Friday, 28 November 2008

Two more Vintage Style!!

Please click on pictures for a closer view!
Here are another two that were inspired by those two little
vintage cards of mine, not so much their pictures, more the
sentiments. I have used K & Co papers on both of these from
their classic range. A little secret here.....shhh...don't tell
anyone but as I don't possess any of those new fancy gadgets,
i.e die cutting machines, or nestie thingy's I saw these
beautiful coasters!!!! yes thats right paper coasters, well I
thought they were too damn nice to place me wine glass upon!!
so here they are, the white one is really fine and beautifully
embossed, the Green one is embossed just around the edges,
flower brad is from DC, added liquid pearls in Ruby Red. TFL xx

Warm Woolie Wishes!!

These little embellishments just rock!!! they are Joe Cool!!!
they are from my Artworks and they come in black and white
and a lovely cool blue and white.
These papers are from DC, punched snowflakes and
added little gems to centre, tinsel and pom pom ribbon
from papermania. TFL xx

Ruby Rudy in Flowers!!

I just love this stamp, its from Inkadinkadoo, and can be stamped
in an array of colours. This was stamped with Color Box Ruby, I
have added punched flowers in white and red to carry on the trail,
with red and irridescent sparkles added to centre.
Red flower stone brad is from DC, organza wide ribbon tied at top
and I have sewn on a little red jingle bell.
Red swirl paper underneath is DCWV Christmas glitter stack.
TFL xx

A Little bit of Card Making History!!!

Hello all you crafty bloggers, I don't know if any of you have heard
of a Company called Raphael, Tuck & Sons? but they were prolific
printers in the 1800s. They produced books, postcards, greeting
cards, die cut cards, fringed silk cards, scrapbook, puzzles and more.
They were granted a Royal Warrant by none other than
Queen Victoria herself!!!mmm pretty interesting hey!!
They were based in Moorfields (London), but it was destroyed in
the London Bombing Blitz of WWII along with original art work,
postcards, and history records. On a good note, they were so
popular that there are quite a few of their cards in circulation
today, mainly by collectors! Well I happen to have one!!! whooo
I bought a few antique cards from a market stall about 6 years
ago and found them the other I thought I'd share two
of the Christmas cards with you and thought a little bit of
history should repeat itself and have used one of the poems.
The sentiments are so sincere and beautiful the cards are tiny,
only about 3" high, but are really sweet, they are both
Christmas cards although I would have thought the little
chicks would have been better for Easter, but
then maybe they didn't have that many pictures then???
Here is a picture of them and my one using the same
sentiment! Enjoy them, I hope they inspire you! TFL xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Snow way it took me all day!!!!

Oh yes it did!!!
Firstly stamped with Staz-On black ink. Stamp is from Uptown
Rubber stamps, I have had this one a few years now so don't
know if it is still available! I then coloured the image with my
W & N watercolour Pencils. Little tip here, I found by colouring
all around the image in a light shade it emphasized the image and
made the snow look more realistic! Another tip - I read somewhere
that by putting little white dots on your images face it
draws the eyes in!!!! whooo get me!!!

For the background I used a silk paper embossed with Merry
Christmas, I water coloured all around the edges of this
and my image to co-ordinate. Punched out heart shapes
in baby blue shimmer card. I found some lovely clear
buttons with the word snow, I threaded these with fine
white raffia and attached them with silicone glue and
placed them on top of the hearts. I drew around a heart
shape (from an aperture card) with a water colour pencil
in the same blue, this made it easier to blend and colour
once I had cut out the shape. Punched out snowflakes
from white glitter card and added to the heart.
Added double foam pads to heart to give it a real lift,
added beautiful satin baby blue ribbon and bow and also
white ric rac ribbon down side. Punched out little stars in
the same baby blue shimmer paper and added little star
gems on top then placed on each corner of image.
This is the finished card, I am really pleased with the result.
Thought I'd show you it in stages. TFL xx

This is where the Magic Happens!!!!Lol

Main desk with my Snowman card in progress!!

Other desk is used for stamping etc!!!

Oooh, don't you just love snooping around other peoples
craft rooms!!

Can you see all the stamps hiding under the shelving???

Shelving for Card Stock - Inspiration Station on door heart!!

Ribbon /Paper storage!! - When in doubt-hide it under your desk!!!
Computer Says No!!!

Well, thought I would take a few piccies of my craft room in full
glory and show you the card that has taken me nearly all day
to do and the mess I can make in the process!!!Lol Is anybody
else this messy????

Monday, 24 November 2008

Vintage Tag Card!!

Made this little card today. I really liked this stamp, saw it in
hobbycraft a while back. When I went back last week it had
been reduced to £7.99 so I thought mmmm not bad....shall I?
shan't I??? Well I did!! and when I got to the till it had gone
down even more to 4.99 whoo hoo bargain!!!! so had a little
practice run with it today. Coloured with W & N water colour
pallette, then distressed with Tom Holtz Vintage Photo.
Punched out hearts and holly. Merry Christmas is an old
stamp from Personal Impressions, stamped with Encore
Ultimate Metallic Gold. Lace, flower, ribbon and brad from stash,
papers from DC Victorian Christmas, finished off with a sprinkling
of stickles star dust! think that's everything!! TFL xx

Funky Trees!!

Hello all you bloggers, I hope you are all getting your
Christmas Cards ready!!! Here is my entry for this weeks
No.24 Penny Black Saturday Challenge!! If you fancy your
chances here is the link:
all they are asking for this week is to have a funky twist to
your cards, staying away from the traditional colours and
of course adding a lovely Penny Black stamp! Well as you
can see, to go with my Pink, Green and White Christmas trees
I've got some nice pink, green and white snowflakes??? ha ha,
Stamp is from Christmas Critters which I have stamped into
the body of the trees (well I used the stamp three times and
then cut out my tree)! Added some stamp n stuff embossing
powder in kaleidoscope and heat embossed. Tore some nice
purple snow drifts for the background and added sparkles.
Finished off with some lovely cotton twill ribbon in green and
white and a lovely cerise pink satin ribbon at the top.
Get your sunglasses out!!! TFL xx

Friday, 21 November 2008

12 Days of Christmas in 12 Days!!!!!

OMG!!! These stamps seem to have taken me forever to finish,
but at last they are all present and correct!!! Hooray!!! I must
say, I have completed two collections!!! I also fitted in a few
birthday cards too!!!
I have mounted them all on gate fold cards. Stamped images
onto white card with Black Staz-On. Punched out design with
heart shape and stamped wording seperately, again with
Staz-On. Water coloured with W & N water colour paints and
edged with same.
Added sparkle to coloured edges, then mat and layered with
white card then co-ordinating colour card and used foam pads to
give 3d effect. TFL xx

Flower Power!!!!

Here we go again!! another flower arrangement, (don't know
whether my vocation in life should be floristry??? this card
is for a lovely 80 year old lady. TFL xx

70 Years Young!!!!

Made this card for a friend. I think you have all probably guessed
now...that I just love using paper flowers on my cards!!!!Lol!!
quite like this colour combination too, especially the moss green
roses! TFL xx

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Happy Birthday to You!!!

Made this little card today for a neighbour. She really is a
lovely girl! so hopefully she will like this card as it represents
her, (well in my eyes) mmmm. Used all bits and pieces from
stash, as I now have all my embellishments in jars (organised
chaos !!!)I have no idea where they are from LOL!!!!!
TFL xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Christmas at our House!!!

Wouldn't mind this as my front door!!! This card I have had a
few requests for! It is a front door with lovely pillars.To make
it personalised either use their door number or the Name of
the house or even use their Surnames that always looks
good! The card for the door and surround has fine lines embossed
into it. Hand drew and cut out all the different bits and pieces
and arranged. When you make any new templates always make
up two sets, one on just plain white card to keep for future
cards. Used peel-off stickers for the letter box and door knob
(which was the centre of the letter 'O')! and door No.
Cut a red piece of card for the door mat and added peel-off
greeting. The Wreath and trees are embellishments from
local craft shop, ribbon from stash. TFL xx

Snow is in the Air!

Made this little card today after the weather report.....saying
snow is heading our way by the end of the week! Brrrrrr -
though I think this little card has a warm feel to it?
I used card that has an iridescent look under the light.
Stamped randomly with snowflake stamp from (Santa Rosa CA)
in clear embossing ink then added white embossing powder and
set with heat gun. I cut another piece of card (about an inch thick
to wrap around the card) punched a hole into the side of the card
and wrap.
Threaded an antique white ribbon and tied on sentiment. As the
card does not open fully with the ribbon is tied through it, I scored
a new fold about an inch in from the edge of the card
(back and front). I then placed double sided tape down
the edge of this new fold to secure. Finally added this beautiful
snowflake embellishment. TFL xx
P.S. Click on images for a close up!! you get a much clearer view
of the snowflakes. xx

Friday, 14 November 2008

Fair Isle the Moggie is Back!!!

That's the name I have given this cheeky moggie! his jumper
reminds me of one! He is just a delight to colour, the different colour
combinations for this jumper are going to be endless so I
think I will be doing quite a few of these!!! Have water coloured him
with my W&N water colour palette, papers are K & Co and DC
comtemporary christmas, hearts and snowflakes are punched,
have added sparkles, ribbons from stash. TFL Have a fab weekend!!xx
P.S. Don't forget to click on pictures for a closer look!!! x