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Sunday, 28 April 2013


Did I mention that I love this stamp from Ryn? !!
It is so effective and the raindrops really do look 3D:

I used Glossy Accents on some of the raindrops on the flower and added some glitter to the flower centre.
The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat and looks stunning in a fancy frame.
Hope you've had a fab weekend! Hugs xx

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Recent makes

Just popping by to share some cards I made last week.
The first uses a Creative Expressions stamp set that I got at a work shop over a year ago and it's had its first outing!  And just to be different I decided that just because it features a ship, it doesn't have to be just for men!
I used a soft colour palette to make this a feminine card and I think it works.  What do you think?
The second card has been made with a new (to me) Indigo Blu stamp:
I embossed the background with a heart mask and brayered it using coordinating Adirondac inks.  Then, I stamped and painted the heart with the same inks. 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Love this heart!

Just stopping by to share the card I made for my hubby on our very special 20th First Date Anniversary.  Soppy, I know, but we do celebrate this every year :)

I embossed the black background with a heart mask and then used my beautiful heart flower stamp from Indigo Blu with Flitterglu and Winter Dawn gilding flakes.
I added some gems to the centres of some of the flowers and added a computer-generated sentiment.  Simple but effective!
Hope you're having a good week ... two days till the weekend!!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

At last ... a Clarity card!

I have been looking longingly for a long time at my new 'Best of' stamps which I bought at Harrogate several weeks ago.  Finally, I have had chance to use them today:

This was a bit of a rush job really, as it's my mother-in-law's bithday today!!  However, we wont see her till tomorrow as she has been away ... phew!
I've been wanting to make a card for the Clarity Blog Challenge 2 all month (where does the time go?) and as this is the only one I've managed to make so far, so I really hope it will be OK.
The theme is In the Garden.  Mmmm, I suppose if you wanted you could have a vase of flowers outside on a garden table and the flowers have come from the Garden.  Fingers crossed it doesn't get booted out!!!
Hope you are having a lovely weekend and the sun is shining where you are xx

Monday, 15 April 2013

Thinking Cap Required For This One!!

Just stopping by to share some cards I made recently.
The first one was a bit of a challenge to say the least! 
I had to learn how to do some new things with my Designer Software for my trusty Cameo and managed to produce this near-perfect Jack Daniels bottle:

When I had finished the card, my next thought was "What about an envelope?" Mmm, it was far too big for any envelopes I have, so I used my Hougie board to make a custom box that measures just 1cm deep.  I dressed it with a slider and a tag that I designed and cut on my Cameo.
This next card was again designed and cut on my Cameo.  I think this black/hot pink colour combo is my absolute favourite!  I made some tissue paper flowers to match, sprayed them with pink sparkle and added a flourish:
My Cameo has had a busy week!! This card was again designed and cut using it:
Well, it was back to work for me today and I'm exhausted now (and the kids weren't even in school as we had an Inset day!!)
 Roll on the weekend :)
Have a good one my crafty friends xx

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Big, Exciting News!!!

Hello lovely bloggers and crafty friends.
I'm so happy to announce that my website is now LIVE!! 
After a lot of hard work, both by me and especially by my web designer Jason, it has all come together and I'm really pleased with it.
If you have a minute, please stop by and take a look.
The link is here:
Now, on to today's card.
This is one I made last week and forgot to post it on here:

I love this shoe stamp!
My brayer, paintbrush and Spellbinder dies were the only tools I used for this card and the lush colours are Distress Inks.
The garden is beckoning me now, the sun is shining and I may get the dead-heading and pruning finished today!
Have a nice weekend xx

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Inks + Masks = Fab backgrounds

Happy Sunday!  Just popping by to share the results of an inky, messy session!
I used some That Special Touch masks with my Distress Inks and stamped a my favourite flower stamp to make these:
I then got out some of my new embossing folders, printed some beautiful Pink Petticoat sentiments and made these cards:

As you can probably see, I still have two cards to make using the birds and the compass backgrounds.  Well, Rome wasn't built in a day, and I have a few ideas for the compass background that need a bit more work.  So, watch this space!!!
I hope you've had a good weekend and, if you're on school hols like me, have a good week :)
Louise xx

Thursday, 4 April 2013

My 400th Post!!

400 Posts!! Crikey ... that's a lot of waffling!!
Just popped by to share a card I made a while ago.  I cut the ballerina on my Cameo and mounted her onto a beautiful floral oval:
I printed the sentiment and cut it with a smaller floral oval die.  The finishing touches are a rolled ribbon-rose and some bling.
I had a very busy day yesterday - a 6 hour workshop with the lovely Kay Rutter from Hougie Crafts and 2 hours website training in the evening!  Phew!
I had a fab day and learnt some great techniques from Kay, along with some confidence in using my Hougie!
The downside is that I discovered my Hougie board is a FAKE!!  I'm so upset!  I bought the board in good faith from Carole's Crafts in Chippenham and it turns out that it's a copy.  I would never have found this out if I hadn't done the workshop yesterday. 
It turns out that there are quite a few Carole's Crafts around the country and the owner has earned the nickname "Mr Xerox" because he copies so many products.
Trading Standards are aware of what he is doing and he has been to court for counterfeit products but still he is continuing this practise. Stay away from his shops!!
Ok, rant over!!  Hope you're all having a fab week xx

Monday, 1 April 2013

Son Shaped Card

As promised, here is the Fleetwood Town FC card I made for Antony's birthday today:

I designed the shape and cut it on my Cameo; used Nesties for the circles and added coordinating Card Candi.
Have a great day folks xx

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