Tuesday 22 March 2011

Black Magic and Clarity Stamps ..... #2

Just added this one as well on Gold card!
 This card is sooooo easy to make !

Black and pink card-stock, a white PIGMENT Ink pad, a SOLID Image stamp.

I have used both sizes of the Clarity 'Leafy Swirls' stamp for this card.
( An out-line image stamp will give you nothing to colour in, you need the image to be solid 'White'.)

A heat gun because the ink MUST be dry, a few ordinary colouring pencils and finally a white gel pen.

Stamp the image with white ink onto the black card, dry with the heat gun.

Colour it with your pencils and 'highlight' what ever area you like with the white gel pen.

I also added a few 'dots' for extra 'interest'!

 Some flowers and a hat pin or two and 'Ding Dong!' job done .... I think this would make a super quick Mother's Day card .... what say you?

Thanks for looking today I am thrilled not only to have my 100th follower, thanks Carolyn, but also Cally too! so its 101 woohoo!

I am 'shouting out' today for Jill's Causeway Crafts   blog.
Please have a look at the most elegant cards that Jill makes ... super stuff!.

I will post my 'male' card when I can. I have lot's to do today and we are going shopping soon ... always 'good sport' when hubby is with me!

I am having some trouble with the 'male card so I need to do some 'amendments' to it !

See you soon
Thanks for popping by and also the great support I get when you leave me such lovely comments.  I love 'em!  X

Eileen x

Friday 11 March 2011

Thanks to Lavinia Stamps .... I Am a Winner!

Evening all,

I have had a super day today. First of all my crafty 'mate' Sheila came over to my house for a gossip and card making play-time!

While Sheila was here, the postman arrived with a parcel from Quick Cards Magazine with a whole bunch of Sheena Douglass 'A Little Bit Sketchy 'stamps! 72 quids worth!

I had won them when I entered a card making competition in the magazine,sponsored by Crafter's Companion who supplied the prizes. I was one of the winners, woo-hoo!

As one of my friends said on Facebook "you lucky little blogger!".

I was thrilled ... this is my winning card I have posted it before but I think it deserves another airing!!.

Thank you Quick Cards  Magazine and Crafter's Companion.

Lavina stamps, Adirondack Inks and my Speedball Brayer .... love them all!
Be back soon . Have a good weekend.

Shaz in Oz .. Be seeing your blog soon, I have not forgotten ... my internet connection keeps going down ! Every few minutes, driving me mad ! :(
Eileen x

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Fleur De Lis Pendant and Shapeabilities Cross Collection

Hello, I hope your week has been great so far.

I have really enjoyed my day. A DVD that I had ordered called 'the social network' arrived with the post this morning'. All about the founders of facebook.

I watched the film while I was cutting out the shapes from my Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant die. The die was a pain in the neck till I lightly sprayed some water on the card stock, it was hard to remove from the die until I remembered this trick!

I'm glad I had read the book first, 'The Accidental Billionaires' as this added to my enjoyment of the film, the book is full of details that the film has no time to explain and the screenplay is complex but fascinating.

Anyway..... back to this card!

The inspiration for this card came from this lady who has a  super blog!

I made the card that Irina had originally posted on the Spellbinders FB page last year as a wedding card, re posting it here again. I made the card in cream.

My new cards could, I think, be used for Easter or maybe sympathy or confirmation cards depending on the colours you use.

I used brown and gold mirror card for the card shown here . I also made one in Silver and Black but I've had terrible trouble getting a good image to show you, so I have posted two of brown card and 'part' of the Silver and Black.lol!

I cut and embossed eight of the small square image that is part of the
Fleur De Lis die and layered these on the card stock.
I then used the Classic Squares large Nestabilities to cut four squares each one in a different size and finally I cut and embossed each image of the entire Shapeabilities Cross Collection dies and layered them one on top of each other with foam pads.

Thanks for popping by today and I am 'shouting out' for this lovely blog from Lynn  Beautiful work ...you will enjoy looking!

Enjoy the rest of your week. It's going to be a few days till I post again because I have a ton of ironing to do and my lovely husband is dropping hints along the lines of 'Where's my shirts!..... awww bless 'im !
Eileen xx

Sunday 6 March 2011

Quickutz Presents Die and GooseBumps!

Hi, I hope you are having a great weekend.

March is busy card making month for me because so many members of my  family and some friends have birthdays during the next four weeks.

So I have made start on a couple of cards and this is a completed birthday card for my grandson,Ethan, who will be two this month..... his brother Finley will be one this month! Yes, my daughter has her hands full with her two small sons but seems to love every minute ! Rather her than me! lol 


I have coloured in The Hanglar Image with my Copic Markers and then added some shade with Polychromos Pencils.

I am really getting the hang of this sewing 'my card stock' lark, as you can see, there is a fair bit of stitching on this card. ( on the inside too!)

The corners are cut from Quickutz dies and the Presents are Quickutz as well.

I also ran the larger,red,corners through a Quickutz 'Goosebump' folder/die called 'Dots' It just gives the corner a little bit of texture.

The sentiment is a Stamp from the LOTV range.

Later,I am going to write some text and add foil to it on my 'Foil It' Machine for the message on the inside of my card.

I added some 'interest' to the card with a border using a Martha Stewart punch.

After a while I ran out of space on the card to 'fling' anymore stuff on too lol!

  So that's it, job done!

I find my mind is drifting away ( nothing new there then! ) from these OTT cards that I have been making and I am planning one that will be totally different .... please come back and have a look during the next few days!

Thanks for looking today and also for the lovely comments you keep leaving me .... very kind, I just love reading them, thanks again x

I am 'shouting out' for this smashing blog today Poppyspapercraftpatch Have a look, you won't be disappointed!

Eileen x

Wednesday 2 March 2011

Foil It Machine

Huh! Had this since Christmas ... not used it yet!
Trust me ....the fish is shiny!
Morning all ... I will post a card later today but I thought you may be interested in my Foil It Machine .... This was a Christmas present from my husband! I think he is a bit miffed cos I have not used it yet.....  not surprised, it seems I am a bit ungrateful  :(    but truthfully, I am so delighted with it and today I am going to play ..... I will let you know in a while how I get on.... see you later maybe....x

Yoo hoo... back again.

Well, I have had a great time.

Overall I am very pleased with the performance of the Foil It. It's very easy to use and the instructions are clear and easy to understand.

All the words shine when you catch the light right!
The machine comes with some sample foils and photocopied images to practice on. These 'foil up' very well indeed and look great. Also included is a CD that has 100 clip art images on, that you can download on to your lappy.

Any image printed on white paper, that I tried, worked well each time.

I typed some words and printed them out on white smooth 160gm paper and the effect was great. I have posted a picture ... it looks uneven because of the light but it is very good in 'real life!'

This looks lovely
You can only use images that are printed on a laser printer ( I nicked  my husbands!) or photocopies.

I wanted to see how the machine behaved on dark coloured card and paper .... well, not too good to begin with.
Some of my paper/ light card, had a slight texture and the foiling was patchy.... even on smooth dark paper/ card it did not seem to have much effect. The foiling was very poor.

So, reading the instructions again and with a cup of coffee and TWO Mr Kipling French Fancies (I have a weakness for them) I started to 'turn up' the heat!  Better results.... tried all different sorts of dark paper and some dark pearly stuff ....better and better results .... turn the heat up again  much better still .... so that's it really, you need to play and try different textures with your paper and  adjust your heat settings .... I am pleased with the machine and will use it a lot for my inserts .... I hope you find this post useful.

Enjoy the rest of your day. After more coffee and cake! I will be posting another card that I made a few days ago. Thanks for popping by.

 Eileen x

Tuesday 1 March 2011

Nestibilities Stars and a Quickutz Corner

Hello I'm back!
Last week went very quickly, all busy,busy,busy but I have made three cards to show you, two birthday cards for friends of friends and a Mothers Day card for one of my neighbour's daughters.

I am posting the first of the birthday cards today, with a 'taster' of the other cards to be posted tomorrow and Thursday.

After that I should be back on track with my blog and able to post more often .

This card is for my friend Ronnie's husband, Peter, who will be 75 on the 3rd March.

I have used various papers from my stash along with my new sewing machine! I love sewing as long as it's in a straight line and does not go on for too long cos I go into 'wobble' mode!

The Stamp is from the Hanglar range and I thought it was an ideal opportunity to use my Nestabilities Stars!

Male cards are always difficult to think up a design for but I really enjoyed making this card.

I coloured the 'young man' with Copic markers and Polychromos Pencils. I have co-ordinated the inside of my card to match and  I've made a box.... job done .... I hope Pete will like it

   I have included a couple of taster pictures of the two other cards I have made, so if you can, have a look tomorrow and Thursday when I post them 'proper' lol.

  I hope your week is going well and look forward  to seeing you again soon

Thanks for looking today x

BTW I like using Little Claire's stamps and  Mary  is on the design team for them .... have a look at her lovely blog ( hugs to Dougal, Mary !)

Eileen x