Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Dandelion Heads or is it Agapanthus???????

The Play Date Cafe as usual has come up with a gorgeous colour scheme this week and I'm really late posting this - the card has been made for 4 days and hopefully I'm not too late for the challenge!!!

The colours were a lovely muted mix of cream, mushroom, grey and brown so I used the last of my Penny Black stickers which included all of these colours (fortunately for me!) and picked out the mushroom and brown colour for the backing papers.
I was undecided if the flowers were dandelion seed heads or agapanthus but whatever they were I thought they'd benefit from some liquid pearls! A bronze metal flower with a pearl centre was mounted onto a cream fabric flower and I finished off with a mushroom colour organza bow.

Sweet dreams!!

 This is the second time recently that I have used this image and sentiment on a card but it makes me smile so I'm not apologising!!!!!
I decided this time to try and make it a bit more 'girlie', hence the use of the pink and green colour combo.
I coloured wine-full sleepy bear with promarkers and water brushed some green ink to soften the edge. Mounted onto DCWV pale green cardstock. The patterned background papers were from a stack that I bought when I first started card making (who says I'm a hoarder????????) and I've had them that long I have no idea who made them or even if they're still available!

Creative Inspirations theme this week is Animal, TIOT has a challenge of 'Animal Stamp' this week and My Time To Craft's challenge is 'Drink it Up' (and there's no doubt at all that sleepy bear here has done just that!!!)

Friday, 23 July 2010

No cards - just a canvas!

Have just put the cards to one side for a few days - have made a present for a friend who's brithday is imminent (so can't show you! But will be able to very soon!!!!) and then just played about a bit making messy! Gel Medium everywhere and bits of torn napkin now litter the floor and desk.... but enjoyed myself!

I am no expert with paper napkins but confess now to looking at them in a different way after seeing some gorgeous creations from other people. I like the layering technique although unfortunately I do have a tendency to be 'heavy handed' so consequently I usually end up with lots of torn bits on the canvas!!

This tiny canvas measures just under 3" square and I use them this size to practice the technique. I used 3 different napkins and I think this may be considered a 'work in progress'. I am off to look for some twigs to make a frame and some rough twine to make a hanger!

Work in progress or not I am submitting this to the challenge at 'Tuesday Taggers' (Canvas) which this week is being sponsored by the fabby Art From The Heart store. Am also submitting into the Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Challenge entitled 'Sunshine'. Although there isn't an actual sun to be seen on this canvas, it reminds me of sunny days.............and looking out of the window right now I NEED a sunny day!!!!!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

One image equals two cards

Two cards today! Both destined for the Pink Box and made with the Jayne Netley Mayhew CD.

I really liked this image of elephants (looking back through the blog recently I seem to be doing a bit of stuff with wild animals..... no explanation - just a 'thing' I'm going through!!!)

Anyway back to the elephants...... The 'Blue Elephant' card was done by altering the original black outline to blue and printed it onto cream linen textured paper. The backing paper is by Basic Grey and is from the absolutely delicious Marrakech Paper Pad... which is full of gorgeous patterns and prints in fabulous colours! Matted and layered onto two different shades of blue DCWV card and some fibres added.
Grey Elephant was a real quick card and is matted and layered onto pearlised black card which doesn't show very well in the pic.
Think these cards although simple are quite effective and would be OK to send to men!
My friends over at Gingersnap Creations have a colour challenge running until 25th July - Shades of Blue - so Blue Elephant is my submission!

Friday, 16 July 2010


This card is made for a couple at the Bowls Club who are celebrating their pearl anniversary this week.
I had drooled over some cards that Jan had made using her new wedding folders so was real happy when she kindly sent me some! I knew I would be able to use one on this anniversary card!
I cut round the embossed area and pushed out the centre. I stuck the centre onto white pearlised card and then added the feathers, pearls, fabric heart and some white organza ribbon.
I layered the embossed folder over it and finally printed the sentiment out, used 3d foam pads to raise it from the embbssing and added some tiny pearl centred vellum flowers.
Tuesday Taggers theme this week is Anniversaries - so here's my effort even though I am really disappointed with how this photo turned out - the card has a lovely textured sheen on it and the photo I don't think does it justice..... for once this IS one I'm happy with!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Dainty Daisy

Last year I bought some Penny Black stickers - thought they would come in sometime if I had to make a quick card! As usual, they've been laying about and this week I made two cards using them - one of which was sent to Maureen (as she was 21 again this week) and here is the other!
The stickers have a lovely 'stamped,coloured, distressed' look to them.
I used basic cream cardstock and some K and Co paper for the background. The image was mounted onto DCWV 'Naturals' card in cream and blue and I used the same card to punch out the trellis. I stacked the trellis on top of each other, positioning the blue just slightly off centre behind the cream.
The sentiment was printed out using the same background paper and matted and finally I tried to link the flowers and trellis together by mimicking the flowers using a similar cream flower with a metal flower brad in the centre.

This is just another for the Pink box.

Sunday, 4 July 2010


This fab zebra is a digital image from DesigNeal. The background animal print paper I lightened using GCF and then 'distressed' the edges with some sandpaper. I added some animal print ribbon to the black background and a few fibres. The whole project was stuck onto black linen textured card.
I'm submitting this into the challenge at 'Dare U 2 Digi Stamp' which this week is called 'The Great Outdoors' and also into One Stop Crafts Challenge which is 'Distressing'.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Finally some cards.......

These last few weeks have all gone by in a bit of a blur really and I have not felt like doing anything - I am still feeling low and the weepy side is overtaking the creative side - BUT- made myself sit for a couple of occasions and colour in some digi stamps. Once coloured in, I then had another session making them up into cards for my Pink Day. (I am proud to say I have just sent off a cheque for £350 in donations in lieu of flowers for Mum - I know this would have pleased her greatly and I have been overwhelmed by everyone's generosity.)

Back to the cards ....... the beer barrel teddy was done for my friend's OH who likes the odd glass (or three) of Boddington's Beer! The other one has gone into the Pink box. Both images are freebies and I coloured them with a mix of distress inks and promarkers. Backing papers for beer barrel are by Papermania (Hampstead Collection) and the backing papers for the Wine card were a pressie from Maureen, and as she didn't tell me whose they were I can't tell you!
Crafts and Me and Paper Sundaes both have challenge themes this week of Birthdays so have submitted these.