Monday, September 30, 2019

An Elegant Lady for an Elegant Lady

The card I have for today I made for my friend's birthday last year.  As it is her birthday again on Friday I thought it was time I posted the pics of last years.  Mind you, I still haven't put up the pics of my nephew's wedding card, and he's been married three years in March, lol.  For today though, here's Andrena's birthday card :-)
This is one of those cards that looked much nicer in real life, I'm sure you know the type I mean, lol.  The cream background paper has a lovely pearl sheen to it.  The "lady" is black velvet... and the black filigree and silver backing the ladies dress up is glittery, the sentiment is too.
The trellis die and the lady die I used were all bought from AliExpress.  The rhinestone trim is from my stash, one of my many "treasures" brought back from Malaysia by my Mum, many happy moons ago
I finished the inside of the card much the same as the outside, the flower dies are MFT Plentiful Petals and the leaves are Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves

Here's a bit of a closeup of the velvet lady....  that velvet paper is all gone now, I only had a scrap and another pic showing the glittery goodness of the black glitter paper 
I added a foam dot and a piece of Card Candi (I have so MUCH of this stuff, lol) to the centre of the flower to finish it off.
That's it for today's card. 
As You Like It has the theme: What is Your Favourite CAS or FAFF, and why... I love "fully loaded" cards, but I just struggle to achieve the look myself.  I like SOME embellies, so this card represents "my" favourite... tending to the CAS, but not exactly CAS


CAS(E) this sketch has this sketch
Addicted to  Stamps For a Lady/Girl
Cute Card Thursday Sentimental
Aud Sentiments Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Happy crafting until next time, Donna

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dino Baby


Today's card is one I made for my nephew's little boy's first birthday.  He loves dinosaurs, andI loved making this card in a box!

The image is from Cute as a Button, coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  The paper is from a pad I bought in Spotlight … it was as cheap as chips and is REALLY heavy, well printed.  Of course, I bought one pad, and I'm not sure they do it any more, sigh
I cut the balloons from snippets of blue and yellow cardstock - I really do keep the smallest bits, they do come in handy for these "little" embellishments - using a die from Paper Smooches, I added some coloured pencil shading and Glossy Accents for that shine and some baker's twine "strings"
The numeral "1" is a wooden one, coloured up with Star Dust Stickles added.  I had to use a heavier weight acetate to hold it up as it was quite heavy, but it still managed to bob around quite nicely :-)
The grass is cut with Lawn Fawn's Grassy Borders die, the banner is cut with (I think) a MFT die, the little flower is a punch and the pearl in the middle was white, I coloured it with a Copic marker to suit.  The Happy Birthday Sentiment is from Elizabeth Crafts, I beliive.  The gold cord and tiny blue dragonfly are from my stash.
I added a jotting panel to the rear of the card, and the piece of patterned paper at the bottom served as a pocket for the gift voucher we gave him
That's it for today.  I would like to enter in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Pile it On
Give a Crafter a Cookie
Pixies Snippets Playground Use Snippets (balloons)
Cupcake Inspirations Blue and Yellow
Give a Crafter A Cookie Picture to left... bunting and "Happy Birthday"
Send a Smile for Kids Anything Goes for Kids
I'll try and get back soon... I have had my implant done now, accompanied by my normal EXTREME pre-op anxiety... and the meltdown immediately after when the surgeon told me I could not wear my plate for a week until I had the stitches out and he could look at adjusting it to not interfere with the implant.  
I did not set foot out of the house for the entire week, I found the whole thing distressing and am so glad I am on this side of it.  The pain was minimal (unlike the block graft, which was pretty uncomfortable and the swelling and bruising were quite heavy) but the blow to my self-esteem was surprising even to me, I was completely miserable and felt very low.  Ah well, done now, just got to wait for the final stage of healing... it looks good so far... and in 60 - 90 days I can get the crown made and be done once and for all.  At least I've got my magic plastic back in as of yesterday... soooooo glad about that!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Beautiful Butterflies

The card I have for you today is one I made for my sister in law last year.  The "Eclipse" style was all the rage at the time and I made a couple of cards in this style, this was the first - and I learned a few things from it, not enough to make no mistakes on the next ones, but at least different mistakes :-)

The paper I used for this card is absolutely lush in real life, with a soft textured finish, really good quality printing and gold foil details... of course none of that shows up in the pics, lol
I made an easel card, I love them and my sister in law does too... and it's a good chance to show the "eclipse" effect off with it's different angles.  I cut the edge with a Sue Wilson border die, the pink card was a bit light to support the weight of the card front (with all the added layers under the letters) so I backed it up with some acetate, I cut the corners with a curved corner cutter - so it doesn't spike you!

The letters were from a die set I bought from AliExpress, they are 3" tall.  Here's a link to a tutorial showing the Eclipse technique, it's one of the (many, lol) videos I used to learn.  I used three layers of black card to raise the letters up.  
The pearl trim is from my stash, actually it's some my lovely Mum brought back from Malaysia on one of her many trips... I've been loathe to use anything she has given me, knowing that once it's gone it's gone, but my SiL absolutely loved my Mum, so it felt "right" to use it

I used sticky back pearls from my stash on the centres of each "medallion" on the border die too.  The inside of the card was finished very simply, with just a strip of the pearl "ribbon" as a prop for the front of the card.  The sentiment is a stamp from Kaisercraft

That's it for today's card.  I would like to enter in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers  Challenge #239 It's a Bug's Life
Double D Challenge Pearls, Gems or Rhinestones
As You Like It Favourite: Pink and Green or Blue and Orange and Why... I love all colour :-) I love Pink and Green together - perfect for pretty flowers AND butterflies
Cutie Pie Challenge My Favourite Colour... again, I love all colour.  Pink and teal green look so pretty together
That's it for today.  I have to make a Father's Day card (or two!) for next Sunday... my Dad is deep in the throes of Dementia now, and doesn't know me from a bar of soap, but we still celebrate all the events and I still like to make his cards.... and he still likes the chocolates I always give him, especially so now; the only things he'll eat are sweet - sweeter the better!
Until next time (which may be after the next stage of my dental surgery, which is bringing it's own set of issues, tba) Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Clowning Around

G'Day from WA :-)

The card I have today was the card I made for my eldest son Matt's 36th birthday in 2017... just getting around to posting it... and no, it's not the oldest one in my Drafts folder, lol.  

 Matt has coulrophobia - a fear of clowns, so being a loving Mum I'd thought I'd tease hm about it.  Well, not really... I actually thought he'd got past this more than he has, he is very much better than he was... and it such a nice clown, but.... ah well.  We are a "jokey" family, he took it in the spirit it was intended, thank goodness.

The image is a digi from Rick St Dennis called, unsurprisingly, "Clown with Balloons".  I coloured with Copics adding some deeper shadows with Prismacolor pencils.  Glossy Accents to the balloon after adding the numbers "36" with my laser printer and then foiling them in iridescent foil with the laminator (hard to see in the pic, pretty effective IRL.  I added some fluffy/glittery cotton balls cut in half on his costume and hat (they DID try to fall apart, but I got 'em, haha) 
The paper is from a Kaisercraft pad, I only had a bit of the paper on the front left, so I cut around the edge of the windmills to give a banner-like effect. I used more paper from the same pad and used the same technique to cut around the flags on the piece I used on the inside of the card, and some more scraps to make the pocket to hold the gift card that was Matt's present
I also foiled the computer-generated sentiment using the laser printer/laminator technique, not that it looks shiny in this pic, mind you the glitter on the DP doesn't show up either, sigh

That's it for today's offering.  We are still (technically) in winter here, though the weather has been really very nice (not that winter is ever "bad" here... I've lived in England and Wales, I know the difference, lol) so I've (technically) got a bit more crafting time on hand.  It hasn't quite panned out yet, but I live in hope :-)  Work is very quiet, beyond the seasonal slump... the economy is pretty sluggish at the moment and hubby and I are enjoying a taster of (semi) retirement... gotta say, we are now not worried that we'll be bored when we DO retire, we are busy, busy, busy, lol.  My "other" bookkeeping clients are in the same boat, same industry more or less so no surprise THERE! If we go back to boom times I think I'll give them up, I'm enjoying the pace I'm at much better, One Power Ball....
Anyway, I'm entering my card in the following challenges:  

Little Red Wagon Digi Do (Use a Digital Image)
Aud Sentiments For a Child + a Sentiment (Matt's my child, and it IS a "child" image, so I hope my entry fits the bill)
Sweet Stampin' Spots and/or Stripes (Spots and stripes on the clown's cossie)
Pixies Snippets Playground Use Snippets (The piece on the front)
Send a Smile for Kids Anything Goes for Kids (Again, this is a "kid" image, hope it's okay to enter)
and I thought I'd add a picture of "the new dog", not ours... our son said he would leave it until little Rocky was gone before getting another dog.... true to his word, now Rocky is gone, here's Miss Molly with her new owners, The Twins
She is a sweet girl, and the kids love her... unlike her previous owners from whom she was rescued... so sad, but now not, she's landed on all four soft little feet :-))
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, July 15, 2019

Christmas Joy, I believe

I have a couple of Christmas cards today, though they are so similar you'd be forgiven for thinking they are the same card, lol. 
 Both cards use paper from Kaisercraft, the green panel raised up on foam dots, all matted on gold foil card.
The "white" paper isn't white, it has almost a self-pattern on it, very nice IRL.  The border die is "Poinsettia Edger" from Creative Expressions, the "Joy" is a die I got from Aliexpress, cuts really nicely - which isn't always the case with gold card :-)
I popped the word up on more foam dots, well cut up bits of foam dots, lol
This pic gives a better idea of just how golden this card was.
As I said the other card I have for today is exactly the same... but different :-)
The "believe" came from Aliexpress too, it was a bit more "fiddly" than the smaller word, so the bits of foam dots were really fiddly... and I forgot the dot on the "i", oops
I'd like to enter my card(s) in the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon and Crimbo Crackers Have: Christmas
The Creative Confetti Challenge over at Power Poppy and Crazy 4 Challenges Have: Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Wants us to: Use Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges Has: Anything Goes, Opt: Use 2+ Patterned Paper... I've used 3 here
That's it for today.  I'll be back, well I'll be back :-)  Hope everyone is ticking along okay, until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Carol Singing Duo

Hello.  Long time no see :-)  I have a very simple little card today, a Christmas card which may not seem seasonal to some, but we are in midwinter and the Season of the "Christmas in July" is upon us so I thought... why not?
I used a couple of images from Lili of the Valley.... they are so cute, you don't need much more to make a nice looking card :-)  These two are "Carol Singing Mouse" and - wait for it.... "Carol Singing Dog" :-)  How cute are they?!  

I coloured them with Copics, adding some Ice Stickles to the trim on the hat and a few lines to the snow and some Emerald Green Stickles to the scarf

I also added some Glossy Accents to the musical notes, very hard to see in the pics
The patterned paper is from Kaisercraft, quite an old pad... 'Tis the Season I think.  I cut the curved scalloped border die, I can't remember the brand.  I got it seperate from the straight scalloped border die that I cut the BOTTOM border with, and that's all I can remember :-)  I cut a mat for the scalloped edges using red foil card to match the foil stars and spots on the patterned paper... it was the very last scrap of the red, I'm gonna have to get some more, all I've got to remember where it came from, lol
The sentiment is also from Kaisercraft.  Stamped with Memento ink, using the oh-I-wish-I'd-found-it-years-ago stamp positioner that makes it possible to get it at least straight, lol
That's it for today's card... I never took a pic of the inside, it was finished much the same without the red foil matting as I ran out.  I'd like to enter in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Keep It Simple
Cuttlebug Mania Bingo: Sentiment, Image, Die Cut
The Paper Shelter Stripes and/or Dots
Cardz 4 Galz Favourite Colour Combo
As You Like It Summer or Winter Colours and Why - "Summer", or warm colours... also Christmas is in Summer here and I LOVE Christmas :-)
Jingle Belles Snow Much Fun
Winter Wonderland Use Red or Green
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Anything Christmas, Opt: Non Traditional Colours
Creatalicious Challenges Anything (Christmas) Opt: Spots and/or Stripes

On a personal note; thank you to everyone that left messages re the loss of my little Rocky, I appreciate it.  I miss him, the house is very quiet without him... my son Matt got a new dog yesterday.  He has been looking at Rescues for a while but wanted to wait until Rocky was gone as it would have been too much for the poor old fellow - especially once he was blind AND deaf.  That was considerate.  Now the time has come.  
Matt drove out to the Wheatbelt to get a dog from a rescue service out there as they are much harder to rehome than dogs in the city.  She is a lovely girl called Molly, but I think she may have not been treated well at all.  We will have to do our best to remedy THAT.  For all that she is sweet and already you can tell she will learn quickly.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Fiona's Birthday and Farewell Rocky

I have a "mixed emotion" post today.  First I have the card I made for my sister's birthday last year 
My sister is a quilter, she makes clothes and costumes too, but her passion is quilting.  She also has a treadle machine (along with the super-duper modern job she uses all the time) which she LOVES so as soon as I saw this image "Vintage Seamstress" from the Paper Shelter, I knew exactly what Fiona was having on her birthday card, lol.
I coloured the image with Copic markers, adding some detail and extra shading with Prismacolor pencils, purple was always going to figure heavily as Fiona also looooves purple :-) 
The patterned paper is the very last of a sheet from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens pad, I've had it for years and it has been so versatile.  It has a bit of silver foil in it so I cut a border with a stitched scalloped die I can't remember the origin of  and the sentiment is also silver, it came pre-cut, from Craftworks.
I finished the inside of the card much the same as the outside.  The sentiment is a combination of the musical notes digital stamp and computer generated words... as Fiona turned 64 I added a line from the Beatles' hit "When I'm 64".  
I thought the musical reference tied in with the vintage radio in the image on the front
That's it for my card today, I'd let to enter in the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter: Birthday Girl
As You Like It: His or Hers and Why (I don't generally make very embellished cards and there are far more "hims" than "hers" in my life so "his" cards often feature... but it is nice to use feminine colours and images so I've gone for "Hers" in this case)
Catch The Bug: Colour Challenge, using this pic

Now for the second and much sadder part of my post.
We had to make the agonising decision to put my darling little friend Rocky the Dog, featured in my sidebar, to sleep last Monday.  
He has been declining for some time, going blind because of Lupus disease three years ago reduced his quality of life but he did adjust.  Unfortunately, he went deaf a few weeks ago, coupled with his other health problems and just being old (he was 12 and a half) he was truly miserable.  We kept him going as long as we could, in the end, the only thing we could do for him was let him cross the Rainbow Bridge to join his bestest mate Kruza (my son's dog) who went to wait for him in October 2017.  I hope you don't mind, I have included a few pics of "healthy Rocky" to commemorate his all too short life, and that of his little mate too



Two really great dogs, how sad I am that they have both left us... but Rocky will be more than missed; he sat by my chair every day, while I worked and while I crafted.  Knowing you've done the right thing isn't really enough sometimes, certainly not yet in this case.
I have had a lot going on, between bone grafts and a dog bite (yes Rocky, two days before he died,accidental but significant... especially with a fresh bone graft) and ailing parents (hubby's and mine) I am emotionally exhausted, I hope to find the energy to craft and blog very soon
I will be back whenever I can.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna x

Friday, April 26, 2019

90th Birthday Wishes

Well, I finally made it back to Blogland... lots going on - like my 60th birthday (eeeek!) and a little holiday with all my family - which was not eek, lol.  The card I have today is the one I made for my Mother-in-Law's 90th last July.  It, as is usual with the difficult-to-photograph (courtesy, in this case, of the iridescence) nicer in real life.  I've added loads of pics in an effort to show the effect
I saw some of these iridescent finished cards on Pinterest, and worked out you need to use a very detailed embossing folder to get full effect.... so, despite REALLY not needing another embossing folder to add to my collection I bought this beauty from Crafters Companion "Ornate Lace"... of course now I've seen how delicious they are... suffice to say I've added some to my Wish List
I used a pearl finished cream coloured card for the base, it took the deep embossing very well.  I used mica powders I bought in a set from Ali Express, they're pretty good... but as I've never used them before it was a bit of a learning curve to get them to stick; I found that mixing them with aloe vera gel worked really well (bit pricy) and hair gel worked pretty well too... and not as pricy :-)
There are about 12 different colours on the card, I'll be more efficient next time, lol
I cut the butterfly using a die that was in a set of three I bought from ebay.  I added some purple iridescent to it - though that was using Jo Sonja's Violet iridescent paint, it is transparent so not "heavy" but gives a bit more coverage... I added some to the edges of the mulberry cherry blossoms I added to the corner.  I got those, and the small rose leaves, and "filler" flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts... a while ago.  I added a few spirals of green wire cut from the stems
I used some Swarowski crystals to the body of the butterfly, and a smattering to the flower arrangement.  They throw different colours and are beautiful in real life
The numbers are big dies (Ali Express), I cut them using glitter card bit of a nightmare... next time I'll add the glitter later!  Then popped them up on foam dots
I finished the inside of the card very simply, adding another iridescent butterfly and a computer generated sentiment
I really liked the effect and I've made a couple more cards using it, black card looks really nice... it's a stronger look so I think it works for masculine cards
I also made the cake for the occasion,  but that's a set of pics for another day ;-)
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges
As You Like It Flowers or Ribbon (and why) ... I don't use a lot of embellies on my cards, when I do a "special" card, like this one for my MIL, I like to add flowers because they are not found on commercial cards very often.  If the card is being handed to the recipient you don't have to worry about making it "post friendly" 

Just thought I'd add a few pics from my birthday celebrations (that spread over a week!)  We hired a stretch limo to take us to the revolving restaurant in town and took a pic of the kids dressed to the nines - how grown up they are!  and also a pic I took with my phone yesterday evening when we went for a walk down by the river - the restaurant we went to for my birthday is in one of the office towers in the pic, the view from there is  of the river and city... and when you have a lovely sunset it's really quite gorgeous
The black blobs on the water in the foreground are actually black swans... our State fauna emblem
Until next time, Happy Crafting Donna

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Lemon and Lime Birthday Time

I'm back today with a card I made for my lovely Daughter in Law's birthday
... I coloured it to match the birthday cake I made for her, which was lemon and lime flavour - her fave :-) and decorated with stripes.  I made an easel card - my fave (or one of them, lol)
The image is Stampin' Bella Brittany Birthday Girl.  I stamped on Linen card, using my stamping platform... so much better, but still room for improvement :-)
I had a little strip of stripey lemon-ish card that I thought was perfect for across the fold of the easel, I would have used that as the mat for the image but I didn't have enough, so I used some green stripy paper from my stash instead, could be Echo Park, but don't hold me to it!  
I die cut the edge with a tiny scalloped border die I got in a set from Ali Express.
I've coloured with Copics, adding shadows (and highlights, long story) with Prismacolor pencils.  There's a nice bit of glittery goodness on the image too, I used Stickles and Glitter Glue but I can't remember the flavours :-)  
The citrus paper is from DCWV, it's very glittery too.
I used the last scrap of the yellow paper with the scalloped edge on the top edge of the pocket inside the card, made to hold the gift card that was my DiL's gift and a little tag for the sentiment.  
The strip of rhinestone bling finishing the edge of the pocket helps make the "stopper" of the easel stronger, it is some of the (loads of, lol) such bling my lovely Mum bought me over the years... no doubt this came from one of their many trips to Malaysia, my DiL is very aware of such things and even commented on me "sharing" some with her, which I thought was very sweet indeed.  
The organza ribbon on the tag was from a present from my son (not my DiL's husband, t'other one) who loves to wrap gifts elaborately... and I love him doing so too as I get a lot of lovely ribbon and "bits" out of it, lol.
That's it for my card, oh here's a (iPhone, so not that great) pic of the cake that inspired the citrus them -it was YUM btw :-)
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers  For Someone Special (my DiL is Special to all of us)
As You Like It Favourite Colouring and Why I love Copics, they blend so well, have a good range of shades and are refillable (so cost effective)  I used Prismacolor pencils too, because I find them excellent for adding very small detail
Pixies Snippets Playground Snippets That yellow stripey bit :-)
I'll be back soon, I really do have to get through my Drafts folder :-)  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Kazi's All Grown Up

The card I have today was made for a "girl" I have known all her life, in fact, I made her christening cake over thirty years ago, and I've known her dad for over 45 years! Kazi is indeed all grown up now and when she married her lovely husband Jon I couldn't wait to make them a card and wish them every happiness
My pics are a little dark again, I'm sorry... don't know why, I've undoubtedly fiddled with some settings on the camera, lol.  I've brightened them up with Photoshop but that has washed some of the detail out, never mind, sigh
I love this image, After the Vows, from Tiddly Inks.  
I coloured with Copics, adding some Prismacolor shading and Ice Stickles to the bride's dress... and a layer of Ice White Viva Pearls to the veil - hard to see in the pic I admit 
The patterned paper is from Kaisercraft, I cut the top with a Spellbinders Borderbilities die (A2 Scalloped Borders 1 I think - I've got three different sets and only labelled two of them)  The mat behind the patterned paper is actually a textured brown/black card, very nice IRL
Similar problem with the straight scalloped border on the bottom... I'm pretty sure it's a Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die :-)
The baker's twine at the top actually came on a gift I received a couple of years ago, I squirrel away everything like that, lol.  I cut the little tags with the happy couple's names printed on and tied them on - I love personalising cards :-)
The "Congratulations" is a Kaisercraft stamp, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, it's nice and straight... courtesy of my lovely stamping platform, what a difference that thing has made - I used to avoid stamping now? woohoo!!
I finished the inside of the card along the same lines as the outside.  Lovely straight stamping... you guessed it, don't know the name of the stamp set, lol
That's it for my card, I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
As You Like It Favourite: Dies or Stencils, and Why... I prefer dies, because they're a quick and easy way to add a bit of pizazz - as opposed to the messy fun-ness of stencils :-)
Daring Cardmakers Recycle It - the baker's twine came from a gift I received

It's my lovely grandtwins birthday on Thursday... they're 6, already!  I am busy making birthday cards for them and decorating their cakes, yup two cakes... no getting away with the shared cake any more, lol.  The party is not until Saturday so I have a few days yet, and they've both chosen pretty straightforward cakes... it's just having two, large, fresh cakes to be ready for the same day does involve a bit of logistic juggling so there's not much time to do much else. 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna