Friday, June 06, 2008


Got up early this morning - 5:15 as Carys had to be in school for 5:45 in order to go to France to have a school dinner. She has been practicing "je ne mange pas de viande" so hopefully will get a vegetarian meal. She became a veggie about 6 months ago - which means the boys rarely get any meat either now! I stayed up and played with my new Stampin Up goodies that I ordered from my lovely friend RachelB. Maybe it was cos it was too early in the morning but so far I have
  • failed to get the stampamajig thing to work
  • failed to stamp the little flower centres into the little flower stamps of the rather lovely 3 for you punch set
  • used a WHOLE sheet of whisper white to make one lousy card.
However the whisper white cardstock is just fantastic compared to the cheapy stuff I have been using, now if only I could stamp better I night be getting somewhere!

Soooooo onto cards that I have made - and using stamps and everything. It is Daring Cardmaker day - woo hoo! And this challenge was set by our honourable leader and founder - Jane in NZ.
Jane this week has dared us all to include a quote on our card. Stamped, Computer Generated or Rub Ons it doesn't matter and choose your own style or occassion.
My card looks a lot like this
You would not believe how long this simple card took to make. Lets just say that geometry is not my forte. The papers are from an old Self Addressed kit. Although I stopped buying them a few months ago in order to cut down on my craft spending (hah!) I'm sorry to see them go as they were always brilliant kits. I've got plenty left to use up mind!
The image is a StampingBella, mostly coloured in with the Works watercolours. The computer journalling is done with Journalling Hand (again) one of my faves. The cute little buttons are from, um, a shop. (Just as well I don't submit to card making mags!). The flowers are prima and the brads from Crafts by Carolyn, which now I come to think about it may be where the buttons came from too!

Here is a close up of the dimensional aspect of the card

I've been making cards with my "scary" Tildas again. (Most of the family scream in horror whnen I proudly show them off) And made cards not just with the ones I have already coloured in (as my first efforts were not so good yet I can't bring myself to throw them away...) but stamped and coloured new ones. Oh yes.
Here is an example of old colouring - using some Basic Grey Gypsy paper
Hmmm I used a sketch for this but can't remember where from right now (I'm tired see)
This is another pattern on the inside card using MM Noteworthy paper and prima flowers. I'm sure you are all delighted to know that I have now got the knack of using scalloped scissors - it is harder when you are left handed you know... the lovely ribbon thready thing (technical term there) was a gift from my mate Glynis

Now I really must get on with loads and loads of work and try not to fall asleep whil I............zzzzzzzzzzzz


Jo said...

I think that your stamping is amazing - notice that I said that the stamping was amazing, not the stamps, still reserving judgement on them.... but.... you have made gorgeous cards :)... oh and you should submit to card making mags. (so there)

jo xx :)

Kathy said...

I'm with Jo on the Tildas - you do a fab job with the stamping, and you make wonderful cards - always. But those little creatures really aren't my cup of tea. On the other hand, any card you sent to me would be treasured even with the Mouthless One on

Love you DCM card and the quote is perfect for new parents - great colours too.

Hope Carys enjoys her trip and hope you get those stamping issues sorted soon!

Hazel said...

I love the bella stamp and the quote on the baby card - perfect! I still reserve judgment about Tilda, but love the way you've used her - and the colouring is ace - love the boots!

Esther said...

OOoo I do love the mag stamps... I think they are very cute, bit like marmite in the craft world I ssuppose! I love the BG gypsy paper, i got a sample of it once and loved it ever since, loving that turquose and pink one too! Oh was the word you were looking for buckle?! for the ribbon thingy?

Rachel said...

Awww Lythan - stampamajig is easy peasy - WHEN YOU KNOW HOW - wanna demo???

Will see if I can find something on line - I think our friend starofmay has one which made me buy it


Rachel said...

Here you go