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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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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Pink and Burgundy Christmas Pudding Version Two

I liked this week's Mojo Monday sketch so much that I decided to make a second design.

The Christmas Pudding image from the See D's Fun Christmas stamp set was coloured the same way as the first card, but this time I decided to go with a top fold tent card. The card was covered using the brown Christmas Phrase paper from the Papermania Naughty and Nice Christmas paper pad. The scallops, cut using a Nestabilities circle die, were attached to the reverse of a strip of burgundy card and a length of pink satin ribbon adhered along the strip.


The Christmas Pudding image panel was attached at the bottom left hand corner of the card, as shown in the sketch below.

Pink and Burgundy Christmas Pudding

Well, I've finally made a start on my Christmas cards. I've actually made the grand total of 18 cards. Only about 65 to go!!!

I saw the sketch for this week's Mojo Monday blog challenge and thought it looked really stylish, so I decided to have a go.

I decided to use one of the cute little stamps from the See D's Fun Christmas stamp set, namely the Christmas Pudding image. The image was stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia archival pigment ink, and watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers. The berries were then coloured with a red Sakura glaze pen, the icing with Anita's Metallic White 3D Dimensional paint and the pudding and leaves coloured with Winsor and Newton Iridescent Medium. The image was then matted onto pink and burgundy card.



A white A6 side-opening card was covered with brown star paper from the Papermania Naughty and Nice Christmas paper pad. Three burgundy circles and three pink circles, cut using a standard Nestabilities circle die were attached to a strip of burgundy card to create scallops. A length of pink satin ribbon was attached over the join, and a second length of ribbon tied to it. The image panel was then placed in the bottom right hand corner as shown in the sketch.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Hint Of Teal Wedding

Here is the wedding card that I made from us for Orla, the daughter of a good friend to my husband's family. I wanted to make a quite contemporary card using the Papermania Hint Of Teal kit, especially since I knew I'd have to make a more traditional card from the in-laws to give.

I decided to make an A5 card, which is unusual for me.

I started by choosing a couple of the papers from the kit and matted them onto the card blank and grey card.

A length of silver organza ribbon was tied around the panels and a sticker from the kit was attached over the ribbon. In retrospect, I think I should have matted the sticker onto some of the grey card but of course I only thought of that after I'd stuck it down, and it was impossible to get it back up again without damaging the rest of the card.

A white Papermania Imaginisce paper flower was colour tinted using Brilliance Starlight Silver ink and attached to the card. Green faux gems from Papermania, to match those on the sticker, were attached to the corners of the grey patterned panel and the centre of the flower.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Blue Smirk Bath Couple Anniversary

This is the anniversary card I made for some good friends, using the cute little Smirk stamp.


The Smirk Bath Couple image was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers. This was then cut out using the standard circle Nestabilities die and matted onto a blue scalloped circle also cut out using a Nestabilities die and embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.
A panel of the blue spotty paper from the Hot Off The Press Ultimate Creative Pack was matted onto blue card and a strip of blue organza ribbon was attached across the top of the panel.
Two lengths of the blue ribbon were also attached to the reverse of the circle panels and attached at the top of the card.
The sentiment, from the See D's Blooming Friendships stamp set, was stamped using the Onyx Black ink and matted onto the blue card, also embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
The mini concentric circles stamp, also from the Blooming Friendships stamp set, was stamped in the top corners of the card and on the sentiment panel using the Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress ink. Faux gems were then adhered at the centre of the circles at the top of the card and along the ribbon. As a finishing touch, Anita's 3D Gloss was added over the bath image to give it a realistic enamelled finish.

Monday, 16 November 2009

A6 Green and Copper Landmarks

Here is another card I made using the London, New York, Paris, Rome stamp from Crafty Individuals. I actually made them at the same time but forgot to upload this version.

The image was stamped onto the orange brushstroke paper from the K&Co Basic Grey Sublime paper pad using Versafine Vintage Sepia archival pigment ink. This was cut down to two images and matted onto green paper and copper mirror card and also matted onto the copper mirror card.

A panel of green paper was embossed using the Cuttlebug hinge border embossing folder and colour tinted using the ColorBox Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink.

A border was stamped around the edge of a panel of the green paper using a stamp from the Autumn Leaves On The Edge stamp set and the Vintage Sepia ink. I was forced to buy these having seen what Alex did with them at our little get-together in August.

The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, from the Papermania Just For You stamp set, was stamped below the image using the Vintage Sepia ink.

The inside of the card was also decorated using the border stamp from Autumn Leaves stamp set and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment stamp.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Pink, Green and Brown Flower Trug Miss Anya

As promised, here is one of the cards I made before the house move.

I've made it using one of my lovely Miss Anya stamps from The Greeting Farm.

The Flower Trug Miss Anya was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using Whispers Brushstroke markers. The 'Wishing You The Best Day Ever' sentiment, from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped down the edge of the image panel using the Onyx Black ink. This panel was then matted onto brown and pink card.

A panel of the Vogue paper from the Basic Grey Sultry paper pad was matted onto the brown card and attached to the card blank. A length of white lace was wrapped around a panel of the Elite paper from the same paper pad and attached over the Vogue paper at an angle and the image panel attached over the top.

Green hemp cord was threaded through a green button which was then attached at the centre of a green daisy button and then attached at the centre of a large pink silk flower from Papermania.
The inside of the card was also decorated using a strip of the Vogue paper matted onto a strip of the pink card. The sentiment, from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set was stamped using the Onyx Black ink.

Back Online in the New House

I'm afraid that this post isn't in the least bit crafty but I wanted to let you all know that I am still alive!!

We finally got back online today. It would have been sooner, but hubby decided to ignore me when I said I thought the router should be plugged into the other socket. We got the BT broadband engineer out and he changed a cable in the junction box or something (I won't pretend to understand it!!) and then saw the router cable and said 'Well, that's probably why it won't work'. He still won't believe me!!!

My craft room is almost how I'd like it. I've managed to palm off some unnecessary furniture into hubby's computer room, which has left me with a bit more space!

I have managed to make one whole card since moving, but haven't got the scanner and printer set up yet, so can't show it to you yet.

However, I was very organized and wrote up a few posts before we moved so I'll try and upload a few when I remember.

Believe it or not, I STILL haven't made any Christmas cards - those Christmas cards I bought back in 2003 up in the card box are starting to look good I can tell you!!!

I reckon if I make a minimum of four cards every day up until they have to be posted out I might manage it!!!

Wish me luck - I'm gonna need it!!!!!

I also wanted to say how good it was to see Leonie on C&C today. It came as a big surprise to me. I'd heard them say last week that they were getting a new craft presenter this week and I was wondering who it was going to be, but I never would have guessed that!!!

I also wanted to say that I think it's about time, actually no, it's well past time that Jedward were voted off X Factor, althought they did manage to sing Rock DJ almost all in tune, but Lucie was much better. I agreed with the Lloyd decision, as it would have been harsh to have been judged on not having any voice at all, but come on, Jedward vs Lucie is no competition!

Right, I'll get off my soapbox now!!

Hopefully I'll be back on regularly soon, so see you then.
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