Saturday 31 August 2013

Fathers' day

It is Fathers' Day tomorrow, so I made this card for my Dad - who is a car enthusiast - although the word "enthusiast" doesn't really go far enough!  ;)
By the way, the red banner looks crooked in the photo, but it isn't, I promise - I used my T-square ruler and everything - the tilted banner just makes it look crooked!!

Hapyy Fathers' Day to all the wonderful fathers in my life :)

Hello again, Sky blossom!

Back in February last year, I was desolate about the discontinuation of one of my favourite patterned papers from Cristina Re, Sky Blossom.  I actually ordered some over the internet (can't remember the name of the shop), but they contacted me to say, nope, the computer had made a mistake and they didn't actually have any.  Bugger.  I searched high and low for months, but could not find any shops that still had some.

Until today!

I went to the Paperific show with my lovely friends, Stella and Debbie (and met some new lovely friends during the day!), and there was a teeny tiny stand called The Ruby Cat - they had some old stock, amongst which I found 12 whole sheets of Sky Blossom!!  Needless to say, I bought them all :)

Here is the last card I made with Sky blossom in February last year:
I will have to make sure I actually use my new stash, because I am tempted to just keep it in a locked cupboard, and take it out once in a while to admire it and call it my precious!! LOL!!

Thank you to the people at The Ruby Cat - you made my day!!

Are we there yet?

After making a few baby cards recently, a couple for a few babies who were a little overdue, my dad said I should make a baby card saying, "are we there yet?"  So I did!


Saturday 24 August 2013

Background stamps for A Blog Named Hero

Hi, all!  Please check out my post at A Blog Named Hero today - all about how to use a background stamp in a few different ways.

Here's a sneak peek:

Sunday 18 August 2013

A lovely afternoon

Just over a month ago, I went to my friend Stella's place for an AMAZING lunch/afternoon tea.  Stella loves all things pretty and shabby-chic, she loves cupcakes, and she loves papercrafting, so we get along like a house on fire! 

These are a couple of pics of the table she set for our tea (please excuse the picture quality - taken on my phone) -

The tea was to celebrate 2 birthdays - mine and Debbie's (another lovely papercrafting lady) - hence the candles on the cupcakes.

Stella, Debbie and I decided that we would all make either a scrapbook page or a card based on the photo on the left - so this is what I came up with:

The stamps are from Stampin' Up - I thought the sentiment was very appropriate: "if you are what you eat, eat something cute!"

I hope you have a lovely day - thanks for visiting :)

Saturday 17 August 2013

Happy birthday, Paul!

It was my brother-in-law Paul's birthday this week, and this is the card I made for him:

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday 2 August 2013

Kraft, twine, buttons and CAS

I've been wanting to play along with CAS of Sunday's challenge "Krafty Twinery" all week, but I only managed to get around to it tonight.  I also saw CASual Friday's new challenge, "Buttons", and decided to combine the two.
 I just love these vintage style buttons from Stampin' Up - I'll have to get more of those!  Are you a button-hoarder like me? 

Hope you're having a lovely day, and that you remember to smile ;)

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

The challenge at A Blog Named Hero today is to recycle - to reuse something that has already been used (other than normal cardmaking supplies)! It was my birthday last month, and a friend of mine gave me a lovely scarf wrapped in white paper, with a piece of wrapping paper in a band around it, and some pink ribbon tied in a bow - it was too pretty to throw away, so this is what I came up with:

 This was what I started with (except it was a longer piece of ribbon)

I would have had to iron the ribbon to use it, as it was quite wrinkled in places, but getting the iron out just for a piece of ribbon seemed excessive, and remembering to iron the ribbon when I had the iron out for something else requires a level of memory that I don't seem to have anymore, so I thought I'd see if I could make a rose out of the ribbon:
I think I need some practice doing this - I ended up with entirely too much hot glue on my fingernails! Have you ever made ribbon roses? I really enjoy making my own flowers for cards, and have tried a few techniques (I did a photo tutorial for a different type of ribbon flower a couple of years ago - you can find it HERE) - what's your favourite way to handmake your own flowers?

I didn't have a piece of pink cardstock to match the ribbon, so I swiped some white cardstock with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from HA Birthday Sayings.

I hope you find something to recycle into a card for our challenge - as always, there's a voucher from our incredibly generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp