Sunday, 27 March 2011

Mother's day

Mother's Day isn't actually in April in the country where my mother is but she now knows the British Mother's Day is earlier so I tend to send two cards - one for the UK one and another in May!


I've used kraft as my base, and combined it with printed paper from My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Gertie paper pad (one of my favourite collections at the moment!) and some stamping. The trees are from Waltzingmouse Stamps, stamped with VersaFine and Memento. I've distressed the edges of both panels with the edge of my scissors and then added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges for a really aged look. And because I love pink and brown together!


I stamped some faux stitching to the corner (with Waltzingmouse Stamps again), added a sentiment (possibly not in the best possible location but I didn't know where else to put it...), seam binding and finally a button, both from The Ribbon Girl.

The only question now is, what kind of a card will I make for the other Mother's Day in May?!


Yellow and green for the Ribbon Girl Challenge

What a lovely spring day it's been! I went to my local park and just about everyone was there, enjoying the sun!

So what better to do on a day like this than work on cards using some really spring-like colours and images! I made some Easter cards, inspired by but not directly following the Less Is More sketch I used in my previous post.


I would also like to submit this card to the Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge #6 with the theme of yellow and green. The twine I've used on the card are the yellow and green Divine Twines that The Ribbon Girl shop sells. They're my favourite baker's twine to use on cards - so soft and easy to tie into a bow!

The stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I'm about to go back to the craft room to add the finishing touches to a mother's day card for my mum - more on that later!


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Less Is More - Week 8 - Sketch

Hello Saturday crafters!

It's already week 8 over on Less Is More and this week Mandi & Chrissie have given us a Sketch challenge. This is the sketch they want us to base our cards on:



So that means it's a DL card this week.
I'm still working on Easter cards so I've made mine with that in mind. Here it is:


I've used kraft card as the base, and combined it with We R Memory Keepers paper. The stamps  are both from Waltzingmouse Stamps and I've coloured in the daffodils with ProMarkers. I wrapped some yellow embroidery floss around the card and tied it in a bow to finish it off. I think baker's twine would have probably worked better but I just wanted to try something different for a change.

I really liked this sketch and I've stamped some extra daffodil images to create a few more similar cards, too.

Thanks again to everyone from Less Is More who visited me this week and left comments! It's so appreciated, and I read every comment. Thank you!

Monday, 21 March 2011

More walking and wiggling

Just a quick post before heading off to the land of sleep...

Here's another card I made using the walk and wiggle stamping technique. Have a look at yesterday's post for a link to Shari Carroll's tutorial on Hero Arts website if you missed it.


The leaf stamp is the same I used on yesterday's card, and I've used the same combination of Distress Inks, only this time without the background, just stamping on plain watercolour paper. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Seam binding, twine and green button from The Ribbon Girl.

And yes, I should have used an ivory base card instead of the white I've used, but I didn't have any ivory card. Must buy more cardstock soon!

That's all for today. A busy week ahead so I'm not sure I'll have any time for crafting until the weekend now. 


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Walk and wiggle!

If you were going to name a stamping technique, I don't think you could come up with anything better than Shari Carroll's walk and wiggle technique demonstrated here on Hero Arts website. It looked amazing so I just had to have a try!

(Click on the photo for a more detailed view.)

The results are pretty cool, too! 
I embossed mine with a clear embossing pad + powder (because I don't have any white embossing powder) and used a different combination of Distress Inks from Shari's tutorial. And I don't have the envelope pattern stamp (yet!) so I skipped that part.

The actual walk and wiggle part of the technique is fab, too and works on its own as well. I tried it a couple of different ways but haven't made those into cards yet. Watch this space, though!

The leaf stamp is from Lavinia and the ribbon is seam binding from The Ribbon Girl. 

Walk and wiggle! Walk and wiggle... *sings* 

By the way, what do you think of the photo against the natural wood background? I'm still experimenting with the best background, light and colour combo for the perfect photos so any feedback is very welcome! This was taken in natural light but not bright sunlight (it's 5pm). 

Hope you've all had a good weekend and had some sunshine!


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Less Is More - Week 7 - Masculine cards

Happy Saturday! It's looking gorgeously sunny here - I love waking up when it's sunny, and the cat is enjoying sleeping in the sunny spot on the carpet!

It's time for another challenge over at Less Is More and this week Mandi and Chrissie have asked us to create a masculine card, obviously adhering to the CAS guidelines.

Here's what I've come up with this week...


I had the idea to use this Ippity Book It stamp to create "pages" on a card yesterday but didn't try it so I thought I would give it a go now. I've used the masking technique to layer up the elements.

I have to say I'm slightly doubting its CAS credentials because there isn't loads and loads of white space but as it's all one layer stamping on cardstock, I hope it counts! Obviously using a larger base card would create more  white space around the images, too.

The stamps are Ippity Book It, Catslife Press Bird On Branch - Stonechat, Hero Arts Birthday Definition and Studio G sentiment. I've stamped the book pages with Tea Dye Distress Ink for that vintage look, and otherwise used Versafine for my stamping. I finished it off with some natural twine tied around the card.

I quite like the effect and think I will try this with different colours and images to create some other cards, too.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

WOYWW - a look at the projects on my desk today

It's Wednesday and that means Julia is hosting another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at the Stamping Ground. I've missed the past couple of weeks of WOYWW due to being super busy at work but today I'm off sick with a cold so I have time for blogging and crafting. Silver linings, and all that...

So, here's a peek at my workspace:


I've been working with my Distress Inks this week, and making tags. You can see some scrap card where I was trying out stamps (most from the Artistic Stamper, and some Unity and Ippity on my desk too).

Here's a closer look of the tag I started last night and left out to dry overnight. Gibson Girl stamp by The Artistic Stamper and sentiment by Ippity Stamps (Delightful Little Things set). I just love that quote and somehow the vintagey image works with the modern font of the sentiment.



The seam binding (coloured with Distress Ink) is from The Ribbon Girl, my new favourite UK source of ribbons and twine. (You can also see some newly arrived baggies of twine on my desk, they are just adorable!) Their service is super fast and friendly, and I just love their products. (I'm simply a satisfied customer, I haven't been asked to say anything about them!)

Well, I'm off to get another cup of tea and try to get rid of this annoying cold. I'll try not to sneeze while I visit other WOYWW desks this week! ;) *atchoo*

Sunday, 13 March 2011

A bookmark with Ippity stamps & Distress Inks

I've come down with a cold so most of today has been a write off and just spent sleeping. Bleh. 
I got up to get some food and made a quick tag with another of the fab Ippity stamps from Delightful Little Things set. This is actually the stamp I bought this set for, I just love this quote!

I made it entirely one layer because I'm going to use it as a bookmark and therefore didn't want any added bulk. The background is coloured with Distress Inks (Weathered Wood and Milled Lavender) sponged onto it, and the stamps are Ippity (Delightful Little Things and Book It) and a Tim Holtz flourish. I've also used some scrunched up seam binding. Easy peasy!


Saturday, 12 March 2011

Less Is More - Week 6 - Off The Edge

Another Saturday, another challenge at Less Is More!

This week seems to have just flown by. For some of it, I had no internet or landline at home with BT claiming it was a fault with the unnderground cables. Then it suddenly started working again, so their explanation sounds unlikely! But at least I have my internet and phone line back, regardless of what the issue might have been.

But, onto the card! This week's challenge is to create a One Layer Card (OLC) with the theme of "Off The Edge" e.g. part of the image off the edge of the card (how many times can I say off or of in one sentence!).

I had a couple of failed attempts at this again (ink smudges, placement issues etc.) and I'm not sure if I'm 100% happy with this either but I thought I would post it anyway!


All the stamps are Ippity (by Unity) - butterfly from Now And Always set and sentiment from Delightful Little Things set which just arrived in the post this morning and has some wonderful sentiments I'm planning to use for art journaling.

I've stamped the butterflies with Brilliance ink and added some iridescent glitter glue for added shine. The sentiment is stamped with StazOn.

Thanks to those who gave tips for photographing cards last week. I find photographing cards with plenty of white space especially difficult - something about the contrast is never quite right. If you look at the photos in my blog so far, most of the best photos are cards with more layered textures and colours, whereas the OLCs with white card base look the worst in photos. This photo isn't great, either, and I've already edited it slightly in Picasa. So I'll have to work on that some more!

Anyway, it's a glorious sunny day so I'm going to head out soon!
Happy weekend, everyone!

Monday, 7 March 2011

One-Layer Wednesday 43 - Shimmer

This week's OLW challenge over at Susan's blog is to use shimmer but NOT glitter or bling on your (one layer) card.

I received my Unity Stamps February Kit of the Month in the post today so I thought I'd have a play with them. This bike & balloons stamps is quite fun, even though it isn't something I would normally choose.



I've stamped with Brilliance ink in Lightning Black and then coloured in the balloons with stardust pens (freebies from a magazine last year) for added shimmer. (Incidently, the Brilliance ink is coming out really fuzzy looking on all the photos - sorry!)

So, that's my card. Quite simple to make, although I did get those dreaded ink smudges on the first two attempts so it took a while to perfect it!

It's been a gorgeous sunny day today - feels like spring! I have Monday afternoons off so I've been enjoying my crafty time and a long walk in my local park, too. Back to work tomorrow for another busy week. 

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Less Is More - Week 5 - Pastel colours

Hello Blogland!
It's been one of those weeks when I had no time and energy for crafting after work. So it's even better to wake up on a Saturday and start the day with stamps, inks and paper in the craftroom!

As I do every Saturday morning these days, I started by checking out the new challenge over at Less Is More. This week's theme is pastel colours.

I had a few more or less failed attempts at first before coming up with this card. It's slightly different from my usual style but I'm quite pleased with it even if I say so myself.


The flower stamp (from Ippity Stamps "Now and Always" set) is stamped 3 times on patterned papers (by Pink Petticoat, freebies from Quick Cards Made Easy) and cut out in sections and layered up with 3D  foam.

Then I added a button in the centre (well, I thought I added it to the centre but looking at the photos it's quite off-centre!), and a leaf to the side (from the same Ippity stamp set).



I wrapped some twine around the card base, rounded the corners, and stamped a Hero Arts sentiment. And then took about 20 not that great photos... *sigh* It's another grey morning with no sign of the sun so the photos are what they are...

At least the evenings are getting lighter and Spring Equinox is fast approaching so there's hope of spring actually arriving! I'm going to be working on Easter cards for a commission this week so that should put me in the mood for spring. Might have to buy some Easter chocolate just to help matters, though... ;)