Sunday, 31 October 2010

Crafter's Companion November challenge card

Hi everyone.
Here's my enterpretation of the sketch challenge that you can find at the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog. The sketch also has the theme of one for the girls. I hadn't intended on adding black to the colour scheme, but it seemed to work!For my card, I have used the beautiful new 'Poppies and Daisies' rubber stamp set designed by Sheena Douglass. I've coloured it in with Copics and I've used the printable flowers and backing paper from the S.W.A.L.K 2 CD ROM which in my opinion, has my favourite papers so far in the Crafter's Companion range. To print the flowers in black & white, I selected greyscale printing on my print option panel. I printed the sheet onto standard 80 gsm copy paper, screwed up the sheet before gently flattening, cutting out the flowers and tinting the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink. The flower centres are silver bead spacers threaded onto pink brads. The black swirls are from the beautiful Marianne Designs frame & swirl die cutting set The dusky pink card is Core'dinations.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Jayne Nestorenko Adorables sneak peak

Morning all!
I'd like to show you a card that has been made with stamps from a brand new range from Jayne Nestoranko called Adorables. The stamps are beautiful and the CD ROM that accompanies them is full of lovely versatile papers that will make a great addition to your collection.
I have used my large Rock-a-Block to mount both of the background images at the same time. It is easy to organise the separate elements this way.
All of the smaller stamps which were goung to be cut out were placed on the Rock-a-Block together to save a bit of time. Because you can guarantee a perfect result, it's a great way to stamp.
I coloured the background with my Prismacolour pencils and the other elements with Copics. I'm still not very confident with my colouring skills, so forgive the slightly poor results! For more information on the launch of this lovely range, see the Crafter's Companion blog.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Crafter's Companion September challenge

Hi everyone.
It's the start of september & the Crafter's Companion challenge for the month is open! For any of you that have yet to discover the huge range of Crafter's Companion branded ranges, you are welcome to join in the challenge using any image of your choice from any company. If, however, you do use a C.C image on your card,you will be given a second bite of the cherry with an additional entry to the draw for the candy, which this month is a £30 voucher to spend with Crafter's Companion!! I hope you will pop over to the blog and take a look at what the design team have done with Leanns sketch- it might just inspire you to join in!!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Selling off some craft items

Hi all.
Due to the fact that my family are having a bit of a hard time right now (I know- join the club!!!!) I'm ebaying off some craft items that will be better served being converted into money that I can pay vet bills with!!! Please take a look!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

August Crafter's Companion challenge

Hi all.
Well, another month has passed by and I'm behind on everything as usual. CHA has just finished and I had my usual task of making a whole bank of samples to show off the Ultimate & the add on decorative embossing boards for Sara to take with her for the Crafter's Companion stand. This is a daunting task- not only making every shape & size of card & box I can think of, but then there's the nail biting wait to hear whether or not they arrived in America undented & looking pristine- which Sara assured me they did. Panic over till next time!!
Anyhoo- here's my translation of the August challenge card for the Crafter's Companion blog. I hope you'll skip over there & have a go- Sara always offers a prize for the chosen winner, but win or lose, the sketch is a great inspiration and I'm sure that you'll find it useful!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Candy winner

Morning all!
Just a quick post, as I'm watching Leann doing a live SWALK show.
The names of all who left me a lovely comment were put into a hat & the name I picked out was
Congrats- you've won this cute stamp set!! Please email me here with your address details & I'll get these to you!
Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Crafter's Companion sneak peak & blog candy!

Hi all.
Along with the rest of the Crafter's Companion design team, I have a sneak peak of a new product for you! This is a lovely new range called S.W.A.L.K (Sealed with a little kiss). The range is being launched on friday on Create and Craft an consists of 12 stamp sets and a CD ROM packed with beautiful backing papers and accessories. There are some gorgeous features on the new CD that haven't been seen with any other Crafter's Companion CD in the past- these will be fully explored on the TV shows (details below).
This mini card has been made with one of the stamp sets and some of the backing paper from the CD. I've coloured it in with Copics, which work very well with these images. I hope you can check out some of the shows to see more.
Here are the blogs of the rest of the D.T to get a bigger picture of this lovely new release.
Bev's blog
Claire's blog
Wendy's blog
Debbie's blog
Leann's blog
Jacqui's blog
Please leave me a comment and I'll draw out one name on saturday night to recieve this stamp set!
The Crafter's Companion Inspiration Blog will have another sneak peak from Sara, plus fab candy of all 12 stamp sets! (to be drawn midnight Saturday & announced on Sunday).
As promised, here are the times of the live shows on Create & Craft:
Launch show: Friday 16th July 11am-1pm
Sunday 18th 10am & 2pm
Monday 19th 8am
Tuesday 20th 8am
I hope you can tune in- the D.T members always provide tons of beautiful cards to inspire you!!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Crafter's Companion July challenge

Hi everyone.
Please head over the the Crafter's Companion challenge blog and have a go at joining in! The sketch designed by Leann will give you inspiration to apply to any of your card making & scrapbooking.
Here's my effort!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

New Crafter's Companion challenge blog

Hi all!
As you probably know, I've been a designer for Crafter's Companion for over 4 years now and I'm pleased to be able to tell you that they have launced an official Crafter's Companion challenge blog today! As it is an official blog, the prizes for entering the challenges will be great and a must for all C.C fans! There is a lovely sketch to try out and there are already some lovely cards made by the D.T to offer some inspiration. (here is my effort!) I have used a sheet of background paper from the Popcorn Floral CD ROM which is one of my faves and the stamped image is from the Popcorn 'Thinking of You' stamp plate.
Please pop over to the blog & take a look!

Monday, 24 May 2010

Popcorn Kids

Hello everyone!
Not much time (as usual!) but I wanted to share a little project I completed using the Popcorn Kids stamps from Crafter's Companion. These are the latest in the popular Popcorn range and the images are a little smaller than those in the past, giving you new ways of using them. This box has been made by scoring as one layer of an exploding box (297x297mms in size and scored on the Tri-Fold A4 line on all 4 sides, crease & trim out the 4 corner squares). The flowers were made by scoring them on the Celebration embossing board.
Hope you are all well!

Friday, 12 March 2010

A Wild Rose Mother's Day

Hello everyone.
What a few months I've had! I have been working on numerous commissions from Crafter's Companion, in particular, designing the two new 'Celebration' embossing boards. The actual designs on the boards all came from my original drawings (made infinitely better by a professional artist!!). I wrote the instruction book to go with it, including designing & photographing all of the projects inside. It's been a labour of love and it has been very gratifying to see something go from ideas to a product on the shelf.
Anyway, we're well into March and Mothers Day is almost upon us. I made this card using some of the latest release stamps & patterned papers from the Wild Rose Studio. If you haven't yet seen the lovely items available in this range, I recommend that you take a look!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Wild Rose Studio sketch challenge

Hi all!
I'll keep this short as I've just written a lovely long post with links, instructions details etc & accidentally lost all of it.... AARRRRGGGGHHH!!
Anyway, please check out the lovely Wild Rose Studio blog for the latest sketch and see the gorgeous enterpretations from the other DT members!! The stamps used for this card are from the Love birds stamp set, which is perfect for valentines, anniversary and any other lovey dovey cards!! & When I've stopped having a paddy, I'll go through the details of how I made this flower from punches!