Saturday, 27 October 2012

\Good afternoon bloggers.  Another one of my requested cards above, I do enjoy doing these although sometimes the odd requests can get a little stressful.  This card was made for a junior doctor who was moving to pastures new and as he had been such fun to work with we couldnt let him go without a special card.  As I had worked with him regularly we had shared the odd non work related conversation and his love of Rowan Atkinson, especially as Johnny English, had often featured as had his request every morning when asked if he would like a drink hence the sentiment.

I used one of the cupcake crafting large elegant card blanks and then embossed a piece of yellow card using my grand calibur and the Mystic MBossability folder, extending it beyond normal size.
I printed the sentiment Make Mine a Martini Shaken not Stirred (the doctor's request each morning when asked if he wanted a drink) and cut this using one of the Lifestyle Crafts Lacy Square dies, rotating it to a diamond shape, inking while still in the die.  (If you havent come across these dies check out Maddy Lisa Crafts - she has a fantastic selection, great service and the dies themselves are, in my opinion, great value for money).  Next was a picture of Johnny English, printed onto matt photo paper.  I then layered everything onto the card and inked around the edge with a pale yellow ink to take away the harshness of the white card.

But it still wasnt complete and I decided what it needed was a martini glass to finish it off.  So a quick look around the craft room and I saw the perfect glass - with a little alteration.  I took a small funnel and cut part of it away so I could stick it to the front of the card.  I used the piece I had cut away to make a base for the glass.  I stuck the pieces together using collal silicone glue and left to dry.  Once dry I then got out my stickles and used a green around the base and stem and then piped a line around the rim of the glass and let that dry.  And once that was dry I decided to use the lace stickles inside the bowl of the glass to look like there was a drink in it.  After letting this dry I attached the glass to the front of the card, again using silicone glue and left to dry once more.

And another card finished.  The recipient loved the card and the bottle of martini we had got him to go with it, well at least when he got home that night he could have his martini any way he wanted it lol.

|I hope you enjoyed seeing the card, please feel free to leave a comment, I truly do appreciate the feedback of fellow crafters.

Jacqui xxx  


Monday, 22 October 2012

Good evening bloggers.  Today I thought I would show you a card made for a friend's birthday.  I took my inspiration for the colour scheme from the ribbon which was a bargain at just 40p for a metre in a bargain tub at my local Boyes store.  I just love the way it graduates from pink to white and was just waiting for the right card to use it on.  And I think it looks perfect on this one.

The base card is from Cupcakecrafting - one of their 7" x 10" elegant cards which I love.  I began by adding a rectangle of white card decorated  with pink swirls and flowers.  I then dusted around the edge of the card with Worn Lipstick distress ink - dusting from the card bas onto the decorated mat.  Next I took my Floral Ovals die and cut two of the largest size - one in white centura pearl and one in fuscia pink glitter encapsulated card.  I cut the pink oval into four equal sections and fixed it behind the white oval to create a frame.  To hide the gap at both sides and top and bottom I cut 4 corners from Parisian accents in the same pink card and added them as though they were holding hands a la Sue.  I then took an Inkylicious sentiment and stamped this in Black Versafine and cut using the Romantic Rectangles, dusting with Worn Lipstick distress ink.  I then stamped the dress stamp, one of Dawn Bibby's, in Memento Rose Bud and cut this out, leaving a white border around the stamp.  I affixed the stamped image to the oval frame and fixed to the card with foam pads to create dimension.  I also used foam pads to add the sentiment to the top right of the card.  Using the ribbon I tied a double bow and added this to the bottom left corner of the card with silicone glue, fixing three hat pins behind, two in pink and one in white and then finished the bow with a fabric covered button.

I must admit to being reluctant to part with the card when it was finished, but it did make its way to the intended recipient.

I hope you like it, please feel free to leave a comment.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and look - it really is much appreciated.

Jacqui xx  

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Viva Las Vegas

Good Afternoon bloggers.  Thought while I was on the laptop I would add another post to my blog.  If you have seen some of my older posts you will know that I get some odd requests for birthday cards and love to add my twist to them.  Last month I was asked if I could make a 21st card for a colleagues son.  She had scoured the shops for something that was "him" but had no luck so asked if I could help.  I asked her what her son liked and was told Fast Cars.  She said they were taking a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday so I though I would take that as my lead.  And below is the result.

As there was a lot going on in the card I opted to use one of my extra large card blanks A3 in size. I added a large piece of blue spotted card to the front to leave a white border and then I printed the Las Vegas Strip night scene onto card and added that.  My next task was to source the fast cards - they came courtesy of La Pashe from The Big One CD Rom.  I chose the three cars and then arranged them as though they were driving out of the strip.  I found the Welcome To Las Vegas sign vis Google Images and printed and added to the top of the card.  Next it was the poker chips - a quick look on Google Images and I found just what I was looking for so I printed out a selection in white, red, green and black.  I added letters to some of the chips to spell out Happy Birthday and fixed these to the bottom of the card and then added peel off number 21's in silver to the remainder of the poker chips and fixed them randomly to the top of the card at both sides.  And voila - a 21st card finished.

I liked the end result but more importantly the card made it to Las Vegas intact and the recipient loved it.  And quite a coincidence but his girlfriend had arranged for him to have a driving experience while they were there as part of his birthday present - the car being his dream car an Aston Martin - one of the three I had chosen to put on the card without knowing he has this on his wish list to own.  Well until he can get the full size version he has a decoupage one.

Thanks again for looking.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Back for Good

I cannot believe that almost 6 months have passed since I last posted to my blog.  It hasnt been the best of times personally but I am now looking forward with a new job, my eldest daughter finally in a permanent nursing post 3 years after qualifying and today her husband passed out of the army.  So time for me to start the blog rolling again and I will try my best to post weekly.  Of course I have still been crafting over the last 6 months so I have a good few projects photographed that I can post about.  And so I will begin with one which while rewarding to do was also bittersweet.

Last October one of my close work colleague's husbands lost a three year battle with cancer.  Six months after his death his wife was 60 so I decided to do her something a little special for her birthday.  A quick trip to Merly Impressions got me exactly what I was looking for - the Kaisercraft Cruise Ship MDF minibook.  Enlisting the help of her daughters I copied a few pictures of the two of them on the cruise holidays they had taken after Dave's illness was diagnosed.  And the following is the result:

 I prepared the minibook by painting with white paint and then varnishing to give it that cruise ship book.  The inside pages were decorated with papers from a Debbi Moore stamping magazine - they were travel related so perfect for this project.  I attached photographs of Chris and Dave on the cruise ship and in some of the stop off and added embellishments.  The anchor on the first page was from a Kanban stamp, stamped in Blue stazon onto shrink plastic and then heated to reduce it to the perfect size.  I then added acetate across the portholes and added a picture of Chris and Dave behind two of the portholes as if they were looking out.   On the second page is the lighthouse stamp from the same kanban collection again stamped in blue stazon on shrink plastic and reduced in size.  The third page has a quote about Italy, perfect to go with the picture and a string of beads to emulate decorations/  On the last page is a shore scene together with some birds stamped  onto shrink plastic and added  once shrunk to size.  The back of the book I finished with a cut out of Chris and Dave dancing on the cruise ship.  This photograph sits by her bed and is the favourite picture of one of her grandsons because they both look so happy.

While it was so rewarding completing the project, it did bring some tears looking at them both so happy and enjoying life to the full despite the terrible hand they had been dealt.  

Chris loves the book, she said it was the perfect reminder of the happy times they had together on the cruises.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by - please feel free to leave a comment, your feedback is really appreciated.  After all, if my fellow crafters like my work that is the best commendation I can have. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Wedding Invitation

One of my work colleagues asked me if I could make the invitations for her stepson's wedding in November of this year.  My brief was fuscia pink, black and butterflies. The bride wanted square invites and, if possible, for the butterfly to  pop out of the middle of the card please.  She wanted the butterly in the black but other than that it was up to me how I made the invites!

So my first task was to source the cardstock.  A quick visit to Foilplay and there was just the card in the perfect colours, double sided pearlescent card in noir and azalea/hot pink.  And of course as usual the delivery was super quick.  I cut the cardstock down to make it just slightly smaller than 6 inch square and scored for a gatefold card.  The corners were cut with a WRMK corner chomper using the scallop and then I decided to take a look through my sizzix texturz plates and found one which would emboss the card blank with butterflies.  To get a butterly to pop from the card I cut and embossed the large butterfly from the Spellbinders Fanciful Flight set and using 3mm extra strength double sided tape fixed the butterfly in the centre of the back panel of the card blank.  The wedding details were printed onto pink paper and then cut to fit the two gatefold sections, the invite on the left hand side and the RSVP on the right.  The right fold of the card was perforated so that the recipient could tear it off and return it to the bride and groom to be to let them know if they were attending.  The final touch was to add the words Wedding Invitation and Evening Invitation to the front of each gatefold using black peel offs to match with the butterfly.  I then looked at all the pink strips of card cut from the A4 sheet and decided to make place names for the tables.  I cut the card into squares, embossed with the same sizzix butterfly texturz plate and used the corner chomper to give them scalloped corners.  And then it was one wedding and one evening invite completed and sent to the bride for her approval.  My colleague was delighted with the invites, as was the bride so that just left another 45 to complete and 90 place name cards.  Thankfully with the help of a crafting friend I managed to get all the large butterflies cut and embossed before my grand calibur died so the invites are finished.  But now I am thinking as nice as the name place cards are, the little butterfly from the fanciful flight set would just finish them off.  But that will have to wait until my new grand calibur arrives lol.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Milestone birthdays and a new Wag on the block

I can't remember when my love of card making really took hold but I think it was when I began to realise just how personal I could make my cards so that those who received them wouldn't have another like mine sitting on their mantlepiece.

This year is one of those special years for my oldest friends and myself, its our 50th birthday year but quite a few of the family and friends also have 40th and 60th birthdays.  So for these occassions I do try to make the cards even more special.  Apologies for the first picture, I was in a rush to get these to my oldest and dearest friend for her 50th and so didnt really take the best of pictures but I think yiou can get what I was trying to achieve.

The top card was made for my daughters to give to Andrea - she always was and remains a staunch Bay City Rollers fanatic and so what else could I do but the Flippin Roller card for her.  One the front of the card I put the verses from her favourite Bay City Roller Song and when you opened the card there was a concert scene so it looked like the fan was right at the front of the open air audience.  Below that is a cupcake book I made from myself - in her spare time she makes novelty and celebration cakes - so this papermania chipboard book was perfect.  I decorated each inside page with lovely bright coloured papers and stamped with mini cupcakes.  For the front I used my hougie board to score white flower printed cardstock to resemble a cupcake wrapper.  I covered the top of the shape in puffy stuff and before drying it with the heat tool to get the "puff" I sprinkled it with glitter so that it sparkled.  Once puffed up I then topped off the cupcake with a cherry on the top - a small plastic ball sliced in half and coloured with a red promarker and fixed in plce with silicone glue.  That just left the 50 which I put on the wrapper and some lovely pastel ribbons and fake pearl strings on the book rings and the book was finished.

I also began a scrapbook for her - assisted by her two daughters who borrowed some family photos for me.  She loved both the cards, the scrapbook reduced her to tears and laughter - well 46 years of friendship means I know more than a few of the skeletons in her cupboard - but she said she had never received such a beautiful present and sorry but the scrapbook even beat the early surprise birthday present I had given her the year before - a trip to see her second favourite band - Take That on the opening night of their tour.  Well she is my oldest and dearest friend and you cannot put a price on that.

The card above was for a 40th, the love of this ladies life being Ronaldo.  As she is a quivering wreck at the mere sight of him on tv and frequently dreams of being a little closer than a tv screen,  her birthday card had to make one dream come true - well at least on a card lol.  I decided to make an 8 x 8 twisted easel card and found some beautiful classy flower and scroll backing papers to cover the card.  Then it was off to the internet to find the perfect pic of Ronaldo and I found it - the man himself giving all his affection to a football trophy.  So edit out the trophy, replace it with a picture of his adoring new "Wag" and voila - her dream come true - being on the receiving end of Ronaldo's lips.  I cut out the image of them both and fixed to large tag cut with my Grand Calibur (before it died), then added another larger label dusted with red to match the mirror card that picked up on the red in the flowers on the backing paper.  To keep the card upright I cut a ribbon border, threaded red ribbon to decorate and attached it to the card.  The final touch was a scalloped cicle die cut with a sentiment from the Wishing on a Star cd - Dreams do come true.  Well at least in my craft room they can lol.

The lady loes the card and for a moment she could feel like a Wag.  One birthday wish kind of fulfilled.

Thanks again for looking, hope you enjoy the cards.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Rain stops renovations again

Well the rain has been hammering down for a few hours now so that is the kitchen renovations halted again.  At least the old paint is now off all the walls and a few more floor tiles have been laid so if the weather improves we can rip out the old sink and put in the new.  Then all that will be needed is a few  wall tiles, some paint and it will be completed - simples lol.

So I thought I would upload a few more of my creations before I begin cooking the evening meal - lasagne and if we are feeling naughty chips - if not a nice healthy salad.

The card above was made for my friend's son for his birthday.  He is very sporty, playing both cricket and rugby for our local under 13's teams and next week he has a trial for Yorkshire so fingers crossed for him.  I used a fancy 8 x 8 card and inked the edges with Memento Desert Sand and then stamped the cricket and rugby images in the same ink.  I stamped a sentiment onto a die cut in the same memento colour.  The cricketer is a Jolly Nation Image - I had a sheet of shrink plastic with this image on so I scanned the image and increased the size until it was large enough for the card blank and then printed onto stamping card.  I then coloured the image using Promarkers and cut out and attached to the card using gel glue.  I think it is quite effective and the recipient loved it.

Next off the drawing board was a card for his sister for her 16th.  My brief was all things shopping so off I went.  I have some extra large card blanks so started with that.  I then chose a sheet of A3 card in peach to make the shop fronts and awning.  I used the BCE shop window template and cut out two windows and backed them with acetate.  Using peel off dresses, shoes and handbags I decorated inside where the shop windows were to be placed then fixed the shop windows at either end of the card, bowing them to give an arched effect.  I cut a door in matching card and fixed this under the edge of one window so it could open.  I used a brass brad as a door knob and used two smaller brads to attach metal numbers to the door and then stuck the word shopaholic across the middle of the door as the shop name.  Usin the same peach card I cut a rectangular strip to make the awning and punched the edge with a Martha Stewart edge punch, the added happy birthday in glittered american thickers.  The awning was attached to the top edge of the card using extra strength double sided tape and I fixed a small strip of card at end end of the awning and attached that to the card blank.  This strip was creased in the centre so that the awning could be flattened for transportation and then popped up when the card was displayed.  The final touch was hidden behing door number 16, so that when the door was opened you saw a shopper (one of the flippin women range) leaving the shop, bags full to overflowing.

And finally for today is Lola's Peppa Pig birthday card.  Lola's nana works at my hospital and she wanted a Peppa Pig card for her granddaughter's birthday but hadnt been able to find one that was large and that she liked.  So she came to see if I could help.  Again I used one of my extra large card blanks and began by dusting a hilly scene onto the card.  Next it was find a Peppa Pig colouring book as, with no small children in my immediate family, I had no idea who or what Peppa Pig was lol.  I found a picture with Peppa and family and their house so I scanned and copied them onto stamping card and coloured them with Promarkers.  I placed the house on the top of the hill just underneath the sun and then sprinkled flowersoft onto some dries clear glue at the bottom right and added a few paper flowers.  I cut the basket for the balloon from card and decorated with adhesive ribbon and added it to the card, bowing it slightly to give the impression of a round basket.  The balloon itself was cut from glitter foam bought at a poundshop and stuck together to form the round shape and a large number 3 fixed in the centre.  Two strands of blue cord were fixed under the balloon and to the side of the basket.  I used a speech bubble die cut to write the words Happy Birthday Lola Bo (Nanna's name for her) and then cut out all my coloured figures.  And at this point I though, what a shame that this card will just sit there, wouldnt it be fun if it was like the fizzy felt I used to have as a child.  And inspiration struck.  I attached a small velcro circle to be back of each character and then put the hook sections onto the card so that the characters could be moved from inside the basket to the ground and swopped around.  Nanna loved it, especially as it was the biggest card Lola got and Lola loved playing with it.

Thats all for today.  Hope you liked the cards - I just love to do something a bit different, because if its just a happy birthday and picture you can get those from any card shop.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and take a look at my work.  Please fel free to leave a comment, I do read every one and they mean a lot, especially from fellow crafters who have taken time out of their busy crafting lives to take a look at my humble creations.

Jacqui xxx

Kitchen Renovations stop posts

Apologies for being away for so long but after 3 years of it sitting in the garage my new kitchen is finally being installed.  The past few weeks havent been without some drama and crisis but we are finally getting there.  One side of the kitchen is almost completed and hopefully this week the other side will be installed and I will finally have my new kitchen.  I wont say dream because my dream kitchen would be twice the size of the one I have now with a cooking island in the middle and more storage space than Ikea.  But once done this will be my dream kitchen in the house I live in until I win the euromillions lol.

I did have some excitement in the last few weeks - which probably shows how sad my life has been during kitchengate - I was one of the weekly draw winners on Sue Wilson's Blog.  I was so excited when I saw my name there you would have thought I had won the euromillions.

Anyway yesterday brought me back down to earth with a bang - my grand calibur died and it was only 4 months old.  To say I am bereft is an understatement - I had been merrily cutting a dirth of accents, motifs, flowers and leaves and as I got the the last set the handle stopped turning mid cut.  I managed to wind it backwards to get the plates out of the machine and there was a lovely half cut set of shapes and now the machine makes a terrible noise when I turn the handle.  I think the gears have gone and of course it is the bank holiday so no way of getting it sorted until next week.  Withdrawal symptoms are already setting in, thank god I have my big shot - I now just have to find out how I sandwich my spellbinders in it.  Thats the lesson for later today.

But undeterred I decided to see what I could come up with without the grand.  I decided to try my hand at homemade zipper roses.  I took a 6" black metal zip and a 16" nylon dress zip, snipped off the end stops, removed the tag and that gave me two lengths of zip.  I added a strip of 9mm extra strength double sided tape to the none zip edge and began rolling as you do for the ribbon roses.  Now the following pictures arent the best quality but I think you will agree that the results arent bad.

While the metal zips give a more dramatic impact, the nylon zips have a lovely texture to them so tomorrow I will see about adding them to a card or two.

The number of baby cards I have been making would lead anyone to think there had been a national strike around nine or ten months ago.  Most have been for boys, the odd baby girl has put in an appearance as well as a set of twins and as all the cards were requested by work colleagues making them all individual, especially when they request the same image or stamp, can get challenging.  But I do try to give them what they want and make each card special for that person so no two are ever alike even if the same image is used.  (Apologies for the card pictures that are in an earlier post, I just uploaded the whole baby file instead of single pics).

Well it is getting very late or should that be early so I will sign off for now but will be back later to post some more images of some of my recent birthday creations.

Thank you for looking and if you like what you see and think others would then please let them know where to find me.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

My followers have returned lol and a little bit of movie madness

It looks like normal service has resumed and my followers are back.  I dont have many but I truly appreciate each and every one of you and your comments so its good to have you back.

I am going to try and post more  and so here is my second card post of the week.  I was asked by a student nurse if I would make a card for her boyfriend.  I asked his interests and she told me he is currently at university completing a media studies course.  So taking that as my inspiration, this is what I came up with.

I used an A4 card blank and matted a hollywood backing paper from Debbi Moore's art deco range which was included in one of her magazines and then matted a piece of white cardstock over and attached the sentiment strip near the bottom of the card.  The movie camera, megaphone and film reel images were from the same magazine, as were the sentiment toppers and strips..  I got Amy, the student nurse, to print me off some passport size pictures of James and herself and I copied a film negative strip a couple of times, then cut out the centre of each negative.and placed a photograph behind each to look like a strip of film.  To add to the effect I then covered the film strip in some very thin acetate to give it a glossy negative appearance.  I took the film reel image and stuck it to an empty 3mm tape reel so it gave some dimension and positioned the two strips of photographs as though they were coming from the reel.  I attached the two sentiments in the corners and then decided to make a clapper board.  I cut the clapperboard from plain grungeboard, coloured with my black promarker and used a white inkessentials pen to add the diagonal stripes.  To give it the movemebt at the top I attached the two pieces together with a tiny brad.

And voila, one movie themed card that Amy loved. 

I did ask her permission to put the card on my blog as it contains images of James and herself but they were both happy to let me do this, and be named lol.

I've lost my followers - arent I careless lol

I am sorry but since google decided to move everyone to country specific blog's it appears that my followers list, like quite a few other blog users, has disappeared.  My wonderful son in law has tried to sort it for me cos I just thought it was me being thick lol but he says it is the followers gadget that is faulty.  My blog URL is still showing on my settings as .com but the blog is now and I cant amend that.

So apologies to those of you who would like to follow my blog.  I hope this problem will be sorted soon and when it is I will be in touch again.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Not quite all white

 After watching Sue Wilson demonstrating the new spellbinder dies and seeing a card she made which was all white I decided to make my own version.  But being me I had to add just a touch of colour which I think does lift the card a little.  Below I will try to explain how the card was put together.

The base of the card is snow white centura pearl, cut to 8" x 8".  I then used the Elite M Bossability folder to make a central embossed panel.  On each edge I added a spellbinders lattice border  with gel glue and in the top centre layered two of the large lattice shapes that come with the spellbinders lattice motifs and and  accents to make a larger lattice shape which I then glued to the top centre.  I then printed the sentiment and cut and embossed using the largest of the spellbinders beaded ovals and while still in the die I coloured the beaded sections of the oval with fuscia brilliance ink and fixed in the centre of the lattice shapes.
 I cut one large and two smaller leaves from the spellbinders foliage set and a small butterfly from  spellbinders fanciful flight and fixed these to the bottom of the card.  Where the stems of the leaves lay I glued a hand made ribbon rose with a diamante centre.
 The second card was made in a similar way but this time the border is from the spellbinders moroccan accents set.  I added a sentiment from the recent POTW, Wishing On A Star, to the beaded oval centre and dusted with lemon ink.  I used the same combination of leaves and butterfly at the base of the card but added three hand made hatpins to the rose for the finishing touch.
I do hope you like the cards, the birthday card was made for my son in law's nanna for her 74th birthday, the first card for mother's day for a colleague's mum.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Inspired by Dips

Inspired by some beautiful and details tutorials by a fellow Crafter known to us as Dips I spent quite a bit of time yesterday in my craft room creating personalised hatpins and ribbon flowers.  I went into Hull on Friday and managed to pick up a few of the teardrop hatpins and then headed into the student shopping heaven, Primani, and went straight to the jewellery displays.  Exit with a set of crystal bracelets for £4, a set of four diamante earings for £2 and some large faux pearl earings for a £1 and I was all set.

Apolgies for the abismal photo taking, the pics always look so much better on my phone. 

Anyway I am quite hooked, the flowers got better the more I made, the yellow one at the front was the first and at that point I was having trouble getting to grips with the pleating and wrapping but the more I did, the more relaxed I got and the better and more open the flowers.  I used hatpins and the earings for the centres - will be heading back for more of the diamante earings, I love those black flowers with the bling centre. 

Then it was onto the hat pins.  I snipped the elastic on the bracelets and put the beads on a beading mat to stop them going everywhere and away I went.  I already had some large white 3 bead hatpins so they got a bit of bling added, as did the teardrop ones.  Then I got inventive and used some gold jewellery headpins on the ones laid on the mat.  48 decorated hatpins later I stopped, but I still have enough beads to do at least that many again. 

Next week it is the local Hobbies fair and my friend, who ran her own jewellery making business until she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, will be there selling off many beads at half price (I know cos she has given me the heads up).  I will be going for a good old rummage and hope to get some more bling and headpins and have another afternoon just making hatpins up lol.  Ok, off now to find a good cheap supplier for extra strong tape as I used nearly all mine yesterday making the flowers.

Many thanks to Dips and if you want to see how the flowers and haptins are done in then take a look at her blog -  You wont be disappointed but I warn you, her tutorials are so easy to follow you will become addicted - I have.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

A passion for fairies

These are just a few of the cards made, as you can see I had a bit of a twisted easel theme going on but the decoupage and toppers really lent themselves to this style of card.  They were finished off with a few flower embellishments, some fancy brads and then packed up and off to the hospital where I work to sell for charity.

The mummy we are waiting for to deliver baby had her birthday yesterday and so I made a large birthday card for my friend, her mum, to give her.  My friend wanted something a little special as, of course, everyone is eagerly awaiting the baby and because this is the first birthday since her dad passed away last October.  So courtesty of another Debi Moore design, this time from the Venetian range, some grand nestie mats, hat pins, a bit of bling and flowers I came up with this.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Arent I a bad blogger

I cannot believe it was the end of September when I last blogged - time really does go so fast.  My only excuse is that I have been mega busy with work, uni, the family and the occassional spell of crafting.  And with that in mind I thought I would add a couple of pics of some actual crafting I have done.

First off the block some of my Paint Fusion creations, I have actually managed to keep some of them for myself .  The first one is my Paint Fusion box - I originally got this box from QVC full of wood mounted stamps and quickly removed the stamps from the blocks.  The box was used for all sorts until I got my Paint Fusion goodies and it was perfect for storing those so of course it had to be painted.  I gave the box lid a crackle finish and then decorated with poppies, a butterfly and a few bees and finished with a coat of spray and shine to protect it.  And Im rather proud of it as this was my first attempt at the Poppies.

I also decided to try my hand at Sweat Peas and decorated a hanging sign for my craft room door - not that it will stop me from being disturbed lol.  Again I used a crackle background and then painted sweat peas in vivid pink and added Craft Room in copper peel offs for the finishing touch.

On the card making front it has been babies all the way for friends recently and all of them boys.  Above are a few of the new baby cards - still have three to do as the next friends new arrival is due today so as soon as baby is here safe and well and we know who it is I can get on with the next lot of baby cards.

And finally a couple of retirement cards that I was asked to make for two very special ladies who were lucky enough to get early retirement from the hospital where I work - not that Im at all envious of them.  But they were really loved work colleagues and so of course everyone thought someone else had asked me to make the cards.  Good job im psychic and just got on with them without asking lol.  I have a love affair with the acetate butterlies at the moment, just love glittering them and watching them come to life.

Well thats it for now - will be back later as Im in the middle of a fairy marathon so will post a few pics when they are finished.