Thursday, 24 May 2018

Special Delivery

In November 2017 my hubby Dave and I were given the wonderful news that we were going to be grandparents as my Step Son Ashley and his wife Suzanne were expecting their first baby.

Around that time my Bezzie Amanda was given a prototype cardboard box by her boss as it was only going to be thrown away and he thought she might be able to make something of it.  She asked me if I'd like it for the baby and I hastily agreed as we thought it would look really cool decorated.

From day one I always imagined that it would have a magical theme so I didn't need to look any further than Lavinia Stamps. My big problem was that with so many gorgeous stamps it would be difficult to narrow it down as to which ones I would use. I started off by cutting out all the panels from the reverse side of A3 Pearlescent card which has similar properties to Centura Pearl. Once I'd done that I started to look at the main fairies that I would use.

I decided on Fleur, Harietta and Giselle for one side as they would look really pretty coloured in.

For the other side I picked silhouette stamps Aerial, Josie and Grace.

I worked through panel by panel and realised that as I was using Distress Oxides I would need to laminate them in case the box ever got splashed. This worked in my favour though as it really makes the colours pop.

Here are some photos of the panels before they were stuck to the box using double sided tape.

Finally, here is a photo of the box filled with goodies and also some showing all the different panels.

View from Sides

View from Above

End Panels

Top Panel

Side Panel

Top & Side Panels

Top Panel

Side Panel

Top & Side Panels

We visited Ashley and Suzanne yesterday and met our beautiful Granddaughter for the first time. Now that the box has been delivered, I can safely share my blog which I've been wanting to do for well over a week. 

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it. It looks lovely in the nursery. 

Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave me a comment, it's always lovely to hear from you. 

Hope to see you soon.

Crafty hugs

Jules xxx

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Sweet Poppy Stencis - New products to 'die' for

Well it's time to get excited and make a date in your diaries, Sweet Poppy Stencils are going to be on Hochanda TV on Monday 5th March at 12 and 4pm where Lucy will be sharing lots of tips and techniques with you and bringing along lots of new 'must have' crafty stash.

Sweet Poppy Stencils have got a brand new selection of stencils and also have their newly released Buddy Dies which help to 3D the stencil images. I've been lucky enough to play with a selection of both and have had lots of fun making the above samples which I hope will give you a bit of inspiration. For further details of these products and much more why not pop over to Sweet Poppy Stencils for a browse.


First up is the rocking horse which is so beautiful and delicate, I used
Pale Pink Stencil Medium through the Rocking Horse Stencil and let it dry. Once dry I cut it out with the new Buddy Die - Rocking Horse which is so easy to line up and cuts like a dream. I cut a second rocking horse out in pale pink patterned card and stuck them together with a wedge at the base so that it rocks. 

 I actually made the next card for my Step Sons birthday which I inked Distress Oxides through the Biplane & Banner Stencil, once dry this was cut out with the Buddy Die - Biplane & Banner which was matted and layered on a Distress Oxides background. He really liked the card and I made another one as a sample for TV.

The next card is made using my all time favourite stencil and technique.  This has been made using the Foiling Technique which I blogged last year, I used Stencil Paste through the Mehndi Flower and once I had foiled it I cut it out using the Buddy Die - Mehndi Flower. This was then layered up with another flower to add extra dimension. 

 A close up of the dimension.

 This card has been made inking through the Mehndi Flourish stencil with Picket Fence Distress ink and then colouring over the top with pencils.

 This next card is made with a Distress Oxides background and using the new stencils Star Blossoms, Dancing Bells and Seed Heads. It's finished off with a Lavina Stamps fairy.

This next card is quite simple and made using the Buddy Die - Poinsettia only to show that you don't always have to use the matching stencil.

Clean and simple, very pretty.

Here is a material poppy made using the Budddy Die - Large Poppy and fixed together using brads. I was going to put a brooch back on it but they hadn't arrived before I posted my samples off for the TV show so I shall see about making another one. It shows how versatile the dies are though you don't have to be restricted to card.

This card has been made using the new stencil Mehndi Snowflake and the foiling technique.

This is using the lovely new stencil Mehndi Flourish which I have put stencil medium through and then sprinkled over the top with a variety of Sweet Poppy Satin Glitters.

Another clean and simple card using one element of the Seed Heads stencil, stencil medium over a Distress Inks background.

I love the simplicity of the following card, clean and simple with Lilac Pearl Stencil Medium through the new stencil Damask Flower. A small sentiment to finish it off.

This card has been made using the Poinsettia Buddy Die to cut out white card that has a pattern embossed in it. The glasses have been made using the Boozie Bubbles stencil and Boozie Bubbles - Buddy Die. Perfect for a Wedding or Anniversary.

Last but not least a Baby Boy card using Pale Blue Pearl Stencil Medium through the Rocking Horse Stencil and once dry it was cut out using the new Buddy Die - Rocking Horse. A small sentiment was added to finish it off.

If you get chance to join Lucy on Monday you won't be disappointed, 12 and 4pm on Sky 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817. I hope you enjoy the show and are feeling inspired.

Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave me a comment. Hope to see you soon.

Crafty hugs

Jules xxx

Sunday, 4 February 2018

How to Make Storage Sheets for Mini Ink Blending Foam Pads

This is something I worked on for myself a couple of years ago because I got fed up of never having the right coloured foam pad.

About a week ago I  my Bezzie (Amanda Branston) what she'd like for her birthday. She said she knew it might be a labour of love but could I do her some storage sheets for mini ink blending foams (I've caught her eying mine up on more than one occasion). 😂

I agreed, set about the task in hand and kept teasing her with the odd photo over the next few days.

When I originally did them I started off playing around on an Excel spreadsheet until I found the right size for the boxes. From there I just set up individual sheets based on the inks that I had, printed them off and started to make some little colour swatches for each ink. The swatches were cut out using a hexagonal die and stuck down using a tape pen. It's not really necessary to do colour swatches but it does look real pretty. Lol 😊

Once they were all finished I trimmed them to size and laminated them in A5 pouches.

Here they are nearly finished.

The last element was to add was a little piece of Velcro, I used Stix 2 Hook and Loop but you can use any type. 

I hadn't got around to making a sheet for my second batch of Distress Oxides so here's mine used once to make Amanda's.

Finally, punch some holes in the sheets and tag together. I put a plain sheet in between each batch as the backs do tend to get a bit inky.

Here's my well loved set.

I hope that you like this idea and have a go at making some yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by and feel free to leave me a comment. Hope to see you soon.

Crafty hugs

Jules xxx 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

My Demo Debut

Hi Everyone

Well todays been fanstastic going to Amanda Jane Crafts workshop, getting to spend time with friends (old and new) and getting inky using different techniques to create some really beautiful cards.

My Bezzie (Amanda Branston) asked me if I'd like to do a demonstration at her workshop on the foiling technique which I featured in my last blog back in August.

I said I would, well if you're going to throw yourself in at the deep end why not do it amongst friends, although I did make our good friend Pauline Butcher promise no heckling. Lol.

I was a bit shaky at first (it's surprising how nerve wracking it can be when you're stood up front for the first time) but once I got going and got rid of the jitters I was OK. 

It's such an easy technique to do and the results are stunning which the ladies all agreed after looking at the samples I'd made.

I did a demonstration using Sweet Poppy Stencils Glossy Black Stencil Medium through the Poppy Circle which seemed fitting it being Remembrance Day. This was then put to one side to air dry.

Next we moved on to the fun part, the foiling using some stencil medium backgrounds that I made last night. This is the part that never ceases to amaze me, the big reveal once it's been through the laminator.

These are the results from the demo that need to be mounted on to cards.

I made a couple of giveaways, the dragonfly card went to Jan and the Chinese Lanterns that I'd just made using Gold Broken Glass foil which went to Sue, this one was fabulous but I didn't manage to get a photo. 

Here's a photo taken during the demo of my captive audience. 

If you fancy having a go at this technique I hope you have fun. Check out my previous blog for a recap and details on different foils if you need to.

Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave me a comment. Hope to see you soon.

Crafty hugs

Jules xxx