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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Three In A Row

Great to see the three in a row challenge at the Allsorts Challenge Blog this morning as it fits perfectly the Mother's Day card I have made for my partner's mam. As usual he left it to the last minute to ask me for it so I've just finished adding the diamantes to it 10 minutes ago!

I've kept it very simple as last minute cards usually are!. The butterflies are punched in various shades of purple, mounted on a circle then added to a long A5 card blank. Not the most exciting card I've ever made but because it's made on very white linen effect card it has an 'expensive' feel to it!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Special Lady

The challenge at Moving Along With the Times this week is to make a card for a 'Special Lady' - my Nanna! She loves roses so this decoupaged rose was the perfect topper.

I mounted it on an oval nestie but not having a scallopped oval nestie for a border, I used lots of punched yellow circles and carefully stuck them round the edge. I'm pleased with the effect. The patterned papers came from a magazine and I've added some yellow coloured card candy for extra texture.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Another card for Mother's Day

Here's another clean and simple card for Mother's Day, again using the flower die that has sat in a box unloved for over a year - it's now my new favourite die. If I have a good sort out who knows what other goodies I would find!

The striped paper is also very old - it came free with a Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine about 5 years ago - I hoard EVERYTHING!
It matches the colours used in the flower perfectly.

I've enterd this card into the following challenges...

Papertake Weekly Challenge - For The Girls....Or Mum

Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Mum's the word

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mother's Day Paper Piecing

The current challenge over at the Corrosive Challenge Blog is to make a card using the paper piecing technique. This is one of my favourite techniques - I love the effect of images coloured in with patterned papers.

The bag and shoe images are both from Pink Petticoat, a great place for cute girly images and sentiments. Using Microsoft Publisher, I arranged the images slightly overlapping and added the greeting with a text box (Worstveld Sling font). I then reprinted the bag image only onto some pretty floral Pink Petticoat paper and pieced this over the original image. The shoes are also decoupaged and are coloured with promarkers. I've finished the card by adding a cute pink bow.

I'm going to try and develop this style of card with other images as I'm really pleased with the result.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Colour Challenge at The Play Date Cafe

I love The Play Date Cafe Challenge blog - it always has such interesting colour combinations in it's challenges - this week it's a lovely combination of CHARCOAL, ASH and BUTTER. As I still need to do loads of Mother's Day cards I used these colours for a handbag card. This image from the Digistamp Boutique is one of my favourites.

I've matted the image onto a scallopped square, then onto an embossed background. I've decoupaged the flowers on the handbag and used diamantes in the middle of them. A matching buttercup yellow ribbon finishes the clean and simple look. I didn't have any paper of the right shade of yellow so for the matted edging, I coloured some white scraps with the same promarker that I used on the flowers so everything matched.

Thursday, March 08, 2012


The theme this week at Less Is More is a colour theme - NEUTRALS - use anything from off white to black with any shade of beige, brown or grey in between. The card I've made is for a work colleague who wanted a simple but 'touchy feely' card for her Grandparents 60th Wedding anniversary ( wow - 60 years!).

It's made using a lovely textured linen card with very pale beige accents. The paper used for the hearts and scallopped nestie started life as a shimmery envelope from one of my birthday cards - I recycle everything! The swirly embossing folder adds texture and I've added diamantes and a gossamer beige ribbon. I found a lovely verse on the interwebby for the inside...

May your

Diamond Anniversary

Be as special as

The day you said ‘I Do’.

Here’s to many more years

Of love and laughter together.

How sweet! Hope they like it.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

Today's card has been made entirely from scraps - I picked out lots of spring pastels, punched flowers and added gems. Very simple but they make a great border. The backing paper is embossed using the Swiss Dots embossing folder and the number and greeting were done in Word.

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craftroom - Spring Bouquet
Emerald Faerie Garden - Embossing
CES Challenge Blog - Flower Frenzy