Monday, 30 March 2015

Design team makes....Joanna Sheens ...One Summers Day

 Hello everyone...Genny here. For todays design team make I am using the fabulous 'One Summers Day 'cdrom brought to us from Joanna Sheen. There are just so many designs on this's a pleasure to use. For todays cards I have picked two very simple floral designs, just to share the thought that all cards don't have to be decorated up to the nines...that sometimes simple works just as well. For both these cards I have just used the image from the cd, alongside it's backing paper and added a bow. The only other thing I have done is to mount both the image and the backing paper onto some holographic silver card.

On both sheets containing the images there are a choice of matching greetings, which I have also used. These floral images are just so delightful that they could be used for any number of occasions and I think they would be well received.Just lately the trend seems to be to chuck everything in your stash at a card, but I think that both these cards prove that it doesn't always have to be the case. Somedays you may feel like making an elaborate card and have the time to do just that. But somedays you just want to be able to make a simple card in a hurry and yet you still want it to be special for the person that you're sending it too. There are just so many wonderful different images on this well worth adding to your stash.
I hope that the weather is being kind to you all...the wind is raging here in the mountains today. A perfect day to settle down to some card making. So until next time...take care and happy crafting.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Design Team makes using Joanna Sheens Age of Elegance cdrom

Hello everyone...Genny here.  For my design team makes for this week, I am sharing 'The Age of Elegance' cdrom brought to us crafters by Joanna Sheen. This is a fantastic cdrom that really didn't get the attention that a lot of Joannas cds normally do. Yet it has to be one of my favourites. It features art work from many wonderful artists...Waterhouse, Rosetti, Mucha and many more. As well there is a fantastic selection of backing paper including William Morris designs. I just adore this cd, for two reasons, one I love these images and secondly because of the William Morris designs.

On the first card, I chose this well known Rosetti image and layered both the image and the backing paper onto some gold mirri. I also created a small border using the same. I coloured some diecut ivy leaves with my copics and added them to the border. I finally added some small sequin flowers.
For the card below, I mounted this Waterhouse image and backing paper onto some yellow/orange pearlescent card. I again created a border with the same. I mounted the greeting onto the middle of the border and then added some diecut leaves and some white flowers. I also coloured a swirl design die cut and added that to the corner of the image and added some more flowers to that, alongside a bow.

The backing paper on the card above is from the art deco collection on the cd. One thing that I would like to mention is the fact that I've found it a good idea to cut some of my diecuts in a plain white and colour them individually to match the image or backing paper. I tend to use either my copics or my promarkers to colour them with. I have found that it's a lot easier to do this sometimes rather than try to find a matching colour card to use to diecut. I admit that I also have a bit of a thing for the small sequin flowers, I have them in many colours and find that they sometimes add that little bit of twinkle that a card needs.

If you would like this cdrom,colouring pens or embellishments..please speak to Julie here at JB-Crafting Supplies. I hope that you are all enjoying your crafting projects, whatever they are. I know that Julie has done some fantastic sewing projects..which are driving me to use my sewing machine again. So until next time..take care and happy crafting

Monday, 16 March 2015

Design team make..using Crafters Companions Moreheads cdrom

Hello everyone...Genny here. For this weeks design team makes I have featured the fabulous Moreheads cdrom brought to us by Crafters Companion.What I have been doing the last couple of weeks is feature some of my favourite cdroms that somehow seem to have slipped through the net so to speak, not being advertised as much as they deserve. I just love the Moreheard cd...all the images take me back to when I was younger..the pictures featured on so many things over the years and it is lovely to be able to use them in my cardmaking. Of course the images are so varied that there is the possibility of making a card for anyone.On both cards I have used a tonic die cut mat on both cards.If there is anything like that that you would like..please ask Julie..if there is anything that you like but she doesn't have in stock, she is more than happy to source it for you...I know because she has helped me so much.

I hope that the weather is being kind with you in the mountains it is bitter. All the more reason to stop in and So until next week...take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

DT Post for JB Crafting Supplies

Hi everyone! Hope you have all had a great week & weekend. Sorry about the late post this week - totally forgot as have been up & down to hospital as Keith's mum is in again.
So I had to do something quick - but it does show how versatile those papers  from the Forever in Time paper pad are.
I cut out an ATC from card, covered it with a piece from one of the sheets from the pad. I stamped the edges. using the border stamp from the Stampendous Fantasy Tiles stamps onto white card with burgundy ink. Carefully cut around the image & adhered down the sides of the ATC.
ATC'c can be used as toppers too.

I made a 6x6 card, picked out another sheet from the paper pad & adhered this to the front of the card. Attached the ATC using foam pads. Stamped the sentiment onto white card & matted this onto a piece of the paper matching the ATC.
Finished off with a bit of Rub'n'Buff around the ATC & stickles glitter to pick out parts of the design.
Hope you like this week's make.
Thanks for stopping by.
Bev xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Design team make featuring Joanna Sheens 'Hollypond Hill cdrom

Hello everyone...Genny here. For today, I am lucky enough to be working with Joanna Sheens cdrom...Hollypond Hill. I just love this cdrom because as you know, I adore rabbits but also there are just so many beautiful baking papers on this disc that I use them an awful lot for other card projects. Besides the rabbit images..which are just so cute, there are many images that do not feature rabbits but are equally beautiful.For the first two cards, I have made two new baby cards.

Now the card below is one that doesn't feature the bunnies but oh what a pretty card. I'm thinking of using this image on my Easter cards this year. I just love everything about this card...the china, the flowers and the little nest.

 The final card is a simple thankyou card but it is very handy to have such a useful card in your stash

The cd is featuring the artwork of the very talented Susan Wheeler. As well as the toppers and backing papers,this cd also features decorative frames, decoupage sheets and inserts, as well as much more. There are cards that you could make for birthdays, anniversaries, new home, newbaby, Mothers Day and Fathers day,..the list just goes on and on.
The whole cd reminds me of the story books that I loved as a child and I love the images and the little stories they make you think of.
You can get this cd from Julie here at JB-Crafting Supplies and it's one that I'm so glad that I have in my stash..
I hope that you all have a great week and that the weather treats you well. Here in the mountains today, it's raining and the wind is raging..all the cats are snuggled in their beds and don't look as if they are moving any time So until next time...take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

DT post

Hi everyone - well it's been a beautiful day here. Lovely to see the sunshine & the lighter nights & mornings. Hope you are all well.
I am really into ATC's at the moment and am busy entering a few swaps. Have been lucky enough to receive ATC's from as far a way as New Zealand, South  Africa, USA & France. Also lots from around the UK. I love seeing other people's take on a theme.
One of the themes at the moment is to use inchies - ideal for the lovely Stampendous stamps that Julie sent me!
After measuring out my ATC ( 21/2" x 31/2") I picked out some papers from the Forever in Time paper pad,Elderberry, to use as a background. I matted & layered these onto the ATC.
Chose one of the images from the Stampendous Fantasy Tiles stamps & stamped using some lovely burgundy ink. Once this was dry I stamped onto it with some clear Versa Mark ink, then covered with thick embossing powder & heated with my heat gu. I repeated this 3 times to give  me a tile effect.
I went around the edge of the tile & ATC with some gold Rub 'n' Buff.
I stamped the sentiment out onto white card with the burgundy ink, cut out the words & going around the edges with the ink. On the word flowers I went over this with some Ranger Sepia Accents.
I arranged everything until I was satisfied with the arrangement, then attached the tile with glue dots & the words with foam pads.
After looking at all my received ATC's I decided it was time to make something to keep them in. I did make a larger holder but I did not have enough of the paper pad left to cover that one, so I have made a smaller one so I could show it on here.
Here is a pic, complete with little envelopes.

You need some card - I used cereal box card - 11" long  by 3"" wide.
Score at 2", 21/2", 61/2" & 7".
Here's a pic showing the measurements.

Now is the time to cover your holder using any papers & embellishments that you have as it is a lot easier now. I covered mine on the inside too, but you could paint it.
A little bit of hook & loop will keep the box closed.

Next for the little pockets that fit inside the holder.
You need some paper - I used sheets from the paper pad - 6" wide by 4" long.
The next stages are easier to show in pics rather than writing it out.

Once you have done this you will have envelopes to store your ATC's in & these will live in the holder.
Hope you have enjoyed this post & will make some ATC's & enter a few swaps.
Thanks for stopping by.
Bev x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Design team makes..using a Joanna Sheen cdrom

Hello everyone..Genny here. For todays design team make I am using a Joanna Sheen cdrom called One Summers Day. This cd features the wonderful artwork of Barbara Mock, For this weeks make I have made three cards, all using the same image and backing paper. I thought that it would be a nice thing to share and hopefully encourage you to look at how many ways that you can use the same image but make different style cards. The only thing that is different is the way in which I have embellished each card. As you know, I collect cutting dies and always try to buy ones that will work with either my favourite styles of card or will work alongside the ones already in my collection. All the dies that I have used on these cards are from the Signature die range by Joanna Sheen. I like to also create borders that match with the image. On the second card I have created a border that has one strip of lace and the third card has a border with two strips of the same. I love to play around and see what I can come up with.Also I like to use different edging card..on the first card I've used gold mirri and the other two with purple. I try to look at the image and find either a matching card, a toning card or a mirri. When I first started cardmaking, I found this quite hard but the more you play, the easier it becomes. Now I have great fun seeing how many different cards I can make using the same image. This is only one image from this fabulous cd..there are so many it's hard to know which one to pick. I will share some more images from this cd tomorrow.
I love working with these images on a miserable day, dreaming of the warmer weather. It does seem to be be a long time coming. So until tomorrow...take care and happy crafting

Sunday, 1 March 2015

DT Post

Hi everyone Bev here with another DT make. Hope you have had a good week & weekend.
I have just discovered this new shaped card - tepee card, so thought I would have a go. I was surprised how easy it was & loved the finished result.
I started by picking which sheets I wanted to use from the Forever in Time paper pad - Elderberry, that Julie sent me.
To make the basic card you need 3 squares of card. The sheets from the paper pad measure 6", so I made the base squares 63/4" from cream card. These squares are creased diagonally, then glued together to make the tepee shape.
The patterned paper is also creased diagonally, but these are cut along the diagonal. These are used to decorate the card.

Here are a few pics to show the stages (sorry about the quality but it was really dull today).

The squares of cut card with the diagonal creases:

How to arrange the squares ready for gluing together:

The patterned paper cut on the diagonal ready for gluing onto the card:

The patterned paper glued onto the card:

Now the card is all ready to decorate - you can really go to town on this part, using all your bits of paper up. I made some flowers using the papers from the paper pad using a Marianne Creatables Die - English Rose.
The sentiments are die cut using Tonic dies - everyday sentiments.
I arranged the flowers & sentiments onto the card, added some bling around the bottom. A little Stickles glitter on my roses.
The last thing, to make the card stand properly, is to add some hook & loop at the point where the two sides overlap.
I can see me making this shape card for Christmas cards!
Here are a few more pics.
You can just see the tab of velcro above the roses on the left hand side of the card.

All finished:

I hope you have been inspired to try this shaped card - it looks really good when it's all decorated & stands really well. Also it folds flat for posting.
Thanks for stopping by.
Bev xx