Mojo restart – birthday card

Hi all, hope you are doing well?
Since I got back from our wonderful holiday, I’ve been on rather a mojo go-slow… maybe the hot weather? Maybe as I’ve been doing more cross stitching instead? Maybe also due to the fact that my craft desk has turned into a bit of a dumping ground and tidying it up is very uninspiring!! Ah well.. I did manage to make a little space to make this card for my very dear friend who’s celebrated her 40th this week.
She and her hubby are hosting a joint 40th party tonight, so we’ve booked a B&B and will be letting our hair down, pretending we’re all back in our university years again, methinks!

Here is the card I made for her, anyways, which I’ll be entering into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown – #205 Handmade flowers
Ladybug Crafts – Summer Flowers

Birthday card idea stamping flowers WPlus9 Fresh Cut FloralsAll very happy and smiley… the paper is a bit of leftover (hoarded) American Crafts – good to be using this up at last!
Plus there’s lots of lovely layering: die cut scallopy circle and circles (Nesties), with Waltzing Mouse circle Label stamp ‘Faux Fun Circles’, before of course the showstopper bouquet made up of various stamped flowers from WPlus 9 ‘Fresh Cut Florals’.

Birthday card idea stamping flowers WPlus9 Fresh Cut FloralsNow that is what I call I lovely hand-made, summery bouquet! I wasn’t sure if hand stamped flowers were going to count as handmade, given the challenge, but they’re defintely not shop-bought, so I think that settles it ;)

It makes me very happy to do all this multi-step stamping and layering them, popped up with foam pads to make a pretty arrangement.
All finished off with a few gold sequins and gems, to echo the gold-layered greeting sticker…

Birthday card idea stamping flowers WPlus9 Fresh Cut FloralsAnd my friend has opened her card now, so I can share it today ;) I hope it has made her smile (the perfect sentiment!)

Luckily, my mojo is back now then! Jump-started too by a very excellent day of card making at my local SU demo’s house, last Saturday.
Amy, of White House Stamping, was running the first of her Christmas in July workshops, so I had to indulge ;) Will share the cards I made, over the next couple of days – they are stunning, if I say so myself. But really the inspiration is all Amy’s… her class was great fun!

See you laters alligators, Rx

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Fluttering by for speedy recovery

Just popping in to share this card I made for a dear pal…. We came back from our hols and straight away heard that she’d been taken into hospital for an emergency appendectomy!!

I popped round to see her, with some flowers and other treats, and of course this card to wish her a speedy recovery…

butterfly card idea die cut vellum gold

The butterfly layers (plain and vellum) are diecut (MFT Die-namics ‘Fancy Butterflies’), a cute sentiment tag (American Crafts), plus lots of other bits and bobs from my stash and fun stuff layered up, all collagey style ;)

butterfly card idea die cut vellum gold

Including a trendy-wendy hand-cut gold banner ;)

See you later alligators, Rx

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Tag, you’re it!

Just stopping by with a very quick post… We are back from a fantabuloso holiday, to the US. We spent two weeks in the beautiful National Parks of Yellowstone and also Grand Teton.
Will definitely have LOTS of scrapping to do – it was surely the trip of a lifetime!! So, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing some of my photos in the weeks to come. (I have already decided on what collection to use for the album, hehe!)

Meanwhile, I have been making the most of my last couple of days of the break, before it’s back-to-work – in between lots of napping, to recover – with a little cardmaking…
Here’s a quickie I rustled up, to get back into the creative vibe, entering into the mini challenge over at Jackie’s new challenge blog, ‘Tag You’re It

tag you're it challenge card

I found myself a sticky tag chipboard that matches some MME 6×6 papers, all are from ‘Follow Your Heart’ line – pretty rounded corners, and ideal to match up with a little button and twine embellishmenty-ness. Nothing too taxing when I’m feeling so weary, haha!!
Here’s a closeup of that tag, then… ;)

tag you're it challenge card MME Be back soon, Rx

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Happy Father’s Day – card idea

Hi all
Hope you are good and have been enjoying some crafty time ;)

Here’s a quick share of the card I made for my FIL – perfect to celebrate Father’s Day with something classic and unfussy…

fathers day card inspiration stamping one-layerSome (almost) on-layer stamping – the background block design is a woodblock stamp (unlabelled) which I’ve had in my stash FOREVER.. and hardly ever used. Can’t think why!
Over-layered with the fern stamp, Penny Black ‘Verdant’ – using the rock n roll technique in two green shades, plus some little chalky tan accents on the leaf tips, but sadly, it’s not showing up too well in my pic.
Finished off with a bit of SU twine.

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday challenge, June – Boys, Boys, Boys
Inkspirational – Clean and Simple, #58
The Male Room – Father’s Day 


All good. Hope the rest of your weekend is fun, crafty pals! Rx

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Another make for Christmas

Hi there
So I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been doing quite a bit of Christmas crafting, for various magazine commissions…
Since those are almost wrapped up now (just got to finished getting all the bits together for the ‘step-by-step’ photos, and of course do all the instructions write-ups), I was feeling in festive spirit this morning to make a quick card for my stash.

A litle inspiration too at the following challenges:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown – 5th week of the month ‘Pick any Sketch’ (I went way back to Sketch1, April 2012!)…and…
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges – #218, Christmas

Here’s my card…


Christmas card inspiration digi stamp snowman challenge

I had my Christmas decorations down form the loft for a Christmassy photoshoot from work - perfect for a bit of styling here!


Using a snowman digi from Heather Ellis (Mr Snowman 001), coloured with my watercolours, then diecut and embossed with Nesties, layered onto a scalloped circle Nestie cut form silvery hologram effect card.

Christmas card inspiration digi stamp snowman challenge

The fun gingerbread paper was in a freebie with one of the cardmaking mags I got last Christmas, and then the sentiment is stamped from MyFavoriteThings clear set, ‘Holiday Subway Art’.
Good to have another card for the stasheroo ;)

Byee for now, and thanks as ever for your visits and comments, take care, Rx


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