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Monday, 30 March 2015

my first Christmas card

That is, one I have made not one I have received.

Good afternoon everyone - it is a very damp day today here in North Wales I do hope it is brighter where you are.

This Christmas card came about by accident as I realised this morning that I needed a sample card for one of my clubs - a Diorama card.  Turning to my box of bits I spotted the printout from a Christmas design I had created through Serif during last years seasonal card making.  So it made sense to use that;

A plainer style Diorama card this time than the two I made recently.  The topper has been printed as part of the background, plus 2 extra copies.  One I cut out & decoupaged over the other one, then from the second copy I just trimmed out the bow & decoupaged that over the bow on the previous layer.

Some holly corner & border peel offs help decorate the front.  I think it will be used for Christmas this year & I will put a matching background paper on the back to hold my greeting & to sign.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A birthday card

Good morning. Today I have a photo of a recent birthday card I made for a colleagues special birthday.

I used one of those nice cards that have the punched out decoration on the top & when folded the back folds in half to create an easel card.

I cut a square of white card & ran it through my Ebosser using a "dotty" embossing folder.  This I layered onto some silver card & then placed it on the main card.  I die-cut a flourish in silver & a plaque & the numbers 6 & 0.  Onto the flourish I added 3 little paper roses & one on the 60 plaque with some ribbon hanging from it.  The 6 was a solid shape so I added a little crystal gem to "create" the hole.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Good afternoon & goodness another week between posts - I really must pull my socks up.

Earlier in the year I attended a workshop to learn a technique called paint dripping.  It was a fun afternoon, but my painting didn't quite achieve the desired result.  So it has been sitting in my craft room with me looking at it from time to time to try & decide what I was going to do with it. Throwing it away was not an option.

Here is the painting;

The background did not have that dripped look.

I have been thinking recently about trying my hand at creating an Art Journal.  A place to store the little forays into art, rather than card making, that I do.  So I purchased a very nice book & decided I would see how I could alter this picture & put it in the journal for my first page.

Here is the painting with the additions I put in & now safely glued into the book;

I stamped the word dragonfly with a set of stamps where every letter in the set is a different font & style.  On the Internet I found some sayings about dragonflies which I rather liked so I hand wrote them onto the work.  I stamped & embossed 2 small dragonflies giving them lilac gems for their heads.  Next I added some glitter to the large dragonfly, underlined the wording & added a dotted line around the large dragonfly.  As you can see I also tore around the edges of the painting to lose the straight edges which I then inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink to help lift the sheet from the page.

It won't win prizes - but I am much happier with it & enjoyed the experience.  I am looking forward to the next thing that pops into my head.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Two Diorama cards

Good morning everyone.

Today I have photos of 2 recent cards made in the Diorama style.  A colleague created the template & is going to be showing my club members how to make the card.  But as soon as I saw her samples I knew it was what I wanted for these 2 cards.  So thank you Carolyn.

The first one was for a wedding & the brides colour choice for her day set me a challenge - yellow & purple.

The template has the marks on it to create a square aperture - so for this card I decided to go with the heart aperture.  The flourish is one from Tattered Lace & the little yellow flowers are from an inexpensive die I found at my local craft shop. The white purple edged flowers are from my stash with the small version of the flower die added to them.

The second card was for a friends Silver Wedding Anniversary;

This time I went for the square aperture because I was including a photo of them as a feature.  The card is made from silver card with an etched heart pattern on it.  As the reverse of the silver card was white I had to line the inside of the back card for a better finish.  The photo I managed to get from the brides father & this I scanned & then printed on vellum. I then cut the same aperture from the back of the card so that when stood up the light shines through the photo.  The same Tattered Lace flourish was used & some white flowers from my stash with gems added.

Very happy with both cards.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A birthday card

Good morning everyone

Today I have a photo of a recent birthday card I made.

This is a nice CAS design.  I used Tattered lace border embossing folders at top & bottom of a square of white card, then layered it onto gold card & then onto a white square card.  I stamped & embossed the happy Birthday with gold EP & layered that onto gold card then placed it in the plain section of the card.  Two double flowers stamped onto floral paper were added with pearl centres.  The stamps are from Dreamees.

I have been quite busy with different occasions to make cards for - so will be back again with more photos for you.

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

a quick chat

Goodness how the time flies - another long gap between posts!

I have been busy with some special cards recently - the daughter of a friend is getting married on Saturday (7th) & I have made a card for her based on her colour scheme. This gave me quite a challenge, I do hope she will like the card.  I will post it here after the weekend when she & her new husband will have seen it.

Also I am busy making a silver anniversary card, which has to be ready to post on Saturday.  I have all the components I need just now need to decide on the design.  I think I know what I have decided on & must make it tomorrow.  So that will be something else to show you later next week.

I cannot remember for sure but I think I have mentioned that one of the things I do is run workshops for crochet.  I run 2 groups - one in one craft shop & one in another craft shop locally.  I have decided that I must show you photos of some of the work that my ladies have achieved.  I am so proud of what they have managed to do - so I am currently sorting the photographs I have taken & will show some here some time next week.

From my own crafting pont of view - this week I have made a card for the daughter of a friend for her wedding on Saturday.  The challenge there was that I like to use the colours the bride has chosen - these were a little different.  I do hope she likes my card.  This I will show you later in the week once her & her new husband have seen it.

Then for next week I have a silver wedding anniversary card to make - I have everything laid out on my desk - tomorrow is workday.  Also the following the week our granddaughter is 19 & so I have a card to make for her.  She is very arty & I am trying to think of things I do that could fall into that bracket.

So there you are that is my next few crafty days.
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