Friday, 31 October 2008
Image: Pink Petticoat; hp iron-on transfer paper (readily available from stationary shops); and the cute bat toy is from Thorntons!
Thursday, 30 October 2008
I've almost survived half-term, though my son is being a bit of a pain. Its been harder work than the summer holidays for some reason. Its good job he's so cute....
I received a wonderful pick-me-up in the post yesterday. I had ordered the mini blooms from Poppicrafts, and oh my, the pictures just didn't do these lovely creations justice! You must indulge when Michelle is back from holiday on Monday!
Finally - and please excuse my appalling photography - a small taste of the cards I recently made for Poppicrafts. They will be appearing in full on Michelle's web site in the near future:
Happy Haunting for tomorrow!
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
As you may have guessed, I'm a big Pink Petticoat fan and regularly check out the site's blog. A posting earlier in the week by Liz (the lovely founder/ creator of all things Pink Petticoat-ish) mentioned a challenge she's sponsoring with This Thursday, and I thought I'd give it a go!
All papers are (no surprises) by Pink Petticoat. I added seed beads and punched holes as additional embellishment; the font is Rebecca's Birthday. I tried to make the loopy arrow look 3-D by chalking in the appropriate places, and mounting with foam pads - I think it's worked (?).
My cousin and her family have just emigrated to Australia, hence the sentiment.
I'd love to know what you think...
I'm going to have a go at other weekly challenges - the incredibly generous and helpful Dawny suggested it too. I'm hoping it will give my often sluggish creativity a workout. All I have to do now is remember the dead-lines!
Saturday, 25 October 2008
The teams ideas and colour combinations are spectacular and inspirational.
You never know from where your next card's colour palate may come from!
- The first uses the random snowflake paper and cupcake image from Pink Petticoat, coloured with pens. The ribbon is fixed so that the 'decoration' will actually swing.
- The second card uses paper by Zoe Pearn (available from Sweet Shoppe Designs), which inspired the felt tree embellishment - Christmas doesn't always have to be red & green!
Sweet Shoppe Designs is well worth a look, especially on a Saturday when their new kits etc are added and are usually 20% off for the day!
I love the digital world: it brings new designers to our PC's from all over the world, without having to pay P&P! (though whether my Visa bill agrees with me is another matter... so many pretty things and so little time).
More Christmassy ideas to follow - watch this space!
Fa la la la la: Paper by Zoe Pearn ("Silly Season" kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs), zig zag trims and rub-ons by Doodlebug Design; felt, stars and seed beads from local craft shop.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Michelle from Poppicrafts has added even more irresistible items to her stock... let's face it - this what the Visa card was created for.
Keep popping back to the gallery on Poppicrafts over the next few days as more inspiration and ideas will be added - including some by me! Wow - still can't believe it.... I'll add some taster pics of my cards later, as I have to pop to B&Q to look at lighting now - woohoo!
Monday, 20 October 2008
- Create a new document in Word and using a font of your choice type random words & phrases relating to the subject of your card - for my card I used 'champagne', 'bride', 'something new' etc in Courier font.
- You must 'print preview' your document to check for regular space patterns in your paper as these draw the eye away from your main card focus.
- Try changing font and background colours too.
To finish the above wedding card I make a simple cake from contrasting card and stitched some seed beads on - and even though I wanted a more male than female card, I couldn't resist some blooms and alittle ribbon.
Hope you like it!
Flowers and ribbon: Poppicrafts
Mini flowers & sugar-coated card: Doodlebug
Doodle trim: Pink Petticoat
Cake paper: lauraskathi.de
Pearls: Lakeland Ltd
Seed beads: local craft shop
Sunday, 19 October 2008
- Check out PageMaps templates and cards both for ideas for cards and scrapbooking pages. The above card was made with one of their card templates.
- Even better: have a look back through photos of your own work. It is so useful to have a photographic record of all your cards (and easy to maintain in this digital age) as they provide a fantastic source of template, colour and embellishment ideas. It will provide you with the chance to improve and develop your own designs too. The only thing is, you have to remember to take the photo before posting the card! ...been there, done that.
They often include recipes that you don't need to find your inner Delia to make, and that are so easy that my six year old enjoys making them. My current favourite is for Cookie Dough Crumble:
- Tip a 500g bag of frozen fruit (I like Salisbury's dark sweet cherries) in to an oven proof dish. Top with pieces of a whole 350g packet of cookie dough (try Saxby's chocolate chip) and then pop into a preheated oven for about 25 minutes at 220C. Heaven for your children with vanilla ice cream.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
I have been asked by the lovely Michelle of Poppicrafts to be one of her creative design team! Even days later, I am still feeling incredibly proud, pleased and not a little stunned at her selection of me as one of her designers. Wow.