29 February 2012

I made a card for yet another work colleague who isn't doing so well at the moment. I like her a lot as she's kind and honest and not into gossiping and other nonsense.  We get on really well and I really miss her.
Hedgehog and butterfly stamps - Penny Black 'Wonderful Day' set
Coloured stamped images using - ProMarkers
Sentiment stamp - Lili of the Valley
Patterned papers - Kate Knight Totally Tropical Summer papers
Distress Ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Dusty Concord
Dies - Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large & Standard Circles Large
Paper Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Flat backed pearls - The Hobby House
Ribbon & Black card - from my stash
 I do love the flower selection from Wild Orchid Crafts - the problem is when I visit their website I tend to want so many of their goodies that I click away madly 'add to cart' and then have to sit at the end and remove a whole load of stuff that the budget just won't allow me to buy!  I think that must happen to all of us with crafting goodies.  =)
Patterned paper & flat backed pearls - same as above
Die - Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circles
Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart

As much as I love bright colours, I'm not too sure how I feel about these papers. They were a free set that came with the Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine and I wanted to give them a go.  The lady who this card is for loves bright colours and I thought she would like these to cheer her up, and it was nice to try something I wouldn't use - but I'm just not thinking these will be added to my favourite stash anytime soon!

Last but definitely not least, I wanted to share a very good video made by Cesar Millan (the dog whisperer) for National Spay Day which falls on 28/02.  I firmly believe that if all pets had to be spayed or neutered, there would not be so many pets abandoned, abused, neglected or used in the cruellest of ways - dog fighting/bait dogs.  If only people worldwide had to have a permit to breed their animal, and if they had no permit for breeding that the animal was spayed or neutered by a certain age, we really wouldn't have the heartbreaking situation we do with so very many homeless pets.

I'd be grateful if you would help spread the word - this really is so important. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having a good week so far.

Take care

27 February 2012

And so the week begins...

What a crazy Monday - good in most regards, as the sales director where I work is out of the country on a trip this week.  Amazing how much better the atmosphere in the office is when he's not around. . .

I received a wonderful compliment today from Rick regarding the card I made for his Dad, Neil.  They really liked it, which made me smile - isn't it lovely to be able to spread a little sunshine to people when they're going through a tough time?

Today I have another bit of ephemera to share which I finally got round to scanning.  This is a wonderful birthday postcard with a half penny stamp on the back - looks like the date stamp is for 1915? 

If you use this ephemera, I would really appreciate a link back to my blog, or a mention of some sort as to where you found it. Thanks so much!

I have started putting together some bits and pieces that I may want to use in my shabby journal (please refer to my previous post - artwork journal pages are a digital kit you can buy from Debbie-Anne Parent). 
 I have printed out all the pages and tags now, and think I may have decided on what I want to use as a cover for the journal.  Some other goodies I pulled out which would work nicely with it are tags, flowers, bakers twine and washi tape.  You'll probably see a whole bunch of pictures for this over the next couple of weeks while I fiddle around and play.  Guess that's one of the best parts!  :)

I hope you have all had a good start to the week.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Take care

24 February 2012

I'm a winner!

Woot!  How lucky am I?  I won a wonderful giveaway on a blog I follow for the talented Debbie-Anne Parent - for a printable journal kit :
As you can see, this journal kit is just a whole bunch of AWESOME.

I first discovered Debbie-Anne's work on etsy :
I purchased some of the digital designs I liked, and I signed up for the weekly newsletter - which includes a digital freebie by the way!  To have now won this giveaway has just made me so happy.  Check out the sites - any paper crafter will find LOADS of goodies they just HAVE to buy!  *grin*

Thank you so much Debbie-Anne - you rock!  :-)

On to my card for today (I actually made it last night but was so shattered I didn't photograph it until this morning).  I made it for a work colleague of mine who turns 60 in March.  He works in our repro department and is such a wealth of knowledge about printing plates and packaging it is incredible.  Neil is very ill and has been off work for a couple of weeks.  I wanted to let him know that he is cared about and that we are all rooting for his recovery.  I asked his son to pass the card on to him - so I sure hope it provides a tiny ray of sunshine to him.

Kraft card - Bazzill
Brads and ribbon - from my stash
Patterned Paperr (double sided) - Chatterbox 'Sunny Plaid'
Die - Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Distress Ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
Rubber stamp - Lili of the Valley, coloured with ProMarkers
Dimensional magic used on the bottle, the grapes & the liquid in the spoon
Die-cut letters - bought from the local Dunelm Mill shop (99p for a mixed bag of three different colours)
'Thinking of You' text - typed in word and printed, cut out and inked
You can't see it very well, but the inside of the card has a plain brown piece of card which I embossed using a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder'Regal Flourishes'.

I also made a sympathy card which I took into work yesterday, as another colleague's father passed away on Wednesday.  Real sad week!  I didn't photograph it as I had a stupid moment and forgot.  I like to think that what we are not always able to express in words, can be conveyed in a hand made card - the fact that I care and am thinking of that person and wishing them blessings to get through whatever they are facing.

I wish you all a wonderful week-end.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Take care.

21 February 2012

Two cards for Tuesday

I have had a manic month but a productive one!  

I received a commission to create a 12x12" scrapbook for a Ruby Wedding AnniversaryAwesome.  The lady who wanted it done however only supplied me with details of what she required and the photos 3 weeks before her deadline date.  Not so great. . .  Haha.  I am proud to say that I worked flat out most evenings when I got home from work, and both of the two week-ends I had to get it done and I managed to finish it on time.  Whew!  Don't know if I'd like to do it in such a rush again, but it was good all the same.

On to a couple of card creations I've made over the past week.

This little cutie measures a 100x100mm - it was just a little card for a friend at work who became a granny (again!).  I wanted her to have something special to remember the birth of her third grandchild.  (sorry about the poor quality light - when I win the lottery my first investment will be a daylight lamp!)  LOL.
Giraffe Stamp - 'The Wild Ones' set from Quick Cards (these are birthday stamps however the little giraffe is the only one without presents so I think he's perfect for many other occasions).
Patterned Paper - BasicGrey Hopscotch 6x6
Bakers Twine & Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon & Doily - from my stash
Flat backed adhesive pearls - The Hobby House
Giraffe stamp coloured using ProMarkers
Kraft card - Bazzill
Distress Ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Tattered Rose
Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
 The die used inside the card (which you can barely see) is a Spellbinders Lacey Circles die.

My next card 'With Love' is a standard 135x135mm size.
Patterned Paper -Alla-Prima 6x6" paper stack
Bakers Twine & Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Handmade 'washi' tape - made by me with a rubber stamp and tissue paper :)
Flat backed adhesive pearls - The Hobby House
Monarch Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart
Kraft card - Bazzill
Distress Ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
 More of my handmade 'washi' tape inside the card with two strips of the Alla-Prima patterned paper.
Die used is Spellbinders Lacey Circles.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  It is always very much appreciated.

Take care