Saturday, 27 March 2010

Charity Spring Fayre - 17th April

Hi, I've just booked a table at this event, in Bearsden (Glasgow).  I will have a stall selling handmade and altered items (cards, giftboxes, notebooks, mirrors etc) as well as a selection of stock from PartiCraft (stamp sets, ink etc).  I also hope to do some demo's on the table.
So if you live anywhere near, it'd be great to see you there.


Polkadoodles week 11 challenge - sketch

Just a quick post - this is my entry for the polkadoodles challenge week 11. the challenge had a sketch, and we had to use blu and brown. I've used a partiCraft stamp for the bear (stamped with Walnut stain distress ink) and I made the flowers using my Eazi-score board. The shapes were cut with nestibilities labels four dies, and the cork border with a borderabilities die. I think it adds texture. 


Thursday, 18 March 2010

Grungeboard wrist bands...and card for an 18th.

This week I've had a go at making bracelets or wrist bands from grungeboard. I saw Sheena Douglass make them on Ideal World a couple of months ago.  So I've made a few different designs and I hope to sell them at a fair on Saturday...let you know how that goes!

Also, it was a friend's 18th this week so here's a couple of pics of the card I made her:
I used numbers printed out from the computer as stencils, and then matted them onto pearl card and cut them out.  The patterned paper is from Dovecraft's Retro Floral Prints pack. I printed out her name, and stuck it inside, with a border cut with a borderabilities die. I'm entering it in the week 10 polkadoodles challenge - milestone/special birthday. 

At tomorrow's workshop we will be stamping on acetate and using crystal lacquers to make a card along the lines of this one: 
                                                                                              So, I better go and get everything ready...
Teri x

Monday, 15 March 2010

something a little different

On Sunday I'd been invited by a friend to go to a Bead Fair and a Jewellery workshop...we had a great day out. I've never seen so many beads, and there were so many different kinds. Some beautiful silver leaf pendants, and lovely lampwork glass beads. We watched a demo of how to make your own glass beads, he made it look easy, but I'm sure he's had years of experience! I want to give that a try now...maybe one day.
The workshop was good, we made a crazy wire necklace, which was much easier than I thought it would be. here's a pic of the one I made: I used all blue beads but some people had brought 2 colours and it looked very striking with red and black beads.
Bye for now,
Teri x

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Borderabilities and birthdays

I thought I'd show you a pic of this birthday card I made for my husband, the design is one Sue Wilson (see her blog here) did for Papercraft essentials magazine, a few months back. It's a step card. My husband saw it in the magazine, and liked it, so I had to make it for him. I changed it a little as she had used the "Murray" character from Murray and Ethel holding the cake, and I don't have those stamps :-( I used the explorer from the Safari stamp set instead, cut off the net and drew my own cake! The colouring is all done with cosmic shimmer watercolours, except the cake, which I drew and coloured with fineliner pens, and the images were all stamped with black archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. And here's an easel card I made with one of the borderabilities dies out of the set I bought at the SECC, and the Happy Birthday stamp from PartiCraft. The patterned papers are Fancy Pants and I distressed with shabby shutters around the Happy Birthday, and I used walnut stain and shabby shutters on the die-cut/embossed edge. My 4-year old stuck on the foam letters, and they hold the card up nicely!

PartiCraft have some fabulous new stamp designs out now, click here to go have a look. There are new girly designs, space/aliens, undersea, military, squirrels etc from Sam Poole as well as the new lavender and create-a-scene sets from Sheena Douglass, something for everyone!
I'm off to prepare for tomorrow's's going to be good!

Monday, 8 March 2010

playing with my new toy... and Polkadoodles challenge entry

Hi, I had a great day out at the SECC on Saturday, and bought a new toy - a Big Shot embossing and diecutting machine. I got the Victoria embossing folder with it, so I've been embossing everything in sight, with lots of help from my 4 year-old. Here's my first card - a mother's day card. this is my entry for the polkadoodles week 9 challenge - stamping and wings. I stamped the dragonflies from the Butterfly1 plate (available from PartiCraft) with archival black ink, and painted them with distress inks (broken china and walnut stain).This is the inside of the gate-fold card. I've cut this image from Fancy Pants paper "Abigail".
Would you believe me if I told you the silver card I've embossed is actually the carton from apple juice! Here's a pic of the other side in case you don't believe me!

I did buy a borderabilities cutting/embossing die set too, so will be playing with that too. Just need to get some tan embossing pads, and then save up for some nestibilities too...
One of my little sisters is turning 30 at the weekend, so I decide to make her a special card. I loved lynsey's mini-book idea when I saw it last year (click here to see her tutorial) so I thought I'd give it a go. I found some old pics of her as a small child (at similar ages to her own kids now) so i scanned them and printed them out.. and here's the result:
I used a sheet Fancy Pants "Best friends" double-sided scrapbook paper
(12"x12") to make the book, and embellished it with various bits from my stash, and stamped a few images on it.

That's all for a few birthday cards to make so best get on!
thanks for visiting
Teri x

Friday, 5 March 2010

A pyramage experiment...

Here's the "pyramage" type card I mentioned yesterday. I've seen quite a few people making cards in the pyramage style, either using pre-cut sheets, or using nestibilities to cut the shapes out. I don't have a die-cutting machine (yet...) so I have made this using a Fiskars shape cutter template - it has several different size ovals on it. I used the Lilies stamp from PartiCraft, and stamped it 4 times onto white card with black archival ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I cut out 4 different ovals, taking care to get each one in the centre of the picture.
I used one of the "left-over" pieces as the lowest layer in my pyramid.
Here it is, painted with cosmic shimmer watercolours and layered up with foam pads.

Here's a pic from the side, so you can see (sort-of) the layers.And this is the finished card. I used green pearl paper as a mat and cut little slits in the corner's to tuck in the corners of the pyramid. The background paper is some I got from "payperbox" last year at the SECC.
I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out, and would love to have your comments.
At my workshop next week we will be having a go at doing this pyramage-style topper...though we may use different stamp images - bring your own if you want...
tomorrow I'm off to the Craft show at the SECC, can't wait :-)
Teri x

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Jungle birthday card

Hi I thought I'd show you a pic of another jungle card I've made. I've used distress inks to colour all the animals and trees, and then cut them out and stuck them onto the card base. For the background I used cut 'n' dry foam with distress ink (pine needles and black soot), then stamped and embossed the sentiment several times with white embossing powder. I mounted this onto a piece of dark green card.
I've been playing with my fiskars shape cutter templates to try and make my own pyramage style next time.
At the workshop tomorrow we will be stamping on acetate and using glitter to colour the's not to late to join us.