Monday, 27 September 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Yesterday I took her off to York. Our last Swiss teacher was male and when he went to York He wanted to do the Minister, walls and Museums luckily Ursula just wanted to shop!!!! We did walk round the exterior of the Minister etc but there were sooooooooooo many tourists and it was cold yesterday.
I haven't been clothes or shoe shopping since about Christmas -spent all my money on rubber stamps!!!!!- and I hadn't realised what rubbish there is in the shops at the moment. needing an outfit for the Grand daughters christening not one thing jumped out and said 'Buy me'!! If I hadn't wanted anything or hadn't had any money I would have seen loads!! Sods Law really.
Anyway cards. My father despite his suspected heart attack made it to Westminster to the Pope's Mass. Its was by invitation so he asked for some Thank You cards for the Bishop and for the person who put his name forward. Now my LOTV images are gorgeous and there are a few that would make great thank you cards i didn't think they would be appropriate for this occasion. So I scanned the Internet for digi religious stamps and coupled with a prayer card made the following.
The paper was a beautiful digi-paper printed on to pearlescent paper. Using the spellbinders I cut out shapes to mount eh prayer card and verse on. The cross was printed out and added to give a little balance.
My second card was simply a verse from Psalms giving thanks.
I used eyelets and threaded a white ribbon through both tying a second piece on as a bow. Haven't quite got the hang of the bows lying flat yet!!!
The bp was another digi-paper that looks beautiful on pearlescent paper.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Next I came across a bag of last years Christmas cards. Excited to try my new Nellie Snellen Circley die out I picked a pure white card with a small silver image on it and tried it out. It was brilliant and for the price a great buy. I can see me getting a lot of use out of it. There are a number of challenges at the moment that are for clean and simple or monochromatic. So using the sketch from Cupcakecrafters challenge I made the following card.- Its the first one my husband has actually commented on without me standing in front of him asking if the card I have just made is Hand-made or Homemade.
I cut the largest circle spellbinder die I have out of black card that was an insert in a packet!!! This was mounted onto a white card . The white paper was from stash as is embossed with snowflakes but from this angle you can't really tell. The image went through the Nellie Snellen. I used a piece of black ribbon from stash. In the corners I put outline stickers that I had coloured black with promarkers as I don;t have any black.
As a result the card can be entered for a number of challenges.
cupcakecrafters - sketch
winter wonderland - monochromatic
craftycardmakers - clean and simple
Friday, 17 September 2010
What I hadn't realised was you could only do one entry. When this stamp first arrived from the picture on the front of the packet it had a rather evil/ sinister look about it however when it is stamped and coloured it is cute. it would make a lovely image for a christening card. It is named Guardian Angel.
I coloured the image using promarkers and then glittered the wings using Glamour Dust. For added sparkle I ran lines through her hair using a Sakura 700 Clear Star pen. I have no idea what made me add the sentiment Believe but I thought it apt at the time. No idea what I was on must have been away with the fairies!!!! Don't worry I'm not giving up my day job yet for a life in comedy!!!
the brads I bought last week at the Harrogate show.
Actually been really busy this week making cards etc but haven't had time or the light to get my cards posted. I thought I would multi-task today and get a card that hits three things. I signed up for the Christmas Swap on Docrafters but have not been Christmas orientated this week. As the month is fast running out I thought I had better get a grip.
I found a fantastic sketch to follow on Thesecretcraftsaturdaychallenge and married this with the faux/real stitching challenge on the Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge.
So here is the outcome.
As usual at the moment it has a LOTV image on it and I went for the green and red theme taken from the dress.
The poinsettias were punched from an old punch I had and added some holly leaves from the Docrafters stash.
The biggest challenge for me now is to make up a pack of all the bits I used and send them to my swap buddy and see what she does with the materials. We also send our card in a sealed envelope so they can compare when they have finished. I always find it fascinating what people do with the same materials.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
The image was stamped using memento ink and coloured using Promarkers.
Though you can't really see I did the background using the Straw yellow Aquamarker.
I double matted it first on silver card then gold.
To make the wings and the 'wish' to stand out I highlighted them with a Sakura 700 Clear star pen ( fast becoming a favourite of mine)
the three stars proved most challenging as i don't have a big star punch. So I punched 3 'star-like' shapes from the pearlescent card mounted them on gold mirri card that had been cut and embossed from the 'Blossom' spellbinders. They are attached using red star brads.
The sentiment seem apt. I stamped it with clear ink and embossed in gold. It was first matted on red card and then onto another 'blossom' die cut shape that had been cut and embossed in a cuttlebug.
I am really disappointed with the light as it is difficult to see the colours properly.
Happy at work, went out on duty sun was shining children were having a great time then dinner time arrived.
My Mother turned up at work, you know that can be a bad sign. From her face i could tell it was. My father had been rushed into hospital with a suspected heart attack. The hospital is about 18 miles away so I drove. Where he is they have been fantastic but it is a lot of sitting around imagining whilst they do the tests. So from arriving to leaving him was 7 hours. They are still not too sure and will be doing more tests at 10.00pm they think now that it may have been a serious Angina attack. During all of the wires and machines and testing and an irregular heartbeat that was all over the place he was worried they were going to keep him in for too long!!!!
So my mother has been asked to be dropped off at her house so she can phone people and try and get some rest. She is not too well and was absolutely shattered emotionally and physically but refused to have me stay over!!!!
The machines they hook them up to are amazing as well as mesmerizing. I also realised how old I am getting as the Dr only looked in his late 20's!!! Great staff though. They were patient ( what a pun) and explained everything thoroughly so you immediately feel better about leaving them there.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Floral Paper from Henbury - Do-crafts
Stamps from stash. i think they were on a magazine
Navy paper from stash.
I stamped the image with blue Whispers Archival ink
The images are raised slightly using Pinflair Glue as a 3d glue.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
The image is lovely and reminds me some much of my Godson who is still so innocent and unaffected by Playstations and Nintendos and just loves exploring. I coloured with promarkers. The water is Aquamarine Aquamarker.
Both the image and the matt were cut using Spellbinders and then embossed. I used small brads but the backs were too long to go under the image so I made them part of the design.
I embossed the backing paper to give the impression of water.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Using the materials from TheClipartFairy - Modern Heritage CD I thought I would make a card from there. unfortunately not having time to read the tutorial I had to make my own up. This is the result.
I couldn't work out how big the card on the CD was so I cut to pieces of linen paper I had printed the design on and stuck them together using a 'flap' for want of a bit word.
I hadn't really thought that through as it then made the card too heavy to stand up so i flipped it to landscape. Need to work on adding text. But it will come.
I am disappointed that in the picture the ribbon looks the wrong colour. It is in fact white and looks lovely, the lighting in the bathroom is wrong, being such a great student of David Bailey!!!!!
I have made just finished his card and he will have it for his first week at school!!!!!!!!
I had popped over to Clare's Challenge on Do-crafts. This week it was a photograph of a row of brightly coloured beach huts all in a row. It made me think of coloured pencils.
I took a piece of card and concertina-ed it and cut points to look like pencil tips. They were coloured in with promarkers then embossed with clear ink and clear powder. This gave them that shiny look of new pencils.
The image is one of the LOTV stamps that I coloured using 'Aquamarkers' It is the first time I have tried water colouring of any kind. the colours are those of his new school. Unfortunately I had already coloured the book bag before he told me it was blue!!!
The ABC is done using Penny Black Zoophabet stamps.
The push pin embellishments were from my stash I have had them so long I can't remember where they are from.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
I completely forgot that i had enjoyed the Monday Challenge 100 advertised on the Docrafters Challenge forum. When late last night I got an email asking if I was still entering and that it had to be in by today. Nothing like pressure. Actually in this instance it worked as I wasn't able to faff around and had to focus.
There was a sketch and an added twist of using Brown, Beige and cream in the papers and embellishments.
Luckily today my order form LOTV arrived and in it was the above image which is mainly beige and cream. I love these images.
I found a huge pad of 12 x 12 page from Papermania called Temptations which had a great selection of believe it or not brown, beige and cream papers. So i had fun mounting them on dark brown/ chocolate card and used pearlescent paper I had misprinted there to add a little calm to the patterned background. The flowers were from my stash.
I have entered a number of challenges where the Challenge setter has commented about me not linking back to my post but just my blog. Does anyone know how you link to your post? I put the title of the Challenge in the post heading and the challenge blogspot address within the post and usually have a link on my sidebar. What am I missing out or doing wrong? Its moments like this when I wish i was 5 as most 5yrs are more proficient on a computer than I am these days!!!