Monday, 28 October 2013

Challenge Time Again

Hi All its Challenge time again over at TTPH.
 This week our sponsor is  crafty sentiments designs and the theme is "Here comes the Girls"
I got to play with the lovely Annabel the witch Stamp.

This is what I created..... It is an A5 Landscape Card 

I coloured the digi stamp with Promarkers and i used a Combination of 
Dusky Pink

The Image was then Die cut with a scalloped die and Layered on to a panel made from matted and layered card in coordinating colours which have been ripped and inked at the edges to introduce texture.

The floral corsage was made from a mix of spellbinder and sizzix dies and handmade quilled flowers

These were then layered onto a panel of Kraft card punched along the border with a Martha Stewart border punch 

The tree charm was made by stamping onto shrink plastic with stazon ink and coloured on the back with coral promarker then heated to shrink.

I hope you come to play along at TTPH Challenges
I can't wait to see all your wonderful creations 
Thanks for stopping by today 
until next time 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

End of Term for my Crafty Kids

Hi all this week seen another term of crafty kids classes come to an end and I would like to share with you all some photos of what the talented little ladies have been up to over the past 6 weeks.
Each class we make a gift item and a card, some times its an altered piece other weeks we make it from scratch but either way before each class I make the samples and  assemble kits containing all the elements I have used. I then demonstrate how to make the projects and I always tell them that they can decorate as I have or they can choose their own design

  Week 1 we stamped and made an easel style card. 
And we got to play with shrink plastic, making a charm from it

 week 2 we altered notebooks

 Week 3 we altered coffee tins, this project was a huge favourite amongst every one involved.

   Week 4 we made corner bookmarks 

Week 5 we made baskets from scratch 

Week 6 we made Halloween Cup cake toppers and a spooky wall hanging

Thanks for stopping by today until next time 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Through the Purple Haze Challenges - Double Team Challenge

Hello again I am back to you today with another of my entries for the Through the Purple Haze Challenges Design Team. This week it is a Double team Challenge Which means both teams get to take part and you get to choose which is your favourite creation. So don't forget to visit and cast your vote, no pressure like but I will really appreciate all the support I receive in this my first Double Team Challenge :)

I belong to Team A and this week we are sponsored by Digital Delights by Louby Loo - prize $5 coupon for their Digi store

and Team B are sponsored by 'Little Owl' Candy Bites Workshop - prize mini online workshop ( how cool is that)
The Theme is - Anything goes (with an optional Halloween Twist)

Now on to my creation, I really tried to incorporate the Halloween twist but to be honest I am just not a Halloween Person and I didn't have very much in my stash so it was a struggle and in the end I decided not to go with it at all, but I promise I did try :)

I started off with a plain card board box  
and decided I would transform it into a box to hold cards at a birthday party. 

To begin I used my craft knife and ruler to make the slit in the top for the cards to be posted through then  I covered the top section with Kraft corrugated card. 

 The bottom part was covered with Papermania Home for Christmas Adhesive Fabric on all four sides.
The lip around the top section was covered with red satin ribbon adhered with hot glue gun and finished off on the top and bottom with black and white chevron washi tape.

 I then made the Rosette from 2 pieces of 5x30cm pieces of card joined together and scored on the boxmaker part of my score board, I concertina folded them and adhered them with hot glue onto a large scalloped circle from my xcut scalloped circle nesting dies. I cut 2 more smaller circles for the front from contrasting paper, and finished it off with a red button and 3 red gems.

 The bunting was die cut from my Xcut nesting dies in two sizes on double sided paper, I joined them with silver thread and finished them with red gems.

I really enjoyed making this project, I think it is a really fun way to keep all your cards in one place at your party.
If you have any questions on this or would like to leave a comment please feel free

Don't forget to come over and play along at TTPH Challenges
Thanks for stopping by today

Monday, 7 October 2013

Through the Purple Haze Challenges

I have some exciting news to share with you all today, a couple of weeks back I was given the fantastic opportunity to join the Design Team at THROUGH THE PURPLE HAZE CHALLANGES and today I will take part in my first challenge, yay!!
The challenge this week is Sponsored by INDIGO BLU and we were given a beauiful set of stamps, I got BLOOMING GREAT to work with and I have to say the images are stunning, it is an anything goes challenge so I decided to try out something that wasn't a card and this is what I created

I started off with a blank chipboard door hanger
 I covered this with a cream designer paper from the Do Crafts, Gorjus paper pad adhered it using Decopatch Glue I then left this aside to dry.

In the meantime I began the stamping, on cream pearlescent paper,with black memento ink, I stamped a selection of the flowers and leaves from the set and a butterfly from my stash. I coloured these with my promarkers  
I used a combination of Shale, Cinnamon, Dusky pink, Blush,  and then cut all the shapes out, To highlight one of the larger flowers I inked it with embossing ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder, I repeated this process twice more to make sure it had a nice glossy finish.

With black Staz-on ink I stamped the three flowers onto opaque shrink plastic, on the larger two I punched holes on the top and bottom and on the smallest just one at the top I then cut out the flowers and heated using my heat gun to shrink the plastic, when they had cooled I linked them together using jump rings, onto craft wire I threaded a selection of pearls and combined these together to make a charm cluster.
When the paper was dryed on the door hanger I sanded the edges with sand paper to give a nice smooth finish, I then inked the edges with Vintage photo Distress ink. 
Again with Black Memento Ink I stamped directly onto the door hanger I used the large Vine frame this time and stamped it whole across the bottom of the hanger, I coloured in the image using a combination of the promarkers I used to colour the flowers and leaves,  I then randomly stamped the vine pattern over the rest to create a background effect.

 To distress the edges further I inked with embossing ink and heat embossed with pearlescent embossing powder. On the pearlescent paper I stamped the circular frame portion of the stamp and stamped the sentiment inside I then cut this out and repeated the heat embossing technique as described on the flower above, this was adhered using foam pads to give extra dimension and finished with Amber coloured Gems.

 To finish I layered the flowers, leaves, butterfly and charm cluster and tied some ribbon to the handle. 

I hope you can come come and join in the fun at Through the purple haze challenges
If you have any questions on this project or if you would like to leave me a comment please feel free                                                                        
                                                          Thanks for dropping by today, until next time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nicola xx

Sunday, 6 October 2013

An Engagement Card

Hi All today I am sharing another card I was recently commissioned to make this one is an engagement card in a matching box
It was made using the Glitter girls "Celebration" board, a combination of sizzix and spellbinders dies, Papermania tri-boss embossing folder and paper punch and the card from papermill direct.
Thank you for taking the time to visit today 
Until next time
Nicola xx