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Monday, 31 March 2014

FCCB Challenge #204 Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday !!

Welcome to my FCCB post
This week our challenge is 
Challenge # 204 Sketch Challenge

I have used my fabby new cartridge Create a Critter 2 for my sisters birthday card using the challenge sketch below

It was so easy to put together with some gorgeous papers given to me by a friend a while ago

Unfortunately I bought some new card blanks the other day not realising they were only 240 gsm so I used some extra papers to decorate the inside and made a gift card holder to steardy it up a bit - worked a treat lol

Please pop over to FCCB and see all the amazing DT creations then join in and post your own project
We love wizzing around Cyber space visiting your fantastic blogs

As always please remember to use and name at least one Cricut cut.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

JoNeita's Box ~ AKA Altered Art Attempt !! - Playing along with Sunday Scrapper...

Good Evening !!

I finally have the pictures of the altered art pizza box I sent my FCCB Valentines card kit to JoNeita in to share !!
I absolutely love getting messy with Inks and Masks and with a lot of practice I think I am finally getting there lol !! It's nearly a year ago since I made my altered art mirror with the girls from Anything Goes over at Lynn's shop The Craft Den in Sheffield at the work shop taught by Hel's Sheridan

I am joining in with Hel's Sunday Scrappers Challenge, Week 301 "Brown Girl in the Ring" in honour of that fab day !! - The theme is to use Browns ... 

(Last year Texture paste/stencils -  ???? WoW !! That's amazing - This year makin' my own lol !!)

I started by covering the outside of the box with cream acrylic paint and let it dry naturally, it doesn't take long with just a thin coating

Then I stamped some fab Prima stamps randomly over both the front and the insides, I used a mustard Distress Ink pen for some tiny bits of mustardy colour and then 3 shades of Distress Ink to "oldy" the inside of the box a bit 

I made the top darker than the bottom,  the bottom will be hidden with brow tissue paper later

I used home made texture paste (acrylic paint, PVA glue and talc powder for the stencilling (smells fab too), white embossing powder for the text and some bubble wrap and Hessian as stencils inked with more distress inks

The letters are thick card x2 layers cut on my Cricut with the Artiste cartridge and coloured with distress markers
The embellishments are lace, raffia and Hessian with a fabby spellbinder die flower
There is also an air dryed clay frame which now has a butterfly nestling in it 
I sealed it all with Crafter's Companion gold varnish spray, I do hope JoNeita liked it as much as I enjoyed making it !!!

Monday, 17 March 2014

FCCB Challenge #202 Pinch Me!!

Happy Monday !!

Welcome to my FCCB post !!
This week our challenge is 
Challenge # 202 Pinch Me
Make a project using the colour Green

I have an added twist on my card this week, our sponsor for the challenge Mark's Finest very kindly donated lots of stamp sets to the DT and we get to play to our hearts content forever and ever with them in exchange for using them on our designated weeks
I love them so much they will be popping up everywhere !!

There is a stamp set to give away to one lucky follower who enters our challenge this week !!

My Cricut cut is the fantastic tag and oval from the Artiste cartridge
I also used lots of hand made Cricut stencils ( super cheap - cut out multiple shapes with George and Basic Shapes using the fill to page feature and ink through them - I used tiny circles, circles and diamonds on my tag)

I started by blending inks over the tag and then used home made embossing paste and a brick stencil on the bottom two thirds.
Once it was dry I inked again adding stencils and stamps for a grungy greeny brown look. To brighten it slightly I used some bronze mica spray and the lovely Docraft butterfly stamps which I embossed with white embossing powder

My stamps belong to the PRIMITIVE set which has lots of sentiments, sheep and cows on it in addition to the stamps I used 

I used black Stazon ink and coloured with distress markers drawing on the background and grunging it up, I used a layer of clear embossing powder over the whole oval before attaching it with Pinflair glue

 My daughter is laughing her head off because the pictures make the pigs look stripy ( They so are not !! - much !! )

Please pop over to FCCB and see all the amazing DT creations then join in and post your own project
We love wizzing around Cyber space visiting your fantastic blogs !!

As always please remember to use and name at least one Cricut cut.

Friday, 7 March 2014

FCCB DT Valentines Day Card Kit Swap

Good Morning !!
Today I am sharing my take on my own kit that I sent to JoNeita my DT sister and swap partner
We are all so unique as human beings and crafter's and this was the vision I had behind my kit....
.....I love JoNeita's cards on her blog and they are soo soo different from mine !!

1. A handmade Valentine’s card

2.  A sweet treat

3. Card kit 

4 card bases (4 ¼ x 5  ½) - rule broken already I sent 4 square 6x6 cards with their envelopes  lol !!
8 pieces of coordinating cardstock 
2 pieces of 6x6 coordinating designer paper for each base 

Cricut die cut images

 Stamped images 


Buttons, pegs, wooden words, gold bits, Hessian, twine, lace and ribbons

4.  Essential adhesive item

Foam Pads

5. Embellishment item


6. Surprise craft item 

Brick Stencil

Picture heavy so cards to follow .....

Thursday, 6 March 2014

FCCB Valentine's Swap Card #4

Good morning !!
Last but not least card number 4 of the FCCB Valentine's card swap and mayb, mayb my favourite !!(That'll b clean and simples then !!)

 The musical notes are from Feeling Groovy and the hearts are from Craft Room Basics

I glittered the hearts using my Zyron sticker maker and matted the musical notes on music paper and brown card from my kit 

I really hope Joneita likes my take on her kit, I have had so much fun using it
Thanks JoNeita x x 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

FCCB Valentine's Swap Card #3

Welcome my post to show you card number 3 of the FCCB Valentines Card Swap

For this card I used my die cuts given to me by JoNeita from the Best of 2009 Cricut cartridge

I added two tiny pieces of lace and used a Martha Steward punch on the pink card layer but everything else was from my lovely kit

This challenge has been so much fun as the cuts are so different to the ones I would have chosen myself , I really love this sweet little silhouette 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

FCCB Valentine's Swap Card #2

Happy Tuesday !!

Today's card uses three cupcakes from the Simply Charmed cartridge and they go so well with Joneita's choice of papers: Party Day papers by Crate Paper

I clear embossed the cupcakes and used the sentiment from my kit which is made by Stampabilities and called Card Phrases 2012

My only added extra is the Martha Stewart bunched border on the red paper
Card 3 coming up tomorrow...

Monday, 3 March 2014

FCCB Challenge #200 Pick a Holiday

Happy Monday !!

Welcome to my FCCB post for 
Challenge #200 
Pick any Holiday (Including Birthdays)

I am crazy for messy altering and distressing at the moment and I'm playing with some boxes for the crafty stuff that hangs around my kitchen/diner that drives my daughter mad !! (Hint Hint - It's time for a home of your own daughter dear lol !!)
My card is nothing of the sort, clean and simple wins again  (I'm hoping to start taking some photos of the boxes very soon though)

My CAS uses three Cricut cartridges, firstly I cut the beautiful frame from Artiste 
the bird and cage come from Straight from the Nest and the sentiment from Wild Card

I used some Tim Holtz self adhesive frosted film over the cage front, the picture does not do it justice because it is sparkly but subtle  

I love decorating the middle of the simple cards, probably because I'm not really a clean and simple girl judging by the state of my kitchen !!
 - Crafty mess, you guys understand, is vital for creativity
right ???
Ok, off to tidy up, even my consciousness is shouting now !! I think I could easily become a hoarder !!

Please pop over to FCCB and see all the amazing DT creations then join in and post your own project
We love wizzing around Cyber space visiting your fantastic blogs

As always please remember to use and name at least one Cricut cut.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

FCCB Valentine's Swap Card #1

Happy Sunday !!
Oh it is so lovely to have some spare time to play on my blog and share the cards I made for our FCCB Valentines card swap

My cuts for this card came from Wall Decor and More 

I used the sentiment that Joneita gave me from Stampology - Card sentiments 2009
Cheating slightly - I used my own 6X6 card blank because my brain can't do smaller lol 
I used some of the paper flowers from my kit and made the lovely black ribbon into loop like leaves
The only thing I added of my own was some clear dome gems and Distress Ink on the card blank and sentiment

Its challenge day tomorrow over at FCCB, so back Tuesday for my next card

I just have to share this pic of my elder daughters kitten "helping" with the photos

He came flying across the room at the greatest of speed sending the card flying on the hanger, i could'nt take this again if I tried for a million years !! Bless !! He is so very very cute !!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

FCCB DT Valentines Day Card Kit Swap

Over at FCCB  back in February we took part in a  DT Valentine's Day Card Kit swap.  
We followed the instructions set by Cindy posted the parcel off to our swap partners and waited for our own to arrive !!!

When my parcel came I couldn't wait to start playing here are the contents of my kit:

handmade Valentine’s card A sweet treat Embellishment item and a Surprise craft item 

The card kit – included the following items:

4 card bases (4 ¼ x 5  ½)
2 pieces of 6x6 coordinating designer paper for each base 
8 pieces of coordinating cardstock 
Cricut die cut images
4-8 stamped images 
4-6 embellishments

 an essential adhesive item

Here are my finished cards ....

I'd love for you to come and visit JoNeita's blog with me, I can't wait to see what she did with my kit, I'll be back next week with some more pics of my cards and the kit and box I made up for her .....

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