Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Happy 70th Birthday Tam

This is a birthday card for one of our families best friends, it's his 70th birthday.

The Spellbinders used are Grand Labels One and Labels One and Fancy Tags .  The sentiments are gold peelies and the playing cards are from Kanban.

A side view of the card, I added a hinge inside the card to stop it from ending up lying flat with the weight of the front embellies.  The greeting is on the back, which I forgot to take a photo of, one of those senior moments.

A very quick card to make and a very quick post today.   My Labyrinthitis is playing up since I came back from holiday and I feel quite sick and dizzy.  Have a great crafting day, hugz,  Janice

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Lots of Letters

A first for this LOTV stamp, I bought it in the autumn at NEC and haven't gotten around to using it.  I've been feeling guilty about all my, as yet, unused stamps, I'd like to use all my new LOTV stamps at least once each.

There are a fair few dies used on this card.  Spellbinders Fanciful Holiday, Holly Motifs, Layered Poinsettia, Large Labels and Grand Large Labels.  Cheery Lynn Pine Branches and Martha Stewart Holly punch.

The image is LOTV Lots of Letters, coloured with Copics.  Clothes R22,24,27,29,39.  Y21,23,26.  E33,35,37.  Boots E11,13,15,40,41,43.  G94,99.  Hair E33,35,37.  Skin E000,00,21.  R20.  Presents and cards C0,1,2.  B21,23,28,60.  Holly G24,28.  Snow W0,1,2.  Dog E33,35,37,40,41,43.
Quite a big list this time, took me quite a while to colour it in, especially with my shaky hands.  The fur trims were all treated to a layer of Glamour Dust, it really shows up quite well in the photos.

I'm popping this on to my blog just before I go out to my cardmaking club today,  I've gotten all the stuff together to make another three cards at the club, if I don't blether too much.  Hopefully you'll see them on here in a few days time.  I have to wait until Alex (DH) can photo them as my hands shake the camera too much.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.  Hugz, Janice

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Snow Family

Another Christmas card, this time it's a Penny Black stamp I've not used in ages.  It's time to start revisiting all the 'stuff' I've not used in a while.

I can't give you any details on the paper, it's from my stash and must be at least four or five years old.  I didn't have any pink card to match my image, so white card was used and coloured in at the edge bits with the same pink Copic I used on the image.  The image was stamped, coloured with Copics and die cut using Labels One, for the shading at the edges I used chalks.  The sentiment is LOTV Christmas Circular Sentiments, matted and layered with Standard Circles Large and Small.  The other die cuts are by Memory Box and are Frosty Border and Snowflake Corner, I love these wee dies and it's hard not to use them on every Christmas card I make.

The Copic list is small this time B0000,00,02,05.  R81,83,85,89.  YR02,07.  W0,1,2,3,5.

I've popped on some sticky jewels to give a bit of bling.  I love the traditional colours of red, green and gold for Christmas decorating in the house but I would get bored to tears using them for all my Christmas cards.  I thought this was a nice change, blue, pink and white and it let me use up some of my older paper.

Hope you have a good and crafty day.  I'm getting cards ready for both the cardmaking clubs I go to, I like to get everything sorted out, coloured, die cut and all the embellishments ready to go with me.  I usually do, in between all the blethering (chatting), three cards for each class, it takes quite a bit of preparation time but no matter how hard you try, you cannot take your whole craft room with you when you go crafting out in the big wide world.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Pretty Poinsettia

This is the first for this stamp, I bought it last autumn at the SECC and haven't had the time to use it and worse still there are more like it waiting to make their debut.

The decorative paper's origins are so lost in the mists of time it's unreal, I must have bought this years ago and this is not the first card I've made from it, there was only just enough for this wee 6x6 card.  I've used lots of die cuts on this card, the image was stamped onto Spellbinders Labels One and matted and layered with the same.  The sentiment was stamped and matted and layered onto Spellbinders Classic Circles Large and Small, and then matted onto Spellbinders Ironworks Motifs, I've added some small star sticky jewels to give a bit of a lift to the sentiment.  The gold twirly bits (this is a technical term) are from Die-namics Fancy Flourish and the holly is from Cheery Lynn Dies and is called Holly Flourish.  At the top righthand side of the card I've used the smallest of the Spellbinders Ironworks Motifs and I've cut up one of the Fancy Flourishes and arranged it around the motif to balance out the card and added a sticky jewel for some bling. 

The stamp is from LOTV and called Pretty Poinsettia and it certainly is very pretty.  She was coloured with the usual suspects, Copics  E00,000,08,09,11,40,41,43.  Y21,23,23.  R20,32,35,37,39.  G24,28,39.  W0,1,2,3,5.  C0,1.  Not a big list for such a lovely image.  The fur trims are as usual trimmed with Glamour Dust, it really shows up so well in the photos and gives such a lot of sparkle to the card.

That's all for this card, I hope you like it as much as I do.  Have a great day.  Hugz, Janice

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

All in a Row

Hasn't this weather been beautiful, absolutely gorgeous, but it does play havock with the card making.  I want to be out in the sun all the time and not stuck indoors.  Yesterday was the last sunny and hot day of our little heatwave, so today I need to catch up with all the things I have been neglecting, a busy day then.  Lets get started, todays offering is another 8x8 card base from Craftwork Cards, I've gone with the traditional red, gold and green theme.  The red starry paper is by Paper Adventures and was bought more years ago than I care to remember, the greens however are more up to date and come from a paper pack bought last year called Henbury Lane, Poinsettia pack by Papermania. The colours all go perfectly together, very warm, cozy and Christmassy.

The stamp is from LOTV called All in a Row, it's soo cute and lovely to colour.  I used the usual suspects, aka Copics and here is the list, Clothes - Y21,23,26. YG93,95,97. R35,37,39.  E31,33,35,37.  Hair - E31,35.  YR20.  Skin - E11,11,000. R20.  Holly - G26,28. R39.  Snow and shadow W0,1,2,3. 

The die cuts are Spellbinders Large Labels, Standard Circles Large and Small.  The gorgeous corners are from Memory Box and is called Snowflake Corner, I've also used the Frosty Border and trimmed it to fit.  The sentiment is LOTV Circular Sentiments, Christmas Set Five.  I've popped on a few sticky jewels just to round off the design and give more sparkle.

I hope you like this cards, it's one of my favourites, I love the papers and the traditional colours but the stamp gives a modern look.

Have a great day.  Hugz, Janice

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Die Cut Happy Birthday

Another non Christmas card, I do make occasional ones and when I do I love them and this is no exception.  I love the colours and the delicateness of the die cuts.

The base of the card is an 8x8 Craftwork Cards blank,  matted and layered with their lovely decorative papers from a pack called Cottontail and some matching pearlescent card.

And now for the list of die cuts,  Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles, Standard Circles Large and Rose Creations, Memory Box La Rue Flourish, Fauntleroy Crest, Tilth Floral and Die-namics Fancy Flourish. I had a ball making this card and getting to use all my new dies.

The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and the dots are Card Candi to match the papers.

I'm off to start my day, first, I have to feed next door's cats, they are away sunning themselves in Portugal.  Then I need to go to B&Q and get a new barbie and some nice sea bream out of the fish shop to go on it.  Some beer for Alex to drink while he's cooking tonight and some salad and good bread to round off the fish.  This will be our first barbie of the year, and I'm really looking forward to it.  The weather here has changed dramatically in the last couple of days, we've gone from barely making it to 7 degrees to having 24 dergress today.  Nice, I love the heat, as long as I have somewhere cool to escape to for a cool down when it gets too warm.  Somewhere in there I have to fit in some washing and ironing, not my favourite jobs.

Hope you have a great day.  Hugz, Janice

Monday, 21 May 2012

Christmas Robin

I love watching the Robins in the garden around Christmas, usually chasing each other rather than getting on with the eating business.  It was a pleasure to make this card.

The image is Kanban and goes perfectly with the blue decorative paper from my stash.  The sentiment is LOTV Christmas Circular Sentiments Set Five.  The buttons I got from a market stall in Morecombe on one of our wee holidays in the caravan.

I am entering this for the following challenges
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - a touch of the blues
Crafty Mess Challenge - Christmas card in non traditional colours

Have a happy and crafty day.  Hugz, Janice