Friday, 17 April 2015

Create Memories for May - calender page

Hi there, I'm really enjoying creating this calendar, and we are nearly half way through. Admittedly I'm working a month ahead, phew....but this year is flying already isn't it!
I am sharing this layout over on Sarah Hurley's 365 blog also, so for more info on the supplies I used, head over using this link

I've used my Dad's birthday, in the middle of May as inspiration and the perfect excuse to use these camera papers that I have been holding on to for a quite a while. The colours are just gorgeous, and I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to do them justice (also beofre now I have been able to bring myself to cut into them....hehe)

I heading off to Coventry this weekend for a fun and packed weekend of learning and making, and am looking to return to you next week full of inspiration and new ideas.
Enjoy your weekend, and see you soon x


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Are you attending the Creative Exchanges Weekend

I am attending the very first Creative Exchanges Weekend, organised by the CHA-UK team. Will I see you there?

So looking forward to meetinng the inspirational speakers, Leonie and Zoe join a host of top-name speakers, including Immediate Media, Helz Cuppleditch, Maeri Howard of the Make Do Studio, Jenniffer Taylor from The Sewing Bee, Sarah Hurley and Sara Naumann, as well as Joanna Sheen, Sara Davies and Andy Skinner via video. These industry insiders will share expertise on topics such as blogging, how to get published, legal tips, introduction to copyright and pitching to craft manufacturers.


Friday, 20 March 2015

Clean and Simple - 3 more cards


Today I am showing the three remaining Clean and Simple cards that are currently featuring in issue 23 of Creative Stamping magazine.

I just had to find a way to use the pheasant stamp, I have a bit of a thing for our feathery friends (as those of you who know me well will know). The scale of this bird stamp however doesn't fit that naturally with that of the landscape. Stamping the pheasant the cream card and layering it in front of the stamped landscape image (on the blue) I think I was able to overcome the issue. The sweep of the tail gives a brilliant edge (frame) for the fields.

This card uses only three of the free stamps you get with the issue, but stamped in repetition is very effective. I had the idea that the ladybirds were wandering around the page, so stamping them first and masking the I was able to stamp the flowers in the background and gradually build up a layer of ink to create the background. Again as I had done before, this is stamped onto glossy card.

This last card is super simple with lots of white space. It can be tempting to fill up all space on the card front, but a by embossing the front panel of the card blank you are adding subtle interest. 
Who would have thought too that a blue rabbit would look so at home.....LOL! i was questioning myself (I'm a bit of a stickler for what's right), but my boys wouldn't think twice about colouring a rabbit blue...... so I didn't either, hehe!

Thank you again for stopping by. Hope you have liked what I've made.
See you again soon.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Clean and Simple - 2 cards to share

Hello all!

Happy to share a quick post with you today, showing two of the cards recently published in issue 23 of Creative Stamping.
With each issue you will receive an A4 sheet of stamps. Using these stamps I have featured 5 cards made in the Clean and Simple style, here are two of them today.

This first card I have stamped onto a die cut heart, before using silicone gel to 3D it onto the front of the card.To finish off the card (after stamping the sentiment) I have doodled around the outside edge of the card. I am also chuffed to bits that this card was the 'Editors Choice' for this issue still makes me grin to think of that today.

I was pleased with this next card because the colours blended together so well. Just by inking us the landscape stamp in two colours I was able to add interest and dimension very simply. Also, wo help with the blending of the background colours I used glossy card and layered up the colours very gradually.

I hope you like what I have made and I look forward to share the more cards with you another day.
See you again soon


Create a Calendar - April

Hello, welcome back!

Today I am able to share my page for April in my  'Create a Calendar' project.
This page came together fairly easily and in two stages. During the week i decided that I would just sit down with a stamped image and colour. Over the course of one day, in between chores and school runs, I coloured the image, one of Sarah Hurleys 'Charm Street' cuties.

To pull the page together I was able to pick out some patterned paper by DCWV, that worked perfectly, both with the image and also to represent the month of April.

For a detailed list of supplied used head over to our design team blog at Sarah Hurley 365

Promarker colours used
  • Skin - Blush, Pastel Pink, Oatmeal, Dusky Pink
  • Hair -  Satin, Tan, Cinnamon, Walnut, Umber
  • Dress - Soft Lime, Lemon, Yellow


Saturday, 7 March 2015's nearly time for that special day

Hi there, it's my turn to post again over on the Sarah Hurley 365 Blog, and as part of my little series, Crafting on a Budget, I have created this little sewing themed card.

It is very simple to make and makes use of the little odds and ends that we all have floating about our desks. There is lots of dimension and texture going on too, and I was really pleased with the outcome.

 Hopefully it will help those just starting out on their creative adventure, showing them that it doesn't take oodles of stash to create something to be proud of giving.

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by today, hope you have an enjoyable weekend x


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Kraft is the way...

Hello everyone!

I wanted to show you my last two offerings for the Creative Cardmaking magazine, and I think this first one is my favourite of the set.
Simple I know, but I think sometimes the fabulous stamps need that, to show them at their best.....would you agree?

I was really pleased how this kraft card turned out. There is a lot of stamp layering here (as no design papers were used. The order in which you use the colours and stamps is crucial, for it all to pull together and work.

Thank you again for taking the time to pop by. Hope you are having a good week.
See you soon x