Belated Birthday Card

Saturday, 24 September 2011
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far.  With the Indian Summer they are talking about for next week, it looks like we're going to be in for a nice few days which will make up for the pretty dismal summer we've suffered.

My card for you today is a belated birthday card for a lady in my team.  I was off sick for her birthday the previous week so didn't feel that I could give her the card I'd prepared for her birthday so instead I made a "Sorry it's Late" card.  This Tilda image has been sat coloured on my desk for nearly 4 months now! In some ways I didn't want to use her as I was so pleased with my colouring! Is anyone else like that??  The paper is from a Me To You pad and the embossed background is using a Crafts Too folder whilst it's been finished off with three little roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

 I know I've left her sitting in mid-air! I realised after I'd cut her out with the nesties that I should've actually moved it higher up so that her hands were resting on the edge.  I'd used the cutting outside the frame technique.  I think this is the first time that I've used this stamp despite having her for at least a couple of years!
Stamp: Tilda with Lilies - Magnolia; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics;
DP & CS: Core-dinations, Me To You; Tools: Circle & Scallop Nesties, Crafts Too Embossing Folder;
Embellishments: Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts, Sentiment - CWC, Ribbon - Stash

I hope you all have a lovely evening. I'm off out with Jon and my family as there is a skittles night down my dad's bowls club.  I'll be having a go but I won't be doing my usual stint in the pits as there is no way that my back is up to that, no matter how good my new painkillers are!

I'm planning to do some crafting and blog hopping tomorrow so I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to.

Thank you for stopping by this evening and any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

Another LOTV Cardmaker of the Year

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Evening all, I hope you're keeping well.  Thank you for the lovely comments you've all been leaving me on my recent entries in the competition, they really mean a lot to me.

I've another entry to show you today that was for Lili of the Valley. This card is based on one I made last year here.  I loved this one so much that I had to do it again but I've made it a little different by adding some flowers from Wild Orchind Crafts and sprayed them with Spray & Sparkle from Crafters Companion.  I feel they finished that corner off perfectly.

Stamp: James Bear In the Snow - Lili of the Valley; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics;
DP & CS: DCWV Christmas Stack, Centura Pearl Cardstock - Crafters Companion, Mirri Card
Tools: Circle Nesties, Snow Dots Embossing Folder

I just love purple and silver together, I think it's a great combo!  I really should get a wriggle on with doing some Christmas cards.  Not know when I'll be out of action I don't want to leave it too late.  I may cheat a little and do some digital crafting as I  have the Me To You cdrom as well as my Forever Friends one where I can design on screen and print out.  I did a few of these last year for friends at work and personalised them which they really seemed to like.

I have lots of new goodies to play with too as a little elephant called Humphrey has landed on my doormat and he's so cute.

I've some blog hopping to do this evening so I hope to see you all a bit later.  Thank you for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

LOTV Cardmaker of the Year entry

Sunday, 18 September 2011
Thank you to everyone for the lovely comments on my card box yesterday, they are greatly appreciated.    I thought I would show you another entry I made, this time for Lili of the Valley.

I saw one of these book cards whilst blog hopping and used the tutorial here.

 The papers are a download from Nitwits and the adorable image is from LOTV.  The sentiment is from a Popcorn Bear set from Crafters Companion

 I attempted this before I had my hougie board so the scoring wasn't exactly perfect but I'm going to try again shortly! The ribbon was from my stash.

The inside has been decorated with more Nitwit papers and finished off with a pocket and a tag for the greeting.  The little bits inside were all purchased from Wilkinsons.  I just thought it was a great back to school project or for a little girl just about to start school.  The lipstick items are a ballpoint pen and rubber, very girly!

I hope you like it.  I was really pleased with the final outcome and showed it to a few of my friends at work who were equally impressed.  I plan on making some more again really soon.

Thank you for popping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.  I hope you have an enjoyable evening.  I'll  be settling down for some X Factor soon.

xx :0)

Cardmaker of the Year 2011

Saturday, 17 September 2011
Hello!! I'm still here!! Since my last post I have been a little busy with some entries for the Cardmaker of the Year competition in Cardmaking & Papercraft.  I left it quite late as I was only able to craft for long periods after a change in my painkillers.  Because of this I only had 5 cards for 3 categories but I guess it's quality over quantity right??

I chose 3 of my favourites categories to enter although I had brought a number of items for other categories and had ideas written down for them.  I guess I can keep them for next year and hope that they will still be an option to choose!  I also have to admit that 1 card was pre-made and 2 other's I'd either copied or amended slightly from cards that I'd made months ago that I had been really proud of. 

I'd left it so late that they were posted special delivery on Thursday to ensure that they arrived yesterday which was also the closing date for entries!

The entry I'm going to show you today is for the Trimcraft First Edition category.  I really love these papers.  I used the new Christmas Joy pad along with a cute Fizzy Moon stamp.  I created an easel drawer card as my project with some little thank you cards in the drawer.

 The photos aren't great as I had to take them at work! I didn't finish this until 11:30pm on Wednesday evening! I really like this colour combination.  I know you can't tell on photos, but the two punched border edges are contrasting shades of red papermania cardstock.
 The paper, although not showing up in the photos, is all glittered and sparkly.
 A close up of the image, you can just about see that the Glamour Dust has had an outing again!  I can't have snow or furry trims without the glamming them up a bit!

A side on view of the box card to show it off a bit.

Stamp: Festive Fun - With Love - Fizzy Moon; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
DP & Cardstock: Christmas Joy - Trimcraft; Papermania
Tools: MS Doily Lace Punch & Snowflake Punch, Circle Nesties, Hougie Board
Embellishments: Sentiment Circle - CWC, Rose - Wild Orchid Crafts, Ribbon & Gems - Stash

I would love to know what you think especially as it's been a while since I made or coloured anything.  I'm hoping to have a look at all your blogs this evening and catch up on what I've been missing.

Thank you for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.