Monday, 30 June 2008

House Mouse - Second Version

I thought this version could be used as a male card - which I don't make enough of!!

The image is coloured in the same way as the previous but I thought I would bite the bullet and try adding a hand drawn wavy border (needed to lie down afterwards mind ...) I used coloured cardstock and added the background paper from K & Co. I stamped the sentiment onto matching paper,using the Woodware clear stamp as before. Must try and keep the inspiration going!!

House Mouse

I just lurve this House Mouse image - it's sooo cute!!

This card was so easy to make as I used a pre-printed card by DCWV, together with some of their adhesive ribbon and matching brad. The image was coloured using watercolour pencils and edged with a Sakura gold shadow pen. I then added the sentiment, which is by Woodware was simply embossed and again edged with the Sakura pen. Am on a roll ..........


Well, after having a really lazy week last week and not making or posting anything, I though I should shake myself and catch up. I also decided to make cards two at a time for a while so that I'm not up 'til midnight creating cards at the last minute.

I made these two cards using the inspiration from the Friday Sketcher site and hope you like them. The image is, of course,Penny Black and the papers on the blue card are by K & Co. Both were watercoloured using pencils and Sakura Stardust pens with gems and liquid pearls as embelishments. Having a challenge shook me up anyway - don't know how long for though!!

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Frame Card

This is another card using products from the Craftwork Cards range and my first attempt at a black and white card.
I coloured the embossed frame with chalk and added dots of black glitter and some clear gems and tied a ribbon into a bow on the side. This was then mounted it on sticky pads over the black and white background paper with the sentiment in the middle. Another quick and easy card but I must admit, I love this one and am really pleased with the final result :-) I think there may be a few of this style of card to follow ......

Tag Card

I made this card using the Craftwork Cards products I bought last weekend. I used 2 of their tag shapes which are held together with an elegant card wrap covered in paper from their Tutti Frutti designs and made a flower from a co-ordinating paper and greeting stem and sentiment. I added a piece of scalloped card to the inside to write a greeting on a finally added matching ribbon. Quite an easy card to put together but looks lovely!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Candy Images

Vist Caz's Blogspot and leave a comment at nTo celebrate 100k hits, she is giving away images and goodies and you can even choose your images - well worth a visit.

Fathers Day

Well, after a hectic weekend, out at the Craft Open Day during Saturday and then spending the evening at my friend Janine's house for a barbeque on Saturday night, my dad nearly didn't get a card at all!! I intended making this on Saturday night but Janine (who is originally from South Africa) would not let me leave her house until I had tried every South African dish - I must admit, I didn't put up much of a fight, especially when the Don Pedro made an appearance. This is a drink made with ice cream, double cream, coffee liqueur and Baileys - how can a girl say no? As a result, I had to get up early on Sunday and make this double quick. I cut the tag shaped card out first of all, punched the top and added brown ribbon. I can't remember who the background paper is by but it was just in the right place at the right time. The stamps are by Little Claire Designs which I watercoloured and then added my favourite glossy accents to the shoes, wine glass and glasses. I finished of with the little charm the just said Thanks Dad and, even though it was a rush job, he loved it so the ice cream and alcohol was worth it - thanks Janine xx

For my Horse .......

This was the very first Penny Black stamp I bought especially to make this mini book for the lady who has kindly given my beloved horse a permanent home when I could no longer keep her after 17 years :-( It has taken me ages to finish the darned thing because I just kept putting it off as I still find it upsetting that I have been forced to part with her but I know she has a very good home.
I made the "book" by sticking together A5 cards and then covering them in the background papers and adding ribbon under the front cover to keep it closed. I watercoloured the Penny Black image and mounted it onto silver cardstock which I embossed with the Cuttlebug. I have then added pictures I have collected of Storm over the years and of her mum, dad and sister. I hope that Gale (the lovely person who now has my horse) - will love it. I must admit that buying this stamp led me down that rocky path of becoming a Penny Black Addict ........

Penny Black

This is a stamp I bought recently and have finally found an excuse to use it when a friend at work asked me to make a card for her daughter. I painted the image with Twinkling H2Os and added black glitter for the belt, though it doesn't really show up very well in the photograph. I gave her jewelled earrings and mounted the image on pink glitter cardstock, which I then used in the Cuttlebug to personalise the card. The background paper, ribbon and brad are by HOTP. Can't wait to use the other character stamps I bought at the same time ......

Bootiful Day

I went to an open day at a Hobby Horse Crafts in Elvaston, Derbyshire on Saturday where Julie Hickey of Craftwork Cards was demonstrating I had a fantastic day and made these two cards while I was there using some of the products shown by Julie and was so pleased with them, of course I just HAD to buy some of the products:-)

Poorly House Mouse

This is a get well card I made for my sister and I just love this image! I watercoloured thepicture and added a tiny glossy accent for the drop of medicine! The background papers are my K & Co and I then just added the little brad but unfortunately I didn't catch the inside corner of the card where I added little footprints - how cute!!

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Fae has pointed me in the direction of a new Penny Black Challenge Blog which looks fantastic. Check out this link and join in the fun :-)

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Cute Little Harry

I just love this immage, which I believe is by Whipper Snapper, who was kindly sent to me by Sandra and I just couldn't wait to colour him in.
I edged the image with a silver shadow Sakura pen and coloured Harry using watercolour pencils and finally added glossy accents to his nose to give him a wet shiny nose!! I then mounted him onto a card which I first fed through my Cuttlebug to emboss the oustside edge. I then masked off the embossed edge and tandomly stamped the background with a bone stamp using silver ink. Finally, I added a couple of brads to finish off. I think he's lovely and possibly a birthday card for my little Millie Mopper (one of my little dogs). No, of course she isn't spoilt ........

Rugrat Birthday

This card was made for a friend of my sister, who was nicknamed Angelica when they worked together. I downloaded the image and then layered her onto pale blue cardstock to match the blue card. I printed the sentiment on the computer, aded a bit of bling and a matching ribbon. I think it turned out quite well as I didn't have a clue where to start when she first asked me to make the card.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008


I made these cards for my step nieces birthdays and they loved them. The cardstock is pre-printed from Papermania and makes life very easy. The first image is by Penny Black and the second,another favourite of mine, is a House Mouse design, both images were coloured using watercolour pencils and the names and ages cut out using the Olivia alphabet on my Cuttlebug. The sentiments, both by Hero Arts, were then stamped in co-ordinating ink and embossed with holographic powder. Quite simple but very effective

Bubble Bath Birthday

One of the lads at work asked me to make a card for his fiancée's birthday but only asked me the day before (typical bloke!!) To make it easy, I used the good old Papernation kit for the backing paper and decoupage. I mounted the image onto pink gingham and then holographic card and added glitter to the bubbles and glass of wine to add a bit of glitz. I also covered the wine glass with glossy accents but it doesn't really show up on the photo. I stamped the card with hearts using silver metallic ink and then finished off with the greeting which was stamped and embossed on the matching cardstock to add to the glitz. I was really pleased with the result, especially as he gave me a bar of chocolate - perfect!!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Fae's Challenge

Earlier this week, Fae gave the challenge to make a card that met the following criteria
1. Use a background paper you've had for a while but never found a use for (until now)
2. Create a shaped card other than square or oblong.
3. Use a Penny Black stamp, but one you haven't used in a while!
4. Use a variety of different embellishments (at least four!).
Well, all I could think of all week was cardstock and paper, the day job went haywire, nothing got done at home, the dogs thought I was agoraphobic but I finally came up with this idea. It was the most adventurous thing I had made since I started crafting in January but I have loved every minute of it!! A big congratulations to Julie who won the challenge with her fabulous Christmas card with the most gorgeous snowflake embelishments (though her first attempt should have won for it's entertainment value - I'm still laughing about it!!). Sandra's entry was also a fantastic contender. Thanks Fae for the great challenge, I'm sure we're all glued to our screens for the next one (quite literally :-P)

Folded Card

I don't know the name of this fold of card so if anyone does, please let me know.
Take a piece of cardstock 12" x 4" and divide into 2" sections. Score a vertical line down the two end sections. This will form the front "doors" of your card. Join the remaining markers with diagonal score lines. Fold the triangles across the top and bottom of the card upward and inward and you should then see the card to take shape as shown in the picture. Wow this is really hard to explain without actually showing someone so I hope my vague instructions are ok. Please just ask if there is anything you are not sure of. Have fun!!

Happy Anniversary

I have made this anniversary card for my dad and stepmum using the same fold of card that I used for Fae's challenge because I love it so much.
I stamped the card all over with silver hearts to give a background and cut a couple of slots in the middle to thread the ribbon through before placing a piece of silver card in the middle to mount the 3D peel off. I then mounted the sentiment onto card and used a corner puch to add a bit of interest,. Finally, a added a matching 3D peel off to the front and, hey presto, done!! After all the cards I've made this week because of the inspiration you have given me,I'm getting quicker at it :-) Just as well 'cost it takes me so long to get started but once I do .........

Bags of Fun

It was my friend Sonia's birthday today and she loves handbags (who doesn't) so I thought this card would be perfect for her. It was made using a template by Arty Farty with some colour co-ordinating card, a bit of bling and a few brads. The letter 'S' for the charm was cut out with my Cuttlebug and the butterfly charm was just asking to be added. The template is so easy to follow and the box and lid patterns are also included. It takes a while to cut out each individual piece and put it together but other than that, it's very straightforward. Easy peasy but really effective. Sonia was thrilled to bits with it so it was worth the extra bit of effort.