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This blog was created to act as a record of the cards and other projects that I have made. It is for both my own reference and to help inspire anyone who wants to take a look.

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Slideshows of all the cards I've uploaded to my blog can be found at the bottom of the page.



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Friday, 31 July 2009

A Couple Of Wedding Anniversary Cards

Here are a couple of anniversary cards I've made over the last few weeks.

PINK AND BLUE HAPPINESS ANNIVERSARY

I based this card on a project that was in the May/June Creativity Magazine.
I made it using the beautiful Jesse Edwards Boutique papers and stamps from Papermania.
STAMPSHappiness - Papermania Jesse Edwards Boutique
Scallop Frame - Papermania Jesse Edwards Boutique
Cherry Blossom - Papermania Jesse Edwards Boutique
PAPERSPapermania Jesse Edwards Boutique paper pack
Papermania Pearlescent paper - blue
INKS ETCColorBox Aqua pigment ink
ColorBox Dusty Plum pigment ink
ColorBox Olive Pastel fluid chalk ink
EMBELLISHMENTSDusky Pink organza ribbon
Grey Stripe Grosgrain ribbon - Dovecraft
Pink and blue small brads
PURPLE AND YELLOW RETRO CIRCLES RIBBON SLIDER ANNIVERSARYThis card was loosely based on a design I saw on Vicky's docrafts gallery. She has some lovely cards over on her blog as well.

STAMPSWarm Wishes - Hot Off The Press (Sentiments set)
Parentheses - Hot Off The Press (Scrolls and Swirls set)
PATTERNED PAPERSHot Off The Press Cardmakers Ultimate Creative Pack
INKS ETCVersafine Imperial Purple archival pigment ink
ColorBox Lime Pastel fluid chalk ink
ColorBox Wisteria fluid chalk ink
Craft Planet Yellow glitter glue
White gel pen
DIE-CUTS/PUNCHESSizzix Sizzlet Elegant Enhancement Die
Sizzix Sizzlet Flower and Flourish Die
EMBELLISHMENTSPurple organza ribbon
I decided to decorate the inside of the card using some of the retro circles paper and the Stamps Away 'Happy Anniversary' stamp.

I will try and upload a couple of new cards tomorrow - a couple of cards for the ladies.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Some Cards For Young Girls

As promised, here are the cards I made for a couple of young girls.

One uses a stamped image and the other a Craft Planet sticker. I did get a bit snobby about using stickers, but I think for children they are very useful as the colour intensity is usually very good, a result I cannot achieve with watercolouring. If I ever justify the cost of Copics then I might return to my snobby frame of mind, but until then.........

Green and Orange Maggie with Teddy Bear

StampsMaggie with Teddy Bear - Sugar Nellie
Scallop Frame - Papermania (Sweet Nothings set)
Happy Birthday - Papermania (Sweet Nothings set)

Patterned PapersPapermania Citrus Colossal paper pack

Inks etc
Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink
ColorBox Pigment inks:
Fresh Green
Pink
Old Rose
Topaz
Terra Cotta

Plum and Heather Fairy Princess
Patterned PapersDCWV Pocket Full of Posies stack

CardstockDCWV Brights Matstack

Inks etcWhispers Brushstroke markers

StickersFairy - Craft Planet Fairytale Sticker sheet
Special Birthday Wishes - Papermania Birthday Sentiments sheet

EmbellishmentsPink Satin Ribbon - Anita's Self-Adhesive Ribbon Pinks and Reds

New Look Basic Grey Challenge Blog Up And Running!

I've just noticed that the Basic Grey Challenge Blog has been revamped and is offering some great blog candy.
There really is a bumper pack of goodies up for grabs, and there's a full list of what's available, including Prima flowers, HOTP papers and surfaces, Basic Grey fibres and lots more.
To be in with a chance of winning, you just need to add a link to the blog candy over on your blog, then add your name and blog address to Mr Linky on the original post here.
This blog candy will end on Friday the 21st of August at 10.00pm UK time, and the winner will be announced the following day when the new Basic Grey Challenge is posted.
I would wish you all good luck, but obviously that would diminish my own slim chances of winning, so I won't!!!!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Some Cards For The Boys


Well, I have finally managed to get all my cards sorted over in my photobucket album, so now I can actually start uploading some pictures and info here.

I've actually been rather productive (for me!) since I got out of hospital. Bearing in mind my craft room was packed up for two weeks of those five weeks whilst the in-laws were visiting, I've made TWENTY cards (all different) since the 23rd June. That's almost a card a day!!

Anyway, the first card post is to show the cards I made for my cousins and family friends, aging from 9 to 15. All of the images were watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers.

Blue, Green and Brown Balloon Boy Luca

Stamps
Balloon Boy Luca - Sugar Nellie (image from Alex K)
It's Your Birthday Scallop Frame - Hero Arts (Birthday Messages set)

Patterned Papers
DCWV Retro Prints stack

Inks etc
Whispers Brushstroke markers
Versafine Onyx Black achival pigment ink

Die-Cuts/Punches etc
Circle Nestabilities


Red and Brown Pirate Luca

Stamps
Pirate Luca - Sugar Nellie (image from Vicky/Mrs VH)
Happy Birthday - Hero Arts (Birthday Messages)

Patterned Papers
DCWV Retro Prints stack

Inks etc
Whispers Brushstroke markers
Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink


Blue and Yellow Cuddly Buddly Rugby Player

I took a little artistic licence with this one as you really can't tell if he is a footbally player or otherwise, so I decided to make a rugby themed card for a real rugby enthusiast in the Leinster colours.

Stamps
Footballer - Cuddly Buddly
It's Your Birthday Scallop Frame - Hero Arts (Birthday Messages set)

Patterned Papers
Papermania Citrus Colossal paper pack

Inks etc
Whispers Brushstroke markers
Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink

Die-Cuts/Punches
Circle Nestabilities


The cards are based around a similar design. They would have looked a lot more similar if I'd remembered to cut down the pirate image before matting it up!!!

The next cards I'll upload are the ones I made for some young girls.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

I'm back!

Hello there! Well, I know I've been away for a while but I'm back now. The reason for my sudden departure is that I have been unwell.

Following increasingly worsening symptoms of thirst, blurred vision, palpitations and hyperventilating, I was taken into hospital on the 13th June. Turns out, I've got Type I diabetes!!!

I was in hospital for 10 days, on various drips, and now I've got to test my blood glucose levels and give myself two insulin injections a day.

Then, my in-laws came for a 10-day visit, so of course I had to pack up my craft room (AGAIN!!) so I could make up the sofa bed.

Anyway, I quickly got the hang of the injections and I'm still trying to manage my blood glucose levels. My husband very kindly sits and eats sweets, cakes and chocolates in front of me, knowing I can't eat any of them. He even came into the hospital with Twix bars and Fruitellas!!! He's a cruel man! Actually, he was very good. He came to visit me every day I was in hospital (driving from Newbury to Reading every time) and he even came in twice a day whilst I was in the CDU ward for the first two days.

So, I've now got my craft room back and I've been busy making cards. I'll upload a couple of them each day over the next few days.

It's good to be back and I look forward to seeing what you've all been up to on your blogs. I'm sure I've missed out on a few new trends that have taken hold.
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