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Archive for October, 2009

Get Well Soon


Followed Heather’s Whiff of Joy Challenge # 52 sketch but was too late to post.

Found the sketch late in the week and then had to go to Waterford hospital on the Wednesday.

Good news though the splint is off the finger and I am able to drive again (6 weeks not being able to drive… yuk) If you know Ireland you will understand, I live in the country with no trains or bus routes. Nearest town 15 mins away.

Pins will be removed from finger about the beginning of December when hopefully hand will be back to normal.

Wanted a bright card for Catherine to cheer her up after the operation and hopefully this will make her smile.

Used Fred the elephant from Whiff of Joy, coloured with Copic Markers. Papers by Basic Grey – mixture of Offbeat and Cupcake. Punched two circles, added flowers and brad from stash. Stitched main paper onto card.


The Beauty of a Rose


Roses are my favourite flower especially the fragrant Blue Moon variety.

Bought a set of clear stamps which are all roses and have never got around to using them until today.

Quite a simple card this time not much to it, but oh so pretty.

Cut out one large nestability labels 5, stamped with StazOn cherry pink and coloured with Copic Markers. Basic Grey Indian Summer papers, so rich and vibrant, were stitched onto cardstock, ribbon also stitched.

Made a tag from one of the labels 5 added an eyelet and ribbon then slipped it behind the image.

Flowers are from Prima except the middle white ones which are made with a punch and then 3 little pearl beads were added.

Candy tots and another couple of labels 5 with a sentiment completed the card.

Just love these colours hope you do.


Swinging Kitty


Patricia and I had a pre-view Friday night of Marina’s new shop. Wow we were in heaven and Marina let us purchase some items.

Well Patricia couldn’t resist this little fella so she bought him. Later that evening we had a play around with him, neither one of us had time to put him on a card so he was just left on the desk.

Flicking through the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper pad which I bought at the crop on Saturday I realised they matched my little kitty perfectly, even though they are Christmas papers.

Matched up string with the washing line and tied it to B-B-Q skewars, all distrssed with inks first. Also distressed edges of paper and the die cut fence. Flowers and rub-ons all from stash.

Can’t wait to see Patricia’s completed card and to ask if I can borrow her stamp because when I make another card I want to cut around him and just have him hanging from the line. Won’t that look cool.


Woof Woof


Bought this stamp at the crop yesterday and couldn’t wait to use it. Stamped and embossed it with black embossing powder. Next time will try without embossing, disappointed with light reflecting on image and left no room to colour pressies.

Coloured in with watercolour pencils. Lace, card and paper were all stitched on, edges made with Martha Stewart punch. Flowers were punched with various punches and hand sewn together with a gold bead. Single flowers, bead was glued on. Ribbons from stash and papers from Pink Petticoat.


Soooo Cute


Just had to post this tonight after coming back from Laura’s crop (Crafty Angels). Isn’t she just the most adorable stamp?

Will post the other card later, want to tweak a little with some embellies.


John-Paul’s Birthday Card – Dodo in Fright


This little guy, nicknamed, Dodo was already coloured and sitting on my desk waiting for all the assembled bits to be stuck on when Patricia arrived to take me to the hairdressers (still can’t drive, will know more on 28th of this month). A big wet and sloppy thank you Patricia. She fell in love with him and wanted to make her own Dodo. After hairdressers she sat down and made a Dodo of her own, not sure what she is going to call it watch this space. Newsflash she has called him Pee Wee.

Dodo was created using Copic markers and his beak diamond glazed, googly eyes and strands of yellow fibres were added. Distressed edges and various rangers ink pads were used for shading. Lots of other delightful things were added to the card after his creation. Papers from Shabby Princess, edges distressed and stamped with faux stitching. Black card punched with Stamping Up punch, distressed, scrunched and then spritzed with Glimmer Mist. Green and yellow card spritzed with Glimmer Mist, branch cut out of green card using craftwork cards template. The same yellow fibres were then folded around the black card. Candy tots, distressed cord tied in a knot and sentiment complete dodo’s habitat.

Oh by the way John-Paul your dad wanted to call the card something else, will leave that to your imagination to guess what.

Love for anyone else to leave a comment and let me know what you think Dodo should be called.

You’re The One


Started looking for papers to make my sons birthday card (day before halloween) when I came across this card tucked in amongst some papers -what are we like with all our stash. Decided it looked good enough to post so here it is.

Papers and image are all from Pink Petticoat. Can’t remember who the flourish stamps are by it was so long ago.

Christening Card


I thought I would share with you today what I call my bread and butter cards, these help to pay for my habit (crafting that is).

The stamped image of the cute baby dress has been coloured in with copic markers. It is then put through the printer so I can personalise. To carry the theme through I also coloured in the name plate, teddy and the candy tots (what did we do before candy tots) with the same copics. Papers are from Hot Off The Press – Pretty Swirls, I matched the colours around the papers.

I scan in my images when finished and print them onto the front and back of my cards. I also put the same images on the inners with an appropriate verse.




Well here it is the first Christmas card for 2009 which I taught to my class last night.

The card was made with a large Hampton Art stamp called Frosty. Frosty was stamped onto glossy cardstock with a versamark clear stamp pad and then embossed with black embossing powder. He was then put through a mega nestability and also the swiss dots cuttlebug folder. (I’m sure it didn’t hurt because he is still smiling.) Snowflake was punched out six times and then pieced together with a snowflake brad which was coloured with copic markers (B12 and BG34). Holly on his hat also coloured with same copics and red liquid pearls added for the finishing touch. Background paper from Artylicious Christmas CD, border strip was made with a Martha Stewart punch, all other embellishments from stash.

Girls went away pleased with their cards.

Yummy Tag Books


Karen of the Madhatters taught me how to make these with 12 x 12 papers and I think they are really yummy.

Both are made with Anna Griffin double sided papers.

The stamping on the paper, not sure who the stamps are made by, bought the stamps from a little stand at Thorpe Park Craft Fair UK (now Farnborough Craft Fair) they are really fantastic for vintage work.

Images on the tags are from a CD by Joanna Sheen.

Aren’t they just divine