Saturday

less is more week 13 lucky dip thank you or congrats and guess who's.....

A GDT?? woooohooooooo :) yep little old me!!!!
As you can imagine I said yes within  a nano second when asked
The challenge this weeek is "lucky dip, thankyou or congrats
and here is what I came up with


 The camelia image is from a passion for stamps and has been coloured with prismacolor pencils
the sentiment was printed onto white linen card stock using  fonts


The image has been cut out, shaped and attached to the card using 3d foam for dimension
The panel was embossed using my hougie and then matted onto another piece
of linen card before being mounted onto the card.
Four lovely crystal gems to finish.
I really hope you like my GDT card I was uber nervous! I was thinking this morning I wonder if I will get a special name now? pmsl!

Kerry x

Wednesday

Alf turns Sixty

Well hubbys uncle melv really , but Alf is his double lol
MIL asked me to make this card to give to her brother


I used Alf and Beer image from the digistamp Boutique I coloured him with prismas 
and did a bit of paper piecing on his shirt
His beer has been 3d'd and I added a bit of 3d paint for the head
All the small text was computer generated using bookworm font which I downloaded from here
And the larger Name text was using Accord heavy SF

I hope you like and thanks for stopping by
Kerry x

Challenge time:
Stamp-N-Doodle  - Masculine 
DDH Challenges - Paper Piecing

Monday

Managed to grab....

.....5 Mins..hooray!!

So I made a little card for my first entry into this weeks LIM challenge 
which is a recipe only one ingredient which is off centre
I used one of the new cute releases from Digistamp Boutique and coloured him with prisma pencils. The sentiment and stitching are both computer generated. The font is bookworm
TFSB .......Hopefully I will catch up soon :)
Kerry x

Friday

After the shock.........

........Of yesterdays multi layered creation...LOL :)
I thought I'd better get back to the old CAS



The image is from The Clipart Fairy and you can find it here
I coloured it with prisma color pencils
The backing paper is from an old download of mixed gingham's I had in my stash but you can check out 
The fab papers at The clipart Fairy Here  for something very similar
The baby boy wording is papermania rub on.
 
I just want to apologise for lacking in my blogging duties . I've had my nephew staying with me for the  last couple of weeks so obviously my me time is rather limited. Hopefully I'll get a bit of blogging time over the weekend to have a bit of  a catch up. Thanks for all the lovely comments you have been leaving me they are so appreciated :)
Kerry x

Thursday

The Lovely....

.......Lucy


Perfect for my frineds nieces Birthday
The Lucy image is part of this set here from Digistamp Boutique and she was coloured using prismacolor pencils
DP is a free download from shabby princess called express yourself
Flowers hand cut and rolled
woodware grass punch for the leaves
Sentiment computer generated by me using bookworm and accord fonts
Challenge time :
Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - Pretty Punches
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Digital Image

House of Gilli  - Stripes and Bling
KB Cute Monday - Birthday
Secret Crafter - Stitching - real or faux
Fussy and Fancy - Card for a child. 

TFSB
Kerry x

Wednesday

GRR the dreaded...

It's official I hate the blummin stuff!! lol
I have no idea what on earth Chrissie and Mandi over on the LIM challnge blog where thinking this week? Have they lost their minds? or maybe they are trying to make us LIMettes lose ours??? lol


I cannot stand to work with acetate so I had zero in my stash. After a bit of a rummage I had to cut up a bit of packaging so was a bit limited in what I could do as I only ended up with a few strips lol
My first attempts involved hand cut butterflies and inks which turned into what can only be described as a disaster!!
Anyhow here's the best I could come up with the bits I had left...It does look a bit nicer IRL so not all bad I suppose.

C&M please go easy on us next week........ I'm not sure my lil crafty brain can take anymore ...lol

Kerry x

Tuesday

Have a.....

..............MONSTER Birthday!!


Sorry I've been MIA the last few days. It's a long story and I won't bore you all with it lol
And oh blimey I have just seen the new challenge over on LIM
Acetate?? Acetate??? What they blummin playing at, eh eh??. Brown paper bags at the ready cos I am hyperventilating at the very thought of it!..OMG ...lol
Of to get my thinking cap on ...I may be gone some time!!!


Challenge time:
Craft Your Passion - You've been spotted (use dots)
Incy Wincy Designs - Bright and Bold


Thanks for stopping by
Kerry x



Friday

Olivia

Fancy winning this cute image?


And a £5 voucher to spend at The Digistamp Boutique
She's one of next months new releases and for your chance to win her

I coloured her with prismas
the backing paper is a download by zoe pearn
I computer generated the sentiment using honey script font

Kerry x


Thursday

second entry for LIM week 10

Another super quick entry into this weeks LIM challenge
Is there any cure for this addiction??????????
The bag images are from the Digistamp Boutique
coloured with my trusty prismas

The challenge has inspired to start my own CAS challenge over on the Docrafts forum. The theme I chose this week was black, white and one other colour so this will be entered into that also.

still not happy but I do like it a little lol

Kerry x

Hero

The LIM challenge got me thinking that I make to many cards using an image as a focal point and as I was trying to sort out my digis I came across this little kit which was a freebie from?????Again :( Oh dear I really don't know how I've got in such a jumble with all this stuff but I have resolved to try and get it all into some sort of order again. Maybe then I can try and find out where some of the unnamed stuff comes from
Anyhow here is today's offering 

I never really thought about it when I was making this card but I think I may have had my dad in my mind when I was puting it together.
It would have been his 70th birthday today.
He died on Nov 14th 1989 11 weeks after receiving a heart transplant at the age of 49.
He had to endure so much pain and ill health during his short life but he was one of those people who always had a smile and could instantly make you feel better about anything in a single glance. How he managed to stay so positive when he was going through what he was I will never comprehend.
I am so proud to have had such a brave and beautiful man as my Dad

 3 weeks after his transplant 

MY HERO
love you Dad and miss you every day
xxxxxx

Kerry

Wednesday

LIM week 10

This week the challenge is


Oh blimey! I had palpitations when I saw the title this week.
I have Zero sentiment stamps that are big enough to be a focal point.
Well I trawled through my digi stuff and found this filigree heart. So I echoed the shape and whited out the center then made my own sentiment . A few specks of glamour dust, a ribbon bow and a faux pearl to finish.
Pathetic! I know! lol
The heart could perhaps of done with being a bit more muted and maybe the sentiment in bolder fonts.

I'm sure there will be a couple more attempts to follow ..there always is, because I am deffo a LIMette .... lol
TFSB
Kerry x

Tuesday

Lindy Smith

Here's another new release from the Digistamp Boutique
Lindy Smith ..isn't she fab?


I coloured her with prismacolor pencils
the papers and flower are from a free kit by summertime designs called bubblegum and liquorice
I did a bit of paper piecing on her dress and added a few faux pearls and some sticky ribbon which I have had in my ribbon draw for about a million years lol. I KNEW I would find a use for it some day ..pmsl!
The sentiment was computer generated using boring boring font

TFSB
Kerry x

Monday

milk carton holder using hougie board

I have been asked by some of my docraft buddies how to make one of these for some time now.

They will be pleased to know I have finally gotten around to it

This tutorial is for the the holder that will fit four of these milk cartons in it.

For this tutorial I am using my hougie board for speed but you could quite easily use a ruler and a scoring tool and just follow the measurements given
Cardseock you will need:
2 pieces measuring 20.5 cms x 13.5 cms
2 pieces measuring 29.5 cms x 14.5 cms
1 piece measuring 15 cms x 14.5 cms

 Take the 2 pieces measuring 20.5 cms x 13.5 cms and score/fold
around all four sides at 3cms


Trim a little notch as shown from all four corners ( the same as you would to make a box)


 Place adhesive on the corner tab and secure and shown to make your "box"

 Repeat for both pieces and you will end up with 2 boxes, as shown below

For me a strong wet glue is a must as it bonds the fibres of the card together . I know some people will recommend the super sticky red backed tape and I have used this in the past. However I always go back to a wet glue because I find I need a little more flexibility when fixing things. With a tape once it's stuck it's stuck, with a wet glue you have a few seconds to manoeuvre things into place. I suppose the one downside is that you do have to use something to hold it in place whilst you wait for it to dry, as I have below but if you use a quick drying glue then it should really only be a couple of minutes...Just my personal choice of course, do whatever suits you.

Here is what you should end up with times 2


So while I wait for my "boxes" to dry we'll move on to the handle

For this tutorial I am cutting my hole for the handle with a circle nestability
You could use an oval or any large punches you may have

Take the two pieces of cardstock measuring 29.5 cms x 14.5 cms
( As you can see I have rounded off the top corners using a papermania punch but you could omit this step if you wish)

As shown below, make a pencil mark at the top measuring in around 1.5 cms and another a few centimetres further down marking the center point of the width (7.25cm) This does not have to spot on as we are only using it as a guide for placing the nestie or punch used for cutting our handle


We need to cut both pieces of card at the same time to get perfect alignment for the handle holes so
lay one piece of card on top of the other , ensuring that they stay perfectly aligned at all times .( I find keeping them aligned quite easy but you could secure with a piece of very low tack tape)
( you must also remember at this point that if you are using a patterned or textured cardstock
to place the two patterned or textured sides facing outwards)

( if you are using a punch , simply punch your first piece, lay that ontop of the other peice (perfectly aligned) draw around the punch out and line your punch up with the lines when you punch)

Place you nestability as shown in the picture .
But the edge up to the mark you made 1.5cms from the edge
and use the central mark as a guide to get your cut central.


 You should end up with 2 pieces like this

 Place you nestie under the right side of the cardstock and embossing with a ball tool
( I find this easier than faffing trying to put them back through the diecutter especially with such a simple shape as this)


Now score/fold both pieces as shown at 7.5 cms from the bottom

Now we are ready to assemble
Cover the small section at the bottom with adhesive


 and place inside the box as below

 smooth down with a bone folder or similar

(boy don't my hands look fat) lol

Place some more adhesive down along the back panel where the base meets the handle 

repeat for the second side and you should have this


now we join them together

cover the back of one half in adhesive and join together as shown


you should end up with this



now for the final step 
Cover the bottom of you holder with glue
and adhere the last piece of card measuring 15 cms x 14.5 cms

 this is the part which adds all the strength and stability to the design

 And that's it!  you can now decorate as you wish

And voila in true blue peter sytlee..here's the one I made earlier lol


All I did to this one was add four thin strips of stamped card along the edges of the "boxes"
I would probably always do that because it hides the join (see below)
And a couple of stamped images cut out with nesties


I hope this tutorial has been of use to you and is understandable.
But as always, if there is anything you are struggling with and need help
please feel free to either chatbox me or email me (from my profile)
TFSB
Kerry x

Well after all that it just suddenly popped into my head this morning that why didn't I just make the bottom tray out of one piece of card?? doh!
1 piece of card measuring 20.5 x 21 cm score all the way around at 3cms and cut and assembled as shown above (like you would a box)?
The above tut works perfectly well of course but it is much less time consuming and a bit neater with just the one piece. I will edit this post at a later date :)

 

Sunday

more little cards

I quite enjoyed making the last little set of cards so I thought I would make some more . But for grown ups this time :)


The stamp is one of the very first stamps I owned and is called scribbly flower by papermania
I stamped it with versafine black onyx ink onto papermill shop linen cardstock
The sentiment is from an old see'ds set and I added couple of faux pearls and gems to finish

I hope the weather has been as glorious where you are as it has been here.
We've spent most of today digging/weeding/potting up in the veggie plot ..boy I'm knacked but it was so lovely to be outside. I do hope we have a good summer this year, now wouldn't that be lovely?

Challenge time: 
Allsorts - Anything but a Square
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Clean & Simple
 Card Makin' Mamas - embellish it.
Colour Create  –  Pink, black, white. (card on the left)
Creative Cottage  - white/blank space
Freshly Brewed  - flowers
Clear It Out! - Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers
Crazy Challenge - Just Add Flowers
Pollycraft - Old Neglected Stamp
There's Magic in the Air - Lets use flowers

TFSB
Kerry x

Saturday

little cards for little kids

Here a few little A6 cards I've been making for my Nieces children to give for school pals birthdays



I have no idea where the images where from. They are either from an online colouring book or freebie 
Hmm I must try and have another sort out of my digi stuff. I've got that much now and apart from a few stores that I have loads of stuff from they are all a mess really lol (if anyone knows  please do let me know)
I coloured them with prismacolor pencils 
the sentiments were printed directly onto the cards 
I used cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder to add a bit of texture
And some googly eyes for a fun element

Challenge time:
Crafty Purple Frog -Anything but Square.
Some Odd Girl – CAS.
TFSB
Kerry x

Friday

A new arrival

For my card today I used this beautiful digi stamp from The clipart fairy


It is called the stork delivers..isn't it gorgeous?
you can also download it in various precoloured versions here
The sentiment and backing paper is actually from  the baby girl  book a easel kit here
I just chopped the edges off and cut the sentiment out with a nestie
I coloured the image with prisma color pencils
the flowers are  made using a cuttlebug die and an xcut punch as is the scalloped border
I added a bit of ribbon and few pearls to finish

Tfsb
Kerry x

Wednesday

Second entry for the less is more challenge *addicted* lol

For this little card I've used one of the new images from 



Isn't it adorable? It reminds me of my brother and our old dog Judy. 
Everywhere my brother went, she was there by his side. 
She used to escape and go and sit at the bus stop waiting for him to come home from school....bless

He's called eyes left and you can get him HERE
I printed the image and sentiment directly onto the card blank
and of course coloured them with my prismacolor pencils
A bit of parcel paper and old bit of twine and button to finish

This is my second entry in this weeks less is more challenge which is " a touch of red"

TFSB
Kerry x

What a catch..

Two cards in a row with no white space..blimey I dunno what's come over me lol

I'm loving this little chap from the Digistamp Boutique he's part of the smiths range and he's called James fishing
Isn't he handsome? and crikey ...what a whopper lol
Of course I coloured him with prisma color pencils :)
All the papers are from a quarterly assortment at sweet shoppe designs which I distressed and machine stitched
I made the little hook myself and added a bit of fishing line
The sentiment was computer generated onto a little plaque that was in the paper kit as where the buttons 

I am entering him into the following challenges:

High Hopes Stamps - One For The Boys
DDH Challenges - Stitches
 My Partner in Crafting Crime - Layer it up
Card Cupids - Dots and/or Stripes
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes 
One Stop Craft -  Spots and Dots  

Thanks for stopping by
Kerry x

Tuesday

How to print directly onto your card blank using word (A5 Card)

First open a new document


Click on the page layout tab
then click margins
then custom margins
Change top , right, left and bottom boxes to ZERO
(at this point you may get a pop up box advising that the margins are set outside the printable area click ignore)

Then click on the orientation tab 
and choose landscape
then click the size tab 
and choose A4
Note: It is at this point that you could change the size to custom sizes ...say if you wished to print onto a square card blank
you would measure the whole size of your card blank(unfolded)  Then click on the size tab choose more paper sizes and adjust the width and height boxes to suit

Now click on the columns tab and choose more columns 
then select two and change the spacing to zero
make sure the equal column width box is ticked

 Your page should now look like this..notice how the top bar represents the two columns

Now you can go ahead and type directly onto your card blank and change text postion/ fonts/sizes
and colours using the icons indicated below
Note: To get you cursor to the right hand side(card front) simply keep hitting the return key to get to the correct position


 I always print onto scrap paper in draft just to make sure the positioning is exactly were I want it and then save it in a specially marked folder for future use.

I am just about to add another tut on how to use text boxes here

Hope that helps and any queries just give me a tinkle in the chat box
Kerry x




How to make fancy sentiments using text boxes in word

Open a new document and select the size and orientation to suit your needs
Click on the insert tab then select text box and the first option

This will insert your first text box

Now whilst the text box is selected ( you do that by clicking on it and a blue box will appear around it)
( in the format tab) Click on text wrapping and choose tight as indicated below

 

Now enter you text in the box by clicking within the box and typing, then use the text editing tools to change the size/fonts/etc


You will notice that the box has a border and a solid background ...you will need to remove these

select the text box  by clicking on it ( a blue border should appear)
 Now hover over one of the small blue toggle boxes around the outline and right click
then choose format text box from the drop down menu


 Change the fill and line boxes to no colour
then click ok

You can now add additional boxes either by following the steps above or by copying and pasting the  first box
 (much easier because all the formatting such as removing the border is already done )
To copy and paste : click on the text box to select it , right click choose copy then right click again and paste


 Then you can edit the text in the second box using the text editing tools shown below


To move you boxes around you simply pick them up and drag and drop them to wherever you wish
To do this
hover your cursor anywhere around the edge of the text box until the pointer changes to a symbol which looks like four arrows pointing north south east west
whilst this symbol is showing hold down the left mouse button (this picks the box up) then whilst still holding down the left mouse button move your cursor to move the box simply let go of the left mouse button to drop it.


Once you are happy with the placement you can group your words together so you can move them as a whole
To do this hold down the shift key and click on the first box to select it, whilst still holding down the shift key click on the second box to select it. now whist both boxes are highlighted right click over one of the small blue toggle boxes and select grouping then group from the drop down menus as below

Et voila you now have a fancy sentiment 


There is also a  post here about how to set up a word docmuent to print directly onto your card blank
Any questions feel free to chatbox  me