Monday, 29 April 2013

My Cousin got married!

Well, what a beautiful day on Saturday! My wee cousin married his bride in Ayrshire in the sunshine - in poured rain Friday and Sunday so they were lucky! I made them a large 8x8 card using some of my favourite Craftwork Cards products and also made them a flower wreath for their home. My sister asked me to make a card that she could give them too as she had worked the 15 days straight before the wedding and hadn't had time to get to a shop!

So here goes, lots of photos today and not many words!

This is the card from me and my family, i've used the typewriter font stamps from Craftwork Cards with a Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad. Here's a close up of the blooms - I have made lots of paper flowers and you'll have seen some of my wreaths previously on the blog but I think this is my favourite colourway for the moment!

I used a die from Marianne Creatables called Chinese Rose which cuts spirals to allow me to make more of the twisted centres - i've used the chevron paper with the die for these.

This is the wreath that I then made -I considered giving the card a detachable wreath but I know that I have kept all my wedding cards and I thought it would be nice for them to have the card and a wreath seperate - Its actually my 13th Wedding Anniversary today and my wedding cards are tucked away in a cardboard box.... that might be a project - making a keepsake storage box for the wedding cards, new baby cards etc.... That's going on my 'to do' list!

A couple of close ups of the wreath blooms!

I unfortunately didn't have a box.... but being the crafty person I am.... I made one! I used the scoring blade for my Cricut Paper Trimmer and made a box 6"x6" with matching lid from pearlescent card.

I've decorated the lid with some of the small flowers left over from the card and wreath.

Luckily there were several other larger flowers left over from the card and wreath so these were made into a card for my sister to give.

I've used ice white card candi and the candi alphabet stamps from Craftwork Cards here for the names.
A simple 'On Your Wedding Day' stamp competes both cards on the inside.

Oh and since nothing is complete without glitter - both cards and the wreath were all sprayed liberally with Gold Spray and Sparkle!

Hope you like them! Thanks for looking!
I'll be back on Wednesday with my newest project for the Tsunami Rose Design Team!

Mo xxx

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Tsunami Rose Challenge 17: Color Challenge

I'm back!!! I'm over the flu, the family are all doing better and I've been crafting yesterday for the first time in about 3 weeks!!! Itchy fingers and raring to go! But, hubby has started a new job and I have a wedding to attend on Saturday so I might not get back to crafting for another few days!

Well, this project is my next Design Team project for Tsunami Rose Designs and it is for this week's Wednesday Challenge #17 - Colour Challenge. This uses papers from the 'Yesterday's Commodity' paper pack available here.

I have chosen one paper from the pack which goes rather well with a photo frame that I had painted with acrylic paint several weeks ago but hadn't done anything with! This was a charity shop find and cost me 50p - I bought the two that they had and you can see the other one here.

I started by using Mod Podge to adhere strips of the paper to the frame, coating both the frame and then the paper. I ran a black ink pad around the edges.

I then used Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue to attach crushed black Card Candi from Craftwork Cards around the centre of the frame and then used Pin Flair 3D glue around the outer edge to attach some faux beading, also black.

The thing I love about the Tsunami Rose papers is that you can print as much as you like!! I printed off another two sheets of this paper and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and Marianne Creatables Chinese Rose die.

I layered up the flowers, shaping them and again using the Cosmic Shimmer glue to stick the layers together. I also ran a black dye based ink pad over the edges in keeping with the frame. I think the Mod Podge on the frame has made the paper flowers look a slightly different colour but I feel it still works. Since taking these photos, I have ran the black ink over the top flower here which I seem to have missed!!

Here's a close up of the flowers. The paper has script and damask and old postcards on it, looks fabulous and really works with the other papers but for this project I decided to stick with the one paper to keep it monochrome.

I hope you like this frame! Why not join us over at Tsunami Rose Designs Wednesday Challenge - You do not have to use the TRD papers but we do love to see what you can do with them!

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Mo xxx

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Tsunami Rose Designs Challenge #15 - Sketch Challenge

I have been so ill! I honestly cant remember the last time I felt this bad but the show must go on and here is my second DT Project for Tsunami Rose Designs! This week's challenge is a Sketch Challenge based on this sketch and using the Tsunami Rose 'Ephemeral Love Affair' paper pack available here.

I managed to finally get hold of a set of Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Alterations dies and decided to try them out for this challenge using them on the beautiful pink distressed damask paper from this pack. I cut some hessian/burlap too and layered up the flower with a gem in the centre and a scalloped circle underneath.

It might be hard to believe, but in all my stash, I could not find a single butterfly!!! So, a smaller tattered flower was adhered at the bottom of the card too instead. I have stamped a sentiment directly onto the paper.

And to finish, some antique distressed seam binding ribbon in a double bow at the top. I ran some vintage photo distress ink round the edges of the flower layers just to give some added dimension as well. 

Well, here's hoping I will be back to normal soon, I have so much to do including wedding invitations for my friend's impending nuptials - I really ought to get them done or that might be a very quiet day!

Why not join us for this week's Wednesday Challenge - there's no need to use Tsunami Rose Designs but we love to see what you do with them!

Mo xxx

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Friday, 5 April 2013

With Sympathy

Just a quick blog entry for me today, dealing with 4 kids and the Easter Holiday is playing havok with my crafty time! The sun is shining... bit chilly but there's a load of laundry on the line, the beds are stripped and I've got a chocka to do list for today! First on the list... my entry for this week's Tsunami Rose Designs Wednesday Challenge!

This week it is 'Anything Goes' and you do not have to use Tsunami Rose products!
As a member of the design team, this week we are working with the gorgeous 'Damask Madam' paper pack which you can buy here.

For my entry i've used two of the gorgeous papers - a harlequin print and a rose print. I've added some ivory lace ribbon, paper roses and a black organza double bow. I've also had my first try of adding beading to a project!!! I used my hot glue gun for this and will need more practice - its a bit wonky when you get close up, but on a mantlepeice it looks not half as bad!!!

I stamped the sentiment straight onto the paper and only chose this to help widen the scope of my stash - most of the time I use a Happy Birthday/Thinking of You generic type message, but I thought a Sympathy card would be good to have!

Here's all the info you need for Tsunami Rose and you still have some time to enter this week's challenge!

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Thanks for looking!
Mo xxx

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Tsunami Rose Challenge 14: Anything Goes

YAY!!!! The day is finally here! My first DT project for Tsunami Rose Designs! I am a new member of the Design Team for April and have stepped out of my comfort zone and harnessed my inner Goth for this first challenge project!

The papers are a sumptious pack called 'Damask Madam' and they are stunning - blacks and pinks with harlequin, damask and rose prints, with distressing and musical notes and just beautiful images! I love these papers and you can buy your very own set here!

So, what did I do for my first assignment? Well, here's how it started - strips of the gorgeous papers, a ribbon rosette and a satin ribbon bow!

The strips were mod podged onto a chipboard door hanger shape and left to dry, cut out and the edges painted with black acrylic paint. I used my hot glue gun to adhere the ribbons and rosette and the paper strip under the hole.

I found a fabulous vintage button in my mother's old button box which I attached to the rosette and added a couple of feathers under there for more dimension.

The metal heart shape has been stuck on the front of my box of embellishments for months and I knew I had to use it - it has wire and little pearls wrapped around it. 

Some paper flowers and sticky sparkles finish off the hanger - as well as some Frosted Lace Stickles Glitter Glue around some of the painted edges.

I hope that you will come on over the Tsunami Rose Blog and have a go at entering this weeks Wednesday Challenge! The theme this week is anything goes and you DONT have to use the Tsunami Rose products in your project - although we do love to see what you can do with them!

Mo xxx

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Altered Journal for Tsunami Rose Designs

Hope you are all enjoying the post Easter bloating and feelings of over indulgence!

Today I have been working on an Altered Journal for this week's Wednesday Challenge over at the Tsunami Rose Designs Blog! I am on the Design Team for April and have my first DT project ready to go on Wednesday but I'll tease you a little with this which I'm entering into the current Challenge!

I have used the Tsunami Rose Designs Lifes Abloom Printable Journal Kit to alter these pages - there are papers, tags, postcards, pockets, and lots of other ephemera to cut out and play with! You can order these from the Tsunami Rose shop here.

 For the front i've used the XCut Petal Posy dies to cut flower shapes from one of the gorgeous papers in the kit, i've adhered these with a diamante in the centre. I added lace ribbon down the outer edge at the spine and cream lace on the inside of the front cover - peaking out the edge. Two tickets and some more sparkle finish the front.


The flower on this ticket was painted with Tim Holtz Crackle paint in Clear Rock Candy and some heirloom gold perfect pearls rubbed into the cracks for a distressed look. I also added gold embossing powder round the edges using a glue pen and heat gun. 

These show the first two pages inside the journal - its a work in progress so i'll try and show more in a few weeks when I find more time to work on this! I've used more of the papers tags from the kit as well as a pocket. Some Tim Holtz stamps in Black Tuxedo Memento were stamped directly onto the page - i think this might be too dark.... One of the tabs from the kit finish the page.

This is very much a learning curve for me.... the first time i've undertaken such a large and potentially detailed project. I need to expand my stash and work on gathering more bits and peices to add to the pages.
I think I shall be working on this for some time!

Here's all the info you need for Tsunami Rose and you still have some time to enter this week's challenge!

Tsunami Rose Blog:
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Mo xxx