Thursday, 12 June 2008

May swaps

I've had my swaps for May back from Lynn today. On the Stamping Mad forum we swap 2 ATCs and 2 Moos each month. I don't post pictures of what i've done until I know these have been received by the other people in the swap. Most people seemed to get theirs yesterday so I think i'm safe in showing now.

The theme for the ATC was Distressed, something i've not tried before and i'm not sure I will again as I think mine look positively miserable. For the background I used my embossed loo roll paper with shimmery watercolour paint. Onto this I layered torn mulberry paper and a scrap of card which I put through the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder. I used card from the Neutrals stack by DCWV and sanded it afterwards to show the white core. A piece of ribbon was held down by a brad which had been sanded.

Now my Moos are a different thing entirely and I love them. The theme was Pink & Purple.
I brushed the background card with a Brilliance inkpad to give a soft look. I then used my Cuttlebug Paisley die and cut paint charts from Dulux. I layered these by swapping the cut out bits for the contrasting colour. The spaces that were too small to fit the pieces back in were filled with glitter glue but it doesn't show up on the pic.

Given up

I've admitted defeat with this jigsaw puzzle that Mum lent me. It's been out for weeks now and in really good light this morning I tried and failed to get any of the blue pieces in. I'm sick of seeing the case around the place so I gave in and took it all apart. I've only done that with 1 other jigsaw before but this one's really got me beaten. The blues all have a slightly different tone to them but I can't even distinguish between them well enough to do the top edge let alone all the rest of it. I've decided Mum can have it back! She probably won't even attempt it though if I can't manage it.

This is as far as i've managed.

This is what it should look like.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Doiley stamp card

Today i've been trying out my new stamps from Joanna Sheen.

I've done an A5 sized card and layered onto it a piece of blue background paper from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams Cd.

Onto this is layered an oval of white glitter card. The stamps are from Joanna's new Victorian Doiley range and I have used the oval and diamond shapes from the Happiness Oval set. I stamped them with versamark and embossed them in blue onto vellum. Both shapes were cut out and the diamond layered onto the oval. 3 fabric flowers with bead centres were attached with silicon glue.

A stamped sentiment from the same set was embossed in blue onto a piece of the backing paper and layered onto a mat of white glitter card.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

New stamps

The postie has just delivered my new stamps from Joanna Sheen. After watching a crafting programme on Tv the other day I just knew I had to order a set of these stamps, they look so delicate on vellum. What are they? They are Joanna's new Victorian Doiley unmounted stamps, the set I have is the Happiness Oval.
Won't have chance to play with them today but hope to find some time tomorow after I have mounted them onto EZ mount and cut them out.
I can highly recommend Joanna's website, these were ordered on Saturday evening and there is no postage to pay!

Sunday, 8 June 2008

New Home card

I had an e-mail message yesterday from a friend in Ireland giving me her new address so I just had to make her a card.

This is a lovely stamp and I have used it lots of times. I bought it originally to use when I sent out details of our new address but ended up using a different one. It is Thatched Cottage by Funstamps.
I stamped with grey Versafine onto white card and coloured using polychromos and sansodor. The edge of the card was cut with a deckle edge and then layered onto a sheet from a Dovecraft designer paper pad by Kate Knight.
A vellum greeting sticker was layered onto white card and placed in the corner.

Cute Card Thursday

The challenge this week is to make a Christmas card!! We thought we'd give you a helping hand to get your cards started early this year and we have a fabulous CD of Christmas designs which Wendy of OOh La La Creations has kindly donated as a prize to be given to one randomly chosen winner.
It seems very strange to be making Christmas cards when the weather outside is so warm and sunny but I bought this stamp from Magnolia stamps only a couple of weeks ago so it seemed only right to use it for this challenge.
Tilda with Christmas wreath has been stamped onto an oval of white card using a grey Versafine inkpad. She has been coloured with Polychromos and sansodor. A strip of snowflake paper from Lilli of the Valley has been layered down one side of a pale blue A5 card and the stamped image offset onto this. A peel-off greeting in silver has been added at the bottom. Crystal ultra fine glitter has been added to Tilda's wings, hat and cuffs as well as the centre of all the snowflakes on the backer.