My garden – inspiration

Been busy taking spring photos in my garden – may use some of them on my cards …


An oval sort of day :-)

My cards for today have taken an oval theme – wasn’t planned but that’s what happened!

The first one started with the oval frame cut from some double sided 12×12 papermania paper (the other side has lots of lovely dots – then I added the turqoise card to back it. Faffed around for ages about what to place in the frame – decided to use one of the stamps I got off ebay – stamped it in turquoise on card and then used silver to stamp the background – picking out the hint of silver in the frame. Then discovered the whole lot was too large for one of my standard A6 cards! Had one A5 card in black so embossed flowers and scrolls in the corners and highlighted flowers with turquoise glitter glue, adding gem to centre. Here it is:

It was a turquoise sort of day too! made the embellishment for this one with a piece of embossed paper that came free with a set of men’s papers. Got the turquoise glitter glue and the gems out for this one too! Stamped the flowers on the background afterwards as it looked too plain – would have been better to do this before so they were more random … learning point there! Have since added a fancy underline to the Happy Birthday stamp in gold pen 🙂

Final oval … another piece of 12×12 papermania double sided paper – reverse is brown and I can’t abide it!!! I used an aperture card for this one and made a real pig’s ear of matching the aperture in the paper and had to recut the aperture – hence the size! – lesson = put something inside a ready cut aperture card – make own aperture cards by using full blanks and adding paper first!!!!

Anyway – lined this with paper from Do-craft goody bag. Cut three flowers using Sissix Sidekick – threaded ribbon through two of the diecut holes and added to card, then stuck small sequin flower to thrid hole and added a matching gem.

Today’s makes

Two quick cards today – both birthday cards. First two pictures (same card – with and without flash)

are using DCWV Retro paper, paper from the readicut pack and a vellum from a DoCraft goody bag. The flowers are from a free pack (same pack as the blue flowers on the Thank You cards from y’day). Then I creased an extra piece of the metallic paper and added the ‘Happy Birthday’ peeloff and then a few gems to finish.

Second card is a favourite 🙂

I used paper from readicut (again! there’s a lot of it and I love these metallic ones) – can’t remember the provenance of the pastel yellow swirls except that it was a reduced price pack of 12×12 cos of damage at the Range. The letters comes from another DCWV stack – Text prints this time. The flower is made up of six oval sequins that I got in a pack of bling at Poundland in York with a brad pushed trough the holes and then fanned around to make the shape 🙂

Wedding Card …

… for our pastor and his wife to give to their daughter …

Sweated over this one – picture of red and yellow tulips was requested as tht is what the bride is having in her bouquet and that was it! No other guidelines – downloaded some cc pictures to use – sent them via email – return message was ‘you choose’ GULP!

So I have been sitting and looking at the pictures for a week or so with a total block. Got an idea y’day and here is the finished card …

I used a piece of net material with gold dots on it that I bought in the market for 50p on Tuesday on my abortive shopping trip. Covered a piece of pearlescent gold card in it and attached it to the cream card. Then mounted the photo and words and cross on some red paper to match the tulip.

Been a busy girl …

… in terms of fundraising and applying for grants for the autistic society – which means I haven’t had much time for crafting 😦

However – a little display of cards that I’ve managed to make over the last week or so …


This one was made using a computer program to colour the flower shape – printed three and decoupaged them – reflecting the colours and pattern of the flower with the big spot paper and the pink gems

Here’s the flower in close-up:

and here’s one in blue/green

A decoupage pansy card …

This next one I’m rather pleased with – the image was already pre-coloured and I struggled to find paper to go with it … I hit on the idea of using my ink ‘dabbers’ to dab a background. This was too vivid so I used some vellum to tone it down. I think it works rather well 🙂

The next one uses another of the pre-coloured images … it’s on a pale mauve card and the backing paper is purple – doesn’t show too well in the picture ….

Ok – next a set of three diecut flower cards – got a sizzix sidekick as a gift for subscribing to Papercraft inspirations … only got one die though 😦 I have been watching ebay for some more but learnt last week that I’d won an X-cut impressions and bits and bobs so I will wait to see what comes with that!!!!




The final one I tried to make a swirly corner pattern with glitter glue – it went absolutely disgusting so i thought I’d rub off as much glue as possible and add a couple of embellishments. When I rubbed off the glue I got the effect seen in the picture – decided I liked it as it was!!!

OK – birthday card for a four year old next … a kind CBer sent me the decoupage image and here’s the result!

Penultimately – a card with hearts cut with my Fiskar shape cutter , corners embossed with heart shapes and two hearts punched out of the card as well:

and finally … a golden birthday card. Stamps from ASDA, ribbon from the Range, brads from ASDA and sequins from Poundland. Still struggling to tie neat bows – this was about the fourth attempt!