Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Vintage vintage vintage

Yes well I think a little overboard!!

 But I needed to create a card for the O/H's birthday, and he is into trains (!), I even have a railway in the garden,  YES! the garden... so this lovely vintage train from vintage digi stamps was just the ticket... sorry for the pun.. anyway the frame came from the same site and with a bit of jiggery pokery I put the sentiment inside, distressed it and covered the whole frame in glossy accents.. which now looks a bit wonky.. did some cutting with my faithful cricut, for the cogs and corner piece. Lots of distressing later and here it is!  Not sure he will love it,  but I sort of do!  And .. no sewing, yes I know, I know, my pink machine is desperate.. but not enough room on this card lol x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Spring birthday wishes

How can you resist this lovely image from Wee stamps... it's so cute!

Couldn't resist colouring her in again today... promarkers of course, in spring colours.. nice and muted, although I liked the depth of the flower and background paper. I still need to perfect my floral arrangements, I'm really not happy with them,  but practise makes perfect!  Or I might just give up!  Anyway used the cricut for 3 pink flowers, other flower and embellies from Wild Orchid. Sentiment is my usual Safmat, how I love that product. Papers from my stash, 8x8" card base, my favourite by far..

Suzi with bunny - Wee stamps

This shouldn't have been A4!  But I got carried away with my Cricut... again!

Really really love this digi stamp from Wee Stamps, thought I would do a grey version with a touch of pink, promarkers of course. Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge, papers from Cuddly Buddly and some freebies. The sentiment is computer generated, onto safmat, brilliant product. Not much good on plain card, but on patterned you can't see the edges, highly recommend. This card is for my my partners daughter in law... hope she likes it.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Life is a beautiful struggle

Ain't that the truth!

I've never attemped a tag, would you believe it!  But I am inspired by Hels... what beautiful work. Anyway, tag cut on cricut (of course) as is the clock and clock parts, which have been embossed with black and gold mixed embossing powders. The tag has been distressed with vintage photo and peeled paint, also so has the doily, a new purchase from Wild Orchid... the sentiment is from a newly found site called  Gingers house which has some lovely free downloads. Buttons from my stash. Butterfly stamp is from Bo Bunny.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Thank you .... home decor!

These digi stamps are FREE, you get 49 different images, some ready to colour in and some already coloured, click here  to get them from Cuddly Buddly, one of my favourite digi download sites. Anyway this is a little wall hanging for my eldest daughter who bought me the mini sewing machine, pictures on my blog.. not my normal colours or design, but these cute images don't lend themselves to grungy!  Although I might just try.... I have used papers from Cuddly Buddly too, they are called Cottage garden - yellow. Promarkers to colour in, Cricut for frame and sentiment... I printed the flowers onto one of the papers in the cottage garden collection, and if you look closely the background paper is made up of patchwork squares using my new machine,  and also a bit of stitching elsewhere. I need to practice and be brave!  Hope she likes it! xx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

my new mini sewing machine!

Wowzers,  just look what my daughter bought me for mothers day!  I have been saving up for one, but I shall now use that money for buying all the lovely threads I need for my cards!!!  This mini machine is from John Lewis, and an absolute snip at £50... just under I think!  It's bubblegum pink, and measures 9" x 10.5" and is as light as a feather. It has a choice of 10 stitches,  wow wee i can't wait to get started !!!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tag and turn card.

Using the super stamps from Nikky Hall's Chronicle... what super quality they are. This time I have used a brown and pink theme, a twisted easel card with a secret tag sentiment. I used papers from the Pretty Tuff CD, I used the free valentines heart as a background, I put the digi stamp into my graphics programme and tiled it, using a light pink background was perfect as the stamp is transparent, very useful. So well done Nikky for such versatile products.

The card and the upcycled heart tin are for my sister, hope she isn't reading this blog..! xx

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Ahh sweet

Using the stamps issued with the Polka Doodles new Chronicle, a really good quality set of stamps, and samples of work.. this inspired me to create this card for my Neice, whose birthday is on the 28th. Hope she likes it. I have used Promarkers to colour in, flowers from Wild Orchid, lacy borders using my super Cricut, and papers from the CD which comes with the Chronicle. Altogether well worth the money, the 2nd edition has been ordered !  xx

Monday, 13 February 2012

Love is ....

Love is everything... a lovely free digi stamp from Polka Doodles,  and couldn't help enter their challenge too!  Made for a certain chap!  So quite a masculine card, although I couldn't help putting some lovely flowers I just purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts, the blue one was a in a bag of freebies, super!  Anyway, I printed the background paper with the stamp on top, as it's transparent a very easy job,  also printed out some co ordinating paper, mounted onto some super red heart papers, a bit of a border with ribbon, flowers and a butterfly and there you have it!  Oh and I used promarkers on the actual stamp.  Cheers Nikki!  xx

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Welcome to your new home card.

This card was put together for my partners son, who we moved yesterday, he is now in a very lovely new house, with a fab conservatory, I wish I could have one!!  Anyway I hope he likes it.

I've been so brave, I've done some close up's of my work, gulp! I have used a fabulous digi stamp from Make it Crafty, coloured with Promarkers, my wonderful Cricut has cut the hinges and cogs, I used Tim Holz card. The sentiment is from the cartridge Life's a Party, and added a button and metal tag. Inside is a map of the area where he lives.  I have distressed the edges of everything, no glitter !!!  Hope he likes it.

Stitching... at last!

I think a slightly better photo..

Looks a bit better with the winter sunshine on it. Or perhaps it's the reflection of the snow! Yikes it's cold today.. so much better tucked up in my little craft room. I shall take a picture of it one day, just to show how messy it is! I am going to enter this into the Anything Goes challenge of Bingo! I have chosen the bottom line, swirls/pearls, flowers, stitching, ribbon and lace... I have used artistic licence with the lace bit,  I think she has a lace trim on her top !!  Yay....  xxx

Thursday, 9 February 2012

This is the card that was published in Making Cards Mag

I'm so proud!

Stitching... at last!

It's a bit of a rubbish picture, but I will take another in a better light tomorrow. But really wanted to do some stitching on a card, and tonight I had a bit of time to myself and thought I would give it a go. I'm not entirely happy with it,  in hindsight you really need to plan your layout, because once it's stiched there is no going back.  I wanted a shabby chic look,  and I think I acheived that. Super digi stamp from The Stamping Boutique,  what a fabulous site that is!  Anyway coloured in with Prisma's my absolute favourite.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

I've had a card published in "Making cards " magazine.

Yes it's true, page 74 of the March edition, they have printed my email and picture, oh wowzers I'm so proud!!!! I shall scan it later and add it to my blog.  How exciting! x

Monday, 6 February 2012

Super sweet "love you lots" card

Using a lovely image from Willow designs.. promarkers and a little artistic licence!  I have also used my ribbons and rosettes cricut cartridge to create the bottom border, which has been made in two parts, a "ribbon" strip from my paper stash, I threaded a thin ribbon through and added a tag. I have cut 3 hearts from some free papers I had, and this is where the sentiment comes from too... the colours all seem to work together.. I love this image, as it's useful for birthdays for someone you love, and I have two daughters and a grand daughter, and a sister and too many neices to mention!  Not too much embellishment, and unusually for me I have left the background of the card clear, except for a bit of distressing of course!  xx

Aqua, clean and simple part deux!

I have listened and have tried!!  Clean and Simple is very very hard!  There is no place to hide lol

Ok, so I cut a template on my Cricut using the ornament iron 2 cartridge, using the negative I used broken china distress ink to pick up the image, then using the positive I used versamark ink and transfered that onto the image, I mixed "snow" embossing powder with aqua mica powder and used the heat gun to set. That's the sheen you can see. Then I dug deep into my almost non existent stamps, ( I do "digi") and found these Kars stamps of the butterfly birds and branch. The sentiment was (sorry a bit wonky!) in a plain pack, goodness knows where the cover is!  So a bit of work but I kept it CAS I think!  See it is very very hard!  Good challenge for me though

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Aqua, clean and simple

Aqua clean and simple. I found it quite difficult for me to keep this simple, I'm not sure I do clean and simple, I tend to embellish things so there is no more room to embellish!  So this was a really good challenge for me to keep it "bare".  I found the blog simply less is moore  and thought the challenge of Aqua a good one for a snowy day in Suffolk. Yuk! I loath the stuff. I used papers from the Forever Friends black and gold collection,  which I changed to aqua tones,  and printed a 2nd sheet for my layer and flower where the transparency had been taken down by 50% thereabouts. I cut the flower from my Flower Shoppe cricut cartridge, and the band was made using 2 ribbons and fusing together on my Gypsy this was made using the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge, very useful! The sentiment was computer generated onto safmat, which if cut with fancy edge scissors and burnished becomes almost undetectable. So actually I rather liked the end result, clean and simple. xx

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Special birthday wishes

I used the lovely digi stamp from Mo Manning, she is such a cutie. I used prisma pencils. There is lots of glitter on this card, it doesn't show in the pic. x

Flower wreath

I really enjoyed making this flower wreath using the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge and following Mel Heaton's instructions. I love turquoise so used this instead of the usual pink and purple combo. I think I should  have done a bigger bow, with tails, but this is ok for me, it's in  my kitchen at the mo.. I'm going to make my Mum one for Mothers Day,  and I would have done one for my sister but she is in a months time going to be living in her Motorhome, not quite travelling the world, but obviously has no space for flower wreaths!  Anyway I love the end result, it took a bit of time putting all the bits together, distressing each petal, dotting and dashing nearly all of them too,  but when the O/H is watching footie, I am right beside him, covered in ink!  Lovely..xx