Saturday, December 31, 2011

A final fluttering

of cards to formally farewell the year.

This one was a belated birthday card but it is also very appropriate for today:

The picture was taken from a calendar which has a different picture and thought for each day of the year - they are all far too cute to throw away so I recycle them when I can.

Here are a few more of them:

I find these cards much easier to design - not just because there is little or no stamping, but more because when I am using a stamp set, I have usually seen many cards made with the stamp and in an effort not to copy/case them, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get something original. 

Here are some of the stamped cards I have sent out in recent months:

This one uses "Jolene" by My Favorite Things.  Is it just me or does she look sad ?

The ice cream cone worked well for twins:

Tilda for a little girl:

and one for the guys - a quick one using Birthday Bash Sentiments from Papertrey!!

and I nearly forgot to add my Christmas card for 2011 - the Ornament was originally to have been very much a 3D item but time beat me and I had to settle for this version.

these were two of the cards I had originally intended to make for Christmas - not sure why I changed my mind as these seem much brighter than the one above.  Oh well ......

and a shoe or two (or three):

Funny, how they are all red - having a love affair with everything red at present.  They actually look great as I covered the red with glass finish and they look so shiny.

And last in this marathon is a teapot ( Papertrey - Tea for Two) in slightly unusual colours.

Well that's it from me.  Maybe 2012 will see me better organised with posting - that's not a resolution, just a vague hope.

Hope you have a very happy New Year and that 2012 is filled with good health and much happiness.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Shoe Boutique

Catching up on the blogs and making a last minute dash to enter the Scrapbook Boutique challenge. 

Here's hoping my lucky number comes up !!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


While I was checking out Scrapbook Boutique this morning I saw this beautiful photo

which is the inspiration for their latest challenge and decided to give it a go. 

This is what I came up with.

Now, the challenge will be to see if I can work out how to post it to their blog.
Edited to add:
I have posted it on the Scrapbook Boutique blog but it is not a good photo - it really does look better in real life.  Maybe I should wait for some sunshine and try agin.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Look what I won

While busy posting my cards a few days ago I completely forgot to tell you about a lovely surprise I received.  I have been lurking around blogs for ages and started to leave comments to let people know their work is admired.

I came upon a blog hop from Case Study and left a comment on a blog that was new to me and I was very lucky to have been chosen at random as the winner of some goodies.   I have copied this photo from Sue Kohler's blog to show you my bundle of supplies.

Two very cute MFT stamps which I know will be great to use on cards for my Granddaughter's little friends; some pretty striped twine, Annabelle ribbons and rhinestones and some of the cardstock to use with Copics.  Maybe I will have to try the copics because Sue does such lovely cards with them.  What a great way to get to try something new.

Thank you again for my gift Sue.

So now I need to get brave enough to enter a card into a competition.  On a couple of occasions I have made cards for that purpose but never quite get around to working out how to enter them.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

An accumulation of cards

This is quite a mixed bag as it covers a whole month.

First one up is a sweet butterfly card for Caitlyn:

one for Dylan:

Then one for my dear friend Chrissie, using SU Nature Walk, Clearly For You, and of course the scallop die.


and closed - with the matching box behind it.

I used the scallop die again to make a 70th birthday card:
and again, opened:

Next up are a few cards that have been made for a while:

Share a cup: I cased the layout from one made last year by Mary Fish and I made it in two different colours.

I just had to try this technique when I saw it on Andrea Walford's blog some time back, so this is another case.

Now a bit of Disney for the little girls - a Princess with her own castle:

and inside:

I am always looking for something a bit different for cards for the men so I used this Matches paper that I had bought ages ago to make a couple of very simple cards.

This card was inspired by Dawn Olchefske who has a tutorial for it on her blog:

Yep it's the scallop circle card and the Butterflies again.

I saw a cute baby dresser card at a paper show I went to a few months back and have tried to replicate it from memory.  I believe the lady who made it is "Michelle".  I tried to find her but don't think she has a blog.

I had a lot of fun making the next four cards - saw this beauty on Dawn's blog and again, just had to try it.  I got carried away and then turned all my efforts into cards which I am pleased with but they are not a patch on Dawn's original.

I made this little group of cards at a Glitter Class at Michelle Grech's home - very sparkly!

Just thought I would pop in this picture of some tealight covers that I made from paper doilies - very quick and easy to make and they look lovely massed on tables for a party.

...and last (well done to anyone who has stayed this long !!)  I went back to my very rusty calligraphy for this card.  It's for my older Brother so I can get away with the words.

I should have made the title of this post "How to fill in an evening" as it has been quite a marathon.  Of course if I didn't leave it so long between posts it would be much easier, but I am not going to make any promises. 
Thanks for popping in

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yee Hah !!

Had a really great night last night.  A friend was celebrating her 50th Birthday and had a square dancing party.  What fun we had.  She had sent to America for her dress and most people had dressed for the occasion.  The cake was in the shape of a cowboy hat.

Here is the card I made for her:

I made the card larger than normal because I wanted to enclose a Gift Voucher with it, so then I made an envelope especially for it and decorated it as well.  After all the dancing last night she may well need to use the Massage voucher!!

Hope you like it.