2013 Personal Favorites (Part 2)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ok, I'm back with part 2 of my personal favorite cards of 2013. First up is a fresh, quilled card I had published in Paper Crafts Birthday Creations Volume 3 Magazine. The elements took ages to arrange to get it to flow just right! August was a pretty fab month for me as I got the chance to design some stamp sets, thanks to Lisa at The Craft's Meow. Here's a bookmark I made using my Dream Catcher stamp set.

I love and use this bookmark all the time! Here's another card I made using another stamp set I designed called Potted Garden, also for The Craft's Meow.

Here's the third stamp set from that release, Cottage Garden, I used an interesting technique on this card, where I stamped the flowers in a light green and colored everything using colored pencils, I love the soft, romantic effect.

Core'dinations teamed up with Lawn Fawn in September and I got to have some fun creating with their stamps. I love the texture on this and I had so much fun making the grass!

I got to release two more stamp sets with The Craft's Meow in September, including this set called Autumn Borders, combined here with lots of gorgeous Core'dinations cardstock.

Next up are some Christmas tags, all inky and splattered, I used Distress Stains, a crayon resist technique and stamps from The Craft's Meow on these.

In October I was lucky enough to release yet another stamp set with The Craft's Meow, Christmas Lantern. With the help of some Core'dinations cardstock and some Distress Inks I love how this card glows.

Next up was a special card for a special lady, a Moxie Fab Thanks. A completely stamped card using a mix of stamps and some cute wooden buttons.

Mixing up the seasons slightly, here are some textural Autumnal Tags. Lots of fussy cutting, Waltzingmouse Stamps and colored with Distress Markers.

I just loved the mix of papers from Heidi Swapp Believe Collection and over stamping in this Christmassy card. Best inky discovery of 2013 - Memento Luxe inks! : )

One last one, because I used my latest crafty tool on it, the Silhouette Portrait, I'm still only just discovering the possibilities! The Robin is my favorite garden bird, they're so tame and never far away when you're out in the garden.

Well, that's it for another year! It's been an exciting year for me and I can't wait to see what lies ahead in 2014. I'm definitely going to enjoy the journey! Happy New Year everyone! : )

2013 Personal Favorites (Part 1)

Hello, hello... it's the end of another great year and I've put together a selection of my personal favorites from my blog from 2013. It was fun to look back and see everything again. I picked the cards (and some tags) that really jumped out at me, the ones I really love. First up is this pretty Valentine, using a mix of Waltzingmouse Stamps, I love that big heart stamp and the sweet pink roses on this! Next up is a CASE Study card from way back in February, I love the layout, the colors and cute embellishments on this one, especially the butterfly button, there's also some SRM goodness on there too.

Next up is a card just for fun! I really like the banner and how fresh and breezy this one feels, with just a hint of embossing.

One of my favorite Easter cards, I love the folk art little chicks and eggs from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I'm thinking now, I probably should have divided this post into two parts but oh well, we'll plough on! And.. just because I'm Irish I had to include a St.Patrick's Day card, not a 'Patty' in sight! : )

Just because I really like this layout and I hope it inspires someone. Featuring some fab stamps from The Craft's Meow.

Ok, as I'm writing this I've just decided to divide this up into two posts, part two will follow. I really liked this next card because of all the paper-piecing and well, creating this little scene was a lot of fun! All the stamps are from The Craft's Meow, I actually gave this card to my mom too!

A summery, quilled card next, this was a CASE Study card. I made the cloud background, here's a simple tutorial and here's how to make the quilled daisies.

This next card was quite a challenge to make, the base is made completely from acetate with a hand-stitched acetate panel added to the front with punched mirror card circles inside, it actually is a shaker card. I made a series of these for issue 117 of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine. I loved these!

Half way through the year now, here's a 4th of July card using Waltzingmouse Stamps. I really like the layered look, the Core'dinations cardstock and the bold inked embossed rays. This card came together really nicely.

One more for my US friends in an Americana, primitive style with a little bit of chalkboard! The background is also stamped. The matching tag is actually a little bookmark. Stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Ok, I hope you're enjoying the trip down memory lane, I'll be back with part 2 real soon.. off to get a mince pie and a cup of tea! : )

Getting ready for the New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Well, I've been enjoying some much needed quiet time with the family and just relaxing over the Christmas holidays. It's been fabulous just to take some time and slow down! I'm feeling GREAT! : )

I'm sharing a couple of bright n' cheery New Year's Cards I had on the Core'dinations blog the other day. I had some fun using my Silhouette Portrait creating some positive and negative sentiments.

The Glitter Silk cardstock from Core'dinations cuts beautifully (all of the glitter without the mess!) using the Silhouette Portrait. I used the negative cut from this because I wanted to layer it over some stained cardstock. The silhouette file I used is #24322. The stained background underneath I made using some White Core'dinations Premium Cardstock and Distress Stains (Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry) spritzed with some water to blend. I added some gems and quilled swirls and coils as embellishments.

For my second card I used some more White Core'dinations Premium Cardstock and created a color gradient using Distress Stains (Spiced Marmalade,Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean) again spritzed with water. The cut files I used for this one are #15293 and #17221. I used some more Glitter Silk cardstock from Core'dinations on this one too and added a few star sequins, just for some added sparkle!

Ok, I'll be back with another post tomorrow with my favorite cards of 2013! I hope you're all enjoying the holidays, thanks for dropping by! : )

CASE Study #171

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's week three at CASE Study already and we're enjoying some more inspiration from Cath formerly of Moxie Fab World. Check out the gorgeous image this week!

I've been dying to use a cut file I got of the European Robin from the Silhouette Store, so I thought it fit pretty well with this week's challenge. You see Robins on lots of Christmas cards over here, it's very much a traditional symbol. I used some Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock to cut out the various layers, then sanded the edges and inked with some Distress Inks.

The sentiment sticker is from Fancy Sticker Sentiments - Christmas from SRM Stickers. I also embossed some more Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock for the background using a snowflake embossing folder from Crafter's Companion.

For the snow I cut out a piece of Centura Pearl Cardstock from Crafter's Companion and inked with some Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) then I used some Distress Markers to add the 'bird footprints' in the snow, just blending with my finger, this works really well on the shiny surface of the Centura Pearl.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study team for some more inspiration! Have a great day! I'm not ready for Christmas yet!!

Cardmaking and Papercraft - Issue 124 Christmas

Friday, December 13, 2013

In the Christmas issue (124) of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK) I made some rustic quilled Christmas decorations for the Masterclass feature. These were so much fun to make and it was actually a lot easier to quill the corrugated cardboard than I thought it was going to be. This 'jumbo' quilling is probably a good place to start if you haven't tried quilling yet as it's a bit easier to do compared to the smaller strips of paper.

If you're going for a rustic vibe with your Christmas decorations this year, these ornaments would be a great addition. We usually have a couple of Christmas trees around our house and I love decorating one in a more primitive style.

The corrugated cardboard really goes well with natural wood, pinecones, burlap, twine, gingham or plaid, rusty metal, foliage from the garden etc. Chalkboard also fits in with this style. Here's a little inspiration for you!

I love the how the gifts are wrapped in ordinary brown paper and the ribbon through the tree is gorgeous!

I love this hand-lettering, this would be perfect for a chalkboard piece too!

I made the star decoration so it could be freestanding but it could also used as an ornament for the Christmas tree with the addition of some ribbon or twine. The finished ornaments are really sturdy too!

There's a full 15 photo step-by-step tutorial in the magazine on how to make both of the decorations with lots of hints and tips. They're inset on the front cover of this issue too! 

So if you'd like to learn how to make these, pick up the Christmas issue (124) of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (UK). 

That's all for now! Have a great weekend! I hope you're nearly ready for Christmas! I've a few more things to do before I can relax! : )

CASE Study #170

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hello! It's been a busy week, I've been finishing some magazine commissions and design team projects, I really want to get everything finished up so I can just relax over Christmas and enjoy some quality time with my family.

It's week two at CASE Study and we're enjoying some more inspiration from Cath formerly of Moxie Fab World. Check out the gorgeous photo this week!

I started off making a card that was all elegant and beautiful but I wasn't really feeling it so I abandoned that and had a little play instead! I really love the color combo in the inspiration, especially the strong contrast in colors and tones. I also decided to go with the snowflake theme.

I wanted to use a black base so I went with a chalkboard feel. I started with my snowman, sketched him on some white card and did a little paper-piecing for his hat and scarf. I couldn't resist adding a fuzzy bobble to his hat! I used a Distress Marker and blended it with my finger to create the shading. The edges of the card I inked with some white pigment ink. I used a white pastel pencil and a white chalk pen to add the snowflakes to the background. I also had the urge to punch some holes, so I did! I felt it needed a touch of sparkle so I added some sequins on the outside and some on the inside (lining up with the punched holes) too!

I kept the sentiment fun and just sketched it directly with the pastel pencil, then when I was happy with it I went over with the chalk pen to make it stand out more.

The Caribbean Twine is from SRM Stickers and the snowflake trim I picked up at a craft show eons ago! : ) That's all for now! I hope your holiday preparations are going well!

Don't forget to visit the rest of the CASE Study team for some more inspiration! Have a great day!