Monthly Archives: June 2015

Challenge 27 – New Craft

So earlier this month it was my Birthday.  My 18 month old niece brought me a “Socktastic Kit”.  This consisted of supplies required to create a full sock monster (although I found there wasn’t enough toy stuffing). As well as instructions of how to create another 8 different sock creations …

So I set about creating the kit monster (he needs a name) – which had the hardest difficulty rating … I hope you like the finished product.  I have a few ideas of some others I may well create as well.



Challenge 26 – Project Life

So I have got behind a bit on my Project Life … with an ever-growing to do list.  One of my problems here has been finding time / inspiration to sort through and edit my photos.  I have recently done a Big Picture Class on photo fixes – using Photoshop Elements.  This has really got me using Photoshop elements – which I am finding so powerful and alot easier to use than I thought.

So we went away for a holiday back in April to Hoburne Devon Bay.  I am still getting on top of the photo editing for these but I thought I would share with you the first 2 layouts that I have now completed.  Hubby and I are not good at sitting and doing not alot so whenever we go away we pack alot in – this does result in a lot of photos and several activities being done on many days.

So on our first day we went to Kent’s Cavern, Barracombe Model village and we went on the English Riviera Wheel. We also had a couple of games of Crazy Golf.

Holiday Day 1

I don’t like adding too much detail to my layouts but I do like including a few subtle embellishments. I am really liking Wood Veneer embellishments just to add a level of detail.


On our second day we went to Living Coast Aquarium before checking in at our Caravan and exploring the site.

Holiday Day 2

With this layout I liked having the “Today” card imbetween 2 photos of flowers.  I therefore took the opportunity to use a flower embellishment to emphasise the “O” of Today.


Challenge 25 – Father’s Day

So another of my catch up blogs – and another card.  This time a card for Fathers day for my Husbands Dad.

I took this as an opportunity to use my new Cricut again – this time I used the design space to design the card from scratch.  I used free elements that had come with my trial subscription. Again I used the pen / cutter to create a sentiment to attach to the inside of the card (although I forgot to take a photo).

For a Father that has everything you could want it is difficult to know what to do.  So I went for a simple masculine tie based design.  I used the cut function to Cut the “Happy Fathers Day” sentiment (this is what I used the pens on the inside to create).  I cut the 3 ties and square backers and then stuck it all together.

For this card I used the following from my stash:

I hope you like my creation:

Fathers Day Card_edited-1

Challenge 24 – Anniversary

Again another of my catch-up blogs.  Last week was Matt’s parents Anniversary… therefore time for another card.  It was my Birthday at the beginning of the Month and for it my husband treated me to a Cricut Explore.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and test it out.  Therefore this anniversary card gave me the the opportunity to test it out.  As Matt’s mum (as I have mentioned previously) is a big fan of Butterfly’s I used this as a basis for the card.

The Cricut Explore came with a trial of the Design Space Subscription, but for this design I also paid for some elements – which stay with my account whether or not I continue the subscription.  I found the design space very user-friendly and enjoyed trying different things out.  I also liked the fact that you can use pens to write at the same time as you are cutting – I used this to write a sentiment for the middle of the card – although I forgot to photo this.  For those of you who have not seen the explore – I have included this below – plus the “1st project” which they include everything you require to create.

As this was my first card I used a “project” that had been shared in the design space and I then tweaked it for how I wanted it / colours I wish to use.  There is a function which allows you to see what elements you have on what card and reallocate them as required – I find this a very useful function.  I found one minor niggle with the card but its one that you can work around – that is that you can only set the material size to the Mat size – therefore you need to be careful  if only using A4 paper for example.

Anyway here is my first card – I believe it gave me a real opportunity to test the “detailing” that you can use with this machine – and the level of detailed cuts you can do.  I was really pleased with the results – although learnt how important it is to use the correct mat for the material you are using.  Some of the more delicate cuts can be difficult to lift from the mat – which can therefore easily result in damage to them.  I look forward to using the machine more in my papercrafting activities as well as experiment with other things (there may well be a bit more of a home-made Christmas this year).

Challenge 23 – Congratulations

So I have been quite poor recently at blogging and therefore have a few projects to update you on – as well of course as a growing list of projects I want to start / finish.  This one is a card from earlier in June – when a mate got married.  Her and her fiancée had been together for quite some time – and it was really great to see them finally tie the knot.

This is a twist on an anniversary card that I had made not that long before – but a bit of a change to it and I used blues because I was aware that this was one of her wedding colours.  Again this is quite a nice CAS card.

I used the following from my Stash:

  • Pearlescent card blank (PDA card and craft freebie)
  • Blue Pearlescent Card Stock (Hobbycraft) cut using Spellbinders Deckled edge rectangular Die.
  • “Congratulations” sentiment
  • DoCrafts Denim Dome Stickers
  • Bride and Groom Shadow Die-Cut Decoupage
  • Blue Ribbon
  • Midnight Stickles
  • Wood Veneer Bird

I hope you enjoy this take on other cards.

Ciara Wedding