Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A new friend and recent work

I had been praying for such a long time for someone to come into my life who I can craft with... who I can  teach and share the talent I have been blessed with... and God has graciously answered my prayer.  A few months ago Shazzy got in touch with me (she'd met me at a craft show) and since that time we've crafted together and become such wonderful friends.  Every Friday we get together and craft all day.  It's so much fun when you can share your ideas and talents with a friend.

This last Friday we made a book card.  Shazzy had bought the Presscut Book Die Set and we worked together and made our cards.  I hadn't made one since doing the Bookatrix years ago.  Here is my card.........
I started this next card a few weeks ago but it then sat on my desk because I just didn't know exactly where I was going with it.  I'd cut the Sue Wilson Gemini Lyra for my decorative edge... Used part of the Sue Wilson Swiss Collection Geneva die to cut the oval but that's were I stopped.  Finally I decided on using some of my Gardenia Roses and here is the finished card.
I've added a bit of Sue Wilson's Trailing Ivy and I made a decorative Teapot pin.  It's been quite a while since I'd made a pin..  You'll be seeing more in my work from now on.

Here are a two more cards I've made in recent days.


The top card is made using the Sue Wilson Festive Collection Christmas Rose with her Lattice Arched Adornment also the Mini Gemini Ursa die as my edge.  The corners are from SW Configurations - Swirly Lace Edger (corners only)  I've also used part of the SW Finishing Touches Scalloped Lattice Buckle.
The next card I've used Sue Wilson's Gemini Rococo die.  The flowers are one of my new creations made with the Cheery Lynn Sweet William die... I call them PENNY DROPS.  

Finally... here are two cards designed and made for FAT CATS CARD CORNER    Both are featuring the Sue Wilson Christmas Rose.

In the top card I've also used the Sue Wilson Australian Collection Background and in the bottom card I've used the SW Arbour Gate... inside the gate you can just see Marianne Creatables Tiny's Couple.

That's it from me for now...  I'll be posting my Friday cards each week... If I forget, someone send me a POKE!   Love to you all and especially to Little Bugalugs


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Making my Gardenia Rose


 I've wanted to do some You Tube videos that I can share with you all but... oh yes, there is always a BUT.  First of all my biggest concern is my shaky hands... over the past couple of years it has become worse and I do tend to get a little self conscience about it.  My mother lived all her life with shaky hands and it's stand to reason that I have inherited the same problem. Seondly I worried that my inexperience with making the videos would show through and I wouldn't be able to come up to a standard that many of you would expect.  Lastly... my poor health and high pain levels often stop me in my tracks.  It's useless to try and do something like this when I am in bad pain, it would show in more ways than one.
The time has come for me to stop procrastinating and  put aside the above concerns.  I am who I am and all I can do is my very best.
A couple of months back I did a tutorial on making my Gardenia Rose.  This flower is made using the Cheery Lynn Gardenia Strip Die both in Large and Small.  Here is my Gardenia Rose... 




This is the first time I've done a video so up close...  my reason for this is obvious... I wanted you to be able to see exactly how it is done.  I do hope it's of help to someone.  I shall definetly be doing more.   By the way.. the way I have made this flower is using the "Ultimate Rose" technique.  I shall be doing a better video regarding this technique very soon.  I have done one but it's not very good and you cannot see exactly what I am doing.  I have also converted into You Tubes my PENNY FLOWERS shapings and moulding.  They are at present not available to the public but I am thinking about changing that.

I'd be interested to have comments on this Gardenia Rose You Tube.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Some newer cards

I was looking at my blog today and I'm so ashamed that there is so much of my work I haven't shared with you all.  Here are a couple of cards made earlier this year.

These two cards were made using Sue Wilson's Australian Collection - Sydney die.  The flowers on the top one are Cheery Lynn Sweet Williams and the flowers on the bottom are my Gardenia Roses made using the small Cheery Lynn Gardenia Strip.

This next card I got my inspiration from Debbie Stevens.  I saw a card she made using this Marianne Designs Brick wall and the Joy Craft Frame & 3 Corners.  I just loved it so sought permission of Debbie to use her idea, which she graciously allowed.... and here is mine.  My flowers are different as well as my text etc. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sue Wilson Easel Card

Hello dear followers...

Yes.. it's me!  The slackest blogger you know .  I've been quiet because my health has deteriorated even more.  Without going into a long story...  My sister suggested to me earlier this year that I should ask my Pain Specialist to refer me to have an MRI.   In the 20 years I've had this back problem one has never been done.  Oh yes, I've had 2 or 3 CT Scans but not an MRI.  She said that at least this would show exactly what is wrong with my back.  I almost begged my pain doctor to order it and had it been the doctor I normally see, HE would have said no but I saw a woman the last time I went and SHE sat there for half an hour giving me so many reasons why I shouldn't have one but in the end... she ordered the MRI to be done.   Again, I'm not going into it all however, it did show quite a few problems with my lower back and the recommendation was....  "CT-guided steroid epidural injection recommended at L5-S1"   I go back next week to see the pain doctor (it was my GP who told me the results) and if she doesn't organise this injection then my GP said he will.  So I am hoping to have some relief from this crippling pain.

Ok..  enough about my health... here is an easel card I made using ALL Sue Wilson Dies.  I watched a video whee she was making a similar but it didn't have much colour and I do like to things MY WAY.  Sue used a different die for the top and the bottom part that makes it an easel.. I didn't have that die so I used VELA instead.  The dies I've used are...
Creative Expression - Mini Gemini - Vela
Creative Expressions - Expressions - Ornate Oval - Just for You
Creative Expressions Striplet - Butterflies in Flight (Butterflies only)
Creative Expressions -  Finishing Touches - Camelia - Open Petals
Creative Expressions - Finishing Touches - Laurel Leaves 



I have become rather addicted to the Creative Expressions Dies designed by Sue Wilson.  I love the versatility of each one.  Dare I say?  I have at last count 44 however!! I have more Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn & Marianne Creatables... and others.  So really... it's not too many   Can there ever be TOO many?
Here is my card in it's presentation box.  I cut the aperture in the box using the following...
Creative Expressions - Noble Dies - Double Pierced Rectangles.

That's it from me for now.  I know in my last post I promised something special for you all and again I have let you down.  I don't know what to say except lately my health dictates to me what I can or cannot do.  The promise is still strong... but I am not going to ask for your patience, instead I shall do it when I can and I am aiming to get back to a few things as soon as I have the injection mentioned above which will hopefully give me some relief.

much love and many hugs... Angie



Monday, September 14, 2015

Purses

Hello friends...

Here are a few PURSE cards I've made.  The flap of the purse is made from a Marianne Creatables die, Anja's Vintage Decoration. 


The embossed card I used on the purses is from the range of CRISTINA RE papers.  On the top card I have used two different dies to make the roses.  1. Die-namics Royal Roses  2. Impression Obsession - Spiral Flowers.  On the bottom card I have used my own ULTIMATE ROSE.

Also, here are two sample purses I made...  this Vintage Decoration die can be used in so many ways.. these purses are just one.


 The black purse was made from an embossed paper I had.  I cannot remember the brand or name.  The white purse was embossed using the Couture Creations Embossing Folder - Tied Together.

Another purse I made using a similar die was this one using a Memory Box die - Delicate Butterfly Arch.  This die was much more delicate to work with but still looked good.
I've added the beading for a handle thus making it more like a handbag. The corners are from Joy Crafts - Frame & 3 Corners.  The background paper is one I've picked up on my travels.
I always have my eyes open for pretty papers... you should see my collection Yes indeed, I'm a sucker for my papers... oh and also pretty pastel cardstock.  

I promised a surprise and I apologise it's late... but trust me, it's coming.  Without telling you what it is, it does involve a video and my problem has been that the lighting in my house isn't good.  This is due to the fact that we have two enormous windows with make it too light... so I have put a dark blind on one of the windows... maybe I'll need to get another one.  We'll see, I shall be trying it out tomorrow.  Please be patient with me, I know I can get slack but I do live with constant pain and it more often than not dictates my life and how my days are.  However, I do try and I'm determined to start doing videos for you all.

Love... Angie

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two more cards

Hi everyone...
My goodness, I sent a link to one of my Pinterest Boards and all of a sudden I get so many starting to follow me there as well as here.  THANK YOU!  For those of you don't know, I do have some other boards there.  Here is the link to all of them.
https://www.pinterest.com/angieandtshina/
Here are two more cards...   

 

These two are a bit like playing "Spot the difference"    They are different but the flowers are almost the same.  These flowers were make out of these two dies.
The dies are from MEMORY BOX and are the DOGWOOD and DOGWOOD outline.  I made these some time ago and have been asked a few times how I made them.  Well, I am going to do a tutorial on these in the coming couple of weeks and post that HERE.  Just for you all.  There is another flower I made after these that I will do also but I shall keep that one a surprise for now.  Oh by the way... I call these my DOGWOOD BLOSSOMS.

Much love to you all.   Angie

Monday, August 24, 2015

A link to my Pinterest

Hello...
I was uploading the cards I recently showed you that I made using the Die'sire Creat-a-Card die, to my Pinterest when I thought... "Wouldn't it be easy to just send you the link so you can see more of the cards I've made over the past year?"  With this in mind I am going to post the link and would be most greatful if you could,  Tell me if this link leads you to my "Cards made using dies" part of my Pinterest.
From now on, I am going to post my new work here and then I will link it to my Pinterest.  I think that's the best way to do it.  This way all my lovely followers here get to see my work first.  Sounds good to me.

Cards - Using Dies. My Pinterest 

Love and hugs to you all... Angie