Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Butterflies And Clock

 My friend Jan request a very special card for her grand daughter's 21st birthday.  It had to be in blue tones.
Once again, issue 42 of Australian Simply Cards came to the rescue.  I've changed a few things on my card but it's the same sketch, papers and die cuts.  There are quite a few cards in this issue that I totally love.
The base card is acetate with a panel of designer paper attached to the back inside so the greeting could be attached.
My clock isn't as good as the original one in the magazine but my excuse is, that it's the first time I've really used crackle paint on something that wasn't for practice.
This card was a joy to make and Jan absolutely loved it.
I'm still recovering from the last lot of cooking I did for my son.  Thirty-nine meals were done and are now in the freezer.  By the end of the session I was forcing myself to keep going to get it finished. lol
Talk about exhausted!!
Enjoy the rest of the day everyone and thanks for visiting my blog

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red And Black.

First of all, apologies for the lousy photo.  I took this picture early this morning and it has been an overcast day.
I had a request from a friend of mine for an engagement card, the and black.
Here is the result.
The base card is black with a layer of very vanilla.  The dp is from a pad of Kaisercraft called, I think, After Five.
I've use some cream pleated satin with a strip of black velvet ribbon along the bottom of the card.  The 'bouquet' has been arranged from the bottom up and involved lots of matte multi-medium.  Love this stuff...dries matt not shiny...excellent.  Thanks Linda for putting me on to this.
The greeting has been stamped in black with barn door distress ink sponged around it.  The frame is from Tattered Angels.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Hope everyone is well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pretty Everyday Enchantment.

For a long time now I've been an admirer of Joanne Leddy's work.  I think the way Joanne creates cards using bits and pieces of different papers is amazing.  These particular cards were cased from a  Valentine's card Joanne made.  I've used the same sort of elements and sketch but did change the sentiments and added an extra layer of card stock.  Thank Joanne for your inspiration.

The last few days here have been busy, busy, busy.  We have managed to find someone for my son to board with in town (Mackay).  While he has been living here at home, the kilometres and petrol that have been going on his car whilst going back and forth to work in Mackay is unmanageable for his wage.  So to lessen the load for him, I've been cooking up a storm!!!!   On Friday I did a total of 18 meals, spaghetti bolognese, curried mince and rice and curried sausages and rice.  They are now in the freezer.  I still have to make fish cakes with a sweet and sour sauce and rissoles.  
In addition to all that, my cards are selling really well and my stocks are low. So have been frantically trying to get cards made as well as the normal everyday household jobs.

Last week my Big Shot died.  What a disaster!!! lol  The bearings in the handle collapsed.   Charlie pulled it all apart to try and fix it but unfortunately it was not to be.  So I ordered another one and thankfully it arrived Thursday.  I had pulled out for the emergency my old 'critter' (cuttlebug) but it's amazing how used you get to using one sort of tool.  Anyway it did the job very well.

OK, that's it from me.  I'll have another coffee, finished my blog reader and get on with my jobs for today.
Keep well everyone.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Butterflies And A Bird.

I'm frantically trying to make cards to keep my outlets stocked.  This is one that I finished and it didn't even get on display.  Bought straight away.  The Webster's Pages base has some pretty laces and a pear pizzaz bow topped with a Webster's Pages vintage button added to the bottom section.  The top half of the card has the a bird cage which has been enamelled to give it some texture.  The bird has had rock candy distress stickles smothered over him, once again to give a touch of texture.  I then added a pearl flourish and butterflies to finish the card off.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Enjoy your day. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Butterfly In A Garden

I made this card for a good friend's birthday.  The original card appeared in an issue of Australian Simply Cards magazine.  This particular issue has a fantastic array of cards that are right up my alley.  I love them.
I have changed things a touch.  I've used more layers and the sentiment is different from the original.  My card base is very vanilla, with a layer of cherry cobbler.  The dp has had some fussy cutting added to the top left hand corner.  Bashful blue has been used for the butterfly wings, which were stamped and rock candy distress stickles added.  Rock candy distress stickles have also been added to the flowers on the dp.  I think that's it.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Keep well. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I made this card for a friend of mine who unfortunately needed a Sympathy card.  I started out with a totally different idea in my head than the finished result but I'm really pleased with it.
Judi requested that the card have flowers and a butterfly on it.  So here it is.
Base is soft suede, then a layer of cranberry crisp.  The dp is Webster's Pages.
I thought the fence and gate looked pretty good and I had to try out my new dies. lol
The butterfly has been fussy cut from a piece of Mariposa dp and covered with Rock Candy distress stickles.  I don't think you can really see the shine.  I've also dry embossed the butterfly to give it dimension.  That's about it. 
Thanks for visiting today.  Hope you like my card.