Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Return of the absent blogger.....

I'm back......
Finally, here are some of the cards I made as samples for the show I was at on Saturday. I was demonstrating medallion stamps, a technique I really enjoy and haven't done too much of lately, especially since starting blogging and joining in the wonderful challenges that are out there!

I love working with medallion stamps, as each time you use them, you get a different result. The above cards have been made using the same stamp, but with different elements cut out. The stamp is called Petite Holly, it can be used as a Christmas stamp but as you can see from the second image, if you cut out the larger leaf it could be used all year round, for any occasion.

These 2 cards have also been made using the same stamp, same coloured card, same coloured embossing powder and same layers cut out but as you can see look quite different as only one of them has been glittered.

The 2 images above, as before have been made using the same stamp, with only one of the finished medallions being glittered.

Just noticed on reviewing the post that they don't look too different on screen but do IRL - promise!!

I have not added any greetings for the time being. I will add some further detail on the card, probably some dry embossing at a later date, but time was in very short supply last week when I was prepping for the show! Apologies for the shine in the pictures, but I put the cards in cello bags and sealed them before taking the photos :-( doh

Hoping to get back to more regular postings now.... see you soon

Tuesday, 16 September 2008


Sorry, sorry, sorry, been a bad blogger lately. Things have been so hectic here, at home and work, having lounge replastered, so the rest of the house upside down!! Very busy at work, start of term madness that just doesn't seem to be letting up!!

I have managed to fit in a bit of crafting, I am demonstrating medallion stamps at a local craft fair on Saturday, so busy preparing examples, and trying to find a clear space in my craft room. I will post some samples later on in the week hopefully :-)

I am still surrounded by boxes of stamps and punches I am selling on behalf of my friend's MIL, the pile is slowly diminishing! My pile changes on a daily basis - I am trying to be restrained but..... kid and sweetshop springs to mind LOL!!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Finishing projects!!

I haven't had much time to make cards over the last couple of days what with going back to work, but I did sit and finish off a couple of beading projects at the weekend. The blue and gold necklace is the third one I have made, when I finished the other 2, people have wanted them - I am working on third time lucky, I might get to wear this one LOL.... I really love the blue bracelet, a pattern from Bead & Button, as it is really flexible and lovely to wear and the beading in the middle is my first attempt at beading round a crystal rivoli, I had nearly finished it and the rivoli popped out, so I had to re-do it!
I have also spent a lot of time over the past couple of days sorting through stacks of craft stuff - my friend's MIL has decided to give up crafting - what I hear you all cry .... so I am going to try and sell some of the stuff for her. Of course I get to have first lookee, there are so many lovely things there!! Some of the stamps are brand new and I have never seen so many punches even in my local craft shop!!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Charlie building snowman - PTW challenge

Here is 'Charlie building snowman', the other Whiff of Joy stamp I bought recently. I have used it to make my card for this weeks challenge over at Paper Take Weekly, which is a sketch by Katharina, the owner of 'Whiff of Joy' Why not take a look right now here, there were some new releases last week but you'd better hurry as they don't stay on the shelves very long!
I have coloured the image with watercolour pencils and used a black gelly roll pen to colour the top hat, eyes, mouth and buttons. I used Snow Writer on Charlie's hat and various areas on the snowman to give some depth and gave it a light dusting with Glamour Dust. Image mounted onto mirri card, just can't resist a bit of sparkle and shine for Christmas cards. Background paper is from Dovecraft, silver layer embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflakes and card finished off with white organza ribbon. I have left a border at the top and bottom to add appropriate names when later on in the year. I am doing quite well with my Christmas cards this year, I am usually making Xmas cards up to the last minute, so hoping to be a bit more organised this year ROFL!!!

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Whiff of Joy stamps & Sketch Saturday challenge

Yaaaaay, my Whiff of Joy stamps arrived yesterday, so I wasted no time in inking them up - well one of them anyway!! I coloured the image with my new Promarkers, but unfortunately the image smudged and was quite streaky so I had to start all over again - this time using my good old Marvys..... The card I stamped onto was quite shiny so I guess that had something to do with it. I added Icicle Stickles to the snowballs and snow, then layered the image onto silver sparkly card.
The scrummy papers and snowflake brads are from Dovecraft - think I am going to be using quite a lot of these (especially as Barry bought me 3 more packs when he went to the Range this evening) I asked him to get me a pack in each colourway - there was only the one colour so he bought the rest of the packs on the rack - earning himself a few brownie points !!
Blue card embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflake folder. I am pleased with the way this has turned out after the false start.....
I took several photos but couldn't manage to get one without the shiny bit to the left of the image, when I turned off the flash the colours looked quite dull.

At long last....... PIF

I have finally got my act together and sorted out my PIF, in response to the wonderful PIF I won from Jilli back in June. The first 3 replies to this post will receive an assortment of stamped images.
Good luck.