Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi there!

Wow - second post within a week! I hope I'm not raising your expectations - LOL!

Anyway, thought I would showcase some more cards that I have done for the latest challenge on A Passion with Papertrey!

These cards are variants on a theme for some that I made to sell at work over the last couple of weeks. (In order to help fund my love of card making I sell cards on behalf of a charity that has special meaning for me -
The Eve Appeal. I keep the proceeds of the cost of making the cards to help fund more crafty stash and then any profit goes to The Eve Appeal. Over the last 5 years I have managed to raise over £1,000 for the charity - just by selling cards to family, friends, friends of friends, co-workers, neighbours as well as occasionally attending local craft events.)

As Red is The Eve Appeal's colour and a heart is incorporated into their logo, I think these cards are very appropriate! March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so next month I hope to hold an open house as part of the Eve Appeal and Ovacome's "Make Time for Tea" campaign - even though I don't personally drink tea -LOL!

Anyway, this is the first card which showcases a CAS style.

This second one is very similar to the ones I made for work (although I have added the strip of white hearts to this one which makes it much better I think). This one then got me thinking and I am came up with the other cards.

The final card was done using a masking technique to get the white heart "border".

Card Recipe
Stamps: PTI Simple Valentine, PTI Background Basics: Hearts
Cardstock: PTI Kraft
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy, Ancient Page Coal Black
Accessories/Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Signo uni-ball white gel pen, SU stampin dimensionals, Muji black double tipped marker pen

Thanks for stopping by!

A la prochaine! Amitiés!


Tuesday, 9 February 2010

PTI Challenge – “Paint” by Number Sketch

Well this is a series of firsts!

  • This is the first official post on my blog (although I’ve had the blog for a while I've been a bit nervous about posting - LOL!)
  • This is the first time I have taken part in a PTI challenge (although I've only ever taken part in two other challenges previously)
  • This is the first time I've followed a sketch, and finally
  • I don't think I've ever used as many colours on one card (I'm really into monochromatic cards at the moment)!

So it’s official – I am WAY out of my comfort zone!

When I first saw Nichole’s entry for the PTI challenge on her blog and looked at the colour palette for my name I was pleased as I thought it was a lovely combination (“N-S” palette: kraft, smokey shadow, scarlet jewel, sweet blush & vintage cream) and thank goodness it wasn’t the colour palette for “H-M”! Then I re-read the instructions and discovered that you had to use your online user name and not your actual name – Agggh! Yes, as you can clearly see from my blog header I fell into the “H-M” category after all: white, ripe avocado, raspberry fizz, orange zest and terracotta tile.

Well it took me a while but I got there in the end (but boy I am going to be tired at work today as it was a bit of a late one as I finished work late last night and then went straight on to a very belated New Year dinner (it was postponed from the original date due to the snow in case you were wondering!) before I even had a chance to start on the card.

Anyway, on to the important bit - the card!

Card Recipe
Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Petal Power, PTI Turning a New Leaf, PTI Signature Greetings
Cardstock: PTI Ripe Avocado, PTI Raspberry Fizz, SU Whisper White, SU Only Orange, SU Ruby Red
Ink: PTI Ripe Avocado, Versamark
Accessories/Tools: SU Scallop Border Edge Punch, SU Scallop Circle Punch, Green Pearl Papermania Brad from Stash, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

You will notice that I did not have some of the PTI colours so had to go for some substitutes from my stash. I made the flower by merging two ideas from different blogs (one being Dawn McVey’s, the other I can’t remember or find - sorry! - EDITED to add Julie's blog). I used the SU scallop circle punch twice on PTI raspberry fizz cardstock and then scrunched them up so much that eventually the edges of the cardstock started to separate and I was then able to peel each one into two. As a result I ended up with 4 layers. I then cut into the scallops of two of the layers and then used these as the “inner” layers of the flower and curled up the “petals”. To hold it all together I used a green pearl Papermania brad from my stash. Voilà!


A la prochaine! Amitiés!



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