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Thursday 31 January 2013

Spots and Stripes

Here are the last few of my Docrafts samples that I wanted to show. These are using the fabulous Capsule Collection Spots and Stripes. The collection includes papers, felt, ribbons, buttons and flowers. The colour range is predominantly pastel with some zingy brights just perfect for Spring. As you can see, it coordinates very well with elements from the lovely Vintage Collection.

This card was made using the Hot Air Balloon Create a Scene die and a paper from Chronology.

I used a mix of Vintage and Spots and Stripes collections to make these two boxes.

I really enjoyed working with these fabulous collections, there are so many wonderful elements and textures. They all mix and match so well and I really couldn't pick a favourite.

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Vintage Notes Sample Cards

Here are some more samples I made in preparation for my Docrafts demo last weekend. These are all using the lovely Vintage Notes collection. The cardstock has a subtle linen feel and wonderful soft colours. I just love all the elements.

There are so many lovely things in this collection including papers, stamps, lace, crochet flowers, stick pins, large flowers, filigree cards, fabric tape, mini notelets, tags, die-cuts, dies and more.
I hope I've managed to inspire you to have a play.

Sunday 20 January 2013

Chronology Cards

Yesterday was my first demonstration day of the year for Docrafts. Although we have no snow here in Pembroke, and Carmarthen, where I was demoing at The Range, was clear, I wasn't sure if there would be a big turn-out as a lot of the surrounding areas are under a blanket of the white stuff. The morning was quiet but by lunchtime the store was filling up and there was a steady stream of curious crafters all afternoon. I met some wonderful people and quite a few had made the journey especially to see the demos, I was touched.
The Chronology collection was very popular. It is perfect for those difficult male cards, so I have decided to show you a selection of those samples today.

This last card is made with the new Create a Scene Balloon Dies. The set includes the clouds and birds.
All the items I've used, besides the chronology range, are Docrafts products including inks, cardstock, baker's twine, alphabet dies and ribbon. I hope I've given you some inspiration and I'll be back soon with Vintage Notes and Spots and Stripes Capsule Collection projects.

Friday 18 January 2013

Docrafts January Peek

I have been busy just lately preparing samples for my Docrafts demonstration this weekend. I have been lucky enough to work with the Chronology and Vintage Notes collections, also the new Spots and Stripes Capsule Collection. I just hope the weather is kind and that I can actually get to the demo.

I have had such a great time playing with the new collections and have been making cards, boxes and books. There is something for everyone in the new releases as you can see from the collages I've made of my photos.

If you'd like to see the actual samples and you are in the Carmarthen area this Saturday 19th January, please pop into The Range between 10am and 4pm and come and say "Hi". It would be so lovely to see some friends.

If you can't make it to the store for my demo you will have to wait a few more days until I  reveal the full pictures. Until then, stay safe in the cold, snowy weather.

Friday 4 January 2013

Challenge # 6 DCC & Friends

Welcome to challenge # 6 at DCC & Friends. Our theme for this month is " Button-up". Any projects which include one or more buttons are welcome! You have until January 31st to enter and our usual rules apply (please see the side panel on the challenge blog for details). 
The challenge is being sponsored by Dawn herself and the prize is a wonderful goody bag of crafty stash!
Here is my card for your inspiration. As you can see, it definately has more than one button - it has 24!

I wanted heart shaped buttons for this card but didn't have any left in my stash, so, I decided to make my own with Fimo. First I matted and layered an 8" x 8" card blank with silver mirri and a paper from MCS Quintessential Country garden. I wrapped a white and silver ribbon around them before fixing to the card.

Using the scalloped circle dies from Spellbinders, I cut shapes from silver mirri and plain white card.
I coloured the card with a blend of Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks and attached the buttons in a heart shape.

I tied a bow with some wired lace ribbon and made a couple of stick pins with white and silver beads. I used Pinflair to attach these to the white ribbon.

I mixed the leftover Fimo and cut a butterfly button. Once baked I threaded coloured thread through the holes and twirled the ends. For the finishing touch I added some Candi in the top corner.

I hope you'll come and join in with this fun challenge. Please visit the DCC & Friends challenge blog for more inspiration from the fabulous DT and to check out the rules.

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Challenge # 12 at Emma's Cards

A very Happy New Year to you all and I hope you've all recovered from the bugs and festivities. I hope 2013 will be great year for you.
Welcome to Challenge # 12 at Emma's Cards and thank you to everyone who took part in our Let it Snow challenge. The winner will be announced in a few days.
This month's theme is "Animals". Your projects can feature pets, farm or wild animals. Our sponsor for this challenge is our own talented DT member Kath Fowler and she is very generously providing a £25.00 voucher from
Phill Martin's  Honeypot Crafts.
I've used a cute image from the House-Mouse Project Book Volume 1 to make a card to give you some inspiration.

I covered an 8" x 8" card blank with gold mirri then layered with a light blue Papermania textured card. I printed off the decoupage and backing paper from Project 13 and cut the paper into four squares. I matted them onto gold mirri and attached pink polka-dot ribbon to a couple of corners before placing on the card.

I cut out the decoupage and built it up with foam pads and Pinflair. I love this image, especially the mouse getting a scrub with a toothbrush and the budgie enjoying a splash. The blue edging is part of the printed image. I attached the panel to the card with foam pads.

To finish off I added bows to the corner ribbon pieces and some blue feathers.
Now head on over to the challenge blog to see the fantastic cards from the other DT members for some more inspiration and to check out the rules. You have until the end of January to enter your crafty makes, we can't wait to see what you create.