Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where it all began

I have been creating cards for 12 years and have seen many changes to the industry in that time. Craft Shops were scarce and buying things over the Internet was rare, for some even a computer was rare. I didn't have one and borrowed a friends email to belong to an online group, supplies were purchased at craft shows which ran for several days and for some that was a serious shopping adventure. All stamps were wood mounted and stalls were not allowed to sell ones that weren't, this made the suitcases very heavy for the trip home.

We utilized household items for creations, the cost was then added to the grocery bill.

Craft ideas came from magazines and for me it came from a snail mail group call the rubber stamp book club(RSBC), where books were for a member and then sent out for other members to create a page and then to pass it on. Later I then joined the advance rubber stamp book club(TARSBC), this was a little different as each book was create in a particular theme.

Here are some pages that I have created. The first one is for a pink & green theme. I only seem to put green and & pink for flowers but this time I went for a different look.


Stamps: Alota

Paper: pink green and white card

Other: paper clip, copics, sponge, brillance pearlescent sky blue ink, ribbon, punches

The next one was for a pink & brown theme. I used cuttlebug floral fantasy for the back ground and the martha stewart punch for the ruffles.


Stamps: MFT

Paper: white chocolate and burgandy card. DP - stampin up

Other: copics, flowers, brad nestabilities oval, cuttlebug embossing folder.



Monday, May 16, 2011

Shelled napkin fold

Hi there,
I thought I would just share what I have been working on.
I saw this napkin fold card some time ago and knew that I just had to make it some day. We have had quite a few public holidays of late so I finally found time to create.
I saw this idea on stampartic blog the instructions are really great.

I started with my Martha Stewart punches and decided to keep the shell theme. It is the first time I have sucessfully used my border and corners punches together.

After creating all the folds I masked areas, then sponged and stamped them. I also added colour to the edges. I was really thinking of using designer paper, but couldn't find one that really matched the theme at the time.

Inside I stamped the verse and sponged and stamped the edges and layered onto another panel with border made with punches. The belly band was sponged and stamped also and the main image was coloured with watercolour pencils.


Stamps: stampin up, stamp world, stamp it.

Paper: white and mahogany card

Other: Distress ink - antique linen, scattered straw, aged mahogany, watercolour pencils, Ms shell punch, sponge, masking paper, ds tape.

Have a great day


Saturday, May 7, 2011

All aboard

Still suffering allergies so I will keep this post short, Please excuse any typing errors.
I made this card for my great nephew who recently turned 4. He was more interested in the present than in the card, but then that is boys for you.
The card also covered several challenges from last month PWC151 - paper piercing and Boomerang Stampers List COTM - button and ribbon embellisments.

Stamps: Paper Pretties - Engineer Cooper
Paper: Cream & blue card, DP - DCWV citrus stack
Other: Paper Piercing tool, buttons, brads, threads, watercolour pencils, nestabilities


Friday, May 6, 2011

Make a wish

I am trying hard to post this card but I am suffering from allergies and can hardly keep my eyes open. This card was for my great niece who turned 6 and she just loves fairies and princesses. I used my new stamp set, I had purchased from the craft shop it is made by Kanban a UK company but it reminds me alot of Lily of the Valley another UK company which I just adore. I used water colour pencils on the image, the red hair is just the same as Tayissa's.
This card is also entered into the Boomerang Stampers List COTM button and ribbon embellishments. To make the flower I used MFT Die-namics and sponged the edges. I have used Mojo Monday sketch mojo188 for the layout.

Stamps: Kanban Crafts - Lucy, words -Papercraft clear cling
Paper: Cream & blue card, DP - Karen Foster Princess wishes
Other: MS punch, nestabilities, watercolour pencils, glitter pen.