Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Love you Bunches!

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges: Fantasy Stampers - Mum's the Word; My Besties UK - Anything goes plus 'bling' (from the glazed backing paper and gemstone flowers).
; and Ribbon Girl - Add flowers.

The stamp is Wee Love You Bunches by Sylvia Zet, given as a freebie in Papercraft Essentials magazine quite a while back.  It is coloured with watercolour pencils.  The shape was cut with the Brother ScanNCut machine (which I am struggling to get the hang of!).  The backing paper is a glazed paper from a random set I bought from eBay a couple of years ago.  Gemstone flowers from stash complete the front.  Inside, I've stamped a tag greeting from LOTV highlighted with a small gemstone.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Lonesome Cowboy ...

I'm entering this card in the following: Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Inspired by a Song and Crafty Catz - For the Boys.  The card is for my father-in-law and inspired by Elvis Presley's Lonesome Cowboy.

The scene was created with a number of Stampscape stamps and coloured with Distress Inks.  The greeting is a Stamps Away washables.  The borders were cut by the Brother ScanNCut machine - actually they were technically the waste after another border was cut, but the shape seemed perfect!

With Love ...

I'm entering this card in the Without Words' February challenge - Je t'aime and the As You Like It 47th Challenge - Favourite style, CAS or Fussy.

Much as I admire (and sometimes drool over) the beautiful fussy style cards that I see displayed on blogland, I really can't make one!  I like a little more ornamentation that a completely clean and simple style, but only a small amount of embellishments is how my cards turn out.  Maybe it is because I only have a small stash and can't bear to part with too many beautiful things in one card :)

Digistamp is Cocoa Wishes by Tiddly Inks coloured with watercolour pencils and highlighted with Sakura gelly roll glitter pen.  Greeting is from LOTV set.  Background paper is a magazine freebie by Debbie Moore.  I love the 3D heart I made from an old music book bought in a charity shop.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

80th Birthday card.

Here's a card I created today for my mother's 80th birthday this month.  I'm entering it in the Crafty Catz Challenge #265 - Birthdays.

It's been several months since I was able to make cards because of our house move and although this card looks simple it took a long time to figure out what to do.  I'd lost my mojo!

I used backing paper from a mixed lot bought on eBay.  The topper shape and numbers were cut on the Brother ScanNCut and raised on foam pads. (Just learning how to use this amazing new gadget!)  The flowers and leaves are Tonic and Martha Stewart punches respectively.  Pearls from stash complete the card.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Sparkle Punch ...

Whilst I'm still working on quilting the other half of my Opposites Attract quilt, I've started another piecing project.  I'm making wonky stars for a version of Elizabeth Hartman's Sparkle Punch pattern.  A consistent background fabric and a bunch of scraps from 3.5" inch strips and I should be able to make a lap-sized quilt.  It's quite interesting how the stars nestle into each other to create the pattern.  Here's my progress so far :)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Opposites Attract Quilting ...

As promised, here's a look at the quilting I'm doing on my Opposites Attract quilt.  I've split it into two halves to make it manageable and I've just finished the interior quilting on the first half.  I've done some of the circles with a feathered wreath, then filled in with random 'organic' straight lines.  At various places I've thrown in a change of direction, as seen in Angela Walters' new book "Shape by Shape".  I wanted this additional interest because the back is a plain cream flannel and it shows the quilting big time!!  There have been so many ends to darn in with this combination of patterns, but I'm pleased with the effect so far :)

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all.  Hope you had a great holiday time filled with lots of love and crafty things.  Mine was quiet, but very pleasant, leaving lots of time to get busy with the DIY and decorating!!  Look what DH made me - a great bookcase to house all my quilting books and folders in my sewing room.  Some of these books have been boxed in storage for six months due to the house move, so it was lovely to be reunited with them.

I have started on the quilting of the red/cream Opposites Attract, but I haven't got very far yet, so I'll leave details of that for another day :)