Sunday, 10 July 2011

Retirement Card

More apologies for a poor quality photo - I made it the same time as the last card and again forgot the photo until it was all bagged up and ready to go. This one uses a Kanban kit (Sepia Patchwork Pals).

Tulip Birthday Card

This card was made from a kit for a friends birthday - the girl on the card looks just like her! Apologies for the photo, I'd already bagged it up before I thought to take the picture but at least it shows I'm still crafting away!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Disney Card

I'm a bit of Disney nut and this year we'll be making our 4th trip to Orlando just so I can get my fix (also have to love, love, love the craft shopping there)! I recently found a forum just for people like me and took part in a Summer present exchange and naturally it was a good excuse for a card! I even managed to find a musical insert thingy so that when opened the card plays It's a Small World - anyone who has been will understand how that tune just gets into your head and stays there!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Wedding Card

I made this card for my hairdresser who tied the knot in April. She's been doing my hair for about 9 years now. The card was made using a Kanban kit and I added the beautiful pink roses - I'm still in love with those flowers!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Feeling Floral!

I made this card for a Forum friend. The image is by Pink Petticoat and was free in a magzine recently - I copied it onto some card so that I could use my Promarkers to colour it. The shape of the card is from template included in the same magazine. I used a strip of torn pink paper to add some detail to the background and punched a border (Martha Stewart) on the light pink mat just to add some interest. I recently bought loads of paper roses from QVC and you will find these appearing on quite a few cards over the next few weeks. I love the dimensionn of them.

Monday, 11 April 2011

I Love Promarkers Easter Challenge

I was really pleased with my colouring on this image - for once I got the bears just how I wanted them! I'm entering this in the I Love Promarkers challenge (number 60). The image and papers are from the Forever Friends spring range, the sparkly buttons were a bargain 29p find at Hobbycraft and the Easter banner is something I've had in my stash forever!

New Home Card

I made this new home card for a work colleague. The image and sentiment are by Pink Petticoat and were included in a magazine recently. I copied it onto Stampin Up Whisper White card so that I could use Promarkers. The background card is actually beige in colour (I must get some photography lessons). The begie dotty paper is from a very old Papermania collection and the flowers are Hero Arts from my stash.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

A second Bamboo card

This is the 2nd card I made using the same Pyrimage topper from the Simba and Bamboo Kanban kit. I used a bright pink pearlised card blank that I've had forever (!) and used the negative of the larger sized topper (used on the previous card) to make the holographic mat for the background the same shape (I'm sure there must be a nestie in this shape but it was quicker to just draw around a template). I punched the little flowers out from the card around the topper sheet and added dots of liquid pearls for the centres. A simple ribbon knot finished it off nicely.
Here's a quick photo of the 2 cards side by side - I think this is the most I've ever used one topper sheet before and considering the whole set cost just £5 I think I'm going to get some excellent value out of it!

Bamboo the Panda

I picked up this QVC Sima and Bamboo Kanban kit for just £5 at a craft show recently - what a bargain! I love the panda (the other character, Simba is a lion). The card blank here was made from a sheet of A4 card included in the kit, the only additions to the kit were some little flat back pearls. I used only one additional layer for this card and stretched the kit further by making another card using the other layers - I'll pop a picture up of the other one so you can see.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Faye Whittaker At the Seaside

This card uses a free chipboard embellishment from a magazine. I love these type of images and intend to purchase some decoupage and stamps (available from Joanna Sheen crafts). The blue and yellow papers were the obvious colour choices and compliment the image well. Perfect for a sunny day

Friday, 8 April 2011

Male Birthday

A quick Forever Friends card from the children to my brother in law using paper and toppers from the Forever Friends Good Life Retro collection

Friday, 25 March 2011

Hubby's birthday cards

Today is hubby's birthday - lost count of how hold he is, but it's still younger than me!
The top card uses some fab Kanban die cuts bought as a kit from QVC. So easy to put a quick card together.
The bottom card is using my very favourite Forever Friends characters - this one is a die cut decoupage from the newly released retro collection. Some Card Candy and a bow just finishes it off.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Little Boy Football Card

This card uses one of my all time favourite boy images which I use time and time again - I think just about every boy in my son's classes through school have had a variation of this card. I use Glossy Accents on the ball image and I used a Craftwork Cards round sentiment to echo the footballs on the backing paper (a freebie downloaded from the internet).

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Fairy Cupcakes

I loved this little quirky character when I saw her. The die cut decoupage is glittered as is the cupcake background paper. The card was made using a sketch put up on a forum that I visit and is the first time I've ever used a sketch - I stuck rigidly to the sketch this time but give me a few more sketches and I'm sure I'll be rotating and interpreting with the best of them! This card is for my friend's not so little girl from my children.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Teenager Birthday Card

Firstly, apologies for the really poor photo - as usual taken in a hurry, the card is much lighter and brighter in real life.
My friend's daughter becomes a teenager at the end of this month and thanks to Kanban decoupage this card card will hopefully fit the bill! The background papers are from the Henbury Lane collection from Papermania and I used some of the new polka dot Card Candy (sorry, I know they call it Candi now but I can't bring myself to change from Card Candy) and a some spotty ribbon that I've had forever!

Born to Shop card

I have lots of birthdays in March and April which is why I've not added much to my blog - I've been too busy making them all. I didn't take photo's of them all, last minute as usual so it was a choice between getting them in the post or adding them here. I thought it was nicer to get a birthday card to the recipient on time.
Anyway, this card is for an old friend of mine who I know will appreciate the sentiment! The image was stamped and coloured using Promarkers and cut and layered using oval Nesties. The background paper is also from the Born to Shop range from Papermania.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Craftwork Cards Card

I made this card for a friend who is absolutely mad on Craftwork Cards stash - I just added my favourite character and the card was done!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Floral Decoupage Card

I don't very often make cards using purple/lilac but after ending up with card, paper and embellishments in this colour (long story involving Mother in law, Christmas and an argument!) I thought I should try to use it. Floral decoupage isn't really my 'thing' either but I actually liked the end result so at least something good came out of the situation!

Friday, 25 February 2011

Wild Rose Studio For Men

As soon as I saw this stamp I knew it would be perfect for my brother and other male family members. It's been coloured with Promarkers. The background paper is from Dovecraft Mens pad and I embossed the cardstock with the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug embossing folder and sanded it back to make the embossing stand out. Although you can't see it from the photo the 'froth' on the beer has been flocked to add some texture.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Glitterpot Class

My daughter and I went to the Glitterpot today to do a card class with Graham Hansford using the Woodland Folk range of stamps and papers. I spent way too much time helping my daughter so I didn't actually get much made but it was fun just the same. Had a lovely spend in the shop afterwards which means my budget for the Make It Farnborough show is now zero.

Lady Gardener Card

I made this birthday card for a friend who also happens to be big the local allotment association The card had a shrink plastic keyring attached which makes a lovely little gift. It's been a long time since I've played with my Jolly Nation stuff so it made a pleasant change!

Springtime Card

Next to Christmas, Easter/Spring is my favourite subject for cards. I made this one a little while ago for a forum competition. It came 2nd which I was chuffed about!

Friday, 7 January 2011

Last Two Calendars

The top one was for my daughter's head teacher and uses more of the delectable Hanoverarian papers and the secon one was made using my new Black and Gold Forever Friends CD Rom. First time I've ever designed anything using a CD so I was quite pleased with it.


During the last few days of 2010 and the first few of 2011, I was busy making some desk calendars. Here's a few examples (I think I've got 2 more to show you). Two of them are Forever Friends decoupage, the top one (probably the most crafty one) uses K&Company Blue Poppy paper and embellishments and the other one is using the gorgeous V&A Hanoverian collection papers which I think are just divine. The calendars were given to the children's teachers as new year presents (they were supposed to have been done for Christmas but I hadn't even started them before the holidays) and one was for a dear friend of mine.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

First Card for 2011

My birthday is New Year's Eve and I have a friend who's birthday is New Year's Day. We were both born in the same year but are a year apart in age and only a day apart in birthdays! The image here is a stamp I bought for my birthday from the Glitterpot yesterday (thanks hubby) from Wild Rose Studio and coloured with Promarkers The message is from a set I bought in Florida. I used a Nestie from a new set I bought yesterday (Labels 15) which I edged with Promarker to make it stand out a bit more. The backing paper is Papermania (So Sweet I think but I've had it ages and there's no cover on the pad!). Some gems add the necessary new year sparkle!
I have entered this card in 2 challenges, both were anything goes

Male Birthday

At least I think I sent it to a man! I was after a clean and simple background so I just embossed some lines onto a plain white card blank. The image (LOTV) seemed to shout out simple so I stamped it onto watercolour paper and got my trusty watercolour pencils out. The colours were minimal and the finished image was mounted onto another piece of white card. A Craftwork Card oval finishes it.

Nephew Birthday cards

A couple of very simple birthday cards for my nephews, both in their 30's. The paper is MME fron a stack I bought in Florida and I used some gromlets that came with my Crop-o-dile in the QVC set. A birthday message from Craftwork Cards finishes them off. Very simple (and quick) but okay for men!

Happy New Year

Has it really been that long since I updated my Blog? It might seem that it means that I haven't been making anything but that's not the case, I just don't seem to have got around to either taking pictures or sharing them. I shall put that right now with a couple from last year that I've just found on my camera and my first one for 2011 - I have a friend who's birthday is the day after mine and a whole year later although we were actually born in the same year!