I'm a Christian, married to my wonderful husband, Adrian, since 1978 (where has the time gone?). We have two children, Michael and Elizabeth who are just the best children we could have wished for, we're so blessed, and proud of them. Michael and Aisling,our daughter in law, have a daughter Bronwyne Ann. Elizabeth is married to Martyn. I use my crafting to raise funds for various charities. The charity that I'm currently sponsoring is Save The Children
I purchased the word 'Love' in a charity shop along with the word 'Home'. I've had an idea for a while as to how I wanted to decorate them but never got round to doing them (no surprise there!). My dear friend, Trish, sent me a big pack of die-cuts, along with some Kanban stamps xx, for my birthday last week. In them were a couple of filigree butterflies, one of them being exactly the right shade to go with the flower and DP.
The first thing that I did was to go over the back of the word with white acrylic paint to cover a few tiny marks. I then applied pva to the front, making sure that it was completely covered, and laid it face down on the wrong side of the paper. I turned it over and made sure that there were no air bubbles or creases. When it was dry I cut around it as close as I could and then used fine sandpaper to remove any paper that was overhanging the word. To complete a distressed look I used the white acrylic paint around the edge and then wiped most of it off with my fingers (good job that I like getting messy lol) leaving just a light coveringon the paper. The paper is a really heavyweight paper and is a joy to work with
I used two flowers, which I overlapped, in the opposite colour way to the paper on the word
To add the bling I used a large gem and surrounded it with tear drop gems
I then used 3D gloss in between the stones to keep them in place. I'm quite
pleased with the effect
Even though the butterfly covers most of the letter e it doesn't block it out completely. To give it a bit more support I attached it to acetate with the 3d gloss and when it was dry I cut it out around the edge. I also added the gloss onto the body of the butterfly to give it some dimension
Word from a charity shop
Paper and flowers from the Papermania Capsule Collection
Butterfly from Cheery Lynn
Anita's 3D Gloss
Gems from stash
Hot glue gun to affix the flower and the butterfly
Once again, here I am on the last minute for entering this challenge at Less is More. The challenge this week has been interesting to do as it was to combine three past challenges of our choice. I have chosen
week #4 three squares
week #12 off centre
week #44 colour green
I love this set of stamps from Crafty Individuals,
they're the perfect size for using on an A6 card
The detail on the stamps is excellent, enhanced with a mat the
same shade as the ink and ribbon
A touch of ribbon and a sentiment make this card quick and easy to do
We are sponsored by the Stamp Fairy and they are giving a $10 gift voucher for our winner to spend in their store. There are plenty of fabulous designs to choose from so do pay them a visit to check out the store.
I have chosen to use one of the Patsy April showers digi stamps
I love using blue, yellow and green together for spring designs.
Sunny skies and "a host of golden daffodils"
I used a fine point Promarker to do the three dot pattern on the white background and joined each set together with a drop of 3D gloss.
I used the same pen to go around the die-cut before I took it out of the die and to give colour to the puddle. I added more 3D gloss to the puddle and the splashes, as they are on the design.
The plastic tip of the gloss bottle has grown larger the more I've used it and the gloss was starting to come out too fast, making fine lines or dots difficult to make. I already had a fine tip glue applicator with a metal tip which I use for pva and is really, really fine so I decided to get another one for the gloss and it works perfectly.
I bought it from the Fine Tip Co and would certainly recommend them. I think I'll be ordering one for my glitter glue next
I've made a card lol I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to make my DT card for the new Creative Card Crew challenge which starts tomorrow. I'm going to be naughty and give you a tiny peak at my card so don't forget to check back tomorrow and get the details for the challenge
Thank you so much for all your good wishes. My back seems to be settling into it's normal pain level so I'm hoping to be able to make some cards by the weekend. I'll be glad to be able to reduce the pain meds, maybe then I won't be so woolly headed and spaced out lol
Thanks again, Margaret xx
Sorry that I've not been around and commenting on your blogs but I'm having a bad week health wise. It's meant that I've been unable to make any cards for challenges so I've got nothing to show for this week. Hopefully I'll improve enough to get back into my crafting sooner rather than later
I was really pleased with it and thought it looked quite classy until I showed it to my daughter and got the reaction "Eewww it's horrible" So I apologise in advance for entering a horrible card lol
I started off by stamping the facial image using cabin fever ink pad and then masked it off. I used to use post-it notes for this but sometimes the edge of the design didn't cover enough of the sticky part of the note. I now stamp it on to any scrap paper, cut it out and use the Pinflair photo glue as it just rubs away when you take off the mask. I took a piece of A4 paper and tore it lengthways to give a wavy edge and added it to the already masked image
I added the latte ink using a piece of foam to the visible card.
I left both masks in place and stamped the script down the side using the Cabin Fever ink pad and then removed the masks
I'll be sending this card to a friend who could do with some positive vibes at the moment
The stripy paper was originally black, shades of grey and white. I went over the whole sheet with a buttercup ProMarker to change the white and it also toned down the black and greys
Again I used ProMarkers to alter the colours of the mats from white to grey. I used Cool Grey 2 for the plain rectangle and Cool Grey 3 for the scalloped rectangle. I distressed the edges of the cards and stamped the sentiment with a Versafine smoky grey ink pad
Striped paper and yellow card from stash
Sentiment from Delightful Little Things stamp set from Ippity Stamps by Unity
Our challenge this month at Creative Card crew is to create a vintage card. To me vintage usually means lace, ribbon and flowers in muted tones but I decided to create a male card. I've a couple of male cards to make over the next few weeks so it will be used for one of those. Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp
Apart from the clock paper the papers, tags and sentiment are from a Making Cards Special edition for male cards. I used the distress ink around the edges of all the paper panels and the base cad stock
I edged the tags, did random lines on the papers and covered the Card Candy with a Quickie Glue Pen, When they had all dried I dipped them into gold leaf and then rubbed it to take off the excess
The sentiment is attached with brads
A close up of the covered Card Candy
Clock paper from a pack of 12 x 12 from Costco
Remainder of papers and tags from a Making Cards special edition
Variegated Copper gilding flakes from Crafty Notions
It's that time of year when the frogs are doing their courting in my garden. The night-time croaking is in full force and I've seen at least 5 frogs in the pond. We had frog spawn last year and a lot of them hatched out into tadpoles then suddenly they all disappeared. . Not one tadpole or egg was left but we did have five fish who were suddenly off their food!!! I love frogs! We have lots of froggie ornaments and toys around the house. This year we might have even less chance off the tadpoles growing into frogs as we've now got more than 5 fish. couldn't believe my eyes on Monday when I saw at least 12 small fish that must have been born last year. I can't understand how we didn't see them then. They're all brown so I don't know if they will change into goldfish or if they're Shubunkin.
Anyway on to my card. It fits the bill for the following challenges
Could these be the five that I've seen in our pond?
The one on the right looks rather worried lol
Whereas this one looks very happy, let's hope that he's lucky in love with his heart on show
Now for the wobbly bits which are the two outside edge frogs. I stamped and coloured them and the cut them out. I stuck them on to a strip of acetate which I attached to the back of the picture panel before sticking it to the card. I then folded the acetate over to the front of the card where the frogs are happily bouncing around :o) I've got it sitting on the top of my tv at the moment where it's looking quite cute
Please be aware that there are some very unsavoury people out there in blogland!! I had some comments, 8 in fact, on an old post and it was only after I'd published a comment and went to the site of the sender to return the visit I realised what I'd done. I'm so pleased that I had moderator for my settings or they would all have been published. There was nothing untoward with comments, just the sites that they came from. Even though I don't like the "prove you're not a robot" option maybe there is something positive about it as all the posts were in a short space of time.
As you may have seen on a previous post HERE I have made a small journal in which I intend to put my entries in for the Word Art Wednesday challenges. I am normally on the last minute with these but I am so excited by this yet to be filled little book that I couldn't wait to complete my first page.
This week's Word Art Wednesday challenge is to use a quote by Mother Teresa. As always it isn't necessary to use the word art provided, any scriptural or inspirational work is welcome. So with no more ado here's my page :o) I hope that you like it
I only did a single page design as I didn't want to be too ambitious
I cropped the border from the art work provided as I wanted to put it into a circle. I printed it out first on a piece of paper and then cut a piece of watercolour paper which I adhered to the printed quote in order to get it in the right place. After I had re-printed it I used my Nestabilities to cut it out in a circle and a backing card with the scalloped circle
It was a bit tricky using three colours on this stamp and after a couple of practice prints I felt that it didn't look too bad
The grass was stamped with the same ink pad that I used to create the background
Grass stamp by Inkyliscious
All the other stamps are by Crafty Individuals
Memento and Adirondack ink pads
Nestability circle and petite scalloped circle
Lilac card from stash scrap
At long last I've used these Polka Doodles stamps.
I've had them for ages and they were forgotten at the bottom of a drawer until now. I'm entering the card into the Gem of a Challenge #41 which is to use pastel colours
I stamped the houses onto the base card and did the background using the ink dusters before adding the fence detail. I then stamped the houses on to white card and cut them out after I'd coloured them. I didn't 3D them, just glued them straight on the card.
I then added some foliage which overlapped the houses
I used the stones stamp to create the paths and pavement
I love making cards and other projects using scriptural and inspirational verses but I'm so limited to who I can give them to. I did make some plaques last year and sold them on E-Bay for the staggering price of 99p :o( no-one was prepared to offer any more. Over the weekend I decided that I would make myself a journal where I could add my designs rather than make cards or pictures. So this morning at 2a.m. I was in my craft room doing the front cover! Better than just laying in bed, in the dark and not being able to sleep lol
Word Art Wednesday gives a verse of scripture each week which you are free to use in your creations although it isn't necessary to use it. Anything that you're working on or have completed which uses scripture or inspirational quotes can be uploaded into the challenge.
So here is my journal, ready to be filled with my designs
I masked off the centre panel before I stamped my flowers
I then coloured the flowers and the background
Before stamping the lettering I went over the centre panel with a very pale wash of pink. I finished it off by edging the panel freehand (eek! I don't do freehand!) and was very, very adventurous drawing a little flower to the bottom of the panel. Yes it is a flower and not a smudge of ink lol
I used a snowflake embossing folder and then rubbed some of the colour from the raised part of the design
I couldn't have got a better match for the the cardstock and ink pad
I've seen on Create and Craft an accessories pack which includes a sheet for removing the dust created by distressing. I 'make' my own which cost less than two pence each. Just take a clean baby wipe and leave it to dry and there you have one dust buddy :o)