Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Love is in the air

....because I've made a Valentine's card.  I would like to enter it into All That Scraps Challenge which is 'Early Valentines.  I've used the adorable CC Designs Rubber Stamp 'Bumble Bee Hansel' and a sentiment 'Just bee...cos' from a Little Claire Stamp set to create a Valentine's card that steers clear of the traditional red. I would also like to enter this into A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge which this week is Valentine's creations, Simon Says Stamp which is Bingo (Ribbon, Glitter, Gems, but I think I've used other combinations as well lol) and Bunny Zoes which is Love is in the air.

Items: A5 cream card blank, CC Designs Bumble Bee Hansel Rubber Stamp, Little Claire swirly flourish die, gingham paper and dark card from my stash, Little Claire Just Bee...Cos stamp, Hero Arts small flourish stamp and small heart stamp, Antique Linen Distress ink pad, Lemon and Gold Liquid Pearls, Memento Black Ink, ProMarkers - Tan, Blush, Dusky Pink, Umber, Mustard and Buttercup, Papermania Ribbon, Bow and gems, Woodware Corner punch (used to make border) and MS Daisy Border punch

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Teal and Brown

Over at the Allsorts Challenge Blog the theme for this weeks challenge is Teal and Brown, a colour combo I love (I used it when I decorated my lounge) and have used it on cards many many times. The timing was perfect for me for this challenge as I needed to make my future Brother-in Law a birthday card.  Here is my card:

Items: Patterned papers from DCWV card stack, teal and brown card from stash, A6 pearlescent card blank, flowers from stash coloured with ProMarkers, Boy Stamp was free with this months Simply Cards and Papercraft, Ribbon and brads from stash, cinnamon stickles and Umber and Petrol Blue ProMarkers.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Me again

It wasn't actually a New Years Resolution but I really wanted to craft more and in turn blog more this year and so far I think I'm managing both. It's great because after a hectic day chasing after my 11th month I find crafting so relaxing, something my husband doesn't quite believe when he hears expletives coming from my corner of our study when I've done something silly like smudge ink or get glue gel in the wrong place! Little does he know trying to cover up these 'Happy Little Accidents' are like mini

Today I'm sharing my Sister's birthday card with you. Now I always put my all into a card but I do so even more for my sister Tracy as she is also a card makerand I like to make that extra effort. I'm entering the card into a few challenges as well. Firstly Flutterby Wednesday where I have followed the sketch (I must praise Carly the sketch really got the creative juices flowing and I think I will use it again it the future) and used my lovely new Hero Arts Butterfly Cling Stamps. Secondly The Stamp Man Challenge is distress, my take on this is the scratched up mirror board used for matting and layering and the inking I have done round the edge of some plain white card stock. And thirdly Pollycraft Challenge where the challenge was soft pastels.

 Items: A5 Deckles Edge white card blank, silver mirror board, Frilly Frames Dies (from Once Upon a Stamp), patterned paper from DCWV card stack, plain white card, blossom nesties, Dovecraft Sister clear stamp, flowers from Hobbycraft, Papermania pearl stick-ons, Pink Peony Versa Magic, Starlight Silver Brilliance, acetate, glitter, and the butterfly attenae were made by looping wire popping extra thick PVA on the end and dipping in glitter.

Monday, 17 January 2011

A quick one

Here's a super quick birthday card I made for my Nephew's girlfriend.

Items: My Minds Eye Patterned Paper, Daisy and Dandelion Greeting Stamp, Papermania Flower, Swirly Frames Die from Little Claire, Stamp Set "Four Dolls" by Hero Arts

Saturday, 15 January 2011

New Little Claire Challenge Blog

Little Claire will be starting up a monthly challenge blog on the 5th February and to celebrate they are giving away some fabulous candy. I am already such a huge fan of Little Claire as the quality of their stamps gives such a great stamped impression. In fact belonging to their club means I already own two of the stamp sets in the candy but if I was lucky enough to win I could pass them onto my sister who is also a card maker and scrap booker. I'll also take this opportunity to share with you a card I made using their November Club Stamp "A Little Bird told Me"

Items: Little Claire Stamp Set "A Little Bird Told Me", Paper Cellar Cream Raffia Lace, ProMarkers, Cream card from my stash, Raffia and Memento black inkpad.

PS: I need a rest now...that's two posts in one day.


Now for my first card of the year and I have been playing with a couple of my Christmas presents...some alcohol inks and a nice non stick stay put craft mat. I've made this card for two challenges, firstly MAWTT Challenge #81 where the inspiration was dreams which I have interpreted in the colours and patterns you see when you first close your eyes and secondly Wild Orchid Challenge #14 which was a sketch to follow. Here's the sketch and my card:

Items: White card blank, black card, purple pearlescent card, white silk card, round mirror tile, Inkandinkado Jewelled Flourish Stamp set, Perfect Medium ink pad, Platinum Sparkle WOW embossing powder, Alcohol Inks Stream, Espresso, Wild Plum, Copper Mixative and Blending Solution

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Happy New Year...

 ...yes I know I'm a little late but it's taken me a while to get back into routine since the Christmas festivities and visiting family and friends.
This will just be  a quick post tonight but I wanted to share a few of my Christmas cards I made and I'm patting myself on the back because despite having to chase around after my nearly walking little boy I managed to make all my cards (all 48 of them!!).

Hubby said it was cruel to dress Elliot up but I think you'll agree he sure does make my cards look cute.

I came up with a fab way to make the snowflakes look extra pretty, I made my own sparkly textured paper by mixing Aqua Glass paints, PVA glue, tissues and glitter and then punching the out with a lovely Martha Stewart punch and adding a gem or a pearl in the middle. The effect is real pretty.

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