Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Workshop projects

Hello everyone & welcome.

I haven't done much blogging recently as for just over 2 weeks I was away on holiday & then the other weeks bringing me up to now have been reasonably busy getting back to normal.

Today I worked on some projects for workshops that I will be doing over the coming months & thought I would pop in & show one to you.

I do not remember where I saw this project - but I have been making it for quite a while now, the first one a good 3 or 4 years ago.  I call it a Gift box card - because that's what it is - a card & gift box combined.

This project can be made any size as its measurements are based on the size of the gift that is going to be put in the drawer.

I created this one based on measurements of 6" x 4" x 1".

It is created in 3 sections - the drawer or tray, the sleeve that holds the drawer in place & the outer book style cover.

This one is made from a pale blue card & I found some pretty floral paper that was blue based to go with it.

The "thank you" sentiment has been put onto the reverse side of an off cut.

As well as the papers there were some matching flowers - so I cut around 3 of them & attached them to the bottom.  To tidy the floral layer I edged the long sides with silver peel off borders.

Here is the view of the inside also showing the drawer slightly open.

The inside has another layer of floral paper this time in blue.  Again I used the reverse side of an off cut to create the panel for the message.

The only thing I haven't done to this one yet is put something on one of the ends of the drawer for pulling it open.  Although it isn't essential as you can push gently on the end in much the fashion of opening a match box.

I have had some disasters in the past with this design where scoring lines are not right & the finished project ends up leaning to one side.  Not this one - I used the Hougie board for the scoring & everything fitted just perfect.

Thank you for popping by - I hope you like my little project & perhaps I will have something else to show you soon,.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Photos you long to take

Hello everyone
Apart from my passion for making cards especially with rubber stamping I have a passion for photography - I only have a fairly simple point & shoot digital camera. Although you can govern some of the process.

I enjoy taking photos of flowers & nature - some of my sunset photos have appeared here.  One of the photos I have always wanted to achieve has been that of a lake scene where the sky & banks etc are reflected in the water.  My holiday this year (just a couple of weeks ago) in Brittany was where I finally achieved this ambition.  I am so pleased with the result.  Here it is for you to see;

Isn't it beautiful?

I took this picture on the evening of the first day of my visit to the area. It was a beautiful sunny & reasonably clear evening.  The water was like a mill pond or sheet of glass.

There is a rather nice restaurant behind me as I take this picture & that is where we were going for our meal that evening.

It was my birthday - but that is another story.

I revisited this lake just before the end of my holiday & the weather had changed & so had the appearance of the lake.  It was a grey day & the surface of the lake was rippled.

I often use my photographs that turn out well for greetings cards.  With the help of  My Craft Studio I can create my own matching backgrounds & inserts.  I think this picture is going to be one of my new ones.

Another photo I have always wanted to take was also achieved on this same holiday.  A photo of something in nature - I could not think of the way to describe this but I think the photo will explain.

In the last stages of our drive to the start of our holiday gite we stopped in a little picnic area where there was a little stream running through a really nice green area.  Photos of water, especially waterfalls are another of my photo passions.

But as we walked over a little bridge we spotted damsel flies all over the greenery.

I never dreamt for one moment I would manage to catch one.  One problem was that it was so sunny I couldn't clearly see the picture that I had in my screen.  Of course they also move very fast - they do not settle for long.  But look at that - I got him!  It was a shame that his wings were closed - but even so.  They were absolutely beautiful - a brilliant shade of dark blue shot with other colours.

It just shows - take the picture - you never know how it will turn out.  If you don't take it you will always wonder what you missed.

I am such a happy snapper.

Thank you for visiting & I hope you like my photos.

More crafting news later.

CD Sunday Challenge - Handbags

Good evening everyone
I am really hoping to enter a few challenges to get myself back on track & have decided to enter this weeks CD Sunday Challenge where the subject is handbags.  I will pop the photo of my card here & then talk about it. 

I chose My Craft Studio to help me in this project.

The handbag is from MCS Encyclopedia CD's.  I used the handbag 3 template & changed the colour to an aqua colour, although it looks quite blue in this picture.

Then on the same CD I looked at the backgrounds & found this one which has a slightly lighter panel at the top.  I printed that on an A4 sheet of card - trimmed off the white areas & folded it in half to make my card.

I didn't notice at first that the pattern was actually bubbles - but it goes well even so. Also one of my colour cartridges must be running low as there is a strip pattern on the card which isn't part of the pattern.

The handbag had gusset sides so as I had the idea to put it on the front of the card I didn't use them & refolded the flat base so that I could fold the handbag in half to put on the card.

The handbag had a flower pattern on the front so I thought I would top them with fabric flowers.  I only had cream flowers but found that I had a Promarker Aquamarker in Aquamarine.  (Phew! that's a few aqua's).  So I recoloured the flowers & glued them over the printed ones.  After studying the card for a while I knew it needed something else.  So I laid some ribbon along the change of pattern & decided that I would glue some along that line, then also decided to put some down the length of the card.  The ribbon was white with Black dots & silver swirls - not quite right - so I coloured it with the same Promarker pen as I used for the flowers.  The I added a little cluster of three flower heads at the top left.

Now & then when I look at a finished project I notice little things that could make a difference to the finish.  In this card I should have thought ahead about the cross over on the ribbon.  If I had positioned it just a little differently I could have had a continuous pattern across & down.  Still - we live & learn.  Let's hope I remember this in the future.

Thank you for popping in - I am off to see what my next challenge should be.

ATC Challenges - Anything goes or Household item

Hello again everyone & what another beautiful day.

The challenge this week over at ATC Challenges is Anything Goes or Household Item.  I wasn't sure what I would be able to come up with at first, but then i did a catch up session on my craft magazines that had arrived whilst I was on holiday & there with one of them were some chipboard embellishments all to do with cooking, including some utensils.

Prior to last Christmas I downloaded some items form Printable Heaven - they were offering some free downloads that were Christmas recipes.  So now I had the next part for my ATC.

I coloured the white ATC card with Distress Inks (oops I have forgotten the name of one - something to do with Honey!) & Vintage Photo.  Then on my desk was a scrap of dotty paper from a previous project so I used that behind the recipe which I had shrunk from its original size.  The recipe is for Christmas Kisses - but I think it will be to feint to read.  Then the hearts & the rolling pin are from those free embellishments.

Thank you for popping by - now that I have sorted myself from my holiday I hope to be back & blogging & entering challenges most days again.

By for now have a lovely day.

I am back home & I am also a winner

Hello everyoneWell that is one beautiful holiday finished.  Normally there is the long wait until next year & deciding what to do - but for us it was easy - back to the same place.

Not only that but we have booked ourselves onto a long weekend in Brussels via Euro Star at the beginning of September.

My winning entry?

Well I only found out by chance as I do take a small net book with me on holiday for checking emails etc & a club colleague informed me that I had won.  It was on ATC Challenges for the second challenge with the theme Beach/Seaside.  Now that I am back home I find I am in time to enter this weeks challenge - so I will be back with a photo & link after this short break!

Monday, 11 July 2011

There will be a short break


Hi everyone
I haven't had the chance to join in any challenges over the last week or so, as I have been preparing for my holiday.

This post will stay at the top of my blog until I return

In a couple of days I am going to Brittany for 2 weeks so there will not be any posts until after my return.  Although sometimes I can manage to get online with a free wifi connection - so if I do - I might just pop in & say hello let you know where I am going or have been & what I have seen.

So until then have a great time & I hope we are going to see some summer weather - not only in Brittany but here at home.