Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sweet Sisters


I made this card for my big sister's birthday as the sweet 'Lili of the Valley' image so reminded me of us as little girls. We don't see enough of each other now, living on opposite sides of the world, so I wanted to remind her of those 'together days' of times gone by. The backing paper is a lovely butterfly and flowers 6x6 paper from the Rita Marie paper pack by 'Stamps & Memories'. I bought this at the Alexandra Palace 'Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show' last year. I used my 'Sizzex Big Shot' to die cut the image and the image mat. I used Square Parenthesis from the 'Xcut Nesting Dies' range. The lovely mulberry paper flowers are from 'Wild Orchid Crafts'. The central flower is a Small Gardenia and the two smaller flowers are 25mm Tea Roses. I didn't want to use leaves as I wanted to keep the flower section quite 'light', so curled the left over flower stems and popped those in among the flowers. I've not been using these sort of flowers very long, so it's all a bit of a learning curve as to placement and finish. But I get a lot of inspiration from the fabulous cards made by my favourite paper crafter - Bev Rochester. The pretty blue seam binding ribbon is also from 'Wild Orchid Crafts'. I created a pink mat for the ribbon using the shimmery pearlescent 'Gemstones' card stock from 'Core'dinations' backing this with some plain blue paper I had in my craft stash. I used 'Xcut' border punch 'flowers' to create the decorative edge and also created the top left decorative corner using the same punch. To the other three corners I added some offcut swirls from the waste created by the border punch. Finally, the sentiments were created using 'Whimsy Stamps' Mini Ticket Die and the coordinating Mini Ticket Sentiment stamp set. Now that's said, I must get this in the post to my big sis!

I have entered my first ever card competition with this card - the Lili of the Valley - National Craft Month Competition: Pink or Mum. This is entered under the 'Pink' category, so hope they think it's pink enough!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

First Kiss


I've made this card for one of my cousin's who got married just recently. It was a second wedding, so I wanted to go away from the traditional 'white wedding' images and rather focus on the celebration of 'true love' through the image. This 'Sarah Kay' image just captured all I wanted to convey perfectly. It's called 'First Kiss' and I just love the romantic yesteryear feel it has about it. It so reminds me of the late 70's and so made me think of my cousin as I associate my early memories of her with this era. I found some wonderfully romantic Joanna Sheen papers and have used three from her Haberdashery range on this card.

Valentine Bunnies


Today I have a sweet Lili of the Valley image for you. Just the cutest wee Valentine bunnies! I love these Lili of the Valley pre-coloured diecut sheets, for when I need a card in a hurry. I love more than anything to hand colour line drawn images myself, but sometimes I need something quickly and these are a real fav' for me. The characters are beyond gorgeous and the colouring is faultless. I have used a lovely digital paper from a 'Do Crafts Digital Designer' CD called 'Favourites Edition' which includes some 'Forever Friends' papers and stamps, some 'Country Companions' papers and stamps and some 'Daisy and Dandelion' papers and stamps. It's a great CD and came with one of my craft magazines, sadly I can't recall which one. I've tried to look this up, but can't pinpoint the details, so if anyone knows, please let me know so I can give proper credit. I used a very simple self adhesive silver mesh mat for the image. I added a couple of little pom poms to bring the fluffy bunny tails to life and a simple flower fixed with a pink flower sequin and a metallic flower brad. I added a spray of pearls either side of the flower for a little bling. I am really happy with how this came out. The round sentiment I have used is another of Netty's designs. You can find the original on her site to download at Netty's Cards. I finished the sentiment with a layer of Glossy Accents, to give it a sheen and some depth. A quick make, but I think it came out well and I would love to read any feedback you wish to give. Thanks for looking x

Monday, 6 February 2012

Magical Malte


A fun lil' card for a small boy I love to bits. He turned 7 in February and every year bar this, we have got together for his and my daughter Georgie's birthdays. They are only a few weeks apart in age and both February babies, so it's been a ritual since we've known each other to come together in either London or Malmo for a birthday celebration. To my great chagrin, it didn't happen this year. So this card arrived very late, as we had had several attempts to get together since Christmas that fell through. So I hope not too anticlimactic since it was so after the fact!

I thought this little image was rather charming for a young boys birthday celebration. He's about the right age for 'magic' to be quite fun and exciting. So this was my motivation to use this cute 'Tommy Wizard' image from Stamp Fairy. He and his mummy are real 'book worms', so I thought this one of Tommy on top of a pile of spell books was the perfect hat-tip to his love of books.

The background paper was from a free paper with one of my craft magazines and I love how perfectly it sits with the image. I had great fun colouring this with my promarkers. I went over the gown several times to try and get the hint of shadows on the darker colour just right. I'm pretty pleased with the result. I added a little Glitter Magic to the stars on his hat for a little interest and made a tiny wand from an old unused match. I covered the match head with 'Glossy Accents', so it would no longer strike and fixed it to the card by tying it onto a star and button which I had stitched together for a simple embellishment.

I feel very attached to this card, which I think is purely because of the little man it is going to and I'd love to hear what you think of my 'Tommy'. Thanks for looking today x

Friday, 3 February 2012

Little Dancing Birthday Girl


This card was my second 'commission', which came from a mum at Georgie's school after she'd seen some cards I'd made for the school fair to raise some money for the school. It was for her young daughter's birthday. I was really drawn to using this picture, because her daughter looks a little like this wee cutie. So that was my starting point for inspiration. This lovely image is a pre-coloured die-cut from Lili of the Valley and comes from the 'Party Time' set. I love this range to bits. I must confess to using their lovely die-cuts a lot, especially when I'm short of time, which as a mum of two young kiddies is most of the time!! I wanted to have the image round so I could incorporate the doily and the scalloped craft paper round to mat the image, so needed to allow the little 'antennae' to pop up above the circle, which actually I think came out really well.

I love the 'craft' look on cards. So used a craft card as the base, and layed up with coloured paper and card. The sweet spotty paper is from a 6x6 Forever Friends paper pack called 'Hugs & Cuddles'. The lovely coordinating purple cardstock is from the 'Papermania Capsule Collection'. I trimmed the edge of the craft card with an X-Cut border punch 'Flower Doily' and then added a strip of white paper behind to really set it off. The lovely lavender coloured organza ribbon was one I had knocking around in my stash as was the sentiment. It was actually from a sticker set, so I matted it onto the lovely purple cardstock and backed it with silver card. I finished the card with a simple butterfly punched out of the same silver cardstock as the sentiment mat. I then added a thin wire strung with purple beads and trimmed to make it look like the antennae of the butterfly. A fun touch to finish it off I thought. I was really pleased with how this card came out and I was delighted that the mummy who commissioned it was too!
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