Sunday, 31 January 2010

Anniversary card for Tasha & Paul

I'm hoping that this card will have become available for you to view on January 31st, as I am currently in Spain, and set this post automatically, so fingers crossed.

I made this for my Docrafting friend Tasha, and her husband Paul.  Like me, she's a mad Tilda fan, so I hope she'll like it. 

The papers are from the Basic Grey, Porcelain set, which I've been stroking for months, but thought as it was a special occasion I would break them out.  I love the pink and green colour combo, it feels really springlike and fresh.  Tilda & Edwin were of course coloured with Copics.  The flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the sentiment is computer generated, then the top layer cut out with Nesties.  The other layers were hand cut by eye.

Happy Anniversary Tasha & Paul, I hope you have a great day.

Thanks for checking out my blog.


Saturday, 16 January 2010

20th Anniversary Card

Hi there friends

Today I'd like to show you an anniversary card that I made as a commission.  The order came from a friend of a friend, so I hope they like it!!!  All I was told was that it was for a 20th anniversary, the names of the recipients, and that they wanted something 'traditional', so hopefully this fits the bill.

The base papers are from Papermania's 'Exquisite' collection.  They're so pretty and elegant that I figured they would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary.  I didn't want to put the champagne glasses against a totally plain background, so made up my own paper on the computer by just typing the couple's names over and over, and am quite pleased with the effect.  The sentiment was computer generated, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The Leaves were made with the ash punch, from Leone Em.  The glasses are from the Magnolia Winter Stamp Club collection 2008.  They were coloured with copics, and then I embossed them all over with clear embossing powder to give them a shine like proper glass.  Unfortunately, I made the mistake of trying to give the glass in the foreground depth by glueing it on using silicone glue.  I went out for a while, and when I came back, was HORRIFIED to find that the silicone had come through the card leaving greasy marks all over the glass, and papers!!!  After turning the air blue, I sat down to assess the damage, and figured that if I could remove the background circles which were stuck on with DST, I just might be able to salvage the rest of the card, so I warmed them up slightly using my hot air gun, and luckily managed to remove them and the bottom champagne glass without damaging the rest of the card - phew!  What a relief! 

Please feel free to let me know what you think by leaving a comment, and thanks for looking.


Monday, 11 January 2010

Gemma's Tilda Card

Evening everyone

Today I would like to show you a card made by Gemma, my middle granddaughter, who is 7 1/2 years old.  She loves crafting, and is VERY precise and careful withe her colouring.  She came round last week when they were off school because of the snow, and told me that she wanted to make REALLY NICE cards like Nana's so that she could sell them and make lots of money!!!  I suggested that she might like to try using a sketch, to give her some ideas, so she had a look through my book, and came up with this one, in which she's used one of the new Tilda stamps that she had for Christmas, and a selection of the coloured card that I got her from The Papermill Shop.  She even insisted on putting a 'Handmade by Gemma' label on the back!!

Do please leave us some comments, as I know Gemma would be chuffed to bits to hear what you think of her hard work.

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 8 January 2010

Kelly's ALMOST Birthday Card!!

Afternoon all!

I thought I'd share the card that I originally intended for my daughter Kelly's birthday on the 23rd of this month.  Unfortunately, while I quite like the finished article, it didn't turn out how I expected - you know, sometimes cards just have a way of doing their own thing????  Well, mine do!!

Anyway, I decided it wasn't quite what I wanted for her, so this will be one to add to the 'cards for sale' box.  Knowing Kelly and her love of purple, she'll probably buy it for one of her friends.

I have made another card for her, which I'll be posting after the event, as I'd hate her to see it in advance in the UNLIKELY event that she EVER gets around to checking out my blog!! 

The stamp is 'Party Girl', from Wild Rose Studio.  The trellis type trim is made using my deep edge punch from Martha Stewart, available at The Hobby House.  Rose from Hobbycraft.  I think the ticket stamp is from Hero Arts, and not sure who the other sentiment , or the paper are by.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Pickles & Onion

Today once again I'm using up images I coloured ages ago.  This time it's Pickles & Onion the adorable elephants.  The pink patterned paper is from Papermania's  'Sweet Nothings' set, and the spots from Daisy & Dandelion, 'Picnic Patch'.  The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly.  I won't even mention what I coloured them with, as you'll all know by now!

Hope you like it


Sunday, 3 January 2010

Teen Birthday

Today I have another image that I coloured in ages ago but never got around to making a card with at the time.  It's been sitting in a box with several others, and as it's the new year I figured I should clear out and tidy up, so it was either a case of throw the image away, or do something with it.  As it turned out, this card came together really quickly.  I just happened to have a sketch to hand that used just the amount of different papers that I had, and that always makes it easier.  I decided that as the card is aimed at a young girl, or  teen, I would keep it free of fussy embellishments, and I'm glad to say that I'm pleased with the end result, hope you like it too.


Golfer's Birthday Card

Hi again

I can't believe that I'm posting twice in one day, but I've been busy since Christmas, and have finished off one or two cards that have been hanging around for a while.

Now before anyone emails me and says 'I've seen this card before', I should explain that I made one very similar to this a few months ago for our wonderful friend Nigel, who looks after the  house in Spain for us.  However, as I keep getting asked to make more cards for men I thought I might start with this one, and then build from there.

Stamps (golfer, and golf bag) are by Papermania.  Papers are some from the first set I ever bought, also by Papermania. Colouring as always - Copics  The background card is actually navy blue, although it looks more like black in the pic, and of course I've backed it with my favourite - silver mirri card.   Sentiment is from a ready made set I bought a while back - you might have gathered that I'm trying use up some of my old stash to make way for all the new goodies I've bought recently. 

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Whiff of Joy - Apples

Hi there

You might remember from yesterday's card that 5 x 7 is not my favourite sixed card to work with, but I bought a couple of boxes of this size cards and envelopes a while back, and figured I should use them up.  So I'm hoping that you'll think they're O.K.

I coloured in this image along with several others a while back, before I realised that it's much easier to match your colouring to the papers you've chosen, rather than the other way around.  Durr!!  Anyway, I think this paper (sorry, I've forgotten who it's by), goes quite well with it, and I decided to go with red rather than green to give the card a little extra colour.  The sentiment is part of a stamp from Catslife Press.  I say part of a stamp, because I cut a most of the circle off  to achieve the effect I wanted, but the complete stamp is really nice too.

The little button type embellishments and the corners are done with a set of dies by Spellbinders, and then sanded to emphasise the embossed effect.  Colouring - Copics.


Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year ! Fragile Beauty

First of all I'd like to wish everyone who kindly takes the time to check out my blog a very Happy New Year.  Let's hope it's healthy and prosperous too!!

Right, that said, I have a new card to show you.  It's a bit out of my comfort zone, firstly because it's a 5 x 7, as opposed to square, and I'm sure you'll all have realised that square it my 'thing'.  I also decided to play around and stamped onto patterned paper - shock, horror!  I've never done this before, and as it was my treasured MME supplies, I was really hesitant, but what the heck, if you don't try something new from time to time, you only end up stuck in a rut, and to quote my daughter 'if you always do, what you've always done, then you'll always get, what you've already got!!!  Think about it!

I also did some stitching, and again went for something different with wiggly lines instead of straight - much easier to hide mistakes this way, lol. 

The leaves were picked up off of the local market a while back.  At the time I bought them I loved the colour, but when I got them home I couldn't think what I'd ever use them on - now I know!  I finished it off with a flower and button from my stash.  I threaded a couple of bits of wire through the button, and then twisted them around a cocktail stick, just to add something a bit different, and finally added a sentiment from a clear set by Hero Arts  (they're on special offer at the moment).

Hope you like it.