Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Just a Note


Hope you're having a nice day and the sun is shining where you are! I hope our nice weather continues - the sun doesn't shine for too long here, more's the pity! Just the smallest hint of sunshine and we're all out there in our flip-flops, searching for a patch of grass on which to sunbathe!

Anyway, here's the card for today:

A close-up of those butterflies:

And the sentiment:

I used one of Lucy Abram's sketches here (it's from her sketch week, day 1); just wanted to create a nice simple card with a hint of colour.
I just altered where the sentiment was; it's quite a 'square' looking sentiment, so I didn't think it would look right up by the butterflies. I elongated the sentiment with the pearls.

The butterflies are stamped with the with one of the 'Bitty Background Blocks' from Papertrey Ink - they're wonderful for small embellishments; they add some gorgeous intricate detail.

I just wanted to apologise for the pictures being a bit darker than usual; it's really hard to pick up the pearls when the lighting is brighter!

Hope you like it!

Tasha :)


Stamps: Bitty Background blocks, and Signature Series: Dress Form, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Cardinal ink, Versacolour
Cardstock: Linen Cardstock, Papermill Direct (UK)
Misc: Royal Butterfly punch, Martha Stewart; Adhesive pearls, eBay; Didi-dots, Glue Dots

Monday, 18 April 2011

Thanks a Million

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well :)

Just thought I'd pop in for another card. This is one that I made using a technique demonstrated by Kristina Werner (you can check it out in this 'Finally Friday' post).
Instead of using the stamped piece as a background, however, I showcased it, as I just love the pretty effect!

Here it is in all it's glory:

As you can probably see, it was a pretty easy one to make; I just stamped the different flowers using the rule of three, added the vellum strip, a sentiment and some pearl accents, and mounted the sentiment using 3D foam squares.

When I made this card, I thought it looked just like the sort of skirt they would sell in M&S (Marks and Spencers)! I think it's the combination of those colours, and all the white.

Anyway, that's it from me for today.

Take care!

Tasha :)

Cardstock: Linen cardstock, Papermill Direct (UK); Vellum, eBay
Stamps: Blossom Art stamp set, Hero Arts;  Signature Series Butterfly, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versacolor blocks, various colours
Misc: 3D foam squares; White Signo gel pen; Adhesive pearls, eBay

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Feel Better

Hello again!

I thought I'd share a card that I made a little while ago for a friend of mine, who was poorly after an operation, and I wanted to cheer her up!
I always think those cards that are made 'especially for you' are extra special, and this is one of them :)

Don't you just love that bow? I just love how plush it looks - mmm, yummy!

And a close-up:

That bow makes me happy :)

Well, that's it for today! I was so annoyed this afternoon - I found that one of my nails had chipped, and I was trying to get them nice for this weekend (we're going out for dinner with one of my friends who is getting married next week)!!!
So. I'm off to file them again, and perk them up if I can't fix them!

Toodles, then; thanks for stopping by!

Tasha :)

Monday, 11 April 2011

Antique Butterflies

Hello again!

How are you all?

I've got the next card ready for you:

I don't do enough of these distressed, vintage-style cards! It's so 'olde'-looking, I forget how much I like the non-white-space cards, too!

So this one was easy to make, but took a lot of steps. Firstly I stamped a piece of cardstock with the Friend definition stamp, distressed the edges and then added some faux-stitching.
On a separate sheet of cardstock, I stamped and distressed some butterflies, added some highlights and cut them out.
I adhered the butterflies using glue-dots, and then added some vellum which I scored, stamped and shaped beforehand.
Finally, I adhered the piece to a card-blank, and added some stickles for some bling :)

That's it for now - 'see' you again soon!

Tasha :)

Cardstock: Linen cardstock, Papermill Direct (UK); 200gsm coated cardstock, Ryman's stationers; Vellum, eBay
Stamps: Friend Definition and Antique Butterflies, Hero Arts; Big Sentiments, Paula Pascal
Ink: Black Memento ink; Vintage photo, antique linen, tumbled glass, stormy sky, victorian velvet and dusty concorde Distress Inks, Tim Holtz by Ranger
Misc: Signo white gel pen; scissors; Diamond Stickles, Ranger; Score-board, Martha Stewart

Saturday, 9 April 2011

More Floating Blossoms

Hi everyone,

Here's the card for today:

I love this stamp! It's just so easy to use, so bold and the result is always great!

If you want to know how I made this one, look at this post.

Phew! Just had a lovely Greek meal tonight and I am 'pogged', as my husband likes to say :)
I'd better go and sleep it off!


Tasha :)

Friday, 8 April 2011

On the mend

Hi everyone,

So I promised to be back with another card; well, here it is:

Isn't that little sewing machine the cutest?

And here's a close-up:

Challenge #7 over at the Lawnscaping blog is 'Make your own patterned paper with stamps'. I've followed almost all the rules but I haven't yet been able to use a Lawn Fawn set :(Sorry - I'll use one next time!)

So, this is a very simple one (do I ever do anything else?!) - I stamped the bobbins (semi-)evenly across the card-blank, staggering it from one line to the next.
I cut a 1.5"(I think) strip of vellum, adhered it to the card and added the faux-stitching. I stamped, cut and added the sewing machine using 3D squares. I coloured the heart using a copic marker, and then added glossy accents to give it a little bit extra.

The sentiment was printed, cut and distressed, and then I inked the edges directly using my ink-pad. Finally rounded the corners, and there it was!

Hope you like it! I've actually loved this challenge - using stamps in different ways is just so resourceful! Love. It.

Tasha :)

Cardstock: Vellum, eBay; Linen Cardstock, Papermill Direct (UK)
Ink: Orange, and Royal Blue, Versacolor
Stamps: "Sew Cute", Maya Road; Sentiment from "Material Girl" digi-set by Pink Petticoat designs
Tools: Tim Holtz distress tool; Crop-a-dile corner chomper; Fiskars paper-trimmer
Misc: Red copic marker; Signo white gel pen; scissors, 3D squares

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:
1.  Lawnscaping #7 - Own patterned paper

Handmade cards and... JEWELLERY!!!

Hi everyone,

Well, I know it's been a little while (sorry about that), but I have been busy crafting! Promise!

And now, I'd like to reveal the long-awaited jewellery part of my blog!
These are my first pieces, and I do like them! I never really wear pearls but I wore this necklace/earring combo yesterday, and it made me feel all grown-up and sophisticated :)
(That soon ended when I took it off before bed!)

Anyway... here it is:

The set

The necklace

The earrings

And a close-up of the two together

So, the roses in the earrings and necklace are made from Fimo polymer clay.
The earrings are the fish-hook kind, and have a little pearl above the rose to tie everything together.
I chose blue and white because the 'nautical' theme is very 'in' right now (not like me to be aware of the latest fashion but it's kind of unavoidable at the moment - it's all that's in the shops!!! But I like it :)

Okay, so I hope you liked this post! I'll be back with another card a little later on.

Thanks for popping over!

Tasha :)