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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Christening Card

Hello and Welcome again.

Time flies far to fast these days, I didn't realise it is nearly a week since I was here last.  Have been busy at work and haven't had much time to do the important things like crafting.

My little offering tonight is one I made for my sister-in-law who was going to be a Godmother for the first time and she wanted something special and also a keepsake.

I stamped the LOTV image onto stamping card and coloured it in using my promarkers.  Mounted and layered onto pink card out of my stash using Spellbinders Label 4 then onto patterned paper (sorry I can't remember the paper I used - just thought it went with the theme).  Used a strip of the pink card and punched a border using a Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch. To finish I decorated it with gems - the design was done using a Jewel Template, marking the holes where you want the design to go then placing the gems on the marks (this is a great way to get the look of the more expensive pre-made gem flourishes), flowers from WOC, ribbons and peel offs.
The box was made with the same pink as the main base card. Typed the details of goddaughter onto pink card and then I used Label 4 to make a plaque.  Matted and layered onto mirri card. More flowers and ribbon.  A different Martha Stewart punch was used, decorated with gems and secured with 2 different lengths of ribbon.

Definitely very girlie.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my little creations. 
Hugs xx

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Birdhouse (unfortunately the bird has flown the nest)

Another sunny day - shame it won't last for much longer, the nights are already starting to feel colder.

I have had a fab day at a craft workshop run by Jo Channon (Lets Create). Got so messy it was great, we all produced totally different ideas that were all so colourful.
Thought I would share my little creation with you all.

                                                                   Not too messy YET

Not bad for a 1st attempt

A template of 1/4 of the roof was used to cut 4 pieces of coloured paper, then glued into place using pva - use a brayer to roll out any air bubbles and smooth out the paper ensuring that the edges are glued down well. 
I used several colours from the new range of Perfect Pearl Mists to colour the birdhouse - spray unevenly to get the desired effect.  Once dry I stamped with an archival inkpad and floral/leaves stamps around the roof and base.  The lace was also coloured using cosmic shimmer spray, dried with a heat gun (as I couldn't wait for it to dry). I used PVA to secure it to the birdhouse. Once again the flowers were cut from a punch, sprayed with pearl mist, scrunched to form the flower and dried.  Twinkles were dabbed over flowers, base and roof.

                                             Mark & Jo with some of the colourful collection

Pop over to Jo's Blog (http://www.letscreateakajochannon.blogspot.com/) to see what a good time was had by all and for more pics.

Thats all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 10 October 2011

Little Ballerina

Feels like ages since my last post, its just no good that work gets in the way of crafting Lol.

I am well and truly worn out after a hectic weekend including a brilliant day at Sincerly Yours Craft Show at Lincoln yesterday.  It was great to meet up with old friends and to meet new ones.  If you were lucky to go I hope you had a great time and didn't spend too much !!!!!!!!!!!!

My little offering tonight is a card I made for my youngest niece Ayshia for her 10th birthday, she loves to dance including ballet.  As she has such an unusual but beautiful name, just like her (but then I am biased), I always make sure I can incorporate it into the card for her. 
I couldn't resist the Molly Blooms Ballerina, she looks just like Ayshia right down to the freckles (which she hates)

I used the Grand Scallop Circles to make the base card, easel topper and the harlequin paper background.  Molly was stamped using memento and then coloured with promarkers - must remember to write down which colours I use in future.
A Marianne die was used to frame Molly, letter peeloffs for Ayshias name & age placed around.
Another favourite of mine is to make the paper roses using a flower punch and 2 shades of the foundations paper, I gave the finished flower a quick spritz with cosmic shimmer (Pearl - I think).
The stopper was made from a spellbinder label and finished with a Hero Arts stamp 'Birthday & Always'.

Hopefully you will continue to stop by and look, maybe leave a comment or two or even join as a follower.

Take care and have a good week

Maria xx

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Twins Birthday - Part Two

Well how are we all doing in this beautiful Indian Summer we are having.  It just doesn't feel right that its October and we are basking in the sun.  I have had to bring out the summer clothes again, but the winter ones could be back out soon again.

As promised this is the other card I made for the Twins 30th Birthday.  As you can see Amy is totally opposite to her sister, she loves shopping, ducks and all things girly.

The image was stamped onto stamping card and coloured with promarkers - sorry can't remember what colours I used.  I used the Spellbinder circle and the 'out of the box' technique and mounted it flat onto a Marianne die shape. Name and age was done with Storybook cartridge and shadowed with mirri card.  On the back of the card I used a label, stamped with Souffle the duck so that a greeting could be written.

Have a great weekend.
Thanks again for stopping by.

Hugs, Maria x