Sunday, 31 August 2014

Late Birthday Card...

It was my Aunt's birthday about a week ago, and I missed it :(  I spoke to her the day afterwards, and made her a card, but wish I'd sent one to arrive on time! My Aunt is very artistic and creative, so I'm always a bit nervous of sending her my cards. She makes beautiful teddy bears and sells them all over the world. It's a bit intimidating! Here is her website, and a couple of her creations:

Bears by Sue Quinn


Here's the card I made for her. I really hope she likes it.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant Challenge: Anything Goes
Paper Pretties : Birthdays
Divas By Design : Happy Birthday
Addicted to CAS : Luxury

Addicted to Daisies

Trying out a couple more masked panel cards with my new favourite stencil :)  I think maybe the pale background works better than the deep blue. I think I need to try using cleaner / paler colours for the petals, too. I might try that tomorrow.

I'm entering this last card in the ColourQ challenge: #256

Water brush

I've had a couple of those water brushes (the ones that you fill with water) for ages, but didn't really know what to do them. After seeing Heather Telford's post here, I had to try it! Her video shows how she colours the stamped flowers with the brush, and it looks so effective. I have to practice a fair bit, but here's one of my first attempts. I'm also using my new wink of stella gold pen - had to get one after seeing Heather's video :)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Tip Top Tuesday: Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks: Something old / something new (old waterbrush, new stamp, new gold pen)

Color Throwdown: #307

Monday, 25 August 2014

I love stencils now!

Here's another card using a stencil I bought ages ago and didn't know what to do with. I think stencils are my new obsession, now...

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts : Warm sunshiny colours
The squirrel & Fox : Spring or Autumn


It's been a while...

I've been making cards on and off, but haven't been on here for ages, and have missed it!

This weekend I made a few cards for the first time in a while. Here's one of them. I've been trying to use some of the stencils I bought and then forgot about.

I am entering this card in the ColourQ challenge #255, here:

I am also entering this in the Crafty Creations challenge, 'Dig Deep: Use something old from yourStash', as I have had the stencil for quite a while, and have not got around to using it before...

Friday, 27 December 2013

Quick Christmas Card Solution? Hmmmm

As I said in my last post, I find Christmas cards stressful as you have to make so many. I thought I'd had a fantastic idea when I decided to Google some old fashioned recipes for mince pies, or recipes for mulled wine, print them out nicely and stick them on a card... lazy, I know, but it seemed like a quick card solution.

I decided to go for mulled wine and found a couple of different recipes, for orange spiced wine and a non-alcoholic version of mulled wine. I arranged them in PagePlus, and was about to print them all out and stick them on some small square cards, feeling pleased with myself.

But then I started fretting, thinking what if I send these to people, but they haven't got the ingredients necessary to make the drink? I mean, it's easy enough to get a bottle of wine, but it's annoying to buy a whole jar of nutmeg when you only want 1/4 tsp of it.So I decided to make up some little spice bags, using muslin squares from Lakeland, and then wrapping it in some festive cloth I had been hoarding for a few years... I changed the recipes to say '1 bag of festive spices' instead of listing the individual spices, and printed off labels to fasten to the spice bags, listing the contents.

So my fantastic idea for quick cards ended up being much more time-consuming, but our kitchen smelled lovely while I was making all of the spice bags :)

Here are the recipes:

Here are the spices used:

And here are the finished spice bags:

Merry Christmas!

Christmas cards, of course...

I actually managed to get my cards made and posted before the deadline this year! Must be a first...

Christmas cards are a bit stressful, as you have to make so many. It doesn't help that I always seem to leave it 'til the last minute! I had a go at some small (7.7cm x 7.7cm) cards, to speed up the process. They still seemed to take a while, though! Here are some snaps of them - please excuse the messy desk!

 Sheep & robin digistamps by Cuddly Buddly
 Pear tree digistamp by Pink Petticoat

I also got a new Indigo Blu snowflakes stamp which I had to try out. I embossed the image with clear embossing powder and used ink dusters to add the blue & purple inked background:

Using a plain digi tree and 2 snowflake punches, I made some Christmas Tree cards:

I'm entering this one in the Crafty Creations Challenge: Anything Goes

And finally I thought I'd better use the beautiful trees stamps I borrowed from Crafty Distraction AGES ago (sorry!), so I had a go at some snow scenes:

I'm entering this one in Lexi's Creations challenge: Snow

I'm entering this one in the Allsorts Challenge: Brown/Blue/Aqua

I also couldn't resist making a couple of cards with a festive photo of my beautiful girls, Emily & Darwin: