Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Can you spot it?

Actually, what I should say is .... can you spot them? There are two mistakes in my card :O lol ..... still think it looks no so bad tho :)

I think this this week I have been a wee lil bit pre-occupied and not fully concentrating on the job in hand. Normally my crafting helps me relax and chill. However, this weekend my nephew is off on tour to Afghanistan and my sister had asked me to make him a card. At first I said no, I didn't think I could do it without crying all over it as well as it being terribly difficult to come with something. On reflection, I had ideas reeling around in my head so after playing about a little I managed to create something. My sister loved it and im sure Stephen will too as I managed to incorporate his regiments bagdge.
As you can imagine, things are quite sad at this time and we are all hoping and praying hard that all will be well and we will have our hero back with us safe and sound before too long. We are having a family get together on Friday night so im sure there will be lots of laughs and tears then.
Wish me luck :) x

Monday, 23 August 2010

How many flowers..........

...... can you make with a couple of punches?

I have been playing with my punches a lot lately (I think I may have already mentioned this!)and came up with this masterpeice .... well I think it's a masterpeice anyway :)

All you seasoned crafters probably know all these tricks of the trade but I thought i'd post a few pictures to show you how I got the shapes. This is what I started with, 3 flowers punched with the 5 petal flower punch. i had the 1/2 inch circle punch close at hand!

I inserted each petal into the circle punch as shown below and this is what you get, you can chop as much or as little of the petal off as you like. A little tip for you ...... you know the nail buffers you get at the beauticians ...... well, i use that to rub down the edges to smooth them out :)

Next i stuck a flower to a piece of paper, put it back in the punch and rotated it, nice effect don't you think?

So, this is what you end up with and if you also use the boho blossoms punch you can have even more flower shapes to play with.

I think i'll making more of these little gems :) I hope you will too. Leave me a comment and let me know how you get on. xx

Saturday, 21 August 2010

been to the zoo lately?

No? Actually neither have I. I think the last time was when we were in Dublin for the day .....yikes.... that has to be at least 3 years ago.

Anyway, you'd be forgiven for thinking I had been given my inspiration this past week. I had been asked to make a few kids cards. Now, this is relatively new to me, i've only ever been asked to do grown up stuff before. I think i managed to pull this off ... I know Christian's Mum just loved it.

Basically it's just a development of the post before. Using the punch art with the sweet pea papers only with a giraffe added thios time ..... so cute. I know i'm still using peel offs but I do still have some left and its a shame not to use them. I've also taken to inking the edges of things, messy, messy, messy but I do love the effect.

Really getting back into my crafting now and loving every minute of it. I have orders for another 4 specific cards to make over the weekend ...... hmmmmmm ....... hope the housework doesn't get in the way!

Have a great weekend ...... laters xx

Friday, 13 August 2010

Monkey Business

Is it just me or is there gremlins in Blogger today ..... took me a couple of attempts to get this wee guys picture up. Anyway, he's here now and how cute is he? I'm so so chuffed with him.

I was checking the blogs I normally look at and spied a picture tutorial for the monkey on Julies blog Forgive me, I do not know how to do links back properly, it is in there somewhere. My friend had asked me to make a card for her grandson and this is it .... cool eh? I know Cody will just love it.

I see a giraffe of Julies page as well, maybe I should try that one too :)

That's it for now, i've just popped home at lunch to finish this off ...... hope Fri 13th is just another day .... mines going great :)

Have a grand weekend everyone x

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Tickles .......

Did you ever make a card, or something else for that matter, that tickled you so much you didn't want to part with it?

Well, it has NEVER happened to me before. But ....... during the week a friend asked me to make her a card cos her wee sis had gotten engaged and she couldn't find anything she liked or that she thought was suitable. This is what I came up with ....

....... I was so happy with the way it turned out I didnt want to part with it. Of course I did and it has since been delivered and the recipient was completely overwhelmed. That has made the tear of separation bearable lol ...... i think I might actually make this again for someone else.

I've been practising some new techniques so stay tuned to see how i've been getting on.

TaTa for now x

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Mistakes .......

..... I make mistakes ALL the time!

Some are just terrible but I think the one in the picture below turned out just grand :)

I had a completely different vision in my head when I began making this card but after stamping in the wrong place, not stamping hard enough and adding the teal strip to the wrong end i've managed to come up with something i'm actually quite proud of.

I will forgive myself this time as my craft time has been quite non-existent this past while what with holidays and the general routine. I am a wee lil bit out of practice but I have enjoyed so much making a mess!

I have also managed to get myself a copy of the new US Stampin' Up catalogue. I can't wait for ours to come out, i do so hope we get build-a-brad in ours. A nice teal stamped centre for my medallion would have been just great on my card, not that i don't like it just the way it is!! There's also this kool, kool tool in it simply called a paper tearer. It makes a real raggedy edge and a beautiful vintage finish. Please, please, please can we have these ...... oh, and all the new colour add on kits too ...... please?!?!?

Ta, ta xx