Friday, 27 April 2012

Tamar's Fairy


So here is my first offering after my big colour-fest the other night. I made this card for my best British pal to celebrate the last birthday we'll share together before I return to New Zealand. She's a big Orla Kiely fan so I chose the background paper because it is really reminiscent of some of Orla's designs. I built the rest of the card around this. I coloured the lovely Lili of the Valley Fairy with my 'Promarkers' in colours to harmonize with the pretty First Edition Birdsong papers. Needless to say, pinks and reds were out! So I chose a buttery yellow theme, which actually I think works symbolically really well, as yellow roses are the flowers of friendship. I added some 'Diamond Stickles' to the wings and a few drops of white opal 'Liquid Pearls' to the flowers, for that little bit of bling. The oval and scalloped oval mat were die-cut on my Big Shot using 'X-cut'  nesting dies.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Coloured Up But Unmade

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Here are a few images I've been colouring up for cards the past few days. I'll hopefully get a couple completed in the near future. But this is my process so far. Love the Lili of the Valley fairies and sweet wee babba. Too cute! Back with more once I have a card complete.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Blog Update

I have been busy this week with poorly kiddies and also sorting out my 'stash' from my visit last weekend to the Alexandra Palace Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show, which by the way, was wonderful. I managed to pick up some fab basics and a few lovely new stamps at great prices. So thought it might be fun to share a couple of pics from my shopping spree. I saw Janneke do this after a similar craft fair spree and loved the idea. Thanks Janneke!

Some staple stash pieces from the fab folks at Mei Flower. I love the little tartan ribbon bows. I can't wait to try those out on a card. The pearls and gems are fab to have too as I'm just starting to use more of those in my designs and these packs came in really lovely mixed colour options. So great for beginners like me.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

My First Distressed Card


After the wonderful tutorial on Distressing I had at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show with Niki from 'Pages of Memories'. I thought I'd be brave and give it a go. I've had the sweetest pictures of my nephew floating around in my photo box for years. Which I didn't know quite how to display or use, as they are actually tiny film strip size photos. But I came across them the other night and having just seen Niki's distressing demonstration, I had an idea for a birthday card for him. It's not perfect and I would do things a little differently next time. But as a first attempt, I'm pretty happy with the overall effect.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Handcrafted Cards

I am super excited today, as I have had the delivery of the most gorgeous hand made cards today. If others feel even a hint of the joy and excitement that I felt today when they open up one of my handmade cards, then I know I'm doing the right thing indulging this passion. I bought four absolutely gorgeous cards from a fellow crafter, as I don't always have time to start let alone finish a handmade card in time for all the happy events I want to celebrate through the year with the ones I love. I just can't do mass produced shop bought cards any more and would much rather buy the beautiful creation of another crafter than settle for a shop card. So I thought it might be clever to have some 'back-ups'. But can I just say in advance, consider yourself incredibly lucky if you get one of these, as I'm going to find it very hard to part with them! My thanks goes to Pops, for her exquisite cards, for the love and care that they've been crafted with and for the big heart that charged me far too few pennies for them (which I plan to remedy!). So you're curious right? Okay, I won't leave you in suspense, here they are, sitting in their beautiful handcrafted box envelopes waiting now for the right homes. If you want to have a closer look at Pops amazing work (which I can only ever aspire to come close to her brilliance) head on over to her blog.


Right I'm off to bed, because tomorrow is another gorgeous day! I'm off to Ally Pally for this years Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show. Bliss! :)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Gorgeous Girl


I made this card for my baby sister. She's moved to a new country is newly married and has so much shift and change going on, I wanted to convey my love and admiration for her with this sweet card. I have to say I adore this Belle & Becki image from Krista Smith of Saturated Canary. It just sooooo makes me think of my baby sis. So was a great choice for a card for her. I'm so happy with the colours in this card. It feels so bright and 'Spring-like' echoing this beauty that is unfolding outside right now as Spring kicks into full gear. The lovely floral paper came as part of a paper pack freebie from a magazine, which I sadly don't have the details for. If anyone knows it's origin, I'll happily add the details. The lush flowers are of course Wild Orchid Crafts. Love that store so much, could and do spend a fortune there! The spray of flowers didn't look quite right when I had glued it down, so I added a few leaves to bring balance, which worked okay, but I think my mistake was not to follow the rounded edge of the oval closely enough. I'll try to remember this for next time. The leaves were cut with a small Birch leaf punch from Woodware. The pink faux lace ribbon is a recent gift with the Crafts Beautiful magazine and is really interesting. It's self adhesive, slightly shiny plastic. I had no idea where I'd use it, but it was perfect for this make, so tada! I will definitely have another go with it soon. I had to 'bling' this card up, because my baby sis is a 'bling' kinda girl. So I added a pearl to her handbag and some more along the top righthand seamline on the papers. I am using again the lovely heart decorative corner from Dreamees. This time in a larger size, as that corner was otherwise quite bare. I glittered it first with my favourite loose glitter 'Glitter Magic' which I think just finishes it off perfectly with just the right amount of 'bling'. Let's just hope my lil' sis thinks it's enough. :)

I've entered this card into the Saturated Canary Challenge #17 - May Flowers. This card although made in April for my sis, is just so perfect for this challenge with it's 'Spring Flowers' and lovely bright colours and has not been entered previously into any challenge. Rather new to this all, it's only the third challenge I've ever entered, so still finding my way. It's unlikely I'll be considered for the competition, but I just wanted to put it out there for folks to enjoy my take on Krista's lovely Belle image. Thanks for looking :)

Cottage Garden

Doll's Birthday Card

I made this card for my elderly neighbours birthday. I was a little late getting it to her, so it was serving as a birthday, Easter and thank you card for my daughter's birthday pressies from her, I therefore went for a generic rather than specific sentiment. The image is a lovely vellum scene which came along with several others on an A4 sheet. I don't recall the stall I bought it from but it was at the Alexandra Palace 'Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show' last year. I really love the soft sweet cottage garden scene and wanted to keep the embellishments simple, so they didn't detract from the detail in the image. So I wrapped the vellum around some card, so no marks from fixing it down would be visible and then used a Martha Stewart punch - Floral Lace - along the bottom border to finish it. I just love the felt floral lace I used here. It's not easy to use as it's  quite a detailed pattern, but I felt it worked really well in this design. I ran it over a wide bright pink chiffon ribbon just to set it off a little better. I finished the card with a butterfly and pearls. A very simple design, but I am really happy with how this quick make came together.
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