Saturday, 30 June 2012

Moxie Fab birthday challenge

A birthday card today, made to bump up my collection (birthday cards are always good to have on hand!) and with the Moxie Fab stamping challenge - birthdays in mind.

The flower stamp is a V&A stamp - really love their images, such gorgeous florals. I've stamped in white ink on to a black base, and added some punched flowers with some bling. The ribbon is recycled from some packaging.

I'm also entering this for the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps - Bingo challenge (stamp, free, flowers)
Allsorts challenge - In Bloom
Moving Along With The Times - Happy Birthday

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Moxie Fab - congratulations

Today's card is for the Moxie Fab congratulations challenge. Make a congrats card, with stamping as the main feature.

All colours are distress inks... the dragonfly stamp is one of my favourite EVER.

The sentiment looks wonky in the pic.. very annoying. It isn't, it's just the angle of the photo... which in turn is because there is NO LIGHT around at the moment, just huge looming grey clouds. Not that I mind that much, more time for crafting and acting the hermit crab!

Monday, 25 June 2012


This card was inspired in a roundabout way by Julia's card which was a very deserving win at the Stamp Man! Julia made her amazing card using metal tape. I am desperate to get some (look at Julia's blog and you too will need some in your life!), but things have been so hectic that I just haven't gotten round to it. In a vain hope that hubby might have some, I rifled through his toolbox. No metal tape.. but lots of bright coloured electrical tape..

And this was the outcome! It's lovely stuff to work with - really stretchy and flexible, and not too sticky so easy to get into the right position.

Still need to get some metal tape, the possibilities are endless!!!

Entering this into the Pan Pastels - Anything Goes challenge.

LIM - paper piecing

Ooooh I love a bit of paper piecing!

This one is for the Less Is More - paper piecing challenge.

Also entering for Craft Your Passion - things with wings.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

LIM - more shinies

Here's another shiny which I made a while back, but haven't gotten round to posting.

This was inspired by this card by Ardyth. If you're not familiar with her blog, you need to check it out!!

This card is not my usual style - I'm really not into big shows of bling, but I loved Ardyth's version and I've got loads of these little flower blings that I wasn't sure what to do with. I'm pretty pleased with this one because the square was created with one straight line stamp which I lined up by eye and managed to get right first time... miracles do happen, once in a while!!

All stamping has been clear embossed so is a little shinier in real life!

This is my second entry into the Less Is More - Something Shiny challenge. Click here to see my first entry.

Thanks for stopping by, would love to know your thoughts!

LIM Something shiny

I'm here with my first entry for this weeks Less Is More - Something Shiny. I feel pretty sure I will be back, as I can't get enough of shiny things!

This card is one I made ages ago... and then messed up by smudging the ink of the sentiment which was stamped directly on to the card.
original SMUDGY version :(

Soooo annoying! I decided this challenge was perfect for reviving it - baby's are the ultimate "something shiny" after all, and there are plenty of shinies on the card itself... the cardstock, metallic pen, glittery embossing powder... and a little shiny spot for an elephant eye.

Close-up of the glittery sentiment..

Banner coloured in shiny metallic pen, and sentiment embossed with glittery embossing powder.

I am really loving making baby cards! Just need a few more people to have them now.. lol.

Got loads of cards to share over the next couple of days, if I have time! And I'm hoping to make more for this challenge too :) Looking forward to seeing the other entries!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Less Is More - flourish

Here's my entry for this week's Less Is More challenge - one layer with a flourish.

Really tricky to get a good picture of the shimmer!!

The copper coloured ink is a dovecraft pigment ink. If any of you own these, then you will know what a royal pain in the backside they are! I call them my 'toxic' inks because they never dry and they stain EVERYTHING. They have a really greasy texture to them. They're great for use with embossing powders though, because they're soooooo wet and juicy that they grab all the powder!

After several hours soaking in hot water and fairy liquid, that flourish embossing folder is almost back to normal colour... although it's still very shimmery!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Love you to the moon

Here is a card I've made for a friend. She's sending it to her Mum.

The black sheet is popped up on dimensionals, which hasn't shown up at all on the pic!

Entered for Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes

I've seen so many gorgeous creations out there in blogland of late. Really looking forward to trying some of the ideas you've all been giving me - so thanks for continually giving me the opportunity to see what you've been working on!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Embossed pirates

Another quick share tonight of this lovely little number...

My brother has said he would like some of my cards to give away, so I am going to make some kids cards for him to give to his son's friends. They live in Switzerland,so best to leave them without sentiments - as I don't have any German ones!!

As I know my nephew loves pirates, I figure his friends are probably into them too... but I'm pretty sure a boy of any age would like this one :) The flags are made with distress embossing powder so have a lovely texture to them, and three of them are popped up on dimensionals (which you totally can't see in the pic!)

Thanks for popping by, would love to know your thoughts :)

Entering for the following challenges:
Allsorts - By the seaside
Saturday challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Vibrant colours
Try it on Tuesday - Anything Goes

Monday, 4 June 2012

Fathers day cards

Before I start this post, just want to say a big thanks for your opinions about cards for my brother! I've decided to go with this one and to send the second card from this post to my father-in-law for fathers day.

I've enjoyed making a few other fathers day makes...

I'm giving these to friends to give to their daddies! I am loving this style at the moment :) really enjoyable (and messy!) to make. Would love to hear your thoughts :)

Entered into the Stamp Man challenge - Make It For A Man.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Quick and easy baby cards

I have come to a conclusion... I have far too many cards. I need to get rid of them! I'll send some over to St Lukes (if you're not joining in this challenge, give them a try - great challenges, a month between each so loads of time to enter, and if you send your cards in then it's for a great cause). I send a lot to friends and family, but there are still too many! I've tried to persuade my family that they want them.. we'll see! With this in mind, I figured that I should try to make 'useful' cards for a while... ones that have a purpose that makes them easy to send!

My card stash has a lack of baby cards, so I figured I'd make some... and ended up with 4. So quick and easy, lots of fun to make and I think they're cute.

(just noticed the pink one is stamped a lot higher!! They were done by eye rather than with any particular measurements).

It's nice to use some of these card blanks too... I bought them really cheap, and when I've tried to use them I find them very garish! They work well with this sort of clean, simple layout though - which I'm really glad of. Not sure what I'll use the "sick" colour one for though... it's not shown here, but there's really no other way to describe the colour. Ha!

Hope you're all enjoying the start of your jubilee weekend.. I'm spending the whole day crafting - bliss!

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - for a baby
Secret Crafter - anything goes