Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Cut It Out! at Top Tip Tuesday


This time at Top Tip Tuesday and the theme is 

we are sponsored by Shape EZ who supply die cutting files for electronic die cutting machines.  Now I have an electronic cutter, but frankly I should have bought the one that you can get files like this, not the one that takes the cartridges that cost a small fortune... hmmm... never mind.  Anyway the upshot is it is gathering dust... so I printed the files out onto my paper, then cut it out... you know... old school... with scissors :-)

I used Roll Bag this time, and used it to make a gift bag which I will use for my Dad's Fathers Day Present in a couple of weeks... not sure what is going in here yet... but it's a start!

It looks really cool... and I think my Dad will appreciate the effort :-)

Thanks for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Getting Stitchy at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


This fortnight at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is  

This can be done on a machine, or by hand or faux, the choice is yours!

I used my machine to stitch round the edges of my panels, I was going to add some hand-stitching too, but for the life of me I could not find my embroidery threads!!

The papers are some old ones I had in my drawers, sometimes it's nice to use things up rather than reach for a new pad every time!  That they went so well together and that brown and blue are my absolute all time favourites were an added bonus :-)

In keeping with the use of my old stash I reached for one of the first stamps I ever bought -  a Gorguss Girl image from long ago, she's still a cutie!   Just visible in this shot is the banner dies I got from Stampin' Up a while back - I cut each out, then trimmed a couple of millimeters from each and layered them up.  I've distressed the edges of these with Vintage Photo as I have each of the panels.

Again I've distressed with Vintage Photo, but lightened it up with a bit of Antique Linen.  The postmarks are stamped with a Stampin' Up pad (although I stamped first on a scrap of paper to take some of the ink out as it's a bit juicy!  I then sprinkled some Stampendous Embossing powders on the panel, before fussy cutting and layering my image on top with foam pads.

You can see  the stitching a bit better in this shot!  I've been playing with a HOTP die that came with a magazine recently, and love how it looks embossed and sanded.  The gems, button, charm, and pins are from my stash, and I just had to use this rich looking velvet ribbon over some lace.  I tried tying a bow, but because it's single sided it looked all wrong, so had to settle for a knot!

To mirror the banners at the top I hand cut a sentiment panel and distressed it too.  The sentiment is another item from my early crafting days and is from a Woodware set.  As I've been doing quite a lot lately, I bowed the sentiment, by fixing foam pads in the middle to stack it up, and double sided tape to attach the edges.