Friday, 8 November 2013

PEARLS & A CARD

Hi everyone ... well it's been just over a month since I last posted ... I've been sort of dipping in & out of my Cabin in between the never ending rain here in the North West of England, I've never known anywhere in this country that gets rain as much as we do in this region & after being blessed with such a lovely summer this year I'm really not looking forward to Autumn & the following winter months.
I'm seriously considering hibernating till Spring 2014.
SO - I'm just going to put a few photos on here to show you my latest  " makes "
A card & some jewellery ... I do love pearls & I had a selection of freshwater pearls just waiting to be threaded up. The birds nest pendant was a gift for a friend's birthday & the single row of pearls I kept for myself. Although I have a selection of more fancy designs I just wanted a plain single row that I could wear anytime so I made one in cream & silver & one in gold then I did a simple wire wrap pearl ring followed by a Copper swirl ring ... then followed by a beaded ring that I just made by curling the wire round & adding beads ... it kept me quiet for an afternoon while the rain created yet another river in the garden !







Monday, 7 October 2013

MAN'S BIRTHDAY CARD

I've said many many times on here how much I dislike making men's cards ... but this one made me smile.
Each year I'm scratching my head weeks & weeks before my husband's birthday wondering what on earth I can produce this time ! I've just about exhausted every hobby / interest etc that he's remotely interested in over the years so it becomes a real challenge to come up with something new ... so here is this year's card.
An OLDOMETER is basically a counter moving up a year from 53 to 54. OMG I'm married to an  "old "  man ... LOL !!!!


Monday, 23 September 2013

GRAPEVINE CARD

 Here is the card I made using the Memory Box Grapevine die .... I can't take the credit for the design of this card that is reserved for my very talented friend Nikky. She came up with the design & I used her idea & came up with this card.  So many thanks to Nikky for her inspiration. Why not go & take a look at her blog ? She has some wonderful cards on there ..... www.rubbertherapy.typepad.com

BIRD'S NEST PENDANTS

There seems to be birds & bird cages on everything at the moment from jewellery, home furnishings, cards & even wedding themes.
I saw a tutorial on how to make a bird's nest using non tarnish Artistic wire & thought I'd have a go.
I had some Swallow bird charms in my stash so I thought one would look cute hanging from the nest.
So here is one in gold using gold pearls ....

And this one is done in silver using some left over Shamballa beads


WARNING - these are really addictive to make !!!


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

BUTTERFLY'S IN PINK


Another card using the large Ovals Marianne Design Creatables Dies - Anja's Large Ovals LR0236
I LOVE this die, it's so elegant & I love lattice on anything so I had to use the heart lattice backing again
( embossing folder )
I made the butterflies stamping onto vellum & heat embossing with white powder,
I added some pink on the reverse of the wings to highlight the floral pattern.
Some stick pins from Wild Orchid crafts, more silky crush ribbon & a diamanté brooch finishes off this pretty card.




ZOO TRAIN

I don't make a lot of children or baby cards but this one was made for a friend who wanted a card featuring zoo animals so I came up with this.
The backing paper is called  " Sea Grass " & the zoo train is from Dollar Graphics Depot

I joined them all together with some string & made a sign post ... 

BIRD WREATH CARD

I bought a new A4 embossing folder to go into the new EBosser machine ... Heart Lattice ... so I've used this on the bird wreath card.
To make the wreath I cut out 2 of the Memory Box  " CATALINA " dies adding a few punched out flowers & leaves to fill it up a bit more & also added a few pearls.
You know when you stand back & think it doesn't just look quite right ? So I decided to add a little bird ... I have no idea where I got this stamp from ....  it might be a free stamp from a craft magazine because it was in the box with all my  " freebies " OR it could have been from the 99p selection at a local craft store.
Because I'd left my chalk box out the day before & it was actually right in front of me on my worktop so I decided to add some pink & yellow chalk pigment along with a pink silky crush ribbon bow.
I also have another die from Memory Box called " GRAPEVINE " & I wondered if I could make a nest from it ... I cut 2 of them out, made a cut to open it up & started to roll it, adding a dab of glue as I went along to keep it in place. I put 3 little pearls inside for eggs ...
The wreath card was posted & on it's way before I made the nest so it didn't make it on the card.