Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baseball Fan?

I put together another baseball card for a friend at work. The challenge was "make a baseball themed card for a young man's birthday".

I am always frightened by masculine cards, no frilly, frou-frou bits, no girlie colours. Yikes! So add baseball onto that and I'm pretty much completely out of my comfort zone. Those who know me, know I don't do sports, not English sports and certainly not American sports. I don't get that whole "thing" ... so you see my challenge. So after googling images of baseballs and bats, I came up with this. For a non-sporting, non-masculine card maker, I think I did OK!

I wanted to personalise this one for Conner so added the C. The ball and the bat are pretty self explanatory. I free-hand drew the bat and but it out to make a template. Then I used the woodgrain background stamp to make it 'woody' and my dear friend and fellow demo Yvonne Newborn suggested I use Crystal Effects to make the wood shine. GENIUS! Thanks, Yvonne. After the monogram and the sports equipment I was a little lost, but suddenly thought of tickets to the game and a greeting. Love how this turned out. I hope he liked it too ....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Club Projects

A quick post before work ~ here are the projects my Club girls worked on last night. I wanted to showcase this gorgeous 'watercolour wonder' designer series paper. Isn't it gorgeous? The card was very simple (inspired by a card I pinned by Margaret Raeburn). Of course, now I have the nifty envelope punch board, we had to have a matching one of those ;)

Here's a closer look at that glorious designer paper. Isn't it lovely?

Then I wanted to share a pop up 'card in a box'. I had to keep it pretty simple due to time constrictions, but this one turned out just right! Black and Vanilla designer series paper and a tea-themed stamp set. My favourite!

This particular group of club girls have stuck with me over the past few months which have been a trial to say the least! They kept my small SU business going, making sure I had orders when I really wasn't 'giving' anything back to them. It means so much to me that some of them stuck with me through the hard times.

Thank you Club Girls for making it fun!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Easter Cards

Here are some Easter cards I made for a friend at work. So nice to be able to make something for Spring!

The cross was made using Stampin' Up's lattice die.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

For a Tigers Fan

A friend of mine lost his Mother a few weeks ago and it's her birthday on the 19th. He had commissioned me to make her a Tigers Baseball themed card. I was worried about it, I am  not a sport's fan and having lived in America for over 10 years, I totally GET the fanaticism of the Detroit Tigers fans!

He asked me to continue with the commission after her death so that he can mark her birthday with something special. OK, talk about pressure!!! I wanted something feminine, but with a 100% Tiger's theme. My friend Patty reminded me that Tigers' colours are Orange and Navy so armed with that information, I started to play. Here's what I came up with.

I thought it was time I made another one of my Bendy Fold Cards. The tutorial is in the side bar. Splicoast also made a tutorial which can be found here.
Stamps : Retired Daisy Wheel
Ink : Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand
Cardstock : Wild Wasabi, Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie, Shimmery White
Accessories : Petite Petals Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Typeset Alphabet Die, Real Red Marker

21st Pop Up Box Card

I had a commission to make a 21st "pink" Pop Up Box card. This could never go in the post ... that flower on the front is huge :)

Flower Shop Stamp Set & Matching Punch
Spiral Flower Die & Big Shot
Pink Pirouette & Strawberry Slush Cardstocks and Inks

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Projects

There's no editing on these photos, it's really late and I should really be in bed. Just wanted to share 3 projects I've pulled together for stamping with some friends tomorrow night. Looking forward to time with my girls. Here's what we're making.

Special thanks for inspiration from Sharon Graham for the CAS Masculine Card, Mary Fish for the 3x3 card & matching envelope and Tanya Bell "Stamping T" for the video on how to make the card using the Tag Topper Closure.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Floral Fence

My sister had a lovely birthday and her paper flowers and butterfly frame made it across the Atlantic to the Channel Islands. Phew!

Here's a card I made this weekend for a new venture I'm embarking on with 2 friends, Barb and Yvonne. It was rather time consuming to make, but worth it :)

More of our creations can be found in our Etsy store, "The Card Patch".