Hello again, it’s been a long while since I posted anything on this blog, but I am back and hope to be able to post a little more frequently in the coming weeks at least! Over the last couple of years I have been working in the local primary school during lunch hour, doing admin work on the school website and volunteering to read with some of the younger children. This has taken up far more time than I had imagined it would and I guess this blog is what I sacrificed. However, I have been crafting when I can and my facebook page has been updated more often than the website.
I am currently not able to do my lunchtime role in school and the additional admin work I was doing seems to have dried up as well. Yesterday was the official end of my contract and I don’t predict that to be renewed in this current climate, so I am now back to crafting and looking after the home again full time. Of course, my daughter is also at home and I am trying to find ways to keep up with her school work as well as keeping her busy and interested each day. I would love to hear of any activities you think would be useful to share with an eleven year old about to leave primary school!
So while I sort out the rest of the day, here’s a card I made last summer, using Tonic adorables die and stamp set – Kirby and Lulus Wash Day. I think it sums up how I feel at the moment.
I’ve been looking around for some inspiration and ideas to make a new range of cards for this year. While watching one of the shows on Create and Craft tv, I saw one of the crafters make what they called a dangler card! I’m not sure of the name, but I really liked the way her card was put together, so I decided to have go myself. With My Mum’s birthday, Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary and Valentine’s day all coming up, I thought they would make a different card. It’s also been a chance to use some of the enormous stash of coloured card in my craft room!
I’ve never been particularly confident using embossing folders. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to use them, but I’ve never really found a use for them in my cardmaking. So it was great to finally use one of the background embossing folders for the birthday cards. I love how it gives some extra interest to the backing. I used some linen card on these and adding the embossing just gives it a bit more oomph!
I thought I would take it a step further and use one of the heart dies I have. This intricate one is from Spellbinders and I’ve only ever used it as an embellishment, so to use it cut out of the main card elements was something totally new for me. I really enjoyed making these cards, the blue one is for my Mum and Dad’s 45th wedding anniversary (sapphire, hence the blue). The red one is for my husband for Valentine’s Day.
Finally I changed the shape of card and went for a square card with circular aperture. This time I used the delicate heart die to make the ‘dangler’ and added a tattered lace die cut butterfly.
All of the dangler pieces are attached using acetate, so they almost look like they are floating. I’m not sure whether a ‘floater’ card is better or worse than ‘dangler’, but name aside, I like this new look and think I will be using this style as my focus for cards this year. It’s a great way of using up the plain coloured cardstock I have and can’t wait to get going on Christmas cards, I can see floating snowflakes everywhere this year!!