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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sheer Elegance Card - Tattered Lace Blog Challenge

 
Tattered Lace Blog Challenge - Elegance
 
 
Card One
 
So as you know I have been suffering with a creative block of which Tattered Lace is the medicine. I am very much enjoying there blog challenges. Please see http://challenge.tatteredlace.co.uk/ if you would like to take part.
 
I have treated myself AGAIN!!! to some new Tattered Lace Dies, a couple of which can be seen in this sample. Specifically, I have bought the new Thames Die Set and the Butterfly set.
 
I have a special liking for cards that only have a couple colours, sometimes I think they are more powerful that cards with lots of colour.
 
In the above card I have used the panel die that came free with Tattered Laces most recent magazines, which I must say is absolutely fabulous. The cars itself is pretty self explanatory.
 
There are a couple of Birthday's coming up at work, so I think this is where this card will go. I think I may have found myself yet another buyer population to - YAY!!!!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Tatty Twinkle


As I have stated in a previous post. I have been suffering from a little craft card block. As a result I haven't been making loads of cards. I have been looking at other peoples blogs, reading tattered lace magazines and looking for inspiration. I then saw a tattered lace facebook post that they were looking for people to join Tatty Twinkles design team. I felt inspired by this and for the next 3 days I worked on the above card and I have to say I am very proud of it.

Tatty Twinkle is very new to Tattered Lace and I think she can go far.

For this card I have used:
Tatty Twinkle stamp
Create and Crafts Topsy Turvey Card (A MUST)
Tattered Lace Flower Die and words
Tattered Lace Blinging Gems
EK Success Butterfly Punch
Spellbinder Die

THE CRAFT ROOM - and the rest of the house

 
 As promised I have attached a picture of my craft room. Please keep in mind that it is still early days and I plan to do a bit more to it (e.g. a bit of paint, some pictures and some lovely curtains) Does anybody a few suggestions about what makes a fabulous craft room. All my magnetic sheets have been attached to the inside of my cupboard doors, so they give it easy access to all of my tattered lace dies :-)
 
BEFORE

 
 
AFTER
 
 
and the rest of the house...
 




 







 
 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Crafty Apologies

 
 
Good morning fellow crafters, crafty apologies for the lack of posts and pictures. I have been super busy with the house move. However, I am all settled in now and things can get back to a little bit of normality (e.g. crafting). I will post some pictures of the house shortly because I am dying to show off my craft room. Its not finished yet, because I am going to have some fun decorating it. It can be the space where I go a little wild so to speak.
 
Given the stress of moving, I only had the time to make cards that had been specifically requested from me or cards that I needed to make myself.
 
 This is the card I made for my dad on Fathers Day. I used Tattered Lace (shock horror) Kensington and Bottle Die, I think its their word dies to. The embellishments I had in my own crafty stash. Although I have been crafting for a good year now, I am beginning to learn the true importance of matt a layering. Cards do not tend to look very good without it. Plus, I think you have to be careful with what colours you are matt and layering to, as this is going to change the focus of the card.
 I made this card for my cousins father for father days. As you can see not have I only matt and layered around the card, I have mat and layered around the letters which I feel adds a little something extra. From what I am aware, Orange and Blue are really hot colours in the crafting world at the moment. I am also quite liking pink and green.
This is a little special and I am very happy with how this turned out. My friend - Amy, requested a card for her nan. I have never made a card like this and I love it.

Recently, I feel that I have hit a crafty block. My cards feel like they are all coming out a bit samey. Have you ever had this? I have been getting a lot of inspiration from other peoples cards, which I have found online and also I have been doing some of the projects in the tattered lace magazines. Since doing this, I have been trying to pick up new techniques, my cards have been taking longer, they do not always work out but I feel like I'm getting there.

Given the inspiration I am getting from others. I am thinking of dedicating a weekly or monthly post to pictures of cards made by others that have really grabbed my attention. I feel that people should get credit for the beautiful cards that they make.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Crafty Weekends

I got the idea for this card out of the Tattered Lace magazine. The card mainly consist of mat, and layering. I have also used the rose flourish tattered lace die. This card is for my mum in the attempt to put a smile on her face when I move out. You would think me moving out would put a smile on her face anyway but I think a part of her is dreading it. One thing I do know she is looking forward to is getting her kitchen back.  I have pretty much furnished a entire house and it is currently also sitting in my poor mums kitchen. I has a double mattress delivered today - don't ask.





Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Moving House and Thankyou Cards

Good afternoon crafters, I hope you are all feeling well. As you are aware I am going to be moving house soon! I have now exchanged contracts, agreed a completion date and lost all my money!!!!! However, I am so excited about finally having a home of my own.

There have been so many people that have helped me get to where I am in the house buying process right now. For instance, my mums friend Jackie has given me the most beautiful coffee machine, curtains and a table cloth, the above card you see is for her. I got the idea from one of my tattered lace magazines. I have created a kind of patchwork background by using the tattered lace papers you get with the magazine. I think they are approximately 4cm by 4cm each. I have them mat, layered and embossed a square for the embellishments. To add a little extra luxury I have heat embossed clear embossing powder to make the square look glossy, this will also seal the material. I have finished by adding a few embellishments that I bought from Coleman's.

The above card is going to be for my mortgage advisor, Mr Tom James from Quordorn Mortgages. He was unbelievably helpful and responded to everyone of my anxious emails. I'm not sure I could have secured my mortgage without him. I advise everyone to seek the support of a mortgage advisor when attempting to secure a mortgage, I would not want to fill in a mortgage application in my myself :-(

The above card follows the same style as the previous. However this one is bigger, uses a different colour scheme and is hopefully a little more male friendly. I apologise to all you men out there but you are much more difficult to make cards for. To this card I have also added the new cabin tattered lace die and some ribbon. I hope you like it.

This card is a little different - It is very tattered lace orientated as you can see. I have used the rose flourish die, which comes free with one of the tattered lace magazines. I have also used the new camper van die. This die always makes me think of Sarah Bell who once told me should would love to go travelling in a 1970's camper vans. I am loving the new days out die collection by tattered lace, especially the fair ground dies - I will show you them soon I promise. Finally I have also used the Kensington die .

I ATTEMPTED to tell a little story with this card the camper van has actually been placed upon a map of the world and the sunset paper is supposed to symbolise travelling and going off into the sunset.

I will probably give this card to Jake because he has said he will help me move house - PLEASE HELP ME MOVE HOUSE!!!!!! Maybe I should make a card saying this to.

Here a Tatty Twinkle card which I made for Nikki Rainbow our manager at Integrated Care who is abandoning us :-(

I really like this card - Its so simple! I made it with Luke O'Neil in mind because he gives really good cuddles. I think this makes quite a could mans card. I did your everyday mat and layering (crafters will know what I mean by this). I used the tattered lace champagne bottle die, also free with one of their magazines. The words were given to me as a freebie from create and craft for being a member of their club.

Stay tuned for more Thank you cards because I have a lot of people to thank. I have started providing envelopes, inserts with the cards that I sell and I have also started providing them in professional plastic wallets so that they look more professional. All I need now is a stamp to say that they were made by me :-)

If anyone has any crafty questions, suggestions or artistic ideas please let me know.

Have a happy crafternoon xxxxxxx