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Saturday, 30 March 2013

New Babies ......x2 x

New baby cards are as you know my favorite cards to make...
Today I have  two to share both for my younger daughter to give to her cousin and friend who both had their babies on the same day !!

The kit is Kanban, I didn't have time to cut the letters so I've used peel off's NOT my favorite but it got the job done lol

I love the inside, the squares are cut using Cricut Essentials

HAPPY EASTER for tomorrow !!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Anything Goes Challenge 89 Mail it !!

Good morning from snowy Lincoln
I'm coming out of hybernation to share my card for 
Challenge 89
Mail it...

...This fortnight we challenge you to make a card with an envelope, stamp, post card etc on it
Please pop over and visit us at Anything Goes and add your project and join in the fun !!

I used a lovely stamp of a cat holding an envelope as the center of my card and coloured her with Pro-markers. I took the whiteness off the Neenah stamp card with Rusty Hinge Distress ink, having gone way too far I sprinkled water on it to add some highlights !!

I stamped the post card and tiny envelopes onto some freebie papers with no name 

I used a 8x8 card blank which turned out to measure 71/2" square, cheeky !! and used 6x6 papers to cover it - sticking squares from the centre of each piece into the missing corners and hiding the joins - just cause I wanted something bright and cheerful to remind us spring IS coming lol

I used my Cricut and Elegant Edges cartridge to make the postage stamp shadow and frame

I made the hat pins up and then the flowers and butterflies from various dies and punches, I love making flowers when it's way too cold for the real ones to bloom !! 

Pop over and visit Lynn at the Craft Den, she sells many of the products used in my cards

Monday, 18 March 2013

FCCB Challenge #153 Spring is in the air

Happy wet and windy Monday !!

Challenge #153
Spring is in the Air ...

...Or at least is should be...

Over at FCCB we are celebrating all things spring like with balloons and kites, we'd love you to pop over and play along with us

These freebie papers popped through the letter box just as I was deciding what to do for the challenge
so I didn't even get as far as raiding my stash 

I used Artiste Cartridge for all my cricut cuts, layering the balloon with foam pads and pushing the paper down to make it look rippled

Spring means flowers and so I cut  out several different types with some leaves and used a strip of left over paper to make the messy dimensional carnationy ones lol

I layered the background with more freebie papers, bits of scrap ribbon, drew some fake stitching on and added a few gems ... if only finding the sun was that easy !!

We are due snow again tomorrow so they say...Happy days !!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Ican' lol x

Just a quicky to let people know that from 1st July Google will no longer support reader, Mandy over at Crafty Fox Cards has a fab post explaining just what it means and what "Bloglovin" can provide instead !!
The feeds are really clear showing lovely pics of the latest post of every blog you follow
I've just signed up as it will take till July to get used to the changes lol
Please come and follow me at Bloglovin too I have already added all of the blogs I follow !! x !! x

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Anything Goes Challenge 88 Seeing Double

Today starts our new fortnightly challenge over at the
Anything Goes Challenge Blog
We are seeing double for Challenge 88!!

I decided to take the challenge literally and stamped my image twice on acetate, coloured the beautiful ladies  (freebie DoCrafts) in with Promarkers and then turned one over, (Sandwiching the acetate between the frame and white card and then sticking them onto the black card)
I used StazOn Ink,  let the stamp dry slightly for 15 seconds once inked up and made the impression quickly without moving the stamp (Eventually !!!) - Colour on the reverse side to the ink to stop it bleeding 

I used those amazing  Spellbinder 5x7 Card Creators, cutting out 2 black oblongs, 2 white oblongs and 3 frames 
I used Flitter Glu and Gilding flakes in Sunshine on the frames to match the Orange and Yellow Promarkers

I stuck one frame to the front of a landscape A5 card blank (at the crease end), then the largest frame inside and the third flush on the back cutting off the white excess

I stamped the sentiment and pattern stamps onto card stock and used foam pads ...
...Top Tip  never Promarker onto the actual card it makes an unholy mess on the back lol

I'm looking forward to seeing all the fantastic "Seeing Double" entries please come and play along with us ...
... and pay a visit to Lynn's amazing Craft Den on line shop where lots of the products used can be purchased 

Monday, 11 March 2013

FCCB Challenge #152 Luck O 'the Irish

Happy St. Patrick's Day !! 
(for the 17th) !!

It's not my challenge week over at FCCB but I couldn't resist another super simple's Kanban meets Cricut card 

I took a 6x6" card blank and cut a yellow pearl rounded corner square, measured the topper and cut another yellow and a green square from George and Basic Shapes Cartridge, leaving 3mm borders on them all

I made the shamrocks with Paper Dolls Dress Up Cartridge and stuck them on with foam pads

It really couldn't get much easier, please come and join us over at FCCB, visit the fabulous DT blogs and make your own St. Paddy's Day card 
The challenge is open until 1900 on Sunday 17th March ... the official St Patrick's Day lol

Sunday, 10 March 2013

With Love on Mothering Sunday ... x

... to all our fabulous Mum's 

Surprise Surprise ... (not !!)
Another Kanban topper, border and card stock for this one with a Craft Work Cards sentiment

The picture doesn't do the beautiful card stock justice, I used a little Tim Holtz Distress Ink on the edges, its all very blue lol along with more Cheery Lynn butterflies, Artiste Cart letters and Tags bags Boxes and More 2 "Happy Mother's Day"

Wishing everyone a wonderful, loved up Mums Day !!

Mother's Day Take 2 x

Card number 2 also from the same Kanban Kit ...

I used the Spellbinder 5x7 Card Creators, Detailed Scallops and Cheery Lynn Butterflies 

I used Artiste letters for MUM

and the Happy Mothers Day is from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge  

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Mother's Day x First of 3 lol !!

Well, I went from being off work sick to acting ward manager in the blink of an eye and so my Mothers Day cards have had to be easy peasy super simples lol especially as I thought it was next Sunday not tomorrow !!

Here is the first one for my own Mum it should be safely in Wales by now x finger's crossed x 

I used a beautiful Kanban topper, matted it onto silver mirror card, added Cheery Lynn butterflies, Cricut Artiste letters and some pearls and job done !!

I put more pearls on the middle flower

I decorated the middle with mirror card punched down one side (Martha Stewart Punch) another Kanban topper and more Artiste letters as my Mum insists it is "Mothering Sunday" bless her. 
That's the beauty of hand made cards  isn't it we can have them just the way we want them !!
We have spent hours over the years trying to find shop cards that are both nice and for Mothering Sunday ... ... not easy !!
Back later with the next one's for both my daughters boyfriends Mum's  

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New Baby Commission Card

He He He a post that is not a DT challenge, wonders will never cease, it's been a while that's for sure !!

There is nothing more special  than card commissions for new babies I love making them
This one is a new Kanban Kit, decoupage elements and topper's with matching paper pad's  made for just about every occasion, fabulous for times when spending all day playing is simply out of the question lol

I used 1 A4 sheet of paper with a Martha Stewart punch on each short end and added ribbons and the card elements.

 I added some pearls and gems (M = Max)
 and made up the little bow sentiment, super easy 
I added the same punched edge to the insert and added a bow to another little bunny 

Hope she likes it ....x

Monday, 4 March 2013

FCCB Challenge #151 Bye Bye Birdie

Happy Monday !!
Happy March - Spring is in the air !!

FCCB's new challenge is 
#151 Bye Bye Birdie

It's a special one because we have 12 new ladies on our design team, although sadly that means we said bye bye to several of our lovely ladies

Please pop round to the FCCB blog and take a look at this weeks fabulous projects and then come and play along with us 

I have been messing around with some new toys this week, my get well soon present to me !!
Among them are some gorgeous Distress Inks, these ones's are Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass - BEAUTIFUL !! Thank  goodness for the internet and on line shopping in times of crisis lol

I made this card from a white landscape A5 blank and inked the edges randomly with the 2 colours, they blend amazingly well together
The first layer is white textured card stock inked with Tumbled Glass and stamped with my new Kaisercraft "Crackle" stamp, (I am stunned by the size and quality given the low price) in Shabby Shutters

I inked the opposite way round for the panel and placed a strip of Ice White card behind it, this card gives a much lighter and even effect once the ink dries

I used Straight from the Nest for all my Cricut cuts using the Ice White card, the birds are inked in Vintage Photo and layered up with tiny foam pads 

Super Simple card but lots of messy fun to make 

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