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Friday, 9 June 2017


Good morning all

Here I am again - this time with a cute tutorial I created for Crafter's Companion to make
 a Fathers Day card

Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re looking for a fun card from the kids for Dad – this might just be the thing for you.  Sometimes cards for Dad can be pretty boring – either pictures of football, shirts and ties or a scenic view – not much fun or cute.  I for one think our Dad’s deserve a bit of fun and cute on their special day! – so I looked to the new Crafter’s Companion Mixed Media dies for inspiration, and came across with the cute Twit Twoo owl die, which seemed pretty perfect.
This card is made with a Die’sire fancy card blank  -easel card.   Easel cards are great for creating extra space for embellishments and sentiments especially when the subject is as big as this cute owl.
owl fig 1 1

Here's what i did....

owl fig 2

Step 1

Cut two card mats each for the easel and the base.  Use three layers for each mat - the bottom layer in Centura Pearl precious metal (copper), black card for the middle layer and Sara’s Signature Autumn Morning 12x12 for the top layer.  Stick together with Collall all purpose glue and then adhere to the two surfaces of the easel card.

Step 2

Cut a tag shape using the same 3 three layers as the main card (the bottom layer being 12.5cm x 7cm and graduate each layer as shown below).   Adhere the paper to the black card with Collall all-purpose glue, then the black card to the Centura Pearl with Collall 3d glue gel to give dimension – this tag forms the stopper for the easel as shown.owl fig 3

Step 3

Using black card and the Diamond Press Fashion dies, cut the words HAPPY, TWIT, TO YOU.   Then using the Die’sire Male Words dies cut Father’s Day.

Step 4

Die cut the branch and the parts for the owl from mount board, (I used brown for the branch and the owl’s main body, chest, wings, and pupils of his eyes and cream for his eyes, eyelids and legs)  Then cut papers from the Autumn Morning 6x6 pad to cover each part except the main body and the eyes and pupils.

Step 5

Adhere the papers to the appropriate parts of the owl. Then assemble the owl and the branch on the front of the card, placing the die cut words as shown.  It’s a good idea to take a bit of time to lay the pieces out before sticking to ensure that it all fits perfectly.

Step 6

Finally stick the lettering on to the tag on the easel base – finishing off with a bow of twine.
owl fig 5 1

Step 7

My crafty tip for making an easel card is to create a small pocket in the blank underneath the easel to insert a sentiment tag. (use redliner tape around the 3 edges to create a strong pocket shape)  It gives the card a nice finish and also a lovely place to write your greeting.
Pop on over to the Crafter's Companion blog to check out lots of crafty tutorials
hugs Judith



Thursday, 8 June 2017

Embossing (wet or dry at Moving along with the Times

Good morning all


And here I am again - two days in a row after after nothing for weeks - I'm putting the effort in to get back on track after my hollies : )

We have a new challenge starting today over at 

Moving along with the Times

our theme this time is 

Embossing 
(wet or dry)

my card has both - just for good measure!


I made this card a while ago and kept it for this challenge as I knew i'd be struggling to catch up.  
it's made with the Sara Davies Signature Shabby Chic range from Crafter's Companion
The dies are all dry embossed then 'wet embossed' with Stampendous Frantage powder for that real shabby chic look! - this is such a lovely range and makes it easy to create that Shabby Chic look - I know some people find it difficult to put together 

What I did.....

Papers and image in centre of heart - 12x12 Shabby chic paper pad
Heart die - Die'sire essentials from Crafter's Companion
Dies all fro the Shabby Chic range except the heart
Stamp and flowers Shabby Chic from Crafter's Companion

Hope you'll play along with us this challenge - can't wait to see what you make!!

hugs

Judith x


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Marvelous Men challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Hi!

I bet you thought I'd disappeared

After 4 fabulous weeks holiday in America I thought I had too lol

It's certainly taken some catching up with things a lot of post, messages 'things' build up at home when you're away for so long - but now I'm back to earth with a bump, it's taken more than a week to catch up with myself and I'm happy to be back to crafting and blogging for the first time in ages

There's a new challenge starting over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

a really easy one

Marvellous Men!

We're hoping to catch all you Fathers Day crafters so we're looking forward to lot's of lovely entries to our challenge this week

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous 

Dr Digi's House of Stamps




I used this fun image called 
Gardening Gus 
available here



I coloured him with Spectrum noir blendable pencils
the papers are an old LOTV pad and the alphabet die is Easy Peasy from Sizzix 

It hasn't photographed very well - i think there is a shine on the image from the pencils - it's not like that in real life - I'll try to rephotograph later 

hope you'll come and join in with our fun challenge - we'd love to see your marvellous men!


hugs Judith xx


Friday, 19 May 2017

just popping in with some Pop up news!

Good morning all

Just a quick post this morning from my sunbed in sunny Florida!

There are some fabulous new Pop-out dies being launchednext week

by Crafters Companion

Here are a couple of samples I made - be sure to watch out for them - they make great quick and easy cards that have a real wow! - I think I'll be using them a lot!





OK - it's back to the sun for me!!
hugs Judith xx


Thursday, 11 May 2017

3D embossing folders - you've just got to have them!

Hi all

Have you seen the fab new 3D embossing folders from Crafter's Companion?

available HERE

They are just fabulous - totally unlike anything else I've ever used
and the lovely stamps are also part of the new release

Just here quickly to share some of my cards 



3D - English Rose Embossing Folder

Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and highlighted with pebeo gilding wax


3D Ornate Lace Folder

Centura Pearl Metallics card and pebeo gilding wax

3D Regency Swirls Embossing folder

Black Card and pebeo gilding wax


3D Country Garden Embossing Folder

Corednations card and pebeo gilding wax

it looks fab used with gilding wax (as you can see I loved using it!)  but is also great sanded back or a very elegant white.  
You can create a beautiful card with very little effort - I just love them!

hugs Judith xx





Flutter by butterfly ......


Hi All

Hope you are all fit and well on this bright sunny morning

We have a lovely summery challenge for you at 

Moving Along With The Times

we want you to show us your projects with

Butterflies

My card definitely has butterflies lol


This 6x6 card was made almost entirely with Sara's Shabby Chic collection 
from Crafter's Companion

this is what I used

6x6 square card
Shabby Chic 12x12 paper pad
Shabby Chic -ornamental border embossing folder
Shabby chic -Chic butterflies dies
Shabby Chic - vintage lace edge die
Shabby Chic linen script ribbon
Shabby Chic paper flowers
Shabby Chic metal die and stamp set
Crafters companion Die'sire square and scalloped square essential dies
Tim Holtz distress ink - gathered twigs
Kraft Card

Hope you'll pop over and join in with our challenge - we look for ward to seeing your lovely butterflies flutterby!

Hugs Judith xx

Monday, 8 May 2017

Celebrating Little People at Crafty Purple Frog


Good Morning all

It's almost the end of our challenge over at 

Crafty Purple Frog

Where or theme for the month has been

Little People

I have a card to share that I made for my favourite littlest person - my Granddaughter Eva who was a whole one year old at the beginning of April - where did that year go!



I used the little Angels range from Crafter's Companion and lots of little embellies from

 Crafty Purple Frog
To the shop

to make this card, together with a few extra dies - I was really pleased with the whole effect when I was finished - it was just so pretty and girly

there's a £10 prize to spend in store up for grabs!!

and here is Eva in full birthday pose!!
a little biased but i think she's gorgeous!!



Here's what I did .....

Giraffe die, Baby Accessoies dies, papers, ribbon and from Sara Davies Little Angels signature collection
Dovecraft Doily, buttons and clothes pegs from Crafty Purple Frog
Stitched banner dies from Mama Elephant
Circle and scalloped dies - Die'sire essentials form Crafter's Companion

Hope you'll hop over and join in with us this month

hugs
Judith x






Friday, 28 April 2017

Sparkle or bling challenge at Winter Wonderland


Good morning all

We have  a new Christmas challenge starting at 

Winter Wonderland

the theme is 

Sparkle or bling

I decided to create a page in my art journal
 because I  was totally inspired by this lovely image that I got to choose from our sponsor 

Called Winter Wonders
available HERE



our sponsor this week is 

Helen Niles foto.

I really enjoyed creating this page.  I love just being messy and the result of having another page in my journal when I've finished, it's a different feeling to making  just another card

This is what i did....

Image - Winter Wonders from Crafty Sentiment Designs
Assorted stamps from MFT, Leonie Pujol and Crafty individuals
Image coloured with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and Colourblend pencils
Page coloured with TH distress inks and sparkle pens

Hope you'll join in with us this week 

Hugs
Judith xx





Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The monthly ChristmasChallenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Well long time no blog!
I've had such a lot going on lately and just had to take a step back
and fortunately I have a few scheduled posts to carry me along : )

Today is our regular Christmas  challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and  the theme is,,,,,

Christmas!!

I always love these type of simple little images for Christmas cards
Matted and layeered up on a4 in a square on a 6x6 inch card
 or 3 in a row on a DL card always looks great 
- well I think so!

This image is Xmas Pud from Dr Digi - available here


Our sponsor  this week is Dr Digi's house of Stamps


there's a great prize of  2 digis for this weeks winner
I love the fun stamps from Dr Digi 

This is what I did

Image - xmas pud from Dr Digis house of stamps
Coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pens 
Papers MME (an old pad with the cover missing!)
Metallic card - Crafter's Companion Centura pearl metallics (copper)

Hope you'll play along with us this week - another christmas card for the stash is always a good move!

hugs
Judith xx







Thursday, 13 April 2017

Birds of a feather.....

Good morning all

We have a new challenge starting at 


our theme is 

birds or feathers

I made this card for a dear friend's birthday 
using this cute owl stamp from Woodware
I decided to go for a bright cheerful card rather than a serious floral
- sometimes we need a bit of fun in life : ) 


and the inside to match


This is what I did....

Image and sentiment - from Woodware stamps
coloured with spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils
Papers - LOTV Birdie Lane
Dies - Circles and scalloped circles - Grand nestabilities
        - flowers , leaves and border - MFT blueprints
       - Happy birthday - Sara Davies birthday signeature collection From Crafter's Companion
       - inside  word dies - Tattered Lace

Hope you can join in with us at Moving along with the times this challenge.

Hugs

Judith xx




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Fantasy at Fab'n'Funky Challenges


Good morning all

We have a lovely new challenge for you at 


The theme this week is

Fantasy 
(fairies, magical creatures etc)

I chose to colour one of my favourite fairies

She is from the flights of Fantasy CD from Morgan Fittzsimmons


I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir colourblend pencils
to coordinate with the lovely Heartfelt creations papers

Heres what I did 

Image - Digi from MorganFitzsimmons flights of fantasy cd from Crafters Companion
Coloured with Spectrum noir colourblend pencils
Papers and flower/ butterfly dies - Heartfelt creations Butterfly medley
With love and daughter sentiment - Diesire essentials words die from Crafters companion


Friday, 31 March 2017

Started your Christmas shopping yet?!!

............Well I have just the tag for your Christmas wrapping up!!

Hi all

I'm sure I must be getting on your nerves now with my Christmas in March routine lol
but better to start early than get caught out  - that's my motto
and that's exactly why I wanted to join a lovely Christmas design team like


We have a new challenge starting today and our theme is 

Animals or Birds

I made this cute little tag with  an image from our lovely sponsor this week
he's called Hollie Christmas Penguin available HERE



Our sponsor this week is the lovely



who are offering one of their cute digis to this weeks winner

Here's what I did 

Image - Hollie Christmas Penguin from Kitty Bee designs
Coloured with Spectrum Aqua markers (black, scarlet, orange, bud green, marigold)
Merry Christmas die - Die'sire essentials  words die set - Celebration Words
Small poinsettia - Sue Wilson from Cretive expressions
Snowflake die - free from the christmas edition of Crafter's Companion magazine
tag dies from MFT
Nouvo drops from tonic
Ribbon and twine from my stash

Hope you'll join in with our cute challenge this week

hugs 
Judith x



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Happy Christmas everyone!

Good Morning all

Is it too early to wish you a Merry Christmas yet lol!!

We have our monthly Christmas challenge over at 


so if you feel like sending some Christmas greetings back why not join in with us!!

This cute image is called 
Happy Christmas Penguins and is available HERE


it's one of the images we got to work with from our lovely sponsors this week
at 


It's a very sparkly card, die cuts made with sparkle card and the image is colourd with Spectrum noir sparkle pens.  I tried to photograph it so you could see all the lovely sparkle - but it's made the colouring look a bit odd!! - not like that IRL - can't have everything I suppose lol

This is what I did....

6x6 inch card
Image - Happy Christmas penguins from all dressed up
coloured with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens
colours - Clear, black, Aquamarine, Harvest Moon,
Dies - Wild Rose snowflake corner ( cut 4 times to make a border)
           Memory box - Frosty borner
           Whimsy Snowflake seal
Glitter card in pale blue - (very old from create and craft)
Anna Griffin - Christmas StampsHope you'll join in with us this challenge - only about 8 more months of card making for Christmas left, so you'd best get crafting.

Hugs 
Judith









Thursday, 23 March 2017

A traditional Mother's Day card

Good morning all

I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone that Mother's Day is fast approaching
If your mother is anything like mine - she likes a traditional card
flowers, pretty, pink - you get the picture.

So I've made this card as a little inspiration for a traditional pretty
Mothers Day card



the inside

I made the shape of the card by simply folding the square 7 inch card back at just above the half way mark and decorated with pretty papers, and die cuts.  I used collall 3d glue gel to glue it (after adding the papers) as I didn't want it to lie flat, but instead created a slightly dimensional fold
My main inspiration was the Die'sire word dies, I find them so useful, you can make them the central focus of any card really then just add embellishments.

What I did.....

Papers,- Little Angels and Sara's country garden from Sara's Signature collections from Crafter's Companion
Embossing folder - Floral swirls from Sara's signature Floral delights by Crafter's companion
Dies  Words Die'sire essentials female words and words of emdearment sets from Crafter's Companion
           Flowers - Heartfelt Creations from Butterfly Medley collection (dies and stamps)
           Frame  - Spellbinders nestabilities Majesty
           leaves - Memory box fabulous phlox
flower centres - floral punch from woodware
Glues used, Collall 3d glue gel and all purpose glue
Flowers embossed with white detail embossing powder and washed over with Ranger Perfect Pearls in pink gumball

I hope I've given you some inspiration for Mother's Day cards - I'm sure most mums  love flowers for Mothers's Day

Challenges im entering with this card 

ocean deep challenge - flowers everywhere
southern girls - use dies (6/4)

Hugs

Judith x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Foils aren't just for cards!!


Good morning all

I'm sharing two more samples made with the lovely new foils 

They're from Crafter's Companion and are launching on Hochanda TV tomorrow

They,re really  so easy to use and you can create really beautiful effects using them as just an accent or as the full focus of the card

I used them in a mixed media effect on this tag in an assortment of the lovely colours
just look at that electric blue!!


it was made with a Tim Holtz tag coloured with Distress inks - in fossilised amber, peacock feathers and abandoned coral.  The rest was just an assortment of transfers and a couple of die cuts in black card with little enamel dots.  Mounted onto black card it really makes the colours pop

My second make is a very traditional type card
made entirely with the Graceful Butterflies transfer set


I simply applied a transfer to the side of the white card and this time used just the silver foil, the butterfly is also made with the transfer, fussy cut and I doubled up a smaller one onto a larger one for a 3D effect.   The lovely sentiment is also a part of the transfer set

This is what I used (all from Crafter's Companion)

card - graceful butterflies transfers
          silver foil
          Downton Abbey Ornate oval frame
          Centura pearl card

tag - Transfers - from the sets -  Lavish lace, graceful butterflies, blooming bouquets,
         opulent flourishes
         Foils - Electric blue, raspberry pink, gold

Don't miss these - they're gorgeous!!

hugs
Judith xx


Friday, 17 March 2017

Don't you just love a bit of foiling!

Good morning all

We've been really busy these last few weeks on the Crafter's Companion team - so many lovely new crafty goodies have been introduced to the range - there's going to be some lovely cards from all you crafty people one you get your hands o the latest ones on offer next week!

I'm here to tease you with a couple of sneak peeks of the fabulous new foils and transfers which will enable you to make fabulous foiled cards with nothing more than the aid of a lolly stick - no more expensive foiling machines or complicated glues - they really are fab

It's really difficult to catch the shine in a still photograph but I deliberately created the shiney spot on this first card i the fabulous electric blue foil using two of the borders to create the accent down the centre and the sentiment it makes a very quick but effective card


This card is just as shiny but not so easy to see it here! - this one is inthe lovely raspberry pink foil
it's a whole background transfer sheet, the sentiment andan additional tiny butterfly - even the tiny one would make a fab addition to your cards!!



They're being launched on Hochanda on Tuesday and will be available at Crafter's Companion on line and i store shortly afterwards - so don't forget to watch to see everythng that's in the sets - there are lots of different ones and a huge range of lovely colours too

I just want to foil everything now!!

Have a great weekend - as for me I'm babysitting my grand childen while their parents are at a no children allowed wedding! - no crafting for me then lol

hugs Judith xx