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Friday, 22 February 2013

A New Home

Good Evening fellow crafty peeps!

I finally finished my New Home card tonight, I've been working on it on and off for 3 days!  There really aren't enough hours in the day just now and something has to give, unfortunately it is usually Crafting.

This card is for my Cousin and his partner who have just moved into their first home together.  I couldn't find a stamp or topper I liked to suit the purpose so I had a browse on line and found this digi image on I had a notion that I would paper piece it, which I have done in part and part coloured with Promarkers.  I like paper piecing but in reality it is easier with a rubber stamp rather than having to print out multiple copies on different papers (and not as wasteful either).

I think the topper is a little in the style of the Art Deco artist Clarice Cliff, who I am a big fan of.  I've mounted the topper and all the papers, sentiment, etc on kraft card to offset the assortment of colours.  The papers are a mix of freebies and Papermania's Happy Days collection.  The sentiment is by LOTV and has been inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink as a change from black ink and to match the kraft card.  I've die-cut leaves using a Marianne die and more kraft card and a flower from the same set of dies.  The cream flowers I've made using ric-rac braid, the red one is by Papermania.  the only other embellies I've used are buttons threaded with paper cord and a couple of red pearls.
I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out as I spent ages stressing about what to make for this occasion!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Seeing Red (in a good way!)

Hello again,

Well I'm glad to say the wintery weather we were forecast didn't come to much this week, although it has been bad all around us.

I've had a lovely Valentine's Day (apart from having to go to work while Iona and Rab were at home) with gorgeous roses, my fave red wine (Pinot Noir) and chocs from Rab.  Hope you were all spoiled too!

My offering tonight is a tag rather than a card and I've used my current favourite colour - Red!  I went a bit mad buying lots of different red cards, papers and embellishments with Valentines day in mind and now I'm using them all up.

I've used a read made plain white tag from Tesco and run it through a Birdsong ditsy floral embossing folder which was a freebie with Creativity magazine a while back.  The pink heart paper is actually a Christmas 12x12 I bought ages ago and can't remember which brand it is.  I've inked both the tag and the paper with red liquid chalk ink.  The sentiment is from LOTV and has been mounted on an scalloped circle using an x-cut die, the red hearts are also die cut using x-cut nesting dies.  The Gorjuss image has been coloured with Promarkers and I've added a heart shaped button threaded with paper cord to one of the die cut hearts.  I've added more paper cord, raffia and ribbon to finish off my tag.

I'm entering this into the February Tag Challenge over on DoCrafts, the colours for the challenge this month are red, white and another of your choice.

Bye for now,
Shona xx

Friday, 8 February 2013

Country Companions

Good Evening,

Ah thank goodness it's Friday, is it me or has it been a really long week?

I'm sad to say even though the week's felt long I haven't managed to fit in very much crafting.  I started this card on Tuesday and finished it the following evening although I didn't get round to photographing it until last night.

Nearly everything that makes up this card is from the Country Companions range and was given to me by my pal Fiona.  I've just added some co-ordinating 'swiss dots' cardstock, pearls and some flowers to echo the colours and the daisies in the decoupage image.  The leaves were die-cut using a Sizzlits die from Stampin' Up.  The little butterflies were punched using my daughter's Woodware punch.

I am entering this card into the Floral Challenge (Garden) and Katy's Photo Challenge over on Docrafts.

Shona xx

Saturday, 2 February 2013

New Heights

Good afternoon,

It's been not too bad a day today, dry and almost Springlike!

It was with much sadness that I made today's offering.  Iona's teacher left on Friday to take up a temporary post as Acting Head Teacher at another Primary School.  She really is a super teacher and we wish her luck in her new post but she will be missed!  As she is a crafter herself I wanted to make her a card to wish her well.  Iona and I also gave her some Art Journalling goodies as she is taking part in a workshop soon.

The stamp I've used is appropriately called New Heights.  I've had it in my stash for a while thinking it would be a good one for using at the end of the school year.  I've coloured it with Promarkers and mat it on to a die cut circle inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The sentiment is by LOTV and it has also been inked, it is layered on to a Spellbinders lacey circle die cut.  The paper is a Portobello Road 12x12 cut down and as time was short I've kept the embellies simple with x-cut die cut stars and some pearls.
In other news I'm happy to report that my workplace raised over £210 for British Heart Foundation at our Rock Up In Red Day on Thursday.  I'm amazed we made that much.  We all paid £1 to wear something red and as well as my cards we had a cake stall, second hand books, bric a brac, guess the bear's name, etc.
Bye for now,
Shona x