Sunday, 1 May 2016

Cardmaking - Dream Big in Paris - Sunday Snippets

Happy Sunday Everyone,

This card was made a wee while ago, for the UKPC challenge for April, but I'm only now getting around to posting it, and as a snippet or two were used in the making I thought I'd submit it to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 227.
The theme for the challenge was Paris (in Springtime) and the idea for the design began with a sheet of lovely patterned paper (from the Simple Stories So Fancy Collection) featuring the Eiffel Tower. However, having chosen the paper, I then was stuck for what to do next until I thought of just taking some of the techniques I like to use when scrapbooking and adapting them for the card. One of the things I often do when making a scrap layout is create clusters of embellishments around the page. Here I made one on the bottom left corner using lots of embellishments ... ribbon printed with postmarks, washi tape, a scrap of bakers twine fixed in place with tiny staples.

The ribbon, which as luck would have it has a couple Paris postmarks in the design, was machine stitched in place, wrapping it around the back of the card. The baker's twine was curled round before stapling in place along the length of the ribbon.

The greeting was stamped on to a tiny snippet of white card which was then layered on to yet another tiny snippet of pink card before fixing to the top right corner of the card front.

I stapled the tiniest scrap of baker's twine to the top of the Kraft label which is part of the original design printed on the patterned paper and for the finishing touch enamel dots in yellow and pink were scattered around the card front.

The back of the staples showed through on to the inside so, for safety's sake, I covered them up with more clusters made from snippets of paper and washi tape. I also added another largish snippet of white card to the inside to write my message on.

Supplies used:

  • Cardstock - American Crafts 
  • Designer Paper - Simple Stories So Fancy Collection
  • Ink - ColourBox Orchid
  • Greeting Stamp - from Life's An Adventure stamp set
  • Decorative Ribbon - bought locally, distributor SIL - 
  • Washi tape - words from Papermania All Aboard Collection and pink/white gingham came free with a magazine an awful long time ago
  • Enamel dots - Simple Stories DIY and So Fancy collections
  • Baker's Twine - from my scrap box
  • Tools - Tim Holtz Tiny Staple Attacher & my sewing machine

Phew! Not the quickest description I've ever written on how I made a card but it seemed to need quite a bit of explanation, and more photos too. Hope you like the finished card as much as I do ... I may well make another using the same techniques.

It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and, of course, the weather has been a bit mixed ... sunny spells interrupted by April showers. It was snowing here during the week so I'll happily take the sun and showers instead :) Whatever the weather, I hope you are enjoying the weekend and catching that sun whenever it makes and appearance, however briefly!

Take care and happy crafting,

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Week 360

Hello Everyone,

Before I get on to the business of the day, i.e. the desk shot for Julia's WOYWW, I'd just like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to all the kind messages Alan & I received since we lost our beloved Bonnie, aka The Boss. They were all much appreciated. As many of you said, she meant so much to us and now the house seems very empty without her.

Now the desk:
There's not been a lot of crafting going on but there has been a lot of tidying and reorganising of stash, all to fill the gaping hole left by the absence of my wee crafting companion. It's looking a lot better but I can't promise it will stay that way once I get my crafting mojo back. I did find some new storage boxes at the newly opened Poundworld, though I'm not quite sure what I'm going put in them yet but I've an awful lot of ice-cream boxes that could be emptied. What I have made progress on is that piece of embroidery ... there's nothing like a bit of slow stitching to keep the mind and hands busy.

And that's it for this week - short and sweet, I'm afraid. We're off to have lunch with our grandson, Josh, before he flies out to the Shetlands again on Friday. I'll be back later this afternoon to do some blog hopping.

In the meantime, have a great WOYWW.