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Friday, 30 July 2010

handmade birthday cards received!

Here are the hand made cards I received for my birthday

from daughter Dawn - the darker blue backing paper has been created by her too.

from eldest granddaughter (aged 8) - need to borrow that nestability!

from youngest grandaughters (aged 4 and 1) made with supervision of Auntie Dawn.  I think the card is coloured with paper-soft colours and sponges, and then it has butterflies stamped on it (you can just about see these).  Well done girls it is lovely. Your colouring is lovely.

from my daughter's MIL - she makes lovely hand-embroidered cards.

The following were from JS forum pals - well what can I say - they are all absolutely gorgeous:

from Sheila

from Andrew

from Adele

from Jan

Thank you all so much - they will all be treasured

Forever friends cards

I have been feeling a tad under the weather this week, and suddenly realised that I had cards to make for next week for some of the family! - so forever friends cd to the rescue or creating them - I love this cd, and of course I had to try out my new MS trellis punch received for my birthday!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Butterfly Wedding

A card for a couple getting married abroad (second marriage).   Their wedding scheme is cream, gold and butterflies.

The image is from MCS Celebrations, and the wording was done in same colour as image.   Docraft gold angel wings for the butterflies.  Cream base card, and pearlescent cream and gold mirri for matting and layering. 

The insert (not shown) was printed on vellum, using the same image and a verse printed in gold, and then quickly embossed as soon as it came out of the printer.

Instead of an envelope, I made a matching bag for the card:

Saturday, 24 July 2010

90th Birthday

Specification for this card was "pretty", 90 and Joyce - hope it fits the bill - main image is a Joanna Sheen hydrangea stamp, coloured with promarkers and decoupaged.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Lambretta-The Who

The spec for this card was "The Who and Lambrettas"!  I planned the card in MCS then printed off the elements.  The tiled background was printed on Conquerer "pearlescent" paper, and toppers were mounted on foam tape.

For the insert I couldn't resist using the Albert image from Jak Heath, which was a free download on the launch of her new digi-stamps at http://www.justinklined.com/  coloured with promarkers.  (I told my pal ordering the card about the image, and said I wasn't sure whether to use it - but she said yes go for it - hope it gives the recipient a giggle - it certainly does make me smile! )

close up of the image on insert

Monday, 19 July 2010

Train Card

Heck - another card from me today - this one inspired by a demo Joanna Sheen did on C&C yesterday. Once again stamped image from Joanna's Country Life Stamps, coloured in with promarkers, mounted on red card and silver mirri.   Three panels cut from cream pearlescent card and cross-scored with Hougie Board, then edged with red promarker.   Note to self here (and a tip) - in future edge the card before scoring - saves the colour from appearing to bleed where the score lines are!)   Panels mounted on silver mirror and ribbon attached. 

I suppose I should have done the panels again, but confess I really didn't want to waste more precious pearlescent card!  Fortunately it is for a family member, and I shall say it is "new look" distressing!

Tractor Card

Just a quick card for my husband's birthday tomorrow - I find it very difficult to know what to put on a card, but back in his youth he used to drive his aunt's tractor on her farm - so decided to use on of my Joanna Sheen Country Life Stamps.  It also had to be simple and quick as I had to do it without him seeing, particularly as he always says don't bother with a card!

Coloured with promarkers, mounted on blue and spotty card.  The blue card has been cross-embossed using my Hougie board and some buttons added where some of the embossed lines meet to co-ordinate with the image.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Finished !

At last I have finished the flowers for the wedding cake, so thought I would share a taster of things to come - i.e. when I have iced the cakes.

this is the circlet of blossoms that will go between the top two and bottom two tiers.

This is the posy for the top of the cake.

The spray for the knife.

all the flowers and a vague representation of what the top two tiers will look like.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Bentley Bear

Made this card with a free Bentley Bear stamp.  Coloured in with promarkers.  The image was cut out with a nestability die, using a technique of cutting part of the image first, so that the balloons are outside the cut, and mounted on a larger oblong from spotty paper from a Daisy & Dandelion pad, which toned with the bear.  Finished off the image, by glazing the balloons.

The sentiment was one from my stash and mounted this on an oblong, created by cutting out the spotty paper and then repositioning it on the die and passing through cuttlebug again.   (Quite pleased with how that turned out - shall use that idea again)

Thursday, 1 July 2010

No 2 Granddaughter's card!

I had no.2 granddaughter for an hour or so this morning, whilst her mum took her sister for an appointment at the hospital.  Of course we had to do Craft! 


She wanted to do some stamping, and I decided to risk letting her loose on the Lyra aqua crayons and my best koi waterbrush!   My son had told me that she was getting very good at colouring in.  She is only 4 years old, and I reckon she did a good job.   She was so delicate with her painting, and mixing the colours on the old stamp block.

Well I am really proud of her finished result!   she stamped the image and painted it (should add here that it was stamped with Memento rather than Versmark and still she managed not to get the outline to run!)

I cut out the image when finished and the mirri-card - with her help using my x-cut guillotine - confess Nanny was a tad nervous, but she understood that it was very sharp, and I positioned the card and she cut it (yes we both still have our fingers in tact!)  She then used the tape-pen and mounted the image etc on a square card and raided my butterfly stock for the finishing touches and then stamped "hand-made by" on the back.

Her Christmas pressie is now sorted - set of lyra and some koi brushes!

Second Attempt

Apparently the colours of the hydrangea blossoms I was making weren't quite right.  My DIL2B wanted them whiter.  The first ones I made were more creamy.  So here is second attempt. 

I have made about 24 so far - a way to go yet!  but I am getting quicker - now takes me half an hour to make two complete blossoms - actually made 12 today (Wed).

have put Wed as tried to upload this last night and Blogger didn't want to know!