Friday, July 11, 2014

a Wedding card with a difference!

So it feels good when a challenge comes out well and this card was a challenge. As I was putting it together it changed several times and I kept thinking ' how is this going to work out'... ahem........

I didn't realise how popular Mad Hatter or Alice in Wonderland themed weddings were either until I did some reearch, there's loads of fantabulous quirky stuff on the internet, the pictures of grooms in hats and tea party tables and topsy turvy cakes have the wow factor that's for sure! I ended up looking at things for far too long.

I have added lots of photos on this blog post so you can see all the little touches. The first 3D film I saw at the cinema happened to be the Tim Burton production and the growing mushrooms and plants were a great effect, hence the flourishes on the card and the suggestion on the box!

That ribbon has been in my stash for the last 10 years, knowing I would need it for some special project and so it goes well with the deep reds and greens and black printing from the wedding invitation...

I have been using Etsy a while now as there are some fantastic digital products from various digi artists and you can purchase vintage artwork there too, so the rabbit and harlequin papers came from etsy.

A side view of the card - I used the 'time' and pocket-watch theme a lot for this special date and the embossing is mini hearts and zigzag lines, teamed up with harlequin papers so carry the theme through - I love all the patterns associated with this fairytale!

The lady who commissioned this card came up with three verses, two verses (for each spouse) and the centre sentiment - great idea!

While the centre panel was mounted on red and green like the front of the card, both of the two side panels of the inside of this trifold card were mounted on black.
The colours used for the Bride's wedding were bright and the bridesmaids were dressed in black, so it all came together.

The front of the card closed:

A side view to show the layering and the tab for opening it as it did fit the box without much room to spare and weighed a good bit LOL:

Now, can you spot the hidden creature?  Leave me a comment if you can and you think you know what it is.
For those crafters who do, I will draw a winner at random who can guess and describe where and what it is (in your comment) and send you a little something!

That's all for now, will be popping back with a tutorial in the next few days.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Polychromos pencil crayons and a colouring class coming up soon

Hi everyone, am enjoying every bit of the gorgeous weather we're having and hope you're all enjoying the weather if you have some great sunshine where you are too!

A couple of things then...

Firstly, for those of you interested in colouring, I had promised an extended 'recommended' colour list of Faber Castell Polychromos colours, for your stamped images and other craft projects.

This list is below and has been updated on the Polychromos page on the blog HERE - you can find more info about the pencils, paper blenders / blending stumps and spirits on that page too.

These colours will be available to purchase as single pencils from Marion in the Crafty Bride Shop in Kilkenny Retail Centre.  You can contact Marion on 087 654 4737 for more information / to purchase the pencils.
The full range of colours amounts to 120 pencils, and if you don't want to purchase the entire range, this list gives a good selection of those colours I have found I use the most.

... click on the photo below for Marion's facebook page for the shop.

Secondly, and for those of you who are interested, I am trying to fit in a colouring class using pencils.  With current work commitments I can't give an exact date, and  I will notify those interested by text at short notice (a few days beforehand) - this is likely to be at the end of July / early August.
The class will be in the Crafty Bride shop in Kilkenny City, and will commence late afternoon / early evening for a few hours (while we have the natural daylight!).

Please email or text me if you are interested in attending, or would like to be notified when the date has been arranged.
Email -
Mobile - 087 274 9929

enjoy your Sunday and what's left of the weekend :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Etsy test post

Just to let my blog followers know that I have listed some handmade cards on Etsy, and will be listing more soon.
CLICK on the Etsy icon above, and this will take you to my Etsy shop.
As always, thanks for your feedback and support, and make the most of the great weather we're having!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

April Workshop cards

Popping in to share some workshop makes with everyone. To all crafters I met this month, old and new, it was fantastic to meet up and share ideas once again :).

We made two boxed cards this month, the first one was a wedding one using pretty papers, die cuts and embossing.  You can find the paper set here at Nitwit Collections - note I have permission from the digi company to use the papers in my workshop.
Doves are from Dee's Distinctively dies (left and right doves and yes the same ones I used on the confirmation card this year - very well designed dies and a great shape suitable for all occasions)
Old Papermania embossing folder
Magnolia Doo Hickey Leaf dies
Posy Patch Spellbinder dies

Next up I used a Mo Manning release available as a rubber stamp or in digi format. The one I used was in rubber from Stamping Bella.
Also used a Cheery Lynn fence die, pretty papers from Bearly Mine (details to follow of where you can source them) and Martha Stewart punched butterflies

The inside of the centre step card:

coloured with Polychromos pencil crayons

and the outside of the box was decorated a little...

Next up was a nautical card (love making these!) using stamps from Flourishes, called a Guiding Light. I notice now that these have been discontinued, sadly, but you can use any nautical stamp and text stamp to achieve the effect below.

Spellbinders fancy framed tags used for the sentiment.

These are the Christening cards made with a memory box pram die (long overdue as I had neglected to use that die for some time!!), embossed patchwork (old Boofle embossing folder but try Crafters companion for the newer patchwork design embossing folders), and die cuts.

Last but not least is this little guy from Melissa at Meljen's designs. I used two digi's combined to create this card (use the PNG file in your purchase instead of the JPEG file when combining images):

During the class I did a demo on how to make shaped card blanks using dies to partially cut a shape from the blank - how this is achieved when positioning cutting dies and cutting plates in a certain place using the big shot.
Here is a view of the shape which pops out from the diagonal scoring position.
I will pop up a tutorial on this soon :)

I am entering this card into the current Meljen's Challenge - Anything Goes
Pop along and take part, as this is a good theme and the images are so easy to use!

Thanks to everyone who came this month and hope to see you all again soon. 
Take care and happy crafting.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Workshop Previews and cupcake things..

Hello from a bright sunny day on my little patch of the planet.  Have been working a good bit over the last week, but now I am off for a few days and can spend some time in the craft room, garden and going for a long walk :) Bliss.........

Am popping by to put up some previews of what I will be making in my next workshop in Enniscorthy on May 3rd (I plan to repeat this workshop in Newtownmountkennedy on 17th May, provided there is enough interest), so if you would like to attend the 17th May workshop in North Wicklow, please contact me at or on 087 274 9929.

For those of you who attended the Kilkenny date last week, thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed the day. Die cutting and preparing all the kits is always a lot of work, so the feedback I get is much appreciated. Here is one message which blew me away - thanks Kay :)
Had an absolutely fab day with Jessica Meyer in Kilkenny yesterday. Got lots of new techniques, made fabulous flowers and just beautiful cards. She is so gentle and looked after everyone. The day flew by.

First up is a christening card for boy or girl, the girl one is shown here:

..and some previews of the other cards are below - die cutting, embossing and use of patterned papers is still very popular, so I used these a lot this month, along with a little colouring and some stamping :)

boxed wedding card:

Boxed centre step card:

Quirky cute ducky birthday card:

Men's seaside theme card - fathers day, birhday etc or this could be sent to a lady too!

Very colourful this month.. it must be spring LOL!!

Onto other things, I have been busy making cupcake toppers/picks. Here is a photo of some recent ones for a local wedding.

Have a Blessed Easter everyone, and here's wishing the great weather continues.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

March Workshop Cards

Yep neglecting the blog AGAIN, but I have been working and crafting away, now the mojo is in full swing with the bright days and good weather. A bit of spring cleaning happening too, so hope my duracell batteries last for another long while ha ha!

So here are the cards we made in the March workshops. Links to products page has been updated for those of you looking for specific dies or other products..

A First Holy Communion card using new Leabilities Special Occasions 1 dies.
Distress inks used to colour the die cuts after shaping them - these are Tea Dye, Pumice Stone and Bundled Sage.
Details of Spellbinders labels dies are on the Products page of the blog.
Pewter and large white pearls are from Cottage Crafts in Gorey Wexford (details of website and shop directs are on the Where I Buy page).

The next card was using a Stamping Bella Image from their Uptown Girls range - so sassy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these images!

Simple stamping nest using Mememto inks, applying pad to stamp and using daubers and a second colour from pad to dauber to stamp - easy and effective technique!
Colours used:
Angel Pink
Rose Bud
Cottage Ivy
New Sprout


Inside of card with single flower

Wanted to show the layering so hope the photo does this justice.
This card is good for all occasions..

Simple Easter basket using Nitwit bunny images and pretty papers, punched borders, shredded paper and chocolate eggs.

the last card was an easel, made using die cut decoupage and clean lines, newsprint card candi and limited to three colours, green, white and brown