Friday, 14 March 2014

Silhouette at Twilight!

This is a top secret post! It's my grandfathers birthday on the 25th of this month and wanted to make him something to keep. I came accross this cut file in the Silhouette Store and just fell in love with it. I added the name (you can add anything you want, I picked grandad. And cut it out!

I then made the backing using distress inks. I think the water is made with broken china, peacock feather and faded jeans. The sky is brushed cordouroy, chipped sapphire and either a touch of peacock feather or faded jeans, I can't remember exactly off the top of my head. 

Do you guys do that as well? Get so into crafting that after the process is complete you sometimes don't even know what you did haha! 

Anyway this is going into a frame to give to him on his birthday! My grandfather is one the best men you could wish to meet! I hope he loves it! My sister said 'it's ace' which is so,etching coming from her haha! So doesn't really pay any attention to anything crafty so that's a big thumbs up I think on her part lol! 

Golden Opulence

I love bling and what better than cosmic shimmer gilding flakes and gold card stock! The sheer indulgence of gilding flakes is almost as satisfying as a triple chocolate fudge cake without all the calories! 

Rich golden gilding flakes make up the background of the gorgeous curly cue cut from the silhouette store is totally opulent. The sentiment was cut out in Cadbury purple to stand out and the black bow is hand tied. 

This was for a university friend who celebrated her birthday last week! 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Card for a sick friend.

My friend had to have an operation recently and she has been poorly for quite awhile now and I wanted her to know I was thinking about her. 

The background, sentiment square and flower were cut on the silhouette cameo and the bow was hand tied by myself. The flower has an 8mm flat back pearl in the centre as do some of the larger background flowers. 

I'm loving this classic elegant look that is not fussy. All the cut puts are mounted on silver board. 

Good Luck Card

We have a simple card today which was made for someone leaving work to start their own business! I wish him all the luck in the world! 

Here I used a sheet of paper and tore it down the middle, I used this for the shape of the inked portion of the card. I used three different distress inks to create the ombré stripe. Off the top of my head I think they were chipped sapphire, tumbled glass and broken china. 

I heat embossed the leaf from the stampology collection called autumn leaves. I used cosmic shimmer detail black embossing powder. 

The sentiment is from an unknown collection of stamp I have and was stamped simply using stazon black ink. 

I struggle as do most people with making male cards and think this design is just perfect! 

Introduction to myself

Hey guys! 

Just wanted to give you a quick introduction to myself and say a massive HELLO!!!'m

My name is Richard! I am 28 years years of age and was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. 

I am currently studying Archaeology at the University of Manchester and in the process of writing my dissertation! :-/ 

I started crafting when I was a small child with my Great Grandmother Winifred who taught me how to crochet! She was amazing and would sit for hours with a hook and some cotton. I just wanted to spend time with her because as I said she was amazing and one of my best friends when I was growing up so I let her teach me and I still crochet 25 years later. 

Here she is long before I was born. 

My aunt Denise made the most amazing cards so I wanted to try my hand at this new world of crafts so I spent an afternoon with her having lunch and drinking tea and she helped me figure out how to make a wedding card and a a good luck card and I was hooked ever since. 

I stopped making cards for a long time and this last month I have started again! I want to take the time to share them here with you all! If you want to know anything regarding techniques or where to purchase anything drop me a line. I'm happy to answer any question you may have! I can do a tutorial if you want me too on anything that's confusing or new to you all! 

Happy crafting guys and gals! 

Love Richard x