Cards in Boxes..

_MG_0037 (Medium)_MG_0038 (Medium)I have enjoyed making quite a few cards that fitted more comfortably into a box rather than an envelope. My photographer Nathan has chosen to photograph these ones in their box, so you may not see the full 3D’ness of them, but trust me they needed a box! the top card is made with Mintay Birdsong papers. I taught a class using this range of papers this week, it is gorgeous, and I am now tempted to again get my papers out and make some more cards with this range. I have used one of my handmade frames, and some lace, flowers and metal embellishment . The bottom card is Prima Georgia Blues, and there is a lot of gold foil on this range of papers which explains the flash on the photo..poor Nathan must have been blinded with that! You can see why this one needed a box – lots of lovely fabric and paper flowers, lace and emphemera. I hope you are all having a safe and happy Easter break, til  next time…..

Shabby Chic..Helen style!

_MG_1961 (Medium) Before I start this morning I just want to let my American followers know I am thinking of them all, the ones in the East who are battling with Fire, and the ones down south who are battling with the aftermath of one Hurricane and bracing for more…my thoughts are with you all.

I am determined to master Shabby Chic. I love shabby, but I am struggling to get to the point where I can say I have succeeded, but I will continue to practise, and show you my progress. This card has a lot of product but a lot of it was put together with bits and pieces left on my work table from other projects so i didn’t prepare anything new for this project except for the background layer which was a piece of A4 white cardstock. I painted it with a light watered down layer of Gesso,and used a texture template to add some Liquitex Light modelling paste. When that was dry I tapped some tea dye distress ink over the raised bits and sprayed randomly over the whole piece with Prima Color Bloom Cotton candy spray mist. All that remained for this step was to cut to size, distress all the edges and ink with more tea dye distress ink and attach to the card front. decorating…. a strip of lace under one of the layers, a Prima Bird, a flower made with sizzix bigz 3d flower die and old book pages, memory box Lorelai leaves die,kaisercraft wooden flourish foiled in silver, pearls , Prima hessian leaf,and flowers. Til tomorrow…..

Sweet Nothings revisited

Today I have gone back to a kaisercraft Paper collection called sweet nothings. I have already posted a few cards made with this paper and I have a couple more in my file. here I used the 6″ paper pad and decorated with Prima flower and leaves, and a little ribbon. I installed my new most amazing shelving unit last night and it is full.. Now I can’t fit another one in my little room, so I am going to have to work very hard to use up the papers I have before I buy more. I think I hear my sister Kay snickering in disbelief…Til tomorrow..

Madame boutique ..6..(?)

I have called this one number 6 but I can’t remember what number we got up to in the Kaisercraft madame Boutique  range. This card has ended up looking like a box of chocolates, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing…. I do love the prima flower. I also added ribbon. Such a busy week, but we are almost there now, tonight Daniel and I are going out to pick up my most amazing shelving unit from a friend whos’ husband built it for me. It has 24 shelves and is 4′ high, so I will be able to store my 12 x 12 papers and actually be able to see them … so excited…. Til tomorrow…

Prima Romantique + Acetate

Well, I must say I am feeling a little better today, and actually sat in the craft room for a short while this morning, and created a couple of cards, but I have developed the worst symptom so far this week – No Voice! Anyone that knows me knows this is a disaster of mega proportions -not able to speak… just horrible! The dogs just sit and stare at me and my son jumps every time I go near him – he says I am sneaking up on him, but obviously usually I start the conversation before I get to him which gives him warning I am coming, which is not happening today. Todays cards were a bit of an experiment – I wanted to see if this gorgeous acetate would go through the cuttlebug, which it did, beautifully. The acetate is teresa Collins Posh lace, and the papers are Prima Romantique. I also used  assorted ribbons,stick pins, flowers and lace.

Last Victoria Gardens card… I Promise!

This is the final card in my echo park Victoria gardens series. I have enjoyed working with this collection, and I still have plenty of paper left, so I will still be using it, but after posting 9 cards of the same collection, I’m pretty sure  you are all ready to move on! I also used a prima flower, platinum liquid pearls, a Martha stewart punch and my Cricut with the Heritage cartridge to cut the cameo. Tonight I am still working on a couple of xmas designs for next months village class, and then a night in front of  the T.V. I think.. til tomorrow…..

Butterfly Garden

Todays card uses a new paper – Butterfly Garden by Pink Paisley. I only made a couple of cards with this paper because I used the rest to make Birthday books which i will get Nathan to photograph this weekend, and hopefully be able to show you all next week.As well as the pink paisley paper I  used a Prima flower, and websters pages lace, and used my versamark pen on the ladies dress, and brushed it with perfect pearls powder – my newest purchase – and I’m loving the effect! Til tomorrow….

Mothers day card

Todays card uses Prima Madeline patterned paper and matching stickers, (again – but I do love this paper!)I’ll find something completely different for tomorrow nights post ,I promise! Was planning to sit in the craft room for an hour or two tonight, but I am exhausted after being at work today, so might just watch a bit of t.v. and have an early night. Til  tomorrow…..

(p.s. just noticed I also used a Kaisercraft rub on in the centre of the sticker.)

Madeline Mothers Day

I’m back! My husband and I went away to robe for Easter, and had a lovely relaxing time,with lots of walks, and fresh air, and a little cardmaking thrown in – it actually took me longer to pack my craft bag than my suitcase of clothes! Meanwhile my techie son was working on my computer, and quite a few things have changed – the keyboard, the mouse, and I think I have windows 7 now. Its taking a little getting used to, and I can’t find where he has put some things, but I’ll get there! Todays card uses Prima Madeline collection papers and stickers ‘ a prima flower and a kaisercraft swirl. This week will be a lot of Mothers day cards on the blog – I didn’t know I made and photographed so many. Til tomorrow……