Sunday, 22 January 2017

Planning Out The Future

Hello friends

Twice a month I submit a project to Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L,
I've been on their design team for many years and 
they are such a lovely bunch.  This month for my first project
I decided to feature something very different 
using their various products with my planner.

A planner?  For years I always though ta planner was one of those huge
posters that went on the wall at work but it turns out they are far more exciting.
Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI), a US company have taken the market
by storm with their planners, available in various sizes.
Basically they are a diary that you decorate.


I discovered that self laminating pouches work brilliantly and of course the 
E-Z Runners are perfect for affixing instantly.


And the other huge thing with planners is washi tape to decorate the pages.


I've joined a couple of Facebook groups for planners and I am 
a complete newbie, the professional planners have 
a room of stickers, pens and washi tape - it's a whole new world
and I'm already addicted!

For my full post please visit the blog here.

Over the last couple of days I've featured posts using
pretty paper - Friday Die Day's More Than Milk Carton
and yesterday - Butterfly Aperture card - I received a few messages
asking me what the papers are called so I did a check and 
both papers come from an 8 x 8 paper pad called Botanica
from Craftwork Cards - hope that helps :)

Back in the cabin today - no rest until those demos are done!
Take care friends and hope you are having a great weekend.



Saturday, 21 January 2017

Butterfly Aperture

Hello friends

Still trying to convince myself it is a little warmer out there!
Although I have to admit the the frost is pretty and so much nicer than rain.
Today's card is an aperture card with a definite theme of butterflies.
Butterfly patterned paper and a silver Victorian Sapphire butterfly die cut.



The squares are using my trusty 6 x 6 Matting Basics.
I now have all my Matting Basics on magnetic sheets and permanently
on my craft desk or they travel with me to demos and TV.

Talking of TV, I'm travelling to Peterborough on Tuesday and
it looks like I've got 8 shows over 5 days.
I'll be sure to post the times as soon as confirmed.
Elliott is coming along with me for company and he's jolly useful for 
carrying everything! 
Before then...I had better make another 15 demos!

Take care friends.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This Friday Die Day continues the theme of Marisa Job's designs for
Spellbinders and this is More Than Milk Carton.


Six die templates in the set and the approximate measurements are:

Base: 6.80 x 5.00 in
Large Rectangle: 1.35 x 2.35 in
Med Rectangle: 1.15 x 2.10 in
Small Rectangle: 0.75 x 1.35 in
Triangle: 1.15 x 0.70 in
Bar: 1.35 x 0.15 in

This is how they look cut/embossed.



I've die cut from cream card using the main carton/box die.
Once embossed the fold lines are nice and clear.
Using the large rectangle die I've chosen patterned paper -
die cut 4 pieces and affixed those in place.
Using the smallest rectangle die cut 2 pieces and affixed them as shown.


Fold and glue the base tabs to create the bottom of the carton.


For the top, you have already folded along the score lines, indent the side pieces,
align and close the top, you could use a peg and/or punch to secure with ribbon/twine.


I kept it very simple by just adding a die cut heart.


These are fun to make and by my chocolate calculations you could
fit 3-4.  It's a diddy carton not a full pint!


More Than Milk Carton is available along with
other Marisa Job designs - all very cute and lovely.

Wishing you all a brilliant weekend,
I'm doing last minute crafting - lots of demos for shows next week.
Brhhh it's still very very cold out there!

Take care friends.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Rainbow butterflies

Hello friends

Definitely steering away from all things cold and frosty today

Three butterflies (these are from the Victorian Sapphire range),
select your favourite rainbow colours, die cut your butterflies,
position randomly including off the edge of the card, trim, stamp 
and Bob's your Uncle!
Why do we say that?  I'm intrigued by sayings so I looked it up...

"Bob's your uncle, an expression meaning "everything will be fine", 
originated when Arthur Balfour was unexpectedly promoted to 
Chief Secretary for Ireland by the Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury
in 1900. Salisbury was Balfour's uncle and his first name was Robert."

Ok so sometimes the facts can be less inspiring! 



Today and tomorrow is city job and then I'm back to speed crafting
as I'm doing lots of shows next week on Create and Craft,
just awaiting my final times etc and I'll be sharing those with you
and some sneak peeks of projects.

Take care friends, keep warm and think of butterflies!


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Victorian Sapphire Bird in Flight

Hello friends

First off thank you for your comments yesterday,
Bella is absolutely fine, sailed through her vaccination booster.
Although...they did say she is slightly overweight - by 300g!
I blamed it on the usual Christmas excess, I know how she feels :)

Today's card is one of my favourites using the Victorian Sapphire dies.
The die cuts teamed with the paper (Craftwork Cards paper pad),
it instantly looks vintage.
The matting is 5 x 7 Matting Basics,
the darker gold card was from my scrapbox and I really
wish I knew where from as I love it and want more! 



The design lends itself to many dies so I feel I'll be adapting it often!

In other news, more items uploaded to my Etsy shop (link on sidebar),
going through my boxes of cards has been a trip down memory lane.

Also pleased to announce that the video tutorials will soon be underway,
that boy of mine has got the correct camera, tripod thingy and is now
working on music, logos and other things that sound whizzy and technical!
I'll keep you posted.

And finally - I thought it was strange that I hadn't heard from the winning
ticket holder from January's Charity Kit and then realised...
I had posted the wrong ticket image (I had inadvertently posted February's
not January's - teach me for trying to get ahead!)
So here goes...the winning ticket - please rummage again!


If you have this ticket please drop me an email
creativity-continues@outlook.com
with your address details and a goodie bag will be on its way to you.

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

When Squares are really diamonds

Hello friends

Today's card is using just a few die cuts,
Classic Squares, Classic Circles and a couple of the 
Victorian Sapphire dies.

I was challenged to come up with as many projects with just a
few sets of dies and that really gets you thinking, just rotating shapes
gives a totally different look to your projects.


The stamp is Altenew, love the delicate script.


It's Bella's vaccination day today so extra spoiling afterwards!
Also back in my cabin to continue with projects, 
Whilst crafting I'm currently watching the box sets of 
Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes - 
fantastic stuff, nice to step back into the 70's and 80's.

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow -
keeping up with this daily blogging too :)




Monday, 16 January 2017

Winning Ticket - January's Charity Kit and Etsy

Hello friends

They say give a busy person a job to do... well I think that is true.
This month I've hit the ground running with lots of work but
thankfully keeping up and keeping to schedule.

I think running three diary systems is working, a home life diary,
a craft diary and a daily to-do list. And yes that's Bella's reminder card 
for her vaccination tomorrow, haven't told her yet!


I know I'm not the only busy person so many of us are juggling jobs, family,
and craft - so please share your best diary/organisational tips, I would love to read them.

Back to the job in hand...announcing the January Charity Kit winning number.
Again a sell out kit - thank you thank you.


Please rummage in your kit bags and see if you have number...


If you do then please drop me an email
creativity-continues@outlook.com
with your address details and a goodie bag will be on its way to you.

February's kit is all set to go and will be announced on the first 
Sunday of the month - 5th.

In other news I'm getting organised with selling the cards that I make.  
After a lot of thinking I opted to open an Etsy shop.
There's an icon on my blog sidebar which links straight to it.
I've begun to upload some so feel free to stop by. 

Take care friends and wishing you a good start to your week.