Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Indigo Blu Anenome Corner card

I used my new Corner Anenome stamp from Indigo Blu to make this card for my mum. It is a big 8x8 card, so I've made an embossed border around the image to anchor it in the large white space. The blue background is done with Distress inks, and the anenome was stamped firstly in gold then gold embossed, and then again in black and clear embossed. The black embossed flowers were water coloured with Whispers pens before being decoupaged on to the gold image.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Hybrid birthday card for a coffee lover

I've made this card using one of the digikits that came with my version of Serif Craft Artist. I printed the various elements on to glossy printer paper and mounted them on to dark brown card. The insert is also printed with a coffee mug design .
The words are attributed to Ronald Reagan and say
"You shouldn't drink coffee at work" and on the inside of the card, "it keeps you awake in the afternoons!"
I've made this for my hard-working teacher friend who survives on intravenous caffeine. I've bought a retro-style metal plaque with a Fifties housewife saying " Coffee! - if you're not shaking you need another cup", a packet of fancy coffee and a bar of posh chocolate to go along with it.

40th birthday card

I love the colours of this card. I used K & Co papers from a huge stack, and a Sizzix embossing folder and flourish die. I made a flower from Hero Arts CL375 Big Flowers Pattern stamps and doodled round all the edges, just to add to the fun look of the card.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Hybrid Pink Petticoat birthday card

I have made so many cards with this Pink Petticoat kit. Here's another one for my handbag-loving friend. I made a matching insert on Craft Artist with the same leopard print paper to make a border. The leopard print and spotty papers on the front of the card are a single layer, digitally matted and layered with a drop shadow added, to give the appearance of two layers.The tiny rolled flowers are made with a Woodware spiral punch. Sorry for the horrible washed-out photo.
Did anyone catch  the Serif shows on Create and Craft this week? Michelle is so good at demonstrating, I was almost sucked in to buying the Steam Punk CDs and I don't even 'do' Steam Punk, but I loved many of the creations she had brought in to the studio with her. Craft Artist is without a doubt one of the best crafting tools I have, and I think I've only scratched the surface of what it can do, and I've yet to find anything it can't do.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Doodled 21st birthday card

My friend's son has his big birthday coming up, so I've made this card for him. I've used papers from the MME Complete Boy paper stack. The numbers and stars are cut with my Craft Robo, and I've used a few Cuttlebug folders to emboss all the bits and pieces. I've doodled and distressed lots of the edges to add a wee bit more interest.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Anna Griffin Mother's Day card

I've made this card for my Granny for Mother's Day. It couldn't be more different from the 'less is more' card from earlier in the week - clean and simple this isn't! I've used  beautiful Anna Griffin hydrangea, butterfly and border stamps from a set from QVC, all stamped with Distress inks. The papers are from a huge pad by K&Co, and the leaves are a Sizzlet die.

I used this week's sketch from The Sweet Stop. 

In addition to the Sweet Stop Challenge, I'm also entering this card in to the following challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges: spring is springing
Papertake Weekly Challenges: for the girls or Mum
Allsorts Challenge Blog: say it flowers

Saturday, 10 March 2012

A Hero Arts one layer card

I've made this card for the Less is More challenge blog. I really love one layer cards, and as today's challenge was to also include script, and I love script stamps, I just had to enter.
I used one of the first stamps I ever bought, Hero Arts Long Writing Background F2674, stamped with Distress ink Antique Linen in the background, and Memento black to stamp Hero Arts  Climbing Vine H2948 over the top. I then water-coloured the stamp with Whispers pens.

I made a set of cards very similar to this, for a Christmas present, but I stamped them with several different sentiments. They were coloured with mica paints which gave them a lovely sheen, which was fine for the cards I made for the gift, but would have been too showy for a sympathy card.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Good luck diamond spring card

A second post from me today!
I made this card for a friend, to wish him good luck in his new job. I cut the clover leaf on my Craft Robo and used DCWV papers. I think the good luck stamp was a magazine freebie.
I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop: spring colours
One Stop Craft Challenge: button it
Creative Inspirations: colour scheme

Pink Petticoat Mother's Day card

I've made this card with the Pink Petticoat digikit, Mini Divis, which has turned out to be a very useful, and inexpensive buy. The image has been enlarged a little, and I made my own sentiment using the same words that are in the kit, but I needed it to be on one line.


I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:
CES Challenges: flower frenzy
Charisma Cardz Challenges: ribbon, ribbon, ribbon
Craft Your Passion Challenges: anything goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: Mother's Day/ special lady
Papertake Weekly: anything goes

Monday, 5 March 2012

Welcome to a new dog card

Well this was a first for me. My friend asked me to make a card for her to give to a family who have got a new dog and this is what I came up with. Yet again, Serif Craft Artist came to my rescue, and the background bones paper and the little dog tag were both from a free Daisy Trail digikit available to Craft Artist owners. I made the tag by printing it out twice and sticking it to a piece of card from a cereal packet. The dog stamp is a Penny Black one, coloured with Promarkers.

I'm entering this card in to the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations: anything goes
Paper-crafting Journey: anything goes

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Katina's blog candy

Katina is offering blog candy over on her blog here. This is one of my favourite blogs as she shares so many of her beautiful cards, and I have linked to her blog from mine on several occasions after being inspired by one of her creations.

Thanks Katina!