Friday, 28 January 2011

love struck

Oh my word, it's another Friday and the end of the month already, I don't know where it's gone. I keep meaning to blog during the week (as I do make things more than once a week) but time escapes me ... so far. So on to this week's challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity which is POLKA DOTS! Such fun and easy too.

I've used Christmas papers for this Valentines. I have so many ... Christmas papers that is, that I need to use them for other things besides Christmas, where I can.

Papers: Making Memories:Mistletoe ~ Glitter Big Red Dot and Trees (although not a tree in sight as I flipped the paper).

The velvet hydrangea flowers are Petaloo. I added the end of a Tim Holtz ticket as it has been sitting on my craft table for a while and seemed to fit. 

Image: Magnolia ~ Right Through My Heart Cupid coloured with copics and decorated with stickles and the Magnolia Love Dartboard which I paper pieced in layers and added stickles. 

I am entering this into the following challenges:
'my favourite thing' (which are magnolia stamps of course): Everybody Art
'layer it up': PaperPlay Challenges
'dots or spots': Just Magnolia
'spots & stripes': The Crazy Challenge.

Thank you for looking.


Sunday, 23 January 2011

happily ever after

Hello. I'm a wee bit late with my entry this week at Crafts 4 Eternity where we have an embellishment recipe: string, flower and button. So super easy and plenty of time still to join in.

I've used papers from the Basic Grey ~ Wisteria collection and embossed the edges with gold embossing powders.

I had a bit of a problem trying to work out how to bring some string into my piece and then I had an idea. I cut a length of string, rubbed it with versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I used it as my stem for the silvery/grey flowers. Perfect!
My images are Magnolia ~ Sitting Wedding Tilda and Sitting Wedding Edwin. Coloured with copics and added some stickles.

I wanted something for them to sit on but didn't have a correctly sized bench stamp, just the Magnolia ~ Wedding Rose Arch. So I decided to just use the base of that and embossed it in gold. The Happily ever after sentiment is also by Magnolia.
The flowers and the pearl centres are all by Prima.

I am going to pop this in at the following challenges:
'spots & dots': My Time to Craft.
'buttons, flowers, glitter': Simon Says.
'love': Theme Thursday.
'1,2,3 recipe combo': Cute Card Thursday. I have 1 button, 2 characters, 3 pearl centred flowers.
'2 characters': Saturday Challenge.
'anything beginning with P': Creative Belli Challenge. I have patterned papers and pearls.
'new beginnings': Crafty Calendar Challenge.
'flower power': Basic Grey Challenges.

Thank you for looking.


Friday, 14 January 2011

happy birthday mum

Today's challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity is an easy one. Use three shades of blue! 

This is a card that I made for my mother for her birthday. If you look carefully, you will see three different shades of blue. Click on the pictures to see some better detailed images.

The papers that I've used are October Afternoon ~ Report Card: Bus Route, Science Fair and Hot Lunch! On one side these papers are schooly themed but I prefer the pretty patterns on the other side which could be used for just about anything.

The image is an oldie which I've never inked up before Magnolia ~ Tilda with Rolling Pin. She kind of suited my Mother! (hope she doesn't read this!) I coloured her with copics and added lots of stickles.

For the background to Tilda, I stamped out the Magnolia Recipe Card stamp a few times on different pieces of October Afternoon paper, inked up the edges, added some stickles and layered them. I used some little letter stickers for the word 'mum' and edged them with stickles too.

Then I decided she needed another background behind the recipe card as the papers clashed a bit, so I cut out a piece of card in the shape of a rectangle and die cut the edges with my Magnolia ~Doohickey Die: Tilda's Lace Border. I was please that it all kind of lined up at the end of it!

The 'happy birthday' sentiment is a rub-on.

I am going to pop this in at the following challenges:

'glitter': Created By Hand and Stampavie & More 
'birthday': Anonyme Scrappere
'my favourite things': Just Magnolia (Magnolias, copics, stickles, pretty papers)
'flowers': Fairy Tale Challenge
'bling it on': By the Cute & Girly
Thank you for looking.


Friday, 7 January 2011

i love you this much

The challenges at Crafts 4 Eternity have taken on a new format this year and we are starting off with a sketch challenge.

I am also entering this into the following challenges:

'anything goes, plus option: add lace': Papertake Weekly.
'use up old stash': Cute Card Thursday. (I have used paper).
'anything goes, plus option: buttons': Just Magnolia.

Here is what I came up with.

Papers: My Mind's Eye from different paper lines.

Image: Magnolia ~ Tilda Wants a Hug. I didn't realise until I'd stamped her out that she was a Christmassy one with holly in her hair, so I just added some flat back pearl to cover it up. Coloured with copics.

And here is the little pull out tag.

Thank you for looking.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year 2011 Calendar

Happy New Year to one and all, I wish each of you everything that you would wish for yourselves this year.

Today  I am showing you a calendar album that I made for 2011 using  papers from the S.E.I. Poppy collection.

I was going to make a few calendars to give away as gifts, but this one took me forever to make! There was a lot of machine stitching on this and I can't just run over the first and last stitches and then snip the thread, no, I have to leave long threads at each end and then weave them through neatly onto the back of the card by hand. I HAD to do this in sewing classes years ago when I was at school and I'm afraid the habit has stuck and I couldn't bear to do it any other way now! Sad, I know.

I won't bore you with photos of all the pages, as they are all similar, just with different patterned papers from the same collection.

I designed it to be freestanding and it is bulky enough that it can be.

Each month has got its own pocket page. On the front of the pocket is that month's calendar which I computer generated and then cut out with nesties, before spraying with shimmer mists. The back of the pocket is patterned paper and the idea is that a photo could be added to this as a reminder of some event that took place that month.

In each pocket I've just put a simple white cardstock tag with a co-ordinating patterned paper eyelet on each side and tied with a sheer ribbon. Each side of the card is stamped with the relevant month. The idea is to use the tag as a diary or calendar of events or to add photos from the month.

I've used extra large binding rings so that extra memories can be added between the pages as the year progresses, such as photos, memorabilia etc.

I'm going to pop this into the following challenges:

'brand spanking new': My Time To Craft.
'anything but a card': PaperPlay Challenges.
'new beginnings': One Stop Craft Challenge and Lots To Do.

Thank you for looking.