Sunday, July 31, 2011

Whiff of Joy Oakley Stamp

Just a quick card to share with you today, made using an all time favourite stamp and a Mojo Monday sketch I found this week gone by and like.

The stamp is from Whiff of Joy designed by Elizabeth Bell and is called Cool Oakley, and you can purchase it here.

 the papers are from a very old Matt stack from papermania or docrafts or someone like that (the first ever stack I bought ...........LOL), and the colouring is done with twinkling H2O's again, I just love them so much I cant stop using them and they are great for detailed images and shading.

a closeup above so you can see the layers and shading.

I am entering this into Monday Mojo sketch challenge and this is the sketch I used:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

woohooooooo :) the reason for my excitement this evening, is that a couple of my cards have been published on a website I submitted them to!

On the off chance that the publishers over on the hÄnglar & stÄnglar blog may like the sailor kids cards I posted here, I sent them off as submissions and they were published today , so am very pleased and just wanted to share my news!! 

Will be back with more cards made these sweet designs soon, I cant wait to ink the other few I have.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

lots of pink...

Just a quick pop in from me to show some cards made recently and never realised but I must have been in a very 'pink' mood when I made them LOL.
the first is one of my most favourite stamps, Jemima Puddleduck, and its so simple at outline but I keep going back to it.. lots of clean and pastel shades.

the next one is a hedgie one from Penny Black which I have used before, but wanted to make a card with pink and grey which colour combination is fab and when you add that certain colour green I love it even more...
...used liquid pearls for the flower centres, as couldn't find any assorted sizes of adhesive pearls in my stash and love the liquid pearls for being able to make dimensional drops any size so will be using them a lot more!!

and the last one is a flower fairies stamp from a Crafters Companion set and the fairy is the candy tuft one - used polar white and baby pink flower soft for the flowers which I didn't cover completely as I coloured them first with twinkling H2O's and wanted some of this to shine through

that's all for now - will pop back soon with some wedding and engagement cards.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cream and Gold Wedding

a very quick post from me to show one of the wedding cards made recently, as I meant to post this a while ago and then moved the photos so promptly forgot - oops..

Anyway, this one is made without a stamped image and is just lots of embossing with heart shapes and heart border and corner punching - the border punches are Martha Stewart ones and the hearts with the names are nestability dies

a closeup above, with the daylight shining on it so you can see the layering and how luxurious the ribbon is - just LOVE that ribbon.

and another view where you can see I inked the edges to highlight the embossing... that's all for now... 

here is a link to the punches I used  - from the eBay website, but you could search around and see who else has them in stock still - in this project I used a border punch and a corner one and they are the PATP (punch around the page) sets and they are called looped hearts found here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

today's makes

 Late pop in from me today, but wanted to post these as have more to post during the coming few days hopefully - some lovely light and summery cards..

This one is using the new LOTV stamps which you can find here, and is done in lilac/purple and white and the punch is a Martha Stewart Border corner one, image coloured with twinkling H2O's and embossed with a cuttle bug embossing folder which I think is called rosebuds.
ALL of the new LOTV girly stamps are just gorgeous and this one is called Emma Rose Garden.

 here is a closeup of the flowers and all the glittery stuff - lots of stickles..........

 the next couple of cards are made using hAnglar and stAnglar Stamps from a set called Sailor kids which I found on eBay if i remember correctly, as they are very difficult to get hold of!


The sentiments used are LOTV sentiment stamps and there are some closeups on these to, so you can see that the lifebuoy was hand made as well using circles

 and the sailor girl... the boy's face was coloured with twinkling H2O's and the girl's face with pro markers, and all the rest in twinkling H2O's

...and to continue with the seaside / nautical theme, another beach card using one of Di's Digi Downloads, similar to a square card I did recently using the same image but this time on an A5 card.

 You can find this image by clicking HERE.

Friday, July 8, 2011

some Lili of the Valley Masculine Cards

really quick post this morning as I have lots to do today, and wanted to get these cards posted as they were done a couple of weeks ago!

Both cards are made with Lili of the Valley stamps which you can find here, and I have used the partial embossing technique on both of them too. The sentiment stamp is also LOTV.
The papers are from an old stack called Masculine from Dovecraft which I have had ages and still like a lot.
 The inking on the corners was done with TH distress inks to add to the texture of the embossing. 

The sentiment on the second card was done with Just Rite alphabet stamps and since the image above didn't show the fluffy stuff on the soap suds very well, here's a close-up picture below:

thanks for looking :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil and Making it with Meslyn Challenge

 Sorry its a bit late this month, but here goes - the Making it with Meslyn Challenge theme for this month is 'Summer cocktail recipe - Ribbon / sentiment and a splash of citrus', so I decided to use a sentiment I like so much it lifts the spirits and the image from Mo's Digital Pencil which you can find here is just perfect for the sentiment too!

The papers I used were from Digichick, here, and there are some lovely muted papers on that website, I had to reign myself in......

took loads of photos of this card seeing as the light was good, so you can have a good look:)

a side on view so you can see the inside is similar to the outside

the inside

 glossy accents on the lemons and the pitcher

 sentiment and closeup of the stitching and below some more stitching and the leafy fronds which are a Marianne D creatables die

thanks for looking, and this card is for sale on ebay, click the logo below:

Monday, July 4, 2011

some mens cards..

 ..another post and finally catching up with posting everything I need to!!  Three men's cards to show you from last month, the first of which is one with lots of distressing, crumpling and ageing going on with a nautical theme.. and oh embossing as well..

The inks used were TH distress inks, stazon ink and versamark for the embossing, and the stamps are from Stamp Man, aspects of design range which you can find here - have used these before and always go back to them for their versatility and detail.

here is a closeup of the'scroll' and the card candy used for the corners..
the background stamp is a hero arts text one, which you can find here or in loads of other good craft shops - its such a versatile stamp you can use it on almost anything, and would be the first background stamp I suggest anyone buy.

the next card is made with a relatively new Stamp from Wild Rose Studio, and also some new square nestability dies, where I only used one corner of the die and it gives an ornate finish.. coloured with twinkling H2O's this time..

lastly, another very masculine card suitable for all ages and lots of occasions, coloured with twinkling H2O's again - not sure of the brand of this stamp, as it is from eBay and I have had it for ages.
- the silver 'brads' are made with a glue gun and coloured with alcohol inks and the fancy label is a spellbinders fancy tag one..

Thanks for looking and will be back with some Lili of the Valley men's ones shortly!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Timeless Cameos

Ok I am still catching up on blog posts, been neglecting my blog for the last few weeks, and have changed things around a bit as you may have noticed... nothing major, just the layout and labels etc..

Anyway, onto one of the cards I want to share and should have done a while back.. Cameos are very popular at the moment and had been thinking about this Marianne D creatables cutting die and what to do with it... until the lacey oval Spellbinders dies arrived and then I knew exactly!! This is a card from a workshop recently, and is hand stitched (yes I have a machine but not everyone does so I wanted to show fellow crafters that you can do stitching with the aid of paper pricking)... so here's the result after using a pokey tool to prick the holes.
The papers are from K & Co Ancestry range which are also timeless like cameos are, and the gold dew drops (home made and coloured with gold alcohol ink) just add the feel of something 'antique' to complete the card.
Below is an image of the inside, the same ovals repeated in the same colour scheme, but with cream as the smallest layer, so its easy to add a personalised image or stamp another sentiment:

...and a closeup of the stitching, papers, etc

thanks for looking, and please leave a comment to let me know what you think of this one - there's a bit more distressing than some of the 'cleaner' cards I normally create LOL.. but it was great fun!

Crafting Ireland Submission - woohoo

a warm hello to my fellow bloggers, and yes its warmer than in recent weeks, the sun is out at long last!!
haven't posted in a while I know, but have some news to share so here goes and will be back posting more work in next few days - 
a submission I sent in for Crafting Ireland online magazine was published, so am delighted, and I demo'd this card recently too, to show the versatility of distress inks:

The aged mahogany shade of TH distress ink was stamped, water coloured / washed and also applied with a TH distress tool to complete the card, and gave three different effects (the hammered side of the card produces the effect on the corners).

You can view issue two of the Crafting Ireland magazine here, and click on the logo below to go to the blog.
Nicole at Crafting Ireland is running challenges and is also looking for submissions, so go on have a look and see all the useful hints and tips in the publication too.

thanks for looking.