Sunday, 30 January 2011

Blue Tilda

After a bit of a worrying time with the rabbit... more of that later, I wanted a feel good day, so I had another play with my tilda stamp.

I chose pretty duck egg and green tea pro markers to colour her dress and then looked for the perfect backing paper.

I found one on the Artylicious Essence of Nature CD and a second one on the Artylicious Filigree Fusions CD, so used them both.

I got out the sewing machine and stitched around both pieces of backing paper and then added some guipure lace - this one was a market find.

I added some seam binding and flowers from wild orchid crafts, a couple of die cut flourishes by Marianne Creatables and a home made sentiment.

Much prettier than my usual makes. I hope you like it.

Gina x

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Pay it Forward

I've just signed up for this over at Lesley's blog.

The idea is to promote hand made. You send something hand made to the first five people that leave a comment on your Pay it Forward post, on condition that they too pledge to do the same and send something to the first five who comment on their blog.

A bit like a chain letter I think but you choose to sign up for it. The item has to be sent before the end of 2011, so it will be a real surprise when it arrives.

I've taken part in a few swaps now and its lovely to get something in the post that has been made for you, so I'm really looking forward to receiving whatever Lesley sends me.

Now comes the scary part... Will I get any comments? eek!!

Gina x

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Christmas Cracker

Its challenge time again over at Bah! Humbug! and I was really challenged again. The theme this week is 'cracker'. Of course, I had no stamps with crackers on or, indeed, anything 'crackerish' at all.

I had a few ideas and tried them out, but nothing worked. Eventually I went for simple bling and here it is. Its fairly late and so the glue hasn't dried properly as I take the photo.

The cracker is just three strips of glitter card joined with tissue paper. Two of the strips are edged with a Martha Stewart punch and the cracker is made 3 dimensional with foam pads. The gems are from Paperchase and the sentiment is home made using Publisher and glitter.

Another one for next year :-)

Gina x

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Wonderful day

Some of my friends at card club just love Magnolia Tilda and when Bhanu at sunrise crafts got some in stock, I just had to have a go.

I've sat her on a swing which was part of the digital download that Jak Heath has organised on behalf of Katie. You can get it by making a donation at help for Katie.

Assorted hand made and Prima flowers complete the card together with a home made sentiment.

I'm quite pleased with it for a first attempt.

Gina x

Thursday, 20 January 2011


I just thought I'd let you know that the draw for the Eazi-Scoreboard is still open over at ikki's cuttlebug cupboard. I haven't got one of these, though I have used one at card club and they are great for scoring and folding cards of all sizes.

Gina x

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Just made it

Well, its deadline day tomorrow over at the Bah! Humbug! challenge. It has come around so quickly, I almost didn't make it. This week's challenge is to use stencils and since I don't often use them, it was a big challenge for me. I eventually remembered a crown stencil I had picked up at the local garden centre. It was the only thing I had that was remotely festive, so it had to do. Here is my finished offerring.

Crown stencil by 'My Paper World' coloured in with an embossing pen and then embossed with gold embossing powder, though it doesn't look gold in the photo.

The card is coloured using Tim Holtz distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

The image is layered onto gold mirri card and then placed onto linen cardstock which has the edges distressed with vintage photo DI.

I'm really getting into the vintage look at the moment so I'm off to make some more flowers for a tag I'm working on.

Gina x

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Just a quickie

I haven't had much time this week, but I have got a couple of quick cards I made this weekend.
The first was for an ex work colleague of my husband.

He always calls her Barbie and so I made a personalised badge using publisher and then cut it out with my nesties.

It uses my favourite Marianne butterfly die, flourish and flower. The backing paper is Artylicious and ribbon and brad are from my stash.

This really was a quick make but I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

The morning was so beautiful today, it felt like spring was coming so I decided to make a card using spring colours.


The back ground paper is printed from the Artylicious Essence of Nature CD and the lily is from Elusive Images Flora and Fauna Theme plate coloured with pro markers.

I added a yellow background edged with a Martha Stewart edger punch, a ribbon and a sentiment made using publisher and it was done.

I hope the spring weather stays for a while and everyone manages to get out and about in the sunshine.


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Christmas Holly

Here is my card for the Bah-Humbug Challenge which can be found here.

The card uses the lovely Holly Tumble paper designed by the talented Glenda Waterworth.

The paper was available as a free download from here and here is the address of her blog too.

The wreath is made from punched petals and leaves mounted onto pearlescent card that is coloured with fired brick distress ink.

You can't see in the photo but there are images of pine cones on the facing panels. These were stamped in cranberry adirondack ink and embossed using clear embossing powder for a subtle look.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Taking the Plunge

Having spent so much time looking at craft blogs, I thought I woiuld start my own so that I can share my makes with you.

I'll start with a card I made recently using my cuttlebug.

I  enjoyed making this one.

The base card is coloured with Vintage Photo DI.
The dies are all Marianne Creatables.

Thank you for looking,