Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Going Fishing?

I made this 8"x8" card for my husbands birthday using the fab Forever Friends retro collection.
He used to go fly fishing many moons ago and recently mentioned that he'd like to take it up again so I thought this image would be appropriate for him. Personally I think he would be more of an armchair fisherman these days ;)
I really did mix and match from all the packs in the collection for this one. The main image is a decoupage topper from a die-cut decoupage pack. I also cut out all of the extra flowers from the sheet to use as extra embellishments. The small sentiments and the stripey paper are from the Ultimate die cut pack. The checked paper is from the A5 paper pack. I thought that the check size on that particular sheet framed my decoupage topper perfectly. The scroll message is from the sentiments pack. I inked around all of the different layers using an orange Papermania mini dye pad just to define the edges a little more.

Now. Who wants to go fishing?

I have entered this card into the following challenge:
Desmet Design Challenge for June Men & Boys

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Guest Blogging at Docrafts

I have made my first contribution as a guest blogger over at
Once a month I will be contributing an article featuring one of my own projects so will need to start planning early to make sure that I meet the deadline. I'm feeling nervous already ;)
This month's piece is a little bit about me and how I got into crafting. I'd be really interested to learn how you all started too. There's usually a little trigger point somewhere that starts people off.
If you'd like to see the article please follow the link below and I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment on how you started crafting too.

Click her:  Docraftsblog

Friday, 15 June 2012

June Anniversaries

June must be the most popular month for weddings as I know so many people who have anniversaries this month, including me :)

There were two very special ones this month, my dear friend's Silver 25th (mine is next year, ooh!) and my sister's Ruby 40th.
Before you all start wondering about the big difference between those, there is a significant age difference between my sister and myself,  haha.

Both of these cards are roughly 8" square and I have used the same stamp set on both. It is the Hunkydory wedding set and I absolutely love the wine glass stamp. There is also a beautiful shoes stamp on there.
For the 25th anniversary card I used a white scallop card blank and stamped hearts all over with a watermark stamp then embossed in silver. I cut two mats from silver mirri and plain white card for stamping using Spellbinders Grand Nesties square scallop dies. I also die-cut a small heart, using an xcut nesting die, as an embellishment with number 25 peel offs stuck onto it.
For the main image I stamped the champagne glass twice and added two of the message stamps, all in watermark ink and embossed in silver.
To finish, I wrapped some white organza ribbon around the card spine and threaded a diamante heart buckle onto the ribbon to form the bow centre.

I made my own card base for the Ruby anniversary card, from a 12x12 sheet of black Papermania textured card stock, matted and  layered with red and white card stock. I stamped the main image in  black this time and embossed in clear. I also added some extra bubbles to the top of the glasses.
The hearts on the background layer on this card are stamped in red ink, with smaller hearts stamped in black inbetween. They are highlighted with Ranger red stickles.
The Ruby 40 embellishment is a peel off, coloured black and stuck onto red card. I cut around the outline and then filled the heart with red stickles before attaching it to the card with 3D foam.
The red ribbon tied across the inner white mat on the card is Papermania velvet glitter ribbon.
Finally I added two sets of three self-adhesive red gems to each white mat to embellish.

I'm sure it won't be too long before these stamps get another airing as I love them so much. Hope you do too :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Criss Cross Lucy Cromwell

I made this card using the beautiful Lucy Cromwell double sided Designstax papers and two Papermania square recycled card blanks. I took step-by-step photos as I went along so that you can have a go at making your own version.
The tag inside lifts out to reveal the message. It's a perfect style of card for invitations, gift vouchers and special messages.
The first step is to take  2 identical square card blanks and cut across one side diagonally as shown.
Add double-sided tape to one of the full squares to join the cards together.
When you lay one card on top of the other you will have this basic card shape.
Choose your paper to mat inside the card. This does not need to cover the whole inside as it will only be partially seen.
Add a strip of narrow double-sided tape along the bottom of the card centre.
Fold the right hand side of the card in and secure to the tape. Add a decorative paper mat.
Attach double-sided tape to the left hand side of the card, only in the area which will overlap onto the right side. Fold it in and secure. Add a decorative paper mat.
This will be your base card ready for decoration.
Choose some embellishments and mat them onto kraft card to match the base.
I chose to use toppers and sentiments from the Lucy Cromwell Ultimate paper pack, Anitas Forever Friends ribbon and some satin ribbon roses as an accent.

Hope you have fun making and decorating your own criss cross card :)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Wellington's Chair

I love the new docrafts Wellington range, such gorgeous muted colours and Wellington himself is completely huggable. I'm sure everyone can identify with having a bear just like him when they were young. Or maybe not so young? :)

The card base is an Anitas square white card blank, matted with a square of paper from the Papermania Wellington Ultimate die-cut pack. The edges are inked with an Ancient Page pine green archival ink pad. The dotty button accents are from the Capsule collection and the ribbon is Anitas spotty satin. I have ruched it up along a thin strip of double sided tape.

For the main image, I used a clear stamp from the Wellington 8x8 set. I stamped it with a black pigment ink pad and embossed it with Papermania clear powder. I then coloured it with Kuretake twin tipped alcohol markers.

I think you'll agree that Wellington looks very comfy on his green armchair :)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Retirement Wishes

A friend asked me if I would make an A4 card for a lady who was retiring, and wanted a specific message on the front. I thought the easiest way to incorporate it would be to use my new Papermania Capsule Collection DVD. I had so much fun 'punching' out the die cut shape and adding shadow and 'blurring' to give an inked effect without staining my fingers :)

I added co-ordinating Big Bloomer flowers to co-ordinate and a bow made from white spotted ribbon which I coloured with a pale pink promarker pen.
The leaves and rolled flowers have all been created from Capsule Parkstone Pink papers die cut with Spellbinders bitty blossoms dies.
I did succumb and ink around the edges of the bottom mat, though, with a Ranger Spun Sugar distress ink pad.
I just had to get a bit of ink in there somewhere didn't I? :)

I have entered this card into the following challenges:
digitaltuesdaychallenge #163 Anything Goes
papertakeweekly Anything Goes