Sunday 30 September 2012

Spooky ATC Tag and a Halloween Challenge

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Todays post is my ATC sized tag for the challenge running over at Somewhere to be me , a blog written by my very talented teamie Sandie.

The challenge is to make something spooky for Halloween and I chosen an ATC sized tag that could be used to decorate some of those goody-bags for trick or treating.

The tag is actually a 7x2.5 inch piece of black card  folded in half with holes punched for the wobbly eyes to to show through. the folded card was adhered together to hide the backs of the eyes.  I have distressed the edges and rubbed over the cardstock with Vintage Photo ink to rough the surface up a bit. I have added a strip of ghostly BOO! paper and some cut-out scary pumpkins across the bottom. To finish I have slotted a piece of silver cord and rounded the corners. Spooky?  Well at the very least Kookie

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Your time and comments are appreciated.  Please take a few moments to check the  Somewhere to be me  blog and see the great work created by Sandie.

Thanks again.


Thursday 27 September 2012

Twinchie - Santa Claus

 Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today my post is about Twinchies.  Only just discovered these pretty much along with ATCs but only now started to make some.   Made in the form of a 2x2 inch topper, the aim is to minaturise your art to fit this small canvas.

 This is my Twinchies for the challenge running over at the very clever site called Show us Your Twinchies. Just have a look at the detail and the art you can get onto a canvas that small. Amazing!

I am trying to work myself up to getting some Christmas cards made, so if you want, I'm starting small. Mine is a 2x2 inch Santa Claus, coloured with Copics and some fine glitter powder to highlight his hat. The photo doesn't show the glitter but it does make the trim on the hat stand out.   I love doing this and I recommend you give it a try too.

Thanks for stopping and reading my blog. Your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x

Sunday 23 September 2012

Crafty Emblies Challenge 3 - The Dressmaker

Hello and welcome to my craft my blog.

My second  post in two days is my DT project for the challenge at the  Crafty Emblies with the winner receiving a voucher for the Crafty-Emblies Shop.
The prize is £10.00 of goodies from our Store

The  Crafty Emblies  theme is 'The Dressmaker' and the Design Team have used the Crafty Emblies range of wooden embellishments to create projects with a dressmaking feel.

I've made my project using a old balsa wood box. I painted the outside of the box with white acrylic paint and distressed it, when the paint was dry, with some rough sandpaper.  I removed the dividers and lined the base of the box with backing paper and replaced the dividers after having used Vintage Photo distress ink to 'age' the wood.

I tried to create in miniature the shelves you might see in an old dressmakers shop. A mini Origami box here, a mini roll of cloth there. Ribbons, threads, mannequins, I even tried to make a mirror!

The Crafty Emblies sewing machine and iron were inked with StäzOn Jet Black ink and when the ink was dry I decorated the emblies with a gold fine-liner with a scroll pattern trying to create thae look of the old 'Singer' sewing machine .
The front of the shelves were decorated with a strip from a paper doilly and a length of old cream lace, and the little cupboard is a cut-out courtesy of the new IKEA catalogue.

This was a really fun DT project and it was a treat to work with something other than just paper and ink.

My Teamies at  Crafty Emblies  have created some really spectacular projects for this theme and they are well worth the visit just to see  the talent. I hope you like my dressmakers shop and  it inspires you to enter the challenge to create your own version of  'The Dressmaker'. Don't forget the £10.00 as the prize.

Thank you again for stopping by to visit and read my blog. Your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela xx

Saturday 22 September 2012

Starting TODAY!!! at Craftymess- Aged and Distress Challenge.

 Hello all and welcome to my crafty blog.

today I am posting about a  new challenge starting today over at the  Craftymess challenge blog.

The theme for this   Craftymess challenge is  'Aged and Distress' and  was chosen by teamie Rebecca

Our Sponsor for this challenge is

Crimson Cloud
Who are offering a fabulous 3pkts of DieCuts of your choice

" is owned by Linda and Melanie, and is a mother/daughter venture - a way to indulge their joint passion of cardmaking and papercrafting.  
Linda, based in South Africa, is the designer - developing their exclusive range of stamps, die cuts, digital stamps, svg cutting files and card kits which reflect their styles of card making.
Melanie is based in Brighton, Sussex and runs the web based shop - only selling products that they have tried, tested and love using. New products are regularly being tested and added to the range.
For ideas and inspiration, check out the gallery on the Crimson Cloud website, or follow their blog on with new posts and samples being added at least once a week."

 My DT piece is a tag inspired by the man himself Tim Holtz.

Taking the 'Aged and Distess' theme to heart, there's quite a lot going here on this standard tag.  Of course I started with the Tim Holtz die-cut tag and using Ranger distress inks in Vintage photo and Tumbled Glass I added a base colour to the tag. The corsette shape was inked with Tuxedo Black ink and Versamark Red ink and give a skirt  made with ribbon in wide wired blight brown and cream . The cogs and wheels were treated with silver embossing powder and black ink and covered with a birdcage cut-out from MemoryBox. The cage was spritzed with Vintage Photo ink to create a rusted effect. I then added some torn backing paper, a strip old news print and some flat-backed gems to the tag along with a red ribbon laced through punched holes. The tag was finished with a stick on sentiment and some yellow and cream organza ribbon.

I had fun getting crafty and inky with the  Aged and Distress DT project.

Thanks for stopping by to visit and read my blog. Don't forget to drop by at the Craftymess challenge blog and check out the fab DT work on display.

Your vist and comments are appreciated.

Angela x 

Thursday 20 September 2012

Get Ireland Crafting - A new Facebook page

Hi all and welcome to my crafty blog.

today my post is highlighting a new  ' place to share information about craft classes and workshops around the country' . a new Facebook page has been set up to inform crafters about classes and tutors around the country to promote crafting country wide in Ireland.  Check this page out to be informed about all the wonderful crafty stuff going near you.

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday 15 September 2012

Digi Scrapbooking and a New Challenge- CG Scrapbook Blog.

Hello all and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today my post is my  DT digital scrapbook page for the new challenge starting to day over at the  CG Scrapbook  Challenge blog .  Through my cardmaking I branched out into Paper Scrapbooking, making use of simmilar paper crafting products, just on a larger scale.  I'm relatively new to Digital Scrapbooking  and I still have a lot to learn, but this learning experience is fun.

Our challenge theme is 'PATCHWORK' and runs from today until the 15th October. The challenge is open to both Paper and Digital scrappers and this month we have secured the sponsorship from  Crafty-Emblies a super new craft supplier specialising in wooden embellishments.

Wondering what Katie will do next.

My layout for this DT has been made using a photo of KATIE, my cousins little girl, who is soooo cute in this photo I had to use it just one more time.

The page incorporated several kits including the background papers, overlays, frames, transparent embellishments and text. I don't have any specific software especially designed for scrapbooking so I am using Photoshop. Youtube is, for me anyway, a wonderful source of tutorials, hints and tips, and I can follow along with the demonstrations learning how to use the various tools and formats in creating my pages. For anyone new to digital scrapbooking there is also a fabulous array of freebie kits out there which can be used ( subject to the designers policies) to create layouts, with predesigned templates, digital stamps and embellishments. So initially you don't have to invest in a lot of digital kits to get started. Because I love paper and glue and ink so much I cannot see myself going totally digital. Digital Scrapbooking is another string to my crafty bow which I intend to use more often, creating hybrid cards and pages, and maybe have a go a designing some of my own....Let me think on it.

Please pop along to the  CG Scrapbook  Challenge blog and check out the DT work. We have lots of talented scrappers from all over the place, using the traditional scrapbook methods and digital too.
The winner of this challenge receives a 10GBP voucher from  Crafty-Emblies   to be spent in their wonderful on-line shop. Check out the range of fantastic embellishments and fabby new stuff is added almost daily!

Thank you for stopping by to visit and reading my blog. Your time and comments are always appreciated.

Angela  xx

Saturday 8 September 2012

Hi and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today I am posting my DT card for the new challenge starting today over at  Craftymess  Challenge Blog.  I got to set the challenge for this fortnight and my theme is 'Vintage Paris'
Our sponsors for this challenge are Sassy Studio Design who have given the DT team some wonderfully delicious digital stamps to work with for our project samples.  

Sassy Studio Designs is a fresh new company. We have been designing and selling for 2 years now, and we have been kindly received into the community of digi stampers and crafters. I started designing images shortly after I started stamping, reason being...I didn't hardly like anything else out there I was a young adult woman at the time I was engaged, had no kids, I wanted fun sexy images that I would enjoy using and my friends and hubby would enjoy receiving. I designed images for 2 other digi stamp companies when my wonderful hubby kept trying to get me to go out on my own. So in June 2009 thanks to the few faithful followers I had, Sassy Studio Designs was born!  It has been a wonderful journey starting my own store. We have just grown so much these past months.I still try to keep
Lindsay Dyer: keep with my original philosophy and reason for designing stamps, make them fun and keep them sassy...and yes sometimes even sexy!

Here is my DT project for the Vintage Paris Theme

The  card was made with a 14x14cm cardbase covered with a pink patterned Eiffel Tower backing paper. I've used a black and white photo of the Paris Opera for background detail and to create perspective for the digi image.I wrapped some fine blue organza ribbon and some lace to the photo and adhered it to the front of the card.
My Fair Lady has been coloured with watercolours in blue and deep pink, and then cut out. The image was popped up on some dimensional adhesive and placed on the card. The result is very OOH LA LA!

Please take a minute to check out the Craftymess Challenge Blog. The DT have created some Tres French projects for you to enjoy :)

Thank you for stopping by toview and read my blog. Your time is appreciated and your comments mean a lot.


Friday 7 September 2012

My foray into digital srcapbooking!

Hi all and thanks for dropping in to my crafty blog.

Todays post is just for me and I want to share some of the pages I have recently completed using digital scrapbooking kits together with Photoshop. Being a papercrafter my earler scrapbook pages were paper based and that was good. But as digi-images gain more interest in crafting and scrapbooking; I though it was time to get to grips with this 'Digital' thingy before it gets too late.  I hadn't realised how easy it could be to learn and how the digital process, although the same as the paperbased scrapping, can add jus that something to a page that cannot be achieved with paper and embellishments alone. The pages below are representive of my progress through the 'self-taught' process and my initial skill set

I have been a subscriber to the Daily Digi website for a while now but not had much time to actually get into it. The Daily Digi  treats subscribers to wonderful Freebies from a host of designers and to tons of hints and tips for FREE! I like this site a lot now I've got the digi-scrapping bug and I 'm working up to becoming a real paid up member anytime now!

Kathleen and Tommy

 Nick and Nina

 Aunt Kay and sisters

I am pleased with the pages I have created. The are all personal and have special meaning for me and my family. The feedback from said family has been great and I think I am going to be a very busy scrapper putting this digi-scrapbooking  into action.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I hope you like what you see and take time to leave me a comment.

Angela x

Saturday 1 September 2012

Cards Galore - Challange. Vintage Ribbons Lace and Buttons

Hi all and welcome to my crafty blog.

today posts is my DT card for the  Cards Galore  challenge Vintage Ribbons Lace and Buttons which starts today 1 September. Our sponsors for this challenge is the wonderful Scrappers Delights and the prize is a voucher to spend in their store!

Janice, from Scrapper's Delights, designed some fabulous vintage digital stamp, especially for the design team to use for this challenge. And what's more, from today you will be able purchase them from their store, Scrappers Delights store.


Who has kindly given us a $5 voucher for the winner to spend at there store!!!
My card was made using one of the specially designed digi stamps from the Scrappers Delights called Holly Hobbie Set 1.

The image was printed onto white cardstock and coloured using watercolour paints. I tried to keep the colours soft  to create the vintage look needed. I punched the image using a scalloped circle punch and highlighted the edges with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. The base card is a 5x5 inch tentfold card with blue-green patterned paper panel wrapped with a band of lace and adhered to the front of the card. I then used a Nelly Snellen die to make the deep pink scalloped circle and adhered it , slightly off-centre, to the card.  The coloured image was popped up on some foam adhesive and place in the centre of the card. To finish the card I stamped the sentiment 'Friends Always' from Verve Stanps onto a smaller scalloped circle and used it as the centre of a pink flower.

The DT at Cards Galore have created some beautiful projects using this and other digital stamps from the Holly Hobbie set. Don't forget to pop over here check these fab projects out .

Thanks again for stopping by to read my blog. Your time and comments are much appreciated.

Angela x