Monday, 29 December 2008
I made the paper by combining some lovely coloured paper by KSharonk with music frippery (sort of digital confetti) from the wonderful Tracy Ann (TADA) , and chalking the edges with black and blue. The sentiment reads: You make my heart sing (in MA Smiles font).
I am so in the mood to play with pretty papers and twiddly bits following my enforced abstinence over Christmas - just think: Valentine hearts, Easter eggs and bunnies, Mothers Day and flowers and of course Spring in all its wonderful colours are all not too far off... Hooray!
Hope Santa was kind to you!
Heart sequins: Doodlebug Designs
Ribbons: Ribbon Oasis
Wire & seed beads: local craft shop
Friday, 19 December 2008
I'm off for a nap - our son was up at 3am and would not go back to sleep. Still it gave me time to tidy my kitchen drawers... woohoo.
Paper: Pink Petticoat
Ric rac: Ribbon Oasis
Black ribbon for tree trunk: Poppicrafts
Beads and felt from local craft store
Stars (they really are there, honestly!): freebies
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
I'm off to help at the school again - its Christmas lunch today!
Bye for now,
All papers: Pink Petticoat
White sugar coated card & rub-on alphas: Doodlebug Designs
Bloom & button: Poppicrafts
Organza ribbon: Ribbon Oasis
All papers and black & white border: Pink Petticoat
Button: Doodlebug Designs
Wire & beads from craft shop.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Anyway, my good news: I am a runner up in this years Card Maker of the Year Competition, with the wonderful Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine! Hooray for me - I'm feeling quite proud of myself - but determined to be back next year to win it, so look out! The winner (Kath Stewart - you should check out her lovely designs) and all the runners up are in issue 53 of the magazine. The card of mine that was shown was called 'Party Girl'.
Believe it or not, this was the first time ever I forgot to take pics of my cards before sending them out. Two of the cards (the published one and one I called 'Us') were second incarnations so I have pics of my first attempts, but the third was completely new for the competition - complete with a little pic of my son on... Heed my bitter lesson, everyone!
This is the first incarnation of 'Party Girl' - the competition entry was even more girly (this original card was made as a commission for my brother again - hence less frills!). Forgive the rubbish pic, please! Do you like my home-made 'cocktail list' paper?
The next card was made for a friend to give to her sister for her 40th - I redesigned my competition entry to have 'Us' on the front. The sentiment at the bottom says: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful". This is a Mae West quote and I love it!
I love the paper and '40' - all from The Shabby Shoppe 'Wild Love' kit. They are having a sale this weekend too...
As I said, there is no pic or forerunner of my last card, which again used papers from the Shabby Shoppe, and was scrapbook-ish and messy in a cute way (I thought!), but this was the picture of my son. The card was called 'Big Kiss' - you can guess why:
My boy just can't help being cute....
Enjoy your day.
Cocktail Card: Background paper made/ designed by me using MA Googly Bear font again!; Heart & dotty paper by Kay Miller Designs (Love Bug kit); Cocktail drink paper by Karen Foster Designs; Pink starry paper by Grazieli Niclass aka Lili of ScrapArtist.com (Once Upon a Time kit), Bloom from Poppicrafts, black card and free gem.
40th: Black background paper by Nancy Kubo, All other paper and alpha by The Shabby Princess, organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Silk flower and button by Doodlebug Design, wire, beads and other elements from local craft shop. Quote by Mae West!
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
I think its quite a 'clean' and simple card - and is a hybrid production of digital and physical embellishments.
I have some brilliant news to share with you tomorrow...
Blue paper and Alpha: Tara Dunstan Designs
Green background paper: lauraskathi
Circle frame: Debbie Fisher
Sequins and rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs
Seed beads, black pen
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Did you see my previous creations for Poppicrafts?
... I am rather pleased with my ribbon bee in particular - I plan to redo him again with lighter Spring colours, so look out for him buzzing around again!
By the way Michelle is having a final sale before taking a break for Christmas - on some lovely Fancy Pants merchandise. Check out the mini kits, she has compiled which are a fab way of sampling lots of things at once! I'm trying the Rough & Tough kit 1 and Sweet & Pretty 2, so don't be too surprised at what elements some of my future cards include!
Got to go - we're off to see Father Christmas now!
Thursday, 4 December 2008
The second reminds me of cosy evenings together, and is wine coloured with a lovely Pink Petticoat image coloured with watercolour pencils and a touch of chalks. I have added seed beads to represent bubbles and to add sparkle too (all stuck on with the amazing Diamond Glaze):
I hope you like my creations!
Mistletoe card & tag All paper:Corina Nelson Designs; White sugar-coated card (for frame & punched snowflakes) & brads: Doodlebug Designs; Ribbon: Poppicrafts; Pen: Sakura; Gems: Lakeland Ltd
...to us card All paper: Natalie Braxton; Image: Pink Petticoat; Ribbon: Poppicrafts; Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs; Watercolour pencils: W H Smiths; Chalks: Dovecraft
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
This is my chocolate, lime and pink challenge card for the lovely This Thursday...