Saturday, 21 May 2011

Some Odd Girl & new goodies

So, my self imposed restraint of not buying new stash hasn't been all that successful this year LOL but I have cut down an incy wincy bit.  Anyway, I've made up for it by selling some cross stitch kits on ebay last week and that actually fetched me a fair bit (but my goodness ebay sure take a wedge out of it don't they, with their 10% fee!). Having said that, think I'm going to have to sell a bit more after my recent visit to the dentist.  Though it's my own fault as I really don't like them and have not been for a looooong time.  Fillings aren't cheap are they?!

Anyway, back to my card I'm showing today.  I've always loved the quirky looks of the Some Odd Girl images but I am old school and like to stamp my images (plus I've got c**p printer that's no good with Copics) so I was over the moon when I saw their clear stamps release and snapped 3 up.  They turned up sooo beautifully wrapped as well.

My obession with dies is still going strong and some of those landed on my doormat this week so had to have a quick play and came up with this;

Kept the inside simple and just die cut matching shape in white for writing on.  It's not great photos as I took it late at night (when I do most my crafting nowadays apart from my 1 day off on Sun) but 1 of the big reasons I love metal dies over say punches is that you can cut out felt and make fab little embellies like the roses on this card.  they are way cuter IRL as I've added a teal coloured gem brads to the centres which you can't see that well in photo and they are a lovely shade of wine which does actually match her skirt.
  • Stamps: 'Balloon Kaylee' - Some Odd Girl Stamps (love the sentiment that comes with it)

  • Colouring: Copics and plenty stickles over the balloon
  • Paper: erm, the dotted paper and wine strip I think was from a Pink Paislee pad.  The teal flowered one is just teal card with randomly stamped flower all over it

  • Tools: lots of Dies; Cheery Lynn XL french flair classic & scalloped nesting dies (love how big these dies are), MFT cloud die using white felt, mini rolled roses die and leaves from another 1 of their flower sets using wine & green felt.  Couple of border punches for the strip running behind her

  • Others: black brads, red thread & sewing machine & black viva decor pen for her black pearl necklace.

  • Well that's all for this week, hopefully will get a chance to craft a bit on sunday so may more to show next week.  Till then,

    Monday, 16 May 2011

    Gamer Boy

    Hello there!  what a difference a week makes in terms of weather - feels like Autumn out there, wet & dreary.  So here's a bright cheery card that I made for my nephew a few weeks ago.  Would have posted it last week but Blogger threw a wobbly so I left it till it was all sorted.  Luckily I've weaned myself off blogging/surfing but I know lots were lost without it!  Were you one of the ones?! and actually got round to getting some of your 'other' chores done instead LOL

    Nothing fussy or time consuming as it'd just be wasted on him!. This LOTV stamp was just perfect for him as he is permanantly glued to his xbox. Only thing missing is some headphones and usually he's in his PJs :D

  • Stamps: LOTV, sentiment from a mini Basic Grey set

  • Colouring: Copics with a bit of Sakura stardust pen over the games console and tv to give it a sparkly metallic look.

  • Paper: American Crafts (not sure what this pack was called)

  • Tools: Petite Oval nesties, MS loopy border punch

  • Others: blue & black cardstock, metal screw brads

  • Friday, 6 May 2011

    Just Magnolia: 'Sweet wonderful you'

    Yeah, I can play along to the Just Magnolia challenge this week :) which is 'anything goes' and optional extra of 'stitching' which I have on this card - both real and faux.

    I've had this cutie coloured up (Copics, what else?!) for months now and I finally got round to using her.
    I've popped her on 3d foam and put her over another fab Die-namics die - high tea party doily.  This is actually a whopper of a doily and bigger than I expected (should have read the measurements shouldn't I?!) but that's not a bad thing as it just means I can get other smaller ones LOL (got my eye on the Cheery Lynn american heartland heart die - isn't it fab?! ;) ).

    So as I didn't want all the background covered I've placed the doily off centre.  Used some MME Papers, kraft card, Magnolia tilda lace border die and tag die, lots of brown stitching, couple of Wild Orchid craft roses, EK leaf punch, ribbon, spritz of glimmer mist and pearl swirls courtesy of viva decor glitter liner pen.
    Kept the inside simple and just lined it with some cream paper using the same tilda border die on the edge.

    Hope you likey.  Have a fab weekend, supposed to be a hot one here in the UK, but so far all we've got is grey and humid!


    Thursday, 5 May 2011

    Enjoy your day

    Here's a boy card I made - need to make more, never seem to have them at hand when I need them.  Tried to find a challenge that I could enter this in but couldn't find any, typical!  So here it is.
    I actually quite like making 'boy' cards as they require less 'stuff' so it stops me from over thinking and adding loads of embellies.  Though having said that I had fun with this one by using some die cut felt clouds (Die-namics die - see, told you they were my latest obsession!) and some leaf brads that I've had forever in my stash.    Cute image is a LOTV stamp that's been coloured with Copics.  Bottom right corner looked a bit bare so placed a fence border there using my MS border punch.  Used a kraft coloured card blank and a piece of sky patterned paper (by American crafts I think) with lots of wonky (accidentally on purpose LOL) brown machine stitching around the edge.  All pretty simple but I like it.

    I had one little cut out felt cloud left so I had to use it up and put it on the inside :)
    I've got another LOTV boy card that I made for my nephew but will save that for the weekend as the photo's on my pc at home (at work at the mo).

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Tuesday, 3 May 2011

    Live, laugh, love

    Hello again.  Was supposed to have posted this last week but never got round to it . .oops.

    Made this card with the left over papers and image that never got used on the commissioned 60th card as it was considered too young.  I love this cutie from The Greeting Farm and had great fun decoupaging her.

    Coloured with Copics as usual and the fab doily behind her is a free sample that I got from one of my orders from Dies to die for.  It's cut from a Cheery Lynn Die (kiwi spirit doily) and I love it so much that it's on my 'to get' list along with the gazillion other things I want/need!  Flowers made using various Dienamics flower dies and I've just stuck a brad through the centre of them all.  As you may have noticed, my current obsession (besides stamps) is all the fab dies coming out, especially the 'Dienamics' range from MFT and the Cherry Lynn Dies.

    Papers not sure who it's by as it was a random 12x12 piece plucked from my loose stash.  Finished off with some stitching and used couple of border punches on the red panel.  Also decorated the inside to match but nothing too fancy.

    Right, best go schedule all the other posts before I forget again.


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