Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Card for 2015

With one thing and another I didn't have time to make individual Christmas card this year so I went into mass production mode and got the dies out. Won't be doing an all white card again in a hurry, nightmare trying to keep them clean :)  ...
Dies used - 
Sue Wilson - Filigree Poinsettia and Trailing Ivy
Couture Creations - Tied Together
Memory box - Winterberry Sprig
Spellbinders - Ovals
Embossing Folder - Tied Together by Couture Creations
Thank you for looking, take care & keep smiling :)

Friday, 30 October 2015

Engagement Card or book - For my son Alex and Phoebe

(name) and (name)
Sitting in a tree,
First comes love,
Then comes marriage,
Then comes baby
in a baby carriage.

This is the poem\song that inspired this card. I did intend just to make a simple open and shut card with my revised poem inside, but I started thinking and it kind of ran away with me. I had just got my Tim Holtz "Crazy Bird" rubber stamps (where I got the opening line for the revised poem) and thought it would be fun to use them for this card...
 If you want any details about stamps, dies, etc please feel free to email me for details.
Thank you for looking, and take care & keep smiling.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Altered Tin - H R Giger

I bought my son some different flavoured vaping liquids for his birthday and decided to make a gift box for them. I got slightly carried away and altered a tin ... as you do !!!

The tin I bought a long long time ago and it was pink and it did have a handle on it, but I didn't like it so I took it off and replaced it with a chain that I fixed on with screw brads (my Dremel came in handy for drilling the small holes for the brads to go through). I removed the paint from around the edges that wouldn't be covered with my Dremel, it gave it a nice satin look. I covered it first with Basic Grey Sugar Rush Fire Ball paper, and the images which are H R Giger's artwork were printed on to acetate. I made a bottle holder inside, and the bottles are held in place on the little shelf I made with cut down cocktail stick tubes ( I don't throw anything away, you never know when it'll come in handy! ) I won't bore you with any more details, as it's pretty much self explanatory.
Thank you for looking and keep smiling :)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Steam Punk Father's Day card 2015

ANOTHER Steam Punk card !!! Well I found a digi stamp on Pintrest and decided to do my interpretation of it. It didn't quite turn out as I intended, but I'm sure my Dad will like it :)  ...
The digi stamp I took inspiration from.

 The backing paper for both front and inside the card were made by me. I used the conceptual sketches from a computer game I played a few years ago - Syberia. The art work for that game is beautiful. I also used a German text I sourced from the internet, along with a antique page image (all can be found on my Pintrest page). To add a more aged look I used...
1. Tim Holtz distress ink pads - Antique linen and Frayed burlap
2. Tim Holtz Air spritzer with Antique linen and frayed burlap distress markers.
3. Basic Grey Flourish edge stamp with Crimson red Versafine ink pad.
4. The die cut corners on the front were achieved using Tim Holtz Alterations mixed media dies.
 The Penny Farthing was made using ...
1. The digi stamp as a template for the bicycle frame.
2. Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die. Coloured with Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter Distress paint and then using his spritzer air brush used different marker pens to get an aged metal patina effect.
3. The tire was die cut from Grand Nestabilities classic circles dies and coloured wih a black marker pen.
4. The cogs are Memory Box Gear Works die coloured with Tim Holtz metalic Distress paints
5. All pieces were cut from thick grey card.

The Dad label was made with Spellbinders Victorian tags and metal alphabet brads.
The metal tassel was hand made by me.

Inside the card the sentiments were computer generated and framed with Memory box Medium Steampunk pipes and connected using Memory Box small Steampunk pipes.

Thank you for popping by. Take care and Keep smiling :)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Steampunk Card

Bought lots and lots of crafty supplies from a craft fair back in March, one of them being this lovely stamp and though I'd give it the Steampunk treatment :)

Stamp - House of Zandra - "Safari Girl"
Backing Paper  - Creative Imaginations, Marah Johnson - "True"
Dies - Memory Box  - Steampunk Corner
           Cheery Lynn Designs  - Chicken wire
Flowers  - Mirri Satin card
                 EK Success Reto Flower punch
                 Nellie Snellen Floral punch - Stamen 1
                 Cuttlebug embossing folder - Diamond Plate
Sentiment - computer generated and gone over with Atyou Spica glitter pens

Take Care & Keep Smiling :)

Monday, 30 March 2015

Card Box for Tilda and Edwin Frienship card

Well here's the box I made for the Tilda and Edwin card. Had to keep it simple as it's travelling from England to the USA ...
Gingham paper made by me on the computer. The Butterfly is Marianne Designs Creatables Butterfly 3. Coloured with Tim Holtz distress inks - Mustard Seed and Wild Honey.
Take care & keep smiling

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Tilda and Edwin friendship card

I made this card for a friend who has been ill and is currantly living in a nursing home. I wanted to make something cheery and bright. I was going to upcycle the Chasing butterflies card I made, but decided the colours weren't bright enough ...
Front image -
Magnolia Chasing Butterflies background and Summer background.
Helloooo - computer generated hand cut and then glazed with Sakura clear glaze pen.
Lace and cross stitch sewn by hand.
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Inside image -
Magnolia Chasing Butterflies Chasing Tilda, Chasing Edwin and Summer background
Butterfly - Cheery Lynn Designs small exotic butterflies dies coloured with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed and Wild Honey inkpads and sprayed with Glimmer mist Dazzling Diamonds
Flowers - punches from EK Success and Tonic Studios
Foliage - Cheery Lynn mini fanciful flourish die.
Cross stitch - hand sewn

Sentiment page -
Sentiment is computer generated.
Clouds - Memory Box mini clouds die
Cross stitch - hand sewn

All ovals are Spellbinders Grand caliber ovals and scalloped ovals. All images coloured with Derwents coloursoft pencils and Sansodor.
Gingham backing paper made by me on my extremely old graphics program and printed on hessian paper.

Thank you for looking. Take care and keep smiling :)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tilda Birthday card

This was the first Tilda card I made, and I made it in 2004. Don't know why I never put it on my blog !!! Oh well better late than never :)
 Take care and keep smiling :)

Monday, 9 February 2015

Decoupage Frame

I had another heart frame and a tub of Mod Podge I bought sometime last year that I'd never tried. I'd read some reviews on the Mod Podge that said it remained sticky and yellowed with time. Well in my case it dried to a lovely satin finish and no hint of stickiness anywhere, and as for it going yellow I couldn't say as I've only just made this, but even if it does it won't matter much as it's vintage style anyway, if anything it will add to the character :) ...

 First I covered the frame with torn up bits of  K & Company - Classic Bailey, Stripes, Ivory small floral papers using Mod Podge Matte and then gave it a "varnish" with the Mod Podge.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The little birds were white when I bought them but I sponged them with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose ink and then added some spots and stripes with Staedtler triplus fineliner pastel pen. The back panel was covered with the same papers as the frame and again given the same top coat.

Take care & keep smiling :)