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Spooky Times Ahead

Gaily surfing the net one day when I came across Your Paper Pantry liked the look of it and in one of my mad moments I joined. They have lots of different swaps on the go every month but the one that caught my eye was a Pocket For Your Thoughts. You make a 5″ x 7″ pocket out of sturdy stuff and then you have to fill it with at least 4 tags.

Now you can see where I’m going … it’s the tags. September’s swap was … Ooooooh Halloween … fun time for me even though not really a Halloween type of gal. What you can’t see in the pocket is the little organza sweet treat bag which is shoved behind everything … the brief was to add an adult sweet treat.

Just missed having my youngest son on the scariest day of the year, he was born 30th October.

Teach me to read things properly …
sitting admiring my work and feeling really chuffed with myself because I had finished in time to post when I went back over the gumph to find our where I had to post … YIKESyou have to make three of these for the swap … oops guess who was late posting!!! All dun and dusted now and winging their way across the pond.

No jokes about I could have delivered them myself if I had got the broomstick out of the closet.

Decorated the back of the pocket with lots of gold embossing powder around the edges before stamping these cute little images. Still got to love that cat so gorgeous!!!!


Complete Surprise Another Published Card

Wow published again but this really was a complete surprise. Irene rang me to say had I seen it … easy one to answer … no.

Why it was such a shock to me was because I made this card two years ago … 23rd October 2010 to be precise!!!!! Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 102 is where you will find this card.

See the original posting here to learn how I made it but I have also posted the pictures below. Still can’t believe that a card which I made two years ago can still be worth publishing.

If I was to make this card today I would actually only change the flowers. Except the one which I completely embossed and which looks like plastic. The rest I would probably stamp onto then add glimmer mists and scrunch up more.

The card is a double gatefold and here is what it looks like when opened.


More From The Envelope Album

Yesterday you saw the front cover of the album we made on Sunday, well today this is the first page when opened and you also get a little peak of the next page.

Used the freebie stamp which came from Craft Stamper the other month and can anyone guess where the embroidered tag came from??? The image of the girl in the middle of the second page was blended over very lightly with the DI Iced Spruce then triple embossed before being cracked but you can’t see this very well in the pics. Also added my fave ladies from the Graphics 45 A Ladies Diary … bit time consuming to cut out but well worth it … love these papers.


Hope It Doesn’t Rain

I held an all day workshop yesterday and I met some amazing crafting ladies, five were new to me and they were an absolute treasure to teach. Patricia came as well but she is already a seasoned crafter so a few things for her were repetition but it is always lovely to have her in my class. Below is the envelope album which we made and as you can see we did some painting. All the papers had an acrylic wash over them but the front of the album when finished was sprayed all over with the Memories Mists Iridescent. Wish you could see the pearl sheen which radiates from the cover it is gorgeous. The roses actually look as if they have been made from opalescent paper but it started as a matt finish.

The two stamped ladies are from Crafty Individuals but with the middle one, only her head was punched out and before putting into the bottle top I lightly embossed her with gold embossing powder. Cut out a Memory Box die with thick cardstock, triple embossed, added two different mica powders then stamped into it.

We did manage to get all the album finished and the front cover embellished but the rest of the envelope pages is homework for the girls and when I next see them it will be fun to see how each and everyone of them have decorated theirs. Will be popping back hopefully each day to let you see my decorated pages.

Entering for: Crafty Individuals Last Days Of Summer Challenge


Me Not Well

Wow in time to post the card which we will be making at the class today. We all find it so difficult to make a card for the men in our lives but even more difficult is to make a Get Well Soon card. So this week is exactly what we will be making.

Loved the image when I first saw the little guy with the bandage around his face so I cut him out and made him the focal point of the card. Now you can’t tell me that that isn’t the face of a male with Man Flu. Don’t you just want to kiss it … yukkkkk … not me!!


Frantage Magic

Still loving making these albums but I have an all day workshop on Sunday where you will be pleased to know I will be teaching how to make a different album this time with … envelopes.

Thank goodness I have made my class card for Saturday, just have to take the photos
Love everything about blogging even the writing but the taking of the photos now that’s a different matter!!!!

Hands up those who dislike taking photos of their work … both my hands are in the air … I craft most days and could probably post something new every day but I just dread the thought of taking those photos.

Had another play with that lovely messy and gloopy frantage … makes the most delicious things … even love just to look at the stuff in the pots, all twinkling and sparkling … how sad is that!!!! … sigh.

This time I threw lots into my melting pot … Shabby Pink, Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, Shabby White and also mixed in some red embossing powder … as you do for good measure. When melted, poured it onto my craft mat, stamped into it with the Crafty Individuals Swirly Stamp which had Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink on it then added 5 little red dew drops … 2 got covered over with the gorgeous liquid. Also did two lacy flowers and tied everything with a double taupe organza bow. The background on the cardstock has also been stamped all over with the Crafty Individuals Swirly Stamp.

Used those yummy 12 x 12 Graphic 45 papers again “A Ladies Diary” … have you noticed I only use the tiniest amounthate cutting into them. The die used for the middles is the smallest of the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One but before I stitched them onto the cardstock used the Crafty Individuals Ladies Stamps, masked off so that I could stamp a background image. Coloured the middle two ladies with DI’s but the lady on the back was stamped onto patterned paper then cut out.

Entering For Crafty Individuals Challenge – Last Days Of Summer


Looking Puzzled

Forgot to show this weeks class card which was made with a scalloped card from Craftwork Cards, very simple to make but the colouring takes a little while.

Before the black cardstock was layered onto the card I stamped and embossed with a pretty swirl stamp. Cut part of the butterflies wing around the edge but only enough so that it covered some of the diecuts. Used Copics to colour the Sarah Kay stamped image. Embellished with micro beads and added diamond glaze to her hat plus the tablecloth in the basket.


Small Is Beautiful

Yeh know what, I have been so busy designing and creating for up-coming workshops that my poor little blog has been neglected … 😥

Managed to post my DT piece for Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is …

Good Things Come In Small Packages.

I am so in love with these little albums, the first two I made were with two 12″ x 12″ pieces of paper which gives you a 6″ x 6 “album.

This time round I started with two 6″ x 6″ papers which makes a very neat little 3″ x 3″ album. Used the Graphic 45 papers … A Ladies Diary, so beautiful and also some Stampin Up papers.

Some of the stamps are from the Peg Stamp Range which are really weeny … embossed a few with gold embossing powder. The inside stamps are from Prima Romantique Collection but the little heart stamp that she is sitting on was from a set of … See D’s Stamps (think they are discontinued because I can’t find a link anywhere).

The ribbon was died … (oops thought I would leave it in because the ribbon looks as if it has died being so grungy and dirty looking lol) … dyed with rust alcohol ink then heat set to melt and distort just a little. Used micro beads for the little girls hat and the ribbon around the waist.

Don’t miss out on all the DT’s creations they look fantabulous as per usual.