Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hey Baby!

The girl on our yard finally gave birth to a 9lb baby girl (good grief!) so I was poised to make a card.  Then it actually took two days to make.  When you see it, you'll wonder why, so I'd better explain...  I decided to use lots of pink, put it all in place, with the baby image on top and didn't like it at all.  It was just too, well, pink!  I'd decided to base it on the ribbon I was going to use, and this beautiful ribbon kept falling out of my box (shouting, "Pick me!  Pick me!") and suddenly everything came together:
It turns out the colour is Elegant Eggplant and I've hardly ever used it, but it's perfect for this card.  I know you think you're seeing spots before your eyes, but I felt I had a theme going there for a minute!  The cute image is from LOTV but everything else is SU.  I'm thrilled with the dotty bottom part as I used my Dot Dot Dot stamp with my SAMJ and it lined up perfectly.  I suddenly remembered the Four Frames stamp set has a dotty version, so on it went, with another one cut in half and lined up behind it in Elegant Eggplant.  I'm very pleased with the finished result, hope you like it.
Back soon folks, happy crafting!
Jane xx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Card For Abby

Oh boy, have I been having fun.  This is the card I made last week for my youngest daughter.  I got a bit carried away...
All I knew was that I wanted to make an easel card where the centre piece was this fancy square shape.  The card I'd seen that inspired me looked nothing like this! I started with the Spellbinder die (if you have the Top Note die it will be perfect) and cut some of this beautiful Everyday Enchantment dsp.  It contains Poppy Parade and Soft Suede, so I combined them on the butterfly at the top and stamped one of the sentiments from the butterfly set.  Then I went to town a bit on the inside, look:

I've used the Fresh Vintage stamp set (retired) and stamped all around the edge.  But of course my favourite bit is the Four Frames stamp at the bottom, with the little birds from the Clearly For You stamp set, how sweet is that?  But I wasn't finished there.  I recently looked on You Tube for a video on how to make a post-it note holder as I've been dying to make one.  I found a brilliant video here.
This was the perfect springboard, for me to make this:
It's so cute irl, like a little match book.  It was so easy to make, I'm up for making half a dozen more.  I'm going to make some after running the cardstock through an embossing folder, and how about some with a Christmas bauble on the front (they measure 3 1/4" square).
Thanks for looking in today, and if I've inspired you just a tiny bit, then I'm happy.  I'm off for a look round to see what you guys have been creating.
Back soon
Jane xx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Christmas Is Coming! (And 'Knowing Your Style')

I started off the year making Christmas cards and was doing quite well, but there's no incentive in June and July, is there?  So, let the panic begin!
Actually I've decided to make at least 2 cards each time I make something I like, so this is what I made on Tuesday:
Again, I seem to have used a cluster of different products, but I really like the end result.  And I do think by the time you've got one the way you like it, you may as well make another one.
The base is real red, C6 size.  On top of that is a piece of crumb cake, with white snowflakes on it, from a set that was free with my mag.  On top of that is a piece of very vanilla, with my LOTV music stamp stamped on in crumb cake.  On top of that is this beautiful reindeer in chocolate chip.  I was just playing about with stamping something dark onto something light, and this is what I ended up with.

But what I really wanted to  ask today is, "Do you know your stamping style?" Because I'm finally starting to recognise my own, but I can't name it!  I just know what it isn't.
It isn't 'clean and simple' for sure.  Goodness knows, I'd like it to be, and I follow the Less Is More blog faithfully every week, and I really admire the entries, but I just can't do it myself.  I stamp a few things on a white card and it looks pathetic and I feel like I'd be ripping off the recipient!
At the other extreme is the shabby chic look, which usually looks like someone has taken a load of random objects and stuck them to a card.  Goodness knows how it fits into an envelope.  If I received a card like that I'd assume someone had sent me a load of stuff for my next scrapbook page and take it all apart ("Ooh, look, ribbon, that'll come in handy!")
I love the Colour Q blog, but I can't do that either, even though I love it.  I like the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, even though generally sketches are my worst thing.
So I've been hanging my head in shame, as I am useless at all these blogs.
But in the mean time, I've made this:

and this:

and this:

and suddenly I don't feel I'm doing too badly.
There probably is a name for my style.  There will usually be a stamp, some dsp and some embossing somewhere.  I think I'm totally in the middle between shabby chic and CAS.
But whatever you call it, the cards I make, make me happy.
And that's what counts, isn't it?
Thanks for looking in today.
Please leave me a comment, especially if you know exactly how to describe your style, or if you're still searching to put a handle on it.
Maybe you float from one extreme to the other, as the mood takes you.
I'd love to know.
Back soon
Jane xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Welcome Baby!

I have been working on a very special card.  Our youngest daughter Abby and her hubby have finally had a dream come true and been able to foster a beautiful little boy.  They have been longing for this day, so I wanted to celebrate with them.  We went to visit on Sunday and I was able to take this card along with me:
I've used lots of different items to make my vision a reality here, and I'm so glad I've got all these items to make this card possible!
I started off by stamping the Teddy Bo (free with Simply Cards and Papercraft back in May or June) in Soft Suede ink.  Up until then I'd intended to make the card in red, blue and green, but I fell in love with the colour as soon as it touched the paper, and the rest fell into place after that.
The balloons have been stamped in river rock, crumb cake and choc chip and cut out with my balloon dies and propped up on dimensionals after I'd taped some linen thread to the back. 
I stamped just Teddy Bo's paw out, cut it out and stuck the other end of the strings to the back of it, then attached it to the base paw with another dimensional. 
The sentiment is from a LOTV set.  I thought it said 'welcome little one', but decided this would do just as well.  A hair raising moment when I stamped it directly to the base card, but it worked like a dream - phew!
I coloured Teddy Bo's hat and sweater in crumb cake ink, but for the first time ever, I didn't feel obliged to colour in the bear and get all stressed about whether I'd done it well enough.  It just seemed to fit with the simplicity of the whole card.
As I am now obsessed with putting something on the inside of my card, I was thrilled to find a tiny balloon set from a really old freebie set, so I stamped that in soft suede on the inside, and my card was complete.
So this card was an all-round pleasure to make.  I put 'congratulations on your new addition to the family' on the inside and Abby loved it.  What a thrill to make someone's day like that - but that's what card-making is all about, isn't it?
Thanks for looking in today, I so appreciate every one of your comments.
Have a great day, I'm off to make some Christmas cards (yes, even I!)
Jane x

Monday, 8 October 2012

Pennant Parade Birthday

My daughter's birthday was at the end of last month, and this is what I made for her:
This is my first real go at a card using the Pennant Parade stamp set.  I think it's more that I'm nervous about how the string will work, whether I'll get it in place, etc.  I've been cruising around on Pinterest recently (isn't it awesome?!) and found a card very similar to this by Ruth M.  I saw it and fell in love, instantly, and had to have a go.  The card base is a DL card in pool party.  This is my first go with whisper white cardstock, too, which was lovely to work with.  I dusted over it with bashful blue, which you can't really see in the photo.  Then I had fun stamping the banners in melon mambo, marina mist and lucky limeade. 
The sentiment is from the Apothecary Art set, perfect for this card.
The little birds are from an old Hero Arts set.
The baker's twine was free with a magazine a while ago.

I used a tiny flower punch to make the flowers and added them with a tiny dab of glossy accents.  I'm so in love with this stamp set, and haven't even made a Christmas card yet! It'll be banners with everything after this, just you wait and see!
Thanks for popping in today, won't you leave me a comment to let me know what you think of today's creation.
Happy crafting everyone!
Jane xx

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

FM78 Let's Get Twiney

I'm really pleased to be joining in again with the Friday Mashup blog challenge.  This week they want us to use twine and leaves on our creations.  This is so perfect for me right now I can't begin to tell you.  Here's what I made:
This card brings together so many things I've been wanting to do for a long time:
The first thing is that I've wanted to use a vertical sentiment on a tag, and here it is. It's a beautiful quotation stamp and it's from Clarity Stamps.  Love it.  It's in soft suede ink, by the way.
Secondly, I've wanted to use this circular die cut in some way, but have waited for the perfect moment to arrive (thanks Jo Wright!).  The dsp is more from my old favourite, Spice Cake.  The perfect time of year to be using this up.
Thirdly, I've recently bought a set of leaf die cuts from Spellbinders.  Now if I'd known SU were going to bring out their fantastic set of die cuts and matching stamps I would have leapt at it.  Instead I nervously got these out today, had a little play and am thrilled with the results.  Have a closer look:
I cut the bottom leaf out with the die, then embossed it with my polka dots ef, but the top one is actually embossed by the die itself and looks wonderful irl. One is stuck to the card base and the other is raised up on dimensionals.  Obviously the twine is on the tag, but once I'd put everything together I got a button out, and on it went, as it matched perfectly.  
Thanks for looking in today, especially as Blogger is playing up and it's taken me over an hour to write this post!  I'm off to play with some more Spice Cake dsp before packing it away again.
Happy crafting, everyone!
Jane xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Card For Caelan

Hello, hope you're all well.  I'm going to tell you the sad news, then move swiftly on, but I can't carry on blogging without mentioning it...
John's horse Zak was injured last Saturday, with a tendon injury.  It turned out to be very serious indeed so on Wednesday we made the difficult decision to have him put to sleep.  It was totally heartrending and I never want to do it again.  I've been quite depressed over it as it was so sudden and such a shock, as you can imagine.  There is a big hole in my heart without him here.

But I have been card-making, and need to do it more than ever now to cheer myself up.  So today, here is the card I made for my grandson's third birthday.  I'm sorry that the photo isn't great quality, I didn't realise until now and I've already posted it:
The card is all baja breeze, and I can't remember now where I got the stamp from, but it's so sweet (coloured with Promarkers.)  I paper pieced the parcel from the baja breeze striped paper and wrote Caelan's name on the tag, which is plain baja breeze cardstock, like the bow. The width of the stripes is perfect for this stamp.  The circle is raised up on dimensionals.  I got the idea from last week's Freshly Made Sketches, then didn't get round to posting it on time!  Oh well, no harm done.  Most of the papers are from the basic subtles dsp, but two of the strips are from the Twitterpated range, which I am in love with!  The sentiment is computer generated and the brad is coloured with my baja breeze pen.  A bit of baja breeze overload, maybe, but I'm really pleased with the result.
Back again soon, folks, thanks for looking in today.
Jane x