Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Another Sketch Card!

I thought my last card was a one-off, but I am finally getting the hang of this sketch card thing!

Once again I've used a sketch from 2Sketches4You

Papers - My Mind's Eye (not sure what I am going to do when it runs out)
Recycled kraft card
Papermania stamp (heat embossed)
Quickutz button die
Pom pom trim - Making Memories
Pink ribbon from stash
Nestabilities label dies
Pen stitching

Thanks for looking,


Monday, 29 March 2010

My First Sketch Based Card!

I had booked the day off work today and the plan was to go walking in the Lakes, that was until we checked the weather forecast!  So instead I've had a day of catching up with a few cards which I needed to make.

I often visit sketch sites for inspiration, but really struggle when it comes to actually making a card from them.  Today however I stumbled across this SKETCH on 2Sketches for you and actually managed (for the first time ever) to turn it into a card I was happy with!

Ingredients: Papers Basic Grey Infuse; scalloped edges cut with a Nellie Snellen die; Nestabilties ovals and scalloped ovals dies;  Cuttlebug flourish die;  ribbon, plain card, brads and roses from stash. 

I was on a bit of roll with the sketch and adapted it slightly and came up with this:

Ingredients:  Patterned paper -DCWV (very old stash); plain card from Partners; Kraft card from HERE; Nestabilities circle and scalloped circle die; Fiskars threading water/scalloped lace punch; lace, ribbon, pins from local market; metal pram embellishment from stash; Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder.

I think this may be a record, but here is another card I made yesterday.  Three in a weekend must be some kind of personal best!

Ingredients: Paper - My Mind's Eye; Cuttlebug Asterisk dies and Swiss Dots embossing folder; chipboard frame made with a Nellie Snellen die; mini bulldog clip from Wilkinsons; Poundland gems; Quickutz Metro alpha dies; ribbon from Aberkan.

Even though Mr Crafty Blogger and I had to abandon plans for walking in the lakes today, we did manage to get out on Saturday. 

We set off from the reservoir I posted last week and ended up here:

Darwen (Jubilee) Tower
It looks nice and sunny on the photo, but trust me, it was very windy and exposed on top of the moor.  We did go up the tower, but it was so windy it was difficult to hold the camera still to get a decent shot.

Thanks for looking,

Ruthie x

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Another Milk Carton Sweetie Box

I am really enjoy making the milk carton gift boxes. They are not a new idea in the crafting world, but as with everything else I am usually a few steps behind being 'bang on trend'.

Here's my latest creation, a cheeky monkey themed sweetie box:

I was inspired by Go Ape, as I am planning a trip with Mr Crafty Blogger's God-daughter to a new course which opened near us last year.  I thought the sweetie box would make a nice treat as part of the visit. 

The box is filled with foam banana sweets. Anyone who has done a Go Ape course will appreciate you need some nice sugary energy at the end of it :)

Milk carton made from reycled kraft card-stock (available here)
Coloured card from stash
Nestabilities dies
Cuttlebug monkey and tag dies
Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Fiskars scalloped lace/threading water punch
Ribbon from Abakan
Mini bulldog clip from Wilkinsons

This isn't the first time the monkey die has been used on a Go Ape projects.  He also made an appearance on one of my early blog posts way back in 2007 (here).

***EDIT*** I have been asked via my Flickr pic if I have a tutorial for the milk carton box.  I used THIS ONE from Split Coast Stampers.  I altered the dimensions slightly so the carton is slightly larger and uses a full sheet of A4 card rather than trimming it down.

Thanks for looking,

Ruthie x

Sunday, 21 March 2010

With Love Card

A couple of pics of a card I made today:

Paper - My Mind's Eye (magazine freebie :-) )
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Quickutz leaf die
Paper roses made using Cuttlebug scalloped circle dies and Papermania brads
Vintage ticket designed in Photoshop and cut with a Sizzix die
Ribbon from stash
Pins from local market

I think Spring may have finally sprung.  Mr Crafty Blogger and I took advantage of the lovely sunny weather we had a lunchtime today and went out for a walk.  

As always I took loads of photos and thought I would share this one: 

Thanks for looking,

Ruthie x

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Easter Gift Project

My latest confectionery based craft project, a 'milk carton' gift box filled with chocolate easter eggs:

Milk carton box made from recyled kraft card stock with an aperture cut using Nestabilities. 
Border punch - Fiskars Threading Water/Scalloped Laced
Printed paper - Papermania
Quickutz die (bunny and tag)
Nestabilities circles an ovals dies
Mini bulldog clip from Wilkinsons (Right Price range - 20 for 80p, bargain!!!!!)

Thanks for looking,

Ruthie x

Friday, 5 March 2010

Vintage Style Card

I saw a fab tutorial for making paper roses on Monica Gayle's blog and just had to have at making some, even though I had no idea what I was going to use them on!  After they had been kicking round on my desk for a few days inspiration finally struck and I came up with this:

Ingredients:  Vintage image from here, Daisy D's papers, brown parcel paper, Nestabilities circle and scalloped circle dies, faux chipboard mat/frame*, Quickutz leaf die, paper roses made with Cuttlebug dies (Monica's tutorial here), twill tape and pin from my local market.

* The chipboard mat/frame was made by cutting a piece of scrap cardboard with a Nellie Snellen die which was then painted with acrylic and distressed using an emery board.

Following on from the Easter chick sweetie bags on my last post, I couldn't resist having a go at the bunny tails bags which Craft Fairy featured on her blog.  Here's my take on them:

The bunnies are made from a Quickutz die matted on Nestabilities circles.

Toffee bon bons always go down well in the office so hopefully my colleagues will like them.

Thanks for looking,

Ruthie x

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Easter Sweetie Gift Bag {Inspired by Craft Fairy}

I was blog hopping the other day and stopped by Craft Fairy's blog.  She makes fab cards, and also fantastic gifts including sweetie gift bags.  (I paticularly like her Bunny Tails bags, they are very cute.)

I decided to have a go at making some myself to give as Easter gifts for my team members at work.  I popped into my local Aldi and managed to get some chocolate eggs and here's some of the finished products:

Ingredients: Chocolate eggs from Aldi, Boss Kuts little bird die, Nestabilties ovals dies and a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Thanks for looking and thanks to Lisa Craft Fairy for blogging her sweetie bags.