Sunday, 27 May 2012

Well, what about this gorgeous sunshine... much prefer it to the grey, miserable days we've just had despite the fact that the heat and I don't get on but at least I can be in my cool, shady little craft room looking out at it!  Hope you're enjoying good weather too!

Things have been a bit manic of late one way and another so sorry for not posting but here goes with a couple of my newest cards...
A Christening card for one of my son's friend's daughter (taking place today) 8x8" Kanban scalloped base card, silver foil and pale pink aperture mats designed and cut on my Silhouette SD inspiration for the corners came from a couple of punches I've had for years.  The beautiful lacy cross is a free file from UK Scrappers that I gave a fancy edge as I thought it added to the delicate effect; its mat has the same edging to complement.  Roses are from Wild Orchid with touches of Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance Ink added to the largest which was plain ivory when it started out.  The ribbon is from Amethyst Wool and Crafts (Metrocentre, Gateshead ) a tiny pink gem was placed to each corner.  I'm really liking the pleated paper technique and wondered what would happen if using pearlescent paper  I pleated then 'distressed' it, in other words crumpled it up, and the result was great, it looks like fabric in 'real life' but not too sure if that comes across in the picture - anyhow I'd say give it a try and see for yourself, just make sure that you crease the 'pleats' well so you can refold after crushing lol!

And there's more....

There's a story behind this one which was a very (very!) late submission for the friendly challenge over at MCS forum.  The theme was 'water' and I'd made my card - leaving it to dry - ready to take a pic and post last night... took my mum out for a couple of hours in the sunshine (leaving my OH doing her garden) and... came back to find that our grandson had visited and taken a liking to the card (for his little sister) and OH had given him it.... eeeek!!!!  So a very swift replacement (slightly different to the original) was made this morning, the problem was I didn't have time to do the 'Rub a dub dub' the way I would have liked or would have missed the challenge deadline.  Moral of the story - photograph your cards immediately - even if the glue isn't quite dry!!!

Anyhow a stepper card using stamps by Ollyfant coloured using Spectrum Noir Pens (still practising with these!), 'fluffy stuff' and glitter for the bath bubbles, vellum from a Dawn Bibby kit and holographic foil card from my stash.  Wording hand done (not very well) by me!  Hopefully you get the idea that was inspired by the thoughts of our new bathroom which is, fingers crossed, beginning installation tomorrow!

That's it for now, will leave you to the sunshine and the rest of the weekend - hope it's a good one whatever you do!

Su xxx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Here's the last of the cards I made for my brother and sister-in-law; their wedding anniversary is tomorrow so doubtless it's already unpacked to open in the morning as they've got home safe and sound and have definitely been a good bit warmer since leaving the UK - somewhere in the high 30's in Dubai I believe!!

Just a cutie from the new CC 'A Year with Humphrey' CD, a nicely shaped easel mainly just as is printed off from the disc with some holographic mats added for a bit of bling, couple of heart buttons from my stash and a peel off sentiment to finish.  I just couldn't resist this image!!

See you soon, 'til then take care

Su xx

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

So, how was your Bank Holiday?  Ours was wet and cold and both my OH and I have come down with a virus that seems to be doing the rounds 'up north' so we're feeling a bit sorry for ourselves - everybody say"Aaaah" - lol!

Anyhow I thought I'd show you the card I made for my SIL's birthday in August but is currently wending it's way to South Africa in her luggage.  I usually send a very flat card as the postage is a silly amount, so as she and my brother have been over here for a visit I took the opportunity to make something a bit more special.  (You've already seen the 'leopard' card I made for my brother!)

I thought I'd try blue monochrome for this one and discovered some HOTP papers in my stash - same design with reversed colourways - perfect!  The aperture and centre 'cartouche' were cut from a Penny Duncan file using my Silhouette, and edged with Waterfall Stickles smudged on with my finger as I wanted it to be 'random' rather than uniform!  The centre is the darker paper cut into strips (3 used) and scored every half centimetre (Hougie Board), then 'concertina' folded, joined together into a circle and glued (hot glue gun for speed!) to a small base circle to form the lovely pleated centre, which was then mounted behind the aperture and then everything adhered to the 8"x8" white Centura Pearl card (made from 2 A4 sheets) leaving a tiny white border showing.  The flowers and leaves are cut with Spellinders, inked around the edges particularly on the back, then curled and layered up and finished with an AB gem in the centre to match the 'Stickles' glitter glue.  Bow tied by hand with ribbon, button added to the centre with co-ordinating finer ribbon all from my stash and finished off with a couple of 'pearl' hatpins that I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens.  A matching insert with a rather nice verse I found in the book (verses, quotations etc) I've collated finished the inside of the card:-

Just can't help feeling lucky
That someone nice as you
Has a place within our family
And fits in so nicely too!

I hope she likes it and must mention that inspiration for this card was taken from 'Cards by Chloe' and Christine @ 'Cardmaking Magic'.

Bye for now

Su xx