Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Antipodean Wedding Card

I made this card for a friend whose sister is getting married on December 1st on Hamilton Island in Australia (the one from Murial's Wedding).  I made a box card, with a picture of the love heart reef which is just off Hamilton Island as the background image, a Magnolia arbour stamped and cut out as the middle ground, and an Elzybels bride and groom stamped a cut out on the frame in the foreground.   I used my new copic sketch colours from the 0000 range - the more 0's the paler the colour - perfect for snow and wedding dresses!  I stamped extra flowers from the Magnolia arbour and stuck them over a MarianneD swirl.  The side view below shows the layers a little clearer.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Woofs and Paws

It was my friends birthday last week and she owns an adorable little whippet who looks exactly like the whippet on this card I made for her.  I found the rubber stamp on eBay over the summer and bought it in preparation as I just knew she'd love it.

I stamped and coloured with copics, added glossy accents for a nice shiny nose, and mounted onto Die Cuts With a View papers from their Pet stack.  A craftwork cards sentiment tinted with distress inks and a bone ribbon rosette finishes it off.

As I knew she would love the image so much, I decided to make her a set of note cards as a gift.  I made a simple folder, covered it and added ribbon ties and a gorgeous sentiment stamp from Stempelglede stamps mounted using a nestabilities lables die.  (Actually, I should confess, I got my husband to do the measuring for the folder - I just cut it out!)

I used the same paper inside and yes, putting the flowers upside down WAS a deliberate mistake  ;-)

I then made 6 A6 notelet cards, same image but stamped on brown as I didn't have time to colour them all in, with the same bone ribbon as an accent.    Simple and elegant.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

50th Birthday

Not a lot of text today as I've been either in bed or on the sofa since Sunday with the dreaded lurgy and today I'm channelling Phyllis from Corrie with my growly voice!

However, last week was a busy week from a crafting point of view as it was a friends 50th and I made her a jewellery gift and a tower of cupcakes for her party.  The cupcakes were somewhat of a marathon, especially in my tiny kitchen, so I had to put up my culinary paste table to hold all 120 of them....

I made 3 flavours - coconut and raspberry with malibu american frosting, chocolate with chocolate ganache and my personal favourite, caramel mud cakes with baileys toffee cream frosting.  I topped the whole tower off with the birthday girls favourite flavour in cake form - lemon with lemon curd cream cheese frosting.

As these were special cakes, for a special birthday, I wanted to decorate them in a style to suit the party girl, so I  made sparkly pink glittered stars, black glittered 50's and disco glittered cocktail glasses.  All made out of fondant, painted with edible glitter and some extra glitter on top for added birthday sparkle!

Unfortunately, the birthday girl herself didn't make it to her party as she was unwell, but the cakes went down well with the guests and family took some home for my friend.

She's a bit of a jewellery fiend, and liked the last necklace we made at jewellery class, so I adapted the design and made it in pink and silver, along with a matching charm style bracelet.  Hopefully she'll be well enough to party soon and give them an outing.  Happy 50th and get well soon xxx

Monday, 1 November 2010

Halloween Challenge

A bit late I know, but after chatting to Lynne at the Craft Den on Saturday (whilst ordering my cricut - and yes am very excited!) she asked if I'd be joining in with the challenge again this week over at Anything Goes Challenge, and I said I wouldn't because I don't have any "halloween" images to colour as we don't really do much for it with not having kids in the family.  However, a challenge is a challenge, and  I don't like to back down, so - I came up with a little beaded spider - not very ghoulish, but turned out quite cute ;-)

You can hang it by its head and turn it into a pendant, or I think it would make a very nice ring, or maybe a brooch, and could be made smaller to turn into earrings.
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