Thursday, 17 November 2011

Heartfelt Creations posy patch die/stamp and hydrangea stamp card


Hello blogging peeps today's card is an entry to the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge All the twos. http://www.craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com/

As you can see I have used the Heartfelt Creations Hydrangea stamp and stamped two but decoupaged one, there are also two backings, 2 different colour gems (2 of each) and two ribbons so I am hoping I fulfilled the objective of the challenge lol.


You may also be surprised to see an A5 size card... yes I did stray from my beloved 8x8 lol but don't worry I will probably be back with them very soon.

 For this card I cut a piece of silver mirri to size and used this to work on as I knew I was using ribbon and wanted to hide it behind the mirri. I had two pieces of whitewash coredinations one with a purple core, one with a pink and embossed them with the same script embossing folder and sanded them back. I cut them to size and stuck them down to the mirri. I flung my ribbons here and there looking for one I liked and decided on this sage green gingham (yeehaaaar for those who watch c&C regularly ;) lol) and I used it to cover the edges of the coredinations and glued to the back of the mirri. I then stuck it down to my base card.

I stamped the hydrangea stamp in black onto some masking paper and cut a mask. I then stamped it again onto the neenah card with my trusty gluepad and dusted green mica on the leaves and intermittant purple, blue and pink over the image.... this was a complete waste of mica I could have just dusted the edges. I then put the mask over it and stamped another one 'behind' and repeated with the mica. I then cut this out with an oval spellbinders and set aside. I then stamped another hydrangea and repeated the mica decoration and cut it out. Using the smallest of the posy patch stamps I stamped a lot of flowers and then mica'd them. I then cut them using the posy die which took some time I can tell you.... wow quite a bit of time actually. I then shaped them and using the already stamped images to guide which flowers were on the bottom layer I glued them to the cut out hydrangea. Well I liked it but I thought it needed a few more so I stamped some more...... and cut some more..... then shaped and glued them into place.

Oh I thought to myself it just needs the odd one here and there so I stamped...cut....shaped... and stuck to my hydrangea to cut a long story short (too late I hear you cry lol) I went back and cut some more two more times after this.. and I still think I could add a couple here and there. Anyway back to the card.... I allowed it to dry some and then shaped the leaves and stem a little before glueing on top of the one in the front on my topper. I then matted and layered the topper twice more with spellbinders and glued centrally to my card. I added two bows with the sage gingham (yeeehaaar) and added some gems in a pale green and in a purpley colour (I had to colour the green ones with a purple spectrum noir) and all this card needs is a sentiment... which it may not need as I think I will keep it on my shelf a while.

All in all I like this card. I love hydrangea's but always have wanted a blue one.. where I used to live there was a pink one and I tried using the powder to change the soil so it would turn the flowers blue but all I got was these mixed flower colours which is why I used the pink and purple on my card. I can't think of another quickish way to mix the colours on one stamped flower other than the glue and mica. Anyway with the hydrangea stamp comes a cherry blossom which the smallest posy is again used for the flowers.... I have an old japanese'y kit from c&c yonks ago somewhere so I might try and liven it up with this stamp.

Anyway for now thats all don't forget to pop over to the crafty bloggers network blog if you get chance and there is a facebook group too if you would like. Oh and if you like the heartfelt creations stamps and dies check out the Heartfelt Creations blog they make some pretty amazing cards and things and show new products too.... very inspiring!  http://heartfeltcreations.us/blog/

Take care

Cj x

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fairyopolis/Heartfelt Creations posy card


Hello Blogging peeps, another card offering from me with a combination of the fairies I like from the fairyopolis kit and the Heartfelt creations posy stamp and diecut. (Apologies for the not so good photo)

Well I had this idea, that as there are a number of fairies sitting or perching in the kit I could make little scenes with them using other things and this is the result. The idea I had in mind was that he was a fairy climbing over the magical garden wall, at night, to sneak into the real world.

I used an 8x8 blank and matted a silver mirri with a backing paper from a charmed whispers digi kit which has lots of lovely fairy/magical type scenes on them. I used grey coredinations and embossed it with a brick pattern and cut to size with one being higher than the other and sanded them back. I added some marianne creatable sprigs and placed one on the front of the wall and one coming through from the garden. I also added some leaves from the iris heartfelt creations stamps well behind the wall (you can barely see them but the fairy is holding one to steady himself. I used the smallest heartfelt creations posy stamp and stamped with the glue pad and dusted with pink and purple mica. I then cut these out using the die and shaped them before layering them and adding the tiniest gems I have (which came with a glitter girls stamp kit ages ago)

I arranged the flowers on the card and glued them with collall. I took my boy fairy and (gulp, squeaky voice..) cut his wings off! (I know not so nice) and then decoupaged him up. I took a memory box corner die and cut two new (better, definately better) wings from some dotty parchment paper I had. They faded into the background when I layered them to see what it looked like so I coloured the back of them green with the spectrum noir pens and they looked better. I arranged the fairy on the card with his brand spanking new wings and added another flower in his hand. To finish I stamped a sentiment and diecut into a circle then layered onto a scalloped circle and added another flower. The final finishing touch was to go round each sparkly star in the sky with a sakura glitter pen to give the sky a little sparkle.

All in all I really, really like this card. The flowers are really small and cute and he looks great with his new wings, really want to try a xmassy fairy with the snowflake one I have and build a similar type of scene, only snowier of course.

Anyway its pretty late, and I have been working on another card with the posy stamp and dies which if it looks as good on a card as it does off it, I will be keeping it on display a while (its lovely) so anyway until tomorrow...

Take care


Cj x

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

LOTV baby stamp coloured with spectrum noir pens












Hello blogging peeps, another quick post with a gorgeous stamp from Lili of the Valley for the the Crafty Bloggers Network challenge pink, purple and green.  http://craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com/



I used an 8x8 blank, and matted pink coredinations onto gold mirri and stuck to card as the base layers. I then took some purple coredinations and matted onto gold again as the middle of the card. I stamped the lovely stamp with memento ink and coloured with the spectrum noir pens and then cut out using a spellbinders grandnestie die. I then cut a green coredination layer and then a gold mirri in the same shape and layered them up and stuck to my middle purple layer which had not been glued to the base yet. 


 I cut a thin strip of the same green coredinations and glued it to my purple layer and then glued some pink polka dot ribbon round it and then added a bow near the top of the card which I made with the glitter girls bow maker and glued them down with some clear hatpins and a pearl heart hatpin which I had coloured using the speccies. I glued the purple middle to the base of the card hiding all the back where the ribbon was glued. I stamped the greeting which came with the stamp and cut it out using a spellbinder circle and then cut the next size from a purple polka dot paper and layered them up before glueing to the card.


To be honest although I really do like this card I think it would have been better with the first pink layer having a pattern of some kind either the matching polka dots or even just lines would have made this stand out a little more. Also next time I make something like this I will use slightly brighter coloured card.... I think the pink,green and purple although they match perfectly are slightly dull/muddy and for a new baby perhaps cleaner/brighter colours would be a better choice. But it still is a pretty card and I love this stamp will definately be using it again.


Until next time




Take care


Cjx

Monday, 7 November 2011

Magnolia's Edwin foldback card


Hello blogging peeps another quick post from me as I am still so tired from the NEC Hobbycrafts show yesterday. Had a wonderful time apart from being generally pushed, run over and crashed into by other enthusiastic crafters and saw lots of people from the crafting world that are usually only on the tv and spent too much money but came away tired and happy with a few new toys to play with and a long list of other things I would like so I will have to save for next march and try to get there on the first day next time before things sell out.

Anyway today's card has already been delivered to my nephew, Anfield, who is 8 today bless him. I used a magnolia stamp with Edwin and his football which I coloured with my spectrum pens. I matted him onto a circle of grey and then black and placed him in the middle of a lovely lace die I bought at the NEC that I cut in red foil . The card was an 8 x 8 with the front being folded in half to make the fold back section of the card. The 'inside' of the card was covered with a DCWV paper from stash. I stuck a gold mirri panel on the front fold back half and then some black magic coredinations which I had used some letters from the cuttlebug all in one embossing system to spell out his name with and sanded back before adding to the card.

The topper was added to the top of the card so it was central on the finished card when closed. I then added a rosette which I made into a badge by adding a brooch back to it. I used my craft artist to put his name on and that it was his birthday in a circle before cutting it out and layering it on some white card to give it stability and sticking it to the front of the rosette. I attached the rosette with a few foam pads so that it was easy to remove without damaging the paper underneath.

At first I thought this card was a little dark for a small boys card but have to admit it looked quite stunning from a distance on a shelf. The main thing is he liked it and he liked his badge with his name on as their isn't much with his name on.

Anyway am off to play


Until next time.


Take care


Cjx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fairyopolis side easel card

Hello blogging peeps just a very quick hello and card I started yesterday and finished off this morning.


Another side easel card as I do like them a lot (even though this is only the second one I've made lol) this time using the lovely fairyopolis set. The decoupage image came from the collection and the bottom patterned paper came from the cd. I love this little fairy and was a little disappointed she doesn't have a rubber stamped image as I think she is a mischievious little fairy and fell in love with her straight away.

I used an 8 x 8 card and scored across the centre diagonally to make the side easel fold. I added a gold mat and then an embossed paper with leaves for the top part of the card. I used the spellbinder edgeabilities to make the 'bunting' at the top and bottom out of the printed paper and die cut two sprigs from a memory box die. I inked the sprigs and the topper with vintage photo distress ink and added a few gems to the sprigs after I had glued them onto the card. I used a card blank from the fairyopolis kit and cut it into two as the base for the decoupage fairy and glued to card on a gold mat.


The base was made with another gold mirri base mat and then the patterned paper matted onto it. I used a spellbinder label die to cut two shapes from the leaves paper I used from the top of the card and a smaller one from the other side of the card blank I used from the fairyopolis kit. Onto the smaller label I used the rub-ons from the kit for the greeting and the two fairies to co-ordinate. Once these had been glued to the card I added the same memory box die in the gold mirri.

All in all a very autumnal card and I am very pleased to have been able to use a few bits from stash. Have to go get ready for work now.


Until next time


Take care


Cj x

Monday, 31 October 2011

Joanna Sheen Enchanted Dreams Christmas card


Hello blogging peeps, sorry for the wait between posts but I have had a bad cold and nearly lost my voice because of it (can't tell you how many peeps were quite glad of it!) but has been a difficult week mostly because my job involves a lot of talking. Anyway voice is on the way back and am feeling heaps better. Todays card is an entry for the crafty bloggers network challenge http://craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com/which is a simple card and they have a group on facebook if you would like to join other crafty bloggers and look at lots of other very lovely creations.

Today's card is an 8 x 8 with a silver mat then a hunkydory xmas patterned paper layered on top. I used a snowflake memory box die to cut 4 corners in silver. (I originally tried colouring one a pale blue but it didn't really make too much difference so I left them silver in the end) the corners were glued with a quickie glue pen as they are quite filigree. I printed a topper from the Joanna Sheen Enchanted Dreams cd (available here http://www.joannasheen.com/craft-supplies/joanna-sheen-cdrom-dvds/cdrom-enchanted-dreams/ if you are interested) and matted onto silver and some lovely purple coredinations glitter card and arranged in the centre. To finish a nice hunkydory sentiment. Oh and I also used a sakura glitter pen on the snowflakes on the topper for a little sparkle.

This card was so simple to make, took less than 1/2 hour to put together and yet is probably one of the most striking cards I have made in a while. The silver snowflake corners add a complementary icy feel to the card and in real life looks really good, I don't know if that comes across well in the photo.

Anyway that's all for today....happy halloween peeps.


Until next time


Take care

Cj x

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Nitwit Halloween card with cute little beaded spider


Hello again blogging peeps, here is the halloween card I have been working on since my last post. Apologies for the photo not being quite so good today... I think this is a combination of dodgy camera, bad light and the dark colours in the card.

I have been working on a storage solution for my pens over the last few days and although it is up and holding pens at the moment it will not be finished for a while. It isn't brilliant, two of the shelves are on the wonk a little but its as solid as several layers of card and almost a pot of pva can make anything lol. I may post pictures at some point just for fun... anyway I woke up thinking about that and the halloween card I have been preparing... and for some odd reason the idea to make this cute little beaded spider came into my head. I used a large white bead which I coloured with the black speccie pen once I had assembled all the legs. Which I used cotton and some bluish/purple seed beads to make threading back up the centre of the beads and through the middle.

Once I had coloured the body bead I added two tiny pearl gems which came from a nail art kit for eyes and used the 0 blender speccie pen to make a tiny smile.....(do spiders smile?) anyway I should add this spider in no way resembles the monster running around the house at the moment because for sure that little devil does not smile he just runs like an athlete! this one is kinda cute...for a spider.

I used an 8 x 8 square card with some purple holographic card as a base layer and then I used this weird embossed hand made-ish feel paper which came from stash. I used a tim holtz embossing folder and coredinations white wash for the spider web and matted onto the purple holo and then green coredinations and me little spider stuck in place. The witch & background came from an old nitwit digital kit called Can I be frank (http://www.nitwitcollections.com/shop) and then was matted the same way as the spider web.  I added a sprig and some flowers (because I could) and a sentiment printed in craft artist to finish.

All in all I do like this card although the colours are too dark to my taste normally, I think without my little spider, it probably would have been chucked to the 'not right' pile.  Might try another at some point but need to get back to xmas cards for a while only a few weeks to go now so need to make quite a few more.

Anyway best go get ready for work.

Until next time, take care


Cj x

Monday, 17 October 2011

Joanna Sheen Furry Friends Card


Hello again, only me, back with the second card of today.... as I thought this one did not take too long... although I have had to do other things in between. This one was for this weeks willow sketchie challenge and I also tried to make it a little bit masculine as well hence the blue and brown.

So as you can see back to my comfort zone of a nice plain 8 x 8 square. I used a gold mirri base mat and layered some of the backing paper from the furry friends cd onto it. I printed out a topper and matted it onto gold mirri as the main image. I used brown coredinations embossed in a cuttlebug folder and sanded it then matted onto blue glitter card as the secondary topper. The blue border was punched with a fancy punch and a ribbon stretched across and glued from behind. I found this cute cat charm and threaded it onto the ribbon before I stuck it down. The charm is not stuck down and is free to move along the length of the ribbon.

I layered the elements as per this weeks sketch and added the small blue thanks sentiment to finish... although this card needs an insert at some point.

This was a fairly quick card in essence and because it is not as blingy as the usual ones I think this one does feel quite masculine... love this little charm but have no idea where it came from lol.

Anyway am off to play a little more, feeling a little halloween-ish so expect a scary post at some point this week mwahahahahaha cough cough lol

Till next time, take care


Cj x

Popcorn the bear side easel card

Ok blogging peeps am back again with another hand made card this post again has 3 piccies just so you get to see all of it as best as I can show with my dodgy camera which (touch wood) is hanging on in there.... thank god.


Ok so you can see this is a 8 x 8 side easel the first one I have ever made but will probably not be the last, I quite like having almost double the space to decorate as I liked this one with the stopper quite far back... it looked better than when it was more to the front... if you know what I mean. The flowers on this card were made using the heartfelt creations daisy stamp and punches which I bought from crafters companion after being inspired by the lovely Leann Chivers' lillies on her blog (http://leannchiverscraft.wordpress.com if you would like to take a look)

Initially I had a few problems, I was stamping with some distress inks and although the flowers were still very lovely I prefer something a bit more blingy. So all week I had been trying different things with these dies and stamps and making some lovely things, but then Friday at work it was a little quiet patch and I started thinking about Barbara Gray's demo's a few weeks back when she was using versamark and mica powder.... Hmmm I thought since I had bought a few pots to have a play I thought I would give it a go when I got home. The attempts I did with the versmark stamped and stuck lovely but when it came to shaping the flowers it smudged and streaked .... I was not happy because they looked awesome but then I remembered an old glue ink pad I bought a few years ago when I was trying to copy the glitter girls stamping and then glittering it. OMG it worked... how happy was I they looked great and I could manipulate them gently so I made quite a few and you may see these for a bit lol. These come as a set of five (stamps or dies) and I like to put two sizes with three of the one I use for the base and two of the smaller size on top and then a gem as you can see. Anyway anyone wanting to try these dies, it's something you need to concentrate on to get right but its not hard and they look amazing in real life.


Anyway a quick rundown of how it was made as I have gone on about the flowers too long. An 8 x 8 card with one half scored diagonally corner to corner and folded. A blank 8 x 8 square was added with glue only on the bottom part of the card. I matted and layered pink holographic then green coredinations and then some dotty embossed pink card. I used the popcorn the bear cd to print the topper and the bit of decoupage I used. I die cut some butterflies from the marianne dies and some sprigs in a green holographic. I added two circular green gems to the corner.


The base was decorated with the same pink holographic and then some green check card. I used the largest flower as a stopper and added a pink butterfly to coordinate with the green. I used craft artist to make the sentiment and matted onto green holo card and then pink and added two more flower gems.

This card took a long time to come together but I am super happy with it at the end and will be entering this into the crafters companion pink and green challenge (no 17 I think)

Might be back later with another offering hopefully it will not take me as long as this one lol

Until next time...Take care



Cjx

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Scottie stamp box

Hullo (waves hand) blogging peeps, something a little different today and 3 piccies so you can see all of it.


So I was flicking through the crafting mags at the papershop and suddenly came across the quick cards magazine and the free scottie stamps by Adam Prescott well there was a deep intake of breath and then an awwww Pippin stamp hurrah sound came from my mouth (rather louder than I expected) and everyone in the aisle turned round to stare. Well I picked up the magazine rather quickly and made my exit sharpish looking like a right wally I can tell you. What can I say my fur baby is a scottie cross and has the look of a scottie with the power of a jack russell (not the best combination I have to admit when he drags me round the park) but I had to get them and couldn't wait to get going with them.



Colouring them in was a bit of a worry because black is black and no matter what I did it just looked like a black blob, so I switched to the grey shades in the spectrum noirs and was a lot happier with the results. As you can see not an 8 x 8 card today but a rather cute gift box which will be filled with something doggy nearer xmas and put under the tree.... now I just have to find a nice tatty westie cross stamp for the other dog so she doesn't feel left out!



Anyway quick details are that I used the hougie board to make the gift box. I matted and layered gold mirri then the xmas embossed coredinations on the base and then gold mirri and a paper that came from the humphrey xmas cd on the top.

I used some two pieces of 7 cm wide red coredinations and scored every cm mark on the hougie
board once that was done I used a martha stewart holly punch on the edge, I folded the mountain and valley folds and glued the two pieces together to make a circle. I then used a hot glue gun, pushed the folds into a rosette shape and glued them to a circle of card along with some holly sprigs from a memory box die. I used spellbinders to cut my topper and used the next size to cut some more coredinations and then embossed it before mounting onto the rosette.

Found a ribbon I liked from stash and arranged it around the box and then glued the rosette in place.


Love this little box, can't wait to put it under the tree really must have to get up super early more often and have a good play.

Until next time...take care



Cjx

Monday, 10 October 2011

Nitwit bear Card


Ok so the second post, hurrah the camera behaved itself, and so here it is, I had to finish this a little today which is why there was a gap between postings. The border for this was inspired by the C&C spellbinder edgeabilities dies demo.... I think with Jo Channon who may also have mentioned flowers with tissue paper around the same time.

Another 8 x 8 square with a printed paper from the nitwit grin and bear it downloadable kit, matted onto gold and then onto a chocolate (mmmmm chocolate) coredination which was matted onto gold mirri on the base of the card. I then used the same chocolate (mmm chocolate) coredinations and edged it with two of the spellbinders edgeabilities dies and then took an offcut of maroon/pink coredination card and used the same edgeability die to cut both edges. Using one of the ribbons that came free (yes I said free, don't hear that much these days do you?) with an order from craftobsessions courtesy of David and Brenda (thanks guys) I Kriss-krossed them over the maroon/pink piece I had just cut and layered onto one side.

Using my serif craft artist I took the topper onto a page and placed it on the brown gingham background and added a little shadow. I then copied the size of the bear and pasted it onto the page so I could decoupage him a little and added a few leaves (also in the kit) and printed the lot out on one page and then decoupaged my little bear. I used a spellbinder to cut the topper shape and matted onto gold again.

Using two small circle dies, one was a spellbinder and one was nellie snellie lily die from Joanna Sheen I cut some of both sizes from a small wad of cerise tissue paper. I then punched a hole in the middle of each and secured with a brad. I then roughly bunched each layer one by one to the middle and once all layers were scrunched released and puffed them a bit to form the flower which was glued onto the card with some of the leaves I had printed out earlier. To finish I added a small sentiment on the wonk and a little glitter to the rose and wrapping paper on the bears present.

A nice little card although I think if the maroon/pink part had been a little pinker it would have lifted the colours better, but all in all am very happy with this one. I have this super obsession with making flowers at the moment... love the tissue paper flowers they look so pretty I have a whole cricut cartridge with flower shapes on I really need to have a play with them and see how they can be used together.

I also made a pretty bead fairy today from a kit by darice, I glued the wings on a bit of a wonk but really enjoyed making it. Might have to see if I can get similar beads and make some more.

Anyway until next time take care (and pray my camera holds out until payday lol)


Cj x

Humphrey flowers Birthday Card


Hello Blogging peeps, sorry to be so long between posts, I have been making cards, but since my printer went kaput it seems my digital camera which I use to take piccies and post here has been missing it and is playing up big time.
I tried buying a new cable for it as the computer kept saying it didn't recognise the usb connection but it was still not loading properly.

Having fully charged it for two days (just to be sure lol) it loaded my pics first time so I will hopefully post again in a bit the second card I have been working on in the week.

The first is this happy birthday one which I am sending to crafters companion for their birthday, they have a bit of a competition going to win a guest designer spot so I thought why not.... Anyway enough with the gabbing more about the card.

Another 8 x 8 square (you know how much I luv em) and gold mirri matted underneath a a yellow glitter silk coredination and then a pink coredination with a spellbinder edgability border matted underneath a yellow gingham card which has a matching border with a detail added to give the lovely petal shapes. ( I love the way you can line the edges up with the edgeabilities... my new favourite thing!)

I cut a large scalloped circle with an spellbinders die and matted and layered a gold mirri circle and then the humphrey decoupage. I followed an online tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq13kni7eBA (I am hoping it gives the link ok) to make the lovely flower and added a flower gem to it.

I die cut two sprigs and stuck them to the card then added my two 'flowers' to finish I added some pink gems in the border, some card candi in the corners and a matching embossed happy birthday greeting in the pink coredinations.

All in all a pretty card with the super cute elephants... which I love toooo much lol. In my next card (If I can get it to load) something different for the blog but something else I love... a card made using a nitwit design.

Anyway until then take care


Cjx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tatty teddy baby card


Ok blogging peeps its been another week, definately need to get back to making and posting here more regularly and have lots of new things to try too. I was asked to make a baby card for someone and was struggling to get it finished... this was mainly due to the printer dying on me and luckily I've been able to borrow one and don't have to find the money to buy one for now. On top of that the blooming camera I use to put piccies on the blog is threatening to die too, I am hoping its just the cable and have ordered a new one or else I will have to get a new camera this month. Anyway enough of my problems on with the card.

I decided to make an easel card as I wanted to put the baby boys' name on. I used the whitewash coredinations (which I am trying to get more of as I love it) and the cuttlebug embossing system to emboss logan into it. I used some docraft backing paper on the bottom and top and matted and layered onto silver mirri card.

With some blue coredinations I used the new edgeabilities dies to cut and emboss a lovely border and then matched the edge border on a silver mirri to matt and layer the coredinations onto. I then matted another piece of baby boy paper on top of silver again and on top of this added the topper which was a spellbinders shape with a tatty teddy image on from the docraft designer disk.

To finish I added a tissue paper flower I made and a lovely die cut sprig of blue holographic card to the front and another sprig to the base layer. I will add a small congratulations before its posted but haven't decided where that is going yet.

Anyway I have been experimenting with spellbinders and flowers and hope to bring more of these on cards soon...

Until then


Take care

Cjx

Monday, 26 September 2011

Christmas Peppers Xmas Party card


Ok so its been a week or so since my last blog, have had the craziest week at work as a couple of peeps were on hols and then a couple went sick, you all know how it goes and then the nec hobbycraft is coming up soon and I am really hoping to go as I missed out a couple of times due to lack of funds. Once you have been to the shows you really feel bad about not being able to go because you know what you are missing out on..... so any extra funds will come in handy.

Anyway moving on I know I promised not to make a square card and to be truthful the last thing I made was a lovely little ribbon book/frame card with a piece of patterned paper I made myself from scratch for a christening which was quite lovely, but I was finishing it right up to the minute my sister was leaving and so never got chance to take a photo. My sister did say she had taken some photo's so it may appear on here at some point. It wasn't perfect I should have left a little more room in the spine so it closed easier but it was nice..... but its not nice to tease you with things you may not see so today's offering is another xmas card ( I told you I have lots to make this year) for the willow sketchie challenge.

This is an 8" square card, No surprise there I hear you say but it is a little different in that it is a pearlised one bought from craft creations and not a blank made from scratch. I matted and layered with gold mirri, and then some red tree paper from the papermania festive frolics paper pack. I then matted and layered gold again with the green xmas coredinations with the lovely little tree design on which I had sanded to reveal the lovely light green trees.... still loving coredinations. The topper was a piece of white pearlised card lightly inked around the edges with shabby shutter distress ink and the Peppers xmas party decoupage with the cute little miskies decorating their little tree.

I cut some lovely holly sprigs from the coredination glittery card in green with a lovely memory box die. (the first intricate die I have had which did not leave the die cut stuck inside the die. Plus their dies come in nice envelopes which I think I may use as a storage idea over all the dies) and added them to the topper. Then as a finishing touch to complete this card from the sketch challenge I used some ribbon I got from create & craft some time ago matted onto red glittery coredination. I cut the card at an angle to simulate the tree shape which was in the cardstock and decorative paper.

Not sure about this card yet it has been stood here by me for a little while and its pretty enough but needs something. Maybe I will have a tweak later.

Anyway enough of my blathering for now....until next time..

Take care


Cj x

Friday, 16 September 2011

Humphrey DC decoupage christmas Card







Hello again blog peeps, just popped with a quick square card for the willow sketchie challenge and as the printer died yesterday I had to use something from stash and so humphrey is out again hurrah!! (the challenge is at willowsketchiechallenge.blogspot.com)

On this 8" square card I used silver mirri to mat and layer some snowflake paisley paper from DCWV some beautiful, gorgeous, lovely coredinations xmas embossed card and the beautiful humphrey decoupage. The ribbon I think came from a TSV DCWV kit from QVC (wow that looks like I have written it in code) and the greeting from an old Kanban kit.

I like this card but I lurvvve that embossed coredination card more lol. There may be quite a bit of that on the blog until it runs out lol. Really want to do something with the gingerbread one and need to make a card with a different shape I was looking over this blog and its square, square, square so will come up with something else for the next few posts. Am going to be properly slowed down with no printer for a bit but have plenty of other bits to play with in the meantime.

So until next time


Take care

Cj x

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Forever friends cards



ok blogging peeps so I challenged myself today to use only bits from my 'bit box' when I say bit box what I really mean is small pile of offcut card and when I say challenged myself what I really mean is couldn't be bothered to tidy and sort it lol so what better way to reduce the tidying than to use as much as possible.

I am pleased to say I created two passable cards.

Card 1

I used a 5" card blank I matted and layered gold mirri and then some leftover red card with a gold holly pattern. I used a cricut cartridge Elegant Edges to cut a white mat and the next size blue mat from coredinations glitter card. I used a pre-used pad with blue distress ink (I didn't refresh the ink at all) and went round the edges of the white card. I found a sheet of die cut forever friends which had two images on and used one for this card and decoupaged it up.

I used a holly punch to punch out 8 light green holly leaves and 4 darker green holly leaves from leftover coredinations cardstock and shaped them. I also used sakura glitter pens in two different greens and coated the leaves. Using Collall decoupage glue I stuck the leaves into the glue and added some red gems for berries on each of the corners before adding the sentiment which came with the die cut decoupage.

All in all a cute and pretty little card from bits of nothing.

Card 2

I used same 5" card blank and matted and layered with gold mirri and red coredination card. As this die cut image had a rectangular base I matted and layered again onto gold and then onto a fresh green colour and then glued it to the card and built up the decoupage. I added a small sentiment from an old Kanban kit and some metal star brads which were glued to the card.

This is a fairly plain little card, the decoupage is cute but this may end up in the nephews box for school friends.

As these two cards have turned out ok I will try this again soon, after all it beats tidying up lol. Willow Sketchie challenge starts tomorrow yay!

Until next time


Take care

Cj x

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Humphrey xmas Free stamp card


Hello bloggin peeps, to celebrate the launch of Humphrey christmas cd and stamps later today I have created this 'christmas card'. I decided to go for the traditional christmas colours of blue and yellow lol just because I wanted to colour his little jacket in yellow and this turned into a seasonal card rather than a xmas one.

I know the colouring on this stamped image is not brilliant, I still struggle with colouring in, lol even the basics of staying inside the lines sometimes is a challenge in itself but at my level of colour-er in-er I am happy with it.

This is another 8 x 8" blue card with a dotty embossed silver base layer to which a blue layer of coredination silk was matted with the yellow coredination matted atop of the blue. The free stamp from papercraft essentials was coloured using spectrum noirs and matted onto a holographic blue, I used a little blue distress ink around the edges of the neenah card I stamped onto. The elaborate frame is from Cricut fancy frames cartridge with some adhesive pearls added. Some metal snowflakes were added to the corners with a blue gem inside and a sentiment from hunkydory added.

I am quite happy with this card as I needed some seasonal cards for a few peeps at work who don't celebrate xmas and think this card will suit that purpose well and I am entering this into the crafters companion monthly challenge (the address is http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com for anyone wanting to join in)

Until next time


Take care


Cj x

Hopefully will be posting lots

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Housemouse decoupage card


Ok so this is a late post as I was waiting on the rosette to dry and to be honest it took me such a long time to cut out the decoupage by hand I was nearly late for work lol. But as they say better late than never...so here it is finished.

I used a 6 x 6 card square for this card I used some gold mirri and some distressed green stripes from a dcwv pad as the base. I followed the sketch from the willow sketchie challenge (http://willowsketchiechallenge.blogspot.com)with the elements making the card. I used pink and green coredinations for the oval shapes, I embossed the green oval with a cuttlebug folder and sanded and matted onto the pink. I added a strip of paper from the my minds eye lost and found paper pack (which is lush, so many glitter papers, was almost painful to use, I like it so much!) Matted and layered the housemouse decoupage (from Joanna Sheen) onto gold mirri and then pink glitter and then used the same pink glitter paper to make the rosette which was topped off with a greeting. I then added two green flowers to the strip of patterned paper and added two large round green gems for a bit of bling.

I do like this card but the amount of time it took to cut out the decoupage would put me off recreating it. That said sometimes the ones that take the most time are the better ones and this is one I would happily give to a close friend..... well as long as they liked meeces lol.

Till next time


Take care


Cj x

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

quick Humphrey xmas dc decoupage card


Just another quick card before work, another Humphrey diecut decoupage but from the xmas collection. Was trying to decide what to put on the card and realised I really need to get xmas cards sorted so will try and do a few a week until then.

I used a 5" card blank from hobbycraft, some green and orange coredinations card (I used a martha stewart punch round the edge of the orange) some lovely hunky dory gold holly card from create and craft and of course the decoupage from crafters companion. The little sentiment came from stash.

Love the decoupage on this card as it really does pop but not sure about the background colours, if I had to do this again I would try swapping the orange to the back,background and having the green as the holly border to see if it made a difference to the impact of the card. Also I would have liked a sentiment that toned in better with the colours rather than the stark white. But all in all this will end up being given out at xmas as it is a pretty card and I think someone will like to receive it come the yule.

Anyway best go get ready for work and am swimming after work today trying to shed a little weight as my back has been aching lately and I think it might be weight gain issues lol.

Until next time


Take care


Cj x

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Humphrey dc decoupage card again another lovely image


Ok so for people following crafters companion blogs and sites you will know that there will be a new cd and stamps on the 13th Sept (they have a great comp on their blog to win the lot worth a visit just click the humphrey button on the right to take you there) so in honour of such wonderful news my quick card of the day is this little humphrey one..... I know I could have made a christmassy one with the christmas die cut humphrey kit but with such a lot of lovely sneek peeks coming out daily I decided to go for the everyday. That's just how ornery I am sometimes lol.

This little 5 1/2 inch card was made with some die cut with a view paper from stash, green coredinations embossed with a script and sanded, some plain green paper,gold card and sentiment from stash and some lovely lemon and greenish roses which I think came from wild orchid some moons ago. Of course the decoupaged topper is the everyday humphrey of which I have raved about often :)

Decoupage on this one is lovely and really gives the dimension but I also do love that lime coloured coredination card. Best of all most of this card came from chopped off bits lol I suppose that is the best thing about smaller cards. (still love 8 x 8 tho)

Till next time crafters



Take care

Cj x

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Humphreys Corner DC decoupage card



Hello again blogpeeps just a quick card before I am off to work this time with the new Humphreys corner diecut everyday decoupage. Tried to make this card quite 'boyish' but just had to put the tiniest of bows on (cause I love them) surely no boy would notice, perhaps a card for a younger boy lol.

For this card I have used some A3 blue card cut to an 8" square (my favourite size for a card) I matted and layered with gold card, coredinations glitter silk (I will need some more of this very soon) some more gold, ordinary (if that's the right description) coredination card and some dotty paper from a pack I picked up at dunelm mill (think its papermania). I made my own rosette using some paper from the same pack using my hougie board and added a sentiment from a craftworks set. Made 2 tiny tiny bows from the glitter girls bowmaker and added 3 pieces of card candy.

I used a martha stewart circle cutter to cut all the circles and am finding it cuts really well but leaves a little nick where the end meets the start so need to practise more with this I think. All in all am quite pleased with this one and love the humphrey image in the centre.

Well I had better get ready for work I guess until next time....

Take care


Cj x

Monday, 29 August 2011

Lady Victoria Kennyk steampunk? card


Ok blogpeeps I have to admit I really am not all that sure what steampunk is lol, seems to be quite industrial and distressed in style from cards and projects I have seen so in essence this is my take on it, I could be quite off the base with it but at the end of the day most of the people who make cards have to like them themselves and this one is ok by me.

The image is Lady Victoria from KennyK downloads and this photo is not the best to show how she was coloured in by the spectrum pens. She is also has a second layer to add a little distance between her and her cloak. She also has a little glitter on her goggles and staff.

The background is made up of gold card, coredinations dark blue card and a random pink patterned paper from stash. I had a cog mask which I think you can use with sprays and things too but I put it through the big shot with pearlised card from crafters companion and then using the mask coloured the outside of the mask with stormy sky distress ink. I had some Tim Holtz cog sizzix dies which I used to cut the coredination glitter silk card and applied the cogs with collall glue gel to raise them and trimmed them to the edge of the mat when they were dryish.

Lady V was then arranged on the front with a ribbon, bow and greeting from stash.

Not sure if this is a card that I would buy in a shop although I do like it a lot, but in terms of the amount of different techniques and the theme it has been a very interesting and enjoyable project. Has been a lovely day off from work and as the weather is not great... totally guilt free about sitting and doing what I love to do.... Craft! yay!

Till next time

Take care


Cj x

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Xmas but not xmassy Humphrey Decoupage Card


Hello again blogland

This time another image from the Humphrey Xmas Decoupage, which I thought did not have to be xmassy at all, a lovely image for a mum or grandma I think so I decided to go along those lines with it.

I picked up the orange and blue from the image and mat and layered in gold and blue to begin. I then used a spellbinders flourish to make the corners and looked about for random flowers, as I could only find two I liked but only had two of each I had to offset them on opposite corners. I found the small orange ones with rounded corners in a pack I have had a while but the daisy ones had to be coloured with the spectrum pens. Gems and card candi to decorate the centres and the addition of a simple love sentiment framed this Humphrey decoupage nicely. Cardstock used was a DCWV glitter card (pale blue) and my favourite card at the moment coredinations.

Wasn't quite sure about the blue and orange to begin with but as it stands on my shelf at the moment it looks quite pretty and it's growing on me!

Day off tomorrow so a play with some stamping or I have some digi images begging to be played with too with some steampunk bits n pieces ...... too many decisions lol

So you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what's in this space.... dum dum dum (dramatic music!)

Until then

Take Care

Cj x

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Xmas Humphrey diecut decoupage card



Ok so I know this is a pretty simple card, but I seem to get lost on the smaller cards and this one is a teeny tiny 5" square.

The background is red and green coredinations embossed with a sizzix plate with words that say winter wishes snowman kisses. I embossed two the same size and then cut diagonally in half and I sanded the design a little to make the words show up better before adding the topper to a lighter green layer.

Humphrey was then decoupaged using all the layers and I sprayed the cobweb diecut with some spray and sparkle which I wish had been silver instead of gold, I think it would have looked a little more icy if it had been silver. A greeting from a Kanban kit, (before everyone starts booing and hissing,) I bought the kit long before the recent troubles and it looked nice. I covered it in glossy accents to give it a bit of dimension. I then added the green ribbon for a bit of interest on the side.

There you have it.... a very simple, small but nice xmas card. This one will end up in the work colleague box for sure so one down loads to go lol

Till next time

Take care


Cj x

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

VivkiLeeVicious KennyK Image card



Hello all, a different card shape for me today - inspired by Leann Chivers from Crafter's companion (demonstrating Humphrey cards on C&C a few days ago) the measurements are different but the concept came from Leann's demo. I may have mentioned in my previous blog that after I coloured Bodacious Bev I liked Kenny K designs and have bought a few.... this is one of them VickiLee Vicious. I have coloured her in using the spectrum noirs and am super happy with her. I glossed her guitar using the sakura glaze pen and added a couple of tiny green diamantes instead of colouring the buttons. Fancied making a green card so coloured her with lots of the lovely green shades in the pens. Found a brick wall embossing folder from the box (not sure where its from) and embossed some coredinations card and sanded too.

The pink/purple torn paper came from one of the digikits with my serif craft artist and I tore it to shape and inked the edges with distress ink (dusty concord) The green base paper came from the same digikit. The Rosettes were made from a Tim Holtz/sizzix die and a green gem added to each. (apologies for one being a little off centre, it slipped and I hadn't noticed until the glue dried.... doh)

The gold glitter lettering came from hobbycraft ..diva shimmer alpha stickers and stick really well.

The colouring on VickiLee is probably one of the best I have done so far and I feel I am getting better with the speccies but for some reason I find some colours work better for me than others.... I don't know why, maybe I am just more intune with certain colours. Anyway the Humphrey decoupage arrived yesterday so I have lots more to play with.

Until next time


Take care

Cj x

Monday, 22 August 2011

Kenny K - Bodacious Bev Image card


Ok so first the apologies for a break in my blog, but work had been mixing my hours up and some days I am in really early and some days in late which has taken a bit of getting used to. Had picked up complete cardmaking magazine (with the free cd) and was playing with this Kenny K bodacious Bev image which I have to say I love as it is totally different from what I usually play with. Coloured her in with the spectrum noirs, had a bit of a disaster with my glossy accents making the red boots look orange as I just felt they were screaming to look like they were pvc managed in the end with a sakura gel pen which didn't give the raised effect I wanted but I got all of the shine. Leann from crafters companion suggested I use spray and shine and I need to get some and give it a go.

Also used a Go Kreate nested shape for the black velvet paper (doodlebug I think) and some red holographic hearts and then a grand nestie for the large white glitter coredination background. The embossed black swirl card came from create and craft some time ago I don't think they do it anymore though.

This card as usual needs a sentiment and will be added later. All in all I really do like this card but this probably has to do with the image which I truly did like so much I bought some of her friends so they may make an appearance here at some point until then...


Take care


Cj x

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Another JS Enchanted Dreams Card


Well my sister came by yesterday and saw the card I made also from this cd and loved it so I didn't bother to make her another. One of my colleagues is leaving work this week and I thought this picture of the dandelion seeds being scattered appropriate as she is not leaving the company just leaving our branch and am hoping she will be taking lots of good wishes with her a lot like the seeds in this picture.

Well I hunted high and low yesterday for my pot of hunky dory diamond sparkles to put on yesterdays card and couldn't find it so had settled for the sakura glitter pen. I found the sparkles today.. the dog had nicked them and tried to chew the lid off... glitter envy maybe or boredom one or the other lol. Anyway today I used both on this card. No layers just a straight topper taken to Craft artist to get the size I wanted. I also used craft artist to make the picture translucent and added a verse to make an insert too. The paper and topper came from Joanna Sheen Enchanted Dreams cd and ribbon and gold card from stash.

Am quite pleased with this card. It is nice and sparkly and the magicality of the picture comes across well with the glitter/glitter pen :)

Anyway take care


Cjx

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Enchanted Dreams Cd Birthday Card


Ok so I have been trying to sort out my storage issue, a huge pile of allsorts means I know what I need but can never find it and then end up getting very frustrated and settling for something else which is not what I want. Am getting there slowly but hopefully over the next month things will be sorted into some kind of system which means I can locate what I need quickly.

Enough of my crafty problems though... the birthday card today is for a friend of my sister, I have never met her and have no idea what she is into so I generally try to make two different types of card so my sister can choose which she likes most and goes away happy lol.

This image is on the Joanna Sheen enchanted dream cd, I may have mentioned how much I love JS cd's earlier in the blog. Too many wonderful images to choose from but settled on this one and took it to my craft artist program using the snapshot tool so this is a big A4 card with 2 layers so it looks like she is actually coming out of the fantasy world. Love these images as they are pictures within pictures and every time you look you see something else.

Used a sakura glitter gel pen to accentuate folds in the dress and the lights which may not show up in the picture above but when the light hits them they are quite lovely and bring out the magic in this picture. A little gold mirri to matt and layer with some glitter paper where the glitter is encapsulated (think this may have come from the glitter girls) and the background paper came from another JS cd the precious petals one. A white ribbon coloured with Spectrum pens and a greeting with a few odd flowers means this card just needs a nice insert and its finished.

All in all a pretty card and am quite happy with it... just have to think of something completely different for her to choose between now :)

Anyway for now take care

Cjx

Saturday, 6 August 2011

New Gorjuss stamp with torn paper card


So I missed two days of blogging :( had to work different hours and just too been too tired to do anything, still really not found the mojo but had time to play a little today.

Todays offering is not fantastic, I am still finding my way around colouring with the spectrum noirs sometimes I get what I think is a great result - sometimes not so much... today is a not so much but I know the more I play the better it will get. This card still needs something so is not quite right but it will have to do for now. Probably won't get time to do much tomorrow as am working again. Will be able to buy another grand nestie when I get paid... its really the only reason I do the overtime.

Anyway for this card I used a martha stewart punch for the large flower shapes, some coredinations paper and a fiskars tearing ruler, a Gorjuss stamp (flying above it all) and of course speccies for colouring. Gold card & background paper from stash.

Take care

Cj x

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Small dog thank you card with cuttlebug daisy decoration


So today I was sat here messing around for quite some time - a case of the missing crafting mojo methinks. Came up with this one for today which is not going to be one of my favourites, but I think since this is, more or less, a daily blog at the moment I will put whatever I have created whether I think its finished/needs something, or great or not so great. I would welcome any comments or suggestions because although I have been crafting cards for about 3 years now I am still very much a novice.

This one was made using spellbinder grand calibur dies, some cuttlebug daisy quilled flowers, some reddy decoupage from crafters companion, coredinations (of course) and a little ribbon and gems.

Anyhow really need to get ready for work and look for my mojo lol

Take care

Cj x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Small doggy Easel card with pearls


So back to work again ... sighs... but have been playing for a while, the crafting mojo seems to be off a little and I have started and abandoned a few things today came up with this small easel sorry card which is quite nice but needs something but haven't got any more time to play today.

The sticker came from a sheet of blue nose doggies from the glitter pot (i think) the pearls are prima. The blue card is coredinations and black and white glitter/foil card from stash. Didn't have a sorry stamp I liked so printed this sentiment out from serif craft artist onto neenah card. Oh and of course the image was layered onto spellbinder shapes.

Anyway off to get ready got some ironing to do first :(

Happy Crafting

Cj x

Monday, 1 August 2011

LOTV Baby coloured with spectrum pens and embossed decoration


Ok so I didn't get as much time to play today as I had to take the nephews out for the day but as soon as I got back managed to have a quick play with this lovely Lily of the Valley stamp and the spectrum pens. To be honest I had a couple of plays with the pens and it had taken me such a long time to get the hang of the promarkers I wasn't getting the results from the spectrums I wanted as I was trying to use them like promarkers. So the rest of the pens I had ordered from Crafter's companion arrived today and I printed out the guide sheet and coloured in the ones I now have and caught a couple of Leanne's shows over the weekend. What a difference this made, I am so pleased with this little girl's colouring, I have to be honest in that I used the colouring guide that came with the stamp for the light and shade but apart from that all my own work lol. Wish I had the spectrums before the promarkers to be honest, and am now anxious to colour more.

Also got some new embossing folders today the new cuttlebug ones and had a little play, the embossing is really deep on it, and the coredinations works well with it. So more playing there to be had I think to see what they can really do for me.

Used some stash for the card itself some pink and purple coredinations with a little of the glitter coredinations for the matting and layering too. The polka ribbon was pink but I coloured it to a light purple to tone in.

All in all.... am super happy with this card..... just need somebody to have a baby girl so I can give it to them lol.

Anyway tis late and the dogs want walking so I had better get on with it.

Take care

Cj x

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Foldback Hunkydory Xmas card


So I got asked to work today which is normally a day off and sometimes you just have to think about the money :( which is why it is a quick card today. Was umming and ahhhing putting this one today and I just wasn't sure if the things I had collected would go together probably as this is a post-work craft rather than my usual pre-work ones and I am a little more tired than usual.

I used a foldback card design for this one as I have'nt done one for a while... the background paper is from the Hunkydory xmas papers, the side panel is from the same xmas range but a sensational printed/foiled card set and then of course the topper, greeting and border is from the xmas topper set. This card is destined for one of my work colleagues if I am still there at xmas lol

Anyway that's it for now

Take care

Cj x

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Giordano Puppies N Kittens Joanna Sheen card




Ok so I said I was off to make another card and this one is from the Joanna Sheen Giordano Puppies n Kittens cd, which if you lurve cute puppies n kittens this one is for you.... too many lovely images on there and I sadly have not done it justice on this card as the matting and layering is a little off I think. Still very pretty ... but would have been better if I had used an oval nestie for the puppy image and one layer of the scallops I think. Most of the card is coredination in various shades of green and a piece of red foil card right at the back and one layer of dotty embossed card to tone against the green. A small white puppy embellie, a greeting and a bow later and what would have been a very lovely card had the matting been right is born.

Had this been better I would have entered into the my time to craft challenge but will have a rethink and try again another time after all there are plenty of cute dogs to choose from on this cd.

Better get ready for work :(

Take care Cj x

Another Humphrey Card


Ok so really this is yesterdays card but I hadn't taken into consideration how long the glossy accents take to dry lol. Another image from Humphrey cd as I decided to have a go at the crafters companion monthly challenge one for the boys. This is another of my favourite images lol, I will probably put some more on here soon there is a distinct lack of girly humphrey cards.

The border around the picture is matted/layered with coredinations and then a piece of the glitter coredinations punched using a martha stewart punch. The Dad stamp is a papermania one and then glossied up with the pain in the bum waiting to dry glossy accents. It was coloured using spectrum pens. The same coredination coloured card was embossed using a papermania heart folder and sanded and makes up the far background. A few gem hearts added in the corner for good measure and bing badda bing - a dad card that is still bright but fairly manly respectable.

Will try and make another card before work today so there may be another post in a while.

Until next time take care Cjx

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Tatty teddy girlie xmas card


So I know I was going to do some stamping but I just wanted to try out one of the xmas tatty ted images and have a play today.

Well the card is finished but a little boring, I think the main reason I am not so happy with it is because I had a much better idea half way through and had already cut the beautiful pink glitter silk coredination card and needed a bigger piece than I had to do what I wanted to do with my spellbinder dies. Its still a pretty card though but needs some kind of embellie near the greeting but haven't got anything that looked good mainly because the card is xmas and pink rather than red or green.

The decoupage doesn't really show on the photo but this little guy has 3 layers and was a dream to cut out.

Have been looking at other blogs, still following the learning process but have seen a lot of blogs offer blog candy and so am sorting something out will post on here when its ready :D

Better get ready for work though now :(

Take care Cj

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Me to You Tatty Teddy Card


So I knew straight away I needed this tatty teddy cd, and the justification I used for this is that it is one of those timeless designs and so I will be able to use it endlessly. As usual with docrafts it is so easy to use and I had printed out the images and paper I wanted to use within minutes. The images print out beautifully onto the tesco photo paper I use and the super smooth from Create and craft although I only ever use double sided tape on super smooth now. I saw a similar card shape on another blog but couldn't find my way back to see if there was a template so just did my own version. Perfect for when you have more images you want to use than cards to send.

But this was not a quick card to make, luckily for me I have been up since 7 and crafting shortly after.... at some point would like to do a larger version of this card perhaps with a few stamps that co-ordinate. Oh and excitement for me today got my new speccie pens can't wait to play so might be something stamped tomorrow or Friday depending on how long it takes me lol.

For now work is calling...damn this work lark really cuts into my crafting time lol

Take care Cj x

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Gorjuss Stamp with torn Coredinations paper


So I had already decided on purple and green as a colour guide and coloured her last night. Used a spellbinders die and cut her out using the 'out of the box' technique where you cut around the image to allow the die to be put behind and so the image pops out. The dotty background is from a die cuts with a view 12 x 12 pad the baby one I think and then the torn borders added from coredination paper. A ribbon with 3 knots just for a bit of decoration to it and then the torn circles with a peel off border. Did try stamping the sentiment on spare card but thought it looked a bit blobby so went with the peel off which was already green.

But the working week starts again now for me so quicker cards will probably be posted until the weekend.

Take care Cj x

Monday, 25 July 2011

Another Sarah Kay Stamped Card (promarker colouring)


Ok so there may seem like a bit of a theme going with the Sarah Kay but to be honest, I may have mentioned before, when I was a child (many moons ago) these designs were everywhere and so I feel drawn to them and have enjoyed experimenting with my promarkers to colour them too.

Have used a little coredinations and embossed and sanded for the frame which was then cut using a spellbinder die. The floral paper I have had for a while and just matted/layered on to gold or blue pearlised paper. Added some card candi for a bit of decoration on the corner and at some point a sentiment will be added.

Was very pleased with the little scribbles I did to make it look like she was grounded with a promarker fineliner and the little blades of grass just look good and I found it hard to convince a friend that it wasn't the stamp lol.

So am off now to stamp and colour a gorjuss stamp and would like to do a little tearing with the card for it to go on, also had an idea for a halloweeny card but need to check my stamps to find the right one. Am really enjoying stamping at the moment, but probably will be back to quicker cards until my day off on Sunday now.

Until then take care Cj x

Humphrey drawer easel card


Ok so I had a little time yesterday to decorate this drawer I had made a few weeks ago, had no template just used my own measurements and hoped for the best, It seemed a little flimsy at first despite using a decent weight card (300gsm) but I thought once it was decorated with layers it would be stronger and happily it was. The beautiful little boy in the picture is my newest 2nd cousin Alfie John who we met yesterday and is the most gorgeous little man you could hope to meet... but then I'm biased he's family lol.

Anyway decorated this with coredinations and embossed the panels for the sides with a little sanding which I am very pleased with and 2 pearly brads for the drawer handles. The top has a little Humprey for decoration and the paper for the base of the card was from the Humphrey CD.

Will try to be a little more adventurous with the next drawer set I do and see if I can make a double drawer.

Anyway hope to be stamping in a bit until then take care x

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Another Quick Hunkydory card


Ok so its another work day so just time for a quick card before I go off to earn some pennies. Another selection from the new Hunkydory xmas kit, this time just a topper and sentiment and a piece of the paper for the base. The dotty xmas colour paper came from a large 12 x 12 xmas pad I had from ages ago and the paper poinsettia is from a hotp stencil I have also had for a long time but not used, Am quite happy with the effect and would say if you like your t-bag folding this template would be very good for you.

No post tomorrow even though its my day off as there is a family thing on but will be stamping on Monday :D ....can't wait.

Anyway better scoot


Take care Cj

Thursday, 21 July 2011

New Hunkydory Xmas kit


Ok so a very quick blog update with a very quick card using the new xmas Hunkydory kit exclusive to Create and Craft at the moment.

Too many cute images to name in this kit so plumped for this pair of penguins and decoupaged, my only complaint about this kit is that the papers are double sided so I 'lost' two pages by decoupaging. Which wouldn't be so bad if the paper on the other side was naff but I really liked both sides :( still you can't have everything lol

Have not added a sentiment yet as I don't know who is getting this quickie yet, but that will go opposite bow corner I think. A little glossy accent added to beak, eyes and lantern and a sakura clear glitter pen to snowflakes and snow for a bit of bling.

All in all for a quick a4 card am quite pleased with it.

Take care Cj x

Monday, 18 July 2011

Pippins Scrapbook page


Ok so I mentioned I was off to start a page which I did, a long overdue page of how I found Pippin, he is now 4! and I have had the papers since then. If I could do this again I would add a little mustard yellow tint to the adverts or perhaps a light blue so they would stand out a little more but overall am happy with this page :)

One for his album lol oh and by the way Pippin is the one in the front climbing up my knee a few weeks old and so brave, or so we thought, originally he was going to be called Kiyoshi (yoshi) for short which is Brave Warrior in Japanese after this first visit with him at a few weeks old. However when he came home it was a whole different matter and Kiyoshi did'nt fit. We settled for Pippin after the naughty dog in the children's programme come outside as we were constantly saying 'oh Pippin!' He still is a mighty coward and is scared of sellotape and loud noises but he is a lovable little boy all the same :)