Thursday, 31 December 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge No 11

This is my card for Crafty Cardmakers blog. The challenge is to use something that is a favourite with you this year. I chose a stamp from a set I bought a few months ago from Kodomo called Birds. I love these stamps because they are so detailed (and were cheap, lol). It is stamped with Brilliance Black onto white card, then mounted onto silver. The sentiment is a peel-off from Anita and is stuck to a matching piece of silver. Both pieces are mounted onto a piece of white card that I have run through my Cuttlebug using the birds and swirls folder and then mounted the whole on a white blank card.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

All ready for Christmas . . . at last

Well, I finally made ALL my Christmas cards. I left it so late I didn't think I would get it done so I spent 2 solid days on them. They all had a little bit of stamping on and printed background paper but I was quite pleased with them. It then meant I had 2 days to get 9 Parchment cards done for my Parching friends. They were all quite simple, not too much embossing, lots of colouring and I cheated with most of the edges by using decorative scissors! Next year I WILL start earlier, LOL. Here are a few of them

Friday, 11 December 2009

Altered CD

I had signed up for an Altered CD swap (my idea of course, lol) and was a bit late with my entry. I was pleased with how it eventually turned out and will now get a move on and make some more. This one has gone to a friend as an Alternative Christmas Card. The background paper is from a Dovecraft set called Victorian Christmas. The stamped image is a stamp (you don't say!) from Oyster Craft and is stamped in brown StazOn then a bit of colour added with Whispers Pens and Sakura glitter pen. The little tag is stamped with a free stamp from Craft Stamper and the beads are from my rather small (ha ha ha) stash.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Melvyn gets a new home

This is Melvyn. Emboldened by his friend Minxy (I should add his fabulous, elegant friend) he decided to leave Lapland and go somewhere he would be appreciated. He was NEVER picked to pull the sleigh - some rubbish about standing out too much. As he said, who wants to be just one of the herd? He rather fancied somewhere wild and rugged (apparently like his personality so he says) but what he really needs is a bit of pampering and some tlc. I decided to send him off to Anglesey to live with my friend Madge as she fitted the bill perfectly. I did have to warn her to keep him away from Bacardi Breezers!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 8 - Use something clear

I made this card for the Use something clear challenge over on Crafty Cardmakers. It was really easy to do. I ran an A5 piece of acetate through the Cuttlebug using the Happy Birthday folder. Cut most of the front off of a card blank and attached the acetate. Inside the card blank I decorated with some lovely paper from the Papermania Sweet Nothings pad. I then stamped the cake image (with a free stamp from Craft Stamper) twice, coloured the images with Sakura and Whisper pens, cut the cake from the second image and decoupaged it onto the first and added inside the card. Easy Peasy!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Jewellery Box

My friend Lucy altered a jewellery box recently and it's Gorgeous. So . . . I thought I'd have a go. I got a lovely little box from a Charity shop. Lucky for me it was already lined with black velvet paper and the outside was painted gold. All I had to do was decorate! So I used K&CO papers (Antiquity Flat Paper 12x12 and Antiquity Tan Parchment Flat 12x12), stamped on them with a scroll stamp and butterfly stamps from Crafty Individuals in Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Tattered Rose) and Brilliance Moonlight White and then edged the papers with Weathered Wood and Antique Linen. The papers were a bit fiddly to stick on round the catch and hinges but worth the effort as these were so pretty. I then made a flower by punching out 3 flat flowers with a Woodware punch, stamping on them in Tattered Rose with a Crafty Individuals stamp and then inking them in Dried Marigold and Weathered Wood. I put the flower together, added a bead and then punched some leaves with a McGill punch.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 7 - Stamping

This is my card as a DT member for the Challenge over on Crafty Cardmakers. I used some aperture cards I had and stamped on the front with snowflakes from a Montage set by Stamps Away using various blue ColorBox Chalk Inks and silver ink. Then I stamped the Father Christmas (Papermania Stamp) on the inner flap with VersaMark and embossed in detailed Silver Embossing Powder. I sponged a background with the ColorBox Inks and stuck the inner flap in place. To finish the card off I stuck a silver peel-off border round the aperture.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Faux Metal

I was shown how to do faux metal with a cuttlebug and silver foil and made this piece into a card for a friend. I covered a piece of card with silver foil and then ran it through the bug using the Script folder. Then I rubbed black acrylic paint over the top, let it dry a bit and buffed some of the paint off. Then with a swab of cotton wool I dabbed on StazOn ink in Pumpkin, Vibrant Violet and Cherry Pink. This was then matted onto some black card and then placed on a white card blank. I then stamped the butterfly image (from Craft Individuals) in Black StazOn and coloured it using the three inks I'd used on the foil, matted and layered it on black and silver card and popped it in the middle at a jaunty angle. The little bow at the top I made out of some Christmas ribbon and I stamped the Happy Birthday with silver ink.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

So distressed!

I had to make a distressed card for a swap and couldn't think what to do. So I did what I always do when I'm stuck and got out my old Craft Stamper magazines for inspiration. I made a square card blank from a piece of dark red card and added a smaller square of greeny/grey. Then I added a square of torn patterned paper (from Classic K by K&Co). I tore a strip of cream card and edged it with Distress Ink (Weathered Wood), tore a thinner strip of patterned paper (again from Classic K) for the centre and then two eyelets through which I threaded a piece of lumpy wool and stuck this strip to one side of the card. The central motif is made by stamping script in Distress Ink Weathered Wood on a piece of cream card, tearing the edges and distressing them, again with Weathered Wood, then I stamped the flowers from Delartful Leo's Plate in Saddle Brown StazOn. I restamped the head of the main fower on cream card, coloured it with Whispers pens and stuck it on top with foam pads. To finish the image I lightly coloured the leaves, stem and other flower with the pens. I think the end result was pretty distressed, LOL

Autumn Challenge

The theme for this week's challenge on Crafty Cardmakers is Autumn with a fabulous prize of La Pashe designs for the lucky winner. My card for the design team was fun to make. I got the idea from an old Craft Stamper magazine. The background is gridwork. The green areas and some of the orange areas are 3D pieces which are coloured and then run through the Cuttlebug (Birds and Swirls and Twig folders). To colour the grid I masked off sections and sponged on Distress Inks in Old Paper, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. I then stamped over these pieces with the same inks using stamps from a SeeD's Set (Leaves) and a fern stamp from a Clear Choice set (20 Leaf stamps). I then went round the grid with a black whispers felt tip pen. The topper was made by sponging Shabby Shutters and Mustard Seed on a piece of card for the background and then stamping one of Joanna Sheen's Mushrooms in Saddle Brown StazOn on top and leaves (from the SeeD's set) in Spiced Marmalade. I added a little leaf brad and matted and layered the image on black and then cream card.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Wedding Card

Well, the wedding is finally over and what a fabulous time was had by all. The groom looked very handsome, the bride was so beautiful and even the groom's mother (me) wasn't bad, LOL. I still can't get into my craft room - it's now full of excess paraphernalia including 10,000 silver foil trays, 100 night lights, 1,000,000 silk rose petals - you get the picture. Anyway, I did make this card for my son and his new wife. It's from a pattern in Parchment Magazine (Jan 09) by Julie Roces. I traced the hearts in gold ink and the rest in white ink and coloured the little flowers on the back with felt pens. Now I'm off to Wales for a week of R&R!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

I love gridwork

As I am still unable to get into my craft room I made two birthday cards for a friends using parchment. The first one took me three days as there is a lot of gridwork on it, but I love gridwork so I didn't mind. The outlines are traced in gold ink to give it a bit of bling and I used a fine straight grid.

The second card was traced with white and the flowers are coloured on the back with Derwent Studio pencils. This time I used a bold grid.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Parchment is my saviour!

As I can no longer get into my craft room because it is full of tablecloths, silk rose petals and foil trays (in preparation for my son's wedding on 26th Sept) I have had to cut back on my crafting. The only thing I can do at the moment is parchment as I can take the one rather small(ish) drawer of parchment bits up to the summer house and hide from the chaos. So this is what I made for a friend for a swap. The theme was Animals and the technique was gridwork. I know she was expecting a card but it's not every day that you receive an elephant through the post. She was quite easy to make and the only really hard part was making her keep her legs together (no comments on this please!!!)

Friday, 11 September 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Sketch Challenge

The third challenge on Crafty Cardmakers is a sketch challenge. My card for this was made for my nephew's birthday. The image is from Stamps Away, stamped on cream card and mounted on sand card then brown card. The Happy Birthday stamp received the same treatment. The background paper is from Joanna Sheen and I ran it through the Cuttlebug (Swirls and Curls folder). The two die cuts were sent to me by a friend ages ago and the base card is from my stash.

Friday, 4 September 2009

A card for an old friend!

I made this birthday card for an old friend. It reminds me so much of him! The stamp is a Golden Oldie from Art Impressions Inc. I stamped it in Brilliance Black and then clear embossed it. I then coloured it with Sakura Gel pens and Whispers felt pens and layered it onto red and yellow card. I did the same for the sentiment (from the same set). The backing paper was free from a magazine ages ago and I bought the little flip-flops so long ago I can't remember where from! The base card is a folded piece of A4 hammer card.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Distress Ink Stamping

I loved the card in the August issue of Craft Stamper by Rachel Jackson so I thought I would have a go. I stamped my Distress inks (I used Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose) onto a piece of tin foil. My first attempt at 'light spritzing' was more like a complete drowning but after a few tries I got something that I was happy with and pressed my toadstool stamp (from Joanna Sheen) into the ink then stamped on Parchment coloured paper. I backed the image with dark brown and then made a tag with lighter brown (see the mistake at the top where I punched the hole in the wrong place and had to add a second!) and then threaded through some fibres.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Been stampscaping, lol

I treated myself to a set of gorgeous stamps from Stampscapes with my elastic birthday money (you won't believe how far I 'stretched' it, LOL). I got The Lighthouse and the Sea Set. I stamped the images onto glossy card with Black StazOn, masking where necessary. I then coloured the image using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam and some Whispers Inks that I dabbed onto my craft sheet. I wasn't overly pleased with these inks as they seemed to dry out really quickly and not spread as much as I would have liked so I will have to try different inks next time (I wonder if there is any more 'stretch' left in that birthday money??!!). I then highlighted the waves, spray, branches and lighthouse with a white Souffle pen (Sakura). This is going to be the picture for the September page of the Blank Calendar that my friend Vix gave me.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Crafty Cardmakers new challenge

The second challenge on Crafty Cardmakers is to use complimentary colours. They have details on their site including examples and a link to a colour wheel. There is a really fab prize on offer too! Go check it out.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Two Candles

I discovered how easy it was to decorate candles back in the summer and am thoroughly hooked. I usually give them to friends telling them to remove brads, flowers, ribbons etc before lighting them and then my Sister said 'Can I burn it indoors?' Burn it!!!!! You don't actually burn them, I just say remove the bits for Health and Safety reasons, LOL Anyway, not to be put off by such a cavalier attitude I have made two more which are more of an experiment.

The first one is on a pink candle. I stamped the butterflies (from Clear Choice stamps) in black StazOn on white tissue and coloured them with my brand new, absolutely gorgeous Derwent Inktense pencils. I then added the little flowers and seed heads (from Stamps Away), also with black StazOn. The ribbon round the bottom is from Celebrate. It doesn't show in the photo but I overheated it a bit too much in once place and the wax ran! Memo to self - be more careful in future!!

The second candle was a practice for Christmas candles. I stamped some Crafty Individual images in black StazOn onto red tissue when I was at my friend Lucy's. Then I added it to a red candle. I finished it off simply with organza ribbon from Dovecraft and little 'bling' stars from Paper Mania. I think I shall be doing more of these.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

My first canvas

This my very first attempt at decorating a canvas. My good friend Lucy showed me how to do this when I visited her on Wednesday. I coloured the canvas with Brilliance inks in Sky Blue, Coral and Jade. Then I stamped the Crafty Individual Butterfly Lady in Azure StazOn onto tissue paper, masked the image (my first attempt at this too) and overstamped the Crafty Individual flower background in Dove Grey StazOn. I stuck the tissue onto the canvas with Modge Podge. I found the Dove Grey flowers almost disappeared so I added Crafty Individual butterflies in Teal and Cherry Pink around the edges. I found the beautiful feather butterfly in my stash and it was perfect, so on it went, and then lots of Mulberry flowers, adding turquoise half pearls from Paper Mania to the flowers, butterfly and lady. I hung the canvas in the window to photograph it because I like the effect of the light through the centre of the canvas.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

I had a fabulous day

I had a fabulous day with my friend Lucy (who has a brilliant blog called True Colours) and she showed me how to do these gorgeous slide mailers. They are painted with teal and white acrylic paint (roughly mixed to give a marble effect).

The large mailer was painted on the inside with a brush. The birds and swirls are from Crafty Individuals but the sentiment is from a set from Stampscapes, and all are stamped in Black StazOn. The slides are decorated with more swirls from Crafty Individuals and then the back of the slide is sponged with Azure and Cherry Pink StazOn. The bling is from Hobbycraft.

The small mailer was painted inside and out with a brush and then I heated the front until the paint bubbled to give it texture. I then stamped with the Crafty Individual crackle stamp in StazOn Cactus Green and Teal and the sentiment is from Crafty Individuals. The slide inside is decorated with a Mucha stamp borrowed from a friend and inked on the back with Sunsnhine Yellow and Cactus Green StazOn, then put Microbeads in green and gold round the edges and sealed it with Anita's Clear Gloss. And on the jewelled brad on the front is from Dovecraft.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge No 2

The Crafty Cardmakers challenge this time was Complimentary Colours. I went for violet and yellowish-green. Not a combination I have used before but I quite like it. The image is, of course, a magnolia pony watercoloured with Whispers pens. The BG paper is from Pocket full of Posies (DCWV). The violet card is embossed with the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder and the Green is punched with an EasyCut Craft Geo Punch (Daisy). The card, ribbon, flower and brad were from my stash and the bling dots were from Dovecraft.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


My Son and his lovely fiance (Joze) have decided to get married in England on 26 September. They asked me to design and make the wedding invitations and I was thrilled to do so. And Joze helped with the sticking and bugging too. Now all we have to do is post them all off. The base card is from a pack by Craft Creations and has a hammered textured. Next we added a piece of white linen effect card that had been run through the Cuttlebug using the Swirls and Curls folder. Then on top are two hearts cut with the Heart #1 die (again Cuttlebug) in red and gold mirror card. Nice and simple but very effective.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

OMG was this my idea!!!

I had to set some themes for card swaps and I don't know what came over me but I decided on an All White card! You could only use silver or gold as highlights - NO OTHER COLOURS!!!! What was I thinking, lol. Anyway, this is what I came up with. I cut and folded a piece of A4 white linen card to make a 14cm square card then cut a smaller piece of white card and ran it through the Cuttlebug Swirls and Curls folder. Then I got a nice piece of white vellum and stamped and embossed the dragonfly (free stamp with Craft Stamper) with white embossing powder. It would have been better if I had had detailed white EP but I didn't (something to add to my rather large shopping list, lol). I then attached it with 4 small silver brads from my stash and added a piece of Organza ribbon and three white silk roses (also from my stash). So there you go, not as difficult as I thought it was going to be.

Saturday, 8 August 2009


I have made this card for the new Blog Crafty Cardmakers. The subject was blossoms so I did my favourites - stamped images using a free stamp from Craft Stamper onto a page of an old book. I had a lovely piece of background I had made ages ago that I wanted to use. It had been coloured with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Old Paper and Walnut Stain) so I coloured the flowers with the same inks. I then stamped the background using Butterflies in Black StazOn from a Clear Choice set. The ribbons and card were from my stash.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Parchment Picture

I made this picture for a swap on a Parchment Group I am on. I hadn't done any embossing for ages and thought I'd give it a go. It's quite big (A4) and took me 3 days to complete. Lots of the elements are 3D. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed white work, must do some more.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

My first sketch challenge

I made this card today using the sketch from Sketch Saturday blog. I used a Penny Black stamp (coloured with Whispers pens and Sakura Stardust pens) and the patterned backing paper is from the Pocketful of Posies pad (DCWV). The flowers are embossed with a Cuttlebug folder (With Love) and the little pearls are PaperMania. The sweet little sentiments stamp is from Hampton Arts and the charm is from my stash.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Sugarnellie blog candy

Craftypagan is offering fabulous blog candy (5 Sugar Nellie stamps of your choice) to celebrate the fact that she has become a design team member for - you guessed it - Sugarnellie! To learn more go here
Closes 10 August

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Card Making for beginners

A brand new blog has started today complete with BLOG CANDY!!! Its called Crafty Cardmakers and is aimed at new and inexperienced card makers and bloggers. It has been set up by my friend Vix. It is choc full of lots of useful information about blogging and card making and will have challenges, tutorials, how to sessions and Q&A. The first challenge will be on 10th August and I am rather chuffed that Vix has asked me to be a member of the Design Team. So, see you there!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Quick parchment card

I haven't played with my parchment stuff for ages so got it out and made this quick card. The back of the parchment is coloured with Whispers Pens and the design on the flowers is made with a large and a small sun tool

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Crafty Goings On Challenge

Do I want a set of 27 Copic Pens? Oh boy do I! so I've made a wallet for my entry. To enter visit their site ( Anyway, my image is a Tilda and I've coloured her with a Koi brush and Whisper Pens and the flowers with Sakura Stardust pens and I've even Cuttlebugged the background (swirls and textiles folders).

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

ATC fun

I made this ATC for a swap and enjoyed it enormously. I created the background using lots of different inks then stamped on the bg with the teabag stamp and then embossed the teapot and cup (brown ink and japanese laquer ep). Lots of fun! The stamps were from a set by Kars.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Today I have been

using up some backgronds that I had made some time ago. They are made with Twinkling H2Os. I then added images using some new stamps.

The first is made using stamps from a set from River City Rubber Works (Dandelions) and the text stamp is from Stampscapes (Scenic Sentiments 4). I also used my beloved Cuttlebug (birds and swirls folder).

The second card is stamped with a face from the new Stamp Attack plate (faces) and background paper from Papermania Sweet Nothings

Then I used up some backgrounds that had sponged in on them.

The first one uses a stamp from PaperArtsy Wings Plate 3 and background paper from a lovely K&Co Pad (Life's Journey)

This one is a Crafty Individuals stamp and Basic Grey Insignia swirls

Then another of those lovely Stamp Attack faces with more Cuttlebug (swiss dots) and paper from the gorgeous DCWV Pocket full of Posies

And finally I used a background made with Moon Shadow inks, stamped it with a lovely image from the Wings 4 Plate (PaperArtsy) and stamped the backing with a Crown stamp that came free with Craft Stamper.

All in all a very creative day.