Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Lots of pictures and an apology

Ok, I'm rubbish - I am full of good intentions of keeping up to date with my blog on a regular basis, and have failed again - for no other reason that I have been rather busy playing with paper, glue and scissors... in a creative way, obviously :) ...oh, and half term got a little in the way too!

Let me show you some new cards and things:
I love these windmills. The card theme was set by Andrea over at the Sweet Shoppe community (check here for details) - I like the challenges 'cos they often encourage me try new themes or techniques.
My husband was happy to play model for this t-shirt, provided he got to keep it afterwards. I think home-decorated t-shirts make fun presents and party gifts. The transfer papers are readily available, and almost all supermarkets sell inexpensive plain t-shirts in any size now.
This clown card was one of my first for Heather, and involves lots of layering and one of my favourite embellishments: twisted craft wire. I planned this card carefully via Photoshop so that it would fit onto my card blank perfectly, and so that when I printed the various elements I did not waste too much card in the process :)
I'd love to say the jam was home made, but it was a little too early for strawberries to be plentiful or cheap enough when Dani released her 'Fruit Punch' kit, with which I decorated the jar. It's such a summery, and definitely fruity kit! If you do plan to make your own strawberry jam (or lemon curd actually), get this kit!
This was one of the simplest cards to make, and I loved it so much that I took my idea and made more to match!
As you can see, the construction is the same, just with the variation on words and accent colours. I do like my Fiskars border punch - and 3mm wide silk ribbon threads perfectly through the holes for a very feminine finish, don't you agree?
Finally, did you like the tags at the top of this post? All made for and using products available from the ever-wonderful Michelle of Poppicrafts. Did you guess that the heart on the purple tag was made from two petals from a chipboard flower, and that its wings were made from the petals of the blooms in the store? Michelle has some very tempting plans for new products over at Poppicrafts, so remember to keep popping back for a look (better yet, sign up for the newsletter!) - oh, and do check out the gorgeous new patchwork heart ribbons over there too ...they are rather irresistible :)
Fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow,


Dotty flower tag
Papers: Pink Petticoat, Dovecraft chalk, chipboard flower and all other embellishments from Poppicrafts
Winged heart tag
Paper: ‘Pink Tongue Twister’ kit by Marcie Reckinger, Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs, Dovecraft chalk & plain chipboard cut to shape. All other embellishments from Poppicrafts (including heart made by cutting down a chipboard flower).
Felt tag
Seed beads: local craft shop. All other embellishments from Poppicrafts (including the tag itself, made by cutting down scalloped edge of Fancy Pants felt)
Windmill card
All papers: 'Girls and Dolls' kit by Heather Roselli, rub-on alpha and sugar coated brads from Doodlebug Designs, flower button from Poppicrafts, DMC thread, Dovecraft chalks.
All images from Dani Mogstad's 'Tough Guy' kit, HP transfer paper, t-shirt from ASDA
Circus Tent Birthday card
All papers and images from 'Life's a Circus' by Heater Roselli, craft wire, b&w modified border by Lauren Grier, Dovecraft chalks, ink, and the font is '4th July'.
Jam Jar
All images & papers from 'Fruit Punch' by Dani Mogstad, raffia from my local craft shop, and a jar of jam from Sainsburys :)
Sweet card & its variations
All paper and images from 'Sweet Cupcake' by Dani Mogstad, Fiskars Threading Water punch, ink, blooms cut into hearts from Poppicrafts, narrow ribbon from Ribbon Oasis (I think), Ranger Stickles glitter glue.