Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lilian's Challenge - Follow Your Dreams Tag

Happy Tuesday Friends, hope it's going well for you.  It's been a few days since I last posted something new for you to look at, but I see lots of you have been visiting and for that I thank you so much.  It's a thrill for me to see that so many of you have taken the time to drop by to see what new Craftiness I've been getting up to !

So, today I have a tag to share with you.  A group of my online crafting pals set ourselves a quarterly challenge with a theme and the current one was set by the lovely Lilian and her theme this time is 'Flowers'.  I decided to make a tag for my first entry, firstly because I haven't made a tag in ages but mostly because I recently acquired some new Crealies dies and one set is tags, so I used the largest one from the set to cut out my tag.

Here's a couple of close-up pix which show the Glossy Accents detail a little more clearly

These are the supplies and tools I used to create my tag :

* Crealies No 4 Stitched Tag die set
* Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection stencil - Blossom TH031 (flowers being the challenge theme)
* Distress Inks - Twisted Citron; Fossilised Amber; Abandoned Coral; Cracked Pistachio - to create  background, colour stencilled shapes and background stamping
* Visible Image stamp - Grunge Flourish - stamped using Abandoned Coral around edges of tag
* Crop-a-Dile  to punch hole at top, plus eyelet
* Length of chiffon ribbon from my stash
* Stamp set Eline's 'Footsteps in the Sand' stamp set - used faux stitching to stamp around the edges and the ART No both stamped with Archival Black ink
* Black Pitt Pen to draw around some parts of the stencilled design
* White Signo Uni Ball Pen Broad to draw around other parts of the stencilled design
* Ranger Distress Glaze - to seal and make waterproof the DI's, applied before Glossy Accent highlights
* Glossy Accents

If you'd like any further details of how I created my tag, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can and try to help.

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you enjoyed your visit and come back soon

Friday, 26 June 2015

BAT-ty Crazy Birds

TGiF and the weekend is almost upon us - got plans ?

Today I'm sharing a card with you that has lots going on in the design !  My pal Kathy the Purple Princess suggested I might like the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamp set but I wasn't quite sure I'd use them.  I dillied and dallied for a while then decided to get them - only to find they were out of stock..... everywhere humph !

Undeterred I continued to search t'internet until I managed to find the set and I'm so glad I did, thanks Kathy.

Are you ready for this ?

Supplies I used to create my card

* 6 x 6 base card
* Crafters Companion Watercolour card
* BAT background created earlier using Bleeding Art Tissue punched shapes
* Tim Holtz stencils - Dots and Mesh
* Memory Box stencil - Circles
* Adirondack Inks - Wild Plum and Denim
* Dylusions Ink - White
* White chalk paint
* Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamp set - stamped once on the finished background and once on plain white card then fussy cut out
* Black Archival Ink
* ProMarkers to colour the cut out birds - coloured images attached over the images stamped onto background.
* Brusho Acrylic Shimmer Spray in Silver sprayed over the whole of finished background
* Crafters Companion Spray and Shine sprayed lightly over background to seal inks
* Sentiment from a magazine freebie set of stamps

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

I've Been a Bit of a Sew and Sew !

Hi there friends, I thought I'd share a sewing project with you today for a change from the cards I've been posting lately.

When I visited my local fabric shop recently - Soft Touch Needlecrafts of Tavistock in Devon  - I saw a lovely cushion on display.  I enquired as to whether it was made during a workshop or class and the lovely lady there offered me a free copy of the pattern and pointed me towards packs they'd prepared containing sufficient fabric and notions to complete one cushion.   It would have been rude not to have purchased a pack or two don't you think ? wink, wink !  Like I NEED more fabric !!

So, here's what I did with my first pack
This is the front

and a close up of the front detail, showing the quilting stitches around each
square and around the appliqued heart in the centre, plus the applique
stitches around the heart - all done on my sewing machine

and finally the back view

First job was to cut the fabric into squares and, using the template included in the pattern, cut out five heart shapes.  Then ironing the heart shapes to a piece of Heat-n-Bond and cutting out again.  The heart shapes were then ironed onto five of the squares to stick them into place.  I then used an applique stitch on my sewing machine to sew around the raw edges of the heart shapes to attach them securely to the squares.

Next job was to sew all the squares together into a block of nine squares to produce the front of the cushion.  I then took the square of Calico, laid the batting over and then the front panel right side uppermost on the top to form the quilting 'sandwich'.  After pinning the layers together I quilted through the layers with my sewing machine, sewing parallel lines around the squares and shadowing around the hearts. 

Adding a layer of batting and one of calico under the front panel gives a nice padded front to the cushion cover and the quilting stitches add further interest.  The calico behind helps to protect the batting which could pull apart with use and or washing the cushion cover.

I made an envelope closure on the back, creating pieces of fabric large enough by sewing together all the little bits of the fabrics which were leftover after cutting out the squares and applique heart shapes for the front. 

There was a length of lace and a metal button provided in the pack but, after trying them against the front panel, I decided not use add them as it all just looked too busy.  Instead I used a simple wooden button from my stash to finish off the front, and I have the lace and metal button in my stash for a future project.

The lovely soft shades of blue and beige are so pretty and all the fabrics go so well together, I just love this cushion.

It was a fun project to do and I have another pack in a different colour way to make another one.

Supplies I used:
* Fabric Pack from Soft Touch Needlecrafts
* Free Pattern
* Square of Cotton Batting/Wadding slightly larger than the front
* Square of Calico the same size as the batting
* Feather filled cushion pad
* Heat n Bond
* Wooden Button
* Applique Stitch on my Janome Horizon 8900 sewing machine

I hope you enjoyed today's project, do you sew ?  I'd love to hear what different types of crafting you do.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Thinking of Summer

Hi friends, how are you today ?  Feeling great I hope.

Today's project is another card I created using the BAT (Bleeding Art Tissue) technique.  A while back I punched out a whole pile of shapes from the BAT and made a little stock of backgrounds for later use.  It can get a little messy and often the tissue pieces can be used more than once, although the colour is less vibrant with further use.  Good idea to have a pile of pieces of card or paper handy to make lots of backrounds at the same time.

I used a piece of one of the ready prepared backgrounds for my card and overstamped with black ink for impact.

These are the supplies I used:

* C6 white scalloped base card
* Background made using watercolour card and Bleeding Art Tissue punched shapes
* Marion Emberson Designs stamp set (which incidentally I was 'forced' into buying by my pal   Lauren when we went on a crafting shopping trip - I tried to say no but resistance was futile Ha Ha)
* Black Archival Ink
* SU! cardstock for layering

That's it from me today, hope you enjoyed your visit, see you next time.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Time To Say Goodbye !

Hi there, no project from me today so I thought I'd share some pix taken on our last night here in sunny Spain.  I shall miss this beautiful place, the hot days and warm nights and glorious sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea aaahhhh !

Back tomorrow with a project for you, thanks for dropping by today.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Alternative Style Wedding Card

Here we are at the start of a whole new week and I hope I find you all well and happy today. 

Got anything special planned for this week ?  I shall be doing a fair bit of travelling over the next few days but have pre-scheduled a few posts so there will be something new to see on here if you do get chance to visit.

Today's project is a different take on the wedding card I shared with you a couple of days ago.  I made today's card at the same time as the last one but creating a really different look.

These are the supplies I used to create my card
* C6 kraft base card
* Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Runway stamp set
* Black Versafine ink to stamp the image
* Stampin Up! Whisper White ink, applied to the image using a Dove Blender Pen
* Ice Stickles applied to the headdress, bouquet and a couple of spots on the dress to add a little bling
I think I slightly prefer this version to the other one, although I like both of them.  If you've dropped by and seen both, which do you like best ?  I'd love to know.

Thanks for visiting, hope to see you again real soon.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

LIM Stencilling Challenge

Happy Sunday dear friends, how's your weekend panning out ?  Well I hope.  Mine will mostly be about packing bags and getting ready to leave sunny Spain and heading back to (fingers crossed) sunny Cornwall in a couple of days.  Might fit in a dip in the pool to cool off though as it does look so inviting !

Before I get to work I'd like to share with you a card I've created to enter this week's Less is More LIM challenge to use stencilling.

For this simple Thank You card I used the following supplies

* C6 base card
* Glitzcraft Bluebell stencil
* Glitzcraft Glitter Paste in blue and green applied through the stencil using a palette knife
* SU! cardstock for layering

Have a great day with some crafting fun if you can.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

A Very Special Day

Good morning all.  Today is a very special day for a young lady we know, a little later she'll walk down the aisle to meet the love of her life.  Wishing the happy couple a beautiful day and a life together filled with love, health and happiness.

Here is a pic of the wedding card I made for them, when I saw this stamp I knew it would be perfect for the card I wanted to make.

Here's a list of the supplies I used :
* 6 x 6 scalloped base card
* Image is from the Runway CM5214 set of stamps by Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
* Versafine black ink
* Spectrum Aqua Pens and water brush to colour the image direct on base card
* Ice Stickles applied to the headdress and bouquet for a little sparkle
* Clear Wink of Stella Pen - light layer added over dress and veil to give a subtle twinkle
Have a wonderful day wherever you are and whatever you have planned for the day.

Friday, 19 June 2015


Hello dear friends, everyone who visits here regularly, occasionally or have just washed up on the shores of Stamping Grandma for the first time, thanks so much for taking the time to come see what I've been getting up to.

Today I'm sharing a birthday card I created a little while ago for a crafting pal.  I'm falling in love all over again with Kraft, Sepia and all things Vintage at the moment - what's your current crafting passion ? 

I have a box full of ready coloured images in my stash and when I rummaged through it recently I found this delightful vintage lady image and thought it was perfect to turn into a card.

Here's the finished card

These are the supplies I used:

* Image is by Hampton Art I believe (anyone who can correct me if I have this wrong, please do so)
* Stamped using Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto cream cardstock
* Water brush used to drag in some of the ink whilst still wet to colour the image
* Red heart shaped gem from my stash
* Scraps of SU! cardstock
* Scrap of lace and natural twine tied around image layer
* Double heart charm (recycled from packing of goods from Art From The Heart)
* Sentiment (again, not sure of the manufacturer of this one)
* Glossy Accents added to roses on the vintage lady's hat
* C6 kraft card blank and envelope

Hope you've enjoyed today's project and that you'll drop by again to see more of my creations in the future.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Definitely getting into the swing of this Mediterranean Lifestyle !

Hiya blogging friends, I don't have a crafting project to share with you today, but thought I'd share a few pix taken today.

Can't beat a nice coffee sitting outside in the shade 

As another beautiful day draws to a close, the view from the balcony - gonna miss this view I can tell Ya !

Hope to have some more craft-y projects to share with you soon