Friday, 20 January 2012

Ribbons and Bows and a Winter Wedding

Time for a new challenge at the Cardmadfairy and the theme this time is
Ribbons and Bows.
 There are some beautiful creations to inspire you over at the Challenge and quite a few of the cards have been made with brand new images. Also there is a lovely freebie just right for all the Valentines cards we will all be making soon so pop over to the shop for a look!

My card this week for the challenge  is going to be winging it's way across the pond to the daughter of one of my good friends who is getting married in Canada. She loves to make cupcakes and so I asked Jenni if she would be able to make a new digi stamp I could use for her. I love the result and I am sure she will too. I coloured the image with my trusty promarkers using some of the snap on fine nibs on the detailed bits, aren't they great?  As my sewing machine was out I decided to try adding stitching to a card for the first time and I love the result so I will definitely be trying it again. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and the ribbons and heart charm are from my stash.
Entering these challenges. Anything goes Romantic card Bows Favourite embellishment (flowers) New beginnings Anything goes Pink,pearls,flowers New beginnings Anything goes Always anything goes

Sunday, 8 January 2012


One of my Christmas presents this year was a sketch book from my daughter Emma. I have been thinking about doing some art journaling recently so it was the perfect thing to get me started. 

My multi-talented big sister Jenni has taken the She Art course run by Christy Tomlinson and inspired by the fantastic work she has done I decided to have a go. Jenni's latest piece was inspired by the lyrics of a song by one of her favourite bands which got me thinking about Emma and the band she is in and some of their songs.  One song starts with the line "There are voices in my head telling me what should be said" which struck me as the perfect line to start a journal with! If you are interested you can hear the song here!

So here is the result which I am pretty pleased with, the only problem is I had tidied all my crafts away as Emma is coming to stay for a few days and her old bedroom is my craft room, so now I have to go and tidy all over again!  Ah well when the Muse come what can you do? 
Lastly I just wanted to show off the canvas I created for my lovely husband Steve who is a cycling fanatic.
Happy crafting everyone! Anything but a Christmas Card

Friday, 6 January 2012

Thank You

Well here we are in 2012 I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and peaceful New Year. I managed to get north to Scotland this year after being thwarted by the snowy weather the previous two and had an enjoyable stay with Jenni and the rest of the family. The journey back was a trifle hairy driving through gale force winds and horizontal rain but it was worth it, I'm not sure how many more Christmases I will have with my mum who asked me for the first time what my name is but who was very pleased to see me none the less.
Anyway on to our new challenge at Cardmadfairy. I trust everyone had some wonderful gifts to be thankful for, so what better way to start the year than by saying Thank You. I had lots of new crafting supplies and also some gift vouchers for my local craft shop so I am looking forward to testing them all out and having a spend when I need something new! I wanted to keep my card fairly clean and simple for a change so I used the sheet of dotty blooms which you can find here and I printed them out onto patterned paper. I used some pigment powder from Blonde Moments to give them a bit of sparkle and added white Sakura pen over the black dots to highlight them. The flourish was part of my Christmas present from Jenni and the papers were free with a magazine which I can't find at the mo so I can't give credit but it was a great freebie and included some lovely stamps which I can't wait to try out! I used the cut out flowers from the Martha Stewart border punch to finish off my flowers and I printed the sentiment from the computer.

Entering the following challenges:  The Colour Blue + 1 other colour Anything Goes Using Your New Stash New Year (Use something Shiny on Your Creation)  something old(button), something new(papers and stamp )  something new (papers and stamp ) open and simple Use Something New Giving Thanks/ Thank You Thank You With Thanks