Thursday, 30 May 2013

 Here I have made 2 fathers day cards. Both using Lily of the Valley designs as toppers. I have just mounted onto brown and then green/blue card. I have used spellbinders "back to basics tags" I cut them out of brown twice and then once out of green and blue card. I removed the middle section of the green and blue card and added the brown section. This I have used peel offs on for the words "dad" and "grandfather". Simple cards for men....or should that be cards for simple men !!!!!! lol!!

 This card i made from the template in "Craft Creations" issue 34. I made my version slightly taller than that of the magazine- I used "Forever Friends" papers to decorate.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

 Here is the card/paper version of the material box that I made a while ago. The material box was from pinflair, and was in kit form (excluding material). Once I had made that box I thought that I could make one in card and paper. Here is the results. I used spellbinders "delicate aster" for the flowers in the lid. I added pink sparkly gems to the centre of each flower. The papers are from "Lucy Cromwell". You might just be able to make out some choccies in the top tier. This box I have made for a friends birthday who just happens to like choccies !!!! Hope she likes the box as well !!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

This is an anniversary card that I have stitched for a friend who is celebrating their 1st year of marriage. The image in the centre is from Lily of the valley designs. It was a black and white image so I coloured in the heart behind them. I added red ribbon and a metallic "happy anniversary" which doesn't show up to well in the photo.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

 This is a photo frame that I have made. I would love to say I thought of this myself but that would be a lie. I got the inspiration from (johnnextdoors blog). He had created a 3 photo frame using similar dies. I have used spellbinders "Decorative blossom corner". I cut this out 16 times and stuck 2 together 8 times to create the corners. Then using spellbinders "Grand ovals" i made the inside frame. I printed off a couple of photos onto canvas card and stuck them onto the oval. Then cut 2 oval frames and mounted onto the photo. I finally made the square frames and added the ribbon between to join them together. I think this is very pretty and looks expensive when in fact it is only white card.
Another Christmas Card. I had an idea of using Spellbinders "2012 heirloom ornaments" as the frame for a picture inside. I used memory box "Country Landscape" and cut out 4 layers using 2 shades of aqua.Then I arranged the layers so that the die was shown differently each time. I added a blue starry sky from some paper in my stash. The white "trees" are from Leanecreatief.  

Thursday, 9 May 2013

This is my 2nd frame that I have created. Totally different from the first. This time I have used Spellbinders "delicate Aster" to create 9 flowers in white vellum that i coloured lavender, (using Tim Holtz distress inks- milled lavender), and one layer of cream and 2 layers of lavender silk paper. I did each flower in different layers but always used the cream silk layer as my first layer each time. They are mounted onto cream squares from spellbinders "labels 26" and the new dies from Anns paper art. I did alternate shapes and then added my flower. I finished off by added a small pink sparkly gem in the centre of each flower.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A stitched card for Christmas. I stitched this pattern quite a while ago, but have only just decided to finish it off. The centre Christmas stocking charm is made from metal. I simply added some gold thread and tied into a bow and then stuck to card using foam pads.

Monday, 6 May 2013

 Here are some more stitching cards that I have done using Ann's dies. This die I used to emboss the 2 circles on the silver mirri card. The centre Rose is actually done in the palest metallic mauve thread which works well with the silver and black. When I mounted onto black card I have raised the centre slightly.
 A close up of the centre stitched pattern.
 This die is quite a small pattern. I have used it in this design as just the decoration rather than the main image. The 2 paws either side are from a punch that I have which I then did onto a circle punch., with blue backing. As the punch only makes the holes and not a complete paw - if that makes sense !!
And finally this pattern I have done in bright colours. The butterfly can be positioned at any angle as it is separate from the main die. This means that you could use it on it's own. Just backed onto blue card and then patterned paper. I have just plaited 2 ribbons to match and added a purple butterfly to complete.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

This card turned out so well despite starting so wrong!!!!! let me explain. I decided to stitch this pattern. I pricked the pattern out, decided on my colour scheme and began stitching. When I had finished doing the tear drop parts I realised that there should be criss cross stitching inside the shape that I needed to sew first !!!. So I tossed it to one side in disgust and went onto something else. Then I had another look at it and decided to finish off the stitching minus the cross sections. I was quite pleased so I decided to make up the card. I used clear gems that I used promarkers on to colour the middle sections in green. I used spellbinders "Delicate aster" die and used green and white vellum to create the flower. I added a smaller gem in the centre. I then used justrite stamps for the sentiment shape and spellbinders "labels 18". The wording was from another stamp. After a terrible beginning I am very pleased with the ending.
This is the first card that I have done using "Ann's paper art- stitching stencils/dies".  The dies are made by Nellie, using Ann's designs. You run the stencil through a cutting machine - like you would normally do - but these prick out the pattern ready for stitching. A fantastic idea, saves a lot of time and always totally accurate. Very neatly pricked. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to close the holes after stitching, but I needn't have been! The holes closed perfectly. I have kept my card design simple as I wanted to show off the design.

Friday, 3 May 2013

 This is the frame that I have made for my craft room. The frame was from IKEA and only cost £3.50. The decorations inside are mainly paper. So a cheap project to do. Can you spot the photo of Rolo in my display? He is always with me in the craft room so it seemed fitting that he appeared in this frame.
 A stitched card for Christmas. Sorry I cant rotate the photo. 
 Another stitched card. The centre was from cd rom "Morehead" The backing paper is also from the cd.... if you look closely you will just make out that they are little paws making the pattern.
This card has an "Art Deco" feel to it. I used crafters companion 8 x 8 embossing folder and tucked the corners of the stitched card into the background. The additional flowers in the corner is the only embellishment.