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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Wedding Card

Just a simple wedding card today.  Decoupaged Bride and Groom (an old Reddy one from my stash).  I didn't use the main background just the decoupage, and just an added ribbon and pearl buckle all on pearlised tapestry card.

(They say the camera doesn't lie - but honestly the ribbon is straight!).


Wednesday, 30 May 2012

OAPs Rule - OK!

It is my Brother-in-Law's Birthday today and this is the card I have made for him (albeit because I hadn't got my act together it will be a bit late arriving!)

The image is from Just Inklined the Next Big Thing - and he can blame his brother for choosing the image!  As B-i-l is joining the OAP Club today, just couldnt' resist using the image!  Image is matted on papermania pearlescent card, and some glitter card.  Have also used the glitter card for the Memory Box die shapes.  Gosh I love these new dies - got to buy some more!  The main card stock is pearlescent card.  It is also huge as it is an A4 size card!

and here is a close up of the main image, which was coloured with promarkers.  There is a subtle little personalisation on the scooter, as B-i-l works the early shift picking/packing customer orders for a certain Supermarket.  Hopefully it will make him laugh!  As they live on the south coast, can just imagine him at some point in his bright shirt and shorts zooming along the seafront with his shopping! he he!


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Rabbit Cake and a Necklace

As promised here is a picture of the Rabbit Cake my Daughter-in-law made (the one I should have made) - Didn't she make a fabulous job of it!

And now for the Necklace:

My first attempt at this got taken apart, as it didn't "sit" right.  This was the second version.  As you can see it is quite multicoloured with greens, purples and oranges!  I made it to go with a new top I bought recently:

Here it is laid on my top

and this shows the bottom of my purchase, with the purple part

As you can see it is quite a multi-coloured top, and I was really pleased with how well it complemented all the colours.


Sunday, 27 May 2012


First attempt at Lilac

I have been feeling a lot better over the past few days, and manged two meals out - one with my husband on Friday, and a lovely meal at the local "Smith and Weston" grill (Yee-ha) for my No2 granddaughter's 6th Birthday with all my family plus her aunt, her other grandmother and her partner.  She had her "kiddies" party today and I will share the picture of the cake her mum made later in the week (the one I should have made) - she made a fantastic job of it!

Today I decided to sit in the sunshine and get out the paint fusion bits and bobs and get re-acquainted with my paints!

To get back into the swing, I decided to try out Lilac for the first time.  Just painted on 160gsm card for the practise.  Quite pleased with the result, and the actual picture is quite effective in real life, as I used purple metallic paint mixed with the white for the petals.

I then did some prep for hopefully tomorrow's projects - some crackle finish on some little pots and a tissue holder (nutmeg brown on first coast and an almond shade on the top coat - I forget the exact names, without jumping up from here and looking at the tester pots!)

Crackle finished projects - the "before"

When they are finished will post some "after" pictures!


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Moshi Monster Cakes

My No 2 Granddaughter said she wanted a Moshi Monster cake for her birthday.  My DIL persuaded her to have a rabbit cake for her party as they are having a magician. However, because I wasn't well last week, I had to make the decision not to make that, as I didn't want to let her down at last minute.  However, we agreed that if I was up to it, I would attempt to make some Moshi Monster cupcakes that she could take to her ballet class, as she is spending her birthday rehearsing for a ballet show!

I was feeling a little brighter today so had a go at making the cupcakes.  Let's face it I really didn't have much clue about the little characters - so it was a case of trawling the net for inspiration on the characters.  (Little did I know that her cousin had some collectors cards of the characters that I could have borrowed for inspiration!)  I hope my granddaughter likes them - at least her cousin was able to recognise and name some of the characters (which is more than I can!).

Must admit the photos don't really do them justice -they do look better in reality!

close up of tray 1

close up of tray 2


ps anybody want any leftover green buttercream?  it actually tastes better than it looks, as it has lemon flavouring in it! lol!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Card for Bea

Had to use this image from Joanna's Daisy and Friends cd, as it reminded me so much of granddaughter No2, whose 6th birthday it will be shortly!  I had already chosen it and coloured it in, before I knew she would be spending most of her birthday at a dress rehearsal with her sister for their forthcoming Ballet School's show at a local theatre!

Coloured with promarkers. Matted onto two shades of Papermania pearlescent card.  One of my  new papermania flowers from latest Goodybag, which has been edged with a a blue Letraset Metallic Marker.  I also used the blue and green metallic markers to colour the peel-off number 6 and some clear oriental lettering ones from my stash, which I bought from C&C many moons ago.  Was quite pleased how the metallic markers blended on the peel-offs.

As she is quite a keen little crafter, I have bought her some Lyra watercolour crayons and koi brushes for her birthday.  I am thinking that by next year, it will have to be promarkers - better start saving then!


Friday, 18 May 2012

first bit of crafting for a while

I have been feeling distinctly below par for past week.  There have been visits to docs, and tests etc.  I am now awaiting results.  I think it is a flare up of my pancreatitis, which is very painful.  In addition my sugar levels have been completely haywire and horrendously high.  I seem to have spent most of the week asleep, apart from getting up to make meals, and if I have been up, I have just been laying on sofa or sitting in a chair reading, between my dozing!  Am hoping that I feel better tomorrow, and can perhaps tackle some very overdue housework!  Forecast is sun - so perhaps I may even sit in the garden and paint fusion or something.

Today I have been in my pjs all day - unknown for me - but I did manage to sit and make this card for a pal's birthday next week.  (just got to find the energy to make the insert this evening).

Apart from some cream cardstock from my stash, and a couple of bits from my jewellery stash, and the little zentangled "J" - all the paper and elements were from the May 2012 Docrafts Goody Bag.  Must admit I fell in love with the colour combos when I first saw them.

I created the beads from some strips of the top paper and hung them from one of the brads that came with the kit.  (Looking at the photo - looks if I need to do a little adjustment to the left-hand bead! oops - at least there is an advantage to taking a picture before the card is posted!).

Shame there weren't two of those half circle elements in the kit - could have used the matching second one on the envelope!


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Retro Look Card

I don't normally buy Crafter's Companion cds, but when I saw Nigel May's first craft cd "A-May-Zing" I fell in love with a couple of bits from it.  I was particularly inspired to buy it after seeing a retro card made by Linda Hill (http://lindasrainbowcraftingcabin.blogspot.co.uk/).  (Hers used the red option).

So having fallen in love with this backing paper, which as I mentioned was the reason I bought the cd, this is my interpretation of her idea for a card for my son. 

Linda did tell me that she had done the letters in Bubble font and then used Craft Artist to create a stencil for the letters.   Well I couldn't work out how to do it or how to create a black outline around the letters.  I managed using MCS to create the stencilled letters without a black outline, printed them, and then edged them by hand with a micron pen, before cutting them out  and glazing them with Creative Expressions 3D Crystal Clear Lacquer.  ( I know Linda said she cut her letters out by hand, after she created them, but I don't know whether she glazed them, or whether the shiny effect was created along with the black outlines in Craft Artist).

When I put the elements together I didn't like the clear space in the top right-hand corner, and was originally going to put some matching buttons to the ribbon on there, but I only had two and not three (that's typical isn't it when you get a freebie in a magazine).  Anyway I found a little hedgehog in my stash which had the same colours on it as the paper.   I still felt it needed something else - Linda had some pretty beads dangling on hers, so I decided that rather than put "feminine" beads on, I would make some paper beads, which I also varnished with the 3D glaze.  I thought I was going to be able to cheat and use the cd for the paper beads, but they didn't have them in the design I was using; so I created my own from another sheet of the backing paper!  I threaded them on to some eye pins and then hung them on a black jump ring from my stash. 

Hope my son likes it - it's a bit different from my normal sort of card, but then men's cards nearly always defeat me!  (and  note there isn't any Zentangle in sight! - he won't be expecting that!)

Thanks for popping by


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Banded Agate Necklace

I fell in love with these "stones/beads" at Sandown, and have at last got around to making a necklace.   It was good practice for making eye pins!  I added a chain and clasp from my stash.  This one is definitely for me - the feel of the Agate is absolutely gorgeous.  I had a lot of trouble trying to decide which string of stones I wanted to buy the colours were so gorgeous.