Saturday, 25 May 2013

Crafting Cafe May Challenge - Lady Luck

May has been, err, challenging, so my inspiration post for the Crafting Cafe challenge blog is a little late this month.  I could have got a card done in time of course, but I had a particular card in mind, and it needed a bit of thinking to get right.

This month's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and, as the image I chose is called AKV Moving Car, I thought it ought to be, well, moving :-)  I love any trick cards, but especially moving cards like penny sliders.  My only reservation with penny sliders is that you have to incorporate the slot into your design.  With this card, I wanted the workings to be completely hidden and, after a bit of head scratching, this is what I came up with:

Easy bits first: the papers I've used are an old DCWV photo stack paper for the sky, and a positively ancient Papermania Colossal stack for the hill and countryside.  The hill is a half circle, and the car is mounted on a strip of mount board with a rounded end that is fixed to the back of the hill with a small brad.  The brad is disguised by being part of the drift of flowers along the bottom.  The hill is fixed to the card using a really thin strip of 3D foam tape along the bottom edge.  Supports anywhere else would get in the way of the mechanism and restrict movement of the car, although you can get away with a little bit to the left and right.

The mount board strip is layered at the car end to allow free movement and the car overlaps the hill to keep everything together.

There will be a greeting in the top left (like a for sale board off the purple edging), just as soon as I remember  what I've done with my new house greetings!

I hope you like the card.  Have a happy weekend of crafting!

Challenges entered:
Shelly's Images: Show us what you got
ABC Challenge: N (not just one)
Addicted to stamps: Anything goes

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Ruby Red

It seems to have been a very long week considering we had a bank holiday on Monday, but at last the weekend is almost here.  Bob has been quite poorly over the last couple of weeks, and I thought I was coming down with something too, but luckily we're both much better today.  I've also started a new adventure that I'll share when I have some piccies, but as a result it hasn't been a very crafty week.  The one project I did manage took all the time I had, as I spent ages dithering over the papers to use, and then had some glue issues that meant I needed to remake a large part of it.  I'm glad I spent the time though, as I'm really happy with the result.  A friend asked me to make a special ruby anniversary card for her to give to her best friends and this is what I came up with:

It's an easel card, featuring rose papers from two DCWV stacks, and (although you can't tell from the picture) a cream pearlescent heart paper from Create & Craft.  The hearts are die cut using the XCut scalloped heart nesting dies - one each of two sizes in the two colours of rose paper, a large heart in red card, and a small one in cream.  To make the 'inner' hearts, I hand trimmed a die cut to remove the scallops, as I only wanted a very tiny edge to each heart.  For the sentiment, I used the "Happy Anniversary" and "Ruby" stamps from a Papermania Confetti stamp set.  I don't generally use patterned paper for matting when I need only a thin border, as it seems such a waste of the pattern to have it covered up, but plain card/papers just didn't look special enough for this project.  Also, the big DCWV stacks have lots of sheets of the same paper, which I really like, as I don't feel like I have to eke out my favourites.

I'd love to know what you think of the card!  I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:

Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes

Monday, 6 May 2013

Flowery Framelit wall hanger

Happy bank holiday everyone!  The weather's beautiful here, so my crafting for today is going to be limited to getting some lovely family photos to scrap when that unfamiliar yellow ball in the sky goes away again.

I do have something to share though - my second project using the very lovely Sizzix Framelits has just gone up on the Country View Crafts blog.  This time I've made a hanging wall decoration.  I was going to send it to a friend for her new home, but I don't think I'm going to be able to part with it :-)

I've used the Framelits to make some conical 3D flowers and then coated them in Tattered Angels glimmer glaze.  This not only makes them shimmer, but it makes the flowers nice and sturdy too so the project should last well.

Here's a sneaky peek, please pop over to my full post here and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Flowery Framelits

I'm extremely fortunate that my favourite online craft shop, Country View Crafts, is run by two of my bestest friends and even more fortunate that they let me rummage around their stock room as though it's my own private shop.  They also have a Henry hoover, which for some reason fascinates Bob (let's hope that lasts!), so I actually get to have a good look around without having to suddenly sprint after him.  On a recent trip I fell in love with a product range I hadn't seen before - Sizzix Framelits Dies with Stamps.  They're not new, I just don't get out much :-)  Each set contains coordinating stamps and dies and they're a great addition to your stash if you love stamping but not the cutting out, if you want to get more creative with your die cuts, or if, like me, you just like things to match really well.  I also picked up a few bottles of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and now want to coat everything I own in it!  I'll be making a few projects using these products for my friends' blog over the next few weeks, and the first has been published here today.  Here's a sneaky peek, If you'd like to see the whole thing, with kit list and instructions, please head over and let me know what you think!