Monday, 28 October 2013

New Shoes

Hello Everyone

Sorry I have not posted for a while but I have been hard at work in the Craft room making lots of projects to show you.  This week it is my Aunt's birthday and I wanted to make her a special card.

I am also entering it in the Lilli of the valley Monthley Challenge : Anything Goes,and
also Penny Black and more : Anything goes
So wish me luck.

  She always wears such lovely clothes and has lovely taste so I wanted the card to be really delicate and girley.  I have had the frame die from Sizzix for ages and this is the first time I have used it but I wanted it to be quite sturdy as it is going in the post, then I found a bit of Acetate and it all came together. 

 I decided to go for a step easle card for a change and because it folds compleatley flat for the post.The stamp is from the lovely range from Lilly of the valley as are the papers.  I just had to make a gift box to protect it on its journey and to make it extra special. As it is an easel card it lies flat in the box.

 I just love the colours in this pad they blend so well together the only problem is choseing which of them to use.  I distressed the edges with a little Tim Holtz disress ink in weathered wood which seems to go very well with this collection.
 I stamped some more hats onto the patterned paper and cut them out, adding a little colour in promarkers to give  them some detail.

I added some matching Lilac flowers on the left hand side of the image.

Finally I decorated the gift box with matching papers and used the fancy circle die again as a focal point. I used the cut out bits to add a scroll to the corners. All finished and ready to send off for a lovely lady's birthday.

Bye for now Maria

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

supper striker

Hello again

Just had to pop by to show you my latest boys card for my son Jordan who was 14 at the weekend and yes you guessed it is nuts about football.  I couldn't resist this gorgous stamp from LOTV called super striker, and am entering it in their monthley challege Anything Goes. I am also entering it in the Ribbon Girl October Challenge of the same name.

I just loved being able to stamp out the extra footballs and use them for embelishments. I was able to colour the boy in Jordans team colours.

Please let me know what you think  love Maria

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tea For Two

Hello again,
 Wow I can't belive it, my second post in as many days, a first for me.  However I just couldn't wait to show you my latest card. It is my second attempt using a Lilli of the valley stamp and my first go at using flowers on a card.

I am entering it in the following challenges,
LOTV :  Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz : Everything Goes.
and also in Ribbon Girls Lovely Lilli Everthing Goes
 links below so go and take a peek.

I was so pleased with how the sprays of flowers turned out espeshally as I hadn't a clue what I was doing.  I even remembered to curl the remaining wire into corkscrew curls to give it a professional touch.
I added a smaller spray on the bottom edge to balace it out.
As it is going in the post I just had to make a matching gift box and couldn't resist a bit of ribbon and a matching image.

It is a card for my Mother in Laws' birthday which is at the weekend and I loved the image as I thought it may remind her of how she and her sister played together as children. They are both keen gardeners and very close. Just love the LOTV stamps, and I used another of my birthday present pads, also from them called country Lady this time. It has lots of polka dots plaids and florals so I was in Paper Heaven
For the insert I ran the paper through an embossing folder and then inked it with some Tim Holtz Antique Mahogany distress ink which matched  the papers perfectley. I am now addicted to flowers, can't wait to get playing with some more.  I hope you like it but most importantley I hope she does!!!
Best wishes and thanks for stopping by

Gone Fishin'

Hello Everyone,

Here is my very first card using one of the lovely stamps from Lilli of the Valley, made for one of my nephews birthdays. I am entering it in their October monthley Challenge "Anything goes" also in 4 Krafty Girls Challenge  and Ribbon Girls  Everything goes challenge of the same name. (links below  so you can take a look).

It is a half zigzag and here it is opened out.......

I just loved the stamp from the first time that I saw it as it reminds me of my father in law who loved to fish and whom Samuel is named after. It also actually resembles my nephew, so it was an easy choice for his card. I was able to layer the sentiment behind the main picture so that you only see it when it opens out, and this one from the Wellington Stamp collection seemed to fit so well.  I used my new pad called country Gent from Lilly of the valley for backing papers.  It was one of my favourite birthday pressies from my lovely hubby who spends as much time on craft websites as me.  I always feel boys cards are my nemisis but the papers all go together so wonderfully in the pad that I really enjoyed myself.
Here is a close up of the stamp, it was a dream to colour, and I'm sure I will get lots of use out of it on future projects.  Below is a link to Lilli of the Valleys lovely website, so that you can take a look at their amazing stamps and their gallery is so inspiring. One day I aspire to be half as good as any of their designers, but I really enjoyed making Samuels card so thats all that really matters, hope you like it.
Bye for now
Happy Crafting
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