pink delights!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sometimes you just need to make a pink, flowery, glittery card, it makes you feel good! This card is all out girlie pink sparkly fun! I enjoyed every minute making it! I just added a little black for drama and contrast.

I used some fab digi papers to make this card. The hot pink stripe paper is from the Shabby Stripes color collection at Cupcake Cards & Crafts. The stunning roses paper is part of the Painted Florals paper set at Scrap Girls. I used a white pen to create some faux stitching on the striped paper for a change. I painted the brads with Creative Inspirations Paint in Tickled Pink.

A little close up of all the glittery goodness. I masked the sentiment with a rectangle of card to make the glitter border. The little rose I brushed with PVA and sprinkled some glitter on top. The sentiment is from Anna Griffin.

The lovely black 100% silk ribbon and the black velvet ric rac are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I added a few other bits of lace, embroidery thread and buttons that I had.

* A little bit of news, Sharon Johnson kindly asked me to be the Guest Designer for the month of July on her Stamp Simply (No Time To Stamp) blog. I'm really excited to play along, the rest of the DT have some amazing cards! My first post will be on Friday July 2nd!*


Cardstock/ Paper: Hot pink card, Shabby Stripes from Cupcake cards & crafts, Painted Florals from Scrap Girls
Stamps: Anna Griffin sentiments
Ink: Black Archival Ink
Other: Black silk ribbon and black velvet ric rac from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, pink lace, white lace, pink satin ribbon, black ribbon, hot pink organza, buttons, paper flower, circle scallop, double sided tape, glue, PVA, white pen, brads, Creative Inspirations Paint in Tickled Pink, glitter diamond dust in blue violet.

pretty floral kanzashi...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I did mention that Kanzashi was addictive right? I just love making these little flowers! Well, I  had a look through my stash of fabric and rediscovered this cute blue and pink little floral print cotton fabric, sooo sweet and perfect for my Kanzashi flower! I decided to keep the card pretty CAS, as simple as possible for me anyway.! I love this color combo, nice n' fresh!

So, I made a little easel card for this one, not too much going on I wanted the Kanzashi flower to speak for itself. I picked out the dusky pink color in the fabric and luckily I had some matching ribbon and a few buttons   in the right color.

Just a quick sentiment from Anna Griffin stamped in Rose Bud. I was surprised how well the fabric glued down to the card, I did iron it first though. Cutting straight lines in fabric was my biggest challenge!

It's much easier to get a crisp finish by using a cotton fabric and by ironing some of the folds. I did back the flower with a circle of fabric and a circle of card on top of that to give it a bit more strength. It also makes it easier to glue to the card.


Cardstock/ Paper: White card, blue paper
Stamps: Anna Griffin (sentiment) In the Garden
Ink: Memento Rose Bud
Other: Blue & pink roses cotton fabric, dusky rose grosgrain ribbon, dusky rose satin ribbon, foam pads, glue, double sided tape, natural twine, buttons, needle & thread, sewing machine, pins.

black & beige

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's time for Sketch Challenge #3 at The Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog. This is a great sketch by the way, I love the arrangement. I decided to go for a black and beige color combo for a change, challenge myself a bit! I used some of the gorgeous papers from October Afternoon - The Thrift Shop, all the papers are sooo beautiful and easy to combine.

I actually really like this color combo now, it feels very grown up. The papers give the card a really elegant feel. I used some more beautiful ribbons from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. The black ribbon is a gorgeous 100% silk ribbon, sooo nice to work with. I also used some nice beige twill and black velvet ric rac.

I layered a few bows and added a little beige stitching on the machine. I hope you can see all the little details, black is hard to photograph! I painted some brads using Creative Inspirations Paint in Onyx and added them to the corners.

I stamped the image in black on ordinary brown paper backed with card. I painted the frame using the same Creative Inspirations Onyx paint as before. I added a little extra shimmer by painting the back section of the stamp in a light layer of Gold CI paint. I added some nice shiny black buttons to finish.


Cardstock/ Paper: Black card, Papers from October Afternoon - The Thrift Shop
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Afternoon Tea
Ink: Archival Ink - Jet Black
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paint in Gold and Onyx
Other: 100% silk black ribbon, beige twill, black velvet ric rac all from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, beige stitched grosgrain, brads, beige thread, sewing machine, glue, scissors, paint brush, foam pads, double sided tape.

lace kanzashi flower...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I finally had a bit of time yesterday to make some Kanzashi flowers. I've been dying to try them for a while now. I bought a book Kanzashi in bloom by Diane Gilleland, it has great step by step illustrations on how to make them. I made this one out of a wide piece of lace I had, it's slightly softer than if you make them out of cotton fabric. It's actually easier to make them out of cotton but I just wanted a lace one to match my card!!

I was surprised how easy it was to make, once you get the hang of the folds. If you've done any Origami then you'll find it fairly easy. The hardest part for me was getting the shape right once you thread all the petals together. I glued a fabric circle to the back and then a paper circle on top of that to make it easier to glue to my card. Plain fabrics or small prints look best. There's loads of different variations on petals and size. It is very addictive, I can't wait to get some more fabric and try some more!! It's very  satisfying when you've finished one and you can add any centre you want.

I used some more of the lovely ribbons I won from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I used some fab crochet lace, the incredibly soft 100% silk cream ribbon, some great striped ribbon and a bit of beige twill that I  gathered and sewed on the machine.

Of course I had to add a little glitz with some Creative Inspirations Paint, I just love the little extra it adds when you move the card and see it shimmer. To create the effect here I simple sponged around the edges of the card in layers. I used Autumn Wheat, Gold and Tan. It really gives a lovely light quality to the card. I did a little textured stitching around the edges and at the paper join.

The fab turquoise digital paper I used is from the Gardenologie Paper Pack by Quirky Twirp at The Digichick. The little bit of text at the bottom is from the Parisian Paper pack at Scrap Girls. The sentiment is Anna Griffin. You wouldn't believe the difference that little pale turquoise button made to the card, I was so glad when I found it in my big bag of buttons, it just brought the whole card together nicely!


Cardstock/ Paper: White card, Digital Paper from Gardenologie at The Digichick, Parisian Papers from Scrap Girls
Stamps: Anna Griffin Sentiments
Ink: Ink it Up Chocolate brown
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paints Autumn Wheat, Gold and Tan
Other: Cream 100% silk ribbon, crochet lace, twill and striped ribbon all from the Stamp Simply Ribbon store, 4" wide lace, natural twine, needle, cotton thread, sewing machine, glue, double sided tape, scissors, foam pads, buttons, sponge.

Vintage Paris...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I've been dying to do a Paris inspired card for a while and try out some of the fab ribbons I won from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for the Shabby Tearoom challenge. The ribbons are stunning, the cream ribbon I used here is a 100% silk ribbon, it's so soft and lovely to work with. The handwritten background paper is actually an old letter that I scanned and printed, it was a letter from my grandfather to my grandmother written during WW2, the handwriting is so beautiful, I'm so delighted to use it in my card!

I hope you can see some of the lovely shimmer from the Creative Inspiration Paints I used. I was really pleasantly surprised how great they were to use in creating an antique look. I used a few different colors to create this effect, first I added a color wash of Caramel, then I added some Tan around the edges with a sponge, I added some Antique Copper and Chocolate on top of that around the edges, again using a sponge.

* You've got a chance to win 5 lovely jars of  Creative Inspirations Paint (colors of your choice) at the moment over at the Creative Inspirations Blog, you have until July 5th!! Kassi has some great ideas on transforming your flowers with CI paints too!! *

The image of the Eiffel tower is one of my own photos from a trip we took a few years ago. I converted it to black and white and printed it on plain white paper. When I added the Caramel color wash the edges bled a little resulting in a beautiful soft image!! I then added the paints as listed above. I painted the little paper rose in Caramel as well. The textured stitching was white and I sponged some of the paint over it.

The crochet lace is also from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. It adds a lovely texture to the card. I did use a lot of layers of lace and ribbon on the card but I love how it turned out! The pearl and gold embellishment is an old vintage earring, I had been keeping it for just the right card. You can expect a few more Paris themed card from me soon!


Cardstock/ Paper: White card, white paper, scanned copy of vintage letter, photo of Eiffel tower printed on white paper
Paints: Creative Inspiration Paints in Caramel, Tan, Antique Copper, Chocolate and Winter Frost
Other: Brown grosgrain ribbon, beige lace, 100% silk cream ribbon (from The Stamp Simply Ribbon store), cream crochet lace (also from The Stamp Simply Ribbon store), cream and brown scallop edge lace, natural twine, paper rose, brads, button, large vintage earring, white thread, sewing machine, foam pads, double sided tape, glue.

Beach Dreamin'

Here's my little card for the Creative Inspirations DT color challenge - Beach Dreamin'. I just love the traditional beach huts they have dotted along the beaches in England, they're such a great idea, I wish they had them in Ireland! I hope you're familiar with them anyway! My aim was for a bright and cheery card, bunting and buttons always helps with this I think!

I simply drew the little beach hut, measured out the stripes and painted them in Creative Inspirations Royal Blue and Winter Frost. When the Royal Blue was dry I went back over them in Tanzanite but I left an edge of the Royal Blue. I used Sunshine on the roof and door frame. I added a little brad for the door handle and painted that in Sunshine too.

I made the sky blue background with blending chalks. I had already sewn around the edges in white thread, I went over the stitching with the blue blending chalk, I really like how it turned out! I stamped the sentiment in the same Royal Blue Creative Inspirations Paint. Don't forget to have a peek at the rest of the DT ideas at the Creative Inspirations blog. I hope you're all enjoying some summer sun, we're lucky we have some here at the moment!!


Cardstock/paper:  White card, yellow gingham digital paper from Sweet Ginghams set from Cupcake cards & crafts
Stamp: Anna Griffin In the Garden (sentiment)
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paint in Royal Blue, Tanzanite, Winter Frost and Sunshine
Other: Yellow embroidery thread, twine, foam pads, double sided tape, glue, buttons, scissors, white thread, sewing machine, blending chalks, brad, paint brush.

Isabelle's little house...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I just thought I'd share a few pics of another creative project I've been working on. It was Isabelle's 3rd birthday last friday, Niall had been building this little summer house for her the past few weeks and I decorated the inside.

My mom is much better at sewing than me so she made all the lovely curtains, blinds and cushions.

Niall made this cute little fold down table out of some spare MDF, it really saves on space. I had loads of pink paint left over from decorating Isabelle's bedroom last year so that's why there's so much pink! The old chair used to be my grandmother's.

I love this style of blind, it's so easy to make and is really pretty. All the fabric came from a polka dot duvet cover.

Niall did a little scallop edging with the jigsaw, we drew out the shape using the lid off a jar! The little table is attached to the wall with a piano hinge. I mixed a little white paint with the pink paint to make the pale pink for the floor and table.

Niall made a simple day bed from MDF and a simple wood frame. The pillows came with the duvet and my mom made the little bolsters.

Niall repeated the same scallop detail on the bottom of the bed and I used the same pink paint to finish it off.

I did manage to make a little bunting with the left over bits of fabric, they really make the place so cheery!

Oh and I did a little painting with her name and a few little pretty flowers and a matching birdie!

Isabelle was thrilled! It's so nice to have a little place in the garden to go to, especially with our unpredictable weather, we'll be having lots of tea parties!!! 

Let's have tea...

Monday, June 7, 2010

I made this little card for the inaugural Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge! A great reason to try out a few more of my stamps from the Afternoon Tea set from Waltzingmouse Stamps too! It was a really nice sketch to work with and my card has a little surprise inside!!

Of course I had to add a little shimmer with my Creative Inspirations Paint, it's becoming a bit of an addiction now, I used Winter Frost here, it's one of my favourites! The absolutely fab little crochet flower I bought on Etsy from Annie Design, she's based in Ireland and makes adorable handcrafted crochet applique. I bought a set and they came in a cute little pink organza bag!

Ok, and now for the little surprise inside, I made a little matching sachet for a tea bag of your choice. I just love this digital polka dot paper from Cupcake Cards and Craft, it goes perfectly with the soft peachy pink ribbon. I used another of the Afternoon Tea stamps set as a label. A nice little surprise for the recipient!

Inside the sachet is more of the printed text paper that I used on the front of the card. It's from a wildflower book, I scanned and printed the page, I couldn't ever bring myself to tear a page from a book!! I thought about how I'd attach the little sachet to the card, I was going to make a pocket, but I wanted to do something with ribbon, so I came up with a simple solution. Two slits and a length of ribbon, quick and easy!! (with another surprise at the back of the card!)

To make the little sachet, I just adapted a seed packet template, I made it smaller, just a little bigger than the tea bag. I added a little of the grosgrain and picot ribbon to match the card.

A happy result of the slits and ribbon holder, I decided to make a feature of the ribbon at the back by adding a little bow. A nice little end to my card, I don't often think of decorating the back of my cards but I really like how this turned out!!

I wasn't sure if the colors would work together but it turned out nice, soft and peachy! Oh yeah, I nearly forgot the teacups on the front of the card, I stamped them in a brown outline on card and on a piece of lace. I painted the cups on card in Winter Frost and cut out with a craft knife, I cut out the main cup section from the lace and attached to the card, I hope you can see that, just a little detail!!


Cardstock/ paper: cream/ beige card, white scallop border square, coffee polka dot digital paper, text from old Wildflower book (scanned and printed)
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Afternoon Tea
Ink: Ink it up Chocolate Brown
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paints Winter Frost
Other: Handcrafted Crochet Applique by Annie Design at Etsy, pale pink lace, beige lace, peachy pink grosgrain ribbon, picot edge pale pink ribbon, natural twine, white thread, sewing machine, paint brush, craft knife, scissors, glue, double sided tape.

It's clearly sparkling...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

It's CIDT challenge time again! The challenge this week at Creative Inspirations was 'It's Clearly Sparkling' - the team had to use CI paint on acetate or acrylic. I have to admit I haven't used much acetate in my card making, so this was a bit of a challenge! It can be a tricky material to work with.

So, I decided to simply paint a rose directly onto the acetate using a palette of CI paints and this would be the focus of the design. I wanted it to look fairly soft, almost like a watercolor. I used Green Olive, Sunshine and Emerald for the foliage. For the pink rose and rosebud I used Blush, Tutu Pink, Mango, Fushia and for the highlights I used Winter Frost and Pink Highlights. The shimmer turned out really nice on the acetate but I wanted to add a little extra to the roses, so I sprinkled a little glitter dust on them while they were still wet.

The base card is just cream card that I stitched a border on the sewing machine and painted the edges with Tutu Pink. The sentiment is Anna Griffin with the same treatment as the base card with a little pink lace sewn at the bottom. I finished it off with a layered bow and tiny pink button. Don't forget to have a look at the Creative Inspirations blog to see all the other great ideas from the DT.


Cardstock: Cream card
Stamps: Anna Griffin In the Garden (sentiment)
Paints: Creative Inspirations Paint in Green Olive, Sunshine, Emerald, Blush, Fushia, Mango, Winter Frost, Pink Highlights, Tutu Pink
Ink: Versa Magic Tea Leaves
Other: Acetate, glitter dust, white thread, sewing machine, double sided tape, glue, scissors, pink organza ribbon, pink lace, green stitched ribbon, little pink button.

Shabby teapot

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

*My card was picked for the FAB 4!!!*

I made this card for The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC31. It's my first time taking part in one of their challenges, I just loved the color combo. I also got to try out my new Afternoon Tea stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, sooo lovely.

This was actually my first time making an easel card too! I just never got around to it. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, I can't believe I didn't make one sooner! The lovely digital papers are from the Vintage Lilac Paper Collection and Shabby Stripes from Cupcake Cards & Crafts.

The ribbon border I used above I discovered on the Waltzing Mouse Blog, Claire Brennan is so talented! She has a tutorial on her blog for the ribbon border, it's so simple and I love how it looks! I used Creative Inspirations Paint in Plum to stamp the teapot and sentiment. I cut out the teapot and did a little paper piecing using the Vintage Lilac papers. I picked out some elements (the teapot handle and the edges of the sentiment) and painted these in a mix of Plum and Chocolate paint, I also painted the little pearls with this mix.

I painted a lavender border around the edge of the base card using Lavender Creative Inspirations paint. I did a little stitching on the sewing machine on both backgrounds and added a few other details. I'm really happy how it turned out.


Cardstock/ paper: White card, digital papers Vintage Lilac Paper Collection & Shabby Stripes from Cupcake Cards & Crafts, Green polka dot paper from Attic Treasures
Stamps: Afternoon Tea from Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint in Plum, Lavender and Chocolate
Other: Lavender ribbon, lilac lace, lilac organza ribbon, white thread, sewing machine, paint brush, flat backed pearls, lavender bead, button, lavender sequins, double sided tape, glue and foam pads.