Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Footwear Cards !!

Well, what other title could I use? Here is Santa`s stocking and a Victorian Shoe. The Santa`s stocking template has been sitting on my desk since the first day of the challenge and I have only just got around to making the card, phew better late than never !! I love this little gift card holder, so easy to make. Hopefully by the end of the week we shall all have our own Santa`s stocking hanging on the tree. By the way I forgot to mention that the template for this can be found at challenge TLC248 or Waltzing Mouse Stamps. Thank you Claire for the great challenge.

I used red velvet paper for the main area of the stocking, feels lovely! and for the rest I used some Doodlebug DP I had in my stash. I punched the letters out using the velvet paper and alittle bit of ribbon for the trim. To keep the flap closed I attached a small piece of velcro to one of the corners. I put an eyelet in to strengthen the hole with the silver cord in. I can see it having alot of wear being put on and off the Christmas tree !

For my second card tonight I made a ladies Victorian Shoe card. This template I found at SU. A bit faffy and I don`t suppose I shall rush to make another but it looks cool anyway.

I was hoping to make this into a pouch to put a packet of Hot Chocolate in but it was far too bulky so I changed it into a card. I`ll keep looking for something else to suit my needs. The photograph didn`t turn out aswell as I would have liked, there are small pearls on the tip of the lace edging to match the pearl brads.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the cards. Its late and I`m off to bed !!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas Boxes and Bags

Can you believe that its nearly December!!! I thought I would post pictures of some projects I have been working on. This selection is gift boxes and bags for Christmas. I love to give little boxes of goodies as you will remember from my pumpkin boxes. Thank you all so much for you kind and encouraging comments. I don`t know what was wrong today but I couldn`t really capture the projects how I would have liked, they all look far better in the flesh!

In the picture you can see the two sleighs and the Christmas tree. I used the SU matchbox die for the middle, so again I can fill them with chocolates and then simply placed the Sleigh sides on and the Christmas trees either side of the matchbox.
Here is a closer view of the blue and gold sleigh. I used gold mirror card stock for the cover of the box and used the divine swirls embossing folder. The sleigh is a sizzix bigz die to make a 3D card.
On this one I decided not to put the cover over the box so the chocolates actually sit inside the sleigh. The trees are from the Spellbinders Nesting Trees. This is the largest one of them. After cutting them out I used the Divine Swirls embossing folder and then with a glue pen filled the hollows with glitter. I don`t use this alot but I really like the effect. I first saw this method down at Be Creative done by Haroldine, known as "The Tape Lady".
This holder is made using the Pillow Box die. Instructions can be found on Splitcoast Stampers. Instead of the wine bottle you could also fill it with chocolates. The medallion on the front is made using the Kaleidascope pendant die from Spellbinders and the sentiment, of course is made using Justrite. I love that stuff, I know I say that every time but its true !
I am actually holding a class to make these boxes and bags at Be Creative, love it for you to come and join us.
Thank you for looking. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Winter Pelican.

Well the weekend is nearly over again. I hope you have enjoyed yours as much as I have mine. Its been busy as usual with plenty of laughter; oh and the highlight must have been going to see New Moon on Friday evening. I can`t wait for the next movie !!!
Anyway on to the card. I really like this Winter Pelican stamp by Impression Obession. I stamped the image in versafine black ink and clear embossed it so I could colour it in with my copic markers. I used the justrite vertical stamper to put the sentiment down the side of the card. You can`t really see in this picture but I did put alittle sparkle on his hat, perhaps I should have put more on him! I embossed the background with the snowdots embossing folder.
Thanks for looking, hope you have a great week.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Sympathy Cards.

Something I never like to make but unfortunately my Grandy passed away yesterday, hence the sad call to make some sympathy cards. He was a real character and lived a full and rich life. I`m just sorry I wasn`t there to say good-bye.

I reached straight for the Justrite stamp set ``Thinking of You``. The sayings seemed just right !
I am really pleased with the way they both turned out. I need to make one more and then hopefully thats it for a long time to come.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pumpkin Place cards & Treat Boxes !!

Can you believe it, two posts in two days - wonders will never cease ! I thought I would post these adorable little boxes. They are for our Thanksgiving dinner. There first task is to serve as a place card and secondly they are filled with four chocolates for alittle treat after dinner. Two for the price of one. You can`t get better !

I started off by making a matchbox using the SU die. Then cutting out two pumpkins from the Spellbinders Nesting Pumpkins. I added some DP from My Minds Eye to brighten them up alittle and then put them through the pumpkin embossing folder. The saying and pumpkin is one from the JustRite Demi Phrases and I have personalised it using the 15pt font which came with the 2" block. There is a small tag of ribbon attached by a gold brad on the end of the box to make it easier to open.From this photograph you can see the inside of the box with the chocolates. Four of the Hershey Toffee and Almond Nuggets fit in a treat. I covered them with matching DP.

My friend came round earlier today and we made ten for her Thanksgiving table. She was `chuffed`.

Hope you like them. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a great day.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Pumpkin Gift Box.

Happy Monday !

Long time no post, where has the time gone !! The feel of Autumn is definately here; a slight chill in the air, fabulous colours on the trees, I love it. We were in the garden yesterday chopping and trimming the trees, the sun was shining and the skies were blue; what more could you ask for?
Anyway onto the post. We were invited over for dinner to friends on Saturday so I thought I would make alittle gift to take with us. I got my nesting pumpkins out from Spellbinders and got to work.

I made a one sheet box and placed the pumpkins either side. I then used my Justrite on the sentiment, used the cuttlebug embossing folder of pumpkins after cutting them out to give alittle extra detail; then filled them with chocolate pumpkins..... yummy !!!
Thats about it, hope you like it.
I know its alittle early but HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
Thanks for looking have a great day.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Christmas in July !!

I hope everybody is enjoying this fabulous summer we are having. The temperature reached 104 degrees F in the car today - WOW !! - so I`m not sure where the inspiration came from to make several Christmas cards !!
Of course there are some Penny Black Hedgehogs in there and a Holly Berry stamp which I have just aquired. Let me share the cuties first;

I thought this card had somewhat of a vintage / traditional style. I didn`t want to colour too much on the hedgies so I left the sheet music white. I used Basic Grey paper and stamped the sheet music block onto it from Cornish Heritage Farm (quite appropriate, I thought !) I sponged around the edges of the image to match the sponging on the sentiment.

My second card is definately a Christmas card - bright greens, red and white.

You can just see the cuttlebugged background on the dark green, it looked too plain without it. The rest I don`t think needs any explanation. On to my elegant, I think so anyway, Holly Berry card.
I think I am going to use this stamp quite alot for Christmas. The possibilities are endless. Here I stamped the image with the gold embossing three times so I could cut some layers. The next picture shows them quite nicely. I wanted to stamp a greeting in the centre but couldn`t find one to fit. The dove turned out okay. It is suspended between layers two and three.

The blue background is velvet paper. That definately gives it the elegant feel.

Hope you liked the cards, thanks for looking. I am off to get some tea ready. Have a great day!


Friday, July 17, 2009

Shipscat Ensemble !

Its Friday, that means the weekend is here! Tonight we are going over to the Gulf Islands on the boat for the weekend. The weather looks great and I can`t wait ! I was sure that I had posted pictures of the towels etc that I had embroided for our boat but after some investigation found that I had neglected to do so. Hence this post to show you alittle more of my handy work. As you have already gathered the logo on the towels is the same as the blog. My husband was a ships captain (he has come ashore now) and afew years ago we found a lady on the Isle of Wight - where he grew up - and asked her to draw us a logo we could use on our website and other bits and bobs. We were thrilled with the results and have used it ever since. I had the logo made into a stamp so I could make cards. They come in handy when we need a Thank You card when anybody has done something on or for the boat.
When we bought the boat, and called it "Shipscat" I set about having the logo digitised so I could embroider the towels.

Recently I aquired the matchbox die from Stampin Up and decided to make a small box of chocolates with the logo on for the boat. We are always taking friends on short trips and having lots of fun on the boat I thought it would be a great way to give them alittle something to remember their adventure with.

Well, thats it for today I am heading down to the States for alittle shopping with my daughter and girlfriend before heading out for the weekend on the boat.

I have a couple of cards to share with you next week but for now, have a great day and thanks for looking.


Friday, July 10, 2009

I Went Shopping and Look What I Found !!

Firstly I feel as though I must apologise for the long absence and theres no excuse - time flies what more can I say !!

Anyway enough of that. Today I went to one of my favourite shops - Country Lane. She has a great selection of almost everything. I hunted down the new stamps she had received from Penny Black, I just adore them. I couldn`t wait to get home and ink them up. Heres what I came up with.

I first stamped the image using Versafine Black ink and then embossed it using clear detail embossing powder. I used my copic markers to colour the image in but unfortunately I forgot to make a note of the colours I used before putting them away. I blew the cobwebs off my sewing machine and edged the card to add alittle something. The edge punch is from EK Success - I love it.

Here is the second card.

I fell in love with this stamp as soon as I saw it. A Labour of Love from Penny Black. You can use it like this or split it into three different stamps that I am going to try later. Again I stamped the image using Versafine Black ink and then embossed with clear detail enbossing powder; and again I`m sorry my copics were put away before making a list of the colours used. I think I must have had my "tidy head" on !!

Thanks for visiting my blog, Have a great day!


Monday, June 1, 2009

Stamp Out Breast Cancer weekend.

Well, what a fantastic weekend I have just had! I was helping out with the Stamp Out Breast Cancer event held this weekend at Granville Island Hotel, down on Granville Island in downtown Vancouver. I worked on the Make`n`Take stand for "I`m Impressed" stamp shop, which is also located on Granville Island in the kids market. Here are the cards for the make `n` take stand I made for the weekend.

As you can see they are miniture bouquets made using the new flower soft product. They were so cute and quick to make...... although for most people, the hardest part of the card was making the cone for the flowers to sit in!!

I met so many interesting people, it was great to chat and learn about their hobbies. I always think you can never meet too many people !

It was a fabulous weekend and a great time was had by all.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Totally Cased !!

Welcome to Wednesday !!

Since the first time I saw these flowers on one of Michelle`s cards (from Stampers Dream) I just couldn`t wait to have a go. I absolutely love them. I don`t usually case many cards completely but this one is 100% cased. The original card can be seen here. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_I87Ijju9Nzo/SgdNaot5SNI/AAAAAAAADiQ/avdKzJormtk/s1600-h/Friend.jpg
The main image is from Crafty Secrects, Clear Art Stamps - Serenity Prayer and is stamped onto Curious Metallics Ice Gold card stock with Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with clear detail embossing powder.
I used my Labels 4 nestabilities to cut it out and mat. The designer paper is a retired Stampin Up one. The card stock used is Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranite.
The flowers and greenery are made using Martha Stewart punches. Here is close up of the flowers.
Thanks to Michelle for the inspiration for the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great day. Please feel free to leave a comment.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Minding Shelty !

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend as much as we did.
I have managed to sneek afew minutes to post this card which has been waiting quite a time to be posted. As I have said before I adore the Penny Black images. This one is very appropriate to us as we all love horses in this household. (Albeit we don`t have a shetland !!)

As you can see I remembered to take a photograph of the copic markers I used to colour the image!

Receipe: Card Stock; Chocolate Chip, PTI White, DP Ink; Black Memento, chocolate chip, Stamps; Penny Black - Minding Shelty, Accessories; Ribbon, charm, Curvy Rectangles (Nestabilities)

Thank You for looking, I hope you have a nice day.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WSC76 - Buzzin` Around !

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter. Ours was made even more special this year as my parents have come over from the UK for a visit. We had a lovely long weekend.

Well, I think at last we are coming into spring !! The sun is shining and we have blue skies. (Second day running!!) This is my creation for the weekend sketch challenge. This week the sketch was created by Laurie - Thank You Laurie great sketch. The layout can be found at Laurie`s blog - http://justgivemestamps.typepad.com/

I adore the Penny Black hedgehog stamps. The image here is coloured in by copic markers. I didn`t want to add too much to the card as the DP is really quite busy in itself, so I decided to try my hand again at sewing the edges. Its not quite as neat as I would have liked but I kept reminding myself it is suppose to be a handmade card and alittle hicup in a straight line would be okay ! I layered the stamped image onto two mats made with my Nestabilities. I think the rest of the card is self explanatory.

Receipe: Stamps: Penny Black, Card Stock: Purely Pomegranate, Bliss Blue, Whisper White, Retired SU DP, Ink: Lamp Black, Purely Pomegranate, Accessories: Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Rhinestones, Ribbon, window punch, Sewing Machine.

Thank You for looking.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Air Brushed Halloween Card with Edge Punches

Happy WET Monday!

Can you believe this weather? Oh well, plenty of time to play. Today I decided to have a go with my copic air brush and edge punches. All I can say is Wow! I think this is a winner. The effects you can create with this will be unlimited. I know Halloween is along way off but for some reason I just happened to pick out those colours.

I started off by playing with my edge punches and seeing the different squares you could make with them. The shape in the squares is made with my Martha Stewart "Goo" edge punch. You can see in the picture below. I started off with a square 2 3/4" and edge punched it on all four sides. This is the mat I used when air brushing. I thought it gave quite a nice effiect.

The rest of the card is pretty simple. All the lovely effects are made using the copic air brush. I then stamped some halloween images in the middle of the squares. A very quick and simple card.

Here you can see the inside of the card. Note the "Goo" edge on the bottom of the insert.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Flower Soft.

Happy Saturday, albeit nearly over ! The weather here has been raining most of the day again but at least that gives me chance to play in my stamp room without feeling guilty.

I decided today I would have a go with a new toy I bought called Flower Soft. I must say I like it alot. Here is the card I came up with.

I first stamped the image using Always Artichoke onto Whisper White card stock. Then using the flower soft glue adhered the flower soft onto the blooms. I made three stems of extra flowers and placed them onto the image, then cut really fine green card stock; this automatically curled itself. The flower pot is cut out, curved over the glue bottle and stuck at the edges to give a 3D look. The two small butterflies are from the Martha Stewart punch.

I didn`t feel that the card needed much else on as the flowers are the focal point. The background paper is from Basic Grey.

Well, I should get on with some housework and tidying up as I have my parents arriving next week from the UK for a month long visit. We can`t wait.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

MFT Whats Up Wednesday Challenge

This is my first Challenge in afew weeks. When I was surfing the blogs this morning I came across Amy Shafer at Pickled Paper Designs and her challenge of Paper Pleating. Its easy and really effective. I have used two of my favorite colours Blue Bayou and River Rock. I was pleased with the way it turned out.

The edges of the vanilla CS was sponged in Blue Bayou. You can`t really see in the photograph but the four corners on the river rock has piercing on them.

Receipe: Stamps; SU Rose, Card Stock; Retired Blue Bayou, River Rock, DP, Very Vanilla, Ink; Blue Bayou, River Rock, Accessories; Corner Punch, Build a Brad, River Rock ribbon, Piercing tool, Martha Stewart Edge Punch.

Thanks for looking, have a super day.


Mothers Day !!

Hello and Happy Thursday !

The weather here today is gorgeous. The sun is out and bright blue skies. Apparently we have to make the most of it as its going to change again at the weekend. As long as we don`t have another snowfall like last sunday I don`t really mind - still it will mean more time for stamping ! Anyway Mothers Day in the UK is fast approaching, so I set on and made the following cards ready to send home.

I can`t help it, I just love `The Year of Flower` stamp set by Melanie, you can buy this from Gina K. The first card is a 6 x 6 square.

The background paper is from the new collection of Basic Grey - Porcelain. I thought it matched the rose stamp perfectly. The edging on the bottom is using the Martha Stewart Punch and the top corners are cuttlebugged. Not sure if you can see very well from the photograph but the two opposite corners have been pierced just for alittle more detail. The rose has been coloured in with Copic markers. I layered the ribbon as I couldn`t decide which colour ro use but I like the way it turned out! The stamped panel is on dimensions. When I had finished I asked my daughter what she thought "Oh thats nice, it looks like a Nana card" !!

Receipe: Stamps; A Year of Flowers, Ink; Nick Bantock Lamp Black, Card Stock; Always Artichoke SU, PTI White, Basic Grey DP, Accessories; Copic Markers, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Ribbon, Cuttlebug.

My second card is the standard size but as you can see the same colour scheme.

I had trouble taking this photograph and capturing the Twinkling H2O`s used on the tulips. The subtle shimmer looks really nice on them. The third tulip has been put on dimensions to give a 3D look.

Receipe: Stamps; A Year of Flowers, Ink; Nick Bantock Lamp Black, Card Stock; Always Artichoke SU, PTI White, Basic Grey DP, Accessories; Copic Markers, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Ribbon, Corner Punch, Rhinestones.

Well I suppose I better go and post them now! Thank you for looking, have a great day!


All comments are very welcome.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Acrobatic Hedgehog !

I do like the Penny Black stamps. I picked this one up the other day and I couldn`t wait to ink him up!! I used the Basic Grey DP Bittersweet for the background and used my copics to colour him in. Finishing off with chocolate satin ribbon and a couple of pink buttons.

Thank you for looking, have a great day!


Friday, February 20, 2009

The Golden Wedding Celebrations !!

WOW !!! What A trip! Sorry I haven`t been on to post anything but I have just returned from my trip back from the UK. We decided to surprise my parents on their Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration. It was fantastic, I think I can safely say everyone had a great time especially my parents. (After they got over the shock of us turning up from Canada!!) We arrived a couple of days before the party and hid out at my sisters while we prepared events for the evening celebrations. My parents thought they were just celebrating at lunchtime but we had other ideas !! I have posted afew photographs to tell the story in pictures.

This is Jessica and TJ, at 11.00pm on Friday night making the last of the cheese straws for the evening buffet on Saturday. I know htey are called straws but as you can see in the picture we had different shapes, namely hearts and 50`s. Ooooh they did taste good.

Before we went to the luncheon we managed to get Mum and Dad out of their house early so we could go and decorate it outside and in. Here is the banner we had made to put on the garage so everybody on the street could see what the celebrations were !!

We decorated the lounge !

In the Hallway !

This was one of the cakes we had made for them (the other one was at the luncheon)

This was when my Mum saw us for the first time, giving Jessica a big hug !

This was me with my two sisters either side.

The Happy Couple cutting the cake.

This was the production line to make the sandwiches for the buffet !!

And of course we had to have a full family picture as its very rare these days that we are together like this. What a motly looking crew !!!

Well thats it for now, I am going to get caught up with the household chores and then possibly find a sketch challenge !! Watch this space !

Thank you for looking.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

OCCC Challenge - Crazy for Hearts !

I think I am going through a Black and White phase. Everything I`m turning out at the minute are in those colours. But I just love them. I think its so classy and chic. This is my card for the OCCC Challenge - Crazy for Hearts ! I bought the new Zebra stamp at the weekend and was determined to use him in this challenge. I found the perfect sentiment in the Verve stamps from last year, Wild Thing.

Receipe: Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White CS, Unknown DP, Stamps:Verve Visual, Zebra by The Artful Stamper, Ink: Real Red, Accessories: Nestabilties, Detail Black Embossing Powder, Scallop Edge Punch, Candy Dots.

I hope you like him. Thank you for taking the time to look. All comments are most welcome.

Have a great day!


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cards / Notelet Gift Set.

Hello and Happy Saturday !

Today I wanted to share with you a card/notelet gift set which I made for my friends birthday. I was given the idea by Laurie. She had details on her blog (Just Give Me Stamps) about a Love Note set. I was thrilled at how it turned out and my friend was over the moon with it !

I started off with a piece of card stock 7" x 12" and scored it with my Scor-Pal at 5 and 7 inches. (boy does that thing make life easy !) For the spine the piece of DP is 4" x 7" and scored at 1 and 3 inches. I then edged both sides of the spine paper.

I stamped the Rose from the "A Year of Flowers" stamp set; I love the images in this set and it was perfect for this project. You can purchase this at Gina K. I coloured it in with my Copic markers. (Pink means Friendship) Then layered it onto card stock cut using Nestabilities. This is the back of the holder. The saying is from the Say It with Flowers.

For the inside I cut two panels of DP 6.5" x 4.75". The pockets on the front are made from a piece of paper 6.5" x 5.5". I scored around the edges at 1". I used the Doyle edge punch to decorate the top of the pocket and a ribbon to finish them off. For this project I used terrific tape, that way I had no difficulty in making things stick down.

I made a selection of cards for the inside again using the Year of Flowers stamp set. I like the way the flowers are "hanging" over the edge. This idea came from Melanie`s blog, who actually designed the stamps. If you click on the link on the side bar it will take you straight to her blog - well worth the visit.
One finished Card/Notelet Gift Set !

I hope you enjoyed looking, why don`t you try one yourself and be amazed at how easy it is. This makes a lovely gift. Who isn`t always looking for cards to send to people!
Have a great day!