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Normal Services Have Resumed…

It has been a wonderful week. Haven’t had much time to do crafting but have been absorbed in my other obsession/passion in life – Taiji, or Tai Chi as most people would probably know it.

At the beginning of the week, I packed away my craft table so that we had room for a family friend who was down in London for a week’s workshop with the Open University. It was fab to see her. Then my boyfriend and I (luckily we both enjoy Taiji) packed up to go to a five-day workshop ourselves. Five hours of training for five days – marvelous!

Back home now with sore, but happy legs. Craft table is back up and I am chomping at the bit to get started. Took the Kaboodle Doodle papers from Andrea with me to camp for inspiration – so even though I couldn’t do any crafting, I was still thinking about it 🙂

So some new cards and stuff will be going up shortly, particularly as I got home to some goodies which I will tell you about later. Meanwhile, here is a card I did for a Post Pals Child – Zachary, through the Cardmaking Friends Forum.

Materials:
Pens – Promarkers; fineline black pen; galaxy markers
Card – White cardstock
Stamps – Studio G typeface mini-alphabet
Ink – Versafine black

So a doodle card where I made a doodle car-shape template, coloured it then placed two onto white cardstock and doodled the passengers. The cars where then cut out leaving a small white border. The sun and clouds where also cut out and layered onto the background. The greeting was stamped into circles and cut out and layered onto white card. The whole scene was then placed onto a card front leaving a white border

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More felt things

Cake, yummy cake – sorry, it is made from felt and beads. This one went on the front of a friend’s little girl’s birthday card.

So a question for you – what do you call them? Cupcakes or fairy cakes? 🙂 If you are old enough and from the UK, you probably remember them as fairy cakes. We all seem to call them cupcakes now – did that start in the USA? Or perhaps fairy cakes are just the ones with the little sponge wings – do you remember them?

Talking of cupcakes, have any of you seen the amazing cupcakes made by Hanita? She posts them on Flickr – you must take a look. She has a blog too.

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Birthday Card for my Mum

A new card to post. I made a card for a challenge in May but halfway through making it, I decided that it would be a lovely birthday card for my Mum and, as I did not want her to see the card before her birthday, I have waited ’til now to post this. Of course I then had to make a different card for the challenge but hey ho.

This has to be one of my favourite stamps. It is a Tim Holtz stamp and it was one of those things that as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to have it 🙂 As my Mum has a keen interest in sewing and vintage style, it was a must for her card as well. The image is tamped twice and the woman on one image coloured with watercolour pencils and cut out and layered on the monochrome image with 3D-foam. The patterned cardstock is from the DCWV ‘All Dressed up’ glamour stack.

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Playing with Felt

I haven’t posted any sewing for a while as I’ve been concentrating on the papercrafts. So I thought I would put one of my felt flowers up. Made from felt, embroidery silk and buttons.

I love working with felt, you can get it in so many colours and it looks fab. This flower is to put on a make-up bag but I’m going to make some smaller ones for cards 🙂

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Kaboodle Doodles Altered Box

Just thought I would blog one of the creations I sent to Andrea at Kaboodle Doodles for the design team call. Particularly as I can’t do any crafting because my stuff is all packed away at the moment 🙁
I needed a new buttons box so thought I would alter a large crispbread tin I had been saving to make into something (I hoard everything, literally everything). So here is the result. I used some wonderful free download papers Andrea has on her site and scanned some buttons then, using Adobe Photoshop Elements, I put together the label with the lined paper from Kaboodle Doodles. So here is the result:

Before:

After:

Mmm, might need another buttons box soon, this one is almost full already!

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I’m Sooo Excited

Andrea over at I’d Love to Wear a Rainbow has had a Design Team Call-up for her papercraft company, Kaboodle Doodles, and she has picked me to be one of seven. I’m ecstatic! I can’t wait to get started. You must go have a look at the papers – they are fantastic 🙂

The other design team members are:

Leann New
Steph Smith
Tracey Vincent
Zoe Stupples
Jo Nevill
Lisa Swift

Go have a look at the lovely blogs of this talented lot 🙂 I can’t wait to get to know them all better.

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No Excuse Blogging

Been a bit busy recently having to clear away my craft stuff so that we can make room for a guest! So my craft desk, which is a fold-up garden table, is being dismantled and put away 🙁 Therefore, thinking about crafting more than doing crafting for the next week. Ho hum. If you live in a tiny flat…

But it will be nice to have guests 🙂 And so that is what our living room looks like again 🙂

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New Home Card

Hey all, how’re you doing? I’ve made a New Home card with the fab sketch on the Friday Sketchers blog and for once I’ve done it at the beginning of the challenge rather than at the end 🙂 As you can see I have used my Cuttlebug again – not that I’m totally obsessed with it or anything.

Materials:
Stamp – Stampendous
Ink Pad – Versafine black
Card – Turquoise textured; White
Equipment – Cuttlebug, spots and dots embossing folder
Others – Ribbon; nail file

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Acetate Bookmark

I’ve been experimenting with my Cuttlebug seeing how different materials emboss – what fun 🙂 So here is how it looks embossing acetate. I’ve made a bookmark for the challenge on This Thursday, It’s All About… which is looking at making things that have uses. I also took the opportunity to use a fab stamp I have from Inkadinkado of an angel image and Lots To Do has an Angel theme this week so of course I had to enter 🙂

The image was stamped with Stazon onto acetate that I had tinted with alcohol inks. I then coloured the image on the back with Cosmic Shimmer powders mixed with 3D-glue. The image was then placed on white paper and cut out to be stuck onto the embossed acetate.

Materials:
Stamp – Inkadinkado
Colouring – Alcohol inks stream and butterscotch; Cosmic Shimmer
Equipment – Cuttlebug and script embossing folder
Other – 3D-Glue; White paper

Thank you, Tracey, and those at This Thursday, It’s All About… for sampling me again, it is a real honour 🙂

Linked over at the Bookmark Collector (thanks, guys) – have a look it is an interesting site of different bookmarks.