Wednesday, 29 October 2008

'Throw a curve'

This uses downloads from to create a card for the This Thursday challenge. Crafters were asked to 'throw a curve' and as I tend to use straight lines for quickness it was quite an adventure for me! I cut away the front edge of the card and doodled a black and white border on white card, which I cut out and stuck on. I added a Christmas tree made from my own template, with beaded trim and gem flowers. The inside of the card is lined in another Pink Petticoat paper.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

1950s layout

This is a picture of my mother as a girl in a very posh frock. She told me the original was a turquoise shade so I altered it in Photoshop to tint the dress. The papers are from the EK Success 'Life' range, which I though toned very well.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

New baby card

This is a Hampton Art Stamps image, no 1223, 'A Star is Born', which I was sent as a freebie a while back. I kept to a rainbow pastel palette as I wanted a card suitable for either sex, and used gold embossing powder for a touch of sparkle. The watercolouring was actually done with felt pens and a waterbrush, and I added little touches of gold and pale green glitter so as not to overwhelm the delicate image. A quick rummage through my button jar produced the pastel and star buttons, and a similar rummage through my ribbon jar got me the sheer purple and green gingham ribbons. I added some Christmas jingle bells I bought in Lakeland a few years ago just to make it a bit more fun.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Scrap Christmas cards

As I'm reluctant to throw anything out, I find Christmas is an excellent time to use up all my little bits of paper I thought might come in handy. Long thin strips, trimmed from larger sheets, make up the background to this card, and a tiny tree cut from silver Bazzill Bling is decorated with some little gems. None of the material is specifically for Christmas, but it comes together to make quite a funky card.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Rainbow Christmas

This is the time of year when I really step up production of my Christmas cards - I send out over 200 each year, so many of them are done quite quickly. This is a great design for mass production, as the stamping is done in just one colour at a time, and the pieces can be cut and arranged quite quickly. I love rainbows and I always like finding ways to incorporate them into my crafting even at Christmas. This stamp from Kirsten Lapping Designs ( has been stamped in seven colours of ink onto seven shades of card to make a rainbow, on a black card base. I singled out one of the little trees on the green line to be glittered, to give the design a focus - I love glitter too, and it's a necessity at Christmas!