Friday, 19 February 2016

A couple of panel cards

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! It's nearly the weekend again - have you got any crafty plans? I loved making my dad-in-law card so much from the last blog post that I've made a couple of new ones.

The first card is for my sort of brother-in-law (it's for my sister's partner), I've got some really versatile stamps from Crafter's Companion called Sentimentals I bought them when CC had a sale sometime last year and one of the sets I bought were men sentiments. It has an -in-law stamp which I've never used because obviously when I make a card for my parents/sister -in-law it's from my husband and I, it seems a bit strange to put -in-law on the card as they aren't Chris's in-laws. Plus I'm really close to my in-laws (I'm very blessed in that respect) so like to call them mum and dad.

Steampunk Side Panel Card

I made the panel card in the usual way and used some extremely old Dovecraft Masculine papers that have been knocking around my craftroom for at least 8 years, I tend to be a bit miserly with them if I'm honest because most of my scrapbook papers etc tend to be on the girly side. These panel pieces are from one design but were scraps from a different project. The round metallic elements in the corners are actually white Craftwork Card Candies coloured in using a bronze Papermania Metallic Shimmer Fluid Brush Marker which went on beautifully. However I wouldn't recommend using the markers to colour in super smooth cardstock like I did on the cog elements as I found the coverage to be patchy and it wasn't easy to colour. The cogs were cut out of a scrap of 200 gsm super smooth card stock using some First Edition dies. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink using another of the Sentimentals range - Birthdays. I didn't take a photo of the inside of the panel but I added Brother-in-law to the top and a spare cog and Card Candy to the bottom left corner just to tie the inside with the outside.

Art Deco Side Panel Card

My second side panel card was decorated using some Art Deco themed papers, stamps and toppers from Papermania and like the first papers, they were released a number of years ago. The image on the front is actually a square topper which I've cut in half and added strips of glitter card to lengthen the topper so it didn't look out of proportion on the panel. The paper used is beautifully foiled and I had to really force myself to cut into it because it's so pretty lol. This style of card is quite compact (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") so unfortunately I can't use the stamps from the collection as the images are too big to fit on the vertical panel, I did use one of the sentiments though. This card is destined to be sent to my husband's Auntie next month for her birthday, she's rather a classy lady so I thought this card would be perfect for her.

I'm really loving this style of card, if you don't trim the card down to 28 cm as I suggested in the first blog post, then you can actually make two cards out of one sheet of A4 cardstock (still score at 14 cm though and cut all but two inches off the longer piece of the scored card then cut two 2" panels off the card that's removed) which makes it a very economical make. I know it's a bit early to be thinking about Christmas but after last year's fiasco where the majority of my friends and family didn't get a card from us as I ran out of time to make them, I may make some Christmas themed cards while I'm loving this style. I don't know about anyone else but I tend to go in phases with card blanks, sometimes it's all 8" square cards, sometimes it's something more unusual like a pop up box card. You've probably noticed if you're a regular reader of my blog.

Hopefully I'll be doing some crafting over the weekend so I'll have something new to share with you soon. As always if you have any questions or comments about anything featured in this blog then please leave them in the usual places. Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

I'm on a roll - another masculine card

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you've all had a brilliant Valentine's Day weekend. It's very cold with wintery showers here on the east coast which makes it perfect crafting weather. I've only got one card to share with you at the moment (there are a few ideas bubbling away in my brain though!). It was my dad-in-law's birthday yesterday and I made him a Split Panel Card inspired by Debbie Henderson's tutorial on YouTube - please click the link to see the card that inspired mine.

Birthday Wishes Dad card
To make this card I cut a sheet of A4 black card stock down to 28 cm so it's easier to score exactly in half then cut it into two pieces length wise (cut at 10.5 cm). Although I cut the card down so I could score it at 14 cm it's not actually necessary to do so as you cut most of the front panel off. Just to mix things up a bit I do most of the other cutting in inches (sorry for the confusion). I lined the score line of the card base up to 2 inch mark on my Woodware paper trimmer and cut most of the front of the card off leaving a 2 inch flap. I trimmed the cut off piece down to 2 inches and placed on one side. There wasn't quite enough card left to make the connecting panel so I cut a strip off the spare black card from my first cut so I ended up with a panel 4 1/4 " by 2 ". I cut a panel of white card 13.5 cm x 10 cm (sorry back to metric) and adhered it to the inside of the cut down card blank leaving a small border around the panel. I cut two lots of matching patterned paper down to 4" by 1 3/4" and adhered them on to one of the cut black panels and on the top flap of the card. I cut a piece of white card to the same size and stuck it to the remaining black panel. I used the alphabet die that came with Die Cutting Essentials: Special Edition Kit to die cut the word DAD out of a scrap of the spotted paper and added it to the white and black panel as shown using a glue pen. I lined the patterned paper covered panel with the bottom edge of the card blank and held it in place with a paper clip then added strips of d/s tape to the bottom and top part of the DAD panel making sure that the middle part which goes over the inside of the card was free of tape. I removed all the backing paper from the tape and holding down the top flap, carefully lined the panel over the top and base before sticking it down as shown. I die cut a glittery star using gold glitter paper and a Sizzix Thinlets die "BE THANKFUL" (I think) and adhered it in the centre of the white panel. The gold foiled hearts were left over after using a Crafter's Companion Diesire A6 Create a Card Shining Star Metal Die. I stuck these down using either small foam pads or a dab of glue. I stamped a sentiment in the exposed panel on the right hand side of the card front as shown.

Inside of the card decorated with another diecut star and foiled stars

Card will comfortably stand up on it's own

I really like this new style card and it has a lot of possibilities for decoration, it's my brother-in-law's birthday at the beginning of next week so I shall make him a split panel card too but probably with Steam punk elements to it as I know he likes that sort of thing.

I hope you've enjoyed this card share and tutorial, please check out Debbie Henderson's YouTube to see what inspired me and if you are inspired by my take on it, then I'd love to see what you come up with. Please leave a link or any comments/questions in the usual places and I look forward to sharing another card with you soon. Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Saturday, 13 February 2016

A card for a man inspired by a baby card - a CASE card (just found out that stands for Copy And Share Everything!)

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all well and ready for the Valentine's weekend, whether you are spending it as a twosome or on your lonesome I hope you have a brilliant one.

I'd like to share a birthday card I made for one of my husband's friends which was inspired by a baby card tutorial on YouTube by Carissa Wiley . I knew I wanted a mustache on the card as I've a couple of stamp sets that feature them and also a Cat's Pyjamas die set (unfortunately now a lot smaller than before I made the card as I dropped one of the dies and it's just vanished - those pesky craft gremlins again!)

I wanted to keep this card pretty simple as "men don't like fussy cards" (so says my husband). I love the Hickory Smoke Distress ink so I used this to stamp a chevron background stamp on a scrap piece of grey card for a tone on tone effect, I also stamped a scrap of white card stock  which I then die cut using a circle die. I edged the outside with the same ink. I die cut a fish tail panel using a Sizzix die and added more Hickory Smoke ink around the edges. I die cut the mustache out of corrugated card and added a touch of ink round the edge to tie everything together. I stamped a Happy Birthday to the circle and added the 'tashe above it using sticky foam tape. I then arranged everything as shown and adhered it all to a 5" square card blank.

I haven't made my dad-in-law's card yet so that's a project for tomorrow. I really enjoyed making this card, it makes a pleasant change not to have images to colour in and I think it suits my husband's friend's personality to a tee!

I should have a couple of cards to share with you after the weekend. As always if you have any questions or comments then please leave them in the usual places and until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx

Monday, 8 February 2016

Perfect Ten

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you've all had a crafty weekend and are raring to go for the week ahead. It's been rather quiet here in my crafty nook but I have made a few cards and unpacked a few goodies from a couple of internet orders so it's all good.

The first couple of cards I'd like to share with you are two 10th Birthday cards for my niece who celebrated her birthday on Saturday. My mum isn't very well at the moment so asked me to make a card on her behalf which is why I made two.

10 today card featuring S.W.A.L.K belle of the ball stamp

Close up of the die-cut 10 today

Inside card featuring die-cut sentiment and stamped verse
The Happy Birthday die came free with a magazine ages ago and the numbers and today die-cuts were made using a Sizzix die that I recently purchased from Hochanda. The stamp set is one that was licenced to Crafter's Companion but I don't think they hold it anymore as the stamps aren't available on the website, I seem to recall that I purchased them (I have loads of different ones) from Every Craft's A Pound either last year or the one before but you may be able to pick up the stamp on Ebay (in fact I've just checked and it is available in a set of 4 stamps for £4.99) or similar.

Clearly Besotted Best Birthday balloons with balloon 10 added

Crafter's Companion verse inside card
I combined two stamp sets to make this second card, the first set was the fabulous 'Best Birthday' from one of my favourite stamp companies Clearly Besotted Stamps with a Katy Sue Designs 'Shaggy Dog Tails' stamp set called balloons which is currently out of stock on the Katy Sue Designs website. I coloured both stamps using a combination of Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I really like the squirrel balloon on the second card.

I've also been lucky enough to have a couple of orders arrive this week which I'd like to share with you.

These dies were purchased from Icon UK a fantastic low priced crafting website which has really fast service and free delivery on most orders (I've not had to pay any p&p for any of my Icon UK orders).

I purchased this Sizzix die from the shopping channel Hochanda, it's my first purchase from them and the delivery time is good though at £3.95 for purchases under £20 it's rather pricey and postage goes up the greater the value of your purchase. The die cuts beautifully as you can see from the 10 today card above.

I couldn't resist these Echo Park 'Pirate's Life' papers from Craft Stash, they had nesting dies for only £5 so I also picked up this set of nesting stars to bulk up my die collection (not that it needs bulking up after my Icon UK splurge!) and finally bought this lush Tim Holtz Retro Carnival stamp which is the perfect size for ATC's.

Lastly I took advantage of the final few days of the Crafter's Companion sale to buy some new stamp sets. The Scruffy Little Cats were a huge bargain as they were heavily discounted and I paid £2.55 for all four of the stamps which is less than the current price of a single set on the website. In fact because I'm a Gold Member of Club Inspire my order only came to £5.10 with free priority posting.

It may seem like I've bought lots this week and indeed I have lol but all the items were either low priced to begin with or in the sales so although I got lots of new stuff I've paid a fraction of what it would normally cost.  I hope you've enjoyed looking at my latest cards and value buys - thanks for reading down to the bottom of a huge post! As always if you have any questions or comments then please leave them in the usual places. I've got a couple of men birthday cards to make (eek!) in the next few days so hopefully I'll have some more cards to share with you soon. Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs

Sarah xxx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Oh No! I've got the wantsies!!!

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook! I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.There's something about this time of year that makes me yearn to buy more craft stuff, maybe it's because the shine has dulled slightly from my craft goodies I got at Christmas or perhaps it's the post sale blues, I'm not sure but what I do know is that there are some fantastic craft goodies out there on the world wide wonderful web! One company that has really caught my eye is Visible Images. Their stamps are really unusual which is part of my problem, I really want this stamp set Visible Image Zombie Dawn stamp set (and the boy version) but I'm not sure how much I'd actually use it and as the other part of my problem is the price £12.99 plus p&p I'm having a hard time deciding if it would be a worth while investment or not. If I sold my cards then I wouldn't hesitate in making a purchase as I'm sure that there would be enough buyers to cover the initial cost but I only make cards for my family and friends and fun of course. I'm not sure it would be everyone's cup of tea and you can only send one person so many cards using the same image (tbh I try to make different cards every time!) so it would be of limited use sadly. If you love alternative stamps then please have a look as they have some amazing stamps including a delightfully whimsical collection of "The Wizard of Oz" stamps (I adore Dorothy's ruby slippers!!) and some new silhouette stamps that would look fantastic teamed with some ink blending. I may have a small purchase but probably not the Zombie stamps to begin with, but one that have a more general appeal.

One thing I have purchased today is "Die-cutting Essentials: Special Edition kit" from (please click the following link to view the kit 

Die-cutting Essentials: Special
You get an uppercase alphabet and numbers die as part of the'freebies' which seems like a great deal especially as I've just paid nearly ten pounds on a number die set which included the word 'today' on it's own. There is also a rather versatile embossing folder, papers, toppers and a 17 piece stamp set plus the idea magazine for £12.99 plus P&P (£1 in the UK). The only downside I can see if that it gets sent second class so may take quite a while to actually arrive.

I've been taking part in a 30 day colouring challenge but I'm not quite ready to share my creations with you at this stage as they are a work in progress, but hopefully I'll have some new cards etc to share in the next few days. As always if you have any questions etc then please leave them in the usual places. Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx