Tuesday, 29 July 2008

BookATrix & Photo Album

Here are another couple of BookATrix cards both of which have matching boxes.

The burgundy one uses more of the lovely Brenda Walton paper and some super leather effect burgundy card which is super quality for boxes.

I struggled to get a decent photo of the silver holographic box for the lilac feathers and flowers version and nearly went blind trying ... so decided not to torture you with it. I will be taking them to the Pony Show and hope not to bring them home again.

Another wee quickie project to show you ...

This is a photo album made using DCWV paper stack and papermania cardstock.
It was a good excuse to break open the Big Bite 2 I bought a few weeks ago.

The photo sleeves are simply self seal card bags trapped between the 2 pieces of cardstock ... cool huh? I should probably have popped a couple of photos in for display purposes ... WHOOPS!

I am going to enter it in 'This Thursday It's'... Challenge 6 which is to create something which is beautiful and useful.
I may be pushing the definition of 'beautiful' with this entry, but it definitely qualifies for useful.
I suppose it would also have been perfect for last week's 'Altered' challenge.


On Wednesday, my daughter will be competing in the Annual Pony Show at her local stables, an event she always looks forward to. Hopefully the weather will be kind to them although the forecast doesn't look promising.

I have kindly been given permission to promote some of my craft projects and cards ... and who knows I may even be lucky enough to sell some.

Presumably, horse cards will go down well with the visitors so thought I'd show just a couple of examples I've made today.

Monday, 28 July 2008

Congratulations BookATrix

I mentioned in a previous post that Jenny Hall from Crafts Beautiful magazine is moving on to pastures new.
I decided to get out one of my BookATrix boards to make a 'Congratulations' card to send along with the Keepsake Box made for the CB challenge.

The pretty paper used is more of Brenda Walton's designer paper but unfortunately the pattern is too subtle to show in the photograph.
The string of beads were adhered with Diamond Glaze adhesive and once again my trusty scallop punch proved useful.
Hope she likes it.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Quick 'n' Easy

Ooooh ... I'm on a roll this week after doing 3 challenges and a couple of cards too.

This has got to be one of the quickest cards I've ever made ... took all of about 10 minutes and used up the last piece of this gorgeous swirly foiled double sided paper from my stash.
I really love the design and the quality is fab ... if only they came in paper stacks rather than having to buy them individually then I would be happy.

A strip of brown pearlised paper is glued between the foiled patterns and a greeting popped on. Doesn't get any easier than that.

Tilda & Co. Challenge 29

The Tilda & Co. Challenge 29 theme is 'Bugs' ...

I used the Generous Tilda stamp coloured with brush markers which I placed onto some matting and layering of pink papers and purple cardstock.

Unfortunately I don't have any ugly bugs so had to make do with dragonfly brads and butterfly peel offs. Doodled some dotty trails and it's job done!

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Challenge At CB

One of this month's challenges over at Craft's Beautiful is to make something for Jenny Hall, the Production Editor, who is leaving to take up a new position as Deputy Editor of an interiors magazine. We are all really sad that she is leaving the CB team, but want to wish her every success wih her new adventure ~ I'm sure she will prove to be an invaluable asset to her new team.

I wanted to make her something that was practical, so decided on a keepsake box for keeping together a few of her little CB treasures.

I have popped a few little postcards and envelopes inside which she can use to send short messages to her pals if they need cheering up. Sadly there are not enough to send to all the CB members who will miss her so much LOL!

The papers are by Brenda Walton from a K. & Co. Kit.

Better get it posted before she leaves in 2 weeks.

Isn't This Fabby?

Had to show you this horse card Naomi made the other day for her friend's birthday. I helped with cutting out the paper and card to size, but she knew exactly the look she wanted and layered it all herself ... isn't it fabby? Her friend was absolutely delighted and no wonder!
I just love the rosette idea she came up with and her 'doodles' with the white gel pen are super neat.

PollyCrafts Challenge #1 Fairies

I mentioned earlier this week about the 1st Challenge at Pollycrafts Blog ... and good golly Miss Molly ... Surprise ... SURPRISE! ... I've actually managed to finish something before the closing date. (Actually ... there isn't one yet but that's neither here nor there LOL!) I have missed so many great challenges recently I was beginning to get quite frustrated.

The supplies are from a QVC kit ... so all the matching components were together, (is that cheating?), but I did add a fluffy feather, a little vellum butterfly which is decoupaged and some little gems along the body to add a bit of sparkle.
Oh ... and I used my corner rounder to scallop the edge ... so that counts as crafting doesn't it?

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Funky Fairy Inspirations Blog Candy

You have just GOT to check out this incredible blog candy offer at Funky Fairy Inspirations Blog ... it's just too exciting for words, especially if you love fairies !!

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Blog Candy & Challenge

My CB friend Susie at White Ribbon Cards is offering some blog candy to celebrate her up'n'coming birthday ... so pop on over there and join in the celebrations.

There are also some lovely Christmas goodies to be had over at Pollycrafts Blog ... and Chris has posted her first challenge too with a fabby prize so pop over there and join in. 3 chances to get some free stash ... how great is that??

Friday, 11 July 2008

Foiled Card

Thought I'd just show a simple, quick and easy card made using a silver foiled 3 fold blank which was part of a RAK I received a while ago.
Sometimes I struggle with knowing what to do with such elaborate blank cards and worry I may spoil them.

I silver embossed my favourite silhouette flower stamp onto black cardstock which I then cut out leaving a narrow border. Black ribbon, a few small black gems and a silver embossed greeting were all that were needed to complete this card.

Card Holder

This project involved making a folder to hold cards and envelopes, something I have done before with 12" x 12" paper, but this time I wanted to see how it worked with A4 cardstock.

The result is shown here and whilst it is not as versatile as the larger version, I think it would suffice for smaller cards provided they aren't too dimensional as there is simply not the room inside for anything too bulky.

The papers are from a 6" x 6" K & Co. Designer pad and the closure is a simple length of organza ribbon wrapped around a brad.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Scallops, Punches & Pastel Chalks

Managed to find some time and motivation for a little cardmaking today.
My first offering is a simple floral design where I have been practicing using a corner punch to create scalloped edges as an alternative to decorative scissors.
Also used my scalloped circle punch for the main image ... (I'm determined to get my money's worth from that little investment LOL) ... which is mounted on foam pads for a little dimension.
Added some matching floral paper as a strip on the inside to show off the scallop, popped on a greeting and some little turquoise gems and we're done.
Simple but pretty result.

Next I dug out the Dovecraft chalks and had a play on an embossed card from my stash. Added a pretty flower with a little brad to a stamped greeting, on another scalloped circle, and lastly I popped some gold glitter around the border and in the eye of the embossed flowers.

Feels good to be tinkering with my stash again.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

An Award ... or 4

Sorry for my recent absence but a combination of ill health and work / family commitments has kept me away from 'Blogland' and many of my normal online haunts.
I hope to be back in full swing soon and hope you haven't all given up on me totally.
What a lovely surprise to see that while I was away, I have been nominated for this fabulous award not just once or twice ... but 4 times!!
The Rules-
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate al least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated

Thank you very much Lauren, Jennifer, Tullavilla and Wendi for nominating me despite me being AWOL for so long.

After scanning my favourite haunts I see that most of them already have this award ... so I'm obviously visiting the right places * wink *
Therefore, I will pass this fabby award to all the visitors who pop by even when I'm not in. Your continued interest and kind comments about my work really make my day.

Now all I need to do is go and create something new for you all to look at and hopefully make your visits worthwhile.