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.