Monday, January 23, 2012

Cards for Girls

I made these cards for two young girls birthdays.  A work colleague wanted something that wasn't too girlie but also wasn't too grown up. So I decided to make cards with their names which I sketched out roughly before committing to a solid outline (I wasn't happy with the 'Z') and then added the new Wryn digital images from Tiddly Inks. I just love these girls.

The whole new and very gorgeous collection of girls can be found here.

Christy croll is such a fabulous artist, enjoy looking around her shop, there's something for everyone. Not to mention tutorials and inspiration from the Gallery.

Hope you liked my cards and thanks again for stopping by.

Hugs xxx

Golden Couple

Here is my second Golden Anniversary card.

I made this card with one of Mo Mannings digital images and coloured it with my Promarkers and my Derwent pencils.

I coloured the image first then cut the image square. I had some yellow card off cuts and I ran one of them through the BigShot in a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I then mounted all of the pieces onto the white card base and added some colour coordinated embellishments.


Naughty... but Nice!

Well... a lot has happened since we last spoke.

I am on DAY 13 off not smoking and, since last Tuesday, I have lost 8lbs on the Slimming World diet, despite my eating like a horse! I'm loving it and feeling great.

A lot of people think I am slightly on the mad side dieting AND quitting smoking at the same time, but you know what... having given up smoking previously (in 2000 and putting on weight) I decided not to just quit this time but combine the two, and this time round... fingers crossed, it seems to be working so far. Big pat on the back for moi!

Anyway, back to my card. I was asked by a work colleague to make a Golden Wedding Anniversary card and I decided to make a 'straight' one and a 'humourous' one. The humourous one, which is in this post, I have decided to enter into the latest Passion 4 Promarkers blog challenge.

I used my promarker pens and my Derwent Watercolour pencils and a little Sansodor to blend. I then added some colour coordinated flowers, leaves, pins and ribbon.

Hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by. Watch out for my next post where you will find the 'straight' Golden Wedding Anniversary card. Enjoy x

Note added: January 24th. I got TOP 5 PASSIONISTA on the Passion 4 Promarkers Blog Challenge for entering this card. Yay

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sticky Fingers

House Mouse 'Donut Bliss 2002'
Last card of the day... Male maybe, female... definitely.

Anyway, whether it's a male card or not, I had great fun making it.

First, I stamped the image onto plain white card and then coloured in Muzzy the Mouse with my Promarkers and coloured Derwent Watercolour pencils. I didn't bother blending them with the Sansodor as the finished result looked okay as it was.  I then mounted the image onto peach coloured card stock and added some folded peach gingham ribbon pieces (keeping to the 'odd number' rule).  I then mounted that onto brown coloured card stock (although it looks black in the picture...sorry).

I used double sided sticky tape to then add the whole thing to the scalloped base card stock and then inked up a Hero Arts clear sentiment, which I stamped straight onto the base card in the bottom, right corner. Hope you like it? And, I do think I could still give this to a man, despite the peachiness of the colour scheme. Once the whole thing was put together, I then added some 'glossy accents' to the glaze of the doughnut and left it to dry flat.

TIP: Always leave glossy accents somewhere flat to dry (preferably overnight), the slightest dip or uneveness of the surface it is left on, will result in the liquid 'pooling' and the final result won't be as impressive.

Anyway, I hope you like my card and thank you, once again, for stopping by and visiting me today.
See you again soon, I hope.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Mild or Mature?

Hello again

Well... I promised you a selection of 'male' cards and here's the next one.

Again, a really simple card with no embellishments or added extras.  I stamped the two images: Funstamps 'Gent's Shirt' and Funstamps 'Gent's Waistcoat' onto seperate pieces of white card and then coloured them with promarkers (no pencils used this time). and then I cut them both out.  I mounted the white striped shirt first onto another piece of square white card, at a slight angle and to the left, with double sided Sticky Tape and then  added foam pads to the waistcoat image which I mounted to the right of the square.

I mounted the square card onto coloured blue cardstock and then mounted it again onto a second piece of white square card.  I added a strip of the same blue card to the left of the base card and then mounted the whole thing to the top.

I then used a metallic gold pen just to highlight the buttons and the pocket watch on the waistcoat image. Slightly older, middle-age male card? Could be used for a Male Birthday, New Job or Promotion, even a retirement card maybe? I think so.

Thanks for visiting

Sleeping it off...

Hello again

My next card for today is another male card.  This time I used a digi image rather than a stamped one.

I really like this image and it is available here at Di's Digi Downloads. He's called 'Beer Bear'.

I loved this background paper and have had it for ages as it seemed to overpower anything that I put with it,. However, with this image it seemed to compliment it perfectly so I was really pleased with the overall outcome.

I then added a Craftwork Cards greeting, which I coloured in with a Promarker to compliment the colours used.

Finally, I added some Card Candi which I also coloured in with the same Promarker colour. Job done!

So... what do you think of my male cards so far? Too young still? Watch this space, there's more to come.

Thanks for visiting me,

Clean and Simple Pussy Cat

Hi Girls and fellas
What a fabulously sunny (but chilly) day we have here in Hertfordshire, England.  Hope the weather is being as nice to you wherever you may be in the world?

I have another card to share with you all today. You may remember me saying that I challenged myself to make some more 'male' cards... well that's exactly what I have been doing since our last little chat. They're still a little on the young side for my liking, but I think you could still get away with giving them to older men.

Anyway, here is my first card (and a close up of the colouring technique I used with my Promarkers and my colouring pencils).

I really love Penny Black stamps and have to confess that I have been so blinkered by my digi stamps that I'd almost forgotten how much fun it could be inking up a stamp and stamping out an image on crisp, smooth, white card and colouring it in.  Makes such a difference to not have to switch on the printer and then select and size a digi stamp and sometimes print it a couple of times before I get it to just the right size. I still like both ways though so I'm not complaining.

Anyway, a really simple, 'male' card. Loving the colours and the background paper on this one. Was really pleased with how this one turned out even though there aren't any 'pretty' embellishments etc. Just a plain and simple card that hopefully any man would be happy to receive.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me today.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Kitchen Knight

Hello again, it's me... I'm back

Here's another card made with a digi image from Mo Manning. It's called Kitchen Knight and you can find him here

I decided to colour him in in blues and reds and I just love that sleepy ol' dragon.

I mounted the image onto two colours of blue and added some thin ribbons down the left and along the bottom of the image. I then ran a strip of the same blue card through the BigShot with a Cuttlebug embossing folder to achieve the raised 'dots' effect and stuck that to one side of the 8x8 card blank.

Next I coloured the image using my ProMarker pens and my Derwent Watercolour pencils and some Sandodor to blend it all together.  I love the way the colinder 'helmet' and the saucepan 'shield' came out. It really looks good in the flesh!

I wish I could get the photographs to be a true depiction of the colours I have used as these look a little muted by comparison.

Anyway, it makes a nice change to make a card for a child.  I think I might have to make a male card next. I haven't done one of those for a while and I hate doing them unless I am specifically asked to make one, so I think my January CHALLENGE to myself would be to make a male birthday card.

In fact, during most of my blogs visits lately, I have noticed that almost ALL of the cards have been girlie and rarely anything for male birthdays.  I think others should be making a few male cards aswell.

I hope that you like my card and thanks once more, for stopping by.

Hugs xx

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Fairy Pia

Hello again

This card was made using one of Mo Mannings ( images. She can be found here

I just love using digi stamps as they are so easy to edit and change the size to suit your card.  This card is 6x6 and I have made it into an easel card. You can see how the easel works in the second photograph, which shows the card open and 'standing'.

This card wasn't made to order, it's just another one for my 'box' at work. It's always handy to have a selection at work so that if someone wants a card as soon as possible, they can generally find something that is suitable AND it's still handmade, which makes it all the more special, plus it gives you the opportunity to get your name and your work noticed.

I do get quite a few orders from people who I don't know, but who have received one of my cards. It's always nice to get good feedback and especially nice when someone you don't know places an order for other cards.

Hope you like my card and thanks again, for stopping by.

Breaking Dawn Card

Hi girls and fellow crafters

Here's a couple of cards I have made yesterday and today.

This first card I made for a work colleague whose daughter, Erin, turned thirteen yesterday.  She asked for a 'Breaking Dawn' card and I didn't want to make it too 'young' OR too 'old' and I thought this digi image from Tiddly Inks would be perfect.

The photograph doesn't actually do the card justice and looks so much better in the flesh (so to speak).

I coloured the image with my copics and my Derwent Watercolour Pencils and a little bit of Sansodor with a blending stump. I was really pleased with the overall colouring of the image and I mounted it onto coloured card, continuing with the breaking dawn theme, i.e. sunrise colours etc.

Here's an image of the blank digi and the finished coloured digi up close so that you can see all of the folds etc that I have added to her dress and his suit.  I actually wasn't that happy about how his suit turned out but I did like how her dress turned out.

Anyway, that's the first card to show to you all today, I hope you like it and thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you had a lovely 13th birthday Erin, all the best for a happy year to come.

Hugs and best wishes.