Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Happy Birthday Son

Hi there peeps, aren't men's cards difficult and ones we put off normally to the last minute, (or pretend you forgot), but here's one I made for my son Tom's birthday this week.  It looks difficult but it's really not. 

You will need all this, plus a piece of card to fit the embossing folder.  I've used the Sara Davis 'Birthday Greetings' folder.  It gives a lovely deep emboss, and if you do it on Centura pearl card it's even more lovelier,

Using the brayer, roll the versamark ink over the smooth side only of the embossing folder, insert your card and run it through your die cutting machine.

Make sure you wipe the embossing folder and roller when you've finished otherwise it leaves it sticky!  

The next step is to sprinkle the embossed piece of card with one colour of embossing powder at a time,
 making sure you put the excess back into the pot before using another colour, until the card is covered.  

Then heat it with your heat tool and watch the magic happen.
(Oops excuse the white patch, as I didn't ink the card properly)

In the original I cut a circle and used a star die I got free from a magazine before Christmas, but if you haven't got that you could always use a couple of circle dies to cut a border.  The letters were cut using the X-cut die Weddings.  (Love this alphabet set of dies).

I also used the versamark pad around the edges of the slightly larger card and embossed it using one of the colours I used on the topper.  

Hope this all makes sense,  please let me know if it does, or if you have any questions please send me a message via Facebook, but leave me a comment anyway so I know you popped by.  Thanks.  

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Time flies when you're enjoying yourself!

Well it seems to when you're crafting.  Can't believe that the last time I blogged was back in March, when I shared the notelets I made for my sisters' birthday.  Well yesterday she celebrated her golden wedding anniversary- 50 years being married to the same person - Wow!  How many of us can say that - I won't.  

So, as I've mentioned her anniversary, here's the card I made for them.  

I actually used a Spellbinders corner die that I've had for absolutely ages and only used once I think.  It was from the Imperial Gold range - Gold Elements One (I did say I'd had it for ages!!!)  I've used the Sue Wilson double pierced squares for the frame and another one from Sue Wilsons' New York Collection - Times Square.  I hesitated about buying this at Alley Pally last year, but I am glad I did buy it, as it has been quite useful recently.  
The roses are made from the Signature Collection by Sara Davies.  They are brushed with a glitter sparkle pen, as well as a little gold coloured Sprinkle, shame it doesn't show very well on the photo.
And finally the numbers were cut from a Tonic die - believe it to be an advent one, comes with a little drawer front die too.

I also made a box for it to go in and for this I used the same dies but just reversed the colour.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Grassy Notelets

Hello fellow crafters, just thought I would post the notelets I have made for my sister for her birthday.  I had bought her a present but wanted something else to give her and suddenly thought she is really good at writing letters or notes to people so I would make her a set of notelets. 

Using stamping card from Ali Reeves, I used my distress ink pads and blended a couple of green shades and a couple of blue.  I then stamped with black memento the new stamps from Docrafts - their Creativity essentials range: meadow and forest sets.  I then used promarkers to colour the flower heads.  

I also used a yellow distress ink around the edge of the notelets.  I've also enclosed a picture of the presentation box.  I wasn't sure when I finished them, but they are now growing on me (excuse the pun!!!!).  Just hope my sister likes them????

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Off the starting block - It's Christmaaaaas!!!!!

Thought I'd share with you my first Christmas card, only took me two evenings (well one evening to lay it all out and a half an evening to stick it all down). Basically because I was on my own in the house this afternoon, so was left to concentrate without anyone saying 'what we having for tea' or the tele blaring out in my ear and my side table tucked up under my armpit whilst trying to craft, to avoid blocking someone's view of the tele (heaven forbid!!!!).  If you saw my crafting area in the corner of our lounge, by the tele, you'd know what I was up against!  

I had this card in mind when I bought the Tonic dies of the Stag and Sleigh, but at Alley Pally on Saturday saw a card on display that inspired me.  The original was similar but I embellished a little with the Sue Wilson Christmas Trees and the message is from one of Phill Martins' stamp sets.

When I started it I planned it as red and gold, but then it went to gold and purple, but then it ended up being all gold.  Nothing ever ends up being the same as the idea in your head does it?   

What I found amazing, is that us crafters spend loads of money on our crafting stash, must have the latest trends, can't live without them, I bought loads of stuff at Alley Pally last Saturday, spent loads of pennies (well pounds really but don't tell anyone!) , couldn't wait to get home and play and the first card I made was done by using stuff I already had!  Ironic really, lthough the stag die and sleigh hadn't been out of the packet since they arrived in the post in July!!!! Never mind I'm sure I'll get to use my other new stuff sometime or the other????

Ooh the one thing I did use from Alley Pally was the Starlight Paints from Imagination Crafts, these are amazing and I used them on the background to get the pink and gold shimmer, by using a brayer.  All good fun :)

Once again, thanks for popping by and don't forget to leave me a message to let me know you popped by (unless of course you're my bank manager......)

Take care and see you soon.  

Thursday, 17 September 2015

49 years together and still going strong!

Just wanted to share a card that I've made for my Sister and Brother in law on their 49th wedding anniversary today.  Can't believe they've been together so long, but they do make a lovely couple and are two of the nicest people I know. 

I love making cards for either of them as they are always greatly received and my brother in law always takes my card as shows it to everyone every birthday (must really get on people's nerves, but they're always so polite!). However, sometimes it can be difficult trying to think of something different every time and this one was no exception.

I started making a card last week, got an idea in my head and wanted to use brown and cream, so made some flowers and laid the card out, using some spellbinder dies and my Nuevo glitter but it just didn't look right,  I kept laying it down, walking away and then going back to it but still wasn't happy.

Then one night, I was flicking through the TV channels (as everyone else had gone to bed and I had control of the remote (for once!) and came across Phill Martin (Creative Expressions) on the newish craft channel Hochanda.  He was making a Christmas card and I really liked it and suddenly thought I could do that as an anniversary card.  Hence the picture of the end result.  

Although I didn't have the stamps he had, and obviously don't think my sister and husband would have appreciated 'Merry Christmas' on their anniversary card (although it may have meant they would have got a Christmas card off of me, but that's another story!), I used what I had in my stash and hence the final result.  I was pleased with it and my sister and brother in law were delighted with it.  

Hope you like it too.  
Thanks for popping by, see you again soon.


Monday, 3 August 2015

Exploding Boxes - Cooper Albert

I cannot believe I have not posted on here since January of this year and now it's August - where does the time go?

Thought I'd like to share two exploding box cards I have made recently.

  The baby boy one was to celebrate the arrival of Cooper Albert, my great nephew who arrived on 24 July weighing a very slight 10lbs 2ozs (definitely made my nieces eyes water lol!).

I was especially proud of the pram in the centre of Coopers' card which I made off my own back (the thought came to me in bed one night - why is it that's out have ideas on the weirdest of places?). 

I must admit I enjoyed making the one for Jenny.  It's always easier to make cards for girls isn't it.  Again the cake in the middle was made using my own idea and my way was definitely easier than some I've seen on you tube etc.
I have made a couple of these cards before and always refer back to a video from YouTube by dawns inspirations http://dawnsinspirations.com.  It's a really informative and unhurried video and you can stop it and start it as you craft along.  There is nothing really difficult in any part of these cards apart from choosing the colour of card - that's always the hardest part for me.

Hope I've inspired some of you to have a go at these cards as they are very striking and very rewarding.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment, love to know what your thoughts are.  Bye for now xxx

Monday, 5 January 2015

Isaac's Ark

Hello my little blogging friends, long time no see.  Can't believe that it's 2015 already, blinked and you missed 2014!

Well what a start to the year by being asked to make a card for a 1 year old little boy.  I wasn't sure at first what to do, but wanted to do something colourful.  I then remembered that I had some Kanban stamps of animals, and so the creative juices started flowing.   

First of all I cut a circle from Kraft card (actually it wasn't exactly Kraft card, but a light brown card, and then scored it down the centre (using my Hougie board) and then at 1 cm intervals towards the outside edge, I drew vertical lines and dots to make it look like planks,  then folded it in half.  

I then cut two more circles the same size but slightly larger than the brown one, (one using the Spellbinders Grand decorative circles and one using a Spellbinders plain circle, scored and folded these in half (this was basically to give a bit more stability to the structure) you could probably get away with one circle if you're using heavy weight card.  The edge of the decorative circle was coloured with distress ink pad (using Salty Ocean - or something like that, sorry can't remember off the top of my head).

I then cut a rectangle (I used a Tonic scalloped edge) and a slightly smaller straight edge to make the cabin.  Cut out four little windows and glazed them with diamond glaze,  I then cut a slot in the top of the brown circle, (along the crease) so that I could slide the rectangle into it.  If your following these instructions Don't stick anything down until you're happy where the animals are going etc., depending on how you want to decorate it!  

As I said earlier, I stamped the Kanban animals onto white card and then coloured them in (using Promarkers) and cut them out,  The bunting was stamped on white card and coloured in along with the Number 1 and also covered this in Diamond Glaze.  'Isaac' was stamped using a Clarity Stamp set, with Sprinkles blue glitter glue round the edges,  

The cabin is actually stuck to the front underside of the light brown.  This means it's at the right angle and not leaning forward.  Hope this makes sense.  

If you have any questions about making this card please feel free to contact me.  It's funny but I've had this idea in my mind since I got the stamps, but never actually got round to making it - but now I have I'm glad I did.  Isaac's Mum loved it and hopefully so will Isaac.  Just leaves me to say 
"Happy Birthday Isaac" and thank You for checking out my blog.  Take care and see you all again soon xxx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Happy Birthday Mum

I wanted to share this card with you as I have made it for my Mum, whose birthdays' tomorrow.  She'll be 92.  I wanted to make her something special, basically cos she's my Mum.  I had seen a couple of these boxes on Facebook so I watched a YouTube video http://youtu.be/Zlxtfyi6h8Q, which I found one of the better ones, and most useful as the lady 'Dawn' does it in real time, so you can craft along with her!

The flowers on the cake were from Sweet Lilac, whom I must say I was a little dubious of ordering from, but once again ladies from one of the groups on Facebook I belong to assured me that they were very good and I was pleasantly surprised when I ordered the sample box at 11 o' clock one evening and within two days the parcel arrived.  Excellent service, will definitely use them again.  

The flowers on top. Of the box are of course my old faithfuls and made from a Spellbinder die (blossom 4 - I think), oh and the leaves underneath are from an ivy die from Di'esire (think that's how you spell it?)

I was really pleased with the way it turned out and hopefully my Mum will be too, that is if she doesn't open it upside down!!!  

Sunday, 24 August 2014

40 Ruby Red Years of Marriage

Hi girls and guys, thought I would share with you a card I made for friends 40th wedding anniversary.  It was one of those cards that went together straight away and proved to be a really nice card (even if I say so myself!), which was a bonus as I made it yesterday, when I needed it for today (no pressure there was there?). 

It was an 8x8 card (as usual) think this is a nice size for special occasions and easier to make a square box too.  I used a spellbinder die to make the red roses and curled the edges of the petals before rolling,  the gold leaves were one of the new Sue Wilson leaf dies, which I really liked, think they're just a bit different to the standard leaves.  The ovals were cutting using the Tonic dies, really useful set which comes with both plain and scalloped ovals.  Obviously the '40 years' and the 'Ruby Anniversary' were peel offs that I had.  Haven't used peel offs for yonks, but couldn't find the correct stamp at the time, but may have to re-introduce them into my crafting again.....

I did make a box to put it in, but forgot to take a photograph,  doh!  Never mind, next time perhaps.  

Sunday, 10 August 2014

My latest Creations!

Wow! Cannot believe that it was the beginning of July when I last blogged and now the beginning of August, well ten days in - just where does the time go?  Anyway, have been busy making cards for family and friends and a couple of orders in between, which is always good - can justify buying more craft stash if I make a little bit - not that I make any really cos I always spend more than I get back, but hey Ho I'm enjoying myself and that's the main thing.  

Well lets start with the first cards I made.  These are for one lucky Mum, who is going to get two of my cards from two of her sons (someone at work asked me to make him one for his Mum's 70th) so I made him two to give him a choice and he bought both, one for his brother, which I thought was very sweet - hopefully she'll like them both.  

The first one was made using the bookatrix board by the Glittergirls.  It's funny but us crafters have loads of stuff and we always need more and some of us are lucky to get more, but we do forget about what we've already got and this was one of my 'has beens' till I saw someone had posted pics of one they'd made using the board on a Facebook page (Card Making UK) that I belong to and I thought it suited the occasion just right.

The second one, some of you may have already seen as I had spent weeks trying to get this right - nothing particularly difficult in it, but it just wouldn't fit together for some reason and when it did eventually, I stuck it all down and found out I'd stuck it on 'sideways'.  The air was blue I can tell you - I slammed around, kicked the cat and felt much better (no I didn't kick the cat - I don't actually have one and still wouldn't have kicked it if I had!). Actually I felt much better after I had posted it on Card-Making UK and they all came to the rescue about cutting the front off and mounting it on to another card mount - and that's what I did - and you'd never know I had.  Thanks girls.  

I've used the Sue Wilson dies for the lattice background and leaves, but what doesn't show up very clearly in the photo is the diamond jewels I used behind the lattice.  That was the first time I used them and they do give a really nice affect.

Right the next one.  

This one was for one of the Managers at work little girls christening.  I really enjoyed making this one and started out with making it monochromatic (just using one colour - cream) but as usual it never ends up like the idea you started with, but I have to say I loved the pinks and creams together, sort of ice cream flavours.  I also love the church window die from Spellbinders it has come in very useful and I used the new Sue Wilson dies to make the leaves.  

Right, next one - I told you I had been busy!  (Hope you're not getting bored?)

Ah this one is for someone at work who is leaving.  She works in another part of the Company and we have never met, but have shared many a phone call and e-mail (all about work of course!) and we will be sorry to see her go, but obviously wish her all the luck in the world.  Sometimes those that leave on there own accord are luckier than those left behind!  

Anyway, I used Inkydoodle stamps for this one.  I just love their stamps, they stamp clearly and cleanly and I love their background stamps the combinations you can do with them is endless.  Worth checking them out if you've not seen them before.  

And here's the penultimate one.  One of our friends was having a rock n roll party, so I thought I would use an old Kanban stamp I had and with some paper piecing the dress looks quite effective as 'rockers girls' would wear.  The background was also an old Kanban kit I had and not used lol.  She loved it.

The last one today (if you haven't dosed off in between or lost the will to live!). I told you to make yourself a cuppa and take the weight off your feet lol! Is this one:

I was supposed to be making my 14 year old niece a birthday card, but got distracted (as you do) when the postie brought me a set of dies yesterday (don't know who ordered them????) they are the Marvellous Squares from Spellbinders.  The colour of the card is more turquoise, but the photo makes it more blue.  What do you think, does it need something in else in the corners.  if you think so, leave me a comment.

Well think that is enough for today (more than enough I hear you cry....) but thank you very very much for popping by and staying.  Pleease come back again, promise it won't be as long next time.  Look forward to reading your comments.  

Friday, 4 July 2014

A gift for you

Just a short blog today, not been on here for ages, so need to catch up a bit.  It's always nice to do something different and I've been busy making pop up boxes (will add a pic of them on another day), but fancied a change, then I discovered these cards.  However, I cannot take all the credit, thanks to a You tube video by Elaine, which explains simply and efficiently how to make these lovely cards check out this blog: http://papercraftbutton.blogspot.co.uk/.

One of the nicest things is that the Elaine shows you how to make the box to go with it. It took me a 
couple of times to get it right, OK maybe one box took three attempts to get it right, but once you've 
cracked it, it's simple!!!

My problem was they're made in inches and I am a child from the 60's who's life changed when
decimalisation kicked in!  Or to be honest I was never that good at maths!  Anyway, thanks to being
a bit of a hoarder I found an old wooden ruler with 16ths of an inch etc (whatever they are???) and
as I often tell my son 'don't throw that away it'll come in useful one day' -  I've just proved my point. 
Lol.  Right, off to pack my cards up for a School Fete tomorrow.  Wish me luck, it's in a marquee in 
the middle of a field!!!!!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

90 years young

Here's a card I've made for my Auntie who will be 90 years young in a couple of weeks, 

 She's a lovely lady and my sisters and I have a special place in our hearts for our Auntie (and Uncle who sadly is no longer with us).  They have always been pleased to see us, whatever time of day or evening when we've popped in on them - there was and still is always a cup of tea and a piece of auntie's boiled cake on offer.  

Many a time we have 'gate-crashed' their holidays by hiring a caravan on the same site without them knowing or shared a beach hut when it rained lol.  (God we sound like the worlds worst relatives), but these were some of our best times and we have good memories of growing up with my cousins.  We all still meet up for birthdays and other special occasions and we will all be getting together for Aunty's birthday of course (but we have been invited this time - we won't just be turning up lol!).  

Anyway back to the card.  A simple 8 x 8 scalloped blank card  with squares cut from both a fairly dark lilac slightly metallic card and a linen effect white card,  The dies I have used are from Tonic. Deco Frame 'Emily'.  I used a slightly lighter lilac card for this.  The numbers in the middle are from a stamp set from Pinflair, really nice set of numbers.  I may put a little gem or a pearl on the corners but the jury's still out on that one.  

Let me know what you think.  Thanks for popping by, hope to see you again soon.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Pop Up Box Card - Happy Birthday

I've seen a few of these cards around lately and thought I'd investigate a bit further and found out how simple they are and after playing around with some odd bits yesterday, here's the first one I made today.  Both OH and son were impressed - so that's some recommendation I suppose lol!

I used the Inkydoodles background stamps (one of my always at hand whilst crafting items!) I just love them, there is no end to the variations you can do.  Anyway, I digress, the flowers were stamped and coloured in with promarkers. The flowers were from a Hero Arts set of clear stamps and were very easy to colour and cut out.  

Hope you like it and I am sure I will be making lots more of these and will probably bore you to bits when posting them to my blog - but I hope not.....if you want to ask any questions feel free to leave them below or contact me via Facebook or e-mail. Thanks for taking the time xxx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sue Wilson - Striplet Die

Morning, beautiful sunny and spring like day here in Essex today. Not sure how long it will last though and my heart goes out to those people in the parts of the country who have lost their homes from the floods and winds.  It's horrendous.

As it has been almost a month since I posted last, (where does the time go?) thought I would share a card I've made today with my new Sue Wilson Striplet die.  Ordered mine from Joanna Sheen and it was with me within 48 hours, excellent service.  There are two dies in the packet, an innie and an outie  for want of better ways to describe it.  But for those of you who think 'what is she on about?' I shall explain.... There is an outer die, which when used with the main die cuts the design out of the paper,  If you use only the 'innie' die, then it just cuts out the design not the shape.  When you see the card, you'll understand (hopefully).  I used just the 'innie'.  

I used white linen effect card, and a turquoise card which I had in my stash.  Think this combination gives a clean and fresh image.  Thinking about it, if I was to make this card again, which I will because it is so diverse, and can cover a number of different occasions, I would use sticky pads to layer it, giving it a bit of height, but was thinking if I sell this one, it's cheaper to post.  Ho hum, you learn by your mistakes.

I must admit I got the idea for the card from the a creative Expressions Facebook page, but changed the flower (this was made from the Spellbinders Donna Salzar Rose creations set), I've had it for a long time, but it's one that I go back too time and time again.  The greeting was a wooden stamp, embossed in silver.  

Oh I've also put the card I made for my OH for Valentines Day.  Similar design, but on a smaller scale, the  first one was an 8x8, but this one is 6x6.  (Wasn't sure if he'd get me a card, so thought it wasn't worth making a too elaborate one for him - although he did get me a lovely card which made me feel guilty (but only for a while, a very short while lol).

Sorry this has been a long post.  Thanks for popping by and sticking with it.  Hopefully you'll come back again?  Take care x

Sunday, 26 January 2014

2 years old!

Where does the time go?  Really can't believe that my youngest great-niece Betsy Blossom will be two on Tuesday.  (Nor that my eldest great niece will be 19 in April), talk about make you feel old!  

However, thought I'd share the card I made for Betsy using a freebie stamp from Papercraft Essentials.      It was so easy to colour and I used promarkers and blended three colours of pink (sorry cannot remember which ones!), don't often have much luck with blending, but watched a couple of tutorials on you tube and then gave it another go.  

The background was made from Inkydoodles 'Country Checks' background stamps, using two shades of Memento ink pads,  They're very easy stamps to use and I find it quite therapeutic filling in the squares with hearts etc.   

The flower is made from the Heartfelt Creations Sunburst stamp and die and again coloured in with Promarkers.  The square greeting is also part of the 'freebie' set.

I was going to put a number '2' on the bottom right hand corner, but with the oval shape next to it, it looked too much like an advert for O2 so I used my Clarity alphabet instead and spelt the number in letters and hung it as a banner top left,

I was pretty happy with this card and hopefully Betsy was too (although at that age don't think cards really hold their attention for that long lol.). 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Happy Birthday Son

Here's a card that I made for my son Tom.  He was 23 today and what a fine young man he's grown into, so very proud of him.  I used my Inkydoodles 'embroidered background' stamps to do the backgrounds (obviously)' a bit time consuming, but worth it in the end and almost quite therapeutic!  I used Memento ink pads:  Danube blue, Love Letter and Dandelion.  The little boy on the front is a Lili O'Valley stamp coloured in with promarkers.

I composed the verse inside myself.  I wanted to put in so much more, but the words don't always come that easy, let alone getting them to rhyme.

The shapes diamonds and circles were cut using Spellbinders dies.  I was pleased with it and Tom seemed to like it too.  Hope you do too.  Thanks for popping by.  

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Round and Round

I thought I would share a couple of cards I have made using my latest purchase the Inkadinkadoo Stamping Gear.  It wasn't something I thought I needed, or would even use but having been given a gift voucher for Christmas and discount for being a member of Pinnacles Craft Shop and my sweet other half paying the remainder (as a late Christmas present), I decided it was worth it.  And boy is it good!  The most difficult thing is to get it out of the packaging, which is quite a lovely presentation box, but you destroy it getting the parts out of it. Anyway I digress....  

This first card I have stamped the same stamp in a circle twice (basically moving the stamp slightly up the paddle to make the circumference slightly bigger.  The smaller circle I cut out using a spellbinders die and the centre is a D-Lite die (I think it's Aster?)

The second one, I've just used the circle block (can't think the proper term for it - sorry brains gone to sleep!!!) and stamped round it using two different memento inks.  Cut a small circle of silver mirri board and then another white one with the greeting on it.

Hope you like them.  Thanks for popping by and please leave me a comment.  Thanks.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Visions of blue

Thought I'd share a card I made for a very good friend celebrating her birthday last weekend.  It was such a refreshing change to do something not connected to Christmas and to do it in monochrome was even better.

The central image was a Kanban stamp, stamped with Memento ink and then using a little water to bring out the colour.  
I used an Inkydoodles background stamp (tapestry I think it's called).  They are brilliant stamps and so many different options on one sheet.  Well worth every penny.  The roses are from a spellbinders die coloured once again with the Memento ink pad.  

It was one of those cards that you feel like you've achieved something and really enjoyed making.  I hope the recipient liked it too?

Saturday, 31 August 2013

God Bless Betsy Blossom

Thought I would take the opportunity to share with you a card I made recently for my beautiful great-niece Betsy Blossom for her christening.  

It was a 8x8 card covered in pearlescent cream and turquoise card.  I used the spellbinders dies to cut the corners, the church window and a cuttlebug embossing folder to create the stained glass effect.  The butterflies were peel offs on cream card (one of those things that I had forgotten I had and found them whilst looking for a little peel off cross!)

We had a lovely day, although poor Betsy wasn't feeling very well and didn't appreciate having her hair washed in the font lol!  

Please leave a comment, even if you just popped in to have a peep, all visitors and their comments are always welcome.  

35 years!

Thought it was time to update my blog and share with you a card I was asked to make for a friend for his wife on their anniversary.  They have been married 35 years and are still madly deeply in love.  I admire anyone who can be after all that time (sorry don't mean to sound cynical! but I could only manage 10 years of marriage, well I could have managed more if my husband hadn't decided the grass was greener on the other side!!!). Anyway, that's all in the past and now I have a partner of 18 years (that's the time we've known each other not his age!!!! I should be so lucky....). We've lived together twelve and it works very well - he has his hobbies and I have mine and as long as we meet in the middle sometimes (ooh misses!) we're quite happy.

Anyway, enough waffling, for all you card makers out there lets get back to the card.

Once again I've used an 8x8 card, covered in rose pink and white pearlescent card.  I used the grand square nesties and the spellbinders border and edgeabilites dies.  I used the Inkylicious 'delicate vines' stamp which is great for backgrounds, very versatile, whatever the occasion and embossed it in Wow embossing powder.  The rest is self explanatory really.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, but please leave a comment so that I know you've popped by.  Thanks.  Off to make the box to put it in now - that should be fun.......

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Purple & Turquoise Art Deco

Here's the other card I was asked to make for the weekend.  I had previously made the same card in black and red for a 21st birthday.  That was no problem, but this time the customer (or my friend Kerri) requested a lady in purple!  The only problem I had was that the image was on a CD and the lady didn't come in purple!  

Looking at the CD again, I found the image, but in white, so I used my promarkers and coloured the image in.  I was well impressed, I don't think you would have thought it had been hand coloured! As an extra touch I sprayed the image with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, which enances all the colour.  I used the the Lattice spellbinders die to make the frame and an embossing folder for the background.  I was very pleased with the end result and hope that Kerri and her niece were too.  

I've also added a picture of the first card I made (also for another of Kerri's nieces). It's very difficult to make the same card twice, and I think you improve on it each time you do..  

Which one do you prefer?  

Sunday, 14 July 2013

A birthday Card with a difference

Wow, what a crafty weekend I have had and in all this heat!

Friday night, about 8pm started making a chipboard album for my brother in law, who was 75 the following day.  He is such a lovely person, and he's been in my life since I was three and we get on really well.  He's a very young 75 and I couldn't have asked for a better brother-in-law.

He always loves my handmade cards and I always try to make him something special!  Well this time I decided to make a chipboard album with photos taken throughout his life and marking the milestones.  I had to stop at 1.30 am in the morning, basically cos I couldn't see straight, but next morning at 7 am back again to finish it off.  Three hours later and it was finished.  We were going to his house at 2 o'clock for a barbecue - no pressure there and I had to take my Mum out beforehand!  Anyway, the results you can see below.  I was surprised how easy the chipboard books were to use (I used the Papermania one) covering the pages with some Scrapbooking paper.  I also used the X cut alphabet set, which I was pleasantly surprised how good it cut out the letters.  Well worth the investment!  I would definitely use the chipboard books again (perhaps I would give myself more time next time lol- but knowing me I won't lol). 

 He was thrilled with it and kept showing it off to everyone at the Barbie bless him.  

Oh, the blank page is for me to add pictures of Bern with his other two children when they were born, although his eldest who is in the photo, was quite happy with that I had left it blank!  (They do love their siblings really!!!) 

I also had an order to make an 18th birthday card by Sunday morning, so I also had that to do!  So when I got back from the barbecue it was a quick nap and then back to the craft room, finally finished it about half an hour ago.  Will post this one later on tonight when it's been collected - just in case!

Thanks for popping by on this gloriously hot SUMMER day (Yeah it's finally arrived - worth waiting for!)