Wednesday, October 22, 2014

nautical card with a sailor's knot

Hello again, if you're popping in to catch my next card share. This time it's a masculine one for a wedding anniversary.

The ship stamp was sourced on eBay, I got ages ago, and the script stamp is a hero arts one.

The fancy tag is a spellbinders label tag, cut out from copper centura card, onto which was mounted the personalised sentiment.

Hope you like the sailors knot.. no thick twine at home so plaited two long strands of garden twine before tying the knot - if you want to know how to make these knots yourself, just google sailors knot and there are how - to diagrams and videos - just be patient with yourself!

The colour ink used on the circle topper is chipped sapphire distress ink - a different shade when you apply ink to ivory card!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

catching up...........

... yes I am doing that again - catching up! I have a few cards to show and didn't realise how many until I moved some photos.. oops.
Here is the first one, sent to Canada for a lady who has three black cats. I had the pleasure of playing with a cricut machine on loan from a friend (great fun thank you!!) so resized and cut out some black cats and teamed these up with a Stamping Bella stamp, coloured with polychromos pencil crayons.

The cerise pink colour didn't come out very well in the photos -  bright pink, black and white was the colour scheme..

And a side on view showing the cats tucked behind the main image..I like the way they look like silhouettes.

Will be popping back with some more cards over the coming days so keep checking back or subscribe to my blog if you fancy, using the email subscription box at the top right hand side of the main page - thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First Project for CraftyCutting Design Team

Hi everyone, sorry for being absent for a while, I was working away and yes there are LOADS of cards to upload and post on my blog, and today is time for something different!
I really enjoyed altering this greyboard photo frame and am excited to share my first CraftyCutting DT project.

Some of the other Team Members have already shared projects, and below are the links to their blogs - please pop over and take a look, am sure you will love them!

So I chose a greyboard frame and some Digi Papers from MR Designs plus a special photo of my great niece :)
You can find the papers HERE - they are called Seascape.
I also used the the back stand from a CraftyCutting Shadow box kit, since I wanted the  grey board frame to stand rather than hang.

Here's how it came together...

Two versions of the same paper were pasted into word, one layered over the other, as I wanted the shell pattern to show on the front left corner but also some of the design to wrap around the frame and part of it to show on the back, for a good finish.

Adhered the top piece of the frame from the kit with the aperture part to the rearside of the paper - 160gsm paper was used so it's nice and thick!

Next, cut a cross in the centre of the aperture and bring the edges of the paper through the aperture and around the rear of the frame and stick these down very well.

                              Adhere a small piece of acetate and the photo behind the aperture:

Trim the corners of the paper before adhering them to the back of the frame too.
After adhering the photos, I trimmed down the back of the shadow box panel (into which the stand will slot) as it was a little too big.  Adhered the back shadow box panel to the front grey board panel, thus making a photo stand.

Here are some closeup photos of the decoration and bunting..
The ticket comes from Graphic 45 By The Sea papers and the shells and other decorations I have in my stash. The stamps for the bunting are tiny alphabet stamps from Craftwork Cards.
The water droplets are home made dew drops, made with a glue gun.

 That's all for today, will be back with some other posts soon.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Colouring class update - September Kilkenny City

Hi everyone, the colouring class is now going to take place on September 29th, a Tuesday from approx 5pm to around 9pm

The pencil 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.

Please email or text me if you are interested in attending.
Email -
Mobile - 087 274 9929

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lili of the Valley Wedding Couple and matching cupcake toppers

Am excited to share my first matching wedding card and cupcake toppers made specially to go with the cakes. The cupcakes and wedding cake come from the creative culinary talent of Janette from BlossomBakes in Wexford.
You can view Janette's cakes here and find more information about BlossomBakes.

For the Wedding card, I used Lili of the Valley stamp Wedding Couple again, and embellished with Pearls and Mulberry flowers.  The cupcake toppers are made with the same pink ribbon and some with jute twine/string for a rustic feel.

The picks are dainty and quite fun to make. Pearls need to be well adhered though and the table very clean seeing as they will be stuck into icing and sponge cake!!

The card, around 7 and 3/4 inches square. 

loads of photos in this post........

the label with the names is a Spellbinders Tag die, one of the original / older sets and the fancy rectangular shaped silver die cut is also a spellbinders die set.

The mulberry flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the flourishes are a magnolia Doo Hickey Swirl/flourish die.

... and I can share a photo of one of the cupcakes. To see the gorgeous work and other photos of the cakes for this wedding, pop along to Blossombakes HERE

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Baby's First Birthday with Lili of the Valley Stamp Balloon Basket

Thanks for visiting my blog, to all of those who do. Remember that you don't need to be on blogger or have a google account to comment or send me an email. I appreciate any feedback and if you want any help with crafty related things, please don't hesitate to make contact. 
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Now onto today's card share, another of my favourite brand's stamps, Lili of the Valley Balloon Basket available HERE.

I get asked a lot about the embossing folder used - the patchwork design is a papermania release a while back, which you might no longer be able to get.  But you can get patchwork embossing folders from others like Crafters companion HERE.

Not sure if you can see, as it's hard to photograph, but the stars were cut in the same colour blue and a yellowy colour and misted with iridescent mists to make them shine a little.

Layering and dimension added with the stars - purchase 1mm 2mm and 3mm foam pads and this makes life a lot easier - that's a good tip ;)

Will be back with a special wedding card tomorrow

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A couple of similar Lili of the Valley Wedding cards - LOTV Wedding Couple

Some more wedding cards to share, made with Lili of the Valley Stamps again - yes I love these as they are gorgeous and so traditional. 

For these two cards, in slightly different blue colours, I made my own flowers and added LOTS of pearls.

The blues are slightly different but complement each other - royal blue pearls and ribbon and chipped sapphire distress ink.

 .. the second one with ribbon from stash which I have had for ages and now I realise what I saved it for!

Coloured with polychromos pencils again :)

You can find this stamp HERE of the Lili of the Valley website

Monday, September 1, 2014

Exciting news! Crafty Cutting Design Team

Am delighted to announce that I have been accepted as part of the Crafty Cutting Design Team, along with Aideen Fallon, Sandie Dunne, Karen Matthews and Nicole Mullen.

More information will follow. In the meantime, here are links to the Crafty Cutting online places:

Graduation Card with an Irish Flavour using Flourishes Stamps

Am back with another commissioned order, for a young lady who earned her degree in Irish and Geography.. a lot of head scratching as to what I was going to make for this celebration! 

Anyway in the end it was a mixture of scarlet ribbon, digi papers, a Flourishes stamp set and the generous help of an Irish speaking lady called Neasa over in Galway - thanks Neasa, I am learning the odd Irish word slowly :)
The stamps are called 'From the Desk of', which you can find HERE on the Flourishes website - another stamp set  from Flourishes which I love and treasure - their designs are timeless! 

The maps I used, were purchased HERE on Etsy, and the inside of the card was also decorated with the same papers, which were muted slightly using image software (numpty here forgot to save a picture, sorry)

Hope you liked this one, I was pleased with it - simple but effective, and I keep using those spellbinder labels - the shape mixes with any of the spellbinder ovals really well.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lili of the Valley Anniversary Card - LOTV Stamp Together Forever

Another older version of a card I revamped slightly.  
It's good to look at old projects and see how you can improve as time goes by!  This was an order for a lady's husband on their first wedding anniversary, and yes they're both redheads so colouring the image with the correct hair colours was well received LOL

you can find this stamp on the Lili of the Valley website HERE

A little light embossing on the pearlescent card stock and I used a fiskars border / corner punch for the heart punched border.