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Friday, 11 December 2009

Pink and White Paper Rosebud Wedding

I meant to post this the other week, but forgot I'd saved it as a draft!

Anyway, this is the wedding card that I made for my in-laws to send to Orla, the family friend. I decided to make a more traditional style card for them to send, and decided to go for a very simple colour combination of white and pink.


A card blank was created from white linen card and two scalloped circles were cut from the same cardstock using scalloped circle Nestability dies. The larger of the two circles was embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and the two circles were attached to the card blank, one on top of the other.

Three mini paper rosebuds were tied together with narrow pink satin ribbon using a bowmaker, and attached to the circles using silicon glue.

Three pink mini faux gems were attached to the lower edge of the smaller circle.

The sentiment, an Anita's rubber stamp, was stamped directly onto the card blank using ColorBox Dusky Rose pigment ink, and a small pink faux gem was adhered above the 'i'.
I like the simplicity of this card, and apart from the bow, it was very easy to create!! It's just a shame it hasn't scanned in very well due to the 3D nature of the card. It looks a bit grey and shadowy, but I can assure you it was bright white!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Pink and Brown Tilda with Watering Can - A Card For Alex

This is the card that I made for Alex's birthday. I find making a card for expert cardmakers quite daunting sometimes but I also enjoy it because I know that they will appreciate the effort you put into them!!

I know that she's opened it now so I can post it on here for you all.


I decided to make a card for her using my new Basic Grey Bittersweet paper pad - these really are beautiful papers!!

The image was very kindly donated by Tara W in an image swap we did last year. The image was watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers and distressed around the edges using the Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress ink. This was then matted onto brown and red card.

A panel of the Cherry Cordial paper from the Basic Grey Bittersweet paper pad was matted onto brown card. A smaller panel of the Truffle paper was matted onto red card and attached onto the Cherry Cordial panel at an angle.

A length of cream lace was coloured with the Frayed Burlap ink to give it a more aged look to fit in with the rest of the card and attached across the two panels.

The sentiment circle, from Aud Designs, was stamped using the Onyx Black ink, coloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers and distressed around the edges using the Frayed Burlap ink. This was then matted onto brown and red circles cut out using the standard and scalloped circle Nestabilities dies.


The inside of the card was also decorated using a strip of both the Cherry Cordial and Truffle papers. The sentiment, from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set, was stamped using the Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink.

I really enjoyed making this card, and thankfully Alex seems to like it! Phew!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Pink and Burgundy Christmas Pudding Version Two

I liked this week's Mojo Monday sketch so much that I decided to make a second design.

The Christmas Pudding image from the See D's Fun Christmas stamp set was coloured the same way as the first card, but this time I decided to go with a top fold tent card. The card was covered using the brown Christmas Phrase paper from the Papermania Naughty and Nice Christmas paper pad. The scallops, cut using a Nestabilities circle die, were attached to the reverse of a strip of burgundy card and a length of pink satin ribbon adhered along the strip.


The Christmas Pudding image panel was attached at the bottom left hand corner of the card, as shown in the sketch below.

Pink and Burgundy Christmas Pudding

Well, I've finally made a start on my Christmas cards. I've actually made the grand total of 18 cards. Only about 65 to go!!!

I saw the sketch for this week's Mojo Monday blog challenge and thought it looked really stylish, so I decided to have a go.

I decided to use one of the cute little stamps from the See D's Fun Christmas stamp set, namely the Christmas Pudding image. The image was stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia archival pigment ink, and watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers. The berries were then coloured with a red Sakura glaze pen, the icing with Anita's Metallic White 3D Dimensional paint and the pudding and leaves coloured with Winsor and Newton Iridescent Medium. The image was then matted onto pink and burgundy card.



A white A6 side-opening card was covered with brown star paper from the Papermania Naughty and Nice Christmas paper pad. Three burgundy circles and three pink circles, cut using a standard Nestabilities circle die were attached to a strip of burgundy card to create scallops. A length of pink satin ribbon was attached over the join, and a second length of ribbon tied to it. The image panel was then placed in the bottom right hand corner as shown in the sketch.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Hint Of Teal Wedding

Here is the wedding card that I made from us for Orla, the daughter of a good friend to my husband's family. I wanted to make a quite contemporary card using the Papermania Hint Of Teal kit, especially since I knew I'd have to make a more traditional card from the in-laws to give.

I decided to make an A5 card, which is unusual for me.

I started by choosing a couple of the papers from the kit and matted them onto the card blank and grey card.

A length of silver organza ribbon was tied around the panels and a sticker from the kit was attached over the ribbon. In retrospect, I think I should have matted the sticker onto some of the grey card but of course I only thought of that after I'd stuck it down, and it was impossible to get it back up again without damaging the rest of the card.

A white Papermania Imaginisce paper flower was colour tinted using Brilliance Starlight Silver ink and attached to the card. Green faux gems from Papermania, to match those on the sticker, were attached to the corners of the grey patterned panel and the centre of the flower.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Blue Smirk Bath Couple Anniversary

This is the anniversary card I made for some good friends, using the cute little Smirk stamp.


The Smirk Bath Couple image was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers. This was then cut out using the standard circle Nestabilities die and matted onto a blue scalloped circle also cut out using a Nestabilities die and embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.
A panel of the blue spotty paper from the Hot Off The Press Ultimate Creative Pack was matted onto blue card and a strip of blue organza ribbon was attached across the top of the panel.
Two lengths of the blue ribbon were also attached to the reverse of the circle panels and attached at the top of the card.
The sentiment, from the See D's Blooming Friendships stamp set, was stamped using the Onyx Black ink and matted onto the blue card, also embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
The mini concentric circles stamp, also from the Blooming Friendships stamp set, was stamped in the top corners of the card and on the sentiment panel using the Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress ink. Faux gems were then adhered at the centre of the circles at the top of the card and along the ribbon. As a finishing touch, Anita's 3D Gloss was added over the bath image to give it a realistic enamelled finish.

Monday, 16 November 2009

A6 Green and Copper Landmarks

Here is another card I made using the London, New York, Paris, Rome stamp from Crafty Individuals. I actually made them at the same time but forgot to upload this version.

The image was stamped onto the orange brushstroke paper from the K&Co Basic Grey Sublime paper pad using Versafine Vintage Sepia archival pigment ink. This was cut down to two images and matted onto green paper and copper mirror card and also matted onto the copper mirror card.

A panel of green paper was embossed using the Cuttlebug hinge border embossing folder and colour tinted using the ColorBox Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink.

A border was stamped around the edge of a panel of the green paper using a stamp from the Autumn Leaves On The Edge stamp set and the Vintage Sepia ink. I was forced to buy these having seen what Alex did with them at our little get-together in August.

The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, from the Papermania Just For You stamp set, was stamped below the image using the Vintage Sepia ink.

The inside of the card was also decorated using the border stamp from Autumn Leaves stamp set and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment stamp.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Pink, Green and Brown Flower Trug Miss Anya

As promised, here is one of the cards I made before the house move.

I've made it using one of my lovely Miss Anya stamps from The Greeting Farm.

The Flower Trug Miss Anya was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers. The 'Wishing You The Best Day Ever' sentiment, from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped down the edge of the image panel using the Onyx Black ink. This panel was then matted onto brown and pink card.

A panel of the Vogue paper from the Basic Grey Sultry paper pad was matted onto the brown card and attached to the card blank. A length of white lace was wrapped around a panel of the Elite paper from the same paper pad and attached over the Vogue paper at an angle and the image panel attached over the top.

Green hemp cord was threaded through a green button which was then attached at the centre of a green daisy button and then attached at the centre of a large pink silk flower from Papermania.
The inside of the card was also decorated using a strip of the Vogue paper matted onto a strip of the pink card. The sentiment, from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set was stamped using the Onyx Black ink.

Back Online in the New House

I'm afraid that this post isn't in the least bit crafty but I wanted to let you all know that I am still alive!!

We finally got back online today. It would have been sooner, but hubby decided to ignore me when I said I thought the router should be plugged into the other socket. We got the BT broadband engineer out and he changed a cable in the junction box or something (I won't pretend to understand it!!) and then saw the router cable and said 'Well, that's probably why it won't work'. He still won't believe me!!!

My craft room is almost how I'd like it. I've managed to palm off some unnecessary furniture into hubby's computer room, which has left me with a bit more space!

I have managed to make one whole card since moving, but haven't got the scanner and printer set up yet, so can't show it to you yet.

However, I was very organized and wrote up a few posts before we moved so I'll try and upload a few when I remember.

Believe it or not, I STILL haven't made any Christmas cards - those Christmas cards I bought back in 2003 up in the card box are starting to look good I can tell you!!!

I reckon if I make a minimum of four cards every day up until they have to be posted out I might manage it!!!

Wish me luck - I'm gonna need it!!!!!

I also wanted to say how good it was to see Leonie on C&C today. It came as a big surprise to me. I'd heard them say last week that they were getting a new craft presenter this week and I was wondering who it was going to be, but I never would have guessed that!!!

I also wanted to say that I think it's about time, actually no, it's well past time that Jedward were voted off X Factor, althought they did manage to sing Rock DJ almost all in tune, but Lucie was much better. I agreed with the Lloyd decision, as it would have been harsh to have been judged on not having any voice at all, but come on, Jedward vs Lucie is no competition!

Right, I'll get off my soapbox now!!

Hopefully I'll be back on regularly soon, so see you then.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Hot Off The Press Postage Stamps

Another of those difficult types of cards now - one for the men. This one is actually for my father-in-law who's a bit of a philatelist. I used the Hot Off The Press Heritage paper pad - this is the first time I've used it and I'm afraid to say I've had it for four years!!! I also used the Hot Off The Press Masculine Artsy Collage book.

The card blank was covered with a panel of the green collage paper from the Hot Off The Press 8"x8" Heritage paper pack, and the edges were distressed using the ColorBox Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink. A strip of the green plaid paper, also from the Heritage paper pad, was distressed and then matted onto green card and then over matted onto the centre of the collage paper.
The postage stamp images, from the Hot Off The Press Masculine Paper Artsy pad, were cut out and matted onto the dark green card. This was then matted onto a panel of the green collage paper.
A silver 'Birthday Wishes' peel-off, from Anita's, was coloured using peel-off markers and adhered to a paper ribbon fragment from the HOTP Ribbon Fragment book.
I also decorated the inside of the card using the green plaid paper from the Heritage paper pack and a coloured Anita's silver peel-off.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Off To Sign For The New House

Well, things are moving apace now. We are off up to Lincoln in the next hour and tomorrow morning we sign for the new house. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have chosen a nice house for us, but most importantly one that is big enough to fit all our junk, I mean stuff in.

In the nearly eleven years that I've been married, I'm about to move into 5th house, and the MOD have decided that each time they assign us a house it will be smaller than the one before, so I'm hoping they've bucked the trend because we can't fit all our stuff in the one we're in as it is!!!

So, I'll be away until tomorrow evening and then there'll be lots of sorting and packing so I don't know when I'll be back on.

Not sure if Crafting Gill from the docrafts forum comes on here, but I just wanted to let her know that I have made the Wallet Card for the swap, just haven't stamped anything to go in it as yet, and I'm not sure I've got enough white card at the moment so that probably won't get sent out until after we move. I'll be in touch with you soon about that though!!

Well, better go and finish the packing.

Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Pink and Green Regency Chair

This is the card that I made for my nan's birthday using the beautiful Papermania Signature Regency paper pad. I actually cut out the chair image from one of the papers.



This is a very simple card to make. The chair image was cut out from the patterned paper and adhered to a circle of cream card cut into a circle using the Nestabilities die. This was then matted onto a green scalloped circle, also using the Nestabilities.
A strip of the striped paper from the Regency paper pad was matted onto the green card and then across a panel of the pink paper and attached to the card blank.
The greeting was stamped using the 'A Perfect day' stamp from the Papermania Jesse Edwards Boutique stamp set and the Versafine Spanish Moss archival pigment ink. This was cut out and matted onto the green card. The chair panel was attached at the top of the card and the sentiment to the bottom.
Lavender self-adhesive pearls were then added to the edge ofthe chair panel and the sentiment panel.

The inside of the card was then decorated using the Regency papers and the 'Happy Birthday' stamp from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiment stamp set.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Green and Heather Penny Black Water Lily Skiing

This week I decided to have a go at the Secret Crafter blog challenge #51. The theme this week is Animal Antics.

I decided to use an image kindly donated by Donna/Princesskarra over on docrafts in an image swap.

The Penny Black Water Lily Skiing image was watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers and the butterfly and water lily was highlighted using Crayola Baby Pink pearlescent glitter glue.


The image was then cut out using one of the standard circle Nestabilities dies and the 'out of the box' technique. This was then matted onto heather cardstock from the DCWV Brights Mat Stack.

A square of olive green Brushstroke paper from the Papermania Oriental Spice paper pad was matted onto the heather cardstock, and a strip of the plum Brushstroke paper from the same paper pad was matted onto a strip of the heather card was matted onto the green panel with the image panel matted over the top.


The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set, was stamped on the green panel using ColorBox Dark Moss fluid chalk ink. This was traced over with the pink glitter glue.


Papermania white adhesive pearls were added to the plum paper strip.


The inside of the card was only minimally decorated using the plum Brushstroke paper, and the 'Happy Birthday' stamp with the ColorBox Dark Moss fluid chalk ink.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Blue and Brown Penny Black Cat with Balloons

I love this cute cat image - perfect for any cards you have to make for the men in your life.

The cat image is from the Penny Black B for Bubbly stamp set. The image was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers. Anita's 3D Gloss was added over the balloons.

The 'Happy Birthday' balloons from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set were stamped using the two brown inks in the Brilliance Tiramisu triple inkpad. All the image panels were matted onto blue and brown cardstock.

Patterned paper from the DCWV Old World mat stack was adhered to the lower part of the card blank and a length of light blue grosgrain ribbon from Dovecraft was attached over the join.
The inside of the card was also decorated using a strip of the Old World paper and a length of the grosgrain ribbon. The 'Happy Birthday' stamp, from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped using the dark brown ink from the Tiramisu ink pad.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Brown and Teal Penny Black Garden Buggy

Here is my entry to this week's Stamp Something Blog Challenge. The theme this week is to use your favourite colours on your card. My favourite colours at the moment are teal blue and chocolate brown, which seem to be featuring increasingly in home decor.

I decided to use a new paper pad that I bought as a result of my trip to Julie's. Yes, she made me buy something else!! I saw the papers in her pad and thought 'I've got to get me some of them!'

The paper pad in question is the Making Memories Funky Vintage Ruby Collection pad. It has some beautiful bold patterned papers in there!

So, here is my card:


I started by picking out the papers that I wanted to use and coloured my image to match. The image is a Penny Black image called 'Garden Buggy' that I received from Princesskarra over on the docrafts forum. I watercoloured the image using the Whispers Brushstroke markers.

The image was matted onto a panel of the teal mini dots paper from the paper pad and green paper.

A strip of the multi stripe paper was matted onto the green paper and a length of Anita's spotted teal grosgrain ribbon was adhered across the striped paper and attached across a panel of the brown flower and berry paper.

The 'Just For You' sentiment from the Papermania 'Just For You' stamp set was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink onto white card and watercoloured using the teal Whispers Brushstroke marker. This was cut out using a standard circle Nestie die and matted onto a scalloped circle of the green paper.

Craft Planet Ice Blue glitter glue was used to trace around the edge of the image panel and the sentiment circle.
I also decorated the inside of the card. This was decorated slightly differently to how I had intended to decorate it, mainly because I managed to smudge the blue ink used to edge the panel onto the white paper. So, I decided to overstamp the area with the daisy stamp from the Papermania 'Just For You' stamp set with Marvy Matchables Turquoise dye ink. A folded corner was created using the multi stripe paper from the Ruby paper pad.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Coral Pink and Dark Grey Birthday Rose Concertina - Secret Crafter Challenge #50

Here is my entry to this week's Secret Crafter Saturday Blog Challenge. The theme this week, #50, is:
'One For The Girls', and I think this fits the bill perfectly!

I've had this salmon pink concertina card blank for many years, but never knew what to do with it, because of the colour. Then, when I decided to use these papers, I knew exactly which card blank to turn to. I think I received it as part of a subscription gift for Quick Cards Made Easy.

To make the card, I started by covering the panels with papers from the K&Co Bailey paper pad. A length of coral pink picot edge organza ribbon from Chatterbox was attached along the front panel and a dressmaker's tracer wheel was run along the edge of the panel and faux stitching was added using a blue fineliner pen.

The birthday rose image from Anita's was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers and highlighted with Papermania Earth Tones Shimmer Chalks. The image was cut out, including the centre area, and matted onto matching papers from the Bailey paper pad. This was attached to the centre panel.

Here is a view of the open card, showing the inside of the panels.

I was rather pleased with this card, even if I say so myself!!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Blue and Brown Italian Architecture

These cards are made with a couple of my new Crafty Individuals stamps.


I decided to stamp the image using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink onto the blue patterned paper from the K&Co Basic Grey Motifica paper pad. The images were highlighted with white pencil.

Four of the six images were cut out as a square and matted onto golden brown card and blue Core'dinations cardstock. The paper and cardstock were distressed with ColorBox Amber Clay, Tangerine and Chestnut Roan fluid chalk inks. The 'Imagine' text (one of 5 freebie stamps from Crafty Individuals - how cool is that!!) was also stamped onto the blue paper from the Motifica paper pad and matted on the brown and blue cardstocks.

A panel of the beige vine patterned paper from the Motifica paper pad was matted onto the golden brown cardstock and embellished with brown metallic square brads from Dovecraft.

The edges of the card blank were distressed with the brown inks and ColorBox Celadon pigment ink.

The inside of the card was also decorated.


Another of the images was stamped out and matted onto the golden brown cardstock and layered over strips of the papers from the Motifica paper pad. The 'Celebrate with Style' sentiment, from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped on the inside using the Coffee Bean ink from the Brilliance Tiramisu triple inkpad.

The remaining two images were then used to make a second card. The same golden brown and blue cardstocks were used to mat the images and text panels. A scroll paper from the Motifica paper pad was used as the main background paper with the Dovecraft brads in the corners.

The patterned papers were also used to decorate the inside of the card.

I really like these stamps and think they are great for the dreaded men's cards. Crafty Individuals has a great range of stamps to choose from!!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Blue Hot Off The Press Butterfly Anniversary

This card was inspired by a card I saw in Crafty Katy's docrafts gallery and on her blog.

I decided to use a butterfly stamp that I've had for a while, and inadvertantly made it in Villa colours, the team the recipients both support. (They'll come to their senses one day!!)


The corners of the card were scored and folded back. The front of the card, the inside of the card and flaps were covered with paper from the HOTP Pretty Cardmakers Creative Pack.


The butterfly image from Anita's was stamped using Versafine Crimson Red archival pigment ink, and watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers. The butterfly was cut out using a scalloped circle Nestabilities die. A second scalloped circle was cut from lavender card and then embossed using the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder. These were attached to the front of the card and blue skeleton leaves were attached over the top.


The flaps were folded up and stuck down. A large red Papermania brad was attached through a large blue Papermania Imaginisce paper flower and attached over a length of pale blue organza ribbon.


The 'Forever' art, also from the HOTP Pretty Creative Pack, was attached under the paper flower.

I also decorated the inside of the card with co-ordinating paper from the HOTP Pretty Creative Pack and the 'Happy Anniversary' stamp from Stamps Away, using the Crimson Red ink.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Pink, Orange and Teal Doodle Butterfly - Stampin' For The Weekend Challenge #14

I decided to have a go at this week's Stampin' For The Weekend blog challenge, #14, which was a colour challenge to use pink, orange and teal. But, I forgot it was a Friday challenge, so of course I missed the deadline. PANTS!!

Anyway, here are the cards I made. I decided to make two cards, similar but different, if you know what I mean.



I started by creating an A6 landscape gatefold card from white card.blank.

I then stamped out the doodle butterfly and the large flower from the Papermania Clare Curd Doodles stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink onto white card, and then watercoloured them using Marvy Matchables Turquoise dye ink. Both images were then highlighted with Craft Planet Ice Blue glitter glue.
A panel of the white card was coloured using the Turquoise ink with a piece of sponge, and a doodled dotty border was drawn around the panel using a black fineline marker. The Ice Blue glitter glue was then used to create a glittery border.
Pink card and orange daisy paper from the Dovecraft Designer Wild Blossom paper pack were then matted onto the gatefold panels of the card blank, and strips of teal blue card were added across the two sides.

The mini 'Happy Birthday' stamp from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set was stamped using the Turquoise ink and the panel was colour tinted around the edges. This was then matted on to pink card and attached to the right of the teal blue strip. The butterfly was 3D'd onto the blue panel and the flower was attached to the bottom right of the card.

The inside of the card was also decorated, using the pink and orange floral paper from the Wild Blossom paper pack. The white paper, taken from a writing pad, was stamped using the Turquoise ink and the large 'Happy Birthday' stamp from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set and the large flower used on the front.

I am very grateful to Alex for her tip of rubbing over the acrylic stamps with a rubber to ensure that the dye ink 'sticks' to the stamps rather than pooling up.



I made a second card using the same images and papers but making a portrait bottom opening card, or tent card.


The butterfly panel was attached at an angle and the flower was attached to the left hand side of the teal strip.
The inside of the card was decorated in a similar way to the previous card.

New Background Design

As you can see, I've changed the background of my blog.

I got the background, which is free, from the Template Mama.

Please can you let me know if there is any text that you can't read very well due to the colours or the font. It's difficult to gauge as the font colours apply to both the main part and the sidebars where the background colours are different.

I've spent literally hours changing widgets and fonts and colours, so hopefully it won't need much more work so I can dedicate more time to the actual cards!!!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Great blog candy from Squiggle Stamps - CLOSED

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Green and Copper Landmarks

This is my entry to this week's Mojo Monday Blog Challenge, which follows a sketch from Mojo Monday as shown below.
 
And here is the sketch that I followed:


The Landmarks image, from Crafty Individuals, was stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia archival pigment ink onto the orange brushstroke paper from the K&Co Basic Grey Sublime paper pad and matted onto green paper and copper mirror card (which hasn't scanned on very well).
Panels of the green paper were embossed using the Cuttlebug hinge border embossing folder, and the ColorBox Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk inkpad was swiped over the top to pick out the embossed details. These were then matted onto the copper mirror card.

A panel of the green paper was stamped around the edge using the Fleur de Lys border stamp from the Autumn Leaves On The Edge stamp set and the Vintage Sepia ink. A panel of the collage script paper from the Sublime paper pad was matted onto the green paper and then across the bottom of the large green panel.

The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, from the Papermania 'Just For You' stamp set, was stamped using the Vintage Sepia ink onto a piece of the green paper and matted onto the copper mirror card.

I also decorated the inside of the card using the Fleur de Lys border stamp with the Vintage Sepia ink and a strip of the orange brushstroke paper.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Purple and Green Heart Dazzles

This is my entry to this week's Secret Crafter Blog Challenge. This week's challenge, #48, is 'Hearts and Flowers' and so I decided to use my prize from the Paper Wishes Forum, which I won in a competition set when the forum was first launched.

Firstly, the heart Dazzles sticker was layered onto violet vellum from Papermania. This was then cut out and attached to a panel of lilac floral paper from the Hot Off The Press Dazzles and More paper book.

A greeting was stamped towards the bottom of the panel using the 'Happy Anniversary' stamp from Stamps Away using Versafine Imperial Purple archival pigment ink. Other Dazzles stickers were attached in the corners of the panel and either side of the stamped greeting.

A strip of green paper was attached across the purple lace section of the paper and a Dazzles border sticker was attached across it.


The inside of the card was decorated using matching papers and Dazzles and the 'Just For You' greeting from the Hot Off The Press Sentiments stamp set, stamped using the Imperial Purple ink.

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Brown and Blue Two Today Dandelion

I decided to enter the Pollycraft Blog Challenge #23 this week, and the theme this week is 'Furry Friends'. I decided to use one of the lovely Dandelion stamps from the Daisy and Dandelion stamp set.

The card is for a little two-year-old boy, the son of a friend of mine.

I started by stamping the Dandelion image onto cream cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia archival pigment inks, giving the image a mottled effect. The image was then watercoloured using Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap distress ink.

The edges of the image panel were then distressed using the Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink, and matted onto brown cardstock.

The number '2' was stamped using the Faded Jeans ink and a foam stamp from the Papermania Large Sheet Numbers stamp set. The number was outlined using the fine end of a brown Whispers Brushstroke marker.

The word 'today' was also stamped onto cream card using the Faded Jeans ink and a Studio G mini alphabet stamp set. The two panels were then distressed around the edges using the Faded Jeans ink. Both were then matted onto brown cardstock and a length of pale blue fibre was tied between both of the panels to suggest movement.

The card blank was covered using the blue mesh paper from the Daisy and Dandelion Picnic Patch paper pad, first distressed with the Faded Jeans ink. A strip of the brown polka dot paper, also from the Picnic Patch paper pad, was distressed with the Frayed Burlap ink and then matted onto the brown cardstock, was attached across the blue paper and the image panels adhered on top using 3D foam pads.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Red, White and Black Wedding Card

This is a wedding card that I made for a couple of friends who recently tied the knot.

I wanted to do something different, so I decided to use a stamp I've had for a while. Having stamped it, I realized that the bird looked a bit lonely, so I decided to stamp out a second one, cut it out and decoupaged it onto the branch.

I went with a red, white and black colour scheme as I thought it looked quite classic. Amazingly, the bride decided to wear a red wedding dress, so I made a wise choice!!

STAMPSBird on a Branch stamp - Kate Knight for Dovecraft

INKS ETCVersafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink
Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink
Whispers Brushstroke markers
White gel pen

DIE CUTS/PUNCHESStandard Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities

EMBELLISHMENTSLarge red and black brads - Papermania

OTHERSwiss Dots Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
'Mr & Mrs' rub-on - Making Memories Wedding Wordage rub-ons

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Lilac Multicoloured Daisies Smirk Hugs

This is my second entry to the Mojo Monday Blog Challenge #102.

It is also the 400th card design that I have produced since I started making cards (not including Christmas cards!!) I keep a book with a record of what I have used when making all my cards so that if I want to reproduce a card, or locate a patterned paper from somewhere, I know what it is.

Anyway, here is the second card I made to this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

The only differences that this card has to the previous one is the background paper, although it is also from the DCWV Glitter Mat stack.
On this card, I decided to thread some of the lilac stripe ribbon through the lilac pearl mat to create a knot effect.
The other difference with this card is that whilst making this one the glitter glue bottle decided to split all the way down it and glitter glue decided to splurge (yes, that is a word!!) all over my card. Thankfully I managed to wipe it all away with a baby wipe, not leaving any trace or damaging the patterned paper that it splurged all over!!!
STAMPS
Hugs - Smirk Love and Friendship stamp set
Fabulous Friends - Smirk Love and Friendship stamp set
PATTERNED PAPERS/CARD
DCWV Glitter Mat Stack
Lilac pearl die-cut mats - Lakeland
INKS ETC
Versafine Onyx Black Archival Pigment ink
Whispers Brushstroke markers
Craft Planet Lavender glitter glue
EMBELLISHMENTS
Lilac Stripe grosgrain ribbon - Anita's
DIE-CUTS/PUNCHES
Standard Circle die - Nestabilities
Photo Corner - Ellison Photo Corner die
OTHER
Swiss Dots embossing folder - Cuttlebug
'K ' rub-on - Me & My Big Ideas Primary Monograms

Lilac Smirk Hugs

This is my entry to this week's Mojo Monday blog challenge, #102. This is the first time I've entered this blog challenge, and I enjoyed following the sketch.

I decided to use my Smirk Love and Friendship stamp set for this card.

Here is the sketch:

....and here is the card I made.

The Hugs image from the Smirk Love and Friendship stamp set was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers, and highlighted using Craft Planet Lavender glitter glue.

The image was cut out using a standard circle Nestabilities die, and matted onto a lilac pearl die-cut circle from a set from Lakeland that had first been embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The photo corner was cut out from the excess card on the die-cut sheet using the Ellison Photo Corners thin cut die and also embossed.

A length of Anita's lilac stripe grosgrain ribbon was adhered across a panel of multi-coloured stripe paper from the DCWV Glitter Mat Stack. The sentiment, also from the Smirk Love and Friendship stamp set, was matted onto a die-cut panel, as was the monogram rub-on, from the Me and My Big Ideas Primary Monograms set. Both panels were embossed first with the Swiss Dots folder.

Two short lengths of the ribbon were attached to the reverse of the monogram panel.

I then decided to make a second similar card to the same sketch which will follow in the next post.

Blog Candy from Helen - CLOSED

The lovely Helen has reached her one year blogerversary and is offering some great blog candy to celebrate.

To enter the blog candy, pop over to her blog here and leave your name on Mr Linky!!

You can see a picture of what Helen is offering here. The blog candy contains:

Basic Grey 'June Bug' 6x6 paper pad
My Mind's Eye 'Wild Asparagus' 6x6 paper pad
Sugar Nellie 'Blossom' unmounted stamp
Stampavie 'Lily - Taking Care' clear stamp
'Skin Accents' Promarker pen set
Poppicrafts 'Random Blooms' (contains 80 paper flowers!)
Polka dot grosgrain ribbon (in a selection of widths and colours)
Craftwork Cards 'Card Candy Pick'n'mix' (an assortment from 10 packs)

There will also be a surprise beaded item as well.

If you want to enter then just:

1. Add a link to the blog candy on your blog (if you have one)
2. Add a link to your blog on Mr Linky at the end of the blog candy post here once you've done that.
The blog candy is available to everyone worldwide.

The Mr Linky will close at 9pm (UK time) on Sunday 13th September 2009, and the winner will be announced the next day.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Purple and Blue Dragonfly Tilda

This is my entry to this weeks 'The Pink Elephant' blog challenge (#30).
This week's challenge consists of a recipe:

1 ribbon
2 squares
something that sparkles

Here is the card I produced:

The Dragonfly Tilda image, from Magnolia, is one that I stamped whilst at Julie's thanks to the lovely Alex.

It was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers. The wings were highlighted with Craft Planet Iridescent Sparkle glitter glue. Antennae were added using purple wire from ACE Studio Cards.

A circle of blue paper, cut using a Nestabilities die, was then embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. This was matted onto a Nestabilities scalloped circle of purple card and highlighted with dots of Craft Planet Ice Blue glitter glue.

A strip of the Jardin paper from the Basic Grey Wisteria paper pad was matted across a square of the White Dynasty paper.

Using the Making Memories Notch and Die tool, two ribbon holes were punched from the scalloped circle and a length of purple metallic ribbon from Dovecraft was threaded through them and attached on the reverse of the White Dynasty paper. This was then matted onto a square of the purple card.

The Tilda image was cut out and layered onto the circles using 3D foam pads.

Purple flower gems, from Papermania, were attached in three of the corners and they were highlighted with the Ice Blue glitter glue, and the floral pattern on the Jardin paper with the Iridescent Sparkle.

The 'Happy Birthday' greeting, from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped in the bottom right-hand corner using Versafine Imperial Purple archival pigment ink.

The inside of the card was also decorated, using the same papers as were used on the front of the card.The sentiment, also from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped using the Imperial Purple ink.

Blue, Green and Yellow Sailor Edwin

This is my entry to this week's Sketch and Stash blog challenge (#18). This is another of the NEW blog challenges that I discovered the other day and I love the idea behind this one.


The idea is to use something new and something that's been neglected from your stash. Well, I'm sure we've all got LOADS of neglected items, especially those ones we had to have but once Mr Postie brought them we had no idea how to use them!!!

Well, the sketch looked like this:

My new item is actually the papers, which are from the Making Memories Fresh Anthology Sydney paper pad. I bought these the other week, and was inspired to buy these (amongst others) by my visit to Julie's. The one I was looking for was the Ruby pad, but saw these and had to get them as well.

My neglected items are the buttons (that I bought about 4 years ago).

The Edwin stamp and the ticket stamps are also slightly neglected as this is the first time I've used the Edwin stamp that I bought months ago, and the ticket stamps that I haven't used as much as I should have!!

Anyway, the Sailor Edwin image from Magnolia was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstrokes markers and was then matted onto blue cardstock.

A panel of the blue stripe paper from the Sydney paper pad was attached to the left of the card blank. Two small green eyelets were set in a strip of the blue polka dot paper and attached across the centre of the card. The Edwin image was then layered over the patterned paper.

Green hemp cord (that I bought in Hobbycraft if you're interested) was threaded through two green buttons and layered onto the green brocade paper from the Sydney paper pad and added at the corners of the Edwin image.

Two of the stamps from the Autumn Leaves Ticketed stamp set were stamped using the Onyx Black ink on the green brocade paper. Holes were punched at the corners of each of the tickets using the Big Bite and then cut up. To see the tutorial on doing this from Aud Designs, click here. It's very clever.

I also decorated the inside of the card using strips of the patterned papers used on the front of the card and the Happy Birthday sentiment was taken from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set using the Onyx Black ink. Faux stitch doodling was added around the panel of paper to emphasize the edges.

This card was made for a friend with not a hint of irony. As you can see, there is a ticket that says 'Totally Perfect'. Well, he's not, but he thinks he is. He also thinks he's always right, but I didn't have a ticket that said that!!!
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