Diamond Cuties

Hello Everybody,

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Today I have a couple of Cuties to share with you. I fancied making a fancy shaped card, especially after Patricia St Martin’s Diamond Origami Fold Card Tutorial landed in my inbox … and it had been sitting there for a while until I finally got to make one or two.

This is what they look like once they are folded up:

Diamond Shaped Origami Cards folded

And here they are opened out:

Birthday Origami FoldHorse Origami Fold

I basically used the same idea and slightly changed the colours. This type of card would be very suited to making some Art Deco cards, as a matter of fact I have one which is work in progress. Maybe I need to go and see ‘The Great Gatsby’ for some added inspiration … hmm … now there is a thought.

Well I used some Lily of the Valley round sentiment stamps and die-cuts, X-Cut looped border punch, Memory Box Nottingham Border die, Tonic Studio flower punches (small flower), Stampin’Up! Mixed Bunch stamp set, Blossom and circle punch, Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle nestabilities dies plus daisy punch, ribbon, buttons, gems, pearls, paper and card from my stash.

Back soon with more crafty bits … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Coming of Age

Double Pocket Card

Double Pocket Card Tags
Oops! Just tried out my new WordPress app and hadn’t realized that it immediately posted rather than saving to draft. Also tried to upload the pictures fro my mobile, but couldn’t turn them, will do that tomorrow.
Back to the card. I made it for a friend’s 50th birthday, got quite a few of these this year. Last week it was Dianne, next week it will be Jan and so on … and of course mine will come along at some point too … a sort of coming of age I guess … or is it just time to get younger … hmmm … I might need to muse over this for a while longer.
The card itself is made from a piece of strong double sided paper 12×12″ and that’s including the tags, only the flowers used to embellish the front were stamped on white card. 🙂
Hopefully this edit will post ok, still not too sure about this app.
Anyway will finish the post off tomorrow and treat you to the tea party card I didn’t get round to posting last week for the hatters challenge … see you then. 😀

Well I am back for editing. had to delete and re-insert pictures as I was only able to edit them in the ‘Media library’. there is always something new to learn every day! 🙂

Well here is what I used to make the card: Double sided designer paper (sorry can’t remember the name, but it is a retired Stampin’UP! one), Outlined Occasions Stamp Set from last year’s Sale-a-bration, Everything Eleanor Stamp Set, Concord Crush and Peach Parfait Inks and card stock (both retired) all from Stampin’Up!; Tim Holtz Typeset Sizzix alphabetic strip; Memorybox Classic Number Set cutting dies; Glamour Dust; the sparkling ribbon from my stash

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everybody!

Happy New year to you all!

I know we are already a couple of days into the new year, and I haven’t done much blogging over the festive period … so it’s time to catch up now.

Inspired by a demo on Create & Craft and having the urge to do something that I normally wouldn’t do, I decided to put my Hougie Board through it’s paces and leave the cosy security going for ‘safe colours’.

Somehow I had this thing of using yellow and turquoise, one could safely assume that this wish was borne out of the grey winter we had so far …

in this spirit here is something to brighten up anybody’s day … sunglasses to the ready …

yellow butterfly

For the base card on which the background is scored, I used some Dovecraft yellow card. As you can see the card is not coloured through, as a matter of fact it is only coloured on one side which makes it perfect as a base card and for sanding too.

You might remember the butterfly stamp from my Hidden Twinchies card and post. This time I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir pens from the pastels and lights sets, something Santa kindly left for me under the Christmas Tree 🙂 (Thanks Brenda and Jan).

I die cut two deckle edged ovals (Nestabilities, Spellbinders), the larger one from white card and the smaller one from turquoise core-dinations card. Here is what else I used: Fresh Cuts stamp set (retired SU), bakers twine, Daffodil Delight and Regal Rose ink, certainly celery grosgrain ribbon and card all by Stampin’Up!; Tessatina Memory Box Die from Handy Hippo: the gems came from my own stash.

If you want to find out what else you can do with your Hougie or any other score board, we will explore several options in my next card making class which is Saturday 26th January 12 – 3pm.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Using some Stash

Hello Everybody,

just a quick card using some of my stash, which incidentally is also the theme of the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ challenge.

As always this time of year I have been making Christmas cards. The one I want to share with you today has been made using a stamp I had sitting in the draw for some years and I never managed stamping it properly until now. Well I suppose it is thanks to a stamping mat, something which has been on my horizon for a while, but I never thought I needed. I simply got it because I got a bit tired of EZ-mounting my unmounted rubber stamps. I must say it works perfectly well. So here is the card:

The stamp is by Inkadinkado and surprise surprise is still available from Crafty Devils. I just googled it 🙂 … it has been sitting in my draw for at least 6 or so years, I bought it at a Fair which at the time was organised by Courtyard Crafts in Brimstage, that was before they stopped trading and became Little Claire stamps. It tickled me at the time to think that I would be able to send Christmas cards, telling everybody that my husband is a ‘Saint’. 😀 lol

The doCrafts ribbon is from last year and got never used, the papers were freebies from last year … do I need to say more …

I added colour highlights using water-colour pencils and distressed the edges using tea stain and ruby red inks from Stampin’UP! (I think they are both retired). The edges were blended with white craft ink to give a snowy effect. The snowflake die is a Memory Box one.

Enjoy!!!

Back tomorrow … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Angelic Christmas

Hello Everybody,

Back again! Given that today is ‘World Cardmaking Day’ I had to do another post before going off to North Wales at lunch time 🙂

It is also one to be shared with the Hatters again.

For this one I went for a more traditional lay-out look and used one of my favourite stamps from Personal Impressions. I got this one a long time ago at HobbyCraft when they first opened in Chester.

We will also be making this card in my Make & Take Class in late November … something for you to look forward to 🙂 … for more details check out the Classes page on my blog.

This stamp is so beautifully detailed that I can’t bring myself to colour it in, I slightly shaded the edges of the white piece of card instead. The lovely snowflake border is a Memory Box die -my favourite make at the moment- and you can get it on-line from Crafts U Love Ltd.

That’s it from me. See you next week …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Oriental Patchwork

Hi Everyone!

I was delighted when I saw this week’s challenge theme at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’. It is Oriental Influences!!! Hooray, because I got just the card for that … and this brings me to what I have been up to. Well I mentioned that I made lots of cards for a competition I was entering, the closing date of which was today. It is called National Cardmaker of the Year 2012 and run by Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine. Hopefully I get somewhere and if not it was great fun getting all the cards ready. Overall I entered 7 categories (Tonic Studios, Woodware, Penny Black, Dovecraft, Stampin’UP!, Sizzix and Wild Rose Studio).

Now the card I am going to share with you is one I entered for the Woodware category and here it is:

It’s again a card that made itself, it just developed as I went along and out came the rich pink, purple and golden colours. The patchwork elephant stamp and the daisy punches are from Woodware. I stamped the elephant on watercolour paper and used watercolour pencils for colouring in. I then blended the colours together with a wetish brush, taking care that they wouldn’t bleed into each other. The sentiment is one I made up on the computer, the floral die is by Marianne designs and the one I used for the golden ‘mesh’ is the Memory Box Tessatina Border Die, the latter of which you can get from Handy Hippo.  The Sizzix Framelits dies are from Stampin’UP!. Everything else came from my own stash.

I am off now for a well deserved holiday. It’s only a short one, but I won’t be blogging now for a week.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

… one would think it was dark when I took the picture, far from it, it was taken during full daylight … just very overcast … sorry!