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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Daughters birthday card

Commissioned card for a daughter.

Coloured with promarkers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Odd request for 2 cards from 1 dog to another

Had an email from a client earlier today asking if he could have 2 cards. Yes not a problem I said, send me the details and I'll get onto it. 
The email dutifully arrives and he wants two cards FROM his dog, Toby. 
One is to go to the dog of the humans that look after Toby from time to time and the other is to the humans that do my clients garden (that's confused you hasn't it lol) 

Anyway, the topper is from Cupcake Crafting Paws for Thought CD's as this is what Toby looks like in real life. I needed a bit of "poetic license" with regards the sentiment as the topper actually has daffodils (as you can see) so had to come up with something to make it "fit".

I took the topper into Serif Craft Artist 2 and added a Santa Claus hat which I then glittered with a Sakura Clear Star pen. The backing paper, ribbon & bow were also done is Craft Artist 2

Skully Santa Xmas card for @jax1369

Morning all and welcome to my blog. I am going to try and embellish my blog posts a bit more as I normally just give a brief description of each card where as when I browse other peoples blogs, I see that they put a lot more information on, so here goes and wish me luck :-) 

If any of you don't tweet or don't understand how friendships can be formed using just 140 characters, then you've not given it a fair chance and you've not met my wonderful Twitter Sister @jax1369. To say we have become firm, long term best mates via twitter is an understatement. We communicate via BlackBerry Messenger every day and now they have the new option of BlackBerry Chat via the service, we can actually speak to each other too - mostly by mistake as one of us has hit the button in error but that's by the by.

Jax has a love of all things Gothic; I've met her husband - he has too. NOOOO, I am not saying Mad Dog is    Gothic - he'd abuse me in an email if I did. I mention it as I needed an image suitable for them both so when I  saw this "Skully Santa" Digistamp which is available here   I knew it was the perfect design.

I opened up Docrafts Designer and used a backing paper from one of the Papermania Capsule Collection cds and used one of the overlays to give the paper an appearance of texture. I added the "Christmas Wishes" digistamp to the bottom of the sheet and printed it out onto a cream coloured linen paper.

I tore the edges of the paper to make it fit onto an 8 x 8 card. Using Tea Dye Distress ink, I edged the paper and bought the colour into the centre of the paper to give it the aged look. The used some "sepia" spritz spray very lightly to add another feature. 

The topper was printed onto Clarity Stamp Theuva card and coloured with promarkers and flexmarkers. Edges were torn after the colouring and again edged with Tea Dye Distress ink pad.

I went around the card blank with the same ink pad, then curled the corners of the backing paper before attaching to the card blank.

I cut the snowflake from a Spellbinders die set onto antique gold mirri card and then dabbed over it with Cranberry alcohol ink. I am pleased with the result as I didn't want a completely covered look.

All in all, I am really pleased with how this card fell together and it was a nice change from doing 'traditional Christmas' designs. Hope you like it too 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

'Sugar Nellie' birthday card

I must thank Julia Watts for sending me this image in a box of goodies.
The stamp is a Sarah kay Image and
coloured with promarkers
(almost entirely the Ltd Edition 4 seasons set)

The backing papers and the flower are from Kaisercraft.

The leaf die is from marianne designs 

This card is a commission for a gentleman to send to his niece 

Amendment - my thanks to Julia for putting me right on the stamp image :

Its from Sugar Nellie & called 'sweet & sassy'

thank you Julia xx 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Teenage boy birthday card

This is for a teenage lad who has a birthday just after Christmas

The digistamp is available at Redonkulous Designs 

Coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers

The backing paper is from Polka Doodles "Not for the Girls" cd 2
taken into serif craft artist and the wording & fractals added before printing

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Birthday card for a grand-daughter

Here is a card made for a gentleman to send to his granddaughter who celebrates her birthday on
Christmas Day.

The digistamp is from a collection called D'Arcy's Diaries
Coloured with ProMarkers

 Kanban KandiCore Card stock

Marianne Creatables flower die
Joy Craft swirl die

I'd like to enter this into 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Commissioned Birthday card

This is for one of my lovely clients who is 90 yrs young on Sunday
It was commissioned by her daughter in law 

Fly Past stamp set by Hobby Arts

"wing wing" Xmas card

Stamp from Wild Rose Studio ( love their stamps)

Coloured with sakura glitter pens (had to blow the dust off them) 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Little boy skating Xmas card

Stamp from Marianne Designs free with Papercraft Essentials magazine

backing papers from Polka Doodles

Spellbinders snowflake die

quickcutz tag die 

promarkers / flexmarkers 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

New Home Card Commission

"Good Luck In Your New Home"

Commissioned card

Images from one of Nikky Halls Fantabulous CD's 
(but you'll have to ask her which one cos I have forgotten)

Digihouses coloured with Promarkers

Monday, 10 December 2012

Polka Doodles "here comes Xmas" Card

Digistamp from Polka Doodles "Here comes Christmas" CD
coloured with Promarkers

backing papers from NitWit Collection in my stash

La Pashe Decoupage Xmas Card

Decoupaged card for a man to give to his grandad.

Its from one of the La Pashe cd's - lovely vintage image 

3 "Warm Wishes" Xmas cards

1 free stamp - "Winter Fun" by Marianne Creatables
Free with latest issue of Papercraft Essentials

Layout & design idea from Bev Rochester

Various array of backing papers

All coloured with Promarkers 

Monday, 3 December 2012

Spellbinders snowflake xmas card

Simple card made with spellbinders snowflake die
and word dies from Rob Adams.
Sentiment stamp from papermania 

Mallard Commissioned birthday card

I was asked by a wonderful twitter friend, Cameron Lawton, to make a card for her husbands upcoming birthday. The brief was that he likes steam trains. So what better iconic image to use than the classic Mallard.

The image is from La Pashe and drawn by the very talented Jim Harker and I have coloured it with a mixture of pro & flex markers.

The trellis work on the gold mirri was made using a hougie board.

Now, this isn't a photo of the final card - like an idiot, I deleted the wrong one. All that was added to the final card was the steam clouds coming out of the funnel.

Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone on O2

Sunday, 2 December 2012

2 more cards for Grandsons (not mine)

These two are for the brothers of the 2 little girls in the previous post with the penguin cards in.

The top one is made from an image on the 
A-May-Zing by Nigel May

The bottom one is from a digistamp available from JellyPark 

I took the jpeg image into Serif and used the cut out studio so take out the background.
I then prepared the background in Serif and added the wording>
I positioned the snowman digi where I wanted it, added a shadow and printed out the whole design.
Then I discarded everything except the snowman and printed him out.
Coloured him in with Promarkers and cut him out.
And attached him directly over where his "shadow" is so it looks like he is standing out from the page. 
I probably could have coloured him in on the page but I didn't want to 
risk the ink running.

Hope you like it x 

2 pengiun Xmas Cards

2 cards - the same but different :-) 

Acrylic stamp from Wild Rose Studio

coloured with pro & flex markers

Cranberry adirondack inkpad

SWALK "You're the one" birthday card

A fun, bright birthday for a man to give to his wife

Images from SWALK digistamp cd
coloured with promarkers

Background created by stencilling through the waste left behind when die cutting
the marianne leaf design 

lancaster Bomber Birthday Card

I have made this for my lovely client, Jean, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday
on the 15th of December. 

She is a very proud member of the Pathfinder Corp and has a love of Lancaster Bombers so this 
stamp set from HobbyArt will be perfect for her.

I used inkylicious dusters and a mixture of adirondack & distress ink pads.

I cut the hills from a piece of spare doeflex (I had seen the lady from Inkylicious do the same
but with the Stamps Away ink blending mat).

Hope you like it x 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

SWALK Digi Birthday Card

All papers from Original SWALK cd
Image from Swalk Digistamps CD

Coloured with promarkers

Teenager Birthday Card

Teenagers - who'd have 'em lol
(especially when trying to decide on an image for a handmade card)

Well, I'm hoping I've hit the right spot with this one

Digistamp available from Redonkulous Designs

Coloured with pro / flex markers following methods learnt from 
Polka Doodles Colour Therapy CD Available here 

All background designed in Serif Craft Artist Pro