16 January 2012

Mouse birthday

Well, Jack Frost has been visiting and making his presence known here in the UK.  Bitterly cold mornings with the ground frozen, the ponds and streams around the village where I live are all frozen.  The one thing I don't like is having to scrape the ice off my car ;)  Oh well!!

It was my friend Kelly's birthday yesterday, and this is the card I made for her :
This is the first time I inked up this gorgeous little stamp from Lili of the Valley.  Can't remember what it's called, but it is so adorable.  And a really versatile image.
Patterned paper - Dovecrafts Sugar & Spice
Edged with distress inks
Pink heart doily & Flowers / Leaf - Wild Orchid Crafts
Image coloured using ProMarkers
Bakers Twine - from a shop on Ebay
Sentiment stamp - Lili of the Valley
Die used for scalloped sentiment - Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large
 Patterned paper - same as above (Dovecraft).
Die cut shape in white - Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circles
I made the pocket on the left of the card using double sided tape, to hold the gift voucher.

Hope you all had a good week-end.  Thanks for stopping by.

11 January 2012

Milton's Cottage - a freebie

I have another freebie to share.  This scan is of an old card picked up on one of many trips looking for lovely old things.

This is a cigarette card by Player's Cigarettes.  It is from a series of 25 (and I sadly only have the one!) of 'The Nation's Shrines'.

This is Milton's Cottage, Chalfon St. Giles, Bucks.

The details on the back of the card read as follows:
The chief interest of this charming village lies in its associations with the poet John Milton.  While the Great Plague was raging in London in 1665, Milton retired to Chalfont, and took up his abode in this pretty box, which had been hired for him by his friend Ellwood, a quaker of some note, who was at that time tutor at the Grange, Chalfont St. Peters. Ellwood subsequently visited the poet, and received the manuscript of Paradise Lost, Milton's greatest poem. Thou has said much here of "Paradise Lost," the Quaker observed, but what hast thou to say of "Paradise Found?" - a question which led Milton to write his Paradise Regained.  The pretty box, a picturesque half-timbered house, was purchased by public subscription in 1887.

8 January 2012

Another week-end ends with record speed!

Happy Sunday everyone.  Or rather, good evening to you (what's left of it).  I'm feeling particularly depressed about having to go back to the office tomorrow after last week's madness and ridiculous happenings.  Oh well such is life.

I have spent some time crafting this week-end, but am curious if anyone procrastinates over one card design like I do.  It gets quite ridiculous sometimes, especially when what shouldn't take more than an hour or so takes twice or three times as long *sigh*.  Right, enough waffling - onto my card!

Stamp - 'The Wild Ones' birthday collection set - from Quick Cards made easy
Kraft card - from
Patterned Paper - Prima Reflections Collection 6x6
Tiny tag (with 'Happy Birthday') - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Tiny Tabs & Tags
Tiny Alpha Stickers - KaiserCraft Choc Mint
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon & Heart - from my stash
Inking on front and inside - Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo & Tea Dye
The lovely ornate border is also from the lovely patterned paper pad mentioned above
I hand-stitched around the circle, after trying to space holes evenly.  I'm not too good with my sewing machine and didn't want to risk completely trashing this (which I could have easily done!  hahaha).
The blue 'ribbon' on the present is washi tape which I cut and stuck on.
Used very soft colouring on the stamped image using ProMarkers.

This is the sketch I used which inspired this card - it's by Jo Kill and was in Issue 88 of Simply Cards & Papercraft.

Well that's it for tonight.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you've all had a fantastic week-end and I hope you have a great start to the week.

Take care until next time.

2 January 2012

Happy New Year

Wow time sure does fly by!!  Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

I have a couple of things to post today - first is a new card I made.
This cute little giraffe was a free stamp from a set called 'The Wild Ones' designed by Adam Pescott which came with an issue of Quick Cards magazine.
Patterned paper - Alla-Prima collection by Prima Marketing
Flowers, leaves & decorative pins - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon - East of India
Flat-backed adhesive pearls - The Hobby House
Doily - from my stash.  Pack name displays 'Wilton Enterprises' if that helps!  =)
 I used several Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, as follows: Classic Scalloped Circles Large; Standard Circles Large and Lacey Circles.
 Kraft paper is from my stash.  Inked the edges with distress inks.
And here is a close up of the lovely flowers.  I hope you like it!

What I wnated to share next was an old piece of ephemera I bought and has been sitting in my stash forever.  I finally scanned it in today and thought I would share it - I'm hoping that if you click on each image it will take you to a bigger version of it which you can right click and save - should you so choose! 
 The following were the inside pieces of the card - the poem on the left hand side:
And the image with the beautiful embossing on the right hand side.
 Isn't this lovely?  I do hope it works as I mentioned above - please let me know if it doesn't so as I can play around and see what I can do to share it.

Also, I would really appreciate it if you do use these images, to let people know where you got them from.  I would really like to get more followers and am aiming to share some ephemera as and when I find it or have time to scan items from my stash.

My aim this year is to make at least two blog posts a week - now that I've decided no more massive long overtime hours at work (which I'm not paid for), I should quite easily be able to achieve this.  So here's to good intentions!  Hehehe.

Take care everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by.