Friday, March 26, 2010

Trip to Hobbycrafts...

Hello everyone, just a really quick post but I am very excited as I'm going to the NEC tomorrow for Hobbycrafts. I've never been so I hope it's good....and I hope there is stuff left as I know it's been on for 2 days already!
Looking to pick up some bargains as well as treat myself to a few things...i.e stamps!




Have a great Friday...and maybe see some crafty pals tomorrow!


Love,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Citrus Chic...

On a miserable day like today, it's always nice to look at cards like this to remind you that Summer really isn't too far away :o)
This was a relatively quick card to put together once I'd chosen the bits and pieces that I wanted to appear on the card.
No stamping though....isn't it funny how you go through phases of using certain techniques on cards e.g. stamping, only using embellishments etc. I definitely had a stamping phase! So I decided to try a non-stamped card....

Silky Martha Stewart ribbon in a glorious orange...

Bright as you like DCWV citrus matt stack....

Papermania sunshine (very appropriate!) capsule collection - cute buttons...

Some paper flowers from the same range along with a golden transfer...


Can just about remember what the sun looks like ;o) It really is bleak out there today...never understand English weather but that is one of the quirks of living in the UK!

Friday already? This week has whizzed by again (probably helps that I was off sick on Wed)...really hope I can cram some crafting in before the Monday rears its ugly head again. Only one week to go before my trip to the NEC....I am beyond excited but I hope I am not building it up in my head!

Before I forget, I managed to order a Martha Stewart scoreboard from Joanna Sheen before they went out of stock at £17.99 but whilst searching for other Martha Stewart products, I came across this site who have the scoreboard for £16.00 and postage I think is £2 for the UK so it works out the same, give or take a penny. Anyway, I thought I'd post it in the hope that it would help someone if they wanted it!

Have a great Friday...roll on 3.45pm!

Love,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chocolatey Pink...

I don't know why but this card really reminds me of chocolate...more specifically chocolates with strawberry fondant centres! Must have chocolate on the brain! :)

This was a card for Atty's Mum's birthday so I kept it clean and simple and not too fussy...

The card was white so I used pink chalk to match it with the colours in the rest of the card...

The ink actually looks a bit lighter in the photograph but it's actually quite alot darker than it appears...

Cute little pearls which also feature on the bow of the present in the stamped image....

Gorgeous pink felt flower with vellum, ribbon and charm...

Yummy colours right? I've been called matchy-matchy before as I love to colour co-ordinate (in pretty much every aspect of my life) which some find wierd. I just like things to match and get a bit frustrated if they don't (especially with my card-making) although I like to admit that I do like to try different colour combo's that I necessarily don't think go together...always fun!

Only Tuesday? It appears as if I've managed to pick up a chest infection from Atty which is making me cough and splutter everywhere - rubbish! Not sure if I'll be able to make many cards this week but I need to make some more cards to go in my stash @ work :)

Enjoy the sunshine if it's made an appearance -it has done in Sussex!

Love,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Post Mother's Day...Cards!

I did actually make this on Saturday night but haven't had a chance to post it yet!


I think I have fallen into the trap that ALOT of women do in that since we have been together quite a while, Atty seems to think that I am now his personal , carer, secretary and birthday/christmas/mother's day/father's day card and present organiser! Or I wonder if it's just me? :o)


Here is the Mother's Day Card I made for Atty's Mum (who probably has more craft stuff than me!)...

I got to play around with my new Recollections insect stamps with this cute little buttefly. Can you see the flock on the body?...


I have kind of fallen in love with those damn Papermania capsule collections which can be quite pricey if like me you want lots of the different colours! I was good and only bought the bows, ribbon and flowers from their Verde collection...everyone loves a bit of glitter!...

Nice and simple! Think she liked it...I know Atty did. I'm trying to make cards with colours I don't normally use and green is definitely one of them. Love the different tones in this card though...especially the ribbon!

Han + ribbon = love!

Have a great Monday....

Love,

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wedding Invite Samples...

Apologies for my lack of blogging recently....as you will see from the next couple of posts I have been quite busy (crafting and non-related crafty things!).

If you remember, last year I was asked to make some save the date cards for a colleague's daughter's 2010 wedding so now it was time to make the invites! I make 5 different samples so they can hopefully pick bits of different samples so that we can come up with an invite that that they are 100% happy with...

Sample No.1....

It's only one-sided so the information is on the back...

Sample No.2...

The lillie's were quite hard to originally track down since the bride requested orange calla lillies...

Gorgeous gold organza ribbon finishes off the invite ...

Sample No.3...

Not sure if you can see but the insert is in there but isn't glued down like the others. Calla lillies are glued to one side only and the ribbon is tied differently...

Sample No.4...

Very simple but effective...really like the handmade paper...

Sample No.5...

Different ribbon used again to tie the lillies...

Can't decide my favourite! I really like the simplicity of No.4 but like the fact that No.1 is one-sided and doesn't open up like traditional wedding invites! I am torn! :o) I really enjoyed making these and was a bit nervous as I've never made invitations before but I think they turned out OK!

These invites will definitely keep me busy when they have decided on the final design. I think they would like me to make the rest of the wedding stationery too which will be great experience for me as well as a challenge!

Love,

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Mr & Mrs...

Having picked up some cute little charms from Hobbycraft at the weekend, I had to try them out! I'm not normally a fan of charms but I have seen them being used on lots of cards recently and in the spirit of trying new things I gave them a whirl...

Different sized pearls - I love pearls, definitely a symbol of weddings for me...

Martha Stewart heart punch came in handy again...hiding a little pearl...

Here's the little beauty - managed to tie it with the two different colours of ribbon


Must learn to photograph in a better light! Ashamed to admit that the embellishment came pre-made but it really is so pretty and so right for this type of card...


Stampy stampy - wanted to choose a different wedding greeting and just loved the swirls on this one (FF collection). See the different ribbons and a cheeky streak of fine glitter...

Canny believe we're in March already...this year is starting to whizz by :o) Got a few Craft Shows coming up so hoping to pick up some bargains...off to Ally Palace in the middle of April and then first trip to Hobbycrafts at the NEC @ the end of the month. Best start saving now!

Love,

Monday, March 01, 2010

Dino Fun...

Encouraged by the recent stitching I have seen on various blogs, I decided to have a go for the first time yesterday! Helped by my very patient mother, I was shown how to do a zig-zag stitch and after a few goes, managed to make a square! I know it's a bit wonky in places but hey, it's my first go so cut me some slack ;o)

Loving the lime green and brown combo so used both colours in the tag and ribbons...

You can't see it particularly well but there is some green flocking on his spots...

This was white card to begin with...I embossed it although you can't see too well (again!), then coloured in with a lime green promarker...

Had to get a button (or two!) on there as their presence has been lacking on my cards recently...

You can see the different textures here...including the ink smudging on the lime card (outer edge), embossed brown card, handmade green paper with stitching, plain brown card, then the coloured lime green card as the inner edge...

Different angle for the final piece..

This card was fun! Having had quite a stressful week it was nice to have such a relaxing weekend...I managed to make two cards to add to my stash (will post the other on here tomorrow)....I am enjoying the new techniques and products I have discovered - love to blog-hop!

Love,