Monday, 29 April 2013

Mary, Mary!

Hello all!
Just popping in with a quick post today.
I've seen some beautiful colour combinations recently and had to have a go at some of my own.  I wanted to make a card for my Floor Manager at work, and this is what I came up with:
It's a Z fold card made using Baja Breeze cardstock.  I inked up my Summer Silhouettes stamp set and away I went.  The colours are Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake.  This was such a simple card to make.  The dsp is part of the Twitterpated set and the Happy Birthday is from the old Elementary Elegance stamp set.  A very sweet combo, I'm sure you'll agree.
Well I think that's it really, thanks for looking in today.  Maybe you'll give these colours a try.
Back soon with some card swaps.
Jane xx

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Card For Christian

Isn't it lovely when you remember making someone a card last year and a whole year has gone by and now you're making one for this year? 
This is the card I made earlier this month for my eldest grandson Christian:
Christian is football crazy, so once again I've gone for a football image.  This one is by LOTV and it's so sweet.  I dithered about it because Christian is 9 so I wondered if it was too young for him, but apparently he loved it.
The stripe across this white 5x7 card is real red and the little flags at the bottom are basic black and basic gray, as is the border on the stamped image.  I've coloured the little boy with Promarkers. 
I had a lightbulb moment with the inside of the card as I realised I could just ink the football and stamp it out by itself like this:
That could be a very handy thing to have in itself anyway, couldn't it?  (I have four grandsons!)  I was very pleased with the finished result, it was a nice, sharp, clean card, ideal for a boy.
Thanks for looking in today, I'm off to blog hop and see what you lovely people have all been creating!
Back soon
Jane xx

Monday, 22 April 2013

Card Swap Group No. 2

I'm so sorry I've just realised the quality of this photo isn't all that great, I seem to have a smudge on my lense, but I just wanted to show you the card I made for this month's swap group.  I've been wanting to make a joyfold card for ages, and actually received one as part of my swaps last month and this made me even more keen to make one.  I found a very good tutorial on Splitcoast and was away.
I decided not to use a picture for my central piece, but the sentiment that comes from the Faith In Nature set.  This is the first time I've ever used it.
It was one of those cards where you're not really sure if it's going to fit into a standard size envelope as you're making it and you have visions of having to make a special envelope to fit it, and heave a sigh of relief when you've finished and it goes into a normal envelope - phew!
I added all my pieces of cardstock onto a Soft Suede base and used a stamp to help keep it closed.
Here is a look at the inside:
I loved distressing the edges of the cardstock and using several designs from the Everyday Enchantment paper pack.  This is because I'd challenged everyone to use up some dsp that they already have.  I loved Margaret King's comment that she's probably got enough dsp to be able to wallpaper the whole house with it!  I think we all feel like that at times, don't we?
The trouble is, I'm on the verge of ordering some more (that I just can't live without!) so I'd better crack on and make some room for it, hadn't I?!
Thanks for dropping by today.  Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of today's card.
I'll be back soon with another dollop of inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Jane xx

Saturday, 20 April 2013

A Card For Spring

I am thrilled to say my friend Lynne has ordered 10 cards from me.  How fab is it to know someone who likes your cards so much they order 10 at a time?!  I've sent off 8, and this is one of them:
I saw a very similar card on Pinterest from Lisa Martz blog here.  I liked the colour scheme very much, but realised I liked the tall image in the centre panel.  I hunted around for what I had in mind and found my lovely bay tree image.  I don't know who makes this, it's just in a set of stamps in the Born To Shop range.
I made this, with it's Lucky Limeade cardstock, and then black and assembled all the parts, and then had to leave it in my drawer while the Pool Party ribbon winged it's way to me and then I put it all together.  It's lovely to think Calypso Coral is coming back, isn't it?
I've realised I haven't put any sort of sentiment on it, but then she can use it for whatever she wants, can't she?
I need to crack on and make her two more cards, plus she wants one for each of her two granddaughters in the summer, so that's something to look forward to, isn't it? 
Thanks for looking in today, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Back soon, I'm sure!
Jane xx

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Card For A Favourite Auntie

My lovely Auntie Rose was 70 this month.  To me she will always be about 45, which is ridiculous, as I'm older than that now myself!  She lives right down on the south coast, so I sent her some flowers.  Of course I had to make a card to go with it, and here it is:
The dsp is from a Prima set called Botanicals and it's full of these beautifully soft colours.  The cardstock is Crumb Cake and I stamped my dress form image on it in Soft Suede ink.  I then stamped the same image onto a piece of the same dsp and cut it out.  It looks beautiful on the Crumb Cake. 
Before that I ran the cardstock through the Bigshot in the oval designer frames embossing folder.  This came out beautifully smooth and so I punched out an oval of the dsp and aded it to the centre.  I stamped 'Happiest Birthday' from the Apothecary Art set and cut it into a nice long banner shape.  I've propped the centre of it up on sticky fixers to give it a bit of dimension.
The bit that took the longest was making the number seventy.  I tried several patterns and designs but wasn't really happy with any of them.  In the end I took some Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped over it with my script stamp and distressed it slightly with some Tim Holtz old paper distress ink, an absolute essential in my stash.
I loved adding the detail to the corner, including the pearls, the lace and a little piece of the new SU linen ribbon.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on this and I have a feeling you'll be seeing it on quite a few cards to come. I'm pleased to say my aunt really liked the card, and I thoroughly enjoyed making it.  Why not leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  If you've popped by recently, why not become a follower so I can come and say hello to you, too.
Thanks for looking in today, I'm off for a hop round to see what you've all been up to.
Happpy crafting, everyone!
Jane xx

Friday, 12 April 2013

Card For Jayne

Good morning everyone!  It's a dull rainy day here, but we are desperate for the rain, so I am not going to complain.  My horse needs grass!
Anyway, I have a special card to share with you today.  Check this out:
This is the front of what looks like a fairly simple card.  The dsp is Everyday Enchantment, with a large piece of Pool Party cardstock cut using my framelits dies and then run through the Bigshot with the square lattice embossing folder. (I still have lots of this dsp left, which is why I'm so pleased Pool Party is staying with us.)
The stamp is Summer Silhouettes in Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral with Happy Birthday stamped with my new stamp set, but it's very similar to the one in the retired Elementary Elegance set. I didn't realise until the card was finished that the dots on the flower really reflect the dots in the dsp.
I've popped a little piece of Pool Party ribbon on the side, to add to the softness of the card.
But the really clever bit comes on the inside:
This is a piece of paper the same size as the outside of the card, just folded and stuck in.  There is a brilliant video tutorial for this on the amazing Dawn Griffith's blog here.
I decided to use dsp instead of plain cardstock, and was very happy with the effect.  Basically, I've cut a section out of the middle of the cardstock with my framelits, stamped on it and stuck it on the inside of the card, along with more dsp.  It was such a simple card to make, but really effective.  Definitely one to be made on a regular basis, and again, the only limit to it is your own imagination, because once I realised how it worked, my card didn't turn out the same as Dawn's at all.
The only problem I had was with the cutting plates on my Bigshot, that kept leaving lines on my cardstock.  I have finally decided, after two years of constant use, to buy a new set of plates.  After all, I use them nearly every day, so they've seen a lot of service.  My new ones look incredibly smooth and clean by comparison!
I hope you like today's creation.  Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think, I love to hear from you.
Well, I'm off to muck a horse out in the rain.
Back soon
Jane xx

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Ovals and Trendy Trees

I've had a bit of fun recently with my Trendy Trees set.  This came to me in the middle of the night and I couldn't wait to get up and see if I could make it.  I was only thinking this would be a practise run but it worked perfectly, so I kept it!
The card is my usual 5"x7" and I just lined the embossing folder up in the centre.  That worked out well so I popped one on either side and it came out beautifully.  I decided to stamp directly into the ovals, knowing that I have the large oval punch on standby, so if the trees didn't look right I could punch out a shape that fits perfectly in the centre of the ovals and try again.
The colours I've used are Rose Red and Wild Wasabi which go really well together.  I wanted to make a different style of tree and was really pleased at how well these turned out. 
I'm sure I've seen that Rose Red and Perfect Plum will move from Subtles to Regals, which is interesting.  They didn't really look right in with Subtles though, did they? 
Hope you like my creation today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
I'm going to hop round and see what you've all been up to.
Happy stamping, everyone

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Card For Sharon

I made a card last week for my manager, who turned 40.  A very important moment in a girl's life, I'm sure you'll agree!  I knew I wanted to use numbers on the card and cruised around looking for what I had in mind.  I used a card by Debby Hughes which you can see here.
I used a different embossing folder.  I love this one as it's 5x7" like most of my cards.  The colour is River Rock.  I cut out the numbers with my new MFT dies and covered them in glitter glue, which you can't really see here.  I don't use glitter very often at all, but if you can't have a bit of bling when you're 40, when can you?! I've put them on a cut out using my labels collection framelits to cut out a piece of textured cardstock in Pretty in Pink and then drawn round the same frame on white cardstock and cut it out by hand. 
I typed the wording on the computer and cut it out after printing it off, making it into a banner.  I've popped on a couple of pink stars and some gems on the numbers and there you are. 
I loved making this card as I looked at all the elements on the original and worked out how to make my own version.  I wanted to keep  the style and the colour scheme and went from there. 
I'm sure by now  you've seen the changes that are going to happen to the SU! colours soon.  I saw it on an American blog first and thought maybe it was only going to happen there, but the next day it was on all the english blogs, too!
It was a bit of a shock as I've never experienced this with SU! before, even though it sounds like it's a regular thing.
I will miss More Mustard, but even more, how can I possibly live without Baja Breeze in my life?  Sob!
But I am thrilled to see Pool Party staying: let's be honest, we love it, don't we?  It means I can take my time to use up my dsp without panicking.
The thing I'm really pleased about too is that Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride are returning, as tbh I thought it was a bit of a cheek for SU! to sell the Twitterpated dsp in the catalogue with two of the colours no longer available.  Now they're back I might buy another pack of the dsp as I absolutely love it!
I suppose changing the colours means you don't get stuck in a rut with your stamping, doesn't it?  And that's always a good thing.
Whatever colour ink you've picked up today, I hope you enjoy your crafting!
Back soon everyone,
Jane xx

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Card For Beth

I'm feeling pretty perky this morning as the time has come for my break from work quite quickly this time round.  I'm not back in work until Monday morning, which gives me plenty of time to craft and blog.  I really look forward to these times.  There's nothing nicer than spending an hour at your desk getting creative, is there?
I have a few cards to catch up on with you, so we'd better start straight away:
I don't even know where I got the inspiration for this card, I just went with the flow.  I'd spent a week looking through my stamps to find something suitable for a colleague at work who is only about twenty.  I did struggle as most of my stamps are geared to older women, until I unearthed this stamp from a set that was free with a magazine quite a while ago. 
I used a kraft card base and a strip of So Saffron dsp, with a touch of Rose Red card stock.  This is such an awesome colour and I don't use nearly enough of it.  I stamped the little bird on the tag and coloured it in using both colours and added a little ribbon which just happened to match perfectly. 
I was definitely in crafting mode by then so decided to make a little notebook to go with the card:

By now the colours are reminding me of rhubarb and custard, but I'm enjoying myself immensely!  I've spent months looking in shops for little notebooks that don't break the bank that aren't the spiral topped sort.  This basic notepad cost 18p in Wilkinsons and was a doddle to cover.  You can see the ribbon a bit better in this pic.
So there we are, a nice little set to send out together, don't you think?

 I had a lot of fun making these, and Beth was really pleased with them.  Drop me a line and let me know what you think, I love to receive your comments.
Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow for more creative endevours!
Happy stamping, everyone,
Jane xx