Monday, 26 March 2012

Card For Steve

I've had a break in packing to make a card for my son-in-law who's birthday is April 1st.  No comments about April Fools, please (after all, he had the courage sense to marry my daughter!)  I've had to make it so I can post it, then I've got to pack all my craft stuff away (sob!)  Thank goodness there's my last craft group on Wednesday to keep me going.
Anyway, here's the card:
I've used the sweet Perfect Postage stamp set.  It's so cute, I could sit there and play with it in a most child-like manner, for hours.  I've used Baja Breeze ink, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy.  I've backed the 'stamps' on a strip of Marina Mist card stock, then stuck that onto a panel of Marina Mist stripy dsp, with a scalloped bottom.  The reason it's that height is that there are two horizonal score lines along the bottom with the Happy Birthday sentiment in the middle, but it doesn't show up very well in the photograph.  The whole set of stamps is lovely and such fun to use.
Here's a picture of the inside:

I am really enjoying doing more to the insides of my cards now, and Stampin Up have such great things to use.  Well, although I thoroughly enjoyed making this card, I am off to make something very feminine indeed, to redress the balance!
I'm sure I'll be able to post a couple of more times before we lose our internet connection and hopefully it won't be too long after that before we have broadband again.
Thanks for looking in today.  I actually need your help with a little something.  I am desperately trying to find a stamp of an interesting looking house that I can use for new home cards.  If you know of anything, please leave me a comment telling me where I can find it.
Thanks for your help.
Jane xx

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Sundays With Santa

So first of all, the good news.  After a lot of discussions, we have decided to keep the horses!  I am so thrilled and relieved, I can't begin to tell you.  Once we'd made the decision, things came together very quickly, and we have found a yard for the horses and a sweet little house for us, where I will have my own dedicated craftroom.  This is such a luxury I can only imagine it at the moment!
I've been to the doctor's for some stronger antibiotics, as I've been in agony with an ear infection that actually got worse.  I've only taken 2 of the new tablets and feel miles better already.  There's so much to do, I can't afford to be ill now.
And I've had time to make another Christmas card for the facebook challenge, Sundays With Santa.  The challenge is to use non-traditional colours.  I feel I have to tell you that first or you'll wonder what on earth I've done:
I knew I wanted to use Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder colours together, as they make a fresh combination that I love using for Christmas.  The two baubles are my new stamp set called Delightful Decorations.  They are amazing.  There's no other word for it!  I know this may not be the best way to use them, but this just started out as a prototype card that worked in the end.  I stamped the baubles and punched them out, but still didn't know where I was going with it (no sketch to follow).  Everything was very straight up and down on the card.  I decided to go and make a cup of tea while I considered it, got up, jogged the table and the lilac piece tilted like it is now, and suddenly, I liked it very much indeed!  Isn't it amazing how the slightest adjustment can make a massive difference?  I don't know if you can see, but there is silver string at the top of each bauble.  I am so glad I was able to do that, and it's thanks to the lovely Jo for giving me the thread.  Of course, it took 2 hours of searching to find it, but well worth it!
Now I'm off to try and get my head around a card for my son-in-law, which I have to make and post before we move.  No pressure, then.
Thanks for dropping in today.  Hope you're having a nice weekend.  I'm spending time with the dog, who is worried we're going somewhere without her, poor thing.
Back soon,
Jane xx
(P.S.This post has been modified to remove 50% of the exclamation marks.  Imagine what it looked like before!)

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Peeking Over

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, things have been very hectic here.  We are moving in just over a week, the horses go next Friday and we go on the Saturday.  I have been busy packing and I've been ill, which hasn't helped.  I've been on antibiotics since Monday but I'm no better.
Our horses have had the same farrier for the past eight years, and today was their last visit.  I wanted to make a card to say thankyou for all their care over the years.  Suddenly I remembered I have the perfect thing:
I love this set of farmyard animal stamps from Woodware.  The grey horse is Barnaby and the brown horse is Zak.  You have to stamp them and mask them, then add the wall, which I coloured with various brown Promarkers and Stampin Up pens.  The sentiment says, 'Peeking over to thank you.'  I hadn't realised there was a thankyou in this set, I was going to use something else.  I've coloured the horse's headcollars in Pacific point (SU!) so framed the picture and stamped the greeting in the same colour. 
I've just realised as I've typed this that I've used masking and there's a lot of white space on the card, so I'd better enter it in this week's Less Is More challenge.
I will post as often as I can, but once we move I don't know how long it will take to get broadband.  I hope it's quick as I don't think I can live without my daily dose of blogging, I'll so miss reading your blogs as well as writing my own.
Thanks for dropping in today, don't forget to leave a comment.
Back soon
Jane x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Everyday Enchantment

Hello fellow blogeroos!  I've just got time to pop in today to show you a very simple card.  Have a look:
This was so simple to make, but I am so in love with this paper.  The pool party flowes are a lot bigger than I'd expected, but this is a 5"x7" card so it fits beautifully.  I'm not sure where the sentiment is from but it's nice and big too and looks lovely in the pool party ink.  I've just popped on some ribbon and there you have it.  A nice simple card, where the beautiful paper does the talking.  And who isn't in love with Pool Party as a colour, too?
I'll be back soon with my pick of the week from this week's craft class.
Thanks for popping in today, don't forget to let me know what you think of the card.
Jane xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Paper Players # 86

Hello there!  I am a big fan of The Paper Players challenge blog and follow it avidly week by week (yes I spend a lot of time reading blogs!) and so finally I'm able to join in this week.  It's a colour challenge:
Now here's the silly thing... when I saw these colours I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, but when I actually tried it, it didn't work!  So I played and played and had practically every stamp out that I own, and then in the end, this is what I made:
The thing that's brilliant about these challenges is that they're helping me to learn about proportion, i.e. whether everything is to scale (you know what it's like when you have a tiny stamp that disappears on your card) and the way colours work together.  Years ago (yes, I'm quite old!) there was a brilliant book called Colour Me Beautiful which explained very cleverly about how to dress and keep colour and pattern in proportion.  It talked about main colours and accent colours, and was very interesting.  Of course that was talking about how we dress, but it applies to how we decorate our homes and it certainly applies to cardmaking.  I am having a lot of fun making decisions about what will be the main colour, how much to use of other colours, which colour will sit in the background and not wanting one colour to overwhelm the others, that kind of thing.  It's all part of the discovery/creative process, isn't it?   I really enjoyed making this card.  It was 'think, think, think,' all the way.  I've used my butterfly punch and Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and used the Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder colour to stamp and back them with (I've substituted Lucky Limeade, sorry, no Pear Pizzazz!)  What made me so slow was thinking I needed a dsp in Crumb Cake, but then I realised I could make my own, so I stamped the Crumb Cake cardstock with my background stamp from the Clearly For You set.
Here's a close-up of the butterflies:
Thanks for popping in today.  It's my birthday and I'm going to craft group later, so it promises to be a very good day.  I'm off to play with my new toys tools that hubby has bought me!
Back soon with a card using everybody's favourite dsp.
Jane xx

Monday, 12 March 2012

Santa's Midnight Snack

Thanks to Shirley Chalmers (Nanniflash) I have joined a facebook group that challenges us to make a Christmas card every week.  I am so thrilled with what I've made this morning, I decided I had to share it with you folks as well!
I am way behind on these, as this is my entry for week 4, 'Santa', but that's the beauty of it, you can add your cards onto the facebook page as and when you make them. 
I can't remember who it was that said if you make a card, and it's good, make another one, and that's what I'm going to do.  My Christmas stuff is all in one box, so rather than drag it all out once a week, making a card and putting it all away again, I am going to get it out once a month, have a 3 day session and make at least 6 cards before having to pack away.  I think I'll be a lot more productive that way, (and less stressed!) as it takes me a day to get into Christmas mode, a few hours to look around for some inspiration and then the time it takes to make the actual card!
Anyway, here are the details for this card:
Base layer: 6x6" Real Red cardstock from SU!
Layer 1: 14x14cm square ordinary white card, distressed with Tim Holtz Old Paper distress ink, then run round with my distressing tool.
Layer 2: 13x13cm square stripy paper from a back issue of Making Cards magazine.  Without this I couldn't have made the card, so thankyou Jo, it's one of yours!
Layer 3: A Whimsey stamp inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped onto River Rock cardstock.  This looked distressed without me having to do anything else to it, what an awesome piece of card that turned out to be!  I backed it onto ordinary white cardstock then distressed as above.
Layer 4: Stamped the Whimsey stamp, 'Santa's Midnight Snack' in black Memento and coloured with Real Red and River Rock pens and various Promarkers. Cut into a circle and backed with a scallop circle in Real Red.
Embellishments: Two snowflakes cut with my Marianne dies, in Real Red with a gem added, popped up on dimensionals.
And there you have it!
Thankyou so much for popping in today, and if you like what you see, why not leave a comment?  I read each and every one of them, and they make my day.
I'm off outside to get a little of this lovely sunshine into my system.
Back soon
Jane xx

Friday, 9 March 2012

A Touch Of The Irish

Hello everyone, welcome back.
Do you ever find, as crafters, that you've slipped into meeting deadlines with your card-making and have very little time to just play?  I know when I started out I did a lot more playing than I do now, so I decided this week that I was just going to play with paper and ink and it didn't matter what I made as long as I'd had fun and spent time with some of the new stamps and cardstock that I have.
The other thing is that I've wanted to make something to mark St Patrick's Day ever since I started crafting, but it's pointless making a card because I haven't got anyone to give it to.
Then I saw this inspirational sketch at Mojo Monday, a challenge blog I've been following for a while:

I decided to use it as a basis to make a plaque for St Patrick's Day.  Here it is:
I cut a piece of corrugated card 5x7 and covered it with one of the green papers from the Papermania verde collection.  I wrapped it round and stuck it at the back which made it feel like a notebook cover.  I had a dither because my heart said 'use a doiley' but in the sketch it shows a circle with a scallop background.  I had a look at some of the other entries and several people have used doilies so I felt free to follow my instinct.  Now, although it's only a tiny feature on here, the whole point of making this was that I wanted to use little love hearts to make a shamrock, which is what I've done here.  I punched out the hearts, stuck them to the doily, distressed it and put it through the Bigshot in a polka dot embossing folder.
The other thing I really wanted to use was this famous gaelic blessing:

As I was working I was looking around my desk where there are a couple of photos of my beautiful boy

This is Barnaby, and he is an Irish Cob.  I suddenly realised this plaque was from me to Barnaby, bearing in mind that he is for sale.  Read the words again and you'll see what I mean.
I think I have just found the inspiration for a scrapbook page!
Thanks for looking in today, I love to hear what you think of my little creations, and thankyou to everyone at Mojo Monday for creating such a great sketch to work with.
Jane xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Card For Jo

In our Wednesday night craft group we have been given a list of all the members' birthdays so we all make cards for each other.  It is Jo's birthday today, and this is what I made for her:
The cardstock is Rose Red, which I've put through my Bigshot in a flourish embossing folder.  I'm sorry, I've never known what it's called as it came in the post last year, with another one, with no address of the sender (and I didn't order it!) so it's a bit of a mystery.  It's a very pretty folder, though.
I've used my lovely Flight of the Butterfly stamp set.  I had such fun playing with this. I stamped the sentiment first, which says 'hope your day is as happy as happy gets', then stamped the plain butterfly in Pretty In Pink ink then stamped over it (using my SAMJ) with the little flowered butterfly which I didn't notice until after I'd done it, is the stamp with the butterfly's body on it.  The little strip of scalloped paper is from the main Patterns dsp.  I am loving using this, just putting it against the matching cardstock is thrilling.
I am paying a lot more attention to the inside of my cards this year.

I've stamped the smaller butterfly from the set, which is really sweet.
I've actually got the punch that goes with this stamp set, so watch this space, there'll be no stopping me now!
Thanks for dropping in today, I am delighted that you include me in your busy schedule, and your comments on my cards are much appreciated.
It's my birthday soon, so I'm off for a browse through the Stampin Up! catalogue to see what else I can't live without!
Back soon
Jane xx

Monday, 5 March 2012

ColourQ Challenge #126 and St Luke's

Good morning all!  We seem to have slipped temporarily back into winter this morning.  There was snow yesterday and ice everywhere today.  My poor horses don't know whether they're coming or going!
My mojo is well and truly up and running and I've decided to combine two challenges today.  The first one is the ColourQ challenge.  I try to join in with this whenever they use colours I've got.  Here is this week's inspiration:      
This is certainly a colour palette I can relate to.
The other challenge is the St Luke's Charity Card challenge.  I did promise myself I'd have a go every month this year, but I haven't been able to until now.  It's for such a worthy cause, though, I'm so pleased I can enter this month.  They want to see cards with a spring theme.  You're probably already thinking how you could combine these two challenges yourself, so here is my take on it:

All the colours used are as per the ColourQ challenge requirements, but the stamp is a Woodware one that I bought last year.  The sentiment is part of the same set, stamped in Early Espresso.  This is only a little C6 card and is wonderfully in proportion.  The stamp actually has a ladybird on one of the grass stems which I had to mask off as I didn't want to add any red.  I've loved working with these bright, fresh colours, though.
Thanks for popping in today, I love to receive your comments.
I'm off to make a lemon drizzle cake (wish me luck!)
Back soon,
Jane xx

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Less Is More: Week 57, Colour

It's been an interesting time of late.  It's one thing when your mojo gets up and goes but quite another when your mojo's alive and well but life's little hiccups get in the way of your crafting!
And so, it was with great pleasure that I sat down last night and made a card for the Less Is More challenge this week.  It's a colour challenge, and the colours to be used are neutrals.  Now, I may still be fairly new to crafting, but I do have a history of dabbling in interior design, as I love fabric and paint, and neutrals are my favourite things.
I've been wanting to make a topper like this for ages.  I cut a piece of textured card using my  Square Labels No1.die and scored it about a quarter of the way along and folded it over.  I cut some of the other 3/4 off so it goes to a point at the back, and cut a piece of the same card to stamp the image on.  The stamp is from the Stampin Up! Faith In Nature set.  I am so excited to own this because it's a Hostess Gift.  Do you remember a while ago I put in a big order and could choose a Hostess Gift?  I dithered because I really like this set, too, but opted for Simply Soft instead.  So imagine my delight when I won this set in the raffle at our recent workshop.  I never win raffle prizes so I was thrilled to walk away with this and couldn't wait to ink it up.
I stamped it a couple of times and coloured it in, but when I stamped it again I decided it was so beautiful on its own that there was no need for more colour.  It's stamped in Soft Suede, by the way.  I added 3 little brown gems from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I've mounted it on a section of Soft Suede (my favourite SU neutral) and cut the edges with the Four Frames punch, I love this effect.  I couldn't resist adding the baker's twine, I hope I don't get penalised for it, as it has a little green in it.
I've mounted the whole lot using dimensionals onto a 15cm square of Very Vanilla card.  It fascinated me that a rectangular topper looked so good on a square base.
I'm very pleased with this card and think I will be sending it to my son in law for his birthday as it has a good masculine quality to it.
Thanks for dropping in today, let me know what you think of the card, and I'd like to say a huge thankyou to Chirssie and Mandi for setting such brilliant challenges each week, I really enjoy taking part.
Have a great week, everyone.
Jane xx

Friday, 2 March 2012

Pick Of The Week

I'm so grateful for craft class at the moment, I need some sanity in what's turning out to be a bit of a crazy world at the moment! 
Jo led this week and we made three beautiful cards.  It's practically impossible to pick a favourite, but I think it could be this one:
I have been wanting to make a 'white on white' card for a wedding for ages but wasn't sure how to go about it.  I have some good leaf punches but not many flowers, but it's the beautiful lacy dies that make this card stand out from the crowd.  The centre stamp is in Pool Party, but if you knew the bride's colour scheme you could make it to co-ordinate, couldn't you?
Here's a close up (sorry I've just seen the picture quality isn't very good!)

I am in love with the pearls on this card, too (you can see some top right in the main picture) they are definitely going on my next shopping list!
I'm sorry I can't give you many details about the card, we just used a variety of punches and dies.  The sentiment is LOTV, though.
Thanks for dropping in today, your comments are much appreciated.  At least, no matter what happens, I'll be able to go on crafting, and that cheers me up no end!
Jane xx