Saturday, 30 October 2010

Some more handmade flowers!!!!

This is the colour inspiration for the challenge this week at The Play Date Cafe  chosen by Sarah Anderson.   I love all the inspiration from the DT and the photograph inspired flowers again.  My favourite I love flowers and butterflies on cards!!
I visited Vickys blog last week and she had the most amazing flowers on there made from organza, she supplied a link to Terrie's blog and a tutorial on how to make them.  Well never one to give up the chance of making my own flowers I had to give them a try, luckily I had some white Organza in my sewing box!

The flower is so delicate and pretty that I will definitely be making more, they remind me of a winter Rose and I think they would look stunning on some homemade Christmas Crackers.
They rest of the card fell into place around the flower, the background is the lace stamp from Hero Arts, stamped and embossed in black it reminds me of Antique French Chantilly Lace, the ribbons and jems are alot darker than they appear in the photograph, definitely Burgundy and not Red.  I have also embossed the base card with the letter writing folder. I actually think this card would make a romantic Christmas card, what do you think?
I haven't had much time for crafting this week even though its half term, lots of decorating to do :0(
Hope to get a few more cards made tomorrow, hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

Supplies: Hero Arts stamp S5341 Lace Background. Old Writing cuttlebug folder.  Ribbons and Jems from stash

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Two very different challenges!!!

I love to visit Betsy Veldman's blog when I need a little inspiration, she has just completed a few projects using Vintage Findings, including a fabulous gift tin and some stunning cards that took me back to my childhood! I love the shabby chic look, and using old buttons, lace and other items on my cards, I have a huge tin of old buttons that my Mum left me and its great to use them in projects.  Betsy has a small challenge running at the moment to use vintage items and I couldn't wait to have a go.  Here is my card using some of my Mum's lovely buttons and an old piece of lace from her sewing box.  The image is from a piece of PP that I have had in my stash for ages and I thought it made a lovely cameo.  The flower is one of a batch I made a while back.

My second card is for Jenny's challenge over at Wee Memories , this challenge is to make a cute Christmas card for Vera's Caring Hearts card drive.  I find cute quite hard but really wanted to join in so this is my card.

I made another snow scene card but this time added a little deer (baby Rudolf) I also added some seed beads for a little sparkle.  That's it for today, more decorating to do in the kitchen!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Autumn Harvest!!

I just though I would show you the jars of Piccalilli that I made yesterday ready for the winter.  I love homemade pickles and chutneys and this Piccalilli is perfect with jacket potatoes, cold meats and it goes especially well with chunky bread and cheese.  It will be ready in about six weeks time but I had a sneak taste yesterday and its already really yummy!!

I also had time to make a couple more Christmas cards to add to my stash, still need to make alot more yet!!

This one is quite a clean and simple design for me but I am pleased with it and managed to resist adding some bling to the background.

Another fairly clean card, the background is just stamped and distressed with Victorian Velvet ink, then I stamped my Wreath stamp twice with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint.  I have highlighted the leaves with a glitter pen which is a little difficult to see in the photograph, I cut out the wreath and pop dotted it to my card, the, added some gems and ribbon.
Its half term this week so a week off for me, unfortunately DH wants to decorate the kitchen, I just hope I get time for lots of crafting!!
Supplies: Hero Arts stamps CG222 Music Background.CL474 Special Wishes,CG230 Happy Holiday Trees.  Distress inks, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Play Date Cafe #52

Its the first Anniversary of the Play Date Cafe Challenge blog and the yummy colours this week are so pretty and summery , helps me to forget about the cold damp weather we are having at the moment!!! The colours are Pink, Yellow and Orange and it wasn't hard to make a card this week.

 I really love making these paper flowers and with such pretty colours I knew that they were perfect for my card.

The butterfly is coloured with copics and covered with Glossy Accents.I am really pleased with the result lots of summer warmth here!!!  Take a look at the Play Date Cafe blog this week as they are having lots of guest designers and lots of lovely inspiration!!

I am also sending this to the CARDS blog challenge this week as I have added lots of bling to the flowers!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Ribbon Girl Challenge#2

The second challenge over at the Ribbon Girls blog is another colour challenge of Red and Green, as you know colour challenges are my favourite.

This is my card and I have used this lovely ruffled May Arts ribbon found here.  It also comes in lots of other yummy colours!!

Just a quick post today as I am busy making some cards for work.

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps, CG102 Antique Brocade, CL474 Special wishes, CL459 Merry Christmas Trees.  May Arts Ribbon,  Bo Bunny card. Fired Brick distress ink.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

A winner and some crackers!!

While my husband was relaxing in the garden in the Autumn sun I got him to draw the winner of the little snowman stamp, and the winner is "Froggietalks" who said  "Hero Arts is wonderful!! I am really liking what they are making. And thanks for the chance to win the snowman stamp.. he's so cute!! "
Congratulations please Email or flickr mail me with your address and I will get him in the post to you.

After spotting this stunning cracker on Heathers lovely blog  I was keen to have a go myself!

She was kind enough to let me have the template and this is the finished result.

I am really pleased how they have turned out and will be making some more for my Christmas table.  These also fit the current theme over at the Wee Memories challenge this week which is "Celebrations"
Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend, the weather has been glorious here all weekend, cold but sunny so I have spent a lot of time getting the garden ready for the winter!
Supplies. Hero Arts Stamps: CL467 and CG222. Distress ink Victorian Velvet, Pretty card and Metallic string.

Saturday, 16 October 2010


These are the beautiful colours this week for the Play Date Cafe Challenge.  I am really in the swing of making Christmas cards at the moment, so although unusual colours I decided to have a go, the design team this week have come up with some amazing cards and projects and I have been inspired!!

 I have just got this Musical background stamp and LOVE it!

I found an old piece of beige PP in my scraps box, if you look closely it has a faint lace design on it, I stamped this lightly with my music stamp and then tore and distressed the edges.  The snowflake stamp is a Hero Arts one from last year, I stamped and embossed in white then distressed with Broken China and Tumbled Glass and sprayed with some blue perfect pearls for a light shimmer. I really like this colour combination .
 Its a lovely bright but cold day today so I'm off to do some tidying in the garden.
Have a great weekend.
Supplies: Hero Arts stamps CG222 Musical Background,CG100 snowflake circle, CL459 Christmas trees. Distress inks, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Tea Dye.  Flowers and Gems from Hero Arts.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Blue Christmas!!

I am so thrilled with this new stamp, It was part of my prize package from Hero Arts (see the post below),  the image is so versatile.  This time I have distressed the card with Tumbled Glass, and Broken China and then embossed with white powder.  Next I have highlighted the snowy branches with white Liquid Pearls.  I then spritzed the oval with perfect pearls for a lovely shimmer.

Love this new musical background stamp, I am sure I will be using this alot!!

Here is another card with the same stamp, this time I stamped in Peeled paint distress ink and embossed with clear,then I smudged on some Bundled Sage distress ink.  Again I edged the snowy branches with Liquid Pearls.
I have cut around the trees and brushed some Broken China ink around the edge then pop dotted it to my card.
Both these cards are for the current challenge on The Hero Arts blog.

Don't forget if you would like a chance to win a little stamp from Hero Arts please check my previous post.
Thanks for stopping by my blog I really appreciate all the lovely comments.

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps CG222 Music Background and CG230 Happy Holiday Trees.  Distress inks: Bundled Sage, Peeled Pain, Broken China and Tumbled Glass.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A couple of awards and a little giveaway.

Last month I was lucky enough to win the blinkie prize over on the Hero Arts blog and this morning my prize arrived.  I can't believe how generous Hero Arts are, look at all these fabulous goodies they really are my favourite stamp company!!!

I already have this cute little snowman stamp so I am offering it as a little giveaway.  Please leave a comment on my blog and I will get my DH to draw a winner on Sunday 17th October.

A while back the lovely Tina presented this award to me, sorry Tina its taken my ages to put this on my blog, but thank you very much.

Then last week another award this time from Suze thank you so much, I am thrilled to receive both these but can't decide who to pass them on to as there are so many amazing blogs that I visit.  If you would like to add these to your blogs please feel free to have them.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Melon, Green and White!

Another busy week so another quick post I am afraid :(  These are the colours for this weeks Play Date Cafe Challenge and they have been set by Julie, a twist on the usual Red, Green and White for Christmas the colours are Green, White and Melon.  Had a job to find anything melon in my stash but I eventually found some PP from "Cratepaper" which is a melony shade!

This stamp is from Hero Arts, I have stamped with Peeled paint Distress ink and also smudged some bundled sage over the trees. Next I used a versamark pen and highlighted the branch edges and then embossed with white for a snow effect. I have also added some stickles for a little sparkle.
Sorry must rush, I will hopefully be back tomorrow with a small giveaway!
Supplies. Hero Arts stamp Holiday Trees CG230. Distress inks, Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage. Cuttlebug snow embossing folders. Stickles. PP Cratepaper

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Wedding Wishes!!

Jenny one of the sweet hostesses over at the Hero Arts flickr group is getting married today.  Tami Hartley the group moderator came up with the idea of a Wedding Card Shower, lots of us have made cards to post on the site today so she can look at them all later!!

This is the card I have made based on the theme "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."  The borrowed item is the gold congratulations sticker, I haven't used any of these for years and so I gave the ones I had away to my daughter.  This one I borrowed back! :)  The flower is one I made a few weeks ago after watching a tutorial recommended by Heather, I have spritzed it with perfect pearls to give it a lovely shimmer!!

I hope Jenny and Jason have a great day and I wish them lots of Luck for the future!!!

Supplies. Hero Arts stampCG102, Floral Brocade. Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks.  Lace, Pearls and Ribbon!!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Wee Memories

Very quick post as I am rushing out to a meeting at school.  This is my entry for the challenge over at sweet Jenny's blog this week, titled "Tutti Frutti!!" As the title suggests the challenge is to include fruit on your card, so I have used the cute apple stamp from Hero Arts.  Two of the apples are coloured with copics and two coloured and coated in Glossy Accents.
Sorry for the rush.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

World Card Making Day Challenge

I have had quite a productive weekend and made a few cards, this is my second blog entry today!! The Daring Cardmakers are running an extra challenge this week to celebrate World Card Making Day.  The theme is Christmas. Its been a while since I have entered one of their challenges, but I have had fun with this one.

This set of stamps from Hero Arts,have proved to be very versatile and I am sure you will be seeing alot more of them before Christmas.Lol.
Hope you have had a good weekend too.
supplies. Stamps Hero Arts CL459. Papers. DCWV.

Yet More Flowers!!!!

I don't know if you are the same, but when I get a new stamp I can't stop using it, so here we are another card using the Large Flower stamp from Hero Arts!

It looks fabulous stamped on vellum, this time I have added some stickles to the petals for a bit of sparkle. The PP's are from Basic Grey.  Thanks for looking, I love reading all your comments.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

World Card Making Day

 Just a quick post tonight, I have been out most of the day but made this card this morning especially for World Card Making Day.  I have been wanting this Hero Arts stamp for ages after seeing these beautiful cards that Heather has made using it.
The background is made with Bundled Sage distress ink and two of my favourite design block stamps from Hero Arts.S 4878 Old letter Writing and S5213 Dots and Flowers, the PP is from Basic Grey.
I have also been practising with my new sewing machine.  Heather made some stunning fabric flowers with the same stamp so I had to give it a try.
Two fabric flowers and a vellum one.  The dark one is actually a beautiful plum shade but the photograph makes it look very dark.
Hope you have had some fun and found time to make a card today.