Friday, 25 November 2016

Masculine with Lots of Layers

Hello sweet crafty peeps and welcome to my blog.  Hope you are all having a fabulous day.

Sharing another of my 'man' cards today.
In my last post I shared the card I made for my oldest son's (and his wife's too of course) Anniversary.  This card was made for his birthday.  The Anniversary card was a bit  'girly' for him (although I'm sure he still liked it, LOL!!)  but he was quite happy with this one.

The papers are mostly from Maja but there are also a few scraps from other Manufacturers .. not sure which though.
Used my scissors to distress all the edges.

Hadn't used my embossing folders for ages so decided to emboss one of the paper layers to add a bit of interest.  I lightly rubbed a Charcoal VersaColor inkpad over the embossing to help it stand out a bit more.

Tiny bit of metal wire that just appeared on my work desk (not sure how, or where it came from??  Must have been lurking amongst the mess!!  LOL!!) so I added that to my card as well as a chippy from Scrapmatts.

A couple of screw top brads and a square paper clip were also included.

Added some black and white paint splatters.

The inside ..

Voila!!  All done!!

The challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is all about embossing so, I thought I would enter this one over there.

Thank you all so much for your visit and for taking a look at my creations.   Enjoy what's left of the week and have a great weekend!!!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 21 November 2016

A Sweet Anniversary

Hello dear friends and welcome to my blog today, so pleased you dropped by. A very special welcome to my new followers.  So very happy you are coming along on my crafty journey.

My oldest son and his gorgeous lady celebrated their Anniversary a couple of weeks ago and I'd like to share the card I made for them.  Difficult sometimes, making an Anniversary card.  I mean, when you're making a card for both a male and a female, which way do you go??   Feminine or masculine!!!  Well, I guess I went feminine with this one, although I did try to tone it down a bit (Sort of!!  LOL!!).

The papers are mainly from Maja and, once again, I've used the blank from a die cut flourish as one of my layers.

The white bloom is one available from Megs Garden, the other little bloom is from my stash.
The leaves are a die from Memory Box and, along with a twine bow and some gauze,  I also added a few prills to the cluster.

The wire ends from the flowers were losely twisted around the end of a paint brush and left to dangle down the card.

The greeting was printed out from my computer and I simply mounted it on a scrap piece of chipboard.

The inside ..

My daughter-in-law loved it .. my son's reaction??  Meh! .. It's a girl card!!  LOL!!

Have finished all my Birthday, etc. cards for this year (still have a couple to share) so now I can concentrate on Christmas!!
Definitely time to get into the Christmas spirit!!  Woo! Hoo!

Thank you so much for visiting and taking a look.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
Take care and God Bless.


Monday, 14 November 2016

Clean and Simple - My Way

Hello sweet crafty friends, thank you for stopping by my blog today.
Hope your weather is being nice.  We had some lovely days down here in Adelaide and then all of a sudden we're back to winter again.  Don't know what's going on but I don't think anyone is enjoying these destructive storms we keep having  .. most unusual.  Let's hope we don't have any more.

Ok, finished complaining about the weather.  I am actually here to share a birthday card created for my niece.

This one is a little different for me.   Just recently, in October actually, I participated in the 'Hop to Stop' and created a few CAS cards for it.  (If you'd like to take a look HERE is the link)  They were totally out of my comfort zone but I quite enjoyed the challenge and decided to have another try.
This is about as clean and simple as I got.

After cutting the card base I sprayed the front with a little 'Whale Watch Blue' Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray.  
I used up some more of those gorgeous Maja papers I received as a gift from Heather Jacob.  After not being able to get my hands on any, I now have so much that I won't run out for ages .. and ages .. and ages and .. well, you get the idea!!  LOL!!

 Still used flowers (it is a girly card after all), but only a couple and just added a twine bow.

 Added some washi tape under the cluster and a scrapmatts chippie.
The chippie was coloured with  'Lapislazuli' stamp pad by VersaColor and then coated in Glossy Accents.

Popped a few sticky back gems around and added some micro beads as well.  Wanted to add a lot more stuff but had to keep reminding myself that this was supposed to be clean and simple.  LOL!!

The usual on the inside.  One pocket to hold a gift voucher and the other to hold a journal card with a personal message.

My version of Clean and Simple and I'm quite pleased with the result.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my creations.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 7 November 2016

A Friend's Birthday Card

Hello sweet crafty peeps.  So pleased you took the time to stop by and hope you are having a wonderful day.

I have another of my girl  cards to share with you today.  This was made for one of my best friends' birthday and I really hope she likes it.  I have no problem posting this before I give it to her because she doesn't actually own a computer (I know!!!  Amazing isn't it??  Especially in this day and age) and gets along very well without it!

The papers I've used here are from Kaisercraft.  Not exactly stash busting because they were purchased just recently, but they were left over from a previous project so, in a way, still stash busting I guess!!

Got the inspo for the die cut piece taken out of the side from the new Tim Holtz  Mixed Media Thinlits dies.  I purchased a couple of those recently too and thought that idea would work equally well with other dies.  The one I've used here is the Framing Flourishes from Die Namics.

The twirly bits ?? (not sure what to call them) are some long stamens I purchased ages ago from one of our cheapie Variety Stores.  They are about 8" long with tiny glass beads at one end and just white paper wrapped around the other.  I've just cut them in half so I could use both ends, and gently twisted them around a thin wooden skewer.  I re-discovered them just recently hiding in my stash and really love how they look.  Unfortunately, the store has closed down so have to use them wisely because I can't get them any more.

The large white bloom and the tiny rosebuds are available from Megs Garden.

The usual on the inside ..

.. and, because it was a bit front heavy, I added some of the same paper to the back.

I really love the subtle colour of these papers .. unfortunately I have now used them all up!!
Good for the stash busting .. not so good 'cause' now I have no more!!  Ah well, can't have it both ways I gues!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look.
Have yourself a wonderful week.
Take care and God Bless.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Stash Busting for a Man Card!!

G'day crafty peeps and welcome to my bloggy space.  Lovely to have you visit.

Here I am with another one of my blokes cards.  Think I've mentioned once or twice (or maybe more times!  LOL!!) that I have more male friends and rellies than female, so I do have to make quite a few of these.  I don't mind though .. I quite enjoy making them.

Have been inspired again by Lizzy Hill to do some stash busting, so the papers are a mix from different collections by Kaisercraft although the number strip is from Prima. 

Distressed the edges and did some inking with Ground Espresso Distress Inks.

 Added a shaped paper clip ..
 .. a couple of cogs ..
 .. and a little twine as well.  All from my stash. 

The 'Happy Birthday' chippie is from 2 Crafty Chipboard (yep!  from my stash!).  It was randomly coloured with Bronze VersaColor.

Pockets on the inside as usual.

 Done!!  .. and my stash is a little smaller .. LOL!!

Thank you for dropping in for a visit  and hoping I have given a little inspiration.

Enjoy the rest of your day!!
Take care and God Bless.