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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Birthday Card

Hello fellow bloggers.  I hope you are all ready for the New Year?  It will be a quiet night in our house as we will be trying to calm our beautiful greyhounds down during the fireworks that will inevitably go off at midnight.

My 'boss' over at Crafty Cardmakers has recently celebrated her birthday so I thought I show you my creation for her as she is in one of the same birthday swaps as me over at Craft Telly Forum.  Now I know she received it safely I can finally post it here.

The background image was printed on my computer and I added some sparkly glitter to give it some bling.  The flowers were made by me and the edges pressed into a Versamark pad and embossed with silver powder.  The swirlies were made using my Cuttlebug and the greeting is a peel off (something I use very rarely these days).

This is a close up of the flowers:

I had great fun making it and I'm sure that Lin appreciated it.

All that's left is for me to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2012 and I look forward to reading your comments and visiting as many blogs as I can do in the coming year.

Beth. xxx

Monday, 26 December 2011

Thank You Cards

Hello fellow bloggers!  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and didn't over-indulge on the food and booze?  I have to say that I really did eat far too much at lunch yesterday and have just eaten a mountain of leftovers so I'm feeling rather stuffed right now!  However, one of my traditional Boxing Day activities is to write my thank you cards.  It's something I've done ever since I was a child and it's stayed with me ever since, although these days I actually make the cards as well, of course.

I don't really like making bulk lots of cards so I try to keep the design as simple as possible and this year's design is shown below:

The cards are made using embossed pearlescent card made with my Cuttlebug which I stuck at the bottom of a DL card.  A strip of ribbon was attached just above this and then a simple embellishment to complete the decoration.  The 'Thank You' is a peel off sticker from Anita's range.

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas festivities and please feel free to leave me a comment.

Beth. xxx

Sunday, 18 December 2011

50th Birthday Card

Hello fellow bloggers.  Just a quick post to show you a card I made for the wife of one of the guys I work with who is celebrating her 50th birthday soon.

Most of the card was created in Publisher and just printed out.  The swirlies are from a Creative Expressions stamp set called Strings of Bling which I stamped onto the card and then glittered.  The flowers are created using a punch and finished with a gemstone in the centre.

I think it is a very pretty card and I'm sure she will like it.

This is probably going to be my last blog post before Christmas so I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my followers and visitors a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.

Thank you all for your comments and I look forward to more blogging next year.

Beth. xxx

Monday, 12 December 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 58 Use It Three Times

This month's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers has been chosen by Tracy and her theme is 'Use it three times'.  Use the same stamp/image three different ways.  It could be the background, main image and a tag for example. Using different colourways is another option, or, even, as some of our DT have done, three different cards or the same image three times on one card.

Sadly this is the last challenge where we will be sponsored by the lovely Joanna Sheen and we would like to thank her for her sterling support of our challenge blog.  Please take advantage of your last chance to win a £10.00 voucher to be spent at Joanna's wonderful online store which is crammed to the gills with gorgeous goodies!  Thanks for everything, Joanna!

Next year we will back with some exciting new Sponsors as well as our regular ones, One Stop Card Crafts and The Stampman.

Anyway, onto my card for this challenge.

This time I chose to make a CAS card using a sweet little digi-stamp from Pink Petticoat which I printed directly onto my card.  I added just a touch of colour with my Promarkers and a pretty border layered up with some copper coloured mirri board and a strip of green velvet ribbon.  Three tiny pearls which I coloured in the same shade of green Promarker complete the ensemble.

For more inspiration, please visit our DT's blogs (links on the right hand side of this page) or the Crafty Cardmakers blog and, whilst you're there, add your entry because, as the saying goes, you've got to be in it to win it!  

Good luck everyone and have fun :-)

Beth. xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Kanban Fashionista Stamps

Hello everybody.  I hope you are all well and getting ready for Christmas?  It's a busy old time for all of us and crafting seems to take a back seat, doesn't it?

I have a colleague at work who's birthday is on 2nd January, which is before we have to go back after our Christmas break, so I have to remember to be well prepared so she can have her card before we finish work.  I'm not usually very organized, but this year I have managed to get things sorted well in advance, just for a change!

I created this card using one of Kanban's Fashionista range of stamps.  This particular image is from the 'Vivienne' set.  It is stamped onto Clarity's stamping card and coloured in with Promarkers.  The dress itself has been slightly decoupaged to give some dimension to the card.  I've added some faux stitches around the edge to give it a feel of a dressmaking theme.

This is the dress in closer detail:

I seem to be going through an orange phase at the moment.  I think it looks quite dramatic against the black though and makes a change from red and black.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you drop by, please leave a comment as they always make me feel good :-)

Beth. xxx

I have entered this card in the latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges ~ Challenge #10 ~ Dressmaking/Corsets/Accessories.  I am hoping that it qualifies as I suppose it's not strictly speaking a dressmakers dummy, but perhaps they will think it's close enough?  Let's hope so anyway!