Monday, 31 January 2011

Ruby Card

I was asked to make a card suitable for a Ruby Anniversary and this easel card was nice to do and seemed to come together quite well (for a change!).

DP - K&Co - Best of K and Company Too bumper pack
White/Gold Mirri card and Ribbon from stash
Papermania Flower Gem
Tools used - plain and scalloped oval Nestabilities
Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet
Shapeabilities In Spades Pendants

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 28 January 2011

Trio of cards

Just a quick post today with some more 'old' cards. I'm suffering a bit this evening as I've been at to the hospital today to have a tooth out. I'm a bit of a wimp really as far as dentistry concerned so quite glad it's all done. Hope your day has gone well.

As you can see the first two are just plain white cardstock that has been through the Cuttlebug and then mounted onto coloured card. Butterfly done with XCut punch. The DP on the right-hand card is, I think, K&Co. Ribbon and Gems from stash.

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Cute Squares again

These LOTV Cute Squares really are great. I can see I'm going to have to order more. So here's a pink and red card for today. I used Core'dinations card for the lacey square and punched border. First outing too for my new MS Valentine Hearts punch.

I've tried to get a close-up of the lovely K&Co flower which has a corduroy fabric centre.

Image - LOTV Cute Squares - Love and Romance - topiary heart has been glittered
DPs - Kate Knight Christmas Collection - freebie from Quick Cards magazine
Sentiment - Papermania Honey & Hugs
Flower - K&Co Metal Brads pack
White card, Ribbon and Heart Gems from stash
Pink Card - Core'dinations
Tools used - Lacey Squares Nestabilities
Martha Stewart Valentine Hearts punch

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Craft Your Days Away Challenge #12 - Love
One Stitch at a Time #46 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge #4 Love is in the Air
Pile It On Challenge #4 - Love is in the Air


Monday, 24 January 2011

Shaped Card Mark II

Monday again and doesn't the time fly by! My craft session this afternoon was good fun and lovely to have a natter with friends. I thought I'd have another try at the shaped card I posted last week. I did it a little differently this time as I cut out an extra shaped front to stick onto the card base. This means there's now a white border showing around the whole of the card. If you look at my post from 18th January you can see what I mean.

DPs - My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Summer Papers (magazine freebie)
Card & Gems from Stash
Card Shape cut using Nestabilities Labels Eight
Flowers punched and embossed from DPs using Nellie Snellen Medium Floral Punch set
Lili of the Valley Dreamy Days Sentiment matted onto Nestabilities Plain & Scalloped Circles
Bee - K&Co Glitter Bugs Grand Adhesions


Sunday, 23 January 2011

Tent Card

Hello and happy Sunday to everyone, hope your weekend has gone well.  I haven't managed any actual crafting but I went to Hobbycraft and bought a new MS punch - the Lace Heart border - and I may just have placed an order with Joanna Sheen that includes the MS Floral Vine Deep Edger punch. You can see that I have a thing for punches - well I'm trying to expand my collection!!  Tomorrow I have a lovely craft afternoon arranged with friends so am looking forward to that.

Here's a little tent card from a while back

Tilda image coloured with Promarkers
DPs - K&Co  -  Daisy by Tim Coffey
Flowers and Brads - Papermania/Dovecraft
Robins Nest Dew Drops in orchid - Butterfly from stash
Tools used - Scallop and Plain Oval Nestabilities

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Cute Squares card

Like a lot of crafters I am really loving the Lili of the Valley Cute Squares - here is my handiwork for today using another one of the Party Girls Cute Squares.  The photo isn't showing the colours that well.  It looks better in real life!

Image - Lili of the Valley Cute Squares - Party Girls
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley Dreamy Days
DP and Star - K&Co. White and Pearlescent card and gems from stash
PaperCellar Raffia Lace
Tools Used - Nellie Snellen medium flower punch
                     Nestabilities Plain and Scalloped Circles
                     Martha Stewart PATP Deco Fan and Branch Punch


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Lilac Let Loose

I decided to use some of the left-over papers from my last card making session and it's turned out to be VERY lilac.  I also wanted to experiment with making my own shaped card blank using my nestie labels set. Here's the end result which I'm quite pleased with although, as always, I can see where improvements could be made!

DPs - Papermania Capsule Collection in Heather
Card, Ribbon & Gems from Stash
Card Shape cut using Nestabilities Labels Eight
Flowers punched and embossed from DPs using Nellie Snellen Medium Floral Punch set
Lili of the Valley Dreamy Days Sentiment matted onto Nestabilities Scalloped Circle
Dragonfly - K&Co Glitter Bugs Grand Adhesions (colour changed using Amethyst ProMarker)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

               2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge 22-Flowers
               Simply Create - Use Your Punches
               Aly's Sunday Challenge - Things with Wings
               Pile it On Challenge 3 - Anything Goes!
               The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthdays
               MSE Flowers Challenge


Friday, 14 January 2011

Lovely in Lilac!!

Well I think so anyway. I haven't managed to stay away from my usual colourway for long. This is a card for my mother-in-law's birthday and I hope she'll like the image I chose for her. It'll remind her of any one of her granddaughters I'm sure!

DPs - Papermania Capsule Collection in Heather - Party Girls Cute Square from Lili of the Valley.
Dreamy Days circular sentiment also from Lili of the Valley.
White and lilac card from stash.  Paper Cellar Rafia Lace in Lilac.  Paper Cellar Flowers.
Papermania Mosaics.  Pearl in centre of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Tools used - Nestabilities Plain and Scalloped Circles and Lacey Square.  Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet.

I've managed to get a close up of the sentiment. I think my aim for 2011 is to improve my photography skills and learn how to use a photo-editing package.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

       Cupcake Craft Challenge 124-Something New (new image square,DPs & raffia lace)
       Meljens square or round cards
       Pollycraft, Challenge 75 New Beginnings  (new image square, DPs and raffia lace)

That's my card for today then. Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Thursday, 13 January 2011

Being Frugal

Hello and what miserable weather at the moment, absolutely pouring down with rain and gloomy.

This card is one I did a little while ago and I even managed to use up some scraps and off-cuts. It's quite plain but overall I was pleased with the finished result. I think the ribbon was from a box of chocolates I received (and enjoyed!!) a while ago. I did share a few though.

Whiff of Joy image - Shopping Willow, coloured with Promarkers
Card and ribbon from stash
Tools used - Martha Stewart Deco Fan Punch


Monday, 10 January 2011

Tilda in Blue

I decided that I really should do something a bit different from my usual pinks and lilacs.
Here's a birthday card I did for my very good friend who is also a cardmaker.

DP - Gingham Download from Bev Rochester's site 'All the things I Love'
Tilda image and ribbon sash coloured with Promarkers - Glossy Accents added to sash, crown & wand.
White, Blue and Mirri card from stash - jewels also from stash
Blue flowers from The Works, Cream flowers and Pin from Wild Orchid Crafts,
Leaves - Woodware Punch
Sentiment   - Lili of the Valley Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments
Tools used - Marianne Creatables die, Martha Stewart Deco Fan Corner Punch, Nestabilities Plain   Circle for sentiment.


Saturday, 8 January 2011

A Commission

Today's cards are ones I was asked to make by a friend whose two daughters-in-law celebrated their 40th birthdays in December so it's OK to post them now.  She said to do both cards the same but I felt happier doing different cards albeit along similar lines.

DPs -  Piece of Cake by Dovecraft
Whiff of Joy image 'Willow dressing up' coloured with Promarkers
Crystal Stem and Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Leaves from Joanna Sheen
Tools used - Martha Stewart PATP Eyelet Lace punches - Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet for the number 40
White and Mirri card from stash.

DPs -My Mind's Eye - Pretty Please (freebie with magazine) 
Whiff of Joy image 'Willow with Champagne' coloured with Promarkers
Pin and Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Leaves from Joanna Sheen
Tools used - Martha Stewart Deep Edge Doily Lace punch -
Marianne Creatables Flourish - Oval Nestabilities - Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet for the number 40
White and Mirri card and jewels from stash.

I finished off by making a plain box for each card using the Martha Stewart Scoreboard and decorated with XCut punch butterflies.


Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Challenge Card

Talk about last minute - hope I make the deadline for LOTV challenge.

Entered for the LOTV New Beginnings' challenge using LOTV Zooming Along stamp. I've used it as a congratulations card for a new driver. Coloured with Promarkers and I used some of the new papers I got from the Hobbycraft sale. All other items from stash. Also used Nesties Labels dies and Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet.

Phew, think I just about made it. Well this is the first challenge I've ever entered and if i do another I'll try and leave myself more time.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year and Bargain Time

Happy New Year !!  Hope you had a good time seeing in the New Year whether partying or spending time at home with family.

We went off to Hobbycraft yesterday, well you DO have to start the year how you intend to spend the rest of it! So the photos below show the bargains I managed to find.

Very pleased with the K&Company bits as they'll go with a big 12x12 pad of papers that I already have. The pearl brads were also a great buy as the original price was £3.99.

Confession time - I did buy more than one of some of these.

I haven't got immediate use for everything I bought but it was too nice to leave behind and I didn't completely clear the shelves.

Hope you have fun shopping in the sales.