils....

 and the famous rag....

A lot of time and effort went into this event, I could tell, and I appreciate all that both did for us.

If you are thinking about it, I can tell you it was definitely very very very worth it! Meeting Kathy and Debby in person, as well as the other ladies who had travelled to it (one from Minnesota!!!!!), was wonderful. I'm the kind of person who needs a kick every now and again with my crafting and colouring and I find these kinds of events help. I get the chance to get away from the house and small people to spend time to myself - it's the headspace I need to give me a boost. Doing it with some amazing crafters was the icing on the cake.

I had to leave early just after Debby's demonstration of watercolouring a galaxy background (I want Daniel Smith now!), so unfortunately I didn't get in the final photo, but I didn't mind. I got to Waverley station to find my train was late but this lovely Black 5 came in on platform 20, so that was the perfect end to my day.

And in other news, my craft room currently looks like this....

I can get to my desk and know where a lot of my stash is! I hope to actually get making again within the next week, with luck. I need to start getting on with Christmas cards.

I've also received some more wonderful happy mail this week from Tina and Niki
B. Thank you ladies. It's so lovely to be reminded of why we make cards - they have made me smile!

That's all for me for now. Thank you so much for reading. Happy Crafting everyone!! xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Flower Challenge #13 - Use Your Favourite Flower - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Flower Challenge #13 - this is our One Year Anniversary. Can you believe it? A year! And so we have a fantastic challenge this month where you can win some amazing PRIZES - yep PRIZES, and you will want to go to the blog and read what they are - I would want to win these! 

Before I go any further...


I really don't want you to miss out!

 So, my favourite stamp is one from Clearly Besotted that is sadly discontinued. It's called Just Darling and it is my favourite flower in real life too - an Iris.

I've had this idea in my head for ages using the ink swiping technique that I was introduced to by Tracey. I didn't of course have the die, and I could no longer buy it, but having lovely crafty friends I managed to borrow it - thank you Lisa!

I have a video to go along with this process, so I won't go into much detail here, but it's a fairly simple technique of swiping inks onto a piece of paper. I have lots of little cubes of ink and these were the perfect size for this. Also I hope you'll forgive the messy enamel dots in the top left hand corner - it was all going too well with those until the inevitable splodge!

Thank you all for stopping by today, I hope this gives you some inspiration to enter and don't forget to follow the instructions or you won't be eligible for the prizes.

You have until 25th to enter and I'll be back on 15th with some more inspiration. Happy crafting!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Where hast tha been?

Not on Ilkley Moor Baht'at [without a hat], that was in the summer, instead I have been moving house. It has been an extremely stressful experience altogether and it's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we got there in the end and now we have a whole load of boxes to unpack and a new house to get used to.

I know some of you who follow me on other social media sites were surprised, given that I'd only recently moved into a new craft room, but it was all part of the plan as the room was not used as it really should have been and turning it into a useable space certainly helped to get the house sold very quickly (offer on day 1!). The video of my craft room tour is still on my YouTube channel and the new space I'm planning here will have its own tour when I feel it's ready.

I have some blog posts coming up which I got ready ahead of time, but it will be some time before I am back up and running, so I may disappear from my blog for a few weeks as I slowly unpack and find where my stamps and inks are. I know where my Copics and other colouring media are as I took them with me in the car!

This is currently the state of my new craft space...... 

  Thank you for the lovely cards which have come my way and which have cheered me up as I try to make some headway with unpacking. Almost two weeks in and we are doing really well, with thanks from friends and family.

I'm so excited to have my own Squirrel card! I've been following her blog since I started out and she makes such beautifully coloured cards, so I feel very honoured to have one on my mantelpiece.

This one is from my lovely crafty friend Lisa who has a blog post on it. She has listened to a lot about this move from day one and has been hugely understanding and reassuring. Her card is just so her. Stencils, colour and flowers, all beautifully presented.

And this absolute beauty from Michelle arrived and I'd remembered seeing it on her blog in this post and secretly hoping I'd get it - couldn't be happier!!

(Apologies for the shocking photos, they do not do the cards justice! Just making do with what I have on hand, my phone!!)

I'll be back with some posts on colouring classes I've been on lately. They were so much fun, I just have to share!

Have a great day and happy crafting :)

PS If you would like my new address, please send me an email or message me on Instagram :)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Card Concept #78

Hello Everyone! It's time for another Card Concept challenge. This time I've gone completely the other way and chosen CAS as my card design.

When I saw all those pretty pastels, I felt it needed something simple.

I have to say these challenges are making me revisit a lot of older stamp sets and supplies. This is a set from Sugar Pea Designs that I got last year and have only inked up a couple of times, but I saw Laurie use it recently and it reminded me why it is so great. I also got out my Versa Magic Chalk inks because they give such a soft pastel look. 

This is a one layer card and I inked up the different cake elements in different colours using my Precision Press - a stamping tool really does help with lining it up. My only issue with this stamp set is that if you want a candle on the top, it either has to be wonky (safety!!!!) or you have to mask slightly when you stamp and I was too lazy.

So simple! I hope you feel inspired to join in this  month, I know I'm enjoying these challenges immensely. Thank you for visiting me today, Happy Crafting!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Flower Challenge #12 - Reminder - Tic Tac Toe

Here we are again, the half way point in this month's Flower Challenge - Tic Tac Toe.

This time I've gone with the bottom line - White, Die Cuts and Colour. I found that I have a few flower dies that I've received with my magazine subscription to Simply Cards and Papercraft. This is an old Build-A-Flower type die where you get the different elements and stick them together to make a flower.

I found some scraps of blue Bazzill paper in my scraps box and managed to get all the petals for two flowers out of it, and some scraps of yellow and black made the stamens and centre. I bent the petals slightly before sticking them together to give them a bit more life.

I took an A2 (US) white card base and found a scrap stitched frame in my scrap box and attached it to the base with some foam tape. I also used some little bits of foam tape to attach the flowers. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the flowers and then some glossy accents to the centres. It is super shiny! A simple sentiment in the bottom corner finished it off.

See that shimmer! You have as always until 25th to get your cards up and enter. Happy Crafting and thank you for visiting me today. And look out for next month's challenge - we have quite a special anniversary challenge!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Card Concept #77

Hello Everyone, I'm delighted to be able to tell you that some time ago I was asked to join The Card Concept Design Team and so here I am with my first post. If you don't know this challenge, it's a fortnightly challenge with a photo to inspire you to make a card in one of 6 different styles. I have to tell you it's a lot of fun to try something different and that's what I've done today, something completely different to my usual style.

I've gone all shabby chic and vintage! I saw the woodgrain, the flowers and the texture on bag and felt it needed something with lots of texture.

My magazine dies came in handy again, and I started off by making some little felt flowers in autumnal colours.

It's a bit fiddly to get them right, but like everything practice makes perfect. I had found a piece of woodgrain paper that was in a paper pad that I bought when I first discovered Hobbycraft had opened in my town 3 years ago. These things eventually come in handy!

I cut the panel down to size and inked up the sides of an A2 (US) card base with some Spiced Marmalade distress ink and an ink duster. I attached the paper to the front and then stamped the sentiment using my Precision Press.

I decided it still looked a little too clean, so I found some self adhesive lace a crafty friend had given me and placed it around the frame on the woodgrain. I then attached the flowers above the sentiment.

It feels good to try something in a completely different style to my usual and I hope you'll give it a go. Thank you so much for visiting me today. Happy Crafting!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Flower Challenge #12 - Tic Tac Toe

Hello Everyone, I hope you've all had a great summer holiday. School starts again this week, so no doubt the weather will get nice and sunny ;)

It's time for another Flower Challenge - can you believe we are on number 12?? This month we have a Tic Tac Toe board for you to pick from (Noughts and Crosses for those in the UK who don't know).

And here is the board you have to choose from. You can pick a line, across, down or diagonally.

 I've gone with the middle line - Gems, Watercolour and CAS

I started with some watercolour card and heat embossed my image (Create A Smile Stamps) in clear gloss embossing powder. I usually use white but I've seen Michelle Short use a lot of clear and I loved the look so gave it a go.

I then got out my Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolours and coloured in my image.

These paints are so creamy and so shiny too! I love how it turned out. I found I had a mask of the flower so covered it up and then added some less watered down paint to make brighter splatters.

I then cut the panel down and used lots of foam tape to attach it to my A2 (US) card panel and then stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black. A few gems from my stash in matching colours finished it off.

You have until 25th of the month to enter and I'll be back on the 15th with another post to remind you all again. Hope you are all having a great day. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Craft Haul - July, August 2017 - VIDEO

Hi Everyone! I made it back from Edinburgh in one piece and had a wonderful time. More on that in another post, but in the meantime I have a haul video for you of the crafty goodies I bought in July and August.

Don't forget that the 30 Day Coloring Challenge starts on Friday 1st for a whole month. I believe this is number 8 and you can read about my previous exploits (July 2016 - Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4) and I have a video on how I usually prepare - if I have the time. I still have quite a lot of images I stamped previously to colour in for this challenge - and of course a whole pile of new stuff!!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Sewing Fat Quarter Bags for Copic Markers - VIDEO

Why Hello! Yes, you have come to the right blog, it is me, Ruth, but I'm here with a non card making project and video. I'm showing you how I make my little zipper bags that I use to transport my Copic markers around when I go off travelling. 

I filmed this a few weeks ago and thought it would be nice to share as I'm off to Edinburgh on 26th so I can get to the Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Road Trip with Kathy Racoosin and Debby Hughes on the Sunday. Big thank you for my husband for doing his duty at bath time over the weekend :) To say I'm excited is an understatement!!

I make these bags based on a You Tube tutorial I saw by Made Everyday and I thought I'd share with you how I do it, in case you feel inspired to make your own. With a little bit of practice for the zip and if you go slow and steady with your sewing, you can make these quite easily.

This is what I use to make them:

  • Quilter's Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • 2 fat quarters
  • 3 zips the length of your finished bag. I use 8,7 and 6 inch zips (the whole zip will be about an inch longer)
  • Quilter's clips/pins - I use a combination of both
  • Fusible fleece 
  • Thread - I generally just use white, but you can use a matching colour
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot

The video shows the process, as you can make these any size you like, but I can make 3 bags from two fat quarters. My finished bags measure 8x6, 7x5 and 6x4 inches.

Fold each fat quarter in half length ways right sides together and iron them before cutting. With the fold to the bottom of the cutting mat, place it just slightly overhanging the bottom. You will trim it to separate the pieces later. Then cut out your pieces as mentioned below. If you cut it this way you will get the number of pieces you need.

This close up shows how you measure 9 inches up the side and then cut along 7 inches.

  • An 8x6 bag will need two outer pieces measuring 9x7; two lining pieces measuring 9x7 and two 8x6 pieces of fusible fleece. You will need an 8 inch zip.

  • A 7x5 bag will need two outer pieces measuring 8x6; two lining pieces measuring 8x6 and two pieces of fusible fleece measuring 7x5. You will need a 7 inch zip.

  • A 6x4 bag will need two outer pieces measuring 7x5;two lining pieces measuring 7x5 and two pieces of fusible fleece measuring 6x4. You will need a 6 inch zip.

Here's the video which shows how you make them up - you'll see more clearly the sizes I've mentioned above.

I have been sending these out as presents to friends, but some friends have suggested selling them, so I may one day. 

Happy crafting! I will update my blog with details of the coloring challenge road trip when I return at the start of next week.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Flower Challenge #11 - Reminder - Focus on Background Stamping

Hello Everyone! I am enjoying seeing all your fabulous cards for our 11th challenge. How quickly the time has gone! You still have time to join in this month. As usual the challenge ends on 25th of the month.

This card uses lots of those little stamps that you get in sets and often ignore - well I know I do. I won this set on an Instagram giveaway from the very lovely Rowena. If you don't know her stuff, please do check her feed out. She is very talented! 

I started by picking three of the tiny little stamps in the set and stamping them in a fairly random organised manner on a panel of Copic friendly paper. I tried pretty successfully to avoid the same stamps next to each other!

I coloured them in with very basic Copic colouring - either one or at most two colours. I then cut out the panel with my WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die.

I decided I needed to colour the Big Bear and Bird and give him a flower to hold. I used Kathy Racoosin's rag technique with colourless blender to give him some texture for fur.

Again no sentiment - I just can't seem to think of them at all!

Looking forward to seeing what you create. Happy crafting everyone!

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