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Monday, January 30, 2012

Another Birthday for January...

but this one was for Penny from 3 weeks ago. Given her love of all things Alice, I decided another card featuring him was required. (I made one last year using a postcard that I happened to pick up in my local HMV store)

This card was made with a distress inked background, which was first stamped & masked. I stamped the guitar & rockstar images (Inkadinkado, kindly given to me by Chrysalis friend Galina) I then maksed them both & overstamped with the Happy definition plate by Hero Arts.

I coloured the background with Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and then over coloured all the edges deeply in each corner with Seedless Preserves all TH Ranger Distress Inks. The Image was printed & mounted at an angle to look like a poster.

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Raining Birthdays!!!

Today, it is the turn of another of my SSG forum friends' birthdays, Rachel (aka Taniwha). I made the same card as our mutual friend Pauline but with a bolder palette. Papers are all offcuts from Sassafrass Lass. Rachel is currently back home in New Zealand and I can't believe I posted this card to her on Monday & it arrived today or yesterday as it will be over there now!

I added texture to the front panel with Secret Garden Papermania embossing folder.


Huge shout out to Pauline, the birthday girl in the previous post because she got a really special birthday present of a new job :0) She can kiss goodbye to 70 mile round trips each day soon!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Pauline!

Today it is my SSG Forum friend, Pauline's birthday!

Card was made based on a gorgeous idea by Jo Kill in a cardmaking magazine. Papers is Birdsong. Ledger paper is BG Basics.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Creating for the Sake of it

between two pieces of art I can't share yet and loving every minute of the creative process!!!


This piece was created using Parenthesis dies, free stamps from a magazine, a leaf die and patterened paper called Bird Song. I LOVE it!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Birthday & A Thank You

First up I have a birthday card to show you which I made for Carol, my Chrysalis forum buddy.

First week of the year and Im already feeling fresh & ready so it was reflected in the colour scheme of this card. Papers are BG Sultry. I used Xcut shape cutters & Papermania Urban stamps teamed with zesty bright colours and naturally a clock image along with my favourite best friend the Secret Garden embossing folder to give a girly edge. Clcok is Heidi Swapp black embossed over the stamped image which was stamped in Bundled Sage distress ink.


Next is a Thank You card for my sister for all the lovely presents she gave me for Christmas.

This was made with the same girly theme but Stormy Sky distress ink for the big label. My sister is very fond of wildlife & feeds the birds so I thought this blue tit image perfect.
Other news, I am going back to France with my sister this year :0) :0)
Back to La Marchaderie, St Mathieu for a whole week in September! :0)


Friday, January 06, 2012

Happy Birthday, Colette!

Today is my friend, Colette's birthday. I have made this panel card for her in delicate shades. The photograph makes the card look more purple than it is IRL.

I white embossed the butterflies (Websters Pages) the inked with Spun Sugar & Dusty Concord Distress Inks. I cut part of the front from a square card, embossed the vine swirl down one side & Swiss Dot embossed the overall piece before punching the Papermania Butterfly border.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year & Happy Birthday!

First things first, today is my Brother in Law, Martin's birthday! I was poorly, but determind the card would go in the post and I forgot to take a photo of it (oops!) Happy Birthday, Bro!!!xxxx

Hope you like the beer from High House Farm Brewery!


To my blog friends new and old, Happy Creative 2012. May we all find the time in our hectic lives to steal some precious "me" time & create something beautiful. Even if it is just to give to someone else.

This photo was taken by my sister while I was in France in September. It was the highlight of 2011! Fitting picture for toasting my BIL & for New Year, I thought!!

I had not been abroad since I was 5 years old nor had I ever flown, we went by Hovercraft back then. Pretty soon (March) I will be 45 so I'm glad I finally made it back there. It changed me greatly. I came back far more relaxed and very creative. Massive thanks go to our dear Dad for funding more than half the trip & to my darling sister, Tracy for helping me make the brave step.