Sunday, 29 April 2012

New stuff :D

Well had a fab day yesterday as managed to get out (child free!!) and attended to the creative craft show at Shepton Mallet (Bath and West show grounds) for the first time ever with my friend, I was a very happy bunny :D.  I bought some bits I've had on my 'want' list for a while to top up my kit and also some one off bargins for bigger projects when I get the time.

Anyway this is the card I've made this week for my step mum Jacqui's upcoming birthday in June. She loves bumble bees maybe due to the fact the hairdressers she owns is called J Bee's and its grown from there? Now yellow is really not my favourite colour and really struggled to find the right yellow papers but I had a lucky reduced pack find at the craft show and with a little distress ink and a bit of masking I kind of got the look I wanted. Now I would not have normally set out to do a yellow themed card and still not sure if I went a little over kill or not but I'm a big believer in learning from your mistakes

So here's the card........


I love this image of Rosabelle from Kraftin Kimmie although thinking of investing in some finer nibs for my Letraset markers after inking this as she has some tiny ankles!


I dyed some straw mesh ribbon black and pulled it apart so it looked messy as I didn't like the uniformed straight edges, I have wanted to incorporate this ribbon for some time on a card and hope it fits well? I also had loads of fun inking up and stamping some card before die cutting petals to create these rose's. I even got my daughter inking and making some larger rose's of her own (she's not like me with arts and crafts so I was a little shocked to say the least but she admitted to enjoying it) and may have planted a seed?????



I finished the card with a sentiment form Lilly of the valley and crackle glaze on the wings topped with a touch of glitter here and there on the card to give it some bling.

I would like to enter this card in for....
*Saturated Colours at TotallyPaperCrafts
*Colour inspiration at Creations by Gill M
* Spring Bling at Stamptacular Sunday challenge
*Get your girly on at southern girls challenge
*For a special lady at Dream valley challenges
*Spring at Crafts 4 eternity
  *The letter B at Catered Crop Obviously referring to the beautiful Bee Lady Rosabelle
*Cut it out at Passion for Pro marker

Well  that's all for now, have plenty of ideas floating around and feeling inspired after a fully crafty weekend....smiles all round


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Sunday, 22 April 2012


Ok so as usual nothing goes to plan and I didn't get round to doing all the cards I set out to do, I did how ever manage to get my brothers card done after spending some fun messing around with distress inks to create some of my own papers to use on this card and future ones. This is the first time I've attempted creating my own papers and despite initial reservations that it would all go wrong I ended up covered in ink and had so much fun! anyway here is the card I've made for my brother just in time to pop it in the post tomorrow and make it to Oz in time for his birthday.
I'm going to enter my first challenges with this card which are:
*Boys dig it at 4 crafty chicks
*Men only at Sparkles monthly challenges
*Loaded with layers at Stamptacular Sunday challenge Blog
*It's a man thing at Crafty Ann's challenge
*card for a man at Everybody-art-challenge
*Inspired by film title at Secret crafters Saturday Challenge and my film inspiration for this card is Easy Rider
*Make it old at Sweet and sassy digi challenges
*Loads of layers at Delicious doodles
*Earth tones at Dream valley challenges


Its very dull here today and haven't managed to catch the metallic accents on the card as much as I would have liked. I found a picture of an old vintage bike in black and white and printed it out onto some card, added some greys shading with pro markers and a pencil, distressed most of the edges of paper and card stock by either using scissors, tearing and also screwing up the paper I designed then went Tim Holtz distress ink mad on all my card and stock.


 I finished this card by inking up some Tim Holtz gadget gears die cuts. I'm hoping my brother likes it :)


The last card I managed to make was a card my daughter asked me to make with 20 minutes notice as she was going to a friends birthday and forgot to ask me to make one earlier, so it did feel a little unfinished as it was a bit of a mad rush especially seen as all my craft items are stored in the back of my laundry cupboard and takes so long to pull out! Any way here it is......


Maybe sometimes simple is better? I'm not sure as the middle looks bare to me???? Anyway here I used a Gorjuss stamp image and some old paper stock I've been meaning to use for sometime and then distressed it with black soot Tim Holtz distress ink around the edges. I used a Sizzix die cut corner flourish and added some pink mulberry roses that I also distressed with the same black soot ink, I then added a stamped sentiment onto some lace. I'm still being critical of my inking and keep looking at what I could have done better to the hair but its still a learning curve to me as find black hair hard to get right


Friday, 20 April 2012

Ok so I've not posted for a while, things have not been great on the home front so have had to leave my crafting for a while. Am planning on making some me time tomorrow though so hope to have another creation up by tomorrow evening as I bought a new stamp that isnt from Lilly of the valley for a change ;) I also have my brothers birthday coming up and need to get it made and post it off to OZ so better get sorted!!! just need inspiration as I find male cards hard work. xx


Friday, 6 April 2012

Here's a card I made for my daughter Beth, as you will probably guess this main image is another Lily of the valley stamp, I added black netting around the oval Image and secured to a larger oval that contrasted with the background colour. I have used my Big shot die cutter to cut out the swirls and added mulberry roses, some of which were white that I coloured with pro markers then I added glitter to them. Finally I added iridescent butterflies which were from a bag of wedding confetti and added crackle glaze to these as well as the fairly wings.


Thursday, 5 April 2012


Well the colder weather has returned after such a warm start to spring although not as bad as its been for my family up in Yorkshire! at least we have still had sun here in Dorset even if a little chilly in the breeze. Well this cold spell has given me chance to find pictures of cards that I have previously made. Today I'm putting up two cards that I made for my step twins Freya and Jade (....Edit the twins are no longer in my life :(   very painful and upsetting experience  ), the cards are similar but have used slightly different aspects so they are not identical as despite the girls being identical twins they like to be slightly different :) I used more of my Lily of the valley stamps for the main image and also the sentiment. The backing papers are designs from a street lace paper pack I have and then I topped with flowers, the cards did also have silver clip charms attached to the front as an additional gift for their bracelets but these have been taken off by the girls now. Hopefully more to add in the next few days x


Sunday, 1 April 2012

Well just added photo's of my children now at the bottom of my blog, next step is the craft photo's, but not missing out on this gorgeous sunny weather :)