Friday, 29 June 2012


This little girl, a free digi stamp, reminds me of my childhood books, quite Mabel Lucie Attwell don't you think? As you can see I've gone for a vintage look to go with the stamp.  I coloured her with my Copics to match the tones in the rosebud paper that I fell in love with. I've mounted her on two layers of pinks to tone. I've laid ribbon over the point where the embossed paper joins with the dusky pink paper, as it's transparent it appears to change colour over the join. I've put the same ribbon under the picture at the same level. The lace effects are both cut from Ornamental Iron. I made the sentiment with my graphics program then went over the letters with a matching gel pen. I added a few pearls to finish it off.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Rain Rain

The card is from the Nursery Rhymes cart and I've used deep blue mirror card to reflect how rain makes things shine. Both it and the shadow cut are at 4", the shadow is on black card. The main paper reminds me of rain spots, I've mounted this on navy blue paper.  The background paper reminds me of water. The lace ribbon is from Ribbons and Rosettes and I've slotted blue ribbon through it. After spending a couple of unsuccessful hours trying to cut the phrase from mirror card I gave in and did it in my graphics program then mounted it on mirror card.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Birthday Princess

I've got such a lot on that I wasn't going to post today, however bad pain has stopped me getting on with plans. I'd so little to do to finish this that I thought well why not, turn bad into a good side.
I've not gone for matting and layering this time as I wanted to show off this textured paper which I've just bought from Create and Craft, I so love this pearly embossed one. I'm still exploring Damask Decor and as cup cakes are so popular I wanted to try this one out. It's quite fiddly and I had it put together a few times before I was happy with the look. The lilac card has a sheen to it which I think goes well with the fushia mirror card which I used for the cup cake base and candle, all cut at 4". I added a frosting of glitter dust to the cake topping. The border is cut from Ribbons and Rosettes and topped with pink satin ribbon. I cut the sentiment from Ultimate Creative Series Sampler and added the stars to finish off a card for a Princess. I hope you like it.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Two from one.

The photos could be better, I had trouble with the light. However I wanted to show that by cutting in two colours you can actually make two cards from the same design and in the same colours that still look quite different, in this case Damask Decor. The Love card base is pale lilac pearlised card stock using the shaped card cut. The silver mirror card contrasts well with the pink glitter card on the cut layer for the card shape. I used two small accents from the same page for the upper corners while the sentiment is from Ultimate Creative Sampler cart. I edged the outer edge of the card with a fine line of silver with a gel pen.

For the second card I just reversed the colours and used them on a very pale grey pearlised card which I'd previously cut with a Spellbinder die. I picked up the pink using a Copic marker to fill in the embossed edge. This second card was very quick to make up as the work had been done by cutting the design twice earlier. A very different look for two simple cards. I hope you like them.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Butterfly Bling

I needed bling to brighten this miserable weather! This is a shaped card from Damask Decor, I hid the score lines in DS as I don't like the marks that show when the card is finished. This is not the cut which is supposed to go with the card but it's on the same page, I'm just doing my own thing again. I cut out the butterfly in gold mirror card to contrast with the mat gold of the card. The shadow butterfly is cut in turquoise glitter card which I had to make fit as it's not made for the top layer. It has huge antenna that I didn't want so I cut them off.  I prefer this little wire one then added my own gems, I like the more delicate look with the bling. Inside it a shaped insert left blank as I made this card to use as a thank you card which I need in a few weeks time. I intend making this card again using black card stock for the actual card as the colours look stunning together.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


I was looking in Nursery Rhymes for a cut suitable to weld into a shaped card, this one is easy as you don't have much to hide at all. The embellishments are from Ribbons and Rosettes. This one is lattice, very suitable for slotting ribbon through. It takes a little patience and then finding the right place to shape the ends to fit the curve of the cradle. I ruched some lace with a running stitch before gluing to the front of the hood. I made the sentiment in my graphics program where I'm able to curve the font as well. I mounted this on some silver card to pick up the sheen from the ribbon. The card under the sentiment actually makes the card more stable and it actually rocks. I tried to be totally different and "do my own thing".

Monday, 18 June 2012

Tea Time

As soon I saw the lovely project on Adel's blog at
I knew I had to try it for myself. I don't use DS as often as I should and this project gave me a chance to use it again. The teapot is from Damask Decor which I welded in Design Studio. I decorated the tea pot with this pretty flower from Kate's ABC. I matched my insert to the green in the flower and added touches of gold to the tea pot spout, handle, lid and base with a gel pen. I will add a sentiment inside later when I decide who to send the card to.

Kate's New Home

My card is plain white 6 x6 ". The house is cut from Kate's ABC, it's a dolls house but I love it. I cut all the layers at 4". I edged the house on silver paper with a slight sparkle to make it glint as if a sunny day. The background paper is by Joanna Sheen and I added a blue layer underneath it. The border behind the house from Ribbons and Rosettes which I like as much as real ribbon, they are so versatile. I think it looks quite like a pretty fence as it has a heart pattern along the top. I've suggested flowers in front of the fence by adding flower gems. I made the sentiment in my graphics programe making the text blue and placing it on a pink mat. I hope you like it.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Masculine Birthday

You will never believe it but I had a bike image in my mind as our son is a keen cyclist. I just couldn't get a pleasing result so....I turned to Art Philosophy. The entire card is on page 32. The card base is cut at 8", the layers at 6". There are two layers under the design having a teal mat under the pale blue, not that visible in the photo. I wasn't happy with the decorative layer as it made the card look to heavy so I used the smaller accent instead. The cut layer underneath the accents is teal mirror card which I feel just gives a hint of brightness needed right for a male card. The Cricut let me down when trying to cut the greeting, ripping both the teal card and the mirror card whichever I tried. So I made one in my graphics program and then inked it over with a fine pen to match the teal colour of the accents and the mat under the greeting. I'm happy with the result which is more than I can say for the previous new home post which I deleted. I disliked it the more I looked.

Monday, 11 June 2012

A second simple and quick card.

This is a second similar card to my previous post and another sympathy card. The card was cut with a Spellbinders die on deep purple pearl card. The base shadow was cut at 4" in pale pearl card with the main design again at 4" in lilac mat card.  I had to rescue the card at this point as I intended to add a second layer. The card moved on the mat and ruined the last piece I have in this colour so I added a small flower made with a tonic punch. Both these cards were made from my leftover scrap pieces apart from the card it's self.

Simple sympathy

This is an simple and easy sympathy card when you need to make one quickly. I made the shaped card by welding in DS from Ornamental Iron. I didn't hide the two central holes as I needed them to slot the ribbon through to tie in a bow. It's cut out on pearl card. The base shadow is cut at 4" on a very pale pearl lilac while for the Floral cut I used a deeper lilac mat card. I finished it with a small pearl in the centre.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Flower Friends

A change from my usual square cards today. I love this little quote so I made a card to suit it. The digi stamp is called Coming up Daisies from Cuddly Buddly. I've coloured her with my Copics. I've used a deep pink card base to pick out the pink in the background paper which is from a CD. the lace is from Ribbons and Rosettes, I love that cart as there are so many lovely ribbons suitable for cards. I've inked the paper ribbon with Ranger ink then slotted a matching ribbon through to set it off. the frame for the image is a Spellbinders one and I cut a mat for the quote from the inner piece. I added a few gems to finish it all off. Thanks for looking and  I'd love it if you left me a comment.

Friday, 8 June 2012

For a special 5yr old

This card is for my great niece and again will need to be posted. It's square which I seem to use most of at the moment. The background dotted paper is from my computer, the green flowered is from a crafting CD. The image is a digi stamp is by Kim McFarlane coloured with my Copics and with a green mat underneath to pick up the greens in the paper. I've added ribbon and some gem flowers as she's a very girly girl. I made the sentiment on a graphics program. The 5 is cut from Sesame street fonts at 1" with a darker pink shadow to pick out the shoes in the image.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Grandson card

When I make a card which will be posted like this one which is to go to another country I go for a 6" square and don't build up the depth anywhere as it affects the postage cost greatly. This digi stamp is by Kim McFarlane and called Mr Wiggly, I've coloured it with my Copics. The background papers are from my stash. I've added buttons down one side which I've punched out. I gave in and made the sentiment in my graphics program after quite a few failed attempts at cutting one small enough on my Cricut. I kept to clean simple lines as it's a male card but I hope you agree with me that it works.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

2 Turtle Doves

2 turtle doves are from the Joys of the Season cart. A friend lent me this cart and when I saw the birds I instantly thought wedding. I'd intended a white only card but the doves didn't show the detail with white on white so I used the small amount of pink just to pick them out. The embossed background is done with an embossing sheet rather than a folder, much easier not to get the dreaded line where the folder ends. The heart borders and the outer die cuts are all Spellbinders while the inner one is a Marianne die. The pearl paper which I love so much is from our local paper mill, lovely effect but a pain to photograph! It looks creased but in reality it's not. I'll be interested to know what you think.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Damask Decor again

After Karon inspired me to make the previous card I liked the look of this cut so I've made another card from the same cart. I don't usually make cards this fast as life gets in the way. However my DH is away playing with his tractor and if he can down tools and play then so can I hee hee.
So as before it's the Damask Decor cart, the cut is at 4". The background is done with a Debbi Moore embossing sheet and I used a paper with a slight sparkle, oh I do love my bling! The top layer of the flower is on gold card which has a shine rather than sparkle. I buy that from a local paper mill. I hope you like my creation.