Monday, 31 August 2015

More christmas cards


I have been busy making some more Christmas cards.  This time I have used the Crafters Companion Christmas Embossing folder with the Christmas words.  I've also used Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Ivy stamp and die set and the poinsettia die from Crafters Companion.

Sorry about the middle picture.  For some reason I can't get it to rotate round but I hope you get the gist!  

I have embossed the Christmas words onto black (or white) card.  Then I have used Pebeo silver or gold gilding wax to bring out the letters and cut white or red parchment using the poinsettia with silver, red or gold glitter.

Hope you like them and thank you for looking.
Liz x

Sunday, 30 August 2015

The dreaded 'C' word!!

Hello again

I've finally realised I have to start making some cards for Christmas!  I know its only August but needs must, especially when I've got so many to make.

These two use the same Woodware stamp but I have coloured one using the monochrome technique, using my Promarker pens and the other one using the Promarker pens but colouring them in the traditional colours.

Here is another Woodware stamp coloured using the same principle. 

I also used Crafters' Companion ivy Die'sire die.

I do like the monochrome effect.  I think it looks quite sophisticated!!

Thank you for looking

Liz x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Some number cards

Hello, me again

I have been making quite a few 'number' cards for children from 1 - 10.  I have been lucky enough to have sold some of them as well.

Here are a few I have done recently and I shall gradually be posting more as I go along, so I hope you don't get bored!  These ones are using the Faye Whittaker 'All our Yesterdays' stamps.  I couldn't resist buying them all when they came out a few years ago and I have used them regularly through the years.  

I went to a tutorial by my very talented friend Lynn Cooper in which she used these stamps but coloured them in monochrome colours.  I have used this idea on many of the stamps as I think it matches the nostalgia of 'yesteryear'.

Thank you for looking.
Liz x

Friday, 28 August 2015

Another birthday

Second blog - doing well.

It was my younger son's birthday at the beginning of August.  He is a very keen DIY fan.  He has made such a lot of brilliant things - he's very clever, even if I say so myself!  As you all know birthday cards for men are very difficult and I thought and thought what I could do for his card.

As luck would have it I had bought the Cascading Card template from Paula Walters Designs in Doncaster, having seen it demonstrated on Create and Craft recently.  I made a small one and a larger one, as per the templates and this is the bigger of the two.  Flicking through my magazines and papers I came across Making Cards for Men magazine dated 2011 and would you believe it,   it had a whole page of DIY tools and screws!

I spent a long time cutting everything out but I do think it was worth it.  The photos are not brilliant I'm afraid but I think you can see the idea.  

I do like the template and I've seen examples using flowery paper with roses etc and they look absolutely stunning and so different so I shall be using it again.

Thank you for looking.

Liz x

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

How time has flown

Hello everyone

I cannot believe the last time I blogged was my son's wedding in July, 2013! My goodness doesn't time fly?

Since then such a lot has happened so I shall gradually blog all the changes that have happened as I am determined to start blogging regularly again.  Let's hope I manage to keep my mid season resolution!

I think I shall blog backwards - typical me - and show you some cards I have just recently made.

This one I made for my granddaughter's birthday in Australia
This is the Rosie stamp from Crafters' Companion Scruffy Little Kitten range, coloured in using my watercolour pencils.  I also used Sheena Douglas embossing folder and the Embossalicious large dotted folder.  The paper is from the Scruffy Little Kitten CD and I used Glossy Accents for the puddle and the raindrops. The Happy Birthday stamp is one I bought in Australia.

Thank you for looking.
Liz x

Monday, 12 August 2013

Sorry this was posted before it was finished.  I've now completed it with pictures!

Once again it has been a long time since I blogged, but I have quite busy.
My younger son, Nick, was married at the beginning of July to his lovely bride, Emma. 

Nick and Emma knew exactly what sort of wedding they wanted.  A very natural but classy one!  Luckily I didn't have to make any of the invitations or stationery!  I have to admit that is just not my scene.
The two of them wanted little bags to put on the tables as favours and were planning on using natural home-made soaps.  They had sourced the soaps which were beautfiul and smelt absolutely gorgeous.  However they wanted something to put them in.  This is where I came in.  We decided to make some small hessian bags to put the soaps in, tied up with raffia.  I made a few samples which they liked so I agreed to make them.  All 100 of them!! 


They do look lovely, I must admit.  Worth all the hard work.

I also made a box for everyone to put their cards in on the day:

I didn't exactly make the basket (!) that came from ESK but I lined it and put the hearts and ribbons on it.  I thought it looked quite rustic and in keeping with the theme of the wedding.

Nick and Emma wanted a guest book too so I found a 'bog' standard spiral bound notebook from The Works.  I added ribbons to hide the spirals and then covered the front and back with hessian with felt hearts and sticky pearls.  I was rather pleased with the effect.  So I think were Nick and Emma.

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

two more cards for Australia

I was talking to my son and grandchildren in Australia by Skype the other weekend.  My older grandson showed me a boat he had made by himself from a cardboard roll and paper.  He was very pleased with himself! 
I thought he needed a pirate to go in it so I said I'd make him a card with a pirate on it.  Here it is:

The stamp is from Lili of the Valley and I coloured it in using watercolours.  The paper I got as a bargain pack a long time ago and the buttons and lighthouse were from my stash.  I thought it came out rather well.  I sent a photo to my son for him to print out for my grandson and he said he was delighted with it.
Obviously I had to ask my grand daughter what picture she would like me to do for her.  After a bit of thought she decided on a fairy.  I was originally going to do a Flower Fairy but then thought they're a bit old for a 6 year old.  I thought this picture from Crafters Companion Angelica CD was absolutely perfect with her little teddy.  I printed off a 'quick' card from the CD.  Everything was printed on one sheet of paper, even the bow and embellishments.  They look quite real don't they?  I did add some Stickles to the dress, wings and teddy's nose and the embellishments and I did add a couple of buttons and a charm from my stash.
Thank you for looking. x