Thursday, 30 May 2013

Card Swap Group No. 3

I'm really, really sorry, I can't apologise enough for the poor quality of this photo.  Unfortunately I didn't realise how bad it was until well after I'd sent the card, but here goes:
Don't worry, you don't need glasses, it really is the poor quality of the picture.  Let me quickly give you the details and then we can move on! 
I set the challenge for the card swap group to make a card in our recipient's favourite colour.  Most people said, 'purple,' or 'orange and red,' but I had to make a card in pink pirouette for Ann Wall.  Hmm, what to do?  I knew I wanted to use my honeycomb ef, especially as I found some pink pirouette core'dinations cardstock left over from a workshop Ann did last year.  At first it seemed obvious to team it with pool party and lucky limeade again, but I decided to go for something different.  I looked at the Beau Chateau dsp and saw the colours were soft suede, pink pirouette and marina mist.
I've used a soft suede card base, topped with the pink pirouette layer.  I ran some marina mist and pink pirouette dsp through the same ef and cut a selection of the hexagons out.  I really enjoyed doing that, as I'd been quite nervous about doing it, but it was really easy.
The flower is from the retired hostess set, 'Simply Soft', which is a regular 'go-to' set for me, it never lets me down.  It's stamped onto very vanilla cardstock as white would have been way too bold.  I've stamped 'Hello' onto the Four Frames label, also in soft suede and added the marina mist ribbon.
Hope you like what you see (provided you can actually see it, of course!)
I hope Michelle Pratt likes it too!
Thanks for looking in today, and I promise I am working on improving my photography skills.  I've actually bought another lamp to try and brighten things up a bit, as if you wait for good weather before you take your photos, you'd never get anything done, would you?
Back soon folks!
Jane xx

Friday, 24 May 2013

Butterflies Forever

I seem to be making sets of cards lately.  You know me, once I get an idea in my head I love to play around with it.  Have a look at these:
I was, of course, inspired by a card on Pinterest, this time by Erin Gonzales.  You can see her card here.  I really liked her card, but I wanted make one without the whole of the white panel being embossed so I could put a sentiment on it that could be read easily.  I loved the combination of backing paper, the little banner at the top, and of course, the butterflies.  The yellow panel at the back is Summer Starfruit, the pink is Primrose Petals and the blue is Island Indigo.  I used some of the images in Summer Silhouettes to stamp in white on the background panel.
Note: It is entirely because of this card that I have bought the dsp for the In-Colours shown here.  So much for using up all my dsp!

The next step was to find some stripy dsp, as I really liked this look in Erin's card.  I only have one set, and that's the subtles, so I had a look through and before you know it, I was making this monochromatic card with Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum.  This time it was bling all round, too, but actually I think it would make a good sympathy card with an appropriate sentiment.

Then I read a blog post about retiring colours, and was looking through my subtles papers and this happened:

This time, the colours are Certainly Celery, a colour I'm very fond of, Bashful Blue and Pretty In Pink.  A good way to use up retiring card stock, I thought.  The sentiment is from the Feeling Sentimental set.  This is actually for one of the residents, but it made me think of  a new born baby card with this colour scheme.
I did have a productive day, didn't I?!
Why not leave a comment and let me know which one you like best, I'd love to hear from you.
Well I'm off to try to get some course work done.  Hopefully I'll be back soon, but it is my weekend at work, so it may be Monday before I can post again. 
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Jane xx

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Card For David

Hello, I hope you're having a good weekend.  I've just got back from the cinema where we went to see Iron Man 3.  It turned out to be really good.
I've been busy crafting, too.  Here's the card I made for my son's birthday last Tuesday:
I've had this idea in my head for quite a while.  My son is at college studying music and I knew I wanted to put some sort of music on his card.  I bought some Tim Holtz washi tape in case I got desperate but I also ordered the music notes wheel from SU.  I've wanted this for absolute ages and I'm nervous that it might be retired so I thought I'd better buy it while I have the chance.
It hadn't arrived by the time I had to make the card, so I started fiddling about with ideas with stamps and cardstock, when, 'plop', a parcel fell through the letter box.  I legged it to the door and lo and behold, my latest order had arrived.  I got out some black ink, inked up the wheel, and away I went (thanks Ann!).
The arrowhead stamp was free with a magazine a month or so ago and I've been dying to use it on a card.  I just played about with positioning and colours, knowing I wanted something bold, and this is what I ended up with (in this case, Pumpkin Pie, but would Lucky Limeade look just as good?)
I knew I wanted to say on the card, 'Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,' because my son has reached a cross roads in his life and I really want him to pursue what makes him happy, so this was the perfect thing to say.  I thought the arrows were a perfect illustration for 'direction'.
I was delighted with this card in the end.  It's not at all my usual style, is it, but I really like it.  I love all the white space but did struggle not to fill it with something.  Sometimes less really is more!
Thanks for dropping in today, why not leave me a comment to let me know what you think?
Happy crafting everyone,
Back soon
Jane x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Card For Zoe

At last I'm able to start showing you the cards I've made recently, as there have been a cluster of birthdays this past week but I've had to hold back on what I've made.
So here is the first one:

This is for one of the members of the card swap group, Zoe Tant.  You can see her inspiring blog here.  I saw a card on Pinterest that inspired my creation, but I can't find the original artist, so if anyone knows, please let me know so I can credit them.
I have a feeling the base card in the original is early espresso, but I thought it might look nice using basic gray.  The next layer is some of the beautiful blushing bride paper from the Twitterpated dsp.  (Can't wait for this colour to come back, can you?) I've stamped the delicate branch from the Simply Soft set in basic gray.  I'm amazed at how many times I still reach for this stamp set. I stamped the delicate image in basic gray in different directions on the white cardstock pieces (6cm x 4cm) and after a lot of experimenting opted to colour it in melon mambo, which reallly makes it pop. 
Then I realised it all looked lovely, but what was I going to do about a sentiment?  The one on the original looks great, but there was no way I could replicate it, so I opted for this instead.  I've stamped Happiest Birthday from the apothecary art set, flagged one end and put a teeny, tiny brad in the other and propped that end up on sticky fixers.
Overall I'm very pleased with the result.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Back soon with another birthday card and photos of the latest developements in my craft room.
Happy crafting everyone!
Jane x

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Card For Lorayne

Do you ever go on a bit of a journey with your cardmaking, where one thing leads naturally to another?  I know once I get an idea in my head (and it works!) I like to see where else I can go with it. 
Let me explain.

This card came to me in my sleep. My starting point was the dsp from Twitterpated, in the Island Indigo colour, so I sat for a while trying to decide what colours would go well with it, and it had to be this set again, ie Pool Party, Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry.  I started by stamping the little flower arrangement in the top right corner, loving the fact that the leaves are in Island Indigo and not a green (because you get blue leaves, right?!)  Then I ran the card through the Bigshot with the honeycomb ef.  I was fascinated by the effect, and after that the rest of the card was a doddle. 
The flower has been cut with my Sizzix flower die set, which comes with co-ordinating stamps and it rather cool!  I knew I wanted to go horizontally with something too, and my new Pool Party ribbon was perfect for this.  I'm very pleased with the result.  The end of the first day.
The next day I woke up, had a cup tea and made this version:

There's a scrapbook kit in the spring catty called Flower Fair and it uses these colours together, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight.  They really are a fabulous combo and I've been dying to try them out.  I'd wanted to give the white circle more definition so this time I backed it with plain cs using the same doily die.  The real stroke of luck was finding this green gingham sticky ribbon, which matches really well.

And Jane ran the centre of the flower through the square lattice ef and saw that it was good.
The end of the second day.   
The top card is for my dear sister and the bottom one is for a colleague and both were very pleased with them, which made my day.  Hope you like them. 
Back soon
Jane xx

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Apothecary Butterfly

Hello peeps, it's all go here, as usual! I didn't realise how many days had gone by since I last posted.
I realised I'd completely forgotten to show you this little creation:
I made it for Victoria Jefferies' birthday back in early April. She's one of the members of the card swap group I'm running, and a very talented crafter.
 I don't think I've ever sat down at my desk and whipped something up so quickly (because I am an incompetant oaf who should have taken more notice of the date in the first place!)
I literally finished making it and put it straight in the post so it's quite nice to revisit it again.
Here are the deets:
The card base is Baja (boo hoo!) Breeze, 5x7"
Layer 1 is Basic Black cardstock.
Layer 2 is just plain white cardstock, run through a 5x7 ef and trimmed to size.
Layer 3 is So Saffron cut with the 3rd largest labels framelit
Layer 4 A stamp from the Apothecary Art stamp set (luvs youuuuu!) which isn't coloured in at all.
Layer 5 A strip of dsp from the Twitterpated set.
Layer 6 A butterfly, not actually SU, but lovely nonetheless, also in So Saffron basic dsp.
Layer 7 A pearl!
I hope that's enough layers for you!

A close up of the Baja Breeze ruffled ribbon and a pretty pin from Wild Orchid Crafts. Note to self: buy more of these.
Thanks for dropping in today.  Feel free to leave a comment, they are very important to me, I love to hear what you think.
Back soon with my sister's birthday card.
Have a great weekend, everyone.  I am actually at work, but hoping to get some crafting done in between shifts!
Jane xx

Friday, 3 May 2013

Card Swap Group No. 2

Hello, sorry I am a bit late with this post, peeps, but April turned out to be a very hectic month, with cardmaking and everything else.
Quite early in April I received this fab card from Margaret King, as part of our card swaps:

Sorry the photo doesn't do it justice really, you can get a better look at it and see all the details (and the fun Margaret had making it!) here.  She is a very talented crafter and her blog is well worth a perusal.  I love her style, she is the queen of the neutral card!
This is a lovely combination of Early Espresso and Pool Party, which I'm definitely going to have to play with very soon.  Thankyou Margaret, it's such a lovely card.  

It was also Margaret's birthday in April, so the whole group made her a card.  This is what I came up with:
Remember, I'm making this for someone who loves her neutrals, so it was with a sweating brow I pulled this stamp out for the first time.  The stamp is from the Postage Due set and I'm in love with it!  I inked it up in Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso and stamped it onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  It was at this point that I remembered I was making a card for a milestone birthday, not just a normal date, and got out my new set of stamps by Creative Expressions, called Vintage Alphabet.  I got a set of capital letters, lower case and numbers and they're lovely to stamp with. This is just the sort of thing I want to be making with them. I raised the top section up on dimensionals and used a scallop border punch at the bottom.
I've used some of the natural trim ribbon across the card (fabulous stuff!) and added a brad and some tags with my jewellery tag punch.
I went a bit wild with the inside:
I couldn't resist adding some of the postage stamp images that come with the set.  I'm so glad now I bought the postage punch ages ago.  It's quite thrilling to ink these stamps in different colours and see how they come out.  I had a lot of fun with this, as you can see!
Margaret liked the card, anyway, which is a relief!
I'm so looking forward to seeing what everyone makes this month.
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Jane x