Monday, 30 June 2008


I am so behind with birthdays, so I made three cards the same, just in different colourways.

For all three cards I firstly embossed a piece of card with the Cuttlebug Embossing folder - Birds and Swirls. I then used some brand new stamps made by Hels, (Stitchels) which will be available to buy from the Artistic Stamper very soon. I used black archival ink and stamped out 3 birds, 3 flowers and 3 butterflies and then I water-coloured them with Sakura glitter pens to co-ordinate with the papers and cardstock I used. I cut some backing paper slightly smaller than the cardstock and then mounted the embossed card onto this. Whilst cutting out the birds and butterflies, the birds lost their feet and the butterflies lost there antennae so I inked those bits up again and stamped them directly onto the embossed panel and then added the birds and butterflies. I attached the flower using silicone to give it a little depth. The sentiments are rub ons which I put onto a piece of backing paper and mounted onto mirror card.

Unfortunately, the photo's do not show the glitter and also the cards are much lighter than the photo's show, more of a pastel colour.

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Tags in Distress

I made these tags for a swap I'm involved in. This months theme is distressed - I don't know about distressed, I think they look like they've been down a coal mine LOL.

I used distress ink pads to colour the tags and then stamped Cats Life Press stamps onto them using black archival ink.

Sunday, 29 June 2008

PIF - Pass It Forward Candy

I have received some lovely PIF candy from Ann. As the rules of PIF candy are that you must pass it forward to another 3 people, I am offering some PIF candy to the first 3 people who comment on this post.

The only rule is that once you have received your PIF candy from me, you must then offer PIF candy on your blog to another 3 people.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Buttons - In My Pocket

My crafting friend Hels has come up with another great challenge which is to make a pocket card with a hidden item. This weeks hidden item is buttons.

I used the template which is on Hels blog and cut out my pocket shape from card. I covered it with various papers. On the top flap of the pocket I stamped one of Tim Holtz stamps (Listen to your heart). I then added a glittered butterfly (papermania).

For the inside of the pocket I stamped a small bird in black ink. I then masked this off and stamped the dried flowers stamp randomly over the bottom half of the pocket using a green ink pad. On the top half of the pocket/ the inside of the flap I stamped three little flower stems and then added a little button to each as the flower head.

To keep the pocket closed, I used a silver heart shaped clip and I thought this would go nicely with the front sentiment.

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SS Week 22 - Friends

This weeks Sunday Stampers challenge over on Hels blog is "Friends" so I made an ATC :-)

I cut a piece of cardstock to measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and then I stamped the Hero Arts Friends stamp using black archival ink. When the ink was dry I set about it with some distress inks and using cut n dry foam I coloured the stamped image.

To add a little depth to the ATC I used some Crystal Lacquers - unfortunately these don't show up too well in the picture.

Another Clipboard

This clipboard I altered for my friend Hels, for her Birthday.

I covered the front of the clipboard with distress crackle paint and then used a gold krylon pen around the edges.

I took a thin piece of card and covered the top half with some DCWV paper and the bottom half I covered in K & Co paper. I took some chipboard letters and covered them with broken china distress embossing powder and then I triple embossed them using clear UTEE. I took a beer bottle top and squashed it using my wizard and I coloured the inside of it gold using my krylon pen and then added a blue fabric flower. I attached the letters and beer top onto the top half of the clipboard.

For the bottom half I firstly stamped one of my new Tuscan Rose trellis stamps using versamark ink and then put gold embossing powder on and heated it. I took a blue brad and covered it with broken china distress embossing powder and heated it, I then added this to the centre of the stamped flower. I then edged a chipboard piece with gold krylon pen and added a blue dragonfly brad and then attached this to the clipboard.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Boney Birthday

I made a couple of quick cards using the Crafters Companion Boys CD. This card I printed out the dinosaur backing paper and mounted it onto a cream A5 card, leaving a small edge around the card. The dinosaur is decoupaged and I mounted it onto some gold mirror card and then some cream cardstock. The sentiment again is printed and mounted onto gold mirror card and cream cardstock.

This weeks challenge on Daring Cardmakers is to make a quick card - so this is my entry.

Roaring Birthday

This is the second quick card I made, again using the Crafters Companion Boys CD. I printed out the dinosaur backing paper and mounted it onto a cream A5 card, leaving a small edge around the card. The dinosaur is decoupaged and I mounted it onto some gold mirror card and then some cream cardstock. For the sentiment I printed out the Happy Birthday and cut out each letter and I attached them to gold mirror card using 3d foam pads and then I matted this onto some cream cardstock.

This weeks challenge on Cute Card Thursday blog is to make a Birthday card, so this is my entry.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Simple Father's Day Cards

These three cards were made from graphics bought from DAISIE. I simply printed them out and cut out the elements and decoupaged them. So very easy cards to make and also my 3 year old son helped out.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

A Mini Canvas

This canvas is 4" x 4", so quite a small area to work on compared to the other canvas's I've done. I started by covering the whole of the front of the canvas with Marigold Distress Crackle Paint. When this was dry I stamped the bird directly onto the canvas using jet black archival ink. I then masked the bird and randomly stamped the flower/tree stamp using distress ink and then I embossed it using clear powder. Finally I used a gold krylon pen to edge the canvas. All the stamps used on this are Tim Holtz / Stampers Annonymous.

This weeks challenge on My Time To Craft is Birds.

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Friday, 13 June 2008

Birthday Card

This card I made for one of my friends birthdays. The blue backing paper is K & Co, which I mounted onto cream card. The stamped image is a Tuscan Rose stamp, which I stamped a couple twice onto white card. I cut out the full image and then cut out the top butterfly and the framed square so I could 3d them. I coloured the stamped image using various distress inks and the butterfly and frame sqaure I coloured with distress inks and then used a versamark ink pad and clear UTEE to give them a nice glossy finish. I attached the butterfly and square onto the card using foam pads. I then stamped Happy Birthday onto the card, but I don't think it really goes too well with the overall card.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

A Couple of Altered Things

These two items I made for Ann as part of a Me to You swap which I'm involved in. The first thing is a small Bind It All Notebook. I used two pieces of mountboard to make the covers and I used some lined paper for the inner pages. I stamped the sentiment first and then masked it and then stamped the flowers/trees. I coloured the cover using distress inks.

The next thing I made is an altered clipboard - this is the first time I've ever done one of these and I think it turned out okay for a first attempt. I painted the clipboard using Marigold Crackle Paint and then left it to dry. I used two pieces of DCWV papers, one from the Once Upon a Time stack and the other from the Oriental stack. I stuck the two papers onto a thin piece of card and then I added a ribbon with a faux buckle to cover where the papers joined. I then took three chipboard letters and tripple embossed them using gold UTEE. I used my Craft Robo to cut out two circles one with Things to remember printed on to it. I then coloured the circles using shimmer chalks and then I triple embossed them using clear UTEE. I added a small orange prima flower using a brad to attach it to the circles and to the main piece. I then used two of the new collage Prima flowers and again attached these using brads with gem centres. I added a small 3d orange and yellow flower (crafty bitz) As a finishing touch, I used a little glossy accents over the fairy in the right corner and then added ribbons and fibres to the top of the clipboard.

This weeks challenge over on Funky Fairys Blog is "dominated by threes" so as I used 3 prima flowers, 3 brads and 3 letters I thought the clipboard would be ideal to enter.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

An Award :-)

I have just been given this award by Hels and I am chuffed to bits (really happy) as I find Hels art work so inspirational and I have learned a lot from her over the past months. Please pop over and have a look at her blog as her creativity is amazing.

Now I have to pass this award on and so I'm going to pass it to Andrea as she is also such an inspiration to me.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Sympathy Card

This is another card I made yesterday and I find it really difficult to make sympathy cards and I don't want to overdo the embellishing, so I kept it nice and simple.

I used a cream pearlescent pre-embossed card blank and I used a rub on for the main image. I put it onto cream card and then matted it onto gold mirror card. The sentiment is a peel off, which again I put onto cream card and then matted it onto gold mirror card.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Vintage Birthday Card

This is another card I have made today. The colours on the image aren't really that bright.

I used another of my new Tuscan Rose stamps for this card and stamped it using sepia versafine ink onto white cardstock. I used distress inks to colour the stamped image and highlighted the stop watch using glossy accents. I mounted the image onto gold mirror card and then onto white card. I edged the white card with gold ink. The backing paper I used is from one of my DCWV stacks and I put this onto my white card blank, leaving just a little of the white around the edge. For the sentiment I used a gold peel-off (well I've got tons of them and need to use them up!). I put the peel-off onto a piece of the DCWV paper and then mounted it onto white card and then gold mirror card. Just to finish the card off I went around the main card with my gold ink pad.

Lost in France - SS Week 20

Well what lovely weather we have today, the sun is out and I've been crafting :-)

This card I made for the Hels Sunday Stampers Challenge "This week the challenge theme is France. As usual, the challenge is to use stamps, inks, paints, mixed media etc to make your creation, be it a card, ATC, Scrapbook page...the choice is yours".

I used one of my new Tuscan Rose stamps and stamped using black versafine ink onto white card. I then coloured the image using distress inks and cut n dry foam. I stamped the word PARIS again and cut it out and covered it with 3d gloss. I then stamped the quote, which again is a Tuscan Rose stamp and coloured it using distress ink. I then mounted the stamped images onto gold mirror card. I used a piece of scrapbook paper, which I edged with gold ink and then mounted it onto the white card. I added the two stamped images and then used a large gold brad to attach a prima artful collage flower to the card.

As this weeks challenge on Daring Cardmakers is to use a quote on your card, then hopefully this card will qualify for that challenge also :-)

Also, this weeks challenge on My Time To Craft is to use brads or eyelets on your card, so I'm going to sneek this one in :-)

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Card with matching Canvas

I made a card with matching canvas for my Mother in Laws Birthday, which is today. The card blank is one I got from Create and Craft, it is white with gold foiling and a lovely green printed pattern. I just stamped the Crafty Individuals four birds stamp onto white card and then used some distress inks to give it a little colour. I then mounted the image onto some gold mirror card and centred it onto the card.

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For the canvas I used distress re-inkers to colour the canvas and then cut some 1 1/2" squares out of mount board. I stamped various Crafty Individuals stamps onto the mountboard squares and also onto some vellum and cut the vellum ones out and used silicone to attach them - thus giving them some depth. Also, some of the mountboard squares are just covered with Crafty Individuals paper and again the butterfly's are 3d. The centre square is approx 3" square and I stamped the Crafty Individual four birds stamp onto the mountboard and coloured using distress inks.
This weeks challenge on Stamp Something Blog is "in the wild" so I hope these will be okay.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Woof, woof, woof

This card I made for Sunday Stampers which theme this week is dogs. I don't have any dog stamps, but I received some stamped images from a forum friend and these dogs were in with them :-)

Not a very inky messy card though. I printed the blue, paw print paper and the stamped dogs I coloured with watercolour pencils and then used some distress inks to colour the background on the stamped image.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

SBS-13 Card Swap Details

I've now done the draw for the card swap, hope I've not missed anyone out, if I have, please let me know. Here is the list of who you will be swapping with. Just a reminder, the theme is "things with wings". Hope you all have fun making and receiving your card.

Vanessa & Maureen
Debi & Richelle
Angie & Kari
Fairymadjo & Karen
Jo Only Joking & GIA
She & Gaylyn

Hopefully everyone will have addresses for people from the Birthday list, but if anyone needs an address for their partner, please let me know.
Have fun ladies