Sunday, 13 April 2008

A Thank You card

Just a quick post today, as I've still got some more thankyou cards to do after Cory's birthday.

This card is just over 4" square. I used a piece of DCWV paper from a 6x6 block and cut it a couple of mm smaller all round. The scallop circle is done with the 3" punch, from the same cs as the base (from the Paper Mill Shop - before they changed their prices and box sizes - they don't do that colour any more!). I stamped the image which is 'Sketchbook Dragonfly' from Stampendous, coloured it using the Whispers Pastel set, cut it out and stuck it onto the scallop. I added the dots with a white Sakura pen, and added a couple of primas with a Dovecraft brad.

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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Birthday Banner

Two posts in one day, can you believe it?!

I made this banner for Cory's birthday. Now, until now I've always bought banners - it never even occured to me to make one! Duh! So I was sitting there after I bought the Dovecraft Masculine pack, thinking 'what am I going to make with all this 'male' type paper, as I have so few male cards to make?' I thought it would be relegated to a drawer and forgotten about, until I thought of doing this:

Sorry it's not a great picture, but the weather's been awful and I just couldn't get a decent photo.
You can see better if you click it. (Please try to ignore the fact that the patterns are out of sequence... not sure how I managed it, but it bugs me every time I look at it!)

I made the triangles with plain white cs, and I got 3 triangles from a sheet - turn an A4 sheet so it's landscape and mark at 14 and 28cm from the left. Turn it around and mark at 7 and 21cm from the right hand side. You can connect the lines, but I just used a metal rule and a craft knife to cut them. I cut the dp 5mm smaller all round and used dst to attach them to the cs. The scallop squares were done using my 2" Woodware punch, and the letters are some stickers I bought ages ago - can't remember where, though - and never used so I thought I'd try them.

I joined them together using a length of white 5mm ribbon from the bargain box at the local craft shop. I just popped a tiny piece of dst behind the ribbon on the back of the triangle to stop it slipping, or I know I would be constantly straightening them up! One thing though - this size triangle means that the banner is about 6 feet long! Didn't think to add it all up before I started cutting....

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Cory had a great birthday!

Well it was Cory's birthday yesterday... can't believe he's 4 already! We took him to Marwell Zoo for the day, and he loved it. Him and Jack were on their best behaviour too, not a single moan between them, but they did get super-hyper and didn't go to bed til 9 - about 3 hours after I could've happily crashed out! He saw all his favourite animals - giraffes, tigers, penguins, hippos and rhinos - so he was really happy with that, as he missed the giraffes when we went to London zoo last year. We didn't tell him where we were going, so it wasn't until he saw the huge picture of a tiger at the entrance that he kind of guessed where we were.

Sorry, none of the photos have been edited at all, as none of my programs seem to want to co-operate today!

Here's the card I made for him:

It was a pretty simple card in terms of the layering - the base is misc. yellow 12x12 cardstock, layered with the same cs in orange and green. I drew the picture, which took a fair while, and did the border separately - next time I'll draw the border and the picture on the same piece of paper, it's far too fiddly cutting the border out and risk ripping it. Now I haven't got any of the markers or pencils that I would like and have seen so many brilliant things done with, I just used bulk standard kids coloured pencils from the supermarket. Not the best result in the world, but I think it worked! I used sticky pads to make it stand out a bit. Oh, and I added the flower and brad but I can't remember who they are by.

Now I just have to make some thankyou cards.... Cory's practising his handwriting so he can sign them!

Monday, 7 April 2008

A Couple of New Cards

These two cards were made for my Grandad's birthday, the first from me and the boys, and the second from my mum and dad.

I've had the 'Punny Farm' set from My Favorite Things since it was launched, but haven't got round to using it yet, other than stamping some for Cory to colour in. The papers are DCWV. They came in one of the 12x12 blocks, and I thought I would never use them, but I thought I would try this. I'll admit it's not my best cards, but I think it's fun and it was quick seems as it's got to be there by Thursday!

I stamped the cows, the pun and the 'moos' in black Stazon, cut out the cows and attached them with glue dots.

The second card was a dark blue base, with the corners rounded top and bottom. The left hand side panel is white base with blue and white spotted dp from the 12x12 Masculine pack by Dovecraft. I punched a 3" scalloped circle from white card, and as I didn't have a chalk in the right colour I used eyeshadow. Us crafters can use anything for a result, eh? On top of this I cut a circle from a piece of dp from the same pack as before and finished it with a 1cm brad (can't remember where it's from). Made the corner piece with the same blue and white cardstock as before and added some mini brads. Finished with a bit of ribbon and some peel offs for the sentiment, as I didn't have a suitable stamp.

Off to start Cory's birthday cards.....

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Just a quick post today

No cards done, or anything else for that matter. Had quite a few things that have needed to be done, so crafting has taken a backseat for a few days.

So, check out my weight loss ticker -

- updated today, now I've reached my Club 10 (which also means I don't have to pay next week, so I'll have more to spend on craft goodies!). Only 3 1/2lbs to go before I reach my 2 stone award, too.

So just a brag post really, but I'm really pleased with myself, to have got his far in 11 weeks! I don't very often stick with things for this long, so I've kind of impressed myself!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Two Cards In As Many Days!!

First time in far too long!

This one used the papers from the Readicut pack again - the shimmery ones are really pretty. I used the Penny Black 'Modesty' stamp and Reeves watercolours to colour it. I put some JudiKins Diamond Glaze on the flowers just to add a little dimension. Here's a picture of the image, but you can't really see it too well.

I punched opposite corners of the card and the paper with my corner rounder (large size), and decided against adding ribbon. I usually like to have at least a little bit of ribbon on a card, but thought it might look a bit busy. Besides, somebody wanted the card before the paint was even dry, so they must've liked it as it was!

I wonder if I'll manage another card tomorrow.... three in a row must be some kind of record!