Thursday, 19 June 2014

Girly birthday and Father's Day.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cute girly cards using shades of pink.

The card on the right has an embossed background. The stamped image (by Prima) was coloured using promarkers and the little hearts on the waist and head bands were punched  using a new punch from Stampin Up! The flower and sentiment were from a goody bag bought from craft works cards about a gazillion years ago...there was always so much stuff in the goody bags I never managed to use even half of it.

The card on the  left was made using background papers form an art colage stack bought in the USA along with a selection of Memory Box dies...the hearts along the bottom of the card were the punch outs from the top bunting die... I dislike waste and this seemed like an obvious way to use the perfectly formed mini hearts as added accents.

The card on the right was the card I made for  my Dad this Father's day. Its a far cry from the riot of colour in the card he got last year...

This time I went for a more dignified approach and a totally monochrome look across the black to white spectrum. I incorporated grey striped washi tape and a metal button with black and white twisted paper twine

That's it for now
Until next time, take care

Monday, 9 June 2014

Birthdays, birthdays everywhere....

It seems June is a very busy month for birthdays - I even have one coming up  myself shortly -  and I have  been very busy this week indeed.

Today is my lovely Mother-in-law's birthday and this is the card I made for her...with a teeny bit of  minor consultative input from my husband - she is his mother after all...

Happy to report that she was as thrilled with her card   as she was with  the two cakes we took along. Hopefully someone will send me photos of the cakes - they were very pretty as well as being delicious.

I  should point out I am not being boastful about my cakey prowess ...I did not make the cakes...I played it safe and  ordered them from a fabulous local place and collected them and stored them in my fridge until party time. They were yummy...and disappeared really fast.

So happy that our Mummy had a happy birthday... we will be celebrating my Mum's birthday at the end of the week...and I will be starting on her card tomorrow...

Busy busy...

Bye for now


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Birthday Blocks

Today I thought that rather than show a finished project, I would share something I am still working on.

 This is a block cube card and this cute and clever fold stands as 3D but folds completely flat to go into a standard envelope.

This style of card presents lots of fabulous options, including mounting it onto a base board and turning it into a keepsake - something I plan to try out later this month as there is a special family birthday coming up soon.

But for now - and while I wait (rather impatiently I must admit)  for a delivery - this is a  work in progress. Hopefully I will be back to share the completed project at a later date.

What are you working on right now?  I would love to know...

Bye for now

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

In the pink...

Today I thought I would share a couple of recent cards... both in shades of pink.

The 25th birthday card (on the right) was made using the Tied Together embossing folder with perfect pearls as accents. The central flower panel was made using a Spellbinders die and secured in the centre with a candy dots brad (from Stampin' Up!) I really like these brads because they come separately form the centres so you can use any shade of candy dot to suit your project or as I did here, you can add a pearl or other gem. I distressed the edges of the panel and added a line of faux stitching with a white gel pen.

The birthday card on the left was made with a new (to me at least) die from Taylored expressions which produces an A2 panel of swirlyness.  I matted the die cut panel on to a piece of white card and offset this on the front of the base card, adding 3D stamped butterflies along the remaining edge and a mini sentiment panel in the centre.

TIP:  as this is a very intricate die I put strips of double sided tape on the back of the cardstock before I ran the die through the big shot. This meant that the adhesive was already on the back and I did not have to mess about with trying to put glue on the teeny strings of the pattern.

If you have any questions about any of the projects, products or techniques please leave me a message.

That's all from me for now.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Grow your dreams

When I was in the USA earlier this year I came across a stamp set with this sentiment

 "Dreams come a size too big so we can Grow into them..."

and I just had to have it... because all too often our dreams, especially our creative dreams, can get sidelined by the practicalities of life and so many times we neglect our dreams or dismiss them as being unattainable...or inconvenient                                                    

But aren't dreams meant to be lofty so we can stretch ourselves to reach them, aren't we meant to aim high to achieve these goals? ... Sometimes it seems we need a little reminder and this sentiment says it perfectly.

I made this project to send to a friend. I intentionally kept the design simple and natural because I wanted the sentiment to be the focus of the project. It will be going in the post to her this week. I hope she will like it...I'll let you know.

Bye for now

Summer fun at St Joe's

So once I week I volunteer at our local hospice (St Joseph's) as part of the Arts Programme there. I work with patients in the Day Ho...