Sunday, 25 September 2016

Slider Shaker Card - Seven HIlls Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge

Hello All! Well, I've been a busy bee tidying up my craft room to try to find some missing mojo, and I think I found it, so I'm using it to enter the Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge. With about 12 hours to go, Aileen would be so proud!

I got some new products only on Friday from Seven Hills - some slider elements and slider dies. I've been wanting to try out a pull slider for a  while and now seemed as good a time as any.

After watching a few YT videos (I found Nichol's very helpful), I gave it a go. I started with a panel of Neenah and cut out my little circles and the slider elemnt. I had pre coloured (Copics) and cut out the ship some time ago. I then took a piece of scrap Neenah I found in my stash, I measured it to make sure I wouldn't see it through the circles (port holes I like to call them!). I then took two of the slider elements and stuck them onto the pull tab and placed them into the slider. I attached the ship on top - I can't tell you how excited I was that it worked!!!

I stamped the sentiment on to the pull tab and wrote PULL on the end - here's a close up.

I then made a shaker pocket with my Fuse tool around a piece of card I'd watercoloured during the last 30 Day Colouring Challenge. I added my octopus and two shoals of fish and a whole pile of sequins before closing it up.

I then stuck a whole pile of sticky pads to the back of the panel, with some placed close to the slider tab so it was held in place, but not too much otherwise it wouldn't slide.

I stuck it down onto the shaker piece and then stuck it all on top of a top folding A2 (US) card. It shakes and it slides!

Here's a close up of the shaker element, and you have to tell me the recent film I was inspired by. I saw it in the summer with my eldest and LOVED it - I'll tell you underneath.

It was Finding Dory - can you see the clown fish (Marlin and Nemo), the blue tangs (Dory) and Hank, the grumpy octopus (or septapod as we discover, and which funnily enough this stamp is too!)?

I'm off to link it up to the challenge, and also to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I used loads of bits I had lying around - from previous coloured images to scrap Neenah.

Thanks as always for reading and I hope you have a great week!

Here is the list of supplies used in this card. Please note I DO NOT USE AFFILIATE LINKS.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Craft Haul - August/September 2016

Hello crafty friends, how are you all today? I'm here to share my latest craft haul. It's a bit of a mish mash of various bits and pieces from planner supplies to stamps and storage items.

I've purchased my supplies from various places:

Hey Little Magpie - For planner and scrapbooking supplies

Tiger and Hema - For storage and stationery

Hobbycraft - For adhesives, paper pad and Christmas card supplies

Clearly Besotted - For my favourite stamps! 

Yorkshire Trading Company - For my random tubs

I'm hoping to get some crafty time to use them in the next few weeks :)

Thank you so much for watching - have a great weekend!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Show Your Face - a last hurrah!

Hi Everyone! We seem to be having a bit of an Indian Summer here in the UK as it's been quite warm this week - typical as we start back at school next week!

I wanted to blog this to say a fond farewell to Kim Dellow's Show Your Face blog posts. She's been running these for a year now and I've enjoyed seeing all her different faces and even had a go myself. The challenge for July was to do a quick draw, and so one day whilst waiting for potatoes to boil (my life is very exciting!), I got three little bits of scrap card and my Pitt artist's pen and just drew.

Now I am no artist. There is a reason I stamp and colour, but I am rather pleased with how these turned out. I was waiting to find a nice frame with three apertures to put them in before I blogged. I drew a blank and put them aside and then of course holidays and all happened, so I am only sharing them now.

I was inspired by the elements of earth, wind and sea and despite them bearing a passing resemblance to elder statesmen of UK politics (Michael Heseltine anyone?), I'm rather proud of just sitting down and having a go.

Here they are in close up:

I'm glad I came across Kim's blog. I visit regularly and she now has a fabulous feature called 'Art Slice' on her You Tube channel which you should all check out for some inspiration.

I hope Kim won't mind me linking this up to this week's post as I missed the link up for July.  

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NBUS #7 - Using my Fuseable papers at last!

Hello, hello! Well we have returned from holiday and are getting back into the swing of things before school starts up again - the holidays have gone remarkably quickly. The Colouring Challenge ended at the start of August, but another of my favourite challenges, Darnell's NBUS [Never Before Used Schtuff] started on 27th and I finally got round to having a play with some of my NBUS. It's amazing what you can amass quite quickly!

My sister asked me if I could make a wedding card for her to give to a couple who are getting married soon. I decided now would be a great time to crack out my as yet unused Fuseable Papers. This is plastic paper that you can use with your Fuse tool for scrapbooking and card making.

I really loved it - it does melt and bond beautifully. I started by making a shaker pocket with a cheap plastic folder around the image I'd previously coloured as part of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I cut out some hearts from the paper and fused them onto the front. You do need to make sure you have a piece of paper in between the pocket sides when doing this otherwise the pocket will also Fuse together :). I then filled it with Sparkling Coral shaker selection from Lucy's Cards (it's now discontinued). I sealed it up and then got on with sealing it onto the Fuseable paper.

I took three sizes of squares, bigger than my shaker pocket and simply melted the plastic through the layers as you can tell by the photograph. It works well through two layers. The back layer I fused through the green spotty paper. It feels very secure.

I stuck the panel onto my card base with some strong double sided tape.

Below is a list of materials I used to make this card. Please note I DO NOT USE affiliate links :) 

I am so thrilled I finally used this, so thank you Darnell as it's got me using my Fuse again as I hadn't had it out for a while. I'm mulling over some other ideas for using this paper and have been looking for some standalone dies like butterflies and hearts as I think they would work brilliantly on the front of shakerpockets.

I hope you'll feel inspired to have a go at giving your NBUS some love - don't let it sit all alone on the shelf and link it up below:

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Magazine Makes #4 - Distance Seems So Little

Hi All. well, we're done on holiday number two - it's been that kind of month, but hey, no chance for anyone to get bored!

My copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft arrived a couple of weeks ago in between holidays and when I saw it, I knew I had to play with the stamps straight away. It happily coincided with a much needed TV break for the kiddies, so I had 20 minutes of uniterrupted play time to colour. I finished the card later on in the day.

I started by stamping out the hummingbird and one of the flowers from the set onto water colour card with archival ink using my MISTI. Sometimes I find stamps from the magazines don't stamp very well, but these were excellent first time.

I then coloured in the hummingbird using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I squeeze some out onto a small pallet and colour with a brush as I find them too juicy to work with on their own. I coloured the flower in with Spectrum Aquas.

Then came the fun bit - fussy cutting. Yep. It's lucky the Proms are on at the moment so I had good music to accompany me on Radio 3!

I wanted to give the impression of a sun in the background, and I searched for a colour I was happy with. How lucky that I've been hoarding this beautiful pomegranate Bazzill paper for ages and I thought it was just the colour. I cut it out with one of my Spellbinders circle dies.

I put it together really simply. Just a folded A2 (US) card base, with the sentiment stamped in the bottom right hand corner, the 'sun' in the middle and the hummingbird and flower popped up on foam pads.

I hand drew the border with my Copic Spica Glitter pen and a Uni-ball Fine Line 0.2.

Below is a list of what I used to make this card. Please note that I DO NOT USE affiliate links.

It's currently on its way in the post, so I hope they like it as much as I do. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to comment, you do mean so much to me!

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