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Posted: April 18, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

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Wedding Wishes

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello there

I have a couple of cards for you today that were inspired by this card by Ashley Cannon Newell.  I pinned it to my Pinterest board ready for when I could get down to trying to re-create her masterpiece.

When I did the first one (on the left) and by the way, these photos were taken directly after each other, so I have no idea why they appear to be different colours, I stamped the whole background before I realised that I should have had the ‘shape’ on the diagonal.  I used PTI’s Giga Guidelines, which I recently acquired from someone who was selling it on the  Papertrey Forum (great place to pick up items on your wish list).

I don’t know if you can see from the above two shots, but on the second (diagonal) card, I put my layer through my my cuttlebug using my Diamond Impression Plate from PTI.  Now that I have found the right sandwich so that you can actually see the embossing, I desperately want to get more plates.  I wasn’t very impressed (excuse the pun) when I first tried them, but that was because (I now know) I wasn’t using the right CB sandwich, and so it wasn’t impressing the cardstock properly.  It leaves a lovely rich feel to the card which I love, love, love.

I finished off the two cards by adding some rhinestones to the centers of the ‘shapes’, and using some Chamomile Tea Dye on the edges.  I added two Prima flowers held in place with a little golden heart brad.  I don’t know if I should have used some ribbon on it as well, you be the judge, so I know for next time!?

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Hello there

It will soon be Mother’s Day here in Spain, and I get asked all the time for cards, but don’t have any Spanish sentiments, so can never oblige!

Then a couple of weeks ago, the Make it Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink was computer generated sentiments on die cuts.  I thought to myself that this could work, so I had a quick go, and was very pleased with the results.

As is customary for me, if I think I’m on a roll with a design that seems to be going well and is not a bit ‘bleh’, I will try to do one in every colour lol!

I used the Rosie Posie stamp set from PTI (my next newest favourite stamp set at the moment). and stamped the images, and then went back in with my Copics.  A technique made famous (at least for me) by Amber.  You must visit her blog it. is. a.maze.ing.  Seriously..  word of warning though, get a cup of something hot to drink as if you are anything like me, you will be bedded in for a while there!  I think I went back all the way to when she first started!  Some serious inspiration there peeps..

On looking back at these, I wish I had done them all with the flowers like the pink one, but I did that one last, so if I do these again I will use flowers on them all, I just think it finishes them all off nicely.  My inspiration for these cards, as usual came from Pinterest (Thank You!!) from Kelly’s blog Gingham Girl (another fun blog to visit).

Well that’s it for me, I hope you liked my creations today.  Have a great day!

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Pretty Peonies

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Cards, Papertrey Ink

Hello there

Hope you are all well, post Easter festivities.  I have my DD home from University for a brief spell, so am trying to make the most of her while I can, before she has to go back.  Time together is so precious these days!

I have a card for you today using the Papertrey Ink Anniversary Set.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am loving this set.  I really feel like you can’t go wrong when you stamp with it.  Almost feel like a fraud!

I used Hibiscus Burst ink for the flowers and Simply Chartreuse for the leaves.  The ‘happy’ was stamped using an original ink of PTI called Cognac (if I’m not mistaken), but I don’t think they carry it anymore..

I added some ribbon from my stash and a Hibiscus Burst button threaded with some PTI twine.  Lastly I sponged the edges with Chamomile Tea Dye also from PTI.

I hope you like it!

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Easter Greetings

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Pink Petticoat
Happy Easter Everyone..

I have a confession to make…  I haven’t got an Easter project for you today, but I couldn’t leave my little blog bare, without wishing everyone out there in blogland a Happy Easter, so I’m reposting this entry from way back in 2008, when I was fresh and new, just so that I have something on the old blog-a-rooney for you today..
So, Have a wonderful Easter weekend, my DD is home from Uni, so I am looking forward to spending some time with her this week.  Enjoy!
Here are a couple of Easter ‘baskets’ (I use the term loosely as they don’t look very baskety to me, but I can’t at the moment think of another word to describe them LOL!!) that I made for Easter Sunday.

I was surprised at how easy these were to make. The only ‘problem’ I had was that the video tutorial I was following was in inches, so I had to keep using an on-line converter to convert the measurements into centimeters for me!! I found the tutorial here

I left it a bit late to get my Easter Eggs this year, and when I went to eventually buy them they had sold out and all they had left were Kinder Eggs (which thankfully my kids love). So I decided to make these cute little baskets and fill them up with mini eggs, which will get eaten far quicker than one of the big eggs will (past experiences…). I think my kids love the idea of getting the eggs, but then take forever to actually eat all the chocolate, so this will be much better.

This year, following on from the success at Three Kings (Spanish Christmas – Reyes) I am doing an Easter Egg hunt with clues to make it a little more interesting. I thought my kids would be ‘too old’ for this sort of thing, but they loved the ‘treasure hunt’ that I did at Reyes so much they requested another one for Easter.

Hope you like them. I will be posting some cards that I have made whilst I haven’t been blogging soon.

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Thank You

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Cards

Hi there

I have a thank you card for you today.  My daughter was recently very very ill whilst away at University.  There is nothing worse than having your (I’m going to say it…) baby, away from you, and they fall ill.  You feel so helpless.  Thankfully she was surrounded by lovely souls who looked after her in my absence and got her the care that she needed.  I wanted to send a thank you card to one of the girls who especially helped her out.

I kept the wording pretty simple, as I don’t have any Spanish thank you stamps, I wanted her to be able to understand what it was I was saying!!  and most of the Uni students at my DD’s Uni speak at least the basics of English, if not pretty good English anyway (better than me, looking back on that last sentence lol!!!)  Anyhoo, I used PTI’s Big and Bold Wishes stamps set, i truly love this set, and wish they did more sentiments in it.  I cut the banners using the banner builder die set and strung them up with some Divine Twine.  I added a little flower with some rhinestones, which I think were given to me as a gift for purchasing something off the net.

I then stamped the I appreciate you so much underneath, and added the flourish image from the Modern Wood Mat stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  I inked around the edges with Distress Ink and then mounted the card onto the base.  When my DD gave her friend the card, she said she reacted as if she had won the lottery, and couldn’t believe her luck!  It’s nice to know cards can bring a smile to someone’s face sometimes.  That’s the goal after all isn’t it?!

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Wedding Card

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Cards

Hi there

A Wedding Card for you today..

I used PTI’s Rustic Cream Cardstock (must get some more of that, I use it very sparingly!)  I stamped the Mr and Mrs image from the Big and Bold wishes stamp set and used Antique Linen to stamp the two flourishes above and below the words.  I then stamped the accompanying words, “May your day be filled with happiness” just below in dark chocolate ink.

I then added two hearts from Heart Prints with a vintage button with some twine threaded through them to finish the card off.  I then made the fatal mistake of thinking that the card needed “something else” and added a border of light blue damasks from the Embellishments stamp set along the left hand side in a light blue ink, which IMO spoiled the whole card!

That’ll teach me for not centering the Mr and Mrs image in the first place ha!!  I finished off by inking the edges with vintage tea duo (chamomile) and then adhered it to the card base.

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