Monday, 25 March 2013

My Lionheart

I've been working on a scrapbook page for March, come and have a look:
I'm so pleased with this page, I think it might be my favourite so far.  It took ages to make because I knew I wanted to do something with the ribbons that go with this scheme, so I took the plunge and ordered them.  I'm so glad I did as they really add to the page.
I've also been searching all over the internet as I wanted to do my own wording.  Eventually I plumped for the MFT set from Dies to Die For.  They are fabulous to work with.
Here are some details:

Of course it's a photo of The Boy that provides the inspiration.  This was taken last June when I played about with an England flag with Barnaby.  He wasn't frightened of it at all.  After having these photos taken, I galloped up a hill with the flag streaming out behind me and John filmed it.  Barnaby didn't bat an eyelid.  He is such a brave boy.  (Most horses would absolutely freak out over this!)
Can you see the ribbon strips?  They're beautifully masculine, aren't they?  Perfect for this project.  It's taken me all this time to match the yellow in the papers.  It turns out it matches Summer Starfruit perfectly, so I backed the photo with it for this project.
Some detail from the actual paper.  What's not to like?!
Sorry the next pic is a bit blurred.

So now I need to explain.  The page is called, 'Oh England My Lionheart' because of course I have an england flag in my hand, and because Barnaby is known as My Lionheart, but also because 'Oh England My Lionheart' is one of my all time favourite songs by Kate Bush.



So I typed out the words to the song and put it in a little concertina book at the bottom of the page.  I aged the papers and used the ink splodge stamp from French Foliage and it turned out really well. 
There's a line that says,
In the orchard, my English rose,
Or with my shepherd, who'll bring me home.

and it totally reminds me of Barnaby, especially with the last page I made, where I rode Barnaby in a competition and got completely lost and he brought me home.  It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.
That's all for today.  I hope you like what you've seen and more importantly if it encourages you to give scrapbooking a go, then I'll be very happy.  It's a truly wonderful pastime.
Back soon everyone, thanks so much for dropping by today.  Your visits and comments mean a great deal to me.
Jane xx

Sunday, 24 March 2013

I Want To Ride... My Bicycle!

You may recall me saying in a previous post that I have a thing about bicycles.  Well it's true, and sadly I can prove it!  Check this out:

I saw this card on Pinterest a while ago and immediately recognised the papers, as I have these.  They are Thrift Shop by October Afternoon.  I couldn't resist the opportunity to use some of them up, as I'm on a mission to use up as much dsp as possible this year. 
The original card has stitching on the sections, but I felt this didn't really need it as I wanted to keep the focus on the stamped image.  I did like the touch of paper piecing the bike basket though, I've never done that before.
I've stamped the bike in Basic Gray ink, just to make it slightly softer and coloured it with a grey Promarker.  I haven't used those for ages, I'd forgotten what fun they are. The cardstock is Very Vanilla, but I've gone over it with my Tim Holtz old paper distress ink.
I've popped some black checked ribbon which is just a basic from my stash, and a couple of red buttons.  The stamped image and the sentiment are from Little Claire's Designs, by the way.  I realised I should have stamped one of the items in the bicycle basket.  There's a dog, a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers, but it would have made the stamped image too big, so I'm glad I left it off.
So there you have it, a very sweet card that was a lot of fun to make, plus I've used up some patterened paper.
And I've completed my challenge to post every day this week, which has cheered me up no end. 
I'm off to make a birthday card for a colleague.
Back soon, happy stamping!
Jane xx

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Card For Sue

Hello Blog Friends!
Is it snowing where you are?  I can't believe we woke up to about 4 inches of the white stuff this morning.  It's March, for goodness' sake!  But isn't crafting the perfect antidote to this ridiculous weather?  I don't know where I'd be without it at the moment.
As you know, I've set up a card swap group.  The first card I made was to go to Sue Ralph, and this is what I made:
I kept it nice and simple as I'd said to send out a card with 'Hello' or 'To brighten your day' or something similar just to get to know one another.
The card base is Baja Breeze and it seemed to dictate the rest of the card, really.  The ribbon is Baja Breeze, too, and I've stamped and cut out the base of the flower, using my Sizzix set, then stamped on vellum for the top flower, in white ink, which I then heat embossed.  I am definitely not embossing enough and need to make a card at least once a month with a touch of heat embossing on it.
I'm sure you recognise the 'Hello' from the Elementary Elegance set.
Today I received my card and a very nice note from Alison, I was so excited to receive it.  Look at this:

It's a joyfold card, and so lovely and clever.  I'd like to know what the dsp is though, wouldn't you?  It goes so well with the stamping.
Can't wait to see what we all make for each other next month!
I'm going to do a spot of blog hopping and then I'm off to play with my new stamp sets.
Back soon y'all!
Jane xx

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Card For Ana

Good morning everyone!  After the bizaare weather yesterday we have sunshine so I am popping on with a quick post before I go and ride The Boy (more about him in a post coming soon).
This year I have decided to make a birthday card for all of my work colleagues as well as the residents, so here is the card I made for Ana:
I saw a similar card on Pinterest, by a lady called Cathy (Maine Mountain Stamper) and decided to have a go.
When I look at a card I want to make the first thing I do is ask myself what it is about the card that appeals to me.  Why do I want to CASE it?  In this 'case' (!) it was the colour combination, which turned out to be Calypso Coral and Pool Party, but I loved the whole 'flowers in a row' thing, and the use of the squares.
So my next job is to work out how I can replicate this style, especially if I don't have the stamps or dies used on the original card.  My flowers are from a set by Little Claire Designs, which worked perfectly.  I've used a Nestability to cut my square shape out and the 'Celebrate' sentiment is from 'Outlined Occasions' a retired set from last year which is going to stay on my stamp shelf for a very long time.
Ana is Romanian, by the way, and she says they don't really send birthday cards to each other there.  They only send Christmas cards to people they won't be seeing over Christmas.  But since coming to England, this is one tradition she and the other girls have embraced with gusto and she was thrilled to receive this card.
Thanks for popping in today.  I've tried to challenge myself to post every day this week, but it all went wrong yesterday when I ended up going in to work (on my week off!)
But I'm pretty sure I'll be back tomorrow.
Feel free to leave a comment, I love to know what you think.
Jane xx

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Birthday Parade

Good morning everyone!  It's actually a sunny day as I write today's post.  Maybe spring will finally put in an appearance soon.
As promised, I'm now able to show you my wonderful birthday cards. These were all made by members of my brand new card swap group, plus an extra surprise.  There is some amazing talent out there, let me tell you!
 Let the parade begin:
This card is from my dear friend Ann Wall.  I blame her entirely for my addiction to Stampin Up!  She runs a wonderful craft group in Derbyshire, where I learned so much.  Fabulous use of the Feeling Sentimental stamp, don't you think?  I got this as a birthday present and can't wait to ink it up.


What amazed me about these cards was that each one contained something significant that I love, whether it be a colour or element on the card.  In this case, it's the bicycle as I have a passion for  images of bikes.  I adore the stamped image on this wonderfully simple card by Victoria Jefferies. You can view Victoria's blog at http://furrytalecardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk   Thankyou so much for this, Victoria, it's beautiful.


I am so in love with this card, made by the lovely Michelle Pratt.  You can tell she reads my blog because she used one of my all-time favourite dsp's on this card, Spice Cake!  I actually love everything about this card, and also got this embossing folder for my birthday and can't wait to play with it.  Michelle's blog is at http://frecklepuss.blogspot.co.uk  Thanks again for this awesome card, Michelle.


Check out this fabulous card from the super-talented Aileen Skene.  I'm so glad I found her blog.  It's very exciting to see a card on someone's blog that you're actually holding in your hand. In this case, I am in love with the colour scheme (I have a thing about Summer Starfruit!).  And of course you can't go wrong with a beautiful butterfly, can you? She tells you all the details on her blog here.  You'll want to put the kettle on and stop for a browse for this one, I can tell you!

This is a stunning card from Margaret King.  I'm afraid my photo really doesn't do it justice.  It's so simple and elegant.  I am privileged to have a card from Margaret, thankyou so much,  my dear.  You can find Margaret's blog at http://makingpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk .  Again, you might be there a while!
Look at this for a work of art!  This is made by the wonderful Zoe Tant.  I wonder if she knew she'd used my favourite stamp set in my favourite colours.  This is so beautiful and delicate to hold, with fantastic details.  Awesome ribbon, too, Zoe!

This wonderful card is from a lady called Sue Ralph down in Gloucester.  The colours and the details are beautiful.  As far as I know she doesn't have a blog at the moment, but if she makes cards like this all the time, I definitely think she should have one!  Thankyou so much, Sue, it's lovely.

And finally, a sweet little card from Vicky Hayes.  Although she hasn't been able to stay with the group she wanted to send me a birthday card, and here it is, isn't it adorable?  And it's got horses on it, I can't imagine why that is! So as you can see, this birthday was very special, with so many cards to open, and me gasping at every single one of them.  I can't wait to send my card to the next person now, having enjoyed it so much myself.
Thanks for looking in today, go and have a hop round these people's blogs, you are bound to be inspired.
And pop back here soon, I'm trying to post every day while I've got this week off work.
Thanks again for all your wonderful creations, ladies, you absolutely made my day.
Jane xx

Monday, 18 March 2013

Colour Q #180

I promise I will be back later with a post showing my birthday cards, but I need to be quick to get this card on before the deadline.
These are the colours for this week's colour Q challenge:
I have been dying to use my new Clockworks set from Stampin Up, especially for my son in law's birthday on April 1st.  So I have a masculine stamp set in my hand, and then I see these colours, which shout 'masculine' to me, so I put them both together and came out with this:
The cardbase is Lucky Limeade.  I've substituted Garden Green for Glorious Green, too.  I stamped the sentiments in the middle, covered them  up with a piece of card, then stamped various images around the edge of the card, which leaves this lovely border.  The two small cogs are stamped in Lucky Limeade, as is the clock.  I had great fun with this, here is a close-up:

This is actually heat embossed.  My stamp-a-ma-jig got quite a work-out here, as I stamped the clock face in Lucky Limeade, then went over it in Versamark, and added clear embossing powder before heating.  I stamped the numbers and just left it plain, then did the hands and heat embossed them.  It's given the clock a lovely 3D effect, which I'm really pleased with.
So I'd better dash, as it's taken ages to upload these pics for some reason, and get this card entered over at the Colour Q.
Thanks for looking in today.  I promise my next post will show my birthday cards.
Back very soon.
Jane xx

Friday, 15 March 2013

Everyday Enchantment... Again!

Good morning all.  Just to say first of all that I had a wonderful birthday yesterday and received some of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen, all made by members of the card swap group.  It absolutely made my day, and I can't thank you enough.  You are a very talented bunch of crafters.  I'll be showcasing the cards on here very soon, because you just have to see what I got!
And now for today's card.  I saw this on Pinterest and just had to have a go.  The hardest part was working out the measurements to get 4 equal strips of paper, and now I can't remember what they are!  I had to ask my engineering husband to work it out for me in the first place (I don't do maths!) 
The card base is 7" x 5" in Lucky Limeade (my new favourite colour!) so the next layer is a 1/4" shorter all round, then I cut and stuck the dsp down, and then cut with the framelits dies.  The stamp is from Sprinkled Expressions, a retired set, but as with any card I make, it's all about using what works for you, so any sentiment that fits will look great.   It's stamped in Lucky Limeade ink.  I've popped on a couple of butterflies (remembering to add some gems this time!) and there we have it.
My dilemma now is, do I show cards on here that I'm going to send to a member of the card swap group at a later date, or do I make a new card once a month, in which case I won't have used any of my stash up and will still have loads of cards left?  Life's complicated, isn't it?
Enjoy your day, everyone, thanks for looking in today and feel free to leave a comment, I love to know what you think of my creations.
Back soon
Jane xx

Monday, 11 March 2013

Jus' Playin'

I've recently bought the Designer Frames Folders from Stampin Up and I am having such fun with them.  I played around researched for ages, because I kept getting creases in my card stock and found an awesome video that really helped.  If you're suffering from the same affliction (!) you really need to watch this video, it's fabulous.
This is the first card that I made:
I decided to have a go at making a sympathy card, before I really need one and don't want to make it!  I bought the sentiment stamp a few weeks' ago in a local craft shop.  It's actually got a little flower at the beginning of the words that's very similar to the Summer Silhouettes stamp used at the top, but I wanted the wording to be symetrical, so I just inked the letters.  Here's a close up of the stamped flower in the frame:

You can see the frame more clearly in this pic.  As you can see, there are no dents in the surrounding cardstock.  I cut a little piece of white card and stamped the flower stem and top in black, then glued it in place in the frame.  So simple, but so effective.  The cardstock is basic gray, if you were wondering.
Now, you know that once I've grasped a new idea, I like to play about with it.  I needed a thankyou card recently, so this is what I made:

The card stock is baja breeze, one of my favourite colours.  In fact, while I'm talking about it, I hardly ever used blue in cardmaking until I met SU, I just couldn't do anything with it, and now I use all the blues and love them.
I stamped my script stamp onto some white cardstock and glued it into the rectangle frame, then added the butterfly.  Then I got slightly ahead of myself and posted it before I added some pearls down the centre.  Oh well, a girl can't have everything!
I think these embossing folders were worth every penny, and they're going to be a crucial part of my stash, I've got so many ideas with what to do with them.
I'll be back soon with my first card for my card swap group.
Happy stamping everyone!
Jane xx

Friday, 8 March 2013

Gently Falling

Hello everyone, time to share a card creation.  Have a look:
Way back last year, our American cousins got hold of this beautiful dsp, Spice Cake, and I have to admit to having crafting envy!  I was so thrilled when we finally got it.  But the American girls had also found amazing ways to combine it with the Gently Falling stamp set, so imagine how pleased I was when it turned up in our catalogue this year.  
This is just the sort of card I had in mind.  Having never come across 2-stage stamp sets until I met SU!, I think they are something that will fascinate me for ever.  I stamped the outline of the leaf in Soft Suede and then the inner leaf with Pool Party, taken, of course, from the colours in the dsp.  What a combination that turned out to be!  I haven't looked at this card for a while and I still love it!
I am also pleased to say that my card swap group is up and running and would like to say a big thankyou to all those taking part.  The idea is that we make a card once a month and send it to another member of the group, while also receiving one from another member.  I'm going to show you all the cards I give and receive on here, so pop back soon for my first one.
I'm also trying to make a card for every member of staff at work this year as well as all the residents, so suddenly I am inundated with card making needs!  But do you see me complaining?? No! 
Happy crafting everyone, I'll be back very soon.
Jane xx