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Monday, 30 July 2012

Animal Crackers

We came back last night from a lovely weekend break to Hunstanton, we were so lucky with the weather and I got to paddle in the sea for the first time this year.  Hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

Today's card is for the Joanna Sheen challenge "Animal Crackers".  I have had the image in my stash for a while (it was from a swap on the Docraft forum ages ago) but it is a Penny Black stamp and fits the animal theme quite nicely.The navy and white card is diecut with a border die from Nellie Snellen.  A little red Prima flower and a few Anita's tiny gems to embellish. The ribbon bow and the sentiment are from a £1 shop I believe.

Thanks for looking

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Another Criss-Cross

A quick post today just to show you a feminine version of yesterday's card.  I cheated a bit with the bookmark on this one, the flower is a recycled one someone saved for me from their birthday card.  Luckily I had some papers I had printed off ages ago (sorry can't remember where from) that matched with the colours.  A sheet of pink card and a little Memory Box diecut buckle slid onto the ribbon and a few Kort & Godt pearls.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Bookmark and Masculine Card

Beautiful day here today, feel I should be outside but a little too hot to stay for long.

I fancied a new type of card for today and my box is always lacking in masculine cards.  I used instructions from the Scorpal site to create this criss-cross card.

I had a roam around town yesterday and found some jumbo paper clips in Wilkinsons and (as we crafters do) thought I could use those with a little embellishment as bookmarks.  The card base is made from an A4 sheet of navy linen card, scored on my Hougie, as you would a trifold.  The papers are from Hot Off The Press (from a Quilted Card Kit booklet I have had since starting crafting) so the co-ordinating papers and sentiment were all together I just had to cut them to suit.  The tag/insert is made from the same papers just slightly smaller than the back of the card and with rounded corners.  Nestability circles and a button (with the shank removed) are used to decorate the "bookmark" and a little star brad attached to the sentiment strip.

Hey presto, a card and little gift in one.

Thanks for looking and hope you like it.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Going Around in Circles

Hi everyone, I had a lovely surprise at the weekend, my first ever blog candy win!

I made this card using my fabulous Joanna Sheen Blog Candy prize.  Thank you Joanna and the team, I am chuffed to pieces with it!  It was the House Mouse Designs Project Book and included cd-rom.

I used one of the image sheets from the cd to create a circular topper for an easel card.  The Joanna Sheen current blog challenge is "Going Around in Circles" and this is my entry.  Full info can be found here: http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/going-round-in-circles.html

Not a great photo I'm afraid, I had to take it outdoors as the light inside today is poor, hope you can see that it is decoupaged.  The embossing is done with a mask for a change, following the circles theme.  It is finished with Craftwork Cards card candy, Prima flowers and Kort and Godt pearls for the flower centres.  The adhesive ribbon and the lilac flowers are from Docrafts (I think, they have been in my stash for ages).

Hope everyone is ok, the sun is shining here at the moment after some earlier heavy rain.  Will we ever get a Summer this year?

Happy crafting!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Time to Celebrate

Do you find men's cards as difficult as I do?  This one is for my Brother-in-law's birthday soon.
It is always easier for me to make cards just for the fun of it.  When I have a particular one to make my mind goes blank.  Anyway this is what I eventually came up with, hope you like it. 

 I used pearlescent chocolate coloured card for the base which I part-embossed with a cuttlebug folder using a shim I had previously made with a circle cut out of it.  It didn't work quite as well as I hoped though, you can see some faint circles from the embossing inside the clock.  I then embossed a nestie circle where the plain part was.  The cogs were embossed in the card using actual diecuts and an embossing rubber mat.  A distress inked Tim Holtz clock diecut with vintage photo (my only distress pad so far) was added as the main feature.  I added some gold highlights around the outside edges with a versamark pen and some gold cosmic shimmer mica powder to jazz it up a bit.  The letters were cut with Crealies alphabet dies and the sentiment is a computer generated one printed on a snippet of patterned paper.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

New Blog

Well, I have finally braved an attempt at posting to my newly created blog.  I am really learning as I go along, so please bear with me.  I have found some tips from Kathleen's  http://craftbloggers.blogspot.co.uk/ very helpful, (so thank you Kathleen), but still have loads to learn and little time to do it at the moment.  Once the school holidays begin I will hopefully get a bit more savvy!

This card was made for a challenge on Joanna Sheen's forum.  The theme was "ice cream" so using the colours of Neopolitan I picked out a pearlescent kraft card blank, some First Edition pink backing paper and ribbons from my stash.  The butterfly is in fact a white felt one that I coloured with ink and promarkers, mounted on some more pretty pink paper and embellished with a few Kort & Godt pearls.  I inked up the edges of the backing paper with vintage photo distress ink before stitching it on my sewing machine along with the ribbons and lace.