Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hi there, hope your weather isn't too bad - what a change from the lovely sunshine days we had back in March - it feels more like November here now!  Oh well there's not a lot we can do apart from put up with it and hope for big improvements soon.

My favourite aunty celebrated her 90th birthday last week and, as she's always loved flowers, I made her card using MCS' Elite Quintessential Country Garden - it's the first card I've made from this new disc and I have to say I'm looking forward to using it again very soon, the artwork is gorgeous!

I thought a pretty, delicate and very feminine card would suit the occasion and wanted it to be fairly traditional but with a modern twist so decided on an acetate 'bubble' front rather than decoupage etc.  I printed the floral design out onto acetate (having worked out the size to give the bowed front - no pre-designed acetates on this disc), then once the ink had dried, scored the folds and got to work on the reverse side with my paintbrush, clear drying glue and 'Angel Dust' Art Institute superfine glitter (my all-time fav glitter!) on the pretty flowers, stems and grasses - it took some time but the effect is lovely in 'real' life!  Centura Pearl (another fav!) is used for the base card and has been printed with a 'collaged' background I built up from elements on the QCG disc.  For the sentiment mats, which are raised on foam pads,  I traced a 'cartouche' from the disc in my 'Studio' software (did a little manipulation) and then 'wrote' the wording on the top layer in a Sakura Gellyroll Glitter Pen with my nifty Silhouette SD, which also did the cutting.... voila!!!  The card was finished off inside with a personal verse and message on a matching insert and, needless to say, it was presented inside a pretty co-ordinating box.

Aunty said she'd had a lovely birthday and her card was 'smashing'!!

See you soon

Su xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

'Pearl' Bracelet

Hi one and all, I've been busy altering curtains so no cards this time round!  Instead, I thought I'd show you a dainty 'pearl' bracelet made just last week.  A cousin had been having a bit of a clear out and passed on a box of small 'faux' pearls - being a crafter I didn't say 'No'... well it would have been rude wouldn't it?
All I've used are headpins, jump rings and 'pearls', the actual bracelet chain is made from the  headpin pieces cut off while making the little 'droppers' - make a loop at one end of the pin, thread on a 'pearl', make a loop at the other end, link together with a jump ring to make a chain - no waste!!

Hope you like it... I feel earrings to match may be on their way!

Take care and enjoy the sunshine

Su xx

Saturday, 14 April 2012

More leopards!

Are you like me and have boxes full of bits and pieces left over from your projects?  Well I've set myself a challenge to use the 'leftovers' up straight away instead of leaving them to become dog-eared and tattered then ending up in the bin!  So here's what I made with the 'remnants' from my previous card.
This is, believe it or not, my first ever stepper card!  I had to work out the measurements as it's a sheet of dark green/gold pearlescent card (A4) folded lengthways, so it's rather large!  Apart from my 'remnants' all I've added is gold mirri card/fine border peeloffs and some tiny 'amber' coloured gems.  I put a very fine line of adhesive along the inside of the top (tent) crease and pressed the fold together as I've found this can help to stop tent (top crease) cards from spreading and falling when they're displayed.

The next is a square twisted easel, you'll notice this one's a good bit smaller....


This is a 5" square plain base card, with double-sided pearlescent card for the topper mats, the large is 5" and the smaller 3.25" using a Martha Stewart 'round the page' punch set, then the smaller mat is backed with gold holographic card (as used in the 8x8").  The images/papers etc are leftovers from my original card project.  I mounted the ribbon strip onto the same holographic card as before to become the easel stopper the added the eye 'medallion' which has been edged with a gold leaf pen after first covering it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents and leaving it to dry so has the impression of an epoxy sticker. Oh, and I inked around the edge of the leopard topper and the base with distress ink in Vintage Photo.

I must say thanks to my friend Lexie (blog button is on the side bar!) on whose idea I based my lacey topped easel, she does some amazing work... pop over to her blog and have a look!

Thanks for looking.. 'til next time, take care and enjoy life!

Su x

Friday, 13 April 2012

At last!

Hi one and all, sorry I didn't manage to post any pics last weekend but here's a couple now..... better late than never (hope you think so too!)

I love 'Egyptian Promise' from Debbi Moore and, as it's coming up to my brother's birthday, I thought I'd use images from the disc for his card....

It's an 8x8" square brown pearlescent card base with a holographic gold mat edged in a very fine gold peeloff  border with the central leopard image decoupaged for interest, gold half beads added  and a matted sentiment to finish.  All the images are taken straight from the disc, but I must admit I used my Silhouette to cut the oval shapes etc - nightmare trying to do them by hand!!
As you can see it's a pop-out aperture inside, again all the papers and images are taken straight from the disc, in fact the 'eyes' are cut from the same background sheet as used on the card front and again my trusty Silhouette SD assisted with the cutting out! The central leopard is actually a 'spinner'  backed with matching paper and a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment in gold.

I'll be back very soon (promise!) with more.....

Thanks for looking, take care and see you soon.

Hugs  Su x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Still got probs!

Hi one and all, sorry not been able to post pics over the weekend as still having a couple of tech issues.  Should be sorted (fingers and everything else crossed!) later today so will post as soon as possible.

See you soon and hope you've not eaten all your Easter eggs yet!!!

Su xx

Saturday, 7 April 2012

????****!!!!!

And that's just for starters!!!  Our internet connection is really giving some trouble at the mo - fingers crossed it's sorted once and for all now.  I seem to have spent more time reporting the failures than doing anything else this well.... however am off to craft now so, internet willing, should have some more 'stuff' to show you over the weekend.

Keep smiling and have a great Easter!

Su x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

As promised!

A bit of a musical theme intended to be more 'masculine' but in all honesty I think it turned out to be fairly generic - at least it's cheerful in colour!


A simple circle easel card with an actual CD as the base mat, papers etc are all from an MCS disc but I've printed an extra couple of the guitars so I could add a bit of dimension on the front and have glazed the layers with Pinflair Craft Glaze which is so easy to use.  There's a mat of black/grey stripey paper from my stash under the yellow top layer and sentiment strip (my own words which are in black glitter!) as it reminded me a bit of the tracks on a record, if you're old enough (like me) to remember vinyl that is - lol!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

Cheers  Su x

Monday, 2 April 2012

Bloomin' Technology

Hi everyone - sorry not been able to blog or actually do anything as my internet failed completely!!!!

Anyhow, all's well now and am back 'on the net' so will be uploading a pic of a card I'd made for a friendly challenge over at MCS Platinum Forum but due to the tech issues didn't manage to post.   Be back soon!

Su x