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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Just Playing!

You may have noticed that the fabulous Imagination Crafts has joined Crafter's Companion with their amazing range of mixed media products. I've been a bit lacking in motivation recently, so it's taken me a while to have a play. 

I treated myself to a selection of goodies and for this project I used
Rice papers - 399 and 403
Magi-Bond Decoupage glue
Fabric decoupage glue
Starlight Paints - Heather, Clotted Cream,Topaz
Starlight Wax - Dark Orchid
Stencil - A4 - Crosshatch Elements
Magi-Cutz - Moroccan Trellis

I also used:
Crafter's Companion Watercolour card
Crafter's Companion Essentials Flowers for All Occasions 3 & 4
A mirror frame (bought loads of these years ago from Ikea)
Pebeo White Gesso
Wooden Butterflies, old buttons, ribbon, lace and pearls from my stash
Art Basics Heavy Body gel
I started by mixing Heather with white gesso and covering the complete frame. I then layed out the the rice papers to decide where they would go, and used water to help me tear them. 
 The rice paper was stuck down with Magi Bond decoupage glue.
Next, I stuck down a load of old buttons - the sort you wouldn't really want to use on anything special. Because I wanted them to stick really well, I used Heavy Body Gel - this stuff is amazing at sticking - but don't expect to ever remove it afterwards!!  
Dark Orchid Starlight wax mixed with a bit of water was sponged through the Crosshatch Elements stencil on the bottom left corner, and also over the buttons.
As I wanted quite pastel colours in the background, I mixed all three Starlight paints with with gesso.
The Clotted Cream mix was painted over the buttons. 
This was also dabbed over the other parts of the frame. The brush I was using is very old and clumpy and formed just the right kind of texture to dab on. I repeated this with some of the two colours. 
It was also used to base coat the two wooden butterflies. 
And to paint onto watercolour card to cut the flowers.  I also used Clotted Cream directly over the Topaz/gesso mix.
As ever, I managed to forget to photograph a lot of stages towards the end. So, I adhered a piece of white lace down the right hand side, and a piece of white organza ribbon across the bottom - both with the fabric decoupage glue. The gesso mix of paints was dabbed over them.
Next, pieces of the magi cut were covered with Dark Orchid Starlight Wax, and the butterflies were painted directly with the Starlights. I also dabbed the Starlights over the buttons. Dark Orchid was also used to edge the mirror. Finally the flowers were cut out, arranged and a small pearl placed in the centre.

There are a few things I would change - but overall I'm pretty happy for a first play with a big range of products.

Off to think about what to do next with all these goodies!! 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Happy Birthday!

This card was for my husband's birthday. I used Hunkydory's Flight of the Butterflies - Rustic Charm. 
I used Kraft card for matting and layering, and a bit of twine with a button for decoration. The lettering is cut using Crafter's Companion Essentials alphabet dies.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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Friday, 18 May 2018

To the Happy Couple

A very good friend of mine is today marrying a lovely man and starting a new life together. I made this card for them using a Kanban Love and Marriage. 
I used patterned card and paper from my stash to matt and layer with pink card onto the base. The patterned background piece was cut from the pink card using Crafter's Companion Die'sire A6 Daisy Dreams Create a Card die. 

The Kanban topper sits on top of that, and the card is finished with lace, a lace bow, and a Hobby House sparkler.


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Owl Applique Card

Another applique card. This time, after using Heat & Bond Lite on fabric scraps, I used Crafter's Companion Debbie Shore Owl Applique die set to cut the pieces. 
After ironing onto white cotton, the pieces were stitched by machine, and then quilted onto patterned fabric with thin wadding and interfacing. The frame is cut from patterned card from my stash (not really sure where it's from), with Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Square.

I finished the card with paper roses and ribbon.


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Applique Card - Flowers

Was feeling adventurous with this one. I wanted to do some sewing and be able to use it to create a card. I started by ironing on Heat & Bond Lite Adhesive (which is sewable) to pieces of fabric from my scrap box, then used Crafter's Companion Die'sire Spring Flowers Mixed Media dies to cut out the shapes.
These were ironed onto a piece of white cotton and sewn with my sewing machine. This was placed on a piece of patterned fabric, and with thin wadding and interfacing underneath. I used decorative stitches on my sewing machine to quilt them together. 

I used red tape to attach this to an 8x8 card base, and cut a circular aperture with Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circle in a piece of Kanban British Birds card, to provide a frame and cover the edges of the material.

Finally, I finished off with ribbon and paper roses.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Birthday Boutique

This teenager's birthday card was made using Hunkydory's Birthday Boutique topper and card set.
I kept it simple, and matted the card onto silver mirror card, which I also used for the letters and numbers, cut with Diamond Press Block Alpha dies. The bow is from Baker's twine.