Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Santa Paws

This little chap is a resurrection of a one off card I made several years ago before I really got into crafting. The little cat is hand-torn to give him a 'fluffy' outline and I made the grass in the same way, adding green glitter highlights. I have stuck little red gems onto some of the berries on the lovely holly berry paper and I made the sentiment on the computer.  Do you like his fluffy tail?  It hangs over the shelf when you put the card up.  I would like to enter the Make My Monday colour challenge, where they are asking for Red, white and green and one Stop Craft Challenge where it is Christmas in June!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Midsummer Night's Dream

A fairy among the dragonflies is my take on this week's Make My Monday theme.  I have had this beautiful paper from K and Company in my stash for a while but the fairy stamp was a recent impulse buy. I have made a tent fold card, cutting the aperture to recess the fairy, who I stamped and coloured and added glitter to her wings .  I cut out some of the dragonflies so they look like they are flying around the fairy, adding some Glossy accents to make them a little bit more dimensional (although you can't tell from the photograph -typical!). The  sentiment comes from SU's Pennant Parade. The tiny dragonflies are brads.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Flowerpot Bunnies

I am trying a new style today...cute! I just love this Bunny stamp. We have a pet rabbit, called Teggs, who belongs to my youngest son. I have coloured these little fluffy bunnies just like him, although Teggs, who is so soft and cuddly, has floppy ears,being a dwarf lop.  Anyway, I heat embossed the outlines and used Promarkers to colour the image (my children call this 'Mom's advanced colouring technique') but then it has sat in my 'to finish' pile for the last six months! When I saw the theme on both St Lukes Charity Cards Challenge  and the Craft Room Challenge this month was our Furry Friends I thought that I should try and use these cute little rabbits. I've used a lime green and blue colour scheme and found some matching  stripey ribbon and a birthday banner. If you look closely you will see one of the little bunnies 'pops out' using some 3D foam pads - it's probably Teggs!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Card for My Dad

My Dad, who will be 79 this June, is an amateur watch repairer.  He's done it for years and when ever I go over he's usually on his hands and knees looking for some tiny watch part that he's dropped on the floor! Still, all the family and friends take their watches to Grandad to be repaired, so he's not that bad at it! This card is especially for him for father's day this year.
I am told it's called a joy fold card, and I made it today at a workshop, you can find the instructions here

I made the card and covered it with 'masculine' paper (it reminded me of men's pajamas!) and then made a smaller square card which I stuck in the middle. I stamped and cut out the pocket watches and made a frame, which I scored to add to the effect, and stuck these to the smaller card.
On the inside of this smaller card I stamped 'Dad'.  I added pearls to the centres of the watches and put the two square clock faces on the front flap. For each one I stamped two and cut them out and popped them with dimensionals, the smaller card catches behind them for a neat finish
Dad doesn't have a computer so putting the card on my blog won't spoil the surprise for him. I am sure he will love it. I would like to enter it in  Make My Monday challenge this week and in a couple of others: the one Stop Craft Challenge, and the Saturday Challenge who are both asking for Fathers' Day cards.
By the way, Dad loved this card and I got a top three mention (top four actually!) from the team at MMM. There were so many fabulous Fathers' Day cards entered in the challenge that I was very surprised and quite chuffed to get a mention!

Monday, 11 June 2012

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Did anyone else find their all white cards hard to photograph? Sorry about the glare from the flash- I do hope that you can see the detail on this one.  I have made a frame out of some paper lace and then embossed a square of cardstock with polka dots. I made the wreath from punched fronds and added some die cut flowers, which have a snowflake brad as a centre. I double embossed the letters with snowflake tinsel embossing powder.
I would like to enter my card in the 52 {Christmas} card Throwdown challenge.  Pop over and have a look at the other gorgeous creations, all in white. I am also entering the fa-la-la-la-la challenge on Jingle Bells blog as a card inspired by a Christmas song.
Here is the same card photographed in the daylight today...better I think.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Pearls of the Sea

Here is my entry for this week's challenge from the Make My Monday team, a birthday card with pearls, June's birthstone. My card started with a small piece of shell themed paper.  I began to think of pearlised colours and made the flourish using a selection of pearl stick-ons. I wanted to make the pearls the main feature. I made a 'seal' of the sentiment using a stamp and paper, both from Stampin' Up, and layered this onto pink and then green cardstock.  The part I like best is the background, which I made using outline peel-offs, which I inked over in Pool Party and then removed the stickers. I know someone who has a birthday coming up real soon, hope she likes this card! 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Coffee Filter Album

Look what I've been doing today!




I made this beautiful book from coffee filters, covered with gorgeous papers from K & Co at a workshop run by my crafty friend, Jacqueline, this morning. I have inked the edges and added ribbons, but I think I will be adding more embellishments. I just wanted to show it to you as I'm really pleased with it.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

On A Stampage Blog Candy

Being very new to blogging I had to ask my crafty friend Jacqueline what blog candy was!! Well, just at the right time the lovely Mynette, of "52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown" fame, has posted some on her blog and these brilliant sentiment digi-images are up for grabs here . Pop along and have a look.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Gold Christmas Tree

Just spent a lovely day at the village Jubilee celebrations and it's left me in a bit of a traditional mood, so here is my take on Jacqueline's fantastic sketch  on 52 {Christmas} card throwdown challenge. I have used a red card blank and white and red card stock.  I embossed the tree on gold card and have used the deboss side.  I layered it onto some gold stamped vellum and have cut the corners off with a circle punch.  Red bling and a gold bow finish off the tree.  The ribbon is fabulous - white with gold stars, it was given to me by a friend who thought I 'might be able to use it for something' -sure I can!!

The team, well, Mynette, Jaqueline and Ruth, have a DT call this month for this challenge. I absolutely love making Christmas cards and always start early (although may be not in January as yet!) and my daughter said I should give it a go so I have added my name...wish me luck!

Sunday, 3 June 2012


This card may look like a Jubilee card but it's actually for my sister-in-law, who is celebrating a big birthday next week (no prizes for guessing which one!).  She lives in the Netherlands so I thought she would like a bit of British cheer for her special day. I used Real Red and Indigo Island to ink the panel and then stamped and embossed the London images when the panel was dry. I made the bunting using Pennant Parade stamps and punch combo. The twine is from my stash and is a bit 'hairy' but I think it does the job nicely. The sentiment is also Stampin' Up- Outline Occasions.  The border is washi tape, something which I recently discovered whilst blog-hopping.

I would like to enter my card in Dynamic Duos challenge and the one stop craft challenge this week. I hope that you all have a fabulous time celebrating the Jubilee and that your street party or fete is not washed out!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Sketch Challenge

From one card another is born! The pink green and white theme from my previous post spilled over into this card Which I have made for the sketch challenge on Simply Stamping this week.This is the first time I've tried to follow a sketch, so I hope I have not deviated too far! This is a simple, one layer card. I stamped this little flower stamp from Easy Events, and then, masking the flowers, stamped the green square over the top just using the spots. I made the border using the scalloped spotty ribbon, and finished off with a little pink gem on each corner. I even had time to make the matching envelope!