Saturday, 30 July 2011

New Home Card

Today’s share is a 'New Home' card that the recipient should have by now, so I'm safe publishing it to my blog.

Basic premise for this card was CASED, but being an idiot, I can't remember where from, (if you know, please tell me so I can give due credit – thanks!), and I’ve tweaked it a little bit as I was doing it from memory.

The paper was old Stampin’ Up paper that I had in my stash that I’m trying to use up. The image is from the 'Neighbourhood' jumbo wheel that I stamped onto Water colour paper in versamark ink and heat embossed using a mixture of black and gold embossing powder, which give a really cool two-tone effect. I coloured in the image using my blender pen, which I love doing, using the colours from the paper and then added three co-ordinating brads and some Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon.

The sentiment is from the 'Sincere Salutations' stamp set.

I liked the card so much that I'm in the middle of making another one to put in my stash of cards that are ready to go for when a last minute 'New Home' card is needed.

Cheerio for now, until we chat again xx

Friday, 29 July 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts...

Firstly, I want to say sorry for not posting over the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately, as some of my readers know, I’ve had a bereavement of a close family member and I’m sure you can appreciate that blogging has been the last thing on my mind. I do have to say that that pretty paper and cute stamps have been a life saver. It’s been great to be able to hide away in my little craft room and lose myself in little projects.

Today I’m going to share some cards I’ve made over the last few days to thank people for coming to the funeral, which was in central London, which is a nightmare to get into whatever mode of transport you are using and I wanted to make sure that the realised how much I appreciated them being there.

I kept the colour palette really simple and classic, using 'Marina Mist', 'Old Olive', 'Baja Breeze' and 'Garden Green' markers for the images. I used 'Very Vanilla' and 'Sahara Sand' for the card blanks and the 'Thanks for Caring' stamp set which is in the Summer Mini catalogue at the moment, Oh, and I also used a little 1/4" Grosgrain in Marina Mist.

Hope you like the cards, I found it very therapeutic and feel very lucky to have such a wonderful hobby.

take care of yourselves!

Big crafty hugs, xx

Monday, 11 July 2011

Hummingbird Template

Early post today as I am off to see my Mum this morning. She is just out of hospital and still not very well, so I'm trying to spend a bit of time with her to cheer her up unfortunately that means going over to Notting Hill in the rush hour which is defiantly one of my least favourite things to do!!

So on to the sample I would like to share with you today, it started with the Hummingbird.

I downloaded the template from a magazine website, re-sized it and cut it out of "Springtime Vintage" DSP, (Summer Mini Cat Ref; 121782, Pg 17), I love this paper!

Then I left it sitting on my desk for a while whilst I wondered what I was going to do with it. I then choose my trusty "Fast & Fabulous" Lv 2 hostes stamp set, (which means it's FREE!), which I stamped using the "Night of Navy" marker as I don't have any of the 'Regal' ink pads yet, and "Rose Red" ink onto "Very Vanilla" cardstock. This was matted onto "Baja Breeze" and "Night of Navy" card stock then adhered to a "Crumb Cake" card blank. I then stamped a sentiment from the "Hello, You" stamp set, (Cat Ref; 117118, Pg 86), which is a lovely little stamp set and very affordable.

I then left it for a while, actually quite a long while! There was definatly something very missing, but really couldn't put my finger on what else it needed. Finally, on Saturday afternoon I grabbed my trusty glue pen, scribbled in the centre of the flowers and drizzled over some "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter which gave it just that something extra that it needed.

I love the movement and dimension of the hummingbird and it's defiantly a template that I will happily use again and again

So, in the end, this card took about 20 mins to actually, physically put together, but, from start to finish, it took ~ I breakfast, ~ 2 lunches, ~ 1 dinner, ~ 5 cups of tea, oh, and not forgetting a packet of Walkers Crinkles crisps - Sea Salt flavour, (love them!!), but I am now, mostly, satisfied with it! Do you every have projects like that???

If you would like any further information on the products used or any in the 'Stampin Up' range, please do not hesitate to get it contact. Alternatively, if you want to check out the full product range for yourself, please click on the catalogue images on the left to download the latest catalogues. These are also available as hard copies, The Idea Book & Catalogue 2010/2011 is £5.95 and the Summer Mini is 80p. Both of these are free to any customers of mine once they have spent £100 or over, not including shipping costs.

Anyway, must dash, lots of crafty hugs until we chat again....

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Yet more stamping with the "Confetti" stamp set...

Hi there,

I hope that you've been able to keep cool over the last couple of days, it's been so hot in Twickenham It's been too hot to go into my crafting room during the day as the sun shines directly into the window and the room becomes the hottest in the house!

I would like to share with you today a couple of very simple cards and I'm using the "Confetti" stamp set again. You can probably tell that I love this set, it's so versatile. All I've done is punched out squares of coloured cardstock and then used that colour to stamp various images from the "Confetti" stamp set. I then 'wrapped' the presents with some Bakers Twine from my stash

The first card has a more feminine colour scheme using "Baja Breeze", "Pink Pirouette" and "So Saffron" colour palette and "Whisper white" cardstock.

.. and the second card has more of a masculine feel I think achieved by using "Old Olive", "Poppy Parade" and "Concord Crush" colour palette and using "Sahara Sand" cardstock.

Both cards use an A6 kraft card blank from Papermania