Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year

I watched the spectacular Sydney fireworks on the news nearly an hour ago now, as they celebrated the dawn of a new year so I thought that I would hop onto my blog and wish all of my blog visitors, family and friends a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

 

Lisa xx

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Not a Resolution but a Challenge

I am, like most people, completely rubbish at sticking to New Years resolutions so for the entire month of January I am going to challenge myself and I am not going to buy any craft products.

That’s right, your eyes are not deceiving you, I said, I am not going to buy any craft products.

WHY?!?!? I hear you ask.

Well, I have an embarrassing amount of unused stash which is only getting bigger. I haven’t even been crafting for a year yet and if I continue on the way I have been, my entire house will look like a craft shop – only not as well organised. I got more craft stuff for Christmas too. It’s high time I stopped hoarding all the pretty things and started to use them.

This little badge will be on every blog post in January as a reminder to myself to use my crafting goodies and not let it build up like this again (slapping my own wrists!) hehe.

January Stash Challenge

Now there are a couple of riders. I subscribe to two craft mags so any freebies I get in those are excluded. It’s also my birthday on 8th Jan, and although I’m not expecting any crafty items, if I do get any, they will also be excluded as will any items receive as part of my DT roles

I’m hoping that this will be the start of a new regime for me – actually using the things I’ve spent money on!  How novel  🙂

I think I will set myself a new craft related challenge each month this year to improve a skill, or donate X amount of cards to charity etc but I have January to get through first!

Wish me luck!

Lisa xx

To a Special Couple

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas! I know I did!

Someone else who had a special Christmas this year is my DH’s cousin (cousin in law?) who got engaged! Congratulations Beth and Chris! This is the card I made for themBeth & Chris Engagement Card a

 

I used my favourite Magnolia stamp of the moment – Brotherly Love Tilda as the focal point of the card and teamed it up with some papers by DCWV and Dovecraft. The scalloped hearts are die cuts I made using the Nellie Snellen multi frame, scalloped hearts which DH got me for Christmas.

Beth & Chris Engagement card b

The sentiment stamp is a Popcorn the Bear stamp. I’ve embossed the border punch (also by Nellie Snellen, also a Christmas present) with some crystal sparkle embossing powder and embellished the border strip on the main card front with self adhesive pearls.

Beth & Chris Engagement Card c

The ruffle ribbon effect is very straightforward to do. You just adhere a strip of double sided tape to your card front and then fold the the back over itself to create a ruffle effect. No sewing machine needed!

I am entering this card into the Totally Tilda easel card challenge.

 

Lisa xx

There Be Gremlins…

Well somehow – my blog was set to private which means that only I could see my posts. No idea how that happened but I’ve sorted it out now and so fingers crossed, you should be able to see me again!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Lisa xx

A Brief History of a Card Maker

Crafty Cardmakers have  a fab challenge this week which has made me come over all nostalgic! It’s called First and Latest and Greatest

In January 2010, DH bought me a Xyron PCS Machine asI had expressed an interest in starting to make cards. He did offer to buy me a cricut but I declined because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like card making – how I regret that now! hehe.

Although I cringe at it now, this is the first card I ever made

First Card - Birthday Boy

Awful isn’t it? But back then, I was so proud of my little balloon card hehe. I didn’t have any rubber stamps, had never heard of Magnolia Stamps, Promarkers, Papermania, K&Co, Basic Grey and the like. I had a small supply of scrap paper and some glue and that was it!

How rapidly time flies! I have been totally addicted to card making for the past 11 months and can’t see it ending anytime soon. In July, I started selling cards and toppers on eBay and sold my 150th at the end of November. I’ve learned so much from watching technique videos on youtube and buying card making magazines.

Hubby hasn’t yet grown tired of the “what do you think about this one?” question and even Meadow, my dog, has found a new favourite napping place at the side of my craft table. I’ve been guest designer for MyGrafico.com for 3 months and a designer for Sarah Paris for about the same length of time. In  January my next DT adventure begins on Paper-Crafting Journey. So all in all, an exciting year!

This is my latest project. I love the combination of Magnolia Rubber stamps and doilies at the moment. They suit each other so well.

Fairy Dust Tilda in Blue

I’ve used DP from K&Co, the Tilda stamp is Fairy Dust Tilda and the sentiment is by Bits of Ivory from CuddlyBuddly.com. The doily is from eBay and the ribbons and gems are from stash. Tilda has been coloured with Promarkers.

If I had to give any tips to a newbie, although i consider myself to be a newbie – it’d be to watch the youtube videos if you can’t get the magazines. Enter as many craft challenges as you can. Shop around for your supplies and most of all, practice, practice, practice (and have fun while you’re practising! Smile)

 

Fairy Dust Tilda in Blue 2

 

Lisa xx

Rose Edwin

The Totally Tilda and Magnolia Down Under Challenges this week were right up my street so I’ve combined them!

Here’s my entry

Rose Edwin a

I cut out squares of the Pebbles Inc Floral Wedding paper and using both sides of the paper, I made a patchwork effect. The I Love You sticker is by Cosmo Cricket and the Rose Edwin has been coloured with promarkers (with Gelly Roll pens on the Rose Edwin’s holding) and cut out and mounted on a paper doily.

Rose Edwin b

I made a semi circle of Mulberry paper roses  (1.5cm) over the top half of the doily, tied a bow with red grosgrain ribbon and added a heart charm underneath. I drew a heart shape in the left hand corner and then adhered flat back pearls over the pencil lines and that’s about it!

Rose Edwin c

I am entering this into the following challenges

Magnolia Down Under – Challenge 76, Red, Brown and Cream

Totally Tilda – For the One I Love

 

Lisa xx