Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Life's a Box of Chocolates... Sweet!

This is a card I have been working on lately in between working! The idea came together on Sunday night whilst thinking of chocolate which always remind me of the film 'Forrest Gump'.

Main image is by Stampabilities Happy Hoppers 'Hoppy Valentine's'. Bunny has been coloured in with whispers pens using the blender and once dry I have pained on some Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish to accentuate bunny's tail, hind legs and ears. The chocolate box has been embellished with pink glitter after pasting with a fine brush some glue and sprinkled with pink glitter.

Hint: Once glued glitter is dry, to avoid the glitter from becoming loose seal the glittered areas with a thin coat of Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish. The coating must be thin otherwise when dry there is a danger it will crackle and then you'll have to start again LOL!

The sentiment is part of a two stamp set by Prima Marketing Inc. but the set is nameless! The chocolate paper is part of free set of papers you can dowload from Papercraft Inspirations (you will find a link at the bottom of my blog!). I've used a scrap piece of brown corrugated card, recycled some pink ribbon from a new top I bought and then added a few Prima flowers from my new stash. The rest of the ribbon has been used up on the side of the sentiment label.

I've also started to finish the inside of the card, so this is what the inside looks like!

Hope you like the card, especially as very soon I'm hoping to have some samples sold in some local shops I've selected to help with the house deposit fund! Please let me know whether you think this card is up to scratch! : )

Saturday, 14 February 2009

3 Challenges in 1!

Hey, Sorry I haven't been posting in a while but as I work full time finding time to craft during a work audit is nigh impossible. The elements in this card I made gradually when I managed to catch some 'crafting moments' but it really only came to fruition when I was looking at the challenge blogs. This card is for my patient, caring and loving husband who actually encourages me to buy more stash! I've entered this card for 3 Challenges:

  • Penny Black Saturday Challenge #35 ~Romance (Although its late!)

  • Card Positioning Systems #102 ~ Sketch

  • DutchDare ~ Buttons & Bows

The stamps featured are all Penny Black Inc, main is called 'Love Graffiti' and wording from the 'Every Which Way' Critters set. Main image coloured in with Touch, KureColor and Whispers pens. The 'Love' glittered heart has been created by embossing red card using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and cutting it out before layering it and carefully finishing it with a coat of red glitter glue (leave to dry!). White frill border is using up scraps of white card (how many of them do stampers collect LOL), running them through the Cuttlebug with the borders range of embossing folders and cutting it out carefully. Joined both to create a space for a strip of red polka dot paper salvaged from a Christmas card (thrifty don't you think?). Paper is Papermania 'Warm Tones' paper collection.

Well, you either love it or hate the colour combo as my husband hates pink so I was forced to go with a purple and red combo. Please let me know whether you love or hate it LOL!

Monday, 2 February 2009

There's No Business Like Snow Business!

Here in London we are snowed under and there is no transport to get into work (central london)! Just so you have an idea of how much snow we have here in London, I have posted some photographs taken this afternoon.

Me and my husband decided we would make some snow angels, snowmen and snowbears in the common at the end of our road.

We had so much fun, freezing cold but nothing a shot of coffee and a cupcake can't fix! Hope your all having just as much fun in the snow...

Remember there is no business like snow business!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Words Of Comfort

Sometimes, words cannot express what the heart feels. 2009, has started on a sad note, having been informed my favourite aunt on my father's side (his cousin) has sadly lost her battle against vaginal cancer having endured endless chemotherapy treatment cycles. I remember her fondly, especially her support and words of comfort towards our family when my grandmother passed away during my teenage years. Her passing has brought a mixture of feelings; sadness for her family and all who have been privileged to know her through the years and the fleeting feelings of relief she is no longer in pain and suffering. I hope she is now resting in peace.

In UK, I have found difficulty sourcing welsh greeting cards for special occasions so I made this card to send to her family at this difficult time. I used a retired Anna Griffin 'Sloane Roses' paper and die cuts, an off cut of cream smooth/ satin conqueror paper embossed in the cuttlebug to create a frill effect, a strip of black card embossed with the Swiss dots border folder and some pink organza ribbon. As its a sympathy card I decided against using iridescent glitter glue to accent the chrysanthemum flowers. 'Gair o Gysur' translated in English means 'word of comfort' and inside the sentiment 'Gyda Phob Cydymdeimlad' means 'with every sympathy'.

For further information about cancer, go to:http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=341&template=1