Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A quick Mother's Day card

...for my mum, who is coming to spend the weekend with us. She does not like fuss so it is a real clean and simple card: a flowery embossed background, a ribbon and some mulberry tissue.
Since there are many Mother's Day challenges I take the opportunity and enter a couple:
Crafts your Days away, Pear Tree DesignsOne Stitch at a Time -  Mother's Day
My time to craft - Mum is the word
Cupcake crafts - Flowers for mum
Woodware USA - Clean and Simple

Have a good one!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Heart pendant

I was telling you the other day that I'd won Heloise's giveaway and I was thrilled! Well, I was even more excited when her package arrived on Friday. Check this out:

Heloise wrapped this beautiful fabric pendant with handmade paper and a collage tag - all so stunning!
I can't wait to wear it!

Thanks Heloise! x

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Good evening!
My card today is for a blog-friend, who celebrates her birthday this weekend.
It is very purple, so it enters 2 monochromatic challenges: Cupcake Crafts and Ladybug Crafts Ink.
Other challenges:
Pear Tree Designs - Happy Birthday
Passion for Promarkers - In the Garden
Crafty Creations - In stitches
The ABC challenge - Q is for Quilting/sewing
Crafts and Me - Anythign goes

I coloured the image with 6 different shades of purple (Letraset Promarkers); the backing "quilt" is from the Capsule Collection (Docrafts); gems, candy and ribbon from my own stash.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lucky me!

If you, like me, are into fabrics and altered items, you should defenitely check out Heloise's blog. This lady makes some cool stuff!!! Her 2011 project is to make a notebook per week -  with recycled material, felt, linen, paper, etc. Truly amazing creations! But there's more - she also makes brooches and all sort of jewellery.
And why am I lucky? I hear you saying... well, only recently Heloise had a giveaway and I won one of her pieces!!! The Irish luck on St Patrick's Day ;-) I can't tell you how eagerly I am waiting for the postman every day! :-)
Don't forget to go and have a look at Heloise's beautiful work.

Monday, March 21, 2011

OLL challenge #76: Mother's Day

Good morning
This fortnight over at Ooh La la we are celebrating Mother's Day.

For my easel card I used this beautiful floral topper and backing papers from the Silhouette CD. Purple gems, card candy and flower from my stash; Diamond Stickles; Nellie's oval frame; the sentiment was computer generated.

Check the OLL DT for more ideas!

Onto some challenges now:
Nadia's Challenge - Flowers
Crafty Catz - Mother's Day
Die Cut Dreams - Mother's Day
Crafty Creations - Mother's Day
Stampin' for the weekend - For Mum
Crafts your Days away - For Mum
Easy Craft Projects - For Mum
Bee Crafty - Spring Florals

Have a nice week!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

St Patrick's Card

Only a few days to St Patrick's. My son is off school for the whole week, believe it or not! [Sigh] Seriously, I got the wrong profession ;-)  Two years ago we went into town to see the St Patrick's Parade but we only got to see a bit of it - between crowds of people, a tired child and the cold weather we called it a day 1 hour later. This year, with a 3 month old baby I don't think we will be going.
Anyhow, here's a quick card I made to mark the occasion. Not that I will be sending it to anyone, to be honest, but it has to be done, right? The card is my usual CAS style, just the way I like it ;-) The digital sentiment is from Meljen's Designs and the image from WMS, coloured with Letraset Promarkers.
There are many related challenges at the moment and my card enters only a few:
Penny's Paper Crafts - Going for the Green
DYSU - Just green it!
Sassy Studio - Green
CES Challenge - St Patrick/ good luck
Scrappy Frogs - Good luck
Easy Craft Projects - Green
Corrosive Challenge - Going green
Paper Cutz - St Patrick's
Making it with Meslyn - Lucky St Patrick
The Shabby Tea Room - The luck of the Irish

Earthling Birthday Card

Here's a birthday card for my partner's nephew. The boy is big into martial arts but I have made so many cards with this theme for him over the last couple of years that I thought I would try something different. He is turning 8 - you don't think the alien/robot theme is too childish for him, do you? Honest opinions, please :-)
All the backing papers are digis from Papercrafts Inspirations, and so is the alien; sentiment created in MS Office Word; circle Nestabilities.
I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Birthday
Creative Craft World - Card for a male
FairyTale - Children
Stamping Vacation - No flowers
Creative Card Crew - No flowers
Simon Says - ANything goes
Send a Smile 4 kids - Anything goes
Paper Playtime - Anything goes

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

On the fussy side...

Good afternoon
I just finished 2 birthday cards. These two cards are a bit on the fussy side for me. Fussy is not usually my style or preference, but I decided to give it a go, for a change. I love the papers (from PaperCrafts Inspirations) and the cute images, so in general I am not unhappy with the final cards. They are for friends of my son, twin girls, who turn 6 this weekend. I hope you like them.
Onto some challenges:
Craft your Passion - Anything goes
Alphabet challenge - R is for Ribbon
4 Crafty Chicks - Stitching
Card Making Mamas - Something green
Aly's Sunday - Anything goes
Card Cupids - Anything goes
Digis with Attitude - Anything goes
Catch the Bug - Anything goes

Stylish Blogger Award

My dear friend Wendy nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award. Thanks Wends, what an honour!!
These are the rules:
1 - Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award (Wendy)

2 - Share 7 random things about yourself (my life is reeeeeaaaally boring, seriously, you don't want to know!)
3 – Award 7 recently discovered bloggers with this award (Since I am discovering new amazing blogs every day I would not know where to start so I will let you help yourself :-))
4 – Let them know so that they can pass on the recognition

Monday, March 7, 2011

OLL challenge #75: A card for a man

Good morning and welcome to another OLL challenge!
This fortnight we are looking for Man cards.
I don't know you, but masculine cards are my least favourite type of cards - it is always such a challenge to find the right image or embellishments or colours - not too girly, not too colourful, not too fussy. But this time I used one of OLL CDs and I am happy with the result.
Blue base card; backing paper and topper from the Watercolour Memories CD; the birthday sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp; ther rest from my stash.
If you, like me, struggle to come up with ideas for man's cards, have a look at the OLL site for more inspiration and great designs!

Onto some challenges:
Crafty Ann - Birthday card
Fun with Shapes and More - Happy Birthday
Creative Craft World - For a male
Stamp Something - Use a digi
Kraftin'Kimmie - Twine or floss
Paper Sundaes - Stripes

Have a nice week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flirty Purse Mini Album

For the last couple of days I had an urge to use chocolate brown and pink colours in my creations. I am not mad, this happens often in my head and it is a good sign of inspiration :-) The initial idea when I got crafting yesterday was to make a (yet another) square, girly card using this colour combo but in a strange twist my card developed into a mini album for my baby daughter - I am planning to use this little Flirty Purse to keep photos of her first spring in this world. She is growing so quickly!
I managed to finish most of the mini album yesterday afternoon, while she was sleeping. She had had a bad morning (I wonder if she will start teething soon?) so she slept for 5 hours in the afternoon, very unusual for her!!! Needless to say I made the most of that time crafting :-)
I take photos of my baby daughter nearly every day, and the ones I will take in the coming weeks, while going for walks in the park and enjoying the first signs of spring, will go into this album. I had fun making this little purse, I hope you like it too.
I used Marie Stone's pink and brown digital paper, as well as Bearly Mine Designs'; the pink brads, the brown flowers, the twine and the spotty ribbon are from my stash; the image coloured with Letraset Promarkers and paper pieced with the BMD paper.

 Some challenges:
Cupcake Craft - Anything but square
Pear Tree Design - Ribbon
Fussy and Fancy - Paper piecing and embossing
Totally Papercraft - Paper piecing
Stamp Something - Flowers
Stampin' B's - Flowers
Crazy 4 challenges - Flowers
One Stop Challenges - Spring flowers
Ladybug Crafts - Stitching
I love Promarkers - Stitching
Craft your Passion - Girly girl
Wild Orchid - Anything goes
Paper Playtime - Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes