Monday, 15 July 2013

Lets catch up.

It's is my final Barkley make at the moment. I've used the stamped image, coloured with spectrum noir pens of course. It's such a gorgeous wee image and I love how it turned out. I die cut the card and while it was still in the die I tinted it with peacock feathers and mowed grass distress inks. I chose two shades of pink for matting and layering  to bring out the flowers and added some flower embellishments I've had for absolutely ages.
I used some lace trim along the bottom edge of one card layer and the 'lets catch up' sentiment stamp. Hope you all love Barkley as much as I do! I really do think he's my favourite! 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Barkley decorations.

Well it's a late post from me today but we decided to go to the seaside. We had a lovely day although with the breeze coming off the sea it was chilly enough. The sunshine brought everyone out and we had a job even finding somewhere to park.   
Back to my project and I made some modular decorations and used the Barkley Christmas CD to print off my papers and toppers. 
I've added tassels and beads to some of them. I've written a step out for this project which you can find over at club inspire on crafters companion. Have a go at making your own and I'd love to see how you get on.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Telescoping Barkley

It's a bit cooler here this morning but still most pleasant! Yesterday was a scorcher and lots of people got a roasting. Thankfully I just stayed inside and tried to keep cool. 
My card for you today is a telescoping one  using the Barkley everyday CD. I printed out one of the embellishments and when cut out inked around it with black soot distress ink to make it stand out well.
I chose some of the gorgeous doileys and used them to create my layers along with some die cut core'dinations card. The little greeting is from the sentiments section of the CD.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Night light

Ooh, I've had this idea in my head for such a while now, just struggling to get out, but either I didn't have the materials or the subject didn't suit it, well Barkley is just perfect.! 

What did I do? I printed four of the fabric companions onto printable vellum paper using the best print setting. Now I've used the Christmas CD but I could just as easily have used everyday. Next I embossed some card I'd cut,to use as frames, with the floral vine embossing folder.
 Now if I were doing it again I would spray them with my spray 'n' sparkle at this stage. I didn't until I had the frames constructed and I didn't get as good coverage as I would have liked. 

So I made four frames to fit over the images, just as if they were frame cards form previous CDs. I added ribbon to two of them as I made them so I would be able to hang it up. Next I stuck three of the frames together to form 3 sides of a box. Before adding the final side I measured the space that was going to be left in the base and made a shelf which I stuck in to set my tea light on and also to stabilise the construction. I also made a little holder for the tea light so it wouldn't slide about inside the lantern. After attaching the final side I made a little flap to enclose the top of the lantern and added some strung beading and little embellishments.. Now don't worry about that tea light, I've used one of the battery operated variety so it's completely safe. 
Hope you enjoyed today's make and if you want any more info or a step out please let me know!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


I made two sides with polka dot patterned paper! (Hey mum, I used spots!) and two with the fabric companions images which were just the perfect size! The top has a companion paper and I finished the whole thing with some beaded trim and lace from my stash. 

Tissue box cover.

We are still having some fabulous weather here although I must admit it can be difficult getting to sleep. I'm not complaining tho, we get so little good weather we just have to make the best of it when we get sunshine! Maybe that's what inspired today's make.

I constructed a tissue box cover fron thick chipboard and used papers from the Everyday Barkley CD to cover the outside. Just right for the hay fever season!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Crackers about Barkley!

Wow, we're having absolutely scorching weather here at the minute and I'm loving it! I've always said I was born in the wrong continent! Lol. 
Today's make continues the cracker theme, and I made a box of mini crackers to decorate the Christmas tree using some of the papers and embellishments printed from the Barkley Christmas CD. The fact that I had to liberate and then eat six packets of yummy sweets to get the tubes was just a happy coincidence! ;) will there be more Barkley  tomorrow? You bet there will!!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Introducing Barkley!

Well, how cute is this little fellow?  I think he's my favourite character so far and is due to be launched by Crafters Companion on Friday. 
I made a cracker style card and punched the ends with  a Martha Stewart punch. The image is stamped on Neenah card stock and coloured with spectrum noir pens. I used JG1, JG2 &GT2 for his hat and true black for his ears. The background is tinted using stormy sky distress ink. The brim and pompon have polar white flower soft and some ultra fine iridescent glitter added, and the snow is glittery too. Watch out for more Barkley over the next few days.