Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sparkling Butterfly

Welcome - It's good to be back here - I have been MIA as we have been visiting some very important little people - our grandchildren.

This card was made in a hurry with some of the 'experiments' that had accumulated on my desk.  The most difficult part was selecting the background paper and card!

I started with the brightly coloured background panel

This was made using watercolour crayons on watercolor paper, heavily spritzed with water, then sprayed with lemon glimmer mist.

The butterfly was cut using a Marianne die, and had Kindy Glitz and pearls added. 

The sentiment was gold embossed on a scrap of the water colour block.  Both layers were mounted on black card before being layered over dp. 

The ribbon was embellished with triple bows of ecru pearle thread.  As I do not have a bow-easy, i use my fingers to make the loops - fiddly, but it works.

I love the way this card turned out.  I am linking this to:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Love is............

Welcome again.
 This is the second release that I have illustrated this week, and  is by 
McMahon Digital and is entitled All Things.

I wanted to use it for a masculine card, so this is a little less 'frilly' than some cards I have made.

As I wanted the image to take centre stage I printed it fairly large, and cut it with a Labels 10 die and sponged the edges with a dark gray ink.

The butterfly was painted with twinkling H2O's

The image was mounted on a lime green card that has a discrete sparkle in it, the edges were sponged with a green ink, and then that was mounted onto a dark green card stock.  The hand died seam binding ( a RAK from Lovely Linda) and the rhinestones were the final touches.

Once again I invite you to visit the other team members and see the wonderful releases there are this week - their names are linked on my side bar.

Thanks so much for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monkeying Around

Greetings  and welcome - thank you so much for visiting.

One of this weeks releases from McMahon Five is the set 
Monkey Business by Studio 313.

Isn't he just so cute??  
There are a variety of sentiments with the set - I printed this one, cut it with an oval spellbinder die, sponged it while it was still in the die, and mounted it over a scalloped oval.

I printed the image directly onto the dp from the Prima 6x6 stack Fairy Flora, then painted it with Twinkling H2O's.  the finishing touch was a feather stitch rub-on down one side.

There are some fabulous releases this week - please feel free to follow the links on my side bar to see the other releases by the design team.

Thank you so much for visiting - May your day be blessed

Monday, February 20, 2012

Just Puddling

Welcome and thanks for visiting - it's great to see you here.

The other day I was given a copy of the latest Papercrafts magazine, and was inspired by a card by Laura Pryor, where she scribbled on water-colour paper, and then misted it with water.  

I cased it and made this card

The card base was randomly stamped with a large snowflake stamp and Versamark.

The feature panel was made with water colour crayons scribbled on water colour paper and spritzed with water, and then sprayed with silver Glimmer Mist. One edge was torn to add texture.

The twine I used is from Layers of Color, and is somewhat different being purple with a gold strand through it.

I added a sentiment panel which was raised with a pile of foam dots.  The buttons were adhered with glue dots.  This last photo shows some of the glimmer on the feature panel.

I am linking this to: 

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hap-Bee Hap-Bee

Welcome back - It is always great to know you have visited.
This wee fellow is from McMahon Digitals

I painted the image using my newly acquired distress inks. Layered it onto some purple mulberry paper I had frayed the edges of, and then onto the pink base.

I adorned the panel with rhinestones and more stickles, and added a wee ribbon and bow to finish it all off.

Love the sparkle this brings to the card.

There have been many more images released this week, and a freebie, so wander around the other team members (links in my sidebar) to see the wonderful work and pick up the freebie.

I am linking this to:
Crafters Companion challenge #21 - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts February challenge - Anything Goes
Sparkles Challenge #29 - Things with Wings

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dreamy Dancer

Welcome again - it's time for the new releases from McMahon Five Design.

I love the dreamy expression on this wee dancer's face.

The stamp is by L'Amour Allure and is called Ballerina.  I paired her with paper from the Lilybee Designs Head over Heels 6x6 stack.

She was coloured with chalks and had some Stickles added.

The corner embellishment is three die cuts from the Floral Doily Motifs, layered and with a Prima Rose over some lace from my stash.

All the layers were distressed and sponged, and three wee hearts completed the card.

I am linking this to:
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #73 - Anything Goes

There have been many more images released this week, and a freebie, so wander around the other team members (links in my sidebar) to see the wonderful work and pick up the freebie.

Thank you for visiting - may your day be blessed

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Desk.- again

Welcome - and thanks for calling

I have succumbed to Bridget's prodding again and have shared my work desk.

There is no project on it, as I had finished and tidied up.  There are an experimental couple of strips on the top left of the desk pad that still has to be finished.

 I liked the effects on my scratch paper from all the sponging I have done, so I took a close-up of it.

The five squares of colour on the top is where I tested the colours on a rainbow pad, trying to find the 'right' brown - there are also smudges of brown down the side from the same quest.

So that is my desk, Bridget, and it is still Wednesday.

Thanks for popping in - may your day be blessed.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cheeky Chicks

Welcome back to my wee corner of blog-dom.

I have call for a card for a young boy this month, and I also have bought some new stamps recently, so they came together for this 

I had the background paper on hand, having made it for another card, and then discarded it....

The sentiment was stamped with versamark and then distress ink layered on the stamp, and then clear embossed. I used the same ink to sponge  all the edges, so it was the best fit.

The background paper is a slightly textured cream paper from a "child's craft pad" .  The ribbon which shows clearly here appears clear but has an iridescent gleam to it in bright light.

Mama chook and her chicks were all coloured with chalks, as was the sky.

The 'grass' is actually the torn edge of a strip of mulberry paper.

I am linking this to:
Alphabet Challenge Blog - A is for Animal antics
HotShot Craft Challenge #4 - One for the boys

Thanks for calling by - may your day be blessed

Friday, February 10, 2012

Little Critter

Welcome back - this post is my second for this week releases from McMahon Five

This image is one in a series called Funny Little Things by Studio 313 - the image is named Birthday Happiness

There is a lot of sparkle on this card that the camera did not pick up.

The image was printed out on Cryogen curious metallic paper which has a subtle sheen that shows through any medium, and painted with twinkling H2Os - don't you love his crooked wee smile?

Here is a close-up of the balloon, and I highlighted it with some crystal stickles, which were also used on the balloons on the designer paper.

The final touch, which proved to be the most difficult, was to layer the image over these sheets of shiny 'holes'.  They show purple IRL, but the camera picked up a more aqua tone :-(.

Thanks for calling, and please feel free to be inspired by the rest of the Design Team at McMahon Five - the links to their blogs are all in the sidebar.

I am linking this to:
Craft Us Crazy challenge #20 - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times Challenge #135 - Cute Critter
Paper Prettys Wednesday Challenge #192 -_ Add Texture to your card

May your day be blessed

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Thanks for visiting today - it is always nice to know you have called by.

The image I have used for this post is called Whimsy, by LS Designs, a new line being carried by McMahon Five

I printed the image onto a cream card and coloured her with chalks and twinkling H2O's.  The card was sponged with distress inks.

To add some interest I painted over the coloured frock with sparkle glue paint.  The image was then mounted over some textured and embossed paper I found in my stash. 

A bow and tear drop gems were added to finish the card after mounting it on red card stock.

Thanks for visiting - May your day be blessed

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I cased a case...

I saw a CASE study over at Bridget's Blog the other day and I was inspired.......

This card is a case (Change and Share Everything) of her card, and the inspiration for her card which is here.

I changed the sentiment style and mounted it on a small piece of card I had sponged the edges of.  

The stripes are wound around another layer of card, (also sponged on the edges)and were made of embroidery cotton and a silver thread crocheted together.

There were three rhinestones added to mirror the silver thread in the stripes.

A final few with the light catching the silver.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - May your day be blessed

Friday, February 3, 2012

Vintage Flutterbys

Welcome again.

This is my second post for the day, please scroll down for the other one.

Sue over at McMahon Digital Vintage has just released this beautiful butterfly set.

The set is entitled Go Confidently, as there is a sentiment that goes with it.

I used Cryogen paper to print the butterflies on, trimmed the image slightly on the right side, coloured the butterflies and background with chalks, and added some Crystal Stickles and Zva Crystals (trimmed)

The sentiment was not available when I made my card, so I added this stamped one from the D'Amour Allure Wishes of Love Acrylic Set.

The design paper is from the Lilybee pad Head over Heels and picks up a lot of the other colours in the card.

There are a lot of new designs this week, and a new designer ,over at McMahon Five Design - do pop over to the blog to catch up with all the news.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting again - may your day be blessed.

You Are My Sunshine..

Greetings – thank you for visiting today.  
This was to have been posted last night, but the gremlins invaded Blogger and made it go super slow........

I loved this new image from McMahon Digital Stamps as soon as I first saw it and enjoyed making this card.... and I have been humming the tune too.

The image was painted with Twinkling H2Os.

The card base is a medium blue with a layer of bright pink over it, and then a bright yellow die cut. (Think, sunbeams)

I chose to fussy cut around the image and cut the printed string off, and punch holes and thread some narrow ribbon through them instead.  This was then mounted over the die cut and a few pearls added to finish.

I am linking this to:
Thanks for visiting – may your day be blessed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

For Bridget

This  post is the result of a challenge from a friend named Bridget - hence the title.

Bridget takes part in a weekly challenge called Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday, and last week I commented on her post  that I had tidied mine, so I was promptly challenged to show!

Here is the floor behind my desk - the 'stuff' has retreated thanks to the re-organisation!

The workspace itself ready to go - again 

There you go Bridget :-) Challenge taken.

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.