Thursday, 31 May 2012

Anything goes ...

There are three challenges all with anything goes as the challenge so I decided that this was the best option for joining the challenges.

Another rubbish photo as I had once again packaged it up for the stash pile before I took a pic!

Another colouring job ... This time with a magnolia image... I forgot how much I love these images!

Mounted on a strip of patterned paper and then a stamped sentiment in the corner on a simple card. Magnolia cards are often really fussy but I wanted it to be CAS as best as I could!

The gold behind is an envelope from the stash and not part of the card as it may seem!


oldie but goodie ... Stamped image and paper pack not used for about nine months
kaboodle doodle ... Anything goes
Crafty sentiments ... Anything goes

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

WOYWW & Tuesday throw down

Yes it is Wednesday which means its time to snoop around the work desks of crafty peeps courtesy of Stamping Ground! This particular Wednesday is a very exciting one ... Happy third birthday Woyww!

And mine ...

So here is the chaos of my desk late on ... Six cards down. Most of which I can't share with you! My parents are moving back to Spain so I was creating cards for my parents for the year and although most came out of the stock some needed creating from scratch and existing ones amended slightly!

What can you see above ... Well firstly the obligatory glass of wine, then some papers I haven't had out of the cupboard for ages, some stampin up stamps I spent the night playing with, and of course some ink!

And then the card I was mid creating when I managed to remember the fact it was Wednesday!

Sorry for the poor picture I packaged it up before taking it! I used the paper pack I love from a magazine. I used it to mat, background and punch out from. I also stamped up the forever friends image and used promarkers to colour it.

I am entering this onto Tuesday Throwdown where the challenge is masculine... Hope you like it!

Now off to snoop around for a bit before tidying up the mess!

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Another circle journal catch up

This month I was determined to get the journal page done ahead of time and passed on as I had been so late with the previous month. As it has now made its way across to the east of the country I can now share the process and some pics.

This time the journal was owned by Darcy who is the mummy of the group in that she keeps us in line and organises us wonderfully. We all love her dearly for playing the responsible role! Working on her journal however is incredibly intimidating as she is such a wonderful artist herself. Having said that though I felt happy throughout the process of creation and didn't once think I was doing the wrong thing ... Makes a change!

So what did I do?

Well I started with glueing down some book pages ... Richard II was the book on hand ... And old copy from the sixties i think and in the back was a family tree which I thought made a nice and unusual background. I then stamped and embossed in clear powder the flower image. This then gave a relief when inking over the top.

So after the embossing I inked the background with a mixture of distress ink, Dylusions ink and mica sprays in copper, red and antique photo. Once it was dry I then added copper and bronze acrylic paint and rubbed it around the edges in particular and i feel it gave warmth to the page.I kept cleaning off the embossed flowers as best I could though to maintain the see through aspect they had.

I did a similar job to the photo above on the other side although added more red ... V mentioned it looked a little like a murder scene at this point so I added more copper and bronze paint so hopefully Darcy doesn't think I murdered someone to finish her page! I also added black into the mix in the other side ... Not sure why ... Just felt like it needed it!

Next on a separate piece of watercolour paper I drew a naked she art girl ... And painted her in ... This was so funny to me at the time ... No idea why but I got the giggles lots! I would be rubbish at a life art class that's for sure!

I then watercoloured the dress... So that I could dress my naked girl!

When I cut out the girl and dress I then mod podged it down and started to doodle the outlines a little and add extra paint to the hair to give it some more texture. I also added the rub ins and some extra details with the pain and scraped some black paint over to blend the girl a little more. I also added some trim I got from Tracey from the group for winning an AtC swap she organised.

For the detail of the other side I wanted to use some rub on sentiments and also some layered flower elements.

I stamped the same flower stamps as the embossed, but this time I chose the layer effect ones where the flower comes in three different petal layers and the centre as a separate one. I stamped it in the chocolate chip brown ink onto white card, and then used my spray inks to colour them. Once I had stuck them down I then added the crackle accents to the centres to give some more texture.

So now the tag ...

On one side I swiped it with distress inks and the. Used a stencil to spray some water through to discolour the ink. I then added the bird of the copper acrylic and added some rub ons and the journalling

The other side had a mixture of inks blended and some more of the copper and bronze acrylics and a little bit of black. Again I added some rub ons including the sentiment and then added some stamped flowers using the same techniques as last time with the spray inks. The centres of these I added a big dab of the bronze acrylic which I love the texture of it once it dried.

Now for the tale of the journals and what happens next. Unfortunately we have two journals missing in action at the moment. Both posted at the same time but as separate parcels and never made it to the next recipient. This makes us all very sad to think our beloved artwork is not going to finish its journey ... So this is a plea that if anyone works for royal mail and sees this post ... Please look out for the missing journals!

So for the moment I have no journal to create in, and until Wednesday we are not sure what to do! Fingers crossed they will turn up safe and well ... But I will keep you posted! Excuse the pun!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Blogging for fun

Thought I would share some male cards I made from bits and pieces I had to hand including the card samples I am upcycling!

A gold card blank, some white card to mount another gold panel with a different texture. Then a green striped paper to mimic the green on the golf course and a golf topper made from the card sample. Finally a rub on greeting and a button to embellish.

This time a red card blank with a strip of the striped modern ribbon, sme brown card run though the big shot in the docrafts embossing folder. The panel with the helmets was cut from a card sample, as with the one below. Added a peel off sentiment in a gold a brown mottled effect.

Topper made as above from a card sample ... One sample makes two cards! Took a mustard yellow card blank and another piece of the e,bossed brown and another peel off. This time added the card candi to embellish.

This time some freebie paper scraps I had in the rap box added to a light yellow card blank and a stamped sentiment but with the boat topper for a different type of card.

I hope you like... All a bit different and all made for fun!

Happy crafting!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Dress up time

The design over at Kaboodle Doodle (what a great blog name by the way!) is dressed for success where clothing must feature so I tight I would share another one of those up cycled cards as it features a dress... Well three of them actually.

Firstly I used a dark lilac card blank and then layered the pearlescent pink card in a panel and added the topper I created by cutting the image out of the card sample. Then I added the three rhinestones and the paper flower which I layered up and added a peel off in the centre. Finally I stamped the sentiment direct onto the card blank. Cute, simple and elegant!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, 21 May 2012

Commissioned cards

On Saturday night I made a massive mess of our family room hunting for something to finish off the commissioned cards I was making but had not been able to share until now the cards I made. They are all for weddings and anniversaries in the next few months but as none of the recipients will see my blog I feel safe to post them now for you.

The first is a golden wedding card for a work friends mum and dad. I took the 8x8 card blank and added the panel of gold satin card. I scored the outside border using my hoagie board and wrapped the patterned delicate ribbon around. I also took a strip of the whisper white and scored that the same border type panel and then stamped the flower image in crumb cake. I used a peel off for the happy anniversary and 50 and printed the Mum and Dad and date label before die cutting it and mounting on the gold. I then cut round the die cut to provide the gold edge and mounted it using pin flair glue gel for dimension. Then added the pearls to the label panel and for the corners of both scored panels.

This was a wedding card commissioned by another work colleague who asked for a simple card for some friends who were getting married. I took the 8x8 card blank again and added the gold panel. I then too three panels of whisper white and stamped off the Bliss Stamp in crumb cake and then layered them on the gold panel. I added a peal to each of the stamped images. I then added another strip of the gold and wrapped two organza ribbons round in a clean and neat style. Finally the names and date printed off and die cut and the. Mounted on gold with added pearls.

Finally a slight more funky wedding card for my work friends sister. This time I took the design from the save the date card. The card had this tartan on it and the little flowers which I recycled for this. I mounted it onto the wisteria wonder card and added the handmade paper wrap. I then die cut the silver card and the names and date using the top note die and trimmed the white panel to leave the silver edge. All mounted onto the 8x8 card.

All of the commissions were handed out and paid for today so happy to post the causes of my mass mess from Saturday night hunting for the stick on pearl!

Sleep time now ... No craft for me till Wednesday this week as crazy busy so just a few catch up blog posts to publish as and when I get time.

Hope you are having fun and thanks for popping along to see me!

Happy crafting

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Happy anniversary Birds!

Some friends of ours celebrate their wedding anniversary today, but unfortunately aren't together as he also starts a new job so has had to be away. I was asked to make the anniversary card for her to give to him so I thought I would share it as he (who will never see this anyway) will have received it by now!

The request was cute rather than masculine so I went cute but blue rather than pink!

The background paper was from a scrap booking kit by k and co. then had a piece of wisteria wonder, which I out through the do crafts embossing folder (first use of something I have had a long time!). I then die cut the top note from the whisper white and mounted the forever friends decoupage topper. Then I hand cut the heart around the sentiment and affixed with some foam adhesive to lift it a little. The bow on the topper was already in place.

So all that remains is for me to say Happy Anniversary Birds!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, 20 May 2012

New baby card ... A blue one

Two of the cards I was given to up cycle were new baby cards and so I've taken the opportunity to do two cards for Less Is More using the bits I cut out from the card samples.

Now it's the time of the blue one!

This time I embossed some blue card with the dotty embossing folder and distressed the edges to give it a fluffy feel. I then simply added the topper with some bling at the corners and then stamped the sentiment underneath in Baja Breeze. Again I left lots of white space to keep it clean and simple.

This qualifies for the challenge of a baby or child card over at Less is More.

See my next post for the blue one!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

New baby card ... A pink one

Two of the cards I was given to upcycle were new baby ones so I took the opportunity to make two cards from the bits I cut out of the sample cards... And this is the first one I have to share ...

I took a panel of pink pearlescent panel and wrapped it with a lilac ribbon and added the topper with some pearlescent to give it a little bit of dimension. Then I stamped the sentiment and added the rhinestones for some bling. I added this to the white card with plenty of white space to keep it clean and simple.

I am entering this in the challenge over at Less Is More.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Crazy for challenges

Well I think regular readers of my blog will know I am!

Well there is a blog out there called this and the challenge this week is a birthday card ... Now obviously I could enter quite a few times after last nights crafting endeavours however I decided on this entry...

I made up the flower with some paper flowers from Papermania and a stampin up button and a bit of paper ribbon. I made a panel and matted tit and then did the same with the cloud paper too. Then I added the sentiment die cut and mounted it all on the gold card blank. Then I added some dots with the white enamel accents. This is very similar to the card I made for my auntie in February as I loved the combination of bright colours and papers.

Happy birthday for Barbara over at Crazy4challenges.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

More flowers for card makin mamas

And here is my second entry for the flower challenge at card makin mama's ..

Another panel from the card samples to be recycled with a bright pink flower. Raised above the bright yellow spotty panel of paper with pin flair glue gel and a little tag of rose red seam binding. Stamped sentiment and then put the panel onto the gold card blank. Another simple card for the challenge.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Card makin mama's flowers

Another of last nights card making endeavours included the challenge over at Card Makin Mama's where the challenge is to use flowers and this is the first of the cards I made to fulfil that brief!

I took one of the cards I had been given to recycle and cut out the hydrangea image with a white surround. Then I matted it on a pink pearlescent and then a strip of blue which I ran through the big shot in the dotty embossing folder. I then made a little bow from the lilac ribbon and added the sentiment chipboard from a magazine.

Simple and elegant.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

The night of rubbish photos

Unfortunately the light I am taking these photos in is not very good at all and so apologies for the fuzziness.
Papertake have the current challenge of In the Garden as do secret crafters Saturday challenge so I thought I would take this little topper to use this for the garden theme.

It is taken from one of those cards I was given to recycle and I mounted it on the pink pearlescent card, and some pale blue card. I added a strip of the beautiful patterned satin ribbon and a sentiment chipboard embellishment that came with a magazine.
Once again apologies for the photo. If I get a chance tomorrow to re-photograph I will add a better pic.
For me now however it is sleep time! I set about to do a very small amount of crafting and finish the circle journal I was working on with some journalling to be added and that is all, and to add some printed additions to some commissioned cards I had made ... And I made this mess...

So to justify the mess I made some cards whilst tidying up! And in total made 15 although most are simple little cards like this I really enjoyed it. Tomorrow I am going to pack up some of the cards with envelopes to go into the sale stash and sort out some of the goodies I have in the pile to sell on eBay as some things I never ever use. Plus I found some papers I had forgotten about tonight so they may come out to play!
You will be pleased to hear that the table and floor was cleared however before I came up to bed and so breakfast can be eaten tomorrow!

One better picture coming up ...

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

No patterned paper for birthdays

The challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenges is a birthday card made with no patterned paper so I have this to share with you...

Now I know the photo isn't great but hopefully it's good enough to see what I've made. I took a card which I had been given to recycle and cut the small image out. I then took some shiny silver cardstock and cut it out with the TopNote sizzix die and then ran it back through the Big Shot with the dots embossing folder.

Then I mounted this onto the blue card blank and stamped the birthday sentiment.

Simple but elegant and suitable for both male and female is the general idea.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, 18 May 2012

Chocolate, coffee, cards

What a superb name for a crafting blog ... Do you think they can see me crafting?

This week they have a challenge "for the Boys" so I thought I would share another up cycled card for the challenge before I dash off to work!

I used the decoupage shoes cut from another card, and then ran some brown coredinations through the Big Shot in a wood grain embossing folder and then added the die cut sentiment circle.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Felting fun!

Well tonight I did something completely new! I tried my hand at felting! And I loved it!
I went to an introduction class hosted by a local craft studio called the Make and Do studio (Stockton Heath) which was held in a pottery painting cafe and we were taught by a lovely woman called Beryl to make a felt flower brooch. Now I must admit what I expected was some pieces of felt cut out and sewn together given I knew nothing about felting! But no ... What we did was make the felt from the wool and shape it and create wonderful unique brooches. It was astonishing to see the end results and apart from sore fingers I thoroughly enjoyed it!
So do you want to see what I made?

The array of colours of the wool to choose from was mad ... And my decision making was really torn between pinks and purples, reds and oranges or blues and greens ... As you can see I went for the blues and greens with a tiny amount of purples and silver silks thrown in for good measure!
We had to spend a lot of time rubbing and 'agitating' the fibres to felt them which was actually very tiring and with all the soap in the mix I have to admit my fingers are still a little sore, but boy is it worth it! I adore my creation and although my sewing to affix the pin on the back is a bit rubbish ... Who cares... No one sees it!

So no paper craft for me tonight ... Although I have got a post ready to publish for the Christmas blog about the Christmas card swap ... Instead my fine felt flower will have to suffice!
And if any of my local friends get a chance to go to one of these introductory sessions I can really recommend it ... It was fab fun and full of friendly people.
Also for those who wonder how it all started here is a photo I've found of the wool in the state it started before I got my mitts on it! It's from the make and do studio website so not my pic but It gives those of you like me an idea of how it starts before you get felt ... And this is a small selection of what we were offered to play with tonight!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Circle journal update ... Jayne's journal

I am very very late passing the journal on this month despite making a quick start on the journal, then life got in the way and all I could face doing was some cards rather that getting the art stuff out, but finally I am all caught up, just in time to receive the next journal.

So here is what I did! Jayne's good luck fairy! She's had some strife in her life recently and I figured she needed this!

I decided to flip the journal around a little to give me a different dimension to deal with. Then I completely covered the back with the patterned paper which has a mix of matt and gloss to it and is a rich teal colour with the black. I then grunged it up a bit with the white paint and turquoise blue paint, which I squidged around with a flower stamp free with craft stamper a few months ago that I had not got round to using before.

Then I created the fairy. She is a she art shaped girl, but I decided to colour her with promarkers and give her a face, but otherwise is kept pretty much to she art type of figure. I created petals for the skirt out of different patterned papers and layered it all up with some doodles. Then I created the wings with the bottom layer in white paper and then the top layer with vellum which I gave some texture with the Tim holtz embossing folder.

Then glittered the wand star with the champagne chunky glitter from stampin up. I hand wrote and cut the title and edged it with pink aqua marker and glued them down and then added rub-on details all over the page.

The final added element was the layered flower with the card candi in the centre which I added some crackle accent to.

And now the tag ...

I went a bit mad and painted the tag with black acrylic and then stamped the flower stamp with the white acrylic! Never been so bold before so you can imagine I was a bit scared when I'd done it ... But must admit I love it!

I added some adhesive ribbons down one side which were preglittered, then hand wrote and cut the journalling.

At the bottom I added the lace trim which came with a magazine a while ago.
The other side I covered with the textured gift wrap I had saved from last year waiting for a perfect use...

Then I added a panel of book print and some washi tape and ten buttons to represent our circle journal sisterhood. Then I washed the book print with some acrylic white and some black scratched over the top and then wrote the last bit of journalling. And finally a little more rub on elements and some crackle glaze I added to the writing patch.

I can't believe I didn't finish this earlier ... But hopefully will be along very soon with the next journal. Our journals are almost at an end with only a few more pages to go before we are reunited with our original journal and of course our visit to Harrogate. Can't wait!

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Today! Heart or head?

Today I was meant to be taking MIL to an appointment at the hospital which was not expected to be pleasant but last night I get home to a letter changing the appointment to next week. Now having already booked the day off what to do? I am currently languishing in bed before I get up to do the school run but have to decide which plan to go for.
Plan A to cancel my day off altogether and go to work ... It's not like I don't have a mountain of work to get through.
Or plan B do some work from home ... I did bring some home with me, and perhaps just take half a days leave.
Or plan C do no work, have a lazy crafty day?
I know where my heart lies... Watch this space as to what wins!

PLAN C won of course! I spent the entire morning sobbing into a book "one moment, one morning" which as enjoyable but def a tear jerker! Then I munched a bit of lunch and did a tiny amount of cleaning! Then the Christmas box called to me ... Go see my Christmas blog for the details of the madness that then ensued. I should really have made an acceptance card but that can be done tomorrow. And then I cleared up. Once school pickup was done, and a small amount of feeding the princess achieved (she has a second tea most days as she is always starving!), I did a couple of chores and then princess in bed ready for me to dig the journalling crafty stuff out of the cupboard to make a start on the next journal. As it was I got completely carried away and have almost finished the journal so hopefully tomorrow some more elements to be added and some actual journalling and then once dry it should be ready for sending on! I may even get it on its way early this time! So of course there is a small amount of guilt festering about not working, but I guess as I had it booked off, tough! How exactly we cope with next weeks appointment I don't exactly know... But that's something for another day! I'm off to bed now as will try to cram two days work into tomorrow... But also know I have a fun crafty evening ahead of me tomorrow doing something completely different as I'm off to a class for felting flowers... Scary and exciting all at the same time!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

So many posts ... Why?

I have been asked whether my blogging has increased due to the snazzy iPad or cos I'm lovin it! Well the simple answer is both. The iPad makes it so easy to get online and just get the blog done, add the photos and link stuff up etc, but also I am crafting a lot at the moment. I have really got my card making mojo back. Creating a card offers me just a bit of calm in my mad life and is purely for fun.

Take this one for example...

It consists of two pieces of paper, a card blank, one card topper from a recycled card, a sentiment die cut and three little black pearls ... From this I gained a good fifteen minutes of time where I thought of nothing more important than where to stick them down... No work complexities, no family strife, not even a real decision to be made cos what's the worse that could happen ... It could be wonky or look rubbish ... It's only card and paper.

Now don't get me wrong I am very capable of stressing over craft stuff. I get concerned when I make things for other people to make them as good as I can etc. but even then I generally think that if they don't like them ... They either don't have to pay me... Or they can spend a couple of pounds to make me not feel bad, and then go and buy another card from the shop... It really won't break the bank.

I suppose if I am completely honest the only thing that can ... And well does ... stress me out is my circle journal. Creating something for one of my friends in their journal filled with everyone else's unique and beautiful creations does freak me out a bit in case I make a complete hash of it. But then I try and relax and fill my heart full of love for the friend and just do whatever comes out of me for them and then pray like mad that they like it. I am in the midst of the freak time at the moment having started on the background but then I think they always look rubbish when you are still creating ... The hope is it will soon transform into a thing of beauty!

So there you go ... Why do I craft ? Cos I can and I love it. Why do I blog ? Cos I can and I love it!

Thanks for popping by to see me and read my witterings!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Happy birthday ... Simple card

Over at cupcake craft the challenge this week is a birthday card with no patterned paper so I thought I would share this stupidly simple card I am using another card to create the topper.

I added some glossy accents to some parts and some glitter to other parts to add that handmade element.

I used the original card and cut it down to this size to create the topper. I then fixed this to the blue card blank.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, 14 May 2012

Fathers Day Card Swap

I participated in a fathers day card swap over at Creating the Crafty Life in april and it is now time to share what I made...

Unfortunately I don't have a great photo of the finished card as I have stupidly deleted it from my iPad after sending them to Texas where they will be divvied up amongst the participants.

So what did I do? Well I took an a5 cream card blank and started with the blue paper you can see in the background. I ran this through the Big Shot with the Tim Holtz embossing folder to give it some texture that is rather rough around the edges due to the paper being quite thin but it works for the look I was going for. Then I cut a panel of the red paper using my naturally distressing Paper trimmer which as it is getting quite blunt gives a naturally fluffed and distressed edge to the paper. I then also cut a strip of the Kanban foiled card with the cogs on it. Then I layered them up.

Then I took some cream textured paper and cut a panel and tore one edge of it... So out of character for me with all these torn and fluffy edges!

I used a stamp from the travel set I have had for a while and stamped the old vintage car in the vintage photo distress ink. I then took a crafters companion stamp for the fathers day stamp and stamped that in the vintage photo too.

Then I thought that the card needed some more gold to balance the foiled card so I added a die cut cog from the matching Kanban set and two mock gold brads to the top of the stamped panel.

Some of the layers were adhered using pin flair glue gel to add a little dimension, although not too much as I felt the texture of the embossing probably provided enough dimension... Plus I had to post these to Texas so didn't want to bulk up the package too much!

Inside the card I broke with tradition and added a textured insert and on the envelope I stamped the car to give it a theme running through.

I can't wait to see the cards I get in return for the swap and am hoping that I will be able to find at least three i can use myself for the fathers in my life...


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, 13 May 2012

ATC swap ... April .. Natural

I decided to join my friend from the circle journal, Tracey, who runs a lovely craft shop in humberside called "running with scissors" in an ATC swap. She runs one every month and this time the theme was Natural as a nod towards Earth Day held in April.

The rule was to have something in its natural state and include Kraft.

I chose a Kraft base to one layer, and added some layers of book print to make the hills which I doodled. Then I added the tree stamp from Clarity stamps in Chocolate chip ink. I then added the cotton trim lace to the back. I then inked the edge of the ATC base in the chocolate chip and before adhering the two together I added the copper embellishment paperclip.

I then added the paper ribbon to the clip.

Hopefully they are well received and make it to the east side of the country Ok!!! Also can't wait to see what I get in return!

Thanks for coming to look!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Orange happy birthday

Over at ABC challenge the current challenge is O for orange so I thought I would share this card.

I have to admit it looks more peach on the photo but I promise it is orange. I used one of the cards my friend had given me to us to cut out the happy birthday panel and matted and layered it using the colours that were in the happy birthday. Then I stamped the presents onto the card blank using vintage paper distress ink and then mounted it all up. Simple and unisex I think so happy with this to add to the stash of ready made cards.

Having spent the afternoon making commissions for weddings and anniversaries this made a nice bright change!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Quick clean and smile card for fun

Here's a quick card I wanted to share with you based on a pinterest pinned card I saw and made a while ago.

Premade card blank in white, masked off the strip across the card. Used a makeup sponge to ink up the landscape in certainly celery and Baja breeze Then stamped the trees from the claritystamp way marker set in old olive. Then took the masking tape off and stamped the two other trees and the sentiment. Finally added the ribbon wrap with the deep green satin ribbon to add some opulence to it.
Enjoy. Playing with the circle journal tonight which I am VERY late in finishing so no more cards from me till I finish it.
Happy crafting everyone!
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Here come the boys ... Sailing

One of my old work colleagues was a keen sailor so I think this card is perfect for the here come the boys challenge of hobbies!

This is another of the cards I was given to up cycle today simply cut down and mounted onto the blue card blank, a vellum "ribbon" and a craftwork cards sentiment die cut added with some dimension.

Simple but then I think men's cards seem better when kept simple as otherwise I tend to over pretty them with bits.


Off to watch tv now so unlikely to get anymore posts written tonight, so will share the other creations tomorrow.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Relax and upcycle a mans card!

Today at work, one of my customers of commissioned cards, brought me a stack of cards her partner had received for his birthday wondering if they could be used to make some new cards. Well always up for such a challenge I immediately agreed and after what was quite a challenging day at work I immediately grabbed the craft knife and some bits and pieces to make up some cards.

This is one of the creations and I'm entering it over at the challenge at cards for men which is about ways to relax ... And whilst it's not my way of relaxing I do get that it is for a lot of people ... That's right GOLF!

So I took a panel from the card which had a circle picture on it and cut that out. Then I mounted it onto a premade gold card blank. Then I added the sentiment die cut from craftwork cards. Simple but pleased with it as a non-pretty card ... Plus obviously a green card as a recycled the card to save some of it from the bin!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

What goes up ...

... Must come down!

That is the challenge over at clearlyIstamp. So I chose this adorable image from LOTV with the rabbit.

I am also entering it into the buttons and bows challenge at fab n funky.

The image is watercolours, then mounted on a lilac mat. Then wrapped with the charcoal ribbon and then adhered onto the satin sheen card blank I made. I then added the sentiment die cut from craftwork cards with some foam adhesive and the two pearl white buttons in the bottom corner.

Think this is me done for the night, I imagine it will be a couple of days now before I get to craft again, so hopefully the mass of creations from tonight will satisfy for a couple of days.

Happy crafting all!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

In honour of mothers

Once again I am back with a card in honour of motherhood.

I chose this adorable image of the rabbit mum and child eating afternoon tea to represent the inspiration over at the Paper Players.

I used a denim blue card blank that I cut myself, and different shades of lilac and then added the crushed concord ribbon as a wrap bow which is more extravagant than I normally do. And then I added the three little dark grey slate type pearls on the edge.

I am also entering this into the challenges over at Kaboodle Doodle honouring mothers, and Tuesday throwdown motherly love and finally Tuesday alchemy who have the challenge of mother dear.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

More Lili of the Valley cuteness

Another cute Lili of the Valley image this time used to satisfy the challenge of "anniversary/celebration" over at Stamp'n'doodle. And also the cute cute cute challenge at The Papertake challenge.

I followed the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday

After colouring with watercolour pencils I layered it up on denim blue card blank which I created myself. I included a satin finish card for the punched piece, and a piece of steel ribbon. And then added the flower embellishment.

Hope you like it!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

All about mum

After five Christmas cards made ... Please see my other blog for my Christmas creations ... I decided it was time to get a bit more seasonal ... Although the weather outside does seem wintery so maybe I wasn't far off the mark with the Christmas cards!

Although we have already passed mothers day in the uk, the states have yet to celebrate theirs so there are a few mothers day inspired challenges around so I decided to join in a little.

I used the lili of the valley image and I used the sketch over at stamp with fun. This includes four layers of papers so it also qualifies for the layer upon layer challenge over at stampin for the weekend. and finally the image is a perfect mum image in my opinion so I'm joining in with the challenge over at the Pink Elephant where the challenge is all about mom!

Hope you like this cutesy image and the pretty paper ... All from the scraps box I created a while ago. I must admit that the craft cupboard needs another sort out so maybe soon I will get around to that and sorting all the freebie paper packs a little better as I now have loads again that I've never even started to use! And then stupidly ordered some papers from ebay so there will be even more! Oops! But I am also trying to sort through a few bits and pieces and sell them as I know that I don't use all of them... A couple of my cd Roms have already sold ... Which should hopefully pay towards what I just bought!

Oh also have some good news to share ... My parents took a big bag of cards upto my cousins house in Scotland this weekend, and not only has she taken about twenty cards, my auntie has also taken some. So it turns out my massive stash is drastically reduced, so I don't feel guilty about making some more to build it back up again! As if I felt guilty really! Lol!

Anyways glad I have good news to share as today has been a pretty awful day for me and the family today. Have to say all the crafting has really helped me clear my head a little!

So happy crafting everyone.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad