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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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Monday, 31 August 2009

Coral Pink Tingla New Baby Girl

Whilst 'blurfing' over on Tara's blog Happily Ever Crafting, I saw some links to some new challenge blogs (well, new to me, anyway). I've added links to them on my sidebar if you're interested.

One of the blogs, Stampin' For The Weekend, has a challenge to make an 'Anything Baby' card. It was then that I realized that I had never uploaded the New Baby Girl card I made for my cousin and his wifewhen their baby Evie Grace was born. I figured it was perfect for the challenge.

So, here's the card I made:

The image is one that I stamped during my trip down to West Sussex last November down at Alex's.

Baby Tingla was watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers, cut out and highlighted with Sakura clear gel pen and Craft Planet Green glitter glue.

The 'It's A Girl' circle sentiment from Aud Designs was stamped and watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers and highlighted using Sakura clear glaze pen.

The patterned papers are from the DCWV Nana's Nursery It's A Girl paper stack and were matted onto coral card.

Ovals were cut from matching paper and white card using the Fiskars Shapecutter, and the scalloped circle was cut using PI scallop decorative scissors.

Paper Prima flowers were attached in the bottom right hand corner and self-adhesive pearls were added in their centres. I changed the colour of one of the flowers by colouring the petal tips and the centre with Whispers Brushstroke markers and then flooding each petal with water to make the pigments run. Once dry, the petals were re-shaped using an embossing tool and one of the mini purple stamping mats from See D.

More Blog Candy from Stephanie - CLOSED

Stephanie has some more blog candy here as a big thank you following her return to the blogging world.

Up for grabs are theMiss Anya Dressy Stamp Set from The Greeting Far, Prima Daisy Doodles Flowers, a 6"x4" DCWV Luxury Paper Stack and 3 reels of Stampin' Up Ribbon (30yards total).

You can see what she has on offer here.

For a chance to win, leave a comment on the blog candy post here, and add a link to the candy on your blog.

This Candy is open to everyone worldwide and a winner will be drawn randomly on Tuesday 1st September 2009.

Stephanie's Blogerversary Blog Candy - CLOSED

Stephanie is celebrating her one month blogerversary by offering some amazing blog candy.

She is offering a selection of papers from the My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus 6x6 papers, matching buttons and four Manga Sugar Nellie stamps and a Tuxedo Black Memento Dew Drop inkpad.

Pop over here to see a pic of all the goodies!!

For a chance to win, Stephanie asks that you leave a comment on the blog candy post here & link the candy on your Blog.

This candy is open to everyone worldwide and a winner will be drawn randomly on Tuesday 8th September 2009.

Carol's Paper Pack RAK

The lovely Carol has had a sort out and is offering 50 sheets of 6x6 papers to 5 different people.

You can pop over to her blog here to see what she is offering.

Carol will randomly draw six names from the comments left on the RAK post. If you mention it on your blog, then she will pop your name in twice.

The six winners will be drawn on Sunday 13th September at 9pm GMT

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Yellow, Orange and Green Miss Anyas

I made a couple of cards using my new Miss Anya stamps. I decided to use the beautiful My Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow papers and watercoloured the images using a selection of Tim Holtz distress inks. Once coloured, Anita's 3D gloss was added to the headband, handbag and boots.

The greetings panels were created by stamping the sentiments on a selection of card and patterned papers, cut out and layered up.

Yellow and Orange Fashion Miss Anya
STAMPS
Miss Anya stamp - The Greetings Farm
'It's Your Birthday' Circle Greeting stamp - Aud Designs

PATTERNED PAPERS/CARD
Bloom and Grow paper pad - My Mind's Eye
Yellow and Green card - Core'dinations Card

INKS ETC
Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw & Tattered Rose
Whispers Brushstroke markers
Anita's 3D Gloss

EMBELLISHMENTS

Orange Skeleton Leaves - Papermania
Patti's Pretties Domes
Yellow grosgrain ribbon - Anita's

Green and Yellow Fashion Miss Anya


STAMPSMiss Anya stamp - The Greetings Farm
'It's Your Birthday' Circle Greeting stamp - Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set

PATTERNED PAPERS/CARDMy Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow paper pad
Yellow and Green card - Core'dinations Card

INKS ETCVersafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw & Tattered Rose
Anita's 3D Gloss

EMBELLISHMENTSGreen Skeleton Leaf - Papermania
Patti's Pretties Domes
Yellow grosgrain ribbon - Anita's

A Passion For Stamps Free Stamp Giveaway

The lovely Ruth over at A Passion For Stamps has got some stamps to giveaway to someone who lets everyone know about her new range of acrylic stamps.

Ruth is offering two free stamps of your choice (either two of the single images or one of the double image set).

In order to be in with a chance, Ruth would like you to do the following:

a)Become a follower of Ruth's blog
b)Add a post on your blog telling everyone about Ruth's blog and her new range of stamps, linking back to her blog
c)Put the blinkie for the blog in your sidebar if you can
d)Leave a comment on A Passion for Cards to let Ruth know you have been.

Ruth will choose a winner at random and post the winner on Tuesday 1st September.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Pink and Black Lovebirds Anniversary

Here is one of the anniversary cards that I've made recently. I really like these lovebirds - they're perfect for anniversary cards!

I'll just add the ingredients for this card as I seem to be falling behind a little in my uploads, but feel free to contact me if there is anything you want to know.

STAMPSLovebirds stamp - Papermania Sweet Nothings stamp set
Heart stamp - Papermania Sweet Nothings stamp set
'Happy Anniversary' stamp - Stamps Away

PATTERNED PAPERS/CARDPink Solid paper - Papermania Citrus Colossal paper pack
Black and White Swirl Textured paper - Papermania Classical Handmade paper pack
White card

INKS ETCVersafine Onyx Black Archival Pigment ink
Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

A Day At Julie's

Just wanted to let you all know how my day at Julie's went. Early morning (6am!!) and an early train journey into London (or the outskirts at least). I bumped into Alex at the train station as we'd managed somehow to synchronize our arrivals.

After a bit of a chat, and the handing out of goodies, we got underway. Thankfully, they all liked their post-it note holders that I'd made for them (and they didn't fall to pieces in my bag, which I was rather worried about!!). But, I did forget to take a photograph of them, so girls, if you get a chance, please email me a couple of pictures so I can put them on here!

Alex had very kindly given us all one of her little boxes that was filled with chocolate. My dear hubby has been looking at it longingly but I'm blowed if I'm going to let him have them. I might just suck them a little every night so I can taste them but not actually eat them. They should last a while that way too!!! Darn this diabetes!!!

Alex had also assembled a card kit for us all in another beautifully constructed and decorated box. The card was a nice clean and simple design, using the gorgeous Papertrey Ink Damask stamp set (if only they would find a UK distributor/retailer, I'd snap them up in a moment, but with such exorbitant P&P charges, I could never justify the expense).

Anyway, having made my version of the card, I then proceeded to get inky finger prints (Versafine Vintage Sepia) all over it, which I had to disguise when I got home by sponging on the lightest brown colour from the Brilliance Tiramisu ink pad. I also failed to match up the border stamp in the centre of the gatefold!! I really should have a think before I commit anything to paper or card!!

Here is what I managed to create. I don't think it turned out that badly. The card blank was made from brown Kraft card, also available from Papertrey Ink, and brown gems were added to embellish the ornament image.



The second project I attempted was given to us by Julie's friend Lesley. She had prepared a pram template for us all to use, and this time we all managed to make completely different cards. Cutting the template out was the hardest part for some of us (wasn't it "stompy-feet Julie"), but we all produced lovely cards.

Here is my attempt!! I'm not sure what make of papers these are, but I thought they were perfect for a 'just in case' baby card, to keep for when you do need one!!

The Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder was used on the hood and the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch was used to create the lace trim. Craft Planet yellow glitter glue was added to the dots on the hood and along the top of the paper lace trim. A large Stampin' Up flower punch and a second smaller flower punch were used to create the layered flower in the top corner. The brad was originally pink, so was coloured using a green Copic marker and a blob of the yellow glitter glue.

Buttons from my stash were added to the wheels and the hood (when I got home), after threading them with green embroidery thread.

Alex very kindly did a demonstration of how to use the Copics to their best, so when/if I get around to buying any, I'll have more of an idea of how to get those great effects that so many of you all produce!!!

Also we all had a go at the monochrome look using the Tim Holtz Distress inks on a stamp and dragging the colour out, just as Alex had done on a Sarah Kay card she made last week. I decided to use the technique on one of the lovely house stamps from Papertrey Ink and the Weathered Wood ink. I haven't made the images into cards as yet, but will upload them when I have.

The rest of the day (and somehow there wasn't much more!) was spent stamping up each others various images that we had brought with us. Before we knew it, it was almost 7pm and we had to start tidying everything away.

Amazingly, that didn't take as long as we had anticipated, so we made our way back to the train station. We said our goodbyes (reluctantly) and headed off home. It was 10.45pm when I got home and was pretty bushed, but it was all worth it for an amazing day spent with friends - 'cos that's what you are girls!!! I never thought that two very special friends could be made through a forum, but they can and you are the proof!! Hopefully my move up north won't spell the end of our get-togethers. We'll have to figure a way around that! Not sure how big my new house is going to be, but maybe a weekend in Lincolnshire is on the cards.

Well, enough of all this soppy-ness! Hopefully I'll get around to uploading a few more cards tomorrow. Not sure which ones though. I'm still a bit behind on my uploads, so I might add a few of the anniversary cards I've been making.

Friday, 14 August 2009

A Few Cards For The Men!


Well, as promised, here are a few cards I made for the men in my life.
All three of these cars are made using Hot Off The Press products including the Cardmakers Creative Packs and Artsy Collage.
GREEN AND BROWN VINTAGE CAR TAG
PATTERNED PAPERS
Heritage Paper pad - Hot Off The Press
Masculine Artsy Collage - Hot Off The Press
INKS etc
ColorBox Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink
EMBELLISHMENTS
Green and brown fibres
OTHER
Gold 'It's Your Birthday' peel-offs - Anita's
BLUE SEAGULLS TAGS
The blue tag on the card was embossed using the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug embossing folder. The raised design elements were coloured using a clear embossing pen and the shimmer chalks were added over the top of the ink.
The greeting was created in the same way, using a coloured pigment ink and the shimmer chalks.
STAMPS
Happy Birthday stamp - Papermania (Clare Curd Sentiments set)
PATTERNED PAPERS
Ultimate Cardmakers Creative Pack - Hot Off The Press
INKS ETC
ColorBox Chestmut Roan fluid chalk ink
Earth Tones Shimmer Chalks - Papermania
EMBELLISHMENTS
Brown/beige stripe ribbon - Chatterbox
OTHER
Diamonds In The Rough embossing folder - Cuttlebug
YELLOW POLKA DOT TAG
STAMPS
Best Wishes - Papermania (Clare Curd Sentiments set)
PATTERNED PAPERS
Earth Tones Cardmakers Creative Pack - Hot Off The Press
INKS ETC
Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink
EMBELLISHMENTS
Brown mini brads
DIE CUTS/PUNCHES
3/4" circle punch - Craft Planet

Weekend Get-Together

OK - so I haven't uploaded the men's cards, but I've been far to busy. You see, I'm meeting up with a couple of friends from the docrafts forum on Saturday and I wanted to make them each a little gift, so I've been busy beavering away making them. I'll try and either scan them in or take some photos and upload the pictures next week (assuming I can find the cable to connect the camera to the laptop!!)

I'm really excited to see Jules and Alex again, and a friend of Jules is also coming along so I look forward to meeting her too.

This will also be my first post-diabetes solo trip so a bit nervous about that aspect of things, but I shall have my insulin and a snack with me to make sure I'm OK.

Well, got to go and put the finishing touches to my little gifts, then off to bed. Need to decide what stash to take with me and see if I can find my little cutting mat. I think it's in a box somewhere!!!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Some Cards For The Ladies

Here are a few cards I've made recently for the ladies in my life. The first was for my mum's 60th birthday. I have also made a lady's card with a difference, namely that it is a motorbike card, but purple!!

GREEN AND ORANGE PENNY BLACK UPLIFTING OCCASION


The image used on this card was very kindly donated by Judith B in the Sep '08 Docrafts Image Swap, and was watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers.

STAMPS
Uplifting Occasion - Penny Black
Birthday Wishes - Hero Arts (Birthday Messages set)

PATTERNED PAPERS
Hot Off The Press Ultimate Cardmakers Creative Pack

INKS ETC
Versafine Spanish Moss archival pigment ink
Whispers Brushstroke markers

EMBELLISHMENTS
White paper flower - Papermania Imaginisce
Cream paper flower - Papermania Imaginisce
Mini orange brad

PURPLE POLKA DOT MOTORCYCLE


PATTERNED PAPERS
Papermania Spring Burst paper pad

INKS ETC
Sakura glaze gel pen
Whispers Brushstroke markers
ColorBox Wisteria fluid chalk ink

EMBELLISHMENTS
Motorcycle peel-off - Anita's
Happy Birthday peel-off - Anita's
Lilac organza ribbon

PINK AND PURPLE DAISY DECORATIVE PANEL

I used one of my recent purchases to make this card - an Impress panel die. However, it wasn't large enough to fill the panel, so I cut it into two pieces and hid the join behind the circular panel.
The Daisy image was 3D'd by concertina folding a piece of card and attaching it behind the image that was stuck onto a piece of white card and cut out.
PATTERNED PAPERSPapermania Spring Burst paper pad

INKS ETCWhispers Brushstroke markers
ColorBox Wisteria fluid chalk ink

EMBELLISHMENTSDaisy stickers - Daisy and Dandelion
Have A Great Day sticker - Papermania Birthday Sentiments sheet
DIE CUTS/PUNCHESXCut Impress Panel die
The next installment will be some of the hardest cards of all to make - cards for the men!!!
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