Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Tilda with birdcage

Hello blog friends,
I haven't posted much lately.
My holiday is over now and mom went back to Belgium last Saturday. She had a wonderful time and was feeling much better. She is still recovering from her ordeal of last January. She 's still very skinny and wobbly, but we did manage to get out to do some shopping and we also managed a short walk in the New Forest around the Knightwood Oak. I think she loved every bit of it. The weather was good to us too, it was actually hot all week.

Yes, my mom is so much smaller than me, and now my DH took this picture, which I find hilarious. I 'm standing on this tree trunk and mom is behind me looking up into the trees, making her look like a little hobbit, LOL.
This is the card I made, my take on shabby chic. The card is cut with the Wild Card cartridge of the Cricut, such a wonderful cut to work with, I think.
I decorated all 4 sides of the card, clear embossing the back and the front of the card.
I colored the image with Copics and made my own pearls with Viva pearl pen. The papers and flower dies are from Marianne Design Eline's Vintage. Check out Eline Pellinkhof 's blog, it's fabulous and sweet.
I used a Papertrey sentiment and the Spellbinders label tags.
I used a bit of Silver Ice Stickles on the flowers and Martha Stewart butterflies. The note stamp is from Papermania Boutique. The silver pearls are made with Ranger 's Liquid Pearls and do not work as well as the Viva pearl pen.
The front and back of the card are stamped and embossed with Papermania stamps. I used Old Paper Distress Ink to stain the edges.
Hope you like this card, I had lots of fun making it.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

With Gratitude

Hello and with a very big thank you to Andrea Matthew for sending me the blog candy.
I now have my very first Papertrey stamps; 2 lovely sets.
I couldn't wait to try them and made a little card last night. Just adding some Basic Grey Euphoria paper and red pearls on the MS Butterflies.
I created a background paper with one of the tin type background basics stamps and embossed the little dots on them. I cut out the frame and put 3D foam behind it so it would level up with the ripe avocado saddle stitch ribbon. The center stamp is cut out out and adhered with a pop dot.
I really love these sets, especially all the lovely sentiments. There is so much to combine and mix up, I 'll be trying a few things.


Not that we have had any this week, I mean raindrops...
I 'm having a fabulous time. I have a week off work and my mother decided to come over last minute.
She arrived on Friday night at St. Pancras International station with the Eurostar. I hadn't been there before and I must say I am never going there again by car. Goodness me! All the way through London to get there. Eventhough it was late evening, the traffic was hectic and the satnav couldn't keep up...
Mom 's going back on Saturday, but we are taking her up to Ebbsfleet International station. Much better.
So I haven't done much crafting, 'cause I 'm either out clothes shopping for mom or enjoying the sun in the garden.
I did manage to finish this card that I started last weekend... can you imagine?
The image is completely paper pieced, even the colored skin tones.
Supplies: Morehead stamps, Whoop De Doo paper from GCD studio, MS border punch, Marianne Design Creatables flower and border dies, Joy! Craft ribbon, Spellbinders label and deckled rectangle die, Shabby Shutters and Old Paper Distress ink, Stickles, pearls, beadcap, brad and flowerthreads.
I 'm trying to show you the design of the border die, it has little flowers embossed in every oval shape.
The stamped image is paper pieced and not colored, except for the skin tones, which have also been cut out.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Combined challenge card

I made a little card that I was planning to enter in the Cute Card Thursday challenge: anything but square. I seem to be doing only square lately and thought; aha something for me.
Then I happened to look on the Play Date Cafe PDCC 33 where they have a color inspiration that fitted mine, only I don't have any kraft paper -which I would like to have, seems hard to get in the UK, Bazill does a kraft color but not the real deal. Wonder why no one sees the gap over here? Afraid it would be to cheap? There is after all some lovely inspiration out there with the use of kraft paper/card.
Then All that Scraps: Buttons and ribbons challenge. Just up my street, although my buttons are faux, they are brads from Making Memories.
The card is cut with the Wild Card and I used also some flowers, cut with the Cricut on white paper and colored with Shimmerz and layered. The paper is from Papermania Rose Garden. The stamps are from Crafty Secrets Couple of Cuties, die cut with Nestabilities. The second circle is stamped in 2 shades of blue with a little bubble stamp. I used Copic to color the image.
Thanks for visiting and have a nice day.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Second Monogram card and blog candy winner

Unbelievable, but yes, I did win! I 'm the winner of the blog candy over on Andrea's blog Work in Progress. Thanks Andrea.
Do pay her a visit, she has her blog now for one year and she does make wonderful things.
She has also recently made it to the JUGS DT.
Can't wait for the candy to arrive, some goodies from Papertrey Ink. Yippie!
Now on to my card; the second one of a batch of Monogram card I am making for my sweet mother.
Kept it really simple again; some embossing, Martha Stewart border punch, Coordinations cardstock, Prima and Hero Arts flowers and vintage pink Glimmer Mist. Love that stuff.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Monogram card

This is my first attempt at a monogram card. I made this one with my mom's initials. I made the background paper with some stamps from Basic Grey.
I am not fully satisfied with them as they tend to let the ink bubble on them. I used Memento Tuxedo Black. Maybe it is because they are quite new.
I only wanted to use 3 colors to keep it soft and decided to go with black, rose and cream.
Supplies: Just Rite Special Occasion Monogram set, scalloped punch and Nestabilities, satin ribbon from Paperchase, Coordinations cardstock.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Thinking of you

I 've got a simple card to share with you today.
I used K&Co paper Que Sera Sera paper and Coordinations cardstock so I could sand the embossing.
The stamp is from Just-Rite and allows you to choose the sentiment. I colored with Copics and Shimmerz and changed the color of the Making Memories brad with Copic and put flower bead caps behind it.
I cut the image with Spellbinders large scalloped die set, which isn't the ideal size for the stamp, but the only oval I have. Apparently the normal large oval should fit.
Wishing you a nice day.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Thanks for your helping hands

I haven't put away my color pencils yet. I colored this Greeting Farm stamp with my aquarelle pencils and some Sakura gelpens.
The flowers are made with Spellbinders flowers creations and the sentiment is made with Just Rite stamps.
Some Basic Grey June Bug paper to brighten it all up, with some flower brads from Making Memories.
I'm entering this card in 2 challenges; A Spoon Full of Sugar: floral delight and Simon Says Stamp!: a recipe.

I folded one edge on the background paper, this idea I got from the Cardmaker's Sketch Book. I like their books and although I don't follow the CPS-blog on a regular basis, I find them very inspiring.
Hope you have a lovely day. Bye.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

JUGS #36

Hello everyone,
It's been a hot and humid day. Summer has arrived here!
I've been working from 6:30 'til 15:00 today, glad not to have the shift until 18:30!!!
I came home and just had to craft a bit. Really relaxes me.
I used the sketch from JUGS #36. I made this little Hilda card from Motivet and used Caran d'Ache aquarelable  pencils in 4 shades of gray.
I've been wanting to do this technique for a while and always thought it was too difficult. But I think it's turned out rather nice. My DH said:" Ooh! It's like from an old book!" He's my biggest fan, thinks this card is for the collection and I can't give it away... Sweetie...
Supplies: Basic Grey Granola paper, Coordinations card, Cuttlebug Swiss dots, Tsukineko ink, Sakura white gel pen, Making Memories ribbon, Basic Grey dark blue buttons, light blue from autumn Leaves, Hero Arts sentiment.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. It's gonna be hotter with thunderstorms tomorrow.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Happy Birthday to a Great Friend!

Hello everyone,
I had this invitation from Inlinkz to join their very first challenge, using the color scheme to create something for a birthday and a boy.
I used Making Memories Just Chillin' papers and Coordinations card. I stamped the image from Inkadinkado on American Crafts white card and colored with Copics and used 3D glaze for the wheels and windows. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and embossed with silver powder. Some inking, distressing and embossing to make the card more manly and some metal with MM eyelets and BG brads.
I think it turned out quite nice, hope you like it too. Thanks for visiting.