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A spiffing Father’s Day card

Good morning all! Finally I have managed to create something this weekend! I’ve been wanting to work on another Father’s Day idea using a moustache since they seem to be everywhere at the moment. I thought one would go perfectly with the Papermania Chronolgy range and I came up with this…

This dapper chap has been made using a mixture of Chronology papers and some of the lovely neutral papers in the 8 x 8″ Gorjuss pack from Docrafts. I inked and distressed the elements and also stamped and embossed the moustache to add some texture to the fine specimen! I finished off this gentlemen’s look with a monocle made from a Chronology gear and a length of chain from an old necklace I don’t wear anymore.This spiffing chap is ready for a fantastical, marvellous Father’s Day!

I am entering this into the following challenges http://thecraftingcafe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/one-for-boys-june-challenge.html http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/fathers-day-goodbye.html http://lejdesignschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/lej-designs-challenge-no-57-something.html

http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/chall-174-lets-here-it-for-boys.html

S xxx

A spiffing Father’s Day card

Wedding Thank You card

Good morning everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a productive week. Things have been a bit crazy here in soft furnishing world and I’ve had no time at all this week to get creative. I thought I would post a little something that I made after my wedding last year. Since its that time of year when a lot of couples decide to get hitched I thought it was quite apt to share it.

This vintage inspired thank you card featured a distressed photograph from our special day nestling in a distressed cardboard frame. I have also used a variety of torn and inked papers to add to the distressed look. It’s quite a different style to some of my ideas of late but I think it’s good to show a range of ideas and techniques.

I will hopefully show some new goodies over the weekend, I have a few ideas brewing, I just need to find the time to make them!

Have a great day!

S xx

Wedding Thank You card

Ahoy There For Fathers Day (Docrafts blog challenge)

Hello everyone!

I’m having a very busy day here, up early starting another Father’s Day card, stint at the gym then back to my card. I wanted to use the fabulous, cheerful Ahoy There downloads that I had in my stash that I downloaded from the Docrafts Creativity Club. They are ideal for a beached themed male card.

This card features some cheeky seagulls perched on a sandy beach ( real sand mixed with pva glue) and a cheerful flutter of bunting to give the feel of a sea breeze. Stamped and embossed beach huts, fish and shells complete the look.I had to add a touch of raffia too…I’m obsessed with it!

Since this card features quite a bit of stamping I’ve decided to enter it for this weeks Docrafts Blog Challenge.

Right, I’m starving, off out for a roast with Hoobie. I will hopefully be back later with one more Father’s Day idea that my brain’s been working on.

Have a lovely day all.

S xx

Ahoy There For Fathers Day (Docrafts blog challenge)

Home To Nest For Fathers Day

Hi All!

Things have been pretty exciting here on the Isle of Wight, Hoobie and I picked up our new car today and there was lots of excitement,(and stress incase somebody crashed into us!) so I wasn’t sure if I would manage to make anything today. Luckily after we’d shown all our family the new addition I finally got to sneak into my craft room. I’ve been dying to get my hands on the new “Home To Nest” range from Docrafts which came in their goody bag this month. I thought it was about time I started thinking about Father’s Day cards and I managed to come up with this….

This range, designed by Lucy Cromwell is absolutely beautiful and I think ideal for both male and female cards. I inked and pierced the papers to give them a distressed look and used a mini notelet to make the frame for the nest to sit in. Raffia is my new find this week and I’m loving how versatile it is. It was perfect for this cute little nest! The holes are punched using the new X Cut screw hole punch. If you buy just one tool this year, make it this, it’s so easy to use and the results are so quick. Lets hope it gets the thumbs up from Dad!

Happy Krafti time!

S xxx

Home To Nest For Fathers Day

Carrying on with the beach theme!

Hello again!

I’ve been lucky enough to create something else today to share with you. I decided to make a little something to match my tealight holder and I came up with this….

I painted and distressed an old frame I had and used those lovely “Ahoy There!” Beach huts again, this time stamping them and painting with water while the ink was still wet to create a watercolour effect. I used some mount board and acetate to create a shaker frame and used some more of my local sand (I still have a big bag full!) to create the full beach look. Some craft tape bunting waves around at the top of the frame and a few shells, gems and a little tie of raffia complete the summery scene. I hope you like it!

More to come over the weekend!

S xxx

Carrying on with the beach theme!

Beach themed tealight holder tutorial

Hello everyone!

Well, I had a great start to the morning after winning the Docrafts Blog challenge, thanks guys! I’ve had an idea for a tealight holder for a little while at finally I’ve managed to make it. I’ve even decided to have a go at my first tutorial so here goes!!…….

This beach themed holder uses an old jam jar and lots of lovely beachy elements from the gorgeous new range from Papermania, “Ahoy There!”.

I started off by stamping beach huts onto shrink plastic. I’ve used a black solvent based ink pad for this and then added some colour with Promarkers. I cut them out the shrunk them using a heat gun, they twist and turn and go a bit crazy but finally settle flat and you end up with cute, tiny beach huts!

I used Anita’s pva glue to stick sand along the bottom of the jam jar and painted a blue sky using glass paint.The jam jar lid has been painted white and covered with a circle of paper. This has pva glue painted over it to seal it and I carefully punched holes in it with an eyelet punch.

I got my trusty glue gun out to fix the beach huts to the jam jar, it’s brilliant for instantly sticking things and it sticks them solid so you have no worries about them falling off. I also added some shells from my local beach and some gems.

I twisted some raffia and twine to make a handle. I threaded this through the holes in the lid and tied the ends, adding a blob of glue for extra security

To finish off I’ve added a little bow on top of the lid, a wrap of raffia and tied a inked card sentiment to the handle. For safety reasons I’ve used a battery operated tealight, popped it in, popped the lid back on and there you go, a summery, beachy tealight holder. Why don’t you have a go at making one this weekend?

I’ve decided to enter this into the following challenge http://lejdesignschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/lej-designs-challenge-no-60-recycle.html

Happy Krafting!

S xx

Beach themed tealight holder tutorial 01 Beach themed tealight holder tutorial 02 Beach themed tealight holder tutorial 03 Beach themed tealight holder tutorial 04 Beach themed tealight holder tutorial 05 Beach themed tealight holder tutorial 06

Ahoy there! Stormy seas!

Good evening all!

I hope you’ve all had a productive day. I was very busy in soft furnishing world today but I’ve had an idea for a moving card going around my head all day and needed to find some time to make it. I spotted Jill’s sketch challenge on the Docrafts website earlier and thought it would work really well with what I had in mind. Finally work was over and I got to make this….

This card with moving boat is made mostly from the new Ahoy There! Range from Papermania. It’s such a lovely, bright range and I thought it ideal to showcase this quirky moving boat design. It’s a fairly simple idea, the elements of the swing are stamped and cut out ( I used thin card) and stuck together with my trusty glue gun. I give the boat some swing there’s a penny glued at the bottom.

Unfortunately it’s quite difficult to show how it works through photos but when you move the card from side to side the boat swings, as if bobbing about in a stormy sea! The boat is just placed on a very thin piece of sturdy card with a slit cut out of it and a stamped wave covers the card easily. I really love this range and now I’ve made this I need to get my thinking cap on to see what other nautical delights I can come up with!

Happy Krafting!

S xx

Ahoy there! Stormy seas! 01 Ahoy there! Stormy seas! 02

Bright birthday greetings

Good morning everyone, what a gorgeous morning!! I’ve got a busy day ahead with family and friends so I thought I’d get my crafting fix in quick before I have to go out. I thought I’d make use of the fabulous stash in the new Docrafts goody bag and come up with a card for this weeks Docrafts Blog challenge, the theme being spots and stripes.

This jolly little bird is a Docrafts urban stamp and I thought he was perfect to show off these bright cheerful papers in the Papermania Capsule Collection. The paper piecing in this design show off the papers beautifully and along with the fabric flower, give a real burst of colour and energy, perfect for this sunny day! Right, I must be off, Hoobie has told me I need to clean the bathroom before we go out :-(. Have a wonderful day all.

S xx

Bright birthday greetings

Gift wrapped with Forever Friends Kraft Notes

Hello, I hope you’re all enjoying the sun today. I’m off to Southampton to see a lovely friend of mine tomorrow. It’s her birthday and I wanted to make her up a little gift box. She recently had a baby and has little time to herself and so I thought a box of pampering toiletries and chocolate would be much appreciated, I might even sneak a mini bottle of wine in! I had a lovely box left over from Easter and I managed to come up with this.

The gorgeous Forever Friends bear made an appearance again and I used a lot of the elements from the Kraft Notes ultimate die-cut pack. I used one of the brilliant new Xcut Palm Punches to punch the holes to thread the ribbon through, what a brilliant bit of kit that is, really easy to use. I finished off with some flowers and butterflies, they look pretty and also help to cover up joins in the paper. I think this goes really well with a card I made at Easter that’s been waiting for a home so now I have a matching set. Hopefully she will like it!

Happy Krafting!

S xx

gift wrapped with Forever Friends Kraft Notes

Idea for male theme card

Good morning all!!

Finally, after patiently waiting, the new issue of Creativity magazine finally made it into my hands! Imagine how chuffed I was when I opened the gallery page and found this…..

I made this for the competition in the last issue, the theme being “love”. I wanted to show that not all love cards have to be all hearts and flowers, they can be ideal for men’s cards too! I used the Docrafts Chronology range for this and inked and embossed all the elements to give an aged look. After several attempts, and a couple of mistakes, I managed to work out how to make the world turn around! I really enjoyed this challenge and it was really lovely to see it in print.

Have a lovely day!

S xx

Idea for male theme card