Sunday, 1 March 2015

Green Welly Brigade

Good morning friends!

Hope this post finds you well. Mother in Law is getting more confident on her crutches each day and therefore more mobile and more independent ;o) , so the volume of checking up on her is reducing slightly. As well as getting to my studio class and pounding the treadmill this week, I've found time to do a bit of crafting.

In my B.C. crafting days (B.C. = Before Cardmaking!) I was an avid lacemaker, and could regularly be found with my late mother at local fetes and country shows with our pillows and "makes". Some of the time we sported wellies (country shows can be messy affairs!) and yes, mine were green!!! A mutual friend of ours also demonstrated and sported green wellies, and we quickly became known amongst lacemaking friends as the "Lace Trimmed Green Welly Society"! Another friend (who also made lace bobbins) made us all membership bobbins, with a pair of green wellies trimmed with lace on them and my membership number was 4. Sadly, I don't think the "LTGWS" is still going, but I reminded of those happy days when I was going through some of my digis, and this card was born.

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 14.7 cm square card in white cardstock
  • Design Papers - are from my favourite CD-Rom at the moment ... Sugar and Spice Papercraft
    CD-Rom Collection. I have matted and layered these onto Kraft Cardstock
  • Image - is called Pattern Wellies and it comes from the pen of Claire at Jellypark. This is a new store for Claire (she had to close her old store down at the end of December thanks to the new EU VAT rules on digital sales) so she is in the process of transferring her many images across - the wellies aren't there yet! I coloured these wellies using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the shades listed, before die cutting them using a Sizzix Framelits Oval Die.
    • Outside of wellies - DG2, DG3, DG4, PL1, PL2
    • Inside of wellies - EB1, EB2
    • Ground - EB1, EB2, EB5
    • Outline - CG1
  • Sentiment - is a magazine freebie, from Quick Cards Made Easy, and I stamped this directly onto my DP using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.
  • Some buttons from my stash, and a die cut flower using Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower edged with a Papermania Hot Pink ink completed this card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you have a good Sunday!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Framed it!

Afternoon all! Hope everyone is OK out there in "Blog Land".

Well the half term holidays are over, and Casa Mia has returned to normality with school for the Bambinos and me! I did manage to get a fair bit of crafting done last week, and I'll share these bits with you over the coming days. When I wrote my last post, I forgot that my Mother in Law was going into hospital last Wednesday for a total knee replacement ... all went well and she's now home, but I'd forgotten how demanding multiple hospital visits are, plus checking that everything was OK for her at home before she came home. And now we're checking up on her morning, noon and night to make sure that she's still OK!!!! 

Anyway, I thought I'd share the card I made for whilst she was in hospital.

I used the uber-fabulous Sugar and Spice Papercrafting CD-Rom from Crafter's Companion and chose this beautiful Frame Card. This CD-Rom really is my favourite and there are so many gorgeously feminine images and projects to suit all the ladies in my life! It's the first time I've made this style of card and, I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the result. A quick butterfly from the Die'sire Essentials Beautiful Butterflies set completed my project.

That's it from me for now - I'm off to check up on M-i-L. Hope you all have a great rest of the day!

Hugs, Helen x

Saturday, 14 February 2015

So Cute!

Hello there blogging buddies - hope you're all having a wonderful St. Valentine's Day! 

Thank you to all of you who sent good wishes after my last post. After 2 meetings with school and a whole bundle of stuff for the year head to follow up, he had very strong words with the boy who was causing such distress to eldest bambino. I'm pleased to be able to say that matters have died down enough for us to have our happy and cheeky bambino back. I won't say they've stopped, as he still thought it was OK to have "a pop" at her yesterday ... grrrrrrrr!  I'm sure you'll understand that I've put a lot of time into preparing our case for these meetings, so crafting took a back seat for a week or so.

But my fingers have been itching to craft, and I'd like to share a little card that I whipped up today for youngest bambino to give to one of her best friends, who is having her 13th Birthday Party (dinner out) this evening. The only stipulation that I had to work to was that the card was purple ... think I managed that one then!!! :o)

I'm resisting the temptation to call this one stinkin' cute, but she is pretty gorgeous don't you think?

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a 27cm x 9cm piece of Centura Pearl - Snow White, scored and folded to make (when fully closed) a 9x9cm diamond fold card.
  • Design Papers - are from the Sugar and Spice Papercraft CD-Rom Collection by Crafter's Companion
  • Image - this gorgeous girl is called #552 - Penny Framed, although I've fussy cut her rather than leaving her in the frame, hence why one of her hair buns is a strange shape ;o) She has been created by Megan Suarez at Dilly Beans Stamps. I brought Penny to life courtesy of my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Face - FS2, FS3, FS6, LV1, BT4, BT5
    • Hair - TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN7, TN8, OR1
    • Top - LV1, LV2, LV3
    • Heart - LV2, LV3
    • Outline - BT2
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC. Because I had re-sized and cropped the papers in my word processing programme, I was able to superimpose the sentiment onto the right piece of DP and also to recolour it to purple, so it tied in with the main colour of the card.
  • 3D Paper Bow - is also from the Sugar and Spice Papercraft CD-Rom Collection and again, I took this into my word processing package to resize it to suit my card. 

I was struggling to know what colours to put together, and I remembered that this was covered by Leann in the Crafter's Inspiration Issue 4 magazine. Using the colour wheel, I worked out that I could have purple, blue/green and orange together, so I chose purple and turquoise papers, and then the card an orange highlight with the bow. I'm also pretty pleased with how her hair turned out too. Youngest bambino was exceedingly chuffed with my efforts.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

We're just starting our half term (hooray!), and as we've got quite a few birthdays coming up I will be trying to craft every day. Whatever you're up to for the rest of this weekend, I hope you have a nice time.

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The sun IS shining ... somewhere!

Good morning friends and thanks for visiting Casa Mia this morning!

I hope those of you who have snow are staying warm and safe. We have rain and wind at the mo, although the sun is trying to peek through as I write. By the time I photograph this project, it might have made an appearance!

I'm at home crafting this morning instead of being on the treadmill with a yoga studio class chaser! Things aren't going well at school for the eldest Bambino, so I want to be local and attached to a phone. Hopefully things will get sorted out one way or the other as school are on the case, but it's pretty soul destroying sending your child into school when they don't want to go and you know they're going to face several loads of grief through the day. Still, what doesn't break us makes us stronger .... at this rate I should be competing in the World Strongest Woman Championships pretty soon :o)

Anyway, back to my project. I was really taken with a sketch challenge that was posted last week, but didn't get a chance to make this over the weekend, so here is my offering:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a pre-made 15cm square in white cardstock (although I found out last time I used one of these that they're not 15cm and they're not square either!)
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and I think this was a freebie that Paulette generously offered in November 2013. I die cut my sentiment using the second largest Sizzix Fancy Labels die before cutting off the top edge of the label ... else we wouldn't have seen the papers, tee hee! I then used this tutorial by my blogging buddy Annette to make grey chalk clouds on my sentiment label using Craf-T Chalks.
  • Design Papers - are from several sources and once I knew the sentiment I was using, I wanted the papers to tell a story ... even when it's raining, the sun can still shine and a rainbow is the result!
    • The aptly called Sunshine Paper comes from a kit called Sunshine and Lemons by Melo Vrijhof at Pixel Scrapper. I've cropped this paper so that I got part of the sunburst effect, before hand cutting a fishtail.
    • The Raindrops - Navy paper is also by Melo, and comes from a kit called Rainy Days at Pixel Scrapper. I also hand cut a fishtail into this banner.
    • The final paper is by Summer at Summertime Designs and is called (not surprisingly!) Striped Paper from the Cheers to the New Year kit. Although not strictly speaking a rainbow, it's near enough for me!!!!! :o) Again, I hand cut a fish tail into the banner.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for dropping in today and hope you have a great and crafty week!

Hugs, Helen x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sugar and Spice

Good afternoon my crafty friends and hope you've had a good week and weekend. Just a swift post from me this afternoon, but firstly I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to Shirley-Anne Barber who is my newest follower - glad to have you aboard and hope you enjoy my creations.

As my regular readers may remember, January has been full of birthdays ... in the Admin Team at the school where I work there have been 8 this month alone!!!!! I've been making hand coloured cards for the special people, but for the others I've been making what I'm calling "Mini Cards" like this one:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Centura Pearl Snow White Silver which I have cut, scored and folded to make a 9.9cm square card. The beauty of this card size is that you can make 3 cards out of one A4 sheet of card, and these cards will go flat in a regular DL sized envelope should you need to post them!
  • Papers, Image, Sentiment and Buttons - are all from a Card Companion set on the gorgeously girlie Sugar and Spice Papercraft CD Rom Collection. I resized the sheet in my word processing programme, before printing it out, and I then cut out the elements. All the papers are ready matted and layered with the band of ribbon across them, so they just needed fixing to the card base. The image and buttons come in 2 different sizes so I had to choose which ones to use, cut them out and fix them to the papers layer. I used 2 sentiment tags, which I've tied together with a bow, offset them and then raised up the top right hand corner with a sticky pad to give a bit of dimension to the card.
  • Twine - is from my "odds 'n' ends" box, so I can't even tell you where it came from! I just about had enough to thread through the holes I punched in the buttons and sentiment tags so that I was able to tie the bows :o)

There is my quick and easy card, but it looks a whole lot more than just a few sheets of card!!!!!!! Here is a pic of another couple of cards I made using the same CD-Rom - these are from the Frame Card section and I superimposed some sentiments from Paulette at Create with TLC onto sentiment tags from the CD-Rom before cutting them out and mounting them. The only additions to these cards were bling/pearls from my stash:

Some beautiful cards for my office buddies!

I would like to enter my Butterfly Card into the following challenges:

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a lovely crafty week!

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Feeling Blue?

Nope, not me ... but I think this little cutie might be!

Good evening friends and as promised I'm back with another post as I've managed to have a crafty afternoon. I'd also like to welcome my newest follower, Jacee from Simply Paper Craft Design - hope you enjoy my crafty meanderings!  This is another Birthday card, but this time I'm actually ahead of the game as far as office birthdays go, so this can go in my drawer ready for the right recipient!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 5 inch square cream card blank
  • Design Papers - are both by Donna at Bearly Mine Designs which has sadly closed its doors. The bottom paper is from a set called "Plain and Simple" and the border paper is from a set called "Mini Dots". I have dry embossed a wavy edge on the border paper using my Ultimate
  • Image - this gorgeous girls is called Sugar 'n' Spice Doll Saffron and she comes from the pen of Barbara at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I brought Saffron to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before fussy cutting her:
    • Skin - FS2, FS3
    • Hair - GB8, GB9, GB10, EB3
    • Hat, Scarf, Muffler and Dress - EB1, 1B2, EB3, TB4, TB5, TB6
    • Coat - TB3, TB4, TB5
    • Boots - EB3, EB4
  • Sentiment is by Paulette at Create with TLC and I re-coloured the sentiment to blue in my word processing programme before fussy cutting it.

I'm not totally happy with my colouring this time - I don't find the blue pens the easiest to blend (the colours seem too tonally spread) and then to cap it all, one of the blue pens ran out whilst I was using it and I don't have a refill ink for it (guess what's going on order tomorrow!). Then I couldn't seem to get the texture right in her hair and the more ink I was laying down the worse it was looking .... Anyway, it's done now, and I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Whatever you're up to this week, I hope you have fun and get some crafting in!

Hugs, Helen x

Christmas Joy

Hello folks - hope you're all OK out there and keeping safe, warm and dry in this weather. 

I know that it's only been 2½ weeks since Christmas, but another one of my New Year goals is to try and make a Christmas card every couple of weeks. As with most things here at Casa Mia there is a story behind this. For the last couple of years, my youngest has helped me run a "Teddy Tombola" at our Church Summer Fete. Last year, we held a Christmas Fayre for the first time and the organiser phoned me and said "Right then Helen, what are you going to do?". I tentatively mentioned that I make cards at which point she nearly snapped my hand off down the phone and that was that ... I was running a hand-made card stall. I nervously went with a very small number of cards that were mostly made from CD-Roms as I didn't want to invest heavily in my time if my cards didn't sell. Well, I needn't have worried ... after a slightly shaky start, I had sold all the cards I took within the first hour! 

So, I'm thinking ahead here as I guess I'll be asked to do this again and it would be good to have slightly more stock to sell. Here is my first offering:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base -  is made using Kraft Cardstock to make a 10.5 cm square card.  My TIP for Top Tip Tuesday is that using this size of card base means that it will fit opened and flat in a regular DL sized envelope. This avoids extra thickness in the envelope and (depending on how heavily you embellish your card) a chance that you will avoid punitive postal costs.
  • Image - is a sadly now retired stamp from the Humphrey's Corner Collection called "At
    . I think I got this stamp as part of a bundle during Crafter's Companion Birthday week a couple of years ago and, shame on me, this is the first time it's been inked up! I stamped Humphrey and his friends directly onto the Kraft cardstock using Black Memento Ink before bringing them to life with my Spectrum Noir Pencils (enjoying their third outing!) in the following shades:
    • Humphrey's Hide - 001, 112, 117
    • Duffle Coat - 024, 027, 033
    • Scarf & Mittens - 058, 047, 084, 107
    • Clothes - 096, 104, 117, 119
    • Reindeer Sledge - 024, 027, 033, 088, 085, 008, 095, 104, 058, 047, 084, 107, 012, 014
    • Snow - 001, White Gel Pen
  • Sentiment - is from another stamp that I got as part of the Humphrey's Corner Collection bundle; this one is called "Christmas Joy" and I also stamped this directly onto the cardstock with Black Memento Ink
  • Faux Stitching - Black Gel Pen

This is the first time I've used the pencil blending solution with my pencils and I'm pretty sure that I have never made a card by stamping/printing and then colouring directly onto the cardstock from which my card is made. A lot of firsts ... :o)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • Keep it Simple at Top Tip Tuesday - second entry
  • A is for Anything Goes (with the optional extra of Antlers) at ABC Christmas
  • Challenge #130 - Something Old, Something New at Crafty Cardmakers - Old is my Kraft cardstock which I've had since June 2014 and New is a new technique to me of stamping and colouring directly on kraft cardstock.
  • January Challenge - Anything Goes at Spectrum Noir Facebook Page

I may be back to share another card a little later as I'm hoping to have a crafty afternoon. In the meantime, hope you have a great day!

Hugs, Helen x