Absolutely nothing!! Haha!! I've just spent the last hour sorting out the chaos that was here before. So proud of myself - even sorted out my scrap boxes into plain and patterned cardstock and papers - how sad is that?! It just makes life a lot simpler. The reason for the mess?
Yesterday I finished a 'my first year' scrapbook for this little birthday lady -
I bought two 99p!! scrapbook packs from a cheap store (Partners?) in Worcester - this pic shows what was left afterwards. The book I did was a square, with a scalloped border. It was good value except that some of the scallops on the backing papers were cut short, so it needed quite a lot of manipulation, and extras from my stash. Silly me - I gave it to them before taking any pics! I'll take the camera when I see them again on Friday, and post some pics then.
Anyway, not many cards over the next few days. I need to paper piece two 3ft herald angels for my nativity advent calendar, to go on the noticeboard in the church hall, in time for the toddlers to start opening the doors next week. They are going to make the 24 angels whose skirts will hide choc coins for the first one to arrive each morning, to open! I'll take pics when it's assembled (before they get at the chocolate!!) and put them up here.
I forgot to say, in case anyone doesn't do this always check prices by googling 'cheap ... whatever' before buying. I got a packet from the USA yesterday, with Cuttlebug circles and I paid less than £3 including p&p! How amazing is that?!
Seems like forever since my last post. I've really missed it, but life has just been running away from me.
Actually, I've had to take stock of where I am and how I spend my 'free' time. I'd like nothing better than just keep entering challenges, which stimulate the creative part of me - and I must admit to feeling really pleased when I see my blog rating climbing up. However, I've decided that, although I love doing them, and reading all those lovely blogs out there, my crafting priority has got to be where I started from - making cards to sell, to help people who are struggling just to live. But it is all about balance, and I will dip into the competition side now and again, and continue to spend a bit of time in Blogland, getting creative inspiration from all the fantastic crafters out there .
Today, my desk started out like this
It looks particularly awful because I've had a little factory going, producing Christmas cards for sale.
One of the wooden stamps I bought at the workshop a couple of weeks ago was this bauble. I stamped it on to cereal box card and used it as a template on some nice Christmassy 12x12, together with a circle bauble (using my trusty tumbler). I then used the stamp and parts of a flourish to decorate them.
The green patterned card was stamped with the original stamp, and heat embossed using gold glitter, while the red one was stamped twice with the flourish, once with glitter (not very noticeable) and on the other side with white embossing powder. I then mounted them on cards, using peel-off gold lines as strings.
By this time I was getting a bit bored (you see why my blog is 'flutterbies' LOL) so I went on to a commissioned card for a friend's 13yr old grandson - only interested in computer games!
I remembered a card I'd seen in Making Cards mag (Feb 2006) so used this as a starter.
I used a dark navy card and rubbed white chalk over, and sealed it with hair spray. I cut out the pocket, and 'stitched' with a white gel pen & went over it with a yellow one. It is stuck to the card with DST on the bottom two sides, and the brads at the top (making sure there was room for the mobile to go in).
The mobile is two pieces of funky foam, sandwiched with a piece of corrugated card to make it more substantial. I used paper templates to cut everything. I cut the screen out of the top piece of foam and put in a piece of sparkly card (cut using the off-cut foam as a template). The buttons are circles cut from silver card, using an ordinary hole punch, and handwriting the numerals (I even remembered to put DST on the back of the card before punching the circles - much easier!) The birthday greeting was a holographic peel-off and the 'grandson' was typed on yellow card, with Mistral font (size 22 I think).
I'm quite pleased with the result, especially the denim effect and the grandson label.
My stamping is getting a bit better with practice, but still a long way to go if I'm to compete with some of the very talented people in Blogland. I need to be more confident - still a bit dithery and getting some uneven effects. Discovered that it is very relaxing, just sitting and colouring in - love it!
Well, rain certainly doesn't stop play on Wednesdays (my day off) in the Flutterby household! Having been for coffee with my crafting friend Sonia this morning - isn't it great being able to share ideas with others? - it's back to finishing off some challenge entries.
I'm only just learning to stamp, so spending LOTS of time practicing (should that be an 's'? - doesn't look right - anyway, I digress!) and think I am improving. I think the problem was that I was too tentative, and have started pressing the whole stamp down evenly with the palm of my hand, and that seems to be doing the trick. Before, they were very uneven - sorry about the pic - it doesn't want to take, with or without the flash but you can just about make out the writing- some too heavy and the rest, too faint.
Anyway, after much sighing,wailing and gnashing of teeth, I eventually got this.
I paper pieced the mittens, added plenty of glitter and mounted them on red and gold, and I don't know if you can pick up, but the borders underneath are very glittery (for me, anyway!) I'm going to enter this for the http://www.twistedsketches.com/ challenge 31 'glitter' with a sketch.
For this, I've finished the box card I started at the workshop yesterday. These boxes were apparently designed for shaker cards, but are ideal for flowers or other embellishments like this. The translucent glitter glue (EXCITING!) makes the flower very firm, and fine to go via snail mail.
The papers are actually black and white, and the flower was made with black paper and then glued. I'll have to hint to Santa that I need a new camera, or lessons ... or both! Other people seem to be able to take great pics, despite gloomy days - it must be me.
Anyway, I'm just going to enter WOYWW and get back to another challenge idea that's come to me. Even if I never win one, I'm learning such a lot from the different techniques I'm trying - not to mention having LOTS of fun on the way! Happy crafting! x
Got to tell you - I've cracked it (photo problem, that is!) Talking it through with my husband, who suddenly said maybe I was taking them up too close. So - took another from several feet away, and after cropping and zooming in -
Not brilliant but a million miles better than the first one - amazing how a simple thing like this can make me such a happy bunny (sad really, eh?) Anyway, I thought I'd post that in case anyone else in Blogland is as lacking in techno-savvy as me!
Here's the revised pic of the glitter card
I think the glitter shows up a bit better after the 'distance and zoom' treatment. Anyone out there not know that, if you click on the photo, it enlarges it for even more zoom?
Bliss - learning new skills and making new friends! Today I went to a card making workshop organised by my friend Una, in aid of Breast Cancer Research. Our teacher was the talented Helen, who taught us the following -
This is a 5-faced card that folds into a triangle, and ties with a ribbon. Just waiting for pics &/sentiments.
Sorry that this pic is so blurred - my hand must have shaken at the wrong moment, and now the camera batteries have died!!
We made the black paper flowers and painted them with translucent glitter glue that I now LOVE - it's so easy to use, and hardens the flowers enough to go through the post. You can't really see from here, but the card is a box, with a back flap, if you see what I mean.
We stuck the card on the front, cut the aperture from the back, stuck the black inside paper on, made up the box, added the made & dried flower, tied the bow then added the sentiment.
We also made a tag using a sentiment die cut in DS tape stuff, and burnished glitter flakes over it - very effective (sorry, no battery to take pic).
To top it all, there were lots of goodies to buy, at really knock-down prices, so I got these
and these ...
all for THREE POUNDS FIFTY!
And, if that wasn't enough, I won one of the raffle prizes!
Thanks again to Una and the lovely Helen, and to my new friends Lyn and Anita, who sat next to me. Lyn - looking forward to seeing you at our next Third Thursday Crafts!