Thursday, 14 April 2016

Baby Boy

Before I show you my card for today I'd like to welcome and thank two new followers who joined me recently - Jules and Lesley.  Despite losing quite a few followers in the recent 'shake up' by Blogger the numbers are slowly creeping up again.

For my second baby card I've used another really old favourite stamp, also coloured using pencils and I printed some background papers from Papercraft Factory, leaving me with (of course) some leftovers - sigh - so in fact I made two cards with this stamp in an effort to use it up.

Stamp - from Lili of the Valley
Background paper - Papercraft Factory by funky Hand
Label dies - Spellbinders and Tattered Lace
Corners - die by Whimsy

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Baby Cards

Friends sometimes ask me for greetings cards and I usually take my box along to the patchwork group I attend as well.  I do try to keep a selection of cards suitable for various occasions but find that on the whole it is the birthday ones which sell mostly.  I seriously cannot remember when was the last time I was asked for a 'new baby' card until last week when two went from that category, leaving me with just a few 'baby girl' ones.  I set about making some today to top up the supplies and this is one of them using a cute owl stamp which is one of a set which I bought several years ago and which cover lots of situations one way and another.  The image was coloured using pencils.   I've found that most of the blue card and patterned paper which I see nowadays seems to be more turquoise rather than what I call a true blue - wonder why that is??  This piece of background paper from my stash is a really nice blue but I couldn't find any  suitable blue card to go with it so settled for kraft which is always a good standby.

Stamp - Whoo set of owl stamps from Joanna Sheen
Sentiment - from same stamp set
Banners - Sue Wilson dies
Circles - Tattered lace dies
Corners - Stampin' Up punch

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sympathy Cards

Unfortunately we all need this type of card from time to time and I always like to keep a few in my box for such occasions.  I always feel they shouldn't be as elaborate as many of the cards we make and for this one I've simply used a couple of dies and some odd pieces of a printed text paper with subtle pearlescent card.

Background paper -  Chocolate Baroque
Feather - free die from magazine last year sometime
Lacy panel - Die from Crafter's Companion
Banners - Sue Wilson dies
Words - Crafter's Companion die

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Playground Time Again

Yet again the week has rushed by and it is time for the challenge in the Pixie Snippets Playground.  I was tempted to treat myself to a stamp when I paid a brief visit to a local woodworking and hobby show where there were various craft demonstrations to see and of course plenty of temptation, some of which I managed to resist but not all I must confess.  I thought this stamp would be just right for the Playground so it was stamped onto three different scraps of printed papers and the many pieces cut out with scissors before being adhered to the image printed onto a snippet of white card. This was in turn layered onto a snippet of green. The background was made up from oddments of printed papers of the same design but in two different colours (the same paper as for the flower).  I actually ended up crawling around the floor on hands and knees part way through making this card, having dropped the tiny clear sentiment stamp ... they bounce ...  but I eventually found it!!

The layout for this card is loosely based on a sketch spotted on Always With a Heart a great blog to view if you get stuck for layout ideas - thanks Jules.  Di has made a Snippets card this week using a so cute set of hedgehog stamps with matching dies which will be the prize for one lucky entrant.

Stamp - by Woodware
Circles - Tattered Lace dies
Papers used - printed from Kimono collection by Crafter's Companion (I think)
Square dies - Die'sire and Tonic
Sentiment - Bitty Banners die from Stampin' Up and of course the 'rescued' stamp!