Friday, April 29, 2011

Mr. & Mrs.

With the Royal Wedding taking place today I decided to share a Wedding Card.
Supplies:  Mami Doodles Digital image - happy couple, Sizzix 3D Flower die, 
Imaginsce I rock heat setting tool and pearls, heart shaped gems (flower centres), 
SRM Sticker, Ribbon from stash, Fiskars Upper Crest Border Punch, pop dots, 
copics, ink blending tool, Distress ink - Tea Dye, Diamond 
stickles and glossy accents.

I love the aged look on this card - it's outside my normal comfort zone but wanted to make a wedding card that wasn't my norm!  I love red and decided to use this wonderful digi by Elisa - available here.

I love my new 3D Flower Die by Sizzix, you can make flowers with scraps left on your table to use on future projects.  I secure the rolled flower with a glue dot and then add some glossy accents to make sure they won't fall apart!.

Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge - April Showers/May Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Hope you enjoy the day and have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Paperplay - Use an object not intended for crafting

This week's challenge on Paperplay Challenges is set by DT Member - Karen.  She wants us all "to use an object not intended for Crafting"... coins, cans/jars, onion or garlic netted bags, shells, cardboard box bits etc.

We are very kindly sponsored by Waltzingmouse Stamps this week - the random winner will receive a set of their choice.  Wish I could play !!!  

My non crafting bits - I used bias binding (bottom left of photo)
I scrunched one length up and dyed in a ziploc bag with scattered straw distress ink and the other length I didn't scrunch as much and dyed with spiced marmalade distress ink.  I used my heat tool to dry and I loved the distress/vintage/un-uniform look to it.
The other non crafting thing I used was a to-go coffee cup sleeve!  You can see it in the left of the photo after I ran it through my Big Shot. 

I then used the Vintage Ornaments set by Waltzingmouse Stamps and stamped on pp from Basic Grey - sugared range and clear embossed.  I heated, added more clear ep, then heated again so that the stamped image was very thick and glossy - just like a christmas bauble!  The sentiment (Seasons of Love set - WMS) was stamped on some white cardstock with scattered straw distress ink and placed under the bauble cut out to create a raised frame.
Supplies:  WMS Seasons of Love and Vintage Ornaments, Scattered Straw 
and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, Cuttlebug Snow dots embossing folder, 
Big Shot, White cardstock, kraft card blank - docrafts, clear embossing powder, 
heat gun, pearls, machine stitching, pop dots and adhesive.

I am entering my card into this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge
and also into the Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge for April.  If you haven't heard about this fun challenge be sure to pop over and check out all the details at or follow the links from here.

Let's Ink it Up - Show us your stitching (no digis)
Christmas Challenge - use yellow and oval shape (my greeting is oval!)

Hope you will get a chance to play along with Paperplay this week and thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ribbon Girl Blog Giveaway

Did you see the Easter Giveaway over on The Ribbon Girl Blog?  You can still enter - giveaway closes April 30th.  Be sure to pop over.... 55 metres of Bakers Twine up for grabs... I have my fingers and toes crossed.

Enjoying the 4 day weekend here in Ireland - sun shining, despite a few clouds popping by!  Hope it is sunny where-ever you are.  Thanks for stopping by.. now hop on over to the Ribbon Girl Blog.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thank you

Supplies:  Canson pink cardstock, textured cardstock by Inspire Me, 
Grey textured cardstock Papermania, SRM Sticker, 
Butterfly from Elizabeth Park range byLittle Yellow Bicycle, 
pink gem from stash,machine stitching and lots of adhesive!

Another quick share today.  As you know I love the aqua/pink combination and used them here with a scrap of a 12x12 sheet from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Added machine stitching, gem some layering and of course a wonderful white SRM sentiment sticker.

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fluttering Flutters!

 I bought a sheet of this wonderful 12x12 paper by Little Yellow Bicycle (Elizabeth Park Collection).  I just adored the array of wonderful butterflies in all their gorgeous colours on just one sheet.
 Supplies:  Papermania textured cardstock grey and orange, Little Yellow 
Bicycle butterfly paper 12x12, adhesive and docrafts card blank.

Quick card share - trying to get out into the garden to finish the tidy up now that the sun has popped out.  We started with a morning of mist and rain today which was a shock after a week of beautiful sunshine.

Took a spin to Ardmore yesterday - forgot to bring my camera, I was so annoyed with myself because we passed some amazing Spring landscapes and sparkling seascapes.  Have to do another trip over the next few days if the weather holds.

We visited the studio of artist Brigid Shelly while we were in Ardmore.  She has such amazing paintings.  We gave a new home to one of them!. 

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you have a great Easter holiday.  Blessings to you.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fab at Forty!

Supplies:  pp We R Memory Keepers Hippity Hoppity Range, computer 
generated sentiment, TGF digi, Clear gems coloured orange with a sharpie, 
machine stitching, pop dots and adhesive!

Another quick share today - I have lots of fun images printed, cut out and coloured so I just popped this wonderful image by The Greeting Farm on colourful patterned paper, machine stitched and voila - card made.

The gems were clear and I coloured them with an orange sharpie.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Thursday.   

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I'm in the garden!!!!!

Photo taken Sept 2008

I so look forward to our lavender "hedge" flowering each year... I love how it attracts lots of insects and honey bees and the beautiful perfume wafts across the garden in the summer warmth.

I haven't been about for the past few days as I am in the .... garden!.  So much work needs to be done after the severe Winter.  A few plants didn't make it through and I am busily replacing and replanting.  Also, the weather is stunning here at the moment.

Here's a photo of our back garden when we moved into our home in 2004
Here's what it looks like now (photo taken in 2008!) need to update now that everything is bursting into bud.
Thanks for stopping by... hope you have a great day and hope to have some cards to share tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday Card

Supplies:  pp Elizabeth Park range by My Little Yellow Bicycle, various coloured gems, 
computer generated sentiment, teal and hotpink textured cardstock 
by Papermania, XCut scallop border punch and machine stitching.

I just adored this wonderful 12x12 sheet by My Little Yellow Bicycle and it is incredible how many "butterfly" cards I have made in different shapes/sizes with the one sheet.

I put different coloured gems on this card to match each butterfly and used the same scallop border punch with hot pink cardstock.

The Secret Crafter - Stitching
Stamp with Fun - Birthday

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hero Arts 90 minute scramble and Greeting Farm Freebies!

Supplies:  Hero Arts True Hearts C2908 and sentiment from HA Everyday 
sayings CL342, glossy accents, red copic and memento tuxedo black ink.

Quick share today - here's my card that I made for Sally's wonderful 90 minute scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr Group last night.   Sally wanted us to make a Wedding or Celebration card using at least one Hero Arts stamp or option two was to create a card on the same theme using at least one HA stamp but using the colours "red, white and blue".

I don't have blue / navy ink (well, I'm sure I do... but I didn't have enough time to go searching) as I decided to make a quick card for the scramble with 15 minutes left before the scramble ended!  I added glossy accents to the coloured hearts after I photographed and I like the graphic look of the finished card.

The Greeting Farm have two freebie digis for the weekend - Easter Ian and Easter Anya - check them out here.

Thanks for peeking, hope you are having a great day/weekend.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Paperplay - Photo Inspiration

My Team's turn on Paperplay Challenges this week.  A fun challenge set by DT member Alicia - she wants us to use the photo above as inspiration.

We are very kindly sponsored by KennyK this week and the random winner get a prize package of 5 images and the Top 3 get 2 images each...woohoo!

Here's what I created using KennyK's wonderful image - "Rock Chick" from the Glam Gang collection.  I loved playing with her.  She sure has attitude!  I added stickles and glossy accents for the glam look!
Supplies:  BG pp Eerie Range, Orange and Black cardstock by Canson, 
Stars embossing folder, Threading water punch - Fiskars, copics, 
Pebbles chipboard shapes, PTI sentiment, Stickles and 
glossy accents.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along this week.  Check out all the deets and see all the other wonderful DT creations here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Friend Card

I decided to make a male/masculine Friend Card using paint, ink, embossing and had lots of fun.
Supplies:  HA Large Open Flower, Friend sentiment - HA promotional set CL284,  
Friend Definition Stamp, clear embossing powder, Versamark ink, 
Adirondack Acrylic Paint dabber in Sail Boat Blue, Faded Jeans Distress ink, 
Spellbinders Labels 14, Dark Chocolate ink, ribbon and cardstock by PTI, 
ink blending tool by Ranger, Tim Holtz Alterations - Scallops, Dark blue cardstock 
by Canson,  pop dots and adhesive.

I stamped the friend definition cling stamp with versamark on white paper and embossed with clear ep.  Then I put a layer of watered down Sail Boat Blue acrylic paint on top and wiped some of the excess paint off using a baby wipe.  Then when dry I inked the edges with distress ink - faded jeans.  I layered it on some co-ordinating cardstock and used a Tim Holtz die to created a dark chocolate scalloped edge.

I added the "friend" sentiment from Hero Arts set CL284 and stamped with faded jeans distress ink over the open flower image already stamped and die cut with Labels 14.

I am entering it into this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

I was so tempted to add buttons, bows etc but decided to leave it as it is ... I know the men in my life say they prefer it "clutter free" LOL!

Thanks for peeking.  Hope you have a great day.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fancy a Cuppa?

Supplies:  Kaisercraft printed chipboard shapes, pp We R Memory Keepers 
Hippity Hoppity Range, machine stitching, Carson pink cardstock, 
WMS sentiment, Xcut L corner punch and adhesive.

Happy Monday everyone.  I am smiling because the current issue of Papercrafts just landed on my hall floor...woohoo!.  Off to have a cuppa and a browse through the wonderful inspiration.

Did you see that Paula over on Pollycraft is having a 24 hour sale on her new monkey set of digis - Chester.... he is adorable and I just nabbed him!.

Hope you have a great day and wonderful week.  Sun is shining here and there are blue skies, my laundry is blowing in the wind and the birds are singing - what more could one ask for?  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's your Birthday - eat something Cute!

Supplies:  Digi and sentiment - Pink Petticoat, Brown cardstock, 
pp We R Memory Keepers Hippity Hoppity Range, Fiskars 
notebook border punch, adhesive, copics, glossy accents 
and Diamond Stickles.

Today is my niece and god-daughter's birthday - Happy Birthday Chloe.  I forgot to take a photo of the card I sent her so I decided to share this fun one today instead.

The image and sentiment is from Pink Petticoat.  Am loving playing with them at the moment.  Used my new Fiskars punch - which I love! and added stickles and shine to the various frostings on the yummy cakes.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Friday and great weekend ahead. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thank you and Blog Candy winner

 Supplies:  American Crafts Thickers, pp MME Stella Rose, 
Papermania Black Cardstock, Paperchase black ribbon and adhesive!

 Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog on the Lily Pad Cards blog hop last week.  I really enjoyed reading all your lovely comments.  I promised some blog candy .... so the winner per random org is   

Very pretty horizontal layout! Nice use of color too! March 29, 2011 8:38 PM
Congrats Susan, you might email me your addy so I can get some goodies out to you.  Hope everyone has a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Packet Embellishments!

In Ireland there isn't the extensive selection of cardmaking supplies in stores that there is in other parts of the world but I always gravitate towards any supplies available!.  There is a book store in Killarney that sell some card making embellishments and I just had to pick some up when I was there in February.

Don't know about you but I have all sorts of stuff in my stash which include lots of embellishments.  I decided to dig into the box and start using some ..... here is what I came up with.  Hope this inspires you to dig out yours and start using your stash.

Supplies:  MME Stella Rose pp, Kraft card blank - Jillibean soup, watercolour paper, 
distress inks, Real Salvia Hero Arts Stamp, packet of embellishments!

I am going to draw the "goodies" winner from the comments left on my Lily Pad Cards Blog Hop post later and hopefully post tomorrow.  I am having back twinges at the moment and can't sit at my computer for long.... hopefully going to get it rectified in the morning first thing and will again be as right as rain!

Hope your day is going great.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Shaker Card for Mom or Grandma!

Supplies: Stella Rose - pp, Papermania cardstock stickers, Papermania Mini 
aperture box card blank, acetate, tea dye distress ink, blending tool, 
orange felt, PTI flower dies, Jane Beljo fimo button, clear sequins, 
embroidery floss and copics.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating in Ireland/UK today.

A quick share today - I made this up whilst making my Lily Pad Cards blog hop card (here) but decided to put acetate inside the window and convert it to a shaker.  Was going to fill with goodies but some of the Moms/Grandmas are off choccies for Lent.  So added some sequins instead.  My little helper was fantastic at this part (he was home sick from school).

Used some fun orange felt and my PTI flower dies and a Jane Beljo fimo button to finish it off.

My second card is the one for my Mom.

Secret Crafter - Butterflies

Thanks for peeking and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Enjoy your Day - Penny Black

Supplies:  Betsy Bluebell stamp and sentiment by Penny Black, Canson 
teal cardstock, Papermania Kraft card blank, XCut scallop border punch, 
Ranger fine black embossing powder, Papermania black ink, Papermania gems, 
copics, colouring pencils, Stella Rose pp, white gel pen, glossy accents, 
clear sequins, Diamond stickles and pop dots.

A number of months ago I won some PB stamps my friend Kathy Racoosin's blog - The Daily Marker.  I have been half terrified to pull them out and ink them up when I see what AMAZING things she creates with them on a daily basis.

I decided to "bite the bullet" and inked up this cutie for this week's Penny Black Challenge - wet embossing.
I am so glad I did, I had so much fun playing with Betsy Bluebell.
I did some colouring, paper piecing, added embellishments, glossy accents, decorated the inside, the list goes on... and on.... but I had lots of fun.  

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you have a great day/weekend.
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