Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Merly Impressions first ever retreat.

I will soon be 50 (OMG) and for my gift my DH booked me a place on the first ever Merly Impressions retreat held at Wyboston Lakes.

There were 50 ladies ready and waiting at 6pm to get cracking and we were not disappointed. The kits were wonderful, I chose the package of 2 beyond the page and 2 paper layouts. We also received an extra kit that was a A4 BTP journal for us to dress up as we fancied and a bag to with it.

I chose to start on the box first which took till 4 the next day to finish, then on to the frame and then one of the paper layouts. The other layout will have to wait now as I ran out of time.

Please find a selection of photos to show off my completed work. This layout uses papers from the lovely Porcelain Rose collection and some collectables.

This is the frame which is a beyond the page item Chrissy sells. The papers are from Flora Delight and Base Coat.
This is the box, again a BTP item Chrissy sells and the papers are the wonderful 75 Cents Collection and family rub ons.
Both the photo above and below show the front and each side of the box
This is the top of the box. I used Kaisercraft paper flowers and hinges on this. I also added some gems and perfect pearls. All the papers are layered at different heights, some distressed and some stitched too. The frame the photo is under was fussy cut and glossed up then placed on to another mat which I cut the circle out first so the photo would show through. Even though this seemed to take forever to do I am so pleased with it.
If you have chance stop on over at and checkout the blog. There are lots of photos of the weekend to see.
Thanks for looking in

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Sheri Crafts...birthday card

Well here we go with take two of this post lol. I rather foolishly deleted my post yesterday when I was tyring to amend it and add a new one!!

This week over at it is make a birthday card. This will be a good one as the card can be for anyone, so please pop over there and take a peek at what the other design team members have come up with and then link your own creation. Please make them good ones as this showcases your talent and you may get picked to be a guest designer.

Here is my card. It is a 6x6 twisted easel card for a young friend.
The card was made using a  Hunkydory card kit I picked up ages ago. I covered the base of the card with one type of cardstock (you get 3 in each kit) and made the topper out of another. The butterfly's are 3d off the page and I added gems on some of the flowers. A little fru fru was added to make it even more girly and a sentiment was tilted to make a stopper.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fathers Day Gift Bag......

Hello to all,
Well as we all know it is Fathers Day today and I am at this moment up in North Wales with mine. I showed you my card I made a few posts back but this is the gift bag I made to give him too. It will house his couple of bags of Thorntons toffee and a special bar of chocolate, all of which are favorite treats for him.

I have never made a bag before but thought I'd give it a go.
The bag is 7x5.
I used a piece of zigzag paper from a mat stack and then I took another with the bingo numbers on which I matted on to some kraft card. I wrapped a bit of string and added a button. The arrow is cut from DonJuan cartridge and I made sure it pointed at the date, I added a heart button next to it. I used the same cartridge to cut out the Dad which I put on to a tag which was matted on some green glitter paper.
I know he will like it but even more its contents lol.

Thanks for looking in.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Sweet as a Cherry.......

Over at it is digi fridaze, so please pop over to take a peek at what the design team has to show you.

Today I decided to use the sweet as a cherry digi along with the backing papers that are available.

I started by making a 6x6 easel card and covering the base in the cherry paper, I then covered the easel with the plaid paper. I used the SB hexagon to make a base for both the greeting and the digi which I cut out using the scallop circle and bloom dies. I added a button to the base to fill the gap.

This would make a lovely summer birthday card or even a label for some home made jam.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Summer Solstice MSC challenge

This week over at it is my turn to pick the challenge. I had to think of a good one didn't I. So I came up with the summer solstice but I wanted to see a sunset from a summer evening or a view from your porch.
Over here we have a very talented lady called Barbara Grey who is a whizz with a brayer, I have been watching her shows for years on our Create and Craft channel but never tried it. My DH bought me a brayer for my birthday a couple of years ago(blush blush) and it has never seen the light of day but yesterday all that was about to change lol.
This is the card I came up with (looks a bit windy I know) I had no idea what to do with it so I made it in to a new home card.

The stamp I have had for years, so I plotted it down first and then covered it in a mask, placed down a mask for the sun and set to task using mountain meadow and the speedball brayer. Using a sheet of copy paper I made some hills/dunes and added a bit of bush life to their tops. The image is then matted on to green and placed on to a 5x7 blue card blank. I tied some bakers twine along the back fold and added the sentiment to a SB die cut bit of card. I also stamped in white "enjoy life's moments" but you can't see that so well in this shot.

This next picture I did first but my DH didn't like it so much, said the clouds weren't right. So I added it to a piece of black card and made a post card to post out your new address to friends and family.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you get time to try this technique some time. Pop over to the rest of the design team members blogs to see what goodies they have come up with this week.
Thanks,   Sue

Friday, June 7, 2013

Catch of the Day...

As it is Friday that means over at it must be DigiFridaze. Over on the blog you will find inspiration from the design team using some of the lovely digi's available to buy. Please pop over there and take a look.

For my card today I decided to use the Bear Fishing Digi. I first made a A6 size tent fold card and then using free papers I began to mat and layer the card and make the hexagons for the digi to sit on. I ran the green through an embossing folder first. I added some black stickles to the corners just to pull it together. The image was coloured in using my Promaker pens.

Thanks for looking in today.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

From this day forward.....

Happy Saturday,

Well I just had to come on and post this card as I was so pleased with the way it came out.

My good friend asked if I could make her a wedding card.  I have been dying to use my new Spell Binder die which I picked up at Ally Pally a couple of months ago. As I was not given any colours to work with I decided to use this red rose paper I have been looking after for a few years lol. I would have loved to receive a card like this on my wedding day so I hope this young bride feels the same.

The card is 8x8 in a deep red card stock. I matted the rose paper on gold mirri and placed it down. Then I took the Kanban rose and script panel and matted that on gold. I cut out 2 hearts using spare card blank card and made the mats from mirri. The cream lace I couldn't see so I added a strip of burgundy ribbon first.
The stamp is a Kaisercraft clear stamp and the charm my friend gave me. I made a double bow and added a heart pin and a crystal pin too. Everything is raised off the card as I used pinflair glue.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great one.