Tuesday, 22 May 2012

An African 80th birthday card

I've made this card for my mum to give to her cousin. Mum wanted a card with an African theme as her cousin was a missionary in Kenya for many years. I have used a Craft Robo cutting file created by Sab and kindly made available for others to use at UK Scrappers. I added the words in the bottom panel and mounted the silhouette cut-out over a background created with Distress ink and ink dusters.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Wellington Father's Day cards

I'm making a few Father's Day cards to try and sell for church funds and found this Wellington A4 Ultimate Decoupage and Die-Cut pack from Docrafts to be perfect. It is along the same lines as the Me to You kit I bought of theirs a few months ago and it is made up of decoupage sheets, papers, sentiments and die cut boxes and images, all for about £11.

My DH has given me an early birthday present of a new computer to replace the steam driven one I was barely able to do anything on, and I've treated myself to a new printer, so I am  now finally able to work away completely independently in my craft room without having to run up and down stairs to get things printed or use the study computer, and best of all, my much beloved Craft Artist works on this computer so I'm a very happy bunny.

The printer I bought is a Canon MP280 and so far I am impressed. I bought a Canon as they are repeatedly mentioned in threads on printers able to print on thick card. I haven't tested out that yet, but can see lots of possibilities if it lives up to my expectations. What I have discovered though, is that you can ask it to print crop marks which is a huge benefit when printing inserts in particular, in Craft Artist.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Hero Arts doodled tucked label card

I made this card after seeing the tucked label birthday card tutorial on the Hero Arts blog. I adapted the technique a wee bit, and added a card insert to hide the aperture. I used HA Large Canvas Stripes S5433 and Big Flower Pattern CL375, as well as a set of Hero Arts sentiments that come with the really sweet teeny weeny flowers I used on the top RHS of the front and inside on the insert. I had never used these flowers before and they are easy to miss as they are so tiny and added in amongst the sentiments like a little added bonus. The flower and leaves are coloured with Promarkers. Lots of doodling was added around the edges. The base card is a Craftwork Cards scallop square.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Humphrey's Corner adoption congratulations card to the grandparents

I found this really sweet image on one of my Crafter's Companions Humphrey's Corner CD-Roms. I can't remember which one the images came from (either Crafting Collection or A Year with Humphrey) as I was dotting between the two. The spotty yellow paper which you may just be able to make out, and the purple text paper is from the CDs too. The yellow paper was digitally recoloured within the program to make it paler and less orangey.
You might just be able to make out an alternative to Flower Soft on the flowers on the bottom right hand side of the photo. This was an idea I saw a while ago on Jennifer McGuire's blog, but I'm afraid I can't find the direct link to her post. It is very easy to do. Just put little dabs of strong glue on your flower image, then working above your project, scrape your scissors along the edge of some coloured card. Little fine fluffy bits of card will fall on to your project and stick to the glue, giving a wee bit of texture to your flower.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Me to You adoption card and verse

Once again, I've turned to the Docrafts Digital Designer Me to You Especially for You double CD Rom to create this card. By digitally resizing the images and layering them (both digitally and in paper), I was able to create a family of Me to You bears to surround the poem that I wrote.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

My first Bazoo card

Yet another of my recent crafty purchases was a 12x12 Bazoo pad and a pad of matching decoupage. Here's the cute penguin image used on a new home card.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Humphrey's Corner cards

I have spent so much on crafty goodness this past few weeks, but I'm managing to justify it all as I have started selling cards to raise money for our church building fund, so it has given me an outlet for all the cute cards I could never make before as I didn't really have many people to send them to.
I bought both the Crafter's Companion Humphrey CDs Create and Craft are selling; Humphrey's Corner Crafting Collection and A Year With Humphrey, and have really enjoyed making cards using them.The polka dot papers are absolutely gorgeous.

The daisy is made with the Tattered Garland decorative strip die and card candy.


Hunkydory For All card collections

WARNING: DREADFUL PHOTO ALERT

***Do not continue reading this post if bad photos offend your eyes!***

I made lots of cards using my new Hunkydory For All card collections, but unfortunately forgot to photograph them before they went in to their cello bags and then were sealed, all ready for selling for our church building fund. I couldn't face opening up all the bags, so took a few dreadful shots, which act as a bit of a record of what I have done, and may just be able to provide a wee bit of inspiration to someone, somewhere.
I was pleased to get four cards from the Jungle set, and used every scrap of it.

My favourite jungle card, but definitely the worst photo.