Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Rock Chicks and Route Stitchy Stitch

Hi guys

In the post this morning came my long awaited 'CRAFT' patch (not that the company that made it kept me waiting they were great!!) no I have been hunting high and low for the last year trying to find someone who might sell me one after spotting on a friends leather waist coat. luckily I found someone that would make it for me instead!! It is a tradition to collect patches of places you have visited and things, sayings that make you smile and to sew them on to a waistcoat to wear at biker gatherings. Much like a car owner would put  a bumper sticker on his car..... Apart from the obvious CRAFT also stands for 'Can't Remember A Flippin Thing',So is totally relevant to me. what was I saying.. O yea... If you have a friend who has a nickname or a favourite saying, why not pop over to Route Stitchy Stitch and have Neil make you a patch for them. or buy one of the pre made ones,  BE WARNED, you will need a strong sense of humour for Route Stitchy Stitch as it aimed at bikers and not the Sunday School Teachers!!

Just a quick note today as the sun is finally out and there are loads to do in the garden still.

Here is a card is made of my alter ego ( The skinny version of course) They say inside every big girl there is a skinny one trying to get out, I keep mine quiet with Chocolate!!! Seriously I do have a red motorbike and blonde hair but unfortunately that is where the similarity ends.

Anyway the stamp is one of the range from the KennyK Collection at WhimsyStamps.com. I used my Pro-markers and Spectrum noirs pens to colour it in and the guitar was made from some black card, a stencil and some bronze DreamWeaver embossing paste, finished with a good sprinkling of ultra fine glitters. There's some Halo glitter to highlight parts of the bike and on the flowers too.  Well I better get on now, those rotten old weeds won't pull themselves up.

 keep an eye out on the blog, in the next few days I will be doing some Christmas cards for my old mates at Stamposaurus.co.uk from their 'Christmas Mischief 'range and I'm really looking forward to it.  If you're off to Doncaster this weekend Give the folks at Stamposaurus and J and C Creations a visit and say hello from me I'm off to a BBQ and Biker Party in Hampshire with my fellow Rock chicks xx (and hubby of course)

Rosie xx


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Purrr..fect Anniversary Easel Card

You will need
Cream cardstock 14 x 14 cm
Pattern paper
strip of lace paper
gold mirror card
pink dew drops
large gem heart
paper button candies

 Step 1
First take some plain white card and cut a square 12 x 12 then stamp your image of the cats onto it. Then centre the image inside your  'Fleur de lis' spellbinder die and run though the cuttlebug. Cut and emboss but DONT remove the die. use your 'aged mahogany' and ink round the outside of the die-cut then remove the centre and cover the inside of the square with some waste paper and ink up the edges. I finished the edges off with a little glitter. when it is dry colour the image with your spectrum noirs or pro-markers, I used both for this card. Put the centre and the frame together again and stick the two to each other with some tape on the back. add a pink dew drop in each corner and then put the finished topper to one side for the moment.

Step 2
Take a 14 x 14 cream card and fold the front flap in half . so you have a card with a square back and a folded in half front .This is the basis of your Easel card, cover the base of the card with some patterned paper.

Step 3
 Then take some white card stock and cut a 12 x12 square. Emboss with your 'Mystic' M-bossibilities folder then gently ink all around the edges of the square with your 'aged mahogany' ink pad and matt and layer this onto some gold mirror card. Then stick this onto the base of your cream easel card.

Step 4
Take your base card and cover 1/2 flap (farest from the fold) with the patterned paper that matches the base of the card
Take your topper and stick it in the middle of the covered 1/2 flap of your cream card so it stands on top of the larger square

make a bar out of gold mirror card and add your strip of lace paper then cut several swirls out of gold mirror card using your Festive Greenery Sizzix die add these to the bar with some paper flowers and attach to the base card. This bar is what stops your topper from slipping down.

Step 6
Cut the 2 spellbinder shapes from the iron works and pirot edged circles and mount together then add the large heart gem in the middle, stick to the base card. add the sentiment on the topper, and a few paper button candies on the base and the card is finished.

All items highlighted can be found onthe J and C Creations Website, why not pop over and have a look

Tracey Anne xx

Friday, 13 July 2012

Buttons and bows

Hi folks

well the weather is still rubbish, so there has been plenty of time to lock myself in my new craftroom and create.

Here's my contribution to this months J and C Creations Blog why not pop over and enter their challenge 'ANYTHING GOES' you could win yourself a £20 gift voucher to spend on crafty goodies 


You will need

14 x 14cm card blank
Silver mirror card
'Grandma's button box' backing paper
Paper doily
assorted pastal coloured buttons
blue lace ribbon
white lace frilly ribbon
clear dew drop

First matt and layer some silver mirror card onto your base card then add 'Grandmas button box backing paper' (easier done than said, lol x) add ribbon and tuck under silver mirror card before mounting onto base card.

 cut your sizzix die 2 times, once in silver for the scirrors  and then in cream of the spindle and the base to stick some real buttons on. . cut out the items so they are seperate. cut out your spellbinders shapes and ink them up with your distressing ink 'china blue' while they are still in the dies. matt and layer them and then add sentiment.
 place doily and spellbinders shapes on base card and then add sentiment topper and sewing items. (Add blue lace ribbon to spindle before sticking down) stick buttons on randonly and add dew drop to bow.

All items highlighted can be found onthe J and C Creations Website, why not pop over and have a look

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Here comes Summer...

Well its finally stopped raining for a day and the sun is thinking about coming out from behind the clouds but i dont think I'll throw on my bikini just yet. We had a lovely weekend catching up with the girls from J and C Creations at the papercraft show at Bracknell Leisure centre, though I may have spent a little of my budget for that day. Hey ho, you cant take it with you so may as well spent it I say. Its not a bad venue with loads of room to wandle round the only thing missing was a nice tasty cake stand to keep 'him indoors' happy. I must admit I quiet like to indurge in a carrot cake on special occasions but I swear if he had a choice he would eat it morning noon and
night and of course he doesnt ever gain a pound!!!
Anyway while we were there we bumped into Jayne and Co from Stamposaurus and she very kindly gave me a stamp from her new range to play with. Its called 'campervan sidelong view' and was designed by Diane Loverseed and can be found on there website Its a lovely large stamp which produces a clear image everytime, I spent most of yesterday colouring in with my faithful promarkers and managed to produce 4 cards. As usual I apologise deeply for the photos, as my skills in photography are seriously lacking!!

Here are the results, I've kept them bright and cheerful and tried to inject a little sunshine, hopefully they willl brighten up any mantlepiece no matter what the weathers doing outside I hope you like them as much as I liked making them. There is such a lot of detail in the design and everytime I looked at it I found something new going on.

The stamp is a Combination of a large campervan, then 3 smaller stamps which are a campfire, signpost and a flower.
on the card to the right, I have used the techinque of paper pieceing on the fold-up part of the camper,s roof using the patterned paper from behind, it tries it in nicely I thought.
 I've also included some cards I have made using some of the stamposaurus stamps the pirate card comes with a free badge courtesy of sainsburys I found them in the kids department on sale for 25p for 4 bargain!!
Had to include the campervan you have to love the Volkwagon type 1 with its split windscreen, thats how you know its the real deal.

Heres an adorable little bulldog that I have used in loads of Jubilee cards , this one was for father's day last month. I kept it simple and stuck with the red, white and blue colour scheme.

Monday, 2 July 2012

When they fly the nest.....

Well it finally happened, my beloved 28 year old daughter Lisa has moved out and is now sharing a flat with her best friend and her crazy  cat. The transition was smoother than expected as she had been dropping stuff over at the new place for a few weeks before she even broke the news to us.  After the initial sadness (which lasted at least 10 minutes) had subsided, the madness of moving house in house began. First there was her old room to clean and her new room (6 miles away)to decorate, guess who got that job!! you would think when they leave you are released from such chores... no, it seems if you can hang wall paper you can come over to the new place and check it out and then of course they say  'oh by the way mum how do you hang wallpaper???'  Then there was her old room to paint as youngest daughter didnt care much for older Sister's tastes. That took care of the weekend. Eventually the girls were content and I could marvel over the wonderous sight that was the empty Box-room.
 My Box-room!!
So out again with the paper stripper , 3rd times a charm they say.. At this point hubbie took pity on me and decided to help, bless him. walls cleaned woodwork painted and wallpaper's up and floors are down. 4 days later the loft is cleared and paper, paint, and stamps have travelled the 10 yards downstairs, from cricut to clear acetate everything is moved in and I'm in my own little piece of heaven.

No more cold winters in a draughty attic or sweltering hot summers without a window to open, no more running up and down the loft ladder like a rat up a drain pipe every time the door bell rings!!! my own little craft room/office with natural daylight and central heating, o joy of joys!!! So it was all worth it in the end, The girls are delighted with their new rooms, my crafty stash and the Pc all fits though rather snuggly into the little room and the 'old man' gets to watch TV in peace while the 'missus' crafts away till the late hours. And the 'cherry on the cake 'I couldn't afford a new desk for the room and grandmas old dining table was looking rather tatty after 40 years of service but one of Pauls 'moments of  brilliance' hit when he suggested jokingly 'why not cover it with the left-over laminate flooring...' result clean, new table surface to work on. (The pegs are off it now, its stuck firmly to the old one.) The mans a genius just dont tell him I said that .

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Hot Metal

What a crazy fortnight its been , apologies for the lack of blogging, there have been computer gremlins, flu bugs and teenage challenges for the last 14 days , 3 bedrooms have been redecorated, new floors have been layed and nerves have been frazzled. Unfortunately when that annoying thing called 'life' gets in the way, crafting has to take a back seat for a while. So I'm back now and all revved up to get going on with the million new ideas I had buzzing round my head.  Here is my contribution to Penny Blacks Saturday Challenge I hope you like it

I used 2 Penny Black stamps from their 'Trims' clear set , the first in Tim holts 'broken china' blue ink to stamp the backing card in the cris-cross pattern.  I used a woodware corner punch on the corners  and inked them with a Tim holts 'dusty concord' distress ink. This was then mounted onto black card. I used Tim holts 'aged mahogany' on the main topper to stamp the star bursts. then added a memory box die cut from mirror card into the centre and then added a star burst which I had cut out, this was all mounted onto black and white card and decorated with red gems, Silver candy dots and pink dew drops.

All the highlighted items used in this project can be found on the J and C Creations Website, why not pop over and have a look round, apart from the wonderful range of products they sell , they now have their own blog where you can check out all the beautiful designs by myself and the other talented members of their design team.