Monday, 11 December 2017

A book card for my parents at Christmas

Year after year I feel so blessed to have my parents still alive and well with me especially at Christmas. Both myself and my father love Christmas with all the decorations, pudding, cakes etc.

This year I wanted to suprise my Dad (who tends to appreciate them more) with a book card for Christmas.

Wish I took a photo of him opening up his Christmas card this year but he was in his PJ's and I don't think that would have been appropriate to put up on here lol!

I love book cards. Yes they do take a while to finish but the end result is so nice. It gives depth to a project.

This was my first try colouring with prisma colour pencils on kraft paper. Yes it is difficult. Yes you have to think a lot with your mind regarding direction of light etc.  But I feel it gives a warmth to the whole picture in itself.

Papers used are Maja Design and Pion Design

Stamp is from Whimsy Stamps love their Christmas stamps so much and their dies as well, you can see the green branches from them.

The sentiment is something I did  i.e. I wrote it it's not a stamp and even the words for Mum and Dad

The poinsietta is felt with some red twine and some red pomegranates and gold stars

Since it's a book card I used a ribbon tie on the side

This is the back of the book card

This is the inside of my card built up with kraft paper to resemble a book

Dies for the inside part are from Magnolia. The tree is something I built myself by topping on branches

And this is how deep it looks from the side.

Hope you like my creation .... my Dad is super happyp with his card and I have finally some time to work on simpler cards now :)

Wedding it!

Having worked with a colleague of mine for some years we became quite close being in the same room at the office. After I moved to another company I really was not expecting her call to let me know she was getting married.

So having spent most of my days trying to get her a boyfriend (I worked really really hard haha) I was very happy to hear the news :)

And a Wedding so special deserved a project which would definitely be kept for years to come.

I wanted to do her a cake explosion box.

Her bridesmaids happened to be wearing the same colour as my card by the way :)

Papers are from Maja Design

 The Congratulations die on the envelope was a die I purchased from Aliexpress. Loads of dies to put your hands on if you like them and at a very cheap price as was the envelope die.

Flowers I purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts

This is what it looks like after you take off the lid

This is the wedding cake all decorated with flowers, beads and little butterflies

I placed a photo of theirs on the inside to make it more personalised.

If you need any help just give me a shout always happy to share my creations with you x

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas in the making

Here I am back after a long time of not updating my blog. I have been very busy with everything. From house re organisation to Christmas decorating a few weeks ago.

Thankfully I received some new Magnolia stamps that I bought from the 2016 Christmas collection (Aspen Holidays).

I have resorted to my distress ink which I love as it gives the images such a unique vintage look somehow.

Papers are Maja Design, the ribbon is something I had in my stash sitting there for a number of years now I guess.

The Merry Christmas sentiment has been stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with seafoam white on kraft paper, I think it matches the background paper very well.

Some jute ribbon and a foamiran poinsietta which I cut out with Magnolia Poinsietta die. Branches are die cut from a Whimsy Stamp collection (their latest ones). I have put some snow dots with my white marker over the whole picture and then placed some nice silver stars which I purchased from Lidl.

And if you're like me, wondering what the inside of each card looks it is :)
 The stamp is also from Lili of the Valley

Saturday, 11 November 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year ...

And it is isn't it? I just love how the seasons bring certain activities with them. Summer is renowned for barbecues on the beach, Autumn for the walks and Winter for Christmas.

I have done my first card this week. Have loads to do really and I hope I will manage to do them all so that nobody feels offended :)

I have purchased this lovely Xmas Hamster stamp from Whimsy Stamps. I just love the variety of rubber stamps and sentiment stamps that they have. If you haven't visited yet, go on and treat yourself.

The paper pad is a First Edition - A Christmas Story pad - I just love the checked design reminds of me a rug I had when I was still at my parent's house.

The dies are also from whimsy stamps and they are called Christmas Branches Die Set and it has a very fine set of different branches which you can use all year long not only for Christmas.  The poinsietta is made out of foamiran which I tried for the first time after watching some online tutorials. The die I used to cut it out is from Magnolia and is a bit small, however Whimsy stamps have a Lily Flower Die Set which I have bought and am waiting for it to arrive so that I have a go and see how it turns out with a bigger die.

This cutie has been coloured with Copics and enhanced with a white marker.

You will have more from me very soon :)

Happy crafting everyone x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Spring is back in season and with it comes that time of year - weddings! Am currently using the framed wedding card version which I will share with you in my next blog post.

I have had three requests for cards last year and am going to share with you the three of them to see how the background paper enhances the actual stamp.

Am not a person that likes too much on a card especially a wedding themed one. I like to keep them in either golden beige or else silver grey.

Dies add a lot to its depth in my opinion and pearls and flowers are a must.

I will be looking at getting a new stamp - wedding related - since I'm continuously using this one from Magnolia.

Which one do you like best? My favourite is the one with lamp post and envelope (stamp from Magnolia).

In this one I added on some light feathers which make it very chic and stylish.

Much love xxx

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Farewell Card for a Colleague

I have completed a card - a farewell card for a colleague of mine who is leaving Malta for good. She will be doing her Masters Degree in Amsterdam so I will not get to see her for a long while.

I have used an Elisabeth Bell stamp. This is called Honeybee. I love these stamps they're really cute

I have used Distress Ink (not the markers) on watercolour paper and the sentiment is from Stempelglede - Just a Note collection stamped with distress ink as well

I have also used Glossy Accents and glitter glue on her.

A variety of flowers and red leaf pins on the side.

The backing paper is from Magnolia and the clock metal motif is something that I have bought ages ago don't remember from where but am sure you'll manage to find them on ebay.

I hope Bethany will like her card and I wish her every success in her new venture.

Have a nice healthy day!

xxx Claire

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Look who's back

Back after a few years now of not crafting. I basically visited a large store which opened up lately and saw a stack of coloured papers and bam that was it! My interest is back and alive haha. I hope you will enjoy what I will be posting on my blog. I love sharing what I do with others and I love also seeing other people's creations. So if you want to ask me anything feel free. Love and health to you x Claire