Sunday 29 March 2009

Shaker card video

Below is a video I made demonstrating my shaker cards.  It is for Donna :)  The tablecloth you can see is the one I spilled Gamsol on - amazingly, it came out!!!  This is my craft space a.k.a. the dining table.

Saturday 28 March 2009

Why can't I stop...

I can't stop making cards.  I've had so much fun today, making more shakers, and then trying some cards for a few other challenges.

This one is for the Kristina Werner Color Inspiration 47.  I am not usually a big fan of orange - but I like the orange brown combination.

This card is for the Caardvarks Hero Arts Challenge.  Even though I am not very good with sketches, I was so excited to win the last challenge with my bus critter card, I thought I'd have a go. 

This is a picture I made for one of my work colleagues.  She loves butterflies and is such a lovely lovely person, I thought I'd make her a butterfly collage.

These shaker cards were so much fun to make.  Hero Arts sent me this message set for my last Honorable Mention.  I decided to change the sentiments on each as a bit of a challenge.  I'm quite pleased with the way they turned out.  I like the Screen Shadow stamp effect.

And lastly, I made this while still in my pyjamas this morning.  I saw Kathy's super fun Jelly Belly card here and instantly thought of Hundreds and Thousands and cupcakes.  This one shakes brilliantly.

I wish I could say I was exhausted after all of this, but I'm not.  Maybe one more before I go to sleep :)

Friday 27 March 2009

Shaker Puzzle Card

Tonight I adapted the shaker card to design to incorporate this puzzle.  I remember playing with these as a child, and thought this might make a nice birthday card for my Godson.  I think it's boyish enough...  he is a teenager... but he has a good sense of humour :)

Stamp Hero Arts, paper Basic Grey.

Thursday 26 March 2009

Shaker Cards

Tonight was shaker night.  I made 7 cards tonight!  I can't stop.  It's now 11.45 and I have school tomorrow.  So I must go to bed...  But shakers are so fun.

I enjoyed making these so much - I can see where my weekend's going to go! :)
All stamps Hero Arts: details here

Wednesday 25 March 2009

More Window Cards

Tonight I decided to make some more Window cards.  I found this Sparkle Clear set and decided to try to use all four sentiments.

I definitely like the owl ones best - not so sure about the pink...

All Stamps Hero Arts.

Tuesday 24 March 2009

Oooh - I am a happy girl tonight.  When I got in from work, I found this...

Monday 23 March 2009

Baby window cards

I am so inspired by the Windows Challenge on the HA blog.  I just have so many ideas running around my head.

Tonight my fiance's brother had his first baby! Andy is an uncle.  I was in the baby frame of mind before I heard the good news, so I made a girl card.  Then when it was confirmed that it was a boy, I made a boy version too!  I can't wait to meet my future nephew!!!

All Stamps Hero Arts, details here

Sunday 22 March 2009

Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day here today, and I've been away all weekend visiting my soon-to-be in-laws.  So I thought I'd post a photo of the card I sent to my lovely mum.  She's the best.

All stamps Hero Arts, details here

Thursday 19 March 2009


This evening I was thinking about what I love most about Spring - and ducklings were my answer.  So I made this card.

This was the card I made last night.  I love these Easter bunnies.

Tuesday 17 March 2009


Finally, a night off...

First, I made a little card for my mum who is retiring on Friday.  I decided to keep it simple.  I love this stamp from Penny Black.

Then I made a couple of simple Mother's Day cards.

Stamps Hero Arts, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Celebration Stamps.

Sunday 15 March 2009

My Favourites...

I had to go to work again today, but this is the last Sunday for this year (yay).  So with no time to make a card, I thought I'd post pictures of my favourite cards.  I made these for the HA Favourites challenge using my absolute favourite sets, Adorable Baby Girl and Precious Baby Boy.

Can't believe the weekend is over... :(
Still, we get a new challenge tomorrow :)  Yippee.

Saturday 14 March 2009

The Magic Bus

Today I've had another go at a shape card for the Hero Arts challenge.

I really enjoyed making this.  Although I wish I had some more circle stamps to improve the sentiment.  It doesn't fit with this card really.

All stamps Hero Arts.
Details here

Friday 13 March 2009

Windmill Card

Tonight I've been getting frustrated.  This card took ages but I am not 100% sure about it.  I feel like something is missing, maybe it's just a sentiment. But I'm not sure what sentiment.  I need help... any ideas gratefully received.

All stamps Hero Arts, paper Daisy Bucket.

Thursday 12 March 2009

Noah's Ark

Hello.  Tonight I was finally inspired enough to try a shape card for the HA Shape Challenge

All stamps HA.  More info here.

I received my Honorable Mention prize today too, HA have been so generous, sending me a Curly Alphabet set.  I'm pretty excited to have a go with this set!

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Finally, an evening to myself. So first, I made a tiny frog tag, or a "tagling" as Andy named it.  This is for the HA Shapes Challenge.

Then I thought it was time to start Mother's Day cards - I make some for my colleagues.  First was this one for a colleague who has just had a baby.  He's going to give it to his wife.

Then a few more simple ones using some lovely HA stamps.

All stamps - Hero Arts
Patterned Paper - K&Co
Sentiments all computer generated.

Monday 9 March 2009

Creating Dimension

I have to work tonight, so have no time to make a card :(  

But someone today asked me how I created the dimension on my little animal cards:  

So I took an extreme close up to better illustrate my dodgy description.

Basically, it requires cutting foam pads into tiny fragments...
Hope this helps.

And I thought I'd take a close-up photo of my new favourite technique - clear embossing on white then inking on top!  

This was inspired by Sarah's layout here.

Off back to work now...

Sunday 8 March 2009

Frogs, frogs and more ladybirds...

I got up unusually early this morning, inspired to crack on with my wedding invitations:

I got quite a good pile done!  Then, after clearing up all my crafting things, and tidying the house beautifully, I got everything out again to experiment with my new HA set.  

When I showed it to Andy, he asked me to make a birthday version for his dad, and I got carried away... I love this frog.  And I LOVE the ladybird

Stamps:  Hero Arts and Daisy Bucket
Buttons - Hero Arts Spring and Summer
Patterned Paper - American Crafts and Bazzill Bling
Watercolour Pencils.

Saturday 7 March 2009

Tonight I made another card for the Little Things challenge:

Stamps - all Hero Arts
PP - Bo Bunny
Gems - Papermania
Buttons - unknown

I just love the new HA baby sets, I use some part of them on almost all of my cards now. Love the smiling sun!
This is my first post on my new blog.  And I thought I'd upload my card for the Hero Arts Littlethings Challenge and the Caardvarks Critters Challenge.

Stamps - all Hero Arts
PP - Bo Bunny
Gems - Papermania

Today I am going to try and make more wedding invitations, but I expect I'll get distracted by my new HA set - Sending Happy Thoughts.  Think I'll open it now...