Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Tying the Knot with Spectrum Noirs......

Hope you are all wrapped up and cosy at the moment, Geazzz, its cold outside here in Surrey!!!!! looks like winters really starting to set in now and so thought it might be nice to think of warmer sunnier times like summer parties, holidays and of course July weddings.

 We have a couple to attend next year, so I thought I would make a start on my cards and tie it in with the fabulous Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir launch over at Create and Craft TV this coming weekend!!

If you would like to see more about these wonderful alcohol pens then tune in to Create and Craft TV you can find them at Freesat 813, Freeveiw Channel 36, Virgin 748 and Sky 671.

You can watch as the lovely girls from Crafters Companion show you demos on techniques and tricks to get the best results possible with your colouring and shading, There is always something new to learn...

Friday 15th: 12:00, 15:00 and 17:00
 Saturday 16th: 08:00, 13:00 and 17:00
Sunday 17th: 10:00, 16:00 and 18:00 
Monday 18th: 14:00 and 19:00

Here are my favourite 2 mice  from Crafters companion Makey Bakey mice  tying the knot, I've used the wedding couple stamp from the Makey Bakey mice stamp collection and used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour them in with .

Spectrum Noirs used TN2,TN4,TN5,TN6,TN7, for fur, GG1,GG2,GG3.GG4, for hat and tails CT2,CR10,CR2, for confetti...

The finished image is mounted onto a Marianne die frame which has been cut from Centura Pearl Snow white with silver card, the hearts have been cut from Centura Pearl Snow white with silver card also, with a 'Spellbinders delight heart' die and the corners are made from the Diesire 'Enchanted Spring' die and yes you guessed it, I used my favourite card again and cut them out with Centura Pearl Snow white with Silver Card.

Thanks for popping by xx

Monday, 11 November 2013

Bad to the Bone....

Just thought I'd share with you some Crackers I made last month for the local dog Show/Charity using the tonic Christmas Cracker die, I think it fantastic and had so much fun playing with it in my little craftroom. I'm guessing I put off posting this as I hoped to have pictures from the event too but alas the weather cancelled yet another great day out and so it became a non-event in the end.  

Luckily I have a great number of friends who are as pet crazy as I am and so I managed to find homes for all of the 30 large and small crackers I had made for the dog show.

As you can see the Crackers feature our little mate Barkley and friends , seems an obvious choose for a topper and they have been decorated with gold parcel ribbon and glitter . inside the larger ones you will find a 'Bonio bone' biscuit and the smaller ones all contain doggie 'milk biscuit bones' I even did a box of 6  for Ruby's trainer at dog school for her new beagle puppy...

If you would like to know how to extend you crackers to twice their size as the original die only makes the about  6 inches I found this really helpful tutorial over at DipsDesigns which shows you how to ... comes in handy when you want something larger to fit in your cracker!!

Thanks for popping by , come again soon xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Sweet Treats for Christmas......

Its cold outside , its not that warm inside either , not up here in the loft!!! yes , I'm back up in the loft doing all my craftiness again. Our 'first born' asked to return to the bosom of his family and reap the benefits of cheap board and lodgings so he can save for a deposit on his own flat one day... So bye bye craft room , Hello Son and Cat!!!

Still I have made it homely in the rafters again, we have spent the last week carting it all up the ladder and into drawers and storage boxes , There's a small heater up that which blows a warm breeze around my ankles as I work at my table  and so I've been creating again.  Today it was with the fabulous Crafters Companion Sweet Treat Embossing boards , These boards can fit inside your Crafters Companion ultimate pro case or can be used independently from them also, hope you like what I have  made with CC's boards, papers  and dies ....

My first project is this gift box in the shape of the large milk carton
it was made with Dark Marve Centura Pearl card and some elements cut from a hobbycraft Christmas papers book , the large label at the top was cut using the Die sire Grace Frame Die and the poinsettia was a spellbinders die , all tied up nicely with a hand tied red and gold satin ribbon...

I think its quite lush and plan to fill it with biscuits or chocs , someones in for a nice surprise this Christmas......

 One of the best features of the sweet treats embossing boards is the ability to create a  birdhouse from the boards , I have adapted mine and created a dog kennel for the adorable Barkley dog , this will be filled with  dog biscuits for my little ruby as her Christmas treat.. Everything you need to make the house is on the embossing boards even a template for the roof tiles !!! How cute is this.. the bottom of the box opens so once Ruby has done munching on the biscuits the box can still be used as a Christmas decoration on the side or refilled to give away again , Seriously you wouldn't put something this cool in the bin, would you??


I would like to enter these projects in the following challenges....
Twisted Tuesday Challenges - #61 Anything goes
Bearly Mine Challenge -#111 Anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz Challenge CDB07 - Anything goes with a bow

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Crafters Companion November Challenge .... Winter/Christmas

 Hi folks, well  guess what its Challenge time again over at the Crafters Companion Challenge blog and this month is all about Winter/Christmas ....

Here's my inspiration to get you on your way . It's a card and its that loveable hound Barkley. wishing you an early merry Christmas!! but then as Crafters we start Christmas earlier than the rest of the world, don't we..

Items used
6 x 6 card blank
Gold Card
Die'sire ivy die
Barkley Cd
licac backing paper
Glitter glue
Hunky dory flowers

If you would like to play along don't forget to name the Crafters Companion items you use and follow the rules ( you don't want to be sent to Sara's 'Naughty Step' ) and you too could be in with a chance to win £30/$30 to spend on their website.

All entries must include at least one of the following items:
  • Any Crafter’s Companion UK or US brand stamp (including Humphrey, Toread, S.W.A.L.K., Sheena Douglass, Paintbox & Faerie Poppets, Crisalis Classics, Angelica & Friends, Art Kure, Stamp-It Australia, Anthony/Burt, Snowman, Frou Frou, Camden Town, etc)
  • Die’sire embossing folders and flower quilling dies (please state which ones you have used)
  • Anything created with the Ultimate Tool/Ultimate Pro, Envelebox, etc (please state which board you have used)
  • Darice embossing folders (please state which folder you have used)
  • Crafter’s Companion exclusive products
    • CD-ROMs
    • Reddy Decoupage Kits
    • Luxury Card Kits
    • Exclusive Member Downloads
Please note if you have only used Spectrum Noir pens you will not be able to enter.  You are encouraged to take part in the Spectrum Noir Challenge Blog, though, which can be found HERE.
All entries must state which product they have used and also mention Crafter’s Companion UK or Crafter’s Companion US products in their post. Any entries not following the rules stated above will unfortunately be removed.
One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a £30 / $30 voucher from Crafter’s Companion, Ltd.
The Design Team will choose their favourite top 3 creations.  If you are a chosen you will get a blinkie to display proudly on your blog.

Good luck and happy Crafting