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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wee Stamps Posey Fairy image with Bearly Mine Designs Digi Papers

Well this week flew by... so busy but now it's the weekend and I have two whole days off woohoo. Have lots to blog so keep checking back as I might even have a post every day!  Making up for lost time ha ha....

This cute fairy is from Sylvia Zet and her Wee Stamps range.. called Posey, and you can find her HERE

I coloured her with polychromos pencils and added shabby embossing enamel for sparkle, as well as glitter.

The papers are from Bearly Mine Designs and a digi CD I got a while ago. It is no longer available, but if you really really want the papers too, please get in touch with Donna. Hopefully these will come out as part of a digi set, we will have to see!

Inside of the card decorated with the same designer paper.

I boxed this one, to make it extra special and protect the dimensional flowers.

A side on view and the border was made using a Martha Stewart punch.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wedding card - Lili of the Valley Over the Threshold

Hi everyone, phew am glad it's FRIDAY! My favourite day of the week, as it's the weekend. Just posting a few photos of a simple wedding card made this week.

Some of you may think you've seen it before and you would be correct - I made a card with a Magnolia TIilda bride and groom image a long  way back, and really liked the scroll arch / bridge die cut (an old 12 inch quickutz die), so decided to revamp with a 'new' Lili of the Valley stamp - I bought the stamp a few months ago..... and how scandalous that this is my first time inking the rubber!  I love this image now..

The Lili of the Valley stamp can be purchased HERE

Some close up photos - partial embossing using an old cuttlebug folder and the image was cut out after being coloured.

Will be back in a couple of days with more LOTV image cards and some other makes.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Di's Digi Downloads Hello Ladybird

So I am back with another card to share and it's not a wedding one LOL

This cute image is available from Di's Digi Downloads HERE, and was coloured with polychromos pencil crayons.

The card was made into an easel shape and I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page ladybird punch set, along with a cuttelbug embossing folder and an old quickutz ladybird die.

The inside of the card was punched the same as the outside, so there were LOADS of ladybirds!

The ladybird's body was cut using black funky foam and the wings from Craft Creations Glitter Board - great quality well covered board that doesn't disintegrate.

Hope you enjoyed this brightly coloured one!