Wednesday, 26 October 2011

October Cre8tive Cards

I've been meaning to post images from the last Cre8tive Cards class for a while but I have been caught up with my new improved office, come craft room. In fact I have been sanding and filling so much that I have given myself tendonitis! The room is completed I just have to sort all the stuff now (the fun bit)!

So here are the cards from a couple of weeks ago. Firstly we made a star card. It was a bit time consuming to decorate but well worth the effort for the finished effect. I think it would look amazing hung by ribbon.

I have wanted to make a pinwheel card for ages so I decided to make one for the class. The greeting was printed from the computer which I like to do if I want a greeting that I haven't got a stamp for. It would be fun to make a card where the pinwheel actually spins too!

The third card was a card for using up all those scraps of paper. We used neutral creams and browns but the card looks great with a mix of all sorts of colours too :)

And finally, our first Christmas card of the year. I saw the template for this Christmas card on the Internet and thought it was great so we used it in the class. I think Christmas cards need to be quick but effective and I definitely think this card falls into that category!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Retreat Weekend

I had a lovely time at the Littlegreen retreat last weekend despite having a bad arm which meant unloading the boxes was slower going than normal. I always love going to retreats with the shop as once I am set up I can relax and get some scrapping done myself. I was sitting next to Sarah who managed to do 6 layouts I think it was on Saturday alone and I only did 2 over the whole weekend. I do have excuses though!! The shop was very busy :) and I had to pack up on Sunday morning as I had to get back to look after the kids as Dave is away :( I know talking a lot had a little to do with me not getting much done too :) Here are the two pages I did complete.

This page is all about how my eldest son pointed with his middle finger when he was tiny just like his Grandad Colin. I wonder what else the boys have inherited from the family? I know both Jez and Dave twiddle their hair!

This second page is my youngest playing the snare drum at his school show in 2010. The whole class performed the John Barnes rap as part of the World Cup Fever show and Alex drummed along which he was very proud of.

Friday, 7 October 2011

A Cheeky Card or two!

At the July card class I was a little concerned that some of the ladies might have taken offence at this first card, but thankfully they all took it in good humour. After the class I thought of a different greeting to go on the front.... I rearly love you! You can use the template to cut the bottom cheeks part of the card in patterned paper instead to make a bikini but I really couldn't think of a greeting for a bikini card! If you think of one let me know!
 For our special fold card we made a clutch purse card which looks really cute and is great for giving gift cards as you can make a little pocket inside like a real clutch purse! Not only did we make the card but we also made the flower from scratch! You can see a close up of the flower here. It is a little time consuming to make and takes a while to dry but it does look so good that I think it's worth it.

We made two cards following our sketch and this is definitely my favourite. We made the butterflies using alcohol inks and acetate and had a nifty little technique to enable the underneath wings to show. The butterfly antenna are made from flower stamen too.
 Here is our second card from the sketch. Nice and quick and easy.
This next card was to go with our occasions cards and is of course to celebrate the birth of a little boy. Change the colours for an easy baby girl card. Can you work out how we made the foot? It's not a stamp!
I hope you like the sneak peak of the cards. If you like any of these or any previous months cards you can purchase the instructions for individual cards for £2 each. Just let me know which one(s) you want and once payment is sorted I'll e-mail through the instructions.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Leaving Gift

At the end of last term the deputy head left my sons school. She had been there for 10 years so all the time I have been there. I was asked by one of the teachers if I could make her a book that the children could all leave a message in for her. So I got my thinking cap on and came up with a tag book to hold nearly 200 tags! Two of the other mums from school spent a morning with me secreted in one of the classrooms making the pages ready for the tags (thank you so much Clare and Jeanette). I then borrowed my mother in laws sewing machine and stitched all the pockets down for added strength. Added some stamping and the class names, made a cover and put it all together. Simples! I was really pleased with the rainbow effect to tie in with the theme of fair seas and following winds with each class having a different colour fibre to tie their tags. I was also really pleased with the stab binding and the ribbon closure which went all down the right hand side to make sure the tags didn't fall out. Unfortunately I can't show pictures of the inside because it contains pictures of the children but here are some images of the outside.