Wednesday 31 August 2011


Thank you to those of you who stopped past last week and left lovely coments and here is my offering for WOYWW? this Wednesday.

On my WOYWW? last week I had bits and pieces set out  to make a pink and chocolate card for the Penny Black Saturday Shabby Chic Challenge and this was the end result.

After completing that one I had enough bits and pieces left over to make another card and that is what I'm up to at the moment.  I've got an Auntie with a birthday in September so I'm hoping the second one will be for her.  She's also a card maker so I know she'll appreciate the effort taken to make it.  It also means that I can't just throw anything together though.

The coloured image for the second card was my first attempt at colouring the image last week but the Promarker colours I'd chosen were warm peachy shades of pink rather than the cool lilac shades of the backing card I had wanted to use so I decided to start again and keep this first one to make another card.  I'm following the sketch for this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge to make the second card and have found cardstock with the same peachy pink tones to match.

Yesterday I was at Carol's Crafting Bee again and spent the time making the flowers and punching out the leaves to to decorate the card with and when I got home I tried spraying the brown leaves with Forest Green Glimmer Mist to give them the same green tinge as the coloured image.  I also spent some of yesterday playing with the Fizzy Moon goodies I bought at the Papeterie a couple of weeks ago and put together some decoupage toppers for Christmas cards.

I had a really good day at Carol's yesterday as some of the other ladies were making shoes using the Coppernob Elegant Shoe template and basing their shoe designs and cards on the one I had made for Ruth's Pearl Wedding Anniversary.

I love paper pricking using Ornare metal stencils and use them to decorate these shoes and their boxes.   Everyone had a go at the pricking too and some of the doubters of this technique have even been converted to the lovely effect it can create.  It was a lovely feeling seeing everyone making their shoes inspired by the one I had made but each putting their own twist on it and then being delighted with their efforts.  I only wish I had had a camera to photograph their cards to post on here.  Carol and Heather both made shoe cards for their Mums, Ann made a seventieth birthday shoe card for her sister and Sandy made an elegant black and white shoe. Ruth, who first introduced me to this template, spent the afternoon making a Rob Adam shopping stretch card for her daughter who turned nineteen yesterday.  Me, I just sat there with a warm fuzzy glow watching them.  Crafting is certainly good for your well being if not for your bank balance.

Thanks for reading today's epic
Liz x

PS  This was the end result of WOYWW?  


Monday 29 August 2011

Three Little Boys

These are three cards which I've made for one grand-nephew and the grandsons of two friends all of whom have birthdays between now and Christmas.  I'm not very inventive when it comes to male cards of any age so if I tend to batch make when I can.  This easel card is decorated with papers and images from two Cuddly Buddly downloads - A Patchwork of Papers Blue and Teddy Bear's Playtime 2.  The teddy is decoupaged and the embellishments on the card were made using circle and daisy punches, a Quickutz shield die and a Go Kreate Happy Birthday die.  I've personalised the cards with their initials and age using peel-offs.

I'd like to enter these cards in the following challenges

Thanks for reading 
Liz x

Friday 26 August 2011

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Week 165 - Shabby Chic

This is my entry to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week where the style requested was Shabby Chic and it's also the result of the bits and pieces that were on my table for WOYWW?.  I've never really tried this style before as I quite like to have everything clean straight and uncrumpled but as I enjoy the challenges I wanted to have a dabble.  I'm now having one of those rare moments where I'm actually going to be reluctant to part with this card and let it wing it's way to Wales. I'm happy that it's for a special birthday though and hopefully Rachel will keep it with all her other eighteenth birthday mementos.  It seems no time since she was a tiny baby and here she is ready to set out to university.  Good luck with your studies Rachel.

The stamped image I've used for this one is Bountiful (4065K) and I've coloured it with Promarkers.  I got a bit adventurous with my colouring this time as I usually follow the colours on the back of the stamp. I'm not very good at deciding on colour, and then how to shade without an example to follow, but as I had decided to use pink and chocolate as a colour theme then I had to break out of this comfort zone.  The stamped sentiment is from Hero Arts.

The spotted backing papers were from Kanban and the chocolate pearlescent card from the Papeterie.  The larger flowers and daisies were made using diecuts and puches and the roses, rosebuds and sequin flowers were from my stash although I have to confess that I bought the chocolate roses especially from Wild Orchid Crafts and they arrived yesterday just in time to be included.  Here's a close up of the corner arrangement.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges

Thanks for reading
Liz x

Thursday 25 August 2011

Another Page

On Tuesday evening I met up with the Crafting Bee at Carol's house for a scrapbooking session.   Linda had found us another page sketch to work from in the August selections of Page Maps.

I'd still got all the bits and pieces left out from our last session, as I had intended to make another page to add to my book, but as per usual cardmaking had got in the way so this was the opportunity to finish off what I'd started.  Ruth was continuing to scrapbook her daughter's eighteenth birthday photos, Linda's eldest son had started school the previous week so she was marking that occasion with a page and Ann was the most industrious and made two pages about her grandchildren.  Carol was in full swing with her card making and continued with that.  Again she made two cards and they were sh.....  (I'll say it quietly) Christmas ones.

I didn't stick completely to the sketch but turned it on it's side and tweeked the embellishments so that I could fit in three photos instead of the suggested two. This is the result of my night's work and I'm delighted to have made another entry for my scrapbook.  Hopefully over the two pages I have conveyed the fun Ian had at Hallowe'en and his love of Harry Potter.  I just need to keep the momentum going now.  I think I caused a bit of amusement as I was measuring very carefully to get everything placed where I wanted it to go.  Everybody has their own little quirks and that just happens to be mine.

And here's the first page I made at our previous session.

I'd like to enter this page into the following challenges

Thanks for reading
Liz x