Thursday, 6 August 2009

Geisha Girl


Another little 'Georgie & Mama' craft hour. We had great fun playing with shapes and paper-piecing this little Geisha Girl. I used a page that Georgie had previously scribbled all over (because I just can't stand to throw out her creative expressions!) as the card base and added a simple chipboard sentiment to the lower right corner. I added a little gem flower to her hair to finish. It's not evident from this photo, but the paper used to make the hair, had a lovely shimmery sheen to it, so was not a 'flat' black as it looks here. This card was used to write home to New Zealand and show off to the Grandparents Georgie's talents.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Georgie & Mama Craft Hour

Having fun with sketches     Georgie's Version of Mummy's Card
The card on the left was inspired by a collection of cards I saw in a card magazine. The components were hand-drawn in the same vein they were in the magazine and then 'paper-pieced' to create this simple, but sweet card. The centre of the patchwork flower was finished with a pretty glitter brad from my craft stash. The sentiment is a little plastic pre-printed square which came free with a card magazine. (Are you getting the impression yet that I like reading craft mags?!)
The card on the right, was Georgie's take on the brief. Too cute, little 'mini me'! So clever and only 4!!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Georgie's First Floral Card

Georgie's Sunflower Card

Here's a cute little card my Georgie made when she was 4 years old. Just hanging with mama, having some crafty fun! She used a green lolly stick from her own little kids crafty stash and a fabric flower from mamas stash, and finished the centre of the 'sunflower' with a foam circle from her kids stash. She finished the card with a little tissue paper cut in strips and crumpled to create grass. Leaves were drawn by mama.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Thank You Ellie


A very simple card I made with my daughter Georgie, using some 'Freebie' papers from a card magazine and an elephant from some foam animal shapes I picked up from 'Lakeland'. The sentiment was cut out of a card magazine from a 'Freebie' page and fixed with small blue brads. A very early and simple card.

Little Umpump

Umpump Card for Konrad's Birthday

This little character I call 'Umpump' because that's how my small ones say Elephant. He was part of a craft magazine 'Freebie' paper kit. He came with all the sections to easily decoupage, so I just went with the flow and added very simple fabric tape from 'Lakeland' to work with the colours in the image. I had a lovely  'bubble' sentiment round in my stash which worked perfectly with the colours in the image. I simply matted  this with a plain white scalloped circle die cut using my 'Sizzix Big Shot' and 'Spellbinders Nestabilities' scalloped circle die. This little guy was destined to be a birthday card for the little boy of one of my lovely friends.

Decoupage Flower


I made this simple card as a thank you card for a dear friend. I struggled to know how to use such a boldly designed paper, so decided to keep it simple and use decoupage to really make the image 'pop off the page' adding just a hint of glitter glue to the centre of the flower for impact. I could have used a sentiment in the lower left or right hand corner, but it was before I had much in my craft stash, so was using what I had to hand. The paper was another 'Freebie' from a card magazine.

Chinese Collar

Japanese Influence Card for Aunty Rae's Birthday

I made this card for the birthday of one of my lovely sisters-in-law back in New Zealand. I had been looking for a way to use the cool Chinese fabric shirt topper that I had bought as part of a set from 'Lakeland'. I found a great paper in a 'Freebie' 6x6 paper pad that was given out with a card magazine purchase, that fitted the theme really well. I don't recall which magazine now, but the paper stack had several bold designs I initially was really stumped to know how to use. So was really pleased with this simple but striking pairing. The Chinese characters are from a wood-mounted stamp set also from 'Lakeland'. The characters represent 'Happiness, Love & Peace'.

Lili Fairy

Little Fairy Decoupage Card

This is an early card using a 'Lili of the Valley' wood-mounted Stamp. This was made for the birthday of a friend's young daughter. It was an early attempt at adding dimension to a card with decoupage. Painstakingly cut out by hand using tiny curved fingernail scissors! I didn't add much in the way of embellishments as I wanted the decoupage to really 'pop' off the page. I used 'Craft Planet' glitter glue on the fairy's wings and as this was made before I discovered 'Pinflair' glue, all the decoupage was fixed in place with 'Sellotape' sticky  foam squares.
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