Friday, 31 August 2012

Going Potty !!

This  is the kind of gardening I never mind doing!!

This morning found me up extra early so I decided to start on a card for my mom to give to her gardener (someone too close to me to mention as it needs to stay secret until 13th September).

Mom fell in love with my set of Lakeland stamps and insisted I used them for his card.
"It must have his wellies and that wiggly worm" she said.

So here it is complete apart from the insert as  I've got to find some suitable words.

I used a texture stamp from my SeeDees Tropical set for the background and coloured the images with Promarkers. The plants were stamped directly onto the card but everything else stamped, cut out and then added. The wellies and flowerpots have been raised with foam tape and the wellies, ladybird, worm and handles of the tools have all been 3D glossed.

As I had stamped a few extra images I decided to carry on and use them up on a second card to pop in my box.

This time I added a watering can instead of the wellies and chose a snail instead of a worm.  Of course, with my love of snails that is almost inevitable


I hadn't got a shelf stamp or anything to resemble one so I drew my own with a fineline pen. Again I raised the watering can and the flowerpots with foam tape. The stack of plant pots was just some odd ones that I glued on top of each other.

Ooops!!! I've just realised I haven't 3D glossed the ladybird and snail, better go and do it now before I forget. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

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Bear with Balloons

I was tidying a few bits and pieces off my craft worktop today and came across some balloon brads that I feel I've had in my stash forever. My daughter bought them for me but I've never really known what to use them on. As I needed to make a card pretty quickly for my 10 year old nephew I decided to put them to good use along with a Forever Friends Bear stamp that rarely comes out of the drawer and some paper I've also had for ages.

If I can get the link right I am going to enter this in the Sketch Saturday Challenge.

Doodling in the Rhine Valley

I made these ATCs while on holiday at
beautiful Rudesheim in the Rhine Valley.

Lots of time to relax and chill but no crafting stash apart from a few ATC cards, a fineliner pen and a few Promarkers.

I think a boat ride along the meandering River Rhine must have inspired me a bit as on return home I noticed I had doodled quite a few 'loops' and 'boat-looking' thingy's on a couple of them.

This one is my favourite.

Vintage theme cards??

I wanted to make a vintage style card for my daughter's birthday but never feel I get the 'vintage' idea quite right. I used a free stamp which I knew she liked and papers that have lurked in my craft drawers for ages. A black doily and a bit of ribbon and lace combined with some paper flowers and 'voila' my creation completed.
Emma's Birthday Card

...and one for my box
 I was quite pleased and so carried on to make a second one for my card box. I'd love to know what you think please. Do they look vintage? How can I do vintage better??