Wednesday, 26 September 2012

black and white cat easel card

A friend had a birthday this week, she loves black and white together and she adores cats so I decided it had to be a cat card!
I used my Papermania paper with black and white card and a penny black rubber stamp entitled "Primp" to create this easel card I used a spellbinders frame die but cut the bottom cut work off as it did not fit how I wanted it to! A Martha Stewart lace edge punch was used for the lacey edges and daisy punches were used to create the flowers which all had clear AB gem stones for the flower centres.
I think this is one of my better cards and will definitely use this as a template for other cards, 
but perhaps display the sentiment in the middle next time!
let me know what ya think

Monday, 24 September 2012

House Mouse Autumn Challenge

Here's my second House Mouse and Friends Challenge Guest Design Team card for the Autumn challenge.  If you would like to join in the fun then go to the challenge blog through this link
I must admit this was a bit of a stretch for me as I thought I didn't have anything suitable for an autumn card but yet again little Mudpie came to the rescue! this is such a versatile stamp...Mudpie Wonders 02 HMG1004
I used a stamp from my Our Daily Bread Designs set and used punched leaves to accent the scripture along with gold coloure leaf brads
I used my favourite Basic Grey papers and some coloured raffia to finish it off.
I wanted to create the sense of the mouse running through a pile of leaves 
and then realising its autumn again LOL.
Thank you to the House Mouse and Friends Challenge team for inviting me to play along for the month of september as a guest DT I have really enjoyed myself \o/

Monday, 10 September 2012

"Friendship" Guest DT for House Mouse Challenge

I am excited to show you my first card as September Guest Design Team Member for House Mouse & Friends Challenge. I am thrilled to be on a team of such talented papercrafters, thanks for inviting me \o/
I was told that the subject is "Friendship" When pondering what to do I remembered the first part of the scripture in Proverbs 17:17 "A friend Loves at all times" so here's my card....
This delightful little House Mouse image is "HMGR1006 Mouse Drops."  
This was one of the first House Mouse rubber stamps I bought back in 2007, it's a great image for get well cards. I coloured it with Promarkers and added gold stickles for the medicine in the bottle and dropper.
I also used the little "Mouse Feet HMA1002" stamp to create the impression that a mouse had walked over the card lol. This is only the second time I have made an easel card but I think I will be making a lot more as they are so easy to create. I think I will try a twisted easel card next!
I used my Nestablities Fleur De Lys pendant die to cut the square frame twice, once in gold then in burgundy and layered them on top of each other, then inside the card I used one of the small pendant dies that came with the square to make the gold fleur de lys accent on the label. The labels used for the scripture were from an x-cut label die set then the labels used for the sentiment were Nestablilities labels (not sure which set) I used scraps of scrapbooking papers and inked the edges of the cream card base and image with All My Memories paper stain ink pads in Chocolate and Caramel. I used a few gems to finish off the card

True friends go out of there way for each other and help them through their difficulties. When I made this card I was thinking of my friend Anne. She has always been there for me and shared the ups and downs of my life. 
She helped me when I was seriously ill, in and out of hospital for well over a year. She loved me through the worse time of my life. We laugh together and cry together sharing life as it really is! she is a wonderful friend. So I dedicate this little card as a "ThankYou" to Anne. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

2x Di's Digi Downloads Prizes

Do You remember I told you last week that my House Mouse cards had won $10 worth of digi-stamps from Di'sDigi Downloads! well I won again on Dutch Dare Card Challenge with my Forever Friends Blingy card YAY!! if you 'mouse-over' the stamp titles below, you will see three of my chosen stamps!
I have spent over an hour going through Di's website, choosing from the many wonderful images. It was serious hard work lol as there were so many fabulous designs to choose from.

I chose four lovely bear images that will help me design some male cards think (I needed help after the panic at the weekend!!!) I especially like the one called "Mechanic Ted" he reminds me of my Kev tinkering with the cars. But two of the digi-stamps were absolutely top of my list..."Christening Bears" is a lovely image of a bear couple at the Christening font with their little baby, they are just adorable, I could see a card design for that image as soon as I saw it. Then the other which I feel is absolutely fabulous is the "Love Wedding Bears" I have chosen the outline rather than coloured image because I enjoy colouring my stamped images so much.
So now I am just waiting to recieve my images and get creative with them....thanks again Di \o/ I feel so blessed!

Monday, 3 September 2012

New Forever Friends Anniversary Cards

I've been working on some new designs for personalised wedding & anniversary cards. I try to sell my cards on Etsy and Folksy but not getting noticed really, just one sale! so any tips would be gratefully received! I need to at least fund my hobby! so I am is there a better place to sell handmade cards etc anywhere?

This week over at the Forever Friends Challenge they ask for "dry or heat embossing." Well there is plenty of embossing around the die cut circles and the heart edges too on this card. I hope you can see the dry embossing on the photo! its not as easy to see on the silver wedding design as the gold one
I am also entering this card into the Card Makin Mama's Challenge where they ask for "hearts" I've got that box ticked then LOL I have never entered this challenge before but hoping to make it a regular one  too!

I find it quite difficult to take photo's of cards that have shiny mirror or cracked ice card in the design, the glare seems to take over LOL but I do love the high shine on the silver of this card it is lovely in real life!
I have also made this design in Gold for a Golden Wedding Anniversary. 
The gold card I used is not as high gloss as that used on the silver one but it works well on the cream base, (although it looks quite white on my monitor!)

I think its nice getting a personalised special card for a special occasion. 
it says that someone has taken the trouble and effort to make you feel precious and loved!

I wonder what Kev will do for my 50th birthday next March? !!!

Talking of special occasions...I was asked to do a card for a friend for an 80 year old male! (scream!!!!!)
male cards are just not my specialty!!! it was a stretch but the word vintage came to mind and I remembered a stamp I have had for years of an old car, then hey presto... I created this...
after my cricut blade decided it was too blunt to cut I had to abandon the idea of his name at the bottom but I am please with how it turned out! now should I just specailise in what I do best ? oir be a general all rounder....hmmm thinking about that and leaning towards what I do best at the moment.....