Saturday 28 February 2015

Tattered Lace Floral wreath and sneak peeks

Morning Peeps, would you believe I am only just able to get back into Blogger after all the computer hacking kerfuffle ten days ago so the system will be down all weekend for what we hope will be a final 'cleansing' of our own and office computers. So very frustrating but really does prove just how reliant we are on technology now.

It's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and Helene would like us to incorporate brads into our work. I think brads are one of those things which we all have loads of and use far too infrequently, so it's a perfect opportunity to put that right. Our sponsors are DigiStamp Boutique and Marianne Designs.

No stamping on my DT card which you can also see over at Tattered Lace, just lots of flowers. I started with a base embossed with one of the new folders from Tattered Lace called Lace Medallion which was part of the second Anniversary releases. I lightly inked the panel with DI Victorian Velvet to make the pattern pop and matted onto as piece of Kraft cardstock.

The flowers were all cut from Tattered Lace Blossoms set and the leaves TL Leaf Branches set, I inked the edges of all the petals, moulded them with a ball tool, layered up and added buttons pearl and gems brads to the center's and placed onto wreath base cut from TL Decorative Circles. Finally I made a silk bow for the top made with the bow maker and cut the TL Dance sentiment from Kraft card.

As I've not been able to post all week I thought I would share another of the cards which appeared over at Tattered Lace this week using one of the lovely new bird dies, this one is called Sun Bird and as you can see lots of lovely inkiness. I wrote the details and products on the TL blog so if you would like to know more it's all here.

I also have a few sneak peeks of what's coming up on Create and Craft on Tuesday when some new products are being launched, here is the first and I will share some more before Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and wish me luck as I carry on trying to restore all the lost personal info to my computer - that includes all my mail addy's, photos and data all of which which were lost in the computer restores and so on.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Paris in the Spring

The quickest ever post as I am using a colleagues computer, worse nightmare my computer has been hacked and can't even begin to explain the problems created, but I am totally out of action until it's all sorted. Jo had chosen the theme at Allsorts 'The Colour Purple', nice one Jo.

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Blossoms, sunrays and a hard day at the office

Good Morning to you all, I hope you week is going OK.

I am just popping in with a few more of my Tattered Lace cards which were made using the new Royal Lace collection. 

Since I joined the Tattered Lace team I have been itching to see if and how I could combine the use of dies together with the background I so enjoy creating and the lovely Blossom Branch which is part of the new Royal Lace collection which launched.............and sold out..........Friday to celebrate TL's second Anniversary is perfect.

I created the background in my usual way with a sun mask, Pan Pastels and then some sponged sunrays. I then cut the blossom die twice, fixed to the card and added some little blossoms made using a craft punch and tiny pearls stamens. And you can't begin to imagine how thrilled I was to discover my all time favourite Penny Black quote Sing, Dance, Love is also available as a Tattered Lace die and fitted in with my card perfectly. I am still amazed how delicate and fine the sentiments from TL are, yet cut out like a dream.

My second share is my first card using the amazing Panorana dies and was on the Tattered Lace blog yesterday so I won't bore you will all the details and products used as they are all listed there.

And I will leave you with this photo, Daisy, Poppy and Holly having a hard day at the office last week, or should I say the end of my craft room..............

Thanks for taking a peek, have a good Tuesday.

Saturday 14 February 2015

More Tattered Lace

It's Saturday morning which means a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy is challenging us to 'Anything but a Birthday'.

I promised earlier in the week that I would show some more of the Tattered Lace cards using the new Royal Lace collection which launched yesterday on Create and Craft TV to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Tattered Lace......................and goodness me, a whole week's worth sold out in record time. I used the large 190 square Lace Medallion embossing folder as the base of my card and after embossing dusted lightly with distress ink which really makes the pretty pattern pop. I cut six of the Royal Lace borders and  stuck to white card and placed across the embossed panel, then added a couple of black feathers, an organza bow, a TL Butterfly, some pearls and TL sentiment.

I thought I would also share this card with you and shock horror as it's another baby card, three in a month is a record for me as I usually avoid them like the plague, but I have to confess that since I went onto the Tattered Lace DT I have seen baby cards in a totally different light. 

The sweet Little Monsters characters are adorable and although they have a cute element to them there is that touch of sophistication that Stephanie always manages to bring to her designs, I mean just look at those pretty ears ! Our youngest granddaughter absolutely adores elephants and has done since a toddler and has already put in her order for her Birthday card this year. I won't bore you with all the details of how I made my card as I wrote up the details earlier in the week here.

Happy weekend all.

Wednesday 11 February 2015

New Tattered Lace sneak peeks

Good morning Peeps.

Apologies I am still rather quiet, the internet is still not back to rights, but the main reason I am MIA is because I've had my head down making samples for the upcoming Tattered Lace 2nd Anniversary event which kicks off on Friday 13th on Create and Craft. There are lots of shows coming up next week and I understand there is going to be the added bonus of free postage as well.

When I saw the dies I would be working with I instantly visualised the card at the top and set about creating the background with distress inks, grunge paste and some stencils. I cut the blossom branch die twice and snipped one into two to enable me to get a wider spread of the branches and then added the blossoms which I made with a small craft punch, the same ink and some pearl stamens. The border is one from the Lace Medallion set, it's a brilliant set which matches the dies and has a large 190 square folder, two borders and a corner one as well. I inked the border lightly to coordinate, added some ribbon and liquid pearls.

For the second card I used the outer section of the circle die which you can see in the picture above, cut in half and placed on a piece of DP, then added a panel down the middle embossed with the large folder in the set mentioned above which I edged with black borders cut with the top border die in the above photo. I think this border die is my favourite from this set, it's so delicate. I machined round the edge of a piece of plain white card as the base and added some black silk ribbon across the center and some pearls to embellish.

I have lots more cards in the making and will be sharing more in a few days. I have to say that as a self confessed stampaholic I am really rather enjoying this new challenge of creating with Stephanie's gorgeous dies and want to say a big thank you for inviting me to join your team.

Have a good Wednesday.

Saturday 7 February 2015

It's those Brushos yet again

Morning all you crafty Peeps, this week at Allsorts we are getting all romantic with the theme of Love is all Around. We have two lovely sponsors this week, Buttons for Brains and Deedes Designs.

Just to explain my somewhat short or even missing comments on your blogs this week, we continue to have internet problems created by some sort of 'back door attack' on our server, it's all double dutch to me but I do know it's making life frustrating to say the least. As a result we are in the process of having servers changed..............all our internet, web site and mail comes via the office so it's not a quick fix and nothing moves quickly, but I am assured all should be resolved within the next week or so.............which at the moment sounds like forever away.

Onto my Allsorts card and it's another inky one from me or should I say Brusho's yet again, I had a heavy weekend of them a few weeks ago trying out different ways to use them. On the background of this one I soaked the Fabriano cardstock with water, sprinkled on the powders and then tilted the card back and forth so the colours ran and have to say I rather like the effect. Hubby was not so keen and said it looked "out of focus", ah well can't please them all. I then simply stamped Penny Black 3073K Brush Rose, painted the flowers with the same red Brusho colour, a ribbon and thread bow, a little red organzie rose and the sentiment is Penny Black 40-092 All You Need.

I thought I would also share one or two of my recent DT cards which have been on the Tattered Lace blog over the last week. I will have lots more to show you in the coming couple of weeks showcasing the upcoming Tattered Lace 2nd Anniversary releases which will be revealed on C&C from next Friday 13th, make a note in your diary as it's going to be a great week of shows with lovely new products.

All the dies and embossing folders used on these two cards are listed with each card on the Tattered Lace blog. The stamp on the above one is Penny Black and was inked with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping.

The flower on this card was made using one of the TL corner dies, again instructions and products listed on the Tattered Lace blog.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Monday 2 February 2015

A hint of Spring

Morning Peeps, time for our February  challenge at  FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges  and this month Shirley would like us to 'Bring on those Spring colours', one that's made for me because it's my favourite season of the year. As always there if a fabulous $20 on line store voucher to be won from FlonzCraft.

Following on from my cards yesterday it's more Brusho's, I am so loving the bright vibrancy of these.......I know it's a bit too obvious, but I figured the only way to get to fully understand their capabilities is to keep playing...........feeble excuse but works for me !!

I used two of the greens and a yellow for the background on this one, sprinkled the powder onto a piece of Fabriano watercolour card and instead of spritzing water used Glimmer Mist Pearl and as soon as the colours started to merge crinkled some cling film over. I left it on a radiator for about about five minutes and when I peeled it off was left with a lovely jewel faceted piece. I paper pieced the 50's Vintage Fashion Girl, stamped some Flonz Grass across the bottom and some leaves from the Large Flower Sheet across the top and added some yellow liquid pearls. The fence was sponged on using a Sheena stencil and the Blake quote is computer generated.

Hope you all have a good week.

Sunday 1 February 2015

Brosho's with a few Pan Pastels thrown in for good measure

Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes at both are 'Anything Goes'.........that wasn't actually planned, it's just how it seems to have turned out !

For my Penny Black card it is my all time favourite inspirational quote 2696J Dance, Sing, Love along with Penny Black 2636K Scroll background around the edges, both are pretty old wood mounted stamps. I started with a Brusho background using Leaf Green, Violet and Cobalt Blue which gives out lovely hues of purple as the water shifts the powder and I also used the latter two to colour the flowers which I made using a Heartfelt die and stamp. Some grunge paste harlequins, a couple of die cut swirls cut on the cricut, seam binding and pearls to embellish.

The first of my Stamping Sensations pieces used Silhouette Elephants from our sponsor Little Claire in the foreground and in the background I repeat stamped a really old Judikins cube with the trees and Zebra, the word Serengeti is also part of the same cube. All colouring is Pan Pastels and of course a masked sun on the horizon.

Another Brusho background for my second Stamping Sensation piece, this time I used masking fluid to create a sun and a paper mask to separate the land area before spraying on yellow, orange and brilliant red. Next I rubbed away the sun mask.........I am presently using Pebeo masking fluid and I think it's the best yet. I used Pan Pastels for the land elements of the scene and a mixture of Stampscapes, Sutter, Art Impression and Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Hope you all have a good Sunday and keep warm in this cold and frosty weather.