Friday, March 30, 2007

Just heading out the door

and forgotten to make a birthday card in advance, so just whipped a really quick one up - god bless Blending Blox.
Nothing really impressive, but I'm way too short of time.
We're off to a friend's surprise birthday party, which has been arranged in secret and at the last minute by her 10 year old daughter.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


and that wasn't the rubbish that I had to endure in the meeting in the morning!

As a reward for that particular torture, we were taken to see Spamalot at the Palace Threatre in Shaftesbury was the most excellent thing, and I laughed so hard through it all.

I would definitely recommend it if you get the chance - in fact, I'm going to take Lydia and Mum to see it later in the year.

I've been really poorly recently, so if you've been wondering where I am, or why I haven't done something, that's the reason.

I feel a wee bit better today, so hopefully I am turning the corner.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sad:Happy layout

the pre-class challenge on the Design Collective was to produce a layout using things that weren't on your favourite list.
I had stamps, inks and paint on my list, so they were out - usually though, this is exactly what I would use on my layouts - so I used some K & Co Studio K papers with bright orange, dark pink and pale green cardstock. The stickers and metal are K & co too, rub-ons are by Kopp Design & Making Memories, flowers are by Making Memories, and the blue ribbon was from a Scrap Goods kit.
Apologies for the shadowy scanning - lumpy pages to blame I'm afraid.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Eyes

my entry for this week's Wednesday Stamper is "the eyes see everything", and it is a belated tri-fold card for a friend who's birthday was last week.
I used my Keepsake Card Craft score board to create a tri-fold, and then cut along a diagonal line over two of the folds, and folded in the opposite direction on two of the folds.
The covered the longest panel with the watercolour pattern, the second panel was covered with the hearts, and the third with the watercolour pattern again. Next I inked up my Oasis French Manuscript stamp with Timber Brown StazOn, and stamped on plain copier paper. I then sponged on Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose Distress Inks with cut'n'dry foam and torn, and added to opposing sides of the second and third panels.
Stamped the eye (in Peeled Paint) and the face (in Tattered Rose) on the longest panel.
I prepared a plate of pale green cardstick with one of my favourite Non-Seq stamps (the lady with the tear), coloured with my new metallic penciles, and added glossy accents to the jewels, tear and lips. Added the French Manuscript around the edges, and matted onto gold cardstock.
Placing this plate so that it overlapped onto the first panel.
"the eyes see everything" from Paper Artsy Femme Plate 2 was stamped, scanned, re-sized and printed out on to plain copier paper - then coloured with the Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose Distress Inks. After tearing out the words (except for "everything") I added a tiny amount of Versamark around the edges and Galactic Gold EP and heat set. This was added to the first panel. "everything" was coloured with the Distress Inks, and just aligned on the second panel with the wording on the first one.
Peeled Paint Distress Ink was just then run around the edges of the card.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping...

so that's exactly what I've been doing after work!
I zoomed over to pick up the Scor-it board that Sharon's Card Crafts had put by for me, and also decided on the Keepsake Card Crafts Bowmaker, one of their Glitter Ball tools and the Xmas and More've got to admit that's quite restrained for me on a spree, but I had to keep in mind that I will be craft shopping on Tuesday, so needed some spondulicks for then.
I've been mega busy at work today, and after ensuring a very long (and boring meeting), found out that the lunch meeting in London planned for 17th April is going to be way more exciting still - they've planned a trip on the Duck and then lunch at my favourite place TGI's - woohooooo!!!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

30 Minute Challenge on Design Collective....

obviously, there is no way on god's earth that I could do a layout in 30 minutes, but after factoring in paint drying and the chipboard UTEE letters, this took me about 120 minutes in total.

So, for a girl who usually takes over a week to do a quick layout this was super-speedy.

I'm so glad that I joined the Design Collective, it's given my mojo a huge kick up the knickers!

I cut round the green circle, and made a pouch on the reverse side for the tag (with handwritten journalling - and that's why it's hidden) to sit in. I really love that cheepo ice cream stamp I picked up a while ago, and IRL the image zings out because I painted it with Twinkling H2o's and then put glossy accents over the top.

All in all, I'm really pleased with this layout of my baby girl's little hands in the fountain (la fontana) in San Genesio last year on holiday...fingers crossed there will be many more layouts to follow, as I have soooo many photos to get through.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mother's Day Card (No. 2)

Really quick card (under 10 minutes). Ready made card blank stamped with Hero Arts Wavy Graphic Border stamps in Vilolet Versacolour and Wisteria Fluid Chalk ink.Stamped onto left over glossy cardstock which had been DTP'd with black Stazon and then heat embossed several layers of clear EP to create the tiny tile (Blue Cardigan Mother's Day Sheet), cut out and added to card blank.

Tied green organza ribbon round spine.

Life is beautiful

and so is my darling Mother.........really super quick Mother's Day card for her.
Central Lily image is by Blue Cardigan (Mothers Day Sheet) stamped on cream card in Black Stazon, then several coats of clear EP over the top. Matted on to an Ecoline (580 & 416) background, and then onto blue vellum and tied round a piece of cream ric rak.

"Life is Beautiful" quote is by Magenta, and this was stamped in versamark on to the same cream cardstock and embossed with Galactic Gold EP. I then coloured it with Majestic Blue (652) H20, cut out and then edged with Violet Versacolour ink.
The card blank was stamped with Savvy Dahlia (449c) in a mixture of Violet Versacolour and Azurite chalk ink.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Design Collective........

because I've been very poorly, I've not had a chance to mention the wonderful venture that Clare Brown, Jane Dean and Kirsty Wiseman (and loads of other really talented girlies) have's called the Design Collective.

I've already subscribed, and am really excited about the whole's wishing them every luck with this venture....I am sure it's going to be a flyer.

Yoohooo, new Aud Design Stamp sets........

how marvellous........Aud has just released some lovely new stamp sets.
Like all of her stamps, these are going to be really useful. I am head over heels in love the with Cat sheet already.
We have them on pre-order at the Galaxy, and I will be finalising the order probably next week.
Actually, whilst I'm on the subject of Aud's stamps, big up (and big hugs and thanks too) to Clare Brown who gave them and the Galaxy a mention in the latest issue of Scrapbook Inspirations....if you haven't check out Clare's fabbie article on the Spring Minibook, go and get a was a wonderful project, and I'm going to make my own version.

Faberge Inspired card

this card, which was for the Pre-Class Challenge on the Design Collective, was completley inspired by Faberge's wonderful eggs.

I painted the chipboard flowers with Jo Sonja's paint in Jade and Plum Pink, and edged them roughly with Jo Sonja's Richd Gold. Then steamped the middle flower with Oasis French Manuscript and then two green ones with Savvy Vine Background stamps. Covered in Versamark and then Kalidescope Embossing Powder and heat embossed.

Then I added jewels to the middle of the flowers, and white glass beads to the two green flowers as well to give a heavily jewelled look.

The card blank was covered in Provocraft Illustrations paper, and inked around the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Next I made two holes in the spine with the BG Notch & Die, and tied through some silver/green organze ribbon.

That's one birthday card and one Mother's day card down, just need to do two more Birthday cards for Saturday.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Finished card

the centre of the non-solid flowers have been painted with my new Iridescent Medium - it's really nice and sparkly in real life.

The background card was stamped using Dusty Concord Distress Ink and the Agapanthus stamp. The bottom has two trinangles of the same card which have the edges inked and have been stamped with the image as well, just to get something a bit different going on - ohh, and yes I admit it, covering up a small Crop a dile accident!
The "Happy Birthday" stamp is by Aud, there are some other really lovely sentiments on the sheet.
Just finished off with a small blue ribbon tied round the spine.
So, that's one card down and three more to go for the Parental Controls birthday, and then I've also got to worry about Mothers Day, which is the next day.
Looks like a few more Ecoline backgrounds are going to be done today in readiness - I have to say thank you so much Godelieve for showing me the fabulous Ecoline way!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Agapanthus on Ecoline.........

This is a piece of the Ecoline background paper from yesterday, just stamped with my Agapanthus stamped and embossed with Galaxy Gold Embossing Powder on the image and around the edges. It's matted on to Prism Wizard Dark cardstock. Apologies for the really wonky cutting - I'm still the shakes.
Thinking about it, I could equally have done this in the new Embossing Powder coming out this month, Saturn Silver, so I might do another one with it.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Ecoline playing...........

because that's all I can pretty well manage at the moment. I've had a really bad virus and been a very poorly sick person all week - you've gotta know it's bad when I say that I've not been hide nor hair of any rubber, ukstampers or for 8 days.

So this evening, I thought I would break myself in gently and try playing with my Ecoline backgrounds - I'm no Stamping Mathilda (and will never be let's face it!) but they are great, and I think with just a little more practice the background are going to be fabulous to work with.

Actually this one's not half bad.....Cold Grey (717) and Pastel Blue (580). I've found that the best way is to completely wet the paper then dab the colour on rather than put down a swath of it. Then just go back and add in extra bits of colour here and there. I sprinkled salt over it, but have to admit that I should've been more patient and left it overnight to get the full effect. Still live and learn.
I think I might try these two colours again tomorrow, but add in a small amount of darker blue.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Angel card

This is just the card that's going with the puzzlepiece, plain copier paper stamped in the same way as the box, and torn down one side. French Manuscripty stamp and Angel word and image.

Clip on Puzzle Box

Just a quickie of the clip that's on top of the puzzlepiece box. Large paper clip with a chipboard circle painted in Jo Sonja's Naples Yellow and edged with gold, then Kalidescope EP and angel image stamped in Timber Brown StazOn.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Raisin Box for Angel...........

This is the outside of the raisin box, I just used plain copier paper, then stamped with Distress Inks in Antique Paper, Worn Lipstick and Mustard seed. The stamp used is a large shadow block stamp that I picked up today in Sevenoaks (by Whispers), it was cheap as chips at 1.99 so it was a steal. Acually, they had a large oval and diamond, so I think I will go back with them.

I just then added the angel image and the small star and heart (both from Non Seq). Oh, also in the background in the same colour Distress Inks I used my new clear ruler stamp from Clarity Images - now that's proving also to be a very good buy, I've used it loads since last Thursday.

I tied just a pink/peach colour ribbon which has a slight velvet texture round it, and am just in the process of making a clip for it.

Also done I card, which I will upload tomorrow.

The puzzle piece is wrapped in mulburry, and fits in the box a treat.

I can see that Lydia may well be getting quite a few raisins, I love these little boxes.

Inside of the Puzzle piece box.....

last night I was too tired for much crafting, but I did start to prepare the inside of a raisin box ready to send the puzzle piece.

Just Naples Yellow Jo Sonja's paint with Timber Brown StazOn, and the same stamp image that I used for the piece. I did just add a bit of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink around the edges.

I've also put a second coat of sealer on my Mint tin lid, and a coat over the rest of it, which is now drying on my work table.