Sunday, 20 November 2011

Christmas Roses

It's been 2 long weeks since I've posted card to my blog and in the meantime I've added 3 more digi images to the collection at A Passion for Stamps.
This new card features one of them ....Christmas Rose.
I've used Promarkers and Stickles along with some Glossy Accents.To complement the image I've made some flowers with Tonic Studios Flower Head, layered and "pinched"  and then set on a Snowflake . I added a little pen detail to the centre and finished with Stickles.
The gorgeous borders at the top and bottom of the card were made using Tonic Studios Stars Border punch. I think I'll be using this a lot on my Christmas cards!

During the week I was working in Belfast and when I went out to bring something in from the car someone called me and asked if I'd like a kitten as he had 4 needing a home. Now, I don't have pets at the moment and wouldn't really have the time to commit to looking after one properly but I just had  to have a look...
When I went home that evening I spoke to a friend who was able to offer 2 of the kitties a home on a farm -
so the following day I collected the two little balls of fluff and brought them home after work.
I thought I'd share some photos of the pair of them in my living room before I took them to their new owner.
How stupid was I to think that they would sit at peace on the floor!!! Just look at the pair of them scaling my sofa and looking down!!

Great fun while it lasted but I'm sure they've got a better home now than I could have offered them!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Wedding card

Another little tip for using the Tonic Studios  Daisy Simplicity Geared Punch is to create a doily shape with it. This can then be used on its own or to complement the border pattern as in the wedding card above.

1. Cut a circle 11cm in diameter.

2. Place circle into punch as shown above.

3.Turn punch over so that you can see it form underneath. Start your next punch exactly on top of the last hole on the left of the previous punch. This is a lot easier than it sounds -you can see the hole clearly marked by the arrow.

4. Continue right round in this way until the last pattern. This time you just have to line up both sides as shown above.It fits exactly and you can even "feel" the punch resting in the correct place.

Allsorts...anything but square
Craftycatz...anything goes
One Stop Craft...3 of something (circles)
The Cuttlebug Spot ....anything goes
Truly Scrumptious ...Bingo (lace, flowers and ribbon)

Stampalot November Challenge/Blue and Green

It was a real "treat" to see all the entries to last month's "food" themed challenge at  Stampalot Challenge and I certainly got plenty of inspiration for future cards.
This month the theme is "Blue and Green" and I'm looking forward too seeing what you all come up with for this one! Don't forget to check out the DT creations - but, best of all, have a look at the prize...

Now, a little about my card:
The image is Scabious - a digi from my collection at A Passion for Stamps - coloured with Promarkers and matted onto a Nellie Snellen die cut.
The little butterfly edging is from a Tonic Studios punch called Butterfly Strip which you can also see HERE used to create a delicate circle.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Holly and Snowflakes

After I posted the photo of the Poinsettia card yesterday, I got several requests from other crafters asking how I had created the punched effect around the image so I decided to make a similar card and show how I did it.

The image I've used this time is Holly from A Passion for Stamps, coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with Glossy Accents.

1. Cut a square of card/paper to fit as a mat on your card front,then cut a circle 15cm from the centre of this.

2. Insert card /paper into the Mini Holly punch, so that the punch rests on the edge of the circle

3. Line up punch as shown and repeat till the circle is filled.It's as simple as that!!

On this card I've embellished the corners with the inside part of the Tonic Studios Snowflake punch
to which I've added some glitter

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Poinsettia and holly

I really wanted to add this card with my new Poinsettia digi image but the light here is awful today - it's been raining for "months" now (well, it feels like that anyhow!)

The punches used are Tonic Studios Mini Paper punch Holly and Floral Border

There is actually quite a bit of glitter on the centre of the flower but it's not being picked up by the light - and I've fiddled around with a candle for so long trying to highlight it that I's afraid of setting the whole thing on fire!!

This is just one of the digi images which you could win..the details are HERE

Craft Your Passion  ..Bingo(Flower, bling, punch)
Creative Inspirations ..lots of sparkle.
Cupcake Craft ..leaves (holly)
I Love Promarkers ..glitter and glitz
One Stop Craft sentiment
Paper Playtime anything goes
Papertake Weekly anything goes
The Cuttlebug Spot anything goes