Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hot Pink Pirate...

Woop woop....it's Thursday which means it's nearly the weekend :o) Definitely looking forward to a lie-in especially since it's a long weekend too! I'm going racing @ Goodwood as well which should be a laugh...I wonder how many other people use the horse's name to decide who to bet on?!

Anyway, I managed to find some creative time this week and finally got round to using a stamp which I picked up @ the NEC from Magnolia's new range. I love love LOVE it! As I mentioned earlier this week, somehow a load of magnolia stamps managed to order themselves from The Glitter Pot. Crazy no!? ;o)

Haven't used Magnolia images in a while but I am so in love with this range...

A big gorgeous bow to complete the look...

Short and sweet sentiment...

Big pink Prima flower with a button centre...I've embellished the petals with glitter too...

Lots of different layers on this card. Can you spot the candy dots too?

So there you have it! Definitely a funky pirate card with the contrasting pink and black....definitely one of my fav colour combo's!

I'm finish the wedding invites tonight and they are nearly there! Nice relaxing weekend please :o)

Love,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Age is only a number...


Yikes! This week is flying by again. I've got to crack on with finishing the wedding invites tonight so am hoping to get those completed. My website is coming along too but it is alot of work! Hopefully it will be up and running the next couple of weeks :o)


It's not often that I make humourous cards but I absolutely love this little lizard and thought that the sentiment was just right!


Loving those tropical little candy dots....


Lots of bright colours used in this card...especially with the bright lime green ribbon...


Matching cheeky sentiment from the same stamp set...


Nice and simple right? I really like the bright colours...bring on the Summer...


I naughtily bought some of the new stamps from the Magnolia Fairytales Range 2010: Pirates and Princesses from the Glitter Pot and it has been shipped so I am really hoping it is there when I get home. After my rubbish experience @ the NEC with the Magnolia stand I will definitely stick to buying this craft range on the net! Has anyone else ordered from the new Magnolia range?


Love,

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Big is beautiful...


Monday already?! That weekend just flew by! Managed to make a few cards though which is always good :o)

Yesterday I went to Atty's Gran's 90th Birthday celebration sans Atty so it was a little scary! It was nice to see everyone and goes to show that I can do those family things without him :o) This was the card I made for her from me and Atty. I love theses big flowers from my Prima tropical tin - such a pretty shade of purple...

Purple flowers with torn paper behind and glittered petals. I added two more little flowers from Papermania to add a bit more depth to the flower...

There are lots of different shades of purple in the design but the two strips of patterned DCWV card are the only hints of patterned paper...

This is probably the most accurate photo with the various shades of purple on show...

I added some faux stitching in with a purple glaze pen...


Atty said she loved the card which was nice. I really enjoy knowing that people love the fact that is handmade and that real effort has gone into making a card. I'm not sure I could buy a shop bought card again!

My blog candy is now up and running until 17th May so make sure you enter. Got to be in it to win it!
Enjoy your day!
Love,

Friday, April 23, 2010

Glittered Butterflies...

Woohoo it's finally Friday! I am so glad it's the end of the working week :o) I don't have a really busy weekend either for the first time in weeks so it'll be nice to take advantage of the nice weather.

It's Atty's Gran's 90th on Sunday so his mum asked if I could make her a card. I love love love the pastel pinks in this card and throught the glittery butterflies (from meiflower) were great. I added on the wire antennae and coloured their bodies with smooch accent ink...

I added on the wire antennae and coloured their bodies with smooch accent ink. I also coloured in parts of the embossed strip of card. You can see my Martha Stewart punch being well used!

Lots of different textures and patterns being used as well as various shades of pink...

I didn't glue the butterflies down completely as I wanted their wings to be raised slightly off the page...

Here is a close up of the result of the painstaklingly (sp?) slow process of flocking the letters...

Have not used paper candy dots for a while but thought the colours matched up nicely. Also used smooch accent inks on the rough edges of the torn strip of pink glitter paper...


Fingers crossed the weather will be nice for her birthday celebration on Sunday. I've also made a card for her from me and Atty so I will post that on here over the weekend.

Have a lovely Friday and enjoy the sunshine!

Love,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Why are pirates called pirates? Because they arrrrr!

Atty's little cousin told us this joke at his Dad's 60th and it really tickled me for some reason! Simple things etc.... ;o)

I bought this Pirate stamp at the NEC (courtesy of Stamposaurus) and then found the perfect backing paper when I was in Southampton at the weekend. I was in the mood for crafting last night and managed to make this little bad boy...

How cute is this cheeky chappy? There is something about pirates which I love (I blame Johnny Depp) so I just had to have it when I saw it at the NEC. I find that Stamposaurus stamps actually stamp very well and you always come out with a crisp image as though you've drawn it yourself ;o) You should be able to see the embossing on the black circle behind - reminded me of waves...

Although the main colours of the card are black and grey, I wanted to add a little bit of colour so I used a few instances of red here and there. Thought this little red crab was very appropriate so I placed him on a black leather shape...

I decoupaged (is that the even a word?) his hat so it stood out a bit more and also coloured his compass with gold pen. The circle of card was actually white but to make it match, I used grey shimmer chalk to blend it in...


Lots of different shapes in this card so I used different die cuts for the sentiment to contrast each other...don't always like to be matchy-matchy! Like the circle with the stamped image on, this sentiment was originally pearlescent white so I chalked this grey too...

I drew white accents on the black die cuts to emphasise their shape. There is also a circle of black flock behind the red ribbon - you might just be able to see it...

He's so cute! I really enjoyed making this card with all the different shapes and lines. It was good to make a card that wasn't straight lines and neat edges...I like the criss-crossing ribbon as well as the various red highlights in the card. What do you think?

Glad it's Wednesday...ever closer to the weekend. The sun is shining here so I will be clambering for the exit at lunch time! Enjoy your day...

Love,

Monday, April 19, 2010

Have a beer mate...

Boy oh boy, I cannot wait until I get to craft more! I am struggling to fit crafting time in at the moment which is rubbish as I have 'invested'/'splurged' quite a bit on craft supplies recently, especially at the two craft shows I attended within the space of 2 weeks! Never mind, not long until I can craft until my heart's content and become a lady of leisure (temporarily mind!).
This was the second card for Atty's Dad which was just from me. He likes a beer so I thought this stamp that I picked up from the NEC was perfect! I've picked up quite a few boy/male themed stamps recently so I shall be trying them out in the upcoming weeks. Admittedly I did struggle with this card as I was very tired and I couldn't think creatively, however, this is what I managed to come up with....
Close up of the contrasting ribbons...it took me a while how to tie the ribbons so they would form a cross (hey, I was tired OK?!)....

Need to save up to buy my craft circle punches to make it easier to cut (neater) circles...


Beer, complete with frosting! The ink manageed to blend with the promarker (whoops!) - think I might have used the wrong ink as Memento doesn't normally do this when I use that...

Good ol' foam pads came out to play here as you can see from this angle...


Two things, before I forget! First is that my blog turns 1 on 17th May so I will be posting my blogoversary candy later this week when I have sorted out what I will be giving away. The second thing is that I will be sorting out a website in the next few weeks as well and any advice about this would be gratefully received...I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing but I'm willing to give it a go! Lol! Wish me luck :o)

Hope you are all well and thanks for stopping by!

Love,


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Travelling at 60...

It was Atty's Dads 60th on Sunday and I had to make a card for Atty to give him. To be honest, I really struggle with male themed cards and I always feel under more pressure when it's for a family member or for Atty!

Atty's Dad used to be a pilot and is very well travelled so I thought this would be appropriate instead of using one of my male-themed stamps...

I cut the '60' numbers out myself and used shimmer chalk to emphasise the corners...

Also cut the letters out but they looked a bit lost without the blue centres so I added these in...

You can see the card that I used here...from the DCWV travel stack which includes a paper with aeroplanes on it. Perfect right?...

Love these little gems on the ribbon...all the colours go really well and not one of your usual combos...

The layers are fairly flat on the card about from the middle square...

Was relatively pleased with the final result but I felt it was lacking something - not sure what! Atty's Dad really liked it so I guess that is what matters. Guess I am sometimes a bit overly-critical on myself :o)

Anyway, I haven't been able to fit much crafting in recently but once I finish my job on 30th June I'm going to have plenty of free time to craft to my heart's content!

Hope you had a good Wednesday.

Love,

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hi there...


Good morning everyone...that weekend whizzed by quickly! I managed to sneak in some card making after my trip to Ally Pally (more on that later in the post) and make this card very quickly for a friend.
I picked up some smaller square cards at the NEC a couple of weeks ago as I sometimes feel that the bigger square cards that I use are just a bit 'too big' for a smaller sentiment e.g. thank you cards etc.
With Spring in mind, I wanted to keep the colours light and fresh as well as keeping it clean and simple...

Love the furry brads that Papermania do...think they complete the look of the flowers. Loving the lime green also..

Thought this sentiment was perfect and matched the colours of the card...it's a stitched circle from Making Memories...

One of my favourite ribbon techniques is to tie two different colours of ribbon together and gently pull either side of the different colours and glue down then trim the ends of the ribbon...

Still avoiding those sticky pads at the moment as you can see...

This card honestly took about 10-15minutes as I was so exhausted from Ally Pally that I don't think I would have managed a minute more! I love the purple, green and pink together...I love lime green as a colour and because it's so bright, I often find it difficult to combine it but I reckon this works! Oooh Lime Green and Black is a great combo!!!

Ally Pally was great, managed to pick up some great bargains and it seemed busier than usual...perhaps because I went a bit earlier this year. This is my third time @ Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show and will definitely continue going. Much prefer this show over the NEC which was too stressful! I managed to pick up some of my dream brads from Doodlebug Design's which was great amongst many many stamps...I am officially obsessed, it's terrible!

Anyway, I did make two cards for Atty's Dad's 60th Birthday which was yesterday and will post them later this week. Have a great Monday...

Love,