Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hello sunshine

I've been trying out some different colour combinations. I must say that I find it hard working with more than 3 or 4 colours - seems like too many to incorporate in a cohesive way.

I just got some new ink from AMuse. One of the colours is called ocean and it's a lovely turquoise blue. I've used it here with berry sorbet (which I didn't really like until recently) and harvest gold.



Monday, May 28, 2012

Take 2: Random

Time for another take 2, this time featuring papers from the Random collection by Crate Paper. A couple of easy to mail notecards that I can either pop in the post or give as a gift.  The sentiments are from PTI sets Giga Guidelines and Garden Variety.



Friday, May 25, 2012

Just a note

There's something about these little bitty birds! This is the additions set from Papertrey Ink which comes with birds, bird bath, house and cute accessories.  This is one of my recent purchases and I'm loving it!



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Emboss resist

A few people on the Papertrey forum were discussing the emboss resist technique. You can find a description of it in this video from Jennifer McGuire.

Decided I should have a go myself. I need some more birthday cards for my stash, so that's what I made. I made the cute bow after seeing this video on Jinny Newlin's blog.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Make it Monday 66

Thought I should have a go at this challenge which is to make flowers using border dies. I used the rickrack and eyelet lace dies for my flower here:


It's already Monday here again, so thank goodness for the time difference!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Paper Smooches love

Time for another card featuring a cute seasonal set from Paper Smooches. This is Gently Seasoned - a tree with all different kinds of leaves and other images so take you through the year. This has a bit of a spring colour scheme. Another easy to mail card to add to my stash.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Christmas ornaments part 2

I've been making a second batch of Christmas ornaments using the method I described in this post. These one feature the bough and stocking images from Love Lives Here: Holiday. I've really enjoyed making ornaments instead of cards this year.  Can't believe it's only May and I've already done most of my prep!


Monday, May 14, 2012


Is the name of a crafting weekend I'm going to be attending next month at my LSS. The theme is retro cookery which conjures up images of a domestic goddess like this one.

We're going to be trying out lots of different techniques and making an inspiration book devoted to the theme.  There will also be a lot of eating involved (we are bringing baking to share and having a dinner on Saturday night) plus recipe swaps and other activities. 

The first thing on the programme is an artist trading card (ATC) swap so this weekend I've been making the cards to share. I decided to make a couple of examples using PTI's Friendship Jar stamps which fit in perfectly with the theme. Even managed to find some gingham paper which I think has that great retro look. And here's what I came up with:


Might not be very easy to see, but the jars have an acetate layer on top to give them a bit of shine. I 're-purposed' the acetate boxes that Papertrey stamps come in.

Other - Creative Memories gingham paper, acetate