Thursday, 26 May 2011

Book of flowers

I'm constantly trying to stretch myself crafting wise and I have been trying out all sorts of new stuff of late.  Some of it has turned out brilliant and some not so good, but such is life, those little flaws are now called "Design features".

I've been looking at tutorials again and this is my first attempt at one of these.  Does any one know what they are called?  I'm calling them book cards at the mo.

This one isn't very big.  It measures 11cm x 10 cm.  It was quite easy to make and not as time consuming as I thought it would be.

There are a lot of great tutorials out there in blogland.  They are well worth looking for and a lot of effort has gone into putting them together.  I still have a lovely long list to work through :O)

I am entering my book card for the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion - Let it all hang out
OLLCB - Fancy Folds
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Pale Pretty Pastels

Friday, 20 May 2011

80 year old whiskey

One of the guys at work is going to his grandmothers 80th birthday party this weekend and asked me to make her a card.  I asked him what sort of things he would like on the card and he said "put some of that doily stuff on it" pointing at the lace on another card I had made.  "Oh, and she likes whiskey".   That was my brief for this card.

I have matted some red/very dark pink design paper on to brown card and then added lace.  I have been playing with my label die cuts and altering to see what other shapes I can come up with.  I quite like the tag shapes I have made, so I used one here.  I have tied the top with dark red lace and finished off with flowers, glitter glue, leaves and peel offs.

It's a simple card, but Ian was really please with it.  I hope his grandmother is too.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:
A spoon full of sugar - Anything goes
Everybody Art - Tags
Papertake weekly - Bloom and grow

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Apples in Distress

I have called this one "Apples in Distress" because the colours I have used are candy apple red and apple green.

This is my second attempt at making one of these cards (My first is called Ruffles).

I love working with my distress inks, but I have restrained myself some what and have only used Vintage Photo on this one.  I have done my version of distressed embossing (brush of a bit of the embossing powder before heating and don't let it achieve a smooth finish) think Tim Holtz.  the edges of the paper have been distressed using my ranger distressing tool.

The Crafty Pad challenged us to use  "holes" in our project, so I have made an aperture.  Quite easy to do with this design of card.  The Corrosive challenge asked for a birthday card.

I will also be entering this one for the challenge at Kaboodle Doodles,  who have a tic tac toe challenge.  I chose flowers, die cut and embossing.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Lilac Wedding

A friend asked mt to make a card for a summer wedding that is based on one that I made before.

I used two sheets of what I like to call soft silver mirri board - A4, 1 quarter sheet of silver heart dufex, most of an A4 sheet of lilac card and half an A4 sheet of white card.

This is my second try at one of these cards and I have to say, that the hardest part of making them is when you have finished.... you are left looking for something else to do.

This type of card is a great one to make if you want wow factor and they can't be bought in shops.

I am entering Lilac Wedding for the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations - Decorate in side your card
Moving Along With The Times - Two Bs - I used blooms and bows
Paper Play Challenges - Celebrating Summer - Summer wedding card

Funky Diva

This card was a lot of fun to make.  Mainly have to admit because I got to use only of my bargains.  I found sheets of Bo Bunny velvet flocked 12x12 cardstock for just 50p a sheet.  Well I had to buy some and the colours are brilliant.

The design for my card came from this weeks sketch challenge at Stamptacular Sunday.  Spots and dots where the requirement over at The Crafty Pad and Kaboodle Doodle asked us for lots of layers.  I have used a Kenny K digi stamp (love their stuff) and added glitter to her boots, because she needed more bling.

Framed in flowers

This is my first attempt at altering a picture frame.  After years of scrapbooking and then card making, I am only now getting into altering other things over the past few months.  I have made pen pots.  (Lots of fun and easy to start off with) and have moved on to trinket and now this :o)

It didn't turn out quite as planned, but I already have a few ideas for my next one.  For this one I have used natural cotton lace, chocolate satin ribbon and flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid

I am entering my first attempt to the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Anything goes 
Everybody Art - Flowers 
My Time to craft - Scallops

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Pearl Tea

I just had to have a go at the challenge over at Allsorts this week.  Use three or more stamps.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be and it was great for a quick make.

The three flourish stamps came from the same set ( sorry I don't know the name any more) and the happy birthday from a Daisy and Dandelion set that I have.

All of the stamping  and edging has been done in Tea Dye Distress ink.  I have also coloured a couple of the roses with it to get them to match the rest o f the card.  Yes, Ive gone with the flowers again (just couldn't resist - love 'em.  I have added some mocha flat back pearls for added interest.

Cream Cake

SCSC challenged us to make a card or project using old stash.  Well that was easy as I have loads.  The main design paper I have used came from a scrapbooking kit I bough about five and a half years ago.  I only recently found out that it is good for vintage cards (still getting to grips with those).

I have had to use different bits for this card as I didn't have enough to do everything I had planned.  The design for this card came from this weeks challenge sketch over at Everybody Art.

Moving along with the times asked us to include a cake and that helped me to choose which stamp to use and One Stop Craft Challenge asked us to make a birthday card.  I find challenges are a great way to get inspiration for new cards and I think this just proves it :o)

I didn't have flowers in the colours that  I wanted, so I have inked a few of the smaller ones with Tea Dye Distress ink and all of the flowers have had a little bit of gold glitter glue added.  I have also added iridescent glitter glue to the icing on the cake.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Box of Roses

This is my second attempt at one of these trinket boxes.  I have to admit that I have been looking for more in other shapes, because they are so satisfying to make.  Here are a couple of  before shots.

I stared buy DS taping the natural cotton lace around the top edge and then I used my hot glue gun sparingly around the top so that the top of the lace would create a nice soft edge and cover the wood a little.

I wanted some height in the middle, so I have padded the top with a bit of make up sponge and then  I went a little crazy with the flowers.  I have used the last of the pearl beads from my broken bracelet on this one (I have a feeling that another one may get broken soon) and have dotted them about to cover the gaps between flowers.

To finish off, I added some deep purple lace that I have had forever and lilac flat backed pearls.   I think that I need to invest in some glimmer mist as I think that a bit of a gold sheen would have finished this one off nicely.

I am entering my box in the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz Challenges - No cards allowed
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes - My pearls are round
Craft your passion - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Put those papers away - No patterned papers

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Birthday wishes

I as digging through my scraps drawer when I came across two bits of HOTP papers that go really well together.  I didn't actually plan this card I just started playing and waited to see what would emerge.

I'm loving the flowers that I bought recently, so they are turning up on most of my projects :O).  I've used rose leaves and a lily leaf on this one.  I went a bit mad with the pearls, but I like the effect that I got on an earlier project with them, so I ran with it.  The swirly sentiment is one from a sheet of Kanban.  I couldn't resist the butterfly.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad - Pearls and swirls
Simon Says - Anything goes
MAWTT - Anything goes
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