Monday, 26 September 2011

Did you miss me?

Hi everybody, Sorry I haven't been around for a while, life seems to be catching up with me. I have been making cards and going to my Parchment classes but not really had time to post anything.  I keep checking on everybody elses Blogs to see what is happening out there in Blogland!  Went Ally Pally on Saturday with a friend and got lots of new ideas, could have spent a lot of money but I was very restrained as we had to buy a new printer last week, the other one was only about 18 months old but it decided it didn't want to take in the paper any more. As I have got the Wedding Stationary to make for my son's wedding before January we couldn't really manage without one.

I decided to have a go at the sketch from Less is More this week and this is what I came up with.  I am trying to make some desk calenders, using easel cards, for a sale I am doing in November and thought this might work.  The background is made by blending Scattered Seed and Dried Marigold Distress Inks which I then stamped over with stamps from the Meadow Flora set from Creative Expressions using S U Cajan Craze ink.  I then took Mandi's idea and rubbed it with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from the same set of stamps.  I think it works.

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Monday, 13 June 2011


This morning I went to my first Parchment lesson. It is something I've wanted to do for a long while and when I discovered that Alison Yeates who is Parchment Guru lives just up the road from me and runs classes in the town twice a month I was quick to sign up.

This is the result, I'm quite proud of it for a first attempt although the edging is a bit tatty, still not bad. The others in the group have been going for a long time but Alison took time to set me a simple? design and show me how to work each stage, even down to the colouring. It will be long time before I get to the standard they are at, their work was beautiful.

The picture is not a good as I would have liked but the best I can do at the moment.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Rock On

Last week I went to the Range!!!! (fatal) and found a new set of mens stamps by Papermania which I thought would be useful, it's always so difficult to know what to make for men.  This is one of the stamps from the set, the others are mainly sports, coloured with Promarkers and mounted on paper from Bearly Mine Designs Donna really has some wonderful papers. I added some buttons with some red Card Candy to so that they looked like records.

 Charisma Cards Challenge Boy Oh Boy

This is using one of the sport stamps which I stamped with Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink to give a vintage look. Simple but effective.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

I've Won again!!!!

Imagine how amazed I was this morning when I checked the Wild Orchid Challenge blog and found that I had won the last Challenge with the card in the post below. What a wonderful start to the week, I can't wait see all gorgeous flowers etc that are in the prize.


Sunday, 15 May 2011


This card is made using a Kanban Topper from a set I bought a couple of years ago and never got round to using. The backing papers are from Bearly Mine Designs Shabby Vintage set mounted on some copper coloured pearlescent card that I bought at a sale last week, (I only bought 2 sheets, wish I had bought them all, they were only 5p a sheet!) punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The Cherry Blossom and and roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the buds are from my stash, I can't remember where I got them. I used a Marrianne Designs Bird on a leaf die and just cut the leaves to finish off.  The sentiment is from a set by Hero Arts
This is for two challenges
Bearly Mine Designs Challenge 10 Vintage Easel Card  this is the first time I've made a twisted easel, I think I got it right.
Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge 23 Mums are Special Sketch.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

White on White

It seems ages since I posted a card, I've been busy trying to tame the new garden, a long way to go yet, but as the weather isn't so good today I thought I would have a go at the current Less is More Challenge and this is the result.

Not the type of card I would normally make and certainly out of my comfort zone!  As you can see the Cuttlebug has been busy. The central image is made from the Nestabilities Floral Doily Motifs set and the wording is from a small Cuttlebug embossing folder that I've hardly used. The Butterfly is also from a Cuttlebug set with a die and 4 embossing folders. Although the butterfly looks a different colour it is the same pearlised white card as the rest of the card but the light has caught it so that it looks a different colour. I just finished it off with a few tiny pearls.

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Friday, 15 April 2011

Just A Note

I have been experimenting today and this is the result,. The idea came from my friend Chrissie. I hope you don't mind Chrissie. I bought a set of tree stamps by Sheena Douglas at the Make It Show and I've only just got round to trying them. The background panel is Old Paper Distress ink and the tree is stamped with Stampin Up Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from a set I bought last week at Shepton Mallet I think by Hero Arts. I mounted it on Chocolate card and then on the main card, I'm not confident enough yet to stamp straight onto the main card!.

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Less is More Challenge 10

For this card I used a Nestabilitie Long Rectangle to make the surround for the sentiment which is a stamp from Bildmalarna and was another item in the goodies from Donna at Bearly Mine Designs I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with pink embossing powder. The sides were made with a Cuutlebug border embossing folder and the centres highlighted with pink jewel flowers.

This second card was the result of the first try which went wrong in the middle so I stamped this little cutie called Little Mimosa again from Bildmalarna and coloured her with Promarkers, mounted her over the mistake and hey presto another card rescued. I chalked around the centre panel just to give it a bit definition. The embossing is another Cuttlebug folder and another border folder, with just a few green jewels to highlight the flowers.

Can anyone out there in Blogland tell me how to flatten the card after it has been embossed as it seems to bend around the embossing, especially on the second one.

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Monday, 4 April 2011

A Pressie for You

This little cutie with the parcels is from Lili of the Valley and is part of another lot of goodies that I won, wasn't I a lucky girl!!  She is again coloured with Promarkers and mounted on paper from a set that came with one of my magazines. I add Stickles Glitter Glue to her headband and the bottom of her skirt although it doesn't show up in the picture. In fact it is a pretty awful picture, even with a bit of editing, I really will try to get some better pictures if I can figure out how to get a better focus on my camera. The flowers I think are from Wild Orchid Crafts, they were also part of the goodies I won from Donna at Bearly Mine Designs. I think the lace was from Joanna Sheen, it was in my stash.

This will be entered for the Wild Orchid Challenge as I used their sketch.

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

One for the Boys

I have just returned from a wonderful lunch with my boys, the first time I've been with them on Mothers Day for 5 years, and I'm stuffed.

This card is made with a Daisy and Dandelion stamp I bought on sale at Christmas (I wonder what he is going to paint?), and thought it would work well for the Totally Papercraft Challenge this week One for the Boys. I used the sketch from Papertake Weekly so this will be entered for their challenge also. I coloured it with Promarkers and mounted it on papers from Dovecraft which I've had for ages. The star brads are from the collection of goodies I won from Bearly Mine Designs before Christmas

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Less is More Challenge 8

Hi everyone, I made it back again, OK it took 2 weeks, but hey I have a very overgrown garden to tame and we have had lots of gorgeous weather so guess what took priority.

Anyway this is the card I made for this weeks Less is More Challenge which is a sketch. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to make a simple card like this, I tried all sorts of things and papers to come up with this. I wanted to use one of my new Lili of the Valley sentiment stamps and also one of the Nestabilities I bought at the Make It show the other week. This is from the Floral Doily Motifs set. The paper is one from my favourite designer Bearly Mine Designs, I love Donna's papers. The ribbon was some I had in my stash.

I'm sorry the picture isn't very good, but is the best I can do with the camera, I have a new scanner but the colours don't come out very well on it.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

I Made a Card!!!!!!!!!!!

At last I have found time to make a card in between sorting everything and trying to tame a rather overgrown garden. This is the first time I have braved a One Layer Card but I wanted to enter my friend Chrissie's new challenge Less is More which this week is a One Layer Card with the title Off the Edge.
The stamp is from one of the new sets that I bought at the Make It show a couple of weeks ago and is from Sheena Douglas Cottage Flowers, coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment is from another set, this time Meadow Flora by Sam Poole, stsmped with Stampin Up Old Olive.  The card has a texture to it but I think it works OK.

Hopefully this will be the start of a new blogging time and I will be able to find more time for my Card Making.

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Friday, 11 March 2011

Back Home

Well at last I am back in the UK and everything is unpacked, I even have part of a room dedicated to Craft rather than working on the dining table. I hope we will be able to stay here in this home for some time but as it only rented we may have to move again when we sell in Cyprus.

I am now sorting out all the goodies I bought when I was here at Christmas as well as the bargains I got at the Make It show in Farnborough a couple of weeks ago. Unmounted stamps to be cut out and mounted ready for use, new Spellbinders and Maranne dies to be tried out as well as a bargain Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set. I am going to have a ball.

Hopefully I will be back posting again next week with some new creations, need to get my creative juices going again,


Thursday, 13 January 2011

Going Home

Hi everybody.  This is just a quick post to let you all know that I won't be around for a while as I'm in the process of packing everything up to move back to the UK next week.  It has all come about rather suddenly but I'm so looking forward to it. When I get umpacked again I will be back blogging with a vengence from my new craftroom, whooohooo.