xx Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog - your comments are all greatly appreciated xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Cute Love Birds

Well I've managed to survive the last 2 weeks without any card making or blogging, so I had to get my fix of it today - despite all of my holiday washing and ironing!

This card has been made for a colleague who works in our office in Sydney and has recently got engaged - congratulations Mim and Ali. 


The large flowered paper is from the Forever Friends "Pink Parfait" collection and the smaller flowered paper came from one of my craft magazines.  They have both been edged with Tim Holtz distress ink - shabby shutters.

The image is a digi from Digi Stamp Boutique called Cute Love Birds and has been coloured with Promarkers.  The ribbon is from my stash and makes a really good frame for it too.  In each corner of the frame I have placed a die cut from a Sizzix die "flowers & branch" and used Liquid Pearls "lemon yellow" for it's centre.

The sentiment has been created using instructions from Karen at "a lil' bit of redrottiness" and has been mounted onto a scalloped circle with leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts to complete the card.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

The Shabby Tea Room - photo inspiration
Incy Wincy Designs - sparkle & shine - TOP 3
Tuesday Throwdown - florals
There's Magic in the Air - colour challenge
Sentimental Sundays - cute & cuddly
A Gem of a Challenge - anything but square
Crafty Calendar Challenge - spring





Tuesday, 29 March 2011

50th Birthday Card

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card was made for my brother in law who teaches people how to play the guitar and also plays in several bands.  He's very good and has even taught his 2 sons to play as well and now they run their own band.  What a talented family eh?

 
I'll be back tomorrow, so hopefully I will get chance to make a card in between all the washing and ironing :-)

Happy crafting xx





Monday, 28 March 2011

Shoe and Belt 60th Card

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card was a commission card for a very "young at heart" 60 year old.


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie....

Happy crafting xx









Sunday, 27 March 2011

Hearts and Flowers

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card is another example of an easel card which was made for a friend to give to his wife for Valentines Day - she loved it!  It's always nice to get feedback isn't it?


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie....

Happy crafting xx









Saturday, 26 March 2011

70th Wedding Anniversary

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card was made for a work colleague for her friends 70th wedding anniversary.  Wow what an achievement - they must have been very young when they got married.


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie....

Happy crafting xx




Friday, 25 March 2011

Ruby Wedding

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This cardwas made for my Mum and Dad's ruby wedding anniversary.  My Mum shed a few tears of joy when she saw it so for once in my life I guess I did something right - tee hee :-)


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie....

Happy crafting xx









Thursday, 24 March 2011

Single Easel Card Tutorial

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!


Here's a tutorial on how to make a single easel card:

1)  Take an A4 piece of card and measure a 29.4cm x 14.7cm rectangle from it, score and fold in half along the short edges to form a 14.7 square card.


2)  Determine the centre position between one of the short edges and the centre fold, score and fold to form the easel.


3)  Using the piece of card that you cut from the original piece of A4 card, measure a 14.7cm length and use to rest the easel against.  I use double sided pads to raise mine up.  You could use flowers, a bow, a button or anything similar as an alternate at this stage.


4)  Cut another piece of card measuring 14.7cm x 14.7cm which will be placed onto the easel shape.  You could use any shaped card at this stage i.e. circle, heart, smaller square, rectangle.


5)  Decorate your card.

I hope you have been able to follow this tutorial and can now use this for your own creations.

Happy crafting xx







Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Fairy Wishes


As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card is another card made with my favourite Lily of the Valley stamps - she's sooooooo cute!


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie.

Happy crafting xx




Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Box in a Card


As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This was another of the demos at the craft retreat (see my post entitled my first attempt at a box card).  As you can see we great some great ideas to take away with us, don't we?  My thanks to Nat for this one :-)


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie.

Happy crafting xx



Monday, 21 March 2011

Ballerina Tilda


As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

I have been quite fortunate as I've been able to sell my cards in the restaurant at work which sell really well and I even get some commission work from it as well.  


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie.

Happy crafting xx








Sunday, 20 March 2011

Double Easel Card Tutorial

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!


This is a tutoral for a double easel card:

1)  Fold the short edge of an A4 peice of card at 10cm to form a DL shape.  Cut off the excess.


2)  Mark the centre position on the short edge and cut up to the centre fold.


3)  Score and fold from the centre point on the spine to the outside corner, forming a diagonal line.


4)  This is how the card should look.


5)  Decorate your card.

I hope this tutorial has been useful and you can now create your own card in this design.

Happy crafting xx


Saturday, 19 March 2011

21st Birthday Card


As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card was for my neice who is a very girly girl and loves the colour pink - can you tell?


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie.

Happy crafting xx






Friday, 18 March 2011

My first attempt at a box card


As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card was made at the Crafty Devils annual craft retreat in January which was held at Pontins in Prestatyn.  We all had a great time and even made some cards over the 2 days as well.  Thanks to Shell for this demo even though a few of us were groaning when we saw what we'd got to make!



Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie.

Happy crafting xx




Thursday, 17 March 2011

Wedding Card


As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card was made for a colleague at work who wanted to decline a wedding invite, but nicely - hope it worked!


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie.

Happy crafting xx





Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Swivel Easel Card

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

This card is another example of an easel card which has the centre attached with thread so that it rotates.  You could even put a hidden message on the back!


Pop back tomorrow for another golden oldie....

Happy crafting xx








Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Promarker Storage

As I am going to be away on holiday I thought I would leave daily posts of either a favourite card that I have made in the past or a tutorial.  I hope you will pop back each day to have a look.

When I get back there will be blog candy up for grabs so don't miss your chance crafters!

As crafters we are all looking for good ideas and I picked this one up from fellow crafter Paula (although I think she may have got it from elsewhere too).

For those of you that love your Promarkers and are looking for the right storage, look no further - I think this is a great idea, hope you do too!  The shelves are empty DVD cases which can be picked up from the Pound Store/Poundland at £1 for 6.



The storage unit comes from Ikea and is for DVD's and costs £8.16 (current price as at March 2011), but with some clever crafting it can be converted into storage for your Promarkers.  Here's a close up of the divider and the colour chart DVD insert:


Paula did send me a template for the DVD inserts, but I have amended this slightly to fit in with the dividers I have made for mine (as I don't have all the Promarker pens and they kept rolling about).  I have got the templates for the DVD inserts and the dividers if anyone is  interested - just give me a shout.

Happy crafting xx


Monday, 14 March 2011

Blog Candy


As I'm going away on holiday today I thought I would post each day either with an old card that I've made or a tutorial and for an added bonus I will be giving away some blog candy when I get back too!  Don't miss out crafters....

Why not pop back to have a look?

Happy crafting xx










Sitting Tilda

This card includes an image "Sitting Tilda" from another great designer range - Magnolia - which has been coloured with Promarkers and decoupaged onto the card for greater effect.  Hope you like the card that I've created with it?


The papers used for this card are from my stash.  The green one has been covered with a ribbon embellished with sequins and the patterned one has been distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink - shabby shutters - around the edges.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and have had some glitter glue added to the petals, the bow and crystal emblishments are both from my stash.  The tag is from the Magnolia "Heavenly Tags" set and has been coloured with Promarkers and a sentiment has been stamped into the centre.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - luck o' the Irish
Easy Craft Projects - green
Card Makin' Mamas - green
Delicious Doodles - green
Fairy Knoll - green
If The Shoe Fits - St. Patrick's Day
Pattie's Creations - go green
Raise The Bar Challenge - G.R.E.E.N acrostic
G -Green cardstock, R - ribbon, E- Embellishment (bow), E - Embellishment (beads), N- New flowers
Sew Many Cards - St Patrick's challenge
Tellens Place - St Patrick's Day celebration

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Baby Girl

This is a commission card for one of my work colleagues whose daughter has just had a baby girl.


The background paper is from the Forever Friends "Pink Parfait" set.  The gingham paper for the frames is from my stash and has been finished with faux stitching and pearls in each corner.

The letters are from the Doodlebug Designs baby girl kit and the sentiment has been stamped onto a Magnolia label from the "Heavenly Tag" set which has been coloured with Promarkers.

I found the baby coat in a sale in our local Tesco's and it was attached to the front of a photo album.  You see a true crafter will look anywhere to find inspiration and craft stuff won't they?  :-)

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Dream Valley Challenge - new beginnings - WINNER
Incy Wincy Designs - pastel colours
KB Cute Monday - use pink
Claudia & Co - recipe
Everybody Art Challenge - baby
Flourishes - real or faux stitching
2 Sisters Challenge - oh baby




Saturday, 12 March 2011

Lazy Afternoon

I always struggle to do men's cards but I love this Lily of the Valley stamp - "Lazy Afternoon" which has been coloured with Promarkers.  If I close my eyes I can almost imagine myself laying in the sunshine..........


The backing papers used on this card are from the Forever Friends "Just for Him" set and they have all been edged with faux stitching.

The sentiment is from the Lily of the Valley "Dreamy Days" set and has been edged with Tim Holtz distress inks - antique linen & vintage photo.

The buttons are from DoCrafts Papermania Capsule Collection.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

ColourQ - sketch
Critter Challenge - sketch
Ooh La La Creations - it's a man thing
Creative Craft World - card for a male
Moving Along With The Times - project for a male


Thursday, 10 March 2011

Forever Friends Twisted Easel

Here is another example of a twisted easel card.


For this card I have used the Forever Friends "Pink Parfait" A4 paper pack and ripped the stripped paper to form the waves for the umbrella to float in.  This image appears in the corner of this paper within the pack.  The edges of the paper have been distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks - worn lipstick.

The label is from the Magnolia "Heavenly Tags" set and has been coloured with Promarkers, stamped with a sentiment and decoupaged to act as the resting point for the easel.

The ribbon is from my stash and has a dot of glitter glue for extra sparkle in the centre of the flower.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky - make it girly
Flutter by Wednesday's - inspirational photo
Paper Pretties - ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Stamping Vacation - glitter
Paper Variety - get well soon
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
KB Cute Monday - pink
Stamping Vacation - torn edges
Aly's Sunday Challenge - anything goes


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Mirror, Mirror

This card was inspired by the sketch on "A Gem of a Challenge" and yes that is a Lily of the Valley stamp - again!!!!!!!!!

 

The image that I've used on this card is "Mirror, Mirror" which has been coloured with Promarkers and her necklace has been embellished with gems.  The edges have been finished off with Tim Holtz distress ink - shabby shutters.

The flowery backing paper is from the Forever Friends "Pink Parfait" set and the striped backing paper is from the Doodlebug Designs baby girl kit and called "Lovely Lime Pinstripes".  Both papers have been edged with distress ink - shabby shutters.

The ribbon, lace and pearls are from my stash.  The flowers and pin are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the twisted pin I have made from my jewellery kit.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Bling It On - anything goes
Penny's Paper - go green
Cute Card Thursday - signs of spring
Delightful Challenges - welcoming spring
Do You Stack Up - just green it
Fairy Knoll - think spring
Stampin For The Weekend - spring time