Friday, 24 December 2010

Play Date Cafe and a card from Dawn!

Woo Hoo would you believe it I found an hour to have a play today and managed to make this card for the current Play Date Cafe Challenge, not colours I would normally use but hey ho love a Challenge!!!!

 Here is a close up of the flower, to brighten it up a bit I have glued on a few seed beads with Glossy Accents to look like dew!

This is the challenge inspirational photograph but I am really bored of Christmas cards, it had to be a Thank You instead.  I will also enter this in the current Hero Arts challenge.

I was lucky enough to receive this stunning card today in the post all the way from Dawn in New Zealand, isn't it stunning,  Thanks so much Dawn I love it!!
Really must do some more jobs now before the big day.  Have a great time everyone.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Merry Christmas Blogging Friends!!!

 Well I am well and truly fed up with making Christmas cards but I wanted to make another card for this months Hero Arts Challenge.  This card has lots of shiny bits on it,  The elegant weed stamp has been stamped with  Dusty Concord and then clear embossed, I have also added some gems coloured with a copic marker.  The butterfly is a digital image that I have coloured and coated with Distress Crackle Paint.
 Here is a close up I also stamped the Old Letter Writing stamp with the same Dusty Concord and then distressed the whole of the card.
 I just wanted to show you this beauty as well, it arrived in the post yesterday all the way from lovely Sanne in Denmark , isn't it cute.  Thank you Sanne!!

This beautiful card also arrived all the way from  Stephanie in Canada,  one of our Flickr Hero Arts group members Anita organised a card chain for holiday cards, we all had to make a card for the person below us in the list and hopefully would all receive a card from the person above us. I was thrilled with this card , so pretty in pink!!

This is the card I made and sent to Celine also in Canada, lots of Hero Arts stamps used here!!

This will probably be my last post for about a week as we have lots planned!  My DD is coming home today for Christmas and then next week we are moving her back from her flat in Bristol.  She is going to be living back home for about 7 months , she has a job as a teaching assistant in a school near here for two terms,  after that she is hopefully going back to University to train to be a teacher.

Sorry for the long post but I want to take this opportunity to wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, thank you all so much for all your lovely comments over the past year, I really appreciate them all.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

A Splash of Yellow!!

These are the colours this week at the Play Date Cafe and as you can see its another colour splash, this time with yellow.

When I was trying to think of a card to make I kept coming up with butterflies and flowers again but I wanted to steer away from that this time.   This little teacup stamp was a freebie with a card magazine that I sometimes buy and it was crying out to be inked up!!! I have paper pieced with different scraps of yellow PP from my scraps box.  I have had the background PP for years and the grey spots just didn't inspire me,but perfect for this card. (I hope it qualifies as its grey and not black?)

Its been snowing here again today, we have had about 6 inches and the garden is looking so pretty. Hope you are enjoying your weekend, only a week till Christmas now and I have lots still to do!!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Case Card Challenge

This weeks "Scrappy Saturday Challenge" at Jenny's blog Wee Memories is to :-
 'CASE YOUR FAVORITE' ... favorite designer, card, layout, sketch etc. Whatever your favorite is!
This was a really hard decision for me as there are so many amazing designers out in blog land but I have decided to CASE a card (or two actually ) by the fabulous Shari Carroll.  Last week she spent a week sharing cards with another flickr member Joy Taylor and I love  this card from day 4. I also fell in love with this one which was from day 1.
This is my card based on both of those!!

I stamped the trees with black memento ink and then added Spun Sugar and Bundled Sage distress ink, to finish I spritzed them with some perfect pearls to create a shine.
I am really pleased with the finished card!!

Hope you are enjoying the weekend, not alot of time for creating at the moment as I have things to do for Christmas.
Thanks for finding time to stop by my blog and leave comments, I promise I will catch up with some blogs soon!

Supplies:-Hero Arts stamps CL459 Merry Christmas Trees. Distress inks-Bundled Sage and Spun Sugar. Scraps of PP.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Hero Arts Blog Hop!!!!!!!

Have you heard the exciting news?? Hero Arts is having a big fun-filled, inspiration-packed blog hop featuring ALL NEW stamps from the upcoming 2011 Hero Arts Catalogue on Friday 10th December.

 They have sneak peeks on their blog today. I can't wait to see all the stamps in this new catalogue!
There will be a hop between the blogs of more than 20 Hero Arts designers and friends, previewing the new stamps and sharing idea after idea. You’ll be able to leave comments along the way for a chance to win fabulous prizes.
Looking forward to Friday!!

Ruthies surprise.

About a year ago, Deborah Nolan, arranged for a group of card makers from the Hero Arts flickr group to start a card shower for Ruthie, one of the group who was unwell. Deborah is such a wonderful organised person and she arranged for Ruthie to receive a card twice a week for 9 months and even her adult children got some cards too. To keep our identities secret and to keep her guessing we all took a fairy name as a pseudonym. My name was Feather Goblinwand and I posted my card so it would arrive around 28th April.
I am pleased to say that Ruth is doing much better now and Deborah thought that  it was time to reveal our identities.
This is the card I made using two of my all time favourite Hero Arts stamps, the beautiful Heart winged butterfly and Antique Brocade background.  The butterfly is stamped on acetate and I added some glitter for sparkle.

Have a good week.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Red and White Hearts!!

This is the inspirational photograph for this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge and I was totally inspired by the DT this week particularly Sarah Andersons beautiful felt heart!!  I have been meaning to make a banner for my daughter for ages we saw one similar to this in the local garden centre and she loved it!!
 She wants one to hang above her bed so the perfect time to create it for her.  All the hearts are hand sewn with blanket stitch and stuffed with wadding for a really folksy feel.
 The gingham hearts and stars were cut on my big shot and stitched on first in just a plain running stitch.

I have stitched the hearts to the cord the little pegs are just decoration.  I am really pleased with the result and much more satisfying making my own instead of buying it!

Hope you are all having a good weekend, the snow has started to defrost but its still really cold here!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Another Bow!!!

A quick post today with another entry for the Wee Memories challenge . Created the background paper with two Hero Arts stamps Old Letter Writing and Paper Art, used Victorian Velvet distress ink and I am so pleased with the result I have made it in various other colours.  I will post a card tomorrow with the green version!
We still have lots of snow here today so the school is closed again, to dangerous on the roads and the paths are really icy.  I am just going out for a lovely walk across the common which I am looking forward to.
Hope you have a good day.
Supplies. Stamps Hero Arts. S4878 Old Letter Writing. CG198 Paper Art. Digital butterflies.  Distress ink. Bundled Sage.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

A couple of challenges and a surprise in the post!!!

 Its been snowing here all night and school is closed so lots of time for crafting!! Yipee!! I wanted to have a go at two challenges and these little gift boxes and tags fit the bill perfectly.  I chose the colours lilac, pink and white to fit in with the current challenge over at The Ribbon Girl Blog. Great little blog and fabulous shop that doesn't only sell ribbon!!
 Here is a close up of both boxes made out of a piece of A5 card and then run through a cuttlebug embossing folder to give lots of texture.
 The box is tied with a piece of white satin ribbon and I have used my favourite gingham ribbon on both tags, as there are a few bows involved I am also entering this in Jenny's challenge over at the Wee Memories blog.
 I was thrilled last week to receive a beautiful card and a little gift in the post from Kathy one of my blogging friends. The gift was some SRM stickers and a Hero Arts clear set.  The set included this tree image, isn't it great, the perfect image for mass production!!!
I embossed the image in green sparkle (doesn't show well in the photograph) then added the red gems, I then distressed with Bundled Sage. The red card has been embossed with swiss dots and then I pop dotted the cards together.  So simple to make and so effective (I have made 10 in one evening), thanks Kathy I am thrilled with these images!!
Hope you are all keeping warm if you are suffering the same weather.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


I took part in Deborah's Card Chain Challenge again this month, such fun and this month my card actually made it to its destination.  Well done Royal Mail!!!!!
I received not one but two cards from Vivi in Denmark aren't they beautiful. Check out her blog she makes some amazing cards.

This is the card I sent to Jenny in Ireland, I followed some of Jennifer McGuires thinking inking techniques to make this one and I am pleased with the result.  The middle panel looks like material.

It's snowing here again today so I am planning to do lots of crafting.