Saturday, 27 April 2013

Crafting Cafe Celebration Blog Hop!

Hello hoppers!  Welcome to my blog and to the Crafting Cafe's second blog hop.  This is my first blog hop and I hope you enjoy your visit!

The theme for this hop is Celebration, and I've been spoilt for choice as far as inspiration goes.  Apart from it being the weekend, today is my Dad's birthday and a friend's wedding, and other friends recently got engaged.  I decided to use my wedding card for the hop, as I've used one of my favourite products on it - heat bondable fibre.

If you haven't used heat bondable films or fibres before, do give them a go, as they really are a lot of fun.  If you're using them with a rubber (not clear acrylic!) stamp like I have here, you need a solvent ink like Staz On, an iron and some vellum or greaseproof paper.  Ink up your stamp and place it face up on the desk, pile a wad of fibres on top, making sure you don't have any gaps, and finish with the vellum/greaseproof paper.  Press down with a warm iron until you can see the ink more clearly through the paper.  The resulting iridescent motif is bonded together along the lines of the stamp and can be cut to shape and stuck down over an image stamped onto card.  Thicker lined stamps work especially well, as the fibres are really well bonded, but if you have a finer design, just be more careful about cutting out.  Clear acrylic stamps will melt if you iron them like this, so please only try this with real rubber stamps!  Here's what I made, I hope you like it:

I've used an old and well loved Papermania wedding stamp along with iridescent white fibres, just for the dress and hair.  I coloured the hair and lace detail using permanent markers.  The papers are old Papermania ones too, but also some of my all time faves.  I've mounted on pearlescent card and added glitter stickers to pick up the sparkle in the dress.  The wedding invitation had butterflies on, so I added a butterfly to the design.  I always like to use some element of the invitation in my card for weddings - if nothing else, it's a good indication of what the happy couple like!  I've kept the rest of the design quite simple, as the bride and groom are the most important things at a wedding after all :-)

Iridescent white fibres, coloured with permanent markers

Thanks for visiting, your next hop is to the lovely Debbi's blog:
If you arrived here by accident and would like to visit the whole hop, here's the starting point:  Happy hopping!

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Papercrafting Journey: Use a sentiment
Fairytale Challenge: Special occasion
Fab 'n' Funky: Love is a many spleandoured thing
Craft-room Challenge: So Sentimental
Flourishes: Wedded Bliss
The Corrosive Challenge Blog: Life's Special Occasions
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Crafting Cafe April Challenge - Hoppy Baaday

It's the 13th again, and time for me to post my project for the Crafting Cafe Challenge Blog.  The theme this month is "Let's Celebrate".  When I started making my April project a couple of weeks ago, the sun was shining, and a warm breeze was making the first daffodils in my garden nod their pretty heads.  Full of the joys of spring, I made a card to celebrate the passing of winter.  Since then, we've had snow, gales, rain and hail, and it hasn't felt very much like April at all!  We've also had plague in our house: poor little Bob has been covered in spots.  Two doctors confirmed it was chicken pox, but then I got blisters on my hands and feet, so it turns out we had Hand Foot & Mouth disease - a new lurgy invented since I was a child.  As a result, not a lot of crafting has gone on, especially as Bob has taken to staying awake until 10pm since the clocks changed.

Well, here's my spring project, I hope you like it.  This month's challenge is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs, and I chose their gorgeous Toby In Pot digital stamp for my project, as I loved the fresh spring feel of it.

I added some cute sheep and used bright and fresh colours to complete my spring theme.  I used Promarkers to colour the image, and used the wedge end in two colours for the grass.  The sheep are from the Craft Concepts Ramsey embossing folder, and I've used Core'dinations Gemstones card, as it has a shimmer to it.

I didn't have much of this card, so used the trimmings from where I embossed it to die cut some leaves and to cut a fringe for the flower centre.  Using embossed card gives a nice texture to thin die cuts.  The frame is die cut using the XCut Ornate Frame nesting dies, with a square die cut out of the middle to make it an actual frame.  I cut the frame in yellow and green, so I could fill in the gaps in the frame like this:

The spotty paper and the paper 'ribbon' are cut from the Dovecraft English Garden pad and I used an offcut to make the flower too.  I'll be blogging more about how to make these flowers later on, but I've used these two die sets:  Sizzix Framelits with stamps: Flowers, Daisies (657916) and Spellbinders Shapeabilities: Foliage

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Happy, or should I say Hoppy crafting everyone!  I hope Spring makes it to you soon!

Amanda x

Monday, 1 April 2013

Toddler crafting

I was going to say that I'm feeling my way with toddler crafting, but actually I'm just feeling my way with all things toddler!  Last week was our local tots group's Easter party, and we were challenged to make a mask or hat with our little ones.  Bob hasn't shown a great deal of interest in arts and crafts yet, I'm sorry to say.  He's done a couple of paintings, and he loves the food processor, but that's about it for making things out of anything other than Duplo.  I'm hoping that's just because he's too young to have the patience to make things, and thought I'd take the opportunity to start phasing in some crafting play.  It's not a great time to do it, as Bob has recently become very unhappy about having messy hands, so I knew I'd be very lucky to get him to do much crafting.  Even so, I wanted to make something within his capability just in case, so I went for finger painting and foam stamps.  As suspected, Bob was only interested until he got mucky fingers, but I did manage to tempt him back with the stamps.  In the end, he made most of the back of the hat.  He did watch when I finger painted the front, he picked colours for me to use and he seemed to like the cool and goopy feeling of the paint.  Later on we tried painting using balls of kitchen towel, but with similar results.

Anyway, here's the finished hat.  I couldn't get him to pose in it I'm afraid!  It's suitable for very young crafters I think, just not quite as young as Bob!
Front view

Rear view, mostly Bob's work
Sadly Bob now has chicken pox, so not a lot of crafting is going on here for toddlers or otherwise just at the moment!