Peaches & Cream butterfly

Saturday, November 14, 2009

 I really enjoyed making this card. I stamped the frame in the centre of the card. On a separate piece of card I stamped the floral pattern (I stamped it twice to fill the area), I glued this inside the frame. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of card and cut it out, I folded the wings slightly to give a 3D effect. I put a piece of foam behind the butterfly's body and glued it into the centre of the frame. I stamped the text beneath the frame. I then quilled 4 circles and 4 hearts from cream paper, I carefully glued these in place (a tweezers is handy for this). I finished the four corners with half pearls. All the stamps I used were Anna Griffin In the Garden.

Butterfly invitation with quilling

I really wanted to add a quilled element to my card. With this card, I cut about an inch off the end of the card. I added a piece of printed victorian paper and put a strip of cream loop edged satin ribbon at the bottom. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of card and cut it out. I glued the butterfly to the front of the card at the bottom, so the base of the butterfly was level with the back to the card (so it would stand up properly). I added some flat backed pearls to the ribbon and to the body of the butterfly. Using a strip of cream paper I made the two quilled hearts and glued them carefully to the card. Would make a nice wedding invitation I thought.

Butterfly window card

For this card I stamped the frame and cut out the centre, I stamped the butterfly on a piece of card and cut it out. To attach the butterfly to the frame I made holes using a pin in the frame and corners of the butterfly and sewed it in place by hand. I cut out a square of floral print paper (Laura Ashley) and used some foam pads to stick it behind the frame. I added some half pearls to the corners of the frame. To finish I added two different tones and widths of pink grosgrain ribbon below the frame and two more half pearls. The hardest part was sewing the butterfly to the frame, a little tricky. Stamps were from Anna Griffin In the Garden.

peacock blue

The inspiration for both of these cards was the peacock.  I had a lovely peacock feather stamp I wanted to use by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.  I created the blue background to work on using some canvas textured card, I mixed some clear gesso and acrylic paint and painted the card.

For the first card I stamped the feathers in a semi circle in white ink. I gave the card a distressed look as below. I added a strip of white grosgrain ribbon and two pieces of foam raised the text section of the card. I added some flat backed gems as detail in the feathers. Text is Anna Griffin sentiments.

For the second card I simply stamped the peacock feathers in an even pattern using white ink. I created a slightly distressed look by rubbing the ink pad gently over the card, it picked up the grain of the card nicely. I made a bow and glued it to the top of the card. I had a nice piece of teal pleated moire ribbon that I added to the base of the card, I added the text on a separate piece of card and punched two holes in it to thread some ribbon through it. I finished the card off with some flat backed gems. Text is from Anna Griffin In the Garden set. 

Butterfly card

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I really enjoyed making this card. It was pretty simple. Just some blue card, pink grosgrain ribbon, butterfly stamp (In the garden Anna Griffin), pink Ink it Up, a pearl bead, silver string and a print out of a nice victorian pattern. The pink complemented the pale blue nicely. It turned out quite pretty.

Seed gift card

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Here's the simple seed gift card with inner mini envelope containing your gathered seeds.

Book bag

This is the book bag I made, it was pretty simple. I used a plain sage green linen fabric to make a small shopper style bag, I stamped two pieces of fabric using a butterfly stamp and added them to the top section of the bag. I added some cream grosgrain ribbon to the area where the two fabrics joined and I also added some to the handles. I finished the bag off with a wooden button.

Garden Inspiration folder

Here's a closer look at the garden folder I made. Inside there's a notebook and pencil that I covered and a set of seed packets to put gathered seeds in. I printed the text for the seeds out on the printer, then I stamped the butterfly stamp around the edges and then I distressed the edges by rubbing the stamp pad lightly over the edges.

Garden Inspirations

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Here's a taste of my latest creations inspired by a garden theme. I started by designing a garden folder containing notebook, pencil and seed packets. I went on then to make a matching book bag and seed gift card. Will post more photos soon!

Honeysuckle print

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I discovered a lovely print in a book called Victorian patterns & designs for artists and designers edited by Carol Belanger Grafton. It's based around the honeysuckle flower, the original had a black background and I inverted it in Photoshop and added cream to the background. I kept the rest of the card pretty simple, adding text using Anna Griffin sentiments on a richer cream card and finally I added the yellow gold satin ribbon to lift the card.

new cards

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Here's a couple of cards I created over the weekend. I made the background paper using the Laura Ashley traditional stamp with white acrylic paint. The blue and white was Wedgwood inspired, the vintage lace just seemed to work well with the feel of the card and the satin ribbon finished things off nicely.

new to blogging!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I'm pretty new to the whole blogging thing, just finding my feet, it'll get better I promise!

my first few cards...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ok, so here's my first attempts at card making!