Monday, 30 May 2011

New Fawny Stamps - Admit One

Hey everyone,

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend and Bank Holiday Monday for those in the UK :)

I've been doing some serious crafting this weekend, as I had more time (due to various circumstances) than usual, and I'll be showing you them this week.

The first card uses a new stamp set from Lawn Fawn called 'Admit One'. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, and had to incorporate two of my favourites into this card - the ferris wheel and the ticket:

A close-up of the pretty ferris wheel:

And one of the row of tickets:

I thought I'd put the sentiment on the inside of the card, as I thought it would be too cluttered on the front. (The sentiment reads 'You make my world go round', but I forgot to take a photo! D'oh!)

Instead of using patterned papers on this card, I thought I'd do some distressing and embossing instead, because I just don't do enough of the latter!

I embossed and inked up the top and bottom of this card, and then added my copic-coloured ferris wheel. The ticket strip was made by stamping the ticket repeatedly on kraft cardstock, cutting it out and then distressing it using some Vintage Photo.

It's a bit difficult this end at the moment; my aunty, who I've mentioned a couple of times on the site, has gone into hospital :(
Not sure how serious it is yet, which leaves everything up in the air somewhat. But hopefully we'll know more tomorrow. So it's been a bit of a stressful weekend!

Anyway, that's it from me today. Off to the hospital in a bit - hope it doesn't rain; the weather's not great here! At least it's nicer in France for the tennis - means my husband has had fun watching it :)

Take care!

Stamps: Admit One / Say Cheese, Lawn Fawn; Up, Up & Away, Papertrey Ink; Cling dots, Hero Arts
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Memento; Barn Door/ Vintage Photo/ Tumbled Glass/ Stormy Sky distress inks, Ranger; Versamark; Copics; Signo uni-ball white gel pen
Cardstock: Square card blank, Anita's cards; Kraft cardstock; 200gsm white coated cardstock, Ryman's
Etc.: White embossing powder; 3D foam squares; Distressing tool, Ranger

Friday, 27 May 2011

Hang Me Out To Dry

Hey again,

I promised you all that you'd be seeing more of the Lawn Fawn 'Say Cheese' polaroid stamp, and also the new Gorjuss-ettes, and so here they are together in one card!

And the inside:

I wanted it to look like a diary-entry of some sort, so I stamped and distressed some ledger paper, and used it as my background. I used a wrap-around sentiment strip, and hand-stamped a punny custom sentiment. I added the heart from 'My Silly Valentine' by Lawn Fawn, because it ties in quite well and is oh so cute!!!

The 'photo' incorporates embossing and distressing, plus some paper-piecing. The Gorjuss girly was adhered using 3D squares. She was coloured using Prismacolor pencils.

 I love the look of this one, will be making more, I'm sure!

Ooh we're getting closer to the weekend, looking foward to a bit of a rest!

Hope you are all well!

Take care :)

Stamps: 'Hang Me Out To Dry', Gorjuss girls, Suzanne Woolcott; Ledger Stamp, Hero Arts; Mix and Match messages, Personal Impressions; Type alphabet peg stamps, Inkadinkado; My Silly Valentine, Lawn Fawn; Up, Up and Away, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Tuxedo black, Memento; Copics; Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen distress inks, Ranger
Cardstock: 200gsm coated cardstock, Ryman's; Linen Cardstock, Papermill Direct
Etc.: Glossy Accents; Prismacolors; 3D Squares

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Some Bunny Loves You

Hello again!

I've got my next card all ready for you!

This one is another from a stamp set by Lawn Fawn. It's a simple one again, pretty self-explanitory! I used copics for the colouring, and glossy accents on the hearts!

And a close-up of the cute little love-hearts

That's it for now!

See you all soon :)


Stamps: My Silly Valentine, Lawnfawn
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copics
Cardstock: Linen Cardstock, Papermill Direct; 200gsm coated cardstock, Ryman's
Etc.: Glossy Accents

Monday, 23 May 2011

Little Green Bicycle

Hey peeps :)

Hope you've woken up to a nice Monday!

I visited the Hero Arts blog yesterday, and when I saw this post, which includes a colour-inspiration scheme by Kristina Werner, I just had to have a go.

Here's what I came up with:

It's a different sort of style for me, and I'm not going to lie to you; it took ages  to come up with this! I've seen the scalloped-layer style on a few cards recently, and thought I'd have a go.

The bike was stamped onto white cardstock and coloured with copics. I added the buttons, a sentiment, and distressed the panel using Tattered Rose distress ink and the Ranger distressing tool (the blade kind).
I stamped various backgrounds onto kraft cardstock, and used a scallop punch on it. I distressed the strips using Vintage Photo distress ink.

I added the twine and a couple of pearls, and that was that!

I like it - it's totally different to the sort of cards I usually make, and I like it for that :)

Hope you like it too!

See you next time!


Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Papertrey Ink; Envelope pattern/ Friend Definition/ Ledger/ Just Saying Hi, all Hero Arts
Ink: Colorbox Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan; Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose Distress Inks, Ranger
Cardstock: Kraft; White square card blanks (from my stash)
Etc.: Twine; Pink pearls; Buttons

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Finally... Gorjuss girls are here :)

Hey everyone,

For the last year or so I have been looking at the 'Gorjuss' girls. I've been 'um'-ing and 'ah'-ing, and never getting round to buying them, for various reasons.
But when I saw the new clear-stamp releases with the Gorjuss-ettes, I just knew I HAD to have them!

I have to say, I find it difficult to do the whole 'cute card' thing when it comes to little people (I used to do it in the past but my syle's changed considerably since I started out!). But, after much deliberation and procrastination, I'm pleased to say I like how this one turned out :)

Introducing: "I Found My Family In A Book" (this one's actually a red-rubber stamp)

And a close-up of that sentiment and the distressing on the paper:

So tell me, whaddayathink? Isn't she just soooo cute!
But I wanted to do these stamps justice; the 'look' of the girls is a bit more brooding and less sparkly, so I thought the distressing technique would be fitting.

I went for the look of aged denim - you know sometimes on jeans you get the little red label that sticks out of the side? That's what the little red tag is meant to resemble!

The strips of patterned paper on the top and bottom are from some patterned paper in my stash. It wasn't quite how I liked it, so I distressed it using 'Weathered Wood' ink, and then stamped it randomly in different directions using the 'Friend Definition' stamp from Hero Arts.

Hope you like it and that it may have inspired you to go more 'cute-sy' without it looking sickly-sweet :)

Stamps: "I Found My Family In A Book", Gorjuss (Suzanne Woolcott); Friend Definition, Hero Arts
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Memento; Antique Linen and Weathered Wood distress inks
Cardstock: Square white card blanks, Anita's Cards; Patterned paper (from my stash); 200gsm coated cardstock in white, Ryman's Stationers
Etc.: Prismacolor pencils; 3D squares; Distressing tool, Ranger; Fiskars fingertip craft knife

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

A Quick One

Hello again :)

I'm rushing off to work so this is another quickie! Here's today's card:

I don't like these sorts of cards, but it's sad that in this world we have to say goodbye to ones we love.
I was trying to make a tasteful sympathy card that wasn't very 'frilly', but was understated as well as pretty.

I think I may have been a little heavy-handed with the distressing, here, so next time I won't ink as much of the card in vintage photo.
I like the overall effect, though; seems like this one tells a story.

Anyway, enough from me - really got to dash!

See you all next time!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Another one 'inspired by'...


Just a short one today, I'm afraid.
Today's card is one that sprung from inspiration. I absolutely loved this card by Britta Swiderski featured during her 'Creative Explosion' week with Laurie from Soapbox Creations.

Here is my take on it:

I changed some of the detail by adding ribbon instead of twine, lots of multicoloured patterned paper, and used pearls instead of rhinestones (and, of course, a different sentiment!).

Hope you like it! :)

Stamps: Bake Me A Cake, Lawn Fawn
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Memento; Vintage photo distress ink, Ranger (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Linen; Kraft; Patterned paper by K&Co
Etc: 1/8" ribbon; Ivory pearls; 3D squares - all from my stash!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Rainbows and Sunshine


How is everyone today?

My poor little sister has had to have a couple of horrible operations recently, and is now laid up resting a sore knee for what must feel to her like ages.
She just got out of hospital a few days ago, and so I made her a card on the day, for the occasion.

And a close-up of those cute balloons

The little polaroid shot includes some masking, distressing and copic-colouring. The only thing I would change if I were to do it again, would be to distress around that piece of patterned paper; that would tie it all together nicely.

Anyway... My mission: to make her smile and brighten her day. Mission accomplished :)

Stamps: 'Say Cheese', Lawnfawn; 'Up, Up & Away', Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento black; Distress Inks in Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass
Cardstock: Linen, Papermill Direct; Coated, Ryman's (UK); patterned paper by K&Co
Etc: Copics; 3D squares

Personalised messages

Hi guys,

Without further ado, here's today's card:

I made this one for my mother-in-law. When she found out I'd got a job, she gave me a very kind and thoughtful gift. I thought the least I could do was make her a thoughtful card.
I chose colours I hope she loves, and used some new 'Lawn Fawn' sets that came over the weekend. I think the polaroid is fast becoming one of my favourites (you'll see more of it this week)!!!

I used Distress Inks and Glossy Accents, and for that ultra-personal touch with the name, I used a little wooden-peg type-alphabet. The little dot-accents either side of the name were done with glossy accents atop a spot of copic marker.

Hope you like it, and even more important, that she does too!

Until next time :)

Stamps: 'Say Cheese' and 'Just My Type', Lawn Fawn; Typewriter lowercase alphabet, Inkadinkado
Ink: Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and Wild Honey
Cardstock: Linen cardstock, Papermill Direct; Coated Cardstock, Ryman's (UK)
Etc: Copics; Glossy Accents and Diamond-stickles, both Ranger

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Weddings, weddings, lovely weddings :)

Hi everyone,

Phew! What a crazy, crazy day! I'm loving being back at work, but the days are mental!!! Oh well, at least they fly by!

So, the card I want to share with you today is a special one; I incorporated some of my favourite Distress Ink colours, and a couple of nice techniques.
It's one of those 'made especially for you' cards, and I think my friend liked it; it's very girly and feminine, like her!

I distressed the card in stages using Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concorde, to give it a sunset-like look. The main birdcages are tilted for a 'motion' effect, and those cute little birdies (My Cute Stamps) have had a coat of Glossy Accents to make them poppety-pop!

Hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions just let me know! :)

Stamps: Elegant Birds, MyCuteStamps
Ink: Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concorde; Colorbox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan; Memento black ink
Cardstock: Linen cardstock, Papermill Direct; White coated cardstock,
Etc: Glossy Accents, Ranger; Signo white gel pen; pearls (from stash); Copics; Glitter embossing powder (from stash); 3D squares; (Hearts cut on Silhouette)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Perfect Pear...

Hi everyone,

Apologies once again for leaving it so long!

Lots has happened over the last month, including a couple of much-awaited weddings, plus I got a job! So my schedule has got a lot tighter than it was before. Still, I have a couple of evenings a week, and then the weekends, to have some much-needed craft therapy :)

I haven't been resting on my laurels while I've been gone, though; I've whipped up a few cards that I can share with you all, and have also bought some new products that I'm just LOVING at the moment! You'll see those, too!

Okay, so here's the card for today:

Isn't this SUCH a cute image?! It's from the Lawn Fawn 'My Silly Valentine' set, and although I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, all the images are absolutely wonderful for wedding and anniversary cards, as well as those 'just because' ones. When we were courting, my husband and me used to send each other cards all the time; I'd have appreciated a little set of these kind of cards back then!!!

Anyway. I thought this one would be great for wedding anniversaries. Ours is coming up in just a couple of months, and I'm using a different image from this set for that one - I think it'll make my husband chuckle :)

That's it from me for today! Off to enjoy the nice weather and cook for friends before it's back to work tomorrow.


Tasha x