Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Woo Hoo! I'm Back

Well, it has been a very long road to get to where I am now.  I had to stop crafting for several months while my kitchen was flung to the far corners of my house, and all across my craft room!  But, I now have a functioning kitchen, oh, who am I kidding, I have an amazing kitchen! and I also have the space to craft again

So here I am back playing with my favourite crafting products from my favourite crafting company, boy am I lucky!

These Create a Card edgeables have been seen before, but Crafters Companion have recently launched the Centura Metallics cardstock, and boy are they a match made in heaven.  Centura cardstock has always been perfect for die cutting, but these metallics are just divine for giving a beautiful crisp edge to the cut and adding complete luxury to  cards.  The link I've given above will take you to all things Centura, but the pack I was using for these cards was the Precious Metals pack (which is part of a multi-buy offer at the moment!).

My first card combines the gorgeous edgeable, 'Sophia' on both sides of a gatefold to create a lovely Congratulations card.  I've also used Sara's signature Glamour collection to decorate the inside of the card, her dress looks stunning in the metallic shimmer of Centura, and I used the Diesire Celebration words for the 'congratulations' (love, love, love the word dies, which are so useable).





My next card again uses the Centura Metallics Precious Metals, but I hope you will agree is completely different in style.  I created an easel card and cut the 'Victoria' edgeable across the front.  I then cut the same die back to back on the metallic card stock and used two strips of ribbon across the middle to hide the join (and create a focus).  I should mention at this point that the Centura Metallics emboss beautifully too, which is what I did on the base of the easel (6x6 splendour folder, not sure if this is still available, but I've no doubt others would be perfect too), I then created a stopper for the easel and decorated this using Sara's Signature Shabby Chic collection (aged rose and filigree flourish).


I hope you like these cards, it feels really good to be back making again.  I believe the dies will be on Hochanda this Saturday (3rd June) at 7 a.m., midday and 3 p.m. if you'd like to tune in (ha! who tunes their telly these days! showing my age!) for some more inspiration.

TTFN

Rach
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Long time no see!

Oh my, it's been aaaagggeees since my last post - so much has been going on, both in my life and the crafty world.

I have been without a kitchen for 3 weeks now so I'm now sharing my rapidly dwindling craft space with a microwave and kettle, I've found out that the reverse function on the Gemini is worth it's weight in gold when you can't send your plates all the way through the machine because there's a kettle in the way!

The crafty world too has seen some amazing things since Jan 1st, and this week Crafters Companion are celebrating 1 year with Hochanda and so they have an incredible line up of shows and new products, including some new mixed media dies which launch on Friday (10am) as the Weekend Wow.

This make is a real departure for me, I'm a card maker really and so mixed media is stretching my comfort zone a bit, I returned to my Art Attack days (remember that programme?!) and used PVA glue mixed with water to glue kitchen roll to one of the mountboard sheets, then covered in white Gesso, followed by Aqua Tints, spray & sparkle and then used some of the incredible new ribbon buckle dies to create flowers - oh, nearly forgot, I used one of Sheena's Groovin 60's stencils to put some flowers and swirls in the background.  Some buttons, ribbon and dew drops finished it off & then I framed it!  

The mountboard embosses beautifully as well so this gave my picture more texture, and I used the new Pennant Banners mixed media dies for the words, anyway hope you like it & can get to watch some of the shows this week.


TTFN

Rach
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Well, here we go again, January 1st, the brand new year is upon us - have you made any resolutions?  How long do you think you can stick to them?   Seriously, I really think we set ourselves up to fail when we talk about New Years resolutions, so this year, I'm not making any resolutions.

2016 was, like every other year, good in parts and bad in parts, but then that's why the song says 'life is like a rollercoaster', and they really weren't wrong!

I am so lucky being part of the Crafters Companion Design Team that I have had the opportunity to play with so many of their incredible new products during the year, and I hope they will let me carry on doing it for another year (pretty please!).  I did not get to work on the launches for Sara's signature ranges, however, I did spend some of my hard earned cash on them because they were soooo gorgeous!

So for the first card of the New Year - drum roll..... I thought I'd show you a really quick card, that you can make in batch to get ahead for next Christmas - if you have the Merry Christmas die, I would have put a link to it but it's not in stock at the moment.  

The background was created using watercolour card and some of the sparkle pens, I used a red, gold and green for this one, smooching the pens onto acetate, spraying with some water and then putting the card over the top to pick up the colour.  The wonderful thing about this is you can make it different every time, so even though the card is the same, it isn't, if you see what I mean.  

I cut the words out of some mirri card, mounted the background onto some red card and then onto a 6x6 card, stuck the wording to the background using tacky glue (had I really thought about it I would have used the stick it sheets to make life easier - hindsights a marvellous thing!).  Some dimensional dots finished it off, but you could use sequins or gems, whatever you have to hand.

Love this card & will definitely be making these for next Christmas - sorry, but us crafters have to get ahead!

Anyway, I hope you all have a peaceful day and the rest of the year brings you everything you hoped for.

TTFN

Rach
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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Having fun


Well, I hope you've been enjoying the Weekend WOW shows with Fiona, in fact, she's on now!  I had such fun making designs for this show, these dies make getting inspiration really easy, and you only need to add a few bits to make a really stunning stand out card.

This first card is a tent card (it has a W piece of card at the bottom so from the side it looks a bit like a tent) and I've used the die (Jardin) to cut into a window in the card.  The backing paper behind is from Sara's Signature Collection Floral Delight, and the dies are from this collection combined with the English Country Garden collection.


This next card was made using the Marseille die (I think this is my favourite as I love peacocks) and is so fabulously simple combined with the Kimono CD and embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Die'sire Only Words - Classiques collection & cut out of mirri card looks stunning (and much better than the old peel offs).


This collection and the others in the shows are really versatile & I cannot recommend them highly enough, I'd love to hear from anyone making cards/projects with these dies, so please send me a link and I'll come and visit your blogs.

Hope you all have a lovely crafty Sunday.

TTFN

Rach
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PS for those that asked for a tutorial for my hexagon box, its now live on youtube here

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

And the winner is....

Well, Birthday week is all over - boo!

But that does mean the winners of the birthday week blog hop have now been chosen, so without further ado, the winner of my gift box stack is...

Suecar53!  Please could you email socialmedia@crafterscompanion.co.uk with details of your address and name so that I can get your prize off to you - Congratulations!, I really hope it doesn't disappoint in the flesh, but I will miss seeing it on my work table.  There is a full list of winners from all of the blogs here.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog, I'm so glad you took the time to take part.  I will be sorting out a tutorial on how to make the hexagon boxes so you can all have a go too.

Birthday week really was a whirlwind of new products and I tried to be strict with myself and not spend too much - ha! that lasted all of 5 minutes.  I'm now the proud owner of a full set of Spectrum Illustrators stored beautifully in their sparkly trays, and I could not resist Sara's new Birthday Party Signature Range either, so that has been added to my collection.

I was lucky enough to get to play with some of the birthday week products ahead of launch, including the new 5" Create a Card dies and card blanks.  Those blanks are such a godsend when you're in a rush but don't want to skimp on design - as for the dies, well, what can I say, FABULOUS!!!! they cut a out a dream and produce such stunning results, my absolute favourite, and I know it was everyone elses too (as it sold out individually) was the owl, so here are a couple of cards I made using this and the card blanks.






Same owl, but very different effects - the luxury card stock with the glitter card in it is just to die for, really, you must try it, you won't regret it, you might look like a loon when your partner finds you just staring at it as you twist it in the light to catch every last piece of sparkle..... or is that just me?!

Well, hope you all have a fabulous crafty day playing with your new favourite purchases & I'll be back soon & congratulations again to Sue.

TTFN

Rach
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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Big boxes

Well, I hope you're all enjoying birthday week - for those of you who have commented on my blog hop post, first of all, thank you, secondly, I will be making a video of how to create the hexagonal boxes so you can have a go too when you take delivery of all the lovely card that Fiona was showing last night on Hochanda!

Now, speaking of all that lovely card, here's one of my makes for the launch show last night:


This is made from one sheet of A3 card stock and some of the new A3 construction Acetate, in this case from the Decadence range, and is one of the designs on the new Big Score DVD, and before you think you couldn't possible achieve this result - you most definitely can, the videos on the DVD take you step by step through the projects.  When I made this, I had Sara on in the background and I watched each step, paused the video, went and completed that step, came back, watched the next bit and completed the project in this way, so please have a go, they are such great fun and with Christmas fast approaching, you could have the best dressed presents in town!  Just have a look at this next box:


Again, when you follow the instructions, this is so incredibly easy to do, but looks so incredible - go have fun people, these are brilliant!

Anyway, I must go take my sniffy, cold ridden self to work & spread my germs!

TTFN

Rach
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Happy Birthday Crafters Companion!

Well, it's finally here, the 11th Birthday party for Crafters Companion and everyone's invited!

OMG, you are so in for a treat, there are some incredible new launches coming (click here for the fabby brochure) - this is really amazing, it's their birthday, but we all get the presents!

Now, speaking of presents, one of the special events for this year's party is a blog hop, which begins at midday today, you need to head here to get all of the information and details of all the other blogs involved, but essentially we are playing pass the parcel with blogs.  When the music stops, you will be asked to go and visit a specific blog and leave a comment during the time period given.  From the commenters, a winner will be chosen...... and the prize, you get to win what's been made and shown on the blog post!  There are some amazing prizes on offer...


And so, as I'm taking part in this incredible event, here's what I've made for your delight:









 Please excuse the ton of photo's I took, but I really wanted to give you a sense of the size.  Each of these hexagonal boxes is 4 inches high (made with the brilliant big score), and they are actually independent boxes so if you win, you could use them as 3 separate gift boxes.  This gives you a taster of one of the launches during birthday week, which is some incredible (very strokable) A3 double sided Centura Pearl cardstock, two everyday (Decadence and Regency), which I have used here, the Regency is the purple/lilac shades, and I've included a bit of the Decadence in the flowers, this has gorgeous cream and gold tones.  I've also used flowers, swirls, leaves and butterflies from Sara's signature collections, and a little bit of glitter cardstock (from the Luxury Card Pack - Silver).

Well, I really hope you like my make, and I hope even more that you'll keep checking the facebook page and join us hopping.

If you're lucky enough to win (hop is open until 30th October), please email details of your address to socialmedia@crafterscompanion.co.uk , who will arrange for your prize to be sent out (within 2 weeks)  Please keep checking on the blogs (there will also be some stunning makes using other new products from the Birthday launches on everyone's blogs) and facebook to see if you've won.

Okay, well I must be off to work now - have fun and enjoy the party!

TTFN

Rach
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