Sunday, 28 June 2009

Porcelain 50th Birthday

I made this card for one of my favourite aunts. I didn't think I was at it that long, but after starting it around 12.30 I was putting the finishing touches on at 3pm. Eek! Well, I like the result. I hope my aunt does too. I don't see her very often, but I think she was the only aunt (out of 5 altogether) who sent me a birthday card every year as a kid, so I am pleased to put the effort in for her. I have no idea if she is a card keeper or not, but I hope she keeps it for a little while at least.

The paper is all Basic Grey Porcelain, and the flower is from Prima. Happy Birthday rub-on is from FTI. The numbers are Heidi Swapp and the pearls from Kaiser.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Cute as a button

I had another play with my Christina Re baby stamps yesterday, and made the card above. The paper is Basic Grey Urban Prairie. I love how these stamps look stamped directly onto patterned paper.

I also received some new goodies from Scrapsidaisy yesterday, some Nestabilities and the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. So, I had a play. These 2 little cards (8.5cm tall) were inspired by some that Chris Millar made, which you can see here.

That's all for now. I'm sure there will be more soon :)

Some Drawings

I was looking through my files and came across these drawings. I have watermarked them with my name and year they were drawn, so I obviously meant to put them up on here at some point. Well, here they are :)

This little canary I drew for a card for Mum. It's done in watercolour pencils on pastel paper.

This goldfinch I drew for Dad. Watercolour on pastel paper again.

And finally a foal I drew for Stephen. I used a photo as reference. It's just HB pencil on plain copier paper.

I am not sure why, buy my birds always end up looking fluffed up. I say always, as these are the only two I've drawn. I might get sleeker ones drawn with practice.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Baby Cards

After posting a random baby card last, I thought I'd post the cards I made for my niece and nephew when they were born, 2 years apart.

The first one was for my niece, and uses a stamp from Stamp-It and a hand written sentiment. I rather like the bow I ended up with :) If memory serves, I think I cheated and tied the bow on it's own and stuck it on top of another piece of ribbon. I used some cotton to gather up the ribbon under it to make it look like it was all one piece.

For the second one I drew the dragon and coloured him in watercolour pencils and a water pen, and used Basic Grey chipboard letters for the name. The background paper is also Basic Grey.

Bye bye for now x

Monday, 22 June 2009

It's a Girl

I got some new stamps on sale a couple of days ago and had a play last night. This is a very simple card, but I like it. The stamps are Christina Re Paper Chic by Grant Archival. They were super cheap, but they are beautiful. The paper in the background is Basic Grey Two Scoops, and the little butterfly is cut from some Kaiser Flutterby paper.

I made this quite quickly, which is unusual for me. I normally play with layout quite a bit, but this just all happened without playing at all. I'm kind of wishing I'd stitched around the edges of the patterned paper though. I did some dashed lines in white pen, but they're not really noticeable. You can see them better if you click the image for a larger version though.

(When did dashed lines become 'faux stitching'? I've been doing it since I was at school as extra decoration on the edge of things, and never thought of it as stitching. I think lots of simple things are given fancy names in the world of art and craft)

Thursday, 11 June 2009

4th Birthday Celebration Card Competition

Scrapsidaisy are turning 4 and celebrating with a card competition. Here are the details, found on the Scrapsidaisy Blog:

Black and White cow

Part of our celebrations will be a "Make us a Birthday Card" competition! All you have to do is make and send us a 4th birthday card. We will choose 2 cards we like the best and the creators will receive a prize pack of scrap goodies worth $50 each! One entry per person please.

Just send your card to us at 107 Isabella Street, Wingham NSW 2429 AND if you mention this competition and link us on your blog (let us know you have done it in the comments section so we can visit) we will put you in the draw to win a special blog candy pack worth $30!

Monday, 8 June 2009


I made this card with some goodies I bought from Scrapsidaisy. I might never have got those goodies if it weren't for the wonderful, flawless customer service offered by Leisa and her team. If you want a great shopping experience, I definitely recommend heading to the website to have a look.

The goodies in question are the chipboard 'Happy' and the cute little bird, which is from the 'grow a garden' stamp set by Basic Grey. The background and the paper I used to cover the "happy" are both Berry Sweet by K&Co. I wanted the Happy to stand out, but also wanted the fabulous pattern of the background to be visible so I used a bit of vellum sewed to the background to achieve that.