Wednesday, 24 September 2008

I'm Humbled

I have been very kindly given this award by Phree of Ink Stain Survivor fame, and feel very humble because of the illustrious company that I share the award with. As I am a regular follower of Phree's lovely blog I would have sent this award back to her but didn't know if this was allowed but I hope she knows how much I enjoy her seeing her artwork and reading her posts otherwise I wouldn't keep going back for more.

The rules for this award are :

1/ The winner can put the logo on their blog.

2/ Link the person you receive uour award from.

3/ Nominate at least 7 other blogs.

4/ Put links of those blogs on yours.

5/ Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated.

After thinking long and hard and revisiting all my favourites here is my list in alphabetical order. I realise some of them are already on Phree's list but they are my favourites for various reasons and so get the award from me :

Deby :

Glenda :

Jo :

Lesley :

Lynn :

Ros :

Veronica :

Birthday Card for a VIP in My Life - My Son

I'm having a bit of a bleak time in the crafting department just recently. Like many other people I've had a bug I can't shake off and I think it's attacked my mojo as well as my throat and chest. So I thought I would share a card I made for a very important person - MY SON. It was his birthday back in March and it was extra special because his first baby, beautiful Alexa, was born the day before. I wrote the verse inside myself but as it is a bit sentimental and personal I was too shy to photograph that. I think that with this design I was trying to portray something of the idea that although time passes quickly, it also goes on forever in our children and their children and the fastening on the card symbolises holding on to our love for each other and enfolding new loved ones within the circle. This is all a bit deep for me, as usually 'a card is a card' which I just try to make pleasing for the recipient, but this was a very special time for our family as our first adored granddaughter, Isabella, was born just 3 months before and Alexa completed the family - for now!

Now, enough sentimentality! (Another byproduct of The Bug) For this card I used all my fave products once again. The backing paper was from an Artylicious cd (I think Damask Delights), the stamps are Elusive Images - Scripts and Timepieces, and Antiquities for the DTP. The card I used for the DTP was first coloured with Glimmer Mists. All these products are available from Graphicus.

These are a couple of photos of our gorgeous babies taken about a month ago.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

I HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!

AND THE WINNER IS .............................
Congratulations to you Veronica.
I can't wait to see what you do with these
lovely stamps. Please do a post on your blog
when you get chance to use them.
However, first you have to contact Glenda
with details of where to send your prize.
Enjoy the beautiful Gossamer Wings themeplate.
Veronica's comment was :-
All of Glenda's stamps are great, so here's hoping!
Love your pix of Fountains Abbey, reminds me of school
trips many moons ago................

Friday, 5 September 2008

Faeries, Beautiful Faeries

DON'T FORGET....................
You have less that 48 hours to leave
a comment on the original Faery post
(not this post)
you will have no chance of winning the
absolutely gorgeous blog candy
being offered along side two other faery
and unicorn stamp themeplates
by the inspirational Glenda Waterworth
Click here to travel to her blog
to see the stamps that could be yours come Sunday
Please scroll down through the posts
here on my blog
until you find the original

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Looking for Faeries?

If you scroll down a couple of posts
you'll find the original one for the faery competition.
You have until Saturday 6 September
at midnight
to leave a comment on that original post
then a winner will be chosen by random number generator
and announced on Sunday 7 September!!!

Monday, 1 September 2008

Baby Girl Card

This is a card that was ordered by a lady at work. It was to give to her daughter and the sentiment on the oval says 'Thank You for the Gift of a Beautiful Granddaughter'.
I made a standard A5 gatefold card from hammered white card. I then printed a pink butterfly design from the Artylicious Butterfly Bliss CDrom onto acetate and again onto bright white 160gsm paper and I also printed a matching insert and an oval tag on which I typed the sentiment.
I used Elusive Images Baby Letters set of stamps and stamped in pink pigment ink (I think it was a Versacolor) and embossed with clear detail powder onto the butterfly printed paper and then cut out each letter. I also cut out two of the butterflies from the printed paper and added touches of Stardust Stickles to these and the letters.

I cut a piece of the printed acetate to size A5 and attached it to the inside left of the gatefold card with double-sided tape. I then cut a strip from the printed paper to cover the left side of the gatefold and attached this to cover the acetate so that you could not see the DST. On the front of the card I used a fine peeloff border on both edges of the acetate.
I trimmed the insert so that it was slightly smaller than the inside of the card, brushed the edges with the pink inkpad and attached it to the card.
I stamped out the baby clothes (again Elusive Images) in the pink onto white card, embossed with clear detail powder and cut them out. I then attached them to the inside right of the card with foam pads and added touches of Stardust Stickles.
On the front of the card I layered the two butterflies and attached them just by the bodies to leave the wings free. I attached the oval sentiment with foam pads having added a brad in the shape of a baby's rattle and finally attached the BABY letters to the right side of the card with foam pads.
This is the box I made for the card. I used the Groovy Duo card and box maker (available from Graphicus as well as the stamps and CD). I mixed a few colours of Fantasy Fibre (bought from various places) and stamped the loppy eared rabbit (Creative Expressions) and the 'It's a Girl' sentiment and attached them to the box with DST.
Luckily, the lady I made it for was very pleased. Hope you like it too.