Saturday, 13 November 2010

couple of non cute cards using some new toys

Hello.  Here's a few cards I've managed to make since my last post using some new toys :D.

The first 2 are very simple cards using some fabulous new dies from MFT from their dienamics range (Polka dot greeting die & sentiment set and the rolled rose) and then just some shimmery papers and card.  As much as I love my punches I love metal dies as they can cut through felt, etc - check out my pink felt rose in the 2nd card - love it!  There's more I want to get but I got stung with customs charges so am going to see if I can get them from a UK stockist next time (I've got my eye on the doily die and a couple others :))

This was ultra simple as it was for my mum, so just stamped a lace background direct onto the pearlescent card blank, added the sentiment and felt rose and then finished it off with lots of bling down the sides.

The next 2 cards came about from me wanting to try out my new mini sewing machine (you may have noticed stitching on the first flower card at the start of this post).  I've read lots of people saying they use the mini Janome sewing machine for their cards which I couldn't get hold of but I happened to be in John Lewis the other week and saw they had a mini sewing machine which to me looked almost identical to the Janome mini only it was in funky bright colours and was labelled as a John Lewis brand (they stocked the bigger Janome machines so I reckon they must have just got them to make some for them).  So anyway, I had to get one as I didn't want a big machine and this way I can use it for paper and also for the occasional alterations to trousers etc (the joys of being short and having to take everything up!)  They didn't have the soft pink colour and out of what they had left I opted for the red one . . Look!

It's only diddy but it works a treat.  So anyway, here are the 2 cards I made from 'trying out' my machine.  Nothing fancy I just wanted to see how it coped with sewing through cardstock.

Here they are individually;
This one has sentiment using the die and pattern from the MFT set and the sentiment from Waltzing mouse stamp set.  Papaer is MME, plus some kraft cardstock, MS holly punch, felt flower from Tescos!, silver bells which make lovely jingling sound :) and some ribbon

This next one is again paper from MME, some kraft card but this time I've used a dark brown card base and the sentiment is from Waltzing mouse stamp set(love how they have sets that match lots of the nestabilities die sets). Some viva decor glitter pen in gold for the berries and bronze for the pearls in the corners and green ribbon and holly doodles for a bit of colour contrast. Oh and the deer in the corner is from another stamp set which I have just stamped and cut out.
As it was a dark card base I've decorated the inside very simply with white paper and some scrap kraft card;

Well, that's everything for now - hope that will tide you over until next time - hopefully will get some crafting time in on my day off, sunday as I've got a pile of christmas images all coloured up waiting to be made up into cards.  Till then,


Friday, 29 October 2010

'gift for you'

Hello again!  Here's the cute Magnolia card I said I had nearly finished.  Nothing too fancy as I thought the snowflakes was enough and the image was cute enough as it was.

You can't really tell from above photo but Tilda has been raised on foam pads so it's lovely and 3D in real life - might see it better in photo below and the colours are more true to life in this one, warm wine and cream colours not as bright as photo above.

  • Stamps: Tilda with present from Magnolia 2009 Christmas collection (even though I've got this years's new ones to use now)
  • Colouring: Copics on image, distress ink sponged around circle background
  • Paper: Old DCWV christmas 6x6 paper stack pad plus some cream and kraft cardstock
  • Tools: Lacey circle nesties,  MS snowflake punches and deep edger border punch with holepunch for the circle in centre of snowflakes.  circle behind image embossed with snowdots (not sure if that's the proper name) folder which I got last year - love this folder  think it's by crafts too
  • Others: stickles for bit of glitter and fineliner pen and tracing wheel for my faux stitching. (May have to put mini Janome sewing machine on my santa/DH list :))

  • Right, that's all from me for now.  Off to do a little bit of online browsing/shopping before the onslaught of Fri evening hungry customers.  Have a lovely weekend and for those in the UK enjoy the extra hour in bed on Sunday when the clocks go back, I know I will ;)

    Monday, 25 October 2010

    'Sassy' and a very CAS xmas card

    Ooops! So much for not leaving such a long gap between posts.  Anyway, here's a couple I have managed to make.

    I've got 10 christmas images coloured up waiting to be made into cards but what did I go and do instead?! This . .
    I was experimenting with felt and an old flower cuttlebug die I had so had these little felt flowers lying around which I wanted to use and I got some of the new Sugar Nellie stamps (love that you can colour their eye colour) and thought they suited this girly image.

  • Stamps: Simply Sassy by Sugar Nellie (this one was the free stamp when you bought the other 5.  So don't think it's available anymore but the other 5 are.)
  • Colouring: Copics and bit of sponging with antique linen distress ink around her as it was too white
  • Paper: DCWV & cream pearlescent cardstock
  • Tools: Rectangle nesties, cuttlebug flower & leaf die, EK flourish punch
  • Others: Felt for the flowers (this is my new 'thing' at the moment and I'm waiting to get my MFT dies so I can diecut some more felt flowers and snowflakes too so you may be seeing more felt embellies until it's out my system LOL), Viva decor glitter liner in black for the black pearls

  • Now, here's the other card I managed to make.  It is actually a christmas card, finally, but be warned this is VERY clean and simple (probably the ultimate for me - really had to stop myself from adding anything) but I like it

    I wanted something simple that I could churn out for neighbours etc.  May just play around with couple different colour variations and inkpads etc but I think they will do the job. Think they almost look like ones you can get in the shops, what do you think - will they do?  It was all just stamped direct onto white cardblank.  (all stamps except the writing below ribbon are from waltzingmouse stamps  stamp set 'teeny trees' The tree is actually made up of 3 different stamps and the whole set is just full of different bits you can mix & match - I LOVE the font on the sentiments to this set and it's not just christmas.  The one below ribbon is a wooden stamp I have but not sure who by)

    I'm halfway through another christmas card (a cute Magnolia one) so will show that when I'm done.  Until then, wrap up warm (brrrr, it's cold here)

    Sunday, 3 October 2010

    I'm still here :)

    Helloooooooooooooo!  Anyone still there?!  Huge apologies for the lack of posts in the last month but Mr cardmaking mojo seems to have done a runner.  However, Miss colouring mojo stayed behind as I've built up a little pile of coloured images (with copics, what else?!), but just no cards. See for yourself . . . .

    So with all these images I finally made myself try and get back into the swing of things and put this card together the other night although I'm still not that happy with it, it's a start.

    It's cute Japenese Tilda which I had all coloured and decoupaged but just found it really hard to try and put a layout together for her.  I shouldn't have used my border punch around her but it was done, so then I had to just work around that.  I think it looks a little better in real life as you can't really see how raised she is in the photo maybe this next shot gives a better feel to the 'depth' of this card . .
    Papers are a Dovecraft pack, and the rest are just the usual suspects; coloured cardstock, ribbon, flowers, Marienne D doily die, various MS border punches and the black pearls are made with a Viva Deco pen (love this stuff).  The chinese happy birthday sentiment is from a Woodware stamp set.

    I've not done much else (besides buy more stash >.< Just too many gorgeous papers, punches and stamps that I *need*  ) and I really should get my skates on as christmas is only round the corner so best get cracking with the cards and there are a few gifty things I want to try and make.  Have managed to tidy/clear out my craft room a bit though still got a bit more to do.  Hopefully I might find Mojo buried amongst all my unused stash.

    Until next time, which hopefully won't be another month!

    Thursday, 9 September 2010

    CCT ~ 'my sort of friend'

    Hello!  it's CCT time again and this week's theme is 'play on words' so for mine I used this cute High Hopes stamp and the sentiment 'you're my snort-a friend!' :D

    Those eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that my card isn't on the CCT blog this week and that's because I have decided to relinquish my DT post as I want a total break from any sort of deadline craft making if that makes sense. So from now on this blog will get even quieter as I want to spend what free time I have actually crafting rather than blogging about it!

    I'll still upload photos of cards/projects as I want to continue documenting my creations just for my own record it just may be more erratic.

    So on that note, thanks for dropping by and I hope you'll continue to drop by every now and again. Best get back to work.

    Thursday, 2 September 2010

    CCT Material girl!

    Hello & happy Thursday to you all!  It's time for another CCT card and the theme this week is 'material girl' so we want to see some sort of fabric/material on your cards.

    For mine I have used some gorgeous black lace and also a couple of little lilac fabric flowers that I found in my stash that went perfectly with this super sassy Kraftin Kimmie stamp.
    Don't you love the fold of this card?!  I happened to come across this over on Frances' blog (who in turn saw it on someone else's blog which you can see, along with instructions, if you click on the link) and just had to try it.  I think I will be using this style again once I perfect my measuring/folding as my scorpal is in inches and the instructions were in cms and I did it by guestimate this time.

    Image has been decoupaged - 1 of the feathers, her head, body arms and 1 of her legs (think you can just about see it on the first photo if you click on it) and I've cut her out with oval nesties.  Added lots of sparkle with my Sakura stardust pens to her feathers, shoes and eyeshadow - think can see that better on photo below.  Bit of black doodling around the oval and couple of black bling gems to finish.


  • Stamps: 'Vivienne' comes with the sentiment ~ Kraftin Kimmie

  • Colouring: Copics & Sakura stardust pens

  • Paper: MME, not sure which stack!

  • Tools: Oval nesties,

  • Others: black lace trim, fabric flowers. black gems

    Well, thanks for dropping by. I'm posting less and less these days and am considering not blogging at all or maybe just give it a break for a while, will let you know what I decide. Until then,

  • Thursday, 26 August 2010

    CCT~ 'dieing for a punch' card plus my failed 1st attempt!

    Hello.  It's CCT time again and this week's theme is called 'dieing for a punch' which means a card withOUT using any dies or punches.  Don't know whose bright idea that was! (yes, me) as I found it harder than I thought it would and I was dieing to reach for my dies and punches!  Here's what I ended up using good old decorative scissors and lots of Viva Decor glitter pen

    The image (High Hopes) is decoupaged (love those feet!) and the paper is very busy (WRMemorykeepers I think) so didn't think it needed much else.  It looks a bit 'blah'  now that I look at the photo but it's better IRL as it's very 3D (see 2nd photo) - honest!

    This wasn't actually my original card I started to make for this challenge.  That would be this one using a Kraftin Kimmie image which I thought was nice and big so would be the main focal point and wouldn't need much else.  That was until I realised I had actually cut the image out with my nestie die and then I wanted to layer it with another die D'oh!  hence had to come up with the one above!

    The papers on this one are from MME 'paperie stack' and then it was just lots of faux stitching, lace trim and paper roses to finish. As always (well, most of the time) images have been coloured with Copics.

    Well that's my lot for this week I think. I've got few images coloured up and plenty of others stamped ready to go but just not finding the time/mojo to do much with them at the moment (though still no problem buying more stash >.< ) so thanks for still visiting.

    Thursday, 19 August 2010

    CCT sketch by Moi :)

    Hello! Hope you're having a good week so far. It's time for another CCT card and this week it's a sketch by yours truely. I'm afraid it's nothing too exciting but hope it's usable - be gentle with me, it's the first sketch I've done/shared.

    and this is what I came up with

    Hope you like it and will give it a go yourself.


  • Stamps: Tulip tilda ~ Magnolia stamp, sentiment ~ Stampavie, bit of foliage on edge of image ~ Papermania 'Hampstead' set

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: BG 'Capella'

  • Tools: MS border punches, EK leaf punch, retro flower punches, 

  • Others: mulberry roses from wild orchid crafts, Viva decor glitter pen in 'holographic' for the half pearls and shimmer accents in the image

  • Tuesday, 17 August 2010

    welcome home

    Oops! Knew there was something I hadn't done. I was supposed to have scheduled this for the weekend but forgot.  (Went to watch Toy story 3 instead - had me in tears at the end LOL)  Anyway, here's the other card I made last week. It's a welcome home card for my sister (she's moved back to the UK last week into house just round the corner from me and my other sister!) so thought I'd use these cute houses from a Greeting Farm stamp set. It's a lot cuter in real life as the middle house is decoupaged and raised, along with the flower pots and the banner but it all looks a bit flat in the photo.

    Just used some cloud paper (American Crafts) and some of my Martha border punches (fence & grass). The banner was just cut out free hand and I added some embroidery thread and the houses coloured with copics and some stickles added for bit of sparkle.  Then 3 heart gems to finish and job done.

    Will be back Thurs with my CCT card and possibly another one if I remember to schedule it for the weekend.  Till then,

    Thursday, 12 August 2010

    CCT Treemendous : Christmas Tree

    Hello and welcome to another CCT Thursday.  The theme this week is 'tree-mendous' so we want to see trees or leaves on your cards.  I was wondering what to do at first then realised I had an image coloured up and ready to go.  It's one of the LOTV christmas stamps and this one decorating the christmas tree fits the theme perfectly and it means I've got another christmas card ready to go.  Well the rate August is zipping by I think I need to start now, don't you?!

    It's all very simple (can't seem to make any other kind at the moment!) and I've used non christmas papers but thought the stars tied in nicely with the ones in the image and I had to use my Viva decor pearl pen again for the silver half pearls as I'm determined to try and get them to look rounder.  These ones don't look too bad and I think it's easier when they're bigger blobs.  and yes, that is indeed a peel off wording in the corner (got stacks of the stuff so thought I may as well and try to use them in small doses)

  • Stamps: LOTV not sure of his proper name but it's one of the new christmas releases.
  • Colouring: Copics with distress stickles 'picket fence', in the hat fur trim for bit of texture and Viva holographic glitter liner in the stars for sparkle
  • Paper:American crafts 'everyday' with green cardstock and some silver mirri card for matting and layering
  • Tools: star punch, chain punch, photo corner punch and tracing wheel for faux stitching holes and silver gel pen for the stitches
  • Others: Viva Decor Pearl pen in Chrome silver, peel off wording!

    Thanks for stopping by and I will be back sometime before the end of this week as I've actually got another card to show. So until then

  • Thursday, 5 August 2010

    CCT 'whateva': Take it Easy

    Hello and a happy Thursday to you all.  It's CCT time again and this week is nice & easy . . 'whateva' - meaning it's open theme, so you can make whatever you like.  Which if like me, you're pressed for time is just perfect.  I'll be needing some boy  birthday cards soon so thought I'd ink up this cute Elzybells ted and make a quick card.

    He didn't take long to colour in as I paper pierced his armchair.  The circular birthday seal is a fab set from Whimsy stamps then it was just some fuzzy brads and EK success pawprint border punch to finish.

    Not really much to it I'm afraid but if you hop on over to CCT I'm sure the rest of the team will wow you with their efforts, especially as for the whole month of Aug I've invited Debby to be our guest DT and her 3D creations are always fab :)


  • Stamps: Ted & take it easy ~ Elzybells, circle sentiment ~ Whimsy stamps

  • Colouring: Copics for ted, distress ink pad sponged around background with the nestie die still on

  • Paper: October Afternoon - not sure which range

  • Tools: Nesties, EK paw borderpunch, 2" circle punch

  • Others: velour brads

    Thanks for continuing to visit and for all your comments which are always much appreciated.  Until next time,

  • Thursday, 29 July 2010

    CCT 'texy crazy' : crafty scribble pad

    Hello and welcome to another Thursday CCT. The weeks are just flying by at the moment. This week the theme is 'text crazy' so we want to see main focus of your card/project to be text.

    Well for mine it was perfect time for me to ink up this super fun set of  text I got from Elzybells a while ago.  It's a set full of sayings/phrases especially for crafters - all oh so true and funny!  So I used the big verse and also 1 of the sayings in the corner of my note pad (see photo below) - fits me to a T.  Seeing as it is supposed to be a challenge for all things cute, I had to add this 'I love stamping' Anya which went perfectly I thought :) Made an easel card then decided to add small pad of paper to turn it into a little scribble pad which I can keep on my desk
    Kept the layout simple but kinda messy and eclectic - bit like my craft room!  Got some Viva pearl paint pen recently so had to give it a go and went a bit mad with it - but I love it!  It's not perfectly round like pearls but it's close enough I think and a lot quicker/cheaper then sticking lots of pearls on.


  • Stamps: verse & sentiment ~ Elzybells 'stamp & scrap sentiments' set (unfortunately they are closing down but have huge 50% sale on everything and think this set may still be available).  Stamping Anya ~ Greeting Farm

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: October Afternoon - not sure which range as it was left over pieces

  • Tools: EK border punches

  • Others: Viva Decor pearl pen in 'chrome silver', gem brad

  • That's probably all I have to show you for this week, will try harder for next week. Until then, have a lovely weekend and thanks for dropping by.


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