Monday, 3 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
Most of my design ideas come to me when I am just about to fall asleep for the night. Which is great, but quite irritating, because I will want to get up and scribble the idea down before I forget it, but can never manage it, because I am practically asleep at this point....so I just imagine making the card in my mind and usually the next morning, I have at least a vague recollection of what I designed.
This idea came from one of these designs, but the only thing I could remember was using the scribble stamp as a background directly onto the base card, and having a bright ribbon on the top and the bottom (in the end, I only used the bottom as it looked too fussy with one at the top as well).
The stamps are all stamped using black ink, then quickly embossed with holographic powder for a bit of bling. This unfortunately doesn't show up very well in the photos (the lighting is awful, I'm sorry) but in real life, it definitely adds to the overall effect. I'm not sure about the scalloped edges...I'm still considering chopping them off completely...but I may not bother.
Not my best/most favourite card, but I like it enough to put it on here for you all to have a look at....what do you think?
I made this card in a rush (hope it doesn't show!) for my Father-in-Law who wanted a card for a friend. I happily sat and made a gorgeous girly get well soon card...then he informed me it was for a bloke and the card I'd already made was totally inappropriate.
Man cards are notoriously difficult to design at the best of times, but I was in a super rush, so I just went right back to basics, grabbed some co-ordinating paper and my white souffle pen and whipped this one up in about half an hour. Then I decided I hated it, because originally I'd used the yellow as a background to all of the squares, so I pulled most of it apart again and replaced the yellow with the green. A vast improvement! And I sent it off with no guilty feelings - I'm my own harshest critic.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
I created this card using a stamp I made from a Cuttlebug die cut and funky foam - an idea I saw on Mel's blog and clear embossed the stamps on pink paper. Then I used cranberry ink and sponged over the flowers to make them 'pop'. I really love this effect...it makes a very boring piece of pink copy paper look like expensive background paper - bonus!
I then printed the sentiment on blue paper and sponged the edges in a dark blue ink to give a bit more vah-vah-voom. My paper collection is quite depressing, mainly due to my budget, so I have to spice it up in any way I can...
The rest was made with creative use of my nestibilities and lots of patience, but eventually I came up with something that I was happy with as the final design. I don't usually use window cards, but decided to have a go with this one, and quite like the effect.
Friday, 10 October 2008
So, I've finally got around to taking part in Kristina's colour challenge, and managed to upload it in time too! Yay! I found this colour combo difficult, mainly because I don't have any Stampin' Up! products and finding papers to match the swatches was difficult (due to my pauper's collection of papers!). But I'm happy with the result - and I used techniques inspired by Kristina too - a lot of clear embossing fun....I just love this effect. I made a whole batch of thank you cards recently using purely clear embossing and they looked great!
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
This was such a quick card to make! And he loved it by the way - success!! I still want to run a few video tutorials but I've still not got the web cam working....it's so frustrating!
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
My hubby is trying to get my new web cam working on my laptop - it works on his pc just fine, but it's no good if I can't get the camera to my card-making area. It just keeps crashing, but he's the computer genuis, so hopefully he will win and I can get some video tutorials up and running soon. I'm just glad I finally have a way of recording vids that doesn't involve using my time-consuming digicamera. That is assuming we can get the new one working!
Well bye for now, and I will post some cards soon, I promise!!
Thursday, 4 September 2008
It was such a wonderful day! Perfect in every way...and it's so nice being married, not just BF & GF anymore. So many people just don't bother getting married these days, saying "it's just a piece of paper, why should it matter" but it does - it is different being married. Nicer, and more secure somehow. I smile everytime I look at my wedding ring and think of Scott and what it means for us to be married. The only problem now is that everyone keeps asking when we aare having children, as if marriage=children automatically. I for one am not quite ready. I might be 27, but I've still got a lot of things to do before I want to be tied down with children. Maybe in a few years, if it is meant to happen for us, and I will love every minute of it when it does I'm sure. Just not yet!! :-)
I plan on putting pictures of the wedding stationary up on here, but when I get back from honeymoon, not just yet - still no time!
When I'm back it will also be time to start making Xmas cards (dear God, that time already!!) so I will be sharing a few test run designs then. I have loads of cards to make this Xmas - since the wedding, the Xmas card list has grown somewhat!!
The Happy Couple and all our Best Friends - love ya loads guys!! xxxx
Friday, 8 August 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
Credit where credit is due, the original idea for this technique was from the lovely Mel, so please visit her blog - you'll be hooked just like me! She has some seriously zany ideas, and they're great :-) The post I took the inspiration from is here.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
This card was actually really easy. I'd been doing a bit of blog surfing and seen a few round cards that I loved, so I thought I'd try one of my own.
The papers are simply cut to the correct size and stuck together, and as men don't like too much faff, no sparkles :-( and the DAD was cut out of funky foam using the Olivia alphabet on the bug.
This was for a friends Dad's birthday, but rest assured I shall be rolling this one out with a great frequency for all my male rels and friends. Once you're onto a good thing, why waste it, huh? I'll just change a few colours round and hey presto, another unique handmade card! Yay!
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Monday, 16 June 2008
The lighter pink background is clear stamped & embossed, however, when I do this card again, I'll white emboss it instead for more definition that's still subtle.
Friday, 6 June 2008
This card was commissoned for a life long Baggies fan (West Bromwich Albion). Now I know nothing about football, in fact I actively avoid it (unless I've got insomnia). I'm a rugby girl through and through and nothing's going to change that!
So, knowing nothing about football, and enjoying taking the mick out of football supporters as I do :o) this card was born! The guy I made it for has an excellent sense of humour, and will understand that it is all meant in good faith and he should not take it personally that his football team is naff, lol!! Oh well, someone's got to support them!
How it was made - I designed it on the computer and made up some football paper by drawing a football in the Baggies colours and C&Ping the football all over the paper...then lightening it so it was not so in your face. I then cut out around the words using a craft knife (and a lot of patience) then mounted the paper as an insert inside the card.
Hope he likes it! I do!
Friday, 30 May 2008
It was very simple - I used PM inspirations papers (I think they were all from the 'Flowery' stack and cut out the flowers from a sheet of that, then layered them accordingly.
The 'Good luck' was a font I found off the internet which I simply printed onto plain paper, and used my glue pen to draw over and emboss with black embossing powder to make it stand out a little better.
I simply mounted it onto coordinating paper, rubbed over the edges (a little too enthusiastically in places!!) and stuck it on the card. If I did this card again, I'd mount the flowery paper on card before cutting them out so I could do some 3d work with it. Not decoupage exactly, but something with a little more 'lift'.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
I like the simplicity of this card and I love how the bead work lifts what would otherwise be quite boring to something unique and tactile.
I cut out strips of green papers to mimick the stalks and attached the leaf punch outs at various levels, added a pretty pink gingham bow and viola! that finished the topper.
I simple added a sentiment at the bottom of the card and attached it with eyelets.
Great girly card, but the colour scheme can be altered for less barbie doll appeal...
They were fairly quick and simple to do - a must for mass production cards - and I really enjoyed making them in a conveyer belt fashion.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
This was a card a friend asked me to do for a wedding she couldn't go to. It was out in New Zealand, so the couple had a small do when they got back for those that couldn't make it. So their card could have a personalised photo of them on their big day.
I love this card. The bride is Asian, and the rich reds and glitter fit her personality and culture perfectly. I don't often use Anita's Outline stickers because I think they look tacky...sorry, but it's just my opinion...but I think the heart has worked well here to finish the card off nicely.
The close up below shows how the layering was acheived using a part of a Papermania Ornate stamp with 3d stickys and a brad to finish the effect.
The hardest part about these cards was lining up the punch correctly. For some reason, the Papermania punch I used didn't have a flat surface inside the punch to 'bump' the paper up to, so it was hard to make sure the punches stayed in a similar orientation, parellel to the edge of the card. This was a dissapointment from the design point of view of the punch, but with a little perseverance I won in the end and the effect was worth it!