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.