Thursday, 27 December 2012

 I have been quite busy making cards for birthdays in January. This one is for my best friends' daughter who will be 30 this year.
 This card is for my very best friend Janet whom i have known since I was about 5. We will both be 50 this year. We are going to the Ritz in June, along with another friend who was 50 in October, for afternoon tea. I am looking forward to it.
 A birthday card for my mum. There are white roses around the edge and white leaves. The centre is a die cut shape, which I have inked the edges and used a rubber stamp for the word mum.
 This birthday card I have stitched on. I have an embossed background, orange ribbon either side of the main picture and orange and blue flowers as decorations.
 This pretty card is for a friend in my craft club. I hope she will like it.
 Yet another friend who will be 50 this year. We met when we both were 16 and starting our first job together. We have been friends ever since.
and lastly, this card is for my sister-in-law. I used a doocraft kit of art deco. The topper has been layered in decoupage and I have used lilac as a layer, and also the card is lilac. The jem was clear but I used lilac promarker to colour the centre in before sticking onto some black feathers.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

This Christmas card I made a while ago, and I think I have already shown it on my blog. But I have now made the box to go with it. I have used memory box die "Frosty border" but have curled it slightly so that it goes around the box better. The card is domed slightly through the window. I have used acetate behind window and decorated it memory box and spellbinders. Poinsettia flower again - it is so versatile it looks great no matter what colour you use.Hope you like it.

Monday, 17 December 2012

 This birthday card was done for a gentleman of 83. He was pleased with it as it reminded him of his childhood. 
This believe it or not is a knitted meerkat. I would like to say that it was "simples" to make, but the knitting pattern wasn't that easy to follow and there were a few mistakes in the pattern that I noticed as I was knitting. I added the Christmas hat myself, as it is for a friend who loves the meerkats on tv. I hope she recognises it as a meerkat !!!! lol !!!
 This card I have made for someone in my craft club. It's stitched, then added a flower (spellbinders anemoe) I used promarkers to colour in the edge of the flower to combine the colours. The background is 2/3 embossed on cream and 1/3 plain brown. I added the finishing touches of a ribbon and some swirly pearls.
Just iced my Christmas cake last night. Kept the design simple, with gold and silver alternate balls around the edge. Then added all my decorations on top.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Here are the photos of the six small Christmas cakes that I have made for gifts. They are about 6 x 4 inches in size. I decorated them with fabric poinsettas that I bought in the pound shop. Then i used either gold or silver edible balls around the edge. I hope they taste ok as I have now given them out.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

These are the "big" crackers that I have made for Christmas. They are 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. Luckily I only had to make 6. I have bought little pressies for each person that I hope they will like or will laugh at. I have also bought a lottery scratchcard for everyone- I hope one of us will be lucky!!!!!

Monday, 3 December 2012

 This plaque i have made for my craft room. The plaque comes from Christine Emberson ( I have decorated with a stitched design, backing paper, ribbons, flowers and gem swirls. I have added a calender for 2013. This can then be replaced each year. An early Christmas pressie for myself.
This stitched xmas card is a simple design. The pale blues and mauves give a different look to the traditional Christmas colours.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Another card using the reverse stenciling technique. The same design as before but using grey and white as colour scheme makes the card look very different.
 This card I have made using the reverse stenciling technique. I have used spellbinders "bitty blossom" and tonics "trellis wall". I have used promarkers to create a stained glass window effect by backing the cut out with card and randomly colouring in the squares. I have used crafters companion 8x8 embossing folders for background.
Another xmas present completed!!! This is for my best friends' grandson who will be 7 months old at Christmas. This should keep him snuggly and warm.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

 This card I have made using a technique shown to me by Christine Emberson. I think she called it reverse stencilling. This is where you ink the die before cutting and embossing. It creates a different look and I'm really pleased the way this card turned out. I have used spellbinders poinsetta die and created two different looks the first is by reverse stencilling and the second is by using the rubber stamp rather than embossing. The central oval is from a die by crafters companion called ornamental oval frame. I also used the embossing folder from crafters companion which is 8 x 8 which i find very useful. The finishing touch was to add pearls in decreasing sizes.
This cracker I made using a template from craftwork cards and decorated it with art deco paper and gold glitter paper. I added some jet black beads and gold ribbon. (This one's NOT for pulling) !!

Monday, 19 November 2012

This is the Advent Frame that I made yesterday at Christine Emberson's Spellbinders Academy. I had a lovely day. I went with 3 friends and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed. Christine even supplied home made lemon cake!!!!!. She also gave some good hints and tips which i am going to try today.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

 I'm calendar making mad at the moment. This calendar I have made for my eldest son, who doesn't live at home anymore. Batman has always been his favourite!! I also typed out the list of all the families birthdays and anniversaries etc so there will be no excuse if he forgets!!!!!
This calendar I made for my brother and his wife. My brother does voluntary work at a wildlife sanctuary in Kent.
 This card is a combination of sewing and embellishments. I did the sewing then added some flowers using spellbinders (jewel flowers and flourishes) I cut three blue and 3 pink glitter paper flowers and I flourish in pink, which i cut up and placed between the flowers. 
 This is an update of the calendar that I made. As you can see I have now added a pencil and also made another one using brown shades.
This is a jumper that I have knitted for my friends granddaughter for Christmas. I mixed a couple of patterns together to get this design, as i wanted a looser neckline . Although it's for Christmas it had to be in pink - her favourite colour!!! 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

 Went to a craft day at Oyster stamps yesterday. This is what I made. 
 I have made this calender and message pad for my mum and dad as a little xmas gift. I have made it like a card so that it can stand alone. I thought I might try and buy a small red pencil/pen to attach as well.
 I bought some cheap silver baubles and decided to decorate them with peel offs and gems. You can't see clearly the shiny baubles because of the reflection of me taking photo but they look quite effective.
I made this sweet xmas tree using a polystyrene cone covered with gold glitter paper. I then got some bags of sweets that were already wrapped and pinned to the cone. They will look good at xmas time on the coffee table. I just wonder how long they will last in my house- they might not even make it to xmas!!

Monday, 5 November 2012

This is my wreath that i have made out of red felt using spellbinders blossom die, and green felt poinsettia leaf. Using a glue gun i stuck all the flowers, then tried to randomly place onto the polystyrene circle. It took quite a lot of felt to complete and the felt is Christmas red, the photo looks more pink. I am thinking of using it on the table on Christmas day with a candle in the centre, or i could add some xmas ribbon and hang.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

 This card I have made for my dad's birthday in December. I used an image from google of the ship and copied it twice. Once for the background and once for decopage. i then copied image again but increased it size only slightly so that I could cut the sails out and really curl them to give a better decoupage image. The banner is from spellbinders. The lettering peel offs.
This card is for my husband Chas for our anniversary on 6th December. The background embossed areas are from the 8 x 8 embossing folders from "Diesire" - Crafters Companion sell them. I was able to slice into the bottom one and insert the top one, which i think looks quite effective. I loaded a photo of the two of us taken in Devon. I then got a photo of Rolo and using "Serif" programme was able to slot Rolo in between us before printing the image onto photo paper. I was also able to add some hearts onto photo. I then punched out some card hearts which were exactly the same colour, and stuck randomly on top. I used the cricut machine to cut out the words. I hope he likes it!!!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

These are two christmas stockings that I have just completed for presents for my best friend's grandchildren. Although the stockings are the same size the white felt toppers are different which makes the red one seem longer. Cant quite decide which i like best !

Sunday, 21 October 2012

 This card is the first card that i have made using a dome. The fairy was printed from a crafter's companion cd. I used spellbinders banners for her name and the "9" was a rubber stamp that i used on pink card then used micro beads on the top. 
Another stitched card using red glitter paper to highlight behind and also on the greeting. Otherwise the rest of card is just old xmas card stock.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

I was really pleased with the way this card turned out. When I started stitching it i kind of had idea in my mind how i wanted it to look. Black and cream is very stylish and i think adding the silver beads to the umbrella works well. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

 This card was simple but a little fiddly and time consuming. I used the holly flourish die from cheery lynn cut out a few in different greens then cut off the holly leaves. Then i drew a circle on card and arranged the holly leaves around to make a garland. Then just added a sentiment in the centre.
 I bought this paper at the "Glow" craft show and this is my first attempt at using it. Not too bad!!
 This card I have made for my friend Sally's birthday. I used the glitter girls art deco board to emboss the silver card. Then cut out the sections in blue shiny card to highlight the areas.
 This pretty card i have made for my friend Jenny's birthday. I thought i would keep the embellishments simple with just a flower and 2 leaves each side.
 This card is for my friend Michelle's birthday. I have used the same flower die for all three flowers but have changed the look of them so that they look different. Michelle can't get her head around how to use spellbinders flower dies so hopefully this will inspire her!!
 This card is for my in-laws 60th Wedding Anniversary. I choose lilac as the themed colour as their bridesmaids wore lilac at their wedding. I embossed cream card and then mounted onto mauve. I had some cream flowers which i brushed with a purple ink pad to just set them off. I added some cream lace at the bottom. (inspired by christine emberson when i went to a craft morning at her academy).The sentiment and the mauve 60th completes the card.
I went to the knitting and stitching show at Ally Pally and fell in love with this kit. The photo doesn't do justice to it but the black christmas bauble is draped  with beads in a art deco way. It took me about 10 hrs to complete with a lot of  concentration- but i think it was worth it.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A selection of cards that I have recently made. Some are stitched , others are just using spellbinders or cheery lynn dies. The one above is made just by using the same die and arranging onto card. With a ribbon and greeting- SIMPALS!!!!