Thursday, 21 June 2012

"It's a girl" rocker card for a new baby.

Hi Guys, hope you're all well and welcome to my blog.

It's another miserable, rainy day, but I'm not letting it dampen my spirits. That's because I pick my camper up tomorrow. Anyway, thought I'd post today's card while I have the chance, I'm going to be gadding about for a few weeks, rain or no rain.

My sister asked me to do a new baby card that would survive going through the post. That meant I had to resist making it too bulky and three dimensional. I think I satisfied the brief, while managing to make it cute.

The card body is a rocker, made with the spellbinder grand large scallop die. I used white linen 240gsm for the folded layer. I used clipart fairy backing papers for the other layers, printed on 220gsm supersmooth card, to give support.The topper is again clipart fairy, from the 'It's a girl' range. Isn't it cute. All the layers are glittered with glamour dust

The ribbon is from a local flower auction, I get most of my ribbon from there, it's great value. A  cardart tag sentiment and a couple of beaded hearts from my stash to finish.

I added a personalised verse to the back and left a space for my sis to sign the card. Hope she likes it.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-

Fab N Funky - Polka dots.
Papertake weekly challenge - Bingo. ( Die - free - glitter )
Oo La La Challenge Blog - Baby Baby.
Bunny Zoe's Challenge Blog - Girls girls girls.
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLC Challenge - Double trouble. ( 2 hearts )

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon.

Jools.  xxx

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Humorous Male 70th Birthday Card with Craft Artist Professional.

Hello everone,

My Mum asked me to do a card for her friend's 70th birthday. I asked if he liked golf, football, gardening, fishing, the answer to all was no. So what do you make a male ( you know my phobia by now ) who seems to like NOTHING? 

There is one thing I do know about him, he has a wicked sense of humour, so there was the answer. So here is the card I decided to do.

It's a one layer card, designed in Craft Artist Professional and printed on photo paper. I love the finished article, it's hard to believe it's flat isn't it. That's the clever program, it allows you to add shadows to everything. All the embellishments are from various digi kits. I think the pegs are great, it really looks like the topper is hung up. I couldn't resist putting some ink blots and coffee cup stains on. It makes it look really blokey.

A happy birthday and a 70 in red  and it's done. I hope he likes it and isn't offended.   

Thanks for stopping by my blog and do come again.

Jools.  xxx

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Double Easel Naming Day Card for a Boy, with Card Embroidery.

Hi Bloggers,

How's everyone today? There is one good thing about this strange summer we're having, loads of time to do some card embroidery and todays card is an embroidered one. It's a 'Naming the Baby' card, which is quite unusual. I think that's why I liked it,  I love things a bit unusual and this certainly is. The nice thing about card embroidery is that you can choose which colour pallette you want to use. In this case I chose blue for a boy.

The template is from stitching cards, I have quite a few designs from there now. I covered how to do card embroidery and what materials I use in March of this year. If you fancy having a go, have a look  here.

The shape I used for the main part of the easel is the grand labels eleven die from spellbinder. I used white 220gsm linen card for the main design, the same card in cream for the second layer and a pale pearlescent blue for the third layer, which I turned longways and mounted onto the easel. Before mounting it I had to shape the main easel layer to fit the blue layer. It looked odd otherwise with white corners sticking out!!!

The verse and the with love were printed on my laser printer and then hot foiled in silver. The verse was mat and layered onto the same cream and white card. The with love shape is a grommet tag die, again from spellbinder. This was faux layered with onto cream linen card. I added a small silver coloured cross and some beaded hearts for embellishment and that final touch.

Of course I'll have to do one in pink now, I can't leave the girls out, can I?

Hope you like it.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-

Crafters Companion Challenge Blog - Time to embellish. 

See you soon and thanks for coming by and looking at my work.

Jools. xxx

Friday, 8 June 2012

Happy Birthday Easel Card with Tilda.

Good afternoon bloggers,

This weather has one positive side to it, I'm making plenty of stock for my stall at the craft fairs. Today's card was inspired by the Fab n Funky challenge, 'Go Green'. I would never have thought to do a green card, but I love it now. Anyway, back to todays card.

I used another one of my new Tilda images, with a bit of a twist.  I coloured her with promarkers first, then decided to dress her in a pretty frock, with matching bow and shoes. The paper I used was basically green with a tinge of orange(s), it's a CraftArtist backing paper from their 'Summer fun' digikit. I just stamped the image onto the paper and cut out the bits I needed, then stuck them in place with zig glue.  I think she looks so sweet. It's by no means a new technique, but it's new to me.

I used a basic scalloped 6x6 card for the easel and spellbinder grand large scalloped die for the main mats and layers. Tilda is mounted with foam onto a doilie, which I cut with my cricut and an SVG file. This was then matted onto a dotty backing paper circle.

All the flowers are my hand made stash ones, but I scrunched them up and layered them today. That was a bit hard to do, my style isn't really grungy, but I must admit, I do like them. The swirls are made using my spellbinder floral flourishes dies and the sentiments are Hunkidory.  A bow, using ribbon from my stash, and it's finished.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

I Love Promarkers - For a little girl.
Midweek Magnolias - Anything goes.
Just Magnolia - Anything goes

Hope you like it, have a nice crafty afternoon and thanks for stopping by.

Jools.  xxx

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tatty Ted Easel Drawer Cards for Bridesmaids Gifts.

Good evening all,

Having to buckle down and get some of my orders done instead of  making pretty little girly cards for blog challenges. I'm quite happy though whatever I'm doing, just as long as it's in my craftroom, playing, what say you. And it's raining, AGAIN!!!!

This is my latest order. I started them a while back, but the wedding day is getting closer, so I knuckled down yesterday and then finished them today.

I did wedding invitations for this customer, way back in April  ( see here ) It was when she came to pick them up that she saw my Tatty ted drawer cards and thought they would be great to put the bridesmaids presents in. She ordered six, all to be personalised, but otherwise identical. She didn't want any fallouts. I made three in lilac for the bigger girls and three in pink for the smaller ones.
I posted details of how to make the cards in March, so I won't repeat myself. For those who didn't see it, it's here.

I personalised each card by adding a sentiment with the bridesmaids names and then also by adding  a nice thank you from the bride and groom in the verse on the back.

Finally, matching boxes to house the cards.  I'm pleased with the result, I hope Nat will be.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges :-

Digital Tuesday Challenge - Anything goes.
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes.
Oo La La Creations - Make it girly.
Crafters Companion Challenge Blog - Time to embellish.
ABC DT Challenge - Colour inspiration.
Bunny Zoe's Challenge Blog - Anything goes.

Thanks for popping by and do come again.

Jools. xxx

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Tilda Fairy Summery Card.

Hi Guys',

How's everyone today?  Did you enjoy the summer? I know I joke, but I do hope we get more. Been absent for a few days because I've been motor home hunting and guess what, I got one. Woohoo. Have to wait a while to pick it up, but hey, I can wait. ( not ) Think I may have to start a 'Camper' blog. That'll be a laugh.

So, down to today's card. The inspiration for this one is from the sketch  on the the Official Tilda Inspiration Blog, or T.O.M.I.C, for short. I've really taken quite a shine to Tilda, she is so sweet and the stamps are great. Got quite a few now and been stamping and colouring a'plenty, so better get some cards made with them now.


This image is Tilda Fairy. She's been coloured with promarkers, and the wings and outline have been glittered with glamour dust, for a bit of definition and bling. She's been mounted with foam onto a cream parchment spellbinders deckled rectangle die, distressed with Tim Holtz spun sugar.

The backing papers are from my docrafts cd's, mainly woodland friends. The doily on this card is a file called doilies, would you believe, from SVGcuts and was cut on my cricut, using the sure-cuts-a-lot software. 

The flowers are all from my stash, hand made using MCS countryside garden and the butterfly was made in lemon parchment using the pergamano butterfly grid.  A couple of pearl hat pins, some organza pink ribbon and a 'Just for you' charm completes the card.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-

Oo La La Challenge Blog - Make it girly.
Midweek Magnolias - Bling it on.
Just Magnolia - Anything goes + doilie.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes.
Fab N Funky - Celebrate.
ABC DT Challenge - June, colour palette.
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge - Time to embellish. 

 Thank you for visiting my blog, hope you liked my work and do come again.


Jools. xx