Monday, 23 May 2016

English Country Garden Pixie

Hi Crafty Folk
Hope you've managed to get your hands on the new Signature Collection from the lovely Sara Davies of Crafter's Companion. English Country Garden is such a pretty collection - perfect for both card making and scrapbooking - as well as those home decor items too!
I decided to make a layout of my mother in law as a young girl...her little hat reminds me of a garden pixie - hence the title.

The flowers on the papers are ideal for fussy cutting, and teamed with the 12inch Diesire Trellis Border die, and the butterfly dies from the collection, they work perfectly together.

Hope you like it!
Tune in to Hochanda today at 4pm and 7pm, to see loads more inspiration and demos!
Best wishes
Karen x

Friday, 13 May 2016

A Date with Destiny

Morning Crafters!
Its a lovely day here today so off out for a bit to make the most of my day off!
Before I go I thought I'd share one of my makes with a favourite crafty collection - Verity Rose.
This card was made with the character 'Destiny' - coloured with Spectrum Noir pens ( FS2, FS3, CR8, BG5,  IG4, TB3, TB4, GB2, TN3, Spectrum Noir Pencils) and created into a little rocker card.
The background was embossed with the Destiny Folder, and I used the little element dies and stamps to create the embellishments.
Hope you like it! xx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Heritage Layout

Afternoon All!
Today I thought I'd share another scrapbook layout featuring Crafter's Companion products.

The photo is a colour tinted one of my Nana as a young woman, and I tried to match the warm tones with the papers I used. The Kimono pad has some lovely designs in it, so I used these, fussy cutting all the flowers, and embossing one design with an Embossalicious Vintage Floral folder. I used the Sheena Douglass 'Distress Stencil to ink through to break up the Coredinations background.

I framed the photo with a diecut frame created with a Downton Abbey die, and used the waste centre as a panel to pop my title on. This I cut using my Alpha dies and Diamond Press machine. Finally I made a little secret pocket to house a tag with all my info about the photo written on it, embellishing it with one of the cut out flowers and tucking it away in the design.

Anyway, hope you like it!
Best wishes
Karen x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Get Embossing with Crafter's Inspiration

Afternoon All!
The weeks are certainly flying by, aren't they...but hopefully everyone is still finding a little time for crafting!
Today I'd like to share two of the projects I made for the latest issue of Crafter's Inspiration magazine. I was lucky enough to do the article '10 Ways with the Embossing Folder' (which came free as one of the goodies in the magazine).

The first project was a little gift box where I embossed the sides of the box with the folder, but also used the free papers from the CD to decorate the box.

Second was a little notebook that I covered with embossed Centura Pearl, and flowers cut from the free papers.

Hope you like these little projects - great for small gifts or to sell at Craft Fairs. Make sure you get your copy of the magazine to check out all the fabulous makes by the rest of the Crafter's Companion team.

 Thanks for looking! x

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Moonbeam Meadow Hidden Doorway

Morning Crafty Folks!
This morning I'm back with a little card I made using the Create a Card 'Stacey' die. These dies are so versatile...I love how you can make little pull out elements and doors in your projects.

This little card features a stamp from Moonbeam Meadow coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens. (TB1, TB2, TB4, OR4, DG2, TN3, GB8) I created the little door to hide a sentiment inside.

Hope you like it!
Back soon
Karen x

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Jones Crafts Competition Time

Join us for a Scraptacular Celebration of UK Scrapbooking!
It's (Inter) National Scrapbook Day on Saturday 7th May and Jones Crafts will be celebrating in style!
We want you to get your scrap on and join in with our Scraptacular Virtual Crop.
And there will be a super prize up for grabs... interested? Then read on!!!
Our super talented design team are going to inspire your creativity as part of our scraptacular!
We want you to scraplift one of the Design Team layouts which will go live at 9am on May 7th.
Pop a photograph of your layout on the Scraptacular Post which will be pinned at the top of the Jones Crafts Facebook Page.
 Visit the Design Team blogs to leave a comment and you could be in with a chance of winning a Scraptacular prize! £50 worth of Scrapbooking materials from our leading Scrapbooking companies 
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We will then select a layout that we think is quite simply Scraptacular and that layout will be featured on the Jones Crafts Facebook page and the scrapper will win an amazing prize.
So what are you waiting for?
Ready, steady, scrap!
And don't forget to be Scraptacular! 
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So here is my layout featuring the lovely papers from Graphic 45's Cityscapes collection. I thought this would be perfect to showcase two photos I took whilst in London comparing the old and the new buildings, and ever-changing landscape along the Thames.

 Anyway, hope you like it! Please join in with the challenge if you can, there really is a lovely prize up for grabs!
Best wishes and bye for now
Karen x

Friday, 6 May 2016

Lace Butterfly

Morning Crafty Peeps
Today I thought I'd share one of the cards I made using the lovely new 8x8 Create a Card dies from Crafter's Companion.
This time I made a dimensional card with the Lace Butterfly die, White Centura Pearl card, Dark Pink Coredinations - embossed with the Delicate Floral folder, and the new 8 inch 'Thank You Edgeable.
Hope you like it!
Back soon x

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Lullaby meets Kimono

Morning All!
Today I'm back to share another layout. This time I chose the Kimono Glitter Pad from Crafter's Companion and teamed it up with papers from Sara Davies' Signature Collection 'Butterfly Lullaby'.

I first punched a border on one of the Lullaby 12x12 sheets and mounted it on to Coredinations. From another sheet I drew around a plate to create a circle and inked the edges to emphasise the sun ray effect of the pattern. I matted the decorative corners from this sheet also onto Coredinations to create a central focal area.

 Then it was simply a matter of cutting elements from the Kimono pad...even one of the lanterns from the front cover... and then building them up around my photo to create some dimension. The sentiment 'Just Us' was cut from the left over fans using my alphabet dies in the Diamond Press machine. I finished with dots of glitter glue and pearl pen to highlight.

Hope you like it...I love how these two Crafter's Companion Paper Pads teamed up together...the colours are lovely with the black and white photo.

Thanks for popping by!
Best wishes
Karen x

Monday, 2 May 2016

Pillow Box Prettiness

Afternoon All!
Back with another idea today, to show how you can use the fabulous Art Deco Edge border dies from Crafter's Companion.

Why not decorate a little pillow box made from Centura Pearl, whizz it through your machine in an Embossalicious Delicate Floral folder, then wrap around the Deco Edge in layers to decorate? Really simple but effective.
Hope you like it!
Bye for now x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Lullaby Layout

Morning All!
The 1st of May already...where did that time go?
Well, its a new month, so today I thought I'd share something different. When I'm not card making, I love scrapbooking, but very rarely share my layouts. So... as I've been busy creating quite a few... I thought I'd pop some on my blog and FB for some inspiration and different ways of using mainly Crafter's Companion products.

This first layout is of my lovely Gran, and step - grandfather John. Both lived into their nineties and only passed away in recent years. My Gran had a big influence on my crafty life, was loads of fun, and I loved her to bits, so I have many happy memories.

I used the lovely papers from Sara Davies' Signature Collection 'Butterfly Lullaby', and created lots of layers, and added plenty of fussy cut elements and glitter! In the top right hand corner I created a secret pocket underneath the layers where I have slipped a tag with my memories of them written may just be able to see the edge of it in pale blue peeking out...a great way to add details that you don't necessarily want on the main layout.
Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating it! xx