Monday, 30 May 2011

One project ........ three challenges

Hello again
Well I said I would be back again after leaving my entry for the Scrapling challenge as there was only 6 hours left before closing. Also as soon as I had posted it I realised I hadn't completed the link to them in my blog so had to go back & edit the post.

Right - now for the three in one.  The 3 challenge blogs are - Crafty Catz where the theme is Green & Pink, at CRAFT  the theme is Alter or Recycle & Crafts4Eternity where the theme again was Alter.

So how could I get one item to fit these 3 challenges?  Here's how;

I have recently changed how I store my craft CD's.  They are in clear pockets in a 2-ring binder. So! I thought - why don't I make that blue binder look nicer & alter it.  That satisfied 2 challenges so that was good.

Next I started thinking about how to alter it & that's where the green & pink challenge came in.

I have other folders that will get this treatment too but this is the first one & because it is one of the folders that holds the CD's from My Craft Studio - all the papers & embellishments used to alter it are from some of those CD's.

Here is the finished folder.  On the spine there is a label, also from MCS, onto which I printed "My Craft Studio CD's".

It wasn't until I inserted this photo of the folder that I noticed the pink paper at the top which has beautiful roses on it - actually looks like a pair of eyes.  Although I know it is roses I cannot get those eyes out of my head.


What do you see?

I enjoyed making this & now look forward to covering the rest of them - I have another 4.

Thank you for popping in, please leave a message - it is nice to know who has visited.

Try it on Tuesday challenge ... scrapling

Hi everyone
I love making cards of different & sometimes unusual sizes & discovered Scraplings a short while ago, & Scraplings is the theme over at Try It On Tuesday.  Here is my entry;

I started by changing the colour of the white card with Distress Inks, using Vintage Photo, Fired Brick & Crushed Olive.  The tree image is a set from  Kanban called  "Autumn Silhouettes" & the words are from Lavinia Stamps, which was stamped in archival black.

The design was finished off with a little black ribbon with a faux bow.

A Scrapling is "Traditionally" the piece left over from a card that has been reduced to a square &  usually measures 2.50" x 11.0" & is folded in half.

I must now quickly add this post to my blog & pop across to Try it on Tuesday before the challenge finishes - as a new one is given tomorrow.

There will be another post after this one with a project that fitted three - yes 3 - blog challenges. 

I will talk to you again in a few moments.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Blog Challenge last week at CRAFT

Hi everyone
Well! how lucky have I been recently.  This weekend I learnt that I have won two stages of the blog hop at CRAFT which took place last week.

At each stage of the blog hop you leave a message & then at the end of the week the blog owner picks one of those messages to win their blog prize which is often donated by a stamp retgailer.  I was selected on two blogs - the first one I heard about was from Kevin, & the second one was from Carol.  Both of  them were giving gift vouchers for digital stamps.  Isn't it fun?  Once I have received the stamps I will show you what I chose.

Right now I am off to make some cards for this weeks challenges & more importantly some birthday cards for family & friends that are coming up soon.

Thank you for dropping by.
Talk some more later.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Joining a blog hop

Hi everyone
I have today discovered another great blog - called Winter Wonderland, & this week they are celebrating their second birthday with a blog hop.  Why not pop over, take a look & join in - there are some goodies to be won.

If I have set this up right just click on the banner.

Friday, 27 May 2011

My photography inspiration

Hello! thank you for dropping by

I thought I would show here some photographs that I took just a couple of days ago when there was the most fantastic night sky.

I love taking photographs of the weather - sunsets, sunrise, rainbows & clouds etc - as well as quite often sticking my camera up real close to flowers.  I photograph all the bouquets I may receive taking photos of them as they are received & then after putting them in vases taking individual flowers, or groups of flowers. Many of the flower photos I then turn into greetings cards using MCS - so that I can create matching inserts & background papers.  At least one of those cards goes to the sender of the flowers as a thank you.

I have in the past also used sunset photos for cards & used one example in a workshop I was running using distress inks.  The photo had a rather large & beautiful tree silhouetted in the foreground  - so I used the sunset colours to colour the card & then stamped block images as silhouettes in black archival ink over the top.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my photographs. 
Please call back again soon.

Stamptacular Sunday challenge - Bear necessities

Hi everyone
I only possess two bear stamps - two versions of the same stamp - one large & one rather small. So I had to have a sit down & think about what I was going to do if  I wanted to enter this challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday.  I very often use the large bear with a particular technique so that answered part of the question - but what else to do.............. well ................
.............. this is what I did;

I also remembered I had that lovely sentiment from a very old "foam mounted" stamp set

I first pulled out the two bear stamps & just gazed at them, then when I thought about the technique with the large bear it gave me three sizes.  Because I use him a lot with shrink plastic.  So the little yellow bear sitting on the lap of the large bear is him shrunk down.  The little bears that are tumbling out of the toy box are from the small matching stamp.

The stamps are from PSX - & I have had them a long time & used them lots & lots of times.

I stamped & embossed the large bear with Versamark ink & a blue EP I have.  Somewhere along the line some sprinkles of copper EP have got into the pot but I wasn't overly concerned because after it was heated it gave the image a slight multi colour finish. That copper intrusion helped me decide what to do with some of the other colour effects.  I used Promarkers to colour the large bear using Blush first & then a little shading with Oatmeal.  Of course I forgot that the Promarkers would lift the outline a little which meant I have some blue smears in the body of the bear.  Looking at the image "in the flesh" so to speak it quite enhances it.  Then I stamped him again with black archival ink & when the ink was dry I brushed him with a medium yellow chalk.  The colour intensified just the right amount when I shrunk it.  Then I stamped the tiny bear several times in black ink & embossed with clear EP, then coloured with Promarkers in pale shades of blue & pink (forgot to note which ones).  The part I had most trouble with, initially, was the toy box.  I knew that using three squarish shapes you could produce a box type image.  Eventually I thought - go & google "baby blocks  in patchwork" & remind yourself, because I knew there a was a style for quilts.  Voila! it wasn't squares it was diamonds - now I remember!  I then decided the box had to look a little more realistic so cut another diamond & created a lid which is propped slightly open with a sticky pad.  Also I defined the edges of the box with copper peel-off borders. Of course with the lid open one teddy had to be falling out & the others to have succeeded.  With the trial layout on the card I also realised it all needed grounding - so that is what I hope the tape & lace has done - a sort of shelf for the box to sit on.

I think that taking all the things I had to think about, & then carry out, that this card has most taken me more time than any other I have made.  But I loved making it - I hope my idea has worked - to me it has.  I will be interested in comments.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

CD Sunday & Crafts for Eternity challenges

Wow! it's me back again - I've lost count now how many posts today.

Once again I can use the same card for 2 challenges - although that is not what I set out to do.

Over at CD Sunday the theme is "Under the Weather" & at Crafts for Eternity it is "Flowers, Ribbon & Bling".  Here is the card;
The background paper & main image are from My Craft Studio CD - "More than words" - Volume 3.  I chose it because the words "under the weather" appeared in the sentiment.

As the blue colours were very close I layered the image onto dark blue card to frame it.  As the background paper had a ribbon style pattern I trimmed along one of the scallop edges so it was slightly narrower than the card. The flowers were originally white & were some that I have had for some time that came with a stamp to put on the veins etc.  I bought them from a company called Orinoco - I don;' think they are around anymore.  But I could be wrong.

I coloured the flowers with a sponge & Denim Adirondack ink.  I left a couple of them paler so that I could layer them together.  They were then finished off with flat back gems.

I make a note of various challenges I am interested in entering & as I ticked off CD Sunday's challenge I noticed that Crafts for Eternity listed just below, said flowers, bling & ribbon.  All this card needed to complete the challenge was a bow - so I made one in dark blue ribbon & after trying it in various places, you can see it finished up sitting on the fold edge.

It is a slightly busier card than I normally make - but I enjoyed making it

Less is More & Crafty Catz challenge

Hooray another 2 challenges but only one card.

Now! Is that the right frame of mind?

Over at Less is More the challenge is "Butterfly / butterflies", & over at Crafty Catz the theme is "Anything Goes", so it seemed silly not to use it twice.

The butterfly is one of CaroLines jewelled range.  I stamped it direct on the card in Versamark & champagne EP & the message the same.

Then I stamped the butterfly again on spare card, with the versamark pad & randomly coloured it with chalks, then cut it out & placed it over the embossed version.

I hope you like it - it does look nice & delicate.

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a message & say hello - it's nice to know someone has visited.

Two challenges in one

Hello again
I have this time, found two challenges that I can combine together.  I like to find these now & again as it means I have a little more time to perhaps take part in more challenges.

The challenges this time are over at Allsorts & the theme is a Photo Inspiration of a beach scene, & they are celebrating their second birthday with this challenge & a blog hop.  So that's 2 blog hops in one week - it's a wonder I have any energy left!

The other challenge I am joining in is over at ATC Challenge where their theme is Beach or Seaside. It's been a little while since I made an ATC so that is the route I took. 

Now! I do not have any beach themed stamps so I couldn't stamp this.  I can't draw - so that is that method out.

So I found a copyright free image of the sand snowman & just fell in love with it.  What a great sense of humour the person who created it had.
I mounted the picture onto dark blue card to frame it & then fortunately found that I still had these lovely little sea themed embellishments tucked away in a box.  I knew they would come in handy one day.

So it's Happy Birthday to Allsorts & thank you to both blogs for their challenges.

C.R.A.F.T Birthday & blog hop

Hello & welcome to my blog.

This week I have joined in the C.R.A.F.T challenge & blog hop for their second birthday.  It is the first time I have joined in a blog hop I was never very sure about it - but it was most enjoyable & you get to see lots of lovely work by other crafters.

Here is the birthday card I made for them. 

I really love this message stamp & use it quite a lot.  It makes a change to having an image on the card front & it can be dressed up in different ways. 

Recently I have found myself more & more using a Nestabilitie die to frame it. 

I also just love using direct to paper with it as well, mainly using Distress Inks. 

As I finished the card I found the little flowers which were just the right colour & some coppery/amber coloured gems that just fitted the centres of the flowers.

Happy Birthday C,.R.A.F.T -  thank you for all the great challenges.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Someone else's work

Hello, thank you for stopping by.

Today I have decided to showcase the work of one of my club members.  Recently she broke her arm - twice - not at the same time by the way.  But last night at one of our club meetings she brought in for us all to see, some cards that she has been busy making.

All my club members produce some brilliant work & they are regularly showcased on the club blog.  It is so rewarding when you have shown someone how to do something & they go on to produce such wonderful projects. Having been so taken with this lady's work & deciding to showcase her work, I am going to showcase from time to time the work of other other ladies in the groups.  By the way I am not being sexist in stating ladies - we sadly do not have any gentlemen in our groups.

All the flowers on the cards are stamped using Joanna Sheen products, & she has coloured them using several different colouring methods.  Here is the slide show;

Aren't they lovely?
'Bye until next time.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

CR84FN Colour challenge

Hi again everyone!
Three posts in one day - how good is that & each one for a challenge or two.

Over at CR84FN challenge blog the theme this time is red, yellow & neutral - they always show a graphic with the colour combo on it & there it is to the side.  They are not amongst the colour combinations I would normally use but then that's why these challenges they set are so good. 

In fact the main part of the challenge for me was not the colours themselves but what did I have that I could use.

After I had made the one I have, I realised that I could have done another version of the Scrapling that I showed in the previous post.  Why do we get good ideas after we have already done the work!

Here is the card I made -

I had a browse through a pile of paper & card that came from craft magazines that were waiting to be filed away properly & there were the colours I needed.  Also waiting to be put in their proper place was a poly bag with threads, tape, feathers & many other bits & pieces which included the neutral tape I have used. I liked the tape & the words that had been printed on it.  The little yellow flower was on my desk left over from some that I had heat embossed with clear embossing powder

The paper was an A4 sheet with a narrow lacy ribbon down the left side & one yellow daisy about .5" from the top of the page.  I trimmed the paper to cover the front of an A5 card just using sticky tape down the left hand side to hold it in place. My tape was slightly narrower than the lace pattern so I glued over the top so that the scalloped edge just showed.  Then the yellow flower went on top of the tape just over the daisy that was there.  The paper had a matching tag with the sentiment in red & a rather pale red border around it.  So I used some red glittery border peel-offs to edge the tag & also put it around the sentiment box.  Then the flower needed a flat back gem in the centre & three gems placed in each of the outside corners just to balance things.

Not a stamp insight though.  Never mind - I might try this colour combination again later with stamping.

Just For Fun - Scrapling

At last I have got around to making a Scrapling!  I saw an article about these on the Internet some time ago & just logged it away for something to look into.

Then I spotted (rather last minute), that the challenge over at Just For Fun - is a Scrapling.  Here is mine;

I sat & looked at the piece of card for a little while wondering what I would do - so to help make up my mind I looked through my drawers of stamps.  As I opened one drawer this little stamp jumped up & said "pick me"!

Next decision is what to do with it. So, first I got on with the stamping & stamped it with Versafine black ink & embossed with clear EP. My colour decision was lilac/purple shades with a touch of green.  Now I come to write up the details I realise I haven't made a note of which Promarkers I used.

I have to admit the butterflies were an afterthought & a life-saver, as just as I had finished I dropped a small stamp onto the card leaving a mark that had to be covered.  So - butterflies are always good for that.  A few flat back gems to make them look a little more glitzier & some ribbon across the top.

I didn't use the correct card for Promarkers so if I was giving it away or I want to make another one it would need a lining.  Or, of course, use the correct card.

Some of the other crafters who have entered the challenge have mentioned how good Scraplings are for bookmarks & that being double they will hang over a couple of pages marking the readers place.  I had a thought - you can buy small magnets for use on cards that are backs & fronts.  They would be a good idea as then they would trap the pages between the two halves of the bookmark & wouldn't slip out of the book.
Yes I like that idea.

Thank you for popping in - please call back again & please leave a comment, it is always nice to know what you think of my little world.

One card - Two challenges!

Hello everyone
I always struggle to make one card fit more than one challenge - but this week I think it has happened.

The first challenge is over at Less is More - where the theme is - "One layer embossing", & then the second challenge over at Crafty Catz - which has the theme - "Pink, Black  & White".  Here is the card with details;

The one layer embossing for Less is More is the outline of the stamp & the sentiment which were stamped in black Versafine ink & embossed with clear EP.

I was tempted to pop some Versamark ink over the flower & emboss that too - but felt that could be deemed to be two layer embossing - so left it.

For the colour theme for Crafty Catz I used my Promarkers in Cocktail Pink & Antique Pink

The stamp is a Woodware stamp called "Fancy  Flower" which I bought at the Port Sunlight Stamp Festival this weekend.  When I looked at the name rather quickly I thought it said "Fantasy Flower" which I think suits it too.  The style of this image means I am going to be able to create it  in any colour I choose.  I have also cropped & scanned just the floral image into my pictures folder as I am hoping I can run it through My Craft Studio to make a matching insert.

I do like these clean & simple style cards - they look so beautiful,

Now to put the photo on the challenge blogs - thank you for dropping by.  Please leave a message - it's nice to know that people are taking a peek.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Getting quite bold

Hello everyone - thank you for stopping by

I really am getting quite bold & adventuresome  (is that a word!).  Yesterday whilst having a look through some of the forums on the Splitcoast Stampers website I spotted a message from a lady enquiring about the V-fold card she had been sent.  As various people responded it looked like she was talking about the Art Deco card that can be made with the Hougie Board.

This is where the boldness comes in.  I brashly went without any fear of heights & possible disasters & posted a message saying I had instructions for that card & would try posting it to the forum.  Then shortly afterwards I had an email from one of the ladies asking for the instructions to be in inches.  Well! the instructions I had were in centimetres.  So that meant engaging the brain for another set of instructions.  Anyway this morning I successfully uploaded a word document with instructions & a rather Heath Robinson diagram.  The instructions were not for the Hougie Board but for any scoring board & also at the end how to do it without any scoring board at all.  I now wait for feedback - good or bad - which I asked anyone reading them to do.

Once I am sure they are OK & people can make sense of them I am going to put them as a tutorial here along with photos.  But that won't be just yet.

Thank you for dropping by I look forward to your next visit.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Port Sunlight Rubber Stamp Festival

Hi everyone - I just had to pop back in today (16 May) to correct the entry for CaroLines website.

Yesterday saw the Spring Stamp Festival at Port Sunlight run by HSNW, of which I am a club member & one of the organisers of the festival.

Once again we had a wonderful turn out of visitors & our retailers really put on a good display, enticing us with lots & lots of stamping goodies.

I have to say I was very reserved in my purchases - a beautiful butterfly duo stamp from CaroLines. Plus a rather interesting "fantasy" stamp which I purchased from Creative Pastimes, & right now cannot remember the make.  It was a new set unique to CP.  Of course I also spent some money on essentials like card, & found some delightful little canvasses.  Ooh yes & I bought the cuttlebug shim that has been designed by Gordon of Once Upon A Stamp.  It was also great to see Gordon looking so well after his horrible health scare recently.

Today I have been looking around the various challenge sites to see what is new & what I am going to participate in & try to be a little earlier with my entries this week.  It was a shame about the problem with Blogger last week as many blogs seem to have lost postings & more importantly the lovely comments left by visitors.

Thank you for popping in & please come back again.

I have been somewhat remiss

Hello everyone
Whilst doing a little maintenance to my blog this weekend I realised that I have been lacking somewhat in blog etiquette.

This will sound like I don't keep my eyes open when working on my blog - but I suddenly realised that my followers had jumped to 15 & I don't think I have welcomed them all to my blog & thanked them for becoming followers.

So - if I have not been to your blog & thanked you would you please accept this post as a thank you & a welcome & I hope you will continue to drop by.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

I have won - again!

Ooh - it's such fun & I am walking around looking a bit like a Cheshire Cat.  The trouble is the cat slowly disappears & the smile remains.  I could do with a bit of me disappearing at the moment - but never mind.

What did I win with ? It was the challenge over at CRAFT & was a sketch challenge.  The picture is HERE in my blog.  As the winner my card was chosen by the random number generator - but my card was also picked by one of the team for the Top 3.  So I get to have those lovely badges on my blog.

It was a little frustrating this week when Blogger went awry - which meant that I couldn't visit other blogs & leave comments about their lovely cards.  I also missed out on a couple of challenges - but that's my fault too through dragging my heels in getting the challenges done. Must do better this week.

Hope you are all well & thank you for popping by.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Now there's a thought!

I have just been reading the lovely comments from Christine about my oriental card on CD Sunday challenge - in which she says she would like a tutorial on the Mizuhiki knot.

I wonder - I like a challenge & will see what I can do - watch this space.

Ooooh! what have I done.

CD Sunday - Let's go Oriental

Hello again ladies.
Now! Oriental - I do love everything oriental, which is good because that is the theme this week over at CD Sunday Challenge.  Here is my card - all about it afterwards;

The image & background paper came from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams.  I have mounted the image onto some blue pearlised card that went quite well with the ladies robe.  Then I printed one of the background papers that went with the image it has repeats of the main image - this I also mounted onto the blue pearlised card.  I could not find any blue ribbon that would do then remembered my Promarkers & a reel of white ribbon I had.  Problem solved.  I wrapped this around the background card then laid the image on 3-d tape over it.  It needed just a little something else.  A couple of years back I showed my club members how to make the Chinese knots with Mizuhiki cord.  But did I have any blue & more importantly would I remember how to do it.  Fortunately the answer to both questions was - yes.  A closeup of the Mizuhiki knot ;

A really enjoyable card to make.

Thank you for dropping in - please call again & please leave a comment.

CRAFT Challenge 101 - Sketch

Hi everyone
I have entered two challenges today & this is the first one.  It's for "CRAFT Challenge" & the challenge this week is a sketch - this one;

and here is my card;

 I used Card-io stamps from their Majestix range.  The watering can is part of a set including some vases & the flowers, leaves & butterfly are from the Oriental Blossom set.  The background paper is one left over from a challenge I entered recently & went well with the pink theme. I am not sure where the greeting is from as I found it on my desk stuck to the underside of an ink pad - so I have to go through all my unmounted stamps to find it's correct home. Wendy from Card-io visited one of my stamp clubs last week & demonstrated this watering can (where she doesn't ink the top of it so that the flowers can cascade over without the hard lines of the watering can showing), & I was so taken with it I decided to use it in this challenge.  Below is a closeup photo of the watering can;

I hope you like looking at my little card - please leave a comment it is always appreciated.
Thank you for popping in.

Friday, 6 May 2011

My Time to Craft Challenge - Red & White

Good afternoon everyone
During a recent browse of craft blogs & challenge sites I stumbled across"My Time to Craft Challenge" & entered their current challenge at that time - Perfect Pets.

This week their challenge is Red & White, on the basis I often give my stamp clubs a colour challenge I thought I had better take part in this one.  So here is the card I made;

This next view is the card laid flat so that you can hopefully see that the red ribbon was also down the right hand edge of the card.

The stamps are an unmounted clear set for which I no longer have the packaging as I store my unmounted stamps in A5 pockets in an A5 ring binder.  I know I bought the set in Hobbycraft so there is a good chance they are Papermania but I cannot be 100% sure.  Sadly as I peel this stamp off the block after stamping the main image, it split.  When I decided to use it again on the side panel I just about managed to put the 2 pieces together - the join hardly shows.  The ink I used was Distress Ink - Fired Brick,  & there is a little bit of sparkly glitter on the images.  Red is such a hard colour to do any matching with - but the Fired Brick went well with the card, whereas a pigment red I had - when stamped looked almost pink.

Thank you for popping in - I look forward to another visit from you.  Please leave a comment it adds to the pleasure of blogging.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

What did I do in April?

Well I seem to have set myself a little monthly task after creating a post that had a slide show for anything that I had made during the previous month.

So being one to continue with something once started - here is my slide-show for "what I did in March";

Amongst the slide show items this time are some tags which are shown after I had created them & then when they were added to cards later.  You may have seen some them before because it will include some of the cards I entered in Challenges.

Talking of which I had better pop along & make sure that I have joined in the ones that I wanted to this week.
Thank you for taking a peek at my slide show.

Monday, 2 May 2011

CD Sunday Challenge - Stamping

Good afternoon ladies
Such wonderful weather - how much longer can it last?
Here is my card for the challenge over at CD Sunday - where the theme was "stamping";
This is a large card this time - about an A4 - it was a purchased card blank

The background paper is from the Cupcakecrafting "Floral Delights" CD17 ..... part of my prize ............

(sshh I said I wouldn't mention it any more). 

I used, as you can see, one of the page curl options plus one of the borders & one of the frames.  I used MCS to manipulate everything, inbclouding putting a colour behind the page to make it a little larger.  On the screen it was a very pale green which seemed to pick up the green in the paper - but on printing it is more of a very pale blue - but it still fits. I printed the frame twice & stamped my sentiment into the centre of one.  Then I cut out the centre of the second one & placed it over the first with 3-d tape.  The two flowers at top & bottom of the frame are attached to the lower frame & the two flowers at left & right are attached to the top frame.  I alos placed the border at the top on 3-d tape & actually plaed it upside down so that it copied the flowers on the bottom of the frame. The sentiment is an unmounted rubber stamp & again I cannot remember where it is from - although I strongly suspect it is The Stamp Man, as the price is wrtten on the back of the stamp, which they sometimes did with their loose stamps.  I decided to produce an insert for this card as I know I willo use it for someone very special.  I chose one of the other papers then through MCS reduced the opacity quite a way down.  I placed the colour behind it again  & then "punched" out an oval shape from the background paper for writing my greeting - which showed the colour behind.  Here is a close up of the sentiment;

Once again a most enjoyable challenge.
Thank you CD Sunday

Sunday, 1 May 2011

CR84FN 26 - Colour

Here is my final posting for today (possibly)!

This time the card is for CR84FN (Create For Fun?) number 26.  The theme is a colour one - Kraft, Gold & Pale yellow.  Here is the picture that is on their blog to show the colours;

next is my card for the challenge & details will follow;

I really do have difficulty with my photography getting the colours to show.  I think I might try scanning the next couple & see if it makes any difference.  I have met the requirements - the card is a pale yellow very much like the pale yellow in the back layer of the flower.  The ribbon is gold striped chiffon & the top border punched edging is gold paper.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink & embossed with gold powder that carries the name Champagne.  The sentiment is part of a "Friend" set from My Sentiments Exactly.  At first I was stumped with the Kraft colour & didn't think I had any.  Well! I didn't really - it was as I was cutting the gold paper that I noticed the back of it was almost the right colour.  So problem solved - unfortunately it looks a little grey in the photo. 

I rarely use yellow in my cards - so this was a good test for me - in fact I was very surprised to find the yellow card in a box.  I think it was amongst some that were free with a magazine a while back.

Thank you for popping in - please stop & say hello - it is good to know who is visiting.

Less is More - Congratulations

Hi - it's me again!  There is going to be three posts today - this is the second one - I really feel now that I have got back into things.

The theme this week over at Less Is More is a Thankyou or Congratulations.  I decided on congratulations.  Here is my card - details follow;

The swirl stamp is one from Dimension Fourth & the sentiment is one from a little box set I bought a long, long time ago.  Probably one of my first sets.  It is a rubber stamp & mounted on thick foam.  I have stamped the sentiment & the swirl with Versmark ink & embossed with gold embossing powder - well the pot says Champagne.  It has been very difficult to get the colour right in the photo. Then at the base of the swirl I added the fabric/paper flower.  Two layers of flowers with a little red pearl in the centre.

I really enjoyed making this card & love the clean & simple lines of it.  What you see is what I saw in my minds eye.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please leave a comment it is nice to know that people have taken a peek.

Allsorts - Oriental

Oriental is one of my favourite subjects & I do rather over use one particular stamp & out it came again today, & it is the theme of the challenge over at Allsorts.  Here is the card, details about it after;

I have another love when it comes to stamping & that is tags.  I have used this stamp on quite a few tags but today I have made a tag card & I have added different embellishments.  The poppy was stamped in Memories Black ink & embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then used Wild Honey & Fired Brick distressing inks to colour the tag. The photo doesn't show the red too well, I will get this photography right sometime.  The little oriental coins are black peel offs.  Sadly I cannot remember where I bought the stamp it is a rubber unmounted stamp.  It could have been The Stampman - but I am not totally convinced.  After creating the tag I adhered it to the front of the tag card.

I enjoyed this challenge due to its theme & it was one of three challenges I entered today.  I am off now to post the others.

Thank you for dropping by.