Tuesday, 3 August 2010

My 1st Graphic 45 easel card

Good morning everyone hope your all enjoying the holidays i am and so far no illness fingers crossed anyway lol .
I have been creating again even thou most of you would have already seen this card on you tube and your paper pantry I'm going to put it on here cos I'm so proud of my self for using the little amount of graphic 45 i have lol.
I was so scared to use it because its so hard to get over here in the UK either that or I'm not looking in the right places which is about right for me lol.
This is my card, i was given some graphic 45 papers from a lovely woman in the states that i did a swap with and she sent me some gorgeous papers which i was hording and didn't want to use them because then they'd be all gone lol i no i no but I'm very protective of my craft stash when my kids go through my draws looking for paper and pens and stickers i could cry lol.

Monday, 2 August 2010

My version of the webster pages trim and Wow i just love it !!!

Oh my gosh i am so so so pleased with this trim i was just sitting around looking for something new to create when i came across the Webster's pages website
And i was looking for some of the Bloomers trim but it was not available over in the UK so i checked out eBay and one of the sellers wanted £21.86 just to ship and that was only for a yard of one colour and i don't have that kind of money just for one item.
So i looked up the trim and had a good look at it and tried to figure out how they made it well this is what i came up with.
I used white cotton for the first one i tried and i was so pleased with how it turned out then i was taking my washing out my washing machine and stood there for what felt like 10 Min's looking at a pillow case lol yes that is what the cream trim is made of and that turned out so much better then the white as it frayed lovely.

This is the cream one hung over my graphic 45 easel card i made isn't it just stunning hanging there in all its glory lol
I'm sorry if I'm blowing my own trumpet but i am so pleased with this accomplishment and i just cant believe how easy it was.

This is the white version what do you think, I laid in bed last night and made it in two more colours to one in peach and one in pink and oh the peach is very pretty.
I am so overwhelmed with the reaction it got on my you tube channel
so many comments and I'd like to thank you all so very much they were all so very kind and a tutorial will be coming later on today woo hoo.
Take care and happy crafting x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Kids are on holidays now and updates

Hey everyone my babies are on there 6 week holiday from school and there already crafting lol there just like me except i get very nervous when there crafting and touching my stuff lol just a bit possessive i guess inks pads being left open punches all over the floor stamps not cleaned oh the joys lol.
But there having fun so that's all that matters.

Also my fabric flowers on my Etsy are all sold but I'm adding more items daily so be sure to check it out i will post some more items as i make them.
My babies are all better now thank god i honestly didn't think they were gonna ever get better bless them but my daughter didn't catch any thing not even a cold shes a tough little cookie well fingers crossed any way that its the end of the illness for this month, we do have our holiday to hunstanton to look forward to me the kids and my mum and sister its great i have not had a holiday for 6 years.

I'm off to make more flowers happy crafting everyone and hope you all have a wonderful summer

Friday, 23 July 2010

Twilight tag swap with Bona @ keep on scrappin

This was an awsome swap cos i a mental Twilight fan read all the books and some of them twice have all the soundtracks and films that you can get anyhow and when Bona from
and live love scrap on you tube came up with a Twilight swap i was straight in there.
You could pick from 3 groups your fav scenes or team Edward or team Jacob of course i picked my fav scene which is the forest scene so the lion fell in love with the lamb and this is my creation.
Unfortunatly the back is not finished as my baby boy got sick at this point but i'm sure the swapies wont mind i have explained to Bona so hopefully she will be ok.

Fabric flowers for sale

Hi everyone it's been a while i have had 2 very poorly little boys with croup not nice at all as it a night time virus. It does sound worse than it is but its still very scary especially because my eldest panics and struggles to breath bless him.
So i haven't managed to get allot of crafting done what i have managed to do thou whilst laying in bed watching TV was a few fabric flowers.
I went shopping with my mum into a large department store we have here in UK and looked at fabric per metre. Well omg we was stunned now I'm not loaded but i like to bargain buy with my craft money lol as do all crafters I'm sure.
Well anyway the cheapest piece of fabric was calico yes calico but that's not it, it was £7.49 per metre OMG i no see i did say i was stunned.So my dear mother suggested going to our local market and looking on the fabric stall so off we went well actually my mum went in a clothes shop and me and my youngest went to the market.
That was more like there was hundreds of rolls of fabric so i started looking round firstly i got some tulle in different colours only a £1.00 a metre.Then i asked if they had any off cut bags for sale and he took me over to box that was like a flower makers Aladdin's cave with a big sign above it that said 50p there was fabric in there that was 3 metres long.
So yes i brought the lot lol there was some really beautiful fabrics in there, and I'd had lots of ideas going round in my head for some flowers i wanted to make so when i got home after getting the kids from school and all the homework was done and pj's were on i waited for the house to go silent gathered my materials and up the wooden hill i went.
Here is some of the flowers i had come up with
I loved the way they turned out with the gorgeous vintage buttons i found on ebay the my creative imagination was going ten to the dozen and i came up with these
please go over to my Etsy shop and check them out as I'm selling them
I love the lollipop flowers the way its really crinkled up made the petals look even more life like it's amazing what you can make with a few off cuts of fabric and a needle and thread in fact i bet you could even go through your old clothes and find some fantastic fabrics to use.
Hope you enjoyed my rambling lol can't you tell I've been away lol well back on  track now i promise
Happy crafting everyone huge hugs from me x

Saturday, 3 July 2010

June tag swap with Pretty Paper Boutique

I joined a swap at the pretty paper boutique
with Marie we got placed in groups and made 8 tags the theme was to use a dress form image or die cut.
And also some extra bits of embellishment you'd find at a sewing shop.
This is my tag i am really pleased with how it turned out i found this lovely image on the Internet of a vintage dress form poster and i mod podge it in to some heavy weight card then made some paper flowers and added some lace and trim to both ends of the tag like a petticoat.
Then i made one of the fabric flowers i have seen my dear friend Tiffany Morgan make on her YouTube videos please go check her out she is mamatiffy and her blog is amazing
Tiffany makes the most creative stuff i just love to watch her work and create.

I really had loads of fun making these tags but i overloaded in June so I'm chilling in July just gonna craft for me and some close friends.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Large canvas My Family

Hi everyone hows your weekend so far i have made this canvas it was a while ago but with everything else i have going on I'm a bit slow at updating my blog.
When i started this canvas i honestly didn't no hoe it was going to turn out i had no ideas in my head i just started and it carried on from that but i am really pleased with how it turned out.
all the flower where hand made and the tattered angels time for love card turned out lovely i trimmed round the edge with vintage lace and distressed it

The my family die cut was cut from my making memories slice and i painted it with my textured medium and a light brown colour paint after it was dry i distressed it with Tim Holtz vintage photo ink and rub and buffed it with gold leaf i think it turned out lovely

The lollipop flower my dear friend Fiona sent me in a swap we both did check out her blog

Monday, 14 June 2010

Another Canvas

Here is another canvas Ive altered using the same techniques as before textured medium just different colours I'm really pleased with this one to

My Canvas's

I was shopping one and found in my local book store they had a sale on all the art items and i picked up 4 5"x7" canvas's for £1.99 what a bargin and i just had to alter them.
I used my textured medium which is sort of like a sandy paint and leaves a lovely background then a painted it in a fabric paint and over the top of that i pearlised it.
Went through my embellishment box and turned it into a beautiful picec of art work if i do say so my self lol.

My altered pringles tub for my sister

Hey everyone i no i no I'm useless keeping up with my blog but i will try harder Ive been so busy with you tube and your paper pantry and I'm having so much fun with all the swaps and groups and i have meet such lovely creative people, all the inspiration you can get if you get a chance pop over and sign up honestly you wont regret it.
Right back to craftiness lol i was looking around around my house looking for inspiration and thought I'd have a sit down and a think whilst munching on my fave crisps prawn cocktail pringles and I'm afraid to say i finished them off lol and looked at the empty tub and new right away what it would be perfect for as i had an cameo necklace i brought my baby sister and it would hang perfectly from the lid check out my picture i am so pleased with how it turned out and she absolutely loved it.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

My first intage frame

I was walking round Hobby craft and saw these frames for under a £1 so i got a few I've had them for quite a while now but when i got my Martha Stewart glue and seal i thought I'd use it on the frame with v&a papers one of my own handmade lollipop flowers some prima some feathers and i pleated the lace and added some braid over the top and I'm really pleased with how it turned out .

I just love my new stamp

The other day i went craft shopping yes i no again lol i just cant stop its so addictive.
Well i was in Coleman's and found this beautiful stamp by inkadinkado love there stamps.
and i had to try it out asap lol and I'm so pleased with it look how my card turned out i think it looks really pretty with my handmade lollipop flowers yes again more flowers lol but just love them.
If you want to see any of my crafts or scrapbooking items please check out my you tube my id is thetoad78 and please leave comments as i love to hear what everyone thinks of my work.
I've not been on there long but when i get enough subscribers I'm thinking of doing a flower swap because I'd love to see other crafters work everyone on there is so so talented so much inspiration.
I'm also on your paper pantry and omg there are so many lovely people on there and again so much talent so get over there and check them out

My homemade strawberry tarts

I was going through a stage where i was buying so many of these little beauties a week that i sat back and thought i bet i can make my own at a fraction of the price and oh my god they are so delicious now i always make my own

My ribbon flowers made with glue dots !!

Hey everyone yes I'm making flowers again lol but don't you just love handmade embellishments so unique everyone different.
Well this is my ribbon flower made from silk ribbon BUT i don't own a glue gun and really wanted to try these ribbons out as I'd seen load of tutorials on you tube so i was rummaging through my stash and i found my glue dots just normal glue dots and gave them a go and I'm so glad i did i cant stop making them they are so lovely so if you don't have a glue gun give them a go you will not be disappointed

Monday, 10 May 2010

Scallop paper flowers and other die cut flowers

Good morning everyone these are my new paper flowers inspired by a lady on YouTube id name Jennings644 please go check out her vids she is amazing and will be sure to make you chuckle.

These were made using a 2" scallop punch by ek success and a stampin up scallop punch which is slightly smaller than 2" and i also cut out a template of a daisy for the larger flowers the other two flowers have been made using the sizzix flower dies i think they are flowers set 2# and blooms beauty flower die.
Please check my tutorial on you tube on how to make them thetoad78 is my id.Have a great day and i hope I've inspired you .

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Toliet roll tube album

I no i have not posted in a while but i have lots of stuff to share with you and hopefully you'll like it all i have also done some videos on you tube which once i figure out how to post them on my blog lol they'll be on here.
Right here goes i was scouting through you tube and blog hoping and i came across a lady that made these mini albums out of toilet roll tubes. And believe me i have hundreds as i recycle and the kids love to make robots out of them lol bless um.

I grabbed a handful and flattened them with my bone folder but i wanted them flatter so i put them under my card stock stack for a day it did the trick lol.
Then i used some acrylic paint and paint the whole tube in latte and distressed in with chocolate in and my Heidi swapp distresser.
I also have a tutorial on how to make the paper flowers in the bottom corner on you tube i will post it on here next.
I used making memories papers from the just chilling range and again mm felt alpha stickers then i made a tag and again distressed it and cut a red scallop with my stampin up scallop punch and folded it in half and used it as a tag pull.
I hope it inspires you to make your own and please if you do send me in some of your pics would love to see them.