Tuesday 29 April 2008

Remember When...

Well here it is.. A new range in decoupage that will fill a full A5 card with no need for any other embellishments & it is full of nostalgia.

This would not only be a card it would be a gift of memories, It could be given as a card with a frame as a gift, something that would look fabulous as a series hanging on a wall.

Or how about a scrapbook page, it will still leave plenty of room to add journal wording and photo's

The Remember When... range will be available soon in series of 3.

Below is the 1st two in Series 1

Time at the Bar

The Beautiful Game

To Dad with Love

Made into a flip Album

If you are still craving for more views pop over to Toni's blog

Saturday 26 April 2008

My News

Over the last few months I have been working closely with an artist designing something special to bring to the crafting world.

Well all I can say is that it has even exceeded my expectations, new fresh, nothing else like this on the market, Ohhhhhh you are going to be so spoilt...

I have put a Design Team together as you may have noticed from the side bar.

I said I would start to update what I was so excited about, well, I thought I'd give you something to wet your appetite.

So here is a clue

Coming soon.......

not enough ?

maybe a little more needed?

try this

So have you guessed yet?
I'd love to hear what you've come up with so leave a comment and we'll see who gets it right.

If that's still not enough try on Toni's Blog I'm sure she may have a little more news for you.

Now, if you then hop over to Bev's blog there's even more.

If you still can't decide whats going on or what it is keep checking back and I will show you more very soon.

Friday 25 April 2008

Something big is about to happen....

I am fit to bursting point, something big is going to happen real soon and I'm dying to tell you all, but, I have to keep stum just a little longer.

This thing has rocked my world over the last few weeks to the point I've not been sleeping as more ideas keep creeping up on me.

Lets just say that for the next couple of weeks I'm going to be one busy lady (yes thats me, lady, lol!)

Keep watching here and hopefully it will all be revealed soon.

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Tiled Card

I thought it was time that I revisted the tiled mosiac card I have made a few in my time but after seeing it again on Nichole's blog I thought I'd give it another whirl with a delicate look, so out came the lavender and white and a Music Plate Stamp by Stampsmith.

I used the Cut'n'Dry foam by ranger to sponge the lavender ink over the edges of the tiled pieces
As you can see from this shot I left a small gap in between the tiles when I was fitting them back together

Monday 21 April 2008

Arte y Pico Award

Oh my I've received an award.

I was given this award by Em, I feel very privileged.

Thanks Em, you are a wonderfully sweet person.

The idea behind the award is to pass it on to 5 bloggers whom you think are creative and contribute a lot to the blogging community.

So here I go to award the Arte y Pico

I would like to award this to Alli Miles for her sheer inspiration in the crafting world.

I would also like to award a good friend Peejay for her blogging Ramblings.

Also Toni Poyser for trying her hand at everything crafty.

next is Katie who is always around to leave a comment and is a wonderful crafter.

Last but by no means least is Michele Lovely blogspot and always a cheery outlook.

Sunday 20 April 2008

How Sweet it is..

I just love the Celebration stamp set by PTI, lots of matting a layering here, then a clever
little folded card added to the centre with a matching ribbon to hold it in place topped with contasting circles and a PTI stamped cupcake.

How sweet it is.........

This is the inside of the centre fold piece

with the cup cake image attached,
Stamped sentiment and patterned
paper by PTI.

Friday 18 April 2008

To have & to hold........

A trifold card, the stamps used were from the wedding range from Papertrey Ink also the new Palette Hybrid colours exclusive to them Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet.
I stamped the oval and cut out the aperture then stamped through the aperture to ensure that I got the words lined up correctly I layered up a couple of the flowers to make them pop, and stamped the leaves and corner swirls in the Sweet blush.

The piece that I cut from the oval I folded the card up and popped this back into the oval and opend up one layer of the card holding the oval shape in place then stamped around the oval shape to make a background.
For the insert I used PTI background paper stamped the sentiment and layered onto contrasting card before attaching in to the centre.

Double opening as shown below

Helppppppppp !!!!!

Why on earth do I not learn to keep my mouth shut?
You would think at my age I was old enough to learn but no!

My eldest daughter Lauren is getting Engaged 16th May and what did I go and do, offer to make the cake or should I say cakes. 3 in total.

The cakes have been made and are all ready to marzipan and ice, those that know me will tell you I gave up cake decorating over 10 years ago and the type I specialised in was sugar craft making all the delicate flowers, the reasoning behind giving it up was everyone expected them done yesterday giving me very little time to complete.

Lucky for Lauren I didn't throw away my tools I hid them away in the loft. Now the hard part Lauren wants something a little funky arghhhhhhhhhhhh I don't do funky and this little engagement cake project has cost me roughly £150.00 so far.

I expect it will all turn out fine it is just that I am stressing over it a little.
Below is the last cakes I made for a friends Wedding (the second time round).

Thursday 17 April 2008

A Thought

Probably the hardest card of all to make, made simple by Papertrey Ink.
Sometimes you just need to let a friend know that you are thinking of them at this time and Papertrey really knows how to help with this Everyday Blessing stamp set.

Inside sentiment.

Wednesday 16 April 2008

Lime Green Glimmer

I started this cardby playing around with the Glimmer Mists using gold, lemon zest and honey dew I spritzed of some white card stock until I got the colour I liked I then dried it using my heat gun so that I could get to work on the stamping.
I used my favourite Clarity rubber stamp inked with black archival ink to stap the image onto the card that I had used the glimmer mist on.
The picture doesn't show to well the glimmer and twinkle this has but believe me it is scruptious.
Using a lime green base card and contrasting black card I layered up the image and then punched out the blossoms from the left over black card.
I added some coloured pearls to the centre of the blossoms.

I punched some holes to the bottom of the black card using the Creative Memories Geometric Cutter and wove a lime green Ribbon through the holes then tied a knot to secure it.

I used a DMD border stamp along the base of the card, inked with Archival ink.

Sunday 13 April 2008

Sketch Challenge

This is my first Sketch Challenge is was challenged by Em and as she is so sweet I just had to give it a go.
The Sketch to copy from was made by Lynn.
It was nice to have a layout already designed and just to find the right bit to pop onto the design.

I started with a 5"x5" card and used brilliance peacock ink to stamp the PTI butterfly as a background on the card. I then punched out slots along the opening edge on the front panel of the card. I then cut a strip from some brown card stock to weave through the slots, this gave me the 3 squares that were needed for the edge then punched out the blossoms from the same blue card stock as the base card stuck them to the center of the brown squares then dro[[ed a coloured pearl into the centre of each blossom.

Using my scalloped nestibilies I cut out 3 ovals in brown, blue and white and layered them on top of each other.
I used the same stamp as I did for the background to adorn the ovals , and then layered up a sentiment for the bottom of the design.

Saturday 12 April 2008

Dancing in the Rain

I had a little play with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists tonight and have the very inky fingers to prove it, I keep promising myself to wear gloves but it never happens.
I used tissue paper to absorb the mists layering it up from lightest in the centre and spraying the darker colours to the outer edges it was all a bit trial and error but however I use them the results are always a spectacular mingle of twinkling colours.
I wasn't patient enough to wait for it to dry so out came the faithful heat gun to dry it ready to use.
The stamp is Large Willow Lady by ClarityStamps whick I inked with Black Archival Ink I love this ink as it always gives an even coating and doesn't run when using wet colours along side it.
After the image had dried I started over again with the glimmer mists only this time I blotted it with kitchen roll to get it to dry.
I then traced and filled in the image with a black Sakura gel pen as some of the colour was misting the image (note to myself mist first stamp later)
Opps nearly forgot, the words were typed using microsoft word onto the card befor any image or colour was added.

I added a close up picture to show you the sentiment.

Friday 11 April 2008

Friendship Card

I bought these pretty round Bauble Stamps from Graphicus they have seperate hanger cap which can be added to the top of the bauble to make Christmas tree baubles but I thought they were to pretty that they just cried out to be coloured with my Prisma Pencils.

The only tricky part was cutting out the round baubles once I had added the colour but I find that the larger the scissers I use the neater the cut.

The black border stamp is by
DMD and was a delight to use it stamped so cleanly and it joined perfectly which is another good reason to use clear stamps being able to align them and see exactly where you are placing them on your card.

Thursday 10 April 2008

Christmas in the Pink

Oh dear.... Christmas cards in April I can see all the raised eyebrows from here (ha ha ha)

well what can I say, I bought the snowflake stamps in a little set designed by Impression Obsession in preperation for the winter months. Unfortunatley I have to use bought craft items as soon as I get them.

Lets face it the stamps are gorgeous and it would be such a shame to lock them away in a cupboard untill the winter months so I thought I would lets you all suffer my addiction too lol!

The finished card, layered in with black card stock a few more coloured pearld and a little stickles glitter, The border stamp is made by DMD a sister company of Autumn Leaves but it only costs 2/3rds of the price

Monday 7 April 2008

Just a Blossom

A clean looking Blossom card a little oriental without the usual
red, black or gold.
Stamped with a Stampscape branch stamp in a light brown ink then punched out the little flower heads and turned up the petals from the centre, punched out mini leaves in green to add behind the flowers.
I added little glass bead wedding confetti to the centre of the blossoms to add a little glamour

Below is a close up shot to show you the glass wedding confetti

in the centre of the blossoms

Sunday 6 April 2008

A Refreshing Weekend

We headed off on our travels on Friday lunch time to Kendal our usual hideaway in the Lake district, we weren't even fased by the report of severe weather that we heard on the radio. Well what we figured was that even if we can get there lets not worry about being stuck there and having to spend a few more days.

The weekend was just amazing, relaxing and tranquil and just what I was needing to recharge my batteries.

We stayed at our usual B&B and
Chris & janice are just the perfect
hosts and it is like a home from home
stay I managed to get a snap shot
view from our room.

(What a perfect view to wake up to)

On Saturday morning we had a full English breakfast then headed up to Croppers Papermill, I need to do this a couple of times a year to allow me to stock up on my basic card supply and this time was no different to others as I came away with the car fit to burst and several sighs from my ever patient husband, to be honest he's a sweetheart as he takes me to the Lakes for the sole pupose of me restocking my card.

After the Mill we headed to Windermere for a little browse around then back to Kendal to finish our day.

Then back to our B&B where Chris caught up on some of his work and I fell asleep for a whole 2 hours as I was exhausted, I awoke pain free again and ready for more action out on the town.

Our evening meal was at the Mumbai a wonderful Indian Restaurant where we ate till we were stuffed and couldn't face another thing.
We strolled back to the local public house (The Sawyers) a few drinks later and we were ready for our beds.

The Journey Home

I was determined to take some scenery shots on the way home just so that I could show you the beautiful scenery, I think you will agree it is rather breath taking.

Then there was this shot which I just had to have as

I loved the tree (sad I know)

All in All the perfect weekend break/