Sunday, 3 October 2010

Wedding Invitation

This is the Wedding invitation I designed for Noel's brother and his wife for there summer wedding. Making it involved stamping, punch art, dimontes, embossing, and decopage!!

I'd like to enter this in a number of challenges this week:
Basic Grey- Sparkle
Secret Crafter - Easel Cards
Scrapbooksisters - Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Sweet Stampin - Punch it out
Pixie Dust Studio - Swirlie Swirls

Friday, 17 September 2010

Keeping it in the family.

This gorgeous mirror was made by my little Niece Hannah. She was only 8 when she came to stay with me over the summer, when I was home in Ireland. She and her sister came to stay with their me for a few days crafting and this was one of the creations which we made. The girls had a ball painting the frames and then making their own embellishments, including their initials and then chose a photo of themselves to include in their design to finish it off. This original creation now hangs in her bedroom and hopefully when they look in it they remember the fun times we shared making it.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Scrapbooksister's 2nd Card Challenge

These cards were inspired by a card which I purchased from SBS at their stand in Hempstead Valley one Sunday afternoon. If you're ever in the area on the last Sunday of the month be sure to call in and see the girls and the beautiful work which they have on display. I have had these Magnolia stamps for some time and never used them but over the summer made some time to play with them and my promarkers and once I started stamping and colouring I couldn't stop!!! I made lots of different colour combinations of this card but here are two of my favourite. I'd like to enter these into Scrapbooksisters' second card challenge 'Scalloped Circles' and thank them for the original inspiration of using circles to make a scalloped design.
I had never made an easel card before so this was completely new for me. I used nestibilities, martha stewart and woodware punches as well as Promarkers to colour my little magnolia girl.I was in Ireland when I made this and didn't have many papers to hand so decided to create the dotted strip using the swiss dot embossing folder and a strip of cream card. I was then able to use a distress pad to add the colour to the embossed strip. I added the floating balloon using a piece of twisted craft wire and love how the punched balloon floats in the air.

Stamps R Us Challenge

Today I am posting a card which I made over the summer for my friend's granddaughter Tilly, to celebrate her very first birthday. I started off with using one of the sugar nellie Gorgeous girls stamps and used promarkers to colour it. I then looked through a range of my stamps and selected random stamps to make the child's toys at the front. I used the nestibility circles and big shot to cut a circular aperture in the lilac card and also cut a smaller circle from some green card stock. I decided to create a 3D card and added a folded piece of cream card to the base and back so that my card would stand. I then used the cuttle bug swiss dot embossing folder to emboss the green circle which I distressed and 3D mounted onto the lilac circle on the back. The little girl and bird are attached using invisible thread and they are suspended from the top where I poked 2 small pin holes and threaded these through so that the girl appears to be on a swing. I used some pink tool to cover the holes at the top. To finish it all off I used a large woodware balloon punch to punch the balloons out of some dotty paper and added a distressed chipboard letter. I added the balloons by twisting some coloured wire around a pencil and using silicone glue to fix both ends.

My friend loved the card and her daughter had it framed in a shadow box as she liked it that much.

I really enjoyed making this card and would like to enter it in Stamps R Us challenge to create a card for a child’s birthday!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge

I've been so busy since coming back from my holidays in Ireland and I really haven't had much time to myself to craft so last night I decided to have a little me time. I made this little card to enter into Scrapbook sisters first ever card challenge.

The theme was Pink and Black, their signature colours and once I started I couldn't stop. I used bits and bobs from my stash and
lots of what I've learnt in classes at scrapbook sisters. I really enjoyed making this and look forward to entering future challenges.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

First attempt at Metal Embossing

I have fallen in love with Metal Art and have recently purchased a number of Ten Second Studio products from LB Crafts. When I was home in Ireland over half term I also managed to pick up some fantastic coloured metals at the bargain price of £1 per roll! I decided last week it was finally time to have a go and this is my first ever piece. We ran a staff/student masterclass last week in school where I shared with my colleagues and some of our most talented student more specialist art activities like metal embossing.
We created these by using an image of a butterfly which I found on the internet and used it as a template to trace the butterfly onto the metal. I then used a range of techniques and skills to em and deboss this little sample. I have shown it here prior to adding paint and destressing further as I wanted to show the different stages of my sample.

Happy Mother's Day Mum.

Even though my mum is no longer with us in person she is in my heart and with me always in spirit. On today of all days I especially miss her and think back on how fantastic a mother she was and the influence she had on me and my life despite only having her in with me for my first 19 years. I love you mum and hope that one day my children might love me as much as I love you. x
I was asked by Noel and his two brothers to make mother's day cards for their mum Sue. I really enjoyed making these for Sue as she is a dear lady and has always made me feel really welcome in her home and part of the family.

To Mum love from Noel.
Happy Mother's Day love Decky.

With love from Micky. x

I used a combinations of stamping, punching shapes, distressing and layering. I found half of a 12x12 page that I'd used in a previous layout because I loved the reds, black, and green tones in it. I used this as my starting point and as you can see continued with this colour scheme and style in all 3 cards.

To finish off the evening I made Decky's fiancee, Stacey a mother's day card from her boys.