Friday, June 15, 2007
I'm sorry again for not posting but my little one is going through a hard time at the moment, I can't go into details, but he's having a really tough couple of weeks, which in turn means I'm not getting any sleep and I'm just trying to get through the day at the moment in one piece.
Your hugs would be nice if you have the time.
Monday, June 04, 2007
DH and DS go back to school/work tomorrow, so woohoo, get my life back! :)
Thank you for wondering where I was Jenn, that is so sweet.
Hugs and hope you are all well.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This card was for today's color challenge on Splitcoast. It uses Vintage Violet, Certainly Celery and Old Olive. My favorite color combination is Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive and so it was really good to try Violet instead. It is a while since I used this color and I forgot how much I love it. It's so pretty and I think it works really well with gold, so there is lots of gold embossing on this card, lol.
Details of the card
Sets - Artfully Asian, Canvas
cardstock - white watercolor, Vintage Violet, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
inks - versamark, Vintage Violet, Old Olive and Certainly Celery reinkers
accessories - aquapainter, ribbon, brads, eyelet, gold embossing powder, ticket punch
Monday, May 21, 2007
I have never tried this colorway before, it is Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise and Taken With Teal with one of my favorite sets, Bodacious Bouquet.
It's really hard to see, but I used Taken with Teal craft ink on the background and embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, it is soooo sparkly in real life.
I'm so sad about Cool Caribbean retiring, I love that color. :)
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I love VSN on Splitcoast, but this weekend I only had time to make 4 cards, this was one of them.
You had to make a card with quilling. I used to teach quilling a lot a while ago and I got so fed up of it, I could never do any quilling. But I've had a break and I really enjoyed making this card, it only took me about 30 minutes all in.
So, I am determined to make more non-stamped cards, like quilling or teabag folding, but I don find myself going through stages. This stage is obviously scallops and cuttlebugging lol.
The scallops were actually made with my cricut and not scallop punches.
Details of card
sets used - Papertrey Green Thumb
cardstock - Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, white
inks - lovely lilac
accessories - cuttlebug, cricut, ribbon, quilling tool and papers, slit punch
Saturday, May 19, 2007
This is the card I made for the sketch challenge this week on Splitcoast.
I'm going to miss this little frog when it retires, I'm not a demo, but I'll miss seeing him on other's cards.
I don't know why, but I always preferred him to the frog on Unfrogettable, he has more character.
Details of card
sets - Frolicking Frogs
cardstock - Cool Caribbean, white watercolor, DCWV retro papers
ink - Versafine black, versamark
accessories - prismacolor pencils, gamsol, white embossing powder, dimensionals, brads
Friday, May 18, 2007
This is my card for today's Limited Supply Challenge, you had to use one image, stamped only once, one background stamp, one sentiment and no more than three colors of cards plus white.
I really should do this challenge more often. Lots of times I get so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have that I don't know where to start, so this challenge is fantastic for giving you a starting point but also for testing your creativity.
I used my favorite form of coloring, reinkers and an aquapainter to color the main image. It is hard to see but I used Papertrey's Butterfly Kisses for the background.
Details of card
sets - Sassy Stems, Papertrey's Butterfly Kisses
cardstock - Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Cool Caribbean, white watercolor
inks - versafine black, reinkers in same colors as cardstock
accessories - ribbon, aquapainter
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sorry, second brown card in a row, I decided to ease myself back into stamping by doing a simple, but hopefully still elegant, card.
Not much stamping going on, but aren't those primas gorgeous, thanks Jody!
I'm still trying to believe that I actually set my alarm clock to get up at 5am to order the new Papertrey set, Little Lady, but it's sooooo cute. I got the grid block, a brown inkpad and a set of card boxes whilst I was there.
I also got picked as one of the reviewers for Rubber Stamping Fun, I am so excited, as soon as I get my set I'll show you what I managed to achieve with the set. I chose #8, that means nothing to anyone except other reviewers, sorry! :)
Details of the card
sets - Papertrey faux ribbon
cardstock - any ole white
inks - Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
accessories - primas, brad
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This was the card that I made for Monday's Technique Lover's Challenge to make a warm-up card. Valerie, the hostess, described it as a small card to get you warmed up to stamping to go on to larger projects.
This card is actually 3 x 3 and I find small cards, atcs etc harder than large cards, you don't have much room for all the usual touches you put on a card and I find it really hard to make such a small card that is balanced, but I think this one turned out ok and it got me back into stamping after hurting my hand, lol.
Details of card -
sets - Doodle This, Papertrey Ink's Papertray
cardstock - chocolate chip, au chocolat dp
ink - versamark, chocolate chip craft
accessories - white and clear embossing powder, brads, word window punch, paper piercer
Monday, May 14, 2007
Stamping really is one of the most wonderful hobbies, I don't know what place my sanity would be now if I hadn't started stamping.
I started when my son was 3 or so, because Barney was driving me so insane and it was the only program that could calm him, lol.
However, the best thing about stamping, definitely the friends I have met through this wonderful craft. For example, look what I got in the mail today, I'm jumping up and down with joy. I got a card from my stamping hero and probably one of the nicest ladies I have met online, Beate. She even IRAKed me some of the bee images that she has been using because I love what she has been doing with them. Thank you so much Beate, I love them, she even stamped them on shimmery white, how gorgeous is that cardstock!! And that card, wowzers, it is awesome, I need to get a noticeboard up in my craft room so that I can hang my favorite cards up, this would definitely be one of them. Thanks sweetie, I am so happy that I can count you as one of my friends.
You can find Beate's wonderful blog here , take a look and leave her a nice message, she deserves it!
They've gone down a bit today, so hopefully I can pick up a stamp again today or tomorrow and I have learned my lesson, don't play with your son's video games when you reach 40, your brain is too slow, bwahahahahahahaha!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Also, it's my son's 8th birthday tomorrow, so I have had lots of little jobs to do. :)
Finally, it was my monthly craft club yesterday. I taught faux shaving cream and I will upload some of the cards when I get the chance. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, although I was really strict with them and made them all swipe and drag the small stamp through the big stamp, rather than just tap timidly. They are used to me now though and just laugh at me! :)
If you want to know how to do faux shaving foam the details are here
Sunday, May 06, 2007
So I decided to make another below.
Details of this card
cardstock - Bazill
accessories - Cuttlebug red tag alphabet, round scallop punch, ribbon, slit punch for scallops, brad, primas.
Isn't the paper just the cutest? It is Memory Box Sugar Collection from Ellen Hutson's store and I need another pack because I get really anxious using something if I only have one, lol.
Details of card
card - pink, Memory Box sugar collection
accessories - Cuttlebug Red Tag alphabet, flower brads, Primas, velvet ric rack ribbon, brad.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
My distressing class went really well, we had lots of fun and the ladies learned a lot too, I think. I spent most of the night laughing!
This card is my favorite of the ones I made for the distressing class. I wanted to show them sanding cardstock, so I used my cuttlebug and white core cardstock to show them how sanding works. I love the subtle effect that it gives.
Details of card
sets - SU riveting
cardstock - white, cool caribbean, DCWV white core cardstock
inks - white craft, cool caribbean
accessories - cuttlebug, nail file, ribbon slider die, punches, Jody's ribbon
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I was feeling so sad that Roses in Winter is being discontinued that when I saw the color challenge for today, I decided to make the same card, but in pinks, so now she has a choice, lol, I prefer the chocolates, but maybe the lady will prefer the pinks.
Details of the cards
sets - Roses in Winter, Floral, Linen, Papertrey Faux Ribbon
card - Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink, black, white
inks - Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink
accessories - brads, cricut, ribbon, sponge
sets - the same
card - Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, white
inks - creamy caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
accessories - the same
So which do you prefer? :)
Monday, April 30, 2007
If you read my blog regularly, you will know I am on a quest to use colors that I have never used before in the SU range.
Well, I have never used Garden Green, I always choose Old Olive or Certainly Celery, they are my favorite greens. So here is my card for today. I'm sorta happy with it, but I still think it would have looked better with Old Olive :)
But it is good for me to get out of my rut and try new things. This card is semi-based on a card by Yvette, you can see her blog on the right, but here is her gallery on SCS if you have a few hours spare, lol. I like some of her cards with this dress, so that inspired me to use the dress today.
sets - Blooming with Happiness, Houndstooth, Fine Lace
Cardstock - white watercolor, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Garden Green
Inks - black versafine,More Mustard, More Mustard and Ruby Red refills
Accessories - brads, aquapainter, mustard spotted ribbon, dimensionals, sponge
Sunday, April 29, 2007
This card is not my usual style, but I have to make some cards for a class I am teaching on Wednesday for distressing. I find distressing very distressing, bwahahahahahahaha! Sorry terrible joke! So this card is very distressed, hee hee.
I stamped on the piece of cardstock with the main image, then I crumpled it up and then swiped my ink pad all over it. I tore the edge and swiped the inkpad over the torn edge too.
I used weathered and linen on the main card to give it an old look.
I have had such a busy weekend, I taught 2 classes in my home on exploding boxes and I had so much fun with the 11 ladies who did the class with Fi and I.
I'm tired today though.
Details of card -
stamps - Woodware main image, unknown compass, Papertrey faux ribbon, SU linen and weathered
inks - Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, white craft
Card - pale blue, navy
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This is the card that I made for today's sketch challenge on Splitcoast. Part of the sketch was to have your ribbon/embellishment too the forefront of the card. If this were not the case, I would have put the faux ribbon piece behind the floral piece. Then I think it would look more balanced, but generally I am quite happy with the card.
I love my new Papertrey Ink faux ribbon set. This is my first try with it and it is so easy to get the stamps straight.
My DH has been working from home today, so he has been driving me completely insane. He is always in the way, wherever he sits, wherever he goes, it's in my way, lol.
Details of card
sets - Papertrey Ink's Green Thumb, Papertray and Faux Ribbon sets
cardstock - Cool Caribbean, Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip, Black, white, Green Galore
inks - Cool Caribbean, Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip, white craft
accessories - tab punch, dimensionals
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
1. I was born in London, but I grew up in Wales and consider myself Welsh. I grew up in Port Talbot, the town where Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton are from.
2. I got married on Halloween, lol
3. I couldn't have children, so I adopted my son a week before his first birthday. He is now 7. It was the best decision we ever made, I never believed I could love one little person as much as I love him and I never realised how much fun and joy he would bring to my life, he is the funniest, most loving little boy on the planet
4. I only drink Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke if they don't have Diet Pepsi, but I really dislike hot drinks, especially tea, which for a Brit is akin to a crime.
5. My favorite comfort food is spaghetti with butter and parmesan
6. My best holiday was in Disneyworld with my parents, husband and son three years ago. We were there for Hurricane Charlie. I also bought a Sizzix machine from Michaels and had terrible trouble getting it through security, they thought it was a bomb, until after 25 minutes a new security guy on duty said his wife had one!
7. My grandmother was American, she was born in New York. My great-grandmother should have travelled on the Titanic to meet her husband before my grandmother was born, but my great-grandmother had a bad feeling and decided to travel a month later on a different ship.
I forgot one, I love sport, I especially love watching sport on tv, my favorite football/soccer (we call it football, you call it soccer). I will watch any soccer, any time, I love it. My father used to bribe me to go to mass when I was little by taking me to soccer matches. I am a fanatical Chelsea supporter. :)
Ok, now I need to tag 7 people, I don't want to tag the same people as last time, or they are going to start ignoring my emails, lol, so Im going to tag these wonderful ladies.
Have a great day!
My mojo came home, well long emough to make this card, lol. I made it for yesterday's challenge on Splitcoast. It was the Technique Lover's challenge and it was to make a card using a Levi tab, you know the tab you see on the pocket of a pair of jeans.
I love doing tabs on cards, so this really inspired me, lol. I think my problem is I have too much stuff and I get overwhelmed, I then have no idea where to start.
I think it might be easier when I get to be a SU demo because I will mostly have to showcase new sets, so my choices will be restricted. :) I wish they would hurry up and get to the UK, the waiting is agony!
The weird thing for today, the back panel with the paisley on and the panel behind the flower and the tab are all apricot appeal, but it looks a completely different color when you stamp apricot appeal ink on it!
I got the color combination from this site, I added Sage Shadow because I needed leaves.
Details of card
Sets used - Bodacious Bouquet, Perfect Paisley, Houndstooth, On the Spot, Papertrey Ink's Papertray for the sentiment
Cardstock - Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Almost Amethyst, Black, white
Ink - same colors as above
accessories - sponge, paper piercer, mat stack, dimensionals, brad
Monday, April 23, 2007
Oh boy, am I going through a sticky patch at the moment! I just don't seem to be able to create anything.
In one weekend of sitting in my craft room, this is the only thing that I have managed to come up with, I have thrown my little boy's body weight in cardstock away over the weekend. It's not false modesty, honest, I just seem to have forgotten all the rules of what I like.
The front panel of this card has been made three times. The first one as I colored with an aquapainter ran everywhere, the second, I did a shadow around the vase and it was horrific. Don't ask me why I used yo-yo yellow, but I did! :) Horrible, horrible, horrible.
I have made an exploding box, I'm teaching a class next week, but I haven't decorated it yet. I want to make a birthday card, rather than a scrapbook album and I'll show you what I come up with.
So if you see my mojo hanging around in all the wrong places, can you please send it on home!
Card details - stamp SU Sassy Stems
ink - Versafine black
cardstock - white watercolor, yoyo yellow, pink passion, green galore, cool caribbean
accessories - aquapainter, reinkers in pink passion, cool caribbean, tempting turquoise, pretty in pink, gable green, doodlebug paper, pink ric rack, SU punch, brad, Cuttlebug, bloom dots embossing folder
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I have been sat in my craft room for 5 hours trying to create and blah! Nothing! So today you are getting a card I made a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to upload!
I have decided that my weekness is sentiments, I never know what to use, how to attach them, where to put them. I see everyone else adding ovals, tags, circles, etc and they always look so natural and part of the card, but me, I just can't think of what to do to finish the card off. I think I need to start making sketches of how everyone attaches their sentiment. I think Cindy Haffner on Splitcoast (sorry site was down at the time I wrote this post so I couldn't put a link) is a genius at attaching sentiments, they always look such a natural part of the card, mine always look plonked on! :)
So, that is going to be my quest from now on. Every time I see a card with an interesting sentiment, I am going to note it in a notebook and lets see if my cards improve!
Details - stamp Hero Arts
Cardstock - scraps
patterned paper - DCWV
I markered straight onto the stamp to get the coloring for this stamp, isn't it cute?
Friday, April 20, 2007
Oh my gosh! Look what I got in the mail! How beautiful is this, I am completely stunned, it is so beautiful. It is by Denise Bryant, Denise you are one awesomely talented lady, thank you so much for your kindness!
You can find her blog here please go and check it out.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Sorry for the quality of the photo guys, but it's starting to get dark.
This card is allllllllllllllll Beate's fault. I was telling her how I only liked the large flower from the Doodle This set and she told me to try using the other stamps in this set. So this is the card that I made for this week's color and sketch challenges on Splitcoast.
I'm still not sure about this flower, but I really like the corner flourish.
I so wish you could see the bling in real life, this card is so glittery, as you could tell if you saw me, because I am completely covered in fine glitter! :)
Details - Cardstock- Rose Red, So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant
Inks - the same color
Accessories - Cuttlebug, Word Window punch, glitter, dimensionals, brads.
Dawn - http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/
Beate - http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Joan - http://www.paper-and-ink.blogspot.com/
Jen - http://www.iheart2stamp.com/
Yvette - http://yvettespapergarden.wordpress.com/
Check out their blogs, these ladies inspire me each and every day! :)
Now each of you ladies need to tag 5 bloggers on your blog! Hugs!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
This card has been a real struggle for me. It was inspired by some china that I saw in a sale advertisement.
The first time I tried it, it was in red, but the red didn't work, the white embossing powder looked dull and creamy rather than white.
So this time I did it in Cool Caribbean, my favorite color. But it is missing something, it needs a sentiment, but I can't find a place to attach it, or think what to use.
I also really wanted to do some doodling, but what are the only colors that don't come with markers, yep, that would be In Colors. There's too much space around the outside of the main panel.
So what I might do is go back and change the panel to Caribbean and mount it on a thin piece of white.
I embossed the Caribbean in clear, by stamping Versamark on the stamp, before the Cool Caribbean.
I love these stamps though, they are Botanicals by Rhonna Farrer, thanks for the enabling Joan! :)
Oh I've just had a thought, I could fit a Papertray sentiment in the top left corner, stay tuned for the adventures of this card, lol!
Monday, April 16, 2007
My 7 year old son loves fruit, espicially strawberries, so this card makes me think of him, lol.
Through the summer, I find the hulls everywhere, as typical boy, he never throws anything in the trash.
This is such a simple card. I used, wait for it, Papertrey's Green Thumb, lol. I stamped the strawberries and hulls, which come separately, in rows on white card as the background. I then punched a real red scalloped circle and as I don't have a mega circle punch, I used my cricut to make the white circle. I then used my slot punch to make the slots for the ribbon. I had to twist the ribbon underneath the circle as it is only spotty on one side.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I'm insane, seriously I am, guess who got up at 5.15am on a Sunday to buy Nichole's new set from Papertrey, that would be me!!!!!
I know the ribbon on this card looks a little weird, but it's to hide a big splodge of olive ink that transferred. This card is heavily coated and so the dye ink takes a while to dry and I keep forgetting, lol.
Why is it that the ribbon all lies in the same direction, I'm really happy with how they look and then you take the photo and they all mysteriously turn around? I swear, they are straight! :)
I like this card because even though I have used all Earth Element colors, I still think it looks really spring-like.
I don't know if any Americans know this, but British cardstock is a slightly different size to American cardstock. Our cardstock is longer and thinner, so it is just shy of 12" long and 8" wide or in cm like we work, 29.8cm long by 21cm wide, so my cards are always slightly longer than yours. It's a complete pain sometimes, especially when I use SU background stamps because they are not long enough, so I end up having to cut a big slice off it. Now don't you feel richer for that information! :)
Details of the card - Set - Green Thumb by Papertrey, inks - More Mustard, Really Rust, Old Olive and Ruby Red, ribbon.
ETA: Jenn asked a question about how I like acrylic stamps. Jenn, I have always gone for stamps I love rather than what they are made of. So mounted, unmounted, acrylic, whatever, I love and have always bought them all.
Acrylic does behave differently though. It does sometimes pool when using dye ink, but I just rough the stamps up slightly with my jeans and they work perfectly. You can't use inks like Stazon though, the Stazon sticks to the cardstock and the stamp comes off the block, ask me how I know, lol. I used classic ink on this card, on slightly textured cardstock and they still worked perfectly.
But the huge advantage of clear stamps is just that they are clear. I use mine with a clear block and so you can see exactly where you are stamping. You can avoid spaces on your design, you can stamp accurately, I must admit I love them.
What do you need? Just a couple of different size acrylic blocks. Unlike rubber, clear acrylic cling to the blocks by way of static, so they don't need to be glued or taped on.
I would say buy one set and a few blocks and see how you get on. I have nothing but praise for Papertrey's sets, there are just endless permutations of ways to use them. You never get bored with them, well I haven't anyway and this card seriously took me no more than 5 minutes to actually stamp. It took me about an hour to choose the colors and tye the ribbon, but that's another story, lol. Hope that helps Jenn. :)
Saturday, April 14, 2007
This card is made using Papertrey's Green Thumb set, Nichole really does know how to make stamps for stampers. Somehow, with the way that her stamp sets work, you know she has really thought about how to get the most out of one set, I have had so much fun playing with this set today, it's the first chance I have had to play with it.
This card really makes me laugh. I don't know why really, but I think it's really cute. The sentiment says "you can deal with anything if you have the right shoes", I was going to do a sentiment that says "I hope you are welly" but I didn't know if Americans would get it. We call this type of boots, wellies in the UK (wellington boots), I will definitely use the sentiment if I send this sort of card to a friend in the UK.
I stamped each boot in Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Cameo Coral. I then stamped them again on some scrap card, cut each one out and mounted each one on dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment onto scrap card, mounted it onto some dp from the SU winter mini. I then used the slot punch for the holes and threaded some American Crafts ribbon through the slots.
Friday, April 13, 2007
I knew that I wanted the boots in Cool Caribbean, but I imagined the flowers being much taller with more of them, but it didn't fit on the sketch. I cut the piece of white card to size before I did anything else and so the size of the piece of card dictated the stamping.
I didn't intend to do any cuttlebugging either, but the paper looked so flat and uninteresting, lol.
So details, sets used Papertrey Green Thumb and Paper Tray. Cuttlebug embossing folder - bloom dots, Cuttlebug ribbon slider, turquoise spotty ribbon from Jody's share. Colors - Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery. Stampin Up designer paper.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Anyway, because Fi is on crutches, I had to put everything out and put it away at the hall we hire, so by the time I got home last night I was really tired. I asked DH if he would unpack the car in the morning and he said he would. So he went to work this morning with all my craft stuff in the car, what a disaster!!!!!! I've got plenty of stamp sets and ink, but I can't make anything because he has my cutters, glue, tools, scissors, aquapainters etc. I was so sulky today, I was like a child, 8 hours with not craft stuff and you would swear someone had cut my arm off, so today I have been a Debbie Downer, not a Billy Bad Mood! :) Now it's 8pm and he's home and I can't be bothered to unpack the car, bwahahahahaha! I will make sure I just get it out, even if Idon't put it away!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
This is the card I made for the color challenge on Splitcoast yesterday. I am so happy with it, apart from one thing, I forgot to color the leaves on the top panel! :) So, just call me ditzy.
I could have retaken the photo as I have colored the panel in now, but I thought it was more amusing this way, lol. I must have looked at that panel 30 or 40 times before I uploaded it to my gallery and I still didn't notice until I looked at it close up.
I think this card looks like an old-fashioned quilt like one that my grandmother had.
The set I used is In Full Bloom and the colors are Real Red, Sage Shadow and Black.
ETA: For Jenn in GA, this shape card was actually a sketch challenge on SCS a while ago, the hostess of the challenge left the dimensions on her original card here
The challenge was SC99 if you want to look it up on Splitcoaststampers. I hope that is helpful. :)
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I was a Billy Bad Mood yesterday, lol. I didn't like this card or the card I made yesterday (the one below).
I still don't think that they are the best work I have ever done, but today with a little perspective, they are not the worst either, I just think they are a little bland, not awful, but not amazing either.
I think this one will look better with a sentiment on it. I might also tweak it a little!
I love my polka dot ribbon from Jody (TexasJodyLynn) though! :)
Monday, April 09, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
My inkpads are shouting again. Why is it only my Bold Brights that shout at me, lol. I think they are feeling unloved!
Anyway, this is my card for today's Limited Supply challenge on Splitcoast, you could only use 3 stamps, not stamp sets, just stamps, 2 colors plus neutrals and 1 embellishment. I cheated slightly, I only used one type of embellishment - brads.
I have been using my Doodle This flower again. I can't believe I paid for a set where I only like one of the images, but at least I got the set for half price, so I don't mind so much. :)
Funnily I used pink classic ink and orange craft ink. My orange classic ink was so washed out that I had to go over with craft ink to get a deep orange.
I am trying to hold out until SU come to the UK to get BB large classic inks as it's the only color family where I only have the spots, I have the full size pads in the other families. So I only have to wait until the Autumn/Fall and then I will get BB as part of my demo kit hopefully. :)
Thursday, April 05, 2007
If you read my blog, or know me at all, you will know that I am always very critical of myself! I always find something to criticise, but allelujah, I absolutely love this card.
Sorry about the poor photo but Rob took the camera to work and it was getting dark as I took the photo.
I have some paper piecing templates that I use, so paper piecing is very easy.
The paisley petals are all embossed in clear powder so they are all nice and shiny. And I was a brave girl and cut up my Au Chocolat paper! :)
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Do you ever have one of those days, lol. I couldn't have done any more wrong on this card if I tried, but I like it.
The cuttlebugging is upside down, I used an Always Artichoke marker instead of an Old Olive one and on the word "day" I stamped it on scrap paper first in black to make sure it was straight, as it is an A Muse alphabet and obviously I didn't get all the black off before I stamped the white stazon onto my shrink plastic, so the tag is multicolored black and white, bwahahahahaha!
Never mind, I still think it's cute and Beate's getting it, mistakes and all, so Beate cover your eyes if you're reading this.
Details of card - I used Hero Arts doodle leaf flower and colored it in using markers and doodled around the edge. I used Stampin Up designer paper for mounting. The "happy" is from SU and the "day" is A Muse polka dot alphabet, stamped in White Stazon and then shrunk! Pink ribbon, a little doodling and tah dah!!!!
As some of you may or may not know, I run a craft club with my best friend Fi. We meet up once a month on a Wednesday evening. Well this month is the first anniversary of the club, so we had the brilliant idea of making every lady in the club a technique ATC and an individual ATC made by ourselves. Then every month as they learn a technique, we will give them an ATC with the instructions on the back of how to do the technique. They then keep all the ATCs on a D ring which we will give them, so they can build up a technique folder.
Well my technique ATC this month is faux stitching, so here are all my ATCs done for the ladies of the club. I have also done about 7 or 8 individual ATCs, all different, so I only have about 20 to go! :)
I am very much a Stampin Up ATC-er, so mine are like small cards, rather than these really artistic ATCs with children with wings, I just don't get that. Why would a Victorian child have wings? Why would a face have feathers? Why do these artistic ones always look so dark and dingy? Answers on a postcard, please :) (I don't really mean that, it's just a British saying, so please no postcards :).)
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Do you have a set that you struggle with? Do you have a set that no matter how hard you try, your cards turn out to be really ugly.
Well this is the set that it happens to for me. This is Trees Three and I love the idea of building a tree with stamps but everything I make with this set is truly ugly. This is the only card that I have made that is halfway even passable, still don't really like it though.
It's hard to tell from the picture but the banana colored stripe is actually the same color green as the ribbon I used. I hate the way sometimes your camera doesn't capture the colors you used accurately.
Anyway, I am not going to give up, this stamp set is not going to defeat me! I am going to beat it! :) I am going to make a card that I like with it even if it takes me a month!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
I made this card for this week's Limited Supply Challenge and it ended up looking nothing like I thought it would, that is happening to me a lot lately.
I really disliked Doodle This in the Spring Mini but then I ended up ordering it with the half price offer of buy Polka Dots and Paisley, along with matching wheel and paper and get a set for half price. I was going to order Office Accoutrements, but then with a rush of blood to the head, I ordered this one. I still only like this flower though and I think it will date quite quickly but for $15, I figure it doesn't matter!
This is the first time I have ever used Apricot Appeal as the main color, I have used it as an accent before, but never in this amount. I really like it, it is such a soft orange and it seems to go with quite a lot of colors, so I think I will be using it far more often.
I am using lots more eyelets too, now I have my trusty crop-a-dile. I just love that tool if you'll pardon the expression, lol.
This card is for the Color Challenge on Splitcoast this week. I bought this Magenta stamp from ebay and I have a dilemma, I can't decide whether it is a Christmas stamp or not. I am veering towards it being poinsettias and holly, so if it is, woohoo, I have made my first Christmas card this year. :)
The colors I have used are Cranberry Crisp, Old Olive, More Mustard and Cool Caribbean. It is hard to tell but there are stickles on the centre of every flower for a little bling.
So what do you think? Christmas or not?
Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I don't talk about him on my blog very much, but he is truly the most beautiful thing in my life, he gives me and his dad so much joy, laughter and happiness.
He has severe dyspraxia (I think in the US it is called apraxia) and ADHD, with very severe verbal dyspraxia and he now attends a speech and language unit to help with his educational problems.
Anyway, last night Rob and I went to watch him in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves with his mainstream school year (the Speech and Language Unit is attached to a mainstream school), he was a hedgehog, one of the woodland animals, and although I am his mum, he was amazing.
He is in the picture with Sneezy and a mouse. He has come so far in so short a period of time. At 4, he was incredibly shy, incredibly lacking in confidence and very aware that no-one could understand a word that he said. He used to cry constantly, hide at the back, fidget and not sing. Last night,at 7, he was hamming it up like a good un. He was singing on the stage, reading the words of the song off a projector behind the audience (he still has extreme difficulty with reading), smiling, laughing, over-acting and having so much fun with his friends and I was soooo proud.
So forgive me this one indulgence in talking about my family, but yesterday was a good day! :)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
OK, I know this card is a little "out there" but it was designed around the Cactus Pink ribbon that I received from Ribbon Mad the company I design for.
I love my Cactus Pink decades dingbats stamp set that I have and it matched the ribbon, so I just had to use it. Although in the picture the dark color looks black, it is actually chocolate chip. So the colors I used are Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Real Red and Creamy Caramel.
The sentiment is from SU's Out of This World and I think this card is perfect for an older boy's birthday, kinda 8-13, especially over here in the UK where my son and his friends do not appreciate "cute cards"!
Monday, March 26, 2007
OK, I promise to put this set down now, lol. I just can't seem to leave it alone!
The butterflies are stamped in Cool Caribbean and over-embossed with silver. The Caribbean piece has curly circles stamped in Caribbean and whisper white craft.
I think the ribbon looks like butterfly wings.
OK, OK, I promise to use a different set for the rest of the week, lol!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I just can't seem to put this set down. It is by Paper Trey and is called Butterfly Kisses. I used it today with one of my favorite 12 x 12 papers, Chatterbox Parlor Paisley and Parlor stripe.
My eyelets are so wonky, but hey, they add character! :)
Inks I used are Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant and voila, one very simple card!