Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On a Sabbatical ! :)

Hello everyone,

I haven't posted for a while for the simple reason that I'm struggling with a very chronic 'blue' phase. So I've given up crafting under the public magnifying glass for the time being.

I found it a bit stressful to come up with new cards that I would be proud to share with you lot. But I still want to craft for me, my friends and family in a private way just sharing what I create with them.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Garnet Butterfly Card - CraftyCatz Sample & HOTP Sketch #5

Pamela from CraftyCatz fame sent me these super gorgeous butterflies stamps and I couldn't help but start to make some samples (2 more to go ! LOL).

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tropical Flower Card - Two Step Birdy Punch

I've been playing with my new Two Steps Birdy punch since I got it yesterday, after creating two cards for my other SU blog, I was playing with the leftover paper then realised I could turn the bird body into petals and I created this tropical flower card. I hope you like it.

Look at Vince's take with the very same punch ! Stunning cards if I may say so !

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Robot Card - Dare U 2 Digistamp challenge and Vince design !

This week's challenge on Dare U 2 Digistamp is Metal so I thought I would use Vince's lovely robots design and my pet hate holographic papers (I honestly struggled with all those shiny reflections). I used also some mirri card and my trusted Xyron personal cutter to create those corners. I also highlighed some areas on the robot with 3D gloss accents.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Flowers and Faux Finishes Cards - Samples for Ideal World

I've got a sore throat and feel a bit poorly but I cheered myself up making the samples for the forthcoming MCS CD, this time is the lovely art work from Stephanie, so if you like flowers and painted to boot, this is going to be right up your street.

I tried to do something different this time, instead of the mirri panels and matting like there's no tomorrow. I tried to achieve the right balance between some technique and giving Stephanie's art work space to 'breathe' !

I hope you'll take inspiration from my samples and get creating !

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

B'day Card with 3D Flowers - My Mind's Eye

I had lots of fun making this card early this morning. I've used my Mind's Eye die-cuts flower pads, Stamping up ribbon and clip also punched the tag using the SU punches. Background paper is Brenda Pinnick. Stamp is HOTP.

I wish I could send birthday cards to all the crafters I know but can only indulge to send a few randomly. Hopefully she'll like my card ! :)

Monday, March 01, 2010

Love Flower Card - Pamela's free download craftycatz.co.uk

Pamela from craftycatz.co.uk is generously giving away a free download every month. So I took advantage of it and made this card using my SU scallop punch. I also did some work on it with a sakura glitter pen but it doesn't show up on the picutre.....oh well ! There's new download on Pamela's website for March... have fun with it !

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Inked & Stamped Card - Lindsay Mason Stamps and Di Hickman Sketch

I just received two lovely stamp sets I ordered from QVC on Craft Day: Lindsay Mason and Paula Pascual.

Gorgeous designs and I had to play with them, what better excuse to use Di Hickman's latest sketch on her blog. I masked section of my base card to ink with Colorbox chalk ink in orange and lime, then I doodles the edges of those two sections with a prismacolor fine marker pen. Finally I stamped (fudged one flower unfortunately) using Lindsay Mason lovely flowers stamps and sentiment. I also used one stamp from Paula's I'm mentioning it to be fair, I used that tiny mini flower to create those two punched out circles where I wound a thread of fibers around.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Grunge Rose Card - Using my Tim Holtz TSV for the Dare U 2 Digistamp Challenge

I couldn't help but use my newly received Tim Holtz TSV from QVC for the Dare U 2 Digistamp challenge. This week it was pearl, so I've added three pearls and pearlised the picture too.

That's my first attempt at the grunge/dirty look and had lots of fun doing it getting all mucky.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Strolling down the Seine Card - Dare U 2 Digistamp

This week's Dare U 2 Digistamp card I created was inspired by three things : a lovely digistamp by craftingwithsue.blogspot.com, putting three tags on the side by a lovely French men scrapbooker and finally a lovely paper printed from the Funky Hand latest CD. I also used this adorable Tour Eiffel stamp from HOTP (Dream is also from that set too).

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Gift boxes made with HOTP 7358 Kyla's Swirly Gift Box Template

I've had so much fun making making these two gift boxes: one for my brother in law for Christmas and the other for my niece's birthday. They're perfect to put some chocolates in them or a small token. We were able to fit a small bracelet in one and some beads in the other.

It's no secret I love HOTP templates and this one is another one of my favourites ! It takes a bit more perseverance with this one to get the folds to align properly but just make sure you score the lines and you'll be fine.

This is also a small preview of Vince's birthday card I made for him :

Please click on the image to go to my other blog (Brenda Pinnick Fanatics) to see it bigger.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Flower Buds Card - Contribution to today's MCS show on Ideal World

I know me bad, but I just made one card, the rest of the cards were made by Vince. He's so talented, I'm in awe of his work all the time. You can have a look later on today when Vince will put his cards up, the show is at 2pm (GMT) Ideal World. Not one of my best I have to agree.
Very fun CD with plenty of images to play with...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Orange Tweet Bird Card - Learning to crochet !

I thought I would share with you my birthday card I made for my mother as she's going to have it pretty soon. I used lovely papers from Dovecraft, the little bird stamp is a hostess stamp from Stampin' Up I just love it as it's so whimsical. Sentiment and punched out elements Stampin' Up again. I edged the border with brilliance black lightning.

Now I purchased the 'Art of Crochet' as I want to learn how to create crochet flowers to add to my cards as embellishments. I finally crocheted in one evening this small square, I'm just a beginner but am enjoying it already. Here's a picture of my first double crochet square !

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Heart and Buttons Card - Dare U 2 Digistamp Challenge

It seems I got my creative juices flowing again as I'm back on the horse making this card for the Dare U 2 Digistamp challenge ! Woohoo !

I've used Laurence Lewelyn Bowen papers (Christmas gift), digistamp from La Verve, metallic buttons (Studio) and scalloped punch (Stampin' Up). The heart was coloured using Derwent metallic pencils and softened using Sansodor solvent. Brilliance inkpads in gold and lightning black were used to edge and stamp the corner motif and hearts using Hot Off the Press stamps 'Flight of fancy'.

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