Saturday, 23 August 2008

Suummer Crafting

I'm enjoying lazy summer days making cards to pass the time and really enjoying it too.

This was made with the negative pieces from a peel off medallion sticker. Its a half folded front and there is another circle behind the front one for writing on when the card is open.

The oval here was saved from a shop bought card, I used cuttlebug embossing on the blue panels and cut the sentiment and the flourish with my cricut machine.

This is an unusual fold. Its called a Spring card cos when you open it the front Springs up and stands on its corner as shown here.

I got pretty excited when a friend shared this technique for making Very pretty delilcate butterflies. I love them and they are so easy to do and fun too.

I took it a step further and stamped some of the butterflies in black instead of white to go with this Monochrome layout.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

colouring challenge

I dont do much in the way of stamping, I've never had much success with it but there was a challenge put out on the cricut message board. Aprile sent out stamped images to anyone who wanted to take part and the challenge was to colour the image using a technique called MCPT which basically involves colouring in with ordinary pencil crayons and blending with either Gamsol(Odourless Mineral spirits) or baby oil gel which is what I used.

I scanned and reprinted my image several times to give me plenty of practice (And the ablity to choose the best one to put on my card lol).
As I am going through a bit of a pink and black phase right now I had some negative circle cuts to use up so here it is with a few scroll cuts from my cricut machine

Then I decided to change my colour scheme and went for pink and green. I think I prefer the first card but I do like the sentiment on this

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Monday, 18 August 2008

Even more new cards

I made this one for my good friend Shelly over in USA she is such an amazing inspiration to me in so many ways.

Close up detail

This was made for my good friend Jeannie and comes along with many prayers Jeannie has been through such a tough time lately losing two beloved members of her family within a week of each other.

here is a close up of the decoupage layering
and the inside
Still thinking of you Jeannie and praying that the Lord will indeed give you all the strength you need at this hard time

scrappin' summer

I'm enjoying lazy days at home for now, and lots of time for my card making.

This is a Birthday card I did with one of my fave colour combinations Black and yellow is so dramatic

I love this new embossing folder with the candles

I made this for my friend to give to her friends on their wedding day

more butterflies and embossing.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

I set myself a challenge

well today we went to a local car rally where our MPV was parked up in an enclosure with all the others from the owners club. At these events I often sit in the sun and make some cards while hubby and son spend hours looking at and taking pictures of cars.

yesterday I came across an old plastic toolbox full of crafting bits from a loong time ago before the days of cuttlebug and cricut machines. It had bits of papers and card. some old shop bought cards, some interesting pieces of wallpaper and packaging, some sticker packs and a few embellishments. So I challenged myself to make some cards with the contents (I threw in a handful of butterflies cut with my new punch which I just couldnt resist and a few base cards, and adhesives).

I was really pleased with the results.

1/ this was made with a blue pearl base card and the border and large panel are pieces from wallpaper. I put a strip of hologram card behind the panel and the flowers were from a bought card that was in the box. I added a couple of butterflies and some rhinestones.
2/ This was made from a bought card which had a large panel of floral pattern and an embossed scalloped border. I used a small cream base card and folded the front panel back on itself. I cut off the scalloped border keeping a very narrow slice of the pattern on it. and placed that against thefolded back edge. I put the floral pattern inside and cut off the excess. With the excess I made a smaller panel and rounded the cvorners with a punch. I then cut round this slightly bigger on white card twice this was taken from the back of a bought card. I attached one white panel to the back of the floral panel and kept one for inside.

After tucking the panel in just behind the scallop border I placed the other panel directly behind it and added some triple layer butterflies.

3/ this is my favourite one. I used a yellow pearly card base and placed the stripy paper across from corner to corner and added a funky stripe border sticker across the centre and another one across the corners. the flower was froma bought card, but I had to cut out the red layer from the base card. the large pink one is cut from a bookatrix embossing board and I was amazed how well the flower fits inside it.

This last one was not part of the challenge. I made it the other day when my new Marth Stewart butterfly punch arrived. I have been wanting this for so long after seeing what Gorgeous cards my American friends were making with them, It took me a while tofind a vender on Ebay who wasnt asking for more than what it is worth just for postage lol.

The border panel was cut with the punch and I added glitter butterflies in some of the spaces.
Layered panels with corners rounded. the vine was cut n the Cricut from the Home Accents cartridge. the large buttefly is 3 layered First with the cuttlebug butterfly then with one I got in a shape set from QVC Years ago then finally with the MS butterfly stamped with a pattern and inked for colour.
The second pic shows the 3D effect and the 3rd pic is the inside.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Another award! and nominated twice!

This is the Wild Woman Award

The Purpose of the Award is to send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

Thank you so much to Michelle (
and Lana ( for your nominations I feel so hooured!

Wow It's hard to think who to pass this on to, as so many of my blog friends deserve this, but here are the first ones that come to mind. Some because of their unending inspiration in the great hobby we share and their friendship and constant encouragement. Others because I am in awe of how they have come through storms that would make most people shrivel up and die, and they have done so with an attitude of unselfish generosity reaching out to brighten the lives of as many people as they can touch, (and give us all a good laugh on the way).


Thank you all for being such a special part of my life. I love you all and pray God's greatest blessings on you and all you love.

what to do now? copy the pic into a post on your blog and nominate those who you think deserve this honour, giving a link totheir blogs. Oh and dont forget to post a comment on their blogs to let them know they have an award.