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Monday, April 20, 2009

Love is in the Air

Three cards on the theme of love... and all made with the same basic layout. The first is a Wedding card made from wallpaper (very expensive wallpaper) and ribbon. This card is just so easy to make - three oblongs of paper with ribbon along the bottom, a punched heart on the top and punched flowers with diamantes arranged around the cake. With the right papers this could also be made to look like a birthday cake.

The second is for an engagement. I found some Cuttlebug ring shapes in a bargain bucket at my local craft store and knew straight away I would end up making an engagement ring with them. The 'diamonds' are from the Pound Shop which is a great place for crafty bargains.

The third one took a bit of thinking about. It's for a 20th Wedding Anniversary and the traditional gift for this anniversary is china. I came across the tea-pot in some free papers I got with Making Cards magazine some time ago and with the addition of a small punched heart, this seemed the ideal embellishment for this occasion.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Month full of Birthdays...

The first two cards are very girly - spotty frocks! I love making frock cards and they go down very well with ladies of all ages. For the first one, I got the template from an old Doodlebug sticker kit. Once I had used the original sticker, I traced the 'remains' for the outline of the frock. The spotty paper is gift wrap, the brads are paper fasteners painted with black nail varnish and the ribbon cut out of a black top.

The template for the second frock appeared a few months ago in Papercraft Inspirations and I love the shape - I would wear this myself!

Rachel is my work colleague's 11 year old daughter who is horse mad. I made her a similar card last year using JollyNation's other horse girl decoupage which she had framed so she can make a matching pair of pictures using this one.

I am absolutely useless at stamping - you'd think I had two left hands so I love the concept of downloads. Pink Petticoat is one of my fave places for downloads - they are so cute and sassy. The paper came free with a magazine and the turquoise flowers are from a local market haberdashery stall.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Easter Greetings

Easter, like Halloween, has become a popular time to send cards. I got a request from a work colleague to make half a dozen non-religious Easter cards and here's the results...

The first one is a cute little download from Pink Petticoat, coloured with brush markers and mounted on PaperMania spotty paper from the Spring Burst pack.

I love this stripy paper with the eggs on it. Another Papermania paper which perfectly matched the cute cake sticker.
Decoupaged daffodils... a sure sign of Easter when the gardens are full of yellow flowers. This card took the longest to make - about 40 minutes cos of all the cutting.

I love this quirky chicken. He was cut from the same paper that I used on the background. Cards like this only take minutes to make and I use this layout time and time again.
The only card with a slightly religious theme - there are tiny crosses on the checked backing paper! The Easter bunny came from a Papermania sticker pack.

Cute chick and paper from last year's PaperMania Easter pack of papers.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Belated Mother's Day cards...

It's taken a while to get these posted - I've just come back from a lovely week in Tenerife and everything has been upside down for the last few days. Here's a selection of the cards I made before I went away...

These first two were made with some stickers from Penny Black - Stickeroos I think they are called. Burgundy isn't a colour I often use and I thought I would struggle to get papers to match the stickers but I found loads. The top card was made using paper from a pack by the English Papar Company.I used some paper from a very old pack of Papermania papers (Rich Red) on this second Stickeroo card. The 'Mam' lettering is rubbed onto punched circles of card and highlighted with burgundy card - I often use this trick as a greeting.

These next two cards were made using La Pashe's Flippin' Women decoupage sheets. The card above is A4 size and the image is stuck onto acetate in a large aperture card. There is also a reverse to the image which can't be seen here.

I've used the same decoupage image here but just the front this time. The paper is from the Colossal flowery pack from PaperMania.

This card is for two little boys to send their beloved Nanna. I got the forever Friends sticker in a free pack from Papercraft Inspirations and the spotty paper is again PaperMania. I should have shares in that company! I stuck the hearts on the ends of the ribbon cos it wouldn't stop fraying and i rather like the effect it has made.

I got this tulip decoupage sheet with Making Cards magazine ages ago. It was quick to cut out even though it looks intricate and I love the colours.

These three are made with my favourite flower stamp. I hate stamping - I can never seem to stamp the image evenly - yet this stamp works every time for me. I'm really into doodling on cards at the minute and I've done faux stitching around the image and the greeting which can't be seen very well here!

As with most of my cards there's ribbon used on these. I love the way ribbon adds texture to a card and makes you want to touch it.

This red flower card is my favourite. There's more faux stitching around the images and the ribbon tied perfectly first time.