Friday, 31 December 2010

Favor It for Christmas

I love these little favor (or favour if you are over here!) dies - although they are rather small and I only managed to fit a couple of chocolates in them (I was good though and gave the recipients the remainder of the boxes of chocs!)

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The container - is it a bag, is it a box? is the Favor It from Papertrey with the Mat Stack 1 die overstamped with a sweet little set of clear Basic Grey stamps that my friend VikkiJo sent me in matching PTI colours.
Fliss was great and as I made each bag she stuck the bling on - she was complaining she was bored so I asked her to help and we got them completed double quick!

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Birthday Frames

Here are two recent birthday cards for close friends, Jenni and Sharon who both have their birthdays on Christmas Eve.

I used the Frame It set from Waltzingmouse Stamps as my theme and I was trying to get a trelliswork effect for the background using the Papertrey background basics - Tin Types. It's really easy to mask off the frame with post-it notes - what did we do before repositionable pads!!

The first one up has the background stamped in Smokey Shadow ink and the flower set from PTI's Four of a Kind is stamped in Chartreuse and Raspberry Fizz.

This one is background stamped in Chai ink and the dahlias and leaves coloured with copic markers. I used my dahlia die set to cut the leaves and flower - so much easier than cutting them out by hand.

Did you have a great Christmas? We had a very relaxing one and I intend to spend the next few days playing with some new stamps that my friend Betty bought over from the US for me - I have a whole two weeks off work - bliss!

Amarylis for December

I am shockingly late in showing my last calendar page. Possibly my favourite one of the lot - I have a beautiful amaryllis blooming right now in a pot here at home - all four trumpets are out and it is stunning.

I went with deep red colours - well it is December!

Here's a close up of the flower - coloured with copic markers. Thanks for stopping by this week - I hope you have enjoyed the Year in Flowers.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Tea for Two Birthday

Tea for Two came across the pond for me recently and I couldn't resist getting the matching dies. For its first outing I made a birthday card for my friend Penny in aqua and chocolate.

I used lots of bits and bobs on this card - Pretty Pastels paper, aqua and chocolate card, aqua ribbon along with pearls and die cuts. I also stamped the woodgrain background stamp onto the mat stack die but it's hard to see in the picture.

I used a Martha Stewart punch for the card edge and made it into a tri-fold card.
As there are a few pearls on this creation I'm putting it in for the lastest challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey which this fortnight is to use pretty pearls!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Cyclamen for November

It's hard to believe that there is only one month to go and the Year of Flowers is complete. My Mum and my MIL always have pretty cyclamens on their kitchen windowsills and so took my inspiration from them. I broke into my new Dotty Biscotti paper pack - love the colours - and choose raspberry fizz for my theme this month.

Here is a little close of the blooms which I coloured with the copic markers that match the raspberry fizz and ripe advocado colours.

Look out for Amarylis next month!

Climbing back on the crafting ladder!

Sometimes life just jumps up and bites you in the bottom on occasions and this last month has been one of those! A quick visit to Romania on work business and a health scare for my dear Mum (who is fine now) put my crafting on a back burner so to celebrate finding my JustRite stampers that I thought had gone out with the rubbish when I had my new storage units, I made some notelet sets.

The ones above use the Dot Spot stamp from PTI along with the matching Bitty Dots paper and ink for my friend Jeanette.

These ones below are a gift for Nina and Graham whose wedding we went to a month back, this time using Friends to the End.

Thanks for stopping by today and not giving up on me! The November installment of the calendar pages is coming up next!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Big & Bold Wedding Card

We are all off to a dear friend's wedding on Sunday and Nina's colours are teal, cream and gold. I used Ocean Tides from Papertrey and gave my Big & Bold Wishes it's first inking. The patterned base uses Background Basics - Petal Power. If you follow Dawn McVey's blog then you will recognise the layout of this card which I have shamelessly cased!

Chrysanthemums for October

It would be hard to think of a better flower for October - there is nothing like the colour of Mum's to brighten the garden when all the Summer bedding is on its way out.

I used Papertrey's Summer Sunrise and Terracotta Tile for my colourways this time around - just right and Autumnal!

Here is a little close up of those Mums!

Only two months left to go - better start thinking about 2011!

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Thank You in Aqua

A simple but pretty little thank you card that I made for the lady that made Fliss's birthday cake. I did post it off on time but forgot to show you here.

I made the card from a scrap of stamping that I was practicing on ages ago with Giga Guidelines using spring rain, aqua mist and enchanted evening. I was playing with with I thought were manly colours but I got that all wrong!

By the way - I did trim that ribbon tail before I sent it off - nothing like a photo to show up your errors!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Four of a Kind

I was a very lucky girl when the lovely Taheerah let me buy one of her Papertrey CHA sets that were exclusive to the show called Four of a Kind. I love how versatile it is with 4 different flowers. I whistled off a few like the one above but forgot to photograph them.

The one above is a one layer card stamped in Chartreuse and Raspberry Fizz. The one below is all in Plum Pudding and Chartreuse again - love the new inks even if they do stamp a bit unevenly!

I used Plum Pudding DP (Dots and Squares) from Papetrey with a little strip of old Anna Griffin DP. I haven't decided on a sentiment yet - if I use one at all as in life I think this card looks a lot prettier that the photo! The roses are popped up on dimentionals to give it a bit of a lift.
The challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey this week is to make a square card and so I think this fits the bill!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have had a grand weekend!

Asters for September

Here is the page for September - pretty Asters. I always remember my Dad growing Asters in many colours. I have used a bit of poetic license here with berry sorbet colours!

Here is a little close up of the colouring.

I used Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush card and paper for this month

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Peonies and Roses

I love my Lockheart flower stamps and don't really use them enough. They are lovely to colour and have such detail although they are quite small. Lockheart stamps are hard to get hold of in the UK but I found a lovely online shop in the US which will post them over for under $10 - a bargain! See them here at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. They arrived super fast too which made me very happy!

The challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey this week is to use polka dots and there is an abundance on these cards!

First off we have peonies (naturally) and they are coloured in melon berry colours - I don't think I have ever come across peachy peonies so forgive me the artistic license.

Next up is the Daisy and Roses stamp - so pretty and fun to colour. I did go around the flowers with a yellow marker to highlight the white of the flowers but it was too bright and Paul (ever helpful!) said it looked cartoon-like so I toned it down a bit with some grey.

I wasn't sure where this next peony one was going but I like the black and pink combination!

All supplies are by Papertrey and Spellbinders.

It's Bank Holiday tomorrow - what could be better than extra crafty time!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Linen Vellun Note Cards

I took my idea for this set of note cards from Nicole Heady's intro to the Year of Flowers - Daffodils that she made.
I really enjoy stamping on the linen vellum - here I stamped the flowers and dots in matching inks onto the vellum and added a bit of stitching, ribbon and fillable frames to finish.

Summer Sunrise...

Plum Pudding ....

Lavender Moon....

Raspberry Fizz...

Looking at that ric rak die - I have made a great discovery for the long dies and the Cuttlebug. I bought a set of long plates called Big Up Your Bug from here - well worth the investment if you use the long Spellbinders or PTI dies.

Morning Glory for August

A bit late posting this - see details below! I actually had this done well before August and it was the most challenging one yet. Much as I love flowers, Morning Glory isn't really on my radar so I googled them and decided on the bluey purpley ones. That was great until I came to match card and papers and since I didn't have the blue I needed I went with PTI Simply Chartreuse.

I still don't think I am as happy with it as the others I have made - a bit of a could have tried harder on this occasion!

Here is a little close up of the flowers which were coloured with copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by this weekend - hope you have had a good one!

Enjoy The Ride

Goodness - it's a month since I have shown anything - mainly due to my laptop playing silly whatsits with me (Daisy chewing through my charger TWICE and the battery giving up the ghost completely) but I am now sitting with an old model from work and back in business! Bliss!

The challenge at A Passion for Papertrey this fortnight is long and tall so I broke open my new bits and bobs that haven't seen ink yet - A Little Argyle and Enjoy the Ride - stamps and die.

I wanted to make a card for my husband's oldest friend - they have both hit 50 this year and have known eachother since they were in nursery school. This is what I came up with....

and this is how I changed it after Paul made a few suggestions! He thinks the car is a definate Herbie and so he added the 50 instead of 53 and suggested the car went at a jaunty angle, oh - and don't forget the indicator lights!

All supplies are by Papertrey and the card is a DL size.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

To "Die" For

I love the challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey this fortnight so I'm doing another entry (really I'd just like to win that stamp set!).

I bought quite a few of the Papertrey dies some months back but have not shown them much love so I got them out to play this weekend.

I stamped off a whole sheet of linen vellum with Dot Spot in shades of Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Hawiian Shores and Spring Moss and just cut into four. The stamps are from fillable frames, round and round and Verve.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are all having a great weekend!

I think this one is my favourite - buttons and bling!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Year of Flowers - Roses

This is my first card with last months new PTI Year of Flowers Rose and it owes more than a few shakes to this gorgeous card of Maile Belle's. As soon as I saw it I had to try it.

I coloured the rose and leaves with copic markers and the sentiment comes from Damask Designs.

Here is a little close up of the rose - I have many roses but this is my favourite so far - it's just so big!
As I used my circle nestabilities to die cut the white circle (love that white space) I'm slipping it in for the latest challenge over at a Passion for Papertrey - please do go check out what the girls have made!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Tigerlilies for July

I am a bit late sharing my calender page for July - lots going on! I will share some photos of the other weekend with you shortly.

I stamped the flowers in memento black ink and coloured with Copics. I love the melon berry colours on the tigerlilies. These lilies always remind me of the day my daughter was born and my Mum and Dad sent us a massive arrangement and their sent filled the cubicle - I still resisted calling Felicity, Lily, after my Granny even with such gorgeous flowers!

Here's a little close-up of the tigerlilies

I always like to stamp a few extra images and with one I made this little card for my dear friend Penny who sadly lost her Mum 3 weeks ago. As I have used my Nestability dies I'm putting this in for the latest Passion for Papertrey challenge.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Projects at A Passion for Papertrey

I have another project over at A Passion for Papertrey as my last post as the featured stamper for June (yes I know it's July but we have been a bit busy around here of late)!

If you would like to see this and the rest of my set of aperture cards please do pop over and have a look.

There is also a Summertime challenge on too for the next two weeks so why not join in and you could win some Papertrey goodies!

Here is my card for the Summer theme:

Happy Birthday Felicity!

My baby turned 18 last week - please can someone tell me why time races by so very quickly! She has become a very lovely young woman and we are so very proud of her.

Here are some photos of family and friends especially for those family and friends that couldn't be with us on her special day - we missed you!

Proud Dad alert!

Paul and I felt under-dressed when presented with all Fliss's glamour!

With Rachel - her best friend since they were about 4 months old - don't they look so gorgeous!