Saturday, 25 April 2009
Today it is my sister's birthday. The first card in this post was made over a week ago. My mum asked me to make it so she could give it to my sister. I delivered it by hand last week and she was very pleased with it. I have held off blogging about it until now for obvious reasons.
The only detail requested was a basket of flowers. I found some paper that had a basket weave look and cut it from a template I made. The flowers are the same flowers I bought from the 99p shop. Great value and great effects.
I made two layers for the basket using the basket weave pattern paper and black paper to go on the back. I secured the flowers using sellotape making sure the ends did not stick out of the bottom of the basket.
I cut some strips of green paper and using my scissors (closed!) I made the paper curl to represent foliage and added them to the basket by sticking them to the basket with a glue stick.
The sentiment was made using heat embossing with which I had a few problems. I found using a stamp pad did not help me as I kept leaving smudges around the text. I made three before I was satisfied finally using my craft mat instead of the stamp pad to stamp the embossing ink. A little silver hat charm completed the sentiment label.
I took a picture at this point as I thought it finished. Then I stood it up on the table and looked at it for a moment. What do you think? It needed a little something more but what? Gems? No. Sequins? No. Then it came to me... A little ribbon and it was now a completed card. She loves it by the way!!
The second card was made just a few days ago after work. Inspired by my friend Louise's Easter card, I made my first gatefold card. I used the crop-a-dile to add detail to one side and a string of seed beads on the other. So my sister received two handmade cards today. I wish her all the best and wonderful celebrations.
Saturday, 11 April 2009
This post about two handmade cards, one made by me and the other made by my friend Louise. I met Louise when she became a member of my Facebook group 'I Love Handcrafted Cards' and it was she who suggested the ATC swap we had last year. She has given herself a goal of making 100 cards so she on a real card making buzz right now. I wish her all the best in reaching her goal.
Last month she offered to make cards for her Facebook friends and I agreed on the proviso that I also make one for her. This the card I mentioned at the end of my previous blog post.
Louise's card arrived this morning. It brought a bit of sunshine to the cold and grey day. Not that I mind the rain. I was pleased as my garden was in need of some moisture. Flowers are the theme of these cards from the background paper to the embellishments. I particularly like the large flowers on the front. The two fold front is one that I have not tried before but one I recently saw demonstrated on the Create and Craft TV channel. She also provided the little card stand. Never seen those before!
The card I made also reflects the flower theme. I chose the colour because Louise is expecting a baby boy who is due to arrive any day now. With blue as my base I also created a template to make a large egg. Louise had asked for a decorated egg. I chose the papers to match with the blue base. I created the first egg using my template and the flower background paper and stuck it to the striped paper before cutting it out. I repeated the process with blue card.
Then I added a string of beads on craft wire and a fitting ribbon found in my ribbon stash. After completion of the egg I added some paper to the card blank some of which came from my scraps of background paper and the rest from a pad of papers in many colours given to me by my brother. There is a whole rainbow of papers and they are thin enough for me to try an idea.
I got this idea from watching a YouTube video on quilling. Using a pencil I made spirals of paper cut into thin strips. I used these to complete the decoration of the egg and you can see the result in the picture. I had to make a box for it as I realised that it would not travel well in an envelope.
We are thinking about making this exchange a monthly thing. With a little one on the way Louise is not thinking of slowing down on making cards at all. I wish her all the best and thank her for her inspiration.
Thanks for reading. Happy Easter everyone!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
These cards are the first Easter cards made by me. The embellishments come from magazine kits which I actually bought last year! The designs are not planned in advanced - there are no card sketches. I simply choose a base colour, go through my collection of papers and embellishments and go from there.
It can happen that no ideas come to me or I am not inspired by my craft stash. This is thankfully not a common occurence but what I do on those occasions is browse my magazines and card design booklets. Usually only takes a few minutes before I think of something fortunately. It would not be much fun if I struggled for ideas all the time.
These cards rely heavily on making use of the die-cuts that have been around for a year. The design part really came in the choice of papers and another element which was lying so far unused in my embellishment stash.
I bought the roll of craft wire when I was planning to complete a card design from a You Can Craft magazine template (this card still remains unfinished!). Today I used this craft wire for the first time to add beads to the designs. I'm not sure how clearly they show up in the photos but I think they are a really nice touch and plan to make more use of these in future designs.
I actually made three cards today but I am holding one design back as I have put it in the mail to my friend. She also makes cards but more about that in a future post.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
I arrived home weary from a hard days work to discover I'd received this wonderful award from Carolyn. Please visit her site and see her work. I especially like the Highland cow card!
It is now my turn to share this award with my ten favourite handmade blogs.
Suzie of Card Ideas for the Not-So-Crafty.
Vanessa the Paper Chick who has a beautiful site.
This Home Sweet Home - this is a blog with useful advice and tips as well as wonderful things handmade.
Create Something Everyday - this site inspires me.
Crafting Diva Designs - I love the cards made from the sketches in every post.
At Extreme Cards learn how to make pop-up cards and more.
Candle Junkie makes scented candles and is a mother with a young family. I love reading her posts.
Heather's Scrap Around the Globe is one of my fave scrapbooking blogs.
Martine's The Craft Table has recently moved to and I have followed.
...and last not by no means least is a site that I regularly visit looking forward to each new creation, my friend Julie the Gingerbread Knitter.
Thank you Carolyn!