Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Same Stamp Different Card

While I was in the UK one of the ladies I met up with was selling off her stamps. This is one that I bought, I'm not certain what make it is but I thought it would be useful.
The red card I coloured the stamp with my pearlescent water colour paints and cut out the Butterfly. The red paper is from a Papermania Oriental Spice pack which I stamped with a swirl in Versamark and heat embossed with gold. The butterfly is mounted on sticky pad and finished with gold Stickles on the body and antlers.

The other card has the wings only cut out of a Nestabilities label and mounted on a larger label.
The paper is a K& Co one that I have had for ages. The blue strip is paper lace that I coloured with the same paint as in the butterfly. I'm not sure about the colours on this one but I think it works.

Thank you for looking. your comments are greatly appreciate.


Friday, 23 April 2010

Another Flower Stamp

This is using another of Papermania Stamps this time Build a Rose. The flower was again cut out as individual petals coloured with pearlescent paint and fastened together with a brad. There are more layers on this than on the Pansy. Another of my new Nellie Snellan Dies and a round scalloped Nestability. The Embossing is the Roses folder from Crafts Too and a border folder from Cuttlebug.
The Build a rose stamps are being sold to raise money for Cancer Research.


Using some New Toys

When I was in the UK the other week I had my usual spending spree and bought lots of new goodies.
This card is made using Papermania Build a Pansy stamp set which I coloured with some new pearlescent water colour paints, cut out and fixed together with a central brad (the stamp has a whole flower and a set of different petals to make up into a flower) amd mounted on gold cut from one of my new Nellie Snellen Dies. These were then mounted on white embossed with my new Cuttlebug Script folder. The ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts and the whole thing is mounted on a card blank from The Works.

Iam quite pleased with the effect of the water colour paints and only £5 something for a tray of 21 colours a lot cheaper then Cosmic Shimmers for a beginner!

Thank you for looking


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Stitched and Chalked

I recently made this card from a pattern by Form a Lines. They suggested stitching in one colour but I decided to use colours suitable for the thing being stitched and then I coloured the design with chalks to make it look like a picture. I used threads by Mettler and Gutermann Sulky.
I think it looks OK and more like the seaside in Summer.

If anyone hasn't done stitching on card it is very theraputic and I do it while i am watching TV to stop me falling asleep!!! You have to prick the holes from a pattern and stitch it a bit like you would have made string pictures, going from one hole to another and back again to the next hole.


Sunday, 18 April 2010


Welcome to my new blog. Please forgive any mistakes as this all very new to me, but then we all have to start somewhere.
I am an avid card maker who got into it quite by chance. Just under 3 years ago a new craft shop opened near here and I went along to have a look at what they had in stock. The ladies who owned it said they were starting a card making class and was I interested in joining. As I had only recently moved here to Cyprus I thought it would be good place to meet a few people, so said yes.

As I had never made a card before in my life I was a bit dissapointed with the first card but persevered and within 2 or 3 weeks I was hooked.

My favourite techniques are Stitching and 3d Decoupage but recently I have become attracted to stamping and colouring. I have also done Teabag folding, Iris Folding and Spirelli although I don't do much of them at the moment.

Here are a few samples of my work. I would appreciate comments contructive or otherwise.

Cyprus Anne