Tuesday, June 21, 2011

All caught up

I have had time today to catch up with downloading photos and update my blogs.  I must try to keep up to date from now on.

I admired this card made by Monica Gale and just had to case it even though I don't have a need for it just now.  Usually when I see cards on other blogs I never have all the ingredients for them and so by the time I am finished they look nothing like the original (probably just as well, I guess!), but on this occasion I had all but the sahara sand card and I couldn't wait to get that so used kraft/crumb cake.  Not sure who will end up with this one, but my Daughter did ask if it was for a Christening.

I tried my hand at a twisted easel card for a special 60th Birthday.  I started out with the lovely japanese paper for the concertina circle and this is what I ended up with - not quite how I envisaged it, and perhaps a bit too bright.

and opened up.

Some of the ladies whose blogs I follow ( Bronwyn and Jenny ) have been using the SU Beautiful Butterflies die and the scallop circle die to make some lovely creations, so when my order arrived I used both of these dies to produce a card for my wonderful Daughter - and yes, red is her favourite colour.

I had to get the circle scissor thingy (non SU) out to cut the plain circles - that's  not something I enjoy using, so I am hoping SU put out a die to co-ordinate with the scallop die soon.  Can you see that this had a very generous spraying of shimmer?

 and the inside:

I was very happy with the way this one turned out and will certainly be making more in this style in the near future.

So now I am all up to date, thanks for popping in,

Lots of birthdays

I am so far behind in updating the blog, but at least I seem to be better at remembering to take a photo of the cards as I finish them.  ( I need to do this otherwise I can't remember what I sent people the previous year).

Birthday wishes owl for Roy:

I wanted Papertrey "Tea for Two" for ages and finally got around to inking it up:

and a special 40th stair step card :

Tilda came out of wraps for three year old Eve:

and the punches helped with these two for twins who had a witch themed party:

Another stair step card for a 40 birthday:

which I was pleased with, so I repeated it for a special 70th birthday ..

.... and this time I made the envelope especially to fit the card and also the Gift Voucher that went with it:

I also made a concertina book for guests at the party to sign:

this is it opened up:

Well, I am sure that's more than enough for one day.  I must update more often.

Eggy things

Last year I made Easter baskets for the children but couldn't find the pattern again, but thanks to Di Dunk who supplied the pattern, I made them up again.  The designer paper is SU  (retired). 

the cute little boxes in the front are made with SU Petal Card punch.  They held a few of those yummy little Cadbury speckled eggs.

I also made a couple of Easter cards, with the idea for them coming from LeeAnn Greff

It was such a cute idea I just had a make one - even though I didn't have a smaller circle for the feet!

The bells were ringing ..

.. for family and friends.  It has been a while since I have been to a wedding so it was nice to be able to work on a couple of wedding cards.  The first two were quite simple using embossing folders and lovely metallic cardstock:

This first one uses SU embossing folder "Elegant Lines".

this is SU Manhattan embossing folder

the words on the front and the inside of these cards were computer generated.

This cute little bride and groom were calling out to be used on this one ...


and this was the inside.

We were fortunate enough to get a lovely day for the wedding as well.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A handy hint ..

.. for your Chocolate Chip SU marker !! 
I have had a couple of bad scratches on a piece of furniture for some time and had tried a few different things to try and hide them them to no avail.  Then I tried the chocolate chip marker.  I went over the scratches with the marker, and when it was dry I polished it and it looks great. 
So there you are - a very practical use for our hobby tools.