Monday, 4 April 2011

Birthday Girl!

GOOD MORNING! And it is a good morning too. I have just put our recycling out for collection and I am actually in time for the collection which makes a refreshing change! It is beautiful out there. I hope it's going to keep warming up.

Keep saying to hubby I could do with a conservatory on my side of the shop in this weather so I can sit and enjoy in between customers.

It was my daughter's birthday last month and I made this card for my son to give to her:

Image: Sophie from Digistamp Boutique
Coloured with Prismacolor pencils
Flowers on dress stamped with Versamark & embossed with clear powder
Sentiment: Doodlebug rub ons
Number: Chipboard inked with VersaColor cubes 42 Lime & the 22 Fresh Green
on top to tone it down a bit

I am entering this card for Stamp Something April Digi Day Challenge.

Thanks for looking and hope the sun is shining with you today.

Sue x

Sunday, 3 April 2011

My first Peacock card!

I have to confess that I bought this stamp AGES ago and this is the first time I have used it! In fact, while it was out I decided to stamp a few images in different colours so that I can start to prepare some other cards, so those may crop up shortly.

My friend's daughter had a birthday and I thought this would be perfect as she is in her early 20's.

The stamp is Hero Arts Peacock (CG184) stamped here in Barn Door Distress Ink.
Sentiment: Paula Pascual Personal Impressions set
Background: Hero Arts Fantastic Flourishes (CL106)

Thanks for looking and Happy Mother's Day to all you Mumsy's out there! Hope you all have the wonderful day that you deserve.

Sue x

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mother's Day Card

Gosh! I've posted for 2 days on the trot. It must be a miracle.
 I thought that I would share a Mother's Day card with you that I made for someone else.

I stamped Hero Arts Silhouette Flower (CG105) with Versamark onto white card & embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I brush painted the flowers with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge & Peeled Paint distress inks.

The BP is a Basic Grey from the Green at Heart pad I think. The border punch used was Xcut Doily Dots.

Bought some Elzybells alphabet stamps from that famous auction site and they are great. Stamped Mum & cut out.

Just for You sentiment was a Forever Friends freebie from a magazine. Small flower stamp was from a Personal Impressions (Paula Pascual) sentiments set.

Added some ribbon and some gems to finish.

I am entering this card for two challenges:

Creative Inspirations - Mother's Day/Mum
Crafty Calendar Challenge - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers

Thanks for looking.

Sue x

Friday, 1 April 2011

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Christmas in Spring

This week the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge is for a Christmas card so I thought I would enter this one (although the picture is not great!):

This has not previously been shown on my blog but it was made for my son last Christmas. The card was put together using the following:

Visible Image Chrismas words background stamp - embossed with clear powder
Background coloured over with Stormy Sky Distress Ink
Image: Francis from Digistamp Boutique
Coloured with Prismacolor pencils
Snowflakes punched with Tonic punch
Tiny Typed Alphas downloaded from Pink Petticoat

Thanks for looking.

Sue x

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Happy Birthday Stan

Well today is another one of those special days, it's Stan's birthday and he's 5 today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAN!!!!!!!! Stan is my nephew. Now the problem here is that I made him an easel card but in my haste to get card and present in the post I omitted to take a photo of it. So, I am going to show you the one I made for my son. Stan's is very similar but obviously has a 5 on it instead of a 10!

The number templates I used are from Craftwork Cards. They are fab. Draw round them, cut out and Bob's your uncle. I used Bazzill swiss dots light blue card called Poolside. The navy blue card has been embossed with Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder.

My son has oodles of Star Wars and Clone Wars stickers so I pinched some and matted them onto the card.  The sentiment is from a Stampendous cling set called Happy Messages. The sentiment comes as one cling but I picked up a tip some time ago and I cut the Happy away from the Birthday so that I can use the two words separately - as in this case, then you aren't limited regarding use.

Thanks for looking and have a sooper day!

Sue x

Monday, 14 March 2011

Heart Fridge Magnets

What have I been up to? Well following the small canvases I spotted some paper mache hearts in Hobbycraft that had magnets attached.  They are quite a good size at 10.5cm high by 10.5cm wide but small enough to decorate quickly. Would be great for those who do craft fairs and the like and they are very light weight, so despite their size they sit nicely on the fridge door without moving.

I decided to alter them as I thought they would make great little gifts with Mother's Day coming up and here are 2 of them:

I painted them both with gesso first and left to dry. This one is painted with Peeled Paint Distress ink. The flowers are stamped from a Verve set called Petals & Stems in Barn Door distress ink. Stripes are a small Hero Arts wooden stamp. Coloured the lace with the Barn Door ink too and added some bling to finish!

I painted this one with Wild Honey distress ink. Stamped Hero Arts background cling stamp Heart Flourishes (CG169) in Peeled Paint distress ink and coloured in the hearts with a prisma pencil. Finished with organza bow.

Mine are quite rustic looking and not to everyone's taste but like the small canvases......the possibilities are endless and they are big enough to stamp a greeting on!

Thanks for looking.

Sue x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mini Canvas Creations

Well, I decided to try something a bit different for a change. I had been reading my latest copy of Craft Stamper and as always, after seeing the articles my mind runs wild with ideas and the crafting possibilities I am yet to explore!

I had bought a couple of reasonably large canvases some time ago and made a mental note to buy some gesso and to have a bash at decorating them in some shape or form. Anyway, I popped into my local Papermill Shop and there was nothing much going on there so I nipped to The Works which is nearby.

I picked up a few items including some gesso:

and while I was at the checkout, I spotted these little beauties in a box on the counter for only 99p each so I grabbed some:

I thought I would have a go at decorating these first as they are only small, about 3 inches by 4 inches and they look great standing on their own little easels!
So, here is what I made:
(I painted all the canvases with gesso and left to dry first.)

Then used some Antique Linen followed by Wild Honey distress inks rubbed onto the canvas.
Stamped Hero Arts writing stamp on in Barn Door distress ink.
Hero Arts stripes in Brushed Corduroy and some small hearts from a Paula Pascual sentiment set in Barn Door too.
Hero Arts flourish is also in the background in Barn Door.

Stamped a heart from this set which I bought from a lovely Docrafts member called Suzanne - thanks Suzanne!

Added some Gold Stickles to the heart and added sentiments in Black Stazon.

Had bought some metallic rub ons from ebay (something else I have never tried) and rubbed some gold on my heart and in various places around the canvas.

Then decided to do this one:

This time I used Peeled Paint distress ink on canvas base.
Stamped a MSE Love stamp in Barn Door distress ink.
Added some little hearts in Peeled Paint and finished off with a red ribbon and some more metallic rub on.


Antique Linen and Wild Honey for the background again.
Hero Arts Thank You definition stamped in Brushed Corduroy to the left.
Penny Black Clique 3858E in Broken China distress ink to the right.
Added a contrasting ribbon.
Stamped a 'thank you' sentiment in Broken China onto a Wild Honey background piece of card and added a clear fragment which is sticky on one side and sticks to the image.
I cut round it and attached it to the ribbon with some glue dots. 
Finally added some self adhesive gems in Taupe from The Hobbyhouse.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing these and they don't take an age to do as they are so small. But they are lovely little gifts to give someone and the potential for different messages is endless!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day.

Sue x

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 last

My poor neglected blog! I should have made it one of my New Year's resolutions to remember to post more often I think.

A lovely customer who comes into the shop came in and presented me with her wedding finger one morning to show me she is now engaged. She really is a pleasure to see and she got lots of big hugs from me. Couldn't resist making her a card after that fantastic news and here it is:

I wanted it to look bright and cheerful, just like this lady. (Have never met her other half as she doesn't live nearby but always pops in on her travels.)

I used a Bee Crafty download called 'Whimsical Girl the Kiss' which is so versatile for engagements, anniversary, valentines or birthdays. Have coloured it with my Prismacolor pencils.
The backing paper was a freebie from Simply Cards & Papercrafts magazine a little before Christmas.
Computer printed sentiment onto a Craftwork Cards card blank.

When I gave it to her she had a few tears as I think she was so overwhelmed and didn't expect to receive a handmade card from me! Awwwww how nice......nearly made me cry too. Honestly, us women we are so soft aren't we!

Have a lovely day wherever you are.

Sue x