Saturday, 11 December 2010

Christmas cards and sparkly things...

Hello fellow crafters! Hope you are all having a good weekend. My beloved is now not coming :( but on the bright side that gives me more time for crafting which is always good especially as I've not yet made his card!

I've only made one card today that I'd like to share, it's for my mum and was inspired by the one tracylovestoscrap on You Tube did in her cards mini album. I used an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock which I cut in half length ways,  I then scored both pieces of card in half then trimmed one half on an angle, flipping one sheet so it was cut the other way. I then stuck the two cut card blanks together (actually I think the next time I make one I'll just use two square card blanks and cut them down as required) to form one card blank with two flaps facing each other. I then decorated the card blank using docrafts Papermania "Classic Christmas" by Stephanie Dyment, 6" by 6" paper pack. These papers are quite lovely though probably not ones I'd usually buy, however they were part of a prize I won from Quick Cards Made Easy a few months ago and I thought I'd give them a go for this card. The flaps are stuck down to the base of the card blank so I didn't bother covering the entire blank just cut a strip about 1 1/2" in depth and 6" across.

The papers on the front are highlighted with red foil but the black tree paper is plain. I cut the foiled papers slightly smaller than the flaps then stuck them down. I stuck the left hand flap down using thin double-sided tape just on the bottom edge the did the same with the right hand flap to form a pocket. I was worried that my mum might try to open the card flaps thinking it was like a traditional card so I glued down a red gingham ribbon (part of the Do-Crafts prize from QCME mag) using Scotch Quick Drying Glue and added the ready made gingham bow using a glue dot. The Classic Christmas papers come with two sheets of die-cut Notelets so I mounted one on black card to make a tag for my message and highlighted areas of the notelet with Cosmic Shimmer glitter glue for that added touch of sparkle, I then finished the tag off with a loop of the red gingham ribbon and slotted the tag into the card pocket. Oh nearly forgot, before I stuck the papers down I edged them with Memento "London Fog" ink (Riverside Crafts) just to give them a bit of definition.

I'm pleased with how this card has turned out and I'm hoping my mum will like it too!

Thanks for stopping by to woo's crafting corner, if you have any questions just ask and be sure to pop by soon! Happy crafting. ttfn Sarah aka woo woo girl xxx

Friday, 10 December 2010

Mini blog...

Hello crafters and an especially big hello to my new follower, Shanda of Riverside Crafts! I've finally finished and submitted my second essay so I thought I'd just do a quick blog entry before I tackle the housework. My beloved is coming to see me and I want the carpets to be free of clutter before he arrives...

I haven't done a great deal of crafting as its been assignment week on my OU course but I have managed to squeeze a little bit of card making in and even went to my Christmas Crafts class at the Courtyard on Thursday. It was the last one and we made centrepieces. I've never done any flower arranging so it was quite fun and I think it turned out quite well.

I'll only show one card in this post because I need to tidy up and if I upload all the photos I'll be here all day lol. I made an easel card for my Vocational Support Worker Kim because she's got her dream job as a social worker and we had our last appointment on Thursday. Kim is lovely and has been very encouraging the past year and I'm going to miss her. I made this card using burgundy extra thick card stock because I wanted it to be nice and sturdy. I made the easel bit in the usual way (check out YouTube if you need directions or email me) and decorated the front with Kate Knight paper, Delane Lange Epoxy Butterfly stickers and Anita's Sticky Ribbon. I highlighted parts of the paper with Rangers Platinum Stickles (£1.95, Riverside Crafts) and spelt out Kim using Making Memories Heidi white rub-ons. I curled the stems of a couple of mini roses (not sure of brand as I bought a bag of 100 from a car boot sale for £1!) and stuck them either side of the name with mini sticky pads to give them a little height. I added a 2011 mini calendar (5 for 99p, Boyes) and a pack of post-it notes on the front then made a stopper for the base and added a keyring clip pen. I made two medium sized roses using a Woodware 6 petal punch out of medium weight red cardstock then sprayed them both with Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper spray (£2.99 from Riverside Crafts) and once dry I attached them with a pop-up glue dot. I wiped around the easel stopper with the residue of the cosmic spray mainly cos I didn't want to waste it and it gave a subtle shimmer to the piece that I really like. I felt it needed something else and found some gold embossed vellum leaves (Riverside Crafts) which I curled slightly to add dimension then I slid them part way under the roses and used a pop up glue dot to adhere them to the card. I really like this card and if it wasn't for the fact I'd put Kim's name on it I might have been tempted to keep it for myself lol. I've made two more post-it easels but they are totally different to this one, it's amazing how much a change of colour for the cardstock and using different designer papers can make to this simple but effective design. I'll be posting the other easel cards at a later date and also some of the Christmas cards I've made this week.

Please feel free to leave comments and if you have any questions email me through this site or my You Tube channel Thewoowoogirl. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting! ttfn Sarah aka woo woo girl xx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Christmas is cancelled....

Only joking!! Mind you if things carry on it'll be the only thing not cancelled! This is a picture I took a couple of days ago and we've had more snow since - in fact it's snowing now as I type. I hope everyone is managing to keep warm in this horrible weather, I actually found ice floating in the toilet bowl this morning which was rather shocking. Luckily the pipes haven't frozen on the antiquated central heating so I've had it on and off all day - I'm dreading going outside to see how much credit is left on the gas meter. Talking about going outside I shall venture out tomorrow as I need to forage for supplies - I may be gone some time. 

I haven't had the chance to do any crafting yet but seeing as though all the things  I was planning on doing over the weekend have been cancelled (including church!) I'm hoping to get on with my Christmas cards - I shall have to tidy the Room of Doom first as it tends to get used as a dumping ground *hangs head with shame*. I'm thinking about posting before and after pictures of the R of D but not sure if I really want pictorial evidence of my untidiness!

Anyway that's all for now. Happy crafting everyone. Sarah aka woo woo girl xxx