Sunday, 20 April 2008

Holey Moley it's another Friday Challenge from Leonie!

I got in a right mess with this one!

I thought outside the box (well hole!) with this one and knew what I wanted to do straight away.

I inked over a beige base card with an ink pad. Then I peeled off the top sheet of a pack of round 3-D foam pads (recycling again!) and inked this with 2 different colour dauber duos. I tried to attach this to the base card with micro dots but forgot that it has a shiny surface to stick to the foam so the micro dots went everywhere. However I think they look ok now - like parts of the soil! So in the end I used gold brads to fix the holey paper onto the base card. I threaded earthy coloured fibres through the top holes and stapled them onto the card (apparently stapling is very in at the moment!). I found the mole clipart through a google search and stuck him on with 3-D foam pads.

Here he is - holey moley!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Leonie's magical challenge!

As I'd already done a fairy ATC for another challenge I decided to have a different take on 'magic' in a Paul Daniels way!

I heat embossed (I think embossing is a form of magic!) a black outline using embossing pens and clear powder. I stuck on 4 mini playing cards which I had saved from a Christmas cracker but not done anything with yet. I finished by heat embossing the words 'magic' and 'tricks' onto the card along with a heart and diamond shape. Finally I added some gems.

'That's magic!'

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Rainbow Lady's Fairy Challenge

For the challenge I decided to make a fairy ATC - I love fairies so this challenge was right up my street!

I used a pink base card and stuck a panel of K&Co paper in the middle. I then inked around the corners using a purple dauber duo. The cream corners are from a QVC scrapbook kit and I added rub ons, and sticky gems. The fairy is a die cut I purchased on ebay. To finish I coloured in peel offs using a purple peel off pen to spell 'fairy' and 'fly'.

Sorry about the photo - I need to practise!

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Craft Fair- Hotel Elizabeth Felixstowe, Suffolk

I will be selling my handmade cards at a craft fair on Sunday 20th April at the Hotel Elizabeth (formally The Orwell Hotel). The craft fair is open 10am-4pm and this month is in aid of The Blue Cross animal rescue centre. There are stalls selling a wide range of items such as photos and prints, cakes, jewellery, and many other crafts and gifts. Pop in and have a browse and support this charity.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Leonie's recycling challenge

This challenge was right up my street as I am now officially obsessed with recycling!

I covered the base card with the inside of an envelope, and attatched some acetate which my flowers from the Sunday market came wrapped in, with some coloured brads. The zig zag paper was from the Christmas scrapbook kit from QVC and is the waste left after I'd punched out one of the die cuts. I coloured this with an ink pad. The main image is cut from a box of kiddies biscuits which reminds me of the Paper Nation characters (attatched with 3-D foam pads.)

Thursday, 3 April 2008

What I've been up to this week!

This month Fingertips themed ATC swap is 'kitchen delights'. i've continued with my recycling mission(!) and created my base cards from a box of broken biscuits. I've added ribbons, peel off letters, and I found the stickers on ebay.

I've added some more pictures onto my flicker of a Christmas scrapbook I've just finished. I used QVC kit 586040. This was a fabulous kit containing an album, papers, chipboard and paper embellishments. Plus you get cards, ribbons and die cut letters. I've made the album, loads of cards and still have many embellishments left over. Inside the album there are pockets for your Xmas cards so I used the kit to scrapbook my baby's first christmas.

After leaving the top off my glue stick (next to a radiator!) too many times I thought I'd try some micro dots from QVC. I am now converted! They are brilliant! Stronger than I thought and very neat. I felt like Dawn and Leonie while I was using them!! I will definatly use these more from now on. You get a kit with 5 rolls and 2 A5 sheets of dots - these are available on the QVC website, just type in micro dots. They came in really handy to complete the scrapbook and are strong enough for chipboard too.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

The History of Cards

One of the craft magazines this month recommended the following website for information about the history of cards.
It has lovely photos of cards produced in the early 1900's, the slide show is good, and has interesting reading about how sending cards came about. Worth a look.