Saturday, 31 October 2009

Nestabilities Flower - Chrysanthemum

I used a cream base card with a Ripe Advacado ribbon, card and stamped flourishes in the same colour ink, all including the stamps available from Papertrey Ink.
I used the scalloped Circles Nestabilities to create the flower, I'm calling it a Chrysanthemum because that is the blossom I was aiming for.
The Label shapes are also Nestabilies.

Attention to detail...

A closer look at the Chrysanthemum, I also used a leaf punch on green paper then distress it with chalk inks to make them look a little more lifelike.


If you would like to know how to make this leave a comment, if I have enough interest I'll do a tutorial.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Build a Blossom Mix Free Download

Another Build a Blossom free download
You are free to use my sheets for personal use but please do not share, claim them as your own or sell them, instead link back to my blog for people to download them.
They are copyright.
Just click on the image and this will bring it to full size on your screen then save it to your computer.
The sheet will print to a normal size A4 sheet, once saved to your computer double click on the file then from the top menu on your computer click, file then print this will then print out the image


Thursday, 29 October 2009

One year On

It's so hard to believe it is 1 year since my dear dad passed away, I miss him dreadfully.
"Love you Dad".


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Black and White Christmas Tree

I managed to get a card put together that I started on Monday night, stamped in black versafine then jewels added here and there the snowflakes are a kuretake punch, ribbon from Papertrey Ink and some matting a layering.
Tree stamps from Impression Obsession, Tree & Poinsettias


Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Such Sad News

Early hours of this morning my Niece Kimberley rushed her baby to hospital, Baby Layton John 15 months old now sleeps peacefully in heaven.

Our family is devastated that such a lively little soul has gone.

Build a Poppy Card - Poppy Appeal

I wanted to highlight a stamp set that is a good price yet still donating £1 to the Poppy Appeal for every set purchased, the Papermania Signature Build a Poppy stamp set is retailing at around £5.99 at many stamp shops.
The poppy was very easy to put together, I stamped with black ink onto read card stock then cut around the images 4 to each poppy then joined them together with a black brad, the brad is hidden as I dotted the center with black stickles. I used the Nestabilities circles to mount the poppy onto and a white base card was stamped at each corner with the sentiment. I finished the card with a black velvet ribbon and bow.


A close up photograph of the Poppy, I dotted the centre with Black diamond stickles and used a deep red promarker to give some depth to the flower.



Monday, 26 October 2009

Christmas Tree Orniment from Nestabilities

On playing making the Tree card with the Nestabilities scalloped circle see here for tutorial, I had another play on Sunday, this time leaving the circles whole apart from cutting away 2 of the scallops in a pie piece so that when I joined the piece back together it would form a shallow cone.
the tree trunk is a wooden meat skewer coloured with a gold marker and the pot once had Jam Preserve inside, I added a layer of glue to the outer side of the jar and rolled it in the glass glitter


From a different angle


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Tuesday's Child

Tuesday's Child Digi stamp from Digital Pencil Too
I am a Tuesday child and so the saying goes Tuesdays child is full of grace, Mmmm somehow I think the Aries in me over rules that.
I had to have this stanp all the same as she is beautiful. I coloured her with promarkers and used the crystal stickles on the wingspaper and image was edged with the Martha Stewart Border Punches.

Supplies...

Stamp Image; Mo Manning Digital Pencil Too.

Papers; White base card, PTI patterned paper.

Tools; Martha Steward Border Punches, Cuttlebug Butterfly die.

Pens; Promarkers, Pear Green, Pastel Green, Cocktail Pink, Salmon Pink, Antique Pink, Blush, Soft Peach, Buttercup & Caramel. Stickles Glitter glue; crystal.

Embellishments, Ribbon and pearls from stash, blossoms from Katie

Attention to detail...
3 blossoms from ny talented friend Katie and 3 aqua pearls for the centre's

Cuttlebug Butterfly with aqua pearls for the body.


Saturday, 24 October 2009

Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls

I sometimes like to make just a pretty quaint card with little effort so out came the Cuttlebug A2 embossing folders birds and swirls and a pink card was overlayed onto cream and the edged scallopped.
The cream card was embossed and the bottom with another cuttlebug folder this time Flower Fantasy. the ovals are punches by Stampin Up.


Attention to detail...

A couple of buttons a pretty satin ribbon and the pink edge punched and embossed using the EK Success Slim Edger embossed curve Punch






What do you think?

My very wonderful talented friend Claire from Waltzing Mouse Stamps shared a bit of noises we make when getting old, Claire often adds at the bottom of her post "Hope it tickles" well it certainly tickled me into adding my own bit to it.

It goes something like this......

A workmate of Claire's hubby spotted that we make a noise when bending to pick something up when we get to a certain age. that noise according to Claire's spelling is"hhnnngh" whats worse is that Claire notices now that she makes the noise herself and now feels old.

My reaction to this was

"Ok yep I do this too and thanks for pointing this out to me lol!Now lets all have a reality check here because I'm damned if this nice Colin chap is going to get away with it,Claire and all your nice readers... are you listening?you know when you are getting old when...... you bend to pick something up and the hhnngh noise doesn't come out of the top end but it does come out of the bottom end (urghhhh) feel better now Claire???? (giggle)"

So moving on a little further my lovely buttonless man when younger noticed an elderly lady that was a passenger on the bus he used to drive making the same noise every time she got on and he named her Mrs Ooh Argh.

Now I'm turning this over to you to comment on, some of the comments on Claire's Blog are hilarious so I can't wait to hear what comes from my wonderful commenter's.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Making Christmas Decorations

Shhhhhhh! I have to whisper, you see, I have a little secret.
I have been sewing (shock) now if my good man finds out he may want me to add the buttons back to his shirts that I removed for cards.
I wanted to try my hand at making a couple of Christmas Dollies and these little darling from dotcomgiftshop were just the ticket. If you pop over to their shop be prepared to stay a while as they have loads of gift ideas for both young and old.
Anyhow onto my two new buddies I named them Harry and Elsie. I have another 2 to make but I just couldn't wait any longer to show them to you.

A little box of Christmas Joy is what this is, I found myself smiling at the little cute, cute faces.

You get all the bit's and pieces included in the box apart from glue and I just know you crafters will have a good stash of the sticky stuff.



A close up of the little cute faces and hair styles


So where can they be found? Just click the Christmas Dollies and I'll take you there.


Thursday, 22 October 2009

Hoppin Happy Slide Back Card

Hoppin Happy Digi stamp from Digital Pencil Too coloured with Promarkers, the thank you was stamped onto one of the Fancy Tags by Spellbinders.
An angled view of the slide back card easy to make - just a 14 x 14 finished card with the top layer scored at the half way mark and folded in a mountain fold then take a separate piece of card 14 x 14 and decorate this as the finished seen bit (in my case the bit with the Mo Manning image on it) then add double sided tap on the back bottom half of this piece and stick it to the bottom section of the card under the scored line, this then slides back to make the card stand up.


Closed view of the card.

Papers used for the card are K&Co - Madeline - 8.5x8.5 Double-Sided Paper Pad then stickles used on them to give a little bling.


Attention to detail...


A silk Autumn leaf, a blossom and a key charm from Quixotic Paperie that was silver until I coloured it with a sakura gold calligrapher pen.




Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Green Frosted Christmas Baubles - Free Download

Another Christmas Bauble free download this time in frosted greens, I hope you like this one too.
You are free to use my sheets for personal use but please do not share, claim them as your own or sell them, instead link back to my blog for people to download them.
They are copyright.
Just click on the image and this will bring it to full size on your screen then save it to your computer.
The sheet will print to a normal size A4 sheet, once saved to your computer double click on the file then from the top menu on your computer click, file then print this will then print out the image



Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Vintage Christmas, Slide Back Card

A touch of gold, I love this style card,it sits beautifully on the mantle piece ha, ha.
I shadow stamped the tree with caramel ink, simple really, ink once stamp 3 times.
I made up the postcard added it to the base of the card on foam pads, this tops the top from sliding flat as the bottom edge of the card sits behind it. I smudged the address for privacy purposes.
I used the cuttlebug snowflake die and a smaller snowflake punch for the embellishment.


Supplies:-


Stamps- Pretty as a Tree and Winter Post Stampin Up


Papers -Vintage Christmas (Graphic 45)


Card-Old Gold Stardream Ribbon Gold satin from stash


Ink- Caramel and Close to Cocoa Stampin Up


Monday, 19 October 2009

I Dunno!

I think most days I have this expression, this is Bella and Bronte by Mo Manning and can be purchased at Digital Pencil Too, there is a great line in Bella and Bronte as well as many other tempting artwork by the talented Mo


Attention to detail...

I attached some bead strands under the flowers as dangles.



List of the promarkers I used

Supplies:- Digi Stamp(digital Pencil too, colours Promarkers (see image) Patterned paper and coloured card from stash, embelishments, flowers from petaloo (Joanna Sheen) beads are a trim from local habidasherie.


Sunday, 18 October 2009

Jack 13 Weeks old

I haven,t made a card today as a little someone needed a bit of attention, I think it is amazing how someone so small and unable to speak can generate so much love.
I just seem to melt.
The softness of his skin the baby smell that only a mother knows the smiles that ease away the daily stress then the calm of sleep.


Priorities

I hope my children look back on today
And see a mother who had time to play!
Children grow up while you’re not looking,
There’ll be years ahead for cleaning and cooking
So quiet now, cobwebs; dust go to sleep
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep!


Friday, 16 October 2009

Nestabilitie Christmas Tree Tutorial

I had fun with this, All the papers used are by Graphic 45, Nestabilities Circle scallop, green base card and ribbon Crushed Glass Glitter, Joanna Sheen has this in stock.
Also used a bit of green ink to distress the paper.


This is a picture took from the bottom so that I could show you the dimension of the tree.




Tutorial...

To make I used a double sided scrapbook paper now this is where you can get really creative, funky colours would look brilliant, if you don't have double sided paper then use a coloured one and use a gold or a silver marker and colour the reverse.

The Nestabilitie Scalloped Circle that I used was the second largest.

Cut the scalloped circle shape into pie like pieces you will only use 4 of them
Starting by cutting the shape in half you will need.
1 with 6 scallops 1 with 5, 1 with 4 and the last piece with 3 scallops.


Cut in between each scallop toward the point leaving about 1cm from the point uncut.



You can see on each scallop I have curled them upwards showing the patterned paper on the back, I curled mine with a bone folder but you could wrap them around a pencil or something similar.


Once all of the pieces are curled push your thumb into the back of each piece so that they are slightly arched

You can see in the next image that I added some crushed glass glitter to the curled edges, then I started to build up the layers using silicon glue, starting with the 6 curled scallops then overlapping with the 5 then the 4 and lastly the 3.
A Tree is Born.

All that's left is to add the card.