Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Short and Simple (:(|)x

I have to be honest - there isn't much to write about this week! I've worked some long hours (22 hrs shift on Wed?!) and not done very much else. So this post will be short and simple - A display of the new cards that I've created to help me relax. I can seriously lose hours when I am sat at my desk colouring images.

This is the first showing of my first creation with my new stamp from Stamping Bella. It took me a bit of practice to get back into stamping as most of my images are digital now but I got it right after 4 attempts. It was fun to colour and add the obligatory glitter too!

I tried to keep the colours a little more muted than the brights I normally use. I got it from a lovely new shop called Crafty Mojo. ( 
The image is from the Uptown Girls range and coloured with Promarkers. I used glitter on the dress and jacket along with some glossy accents on the wine bottle and glasses. The papers are from American Crafts - Dear Lizzy range called Lucky Charm and I used a Martha Stewart punch for the zigzag edge. A couple of gems and a coordinating ribbon and it was complete. I'm not really sure who or what its for at the moment so I'll add a greeting when I decide! 

This card was a commission for Diane who was celebrating her 50th Birthday (Did you guess??) The paper is from Simple Stories Vintage bliss. I love stripey paper! The image is from Pink Petticoat. I used my Die-namics sky scene die cut and added some ribbon and a resin bird. Looking at it now I realise the Happy Birthday spots are not straight.... that would have really annoyed me if I'd noticed it earlier! I like things straight!! 

This one is just wonky because of me cropping. I probably took the picture with loads of things in the background so had the crop it right in close. I'm sure you recognise a fab Some Odd Girl image by now! I kept this quite clean and simple and am pleased with how it turned out. The paper is from Crate Paper - The Maggie Holmes range which is really funky. I love the pink Brick paper! The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup.

Right that's all from me for now

Monday, 17 February 2014

Photoshop elements and watermarks.

Evening all,
The Oth'half bought me Photoshop Elements for my laptop and taught me yesterday how to watermark my photos. He'd always done it for me before on his all singing & all dancing Photoshop but a quick search on You tube for how to do it on Elements 11 - and I was all set up.

So hopefully all my pictures for now on will be edited to perfection and watermarked to stop any sneaky digital thieves claiming my pictures as there own. (Although I'm not really sure what they would use them for??) I just need to find the right location now to photograph them in so they have the best light. So without further ado... here are a few more  creations to be showcased...

I made this card using the Some Odd Girl digital image of Tia coloured with Promarkers. Ava had just become a big sister to Baby brother Max. I kept it clean and simple with some flowery ribbon and Doodlebug lettering. Added a heart shaped button and some dots of liquid pearls to finish it off. 

I made this one for my gorgeous Goddaughter Lucy. She has recently started ballet and loves wearing her tutu as much as she loves Pink. I can't believe she is 3 already! The digital image is from Whimsy Doodles and coloured with Promarkers, I added some pink heart gems and paper shapes on the main section of the card and on the valley fold added a large hand cut "3" and a Happy Birthday greeting from Pebbles.  (

I made this card for a commission. I loved the way it came out! The image is from Tiddly Inks coloured with Promarkers and some die cut glittery clouds. The large number 3 was hand cut from American Crafts paper and attached to this cool shaped card. I added some Doodlebug lettering, ribbons and gems to finish it off. 

I actually added a Happy Birthday greeting on to this card but took the photo beforehand for some reason that now escapes me! I printed off several copies of this digital image to cut and layer like decoupage. I uses Echo Park dot papers and loved the colours of pink and aqua together. The ribbon is from Tilda that I got as a bargain at Hobbycraft. I die cut the letters from the same paper and added some stickles to make the water splashes sparkle. Finally, I mounted it onto pink Ombre paper and used a Letraset fine nib pen to add stitch effect details. 

All for now Monkeys, 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Best of the Boys.

Thought I would write a post to feature a few of my favourite Boys cards. I find them quite difficult to do as I can add all my usual flowers, glitter and gems. As for the "grungy" look - I just cannot do it! I like things bright and clean...

Also if you are sending a card to a man from a lady should the card have an image of a female or a male... so if I was sending my boy a Valentines card should it have a "Me" like image as its me sending him my love or an image of him.... Opinions please??

Stamped image is from Waltzing Mouse for a 60th birthday. Still managed to get a few gems on this one but kept them black so kind of Masculine! 

I made this one for my Dad - Often my family get left till last minute as I'm busy with everything else but at the time my Dad was coming to mow our lawns and help sort out the garden in the new house - so this image was perfect. I used Glossy accents on the front of the lawn mower to make is shiny. 

This a Some Odd Girl image that I loved colouring with my promarkers. The background paper is one from my digi stash from Pink Petticoat. Think the simple background is really effective. 

I can't remember who I made this for... maybe a commission. It uses Echo Park background papers and a magnolia stamp on a valley fold card. Edwin is coloured with promarkers - not a gem in sight but there is some glitter on the cloud! 

These tools were cut by hand by me and then shaded to give them some dimension. The tool box is made from ribbed paper to give it a rugged look. I got the idea from this out of one of the crafting magazines that I used to subscribe to - I don't tend to buy them now as having them digitally is soooo much easier.

This was a commission for an 18th birthday for a gadget & computer addict!I found the image from a digital stamp website - sorry I can't remember which one (Mental note to self - Keep notes! ) I also tried to keep the colours simple as I don't think an 18 year old boy can be impressed with a card - ever!

 Well - that is enough from me for now. 
Hope you like them... x