Monday, 27 April 2009

Big Bold Flowered Friends

A few more to leave you with tonight from my group of Friends til the End cards - Papertrey Ink published a quick kits set and with it an on line inspiration sheet - so I took some of my inspiration from that.

Lots of the big flower stamped and cut out or stamped direct to the base.

I like this colour combination - Spring Rain and Dark Chocolate- yummy!

Lemon Tart and Summer Sunrise with some brassy brads to finish the flower centres.

Pure Poppy and Chocolate again - nice and bright and cheerful!

Retro Friends

You can tell I've been spoiling myself recently - here is Friends til the End paired with Background Basics Retro - a set I've neglected since I got it. My lovely friend Chris split a pack of Ocean Tides cardstock with me and I can't stop using it - so at the risk of boring you all here are two more!

Here we have Heartfelt Basics sentiment and Ocean Tides ink and ribbon paired with bitty dots paper and an itsy bit of raspberry fizz.

When you've spent time stamping these backgrounds you don't want to waste a scrap so this time I teemed it up with some berry sorbet bitty dots paper and a bit of bling!

Friends and Damask Designs

I set myself a challenge over Easter to make a batch of cards using my Papertrey Ink set called Friends to til the End. I so often just make a couple of cards with a set then I get all excited over a newer one! I used another new set to add a bit of variety - here Damask Designs also by Papertrey.

This is a little 4x4" card using Spring Rain card and bitty dots paper with some raspberry fizz to brighten it up! There is a little bit of bling on the flowers too.

I was trying to do a little bit of vintage on this one - I just bought a Versafine Sepia ink pad and tried it out on the background - and matched it with a scrap of lace from my sewing box.I love Kraft and Raspberry together!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Tapestry Friend

The challenge on Split Coast Stampers today was to use frames in any way. I thought I would cut a frame with my nestabilities and then mount it on top of my stamped image - it just wouldn't work though. I had to go back and glue the frame to the panel instead.

The stamping is done with Floral Filigree Wreath by Rubber Stamp Tapestry using Versacolor ink and Friends til the End by Papertrey Ink. All the cardstock and paper is by Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Splitcoast Colour Combination

It's just great to be on holiday for a few days - especially as I am on my own as Paul and Fliss are out at work. The weather was beautiful today and I could craft with the patio doors open and Daisy could chase the squirrels and pigeons all day to her hearts content!

The Tuesday colour combination on Split Coast Stampers today was Pink, Saffron and Pale Blue plus Chocolate and as I had my new Papertrey set out called Friends til the End, I put ink to acrylic and got playing.

This was the result - pretty and pastel!

The blue is stamped in Spring Rain ink - I was trying for a repeating pattern. There is also a circle of yellow rhinestones in the daisy centre but they don't show too well in this photo.

Acetate and Alcohol Inks

A bit of a departure for me - a challenge on our forum to make something with alcohol inks, acetate and eyelets (I can't remember the last time I used eyelets and forgot I had so many of them!). This was my effort - I only have three inks so I was a bit limited - but I swished all three together on some cling film and then rubbed the acetate over it all. I had purple fingers for a day!

The flower was stamped in Stazon and the whole shabang layered onto white and lilac card with a sentiment from Papertrey.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Birthday Surprise!

No crafting last weekend as my wonderful husband got us a trip to Barcleona as my birthday treat - it's a city I've always wanted to visit so I thought I'd share a few photos.

We walked and bused it all over the city and got to see some great places - like La Pedrera (or Casa Mila as it used to be called) which is amazing. That's me and Paul sneaking in the corner! It was beautiful and sunny - a real change from the awful weather in England.

We had a Gaudi fest over the weekend and also visited the Sagrada Familia which is stunning both restored and unrestored.

I think this was my favourite Gaudi building, Casa Batllo - sandwiched between two much more modern buildings, one covered in advertising netting for my beloved handbag company! Paul took a close up too which shows the fabulous balconies and mosaic facade.

Lots of inspiration in all the colours don't you think? We're planning another long weekend as soon as we can - I vote for NYC but I have to bring Paul around - any tips? :)

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Fresh Snow on Colour

I was inspired by seeing the white stamping on NicoleHeady's blog and Dawn McVey's blog thought I'd have a try too. These are a couple of birthday cards that I put together for friends. I really like this ink but it is very "sticky" and takes a while to dry- not so easy when you are doing a repeated pattern!

This pink one is white snow ink on berry sorbet cardstock using the Guide Lines and Heartfelt Basics sets.

Here we have fresh snow on ocean tides cardstock with Damask Designs. My friend Chris sent me some of the new Papertrey buttons so I wouldn't have to wait 'til they come back into stock and I'm enjoying raiding my stash of embroidery floss to colour co-ordinate my ties.