Tuesday 18 June 2013

Another card I created using a nitwit digi pack and CAP.  This time though I printed everything, cut it out and matted and layered it.

Thursday 13 June 2013

fathers day card

This is the card I made for my son to give to his uncle for fathers day.
It is a little bit different for me as I created it using Craft Artist Pro and then printed it out.  I approached it just as I would when using physical stash and followed (and am entering) sketch #45 from Friday Sketch Challenge.  I have to admit I'm pretty pleased with the finished product.

Friday 24 May 2013

Tuesday 21 May 2013

#43 Friday Sketch Challenge

Magnolia images, coloured with copics and distress inks.  Papers are DIY Shop by Cratepaper, a recent purchase from TK Maxx and the sentiment is computer generated and heat embossed with gold EP.  I followed sketch #43 at Friday Sketch Challenge. :)

Wednesday 10 April 2013

50th birthday

Once again, not the best picture in the world but I am pleased with this card.  I used a lot of my spellies on this design and the chandelier is cut from the home decor cart on the cricut.  The papers are DCWV Linen Closet, the flowers and corners are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I used a JustRite stamp on the front of the card (the pattern on the labels 20) and a Kanban stamp inside (the chandelier).

I'm entering this card into Papertake weekly Challenge - Bingo, and went with the bottom line using blooms, ribbon and gems.

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Happy birthday matey

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out, although as usual my photography skills are letting me down.
I added an acetate cover to the front of the card and attached my LOTV stamp, computer generated sentiment, ribbon and bling - following this week's sketch at Friday Sketch Challenge. Behind that I used a Delicious Doodles digital stamp, which I printed onto a parchment type paper cut out and then had a good play with some distress inks and my distressing tool.  (I also added layers of dp on the back of the acetate to tidy it up a bit)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges :)
Friday Sketch Challenge #40
Delicious Doodles #29 (1,2,3 recipe)
Papertake Weekly Challenge (Anything goes)
Paula Holifield Crafts #1 (Anything goes)

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Vintage? - don't mind if I do.

I've always admired but been a big bit, little bit intimidated by the whole distressed look.  I didn't know quite where to start and whenever I tried, always ended up with a project that looked more "tatty" than "vintage".  However I may have finally conquered my fear.  I dusted off my my Tim Holtz paper distresser, which has been laying, neglected in a drawer for years,  finally used my distress inks (well one of them) with some cut and dry and inked the edges of anything with a straight edge and crumpled away to my hearts content - and had a ball doing it.

So what was different this time, well, I used scraps.  I think the thought of wasting or destroying something pretty was just too big a deal for me.  I mean, I know it's just paper but, I really really like most of the dp's I own.  I really like the paper I used, which was one of the first crafty purchases I made but the bits I used had been in a scrap box.  It took all the pressure off and I honestly can't remember enjoying making a card so much in a long long time.

 * For everyone else that has whole heartedly embraced this style I know my card is pretty lame but it really was a big deal to me :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Emma's Crafty Challenge #14 Vintage
Fussy and Fancy Friday #84 Flowers

Sunday 17 March 2013

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

You've probably already heard but if you haven't google reader is closing on 1st July.   I've found it a really easy way to keep up to date with all your blogs and was wondering what to do.  I need not have worried as people much more organised that me have it all under control   I read on a couple of blogs I follow that they have switched to bloglovin so I thought I'd give that a try too.  I've imported all the blogs I follow on google reader (which was surprisingly easy) and added a "follow my blog" button.

Many thanks to Nikki and Mandy for the info.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

better photos ?

I blogged this card before but hopefully there should be some improvement in it.  Not only did I add the sentiment and some gems, I also took the advice of some facebook friends and made a  bit more effort taking a picture of it.

They were as blunt as to say "make more effort, they suggested using a white background and taking the pictures in better lighting or even outside - which I did.

Did it make a difference?  See for yourself.


and after.......

Still not perfect but a whole let better.  And my husband says I spend too much time on facebook :)

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Mothers day take 2

I had another go at a Mothers Day card, using another Kanban image.  I'm not entirely sure about this one - I think maybe the orange is a bit strong.  Any how I followed this sketch so at least I'm happy with the layout.

This pic was added after I got some advice on taking pics.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Sketch Saturday #248
Kanban Crafts Challenge #1 anything goes

Friday 1 March 2013

mothers day card

I had a few hours to myself today and for the first time in a long time I was able to make a card "just for fun" I decided to make a mothers day card because all to often when there's an occasion coming up and I do mean any and every occasion, I usually get caught up in orders and have to buy cards for me to send to my loved ones which, not surprisingly goes down like a lead balloon. Not this year though - I am determined to get my act together,  I'll decide closer to the day whether this is for my mum or my mum in law depending on how successful I actually am at getting my act together :)

The main topper is from a Kanban kit I got ages ago, the frames and butterflies are spellbinders dies purchased more recently.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges (and, if I have time tomorrow I'll try to take another picture of it that isn't so blurry) 

Crafting for all seasons #46 Dies and Punches
Divas by design Anything Goes
Crafts and me #122 Dies and Punches
The Cupboard Trilogy #9 A Mother Love
Delicious Doodles #25 Yellow

this pic also added after following some advice re taking pics


Thursday 28 February 2013

Another couple of cards made for a recent order :)

Sunday 24 February 2013

More commissioned cards

I took a few more pics of my recent makes, these pictures weren't taken in the dead of night so should be better.  What I really need to do is read the manual that came with my camera but I'd much rather be making cards :)
Both these cards were for the same couple.  I didn't want them to be too similar so the pink card is out of my comfort zone but, the customer said she loved it and that's the main thing.

Tuesday 5 February 2013

This is a card I made for a friend.  I love everything about it except the font I used for the sentiment, which is a real pity since that is the main focus of the card. I really should have used something a bit more fancy and have no idea why I did'nt.   In my defense, it was like four in the morning and I had five or six other cards on the go that were all being collected on the same day.

Thursday 31 January 2013

Christening Card

Apologies for the rubbish photos again - I just can't get my act together with taking pictures of my makes.

This was another commission and I used some of my brand new spellbinders dies and a very old cuttlebug corner die.  Since it fits the theme I'd thought I'd enter this weeks challenge at J&C Creations,  Something old and something new.