Friday, 24 June 2011


Good afternoon bloggers, my card today is for a forum card swap so I hope my partner doesn't pay me a visit before she receives it. I've used Daschsie  from Crafty Ann's and coloured him in photoshop. I've added a ball for him to play with from the A Safe Pair of Hands set.  My bp is from my stash and came with a graphicus guild paper pack a couple of years ago. I have a drawer full of these and have decided that it's time to stop stroking and start using!! Then I went a bit mad with the gold mirri........... I've cut the main image out with a nesties die then drew around the same one onto the back of the gold mirri to create a mat for it that only has a narrow border - I find that I don't always get the result I want if I use the next size up. I printed the 3D short petal  flower onto the back gold mirri before cutting it out and shaping it. Then I have to thank forum friend Mags for giving my robo a new lease of life! Thanks to her, I learned that the Silhouette Studio software is compatible with the robo so I downloaded it to give it a go and have created some lovely mats and borders with it over the last few days Including the one you see here with the embossed bird and grasses panel. This panel is separate and added on top because originally I had a piece of paper in the centre of it but decided I didn't like it and decided to put an embossed panel on top. The inner circles are home made mirri card candy and finish the panel off beautifully in real life. The leaves that I've put with the flower were also cut out using the robo and are part of the library that comes free with the software. The ribbon is narrow white satin that I cut out of a new t shirt (the loops that keep it on the hanger in the shop and get in the way when you are wearing it!) All in all, I've really enjoyed how the creative process has evolved as I've gone along with this one and I hope it gives my partner as much pleasure as making it has given me.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, it's always lovely to have you visit. :o)

Friday, 17 June 2011

CACB #43

Puff! puff! pant! pant! I'm meeting myself coming back again today so I'm a little late getting my post up! It's time for Challenge #43 at Crafty Ann's and this time it's Christmas in June - simple as that so it's a great opportunity to top up your stock of cards or do something ready to decorate your home with.

I love to decorate the house for Christmas (some of you may remember that last year it went to the extent of making a cover for the tissue box) and have decided to go down that route for my DT sample. I love the range of things that are available for us to decorate our homes with at Christmas time but I also like to have some hand made things too.

I have specifically made this as a decoration for us, but I originally designed this as a card and the instructions for making the basic gatefold card with recessed frame is here. You can fill this with anything you like and it's great for housing decoupage. I've used the pre-coloured poinsettias and 3D small peteal flower which I printed onto the back of some gold mirri card. Both are done to 3 layers with plenty of height between the layers. The flourishes are a mariannes die. I've used another of the mariannes dies on the front along with one of the pre-coloured poinsettia faberge eggs which I shaped and added with 3D foam. This image is only one of 6 colourways and you get all six on the one sheet. Of course the great thing about digi stamps is that you can make them whatever size you want. All the white bp is pearlescent paper stamped with a solid poinsettia stamp that I've had for ages and embossed with sprinkle & sparkle guilded ivory embossing powder.
I'm not entirely sure that it's finished yet but I've plenty of time to think on it!!

I'd like to offer you two tips at this point: 1. if you are planning to do something a bit more time consuming than usual and need to do it to a deadline, DON'T leave it to the last minute!!!!! 2. if there is something that you know you'll use a lot (I do with these poinsettias and 3D flowers) print (or stamp)  a full sheet off and cut them out while you're watching your favourite TV programme then you'll have them to hand should you fail to follow the first tip! I plan to use this second one myself very soon!! lol!

My card is also for these challenges:
Well that's it I think! Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to play along this fortnight.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Eeee - but I enjoyed making this! I actually won this Kenny K digi about 6 months ago but haven't got around to using it until now. The prompt came from this week's Bah! Humbug! The challenge is called "whateva" and we're to think teenagers. As soon as I saw this challenge I knew what I was going to use and I think she's perfect. I've coloured her in photoshop using my bamboo. I always take a lot longer colouring this way but I do enjoy it and progress a bit more each time. I don't think the photo shows it but I've used crystal glitter on all the 'fur' areas. I've framed her with one of the tags/labels I'm working on and managed to make it look like a 3D frame. The swirls are a marianne die and the flower is the 3D Short petal flower from Crafty Ann's, printed onto white pearlescent paper with gold stickes added to the middle. The red dp is the embossed dots from the brights collection and the white pearlescent strips were put through a Docrafts border embossing folder. The sentiment is from a See D's set and stamped onto another of the label/tags (elongated and squished slightly - love digis for this sort of thing). I've edged this with stickles and added a red pearl at each end.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and for the lovely comments you leave.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

A Safe Pair of Hands!


Good afternoon bloggers! I had good fun creating the card I'm sharing with you today. I've used the new digi set that's being sold to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance, "A Safe Pair of Hands". You get 4 sheets with this great set, 2 b & w line art and 2 coloured and ready to go. One of each sheet contains 2 goalmouth scenes and the other one of each are the individual elements so that you can use them seperately or create your own scene with them. All for just £1.50p. If you'd like to help this great cuase, this is a great way to do it and you'd have digis to play with too!

 You can see bigger pictures if you click on the link above, I've just put them all together here as one to save space.

For my card, I decided to create my scene using the individual elements so that I could place them just as I wanted them. I created the background in photoshop and used the hybrid versions of the digis so that they would remain white when I printed them off which I then coloured with promarkers. I also printed 4 footballs off to use as embellies which I shaped with a very large ball tool. The shape of the image has been done using one of the labels/tags I'm working on. I've used polished stone and woodgrain effect dps and faux stitching on both. I haven't added a sentiment yet because I haven't decided who or when it will be for. I have decided that it's for the following challenges though:
Thank you for dropping by today, and for the lovely comments you leave - each one is very much appreciated.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Something A Bit Special!

I'm sharing this blog post with two rather special and talented people. At the beginning of May there was some activity in our family that we could all have done without when my 10 year old nephew and neice were involved in a riding accident. I blogged about it here so won't repeat it all again now, but as both of them are keen card makers, I hit on the idea of making a card kit for each of them to make their own Get Well cards! Both have done a fabulous job - and as they fit the criteria for our challenge at CACB which is to use more than one image, they have joined us at GDs. I'll share their cards first:

Zoe's card has used the Easy chair from Crafty Ann's and Video Girl from Mo Manning. All the card & bps were from my stash. We are entering Zoe's card into these challenges too:

Jamie's card used A Safe Pair of Hands from Crafty Ann's and card and bps from my stash. This digi set is being sold to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance and as they airlifted Jamie to hospital this is our way to say a huge thank you. Now, I may be just a tad biased, but I think these are two very talented 10yr olds - and Jamie effectively only had the use of one arm when he coloured this! We are also entering Jamie's card into these challenges:

Okay - now I have to try and follow these!! We sometimes get inspiration from unexpected quarters and the inspiration for my card came from this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show! I was very taken with a garden called "The Art of Yorkshire" in the small gardens category and the combination of images that I used just took shape in my mind's eye. It was a lovely garden and to me, it deserved better than the silver medal it was awarded by the judges - it did win the people's choice award though so obviously others agreed with me.

I've used Bridge Over Stream and a couple of images from In the Artists Studio - both from Crafty Ann's and which I've coloured digitally. The main bp is from Embossed Dots, pastels collection. The 'lace' is a rubber stamp that I've had for ages and I stamped it onto silver paper and embossed with silver detail ep. I put the two pieces of pearlescent white paper through an embossing folder for extra texture. This is one of those cards that I really enjoyed making because of the way it came together - when I get such a clear idea in my mind's eye, it doesn't always translate!
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to come and play along with us at Crafty Ann's this fortnight.