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Monday, 13 July 2020

NBUS 4 - Clearing the decks

Made so many of those flowers up I needed to use them to make some cards. Decided I would make use of some of my big sentiment stamps that I never get around to using because, well they are pretty big!! Chose a fairly simply style and stuck with it in different colourways. The gingham backing paper is from a huge £1 6 x 6 pad. Pretty pleased with these and used up lots of scraps as the circles were already cut out and the mats came from my scrap box. (Obviously gutted to make the scalloped mats). Again only a selection.

Clearing the decks now because I am moving on to Christmas till the end of the month. Watch this space!! The NBUS will still be there when I get back though. 

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Using my stash - NBUS 4!

For this NBUS session I grabbed a Lisa Horton die (Stitched Blooms). I had a Pinterest idea to try out, so grabbed lots of tone on tone card stock scraps (the ideal size for these dies) and cut out a bunch of flowers and layered them up.

I then went to my trusty Scan n cut (which has hardly been used this year) to see if I could create a cutting file to simulate a word border edge die. (There's probably a free one somewhere if I'd bothered to look). Well, I managed it, easier to look at it to see what I mean. After a couple of false starts I twigged that it's only really feasible when none of the letters go 'below the line'. Hence 'hello'. 

I wanted to find a small sentiment to white heat emboss below the 'hello'. Until this point it was all under control, but the search for suitable sentiments resulted in a wrecked craft room. There has to be an easier way LOL. Anyhow, here's what I ended up with. 

I did a bunch of these with different sentiments and combinations of flowers but I won't bore you with them all. I tried to do another one with 'thanks', but must have misjudged because I just ended up with the letters cut out. Will have to try that  one again, but waste not want not. 

And, of course, I had to use the 'hello' waste as well. And another gelli print.

Lots of flowers  left.......

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Side tracked by some YUPO...

Whilst rummaging amongst the gelli prints I also came across some alcohol ink prints on yupo made with lift off ink. I really should try out that technique again but for now here are two cards I made  utilising those gelli prints as backgrounds. The stamp is by Ali Reeve.

I particularly like the sentiment on this one - very appropriate for me! The stamps is a Lynn Perella design. The 'lift off' is really unusual. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday #579

Morning deskers, on this grey and drizzly day. Late on parade and must start by apologising for not getting to everyone last week, In my OH's wisdom, a couple of weeks into lockdown he researched, bought and installed some kind of 'booster' for our internet so that it could be used in the garden - much to my daughter's delight, and mine when it's nice. That is the sum of my knowledge about this. But what I do know is that since that day I regularly lose my signal and cant do anything at all web based. And that is what happenned towards the end of last week and why, after a very good start I just gave up. Jury is still out whether it's us, our provider or the large numbers of peeps zooming away on t'internet but I know what I think!!

So, once again I have been waiting this morning to get online since I got up at 6 am. As I couldn't link, I actually started doing something on my desk, a commission for a friend which is just as well as the desk was pretty uninteresting otherwise. I've been using colouring pencils as she wanted soft yellow flowers. I have also been die cutting some flowers for my next NBUS project but they are on the other desk. Typical, the one of the dies I really want to use won't cut on my bug so I'll have to get the gemini out - that projects been abandoned for now as the gemini is a bit noisy to start cutting at 7, I would not have been popular. I've done quite a few NBUS this last week so scroll down if you want to see.

Well that's about it from me, fairly short and sweet. Got a lot to do before I start Christmas next week.
It seems increasingly unlikely that I will be back teaching craft classes before the new year so I'm just carrying on doing things for myself. Makes a change.

Happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well, Cindy x

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

A little bit more NBUS 3...

More gelli backgrounds, this time with a Lindsay Mason stamp which tickled me and some sentiments I haven't used before. 
3 quick cards and a tag with very little added to the prints.

The last  card says 'Hang in There' - 'You got This' inside. 
Think that might be the NBUS collection 3 finished!! 
Plenty more where they came from however. 

Monday, 6 July 2020

NBUS3 continued...

I decided I wanted to add my grungy teenager to a page in my alphabet journal. In amongst the gelli prints I found some kitchen roll that had been rescued from my 'spray' box. Wow it was yummy. So I stuck it in my journal as a background. Hadn't tried that before but it seemed to work OK.

But I added a bit more. Playing with that Tracy Evan's technique again. This time my circles turned out like funky little planets!!

Finished page - T for Teen Daydreams (a stretch I know).

I think that stamp has been used now, she can go away for a bit, but there are more NBUS3 to come. We are going to be here a while!!

Saturday, 4 July 2020


Today I'm sharing my next collection of NBUS. I pulled out a couple of stamp sets I haven't used yet plus whilst checking out a drawer I found a treasure trove of gelli prints I had forgotten about - these are just the few I thought I could use. Don't think I'll need to get the Gelli plate out any time soon!

Concentrated initially on this great 'teen' stamp from Visible Image. I made several cards cutting her out and putting her against those gelli bgs. Don't really need to do much more, it's such a great stamp. Shame my daughter is now in her late 20s as these would have been perfect for her in the day!

Part 2 to follow....

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