Friday, 28 January 2011

Expanding Memories

Hanni my daughter has two birthday gatherings next month and she didn’t know what to give as gifts, so ‘Muuummmmmm will you make me a memory box’, which actually turned into ‘but I need two’.  I’d made one of these a couple of years ago for her to give to a friend, so luckily I downloaded the instructions from – The Scrapbook Lounge, I have had a look to see if they are still available but I can’t find them anywhere.  If you do a search on Google you will find lots of other projects as videos, but the website isn't there any more.

Hanni said brown and pink for Vicki, but not girlie.  So I had to keep it as plain as possible.  I used some brown/gold and some pink pearlescent card for the main body of the box.  I had some matching brown/gold paper so used this on the top with a Martha Stewart punch.  For the name I used the Winter Woodland cartridge on my Cricut Expressions machine.  To hold the box closed I used Grosgrain ribbon and a little brad to hold the D-rings.  While I had all the bits and pieces out to make the box I thought I’d make a matching card.  Even though Hanni said not girlie I thought why not, so using My Craft Studio – Sassy Chic I found the perfect colour match straight away (if I’d have wanted to use a particular image I wouldn’t have been able to find one, but because I was only half looking it was just there J), so just printed it, used my Chomper to do a ¼” rounded corner, matt and layered it, then added brads.  I used Shapeabilities – Double Ended Tags for the sentiment with a gold ‘Happy Birthday’ peel off and brads to finish.  I attached the topper and sentiment to the brown/gold card with foam tape then used black glitter to highlight the dress.

For this next box Hanni said that Sarah is a very sporty person and could I also keep it plain.  So I did the box in plain black card and white with black spots card for the top.  I did everything the same as the one above, using black with white spots Grosgrain ribbon.  I used a white card for her name, I didn't think the spotty card would work very well.  For the card I again used My Craft Studio – Sassy Chic as next to the image above was the image of the dress on its own.  So I made it into a tag with a black border, I had some white card left over from the name so I embossed it with my Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots folder and tucked it behind the tag.  I again used the Martha Stewart punch on some left over black card to make the border.  I cut out the Double Ended Tag in white and matted it onto black.  Hanni wanted ‘Marshall’s 21st’ writing on the tag, so I had to handwrite it, omg, I hate writing on things like this but ‘hey ho’.  To finish off, again I added black glitter to the dress.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Hanni's 18th

I went to our craft class at Dimension Fourth last night and sat next to Margaret, while making flowers for our project she mentioned making flowers for her cake decorations.  She did say that she makes cakes to order and as my daughter is 21 this year I think it may be a good idea to order one, but I will have to see what kind of cake she wants first.  I mentioned the cake I made for her 18th, I can't do anything fancy but did have a mess about, so Margaret I hope you get to see these pictures.  Because other people have asked to see the pictures I thought it would be easier to post them here.
It all started off when my daughter Hanni and I were having a daft chat and the cake was born lol.  I spoke to my husbands Auntie Rita (sorry about the Auntie bit Rita), who actually makes cakes, and she sent me everything I needed.  I was worried to death, it wasn't one of her earlier birthdays, this one had to be something like OK.  I'd made her a Bart Simpson cake for one of her birthdays, Piglett and other bits and pieces but nothing on this scale.

She was in the Army Cadets at the time so the colours were easy.  She's the figure standing pointing at the wall with her hand to her mouth, she always did that pose.   Two of her friends next to and on the wall and her CO sat watching them.
I put bullets around the base of the cake and yes they were real bullets.  A friend of ours has a gun licence and he took out all the gun powder for me.  I like'd that little touch, something different.

Friday, 14 January 2011

ATC's December 2010

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

Why not have a go, you could win a free stamp from Dimension fourth, but you have to be in the Project Club to enter.  To join the Project Club have a look on the website for details.  I will be photographing all your ATC's and showing them on here, for more details please see the project club newsletter.  Thank you and good luck.

From the left: 'Eh up, its snowing again', 'Looking for food, found flowers!' both from Veronica; 'Polar fun' from Aly and 'Fan Fair' from me.
A big thank you to Veronica Winter for sending in her ATC's and your free 'Large Blossom Flower ' stamp is on its way.  If anyone hasn't already seen Aly demo this stamp go to 

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New Home

I used this month's Project Club stamps from Dimension Fourth for this card and it is on its way to Huddersfield as I type J I only used two colours pink and black.  I stamped the house and the 'New Home' with VersaFine - Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder, I also lightly stamped the cobbles with the VersaFine.  I used Distress Ink - Spun Sugar and Black Soot everywhere else, so using a water brush and spun sugar I coloured the roof of the house, the shutters on the windows, the bottom of the house and the garden border.  Using the spun sugar I inked all around the edges of the white card then went round it with the black soot, I then attached the ribbon.  For the background I found a piece of very pink/grey flowery card in my stash so using the black soot inked all around that, as well as around the white base card.  I finished off using two pieces of ribbon for the knot and some Acrylic Gems for the corners, I have loads of these in all sorts of colours from I stick them on with Glossy Accents.  The pink doesn't show up as much as it did on the card and this picture makes the card look all distorted but hey-ho J

Monday, 10 January 2011

Birthday card for my Hubby

The 8th was my husband’s birthday and I wanted to try something a little different for his card.  I used the ‘Mr Sophisticated’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth and Distress Inks – Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  I used white for the base card and edged it used the Antique Linen ink.  For the background I used white card.  The images were stamped using the Vintage Photo and some of them were water coloured and then I masked off with Post-It notes around each stamped section, randomly one at a time, I used both the inks to blend the edges of each section and left a border around each one.  I actually just made it up as I went along.  Once all sections had been stamped and inked, I used the Antique Linen on any white bits that were left showing.  Once dry I mounted the background onto some brown/gold card and attached to the base card.  For the sentiment topper I used the ‘Plain Alphabet’ and ‘Plain Lower Case Alphabet’ stamp sets and a small ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp all from Dimension Fourth.  I stamped the capital ’D’ then the lowercase ‘d’ onto the white card (I’d already cut out the card to the size I wanted), then positioned the other stamps in between the ‘d’s’ before masking and stamping them, I used a ProMarker - Caramel to add a bit of shading to the letters.  There was just enough room in between the ‘D’ and the ‘i’ to fit the ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp, then I used both inks to blend the edges before mounting it onto the brown/gold card.  I attached it to the card using foam pads.  I think I'm going to have another go at this kind of background using different colours and different stamps, the 'Fabulously Feminine' set from Dimension Fourth would make a nice girlie card, so I think 'watch this space' is in order J

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Project Club - January 2011

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I can't believe its January already, time seems to be flying by.  As I mentioned in the Project Club Newsletter I have a friend that had moved jobs almost three years ago and I'd never had her home address.  She sends Christmas cards and I couldn't send one back, but this year I got a note with a new address and she's moving in at the beginning of this month, so I've waited until now to send her a card, giving her a chance to get through the door.  I didn't have a clue what kind of card to do, but using this month's Project Club stamp set will be just perfect for her.  I'll post the picture of the card later as it's still in bits at the moment.

In this month's Project Club the stamp set comprises of two branches, leaves and foliage, two cobble stamps, an urn, a grand house and three sentiment stamps (We've Moved, New Home and Happy Birthday).

This is the finished card I did for this month, I used the branch stamp for the tree on the background.  There's a bit of masking on the house for the sky and the grass border.  Any of the sentiments can be used.

For the background use the largest of the branch stamps and the brown end of the Big and Juicy - Spice ink pad, stamp the branches so that they cascade down from the top left hand corner.  Do as much or as little as you like.  Using the green ends of the Big and Juicy – Spice and Waterfall ink pads stamp the leaves and foliage onto the branches.  With a piece of Cut-N-Dry and one of the green inks, lightly ink the edges from the start of the leafy foliage at the top, down the left hand side of the card, along the bottom and half way up the right hand side.  Using a blue ink from the Big and Juicy – Waterfall ink pad and piece of Cut-N-Dry finish up the right hand side and along the top to meet the green.

Using VersaFine – Onyx Black stamp the house onto white card.  While the white card is drying stamp the house twice more on to Post-It notes (I had run out of the longer Post-It notes so had to join two of the smaller ones together).  Cut the top sky section off the first Post-It, on the second cut off the grassed area and leaving the edged border on the Post-It.  On another piece of white card stamp the ‘We’ve Moved’ text to the upper part of the card, because when the text is tucked behind the house there will be enough blank area at the bottom to add double sided tape.  Using the blue ink and cut and dry lightly ink the edges of the sentiment.  Using watercolour pencils colour in the house.  Using the smaller of the two cobble stamps and the brown ink from the Spice ink pad lightly stamp near the house moving down the drive just over half way.  Change to the larger of the cobble stamps and again with the brown ink lightly stamp from the middle to the front of the drive.

Attach the Post-It note with the sky section cut off to the house, to cover the entire roof.  To make the clouds I have a corner piece of card that I have cut a wavy line from one corner to the other, and use this for all my sky bits and have had it for ages.  Using the Big and Juicy – Waterfall ink pad and a piece of Cut-N-Dry lightly ink the edges of the card moving it around as required to form the clouds.  Remove Post-It.

Using the second Post-It cover up the grass borders.  Using the green inks and the middle sized bush stamp, stamp along the edge of the border, half above the edge of the Post-It and half below.  Remove Post-It.  Using watercolour pencils colour the lawn.  Using the Spice ink pad and again some Cut-N-Dry lightly ink the bottom edge of the drive to blend it in.  To assemble the card I mounted the background, the house and the sentiment onto the green card with double sided tape.  The background was attached to the card base with double sided tape, the sentiment was tucked under the house with double sided tape before being attached to the card using foam tape.

I wanted to use the branch as a bush this time and placing it at the front of the card with the house peeping through the greenery.  I have used a mixture of inks and ProMarkers for this card.  For the house I stamped it using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I used ProMarkers to colour it in and Big and Juicy – Waterfall and Spice to lightly colour the sky, grass and to stamp the cobbles on the drive.  For the bush I stamped the bark in Memento – Rich Cocoa the leaves in Memento – Bamboo Leaves and coloured with ProMarkers, I stamped the smaller leaves with Brilliance – Peacock ink, it was the darker of the two green in this ink pad but it wasn’t dark enough so I again stamped the smaller leaves this time using Memento – Cottage Ivy.  Dimension Fourth have recently brought out a ‘Tall Grass’ stamp, I used this with Memento – bamboo Leaves and coloured with ProMarkers.  I used the Brilliance ink pad again this time using the blue end for the flowers, which are from the ‘My Favourite Fountain’ stamp set also from Dimension Fourth, there are lots of flowers on this set and using the Orchid in the tall grass makes it look like Iris’.  I mounted the pieces onto some swirl green/brown card I had in my stash and cut around the bush and the grass leaving the mounted card only on two or three of the sides.  The house is again mounted onto the green/brown card and stuck straight onto the base card and the bush and grass have foam pads behind them to add dimension.

I found some paisley paper in my stash (I think I acquired it from my friend Susan lol) and used it for the background on this card.  I used the Adirondack Brights – Purple Twilight ink and lightly inked the edges of the card and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I attached the backing paper then using a Sakura Gelly Roll – Purple Star pen I went around the edges of the pattern on the paper.  I wanted to keep the main picture quite plain so on a Nestabilities – Labels Ten shape I stamped the house in VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed using detail clear embossing powder. I used the Purple Twilight ink for the house with a watercolour brush and then inked all around the edge of the shape with cut and dry.  On a smaller shape I stamped the ‘New Home’ text with the VersaFine black and embossed with the clear powder, I then inked the edges of this as well.  I attached the house shape with foam tape and the sentiment with foam pads.  I then added some purple ‘Dew Drops’ from Papermania.

I have some embossed card blanks that have been in my stash for quite a while now so thought I’d have a play with my Sakura Gelly Roll pens I used the Star colours – Green, Red and the Golden, I'm not sure what the overall set name is for these pens is because I've had them quite a while.  They do catch the light really well, but photo’s aren’t much good at capturing it.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ was stamped using the Memento – Cottage Ivy ink pad.  There is a rectangle embossed shape on the card already so first of all I stamped the urn in the centre, using the brown end of the Big and Juicy – Spice ink pad, but I removed the top part of the urn so I could stamp the leaves hanging over the edge.  The little cluster of flowers are from the ‘My Favourite Fountain’ stamp set and I used the Adirondack Brights – Watermelon ink pad.  For the leaves I again used the Cottage Ivy.  To make a mask of the flowers, leaves and urn I placed a Post-It note over the stamped image and drew around it (I'm so glad that you can see through them J), then cut it out and masked my stamped image.  I used VersaFine – Smokey Gray for the house and placed it so the masked image stood on the grass.  I lightly coloured the sky, drive and grass with Big and Juicy – Waterfall and Spice.  I used the Golden Star Sakura pen and roughly coloured the two corners and used a gold pearl on the two opposite corners and for the centre of the flowers.

Creams and browns for this card.  I used the gent from the 'Mr Sophisticated' stamp set and only one ink, the Distress Ink – Vintage Photo.  First I stamped the gent, then using a water brush moved the ink around to create subtle shades.  I then masked him using Post-It notes and stamped the house in the background, again water brushed to shade before adding the cobbles lightly to the drive.  Added the ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp and left to dry before mounting onto brown/gold card.  A nice easy card and quite quick to make.

I like the way the branch stamp has a slightly shaded area on the bark so I thought I'd reverse this and have it as a silhouette effect for this ATC.  To create the sunset I used the Big and Juicy - Foliage ink pad.  I stamped the branch with Memento - Tuxedo Black and coloured it in with the black ProMarker.  Used the black for the ground and the leaves.  Leaving the shaded area on the bark makes it look like the last of the sun is shinning on it.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

My Crafty Friends

I've started to take the trimmings down, but I have got myself detracted with the cards.  I wanted to share with you some of the cards I've received this year from some of my crafty friends.  Thank you ladies for the lovely cards.  Some of the photo's do have a bit of a shine, I hope you can see them properly.

This card was sent by my mother-in-law Shirley.

Again from Shirley but this time sent to my daughter Hanni (Hannelore, she will not thank me for putting her full name on here lol)

From Beryl

From Margaret

From Suzan

From Aileen

From Ann

Once again ladies thank you very much and I hope you have a great New Year.