Thursday, 19 May 2011

Saving Daisy Raffle

Good morning, just a quick post to let you know about an amazing fundraising event on at the moment. My friend Kirsty is arranging a HUGE (got to be seen to be believed!) craft raffle to help a fellow crafter to save her dog. For full details of the story, and ways to take part, read here.
Hope you can help!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Waltzingmouse Blog waltz - Masculine Thank you card

Why, hello there!
Welcome to May's waltzingmouse blog waltz, with the theme Masculine!
I had to make two thank you cards for the engineers who have been helping my 6th formers with a project, so this seemed to be the perfect masculine card to focus on.
As with all blog waltzes, waltzingmouse stamps are a necessity and so I used my teeny trees stamps! The swirly tree seemed like a good starting point, and I had the idea to do them in rows, and then do one of them a contrasting colour. I used my rolling ruler to mark out a grid for the circles, and then I stamped cracked sapphire distress ink onto kraft card - i.e the inside of a cereal box!
Here you can see I left a gap for my contrasting circle, and using a strip cut from a post-it note I masked off a place for the sentiment. I used clear ink and stamped the circle, and then also just the 'thanks' from the 'give thanks' stamp in the middle. I used silver embossing powder on this to really make it pop.

Finally I cut out the card to fit a 5" square white card.

This was a really quick, but effective card, and I enjoyed using the swirly stamp as a background stamp for the first time!
I hope you like it!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Quick baby card

So today I have a very quick card. One of our church friends had a beautiful baby girl a couple of weeks ago, and so I was making a little card. I have made SO many baby cards, and no two are ever alike, and this one if definately unique because it doesn't feature any stars!!
I started by embossing some white card with CB Baby embossing folder. I also embossed a labels 4 die cut with a Special Touch mask. I saw a great tutorial over at ikkis cuttlebug cupboard to do this, you can see it here.
I used some pink ink to highlight the embossing, and then added some chipboard letters to spell the baby name. Some pink ribbon, and layered onto pink card and then onto an A5 white card and you're done! Quick and effective. I'm excited to see what other nesties I can emboss with my Special touch masks! I'm already thinking circle nesties and circles mask!Hope you're inspired to!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Union Jack bunting template

Well here in the UK we've had an extremely long weekend due to the Royal wedding on friday and also today being May day(another bank holiday!). We had a very laid back friday! We got dressed up in our finery and I decorated the lounge with bunting and paperchains. I bought a flag for the monkey, but he only managed to have it for 5 minutes before he broke it and then started to assault people with the stick!!

Here he is with his flag and his smart jacket. He appears to be missing a sock too!
We watched the wedding with grape juice in hand and then afterwards ate an english picnic lunch of sandwiches and scones!-and my patriotic cupcakes!
I made my bunting, having been inspired by all the banner dies and stamps around at the moment!
I started by trying to find a union jack outline...and couldn't, so resorted to my trusty Digital Scrapbook artist, which is my version of photoshop!
 I then cropped it to be banner shaped, and printed off a few copies.
I couldn't decide if I should use my promarkers, or pencil, so I did both! I decided that I prefered the promarkers for this, so printed off 6 more and coloured them too.

I used my trimmer with its wavy blade to cut them out, and stuck them to some cream card. After punching out the corners I tied with small amounts of navy blue and white ribbon!
They look super cute on the mantle piece!!!

Feel free to use my union jack image and the banner templates!