Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Mr & Mrs Leask's wedding card

Good afternoon everyone

I'm finally getting around to sharing with you the card I made for my cousin Colin and his beautiful wife Serena's wedding day.  Again, I chose to do a tealight candle card with the template being from Crafters Companion.

I tried to keep it very simple with 2 contrasting colours.  I wanted their names on there and the date of the wedding which I did.  When I was playing around with the 2 flowers I came across making the 2 ends to meet up into a love heart (not too bad for my first effort trying to keep the wire in a love heart shape).  I added peel offs around the edges to neaten the look up and finished off with some pearly bling and punched and embossed butterflies. 

Serena was absolutely delighted when she opened it.  I love these cards - it's a card and gift in one!  (I also kept the candles white sticking to the theme of a wedding obviously!).

Thank you for stopping to have a look.


Friday, 14 September 2012

Karoline's 21st Birthday Card

Good morning everyone,

Today I'm sharing with you a card I recently made for my brother's girlfriend Karoline's 21st birthday.

I used the free stamps in one of the recent issues of Creativity.  I used the flowers to stamps onto the card to give it a border, then used some old 'Hot of the Press' papers for the background.  I stamped the main girl image onto white card and also onto the same paper I used for the background and paper pieced her dress.  I thought it looked really effective with the dress matching the background paper.  I coloured her in with promarkers (I gave her brown hair too as Karoline's hair is brown).  To finish I added peel off border stickers and layered up flowers under the image and ontop to give it depth, added a Tulip range sentiment and some bling dots.  You can't really tell from the photo but glossy accents were also added to the cocktail glass to make it stand out more.

Thank you for stopping to have a look.

I would love to know what you think.



Sunday, 9 September 2012

First decopatch heart

Good evening all,

How are you all today?  Can't believe it's that time, almost time for Monday morning :( 

I thought I would share with you today my first decopatch item I have recently created, I bought this heart in a local craft shop Carole's Crafts after a demo that was held there.  Well it's simple - I'm now hooked!  Thank you Gill!  I also got the decopatch papers in Gill's shop as well.  When I finished it I varnished the heart and added some bling and ribbon on top to make it hang nicely.  The gems are the same on both sides of the heart.

I'm really pleased how this turned out.  Decopatch is surprisingly therapeutic - the next item I will show you is my decopatched letter 'L'...

Thank you for stopping to have a look, enjoy the rest of your evening.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Racing birthday card for Dean

Hello everyone

I am sharing with you today the birthday card I recently made for my little brother Dean who turned 23.

This was my first card I made with a digi stamp (from digi stamp boutique) and loved it.  I chose this image because Dean had put on a bet a few months ago and won.  What better image to use?!  I made the rosette from card (No.1 brother) and added ribbon to finish it off.  The image is coloured with promarkers and highlighted with a white gel pen (although I do feel I have gone over the top a bit with the highlighting...)  I wanted the card to stand out from the rest so made it into an easel card (needless to say he couldn't set it up when he opened it and I had to show him).  I added a border at the bottom for the folded part to stand against and added 'Happy Birthday Dean' and finished off with some blue dots and more ribbon.  I really like how this turned out and I think Dean was impressed too because he asked 'what website did you print that from?'  I said I coloured it myself - impressed!

I am entering this into the August 12 digstamp boutique challenge http://digistampboutique.blogspot.co.uk/p/august-12-customer-competition.html

Thank you for stopping and taking the time to have a look.


Monday, 20 August 2012

A special RSVP

Morning all! 

I thought I would quickly share with you a special RSVP that I recently made for a very special couple that are getting married next month - my cousin Colin and his beautiful fiance Serena.  Serena has been wedding planning galore so I thought I would make them something to keep and look back on (well I hope anyway) haha.  Just wait until you see my finished wedding card for them, I've got so much ideas that I can't choose.  Anyway I hope you like it.  Time is going so quick and I can't wait to get back up home for the wedding of the year!

Thank you for stopping to have a look.


Monday, 30 July 2012

Clarity scarescrow

Goooood moooooorning and happy Monday to you all.

I hope this week flys by because I can't wait until the weekend, although I've got a bit of crafting to do before then.

Today I'm showing you my card I made using my Clarity products.  I love the scarecrow image gently blowing in the breeze.  I kept along the same colour schemes (oranges and browns), I started with putting masking tape around the edges to the picture sat in the centre then I brayered the field in along with the sky and stamped the scarecrow and grass bushes in place.  I finished off the card with gold outline pen, matting and layering a small piece of raffia in the corner.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look.

Lou xx

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Commissioned ruby anniversary card

Good afternoon everyone,

How is your Sunday going?  I am having an incredibly lazy crafty Sunday (with help from Kerbey).  Today I thought I would share with you a recent Ruby Wedding Anniversary card that I got asked to make from a colleauge I used to work with.  She had seen another tea-light card that I made and had on my blog and requested one similar for this.  I instantly thought simplicity with a hint of red.  I'm very pleased as to how this turned out including the box envelope I made to go with it.

Thanks for stopping to have a look :)

Lou xx

Monday, 25 June 2012

2 commissioned birthday cards

Morning folks!

As promised here are the two cards I made for a colleague who I used to work with.  They were for her daughter Maya's 1st birthday, one from her and her husband, and one from her son titled to his sis.  They were 2 large A4 cards.  I did one easel card with a hello kitty theme and had a photo to put on it too.  The second one was personalised with a photo of Maya and her brother.  I loved doing these cards - pink, pink, pink and girly :)

I hope you like them.  Thank you for stopping by to have a look.

Lou xx

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Sorry it's been a few weeks but this is why....

Good evening everyone,

I'm so sorry I haven't blogged for a few weeks but I have had very good reasons why..... I got a kitten!  All my time has been with my wee darling - Kerbey!  She is absolutely adorable and I love her to bits!  Ians boss got me the kitten and said on one condition, I HAVE to call him or her Kerbey after their company 'Kerbey Motors' and I actually love the name - she suits it very much!  (Infact she's lying on the couch looking over my shoulder here as I'm typing).  Here is a pic of her...  she's so tiny!

And here I was attempting to craft - which was out of the question, she was trying to help too much :)

Anyway, with Kerbey and starting my new job I've kind of been busy (lot to get my head round in my new job!) but I'm back crafting now and I'll be back tomorrow with the cards I had done a couple of weeks ago for a friend of mine.

ttfn xx

Lou xx

Monday, 4 June 2012

Let's hang out

Good evening everyone, hope you're all enjoying the long bank holiday weekend, I certainly am, had a fab day.

Tonight I'm sharing my creation I made today (had quite a craft-a-thon) and specifically wanted to use my monkey 'penny black' image.

I loved creating this card and had great fun colouring in the monkey.  I made the letters from my embosslits with my sizzix machine and created the flowers with my die cuts from my sizzix machine too and used the quilling tool to roll them up.  I added glossy accents to his eyes to emphasise them more too.

I am entering this card into the weekly Penny Black Saturday challenge.  

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend whatever you're doing.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Commissioned Wedding Card

Evening all,

Tonight I'm showing you the wedding card I recently made for someone at work who is getting married this Saturday 9th June.

I made this as an easel card.  I water coloured the forever friends bears (which I love) and added glitter to the vail.  I added their names on the love hearts either side of the main panel and added a couple of white flowers and a bow for the easel card to stand like it should.  The papers I used were old 'Hot of the Press' papers, which I have a stack of and finished with some pearl bling and a couple of punched butterflies matching the papers.

Thank you for stopping by. x

Thursday, 24 May 2012

My first flower soft card

Good evening folks!

About time I got out of the sun and back onto my blog :)

Tonight I thought I'd share with you my first attempt at flower soft! I'm thrilled at how this turned out, I found it very theraputic (but hey card making alone is theraputic right crafters?!)
I made this card for a very good friend of mine at work and she likes it so much that she is keeping it on her desk to cheer her up on "bad" days at work. That's a nice compliment on it's own - that she likes to look at my card :) I wasn't too sure how this was going to turn out when I first started doing the wires to make the bouquet and thought this tiny little bits won't stick on and stay on - how wrong was I?! You can bend them and play about with them when they're dry and all the flower soft still stays on the wires. Love it! Here is a close up of the bouquet....
The papers I used are old 'hot of the press' papers that I've had for ages, I thought they complimented the colours of the bouquet rather well and just simply finished the card with mini punched and embossed butterflies stuck on with pinflair glue.
Thank you for taking the time and stopping to look at my work.
Love Louise x

Thursday, 17 May 2012

One of my first pink phone charms/keyrings

Good evening everyone, I thought I would share with you this phone charm/keyring that I have just made for my friends birthday. I've made a couple before and they were bought off me. It's been a little while but I'm back in the swing of things:-
These make lovely wee gifts and look great hanging on the end of your phone. Let the beading commence.... Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to know what you think. x

Saturday, 12 May 2012

CBGM Challenge - Stripes and Spots (My first blog challenge)

This is my first challenge I'm entering since starting my blog a couple of weeks ago. And the first one I'm entering is over on Creations by GillM - Stripes and Spots

I hope you like how I've incorporated the stripes and spots into the challenge, I wanted to try something different and also at the moment I'm trying to do more male cards! I also wanted to not only have the stripes and spots on the background papers but incorporate it into the image too, and as soon as I remembered I had this stamp I thought it was the ideal image - jazzing up my golfer :) Thanks for stopping by x

Home Sweet Home

Good crafty afternoon! Today I'm sharing my recent card with the stamp set I got for Christmas from Clarity Stamps. I adore this home set and love making cards with this stamp.
Most of you will probably be aware of the stamp sets of Barbara's at Clarity Stamps. I just love the sets with the large 'O' and this one is no exception. I stamped and embossed in gold the main home stamp and did some brayering work to make the hills and sky in the large O and round the background. After I worked on the Home I put a post it note over the Home part to do the hills and sky in the background. Then added the cute cat stamps - one at the side and one on the Home. Then I outlined the main image in a gold pen to make it pop out and look like it's stuck on the card on a white post it note - aha but it's not, it's all flat. I just added some wee bling dots at the top and bottom to finish it off. Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear what you think. x

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Commissioned wedding card

Good evening all, Tonight I'm sharing with you my latest card I've made which my dad requested for a wedding they were going to. For you crafters out there you'll know this is from Crafter's Companion template. I just love making these. Dad asked me for a "special" card - well what better "special" card than this type of one. I would be happy to receive one like this with the candles in it! The sentiment, I think, is from the new papermania range that was in one of the docrafts goody bags then just matt and layered and added some flowers and some punched and embossed butterflies. I gave the card in a hand made box envelope too, well after all that work I don't want the card getting squashed in a bob standard envelope now do I?!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

A quick lunch hour caricature

Well while I was sitting at my desk on my lunch hour the other day out of nowhere I decided to draw a quick caricature.... I have photos saved on my memory card of faces that would be good to caricature. I only had my notepad on me so the paper was very small and I ran out of room to exaggerate certain features. I think I could of gone a lot further with the drawing but ran out of room! But I'm quite pleased with how it turned out anyway, next time I'll draw him on A4 and really exaggerate his receding hair line!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Our Cleaner's semi retirement card

Good evening all, I thought I would share with you the very recent card I made on behalf of my work to our cleaner who "semi" retired last Friday. I've had this paper nation decoupage for so long and what better card to use it for?! It was a big A4 card (it needed to be for everyone in the firm) and I had to warn people when they were signing it "DON'T LEAN TO HARD ON THE INSIDE OF THE FRONT COVER!" Well I couldn't have them squashing the card now could I?! Not after it took so long to do. So anyway, Nessie, our cleaner was thrilled with it, she was overwhelmed with all the messages folk had written inside, and even took me aside to say thank you alone for the card - hearing that makes it all worth while, I was very touched :) xx

Sunday, 29 April 2012

My first post on my first blog


I thought the first post I would share is the photo of my new craft room!  I have only been able to craft in the loft before so when circumstances changed I moved out of the loft down to the spare room as quickly as possible!  Ian and I had great fun painting the room and isn't his handy work just grand?!  I thought I would also share the before shot in the process of moving everything down from the loft....  What a mess eh?  But I am one happy lady with my awesome new room where it's nice and warm and where I don't have to wait for it to heat and get a runny nose unlike the loft (brrrrrrrrr.....).