Thursday, 20 May 2010

In Distress

Here are my newbie attempts at distressing stamped images.  I really like playing with distress inks, but think I need to learn to use a lighter touch.  The 1st card has been embossed with a Cuttlebug frame folder and also distressed, the 2nd card is waiting for a sentiment to be added to the bottom, but I'll leave this 'til I know who and what it is for.  Please leave a comment, oh and do let me know if you have any tips on distressing - thank you :-)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

I love origami flowers

I have fallen in love with making these origami flowers.  This card has a flower made from pretty vellum, which I then sprayed with glimmer mist.   The central part of the flower is a double petal layer made with my Nellie Snellen Punch n Emboss.  The gorgeous background paper is from a collection of oriental papers I bought from Create n Craft.   The Heron and Cherry Blossom are both Japanese symbols of good luck and the script is on the same theme.  I made this for a family friend who has visited the orient, and whose birthday is this week.   I forgot to take a pic of the inside of the card - but that was also decorated with patterned paper and punched flowers.


The next card is a bright and funky take on the same origami flower. This time using very fine embossed paper.  

Thanks for stopping by to see my cards :-) 

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Latest cards

Welcome to a round up of cards I've made over the past few days, starting with a simple pyramid card for a male birthday.  I love lighthouses, and would live in one if it was in the right location and if I had the money, of course! :-) 

There is a baby imminent in the family, so this pyramid easel card is just waiting for the name to be added.  

A very dear friend of mine has been away on hols.  Only for 2 weeks, but I miss her loads, so thought I would send this card to welcome her back home.  It can be quite a downer coming back from a fab holiday, so hope this will cheer her up when she gets back :-)   I really love these Hampstead papers from Papermania.  So rich and warm; perfect for this kind of card I think.  The pink flowers at the bottom are made with my new favourite toy, the fab floral punch and emboss sets.  

I saw a tutorial about making origami flowers, and had to have a go.   I cut out the flowers with a nestability scalloped circle, then embossed in the Divine Swirls cuttlebug folder, after which they were distressed with Tim Holtz inks, before the folding process begins.   I am going to be bold and enter this card in the Crafty Cardmakers Distress Challenge.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Spring Trees

Here is a card I made yesterday using some digi-papers I downloaded.  
Then, using my precious Nesties, I matted the sentiment, which reads 
Spring: 1. the months of March, April and May. 2. The season in between winter and summer.  3. Time of nature’s rebirth. 
Lastly, finished off with an embossed flower and some gems.
I have decorated the inside too, but cannot show it just yet in case it spoils a surprise :)

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Disc World

You know, I have always meant to start reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, yet still it languishes on my "one day" list.  Anyway, this is an easel card I made for a young boy's birthday.  The central image is pyramaged.  I love the groovy aliens with their CDs - though perhaps they should get more with it and have MP3 players like us earthlings!

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