Monday, 14 May 2012

Gingham Challenge at Moxie Fab World

I made another PTI tag recently for Mother's day, and the idea came to me simply from some gorgeous red gingham ribbon I had on hand... (the rest kinda flowed from there)...

As you would have it, Moxie Fab World was holding a Gingham Challenge.!

So here's my little gingham Mother's day number now entered into the challenge.

Of course, since the colours and the retro-bird (SU bird punch) and PTI gingham stamp made me chirpy happy, [enter groan re: sad pun] I made about ten others, but without the "mum" stamped on it!

So now, everyone's birthday presents are going to have a red and white gingham theme...

Ok, maybe not Dad's! I'm not sure he'd appreciate it...

So peeps, join in the challenge!

AM xxx

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Mother's Day

I know that all these designated days to celebrate things are far too commercial etc but it does hopefully make people stop and appreciate those people in their lives that can sometimes be taken for granted.. Like mums. There all the time to listen, to consol, to support, to drive you nuts or all of the above! :)

So here's to mums, wherever they may be - here to hug or no longer with us, but nonetheless in our hearts forever... Happy Mothers Day peeps!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Mobile Blogger Test Run

I have been bummed that I can't upload my photos onto blogger using my iPad to date, so I'm giving the app a go..!

Here's one of the cards I recently made for mother's day... I'm really happy with the graduated colour, this might be a go for a multi pack perhaps?

What do you guys think?

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Birthday twill

Hi I'm back and posting from my beloved ipad! I seriously wonder what I did before it.. although the answer to that is probably more work as now it's just too easy to browse and waste spend hours checking out all the fabulous sites out there.

Sometimes it's hard not to want to buy everything! I still have my favourite stamp companies, but what I do know is if I think I have to have it, i add it to my cart and let it sit there for at least a few weeks. Inevitably, once it sits there for a while, I can usually work out whether I can use it more more than a few cards or whether I was loving it because I saw someone use it and make something amazing. I wish I did that earlier...

I have a lot of stamps I bought early on which I barely use .. maybe time for a wee sale soon!

However, in the meantime, here's a card that uses many of my favorite things! Kraft/Crumb cake card stock and texture - lots of it!

Happy crafting peeps!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sympathy Cards

It's always difficult to have to make someone a card during such difficult times, it's usually the moment your mojo is bound to desert you! So many I have seen are also floral and feminine which makes it difficult when you are either giving to a man, or when it is a male that has died. 

I decided that having some sympathy cards on hand is a little sad, but necessary. This was an attempt to keep things clean and simple, but modest and toned down. I had made a few others but they were all so dark and depressing. I've decided that even though this one is quite 'white' by comparison, I thought it a better option. Let's face it, it's hard enough for those left behind without giving them a totally depressing card as well!

I know when my yiayia (grandma) died, I really appreciated the cards we received and the thoughts and memories people wrote down as they remembered her.

That's the kind of card I think I would like to give. Appropriate to the mood, but hopefully a little uplifting.

The detailed photo hopefully allows you to see that the paper is linen textured again. I have also distressed the edges (honestly, no pun intended, but perhaps a little prophetic!)  The inside also has the partial medallion stamped on the opposite side in the same basic grey.

What do you think? 
AM x


Stamps:  SU! medallion, Sincere Salutations
Paper: PTI White, SU! Basic Grey, Vellum
Ink: SU! Basic Grey, StayzOn Jet Black
Misc: Tim Holtz distressing tool

Monday, 30 January 2012

Butterflies for all ages

I was never a girly girl growing up, but there's something about butterflies that doesn't have to be naf. I think here they can also look a bit retro/vintage, without looking 'shabby chic' (a look I would love to pull off, but have not a hope in hell of doing so! hehe)

This is one of my new birthday cards, simple, but hopefully effective!

I also pulled out my old crimper after making an effort to pull out a lot of my old tools, ribbons etc and make good use out of them. The crimper was stuck in one of the back drawers. I don't know why I neglected it, It adds such great texture with little fuss! 

The butterflies are three dimensional and I think they add a little extra whimsy that way. I initially made it for tweenage girls, but I don't think I would mind one myself! (young at heart at least - ahem!)

The entire card is textured with the linen/canvas impression plate from PTI. I have decided you may be hard-pressed to find a card I am not using it on lately!

Happy crafting!    AM x


Stamps:  SU! Hostess Afterthoughts
Paper:  PTI White, SU! Crumb Cake, Real Red
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Ribbon Girl red striped twill, SU! Embosslits Beautiful Wings, PTI Linen/Canvas Impression Plate.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Busy Little Bee ...

Just in case you thought I was disappearing again, I was actually busy working on an exciting new project ... I'm actually opening up a web store! Crazy I know!

In the meantime, I will be sending around a newsletter via email with a few of my more recent cards and an order form for those of you who are interested. For those card bloggers, I will still have a basic list of supplies at the bottom of my posts!

It's more than a little daunting, but hey - one can only try! 

So in the spirit of recent card-making, here is a sample of a few of my latest creations!

I can see me making this is a variety of colours (in fact, I have used this design for a number of cards already) but if anyone likes the idea, it may even become a multi- pack in different colours with a whole variety of sentiments ready to adhere so that whoever buys the pack, can choose the sentiment, stick it on an viola! It can be as much as a farewell, thinking of you, or thank you card as much as it is a birthday card! What do you think? - Thanking Jennifer McGuire for that idea!
I've also posted a more detailed shot as I have run the front through the PTI bookprint impression plate. I LOVE these impression plates and the simple but fine texture they give to cards!

So here's the detailed shot -
I hope you like this one. I have to say I have become quite fond of the brightness of it without it being too girly.

It makes me smile - I hope it does the same for you!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

AM x

Stamps: SU! four frames, HA birthday sentiments.
Paper:  PTI white, SU! real red, pretty in pink, Basic Black
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: PTI bookprint Impression Plate

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Clean & Simple Online Class - Pushing the boundaries

When Jennifer McGuire gave a tutorial on 'Wet Inking' in the Clean & Simple Online class, I got myself into a right tizz! Not only was I lacking distress inks, but my attempts were going from dismal to pathetic...

These were Jennifer's cards:

Then to make the fear factor worse, a friend of mine Michelle Lupton went on to use the tutorial to make THIS amazing card which Jennifer herself twitted about!

So of course, it made me shake in my proverbial boots even further. I nearly gave up, but I did ultimately come up with a 'passable' card: I used Baja Breeeze SU classic ink on the craft mat and sprayed perfect pearls onto it. I used my acrylic block as the stamp.

This was ultimately the card I came up with.. Not sure that I should post it, but what's a learining curve without mistakes eh? Besides, I am protecting my ego a little by not posting the other previous attempts (which promptly made their way into the bin where they belonged!)

No laughing at the bit I messed up on the bottom left and had to place an askew sentiment which now doesn't let the card sit flush on the table top!

Well there you go!

Happy stamping people, not sure whether I'll brave this one again - it was very outside my comfort zone, but then again one never knows!

Take care, Anne-Marie x

New Valentines Card

Last night, I was playing around in the craft room (there is a benefit to insomnia afterall!) and I came across THIS design by the amazing Julie Ebersole who is one of the designers of the Clear & Simple Online class and I fell in love with the simplicity of the design and the banners in conjunction with the circles.

This was my take on her design...

I am loving Real Red from SU! I recently bought it because Ruby Red was too muted (and retired) and Cherry Cobbler was too deep for a primary red. I took the cue from Susan Raihala who thinks real red is the best red ever - I must say, I'm tending to agree!

The banners are from a cheap paper pad I bought at a dollar store (they're all from the same sheet which is great as they're more likely to compliment each other). I am really struggling with using patterned paper on my cards, so this was a much simpler way of attempting it!

The 3D hearts were die cut and folded in the middle. I folded 3 of them, and put a flat one on the back to make them more sturdy. I got the dimension idea from this Christmas Card (PS: I forgot to write down the source, so feel free to claim it as yours in comments and I'll credit you properly) ... and because I was so happy with this card, I made a few more!

Gotta love it when things come together without much effort don't you!

Hope everyone else has a wonderful crafting day!

Cheers, Anne-Marie xxx

Friday, 13 January 2012

Background text 2

This next card is a totally different vibe, despite it being a birthday card as well. It takes the texts and covers it in vellum (or in my case tracing paper). Its a fairly masculine card, but I like the cleanness of it!

I stuck the vellum down under the centred ribbon, it doesn't flap as much in real life but hopefully you get the idea...

The sentiment is stamped on a die set by My Favourite Things. It's really versatile and you can use each shape individually or in the nesting set like this is!

The texture on the card is Canvas - it's the reverse side of the PTI Linen Impression Plate.. talk about value for money!

Well that's it for me - that's a whole flurry of posts after a long absence! Anne-Marie x