Monday, 26 March 2012

For A Special Friend


Another quick post cos they're piling up!

Another of my new LOTV stamps....

A close up of the image....

Both the image and the sentiment are from LOTV and the papers are Wild Rose Studio.

Sorry this is so brief - gotta go and pick up George from school in a mo and I'm still sorting out last minute preparations for the wedding! Eeeek! 6 days to go...... :-)

Love 'n' hugs,

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 28 - Easter


it's time for another challenge over at dream valley - we're a little bit early (we have good reason though - to be revealed at a later date.....!) but we would like to see your easter creations!!!!

first of all, i'd like to apologise for the lack of capital letters in this post.... this is a scheduled post because tomorrow (or rather today...) is mother's day and i may be a little worse for wear after my hen night tonight (erm... last night.....) okay - that doesn't explain the lack of capital letters..... i've just done my nails for tonight/last night so i'm typing this with a pencil and capital letters are far too faffy to risk spoiling my nails :-)

so - here's my card:

we were given some beautiful images by the fabulous meljen's designs for this challenge but alas, as i was printing out some last minute bits for the wedding i ran out of printer ink so no meljen's image for me :-( all my other easter images are also digi's so i searched my collection and this lovely image from lotv was the most easter-ish i could find:

right, i need to go and sort out my outfit and ridiculous shoes for later :-) don't forget to pop over to dream valley to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the dt!

love 'n' hugs,

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Birthday card for Mum-in-law-to-be....


It's the middle of the night and I'm lying awake fretting over little wedding details that don't really matter so I thought I'd make better use of my time and show you the birthday card I recently made for my Mum-in-law-to-be :-)

This image is Miss Anya Dressy - I love her in purple :-) I tried really hard to colour her hair nicely - I always seem to mess up the hair when I'm colouring!

A close up of the image.....

I used:
Image - Miss Anya Dressy
Papers - Wild Rose Studio
Pearls and ribbon from stash
Mini butterfly punch

Right I'm off to try the ovaltine method of getting off to sleep! Wish me luck :-)

Love 'n' hugs,

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Another Mother's Day Card....


It's about time I posted some more of my cards on here! I'm falling well behind - I've made plenty but I never seem to have the time to post them on my blog at the moment.... All busy, busy, busy :-)

This is another Mother's Day card - this one is for Paul's Mom, soon to be my Mother-in-law (and I couldn't ask for a nice one either!). I've used my lovely new LOTV stamp (thank you, Clare!) and my lovely new Joys Crafts heart die. Lucky me :-)

A close up of the image.....

I did the "Mum" bit by sponging some blue ink through the outline left by a peel off!

I also used:
Papers - Papermania Summer bloom
Xcut lace trim border punch
Heart die - Joy crafts
Ribbon and scrim from stash

The ABC Challenge - K for Kraft
Simon says Stamp - Mother's Day
Lili's Little Fairies - Ribbon and lace (hope lace trim border punch counts!)
Crafty ribbons - Celebrate your Mum
Charisma Cardz - Ribbon ribbon ribbon
A Gem of a Challenge - Perfect pastels
Stampin' for the Weekend - Photo inspiration:

Sketch n stash - Fab sketch: (Oooops! Missed the deadline!)

Right, that's me for now. Back again when I get five minutes to myself :-)

Love 'n' hugs,

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 27 - Mother's Day


It's time for another challenge from Dream Valley.  This time we would like to see what you are making for Mother's Day.

I've used my lovely new stamp Teddy for Mum from LOTV that I bought with the voucher I got for Christmas from  the beautiful and talented Clare. Thank you very much, Chicken! You'll be able to see the other goodies I bought in the near future....

I still haven't quite got over my recent paper piecing bug so here's some more :-) I coloured the shine on the balloons with a white gel pen. And then I had some fun with a make-up sponge and some ink to do the sky....

The sentiment is another from Sentiments 4 You....

I also used:
Papers - Papermania Henbury Lane
Recycled cake ribbon
Crealies leaf die
Flowers from stash

CRAFT - Mother's Day
CES challenges - Flower frenzy
Crafty Ribbons - Celebrate your Mum
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Let's Ink It Up - Show us your flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes

Don't forget to pop over to Dream Valley for more Mother's Day inspiration!

Love 'n' hugs,

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Docrafts Waterfall Card - A tutorial


I had an email from a lovely lady called Joy who saw a post I did a while back using a Docrafts Woodland Folk waterfall mechanism (see it here). As I said in the post, the instructions are pretty tricky to follow and Joy has asked me to show how I did it so I said I'd do a tutorial because photos are so much easier to follow than written instructions! In fact, after doing this I think a video would have been better but as I don't have that sort of technology at my disposal, a bezillion photos will have to do!

You have been warned! :-)

The pieces come in a die cut sheet like this:

You need to start with this piece that I will call the waterfall card.  It has three folds identified down the left hand side and then another for the fixing tab at the bottom.

Pop it out and fold across all four of these folds:

Fold it in half at the centre fold so that the patterned side is on the inside and turn it round so it looks like this:

Apply glue between the top two folds (I'm using a glue runner but any glue will do)....

You can see where I've applied the glue better in this piccie:

Pop picture A from the sheet and stick it in place, aligning the top of the picture with the centre fold in the waterfall card:

Now fold the waterfall card at the second crease like this:

... until picture A is face down:

Next pop out picture B, make sure it is the right way up....

Flip it over and lay it on top of picture A (which is now face down)....

Making sure the tops of the pictures are carefully aligned, use a pencil to mark where the waterfall card is folded in between.....

Do the same on the other side....

Use the markings to score a line across picture B:

Turn the picture over and fold it at the score line:

You're going to stick this picture to the back of the face down picture A:

Apply glue to the back of picture A....

and between the top two creases that are visible on the waterfall card:

Align the tops of the pictures and stick picture B in place:

Fold picture B in half so it looks like this:

Now we need to do the same for picture C... Pop it out and make sure it's the right way up.

Flip it over and align the top edge with the edge of (the face down) picture B....

Make pencil marks where the waterfall card is folded in between...

....and again on the other side.

Score between the marks....

....and fold the picture at the score line:

You're going to stick this to the back of picture B like you did before....

Apply glue to the back of picture B (ooops, piccie out of focus - sorry!)

Align the tops of the pictures and stick it down....

Glue the fixing tab in place by applying a line of glue just above the score line:

Fold fixing tab and stick down...

Now apply glue to the rest of the waterfall card and the middle section of the fixing tab:

Stick down the rest of picture C....

Now take the waterfall card and fold it across the middle at the centre fold so that all the piccies are visible. It should look like this:

You can now fix the waterfall to your card base. The best way is to use brads to hold the sides of the fixing tab in place (don't add glue to the back otherwise the mechanism won't be able to move). The brads are replaced in this picture by my children's fingers on either side :-)

Pull the middle tab (the acorn) downwards to work the mechanism:

Picture B becomes visible....

....and then....

....picture C....

Ta da! Sorry if this has been a bit a lot long winded with a million steps and pictures but I didn't design the thing! :-) Hopefully it all makes sense. If you want anything explaining please let me know.

Joy, please send me a piccie of your finished waterfall cos I'd love to see it :-)

Now go and enjoy a well-deserved cuppa after surviving the longest tutorial the world has ever known!

Love 'n' hugs,