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!