Sunday, 25 July 2010

Best Wishes

Hello everyone,
I  would like to show you my first shaker card.
Using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle Nestabilitie shape, I cut the acetate and paper. Instead of using foam, I used a clear silicone strip on a roll.
The only disadvantage is that the sides are also a little tacky and I should have put some powder on it to stop the elements clinging to the sides. Nevertheless, this still works.
I used punched paper hearts and some beads for inside the shaker card.
 The DP is from K&Co, the embellishments are pearls made with Viva! pearlpen and MS butterfly punch. The sentiment is a gold peel-off which I colored with permanent marker. The little girl stamp is from Personal Impressions and the background from Crafty Individuals.
The little hearts were made with the MS border punch that you can see here. I think K&Co have such lovely paper and this one has a real vintage feel to it. Click on the pictures for a larger view.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Storybook owl LO for BBTB2

Oh,oh! I was in big doubt if I should put these LO on my blog. I'm putting it on the BBTB2 blog.
I think the pictures of me aren't very flattering, my head looks like it's going to explode. LOL.
So please, you can have a laugh, but just do it behind my back. Anyway, I said the purpose of my blog was: to be able to keep my crafty creations forever, even if the paper versions get destroyed or given away. -and also to share with others, because I enjoy looking at what all of you have made-.
Well then here it goes:
The big wise owl - whooo's head is bigger? mine or yours?- LOL
Not the best picture, but that happens on holiday when you keep trekking from one B&B to another, you see a lot, but get to tired.
I should have maybe laid the LO's down to photograph... well you get the idea.
Paper is from Papermania and K&Co, buttons from Autumn Leaves, little sticker owls from Paperchase.
I used different cuts from the Storybook cartridge.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Magenta Style cards

Hi there,
I treated myself to 2 new craft books last Saturday. We took a trip to Brighton and had a lovely day. Glad we spent the day close to the sea, because that made the heat bearable. While wandering around through Brighton's lovely shopping streets, I spotted 2 books for £2.99 each. Bargain!
One is Magenta Style papercrafts and it gave me the ideas for my next 2 cards. I used 2 Crafty Individuals stamps. I hadn't used the letter background yet, but I must say I really like it. The whole Magenta Style has got an Eastern/ Indian feel to it -at least that is my opinion-.
This time no sentiment and I used gold peel-offs, can't remember the time I used to use these. I still have stacks of them. The bird image is stamped on 4 colors of Coordinations cardstock and then cut out and framed. This one is colored with Whispers Strokes brush pens. All images have been embossed.
Here I used Sakura gelpens to color the peel-offs. This style might not be a permanent thing for me, but I will keep trying it once in a while.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Happy Wishes from Smookie

A little dragon stamp, its name is Smookie, from Nellie Snellen.
I got this stamp from my mom a while ago and never thought I 'd use it. Now finally I felt inspired to use it, mainly because I was looking for a small image and wanted to color with green. How funny is that?
But I like the way it turned out and it looks rather cute, specially with little mousy keeping company.
Again a lot of punching for this card, 5 different types were used on this card. I like this frame-creating with corner punches. I ran into a bit of bad luck this time as my -more than 10 year old punch- collapsed on me. The plastic frame fell apart and all the metal bits and 2 springs popped out. I put it back together, but even the thoughest Locktite couldn't hold it. A good excuse to buy another one...
A close up of the coloring, used a whole lot of different color Copics. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and the flower stamp at the back of it is from Making Memories. I used Marianne Design Eline's Vintage paper and flower centers are also MD's. Some Viva pearls to create the pearls and some Stickles for the fireworks.
I love the look of many of the Dutch products and they have won over the British market, so it seems. It is now very easy to find their products in almost every craft shop. Bring it on! I browse everything on the Internet and it's good to see some new stuff come over here.
I got to go now. I have the day off, but I 've got errands to run and need to pick up DH by 12:30 for lunch.
And it is raining today and a bit cooler. Think my flowers and the birdies will be happy.

Friday, 9 July 2010


Just sharing a little card made with a lot of punching and some Nesties.
I learned this technique from Becca Feeken, where she shows you in a video tutorial how to punch different shapes and sizes of mats with a corner punch. I used my pansy punch from MS.
Another technique is on how to punch around a circle with a corner punch. I used an old flower corner punch. Once you get the hang of it, it is really quite easy.
The paper is by Marianne design Eline's Vintage and inked with Shabby Shutters.
The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets.
Just did a whole lot of punching and enjoyed it and of course the trusted Viva Pearls.
Maybe a better picture without the flash, you can see the dimension in the card a lot better.

Birthday wishes

Finally another card. The weather and work have been tying me down. At least we have a summer and it is getting to be a hot one too. Sizzles!
It had to be another Magnolia card. My! I love the way you can dress up these images, the more frillies, the better it is.
On with the card and I have used Basic Grey Kioshi paper. Lovely stuff.
Two main colors or three: lilac, peach and white. I love the discovery of the Viva pearl pen as you can see.
I even dug up one of my old roses border punch, not as good as Martha Stewart, because they will only punch through lightweight paper, but still very pretty.
Colored my white ribbon with Copics to match. The sentiment is from Papertrey ink, love the font.
Also couldn't live without my dear little Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies.
Really if you ask me what my 3 favourite craft tools are; the Cuttlebug, the Cricut and my heat gun...
Favourite products? Lets see... BG paper, but then there are others, Crafty Secrets stamps, Copics for sure, all the Spellbinders products, Just Rite stamps, Stickles Star Dust, Viva pearls, rub-ons from everyone as I collect them,... I used to collect stickers as a child and still have tons.
What's your favourite?