Friday, 8 August 2014

simple sad card and a when you should have said stop

 My uncle Derek passed away earlier this week so I made this card for Aunty Dil. 

Nothing ornate, fancy or fussy, just a memory box die coloured with copics.  SU sentiment embossed with silver ep. White & lilac stardream card & a crafts too embossing folder.
This is one where I should have said stop when I'd finished the bottom right corner and left the top left bare.  Thought flourishes shadow stamped would look good but it didnt so I made a bad thing worse by adding some WV flowers and a cheery lynn swirl..  Think I'll whip the flowers off when I've got the jofy flower stamp I want ;o) 

Despite the pics awful colour it's a pale lilac graduating into a rich royal purple and deep aubergine.  The jofy flowers are paper pieced with lilac/blue/pink/purple metallic painted paper.  My own leaf stencil & a jofy stencil I enlarged.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Altered SMA tin

This is the prototype for next months playday project, an altered SMA tin.  It's still a work in progress (I ran out of yellow paper for the stamens and got fed up with spritzing white paper)

3 Prima dolls all paper pieced and coloured with copics & polychromos.

Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms flowers with various leaf dies & bits of pearl string.

I did learn a couple of things when making it... don't add trim around the top unless the lid is in situ.. you can see on the 2nd pic where trying to ram the lid on it's moved the pearls out of place.  Secondly.. don't add the flowers before the doll is in place.. I had to rip a few off as Prima dolls are quite tall and need the full length of the tin even after chopping off an inch or 2 from their legs.

This is the card I made for my future daughter in laws birthday.  Using an old creative expressions mandala stamp, copics,  spellbinder dies & some ribbon.  The butterfly has been 3d'd and is from a Prima paper pad.  TH rock candy glitter over some of the flower image, it hadnt quite dried when I took the pic.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

new & old

A couple using some old & new stash from me today.  I bought a new stamp & die set from Oysterstamps from Heartfelt Creations, Arianna flowers.  I had a play using calypso coral ink from SU and ripe persimon distress marker ink and decided to try for a monotone (ish) card to fit with the brief at createlicious challenge blog.  This one is using a sketch from KraftinKimmieStamps Blogspot
and is a first outing for Katherine.  She's stamped onto PTI card and coloured with copics.  SU papers and a couple of nesties.

This one is using a very old stamp from Elusive Images and is coloured with copics, cut with a nestie and some frantage enamels added.  First Edition Papers, SU cardstock and sentiment.  Bit of an oddity that I'm not sure about, I generally don't mix cream toned papers with white but seems to work this time rather than screaming wrong at me.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Old skool lol

Not quite sure how the convo started but a few weeks back I mentioned queree punches on a forum and no one had a clue what I was on about.. so I explained it was a decorative shape that was designed to be embroidered over.  Thought nothing more of it for a few days then had a hankering to get the punches out and see how they worked with a self made distress background..  I decided I wanted to make a large card to go with a prima doll I couldnt remember whether I'd inked or not and thought would be good for a friends bday.

I started off with denim, glass, tie dye & twig distress ink and gave it a blast with biscotti perfect pearls.  Then using a couple of flourishes from a Technique Tuesday stamp set I randomly stamped the flourishes with 2nd gen gathered twig.  Once I was happy with the background I used a queree punch to punch teardrop/leaf shapes into the background, perforated a few holes around them and battled with bad eyesight, a beading needle and gold thread.

 Pic isnt great but you can see where the embroidery was done over the queree punch.

Once I had the background finished I looked through my papers for something to match the colour ways.  I normally bitterly regret doing this as I've never got anything to match but as luck would have it I had Bo Bunny & My Minds Eye papers which worked well so I set about paper piecing the doll before mounting her, a SU sentiment on some SU card and adding the pearls.

I must own up on this one, the leaf pattern on the skirt, the flourishes & the shape of the queree punch makes it look as though I'd coordinated everything from the start but that was just a happy accident lol.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

On a roll

Definitely on a roll since I tidied the playroom, this makes 5 cards in a week, not bad seeing as I bet I hadnt made 5 cards in the last 6 months let alone blogged them.

This is a first outing for Kraftin Kimmies Eliza, I bought her ages ago just because she's pretty and I wanted her to live in my playroom.  I wasn't actually going to make a card today but a facebook posting from Kraftin Kimmie about their Wonderful Wednesday Challenge reminded me that I hadn't inked Eliza and one thing led to another lol.

Coloured in copics & polychromos on PTI cardstock she's cut and 3d decoupaged (yep, even the umbrella handle.. twice!) before having a coat of clear wink of stella over the umbrella and her ribbons.  Background papers are new bloom from First Edition, cardstock from StampinUp and I've used 2 dies from Spellbinders and a Martha Stewart punch. 

The layout is from SketchandStash Challenge Blog sketch 6,which I've taken the liberty of making a bit fatter and moving the sentiment.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

more bday cards

Nothing like a tidy playroom to make me a bit more productive here are a couple more cards made this week.

This one is using My Minds Eye papers, a whimsy stamp and it's the first time I've coloured with copics and gone over with polychromos.  

It's my lads birthday at the end of next month (get me being organised lol)  and I bought this Kenny K stamp at the last Sincerely Yours show just for him.  I did cock up the colouring and his forearm is now a sleeve and the bangle just a wrinkle lol.

Coloured with copics, crafts too embossing folder, burlap & sky distress ink with dimension fourth music script background.  Nestie star and a couple of gems.   Both images have sentiments from StampinUp.

Monday, 7 July 2014

not sure

I'm totally not sure whether to bin this one or not.  Made for friends who are a lot younger than us and have just moved house.  House is deliberately horrid colours and patchy for reasons I wont go into but they're quite apt for him.

Dylusions house, SU build a figure, sentiment & "sun" Coloured with copics.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

scheduled posting, I hope lol

It was a couple of my buddies birthdays this month and while they were blowing out candles I'll have been blowing sand off of my kobo & knocking back cocktails all while sweltering in the Egyptian sun.  Well I hope the sun will be sweltering lol.  Never scheduled a post before so it should be interesting to see if it's worked when I get home.

Both cards are using a new Jofy set which I'm half regretting buying as the vase plus flowers means you need best part of 8" high card and I do like making 6*6. 

This one is a bit of a blast from the past as I stamped everything on to white card in many layers, cut with a blade and 3d decoupaged it.  Flowers were coloured with my trusty albrecht druer watercolour pencils before being blended with a clear wink of stella.  The vase was blended with a couple of blue distress inks and sprayed with biscotti perfect pearls.  Whole lot was then placed on some paper from First Editions It's a Girl paper pad.  Freebie mag butterfly die (I'm ashamed to admit it's the only butterfly die I own) from a scrap of dsp. 

Same vase again stamped on to white card but this time instead of cutting them out I masked them (wasn't sure where the design was going) and played around with lilac, preserves, concorde, peacock feathers and evergreen distress ink, a mesh type stencils.  Quick blast with the biscotti perfect pearls mist and 1 background was done. Instead of painting the flowers I stamped on to scraps of SU card and glued in place. Bit more of the wink of stella and some diamontes in place and I was reasonably happy with this effect against the background. The vase was stamped and cut from First Editions Dream Catcher paper before a tiny bit of colouring in with a blue water colour pencil.

Sentiment on both is from an old SU set, just stamped on to scraps, cut into a rough tag shape before edging the edges with black archival and a bit of cord added.

Friday, 6 June 2014

New goodies

One of the things the playday ladies hate hearing me say is that if they buy anything at the Taunton Sincerely Yours show they have to make a project with it and prove it before the next playday.  I can't really enforce the rule if I don't follow it myself so I dragged out the inks and settled down to make a birthday card for my daughter.

I started off using seedless preserves, victorian velvet, squeezed lemonade, wild honey and dusty concorde distress ink to create a mottled background.  I then went over with my new memory box stars stencil and seedless preserves di, then an old script stencil & wild honey di.  Next out came the biscotti perfect pearls mist and I sprayed through the stars stencil.  Then came a really old dimension fourth script stamp and yet more seedless preserves di and black archival with a birthday sentiment stamp.  Matted on to black pearl and cream pearl card.

The band was cut using a spellbinders border die, both top and bottom glued underneath a strip of the same black card and some cream grosgrain ribbon from SU.

The Prima doll was another new purchase at Taunton.  I watercoloured her skin & hair with my albrecht druer pencils before adding touches of glittery highlight with a wink of stella.  Once totally dry I cut her out and paper pieced her dress using paper from First Editions "Dream Catcher" pad and lifted her using tiny foam dots.  Despite the card being 5" by 7" I still had to chop her feet off to fit on to the card!

I'm entering the card into the following challenges

A Creative Romance - Birthdays 

silver wedding anniversary card

One of my buddies saw the card I made for my nephews wedding and asked me to do something similar for her to give to friends who's wedding she witnessed 25 years ago.  This is what I came up with, not the same but very similar in that I used the same white stardream card, SU sentiment (stamped and embossed with silver ep) and 2 spellbinder hearts.

As well as the hearts I used a decorative "plaque" die from Spellbinders & very old font die, a cheery lyn flourish die and I used scal to cut 6 petalled flowers to make into roses.  I also used a crafts too a4 embossing folder to create some texture to the base layer.  The pic doesnt really show it but I've used a very sparkly glitter around each petal and teeny dots around the plaque.

I'm going to enter this one into

Southern Girls Challenge, Sparkle, Shine & a bit of Bling.


Creative Knockouts, Diecuts/Punches

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Taunton today, yippee and a tut.

Today was Tauntons turn to host the Sincerely Yours papercraft show and I've been looking forward to it for months.  It's probably my favourite of the shows I go to, small enough I can do a quick in & out but being only papercraft I can also spend hours there.  It's also good to go with my friends & meet up with other friends & stall holders I've known for years.

Now I've got a bit of a running joke with Tracey & Martine from Oysterstamps ever since my other mate Tracy mentioned lemon curd and I ended up taking a jar for Tracey & Graham. Martine likes Cadburys buttons though.  Roll on a couple of years and we'd found out Tracey likes the grub but Martine likes the box so I've started making pretty boxes to take her goodies in.

This was todays box and it's based on an old sewing/quilting pattern.    Not quite how I intended it to be, it was supposed to be handmade white roses but I couldnt find the right sized punch, but it's made using white stardream card, a spellbinders fancy circle die cut into a frame, embossing folder and shedloads of glitter which isnt showing in the pic.  The butterfly die came free with a magazine next year, Memory Box make some nice ones though.

I promised Martine I would do instructions for it, there's probably better ones out there than mine but I've never seen this box made with card before, only material.

2 ways to make it but they're basically  the same, just different boards used to get the same scored diamond within a square.

First seeing as Martine loves her WRMK envelope punch board we'll use that one.

Cut 2 identical sized squares, size isnt overly important but it does help to round them to full or half measure rather than cutting say 7 & 7/8"ths or 7.7cm. It's also better to use inches on this rather than cutting at metric.

Line your first edge on the punch board so it's meeting the measurement of half of your square, so if you've cut a 6" square line the edge to the 3" mark, if you've cut a 5" square line up at the 2 1/2" mark and so on.  Punch down and score along the groove (scores the blue line on diagram) as you would if you were making a normal envelope.  Quarter turn your card, line up to the same point (or use the guide) punch and score.  Do the same for the other 2 sides and repeat with the 2nd piece of card.  Use a ruler and score down the long red lines to create the flaps then snip away the 4 corners as per the grey area on the diagram on ONE of the pieces.  Fold and burnish all fold lines.

On the second piece of card cut along those red lines to leave a diamond within a square and no flaps.  Fold & burnish all scores.

 For the hougie, 

Cut 2 identical sized squares, size isnt overly important but it does help to round them to full measure rather than cutting say 7 & 7/8"ths or 7.5cm because it makes it next to impossible to find the central point without getting a ruler involved.  Score at 1/2" or 1cm on one side (doesnt matter if you've cut in imperial and scored in metric of vice versa as long as you do the same to the 2nd piece). 1/4 turn and repeat.  If you've used whole numbers it's now easy to score down from the top to show the mid point which is where to score the diamond by hand.  I've used short red lines on the diagram to show this.  Use a ruler and embossing tool to score between the midpoints (blue line on diagram.) Fold at all score and burnish.  Snip away the sections coloured grey on the diagram.  On the second square cut along the red lines so you just have a diamond within a square.

Assembly instructions aren't easy to describe and they don't really make much sense until you have to 2 pieces in your hands and are sticking it all down.  Here goes though.

Place a strong double sided tape to the right side of the flaps of 3 of the corners (all 4 if you don't want to hide something inside the box)  Match up the first of the flaps to the smaller square as shown and firmly stick together.  Work your way around the box taping and glueing flaps inside until you're finished or keep one point open to allow gifts to be placed inside.

I found it to be better to use a cropodile to make holes for the ribbon after decorating otherwise it's easy to get them in the wrong place.  I also found it harder to decorate when fully assembled but if you're using a paper/decoration which has a definite way up/down/diagonal you're less likely to make a mistake if you decorate after assembly.

Been a long day today so shout if it doesnt make sense.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Nephew's getting married today

My lovely nephew Jordie is getting married to Emily today and like most of the time I left things til last minute.

No inspiration was forthcoming so I fell back on my old standby.. white on white.

Martha Stewart patp edging, white stardream card, couture creations embossing folder, spellbinder heart & flower dies.  Marianne Design flourish die, memory box "gypsophelia"  bit of satin ribbon.  StampinUp sentiment embossed in silver.

Pic doesnt show it but the hearts, flowers, gypsophelia & ribbon have all been edged with pva and a white crystal glitter.  I'm sort of wishing I hadn't added the gypsophelia but it does look better in real life lol

Friday, 23 May 2014

time flies.. eek

Somewhere I think I lost my mojo back in december when I had the most hideous virus, not just for creating but photoing what I have made and without photos there's been nowt to put up here.  So I'm going to try and make more of an effort to do just that, not that it would be hard seeing as I havent posted for 7 months, oops.

Here are a few bday cards made for playday friends, ott pop up card made for mothersday, a wallhanging made for a meltpot playday and a mixed media canvas scrapbook stylee.  I wont bore everyone with detailed descriptions but if anyone is desperate for info just email me at playingwithpaper  @ 

Rather blurred Prima doll, Dyan Reavely saying, DesignsbyRyn raindrops, some dandelion fluff stamps

Distress Inks, Jofy stamps, Martha Stewart clay & mould, watercolour pencils & docrafts glitter varnish.  The varnish leached the paint badly, I'd have been better off using a wink of stella glitter.

Distress inks, watercolour pencils & jofy. 

Distress inks, spellbinders lattice die, Dyan Reavely leaf stamp (all cut by hand), bought spray of flowers & a bow.  Cant see it in the pic but the background has loads of layers of stencils, perfect pearls biscotti spray, crackle stamp & perfect pearls gold powder.

The most ott card I think I've ever made, as many su flowers and diecut leaves as I could shove in.  Monstrosity springs to mind lol.

 Diecuts, stencils, paste & sprays with a picture of my lad taken a few years back.  He's not as handsome now.. he's got a face full of ginger beard and appears to be auditioning for zztop.
 One of those pics that no matter what you do blogger and facebook turns to one side.

For a meltpot playday, papers beeswaxed and utee roses with diecut leaves. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

bodge job & birthdays

I forgot how much I loved/loathed it when Tim posted a 12 tag and I didnt have all that was needed.  This months I had a big fat NOTHING that he used.. now I dont do halloween so I didnt really want to go out and buy stash I'd never use just for a tag so I had to think on my feet a bit (and a trip to Artistic Stamper got me the paints).  Quite coincidentally my mate Tracy had just bought a cricut halloween cart so I asked her to cut me a frame.  I didnt think of asking her to see if there was a cat/witch/pumpkin/owl that she could cut as well, d'oh lol.  One craft knife & a bit of free hand cutting I have a passable (laughable) imitation of Tims owl & moon die.  Next problem was no glitter... sorry Tim I've just given shed loads of glitters away no way Jose am I buying more even if it is in the distress range.. well I might on the weekend lol.  Well, there had to be a reason why I've bought more than a few glittery embossing powders over the years when I rarely like how they lose the detail of the stamp...

So here we have one bodge job of the 12 tags, distress paints as per Tims list, forest moss & black soot distress inks.  SU french script & sentiment stamp, versafine, gem stars I had lying around (phew before I dapped my hands on them I thought I'd be using peel off stars!!)

I'm not impressed with the tag now it's finished but I did love it before I stuck the cutouts & stars on lol.

Now my aforementioned mate Tracy doesnt see the point in making tags... and it's her birthday next month and she's already threatened me NOT to make her a tag bday card...  oops, too late Tracy this one might just end up on a card for you ;o)

Iced spruce, weathered wood & seedless preserve distress inks, Su french script & sentiment stamps, Jofy stamps watercoloured with DI on watercolour paper and hand cut.  All splattered with silver distress paint & inteference medium, edges gone around with imaginations silver sparkle medium.  When they say sparkle they really do mean sparkle!!

It's another friends birthday on Sunday and she likes bling & shiney so I went as far as I could handle before the silver holo mirri sparked off a migraine.
Nowt but white stardream card & paper and silver holographic mirri.
Spellbinders label & motif die, TH tattered pinecone die, memory box flourish die.  

I liked the lay out I did on last weeks tag so much I sort of replicated it here with different flowers and no leaves.  Add in some silver splatters on the flowers, some gem pins, ribbon, tiny SU sentiment and bobs your uncle & fanny is your aunt one done card.  I hope it's blingey enough for her lol.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

challenge Angie and I failed

One of my bestest mates is having a bit of a tough year and her mojo has gone walkies so I challenged her and a couple of other friends to make a tag this week using a tutorial from Tammy Tutterow.

Well I couldnt be mean and make them do it but not join in so I had a go as well.

I learnt something from the tutorial, apart from the obvious lesson in woodgrain effects... dont be bone idle lazy and think that Dylussions white ink mist will do a similar thing but be a lot quicker, easier and with less mess than decanting picket fence distress stain.. 

it doesnt, well at least I dont think it does.  Not sure why but I struggle like dickens with adding dye ink over the top of gesso and white inks.. the colour always seems to sink below the white pigment and I either get really pale shades or as with this tag white hued patches.

I used Dyans white spray, frayed burlap & walnut distress stains on the Langton water colour paper and SU woodgrain stamp for the base.  Heartfelt creations stamped on langton & coloured with distress markers, brush over with wink of stella glitter before being cut and stuck down.  Words from Jofy stamp set then everything was versamarked and covered with clear ep.  Jofy butterfly then coloured with the same markers & wink of stella before being cut into, shaped and triple embossed and stuck on with glossy accents.  It's not as bad as the photo but it's not one I'd be happy to lay claim to.