Monday, 31 August 2015

Back To School......

not having any children I'm never sure when that is for us in the UK, but sure am happy when the kids are on school hols because the roads go quiet and you can get into my local Tesco's car park anytime you like !!

Anyhoo back in to the room...Back to School is the theme for our next House Mouse and Friends challenge for you  which Snoopy chose !!

So I had to be a bit inventive as I haven't any stamps which went with the theme so I made this cute backpack with loads of little naughty mice's having fun !!


The backpack card is made just using different coloured card adding faux stitching by pricking holes all round the edges and running a black pen over to look like stitching.  The mice have been stamped and coloured then each one fussy cut out





























The little chap doodling was holding a candle which I changed into a pen. Finished off with some yellow gingham ribbon for the straps and a few gold candy for the studs.
 


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Would love to enter:
Sweet Stampin: school days
Simon Say's Samp: anything goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: shaped cards
Craft Your Passion, always anything goes

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Whoopeeee !!


the new first edition Little Claire mag is now up for grabs  !! 
 
You'll find project ideas, backing papers and toppers, top tips. special offers and a fab FREE stamp and much much more !!

Now I must point out the quality of the mag , its not made of your usual see through magazine paper so the free papers and toppers are good quality as well !!
 
Myself, Helen and Heidi all have projects to share with instructions on how to make them using the super cute free reindeer stamp and here's my little project to show you how cute he really is !!
 
 Isin't he a happy chappy !! Just had to add a little bit of christmas jingle !!

So pop over to Little Claires and check it all out now !!

 http://www.littleclaire.co.uk/
 
Hope you all have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend !!
 
 

Friday, 28 August 2015

Christmas Scotties mini album


Morning guy's !!

My turn for a Little Claire friday project for you and I have this mini album using the Christmas Scotties stamp set and Dinkies-Mini Puppy Christmas paper pack and Christmas Puppy pack 

It's quick and easy to make and ready for all the fun christmas photo's you will be taking and it will make a fab stocking filler too  !! 
















You will need:
Christmas Scottie stamp set
Dinkie - Mni Christmas Puppy pack + 2 sheets from the Charistmas Puppy pack
black and white card
2 thicker pieces of card for covers
black ink
fine line black pen
3D foam tape
stickles
tartan ribbon

Cut two pieces of black card one measuring 10" x 3" and the other 9 1/2" x 3".

Score the 10" x 3" at 1/2" / 3 1/2" / 6 1/2" / 9 1/2" and the 9 1/2" x 3" at 1/2" / 3 1/2" / 6 1/2"

(I've used white paper so you can see the scores)

Now glue both pieces together so you have a 1/2" fold either end and concertina fold.

Cut two pieces of thicker card 3 1/4" square ( I save the backing card that comes with some of the lager envelopes ) and two 4 1/2" squares of stripe blue paper from the Christmas Puppy pack. For each cover glue the card in to the centre of paper, trim corners off and fold over the paper edges to back and glue.

Now glue one 1/2" flap on the black concertina card to inside of front cover and then the other 1/2" flap to inside back cover to from your mini album. Cut two pieces of red dotty paper 3" square and glue these to inside of front and back cover to hide 1/2" join.

Now cut 6 pieces of Dinkie - Mini Christmas Puppy papers to 2 7/8" square and cover the inside pages.
















Nest cut a piece of white card 2 3/4" x 2 1/2" and stamp and colour Scottie Dog with bubbles. Matt this on to a piece of red dotty paper and then black card adding a small border of each.

Add 3d foam tape to back and attach to front of album, then make a tartan bow and attach this also to front. Finish off by adding a black wiggly line round Scottie dog and some stickles glitter.


One dinkie mini album !!

Why not make a few as christmas presents or birthday gifts. There are so many Little Claire stamps you could use !!

Here's another one using the Dinkie - Fruit Pastels paper pack
















Have fun !!


Thursday, 27 August 2015

12 tags 2015





 Yep that's me !!  More about that in a min.....

Tim's tag this month is about die cuts and layering.

 TAG-MAIN

 There are quiet a few layers to my tag , with papers, inking, die cutting, ink stains, stamping and the photo of me, which does hold a story.....

Are you sitting comfortably, then I shall begin.....

I've been a hairdresser for over 30 years and cut my own hair using a razor which you clip on cutting depth guides from bold to 1/2".   A few years ago I had just finished cutting my hair and thought I would just go over it one more time, picked up my razor and cut a "go faster"  bald stripe across my left hand side of my head  !! I didn't notice the guild had come off !!   First I just laughed, but then thought "oh s**t".   I then tried to shave round the bottom half and leave the top,  but the "Mohegan" look wasn't for me,  so I just had to shave the lot off to nearly bald !!   Hence my Russian hat which I wore for a long time every time I went out   It was very hard to face my friends and take all the laughter, but I learnt so much from this...... (first to check the guide is on),    how people feel when they loose their hair with cancer treatment,   how cold it is,   how you get unwanted attention because of how you look and you loose you !!    It made me think and my hair did grow back, so my tag is all all about being " HAPPY " and the joy of every day..........


Monday, 24 August 2015

A whole lot of BLING !!


What a wet grey day we have today.....but this is sure to brighten it !!

  Over the weekend I have been using fusible fibres on another project and the super thing about these fibres is you can use all your waste bits by simply fusing them together again, hence this card !!

I started with a plain piece of white card which I coloured blue with distress ink and then water splattered . Then I fused my left over cut off fibre bits together to make my background and attached it over the blue card using a sticky sheet.

Next I went mad with frantage at the bottom then mounted it on to a white piece of card, then a pink card blank. The shells are made with paper clay pushed into a mould, when dry, coloured with three colours of gilding wax.

The water bubbles are made using liquid pearls and I then used loads of pearls and bling to add around my shells. Finished off with a Stampin Up sentiment with a bit of frantage added.

Not bad for a card made with left overs !!

PS I didn't point out it is suppose to be under the sea......


Would love to enter:

Crafty Cardmakers: no patterned papers
We Love 2 Create: anything creative/ mixed media/ inky goes
Alphabet Challenges: n is for no design paper




Friday, 21 August 2015

My Uncle Jack



was a right lad.......My dad had two brothers and Uncle Jack was the black sheep of the family so to speak....I never met him till late in life when he had a heart attack and I offered to take my dad to see him as he lived quiet a bit away from us. I never forgot how excited he was to meet me and see his brother again,  Aunty Kit was a different matter...enough said I was warned.

I loved Uncle Jack from then on, he had a terrible sense of humor  (like me) unlike Aunty Kit !!  Not long after meeting them both Aunty Kit passed away and she was buried not far from us as she came from these parts, so Uncle Jack use to come down often to stay with a niece and visit her grave and visit us.

I use to write to him regularly and keep him up to date with goings on. He use to have carers and play them up merry hell with his humour and called them "his gals". I really wish i had met him earlier when we could have had more time.......

Anyhoo....this months theme at AMOM Scrap Club was masculine so I took Uncle Jack along with me and was soooo pleased to see it was perfect for the layout we were making.
 
We all had papers in our kits from Prima's Craftmens collection . Although the layout looks simple it has loads of layers and textures as we played with texture paste and the embossing powders, stencils, distressing edges and inking. The clock paper clip is a hidden pull out journling tag. 



























Well there you have it...my Uncle Jack.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Something different...



 Now and then I treat myself to a crafting magazine and like most of us I make my mind up by the free gift which comes with it.  Well I fell in love with the free paper pad and stamps that came with Septembers issue 147 of Cardmaking and Papercraft.

As soon as I got home I just had to have a play !!




The papers are by BoBunny called "Isabella",  just love the soft greys and pink. You also get a cute butterfly, crown and sentiment stamp.

As you can see I have stamped the butterfly several times on different papers and then fussy cut them out to decorate the egde of my shaped card. Distressed the edges and added a few gems to finish off.


I wasn't going to waste my bits of paper left over from the card so made this simple little book with them also using the fab stamps to decorate inside !!  

Going to be handy to keep all my sign in names and numbers in !!

























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