Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy New Year!

Just to wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2009. I have appreciated all your visits and the opportunity to visit you over the past year and look forward to them continuing in 2009

Ann x

Monday, 29 December 2008

Starting Early!

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I hope you're not all christmassed out but Santa brought me some new stamps to play with this christmas and among them were a couple of Messy Rabbit sets and I couldn't not play with them just because they're christmas stamps!
This is one of those cards that has ended up being completely different than it started out to be but I do like how it's ended up! I intended to use the house etc of the companion set but got side tracked with a different idea so I'll do the other one another time. Back to this one - the backing paper is a happy accident because it is from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD and I was printing it to use with a different card. It's supposed to be a creamy, beigey colour but either one of the colours is running out or my printer needs the heads cleaned because this is what I got! As it happens, it goes beautifully with the Messy Rabbit image that I already had coloured in and I was able to use the design to suggest drifting snow and I put it through the swiss dots cuttlebug folder. The tree stamp is from Creative Expressions and just seemed to go very well with Messy. Messy and the tree have been coloured in with various pens, the snow was created with Magic Speckle and crystal glitter was added to the tree. Embellished with cuttlebug corners and silver peel offs.
I've been missing entering callenges and thought I'd have a look to see if it fitted any - I found five!
Tanda Teaser - punches or die cuts
Wednesday Stamper - open theme
Cute Card Thursday - open theme
TGIF - It's all new
Lots To Do - trees. Sadly, this is to be the last challenge at Lots To Do, so do please join in if you can.

Hope you like it and thank you for your visit.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

60th Birthday Card

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It's a relief to post a card again - it feels like it's been soooooo long! I have two sils and one bil with birthdays in January and this card is for the first of them. It's a special birthday, her 60th so I wanted to make sure the card was special too. I created the tall open book in the Design master software for the robo and have done three layers. I have used a leather effect card for the largest layer and have used one of my favourite stamps from the Artylicious Filigree Fushion themeplate along with versamark and silver sparkle EP. The middle layer is silver foil card and the smallest layer is white linen. The two images are from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD. Silver peel offs and silver and burgandy ribbons finsh the embellishments. This card is suitable for both the ABC challenge which is U for underneath this week and also for Ink on My Fingers which is to make something incorporating our favourite things - well, the stamp and CD both fall into that category!
Thank you for your visit today and I'm hoping to post again tomorrow.

Friday, 26 December 2008

Thank you Lorraine

I want to say a huge thank you to Lorraine this lovely lady has been sharing out some awards she herself received recently and thinks me worthy of no less than two of them! I've been very fortunate in the run up to Christmas and for that matter, throught the year with regard to the number of awards I've been given and I treasure each and every one of them. The two that Lorraine has given me are these:

I have already passed these awards on but would like to pass them on again to all those on my blog list - including you Lorraine!

Thank you again.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Thank Yous and Christmas Wishes

These last couple of weeks have turned out to be both hectic and more fraught than is ideal. As this is likely to be my last post before Chirstmas, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the support and friendship you've given me since I started this blog about 10 months ago and also to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the sincere hope that 2009 is good to you.

I also need to say thank you to Rita, Ann and Beryl who have all given me the award you see above, although in Beryl's case it's for my tutorial blog. I'm thrilled to recieve it and apologise for not having the time to display it before now and also for not having the time right now to pass it on. I have added links to their blogs though because these are enormously talented ladies and there are few better ways of spending whatever free time you have this christmas than going to see their work.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Another Gatefold Frame Card

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I enjoyed making the first one of these cards so much that I was itching to do another. This one is for my sister and her family - I love making cards for my sister because she really apprecitates the work and effort that I put in and treasures them. The more tactile I make it the more she loves it and this card is also ideal for two challenges:

TGIF - Santa Claus is coming to town
Joanna Sheen Forum - decoupage

I've used stardream card again - this time it's mars and ivory. The image is Joanna Sheen victorian decoupage and the backing paper is from Joanna's Victorian Christmas CD.
The front of the card has been kept very simple the two cuttlebug corners cut out of gold mirri card, the Father Christmas and poinsettia stamps were stamped onto a spare piece of ivory stardream with versamark and embossed with halo gold ep. The centre bracts of the poinsettia have been coloured in with a sakura clear stardust pen. The stamps are: Santa - Rubberstampede and Poinsettia - Craft stamper.
Thank you for visiting today

Friday, 12 December 2008

Special Christmas Card

Usually I put the pictures up first and the write up underneath, but I'm doing this one the other way round in the hope that if I accidentally leave this post open on my computer, DH won't see what I don't want him to! Suzannes challenge this week is 'A card that has a sentimental thought behind it' so now that I've finally got it finished I thought I'd enter DH's christmas card.
I say finally, because at present we tend to be together 24/7 so making it, photographing it and finally posting it can be an artform in itself!!
I decided to make him an open book style card, cutting the three layers out with my robo using a template I created earlier in the year. I used white pearlised card for the largest and smallest layers and gold silk mirri card for the middle layer. I randomly stamped different snowflakes all over the largest layer and embossed with sprinkle n sparkle guilded ivory ep, which gives a lovely subtle effect. I put both pages of the gold mirri through the cuttle bug and created two circular vignettes of winter scenes on the smallest layer using stampscapes stamps. I used twinkling H2Os and a white gel pen to colour the images and added a touch of crystal glitter to each one. I particularly chose to use these stamps because of all the things I do, the stampscape scenes I create are his favourites.
Thank you for your visit and I hope you like it although, I will admit that because of the cards I used, it was a pig to photograph!

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

A Welcome Return!

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Today I'm sharing something a little different with you. I did these two cross stitch pictures at a time of tremendous upheaval in my life - the Angel one is about 4 years old and the Dreamcatcher is about 3 years old. They were very theraputic to do and are just as theraputic to enjoy looking at - the reason for the title of the post though is because they have been (very carefully) packed away in the loft for the last 18 months and the reason we can have them out again now is because our new bedroom is finally finished!! These pictures are the icing on the cake and we finally feel that we're properly home even though there's still lots to do :)
Thank you for popping by today.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

JS Ready Steady Craft Card

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Each month, four members of the Joanna Sheen Forum are chosen to take part in the Ready Steady Craft challenge for the following month's newsletter. I was lucky enough to be one of the four for December. The four people are sent certain "ingredients" to use and can supplement them with items that they may have in their own basic "larder". Making this card was tremendous fun and I wanted to create something that would both protect the stunning decoupage that was part of the ingredients and hopefully stand as a decoration that could be brought out in future years as well as stand duty as a card. I'm not going to go into details about the basic card here because I've done a tutorial for it on my Tutorial and Tips blog.
There is a full write up of how I made the card in the newsletter - if you don't already receive it click here and you can sign up for one for free and see the other three cards too - and believe me, they're well worth seeing.
The one thing that I do want to mention is how I did the candles on the two front pieces. The candles and flames I created in the Design Master software and cut out using the craft robo. The flames were simply done by covering them with versamark and heat embossing with sparkle N sprinkle halo gold embossing powder. The candles were also covered with versamark and embossed with two layers of red ep then a layer of sparkle N sprinkle Magic Speckle was put on top of that and heated. When magic speckle is used in this way it creates a beautiful mosaic effect and I've fallen for this product big time! It can be used in two ways because used on it's own with the versamark it's wonderful for snow.
Thank you for visiting today.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Another Award

The lovely Ann at Craftroom Creations has given me this lovely award for which I am very grateful. I am supposed to pass this to 10 people but I need to give this some thought and just now isn't the right time for me to do this but will do so as soon as I can. Thank you Ann.

I've been awarded this again today, this time by the very talented Beryl and it is every bit as much valued as all the others - thank you so much Beryl.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Another Thank you!

This time to Jane for awarding me the Proximity award. I am thrilled that she thought of me when deciding who to pass it on to and if you take a look at her blog you'll understand why - it is well worth a visit.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Suzanne's First Challenge!

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This card is an entry for Suzanne's very first challenge on her blog. I really wanted to enter this one, even if I don't get the time to manage every week - you see, there's a wee story behind this so I hope you'll forgive a wee digression. Last year, the vast majority of my christmas cards were made using Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD. This was at a time when Joanna's Enchanted Christmas had just come out and was proving to be very popular. I happen to know that Victorian Christmas is one of Suzanne's favourites and she was delighted to see it being used and issued a challenge on to us all on the JS Forum to make a card from this CD that wasn't for christmas. This was just a light hearted thing and I think I was the only one to take her up on it - in fact, I think she's probably forgotten all about it but it gave me my first taste of doing a challenge and the rest, as they say, is history!

Anyway, back to the card - the criteria for this challenge is : "make a card using letters as the main feature. It can be the whole card or letters on the base of a standard card - you choose"

I'm still making christmas cards so C seemed appropriate! I cut the letter out of gold silk mirri card (available from Joanna Sheen) using my craft robo and put it through the snowflake cuttlebug emossing folder. The backing paper and wee topper are both from Dovecraft and were part of a gift that I was given from a non-crafting neighbour who'd won some stash in a raffle. (I know - strange, but he's a nice enough chap in other ways!! lol) A very simple card but I hope you like it.

Thank you!!

Well, if it isn't my week! I've had three more of the awards in the previous post from these lovely ladies:

The Proximity Award:


and The Kreative Blogger Award:


I appreciate each one of them thank you all very much. All of these ladies are very talented and their blogs are well worth visiting - if you haven't done so before, today would be a very good time for your first visit. :))

Monday, 24 November 2008


Yesterday I was very honoured to be given awards from three ladies, each of whom I hold in the highest regard for many reasons.
The first award came from Edna who was one of the people who inspired me to start a blog in the first place and whose blog continues to inspire me daily so a very heartfelt thank you!

The award has such a great sentiment behind it and here is what it says:
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger’s aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger’s who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

The ladies I would like to pass this on to in my turn are (in no particluar order)

Each one very well deserved

The second award came from two people so I'm doubly honoured! This time it was from Irene and Beryl. Thank you both very much.

The five people I'd like to pass this one to are:
Long may you all continue to inspire me!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Frosty the Snowman

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I think I'd better start this post off with an apology for the quality of the pic! The battery on my camera is re-charging so I had to scan it and that never works too well when there is quite a large expanse of holographic card. I hope you can get an idea anyway and I'll try to post a better one later.
I've done this card for4 Challenges, Rainbow Lady's challenge which is "snowman", and Wednesday Stamper and Cute Card Thursday who both have snowflakes as the theme. Last but not least, it's a second entry into this week's Joanna Sheen Forum challenge which is favourite christmas song. It's a very simple card using silver holographic and a matt deep red card for off-set matting. The torn page stamp was embossed with silver detail ep then masked and the small snowman was stamped using jet black stazon. His nose, hat scarf and arms were coloured with pens and white glitter applied to the pom pom and fur trim on his hat. Crystal glitter was used for his head and body. The snowflakes were stamped in silver pigment ink. That's another one off the list - thank you for visiting today.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Winter Wonderland

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This card happily fits more than one challenge. It's been in my head since last friday so it's a relief to get it out! Rainbow Lady's challenge this week is "things with wings", Papertake Weekly's challenge is "let it snow", the Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge is "favourite christmas song" - in this case it suits two of mine, "White Christmas" (sung by Bing Crosby of course!) and "Winter Wonderland" and last but not least, the new challenge today for Tanda Teaser which is "Fairy Folk"! I'm delighted to be able to put it into so many challenges, especially as it has a particular purpose - I don't know who my card swap partner for december will be yet, but if it's someone who looks at my blog they'll be getting a sneaky preview........

I created the background using the versamark and inks technique with 4 shades of blue and black dye inks on semi gloss card. I then used 3 of the stampscapes stamps and onyx black versafine to create the scene. I dried the card after creating the background with a heat gun then did the same thing after creating the scene because versafine won't dry on semi glossy card without help. I used a white and a crystal glitter for the snow. The fairy was stamped onto a piece of scrap semi glossy card using the onyx black versafine then triple embossed with clear embossing powder before being cut out and attached to the picture with silicone glue. It was then simply matted and layered onto blue mirri and sliver glitter cards and attached to a white linen base card then embellished with gems and silver rick rack. Thank you for visiting today.
Ann x

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Oriental Origins

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Deary me, but it's been far too long since my last post! I can share this one with you now though. I made it for a forum card swap and I know my partner has received it. This month we had a free choice and I couldn't make my mind up then I saw the Ooh-la-la-Creations challenge which is called oriental origins and that sorted it! I used the Glitter Girls Majestic embossing board, an Anita's stamp, gold fine detail embossing powder, clear peel off stickers, matt black card, gold mirri and a tassel.
Thank you for dropping by today and I'll try not to leave it so long next time :)

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The Ins And Outs Of Ancient Egypt?

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We have both a grandson and a nephew with a birthday this month. Both turn 17 and I think most of us find teenage boys something of a challenge to make cards for! Fortunately, they live on opposite sides of the country so don't see each others' cards. :)
These are both 15cm square cards. The base card is white linen that I've coloured using 3 colours of twinkling H2Os and then created a box frame on the front to house a pyramage image in one and a reverse pyramage image in the other. You'll find a tutorial for the reverse pyramage here.
The images are from Joanna Sheen's Egyptian Adventure CD. This lady has got me out of trouble with 'difficult' cards so often that I'm seriously thinking of putting her forward for superhero status! I copied one of the images from the sheet into publisher re-sized it to what suited and then made enough copies for what I wanted for the pyramage and reverse pyramage then made one extra so that I could use the crop tool to isolate just the cartouche and then copied it to give me the embellishments which I've added with silicone glue. Doing it this way makes it very economical to do - very important just now methinks!! Having got them made, I've discovered that they fit this week's Theme Thursday challenge which is Happy/Happiness.
Hope the boys like them and thank you for visiting today.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

A Card on a Card ...or ATC!

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This for Rainbow Lady's challenge this week which is a card on a card. Hmmmmmm! The card I entered into Cynthia's challenge last week could have fitted this week's too so I had to get the thinking cap out again. I finally decided on a card on an ATC for a change. The ATC swap I try to take part in regularly has winter flowers for the theme of the next one and I decided to do this one for it. The ATC base is a matching backing paper printed onto card for the topper and both are from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD set. The card part is ATC sized folded in half, the design on it having been created with pesto alcohol ink and edged with gold pentouch first. I've given the card an insert and the lovely script stamp is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Doiley Stamps, Happiness Oval set stamped using versamark ink and embossed with gold ultra fine embossing powder. The whole thing has been finished off with some self adhesive pearls - I'll let you count how many for yourself because I tend to hyperventilate if I dwell on it for too long!! :))
Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Cuttlebug Challenge #5

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This card is for the Cuttlebug Challenge #5 which is to create a project with embossing on a metallic finish. I did this card to a sketch of my own design and put a silver foil card through the script folder. This was a piece of the foiled card I bought a while ago but couldn't fit to my style of card making till I put it through cuttlebug folders - check out this tip for more info. The stampscape scene has been created using 4 of the stamps then coloured very simply and quickly just using chalks. This method appeals to my DH who loves the soft effect. Hope you like it too.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Stampscapes stair fold card

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This card came about because of two things:
1. I saw this style of card on Wendy's blog and wanted to try it out, and
2. I've been wanting to colour a stampscapes scene with just twinkling H2Os ever since I first got my stamps.
Well I finally got around to it. The only reason I haven't done it before is because I wasn't confident of the result to begin with but there comes a point when you have to bite the bullet and just go for it - so I did! Unfortunately, getting a photo that does it justice is a different matter and I've lost count of how many I've taken before I decided that this was as good as it was likely to get. I'm disappointed that I haven't been able to show you the lovely shimmer that works especially well with the water (although it shows a bit better if you click on it to enlarge the pic). I've simply edged the main image with a black inkpad and matted it onto silver holographic card. On the two front steps I've used some of the card I created using black glossy card, opalite inks and the Background technique with versamark and inks. The smallest step uses a piece of the clear embossed and the second step a piece of the non embossed. Both have been put through the cuttlebug divine swirls folder. I haven't added a greeting yet because I haven't decided what I'll use it for.
I've been happy to discover that it fits with three challenges this week too:
ABC Challenge - nature
Lots to Do - nature
Wednesday Stamper - open theme using at least one rubber stamp, this one uses 5 so that's ok!
I'm struggling with pain at the moment so can only do things for very short amounts of time but do like to support challenges when I can. Thanks for dropping by today.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Two Way Open Card Magic

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I have thoroughly enjoyed making this card. Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week is magic and mystery and once again Cynthia got my creative juices flowing. I saw a tutorial for a two way open card on Splitcoast Stampers and wanted to give it a go. It's really easy to do but I changed the sizings to suit myself and to give me a finished 6" square card. The single piece base is a blue foil card and my two opening pieces are a white glistening card - very similar to the stardream that Joanna Sheen stocks. Sorry I can't be more specific but I bought it ages ago and couldn't bring myself to use it but now that I know I can replace it with stardream, I can!! The front piece of the side opening part of the card has been cut in half on the diagonal and the remaining piece put through the divine swirls cuttlebug folder and parts of the swirls highlighted with glitter in the manner of the bandana technique. This lovely glitter fits in with the Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge this week. The tent opening part of the card has been sponged using a blue metallic sakura pen that I 'scribbled' onto an acrylic block and then picked up with a barely damp sponge. I'm very pleased with the effect which can be changed depending on how damp the sponge is and I'll be using this technique again - especially as I had no idea if it would work but the pen was the colour I wanted! I've coloured the fabric flower using the same method. The main image is a stunning one from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Angel and Fairies CD and I've decoupaged the lily at the top of the picture. The self adhesive pearls at the top left and bottom right beside the main image are also from Joanna Sheen. I love making something different and think this one fits that bill! Hope you like it and thank you for visiting today.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Gold bandana

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It seems like ages since my last post! I seem to be struggling to get back into gear after our few days away so it's a relief to be posting again.
Today's offering is an ATC for Saturday's Workout Challenge. It's been difficult to get a photo to try and reflect the true colours for this with the poor weather and artificial lighting. After a few attempts it's fairly close but the true colouring is more of a sage green than this shows. I created two background pieces using a linen effect card base and pesto alcohol ink. On one of the base pieces I stamped the paisley background stamp from the Elusive images Filligree Fushion set using olive chalk ink then created the bandana effect using a sakura gold pen. The bandana effect is traditionally created by stamping with black and doodling with a white gel pen, but I fancied trying something different. On the second piece of AI background card I stamped one of the flourish stamps from the same stamp set with versamark ink and embossed with sparkle and sprinkle halo gold embossing powder before cutting it out and mounting onto the base card with 3D foam. 4 green brads finish it. I hope you like this different take on bandana and thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Joanna Sheen CD to win!

Yes, you did read that right! Suzanne is celebrating 50,000 hits on her blog with a prize of a Joanna Sheen CD - follow this link to pop over to her blog to find out how you can win it.
Congratulations Suzanne!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

A Kaleidoscopic Christmas

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Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week is to use ribbons on your creation somewhere. Provided I start them early enough, I find making christmas cards rather soothing so I try to spread them out. I've made similar ones to this one before but have done another one because I like the effect. I've used Kaleidoscope Creator for the main topper making the image progressively smaller so that I could do a pyramage effect with it. I've added touches of crystal glitter to the edges of each layer and a piece of gold peel off waste to the very centre of the top layer. I've made this one flat backed for a card, but by making another one and putting them together back to back it would make a very effective hanging decoration too. My favourite christmas stamp provides the sentiment - as it so often does! I hope you like it and thank you for your visit today.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Lady Reading

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Rainbow Lady's Challenge
this week is own choice so I thought I'd share this one with you.
This is one of the wonderful images from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD set. There is a series of images on CD1 that feel very serene to me - perhaps where I'd like to be if it was possible to leave real life behind for a little while sometimes. They also lend themselves beautifully to traditional decoupage. I've chosen an ivory card stock for the base card and one of the extra backing papers from the same CD set for the central strip. The picture is so beautiful and the decoupage works so well that I decided to keep everything else to a minimum - so the only other things used are gold mirri card, gold organza ribbon and peel offs. Thank you for dropping by today.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Criss Cross Wallet Tutorial

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I recently made one of these wallets to use as a money wallet for our Granddaughter's birthday. The original was made from a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and I decided to see if I could do it using two sheets of A4. I managed and have put a tutorial with loads of photos on my Tutorial and Tips blog. Just click on the link to take you straight to it. Have fun!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Bandana Technique Challenge

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Both the ATC and Gothic Arch are for Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week. Cynthia has a guest designer setting the challenge again this week, Christine from Belgium and she chose the bandana technique. This is something I've had on my list to try for a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it - which is why I'm showing you two things for this challenge. Both backgrounds have been created using just one shade of alcohol ink and then overstamping but instead of stamping the main images in black, I've done them using versafine imperial purple. My white gel pen hasn't been used in a while and decided to sulk about it, so I've used a white sakura souffle pen for creating the bandana effect. All the stamps used are from the elusive images filigree fusion set. If you would like to learn more about the bandana technique, Cynthia has some useful links on the blog.
Thank you Cynthia and Christine for another great challenge and thank you for stopping by today.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

What a load of scallops!

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This is a card I made because I wanted to play around with my stampscapes stamps and but works very well for DCM's challenge this week which is to use scallops. It's A4 folded to A5 then folded to a Z fold. I used the glitter girls' framey board to emboss the lines that I then followed with very narrow silver peeloffs. The oval scalloped mat is also glitter girls. The main image was created using 5 of the stampscape stamps and some masking then coloured using inktense pencils. The only other embellishments are a couple of fabric flowers and some yellow pearl 3D paint.
Thank you for your visit today.
Ann x

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Purple Christmas

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This card has been a nightmare to photograph! It's partly the reflective aspect of some of the paper and card used and partly the poor light due to the weather here today so I've put two up to give you a fighting chance!
It's been a real struggle to get this made, we've been having a very difficult time just recently which isn't over yet and it has robbed me of both time and energy. What that last sentence is leading up to, is that I've done it for two challenges - but both are for Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog! I really wanted to do the sketch that Beryl created for challenge number 31 but just couldn't fit it in - so I've used it for the design for this week's monochrome challenge which is for a christmas card. Now this really was a challenge - especially as I've already used blue and the idea is to use a different colour of the rainbow each time Cynthia sets one of these challenges. In the end I decided to go with purple (just in case you didn't guess!!) and I have managed to stick to the monochrome feel for everything except the ribbon and bow. The sentiment and snowman were stamped using versafine imperial purple onto a piece of linen card that I had painted with purple twinkling H2O. The sentiment panel has been put through the cuttlebug snowflakes folder and the snowman has been coloured with sakura clear and purple stardust pens and the snowflake peel offs were coloured with a purple permanent marker then most of the colour wiped back off before it dried. It feels like this card's been a long time coming but it's finally here and I hope you like it.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Granddaughter's Birthday - Part 2

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Well, this has been a week and a half! I fully expected to be posting this the day after I posted the card but you know what they say about the best laid plans..............still, at least it's here at last! This is a gift voucher/money wallet and because we don't live near to the grandchilren we usually give them cash - so I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for this. Last week's Saturday's Workout challenge was folding and Sandy made one of these as her sample and very kndly gave the link to the project. I'm too late to be able to enter it into the challenge, but it makes a great gift wallet that can be used afterwards too. I've made labels that I've stamped words onto that either describe Sophie, say what she means to us, what we wish for her or any combination of all three! The middle picture shows one of the labels tucked behind her name to show that there is a pocket there but I'll be making a couple of ATCs for the front and back pockets. With the front and back pockets, the two side ones (where you can see the bulk of the labels tucked into) and two on the inside, this could be used to store 6 ATCs or photos etc. Click here for the instructions for the wallet. The labels have ribbon attached so I'm adding this as a second entry into this week's Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge too. Thanks for visiting and I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Granddaughter's Birthday Card

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Morning everyone - I'm having another 'one of those weeks' I'm afraid so not getting done what I'd hoped but this one is important because it's for our granddaughter who will be 11 soon - and she's becoming quite the young lady so it couldn't be too childish! At the same time though, I needed to find the balance because she is still a child after all even if she would be insulted to hear me say so. Joanna Sheen came to the rescue once again for almost everything. I decided to make an overcoat card which is an excellent design for a special card. You can get the instructions for how to make it here if you want to have a go yourselves. I've used ivory stardream card that I got from Joanna for the two main base pieces and a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbooking card from my stash for the outermost wrap. The image and bluebell backing paper came from Joanna's Dancing with Shadows CD, and the other backing paper from Fashion Boutique - this paper was also used for the name (repeated right round the wrap) and the happy birthday all of which were cut out on the robo. The main image has the bluebells and cherub decoupaged. The gold silk mirri card (also from Joanna) has been cuttlebugged and the overcoat is held closed by a narrow satin ribbon. This is also my entry this week for the challenge on the Joanna Sheen Forum. Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Time To Give Peace A Chance

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Well, this is my first post to my blog from my newly updated computer! It's sooo much faster it's untrue - I'm so lucky that my DH does them for us. I still need to re-install things like the printer and my craft robo but I decided to take time out to post this arch. It covers two challenges, Gothic Arches - Time and Wednesday Stamper with their subject being the topic of Peace. It's the International Day of Peace this Sunday, 21st september so this was obviously the ideal time to have this challenge.
I'll also take the opportunity to tell you of something that my DH and I do each sunday evening. If you have read the side bar you will know that we are registered healers. You may also be aware of something called the 'healing minute' where healers the world over meditate at the same time for one minute to ask for healing for all those who need it.
There is also a "minute for peace" and this happens at 8pm on a sunday. You don't need to be a healer to do this, or even to meditate regularly. All you need to do is find somewhere to sit quietly and simply ask in your mind that all those in positions of power be helped to find peaceful solutions to the issues that are causing conflict. There's a full explanation of this here if you would like to know more.
Now to the arch - I created the background with espresso and raisin alcohol inks on a copper silk finish card. Then I stamped the small fob watch in versafine vintage sepia having forgotten what card I was using - so I rescued it with clear EP! As it turned out, I prefer the effect anyway, so this was definitely a happy accident. The large fob watch was stamped onto a spare piece of the main card using versamark and embossed with gold detail EP. The main image is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and felt perfect for this subject - after all, it is the future of our children that's at stake.
I hope you like it and thank you if you have stayed the course and read the post right to the end!

Monday, 15 September 2008

Autumn Leaves....

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Good morning all - my posts and blog visits may be a bit sparodic for a day or two so please bear with me - it's all in a good cause though, because my DH is upgrading my computer for me so it should eventually make things easier for me. I say eventually because it will also have vista so I'll have to get various drivers and such like. I believe it's called progress......... :)
Anyway, to today's post... this is my entry for Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week which is called Autumn leaves and not for the first time, Cynthia has kick started me with her challenge because Falling Leaves is also the subject of an ATC swap I enjoy taking part in but have struggled to do them for the last few months - not so this month though so I hope it's eventual recipient will like it.
It's also by way of a tribute to the late and very great Nat King Cole - while I was having a think about how I was going to approach this one, the song was going round in my head and became my starting point. The text is computer generated and printed onto a piece of linen card. The background for the ATC was created with alcohol inks and the leaf stamp was part of a scrapbooking kit I got. I've just stamped onto a gold pearlescent paper and a dark red textured paper. They were a bit of a fiddle to cut out but thanks to finding decoupage snips via Joanna Sheen, much easier than they would have otherwise been! Having made it, I've since realised that it also fits the Papertake Weekly Challenge that I've just and so made this week.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope I'll see you soon :o))

Thursday, 11 September 2008

An Impressionable Pansy?

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The little extra mid-week dare on DCM is called "Did we make an impression?" and the challenge is to use dry embossing in whatever form. Well, those of you who have visited before will know that I need no excuse to get my cuttlebug folders out! One of the things I love about them is the way they change certain card and that's what's happened here. The backing card is a purple holographic that I put through the swiss dots folder and added a piece of knotted ribbon to. Of course the nature of this type of card makes it very difficult to photograph! The stamps used came with my Graphicus Guild membership pack and were stamped with onyx black versafine and the pansy coloured using inketense pencils. the only other additions were the brads. The quality of these stamps is excellent and if you enlarge the picture you will see that the pansy image was stamped onto a linen card and has come up perfectly. A very simple card but I hope you like it and thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

May Life.....

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I'm jumping in at the last minute with Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week which is to use playing cards. I scanned the 4 aces from a pack I bought in spain celebrating 4 of spain's best known artists - and I've just spotted a mistake with one of them - how annoying! It is also my entry for this week's Gothic Arches challenge which is pretty in pink. I created the background using raisin alcohol ink (my first foray into alcohol inks) and then over stamped with a stamp from the Elusive images filigree fushion set. The text is computer generated. I've thoroughly enjoyed making this - it's a while since I've managed to fit a gothic arch challenge in and I usually keep them for myself so I'm a happy bunny! Thank you for visiting today.