ready for spring!

Monday, February 28, 2011

It's been lovely here the past few days, sunny and dry and the forecast is good for the rest of the week. The signs of spring are all over the garden, there's lots of lovely flower bulbs peeping through, including tulips! I love tulips they give such an injection of color to the garden, I have them in big pots scattered throughout the garden. So to get you in the mood for spring Paper Garden Projects have some beautiful digital stamps Spring Blooms 2 Digital Stamps, including these beautiful tulips, fabulous daffodils and lots more. I used the colors from this week's color challenge at CR84FN for my card, I love this color combination!

For the tulips I printed three of the images and colored with acrylic paints (watered down for a watercolor effect). Once dry I cut them out, I cut two of the images in half so I could arrange the flowers as I liked on the card. I used foam pads to create a 3D effect.

I happened to have the perfect shade of green grosgrain ribbon in my stash. The sentiment on the double ended tag is from Half Pint Heroes by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I also added a little pink and white baker's twine from The Ribbon Reel and some green brads.

The papers are from a paper pad that came free with Quick Cards magazine and another with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine a while ago.

I love how this one turned out, reminds me of all the beauty to come in the garden! So, pop over to Paper Garden Projects and have a look at these gorgeous digital stamps and get ready for the joys of spring! : )


Card/Paper: White card, papers from Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose Collection free with Quick Cards magazine 
Stamps: Spring Blooms 2 from Paper Garden Projects, Half Pint Heroes from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Black Archival Ink
Other: Acrylic paints, Spellbinders double ended tags, die-cutting machine, green grosgrain ribbon, pink and white baker's twine, green brads, lace, sewing machine, button.

Little birds

This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is 'Classic Elegance', create a card or project using the colors red, black and white (or cream). This week's sponsor is The Stamping Boutique and they provided the DT with some digital images, I used the love birds image on my card. Papers are from The Thrift Shop by October Afternoon and some vintage music sheet. I colored the birds image subtly with some watercolors and rubbed with some distress ink. The sentiment on the double ended tag is from Half Pint Heroes by Waltzingmouse Stamps. Don't forget to check out rest of the Shabby Girls wonderful creations. Have a great day!! : )


Card/Paper: The Thrift Shop October Afternoon, vintage music sheet, white card
Stamps: Love Birds from The Stamping Boutique, Half Pint Heroes by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Black archival ink, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Other: Spellbinders Double ended tags, die cutting machine, red brads, sewing machine, crochet lace, lace, cream seam binding, watercolor paints, Webster's Pages embellishment.

Victorian Frippery flowers

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sorry things have been a little quiet around here, I've been doing some major spring cleaning in my craft room, I'm half way through, it's exhausting. One half of the room looks good though, nice n' organized, the other half... well there's lots of piles and heaps!! All to be sorted! Anyway, here's my card for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and here's the sketch (WMSC36).

I also combined the sketch with the color challenge #181 at Color Combos Galore, I just loved the soft muted colors and I adore lemon!

If you know me at all you know I love making flowers, so I had a go at making some stamped flowers this week using Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I used two of the shapes from Victorian Frippery to make the petals, I snipped between the petals just a little and shaped them slightly. I layered two of the larger shapes with the smaller one on top and added a pearl centre. For the leaves I used the leaf motif from Frame-It and just scored a line down the centre.

I cut a label from cardboard using Spellbinders Labels 14 die, sloshed a bit of paint about, added the sentiment from Fancy Phrases and threaded some twine through the end.

During my clear out I stumbled upon some lemon eyelet lace fabric (broderie anglaise) so I just folded a piece and stitched the top and added it to my card. The lovely papers I used are from the new Prima Botanical collection. For the top section I just used the swiss dots embossing folder on some beige card and sanded the raised bits.

Don't forget to pop on over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog for some more inspiration from the Mischief Makers and WMS DT. Oh AND there's some NEW Waltzingmouse STAMPS being released on March 1st.... I can't wait.... there's 5 new sets!!!! Luckily it's my birthday this weekend... so I can treat myself!!
: )


Card/Paper: White card, beige card, Prima Botanical Collection Papers, cardboard
Stamps: Frame-It, Victorian Frippery, Fancy Phrases all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Yellow Ink, Black Archival Ink
Other: Twine, lemon seam binding, lace, lemon broderie anglaise, picot ribbon, white acrylic paint, sewing machine, die-cutting machine, Spellbinders Labels 14, Swiss Dots embossing folder, flat backed pearls, pearl trinket pin.

a few cards...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I have a few cards in the current issue (89) of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK) in the Quick makes section. I used some pretty papers from the Prima Jack and Jill Collection. I had to make four, this yellow and green one is my fav!

The sentiment and frame detail are from Fancy Phrases by Waltzingmouse Stamps. The flower is Prima.

Here I used Fancy Phrases again, some more pretty Prima flowers, seam binding, lace and I cut out a tiny butterfly from the papers.

The cute crochet heart is from Annie Design on Etsy, I added the little twine bow. The magazine wanted two cards for kids too using the same papers.

I added this cute daisy trim, it matched really well. The sentiment is from Half Pint Heroes by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I love this sweet girl image.

I love this color combo, I added a few extra butterfly transfers and added some cut out ones to the sentiment, which is also from Half Pint Heroes. For full details and lots more inspiration check out the current issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.

Here they are in the magazine.

Teapot card

Monday, February 21, 2011

I made a fun teapot shaped card for this week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room - 'Buttons and Bows'. This week's sponsor is The Cutting Cafe, the DT were given some templates to work with, I used one of the teapot ones! They're so cute!

Not my usual color palette but I just loved the pattern of this paper from the Prima Melody Collection and there's also a bit of Prima Botanical in there.

The lovely sentiment is from Afternoon Tea by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I added some little brads to pick up some of the details in the paper.

And just for fun I couldn't resist adding in this little teacup charm I made from Fimo and a mini mold. I painted it with some acrylic paints. Don't forget to check out the lovely creations from the rest of the DT at The Shabby Tea Room. Have a lovely day! : )

Pretty stars!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Good morning! Time for another sketch at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge (WMSC35). I've never made a star shaped card before but I really like how this one turned out. Here's this week's sketch.

I also combined this week's sketch with the color challenge at the Color Throwdown #129, I love this color combo, it reminds me of spring!

I used some pretty papers from the Prima Botanical Collection and Papermania Rose Garden. I used some Webster's Pages for the leaves.

The stamped star is from Seasons of Love - Tags from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I embossed it in white. The sentiment on the tag is from Fancy Phrases also from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The flower I made from canvas using the Sizzix Bigz Die Flowers 3D (randomly my lovely Niall brought me home a roll of canvas the other day, at first I wasn't sure what to do with it but I'm loving playing with it!!) The trinket pin with porcelain bead I made.

I added some seam binding, lace and apple/white baker's twine to the top. Don't forget to check out the rest of the Mischief Maker's creations along with some of the WMS DT at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!


Card/Paper: White card, Prima Botanical Collection, Papermania Rose Garden, Webster's Pages
Stamps: Fancy Phrases and Seasons of Love - Tags from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Memento Danube Blue, VersaMark
Other: Canvas, white acrylic paint, sewing machine, die-cutting machine, Sizzix Bigz DIe Flowers 3-D, Scalloped Tags Die, button, white seam binding, lace, apple/white baker's twine, hole punch, trinket pin, white embossing powder, heat gun, foam pads.

Trinket box and vellum flower tutorial

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've a new tutorial today over at The Hybrid Chick, how to make a trinket box and pretty vellum flower. The box is made from foam board (I love the stuff!) and it would also make a perfect jewelry box. Here's a peek!

The elegant papers are from the Snaps and Scraps kit by Viva Artistry. The vellum flower is really easy to make and quick too!

There's a surprise inside too! So go check out The Hybrid Chick for the tutorial!! I'll be back tomorrow with my Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge card!! It's a fun one! : )


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm busy working on a few projects but I managed to 'create for fun' last night!! I used the gorgeous color palette this week from CR84FN Color Challenge. Here's the pretty palette.

I went for a soft vintage feel. I used papers from Webster's and Prima Botanical Collection (love this range!).

The sentiment is from Fancy Phrases from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The little teal butterfly I cut out from The Mariposa Stack.  I made the flower from vellum using the Tattered Florals Die, I used lots of layers and a brad in the centre, scrunched it all up and rubbed with some distress ink.

I drew some simple leaf shapes, cut out, scored the centre and rubbed with green ink. I love how the flower turned out, it's so light!


Card/Paper: White card, The Mariposa Stack, Prima Botanical, Webster's Pages
Stamps: Fancy Phrases from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink antique linen, Black Archival ink, VersaMagic Tea Leaves
Other: Vellum, brad, Tattered Florals die, die cutting machine, sewing machine, crochet lace, lemon seam binding, doily, trinket pins.

Love is in the air!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!! I'm here with my card for this week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room, 'Keeping Warm' - use the colors from the inspiration photo to create your card or project this week! Not colors I'd usually use, so it was a real challenge for me. The papers are from the Mariposa Stack and Webster's Pages. The pretty postcard digi is from this week's sponsor Stamping Dragon Designs. I stamped the beautiful sentiment on the left side of the postcard from Sweethearts by Waltzingmouse Stamps. Here's the inspiration photo.

The butterflies I cut out from the Mariposa Stack. The red doily was from a swap, the trinket pin I made. Don't forget to check out the rest of the creations from the design team at The Shabby Tea Room!! Have a LOVEly day!! : ) I've a lot to do this week!!

Some-bunny loves you!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Paper Garden Projects have some cute digital stamps for Valentine's! Loving Critters Digital Stamp Set has a sweet bird image, a cute raccoon and this sweet bunny in it, along with 7 sentiments! I had to use the bunny image because I've a real soft spot for bunnies, I had 4 when I was a kid, loved them to bits!

I used the Sizzix Scallop Tags for my sentiment and added a little white picot ribbon and some apple/white Baker's Twine from The Ribbon Reel.

I gave the bunny a 3D look by printing it twice, cutting one out and layering it. I softly colored it with some watercolor paints for a subtle look. The dotty green paper is from Sugar Blossom by Quirky Twerp  from The Digichick. This bunny would be perfect for Easter cards too, so you'll probably be seeing him again! : )

Paper flowers and quilling

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There's a great new sketch (WMSC34) this week at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I'm still being inspired by the signs of spring in the garden and I love this color combo of lemon, light green and soft pink (my pink has a slight lavender hue to it!), it's so fresh and cheerful! Ok, here's the sketch!

This one's open to interpretation, you could make it as simple or complex as you like.... you know how I love my layers and texture though!

I used Text-It from Waltzingmouse Stamps to stamp the background (the script font is my favorite!). The sentiment is from Half Pint Heroes also from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I switched the text a little, it did say 'happy' instead of 'smile'.

The little flowers I made using the smallest flower from the Sizzix Tattered Florals die. The tiny bird I made from white Fimo and silicone mold from MoldMuse on Etsy. I decided not to paint this one, I thought it looked nice white.

I haven't done any paper quilling in ages!! Shame on me, it's how I first got into card making!! I really like combining it with other techniques and elements now. Here I just used some simple scrolls and eye shapes to make up the leaves and vines. I cut out some simple leaf shapes and scored a line down the centre to add a little extra detail.

I used the Swiss dots embossing folder to make the dotty paper at the base of the card. I also added a little lemon seam binding, some picot ribbon and a pearl bead pin that I made. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the WMS made this week at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Oh and don't miss the Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz on the 17th of February, the theme is 'Buttons'!!


Card/Paper: White card, pink paper, lemon/cream card
Stamps: Half Pint Heroes and Text-It from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Black archival ink, Distress Ink Victorian Velvet
Other: White acrylic paint, pistachio quilling paper, quilling tool,  swiss dots embossing folder, die-cutting machine, sewing machine, Tattered florals die, doily, lemon seam binding, lemon picot ribbon, sticky fixers, pearl pin.

Spring greens..

Friday, February 11, 2011

I've seen a few signs of Spring in the garden, a few bulbs peeking through the soil and little green buds on shrubs and trees.... there's hope of Spring to come! I used The Color Room Palette #44 "Whitewashed" and the CRC44 sketch.

I love the pretty sketch and gorgeous palette. I uploaded my card to the Color Room last night but didn't get a chance to do a blog post! There's a new color palette and sketch today.

The papers are from the Mariposa Stack DCWV, I cut out the butterfly and made the little green flower using the Tattered Florals die. I finally got my hands on some small doilies, you'll be seeing them a lot on my cards... I'm a bit addicted!

The sentiment is from Sweethearts by Waltzingmouse Stamps stamped on a Spellbinders double ended tag. I added a little white seam binding and picot edged ribbon.

I pretty much edged everything in some white acrylic paint, I love how it makes everything pop more. I like how fresh this card looks. I'll be back tomorrow with my card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Enjoy the weekend! I've still loads of work to do!!