Wednesday, 29 July 2009

WOYWW - again

Gosh Wednesdays come round quickly.

Here is the snapshot of my life last night, I was really busy! I had 2 birthday cards to make for a colleague who had of course asked for them weeks ago and I forgot. I also had to download and sort out and print 100 piccies from a photoshoot I did (that sounds so pretentious) yesterday for another colleagues retirement celebrations. On top of that my computer decided to play up. It wasnt a good day really.

Luckily the PC is ok for now. The birthday cards turned out ok, the retirement stuff was fab, but I cant show that sorry, and I have Friday off so tomorrows the last day of work.


Sunday, 26 July 2009

More Alliums

So, the little canvases didnt work for me, thats official. I brought more on Friday on a quick (ha who am kidding) trip to the notsolocal craft shop but they will wait for another day.

As I really wanted that gorgous allium cricut cut on my wall, I decided to go large and do a huge one. So I cut a 9" one from grey bazzill (then had to help release it by going round it with a knife - major PITA). Then I stuck that to a sheet of white embossed Bazzill (you cant really tell in the piccie but its the one with the little flowers all over) that I had cut with a scalloped edge. Then stuck that to a sheet of black swiss dot bazzill which was finally stuck to the remains of the white Bazzill to give just a thin edge showing.

I love it, its just what I wanted, and it looks great on the bare wall over the computer monitor.


Wednesday, 22 July 2009


Not much on my desk this week, I haven't crafted since the weekend. I had dinner out with a group of crafty friends last night and the baggie of goodies on my desk is a pressie from one of them. We do a dinner and birthday pressie exchange once a month except because we all love getting presents we all have a present each month!

The lovely baggie has some BG Wisteria papers in some gems and a bottle of 'Smooch'. I haven't seen it before, so I am going to have to have a look for some ideas of what you do with it.
Oh yes, a couple of snacks seem to have snuck in the picture too. I dont know how they got there, they arent mine, honest!


Saturday, 18 July 2009

Canvas updates and more flowers

Well the canvases didnt quite work out as nicely as I had them pictured in my head, but see for yourselves. If I did them again, I would use thinner paper for the cut out and use a grey or black ink for the stamped background. You cant see but the paintbrush kind of shed a bit too so I would do something about that! I dont like the glossy finish on the varnish either, but thats just me.

On the other hand I am really pleased with my new flower. Its supposed to be an anemone and was made using 5 layers of Accent24s flower from the Accent Essentials Cricut cart. Cut 3 layers in one size (I did 2") and 2 layers in a smaller size (I did 1.5"). Snip each petal into three and curl them all. Then stick them all together with the smallest ones on top. Then blob a large circle of Stickles or glitter glue in the middle. The white one is just plain white card, the purple one was coloured with promarkers.

The card was made using one of the anemones I had made and a smaller version, the stalk was a piece of green cane I had that I cut to size. The leaves are just leaf shapes folded in half to give a little dimension and glued at one end. The backing paper is a piece of very old Basic Grey I think which is inked all round the edge in lavender chalk ink.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

WOYWW - again

Wow Wednesdays come round quickly don't they? I like Wednesday firstly its the middle of the week and so workwise its all downhill now to the weekend, and secondly I have an excuse to blog cos its WOYWW!

So here s my desk as it is tonight at nearly 7pm. The mini canvases I mentioned last night are gessoed (still not right) and I have stamped a piece of tissue paper then crumpled it and stuck it on with modge podge. The Cricut is cutting the aliums for them and I feel another 3d-ish cricut flower coming on.

Watch this space....

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

One cart so many possibilities...

As you can see I am just loving Lyrical Letters. Still just a little bit obsessed with the Alium cut, and made a few cards with it over the weekend. The two dark turquoise ones were orders for people at work, hope they like them.

I spent a fun afternoon today with Mrs Dunnit and she gave me two little 4" square canvases which I have just guessod (that doesnt look right) and am going to decorate in black and white to go with the decor in the scraphovel. I think they might have an Alium stuck on them too!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Yay! Lyrical Letters arrived!

My new Lyrical Letters cart arrived the other day. It is every bit as gorgeous as I thought it would be and I have been having fun cutting and sticking and generally seeing whats what on it.

At the moment I think my favourite cut is the spring connected shift option which gives you a lovely alim type flower and its companion frame connected shift whcih gives you a kind of three quarters of an alium flower inside a frame.

So, this weeks little project was done using the 'spring connected shift' kind of alium. First I cut one at 4" I used this as a mask and held it down while I wiped over it with my versamark pad. Then I removed the mask and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I cut another flower in the same card and style but at 3" and stuck it on top of the heat embossed one.

Finally I mounted them on to first some dark brown distressed card I had (probably a very old basic grey but who knows) and some swiss dot bazzill.

I love aliums, they are my favourite flower so I will be making more of these.


Wednesday, 8 July 2009


Its WOYWW! Now you can see that sometimes I do completely trash my workdesk. This was taken last night after I finished playing with a not-so-little project mrs dunnit and I are working on.

I just need to thank everyone for the lovely comments about the lillies. I was surprised to get so many so quickly. I'll have to see if I can think up any more variations. If you look at the piccie really carefully - ok with a magnifying glass - you can just see a pile of flowers under my monitor ready to squiggle into other flowers.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

More flowers!

Still not bored with these. When I was making the roses I kept thinking how if I just used 2 layers of petals it would look like a lilly - maybe.

Well it does! Well I think so.

Cut 2 of the flowers (accent24s) on the Accent Essentials cricut cart. Use coloured card, or ink a white one if you want (I did one plain one inked pink).
Cut one petal out on one flower, and two petals out on the second flower and stick them (as per Marias blog in the entry below).
Use a cocktail stick or something similar to curl the petals over.
Put some glue inside the larger petal and stick the smaller one inside (no need to trim any off the bottom of the lillies).
Now, cut some really fine shreds of card (quite thick card is good, and the thinner you can cut it the better it will work) for the stamens. Gently curl the stamens.
Make a pool of glue inside the lilly and allow it to partially set before inserting the stamens and allowing it to dry.
Using stickles or something similar make blobs on the end of the stamens. If you want quite large blobs you may need to reapply the glue more than once.

Have fun!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Roses update

The flower I used was Accent24s (thats s for shadow otherwise you get a hole in the middle) from the Accent Essentials Cricut cart. Basically I think any 6 petalled die would work so long as the petals aren't too long.

Have fun!

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Thanks for all your comments about the little grungepaper rose I made at a crop a week or two ago. I wsh I could take all the credit but I cant, they were made based on the instructions by Maria on her fab blog

I played with them some more, and thought I would share these paper versions. I dont have the punch we used at the crop, so I had a go using my cricut and found one of the flowers on Accent Essentials worked just fine. Its not quite a symmetrical flower but that adds to the charm of the roses it creates I think, after all roses arent perfectly symmetrical are they?

These were done using plain white 80 or 100gsm printer paper. The pink one was just inked round the edges. The pale orange one was lightly inked all over, then stamped with a darker orange script stamp and also inked round the edges. They also feature in the photos I used to make my new banner.