Saturday, 28 September 2013

Addicted to CAS # 23

Hello all - can you believe it's been two weeks since our last challenge?  We had some amazing cards - thank you everyone.  Now it's time for a new challenge which is hosted by the very talented Sylvia.  This is the code word she's chosen for you:

Our sponsor for this challenge is:
paper nest dolls blog
The prize will be a $25 gift voucher!

Here's my card for the challenge:


I've used my Dee's Distinctively Pine Sprigs die to cut out some sprigs from white card.  I then sponged them using Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves.  The acorns are from Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers stamp and die set.  I stamped them in the Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves and die cut them before arranging on the card using Pinflair Glue Gel.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and punched using a Stampin Up label punch.  This was tied on using Baker's Twine and added some Liquid Pearls.  Final touch was using some Crystal Lacquer to the acorns.

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to pop over to the Addicted to CAS site to have a look at all the yummy inspiration the DT have made for you.

Looking forward to popping over to your blogs to see what delights you come up with.

Monday, 23 September 2013

What's in the box???

Happy Monday everyone - it's pretty overcast and drizzly here but warm; hopefully the sun may make an appearance this afternoon.............or not! lol

Guess what - yep, I've made another fabric box but this one's a bit different:


Can you guess what it's for?  I suppose you could use it for multiple things but this fits perfectly!!! hehe:


Hope you're all having a good day.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Another day - another post!

Hi Folks - well what an awful day; it's been pouring with rain - so much so quite a few roads were flooded........and it's cold!  So yet another excuse to come up to my craft room!!! lol

Following on from the fabric boxes I have just finished a bread basket which I found to be a real pain.........not sure whether it's me and I'm having a senior moment but I was having all sorts of problems trying to sew down the "track lines" enclosing the card and wadding as I didn't have enough room between the needle and the machine body.  I turned it upside down, inside out and every which way; but ended up having to hand sew a couple of lines.  There must be an easier way!

Anyway here it is - I made it in the same fabric as one of the serviette boxes so hopefully they might get sold together (as long as no-one looks too closely at my hand sewing!)

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 16 September 2013

The perfect end to a not so perfect day!

Morning everyone - just thought I'd post this photo that I took last night.  We definitely made the right decision to cancel the fund raiser as it just poured with rain all afternoon.  Let's hope we can re-organise it soon.  Anyway after a brief lull in the rain I looked out and saw this.........

It was actually a double rainbow although I think that's caused somehow by a reflection - but it was very pretty all the same.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Fabric boxes

Hi Everyone

This is the first time I've got up in the morning praying for rain! Why you may ask.  Well,  we made the difficult decision yesterday to cancel our fund raising Fun Day which was happening today.  The weather forecast was not good at all and it's an awful lot of effort by a lot of people to get it organised - putting up marquees, marking out races etc etc; not to mention all the cakes, raffles and refreshments.  It would be a disaster if we set it all up for no-one to turn up.  So, hence my quick prayer that it was quite nice when I got up; bright and still........oh oh I thought but then it started getting very breezy and then it started raining at about 12.15 - phew!  Hopefully we will be able to reorganise it soon.

Anyway back to my post.  Just thought I'd show you a couple of fabric boxes I'm making at the moment.  I've been asked to do a Macmillan Coffee Morning in a couple of weeks and thought these would go down well.

The first one is a treasure box which opens up to show three drawers and the second is a serviette box.  It's the first time I've made one of these and was really pleased how it turned out.  I'm in the middle of making a different type of serviette box and then going to do a bread basket.
Treasure Box

Thanks for dropping by - hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Addicted to CAS - Challenge # 22

Hi Everyone

Welcome to the latest challenge at Addicted to CAS.  Your hostess for this challenge is the very talented Sandie of London Days.  She has chosen the following code word for you to play with:

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:
paper nest dolls blog
They are very generously offering a Prize of a $25 gift voucher!

For my card I've gone with Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets.


I've used a 5" base card and cut some card slightly smaller than the front.  I used my Stampin Up scoreboard to score two lines about a quarter the way up from the bottom so I could "ground" my elements.  I stamped the sofa twice using Stampin Up Not Quite Navy and die cut them both.  I then cut one of the sofa's so I had the separate seat cushions, shaped them and popped them up on the other sofa using Pinflair Glue Gel.  The base of the standard lamp was inked using SU Close to Cocoa and clear embossed.  I stamped two lampshades using Not Quite Navy and die cut them both.  The bottom one was laid over the base of the lamp and the other was shaped and popped up using Pinflair again.  The two sentiments were inked with Close to Cocoa - I shaped the longer sentiment on my acrylic block to give it more interest.

Thanks for popping by.  I love reading all your comments and can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge.  Don't forget to go over to Addicted to CAS to see the great cards the Design Team have come up with.

Have a great weekend.  Happy crafting.

Recipe:  Clearly Besotted "Time to Relax" and "Shine Bright" stamp and die sets, Anna-Marie double sided pearl cardstock, Stampin Up inks and Scoreboard, PinFlair Glue Gel

Edited to add:  Just a quickie for those of you trying to comment on my blog post yesterday and found you couldn't!!!  I had enabled Google+ comments not realising it stopped anyone else commenting!!!  So, be warned and don't check the box to allow G+ commenting.  I've now unchecked the box and everything looks okay.  Thanks to all my blogging buddies out there who sent me an email letting me know.

Friday, 13 September 2013

LIM 136 Colour, Clearly Besotted #4 & Club Samples (photo heavy!)

Hi Folks

Gosh where does the time go?  Things have been pretty hectic over the last few weeks with lots of visitors staying, people coming to dinner etc.  So here is my offering today.  A card for the Less is More Week 136 Colour Challenge and this also matches the Clearly Besotted Challenge #4 Creating your own Background.  I've also added in some photos of my sample cards for the two projects we did with the girls at our club night on Wednesday.  Grab yourself a cuppa and come and see.

The Less is More challenge this week is a colour theme using two colours rust and green.  The Clearly Besotted challenge wants you to make your own background for your card. 

I've used my Clearly Besotted Autumn Flowers stamp and die set for this card which is NBUS (never before used schtuff........).  I've used my Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves ink pad which has lovely rusts and greens in it.  I've used an A5 pearlised card and cut down a sheet of matching card stock slightly smaller to pop on the front.  When I inked my stamps I stamped onto copy paper before stamping directly onto the card to get a lighter impression.  Some leaves are in the rusty tones and some in the green.  I then stamped the largest leaf and two acorns using first generation inking and die cut these.  They were then popped onto the card using d/s foam and then Crystal Lacquered.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

We did two projects at club on Wednesday.  The first was a lovely parchment card which can be used for all occasions be it birthday or Christmas, depending on the colours you use.  After completion the outlines have been traced in a Quickie glue pen (or in my case a Martha Stewart glue pen as all my Quickie glue pens refuse to work!!!  I've got about 6 and none of them work despite trying everything I can think any suggestions would be welcome!!!) and then glittered.

The second project was a three step card and my cards show a left and a right hand step card and also a four step card.  Must admit these aren't the easiest of cards to make and adding the backing paper inside is pretty fiddly, but they do look nice.


On these cards I've used a variety of materials from Kanban Steampunk die cuts, Stampin Up Language of Friendship and Papillon Potpourri stamps and punches and a Sizzix stamp and die set 657780 (not sure of the name as it's not stated on the packaging but it's the Reindeer and Christmas Tree set).

Right, that's enough from me for today but don't forget to pop by tomorrow to see what the latest challenge at Addicted to CAS is.

Hope you all have a great forecast in Somerset doesn't look great and we have a huge Fun Day fund raiser on Sunday so think we will be dripping as we're cooking the BBQ!!!

Happy crafting.