Thursday, March 26, 2015

MR Designs In The Garden Papers for a feminine horse racing card

Hi everyone, am back with a very different card - a tall order but I think I cracked it!?
A 'feminine' feel horse racing card is really hard to achieve, so when I came across Michelle's In the Garden papers, they were the perfect solution! Green, rural with the tiniest hint of a delicate white flower, and they were the answer to my needs - you can purchase the papers HERE if you fancy them.

I don't have any horseshoe dies :( so had to improvise with some spellbinders nested ovals, a brocade embossing folder and some distress ink to ''age'' the horseshoe.

Finished off with some flourishes and a post card which I designed in some graphics software (very basic skills used but I managed to use overlays in the form of a postcard wording in french and some stamps bought from an Etsy digi shop and added these to a vintage racing image to make the post card). The design of the postcard took a while, and happy with it so I might make some more

Inside view of the card and a close up photo so you can see the detail in the papers.
This card was heavily distressed and inked, using Peeled paint and vintage photo inks which accentuate the green shades of the digi papers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Navy and Ivory Floral Wedding

As promised, here are photos of the navy and ivory wedding card

The navy card was dark, so hard to photograph, and you will see more detail in close up photos.

I used Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations Posy patch dies which I crumpled and distressed / shaped and then added shabby frantage embossing powder to the edges.

Different brands of dies and punches used for the leaves and flourishes.

The flourish is and EK success scroll pattern punch, which I doubled up to decorate the box and card with - really like this punch, and it's my first time using it, so no doubt it will become a favourite.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stampin Up Special Blessings set - Sympathy Card

So sometimes you see a product or a stamp which you just HAVE to HAVE - and this is one of those... I saw this stamp set on eBay and bid on it and won. Postage was expensive but it is a retired Stampin Up set and i wanted it so much LOL!!
It's so versatile for Christenings, Baptisms, Wedding and Sympathy cards. 

tThe embossing was done with one of the first cuttlebug folders I ever got, the smaller size folders, which I used twice to emboss the A5 white sheet.

Flowers are a little EK success punch (OR the smallest of the Posy patch spellbinder flower dies are almost the same if you have those).. the leaves are a small EK success punch too.

That's all for today, will be back tomorrow with a cream and navy wedding card, I just have to tidy up the photos..

Butterflies and Pretty Etsy papers

Hi everyone, I have two posts to share today, both with a definite spring and pastel feel to them!

First up is a butterfly themed card for a young lady, a special request with a special verse inside, so a pleasure to make.  

For this card I used kraft, rose pink and white card and some quickutz dies for the lettering, some dotty papers and the floral papers are from Etsy.  
The butterfly stamp is from Hero Arts, as is the text stamp.

Gathered Twigs is the distress ink colour I used to stencil the circle with, and toffee crunch memento ink is the ink I used to stamp the text with.
The butterfly was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Girly pink with glitter!

Back with another make, this time it's one from a few weeks ago, which I forgot to blog. Lots of pink and white glittery stuff for a special Girly Birthday!

So was time to use the toe tapper template which hasn't been out for a while and make a shoe / slipper card!

White glitter card from Craft Creations which is available in A4 or A5 sheets does a fantastic job and doesn't shred any glittery bits when cut!

Some more photos - the leaves are a magnolia die cut with pistachio green textured card from PDA

OK I wouldn't normally mix pearls and gems, and usually use one or the other, but using both worked well in this case LOL

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A familiar wedding card, this time using mostly white

Hi everyone, sorry for not being around again, but I had a massive tidy up and clear out and all ready for springtime crafting LOL.  Well that and painting and freshening up at home too, I love how the longer days and brighter weather puts a pep in our step!

So I had forgotten to share this card a little while back, and it worked out well, the same design as the ivory and gold version, this time in greys and a lot more white and I really like the way it turned out.

Using matt silver card rather than shiny card makes it more subtle, which I prefer personally.

layering and inking close up photos.. the hard part was the inking so I mixed Tim Holtz Distress inks in pumice stone and antique linen to get the right shade - on their own they looked to blue or too yellowy so the mix turned out well, but took a bit longer to apply.

So my craft mojo took a raincheck for a while and that might have been because a lot was going on and it happens to all of us I guess, so it's back now and I cant wait to share the makes I have this week with you over the next few days.

For all the Mums out there, I hope you get spoilt and have all the nice things Mum's deserve this Mothers Day.

Friday, February 13, 2015

eBay sale

To any fellow crafters who might be interested, I am having an eBay sale. You can find my items listed for sale HERE.
I will only be selling through eBay, and no other means, as I have a lot to list and want to clear these items quickly, so wont be making any alternative payment or delivery arrangements.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CraftyCutting DT project - Heart Shaped Valentine Album

It's good to get inking and creating again, have to make up for lost time now.  This post was meant to be up last week but I couldn't finish it, so had to leave it for a bit - very frustrating.
Glad it's done now and I can show it.

CraftyCutting make various size and shape albums which are great fun to alter and this time I get to do a heart shaped one. It's a nice size and good for passport sized photos or a little bigger perhaps. This album measures 4'' x 4''.

I saw the new release from Nitwit collections, called Lovestruck and bought it straight away, knowing I had to use it on something... love the arrow designs on the papers and that fabric feel to the papers as always draws me in! 

Also trying to do more digital work, as this interests me too - not to replace paper crafting or physical paper itself, but to create my own composition, print it and embellish, ink etc is great fun as well.
I only have basic photoscape software, and one of these days I might give CraftArtist a try when I have some free time.

So I used papers and elements from the main Lovestruck Bundle and layered them for the different 'pages' in the album, printed them after fiddling a bit with size and layout. Mental note - don't try and do this again with an odd shape like a heart - a square album would have been a lot easier LOL!  well it's a challenge then and I did okay........

The easiest way I found to decorate album pages is to open the book ring, lay them on the table and plan your design (I numbered mine as it has a little story from start to finish and adding journal elements on opposite pages - had to keep them in some sort of order).
Use your page die cuts as templates to trace a line on the paper you wish to decorate them with, and then cut out the papers just inside the trace line. You might have to trim a bit more here and there.

I inked the edges of the hearts with antique linen distress ink, and the papers as well before adhering them to the heart shaped pages.
Adhere one sheet at a time, taking care to punch out the book ring hole before covering the other side of the page.

Now I guess this album could tell a little story for a special couple and I intend to make an album for my significant other, adding photos from special times, like a photo from where we met, where he popped the question etc etc
Each open double page I have laid out as a journal page on the left and room for photos and other trinkets to be stuck on the right.
Love the new journalling tags and the usual tags from Mary Fran's designs, they are good for all sorts of projects!

This is the back of the album:

To go along with the rustic fabric feel of the papers, I added little fabric hearts, twine and rustic ribbons.

Hope you liked this project - I am looking forward to making lots more different things this year, and will be back with some more posts later in the week.
Wrap up and keep warm everyone, another frosty night ahead, but it's meant to ease soon by the look of the forecast.

it's been a little while

Sorry it's been a while, but my blogging and crafting was halted after a good start to the year :(  I hurt my right arm (not so handy if you're right handed!) in work and haven't been able to do anything for a while craft wise, but it's a lot better now thank goodness.. I don't make a good patient and can't sit still for long..
So although I have few new projects to share, I will be back with some more posts of goodies made a little while back.

I can't let a post go by without a craft photo, so here's my new ink pad storage - SO much better than routing around in drawers to find colours. I find myself doing more and more stamping and inking so this was a Christmas present I couldn't wait to receive.
And I didn't get all those ink pads in one go - they crept in one by one, as craft stash generally does LOL!!
The distress ink pads take up a little more room than they would normally - this is because I have the foam ink applicators stored with the pads - under the bottom of each ink pad and held by a hair band - it keeps my ink sponges and matching inks together for ease of use - I don't think you need a wooden inking tool for each colour this way, and it means you aren't washing your ink pads repeatedly.

If you want one, you can get them from
I had mine posted to Parcel Motel head office in Dublin because of the size..

I have managed to finish off a project I had started, so will share that later.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Royal blue and white Wedding - Lili of the Valley Wedding Couple

Sorry it's taken so long to sort the photos and share these posts, but I thought I better hurry up and make sure I do.  It's no secret that blue and white go so well together and this card was no exception with the royal blue ribbon and pearls.

The same flower making technique used here as in my last wedding card post, except that I inked the petals with blue ink. 

Some close up photos..

The image was coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and you can purchase the stamp HERE.