A few publications

Monday, December 31, 2012

Hello again, yes, it's been way too long since my last post! The week before Christmas was a bit chaotic, the heating system broke down (we managed to get it fixed Christmas eve!), we had to take the rabbit to the vet (he's ok now), I received a last minute commission with a tight deadline (I've finished that, it's in the mail, phew!), Isabelle had a 24hr vomiting bug on Christmas Day and then when I thought nothing else could go wrong, my car broke down. Anyway, it wasn't too bad after that, we all needed a rest and I'm looking forward to the new year. Isabelle's back to her old self again now, thank God. So, today was the first time I managed to get back into my craft room, it's badly in need of a tidy up, the mess had extended itself from my desk, to the floor and surrounding areas. I'm halfway there with the clean up, I thought I'd better do a blog post, it's been SO long since my last one! So, I've a couple of publication cards to share. This first one is in the new 75 Creative Card Challenges issue by Paper Crafts Magazine, I have to say this is one of my favorite issues, it's full of ideas, definitely a 'must have' issue!

Here it is on page 10, it's Challenge #2 - Make a creative handmade flower, next to a stunning card by Ashley Harris. I don't normally make black cards but I love how the bright quilled flowers really pop next to the black. The sentiment is embossed in white and is from Compact Sentiments - Part 2 by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I was lucky enough to have a second card published in this issue, it's on page 28, Challenge #12 - Make your own ruffle, but you'll have to pick up a copy to see that one. My next card is in the special issue Die Cutting for Paper Crafters also by Paper Crafts Magazine.

This one's on page 16, it's a little more fancy than the last one. I used Compact Sentiments - Part 2 from Waltzingmouse Stamps again (because I love it!). For the background I used one of the labels from Holiday Labels No.14 also from Waltzingmouse Stamps to create a background and die cut them using Spellbinders Labels 14. I also stitched along the centers.

Here it is in the mag, I'm sharing a page with the awesome Laura Bassen, her fab card is on this issue's cover!! I've a second card in this issue on page 32. But you'll have to pick up a copy of this great issue to see that one!

I might be back later with another post but if I'm not Happy New Year!! : ) I'm off to check on my homemade marshmallows, it's my first time attempting them, I finally got a sugar thermometer! 

Quilled Poinsettia Tutorial

Friday, December 14, 2012

Here it is, the Quilled Poinsettia tutorial. It's not too tricky but you might want to check out my Simple Quilled Flower Tutorial if you're a complete beginner. The Simple Quilled Flower Tutorial will show you how to make the basic coil shapes.

You don't need very many materials to make the quilled Poinsettias, just some red and yellow quilling strips, glue, a quilling tool and a needle nosed tweezers (the tweezers makes the small pieces easier to handle.)

For each Poinsettia I used a half length of a red quilling strip to make each coil. You need 12 red coils to make a Poinsettia. For the yellow centre, I divided a single yellow strip into thirds, to make 3 yellow coils/pegs.

You can take a look at the Simple Quilled Flower Tutorial to see how to make an individual coil. I find this part the most tedious, so I usually make these coils while watching TV! I judge the sizes by eye, I don't use a board. These ones are just over a 1/2" wide.

Once you've made the coils, you need to pinch them into an eye shape, I pinched in one end slightly to make more of a petal shape but you can leave it as an eye shape if you prefer.

You need six petals for each layer of the Poinsettia, there are two layers. I glue each petal together to the next at the base, I find it easier to do 3 together and then join both halves to make the 6.

You really only need a small amount of glue. You can apply it with a toothpick or cocktail stick. You can make any adjustments while it's drying. Use a tweezers to pinch the centre together if needed.

Repeat for second layer and leave to dry. Add a generous dollop of glue to the middle and layer the second layer on top of the first. Make sure the petals are offset for a more realistic result.

Add the yellow centre pegs, it's easier to do this with the tweezers. A needle nosed tweezers makes life a whole lot easier!

That's basically it, your finished quilled Poinsettia, ready to use as an embellishment on your projects. I made some paper leaves for mine. Here's a link to the leaf tutorial.

I hope you give them a go. I'm planning to make some place cards with some of these on them for the Christmas table. They'd look great as gift box toppers too! Here's a card I made using the Poinsettias.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Have fun quilling and have a great weekend! I'm off to make a gluten free, dairy free lasagne! : )

Quilled Poinsettia Card

It's been a while since I've done any quilling and I've been dying to make some quilled Poinsettias. (Quilled Poinsettia tutorial to follow!) So I thought I better do it before Christmas comes and goes!

I kept the rest of the card pretty simple, I really wanted the Poinsettias to be the focal point. I just added some texture to the white background with a text embossing folder.

The sentiment sticker is from Sticker Sentiments - Happy Holidays from SRM Stickers. I also added some natural twine.

I decided not to quill the green leaves, I thought it might be too much, so I just cut some leaf shapes from green cardstock - I used Core'dinations Vintage Collection. Here's the tutorial link on how to make these leaves.

Ok, so I'll be back in a little while with the Quilled Poinsettia tutorial. It's a step-by-step photo tutorial, not a video, I thought I could capture more of the details with the photos, the quilling is so fiddly!

CASE Study #121

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's week two with the lovely Windy Robinson as our muse at CASE Study. I'm definitely feeling inspired, check out Windy's gorgeous card this week!

I love the double bow treatment in Windy's card, the bells, the touches of bling, the rounded corners and the red and green color combo, so I CASEd these elements.

I added a die cut tag and popped on a sticker sentiment from Sticker Sentiments - Happy Holidays from SRM Stickers. The gorgeous Red and Old Gold Luxury Damask Ribbon and the green Satin Edged Chiffon Ribbon are from Craft Fairy.

The touches of bling (which I snipped apart) are from Classy Corners - Elegance by Nina Brackett from Want2Scrap. The lower half of the card is embossed using a woodgrain embossing folder. I couldn't resist adding the big bells, I love a card that jingles! : ) This week's CASE Study is a two-weeker, so you have plenty of time to play along!! Thanks for dropping by. Oh, I'll have a quilled card post tomorrow, along with a quilled Poinsettia flower tutorial, if you're interested in quilling.

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina Maclaren
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna 

Wida Miller (Guest Designer)
Windy Robinson (December's Muse)

SRM Stickers - Pastel Christmas Tags

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I've some shimmery pastel Christmas tags over on the SRM Stickers blog today, here's a peek at a couple of them. I used Labels by the Dozen - Everyday Pastels and Sticker Sentiments - Happy Holidays on both tags. The holly leaves I cut from Core'dinations Gemstones Pearlescent Finish cardstock and inked the edges with white ink. I also added some feathery glitter for a little more sparkle, I used a glue pen to apply it. The baker's twine is from The Twinery.

For the base of each tag I used cardstock from Core'dinations The Whitewash Collection. Don't forget to pop over to the SRM Stickers blog to see my other tag. I'll be back tomorrow with my CASE Study card! I hope your Christmas preparations are going well! I can't believe how fast the time is whizzing by!! Thanks for dropping by! : )

CASE Study #120

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's time for a brand new muse at CASE Study, it's the talented Windy Robinson, I just love her style! Check out her fabulous card this week.

I CASEd the format, use of die cuts, embossing, floral focal point and ribbon. I decided to make something non-chrismassy! I've been making Christmas stuff for so long now I'm almost ready for spring!

The sentiment I used is from Sticker Sentiments - Thinking of You by SRM Stickers. I popped it on some white card and adhered it to the card with foam pads. The flowers I fussy cut from some paper from the Bloomscape Collection from K&Co.

The die cut I used is Spellbinders Decorative Labels One and I embossed a smaller die inside the die cut. You can just about see it in the photo!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the CASE Study DT's creations. Have a great day! It's mighty chilly here! : )

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina Maclaren
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna 

SRM Stickers - Christmas night scenes

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I've a couple of cards on the SRM Stickers blog today using cardstock only. I used some glittered cardstock, dies and stickers on this first one.

The sentiment is from Sticker Sentiments - Happy Holidays by SRM Stickers. I cut the snow shapes freely to make the scene. The sleigh and reindeer are dies by Marianne Design.

I cut some squares of colored cardstock for the packages and added little bits of narrow Red Satin Ribbon from Craft Fairy. I love how the black glittered cardstock looks just like a starry night!

For the second card, again I used the same glittered cardstock but this time instead of using dies I just drew the shapes by hand and cut out. (I couldn't resist adding a little snow bunny!)

The sentiment is from Sticker Sentiments - Happy Holidays by SRM Stickers. I added a little bit of red gingham ribbon to this one.

Don't forget to check out the SRM Stickers blog. I'll be back tomorrow with my CASE Study card! Oh and we've a brand new muse, right up my alley! See you then! : )

Waltzingmouse Stamps DT Release Day Blog Waltz

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Yay, it's release day! Today Waltzingmouse Stamps are releasing 4 fabulous new stamp sets, Woodgrain Backgrounder Set, My Heart, Woodenheart Alphabet and Ornate Ornaments. The Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team are now having a little blog waltz celebrating all things Christmassy! You can visit Claire's Blog for the start of the blog waltz. I made a Christmas ornament using Ornate Ornaments and Woodenheart Alphabet.

I made my keepsake ornament using traditional colors because that's what I love on our tree. I wanted it to be flat at the front and back with volume at the sides so I could stamp some text in the middle of the ornament.

I think the Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornament is my favorite, I just love the elegant shape and Claire designed the perfect stamp to go with it. I stamped it using Cherry Red and I inked the edges with Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. The lovely sentiment is from the same Ornate Ornaments set.

On the back of the ornament I used the numbers from Woodenheart Alphabet to stamp the year. I think I'll have to make a special ornament every year now!

I die cut the ornament 8 times, stamped and distressed them, scored them in half and glued them together. I also added some ribbon and pearl beads. The great thing about this ornament is that it lies completely flat for storage.

The narrow Red Satin Ribbon, Red Chiffon Ribbon and Satin Edged Chiffon are all from Craft Fairy. I really liked the effect of the chiffon on the ornament, it really catches the light.

I hope you're enjoying the blog waltz, next up is the talented Kelly Schirmer, I'm sure she's created something fabulous!!

There will be a prize of a stamp set of your choice for one lucky winner so be sure to leave a comment on each of the DT's blogs to be in with a chance of winning! You have until December 3rd 11:59pm (GMT) to leave your comment. The winner will be announced on Claire's blog on December 5th.

Waltzingmouse Stamps December Release Previews - Day 3

Friday, November 30, 2012

Welcome to day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps December release previews. Tomorrow, Dec 1st four fabulous sets will be released. Today the team are previewing the set - Ornate Ornaments.

Ornate Ornaments is a fabulous set (another one of those must-haves), I love this set because there are three different shaped ornaments in it that co-ordinate with Spellbinders dies. I have two of the three dies but I'm sure I'll manage fine with the scissors on the third.

I think this is my favorite stamp, it's so classy, so timeless, so Waltzingmouse!  : ) Here I stamped it in Cherry Red and distressed the edges with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. The smaller ornament I stamped in Pistachio ink. This sentiment is from the same Ornate Ornaments set but the 'kisses' stamp is from Festive Foliage.

I also made a large tag using the largest stamp in the Ornate Ornaments set. This one's more subtly stamped using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The tag opens up for you to write your message inside. I die cut the ornament using a folded piece of cardstock to achieve the fold. I love the green on the inside of the tag.

I stamped the inside using more elements from the Ornate Ornaments set, the edges I inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo again.

The holly leaves I stamped and clear embossed using a stamp from Festive Foliage. I added some velvet ribbon for a touch of luxury! I hope you'll join us for the Release Day Blog Waltz tomorrow. Here are the ladies showing samples today. Thanks for dropping by and thank you for all your comments, I really appreciate them! : )

Bonnie Sharp
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker
Kelly Schirmer
Sandie Dunne
Clare Buswell
Julia Aston
Laurie Schmidlin
Jennifer Holmes
Claire Brennan