"Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding."

12 Aug 2014

Configuration box.

I decided to make a configuration box after spotting a wooden box in a local bargain store. The quality of the box was really good. I coloured it using  salty ocean and mowed lawn distress inks from Ranger.

I lined each section with paper from either Papermania or Docrafts prints collection. I've had the pad for ages and of course I can't find it  to let you know now I've tidied up.... typical!!!
Most of the other elements I had in my stash and had bought from a different bargain shop ages ago. I had some flowers left over from my hydrangea project so I made them into a basket of flowers and adhered them to a section with hot glue.  The button is from my mother's button box and I coated them with bronze gilding wax.  The lettering came free with a magazine. I filled the bottles with beads from my stash and tied some black raffia around the neck.  The lace butterfly was from an old hair band. I simply added elements to each section fixing them with my glue gun. The whole thing reminds me of my mother because she loved flowers and was very creative and was especially skilled with anything to do with sewing. It was the second anniversary of her passing last week and as I said in a previous post we've been sorting out  her house recently so she is in my mind a lot at the moment.


11 Aug 2014

Be Bold (Sunflower cutting file)

Another journal page I needed to do. When things are not going so well in specific areas of your life you sometimes have to stand your ground and stick up for yourself. That is what this journal page is all about. I'm usually an easy going sort of person but Ive noticed lately that I'm less tolerant than I used to be and have gained the confidence to speak out when things are not as they should be.

I sprayed the page with dyslusions spray inks of various colours  for the background. I then stamped some printed text stamps using archival ink.  The flowers were cut out using my Cameo from a FREE CUTTING FILE from SVGCuts  using different shades of yellow paper. I adhered the layers to my page using Modpodge and cut strips with a welded word for the main  and other stems.  I added molding paste spread through punchonella in the centre of each flower and coloured it brown when dry. I went over the lines and shaded with Pitt pens. I finished it off with lines of dots using my white Sharpies pen. Oh yes I added a few rub ons too.

I wish I was like this when I was younger, I was too much of a shrinking violet in those days!!

10 Aug 2014

toot toot (cutting file)

Here I am again. Its my two grandson's second birthday in the next month or so,  I'm on holiday just before one Grandson's birthday so I thought I'd get started on their birthday cards today wile I have the time.
Both boys are mad keen on the little brio train set we bought them and the one grandson is absolutely obsessed with Thomas the Tank engine and the other prefers Percy soo there was no problem thinking of a card for each of them.
I downloaded a train paper piecing svg/pdf file and transfered it to a print and cut file and cut them out on my Cameo.

 I folded an A4 card in green and blue then matted some yellow striped paper from the Paper mania capsule collection ( dots and stripes).  I adhered all the pieces together and placed in on the card. I used Glossy accents to give a shine to the eyes and bumpers. I painted some Wink of Stella onto the mouth an red part to give them some shine.

When it was all dry I used my Pazzle to cut out the banner triangles and adhered them to the top of the card, I added some bakers twine to complete the banner.
Finally I again used my Pazzles to cut out the theirir names and the number 2 from glitter paper and fixed them to the card.
All I have to do now is print of a greeting for the insert.

If you would like the Thomas  file you can  downloaded it  from Thomas piecing file from Cute as a Fox blog


9 Aug 2014

New Direction. (cutting files)

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of crafting so its time for a bit of journaling. Actually I started doing this page at the end of June and completed it over a few weeks. I just hadn't got around to taking photos ( again!)There are a  lot of changes happening where I work and my role also seems to be changing so I felt a journal page for this was very apt.

I used some home made alphabet stencils and molding paste to add some dimensions to the background. stencils coloured the page using  Next I coloured the page with  orange Dylusions . The green was darker than I expected so it didn't turn out as bright as I wanted. I used various circle shapes to stamp white paint circles. I used my stamps to create some added interest to the background. One was musical notes and a text one stamp , I think the print was a creative expressions stamp. the musical one is an old one.

I cut out the arrow shapes using my Pazzles from some paper (scraps) from my stash  and adhered them to the page. Finally I  stamped the lettering ( Stampendous)  and edged the arrows with a Sharpies black marker.
You can download the arrows from HERE

5 Aug 2014

Bunch of Flowers cards

Work and home have kept me busy the last month or so which means I haven't had much time to craft.
I've sort of pottered about tidying my craft room. I don't know why I bothered because it got very messy as soon as I started a project and of course I can't find anything now I've tidied it all away!!

Several colleagues in work were made redundant so I made a few cards for them. It was really hard trying to put a sentiment inside for them at such a sad occasion.
I cut (using my Bigshot)  then scanned my Tattered Lace bunch of flower die and enlarged it using my Make the Cut software and cut it out using my Cameo and Pazzles. Both Machines cut them out well. Why did I use both machines you may ask? I did it to save time because I had to make 4 cards and I had to cut the design out twice for each card. Using The Make the cut program I was able to cut from both machines at the same time. I simply chose which machine I wanted to cut from.
Stephanie Weightman, the owner of Tattered Lace, does allow you to scan the cut dies and cut using your cutting machine. This was recently stated on the Create and Craft TV Chanel.

I used ordinary green card stock for the base and yellow and pink for the flowers.

To make the card I matted some polka dot card onto the base and adhered the green bunch of lowers on top. I cut out the flowers, by hand, from the yellow and pink bunch of flowers once the machines had cut the them.
I adhered the flowers on top of the green base and added some gems to the centre of the flowers. I coated each flower with my new discovery Wink of Stella glitter brush by Zig.  You brush it over your card stock / paper and it gives a lovely fine coat of glitter. There's no point in me adding a link for it because you can search and find it for your own country's supplier. The product will come up if you Google it.

I added a bow for added dimension. I finished the cards off by printing the insert in paper that matched the colour of the flower and contrasted with the background paper. I edged the insert with  a doily dots edge punch from cut.

I did make my brother's birthday card but I forgot to take a photo of it because we were in the process of clearing my mother's house... a bitter sweet task. Sadness because it was the end of an era  but sweet when we found things that brought back such happy memories.