Sunday, 9 November 2014

Clean and Simple Birthday Card

Don't judge me!  Cards are nowhere near my forte but is one anyway.  I am going to put my hands up, wave them frantically around in the air and admit that this design is not mine.  I do not make cards therefore have no imagination or any semblance of creative design that magically pops into my noggin when making them.  So I rely on the creativity of others to inspire my cards, lol.  In fact, I make it my crafty mission to avoid card making at all cost.  But an unfortunate few do get through the "No card making" barrier every so often and some poor sod ends up receiving one of my disastrous card creations (Maddy..... you know all about that... remember my button Xmas tree card??).  More often than not, it's usually Scrubby Loops or my poor wee Daddy who ends up getting one of them for some reason.  And oh how I laugh when I watch them try to make a surprised "Oh wow that's so good" expression on their faces.

Anywho, I was browsing around Pinterest (my favourite place on web earth) and came across this gorgeous card (sadly the link is no longer working).  So kudos to Alberta and her beautiful design because without her, Scrubby Loops wouldn't have received a birthday card.....although he might have preferred that, lol.

So, here is mine!  Heyyyyyy don't give me a hard time, I've admitted that cards aren't my thing.  And I did change one of the strip colours to blue....and, and, and...oh, and my stamp is different too!  Let's face it, even with following Alberta's card almost to the "t", it still isn't great, lol.  But its a "Lee card" as they have become affectionately known in my family.  And with that title comes strict instructions to leave all expectations of grandeur and creative wow factor at the door.  It's a "Lee card".....enough said!

Here's a nice little side view for you.....trying to be arty farty, lol.  There really isn't much to say about this card really.  All products are listed below for you. 
Oh and here we are face on but this time.....with a white background as opposed to the black background in the top photo.  Jeez, I can't stretch this out much longer, there's not much to explain really. Any more clean and simple and Scrubby Loops would have received a folded piece of card. 
And that is it from me folks.....for now anyway.  Now that my craft room is sitting all loverly jubberly and I can actually open the door and enter the room without tripping and falling head first into a pile of craft products (which is always an added bonus in my mind) I will hopefully be a bit more frequent in Blogland.

Until next time.....(sing it with me....) Toodles Noodles .........Loops xx

"Stuff" used to make this magnificent piece of modern art (Mwahhhh)

Kraft cardstock from Payper Box Ltd (its fab card to work with) - Click HERE
Coloured Cardstocks, Black, Red & Blue all from Papermill Direct - Click HERE
The matting and card strips were all stuck down using ScorTape (I LOVE ScorTape)  Every time they have it on sale, I get mine from Blitsy (link no longer available)
Happy Birthday stamp was just a generic wooden block stamp that had 4 different fonts of Happy Birthday on each side.  Sorry I don't have a brand name as it was bought as a package "thing" with a storage box and loads of other stamps and bits and bobs in it.  I have a strong feeling it was a Papermania storage doodaa..  However, if the stamp is not from Papermania it may be from Anita's or Whispers Stamp!  If that is any use to you, lol.

Monday, 3 November 2014

How to make a soft cover wrap around book

Doth my eyes deceive me?  Is that a Crafty Loops blog post I see?  Yes, yes I can hear you all from here, lol.  But finally, my gas heating is now installed.  Yippeeeeee!  Which means my house was turned upside down and there was dust and dirt that would make the Sahara Desert blush!  Our attic had to be emptied because we needed new loft insulation, which meant the majority of my house sat in the back garden whilst the work was carried out.  Who knew we had so much crap up there!  Out of sight, out of mind definitely applies to my attic.

As if having our house turned upside down and sitting in my back garden wasn't enough, there of course needed to be a little drama added to the mix - this is the Loops Household after all.   When the guys were installing the new gas pipes in the attic, one of them slipped and his leg came thundering through the roof!  Scrubby Loops said all he could see was a leg dangling from the hall ceiling.  Then another guy nearly went through the front door after an "electrical mishap".  I tell ya, it was just as well that I spent the day with my parents, because Scrubby Loops said I would have been chasing them around the house telling them off every two minutes, teehee.  They weren't even in the back door that morning and I was warning one guy about smoking, teehee.  It was ok though, he gave off to himself too and chastised himself for really, I was only agreeing with him....mwahhh!

Anywho, it is finally done and the house is back to some semblance of order, much to fur baby's delight.....Nimbus does not like having strangers in her house, particularly 15 burly big builders.  So once they were finally finished and gone, she spent the next few days jumping at the new gas boiler noise and scenting each and every corner she could rub her face in.  She's such a wee weirdo!  Well they do say pets take after their owners.   My craft room is now finished....STAND UP AND SING "WOOWHOO" WITH ME.  Well, its almost done, it's sitting in the layout I want and everything is organised in its allocated spot.  But we want to put wooden floors down in there and maybe a new paint job on the walls.....if I can push my luck, lol.  So the room is temporarily put back together until the coffers replenish, lol.

So with all that waffle out of the way, I do have a very quick video tutorial for you today.  This video was recorded over 18 months ago now (hangs her head in shame!).  I know, I'm terrible.  I have been asked tonnes of time about binding on leather, fabric, soft covers etc., so I did in fact do a video on it at the time I was asked.....and then forgot all about it!  It wasn't until a month or so ago that I found it on my laptop and I had a bit of a "Slap on the forehead" moment.  I quickly edited it and did a dodgy voice over on it, so without further ado, here it is.....

For links to the tutorials mentioned in this video, click on these links:

3 hole pamphlet stitch -

Signatures -