Thursday, 28 July 2011

Christmas Starts Early

I've created this card and entered it into the Polka Doodles Weekly Challenge 29 - Christmas in July.

Materials used:
A5 white card blank
Extra white card for matting and layering
Polka Doodles backing papers
Polka Doodles Paper Boutique vol III cd
Wild Rose Studios Winter Lady stamp
White pen
Stickles - Star Dust
Lace die cut
Green Polka Dot ribbon
White ribbon

House and girl have been coloured using Promarkers, also the red ribbon, red matt for the backing paper and the sentiment have been coloured with promarkers to match.

Extra pieces have been cut out of white card and glittered with stickles for the snow on the roof, chimney and tree outside the house. The girls scarf and boot tops have also been glittered.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Patchwork Cards

Experimenting with new products is so much fun and these two cards are what I came up with while playing with my new Spellbinders flower dies and new paper rough edger thingamyjig tool.

I love the colours in this set of papers from Pink Petticoat - Wild Blossoms Collection and matched ProMarkers to colour the Happy Birthday sentiment. Everything has been distressed within an inch of its life with a Tim Holtz ink pad which really shows up the rough edges.

Embossing the leaves and faux stitching around the four squares of paper give these card a little bit of a patchwork feel to them.

On The Move

I made this card for my Sister-in-law and niece for their long awaited move to their new home.
The houses were stamped onto patterned paper, cut out and decoupaged in a terrace and highlighted with ProMarkers and white pen. Design papers and stamps from Polka Doodles.

A little gift for my little niece. I made a wallet using 6 envelopes to make an accordian style wallet and decorated with Tatty Teddy papers. Inside each pocket there is a matching card and envelope. Hopefully she will have lots of fun sending these to her new friends in her new school.
My sister-in-law is a very busy mum, so for a gift I made her six cards and envelopes in a matching box, just in case she needs a card in a hurry.

I hope they have many happy years in there new home.

Wonderful Winnie

Here I've used Winnie the Owl papers from Polka Doodles and embellished with die-cut flowers and leaves from Spellbinders, coloured with Promarkers. The photo doesn't show up very well but the flowers have been glittered and I've used white glitter brads for the centers of the flowers.

I've entered this card into the Polka Doodles Week 28 Challenge - Long Hot Summer.

Fathers Day

These Fathers Day cards were made using the papers from the Making Cards magazine.

Using ribbon on a male card can be a bit tricky so I opted for good old parcel string instead, thought it also went quite well with the jungle theme and if you wanted to change the colour it's quite easy with ProMarkers.
This was the first time that I dared use my own hand-writing on the front of a card. I wrote on small strips of card so it wasn't so daunting writing it all out at once, cut them into ribbons and inked round the edges. I think it really worked with the papers from Polka Doodles, and to my surprise everyone liked it and said that I should do more like that. So what do I know, hey...

Die Cutting

I have gone die-cutting mad and my favourites are the spiral flower dies, I just can't stop making them. They are brilliant to use up all the scraps you have and I have a lot, no piece is too small to keep.

I absolutely love this colourway of the chocolate and mint, reminds me of ice-cream... yumm!...yumm!

Some of the roses look extra special when you add a little bit of glitter glue or glossy accents to the edges to give the impression of dew drops in the early morning.

Busy Busy Busy!!!!

Sorry I haven't posted for such a long time but I have been busy designing some of my own things. The Archway Stamps and also some new CDs which will be ready for release soon.

I have also been making lots of cards for other occassions and have been trying out a lot of new ideas. One of the jobs that I have been meaning to get around to is sorting out all my photos to try and scrapbook them. What a task that is. To make this less daunting I started by doing just a small book first.

I used the NitWits baby papers and smiley face photos of my son. This now stands pride of place on the bookcase in my living room, much to my sons disgrace as he is now 20, but he will always be my baby.