Friday, 26 February 2010

Willow - Born to shop!

Hi again,

This time we have Willow shopping - yes you're right, I succumbed to her at the same time as Willow Dancing!!  So who says you have to have will power, lol.

I know it's often said 'blue and green, should never be seen', but when I spotted these lovely papers from Doodlebug, I just had to have them, they're so bright and fresh looking.  The sentiment is from Papermania's 'Retail Therapy', range, charm and ribbon from stash, and of course Willow was coloured with Copics.

As always, I'd be grateful for your comments.


Thursday, 25 February 2010

Willow Dancing

Good morning

Today we have a card made with my absolute favourite of the new Whiff of Joy 'City Girl' stamps.  I'm going to the 'Make It' show at Farnborough on Sunday, and should really have been saving my pennies to spend there, but having sat on my hands for a week, I couldn't resist 'Willow Dancing' any longer - oh well, you only live once!!

Background papers are from Making Memories.  Turquoise flowers from stash, with brown centres cut with a punch.  Sentiment from Hero Arts, Sparkle Clear range.

Thanks for looking, and do let me know what you think


Sunday, 21 February 2010

Whimsy - Football Connor

Hi again,

Well the morphine finally cut in, and after a few hours in bed I was able to get up and make this card which I'm REALLY pleased with.  I generally find boy's / men's cards really difficult to make, but fell in love with this stamp from the Whimsy Kids Collection the minute I saw it, and have been just itching to make a card with it.  I thought that as I live fairly close to Southampton I would aim to make it look like a Saints kit, but as neither of us are actually footy fans ourselves I had to look up the kit on the internet, so I hope I've got it right.

I won't even tell you what I coloured my stamped image with, as if you're a follower you will know that I rarely use anything other than Copics - whoops, told you anyway, hey, ho!  The background card is C'oredinations - Cardinal red.  The spotty paper is from Papermania - Deck the Halls, Christmas set, and the check is by Doodlebug.  The sentiment is from the Papermania Stamping for Him set, which I then embossed with 'Blonde Moments' Festive Candy red, which has a lovely sheen to it.  Card candy made by yours truly using the matching C'ordinations card.

Hope you like it as much as I do?


Popcorn bearing gifts!

Good morning people

Having just had time to finish off this card, and photograph it, I now find myself back in bed, as my back is misbehavin', so I thought I'd upload and see what you think of this Popcorn card made with one of the bears from the Popcorn Romance set.

He is coloured with Copics - no surprise there then!  The papers are from the new Forever Friends Pink Parfait collection.  Ribbon from stash.  Rose - handmade by ME, and very proud of it I am too!!  Leaf - die cut with Cuttlebug die.  Sentiment stamp from Claire Curd set.

Hope you like it.


Saturday, 20 February 2010

Tilda with Vintage Roses

Evening everyone

Just thought I'd upload a card that I made recently with this delicious Tilda from the Jolly Snowy 2009 collection.  As usual she's coloured with Copics, and is actually blonde although the colour doesn't show very well in the pic.  The papers are K & Co, Classic K McKenna.  The flowers are made up with a punched flower, topped with a rose from Wild Orchid Crafts, and then I cut matching leaves with another punch.  I drew the swirl, and then glued individual flat backed pearls from Katy's Cards over the top.  This is the first time I've done this, but it was actually MUCH easier than I'd previously thought, so chances are you'll be seeing lots more pearly swirls in the near future.  I also did quite a bit of stitching on this card, using my new Janome Mini machine.  I got so frustrated, having to always wait until Paul was available to lift the old one onto the craft table for me, that I decided to treat myself to a lightweight one, and I think it's going to be great if the performance on this card was anything to go by.  Sentiment - computer generated.

That's it for now folks

Have a good weekend


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Whimsy - Winter Carousel

Afternoon people

Today I'd like to share a card that I made with the Whimsy, 'Cool Ride' carousel horse stamp.  The minute I clapped eyes on this one I just knew I HAD to have it, and Elaine at Quixotic Paperie was so helpful, and kindly emailed me to let me know when they arrived, which happened to be while I was in Spain.  Luckily, while visiting with friends I picked up her mail, and ordered immediately, for fear of them having sold out if I waited until I got home.  

The effect I wanted to achieve was icy cold, so I went for the blues as my main colour.  However, I felt that it needed a little bit of something stronger to bring it to life, and I think the brown has done this???  Unfortunately, it doesn't show up in the pic, but I added Glitter Dust to the fur around the horses blanket, and all of the snowflakes, so in real life it does look nice 'n'  icy.

Once again, I made my own background paper using the swirly stamp that came with the horse, (there is also a snowflake stamp in the set).  I then 'distressed' it with the same ink.  The brown border was done with a Martha Stewart punch, as was the snowflake mat.  Sentiment from HOTP.

Hope you like it.


Thursday, 11 February 2010

Tilda - Mother's Day Card

Hello fellow crafters, and of course anyone else checking out my blog.

Today I would like to show you a card that I really struggled with!!!  A friend suggested that I should make some Mother's Day cards to sell, however, my Mum died 8 years ago, before I started cardmaking, and even after all this time, I found the emotions running high when I printed out the sentiment, so I'm not sure whether I'll make any more.

I love the Tilda image that I've used, and felt that the papers I've used ( a FREE download from http://www.card‐making‐ ) were a perfect foil for Tilda's lilacs.  I cut the flowers using Spellbinders - Flower Creations - 3, then screwed them up and sanded them gently to give a distressed effect.  Layered three different sizes together for the large flower, added a crystal to the centre, and hey presto!  Leaves were cut using the Leone Em punch.  Computer generated sentiment, and ribbon from stash.

Let me know what you think


Saturday, 6 February 2010

Penny Black for Chrissy

Hi peeps

I made this card for my friend Chrissy's birthday.  She's also a card maker, so I hope she's going to like it.  It's the first time I've used a Penny Black stamp for a while, but when I saw the set with this cute little hedgehog in, I just simply couldn't resist. The set is called 'Tiny Wishes', and I can see it's going to be one of those that I come back to, time and time again.

Unfortunately, it didn't photograph as well as I would have liked, but the light at the moment is awful, so you'll have to trust me when I tell you that the blue of Mrs Hedgehog's dress DOES match the blue of the paper, and flowers.

Now I hope you're sitting down, as I have some shocking news ...................... I actually painted the hedgehog with distress inks, and NOT Copics!!!  I hope that hasn't given anyone a heart attack, you all being so used to Copics being my only form of colouring over the last few months, but I've seen quite a few people use the distress inks for colouring lately, and thought I'd just give it a try for a change.  I like the effect, but do prefer my Copics!!!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Judi x

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Paul's Birthday Card

Hi again

Hopefully this is the second post of the day, and this time it's Paul's birthday card.  He does like a pint, so I thought it was appropriate.

Hope to have something else to show you after the holiday.

As always, thanks for looking.

Judi x

Our 11th Anniversary

Hi there

Today, if it's the 3rd February, and I've scheduled this post correctly is our 11th Wedding Anniversary.  I always find it really hard doing cards for Paul, but as when I first met him, he had a moustache that made him look like a 'Grumpy' ted, I often end up giving him some sort of teddy card.  Hope he likes this one.

It doesn't show up in the picture, but the teddies have been decoupaged, just to give the card a bit of lift.  The champagne glasses, and sentiment are both peel offs, making this a really simple, but hopefully effective card.

We're still in Spain at present, but as it's also Paul's birthday today (I married him on his birthday, so he wouldn't forget our anniversary, lol), there will be another post later.

Thanks for looking

Judi x