Monday, 29 August 2011

The beginning of a week off crafting.....

Well it's been a long time coming but I have a whole week off work, I am working on some forthcoming product samples for Joanna Sheen due to come on the 10th/11th September and I can't wait to share the images with you all but not until the products are released.....I know I am such a tease.

Anyway first couple of cards, I have yet to post on this blog for you to see :-)

Seem to be drawn to lilacs and purples at the moment and this Mo Manning Stamp has been framed using a Marianne Design Die Cut in metallic lilac layered on to a stunning butterfly and floral background with colour coordinated ribbon.  Pressed flowers from Kort & Godt available on Joanna Sheen's website.

This Sarah Kay image was stamped and coloured using promarkers and layered on lilac pearlescent card, the background paper was made using silver, blue and lilac Mica Gloss put between two plastic sheets and merged together to get a marbelling style effect.  I finished the card off which this quaint sentiment and purple mosaic tiles.  Pressed flowers from Kort & Godt available on Joanna Sheen's website.

OK so this is more pink than purple but there is some in there and its one of my favourites, again a Mo Manning stamp using some paper I had in my stash which was double sided hence the perfect match of stripes to butterfly paper.  Image was stamped and coloured with promarkers, butterflys were but out of the glitter paper and decoupaged and some Marianne roses ribbon finishes off the card.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Promarker Flex Marker Review

Well what can I say the new style Alcohol markers from Promarker Flex Marker with the brush tip are stunning, I love all the new shades released through Ideal Worlds Pick of the Day and the pastel one's will come in very handy.  I shall be interested to see the further 48 colours yet to be released, they are definately a firm addition to my complete Promarker product range.

Don't be in doubt about these pens, they are not as expensive as the Copics and Kurecolour however, they are of the same high standard and I find them amazing to work with. The new style brush end is true to the sales speal and seems to improve more and more with use, I have been able to get fine detail through to thicker lines with very little pressure.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and I hope this review is helpful!

Another busy week....

...not sure how much card making I will be able to fit in over the next couple of weekends as off to my stunning cousins hen do tonight and then her wedding actual next week.

In the meantime I have made this card this week, please let me know your thoughts.

Many thanks

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Christmas Party!

Ho ho ho ho ho it August so last christmas card for today, this is from a couple of the gorgeous new Lilli of the Valley stamps, this uses the bauble bough and the young girl dancing as well as a sentiment from their range.

This card is on an 8x8 square white card blank with a red base and christmas tree paper from my crafty stash to which I added a bow to balance the card and the bow on the main stamped and promarkered image bordered in a green pearlescent card.  The holly berrys are done with liquid pearls, the ivy berries with liquid applique (unheated) and glitter added to some of the baubles to add texture and definition.

Frightening to think but it will be here before you know it!

Getting started on Christmas

Three Christmas cards in readiness for friends and family, the top one is an angel image from Curious By Design and uses mica gloss inks in silver, ice blue and lilac to create the backing paper, nestabilities die for the main focal point of the fairies/angels is stamped in Brilliance twilight ink, which is mounted on some carol music stamped in Dove Gray Stazonand some stunning purple ribbon and purple gems (in three colour shades) accessories the card.

The second is a stunning Lilli of the Valley image from last christmas which I did not get time to use this has been stamped using a momeno black ink and a border has been stamped top and bottom using Judikins Mince Border, it has then been coloured using promarkers and layered on to silver card and a festive coloured backing paper, to add a little dimension I created the rosette effect in the top corner using some coordinating glitter ribbon and two decorative buttons.

The third card has been made from stamps purchase through Stamp Addicts, I stamped the penguin and message stamps using a blending block - shades of blue ink pad also available from Stamp Addicts, I then highlighted the penguins using pale coordinating blues from my promarker mountain.  I then added a snowflake border in silver to the bottom of the topper, with a layer of the backing paper and some silver glitter ribbon from my stash this was then mounted on to a stunning blue snowflake backing paper from Krafyhands CD Rom using 3D foam tape.

I hope you like them xx

One of my favourite cards I've made

When it comes to animals I am a bit of a softy, here is another stunning image of a tiger cub which can be found on Joanna Sheen's Furry Friends CD Rom by Rachel Hale. 

For this card I used a cream card base and distressed the edges using frayed burlap and tea dye distress inks, I then printed off the vintage style text paper from the CD and distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Edger and again tinted further using tea dye ink which I mounted on the card followed by the image printed on photo paper.

I distressed a matching piece of cream card stock with the distress inks and put it through my cuttlebug with a magnolia flourish die.  The sentiment was printed from the CD, distressed with tea dye ink and mounted using pinflair glue gel, I then slotted the flourish behind it before it dried and added some pale brown and chocolate Kort & Godt flowers to complete the picture.
First of all I would like to say thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.  I am new to this so be kind to me as I find my feet.

I have been card making on and off for six years however, I have been fortunate to learn some wonderful skills from talented individuals such as Joanna Sheen and the ladies at Stamp Addicts (Sarah, Vicky, Lesley).

Recently I have also been extremely fortunate to be part of Joanna's amazing design team and will start my blog with the wonderful cards I have been able to make using her products, I hope you enjoy my blog.


This is one of my cards designed using Joanna's amazing CD Roms, this particular image is from the Rachel Hale - Furry Friends CD Rom.

To create this card I printed off three copies of the same topper and mounted one image on to the white tri-fold card blank.  I then proceeded to cut out an oval aperture from the front of the card.

The second image was matted inside with 3D foam tape creating a border round the area of the aperture to enable the acetate to be attached to it, within this area I then sprinkled an assortment of glitter types and miniture heart confetti before sealing the card to make the shaker.

Finally to make the card stand out dimensionally from the front I selected roses from the third topper which I cut out and added shape and dimension using pinflair glue gel.