Saturday, 30 July 2011

Sending warm fuzzies

Last card for July?
It might be this one using a Hampton Art {foot.longs} stampset by Kelly Panacci. It contains cute little animals and fitted just nicely in my new EK Succes label punch.
I used Making Memories paper from Fresh Anthology collection - Sydney. I used Watercolour pencils and Distress Ink to colour the image.
 Two vintage buttons with twine sit on top of two Prima flowers. The ribbon is sprayed in Frost and Moonlight Glimmer Mist.
The inside of the card is decorated with paper from the same collection and the same stamped image.

Thursday, 28 July 2011


Hello there,
Are you up for a picture heavy post today. I have a card ready that took a bit more effort to make, but I had a ball and good hardly stop. So for the minimalist card makers out there -I love that style too-, just have a little patience with this happy card maker. This card is going on the PDCC92: coral, petal pink and antique gold. I think I have nailed it : ) and what they have to win is really up my street; Glimmer Mist! Mama!
Here we go:
The card front: the stamps are from Wild Rose Studio Fairy Kira and Kaisercraft. Melissa Frances paper from the Vintage Attic Treasures pack. I cut the kraft card with my Gypsy using Wild Card to get the torn edge look and the Nestabilities were also put to good use for the frame.
Colouring with Distress Ink from Tim Holz and a little metallic white paint from Docrafts. EK Succes flowerpunch and Fiskars oval punch. Some old eyelets with charms and a bird charm from  my necklace.
I scrunched the flowers and gave them some though love. The swirl is from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge.
The wings are sprinkled with glitter and just shine.
 Some twine instead of ribbon.
 Viva gold pearl pen for the flowers.
Another close up of Fairy Kira.
The inside of the card is also decorated using more designer paper and an EK Succes punch, flowers and more lace.
I also decorated the envelope with little flowers to make it all fit together.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Live full the life you have imagined

Hello bloggers,
I haven't been blogging lately. Work is very, very stressful at the moment and it has made me feeling mentally exhausted. I just did not have the energy to get to my blog.
Nevertheless I have 2 cards that have been hanging around for more than a week. I tried something new, which is stamping on black card and colouring with  metallic colour pencils from Derwent. I bought these pencils last year at the pencil museum in Keswick, but did not use them much because they don't seem to have much effect on white paper.
I stamped in Brilliance white ink, but touched up with white gel pen after colouring. This background is done with pencil.
This background is done with white metallic paint wash. The stamps are from Hero Arts. The sentiment stamp is from Kaisercraft.
 The full image cut out with Nestabilities.
Another detail of a butterfly. I stamped on black cardstock from American Crafts; this is a nice heavy weight card but the pores are large/ textured, which doesn't simplify colouring on it.
October Afternoon ledger paper and Coordinations cardstock Black Magic, but I used the reverse on both cards so I could use the colour.
Prima music sheet paper for the background and both cards on kraft card. I prefer the second one with the coloured background. The painted one becomes a bit too misty.
Hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Motivet stamps - Shy Hilda, little hippo

Motivet stamps seem to have disappeared of the radar.
They only have a web-shop now and are waiting to move to the US. The Craft Barn use to sell their stamps, but have stopped doing this for over a year, I think.
It is a pity though, I really like them. They have very cute images and good quality.
I dug one out of my stash to make this little card.
Oh yes, another scalloped card made with the Cricut. The DP is from Papermania Rose Garden, BG Euphoria Chips, Joy Crafts butterfly dies with distress ink and pearl Glimmer Mist, a paper doily with Glimmer Mist, some bling and a EK Success border punch.
Hilda is coloured with Warm Grey Copics, a lttle bit of Flesh and a bit of light blues. Some BV31 and BV02 added to the blues in the background and some Sakura white gel pen for the highlights.
The inside also has some DP and BG Chips with a bling butterfly.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

A doily card

A sweet little card made with a Crafty Secrets stamp.
The card is cut using the Gypsy. I used a pre-scored card and the Gypsy is perfect to allow you to position precisely where you want to cut. I used the Wild Card cartridge, as I just love this scalloped circle card.
I inked the edges with Memento ink and die cut more circles with Nestabilities and my circle cutter from We R MemoryKeepers. The image is cut using a die from Marianne Design giving it a nice doily look. I am entering this card in Cute Card Thursday Challenge 172; Lace. I have used 2 types of lace on this card, just love lace and doilies. This card is also going in the Basic Grey Challenge 48; Doilies and ribbons.
The image is coloured with Caran d'Ache watercolour pencils. I also used some white metallic paint for the dress. The flowers are from Marianne Design and the designer paper is from Basic Grey Kioshi. The flower centers are done with Viva pearl pen and Stickles.
The inside of the card got some decoration too. There is something about Basic Grey papers that makes every card special.

Get Better

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Loretta.
I know you are having a rough time sweetie. I wish I could do something for you.
At times like these I feel so useless. Just know that I am thinking of you always and praying for you.
I made a card for you on my Cricut to let you know I am missing you. Actually I know of a lot of people missing you... They are missing your jolly personality.
Ever seen such a blingy Band Aid? I had to add glitter, 'cause we 're girls isn't it?
 The cuts are from the Wild card cartridge, cut in 5.59 inch. I used DCWV and Coordinations cardstock.
The paper is from the Nonsense collection from We R MemoryKeepers.
The inside of the card reads:" missing you" and is a cut from the Stamping cartridge.
Every good card comes with a matching envelope, how else?
Hope to see you this week and you 're feeling better soon.
Lots of love and a big hug from me.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

With love

I am back!
We had a lovely time up in the lakes. So happy we managed to get 3 weeks this year. The weather wasn't bad for UK standards, I can't complain.
We did lots of things, but I only managed to make one card. I brought along my craft tote, but most of my craft time I stamped and coloured images. I did a lot of colouring with distress ink, watercolour pencils and paint.
We had no reception on our mobile and no internet. I did not miss the mobile at all, but missed the internet at times because I wanted to look at all your crafty creations out there. I have a lot of catching up to do.

I made a card with a stamp from The Greeting Farm, stamped on a pre-scored kraft card and coloured with pencils.

I used Papermania Rose Garden paper and some lace sprayed in Spring Rain Glimmer Mist.
The flowers are from Prima and Kaisercraft and painted with Shimmerz paint. I made the flower centers with Viva Pearl pen in Yellow and Ice White.
A close up of the coloured image. I didn't  use my blender pencil this time, but blended with a cottonbud. Just added some Stickles and Glaze for a finishing touch.