Monday, 18 March 2019

Christening Bookatrix Card




This is the card I made to celebrate the christening of the daughter of our best friends. I used my bookatrix board to make a bible style card layering card and papers to create the design. The silver paper for both the card and the matching box is from my stash. I added heart crystals from the bridal section of The Range. I edged the ‘pages’ of the Bookatrix with peel off stickers and added ribbon as the centre spine of the book.

The Christening sentiments are from Kanban. Her Mum was having a Peter Rabbit theme so I incorporated a Beatrix Potter embellishments into my design.

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:- 
Card size – A5
Image – Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter
Sentiment – Kanban
Tools – Bookatrix Embossing Board
Embellishments – Peel off Stickers, Crystal hearts, ribbon

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations  – #386 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - #1 Anything Goes
Creative Moments - #164 Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack - #273 Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - #89 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – #339 Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - One for the ladies /Girls
The Crafty Addicts - 58 Anything Goes




Thursday, 14 March 2019

Three Puppies


This is the birthday card I have made for my nephew Mikey.
He has 3 lovely dogs and this image was perfect for him. 


I used a cute digi called Three Puppies from Birdie Brown whose Etsy store closed down. She does however design rubber stamps for My Favourite Things now so I am glad to see the is still super creative.  I already had it coloured some time ago using my beloved Promarkers. It is layered on brown marbled paper from my scraps drawers.

I used the latest sketch 212 from Feeling Sketchy for the layout.



The checked backing paper is actually recycled from the inside of an old greetings card. I am very fortunate that a good friend of the family saves hers for me and I cut them up and re-use some of the images and elements. They can be a great resource.

I added some ribbon from my stash and some gold peel off stickers rot embellish the corners. Finally the sentiment banner I am pretty sure was an old digi from Happileigh Scrappin’ from my days when I used to be on the DT


Materials Used in this Project are as follows:- 
Card size – 7” x 5”
Images – Three Puppies from Birdie Brown
Paper – brown marble offcut & recycled card
Sentiment – Happileigh Scrappin’
Embellishments - Ribbon & peel off stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-



Sunday, 10 March 2019

The Boss's Birthday Card



This is the card I have made for the boss’s birthday.
I have to be honest and say I struggle with men’s birthday cards so the year I am trying to push myself to do more male cards.
This card has been made using the very 1st rubber stamp I bought from Docrafts many many moons ago. It was heat embossed with gold embossing powder and coloured with Promarkers. I have to say I had my Promarkers in storage and unused for nearly 4 years  and not one of them dried up in that time. I was very impressed as I have the whole collection and it would have been very expensive to replace them.
The paper is from a Hunky Dory magazine . I just loved the firework effect and it matches the dynamic character of my employer. The paper was edged with a purple Promarker and I also made a border around the card with it to add a bit more definition.


The layout of the card was designed from this weeks sketch #155 at Sweet Sketch Wednesday . I have added offcuts of silver card and the glittered card is from DCWV. I have a set of rainbow coloured drawers from Costco and my scrap papers are only allowed to fill the top 2 drawers. I go to those before cutting into any other paper. When I had a clearcut before boxing up to move I was super embarrassed about how many offcuts I had amassed. I gave a good few boxes of supplies to a friend of mine that runs a craft club for senior citizens so nothing went to waste. 



I am however determined not to fill my new craft space with crap and actually USE my supplies. I am sure we have all seen the meme about collecting craft supplies and actually using them being 2 separate hobbies......
As a finishing touch I embellished with some chipboard letters and star gems

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:- 
Card size – 6” square
Images – rubber stamp from Docrafts
Paper – Hunky Dory
Sentiment – Chipboard letters
Techniques – Rubber stamping, Heat embossing
Embellishments - Star gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-



Sunday, 3 March 2019

Mom's Birthday



This is the card I have made for my Mother in Law’s birthday next week.
I have used sketch #492 from Tuesday Morning Sketches for the layout. Originally I had thought to use the 3 shapes to spell Mom but as I was doing a rough mock sketch of what I was going to do it morphed into this card. Funny how that happens sometimes.


The background paper is from my stash. This is an old Docrafts paper pad designed by Clare Curd. The red card has been recycled from the inside of a Christmacard…. far too pretty to throw that away.
The white card has been punched using my favourite Martha Stewart border punch.

The large hearts have been cut using the Fiskars shape cutter templates. I am rubbish at using the actual shapecutter so tend to just use the shapes to draw onto card and then cut out using scissors.

The white hearts have been cut using another Martha Stewart punch. I have cut 3 for each shape and scored them in the centre. Stuck them together and then mounted onto some of the red card. Please see the close up shot below. It really makes the shop pop out on the card.


The happy birthday sentiment I think may be from Craftwork cards. The Mom lettering is rub ons and I added the black dots with a trusty Sharpie marker. Finally the crystal hearts are from the bridal section of The Range.

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:- 
Card size – A5
Paper – Clare Curd Papermania stack
Sentiment – Mom rub on lettering
Tools – Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge Punch, Martha Stewart Large Lace Scallop Heart,  Fiskars Shapecutter heart template
Embellishments - Heart crystal stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-
  



Saturday, 23 February 2019

Cool Dude



This is the birthday card I made for my super cool snowboarding brother in law.
For both his and my sister’s 45th birthday they went on holiday. My sister learnt to ski last year which was a long time ambition of hers and they went on holiday together in January for the first time without any kids and had a fabulous time.
This was the first digital image I have coloured in my new craft room which was pretty exciting :) The image is from Meljen’s Designs and the Cool Dude sentiment from Pollycraft, both of whom have now closed down.
I knew exactly what image I wanted to use so started with my patterned paper from Basic Grey and that dictated my colour palette. I added the ribbon for a bright pop of colour and the Happy Birthday sentiment has been recycled from a shop brought card. Photography on this was not the best as the metallic finish on the wording picked up the light source no matter which direction it was turned.

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:- 
Card size – A5
Image – Cool Snowboarder by Meljen’s Designs (closed)
Paper – Basic Grey
Sentiment – Cool Dude by Pollycraft Digital Stamps (closed)
Embellishments – Self adhesive Docrafts ribbon


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Sunday, 17 February 2019

Happy Valentines Day


I have been a very bad blogger !

I have been struggling for time a lot over the last year or so as I am now virtually full time which has definitely had an impact on my hobbies and pastimes.

Although I have not been the most prolific card maker in that time I am loving being in my new creative space.

I have room to play, and my stash is organised in such a way that I can very quickly find whatever I need.

I have made a pact that I will not buy any new stash (especially not paper). I am limiting myself, trying to only use what I have with the exception of the odd magazine with a great freebie. Even then I am questioning whether it is something I will really use....

It looks like many of the change blogs that I used to follow and participate in have closed. Also many of the digital artists that I have stamps for have close down which is sad to see.

Anyhoo, this is the Valentine's card I made for my hubby. We have been together for 30 years in July and our love grows deeper every year. I am lucky that he is very romantic and tells me he loves me all the time.

The heart background panel and sentiment are both from a Kanban card sheet, part of a kit that I had from QVC a million years ago.

The image is Emo Heart from Just Some Lines who seem to have closed now as I cannot find their site anymore.


Materials Used in this Project are as follows:- 
Card size – A5
Images – Emo Heart by Just Some Lines (now closed)
Heart panel Paper – Kanban
Sentiment – Kanban


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-