Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween

Still not eating :( still it's good for the waist line :)
This is one of my latest efforts, it started life completely unplanned but I think it's turned out quite well.  I brayered the background with Citrus and Purple Twilight, then a Lavinia Flourish stamp and little butterflies. I added more flourishes to the mounting card and then added the finished topper to it on mounting pads and added a bow.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

28th October 2010

Hi, still not feeling so good, but the crafting is definitely helping :)

I had a go at a cutsie handbag card today. This is not usually my sort of thing, but I saw a template on TV and decided that I could do it myself! and here is the result! A touch over the top but I think it is quite fun and I may have a go at a more toned down version for some birthday cards.

My new Flying Santa stamp arrived today and so I made good use of it with a multitude of cards, here is my favourite. With this stamp it is so easy to take a card and make it Christmassy. I love they way that Rudolph is looking back at the others as if to say "you ok back there!" My Lavinia Stamps fairy house and fir trees finish it off. I much prefer to use the fir tree stamp rather than a Christmas tree one as it seems more authentic.

I treated myself (AGAIN) to some nesties and played around with a very simple card, I thought that it would be nice to do a Christmas card in an unusual colour, it has not come out so well in the picture, but it is a lavender coloured card. I was trying to keep simplicity in mind and I love the sentiments. I had already got the words with another set of stamps and didn't know what to do with them as they are so small, so I'm pleased I've found a place for them.

This is one of my favourite cards of my latest batch. I originally distressed and printed the tag but didn't like what I'd done on the reverse - this sorted the problem!!

I'll end on a bit of bling!! this die cut never seems to cut properly through my bigshot no matter how many times I run it through, so this time after putting it through 3 times, where the little holes should have been I stuck some bling  and made them hover - I'm debating whether to leave it like this or to ad some random bling behind them maybe in a vine shape pattern - don't know I'll have to ponder :)

Bye xx

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


My number one son came down from Uni at the weekend and that combined with a tummy bug has curtailed my card making.  However although I'm still on the dry toast, I thought it best to take my mind off the matter and get crafting!

First off I printed a fantastic script stamp in "London Fog" grey I have and then added a kissing couple (I love this stamp it is so romantic) over the top, then I used distressed inks round the edge.  The backing card was a pre-formed blank but it has the most beautiful ragged edging,

Next I had a play with using 2 nestabilities shapes together in the bigshot to make a frame, I then broke out the distress ink and then printed a swirly pattern over the top.  For the inside I decided it would be too difficult to line everything up, so I took the discarded insert, distressed it and used part of a stamp I have of a lady perched on a bench - I then went over bits of it with Mica powder to give it a hidden shimmer. The frame has two foam pads on it to give it the extra depth I felt it needed as the colours were so close. Lastly a bow and a few swirls round the edge - although now I'm not so sure I should have done them!!

The last card is one that I have made quite often and the one that most people pinch out of my stash :) I like the idea of looking through the foliage to a focal point behind.  I brayered the edges with sail boat blue and stamped in denim.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

23rd October

I've been producing cards like mad!! yesterday I played around with embossing paper with my cuttlebug embossing folder, wiping ink over to bring out the pattern then flip and turn the paper and re-emboss, I love the effect!!

I am really a stamp and brayer lover and this is one of the cards that I am quite proud of

This blog is really just for me to remember what I've done and also the pleasure that I have had out of crafting, I've not done it in this form for very long and so it is a learning curve with more cards being thrown away than saved but it is such good fun :)