Thank You!

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's time to make a few thank you cards I think! I have some lovely Webster's Pages paper left over from Christmas, I love that they're not overly Christmassy so you can still use most of them after Christmas! This one's from Waiting for Santa. I love this shade of green, it's so soft and serene!

The sentiment is from my all time favorite Waltzingmouse Stamps set Fancy Phrases, I use it all the time!! The label is from Spellbinders Labels 4 Dies, I softened the edges by rubbing a sage green ink pad over it. The beautiful flower is a Whimsy flower from Webster's Pages, a perfect match!

We're not doing anything too exciting for New Year's, just having a nice relaxing evening at home. 2010 was an interesting year, some good, some bad. I'm extremely thankful of some exciting opportunities that came my way! Here's hoping 2011 is a better year for Ireland! It's a good time to set some goals and start fresh!! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!! : )

Butterfly Mobile

Thursday, December 30, 2010

In the current issue (87) of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine (UK) I have a masterclass tutorial on how to make this butterfly mobile for a girl's bedroom. I had so much fun making it and the people at the magazine were so nice because they sent it back to me after they photographed it, Isabelle fell in love with it and thought it was for her! She was so delighted when it arrived back in a box. It's now hanging in her bedroom!

It's a four page article, with step by step instructions on how to make the mobile. At the back of the magazine (and also on their website) there are the templates for the butterflies. I used ribbon instead of string and it was much easier to make. Here's a few more pics I took before I sent it off.

I used a variety of different card for the butterflies, mainly from the K&Co. Smitten Paper Pad, I also used some pink glittered card and patterned acetate.

I used some clear embossing powder to give a gloss finish to some of the butterflies. I varied the size of the butterflies and layers. For some extra detail I added some sequins and beads to the bodies of the butterflies. For full details check out the current issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine!!

Sweet Rocking horse!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A clean and simple card from me this week for the Shabby Tea Room challenge, Shabby Chic Baby! The challenge is to make a baby card or project using some type of fabric. This week's sponsor is Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and I used rocky da rocking horse digital stamp for my card.

To get the floral print on the rocking horse, I printed the image out twice. On one of the images I layered a piece of floral cotton fabric over the image with PVA glue. The fabric was quite lightweight so you can see the details of the horse through the fabric. Once it was dry I cut it out, just the body not the hair. I layered the cut out over the second image of the horse. I just loved the fresh crispness of the fabric with the white I didn't want to do much else to the card. So all I added was a little zig zag stitching around the edges. It turned out quite sweet.

Don't forget to check out the wonderful creations from the rest of the DT at the Shabby Tea Room! Enjoy the rest of the holidays! : )

Stylish blogger...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thanks Deborah for giving me this, very kind of you! You should check out Deborah's cards, really pretty and she's a big Waltzingmouse Stamps fan too! I finally grabbed a minute to do this!! We had a lovely Christmas Day, very hectic but a lot of fun. It's nice to relax a little bit today! Thankfully the weather is turning milder here, melting the snow and ice so hopefully we may have running water again soon!!

Part of accepting this award is to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. Thanks Deborah!
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pass it on to 8 bloggers
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award

Ok, so 8 things about me! hmm...
  1. I love gardening, being in the garden, sowing seeds, bulbs..... filling the garden with flowers and scent! We do have a decent sized veggie patch too!
  2. I studied graphic design at art college.
  3. I love painting, mainly with acrylics but I like watercolors too!
  4. My lovely daughter Isabelle (3.5) is my biggest joy and makes me smile everyday!
  5. I love turkish delight, chocolate covered ginger, Toblerones.... bit of a sweet tooth! 
  6. I was born in Welwyn Garden City in England but grew up in Ireland.
  7. I love animals, when I was younger I had 4 rabbits and 5 guinea pigs!! I've a real soft spot for bunnies! Any stray cat also knows how to find me! Yes, I do enjoy birdwatching!
  8. I get really motion sick on anything that moves, boats, fairground rides, planes, don't even spin me on a wheely chair!!
8 bloggers that I love to visit and to receive this award, in no particular order! All very inspiring ladies! Do pop along and visit their blogs, I'm sure you'll enjoy!
  1. A little bit of the things I enjoy
  2. Mikey's Mom
  3. Creative Stamping Ideas
  4. Injoy Stampin' with Robyn
  5. Craft Obsession
  6. Sparkly Girl -Tina
  7. Bee Divine Designs
  8. Hannas Hobbyblogg
I hope you're enjoying your holidays! Off to make some lunch! Lots of turkey to get through, Niall ordered a bird that was way too big for just the three of us!! 

Sparkly White Christmas Tree!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ok, I wasn't going to make any more Christmassy projects but I was browsing some blogs yesterday and I saw a brilliant tutorial on how to make these crepe paper Christmas Trees. Aren't they so pretty!! Karin at Creative Chaos makes the most beautiful frilly Christmas trees, check out her tutorial here. This is my first attempt, Karin's trees are much more full and flouncy (gorgeous!), I'll definitely give it another go! Karin also made some lovely pink trees, I would have made a pink one but I only had this off-white crepe paper. I teamed the white with some sparkly silver.

I added a little label to mine using Spellbinders Labels 14 and Holiday Labels 14 by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I used embossing powder in Tinsel Silver. The sentiment is from Compliments of the Season also from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I added a little star to the top that I covered in sliver glitter. There's a little bit of mini silver tinsel around the bottom of the star. I topped that off with a little white velvet ribbon.

For some of the little decorations I embossed the mini hearts from Around Christmastime from Waltzingmouse Stamps in silver. I decorated some little silver bells with tinsel, I added a few silver sequins and sparkly stars. There's a few mini pom poms and pearl beads on there too!

I had to photograph it with a blue background, you just couldn't see it against white!! This really was a fun project to make, there's so many possibilities with these little trees and you don't need that many materials! It didn't take too long to make either. I hope you're staying warm. It's still very snowy and cold here in Ireland! Happy Christmas! : )

Scandinavian Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Just a quick post, we're still struggling with the cold and snow here! Any trip out is quite an expedition!! (mainly because of the conditions of the roads! I've added a few photos at the end!) Ok, so here's my little project for this week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room, the theme is Scandinavian Christmas. I made a quick card with some digi papers (polka dots and gingham). The snowflake digi stamp (Circular Merry Christmas Sentiment) is from this week's sponsor Digital Delights by Loubyloo. The inspiration photo for the challenge is below. I made a fun mug warmer from a recycled leg warmer my mom was knitting years ago but never got around to finishing! I just loved the stripe pattern. I did make the large pom poms (with my mom's pom pom maker!) It has a velcro fastening. Hopefully it'll keep my tea a little warmer in this cold weather! : )

I love this inspiration photo, the red and white, the textures, shapes and patterns. Lots of potential inspiration here, can't wait to see what you come up with. Don't forget to check out the Shabby Tea Room blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have come up with! Here's a few photos of the snowy conditions we have at the moment!

There's lots of pretty forests surrounding us, they look so wonderful covered in a dusting of snow.

A little morning sunshine coming through the fence! 

And this is the road, where I hear you ask?? The snow all blends into the road. Yep, all the national roads have been cleared and gritted but any regional and local roads have not!! We're pretty much left to fend for ourselves! Thankfully some kind farmers do grit any hills and slopes but they can only do so much!

You just have to drive pretty slowly and steadily. Snow chains are illegal here, not many people have winter tyres, we usually wouldn't need them with our mild winters!

Most people are only traveling during the day in case they get stuck. Luckily people are very willing to help you if your car gets stuck. There's always a farmer not too far away with a tractor if you get really stuck! There is one little person who is very much enjoying the snow!! 

And making snow angels!! 

I hope you're all staying warm. Thanks to everyone who visits my blog and takes the time to leave me encouraging comments, it really means a lot to me. I am truly grateful! I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas!! 

Old gold and cream

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Not long to go now, it feels like I've been making Christmas cards forever... can't wait for Valentine's! Ok, so here's my card for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge (WMS28). I turned the sketch on it's side for my card.

I've been doing a lot of red, gold and green (it is my fav combo for Christmas!), so for a change I went with gold and cream. I stamped the background with Text-It from Waltzingmouse Stamps using brown acrylic paint on a gold wash background. The off-white bow is a strip of torn dress lining fabric.

I embossed some card using Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake for the background behind the tree. For the Tattered Angels chipboard frame I painted it gold, then cream and then sanded it gently when it was dry to reveal some of the gold.

I stamped and heat embossed the tree in mirror gold, the tree is from Nutcracker Sweet by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I added a few Zva Creative colored crystals as twinkling lights. 

The sentiment is from Around Christmastime from Waltzingmouse Stamps that I embossed in gold. I added a little bell and a small vintage pearl.

I hope you can see some of the lovely shimmer of the gold, it really glows! I love a bit of pom pom trim so I added a little bit at the bottom. 

Check out some of the lovely creations from the rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the WMS DT at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. I hope you're nearly all ready for Christmas!! I've still a lot to do! 

A few more tags!

Friday, December 17, 2010

I made a couple more tags, well a few days ago but this is the first chance I've had to post them! Bit of a hullabaloo with my car (battery died with the cold!), stranded, finally made it home! The roads are very bad here, I couldn't actually see the road on my way home, everything was white!! Home by the fire now. We will have to venture out tomorrow to get to the shops (for food, we have all the presents!!), should be interesting!!

I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 14 for the main shape of the tag. The green background paper I decorated using Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake and rubbed with a red ink pad. I edged the tag with a little gold acrylic paint. I love Spellbinders Fancy tags, here I just sponged the edges with gold paint.

The sentiment is from Compliments of the Season from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The holly is a digital stamp from Paper Garden Projects, it's from the Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp set. I just painted it with a little acrylic paint and added some Glossy Accents to the berries.

For the second tag, I used the same techniques. The poinsettia is from the same stamp set Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp set from Paper Garden Projects, I just printed two images, painted, cut out and layered them. The sentiment is from Compliments of the Season by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

For an extra vintage touch I added a little vintage clip-on earring under the sentiment. I distressed the edges of the label with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I used some cream pom pom trim on this tag.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Lots of other things to do in the meantime!! Hope the weather's better where you are!!

A couple of tags...

Monday, December 13, 2010

This week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room is 'Warm and Snuggly' - create something with felt. So, I made a little felt flower, really easy with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die! I'm busy making tags at the moment, so I popped my felt flower on this pretty holly tag.

This flower would look great in white felt too! I added a few little bits and pieces including some Prima pearls, a small holly decoration, a bit of seam binding and a small tag. I used Spellbinders Labels 14 for the main tag shape. The holly paper is from Vintage Christmas tags from the Digichick and I just sponged the edges with red paint. The sentiment is from Teeny Trees by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Here's one of the other tags I made using the same shape, it's just the perfect size for a tag and the shape is a little more interesting. This fab paper is from Christmas Retrospect Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp at the Digichick. This time I just brushed a little gold acrylic paint on the edges and I added a little gold ribbon to the top of the tag.

The mini tag is from Tags Trio by Spellbinders and sentiment is from Seasons of Love - Tags by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I still have a few bells so I added them with a little twine! Oh and some gorgeous Webster's Pages Bloomers, love that stuff!


Card/Paper: White card, Christmas Retrospect Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp at the Digichick, Vintage Christmas tags
Stamps: Teeny Trees and Seasons of Love - Tags by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Impress Forest Green, Ink it Up - True Red
Other: Webster's Pages Bloomers - Berry, gold bells, twine, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Labels 14, Die Cutting Machine, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, gold ribbon, gold acrylic paint, lace, holly decoration, ribbon, Prima Pearls, hole punch, beige seam binding.

This week's sponsor at The Shabby Tea Room is Amazing Music Box.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

I love this Poinsettia image from the Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp set from Paper Garden Projects. I printed it directly on to some patterned paper (Retrospect 365 by Quirky Twerp at the Digichick), I made two copies and cut them out so I could layer them to give a more 3D effect. I did paint a light layer of red acrylic paint over the finished flower to make it more vibrant.

I painted the centre stems with a little gold paint and sprinkled a little glitter on while it was still wet. I love the way the patterned paper adds a lovely texture to the surface of the leaves.

This lovely sentiment is from the same digital set. I just tore the edges and distressed with gold paint. It's layered over some snowflake embossed paper that I sponged with the same gold paint.

I've printed out some smaller Poinsettia images for some tags I'm making. You'll be seeing quite a few tags from me in the coming days! It's getting pretty close to Christmas now and I've still loads of things I wanted to make!! So I'm thinking tags are a bit quicker to do, so I can make more, that's the plan anyway! : )


Card/Paper: Cream card, Retrospect 365 by Quirky Twerp at the Digichick, The Conservatory Collection by 7Gypsies
Stamps: Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set from Paper Garden Projects
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Other: Red acrylic paint, gold paint, button, cream pom pom trim, red ribbon, sewing machine, Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake, die cutting machine, foam pads, lace.

Pom Pom Snowman!!! : )

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Yes I did have lots of fun making my pom pom snowman!! I found a pom pom maker at my mom's house the other day, now that's a handy gadget!! Pom pom mountains are forming! So I incorporated some pom poms into this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge (WMSC 27). I flipped the sketch upside down, the circles in the sketch are the snowman's head and body!

The background I stamped using Frame-It from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I masked the edges and filled the centre with some text from Text-It also from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Then I masked the centre and stamped some random snowflakes around the frame, the snowflake motif is from Seasons of Love - Tags from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I made the candy cane from some quilled coils.

I used some felt string for his scarf, some cotton buds (Q-tips) painted black for his arms, his eyes are quilled coils, his nose is a quilled coil that I pulled the centre out to make a carrot shape and he's got some tiny beads for his mouth.

I combined two sentiments to make 'Christmas hugs', a little bit from Frame-It and Teeny Trees, stamped using VersaMagic Tea Leaves. The stripe paper is from A Time of Wonder by Danielle Engebretson at The Digichick.

My little snowman is completely detachable from the card, ready to hang on your Christmas tree. My daughter Isabelle (3) had her eye on him even as I was making him. She kept asking 'when can I put him on the tree?' So I took my photos and then he disappeared!!

Where was he? In his rightful place on the Christmas tree. He is as soft as he looks. I might have to make him some snowman friends!! : )

Pop over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog for some inspiration from the ladies, they have some beautiful creations this week!


Card/Paper: White card, A Time of Wonder by Danielle Engebretson from The Digichick
Ink: Ink It Up - True Red, VersaMagic - Tea Leaves
Stamps: Frame-It, Text-It, Teeny Trees, Seasons of Love - Tags from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Other: Red and White Baker's Twine, quilling strips in orange, black, white and red, quilling tool, red felt string, tiny beads, black sequins, white textured wool, pom pom maker, buttons, red string.