Monday, 21 February 2011

Spring has definitely sprung!

Hello is so mild and's great to see. My brief for a card for a man was music and flowers so my thoughts went to Roses in Bloom by Waltzingmouse....tried these roses and no matter what I did with the music and the flowers together didn't suit a man......didn't want to go down the pastel delicate road as that might have been worse so these watercoloured roses (by no means perfect mind you - I see lots of mistakes in the petals...but sure no flower is absolutely perfect? hey, who am I trying to kid here! LOL!) were used for this general card to use myself. Of course the rose stamps are Waltzingmouse as is the sentiment from 'Frame it' The tag is Spellbinders from way back when - it's sort of useless in a way as the centre comes out of it too....I ran the edge of the inner piece around a Staz-on Red (Blazing Red?) ink pad and set it back in again, secured the back and then stamped on the sentiment. So where to go now with the 'proper card'? Hmmmmm
The music I paired down....stamped this Hero Arts flower meadow in antique white by Ranger (takes an awful long time to emboss!) and cut higgledy piggeldy around the top of the flowers and grasses......wrote the greeting in Dr Martin's bleedproof white ink (great density of white. Cut out the numbers in the Cuttlebug and hopefully this fits the bill for a man rather than the roses. Now what do you folks make of all of this....critique please....honesty please......what else could I have done? All comments and suggestions welcomed.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

And there's more!

Well, I didn't think I'd be posting so soon again but went to make another card and you know what happens when you get a new die....for a while you will use and use it! This card uses two of the dies cut outs adhered to the card just as they are and the second layer is pop-dotted to give dimension. Then I used part of a corsage which has been in the drawer for a long no hand made flowers for those ribbon challenged! I am simply going to write the ladies name on the card straight off as I feel there is quite enough going on here. One of the photos shows the die in close up.
Now, back to work!
(You may be wondering just why so much production is going on today...simple answer - DH is away at a Ploughing Match - all day - and then the group are going out for a meal afterwards so complete peace and quiet hereabouts!!)

Marianne's Creatibles Dies

Hello and Good Morning everyone especially the folks from the Gingerwood Board where we are having a thread on these dies.
This photo is too light but I just wanted to show how I used this particular 'leaf branch' on this card. I have had to cover up the personal details on the front as this card is only being collected today and I don't like to post something which has not as yet been given to the recipient.
I like how the leaf branch is making a lovely 'swirl' at the top and the bottom of the card...I've also trimmed a couple of them to fill in as well. I have not adhered all of the leaves down...I like to see them kind of natural looking which brings more life to the arrangement...they are fiddly to work with mind you but I do like the look...think you've got the idea that I really like this!!! The flowers are made with cream jacquard ribbon (Offray) and an organza pink centre. It is presented in a cream box with two gold sprays of leaves and in a tissue lined gift bag with more sprays on the bag.
Until next time take care!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Spring has sprung over here!

Hello everyone....Spring has arrived here - a wonderful mild day and it's lovely to be out and about. Here is a little card I made last night. The images are from PTI and the flower image was given to me by my stamping friend in Coleraine....the gingham ribbon is from my's always in fashion with me but gingham is very much high fashion stampingwise at the moment.
I've been cleaning my cling stamps and reviving their 'cling' with alcohol - lovely to get them tidied up...with little stamps being found in the wrong case does that happen LOL!!
I'm off to search for buttons on line....for a cardigan which has gold showy ones and I'd like to have black classy ones which are not to be found in our shop in town!
Take care until I pop into your mailbox again!