For Siobhan

Siobhan is the lady who kicked this filthy habit of mine off (yeah, it’s murder trying to wash some ink brands off your fingers !!) She is one TALENTED lady. You have probably seen her work if you get  the Making Cards magazine – I always find the cards I adore and want to make NOW are her designs. She also ran a little treasure trove called Stampaholics in Perth. I say ran, because in a month’s time, the shop closes. It’s kinda the end of an era for me. 

I decided to make her a card because I wanted to let her know what a big door she opened in my life. She’s the kind of lady who will laugh at all this and probably think I’m being a drama queen ( moi? ) but it was a door that let light into some very dark times of my life. Anyhow, here it is:

 

* Frame stamps are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry

* Poem is from PSX ( sorry, no longer exists 😦 )

I hope she likes it.

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APFP challenge

The latest challenge over at A Passion For Papertrey is a photo inspiration. Well, this is a first for me as I’ve never done a card from a photo and I was a wee bit concerned about what exactly is required…

..but here’s what I came up with !

I took the colours and the shapes from the photo – I hope this fits the bill !

* Sentiment is Papertey Ink’s Year of Flowers: Roses 

* Hearts are ? Sorry – I bought them a long time ago. They are stamped in white ink and embossed with a Stewart Gill embossing powder which seems to no longer exist ( neither does both of the inks I used !! – not much help, eh ?)

I think this’ll be the valentine card for DH as the sentiment is really appropriate, particularly right now when I am having a few health problems. Hate being ill, LOVE DH.

Wanna see my mess ??

This is what 136 cards looks like.

All hand-stamped.

All cellophane packaged.

All labelled.

Eek.

Big “outta the comfort zone” leap

This card started specifically with “I must use these orangey cards…” and ended up as this…

It’s pretty much a stright CASE of Melissa Bickford’s Get Sketchy challenge card taken down a level ( c’mon, she’s a PTI designer – I’m not !!!)

I’m entering this for the new A Passion for Papertrey challenge because this is so far out of my comfort zone I’m not sure I like it. I think it works, but I’m not in love with it … Reasons?

1. It’s orange. No white or cream or restful colours. Orange. Orange and brown. Orange.

2. Woodgrain textured backing. Hmmm…. woodgrain… hmmmm….

3. Mixey-mixey stamps. We have Elzybells ( birdhouses ) Stampin’ Up (sentiment) and Papertrey Ink (ticket stuff)

Oh – kay….. Yeah, I still think it works but….

Anyhow, here’s the deets: stamps as above, embossing folder – Craft Concepts.

Orange…. the only colour of inkpad I don’t own…. hmmmmm….

This is for the box. Yeah, we have a MISSION to get that back on trck before half-term. I have our dining table covered with all the cards I’ve made for the box and spotted a few gaps. Some nice stuff though – I’d buy ’em ! …and these orange cards. Hmmmmm…..

Comfort, comfort my people…

As I mentioned in an earlier post, every New Year seems to be tempered with sadness, and, although my family haven’t been directly touched this year, I know of two families that are carrying the burdens of cancer into the hopefulness of this season. I know the pain of this – five years ago, my mother-in-law’s brief remission ended and we faced a terminal diagnosis alongside her. There were several songs that broke through my personal grief to comfort me, one of which was this song “Jesus, Draw Me ever Closer” ( Becker/Getty) For me, it turns back the “Why, God?” question. For me, with my death of my mother-in-law, this is a journey I still walk. For me, it encapsulates the meaning of faith through gritted teeth and tear-filled eyes. I post the video below for those of you who are facing your own long, long journeys.

Oh, the summertime is comin’….

Eventually.

Although it’s -6′ out there right now.

And the ice hasn’t lifted for over a month.

Oh…kay….

But I just loved this Ocean Butterfly Impression Obsession stamp. I white- resist-embossed it, them distress inked it with a variety of colors before flicking it with water . The base card is spritzed with a selection of Blue Glimmer Mists, and the embellishment is a scrap of wool twisted round a broken Starbucks coffee stirrer !!

This blog post’s title refers to one of my all time favourite songs, the Silencers Wild Mountain Thyme – embedded here for you pleasure ( video does not really do Scotland justice – although the clothing is somewhat representative of the summer climate !)

Woo – hoo ! Cocktails !

Birthday cocktails!!!

I have loved this stamp ( and the others in this vein) ever since I saw them over on the Impression Obsession site. And I don’t drink… just sooo cute !!

* main image is Impression Obsession’s Birthday Martini

* sentiment is Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Picnic

* bubbles on dark pink mat are en Elzybells, sparkle embossed.

I also stickled the ‘liquid’ in the glass to make it a bit more sparkly.

This was made for a colleague who turned 60 yesterday – but it is so her !

Thank you cards

If you remember here, I like to make thank-you cards for the children who give me gifts for Christmas – I really do appreciate it!

Here’s this years…  

Yup, it’s VERY similar in bone structure to the birthday card below – when you need to make lots, keep it simple !!

* background inks are Distress Tumbled Glas and Shabby Shutters

* Image is Hero Arts Thank You Tree

* all else is stash !

As I was making them, I realised that the text was a bit fancy for my wee ones to read – oh dear ! They’ll get the message though !

Do these qualify as “vintage”??

Seriously, it’s about as close as I’ll ever get !

* Background paper is K &Co from a long long time ago

* Die is Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 4 edged with Tim Holtz Tea-dye Distress Ink

* Cups are a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine, paper pieced from the co-ordinating paper to the background.

* sentiment is PTI Vintage Picnic

The whole card is COMPLETELY CASE’d from Katie Bell at Craft Stamper. I just loved it. So I made it !!

Beep-Beep, Beep-Beep, DRIVE !!!

I have quite a few cards to share with you over the coming days – I had a wee bit of time to play before the schools went back yesterday, and I spent a LOT of it organising my stamps ( I organise my images by stamping them in a A4 folder – and I stamped around 200 seperate images over couple of days. Oops….) This is obviously a well loved oldie and was inspired by the A Passion For Papertrey challenge – using background stamp sets ( or making your own !!)  When I read that, this card popped into my head ! It is, of course, Papertrey Ink’s Enjoy the Ride ! I think this is my best used set ! It was also SUPER easy !!

Anyhow, gotta go make thank-you cards now! Check in later for a few more 2011 cards !

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