Monday, 30 April 2012

Feeling Spicy

I so enjoyed myself making this yesterday, I just had to show you:
I am so in love with this Spice Cake dsp from Stampin Up! I just want to do it justice.  I can remember our American sisters making cards with it last autumn and being blown away by it, so as soon as it appeared in the Spring Mini here in the UK I couldn't wait to order it.
I saw this fabulous card made by Julie Marshall here and fell in love with it.  So here's my version.  I love the way these colours go so well together.  I've used a Pool Party base, then Soft Suede, then white, with the sentiment stamped at the bottom, also in Soft Suede  I've had my first ever go at paper piercing all around the edge, but it doesn't show up very well in the picture.  I really enjoyed doing it though.  There are a few techniques like this that I've never tried (like the rock-n-roll technique) that I must have a go at soon.
No sooner is the Spring Mini catalogue out of the door when the Summer Mini comes in and there are a few things in there I am dying to get my hands on!
Thanks for dropping in today, I'm off to place an order for some cardstock. 
Back soon
Jane xx

Friday, 27 April 2012

Butterflies and Bows

A friend of mine has asked for a card for her mum, so this is what I made:
I have CASEd it from Marisa's card here, (I checked and it deffo says you can case her stuff!)  I am going through a phase of loving this whole thing of a sentiment with a lot of white space, but on a scalloped shape, so there may be more of these to come.  It's really made me realise I don't have many exciting sentiment stamps.  I'll have to rectify that, won't I? (*Giggles*!)
I've used a different embossing folder for my background.  All the pink cardstock is Pretty In Pink.  The flower is punched out with my posy punch.  I stamped the posy punch flower onto white card, cut the centre flower out and propped it up in the centre of my pink flower to add a bit of depth.  I added pink ribbon instead of yellow, largely because the bow was already tied for me! (You don't buy a dog and bark yourself, do you?)  I kept looking at it and wondering where I'd seen it before, when I remembered it had been on my birthday cake.  I should have entered this card in one of those challenges where they want you to recycle something on your card.  Whenever I see those I can never think of anything!
I punched out the butterfly with my Flight of the Butterfly punch, stamped it and glued it in place with Crackle Accents, so it stands up perfectly.
Well I'm off for a whizz round your blogs to check out your lovely creations.  Thanks for popping in today and thankyou so much for your comments, they really brighten my day.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Back soon,
Jane xx

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Party Time

Did I tell you I got a few new things to play with?  I was in Hobbycraft last week and just happened upon this new cupcake stamp and die set by Sizzix and couldn't resist it.  I have had a ball playing with it.  I'm not saying this card is any great shakes really, but I had a lot of fun with it.  I've had the Stampin Up! pennant punch for a few weeks and have finally got to use it on a card.  I absolutely love bunting but I've never had so much fun making them as I have with this.  I used the big punch to cut the scalloped pennants, then the small one to do the white triangles.  I've used my individual letter stamps from Woodware to say 'P.A.R.T.Y.' The papers are called Tea House from Dovecraft.  I've had them for ages.  I cut the heart using my Nellie Snellen heart die.  And yes, sooner or later I'll be using the cupcake die to make clouds, you can be sure of that! 
I googled 'Cupcakes' on Splitcoast and found a card made by Karen Barber which blew me away, so I had to have a go at CASEing it.  Have a look:
This uses the Holly Berry Bouquet dsp from Stampin Up!  The dotty paper has glitter on it and it's stunning.  I found some beads in my stash which worked perfectly.  The 'merry' sentiment is also in the Pennant Parade set used above.  I used watercolour paper again to cut out the top of the cupcake, as the dsp is Very Vanilla again, not white.  I used a piece of plain VV inside. 
I hope you're making the most of this dreadful weather and getting some crafting done.  It's poured with rain all day and I got drenched when I walked the dog.  A good excuse to make some hot chocolate and make another card, don't you think?
Back soon
Jane xx


Monday, 23 April 2012

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Hello fellow stampers, I hope you're all well.  I'd like to say a special hello to my new followers.  Thankyou for joining me on my journey of discovery.  I've only been making cards for a couple of years, so lots of things are still very new to me, so you'll have to bear with me if you think I'm teaching granny to suck eggs!
Don't you find some cards are very quick to make, and some can take all day?  I've been working on one of the 'all-day' ones.  In fact it took two days, as half way through I gave up and went to bed!
Anyway, here's the end result:
It was well worth the effort in the end!  I have been looking around for a bird cage die for ages.  This one is by Tim Holtz.  I dithered because it's quite big, but it was lovely to use.  I've cut watercolour paper as it's quite thick, nearly as good as chipboard.  At first I left it in it's natural state, but it was too pale, so I've coloured it with Early Espresso marker.  I cut out the bird, brushed it with Baja Breeze, then stamped it with my LOTV music stamp.  I cut a doily in Lucky Limeade and put it through the Bigshot with a polkadot ef.  I stamped two tickets, then added 'Wish Big' on one and the key on the other.  I couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I decided to use both.  To be honest, the backing paper was my starting point.  It was free with my magazine last month, and it's really pretty. 
This card satisfied my urge to make something with layers without adding too much for the card to fit into an envelope.  I still have a soft spot for this romantic style  (it always reminds me of something you might come across in your granny's attic) and think I'll try to make something like it once a month. 
Thanks for looking in today. I look forward to reading your comments.
Jane xx

Friday, 20 April 2012

Card For Priscilla - A New Technique

Don't you love it when you give your title a post and realise that a whole year has gone by since you last wrote that?  I can't believe how much my style has changed too, since I last made a birthday card for my dear friend Priscilla.
I am the proud owner of the Stampin Up! dsp called Spice Cake.  It is the most gorgeous stuff (somehow I knew it would be!) Here's what I've made:
The cardstock and ink is Soft Suede but the centre oval is Very Vanilla.  When I was playing I tried this first on white and can hardly believe what a huge difference it makes just changing from white to Very Vanilla. 
But you want to know what makes this card different, right?  Check this out:
Yes!  What a cool idea!  So easy to make, too.  You can follow a fantastic tutorial by Dawn Griffith here.  I expect my dimensions are slightly different to hers as I wanted it to fit into a C6 envelope. 
Here is a shot of the inside:

Are you anything like me?  Once I've got my confidence with a new idea, I like to play about with it.  Look what happened next:

I've swapped it for a circular die-cut this time, but it still works brilliantly.  Cardstock is Cherry Cobbler which works really well with the colours in this paper (I'm sorry, I can't remember the name of it.)  I had to make a Christmas card with a bird on it, so this is what I did.  I stamped the image onto watercolour paper as I haven't tried it with Stampin Up's markers yet, and it was lovely.  I may add a bit of bling or a sentiment, I haven't decided yet.
Thanks for looking in today, I really appreciate your comments in my little corner of blogland.  I have actually just bought some new toys tools, so I'll be back soon to show you how I'm getting on with them.
Have a great day, and let's hope we get some sunshine soon!
Jane xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A Bit of Bling

As promised, here is the birthday card I've sent to my aunt.  This was one of the last cards I made at craft class before we moved.
Sorry to say the photograph doesn't do enough justice to the image, which is beautifully shiny, without being too much.  The stencil is Sweet Poppy by The Craft Station Ltd.  I am pleased with it because we used Dreamweaver paste.  The last time I used it, well over a year ago, I was absolutely hopeless with it and made a real mess.  I do think there is a skill in spreading the paste on properly.  We took the stencil off and added Glamour Dust, one of my favourite things (considering I don't really do glitter). 
The lattice down the left hand side was cut with a die which I think is from We R Memory Keepers (hoping Jo will correct me if I'm wrong!) and is very delicate.  I actually used spray adhesive to mount it. 
The St Luke's Charity Card Challenge wants to see cards with bling, so I'm happily entering this over there today.  Check it out, it's a great blog for a very good cause.
Thanks for looking in today, I hope the weather isn't too bad where you are, it's absolutely pouring here.  I'm sure that's reason enough to stay indoors and do some crafting.  Pop back soon for my latest creation!
Jane xx

Saturday, 14 April 2012

New Home Card

Hello fellow stamping obsessives!  How can I put this?  Oh yes, "I've got a neighbourhood wheel, and I'm not afraid to use it!"  I'd better explain, hadn't I?  I don't know if you remember, but a short while ago I put a call out to see if anyone knew where I could get a stamp of an interesting looking house.  To my delight, the lovely Vicky Hayes contacted me and said she had the retired SU! Neighbourhood Wheel if I wanted it.  I was so excited as this was in the first catalogue I ever saw, and I dithered and it retired, lost for ever.
But now, thanks to Vicky, I am the proud owner of this wheel.  Thanks so much, Vicky.
I've been playing with it, and I've got to confess, I've very carefully taken it off the wheel, so that I could make this:
It's to send to my aunt to let her know our new address.  I'm so fascinated by this wheel, I could have just run it along and left it, as it's so sweet.  But I stamped the middle houses again on more card, coloured them in and put them over the original on sticky fixers to give it some dimension.  It was only as I was colouring that I realised this house had a kennel.  I loved colouring it in and popping it up, as it shows that Tessa (our collie cross) has a new home, too! 
I stamped 'New Home' with my individual letters, using my SAMJ to get them level.  Such a fun card to make.  I could honestly play with SU! wheels every day and not get bored.
Thanks for coming to have a look.  I'll be back very soon with the other card I sent to my aunt.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone,
Jane xx

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Card for Christian

Today is my beautiful eldest grandson's birthday.  For some reason I thought I'd already put his card on here, but I think I've been so busy reading your blogs this week, I've forgotten to write my own!  Anyway, this is what I made for my special little man:
Christian is obsesssed with football, so I knew I had to put something football related on his card.  I love the LOTV image of the bear in the changing room, with a shirt hanging up above him, but it says 7 and Christian is 8 so I opted for this digital image from Teddy Bo instead.  I must say, I am finding these images so useful for male cards, I've made quite a few now.
I decided to keep it simple and knew I had to put Teddy Bo in a red shirt as Christian is an avid supporter of Man Utd (we all are as hubby is from Manchester) but also Doncaster Rovers, due to his dad.  Both teams have a red shirt, so that was fine.  I stamped the '8 today' in individual letter stamps using my SAMJ to place them correctly.  Deeply satisfying.  I've made a little pocket from the same grey checked paper on the inside, so I could put a cheque in. 
Hope you like it, anyway, it was great fun to make.  I actually printed off a couple of the images before I was satisfied with my own colouring (using Promarkers, of course).
Something very sweet to show you tomorrow, so be sure to pop in.
Have a great day, everyone,
Jane x

Sunday, 8 April 2012

New Craft Room

Hello there!  I hope you've managed to have a peaceful and relaxing Easter weekend, with family and friends.  We've been busy getting the house in shape, seeing to the horses and shopping, but I've finally managed to take a couple of pics of my new craftroom, so here we are:
To anyone else, this would be a dining room, but in our case I'm afraid eating plays second fiddle to crafting! (You've got to get your priorities right, haven't you?!) It's quite an experience having a whole room to use.  You'll probably remember my desk from a previous post.  The printer is plugged in next to it, and to the left of that are my clear boxes full of embellishments.  Here's my old desk:
I've put my little texture boutique on here and the front of those stacking baskets is full of all my embossing folders.  Much better than rummaging through a drawer every time I need one.
I'd like to show you the cupboard in the window, which is holding all my papers, but the photos are too dark.
So, of course, if you have a craft room, you have to craft, don't you?  I haven't had time to make any Easter cards this year, which I'm a bit sad about, but I did get to make something you can see in the above photo.  Have a closer look:

I have made a couple of these sweet little watering cans before, but they got squashed in the move, so of course I had to make a new one.  I used the same template as before, which you can find at Splitcoast stampers.  There's a really good tutorial and even a video.  I've used Pool Party card stock as I've been wanting to pair it with So Saffron for ages.  I've kept mine simple and just stamped it all round with the Fresh Vintage stamp also in Pool Party.  I've added the flower in So Saffron and a little butterfly on the handle and filled it with the smallest mini eggs - yum!  The only limit to this is your own imagination.
Thanks for dropping in today, I really appreciate it that you take time out to see what I'm up to.
Back soon,
Jane xx

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Happy Birthday Dear Sister

For some reason, I'm making cards in the wrong order at the moment.  The card I'm going to show you isn't due until the end of the month, but I haven't made the cards I need for the 12th and 13th yet.  But you know what it's like -  if inspiration strikes for a particular card, you've got to go with it, haven't you?  And so I've made a card for my sister three weeks early!  It all started while I was packing to move and saw last week's ColourQ challenge, which used these colours:

They just seemed perfect for my sister's card, which I wanted to be really bright:
This is where Margaret comes in.  I won the stamp that says 'Sister' in her blog candy giveaway a few weeks ago and have been dying to use it.  Of course, this is the perfect opportunity, isn't it?  The stamp is from Papermania.  I stamped it onto the card in Tempting Turquoise, then embossed a line above and below it.  I stamped the flowers from the Posy Punch set in Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delilght, masking off the centre section first.  I stamped the 'Hello' stamp from the same stamp set, then added a tab of the dotty ribbon in Melon Mambo.  I stuck the whole thing onto a 5x7" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock. 
I then stamped the 'Sister' again and cut it out (fussy cutting - what a fabulous phrase!) and stuck it over the original word on dimensionals to raise it up a little.  When I was playing around with this I originally coloured the word in with Tempting Turquoise but you can't see the letter 'i' so well, so I left it clear, with one gem on the dot of the 'i' to add a little bling. 
So this card can sit in its envelope until late April, but I do hope my sister likes it.
Thanks for looking in today.  I promise there will be pics of my craftroom soon.  I want to photograph it when it's bright in there, which it certainly hasn't been so far!
Back soon with a sweet little creation.
Jane xx

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Blissful

Hello folks!  We have finally moved in and I am able to start blogging again.  I am thrilled to say I have a craft room, and will show you some photos as soon as it's a little more organised.  I've been playing creating in there this afternoon, and it's been fabulous.
But that isn't why I've titled this post 'Blissful'.  It's because that's the title of the stamp I've used on this card:
This was given to me by my dear friend Margaret, and it's such a sweet image (from Little Claire Designs).  I've coloured her in So Saffron to match the cardstock, but the dsp is Holly Berry Bouquet by Stampin Up!  It's part of the Christmas papers, but not all of them are very Christmassy, and this one is very versatile, with little bits of Real Red and Wild Wasabi thrown in. 
It's so lovely to be able to craft again.  I didn't realise how much it had become an essential part of my life now.
I've recently decided to start another blog describing my horsey antics, which you can find here, as there's quite a lot going on and I'm finding I still want to blog about this new chapter in my life.
Pop back tomorrow, when I'll show you another card I've been able to make because of Margaret's help.
See you then,
Jane xx