Saturday, 30 October 2010

Christmas Angels.

Hi everyone, I thought it was time I added to my Christmas card stash, so here's a card I've made for this month's Inkurable Stampers October Challenge. This month's challenge is based on a Becky Fleck Pagemaps sketch and you had to use at least 3 stamps on your project.

I started with some Stampin' Up Kraft cardstock, folded to make a 5" x 7" card. I inked around the edges with Stampin' Up white craft ink and stamped some Hero Arts snowflakes over it in a random pattern, then stamped the Pink Paislee greeting in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. Next, I stamped a Hero Arts S5101 Raindrop Background stamp over a piece of pink paper, then punched the longest edge with a Fiskars snowflake embossing punch, I then adhered to a piece of SU Sage Shadow cardstock - I softened the edges of both pieces by sponging with SU white craft ink, then wrapped some silver and organza christmas ribbon around this, tied a silver thread around the bow and added a pink Heidi Grace heart pin.

For my main image I thought I'd try the Faux Silk technique, you will find how to do this on Splitcoaster Stampers site HERE. I used Versafine Vintage Sepia ink to stamp the Crafty Individuals stamp onto white tissue paper, then added my own twist to the technique by spraying with Bronze Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. It's hard to see in the photos, but it really does give a lovely shimmer. I adhered my finished Faux Silk piece to some Stampin' Up Close To Cocoa cardstock. I've included a close-up photo below, just click on it to see a larger pic. I finished my card off by adding a row of pink Kaisercraft rhinestones below the greeting.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Black and White card.

Hi everyone, apologies again for being MIA! I'm just not getting a lot of craft time lately, we are getting some nice weather now so have been spending a bit more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine.

My card today is for Annabelle Stamps blog challenge 'Say It In..... Black and White'. I realised after I'd made the card that it also loosely fits the monthly challenge sketch, also on Annabelle Stamps blog, so it's a 'twofer' entry.

My main image is a Stamping Bella stamp called Anabel Lulu and the sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set - added some Kaisercraft black rhinestones either side of the sentiment. I also used a Quickutz 'Diamonds and Dots' embossing folder and added some pearls for a touch of elegance along with the black organza ribbon. The large heart brad is from Craft Affair and I just twisted the ribbon between the brad prongs. The Lacey Circles is a new die from Nestabilities and I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the black cardstock.

Here's a close-up of the birthday cake, I put some Frosted Lace Stickles on it for some sparkly icing.

Hope you like my card today, I'd love to hear what you think of it!

ps. To the idiot/s who keep trying to post spam comments to my blog.......give it up, I have comment moderation so your comments will never be posted here! Stop wasting your time and mine!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

OSA Sketch Challenge Layout #91

I have a quick post today for this week's OSA Sketch Challenge Layout #91. I used a Penny Black brush flower stamp as my main image, the background I stamped it on is a technique from one of the Technique Junkie Newsletters, sorry I don't remember what it's called as I made it some time ago. The greeting stamp is an EK Success one. I used an Asian Cuttlebug embossing folder and also embossed the black cardstock strip with a polka dot border folder and added some green grosgrain ribbon over it. Also used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, the green cardstock is Bazzil, the embossed cardstock is Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel, the black is Pedigree Paper.

Thanks so much for looking, I have to run now, I'm off to the local Sunday Market. Hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend, it's back to Wintry weather again here, brrr!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Poppy card.

I haven't made an Oriental card for such a long time, so I thought I'd use a recent purchase of the Hero Arts Poppy Background stamp to make one. The stamp is quite large so I made my card size 5" x 7" and used a very simple card design. I've entered the card for this weeks' Annabelle Stamps Blog challenge - "Say it with.......No DP".

Other items used Pedigree Paper cardstock, red polka dot organza ribbon, gold Painty Pen and a good luck Asian coin.

Hope you like my Oriental card for a change, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 7 October 2010


Hi everyone, I haven't quite disappeared off the face of the earth, but it has been quite a while since my last post! It's been quite a stressful few weeks for me, the results from my latest CT scan showed up "something" which my oncologist was convinced was a new cancer. He sent me for a PET scan just to make sure and after a nervous wait, the results showed that it wasn't cancer at all!! You can't begin to know the relief I felt hearing that news! They're still not sure what it is that showed on the CT scan, so the scan will be repeated in around 5 weeks time. Comparisons with this PET scan and the one I had done last year also showed a reduction in the size of the nodal cancer that showed in the first scan.......which means the chemo is doing it's job, thank goodness!

Needless to say my creative mojo had gone out the window so it's taken me this long to finally come up with a new card. I've used the sketch from Annabelle Stamps Blog and the theme from The Pink Elephant Blog - Childhood.

I just had to use this digital image, a freebie from Mo's Digital Pencil, as it shows exactly how I felt when I got the report from my PET scan! The image is coloured with Copic Markers, the background is done lightly with chalk as I don't have an airbrush system for Copics. The greeting is from a Fiskars clear stamp set. Also used Kaisercraft rhinestones, Bazzil cardstock, Nestabilities and Heidi Grace patterned paper.

Hopefully I can catch up on my blog comments over the next few days. I haven't been on the computer much lately as finally we've had some Spring weather and I've been doing a little Spring Cleaning, which didn't get done last year as I was recovering from surgery, and some tidying up in the garden. Hopefully we will be growing more of our own vegies this year as I'm trying to eat more organic foods now and prices are about double if you buy organic from the supermarkets!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!