Thursday, 31 May 2012

Hearts of Gold Wedding card

Still using alot of creams (vanilla) in my cardmaking, I have to say that I do like white on white with silver accents or whites, off whites and creams with gold accents for wedding cards. Unless I am making a specific card for someone who wants to 'go with' or compliment the brides colours, I usually 'play safe', using neutral colours and hopefully the card will appeal to a larger number of people when they visit my website.
I've also been experimenting with ways of displaying / creating my photos of my cards in a more interesting and 'softer' way. To create the picture above I have once again used CraftArtist for all the special effects which I hope dont distract from my card. I was rather hoping they enhanced it!!

All of the card used I had in my stash but it includes some white & gold blossom design card from Hunkydory way back and some dark green velvet paper which I found on ebay eons ago too. The flowers I made myself from diecuts, the hanging hearts flourish was cut on my Silhouette machine as were the leaves and flowers. Hints of glitter on the fleurs et voila!!! one wedding card which I hope will take someones fancy!!

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and a comment would be very much appreciated if you have the time. xx

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Vanilla is my flavour of the month!!

or so it would seem as I am using alot of the neutral shades in my cardmaking at the moment lol. Been up since before the crack of dawn, the thunderstorms didn't materialise (I do like a good humdinger of a thunderstorm too), and now it's daylight we have what promises to be another glorious day here on the southeast coast. Anyway, back to the plot as they say! Here is a wedding card that I created yesterday inbetween going to work and taking aged parent to a hospital appointment. Now I didnt have this card in mind when I started (sounds a bit familiar) and maybe the roses in the corners are a twee step too far - I'm not sure but I'd love to hear your opinions on it.
The centre topper (Wedding arch and foliage arrangement) was die cut using my Silhouette SD machine, oval diecut using a large spellbinders die, polka dot acetate, lattice silkart hunkydory cardstock, gold mirror card and the pale lemon / cream pearlescent swirly card are from stash as are the little roses and babies breath flowers.

As always, thanks for taking the time to pop in and say hello. xxx

Sunday, 27 May 2012


Funny title for a blog perhaps but the colours of this latest creation of mine is chocolate and vanilla!!! To be honest, the papers I've had for ages and cant remember where I got them!!! the ribbons, tiny roses, feathers and shoe diecuts are from my stash, but, the large cream flower on the shoe I made myself using my SilhouetteSD machine. It's quite a journey discovering what papers and cardstock the machine will or wont cut!! Lots of frustration along the way, but I was quite pleased with this result in the end lol - hope you like it.

Thanks again for stopping by xxx

A Steampunk wedding

It's not very often I do any stamping and from visiting other blogs and seeing what other crafters create with their stamps, it's quite inspirational so methinks I shall have to 'have a go' more often!!
The card below was created with a steampunk stamp from kanban that I bought ages ago. Minimal colouring as you can see, and I just stamped and embossed with black sparkle embossing powders.
The card measures 8" x 8", white semi-glossy cardstock layered with black silkart card with embossed silver swirl design from hunkydory. silky flowers, ribbon and faux diamante ribbon slider are from stash as too are the red hed shaped gemstones.
I'm entering this card into the following challenge

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Oooooo a bit of a struggle with this one

Fortunately it doesnt happen often, but now and again I find myself struggling to finish a card that isn't turning out as planned! Actually, this card is nothing like what I had in my mind when I started it and even now I'm not sure about it!!
But we all have different tastes and I'm sure it will appeal to someone ;) 

Various spellbinders cutting dies, a Martha Stewart border punch, antique matt gold gold, pink gliitter card and handmade oriental paper (inside) from stash and tiny roses from ebay. Tiny faux pearls and ribbon from stash too.

Thank you for stopping by. xxx

Monday, 21 May 2012

Diecutting & dabbling!!

I am fortunate enough to be the proud owner of a Silhouette SD and have been for some time now. But truth of the matter is I have found it a bit scary, not wanting to damage blade etc, and up until now I have only used it for mirror card and basic shapes. But . . . . . I have been experimenting with different cardstock to see what cuts without probs and what doesnt and todays efforts are shown below.
The beautiful picture has been decoupaged and printed from the craft cd rom 'A Touch of Magic' by Card Creations, featuring the fabulous artwork of Linda Ravenscroft.
With the exception of the butterfly, the frame and flourishes have been cut on the SSD and the flower was from my local pound shop.

Thank you for visiting. xx

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Faeries are for all ages . . .

I do think that most, if not all of us, love the mystical magick of faerie cards. I know I do, and with the beautiful imagery that is Jems Designs craft cd roms, it is not difficult to create a handmade card that will delight anyone on their special day.
Here is my latest creation - Rosa Fae. An offset gatefold card with diecut gold borders using a Martha Stewart border punch. The rest is just matting and layering various card from stock, embossing some layers with cuttelbug embossing folder birds and swirls (my name for it!!)

The picture frame was diecut using spellbinders rectangle fleur de lys cutting die and the small pink roses with organza bow add the finishing touches to what I think is a dainty looking card!!

Thank you for visitng. xx

Friday, 11 May 2012

Love is in the Air

I really enjoy late spring and early summer dont you? The sun's shining, the baby birds are exploring my garden . . .awww and I've even spotted the vixen at the back of my garden with four cubs . . .awww!!  and then of course it's a fabulous time for weddings too - here are some pics of my latest customer order.

3rd layer is silver mirror card with heart shaped apertures to reveal embossed layer beneath
I've included some pix of the layers too as the card has been created using just white pearlescent cardstock and silver mirror card. I used to glue down my layers on a bookatrix after curving them. But lately I have stopped glueing so that the people can see the decoration on each layer.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Art Deco style

Hi everyone, well I have been a busy bee again today creating a birthday card for one of my regular customers. The 'spec' I was given was Bookatrix style, and an old time dancing theme. This is the card that I have created and I do hope the lady will be pleased when she opens it on her birthday.

White pearlescent cardstock layered with polka dot hunkydory silkart card and silver mirror card. Ruched centre irridescent white ribbon and large faux gemstones from stash. Frames diecut with Spellbinders fleur de lys rectangle die and the decoupaged image is from an old craft cd rom from Jemini Crafts.

Thank you for visiting xx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Different Endings!!

I'm sure it must happen to other crafters, but why does it always happens to me when I have the time to have my own 'crafternoon'. I have these ideas and visions in my head, but what actually emerges from my craftroom is not altogether the same or even close to my original idea!!! The card I started is not completed yet but this card seemed to take over . . . . . .!!!
In the picture above is the digital project I created using CraftArtist pro and a beautiful image fro Jems Designs cd rom Enchanted. After tweaking in MCS editing programme I ended up with the image below
With so much going on in the picture itself, I just matted and layered the picture onto cardstock & mirri card from stash and added some brads to create the 8" x 8" card below.
As you can see I changed my mind about the printed frame on the image. Not sure if I should have kept it in but hey!! . . . .I still have the image for another card lol. have a great bank holiday

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

My stepper easel card

I have always liked the style of handmade card which is the stepper. My only 'problem' with this style of card is that it seems to be prone to collapsing / flattening when on display!! To remedy this, I thought I would combine the stepper with the easel style card. The end result can be seen in the photos below, followed by the recipe . .
Recipe for the stepper easel card above is:
 1 x card 210mm x 435mm
1 x A4 gold mirror card
1 x A4 printed backing papers (Jems Designs cd rom Enchanted)
1 x sheet toppers from the same Enchanted cd rom

white marabou feathers
ex large faux diamante gemstone sprays and self adhesive gems (hobbycraft)
number peel offs.

I scored across the base card at the 145mm mark (1/3 along the longest side) this section forms the base / easel part of the card, and which left me with an A4 size section of card which I scored as per instructions from my hougie board to create the stepper.
As with all easel cards I placed a raised border along the edge of the base section to form a stopper at the back which is what prevents the card from collapsing when on display.
With the extra section, this card is too bulky to fit into a normal A5 envelope but fits into an A5 card box quite nicely.
Thank you for visiting, it's been great to see you. xxxx