Friday, 27 February 2009

A winter birthday card.

I made this winter themed birthday card with a set of personal impressions clear stamps that I got for Christmas. They were a little bit 'sticky' to start with and it took me a few goes to get a clear print but I got there in the end and hopefully it will be better next time because I love the image. I teamed her up with some paper I got from Partners ages ago- still keeping that New Year's resolution! The strip is pearly purple and the mirror board has a leather like embossing which I thought added to the frostyness. The nesty is quite square and she looked a bit 'lost' in the middle so I made it snow by stamping snowflakes in pale blue and embossing them with holographic powder. The final touch was some ostrich wool that has some clear strands in it which pick up the light. It has just occured to me how like Dawny's sketch on PTW this is but I actually made it a few weeks back!

Colour Create #4, Dawny's Sketch #9 and a New Year's resolution!

The Colour Create challenge is to use pink and grey- I have counted my silver as grey! Dawny's sketch at PTW was great to work with and I can see myself using this again. I rotated the sketch as I don't have many wide stamps. My New Year's resolution was to use stuff that has been in my stash for ages- I'm sure I'm not alone in this one! I got this Kanban kit from QVC ages ago and, although I have used some, I have not made much of a dent in it. This is an 'A ' style card with the fold at the top, just to ring the changes.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Cute Card Thursday- Challenge 49.

The challenge was to make a card with an animal on- I hope this cuddly giraffe counts! I kept this card very simple because the base card is a beautifully textured buttermilk yellow- which does not really show up on the photo :( The mats are flat to the card but the image is on 3D foam to add a bit of interest.

A Spoon Full Of Sugar- Challenge 40

The challenge was called Shape Shifters so I have made an angled card by starting with a square card and cutting a slice off the bottom and righthand sides to give a tipped back look. I bought this Jolly Nation stamp because he reminded me so much of my son who has just started learning electric guitar. The card is folded from some I got in a pay-per-box from Holmfirth Mill- sometimes they have a great selection in, other times not. It is hard to see on the photo but the mirror board which I have used for the die cut and matting is also sort of coated like a CD- this mirror is actually the back of the blue card so the inside of the card is all mirror- my son thinks that's fab! I love this greeting stamp set from Elzybells, it covers so many occasions and has a really nice font.

Monday, 23 February 2009

A totally different craft project!

Last week I finally managed to get a photo of my latest craft project without it being covered with snow or filthy! I got the decals from Hippy Motors and spent a day arranging and applying them. It is similar on both sides. I love it and so do lots of others- including most of the girls at my son's school! My husband thinks I'm having a mid life crisis and my son hates it. My son now tells me where and how I should park to try to hide them!

This gecko is the only bit of the car that my son likes because he chose it! I said I would get one but it had to be pink, orange or yellow! Orange was the lesser of the 3 evils for him.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Sketch Saturday #38

I have had a go at my first challenge! I have been so caught up with making Valentines since my birthday at the end of January (and sorting out this blog) that I had not had a chance to play with my QT Hooty set, which was a present from Mum and Dad. The papers are some that I got from Partners absolutely ages ago. I am not a natural doodler on cards- I always stress about spoiling them!- but I'm pleased with how the bits I have done have turned out.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

The final Valentine for this year!

I made this bright Valentine after finding these free download papers at Papercraft Inspirations. They were the perfect opportunity to use my new Elzybell stamp and I based my colouring on them.

Right, that's enough of the Valentines for one year! Now that I seem to have sorted out the basics of blogging I can't wait to get down to making some cards again so hopefully I will have something new to share soon!

Elzybells Valentine

I'm not particularly pleased with this card (especially as the message is a bit squiffy!) but I was pleased with my colouring of the image. I used watercolour pencils and a paintbrush.

A special card

My friend asked me to make a Valentines card for her to give her husband. He is blind so the most important aspect of the card was that it was tactile. I used a nice heavyweight pearl card for both the base card and the embossing. I was thrilled when I found the grosgrain ribbon with swirls on in my stash because it tied in so well with the embossing while adding a nice texture. To add interest the ribbon panel is secured down and the card opens from the score after that. More of my felt flowers in burgundy and dark brown secured with a brad and an interestingly shaped message cut and embossed with my nesties and popped up on 3D foam. I hope it fits the bill with the textures as well as looking good- she seemed really pleased with it when I gave it to her.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009


Well, after a couple of weeks of working out how to get a good photo of my cards and how to edit them I am finally ready to start posting! Because of this I have not made any new cards lately so my first post is of some Valentines I made before I started all this!

I used the new Lily and Billy Sweethearts set and the papers are a free download from Papercraft Inspirations. I am very into my felt flowers at the moment which I make with my Sizzix and some felt from the market!