Monday, 25 May 2015

Are You Ready....Launching today....

Hello again,

Launch day is here!

Tune into Create and Craft today, Tomorrow and Wednesday to see the brand new die's by Crafters Companion

Only Words dies are just a crafty must have and I already shared one sneak peek...see the post HERE if you missed it...but here is another of die's in action.

These new Edge'ables are so easy to use and the great thing is that you don't have to use them in the card base, you can easily use up some of your scraps and off-cuts as I have done in the card above.
I have used coordinations card left overs and run some of them through the Embossalicious Dotty Embossing Folder

I have used white card to die cut the On Your Anniversary Edge'able die and then simply matted it onto more off-cuts!

I have used the free die with issue 6 of Crafters Inspiration magazine by Crafters Companion to cut the flower and then added Frantage, pink Perfect Pearls and a few Candy bits...done :D

Here's some more pics:

I really hope you can tune into the show's...

I have more samples on the shows, but for now I'll say thank you so much for popping by and I really really do appreciate every comment and view :D xxx

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: 312 ag Birthday bash (challenge Anniversary then lol) 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Brand New Button Box Fairy's at That Craft Place

Hello there,

You all know how I love new releases...its a thrill to see brand new images and even better to get to play with them!

I shared Tilly-Jayne from the new Button Box Fairy's    in an earlier post (you can find it HERE, she was named by me after my youngest!) so today, to kick start the new challenge over at That Craft Place Challenge Blog I'd like to share...


Oh my!  I love her :D

Here's the how's and what's:
Mixie Button Box Fairy was coloured in Copics, and cut out leaving a 2mm edge, I didn't cut into all the little spaces around her musical swish (because that's way to fussy) and here's a TOP TIP so you don't have to either!
Use a coordinating ink pad (I used Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink) with a cotton bud!  Yes I did say cotton bud...soak up some ink on the end of the cotton bud and sweep the edge of the image as you would with a large ink sponge, then very lightly in a circular motion begin to build colour in the white spaces.  Lightly does it because you can always add more but you can't take it away lol

The backing is Artisan by Graphic 45, I used the signature sheet and cut out all the elements I needed from ONE sheet of 8 x 8!  Just goes to show now versatile the papers are.
I wanted to use the door with her and so I cut out tiny flower details to edge it from the scraps! - don't throw your tiny bits of G45 till you've double checked to see if there is a tiny something you can cut out and add lol Its so much fun and a great sense of satisfaction!  (I may need to get out more lol)

The words are also from the same sheet, its the backing to the sheet and I layered the words to read from from to inside:
'If opportunity doesn't know, Build A Door!' 'Imagine Detail' 'Create Details' - my thought for the day :D
Another TOP TIP before I go...the edges of the birds have been treated to a little swipe of my black ink pad!  My cutting wasn't perfect and I wanted to make them stand out a little so edging with the ink pad not only covers an tiny imperfections it also adds depth :D
The final piece will fit into an A6 envelope because I cut off 2cms from the bottom before I layered the card to allow for the roof overhang :D

All supplies can be found at THAT CRAFT PLACE 
List: Kraft Card, Cosmic Shimmer Glue, sticky pearls, scissors, black card, Graphic 45 Artisan 8x8 paper pad, Pinflair Glue Gel, Distress ink, Black momento ink pad and time to cut :D

Here are the close ups:

Thank you so much for stopping by and please join us this fortnight in the That Craft Place Challenge, the theme is Shabby Chic!

That Craft Place Etsy Shop is well worth a visit too, these new images are a must have :D

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: 57 with wings fairy's 125 ag 45 ag 312 birthday challenge 32 9 colours of spring

Friday, 22 May 2015

Sneek Peek anyone!

Hello again,

Well, you all know my love of new releases, well this one is a wowzer!

On Monday 25th May (Bank Holiday Monday) Crafters Companion are launching a new range of word dies on Create and Craft and I have a sneek peek for you of one of my samples for the show!

Check out the Crafters Companion Blog for more details of these gorgeous dies but without further ado, here's just one of my samples...

Featuring two of the brand new Die'Sire Edge'able word dies:
Wishing You a Birthday and To My Special Friend

I really do hope you can watch the show's with the uber talented Fiona, here's the times (which as always may be subject to change)

Just a quick bit about the other ingredients to my 6 pack of cards....
Sheena's Stamping Card
Ranger Distress Inks
Darice Large Dot Embossing Folder
Die'Sire Classic 1" Alphabet die set and Number set - check Monday's show! hint hint hint
Cut 'n' Boss die cutting machine
Mat Black card stock
Kraft card stock
(don't forget the multi buy deals on paper and card packs on the Crafters Companion Website!)
Collal Multi Purpose glue
Sentiments from the Destinations stamp range
and of course the brand new Edge'ables!

Here's a couple more pics:

Thank you for stopping by and I really hope you can join me again to see some more sneek peeks soon!

Don't forget to follow my blog so you don't miss the updates :D

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx



Hello again,

It's showcase time!

From the totally epic ranges of digital stamps by Tamara van Wijk, its hard to choose what to showcase but I thought I'd introduce a newbie!

You all know that the new shop is Slinky Tart for the fabulous Slinkies...BUT did you know there is now a spin off range with their own shop called Spunky Tart!  It is here you will find some non-Slinky-fied ladies and a gorgeous range of digital paper packs.

To showcase the new range, here is Yes Master!

Here's the how's and what's:
Yes Master! digital stamp by Slinky Tart, coloured in Copic's
Backing - made on the pc using Serif Craft Artist 2 with digital stamps CD
Card - Black card, coordinations card, lace and embellies from my stash

The bottles are from a digital stamp kit for Craft Artist 2, available from the Daisy Store (it was on sale lol).  I printed them twice, with the top layer before printing covered in a semi-transparent crackle paint.  TOP TIP: I cut them out then set about rolling the large ball embossing tool over the back of the top bottle.  This rounded it and distressed it.  It was then given a generous helping of Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax and then layered on.
The rest is matting and layering, and then I added the tip is to do this, then decide on and add your embellies!  You will know what areas you have to work with and what might nestle together in a certain place.  Don't try to pre-plan too much!

Here's the close ups:

Thank you for stopping by and please do go check out the Slinky Tart Blog where you will see more inspiration and also the links to all the shop lushness (or use the links in the descriptions above)

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: 10 ag 60 ag 228 ag 262 ag 44 ag 124 ag

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Betty Goes Back To School!

Hello again,

It's Sunday so that means challenge time!

I have some inspiration for you to kick start the new challenge at That Craft Place Challenge Blog.  The theme this time is....TAGS!

Well, when was the last time I posted a tag!  or made a tag!  middle of last year I think!  So this really was a challenge...but you know what...that's a good thing so game on!

After putting the first 3 attempts in the bin, I really am quite proud of this one...

Image: Back To School by That Craft Place Etsy Shop from the Betty Boots range

Inside matching the outside :D
Here's the how's and what's:
Supplies from That Craft Place Facebook Group
160gsm Super Smooth card for alcohol markers; Copics; Graphic 45 paper pads (this one is Typography); Dies (this one was an old Sizzex large die); ribbons; MDF shapes (Rabbit is from a fabulous set of rabbits); acrylic paint (on the rabbit); block metal embellie; Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste and Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue; Kraft card and black card.
Other supplies:
String; safety pin; bead; black micron pen; old book pages; black Candi dots
Making a tag shaped card:
I cut an A4 sheet of Kraft card in half along the short edge, this way you get the fold at the top of the card, not the side (if you cut it in half along the long edge you get a standard fold) making my A6 card base.
I then I measured from the folded edge 2cms down each side and marked it with a pencil.  Then measure 1 cm in along the folded edge and mark, repeat on the other side.  Now join the marks each side so you have 2 triangle shapes then snip them off with the scissors.  Then using your score board (I can't live without my Big Score) emboss a fold line across the top at the 2 cm marks so that we can glue the very top together.
Last thing to do - cut 2 rough small squares of waste Kraft card, and glue them in the middle of the tag top on the front and then back (this will reinforce the hole for the string) and then open up the card to add glue to the very top (above the score line!) and then glue together.  Then punch the hole (I used my Big Bite) and the base is all done.
TOP TIP: My top tip for this make is if you want to use a standard A6 envelope (and why not, they are really cheap to get hold off) then once you have folded the Kraft card in half, cut 1 cm off the bottom!  It's a tiny amount but its just enough not to be noticed but means you can put the string and stuff on top and still get it in a standard envelope!  :D happy dance

The rest is matting and layering using the supplies listed above.  But please let me know if you have any questions and I'll be more than happy to help :D
The only other addition is the sentiment that was hand written copying the font from the backing paper (black micron pen)

Here's the close ups:

Don't forget to hop on over to That Craft Place Challenge Blog and join in the challenge, I can't wait to see what creations we have this week...each week the sheer brilliance of the entries inspires me so much xxx

Thank you for stopping by and please if you can, follow my little blog so I can share more of my makes with you :D

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: #226 ag #32 ag #21 ag #182 ag #145 layers #79 ag #31 ag #44 ag

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Button Box Fairy's join the That Craft Place Party!

Hello again,

EXCITED today, it's time for a Par-ty!

That Craft Place are sponsoring a party over at Passionate Paper Creations Facebook Group and it couldn't be a better time!  Because the Etsy store has some brand new digi stamps...its a brand new range!

That Craft Place Etsy Store now has 6 brand new ButtonBox Fairy's to share with you fabulous crafters :D

Best of all...I got to name one!  And so as she reminded me so much of our is

Tilly-Jayne Fairy from the Etsy store - new today

Image - Tilly-Jayne from the brand new range of ButtonBox Fairy's from That Craft Place
Isn't she just adorable!

Coloured in Copics

I love her sooooo much and my little one is so happy she is named after her :D

Here's the supplies used:
Button Box Fairy - Tilly-Jayne from That Craft Place

That Craft Place store - Backing papers, First Edition Boho pad; for image, 160gsm super smooth paper; copics and refills; flowers; Creative Expression dies

Little Darlings Rubber Stamps - sentiment

Here's the close ups:

I hope you love her as much as I do and will be popping over to the That Craft Place Etsy Store to check her out and the other 5 new ButtonBox Fairy stamps.

I hope you can join us over in the Passionate Paper Creations Facebook Group for the party this weekend!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I promise for those that have missed it, I will do a proper 'how to' write up next time!  (I was really pushed to get this done in time for the release so typing super speedy lol)

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: ag Things with Wings (May) #103 flowers #150 ag #243 flowers #258 flowers #8 Lace and Pearls (pink pearl in flowers) May ag

Friday, 8 May 2015

Illeana makes an appearance to share a little bit of Slinky!

Hello again,

Woohoo it's Friday and time for me to share my DT showcase for Slinky Tart and to my regular visitors and followers, don't fall off your chairs but...I made a CAS card!  There I've said it lol

So, here she is Illeana

Illeana digital stamp by Slinky Tart, link in her name above x

You know me by now...match the inserts :D
Here's the what's and the how's:

Once you get over the need to grab the embellishments and the need to sit on your hands to stop you has subsided, making a CAS style is both challenging and fun :D  The use of the white space is not as easy as it should be lol
Illeana from Slinky Tart was coloured in Copics and all in luscious purple tones on 160 gsm super smooth paper, from That Craft Place
She is on an A6 size card blank made from 300gsm Hint of Gold Centura Peal card stock so I could have the fold at the top.  Then matted on black and purple coordinations cardstock.
I used some left over matching cardstock (Top Tip, keep your left overs lol) to die cut the large Ivy leaves. and then arranged them with an added bit of bling.
The coordination cardstock, Ivy Die and the Centura Peal cardstock are from Crafters Companion
The gorgeous sentiment is a digital download from Gingers House and if you haven't taken a trip there yet, my TOP TIP this time is to hop on over...she is so generous and her blog posts are so funny, well worth a follow :D

Here is the close ups:

Thank you for popping by and please if you are not already following my little blog it would be great if you did, so you don't miss my next adventure lol

Pop over the the Slinky Tart Blog to see what the rest of the design team are showcasing for you this week and you could take a peek in the Slinky Tart Shop for more luscious Slinkies :D

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: #9 ag #135 ag ag 18 ag #150 ag #278 CAS style # 31 ag May challenge, for mothers or females :D

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Use a Die Cut for the Crafting Muskateers Birthday!

Hello again,

It's the 2nd Birthday for the Crafting Muskateers Challenge Blog and we are launching our May challenge today too!

The theme is Use a Die Cut and there are 2 fabulous sponsors this month too...The Hobby House and JGD Crafts!  Both are gorgeous craft shops so please pop on over and join in the challenge to be in with a chance of winning some goodies.

Being a Design Team member has its perks, one of which is we get to play with some totally amazing stamps.  As you know I'm also on a couple of other DT's and when I joined the totally awesome That Craft Place team their challenge was sponsored by All Dressed Up Digital Stamps so I got to play with this darling image, but I was too late to hook it into the challenge (which was ages ago and I can't believe I had forgotten about this gorgeous stamp!), so I thought I'd show her with the Crafting Muskateers for the first time...

Little Flower Girl from All Dressed Up

Coloured in Copics

Matching insert as always
I used this card for a commission make and the recipient was very happy too :D

Here's the what's and how's:
Image coloured with Copics on Super Smooth card (That Craft Place)
Papers are from The Works!  some interesting stuff in there if you dig around :D
The letters are a stamp set I had in my stash and I punched them in 1" circles (Xcut punch)
Then pearls and ribbon of course and a bit of matting and layering using my current fav die set (the theme lol)...sorry its here again lol MFT Dienamics Pierced Circle Stax Set

Here's the close ups

Thank you for popping by and do go over and take a peek at the rest of the teams inspiration and join in this months Use A Die Cut challenge at the Crafting Muskateers Challenge and wish them a Happy 2nd Birthday, don't forget to enter too x

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie xxx

Challenges: 9 ag 135ag 20ag 122 playing the twist, feminine May, for a Mum 34 ag