Friday, 29 May 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge No 32 (Wallet Card No 66)

He we go again Folks,

This should be my last blog for this week as I am having a break for a couple of days to recharge me batteries.

What I have got to show you is a card I have been making today out in my garden, its the Whiff of Joy Challenge No 32 which is brown and blues with a Whiff of Joy Image.

I have used white card stock to make a wallet card, then used coffee coloured card stock, cream coloured card stock, 2 backing papers with browns and blues, one brown polka dot ribbon, 2 gold gem flowers, 3 dark blue gem stones, blue prima flowers with 2 coffee coloured brads, sentiments and Whiff of Joy Image Willow with Umbrella coloured using Whispers Strokes Pens and to finish the look I have used my cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots (of course!).

I do hope you like this one and will take a peek at the Whiff of Joy Challenge site and until next time do take care, lol


Thursday, 28 May 2009

LMC No 55 Wallet Card No 65

Hi Again Folks,

Here's my next challenge, I was trying to make it a fun one, but just am not sure about it. Was meant to be about summer with the sunshine, flowers, wildlife and the little Gorjuss Miss with her Mischief making Ginger Tom Cat.

Such a wonderful image of a girl with her cat which reminded me of my trouble making cat called Mischief, everything that moved was fair game to him (not a ginger tom but a black witches cat) He loved the spring and summer when they was lots to chase and smell, he adored flowers and would forever go around smelling them, even if it meant pulling the down to smell them. And my slippers whether my feet was in them or not was also fair game to him, never managed to keep a pair for long!

I have used white card stock to make the wallet card, 2 shades of orange bling card stock, 2 backing papers one of flowers and the other of birds with flowers, various flower gems, 3 flowers and 3 brads, cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots, Orange Organza ribbon and one Gorjuss Girls image Purrfect Friend.

I hope you like this but I am not sure about it, but there you go, sometimes the best intentions do not always work. Anyway until next time, have a great day and take care, lol

Sugar Bowl Challenge No 31

Well Hello Folks,

Certainly been busy here, always lots to do and never enough time, I feel this week a bit like I am running around like a headless chicken but dont we all every now and then.

I have made a few wallet blanks, square card blanks, let alone some completed cards. But here is my challenge for the Sugar Bowl

1 Wallet card used with white card stock, purple card stock, lilac card stock, Purple Organza Ribbon, 2 backing papers sent to me by another lovely crafter, cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots, silver sentiments and corner, various gem stones, 3 paper flowers and one Gorjuss Girls Image Sent with Love coloured with Whispers Strokes Pens.

I hope you like this one and will take a peek at the sugar bowl website, until next time, do take care, lol

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Eisbarin Blog Candy Card

Hi Folks,

Here's my last card for today, its for Eisbarin's Blog Candy which I have decided to do for my Father's Day Card, so I have had to adept it a little and I hope Eisbarin does not mind.

Made a square card with white card stock, used black card stock, cream card stock, backing paper with hearts on in white, black and grey, Black ribbon with polka dots, metal ribbon brad instead of large flower, 3 dark blue prima flowers with black polka dot brads, various adhesive gem stones, sentiments and Sugar Nellie Image Home Grown Bedtime Stories coloured with whispers strokes pens.

I do hope you like it and will take a peek at Eisbarin's blog, until next time, take care.

Whiff Of Joy Challenge No 31

Hi Folks,

Hope you are having a great day, its gorgeous here and I have been sitting out in my garden again today doing my crafting as its soooo nice.

I have decided to attempt the Whiff of Joy Challenge No 31, I have made a square card in white, then used Red Bling Card Stock and Cream Puff Card stock, backing papers where free in a magazine around Valentines day one being lips and the other hearts. I have then used 3 pink polka dotted prima silk flowers and 3 white brads, sentiments, various adhesive gem stones, cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots, 1 red velvet ribbon and the Whiff of Joy image I believe called Melinda with Cookies coloured using Whispers Strokes Pens.

I do hope you like it and will give the Whiff of Joy Challenge site a peek, take care, lol

I Wanna Be Just Like ... Club Anya Challenge 24.5.09

Hi Folks,

I normally dont do any crafting over the weekends especially Bank Holidays, but as my other half is busy working on the car I decided to do a bit of catch up.

And here's my first instalment, the challenge for Club Anya. I have made a wallet card from white card stock, then decorated with red and pink card stock. Both wallet card and card stocks are cuttlebug embossed using the swiss dots folder. I have then cut out 2 rectangles from the red card stock and added backing paper with glasses of drink on and certificates. Next I cut out 2 smaller rectangles, one in red and one in pink card stock and added sentiments 'Here is To You', it would have been Here's to You if I could have as the Anya image I have added is Cheers. I then attached to silk prima flowers with red polka dot brad to card and then also added my Anya image which I coloured with Whispers Strokes Pens and attached by using 3D foam stickers. Finally I have added a Burgundy Organzia ribbon and 3 x 2 different sized Iridescent Gem Stones, plus 2 really some gem stones in opposite corners of the card stock and on the sentiments to complete the look.

I do hope you like this and will take a peek at the club anya website and here's until next time, have a great Bank Holiday weekend and take care, happy crafting, lol.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

My Gorjuss Girls Cards & Gifts Book

Hi Folks,

I thought today I would make something for myself as I make cards and gifts for others and never for myself.

So my task was to cover my notebook that I have recently started for all my cards, layouts, designs, challenges and gifts. I started this book because I have lots of paper with information on and decided it would be easier to have all this in one place.

I have used 4 Sugar Nellie Images of Gorjuss Girls Set 2 as I really love these so much and it is easy to turn these into Gothic especially as one is already a goth girl. Anyone who really knows me would say I am a goth, not to look at these days but when I was much younger you could tell by the black clothes and punkish hair styles but working in an office for over 20 years caused the change to sensible I suppose but I still love my horror films. Enough though I am a goth I still love all sorts of music from punk to rock, heavy, pop, classical, folk, country and even opera. I am very lucky to have found a guy with similar tastes, soo similar at times its scary. In fact our home is based on a black and white theme with my other favourite colours, lilac and purple, yes I know I was born in the flower power years but am not a flower power person unless its outside as I am a very keen gardener and that includes bunches of flowers, I would rather have a plant to go outside like a rose bush.

So that explains my reason for such a deliberate taste in decoration, I have used Guardian Angel, Little Goth Girl, Flower Girl, Untamed, all fairly obvious why I chose them. I have then put them on lilac and purple card stock, then onto white card stock and also have used my cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots for more of an effect and added a strip with words on the same colour scheme and glued this onto the front sheet of my book. To decorate I have added a black ribbon with white polka dots, coloured all images in with Whispers Strokes Pens keeping to the black and purple colours. I have to complete the look added lilac/purple silk flowers with black brads and added clear gem stones to dresses and corners of card and so completes my project.

I hope that you like this and maybe might give you some inspiration to try this type of project. Until the next blog, do take care and happy crafting, lol


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

LMC No 54

Hi Folks,

Here's another instalment for you, this week's challenge set by Docrafter Loretta.

I have used a cream coloured card, 2 shades of green card stock, 2 backing papers given to me by another crafter Svetlana, various gem stones, sentiments, cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots and a lovely Sugar Nellie Image known as Home Grown - Fragile Beauty coloured with Whispers Strokes Pens.

I hope you like it, I certainly enjoyed doing this one as it reminds me of all the working I have been doing in my garden. Until next time, take care and happy crafting, lol.

Blog Candy at the Next Level Challenge

Hi Folks,

Just a quick note to advertise a new blog site and their blog candy 1st June 2009.

Here's the Link

Why dont you go a take a peek, lol.

I Play in the Sugarbowl Challenge No 10

Hi Folks,

Here's my entry for the Sugarbowl Challenge No 10. I have made a 6inch square card, 3 shades of orange card stock, 1 flowered backing paper, various gem stones, 3 buttons, 1 large flower, 1 smaller flower, 1 brad, sentiments, cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots and Sugar Nellie image Guardian Angel from the second set of Gorjuss Girls coloured with Whispers Strokes Pens.

I enjoyed this challenge and hope you like the card, until next time do care take and happy crafting, lol.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Just Magnolia Wk No 5

Hi Folks,

Not much going on at the mo, lots to do but unable to get motivated but here's an entry for this week's Just Magnolia Challenge (week 5).

Square card, purple butterfly vellum, pale green card stock, cream card stock, pale lilac ribbon, cuttlebug embossing folder swirsl, various gem stones, 3 large flowers, 3 smaller flowers, 3 brads, sentiments and magnolia image - Tilda as Butterfly coloured with Whispers Strokes pens.

I hope you like it and until next time, do take care.

Friday, 15 May 2009

More Xmas Bag Gifts - A Variety

A Good Morning to you all

This is my last post for this week, need a break, have been cramming in too much so I can hopefully have the summer time more to myself. I posted earlier how to make these tea bag/bath salts bags and have completed 6 more making it a total of 7 for the female members of my 2 families.

At some point I will be making other gifts to go with them (for future blogging) which I have started but it all takes time and I plan to match them all together using the same images such as one of my nieces will receive one of all the gifts with the image gorjuss girls sitting on them.

So here is a selection of them to show you a variety of images and how they can be used, I hope you like them. And until next time, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, do take care of yourselves, lol

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Sketch Saturday re 9.5.09

Hi Folks,

Here is my next instalment, a challenge I have done for the sketch saturday blogspot.

I have made a square card and envelope, then added some backing paper which I recieved from another lovely crafting friend, 2 shades of Pink card stock, a vibrant pink organza ribbon overlayed with a pale pink butterfly ribbon, various gem stones, 2 silk flowers with a gem stone brad, 2 purple buttons I found in my sewing box, my cuttlebug embossing folder swirls and the rubber stamped image Sugar Nellie - Home Grown Painting Rainbows which I have coloured in with Whispers Strokes Pens.

I hope you like this and until next time, do take care of yourselves and happy crafting.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

LMC No 53

Hi Folks,

Today's work, well I really could not get my act together, but I did manage to finally finish one card. My card called LMC No 53 for the docrafts members challenge, its a bit paler than planned, but you know what its like, sometimes the best made plans are not always the best.

I used 2 different types of backing paper that I got free with a magazine, 2 shades of yellow card stock, various gem stones for decoration, 3 yellow material flowers with pale blue adhesive gem stones, Flutter Anya stamp coloured with Whispers Strokes pens and my cuttlebug embossing folders swiss dots and birds and swirls to try to match one of the backing papers.

I hope you like it and until next time, do take care.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Double Double Challenge Sketch It No 10

Here's my first instalment of the week, an old challenge from the Double Dutch Blog Site. I rather enjoyed doing this one. First I needed to make the square card and envelope to do the challenge and I also used some lovely papers sent to me by another wonderful crafting friend called Svetlana. I admit it was for a sad ocassion but it was to be sent to my lovely friend Svetlana and her husband in their time of need and I hope they liked it just like I hope you all do, until time later, do take care, lol



Friday, 8 May 2009

Love Award Given

Hi Folks,

Just a quick note to say I have just found out that I have received a loveaward from a wonderful crafting friend of my called Dianne ( Thank you so very much Dianne, I certainly value and appreciate it very much. Its nice to know I have friends like this and now its my turn to choose 5 friends who deserve this lovely gift and I have chosen those who are always there when I need them be it for friendship as will as crafting.

So here they are from

*Loretta* - Loretta

Crazy Crafters - Dianne

Incy68 - Kay

RuthH - Ruth

Little Bo - Janette

Thank you so very much for being true friends and you all deserve this, lol.

How to make a Tea Bag/Bath Salts Gift Holder

Hi Folks,

This is the last blog for this week, so I thought I would make it something gorjuss by using my gorjuss girl sitting image. I have chosen to use an idea that I have seen on another blog site called the Double Dutch Challenge and the information on how to make these and several other items can be seen on their blog site. But I have included the information how to make this particular item which is called a teabag and can be used as gifts with a few tea bags in or pot pourri or even bath salts.

So here goes folks for the info and how to make them.

Cut a strip of 25 x 15 cm. Score along the entire length at 4 and 11 cm and at 11, 12.5 and 14 cm on the short side. Fold the long scorelines, these overlap with 1 cm, that's your glue strip. Add glue and seal the strip shut. Now you have a teabag. Score the top four corners at a 2 cm angle and fold them inward. Fill the bag with a few teabags or something that smells nice, make a hole in the centre and add an eyelet. Finish the bag how you wish with decoration.

I hope you like these and will give them a try, until next time, do take care.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Gorjuss Girls - Sitting Xmas Card

A Good Day to You All

I have since the beginning of this year decided that I must be more prepared for Christmas because of the mad rush it has been the last couple of years. So as I have decided to also try and make gifts as well as cards for Christmas I thought it would be advisable to at least make 2 cards a week and if I missed a week it would be put onto the next week to catch up.

Well have not been too bad at this but am now trying out gifts like the candles, but have thought of a few other ideas for future blogging of course. But I just wanted to share with you an idea I had as I could not resist this one.

I have used a gorjuss girls - sitting image and turned her into a gothic idea of mrs xmas using the cuttlebug embossing folders swiss dots and then snowflakes which she is sitting on with a touch of gem stones to make it look more glittery. Also I have used a lovely backing paper from another crafting friend called Svetlana who makes such gorgeous papers to go obviously with my cute gorjuss girl.

I know its probably an odd idea but could not resist using my gorjuss girl as mrs xmas, I hope you like it and until next time happy crafting.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

LMC N 52 - A Whole Year

Hi Folks,

I hope you all have had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend, I know I did and it certainly went fast, mind you spent a lot of it out in my garden planting up. But back to normal now and for this week’s instalment of crafting is my version of a crafting friend’s challenge LMC NO 52, a whole year, thank you very much Loretta for setting this it’s been great fun and I will continue to look forward to them. Mind you this week’s one got me in a bit of a state, makes me think that it is a bit like wallpaper but never mind I gave it my best shot.

So here it is folks, one square card, Bazzill Basics Deep Red Card Stock, Flowered Backing Paper a gift from another lovely crafting friend Svetlana, 4 Cream Flowers, 4 Red with Polka Dots Brads, gem stones to attach to centre of flowers on backing paper and sentiments.

I have also do another card but in black and white with pink flowers for effect.

So until next time, do take care.

Friday, 1 May 2009

How to do Candle Stamping

Well Folks, Its Friday again and a Bank Holiday weekend to boot and I am going to have a well earned rest after all that crafting and gardening but before I do I thought I would upload one last thing.

It is the information about candle stamping, of which I put a picture on my first post, also it is on my slide at the bottom of this blog site if you wish to take a peek.

I find this on another website and thought this would be ideal as you can make these as gifts for your friends and families and if you have never tried before, so here goes.

You will need a candle preferably white or cream, white tissue paper, stamps and ink pad, gems to decorate (optional), markers or other colouring mediums, scissors, wax paper, embossing gun and cloth to polish candle when cooled.

Step 1

Stamp image onto tissue paper also stamp extra images on the tissue paper in case of mistake.

Step 2

Colour in stamped images, but be careful.

Step 3

Cut out your stamped images fairly close to the edges.

Step 4

Take a piece of wax paper and cut it so that it is not any taller than the candle being used and long enough so that it wraps completely around the candle and some.

Step 5

Take first stamped image and place it on the candle. Then place wax paper on top and wrap the wax paper around the candle. Wing out the extra wax paper and pinch close with your fingers making sure the wax paper is tight against the candle.

Step 6

Heat up your embossing gun for 30-40 seconds until it is nice and hot. Moving quickly, wave it over the area where the stamped image is; be sure to keep the wax paper nice and tight. Every candle will have a different wax melting point, but you should see a change begin to take place within a few seconds. As the candle heats up, the pressure from the wax paper should push the image into the melting wax of the candle, embedding the image and leaving your image intact. Slowly peel the wax paper off the candle. Remember: every brand is different so if you are switching between brands you may need to adjust your heating times a bit.

Step 7

Finish your candle. You can do numerous images on one candle; just place another image and move the wax paper. It is best to try and not use the same spot on the wax paper for each image, but you can use 1 piece of wax paper numerous times. Once the candle has cooled down, just rub a cloth over it and now if you wish you may add decorations such as gem stones.

I found that my first image that I used was not that good once on the candle but it was a practice run and helped me to decide what stamped images to use and hope you enjoy trying this especially as they make great gifts.

I wish you all a Fab Bank Holiday Weekend and do take care of yourselves.