Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wedding invitation samples 1

Every year I make Meiflower some wedding invitation samples using her gems, pearls, ribbons and diamante embellishments, and I normally show them on my blog much earlier in the year, but this year, even though the samples have been made for some months I am only just getting around to posting them.

Here I've used 25mm satin ribbon and a double heart diamante slider.
the silver glitter panel is actually wallpaper!

As well as a Sizzix heart die and LaLaLand crafts heart corner die I have once again used 25mm satin ribbon, diamante heart buckles and stick on gems in varying sizes.

I will be back with more in a few days,

thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Die cutting essentials Special Vol 5.

Today I have some cards to show you made using the free dies that come with the Die cutting Essentials Special, which will be on the shelves today. The commission was to use the dies to make 3 card blanks using shades of blue, teal and gold.

The digi stamp is called Sunshine and is available from The Paper Shelter, the flowers are made using an x-cut daisy punch, the lattice panels and leaf strip are freebies in the magazine and the sentiment is computer generated.

The papers on all the cards are from various Nitwit kits and the large flower above is made using LeCrea multi dies - multi die flower 002.

The punched border uses Tonic Simplicity geared punch - Dotty Border.

Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
Colette xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Ted, Unicorn, penguin and cards

Over the last 18 months or so I have rekindled my love for crochet, it has been my therapy, helping me get through the days since my youngest daughter passed away in 2015.

I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old, self taught from a leaflet I was given in school, at the time I didn't know anyone else who crocheted and so for a long time I have always wondered if I was doing it right. Fast forward to the present, with the internet, Pinterest and You tube, and not only have I finally discovered that I was doing it right, but I have learnt sooo much more in the past 18 months than I did in the previous 40 odd years.

One of the techniques I have learned is Amigurumi, thanks to some fabulous You tube tutorials. I though you might like to see a few of the things I produced.

Pink ted was the first Amigurumi item I made, I sat in front of THIS youtube video for hours, following along step by step until it was done. The lilac baby blanket in the background is another one of my makes and is currently sitting in a box in a wardrobe along with half a dozen other blankets I've made.

My penguin was made from a pattern in Crochet Now magazine and lives in my house with me, 'cos I have a thing for penguins.

The unicorn was a pattern in Love Crochet magazine and now lives with my oldest daughters six year old niece, 'cos she has a thing for unicorns LOL!

I also have the two remaining cards from the May Tonic Bookazine to share with you,

The panels on this card are embossed using the folder that comes in the free kit, unfortunately the embossing on the yellow panel doesn't show up too well in the photo, but it has diagonal rows of happy birthday in different fonts embossed on it.

This card uses some of the stamps from the free kit, (balloons, bunting and sentiment) the background papers are also included in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care,
Colette xx 

Monday, 29 May 2017

It's been a while...

I have been soooo busy over the last couple of months that I am meeting myself coming back, On top of quite a few magazine commissions and two sets of wedding stationery I also now go to a couple of local knit and natter groups (I am a crocheter rather than a knitter but the groups I go to have a mix of each) and a hand sewing group which takes place at the local library, and tomorrow I am going on a home maintenance workshop which should be interesting.

My hubby is now semi-retired and his sister and husband are both retired, so we also often pop out for the day whenever we have a fancy.

I do have some cards to show you though, these are from a commission I did for the Tonic studios design collection Bookazine which came out last month, the kit included dies, stamps, papers and an embossing folder and all the cards are made from the kit with a few extras from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care, 
Colette xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

More Masculine Monograms

Today I have the second part of my masculine monogram cards from Simply Cards and Papercraft 162 using the Simply Creative Around the world 12"x12" paper pad and First Edition alphabet dies.

 Tonic layering dies – Circles and Scalloped circles
Taylored Expressions - Golf ball and tee die set

 Tonic layering dies sets – circles and rectangles
Spellbinders Labels 40 – decorative accents

Tonic layering dies set – plain and scalloped ovals
Tonic layering dies set – circles

Phew! that's enough masculine makes for a while, give me girly, glittery and pretty any day!

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Summer vibes

The latest Joanna Sheen bookazine is out now and I was lucky enough to be given a commission to make a set of  bright summer birthday cards (summery vibe rather than specific summer motifs). I was given the free kit from the bookazine to use which included a gorgeous ribbon lace die, pretty stamps and embossing folder.

I made 5 cards in total, here are three of them.

As well as elements of the free kit I used
Papers - Bonnets n bowties - Nitwit collections
blue and white ink pads
Joanna sheen signature dies - Lace Edger 1
X-cut corner punch
Ribbon and stick onGems - Meiflower

 Memory Box Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies
Tonic scalloped circle and plain circle layering die sets
First Edition Pick'n'mix 8x8 paper pad
black and red ink pads
Ribbon and stick on Gems - Meiflower

Sue Wilson craft dies - Canadian Collection - Toronto
First Edition Pick 'n' mix 8x8 paper pad
blue ink pad
Ribbon, gems and diamante buckle - Meiflower

Check out the bookazine in the shops now it contains loads of brilliant ideas for using the included kit.

Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Masculine Monograms

Hi there, in February I did a commission for Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine, the brief was masculine and monograms, using the paper pad and dies I was supplied with. as the magazine goes on sale in the shops today I thought I would show you a couple of my cards.

Simply Creative Around the World 12”x12” paper pad
First Edition Alphabet Dies
Tonic layering dies set – Circles
X-cut small and large corner punches
Digistamp Boutique - Beer set
Buttons - stash
Ribbons - Meiflower

I will show off the other three cards in a couple of days,

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx