Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Wedding Cards

We have been invited to a Wedding Celebration.
This is not just any wedding though, this is the youngest son of the neighbour across the road, a lovely family who came to live here when the children were small.  The youngest son is especially dear to us and we feel very honoured to have been invited.
I have made an acceptance card and a wedding card. 

The red DL card has a band of gold paper across the front and then I used a cream paper inside.  I edged the band and the insert with the same Fiskars punch.


The wedding card was A5, again I used a red card and this time I added a cutout from some wrapping paper.  I love this verse from Corinthians, have kept the wrapping paper for some time now, using pieces from it as it is cream with gold script.   I used the same cream paper for the insert but printed the sentiment in gold coloured print on the PC.  I edged the gold paper and insert with a different Fiskars punch and placed the gold paper along the edges of the front of the card, symbolising the canopy used at the wedding.
The acceptance card was taken across to the house by PJ but the wedding card will be given along with the pressie on the night.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bikini Card

This is the 'sketch' for this month.  I love this idea but don't really have a clue how to even start.  In all good offices, a 'brain-storming' meeting ends with some really good ideas .... some useful, some not so useful, but better than when the meeting started!!

So I filled my bag with paper, cards, pencils, template, photos etc and went off to C.R.U.N.C.H., my local craft group.
I arrived early so laid out all the goodies and waited for the members to arrive, which they duly did and were immediately intrigued.
After lots and lots of discussion, some smutty remarks, much laughter, cups of coffee .... we started.

There were only four of us round the table, the number of members attending varies from week to week, so we had plenty of room to spread our stash.

We drew on the pink cards, some folded first, some folded and cut the other side to match.

We chose our papers, discussed how to cut them, drew the template on the card (!) and stuck down the papers, added ribbon trims.

We laughed so much it was a really good session.  
We decided to alter the template shape slightly after we had stuck down the main papers so that we could add 'straps', this caused more laughter as we tried to work out the best way to cut the card.

Everyone said what a great morning it had been, and how pretty the finished cards were.  I think that even the 'non' cardmakers were surprised at what a good time we had all had.  

It is very difficult to photograph the card to show the inside (or backside) decoration, I didn't really have the time to photograph them separately as we had overrun by 15mins.

I will show my complete card once it has been received by my partner.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

June Swaps

Full house again for this month - really good selection of themes.

Colour: Red & White
I have had this beautiful red lace 'on show' in my craft room for a long time.  Today I am going to use it!!!


I covered the front of a plain white card with the lace and trimmed it to fit.
I added this die cut rose which was plain white but it just didn't seem right.  
I showed the card to PJ who said that the rose needed some colour.  We were both agreed on this so I used a stencil and painted in the centre of the rose with red and added a tiny bit of green to the leaves .... much better!  
I attached the die cut sentiment across the lower edge.






I received this beautiful card by return.

Thank you Olive.
Sorry about the placement of the photos .... Blogger having another strop!
Noobies


This card, courtesy of Helen, has paper flowers, green wooden butterflies and trim.  They are all attached to soft grey paper.


This beautifully embossed card has a stamped fairy image and sentiment along with a glittered butterfly.
Thank you Olive.



Sketch - A new Theme to replace the Alphabet Swap.
I used a pink card for this swap as I had several pink offcuts lying on my desk.
I cut the papers to size and added a diecut butterfly and sentiment. 
I have never thought of die cutting sentiments in white but it makes sense as then they can be coloured to match the card.


I received a blue card with a diecut sentiment!
Thank you ChrisN.



Style - Roses


I used some of the free papers I received with a recent magazine purchase to make this card.
I stamped the sentiment and edged it to match the blue.



This card has been carefully put together, so many peel offs placed and then a half wreath to embellish the image.
Thank you MaryC.


Technique - Teabag Folding
One of my favourite techniques!
I placed my medallion onto a red circle and then added the gold frame.  Although the papers are not Christmas themed, I thought the colours were festive so added a peel off sentiment.




I received this beautifully executed card.  Neat folding and excellent use of peel offs.

Thank you MaryC.

Friday, 16 June 2017

May Card Swap

Another full month's swaps, lots to think about this month.

Alphabet - Z

I decided that Z would be for Zentangle.... I love to do this but fear that I am not quite proficient enough to show off yet!  


I printed the daisy onto pale lemon paper and then, after drawing in the zentangle, I cut and attached it to a circular card.  I printed out the sentiment onto the same paper, cut it out and attached it to one side of the circle. 




Colour - Yellow


This bright yellow card is a sketch card courtesy of Helen.
I like to think that the yellow matts bring all the elements together beautifully.





I received this beautifully stitched card, brighter than the camera shows.
Thank you BarbaraS.


Noobies
I found this card very difficult to create.  I thought it would be easy as it is a kit from a book, several years old but the papers are still new.  
The cutting was easy but the folding really had me thinking!!! I am pleased with the result though. 





I received this fascinating card by return.               


It came as a notecard envelope but, when I opened it up, I found a little fairy door inside.



Upon further exploration, the door itself opened to reveal a thoughtful verse.
Thank you so much Olive.      



Style - Spring Flowers


I used some patterned very fine paper for the background on this card. It is a very bright yellow IRL set on a pale lemon card.  I wrapped the top right corner with a paler yellow ribbon and then added my image on top.  I used pencils to colour this image, I wonder how it would have looked if I had watercoloured it?   I may have to find this image in my files and see how different it does look when coloured with paints! 




Technique - Tent Fold

Took some thinking through for me but in the end this card, courtesy of Pat fits the bill.  Love the folded fan.






Friday, 12 May 2017

You have mail .....

... well, me actually!
I received an email from Creative Stamping on Wednesday to say that I had won a prize .... £50 to spend at Craft Stash.
I went into shock .. I have never won anything in my life!
I read and reread the email ...... then took a trip over to Craft Stash ...... one of my favourite stores..... and placed an order.
I placed everything I fancied into my basket and then whittled it down to £50 worth..... took me about two hours but what a wonderful two hours!
After I hit the checkout button I discovered that if the order went through before 15.00hrs it would be sorted that day .... it was now 15.17hrs..........
I received my prize THIS morning .. how's that for service?!?!
What an exciting three days ..... I am jumping up and down... frequently ....... big smile on my face ......

The prize ......
I chose three dies and four matching stamps plus some sentiment stamps.  
To be honest, I had lots of fancy stuff in my basket and then found the Island Blooms stamp. When I went in for further details, Craft Stash mentioned that the stamp co-ordinates with Sumatra Die so I had a look at that.  In the end I had sorted out three dies with matching stamps, and there's more yet if I decide to have birthday presents ......



Now I have to exercise self control as I have a busy day tomorrow but come Sunday..........

Thursday, 4 May 2017

April Card Swaps

I have entered nearly all the swaps for this month!  the ATC will  appear on my other Blog - ATC Wannabe.

Noobie




I have had great difficulty getting all these folds to lay flat but I hope I have managed it.  This card is thanks to Angela, love the colours.



I received this super Easel card in great colours.
Thank you Olive.







Colour - Brown

I am so pleased with this card.  I was really stuck for ideas but then I found just the card to CASe.  I have used nearly all my kraft cards now but they are such good quality I shall invest in some more.  Unfortunately Craftwork cards no longer supply this particular card and envelope pack ....
Enough of that ..... I stamped the butterfly in Versafine Brown ink, the sentiment in Dovecraft white and set to dry.  
I pulled out a white gelpen, inktense pencil and watercolour paints.... I thought I would start with the pencil and carry on from there until I had the deepest colour.  Once the stamping was dry, I used the pencil to colour some of the butterfly and also the sentiment.  I added the circles to finish.





 Superb card received, tiny flecks of gold to lift the colour.
Thank you Madge.





Style - Easter

I decided to use some of the stamps that came free with one of my magazines.  I file these stamps but rarely use them - sounds familiar? - so hopefully this will change.
After stamping, I realised the Easter has come and gone (I missed it as PJ was in hospital beforehand) so I left the sentiment 'floating' in the envelope.

A really bright and joyful card.
Thank you ChrisN.




Technique - Torn Paper


It took some time to sort out a card suitable to use as a base!  I managed to find this greatly discoloured page in my French Dictionary but they were just perfect for the small ATC made some time ago.  
I love this card and realise it is not to everyone's taste but it could be used as a man's card.



LOVE this card, what a brilliant concept!
Thank you Olive.


Alphabet - Y for Yellow


This is my second attempt at this card, first time around I didn't notice the white circle in the centre!!!
The shade of the yellow Chrysanths matches the card EXACTLY.  I understand that it is the paper that reflects the light differently when the photo is taken ......
I printed the digital image from TLC Creations - Thank you Paulette - onto thin card and then used my watercolour paints to add the colours.  I attached it straight to the background card - which it matches exactly! -  as I don't think it needs matting.





Super bright and in your face!!! love it.
Thank you Karen.




Monday, 3 April 2017

April Birthday Card

The first April birthday card  is for PJ's younger sister so it needs to be special..... and have a certain dog on it!!!

I chose a cream card with 'frilled' edges as the base and used one of Little Claire Stamps with Versafine Onyx inkpad stamping the design just off centre. 
I had measured the placing by eye as I wanted the design to sit just inside a gold frame.  The frame is a diecut from Mirri card stored in my stash box.  I painted the flowers, dog collar and spots on the dog, leaving the rest of the image clear.  I mounted the frame on 3D foam pads then added another stamp to the right top corner.  This stamp comes in the set and I used the Versafine ink again.  The photo shows the card at a 'funny' angle because of the Mirri card being so shiney, it 's really bright in real life.

Happy Birthday Lyn!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Sympathy Cards

You know how it is when you know you ought to do something but other things take preference ...... then it catches up with you ....
I just knew I should replace a couple of cards in my stash ......
Saturday says 'Do it NOW!

One to go to a female friend and one to a male neighbour.


I love this decoupage design and use it frequently in various forms.  This time I have decoupaged just the oblongs and put the rose to one side.  I attached the design to a kraft card from my stash and then added some brown velvet ribbon along the lower edge.  
I used this ribbon from my stash because it matched the brown on the image borders and, although appearing dark and hard, is quite soft to the touch.  The tiny flowers were added as a finishing touch.
This card is for my friend who has recently lost her father.





During the course of this week, our neighbour informed us his had lost his sister .....
I wanted to make a 'soft' card this time, but not too floral.  
I tried to keep it simple ....a small bouquet and matching mats.  
The sentiment maybe a bit harsh but it is all I have for the moment.







Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mothering Sunday 2017

As my Mother is not alive any more I always make sure that I send my daughters a card for Mothering Sunday.
This year I have made two different ones, why I feel guilty I do not know, I thought it would be a change.  Usually I send the same sentiment but in different colour ways.

I fussy cut some silver/purple flowers from a wallpaper sample and then applied the image over the flowers.


After I had cut the square backing paper for this sentiment, I felt it needed some sort of embellishment so fussy cut a gold butterfly from the left over piece of paper.

They are nothing spectacular as I had planned but I am rather poorly at the moment so have kept the cards very simple.
Can't wait for tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Anniversary Card

I have kept several pieces from the wedding of a good friend with the thought that I would make her an anniversary cards using them as embellishments.  Needless to say, came the day, cant' find them anywhere.  I have kept the boxes made to contain the cake but the prices .. not to be found!

I decided to use my new stamps/diecuts and create something totally different.
I saved different pictures of cards from Pinterest but then decided to keep it plain.  I watched several videos on YouTube on how to use the stamps/diecuts for the best results.
After sorting out the card for cutting and the base card I set to work.
Stamped the card and diecut .... then watercolour the images...... several times!
I brushed some blue watercolour across the lavender base card to act as a 'sky' background and put it to dry.
I attached the best diecuts onto the card with 3D foam and then began to make the insert.  I used a lavender 'marble' paper inside and stamped the sentiment across - have a Happy Day!
I think my friend will love this card!!!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

March Swaps

I have joined in three swaps this month, the technique is one of my favourites.

Noobie Swap
I have a pack of these cards, they were bought years ago .... in a sale.  These are known as three fold cards and the flowers are diecut and included in the pack.  I have umm'd and ahhh'd over what to do with them but today ......
I removed the diecut pieces, attached a holographic sheet behind the openings and then folded the card to hide the sheet.  I chalked the pieces and attached them with 3D foam into the spaces.  I stamped the sentiment and attached it to another piece of the holograph paper using 3D foam.  I enjoyed the challenge this card presented and hope my partner likes it.


This was my return swap card.  If I needed to be shown how to use my stamps this card does it.
Thank you Caro.



Technique Swap - Iris Folding

This iris folding uses Japanese Washi paper and is courtesy of Helen circa 2014.  A silver chain & sentiment peel offs complete the card.


This card came with a lovely little note attached .... my partner explained why the card was paper patched instead of Iris Folded.
Bless you MaryC and thank you so much.


Alphabet Swap - X
I really had to do some research on this ........ nah! Not really!  
I have a very comprehensive alphabet listing which I collected when running my own card swapping Group.  
Xantho is the Greek word for yellow.
I searched Google for some images and then found this photo of Cosmos.  The variety is actually called Xanthos and is perfect for this swap.  
I printed the photo three times, and then decoupaged the image.  I made up the banner along the lower edge using Word, fussy cut and attached with 3D foam.  I rolled the ends slightly to give it depth but I'm not sure whether this was needed.