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Today I’d like to share a picture of the Mothers Day card I made for my MIL. Its the first card I’ve made in ages.

Mothers Day Card 2013

Mothers Day Card 2013

Created using digikits and Craft Artist v1. Digikit used True Romantics by Angie Hinksman. I’m a big fan of Anna Griffin and this kit reminded me of AG style papers. Especially the roses. The large pearl in the picture isn’t part of the digikit and isn’t on the card, its to cover the photo of DH & his Mum, who aren’t keen on having their photos being on the internet :)

Links

Hope she likes it :)

What are you making Mum for Sunday?

A nasty surprise at the bottom of the garden!

When I went out to my studio at the bottom of the garden to collect a rubber stamp, I discovered a nasty shock. Most of my stamps are stored in  metal drawers, inside a cupboard, inside an unheated garage. I have feared the rubber may not like this situation but DH reassured me that given the stamps were inside drawers, inside a cupboard they would be fine.

After seeing Indigo blu on C&C the other day, I decided to hunt out my checkered stamp and off mount it (remove it from the wooden block), so that I could try a technique shown on the demo. I wanted to apply just part of the stamp, rather than the whole image and have been considering ‘offing’ this stamp from its block, for some time. Now the stamp in question is elderly! It was an elderly stamp when I got it in the sale in a shop and has been ignored in the drawer, save for an occasional coating of stamp conditioner to ward off the worst of any issues its dislike of the storage situation might create. I have noticed that very old stamps have a tendency to leave their foam backing and to lift a bit. Having decided to remove this stamp from its block, I dug my nail under the edge of the rubber stamp itself and it lifted off the foam easy as pie. Now in this case, that was a good thing, but I had the idea that perhaps a couple of other stamps may be more useful off their blocks, so I found those too. I was horrified that these newer stamps, also lifted off their foam backing just as easily eeekkkk!!! :(  :0

Terror set in at this point and I left the studio in shock, afraid to touch any more stamps and risk damaging any of them further. Now the question is, has storing the stamps in these conditions caused the glue in the backing to perish and therefore most of them will be in this condition? Or is it just because it’s winter and very cold, perhaps this happens each winter and they will be ok by the warmer weather. I don’t normally mistreat my stamps by digging at them with my fingernail, and they have been stored like this for about 5 or so years.

Dilema

Have you un-mounted any of your wood mounted stamps? Did you regret it?

  • Do I un-mount my precious wood mounted stamps so I can store them in a smaller space and maybe as a result have room to bring them indoors or hope for the best and leave them where they are?
  • I haven’t done a great deal of rubber stamping in the last few years, partially due to poor health the digi side of crafting has taken more of my time.
  • Think I might use the stamps more if they were unmounted as they would be easier to store and easier to position on a project.
  • I’d like to use the stamps in a different way to in the past. I am tempted to use some (OMG am I really going to do this?) maybe even with acrylic paint or mediums. This seems more the way my creativity is going and I’d like to try using them with a brayer, ie rolling a brayer over the stamp so using the stamp flat on the table, would make that easier.

DH just got back and said it could be that the glues often get weaker bonds in the cold weather, it might all be fine when it gets warmer. Given the stamps are over 5 years old it could just be that the glue has come to the end of its natural life.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here we are already in February, the winter seems to be going on forever but still January has sped past. For this month’s challenge: Try Something New.

This month I’ll be sharing my recent adventure into crochet and be trying something totally different, but exactly what this is, is a secret for now.

How about you, what have you promised yourself you want to try this year? Now’s a good time to start :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a couple of pictures of a diary I made.

Hand made diary: 2013

Hand made diary: 2013

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The layout I created from scratch using Craft Artist software v1, the cover is made from white hammered card. The binding style is Coptic stitch, so that the book lays flat in use.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS: Yes I know there aren’t any numbers on it, that was intentional, I’ll write them in, so I can use the same template each year without having to retype so much ;)

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So you can’t see any gift wrap in the shops that you like? or Perhaps you want to design your own but fear you have left it too late? Fear not, I have a plan.

Here’s my shop bought gift bag, that I added a topper I designed with Serif Craft Artist, to match my Christmas card design.

Holiday gift Bag 2012

Holiday gift Bag 2012

To create you custom designed gift bags:

  • Do you have any toppers in Christmas themes, or Crafting CDs that you can print out toppers from, in designs that you like?
  • Rush to your local craft/kitchen store and grab some plain coloured gift bags. Nice printer paper & ribbon.
  • Put the kettle on a make a brew.
  • Print your chosen design.
  • Adhere you toppers to the gift bags.
  • Tie bags closed with ribbon

As the meerkat says; ‘Simples’

Hope that helps you out of a pickle ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Over the last few months I’ve been making gift boxes and cards, this month I’ve been sharing the results with you. Here is a quick pic of the projects all together, and some links to the posts where you can find more details of how to create your own versions.

2012 Christmas Collection

2012 Christmas Collection

Links

  • 2012 Card
  • Small Gift Box; suitable for fairy cakes or mince pies/sweets etc
  • Tall Gift Box: Great for hand-made gifts

Later this week I’ll share details about the gift bag seen in this picture and add a link back here.

Hope you have a peaceful, happy holiday

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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It’s that time of year again, you know where you haven’t a clue what to get someone and every time you turn on the TV you are reminded just how close Christmas/the Holidays are now. If you have hoarded lots of cardstock over the years or want to make your gift wrapping really personal then these gift boxes will be ideal for you. They are quick to make, make a pile and let the glue set up over night and you will soon have pressies like they have on TV.

Billie's Tall Milk carton Gift Box

Billie’s Tall Milk carton Gift Box

You Will Need

  • A4 Card stock 220 gsm for strength and stability. (Centura pearl looks nice)
  • Scoring board
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scoring tool
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • PVA glue

Method

For detailed instructions on how to assemble the box, please check out my earlier tutorial; Small Gift Box. It includes a couple of videos that show the entire process all the way through.

This box is a standard milk carton construction and here are the dimensions you need for your cardstock and where to place your score lines.

Billie's Tall Milk carton Gift Box: Scoring Instructions

Billie’s Tall Milk carton Gift Box: Scoring Instructions

Options/Added Extras

  • Why not use your favorite stamps to decorate your cardstock before you score. Use pigment ink though, to ensure the wet glue won’t make the inks run.
  • How about making panels from printed toppers from your favorite Crafting CDs or create your own designs and background papers in programmes like Photoshop and Craft Artist.
  • Add your favorite ribbons and co-ordinate with your Christmas card for a really professional look.

Links

Video tutorial of how to score and assemble your gift box.

Mini Gift Box

If you are giving some one a gift card or even a cheque this holiday, why not add a few sweets in a gift box like this, so they still have a gift they can open and enjoy on the day. If you are really counting the costs, these gift boxes also make one of those big sweetie tins go a long way to share between more than one family and still look a personal gift.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a quick picture of the Christmas card I designed with the help of Serif Craft Artist digikits.

Christmas Card 2012

Christmas Card 2012

The digikit I used was called Season of Giving Bumper kit. It has the most wonderful classic images I associate with Christmas and you can alter the color ways of many of the elements to make it your own. I combined a number of images and altered them to create my own project design.

The best thing about digi crafting like this is that I was able to use the same layout and alter the size, so I used the same image on toppers for gift boxes and bags, you could even make the design really small for gift tags.

A great way to get a really coordinated, professional yet still personal look for your holiday gift wrapping.

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie :)

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