Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Mrs Claus

I love this saucy Mrs Claus image by Kenny K.  I thought I'd use her on hubby's card, it'll give him a bit of a chuckle.  

A fairly CAS look again. I used two different Cuttlebug folders for the background and matted onto some red Stampin Up card. 

The image has been coloured with Promarkers - you can probably get a little glimpse of my storage unit behind the card; an idea from a fellow crafter whilst blog hopping one day (sorry can't remember who).  I've added a bit of glitter to the fur cuffs and collars.  The 'Naughty or Nice?' sentiment was done on the computer.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is a HOTP stamp which has been stamped onto a Spellbinders die cut.  The snowflake is a mix of a Silhouette shape, a Sizzix die and another punch, all glittered with Twinklets and layered onto each other.

Only two more cards to go - for my girls.  Can't wait to put the Christmas stuff away for another year!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Nearly there!

Into the home stretch now for this year's Christmas cards.  These two are for my nieces.  The stamp is an Elzybells (no longer available, sadly), coloured with Promarkers.  The background paper is a digi download and I used a Hero Arts stamps set to do the names.
The snowflakes were cut out using my Silhouette and then covered with Twinklets. 

Only my husband's and daughters' cards to do now - cutting it a bit fine as usual!

Edit:  Ha ha! Just noticed I didn't colour in the little Robin's body - hope my nieces don't notice!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Red and green must NOT be seen

Edit: I decided this would be a nice card for my little neice, so I added her name to it using Hero Arts Alphabet stamps ( yes it is an unusual name - my sister decided to call her baby after the volcano in Tenerife - she always was strange!)

This week's papertakeweekly challenge is for a card without traditional Christmas colours of red and green. So here's mine.  It's a very simple card featuring an old Sugar Nellie stamp 'Maggie with dottie scarf'.  I think she's so cute, but has been another of my neglected stamps (she's never been inked before). Shame!  I used Promarkers to colour her and a circle Nestie to cut her out. The background is some craft card dotted with a white gel pen.  The sentiment is by HOTP.

A birthday card next for a change:

This card was made for a friend who recently did a charity climb of Everest, at the age of 59.  I'm so impressed, I find walking to the top of my stairs tiring (must get fit in the New Year).  This digi stamp, which I thought was very appropriate, is from the digistampboutique and I coloured him with Promarkers and added my computer generated sentiment.  Another simple card, just a bit of matting and that's it.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

More Baubles

Two posts in one weekend! That's quite a turn up, lol.  Anyway, just thought I'd share the card I made this afternoon.  Really quick and easy.  I've used the Paula Pasqual stamps set again - it's turned into my favourite stamp set ever!  I used a Peony Versacolor stamp pad for the baubles and black Memento for the the rest.  The Merry Christmas is a HOTP stamp and for finishing touches I added some embossed lines in the corner and was lucky enough to find some satin ribbon in the perfect colour to match the baubles.  Quite a modern looking card I think.  I must go and have a lie down in a dark room now after all this exersion, lol.  Thanks for popping by. X

Saturday, 4 December 2010

A few more Christmas cards finished

I've not ventured into my craft room much recently, I've been so cold that I've remained firmly huddled in front of the fire.  But, today I've been determind so wrapped a blanket around my lap and beavered away to complete a few more cards.  Here they are:

I used Paula Pasqual and HOTP snowflake stamps for the background and an old Happy Christmas stamp (not sure who makes this) for the sentiment which has been layered using a mixture of Nesties and scalloped squares cut on my Silhouette and a bit of ribbon to finish.

The next two were inspired by Sarita:

I used my Paula Pascual stamp set and stamped in black and gold for the card above and black and silver for this one:

And finally, this card is probably committing a cardinal sin for dedicated stampers, but I used a CD to print off the image.  It's from the Joanna Sheen Enchanted Christmas collection and I do love all the vintage images featured on the CD - I have this romantic vision of how wonderful to have lived back in Victorian times with horse drawn carriages, living by candlelight and no noise from aeroplanes, cars and trains (I am very noise intollerant).  A slower pace of life appeals to me, although life was probably pretty miserable and hard for most people back then, so I think I'd rather stick to the 21st century and my central heating.  Perhaps a set of ear plugs would also be useful.

I love this pyramage image, I think she's sooo beautiful.  The wording was done on the computer and I added some gold embossing along the edge and a bit of ribbon.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and I hope the snow is beginning to disappear where you are - It's becoming a bit of a drag now! X

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Let it snow.........

Every time I go to the NEC and see Barbara Grey demonstrating, I'm so in awe that I really feel the need to drag my brayer out.  I've tried and tried to master the art of brayering, but I've never really managed it and the box of lovely shiney postcards that I bought along with the brayer is slowly emptying with most of them ending up in the bin.

But, I've given it another go and I'm actually quite pleased with the result.  I don't know what I did differently this time and I'm sure I won't be able to do it again, but this is what I used and how I did it:

I tore a piece of copy paper to form snowdrifts and put a 2p sized circle at the top of my card where the moon was going to be.  I placed the copy paper at the bottom of the card and inked up my brayer with Adirondack Winter Sky.  I used a Clarity stamp to put the clouds in place in front of the moon.  I then stamped the trees in place.  The stamp is called 'A grove of trees' and it's by Art Impressions.  I added a bit of glitter to the trees but I don't think this shows up on the photo.  To give the impression of snow peaks I used my torn piece of copy paper and a make up sponge.  The sentiment stamp is from Elzybells. I mounted the picture onto some dark blue card and then onto a 6 x 6 white card blank.

Well, that's it - nothing like the cards Barbara makes, but I did enjoy making it.  I'm sure the brayer'll now go back into the drawer now until Barbara's next show on C&C or the NEC in March.

Bye for now.x

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

And while I'm at it, here's another card I did over the weekend (and all because I had no internet to distract me). 

I haven't done a cute card for ages, but I do still love my Elzybells stamps - this one I didn't get round to using last year. 

It was nice to do a different shape for a change from my usual square cards. 

I used my Prismas to colour the image and matted onto some reddish, purpleish (not sure what colour it is) card. I used a corner punch at the bottom of the card and slotted the picture into it.  I then matted onto white card. The sentiment is from Inca stamps.  Another simple layout - the colouring took the time, but I do enjoy using the Prismas, quite therapeutic really.

I'm going to try to do some blog hopping whilst watching 'I'm a celebrity' tonight.  'Bout time I had a bit of a nosey. Have a good evening. x

Cut it out

Our telephone line developed a fault on Saturday evening, so we've been without the phone and internet since then - it's been awful, just like being cut off from the outside world.  A nice man from BT came and fixed it today, thank goodness.

Now we're back in the land of the living, I popped onto the papertakeweekly.blogspot and found their challenge for this week is called 'Cut it out', and to enter you simply had to use a punched shape or a die cut on your card. So, here's my entry:

It's back to my normal CAS look for this one.  I cut the snowflake out using my Silhouette machine and added Diamond dust Twinklets to it.  The Sentiment is from Paula Pascual and the ribbon from Hobbycraft.  Just so the snowflake would stand out from the white background a bit better I added a piece of silver mirri card at the back.  And that's it, a really simple card.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Vintage for a change

I know this isn't my usual kinda thing, but I've had this Paper Artsy stamp for years and never used it - you must all have some of these stamps - you see it, love it, buy it and then don't have a clue what to do with it! This is one of those.

After a bit of a blog browse, I came across a few Norwegian blogs which gave me a bit of inspiration.  With a bit of cream card I used Distress inks to give a Vintage look and then stamped with a gorgeous snowflake stamp I've had for years (another one that's been neglected) and also part of a swirly Hero Arts stamp. I added a bit of lace - another first for me, and some punched flowers with findings and some tiny beads in the centre.  The Father Christmas I stamped with Walnut Stain Distress ink and added the same colour as the background around the edges.

I don't think I'll be doing this kind of card too often, much to time consuming!X

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Happy Christmas

As usual, I'm behind with my Christmas cards and desperately need to make a batch of some fast, simple cards and I think this is going to be it!

I bought this lovely Cuttlebug holly embossing folder from the Hobbycraft show last November for just £2.50 - what a bargain. 

I didn't get around to using it last year so decided to give it an airing and use it as the basis of my card.  All I've done then is add some Art Institute fine glitter, a ribbon and stamped Happy Christmas with stamps from my Paula Pascual set.

Now I've sorted that, I'd better get on with the mass production. x

Thursday, 11 November 2010

What's one more friggin' candle

Sorry, I've been a bad blogger again.  I've had a serious case of disinterest and lack of enthusiasm for crafting and blogging lately. I hope it's a passing 

I wasn't even looking forward to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC, which is unusual for me. I do a twice yearly pilgrimage to the shows each year in March and November. Although, I did manage to drag myself along and here's what I got:

Doesn't look much for the amount it cost, but hey ho, who said crafting was a cheap

Now, on to the card at the top of the post.  I did have to drag myself to my craft desk this week as it's my sister's birthday on Saturday and it's a case of pull my finger out and make her card or (shocking thought) buy one from the shop!  The digi image is Stella from bugaboostamps, perfect for my sister's sense of humour - she's kinda like a female version of Victor Meldrew (she doesn't read my blog so I think I'm safe to say that).  And while I was at it I also made her this candle. My first attempt - it was great fun, I definitely will be doing more of these. 

That's it for now folks. Hope to be back soon.x

Sunday, 31 October 2010

With Love

Afternoon peeps, hope you're having a great weekend, or what's left of it.  It's back to work for me tomorrow and my new working hours - only 15 hours over three days.  Great, more crafting time you may think, which is very true, although less hours means less money to spend on crafting goodies.  A bit of a doubled edged sword, me thinks.

Anyhow, I've not been doing much crafting this week cause hubby has had the week off and we've had to do things 'togeva'.  But today I'm in luck, he's been off to watch the footie giving me a chance to get this card done.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the tag and embossed it with silver embossing powder to give a metal effect.  The flower was also cut out on the Silhouette - it's a print and cut design, a very clever option which enables you to print out your chosen item and then feed it into the Silhouette to cut out. I love it. 

The sentiment is from Anna Griffin.  The stem of the flower is a swirl design from a Do-crafts set of stamps.  The diamond grid effect on the red card was done on my Scor Pal and the edge was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.  A couple of little embellishments from my stash - a red button and some brads to finish the card.

I thinks that's it for today - looking forward to Sunday dinner (hubby's cooking - always goes down well when someone cooks for you I find) and Downton Abbey on the telly.  Bye for now and have a good week.x

Sunday, 24 October 2010

FTL113 Clean and Simple Challenge

This week's cleanandsimple challenge is this great sketch:

The Poinsettia stamp I've used on my card is one that I've had for years; it was from a QVC set that came with a wooden storage cabinet with about 32 stamps in it - and I've hardly used any of them.  

The three squares are 1.25" so I needed a stamp that would fit nicely into them and this one was perfect.  Glad I finally found a use for it.

The sentiment stamp is from a set of HOTP stamps.

A very quick and easy card. 

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Cute Card Thursday Challenge - 'What's buggin you?'

Hi folks, hope you're having a great weekend and enjoying the gorgeous autumn sunshine.  I've not had much time to get in my craft room lately, hence a long time since my last post.  I've a couple of birthday's coming up this month, but haven't yet decided on the cards I'm going to make , so I decided to have a go at this week's cutecardthursdaychallenge 'What's buggin you'.

I've had this butterfly and border, which was cut out using my Silhouette machine, for some time so wanted to use them on my card.  I've also been wanting to try some Kraft card too.

I just added the stitching and a bit of Tea Dye Distress ink to give a bit of a natural feel and used a Stampin Up stamp for the sentiment.

I've been  umming and aaahring over the butterfly, not quite sure if I like it. Oh well, too late now.x

Monday, 27 September 2010

First Christmas Card

I know many of you are very organised and start your Christmas cards really early, but I am not one of those people - I'm usually finishing off the last of mine on Christmas Eve.  Not the best idea!  Well, at least I've made a start with this card today.

The stamps are another set from Paula Pascual (you may have noticed from previous posts that I've used some of her sentiment stamps quite a lot lately). I love this set - it's just stylish and gorgeous.

This was such a quick card to make  - I already had the border cut out (using my Silhouette) and the embossed lines done - so the stamping literally took minutes.  I used a Boysenberry Versacolor ink pad to stamp the images and then  a 1" circle punch to cut them out and attached with 3D foam.

It's a plain and simple card, so I'm going to enter it into the allsortschallenge for this week - the theme is 'Plain and Simple'. 

Saturday, 25 September 2010

A little note

I wasn't at all sure about this card to begin with! 

I cut the border with my Silhouette and then added a few score lines - fine up till now.  The problem started when I stamped the image. It's a Dawn Bibby stamp that I bought ages ago when it was part of a TSV and when I stamped it I really didn't like it at all.  However, I did persevere and coloured it with Promarkers and added a Paula Pascual sentiment.

After matting onto some blue cardstock and finishing it off with a ribbon it kinda grew on me.  So, here it is finished - what do you think?

Friday, 24 September 2010

Sooooorry - even more CAS

Sorry, but I'm just rolling these CAS cards off like nobody's business - I  know I keep repeating myself, but I just love how quick it is to make a card in this style.

Having said that, this one did involve making the flower.  I  used my Silhouette and a cutting file from here and a Versacolour ink pad to colour the petals.  I dug out a big tub of pearls that I've had for years in my stash (I bought them from Ideal World when Alan & Barry were presenters - that's how long ago) which I have never quite known what to use them for until a little flash of inspiration the other day.  I used my hot glue gun to stick a pretty pink pearl in the middle of the flower and I think it just finishes it nicely. The background panel if a beautiful Cuttlebug folder matted onto some green card.  The sentiment is again from the Paula Pascual set.

Hope you like it! x

Monday, 20 September 2010

Another CAS

I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment, so better make the best of it before my mojo goes awol, as it so often does.  The CAS cards really are so easy to put together, no planning a layout and trying to colour match, I think this is why it's remaining my favourite style.

This little card took minutes to put together (in fact it probably took longer to try to get a decent photo - I'm such a rubbish photographer).  The sweet little embossed flower is a Cuttlebug folder. The flower centres are large eyelets (from QVC when they were in the sale) and the inner centres are tiny blue brads.

The lovely little sentiment is from my Paula Pascual set of stamps - I love this set.  That's it apart from a bit of green cardstock for matting (I'm not sure it looks green in the picture, but it is - really!).x

Saturday, 18 September 2010

At least 3 punches

This week's allsortschallenge. is for a card featuring at least 3 punches.  I'm not sure if my Spellbinders die counts as a punch, but I think I've got the three aside from this.  This is what I used:

Martha Stewart Doily punch
Large EK Success flower punch
Medium EK Success flower punch
Small EK Success flower punch (all three of these made the flower by layering them up)
Yellow Vellum
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Spellbinders Ribbon Tag die
Spellbinders Circle Nesties
Do-crafts brads
Paula Pascual sentiment stamp

I really enjoyed this challenge although it took a lot longer to make this card than the previous CAS cards.

We're off for our usual Saturday night out later -to the pub and then for a curry, so I'm off to get ready now! Enjoy the rest of the weekend. X

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Happy Bird-day

This week's one-layer-wednesday challenge is for a single layer of cardstock folded in half with three stamped images and one sentiment, and cutecardthursdays theme is for a card with birds or butterflies on it.  So, I've entered this card into both.

I've rummaged around in my old stamps box again and found this bird stamp. I think the three in a row works quite well.  The sentiment is from the same set. I've used Promarkers to colour the birds in, I'm really loving these and have a long wish list to increase my collection of colours.

I don't think I've got my spacing quite right, but hopefully it's not too noticeable.  Any tips on how to set spacing between images would be appreciated.

That's it for now folks.x

Monday, 13 September 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 19 - B&W with a spot of color

Evening all, hope you're well.  Just a quick post as I'm feeling whacked now I'm back at work.

I found this challenge on Susan Raihala's blog simplicitybylateblossom and had to give it a go. It has to be the quickest and easiest card I've ever made. 

As the name suggests, cards have to be one layer (a single piece of cardstock folded in half) and for this particular challenge the theme is for black and white with a spot of colour.

I thought this stamp would be perfect.  I've never used it before - it's from Paper Artsy.  I've simply stamped the image and added some red glaze pen to her lips.  I then stamped the sentiment which is from a set designed by Paula Pascual and that's it!  Hope you like it.x

Sunday, 5 September 2010

New Beginnings

I made this card for a wedding reception we went to yesterday. It was the wedding of the son of some friends of ours.  I remember the day he was born! Where do the years go?

I decided to enter it into the allsortschallenge this week.  The theme is 'new beginnings'.

The inspiration for the card came from julie.  I love how the hearts represent the bride and groom.

Here's what I used:

Hearts cut out on the Silhouette
Rollagraph wheel for the brides heart
Cuttlebug folder
Gold mirror card
Sentiment done on the computer
Beads and gold rings from stash

Friday, 13 August 2010

Money Gift Card Holder

Hi folks.  I just wanted to quickly show you the money gift card holder I made for my sister and my future brother-in-law (we're off out tonight and we are off on holiday to Lake Garda on Sunday so thought I'd better squeeze this in).

The bride and groom are off on a fabulous cruise around the Carribean for their honeymoon so have asked for money instead of presents, so I thought I would make my own money holder.

You can see the beautiful vellum better in the picure above, without the ribbon and also the punched border (this is a Fiskars punch I've had for years and not had much use out of).

You can probably just about see the inside, I've slipped in a little card which was done on the computer with gold font. 

I know what your thinking, she's forgotten the money - don't worry, I'll put that in just before the wedding!

Hope you have a good weekend and week ahead. Visit you when I get back. Bye for now! x

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A quick post today. Although I'm on holiday at the moment, I still seem to be short of time - we're already into the third week of the hols and I've only two cards to show for it.

Here's one I did for my daughter's birthday - I know it looks a little familiar.  It's the same as a card I did for my other daughter's birthday in March - just a different Miss Anya and different colours.  'Lack of imagination' I hear you say - quite rightly.  I feel a bit like that at the moment and with us off on holiday this weekend I needed to sort a card fast.  So, here it is:

This is what I used:
Miss Anya stamp
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Martha Stewart Punch
Promarkers and Prismas
EK Success flower punch
Craftwork Card Candy
Sentiment done on the computer
Ribbon from stash

Have a good week.x

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Bit of an experiment

I've had a little play today with a Hero Arts stamp I've had for years, but was never very sure what to do with it.  I'm undecided if I like this look or not, but I think I'll keep experimenting.

I've stamped with different tones of pinks and purples to give a kind of shadow effect.  It was quite a quick card to do - the most time consuming bit was the pricking around the edge. The little sentiment stamp is from an SU set and the background card is also SU.

Right, I think I'll go and dig out a few more old stamps that have never inked - there's plenty of

Friday, 30 July 2010

Clean and Simple 100th Sketch

After doing a bit of blog hopping, I came across this great cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot   As you all know, I love CAS so had to play along with this great sketch - in fact, I liked it so much I made two cards:

his one is my favourite of the two.  A recent addition to my stamp collection have been the Party Ladies and Elegant Ladies by Creative Expressions. Two great sets of stamps I had to have after seeing them being demonstrated by Sheena Douglas on C&C.

I stamped the image straight onto white card first and then stamped her again onto the Pink Petticoat paper and paper pieced her outfit.  The sentiment is also from the set.

I used my Martha Stewart punch at the bottom of the card and added a piece of Pink Petticoat under it.  The strip across the top is from the same paper and I folder another strip to make a bow and added a Do-Craft pearl embellishment.

Oh! and one thing I forgot to mention - I HAVE DISCOVERED PRO-MARKERS! - I was determined I wasn't going to be tempted with these, especially after collecting the whole set of Prisma pencils, which I love to bits, but while Hobbycraft had their half price sale on I bought the Skin Tones and Skin Accents to try.  And, you've guessed, I love them too!!!!  So, I went and bought another six sets, aaaaahhhh.  Worse still, I ordered two more sets from Cowling and Wilcox yesterday as they also have them at half price and no p&p till 22nd August.  My addiction to my craft stash is running out of control..........I need help!
So, she has been coloured with Pro-markers. 

Now to my next card - Stamped with Clarity Stamps image. I used Stained Glass Adirondack inkpad which is multi coloured, but this doesn't show up too well on the photo.  I also used clear embossing powder to give the image a nice gloss.  Again, I don't think this shows.  The sentiment is SU.   I used my Silhouette to cut the design at the bottom of the card and SU cardstock underneath.  The ribbon is from my stash.

Sorry it's been such a long post! Have a great weekend.X

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Less is more

This is the Bentley bear card I mentioned in my last post, the one that my daughter thought was too young for her friend.  I can see her point really. I think I'll keep it for one of my younger nieces.

I've used this lot to make it:

Bentley bear digi image
Cupcake paper by Summer Driggs
Prisma pencils to colour
Some ribbon and blue crystals from stash

Looking forward to tomorrow - last day of school and hopefully many weeks of more time for crafting. Thanks for dropping by. Have a good weekend.x

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Birthday Wishes

Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge is for a card featuring some dry embossing.  Perfect, as I had already got this background card done and just had to add some other bits. 

The embossed background is a Cuttlebug folder.

The flower, (it kinda looks a bit bedraggled on the photo - it does look better IRL - promise),  was done using the Silhouette to cut out the layers - I've used this one before in another post.  The label was also cut out with the Silhouette and the edges inked. 

The lovely leaf stem is a Sizzix Sizzlet die which I covered with silver embossing powder a couple of times and heated with a heat gun.

The sentiment is from the SU Sincere Sentiments set and the bit of ribbon is from Do-Craft.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sweet Cupcakes

My daughter (who's 20) asked me to make a card for her friend.  I asked her what sort of thing she wanted, and she said anything to do with food or shoes and handbags.  So, I had a look through what I had available and started to make her a card featuring Bentley bear eating cake - "What do you think?" I asked.  "A bit babyish", was the response. I after thinking about it, I think she's right - alot of my cards feature cutesy images which are probably best suited to the younger members of my family.

So, back to the drawing board and this is what I made instead.  I have to admit to complete plagerism with this card - I came across a card here on the Splitcoaststampers site and just loved it.  The lady who made it is called Marie Shaughnessy and her blog is here.

The stamps are a great set from Stamping Up called 'Crazy for Cupcakes'. I've featured a card using this particular stamp before, I really love it and they are brillant to work with.  I coloured the cakes with a Sakura glitter gel pen. I don't think you can pick up the sparkle from the picture.

I cut the window frame with a small nesties square die.  The papers are from a download, I think.  I used my Stamping Up scalloped border punch for the canopy and the message stamp is again from the 'Crazy for Cupcakes' set and punched with Stamping Up oval punch.

My daughter loved it. Hope you like it too.x

Saturday, 26 June 2010


The challengeupyourlife has a Vintage theme topic, so  my clean and simple phase is over (for today anyway).  Vintage is in for me this week!

I saw these stamps being demonstrated on Create and Craft a few weeks ago and just had to have them.  They're by Creative Expressions and the set is called Wine Label.

This was a great opportunity to use my sadly neglected Distress inks.  I used a combination of colours on a piece of white cardstock to ink the background. The wine bottle and glass were stamped first and then masked off to stamp the grapes and script.  I just added a touch of colour with pencils to the grapes and wine in the glass.  The design was then matted onto another piece of card which I also inked with the same colours and then mounted onto a cream 6x6 card.

I loved doing this card, I had such fun playing with the Distress inks, got my hands into a right old mess. Fab!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

New Pad

My nephew has just moved into his new batchelor pad so I wanted to send him a bit of a fun card, and I think this fits the bill. 

The image is from the digistampboutique and inspiration for the card came from Kerry.

I made the scalloped card with my Silhouette machine.  The ginham paper is from Joanna Sheen which I've had for years and forgotten about till I was having a bit of a mooch through my stuff the other day.

The image has been coloured with Prismas and the sentiment  was done with an alphabet set from Hero Arts.

I'm off now to give my plants a much needed drink and to enjoy the sunshine. Tats for now.x

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Addy loves her tinis

Hi folks, hope you're having a great weekend.  The weather has been lovely here in the Midlands up until about an hour again and now it's raining.  At least we managed a lovely evening last night, watching the footie and then sitting in the garden at a friends house.

It was my friend Lynne's birthday yesterday so when I saw this Addy stamp from Stamping Bella I just had to have it for her. It fits her to a T.

Here's a little close up of her.

I use Prismas to colour the image in and again opted for the C&S style.  I just layered the image onto a Nestie scalloped square. I just added some card candy from Craftwork cards. Hope you like it. X

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Crazy for Cupcakes - Clean and Simple

Yep, I'm still in my Clean & Simple phase, as you can see!

Thanks to julie for her link to this blog, I really have got loads of inspiration from Susan's cards, her C&S is so elegant and tasteful.

For this card I used this great cupcake stand stamp from my SU Crazy for Cupcakes set.  I've used my Prismas for colouring (don't those cakes just look stuffed full of E numbers!).  The base was done by using my SU oval punch to make a template and I sponged Versacolour ink in Bisque and a bit of darker brown for shading.   The sentiment stamp is also from same SU set.  I mounted the main card onto a plain white C5 card using some foam pads.

Hope you like it.  If you're interested in buying any SU stuff, I get mine from Jules is really great to deal with and her blog is full of lovely cards made with SU items.

Sunday, 30 May 2010


Finally, I got my craft desk back, yippee. Hope you are all well in blog land, I've got a lot of catching up to do!

It's been a very long month, not one card done in all this time.  My poor baby has literally spent day and night studying for her exams (who'd be a law student!).  She's finished for now and all her books have been moved back into her own room (stuffed in drawers so she doesn't have to look at them again until October).  However, she's decided she want's to live in a student house with her friends next academic year (can't blame her, I'm sure it would be so much more fun than studying alone at home), so I shouldn't have to share the desk again. Yeah.

Ok, as you know I have been leaning very much towards the C&S look for my cards recently, after trying the 'put as much as you can onto it' look - which doesn't really suit me at all - some people are really good at this look and their cards are spectacular, but mine just look a mess.  So, I've decided to stick at what I like and I think looks better for me.

For this card I used:
DCWV background card
Clarity stamp
Do-crafts crystals
Anita's peel-off

I used a square aperture and inked the centre of the card with a pink inkpad and then stamped over it.  You can tell from the picture, but the flourish stamp has been embossed.  I used a dreaded peel off sentiment and added a couple of crystals to finish.