Saturday, 3 September 2011

Cards for the boys

Hi everybody. Been a while since my first post, must try and make time and get into the habit. ( How many times do we make that excuse? ) Anyway, been busy making a few cards for family and friends, so thought I'd share a couple with you, hope you like them.

September is a really busy month for me, does something special happen in December???  :) To make matters worse a lot of them are for males, don't you just love doing cards for the boys.

This one is for my son-in-law's birthday and he's crazy about the grand prix, ANY grand prix. So I found a picture on the web and imported into Craft Artist. I used the eraser tool and rubbed out the driver's eyes, found a photo of my son-in-law and inserted his eyes.

Voila, what would have been a boring card, turned into a more personalised one, and a bit more interesting ( and they'll think me really clever )  I must say, I think he looks the part. Wonder if they'll notice, my sister didn't.

This next card was for a colleague at work. She wanted a card for a male friend's 40th birthday and said that he had a bright red BMW. Didn't have to look much further did I, I love it when people give me the ideas for the card.

Decided on an easle card for this one, I must say, most of my cards are easel cards at the moment, I enjoy doing them and I think they give you a lot of scope. Loads of room to put embellishments on too, such as ribbons, buttons, hat pins, flowers, card candy, gems, need I go on, I think you get the gyst. I suppose that may be one of the main reasons BOY cards are difficult, you can't really cover them with bows and flowers, but I digress.

I made a chequered flag type backing paper and tiled 40 all over it in both red and black, using MCS professional,  absolutely  LOVE that graghics programme. The numbers were cut out using my Cricut expression and holograph card, any font really, I just wanted nice bold letters. Finally, the main body of the card was cut  out using Spellbinders grand nestabilities dies, labels 1. The main image was  mat and layered onto holograph card to match the numbers, and to finish, a stop bar using the smaller nestabilities, again, mat and layered onto holograph card.   Quite simple really, but I put it into a box to make it a bit more special and was told he loved it.

See ya soon.

Jools. x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Flower Power

Hi, well here I go, my very first post ( of hopefully many ) on my very first blog. My aim is to be able to inspire a few crafters, and non-crafters, as I have been inspired by all the people I have watched demonstrating their skills, during my endless quest for crafting knowledge.

I've been crafting in some form or another for MANY years now. I've been a sewer, a knitter and became quite good at crotcheting. Then three years ago the papercrafting bug bit me, BIG time. My spare bedroom is now my craft room, FULL to the ceiling with toys and goodies. I'll post some pickies another day, because it's a mess today.

I hurt my leg at work last week and had to rest, so what better time to make a few embellishments. Flowers, the more the merrier, are very in vogue this season, so I decided to make a few. It all went a bit silly. One positive thing came out of it though, look at all the pretty butterflies my flowers attracted. 

The flowers are printed on supersmooth card, using  various MCS cd's, but mostly countrside garden.The largest flower is 6cms and the smallest 4cms. I just printed them in various colours using the colour changer. I think that's when it all went a bit silly, there are so many combinations. Then I just sat and rested, as told, and cut them all out. Bit mind numbing really, but how industrious. Anyway, I won't need to make flowers anytime soon. I made the flutterbies with a pergamano butterfly grid. I'm just learning how to do parching, so I'm starting off slowly. We can learn together.

Well, must fly. The postman has just been with my latest toy. I have a need to install and play.

I'll see you soon.

Jools. xx