Baby cards

I have a tutorial over here on the Crafting Ireland blog today showing how I made these two baby cards…. A boy version…

boy card

And a girl version…
girl card

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A whale of a celebration….

Hi all,

This month the challenge over at the Sarah Hurley blog is ‘Celebration’! I created this fun tag using some of Sarah’s papers. I used the chevron for the tag base and some of the wood grain for the banner on the tag. The sentiment comes from one of the printable kits. The whale is a cutting file that Sarah has up over in the Silhouette store, I love this guy! I stamped his eye with a stamp from the zombie girl doodle doll set and drew on his mouth. The sequins make a little trail of bubbles that he is blowing. I added some doodling in grey pen around the sides of the tag, and also inked up all the edges.

Make sure to head over and check out the challenge and join in the fun!!


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More Letter Swapping

Hi All,

Just dropping by with a quick share from a letter swap I did through the Artsy Fartsy group in the US. My swap partner said she loved steampunk and burgandy was her colour. Oh and her name began with C! I went quite wild on this one. I spread texture paste on it randomly to get texture on it and then painted it a burgandy colour. I used metal foil tape to do the metal effect parts. I then applied crackle paint in places – quite heavily in some places! I then went quite wild adding on cogs, fuses and even a light bulb that I aged by painting with a layer of crackle accents. I used some thinned down black paint to age the piece up a lot.pic 6
You can see some of the details closer up below. I love how the lightbulb turned out.pic 3The crackle and the metal effect work well together….pic 4pic 5On the back of the piece I applied some text paper and used the texture paste to give it a plaster work effect….pic 1I hope my swap partner liked it!!

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Retro Computer Card

Hi all,

Dropping by here today to share a card I made using some fun products. I have this up on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog today also. I made a retro computer themed card and used the really cool circuit board paper from the Sarah Hurley A Few Of My Favourite Things paper collection (Vol 1). I also used some black, grey and white card and a old floppy disk and some buttons off an old keyboard.

 I created a card base from grey card and matted the circuit board paper on some black card to make it pop. I then used the white card to make a label for my floppy disk.

 On the label I stamped the sentiment in a font builder stamp set and used the keyboard numbers for the sentiment number. I used some pencil lines to help me align everything up a bit.

 Here is the floppy disk all ready to go…

 And there is the card all put together. I left it quite clean and simple and let the background paper and the floppy disk be the main focal point. Oh and its a card for a boy to, so we know they don’t notice the lack of extras on a card! :)


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Letter Swapping Fun

Recently my crafty friend Sandi surprised me with a gorgeous altered letter N as a RAK. As great minds always think alike I had also done a altered letter for her! She recently did up her craft room in white and teal and so I made this letter to match. I had a teal letter S in my stash so it was obviously meant to be!

I painted the front and the back of the letter white and left the insides teal. I then used texture paste through a stencil for some dimension on it. I got a lot of white flowers and used turquoise Dylusions spray to give them a hint of teal blue. I then painted and inked up a lot of chipboard shapes to give a steampunk style – but pretty steampunk.

pic 1You can see a close up of the texture here….
pic 2I die cut the bird out of some news script paper and added him to the letter with a quote from a paper pack page tucked in behind him.
pic 3

I used the same stencil on the back just using copper paint through it. I also edged all sides of the letter with copper paint.

pic 4


Hopefully she enjoys it! Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week :)

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Tied the Knot

To me June is always wedding season  - I seem to make so many wedding cards and I know a lot of people choose it as the month to get married. I made this card recently. The couple are young and fun and I wanted the card to reflect that. I used a gorgeous linen embossed card from Papermill Direct for the card base and for the white topper panel. I created the sentiment on my computer and printed on the card. I die cut the heart and wrapped the red twine around it and tied it in the middle of the heart. I used some tape on the back to keep the twine from moving. I then mounted the white panel on foam pads onto the red panel.

I kept it really simple and elegant and hopefully a bit different! You can see the fill card below but it came out a bit over exposed.

pic 1 You can see the detail on this image a bit better….the texture on the white card is just so cool!pic 2

I am entering this into the Papermill Direct June competition which is June themed cards – and as I said June is wedding to me! Check out their blog post on the challenge here.


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World of Imagination!!

Hi all,

We are celebrating the launch of the new ‘World of Imagination’ range on the 10th. Sarah has been working on this range for over a year now and we are super pleased to be sharing it with the world with this initial launch. Each of the Design Team will be sharing the reveal of a new product on their blog at the end there will be the opportunity to win one of these products!

Just hop through all of the team leaving a comment to let us know what you think of the products and then at the last stop (on the 365 blog) leave us a comment telling us what you think of then range and which item you would like to win – we’ll pick one winner to win their choice of item. This closes on the 15th at midnight GMT.

My super fun product is these really fun felt party hats. They simply clip in, so cute! They are part of the pocket money dress up range. I love that they just clip in, non of those horrible elastic bands to go under the chin!

The running order of the hop in case you get lost is below but your next stop on the hop is Lisa….

Claire Newcombe
365 Blog

The Mayor of Make Believe will be waiting for you at the 365 blog to see what you thought of the range, tell him what you would like to win and we’ll pick one lucky winner to win the prize of their choice!

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Summer Brights!

For this months Sarah Hurley challenge I created a desktop background for my computer using the April A Few Of My Favourite Things 365 digital kit. I wanted something fun and summery and bright that would cheer me up every time I sat down to work on my computer! I used the digital journalling cards to create the background by flipping them around and laying them out to make a large background image. I then used lots of elements from the journalling cards to ‘embellish’ the desktop background!

summer desktop background small


Make sure you check out the challenge and see what the rest of the design team have created. Then go make something yourself and be sure to enter it for a chance to win some lovely goodies!!

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Shearing Alpacas!

Hi all, I am here today to share a rare event from me – a layout! I tend to do a digital layout once in a blue moon. I always do them in A4 size with the idea that I will eventually get them all put into one of those digital photo books that you can get printed. I recently visited an alpaca farm and spent a day helping out at their shearing event –  long story! I got some great photos that I thought deserved a page so here you are….

I used the April ‘A Few of My Favourite Things’ Digital 365 kit for this one. I love the colours and patterns of the journaling cards in this kit. I knew I was unlikely to print them out and use them as journaling cards so I created this page instead. I used Photoshop but you could use any program really. I laid the cards out and cropped my photos to fit along the right hand side. I added the title using a font called Sketch Block. The date was added using the Sarah Hurley Handwriting font which is available here.

alpaca shearing

You could do this technique with pre-printed journaling cards or the cards from the physical kits too. It would look very fun stitched down too – real or faux. On this layout I liked the graphic clean look though.

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Bee Tender!

Its time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Place! The theme this month is Tenderness.

This is probably the most personal journal page I have shared to date. I suffer from a constant pain condition and sometimes I need to be a bit easier on myself for not being able to do certain things the way I used to – so have to be more tender with myself. This page was a reminder that strength is not a physical thing but a mind set. As long as I can get up every day, get myself to work and keep on going I will be ok!

I had lots of fun creating this background. I covered the pages with a generous coating of gesso and pressed a honeycomb embossing folder into it while wet to get the texture. I then used water colours to get my colours on the background and the drips. I highlighted the edges of the page and some areas with a brushing of copper ink for some shimmer.

bee 1You can see the texture quite well in this shot and the variety in colour too. The bees were from a mini stamp I have. I stamped them on water colour paper, painted them and fussy cut them out – but only the bodies and wings, not the legs etc. I stamped the bee on the page to get the legs and antenna and then stuck the bodies on over the stamped image.bee 3You can see some of the copper shimmer here. I stamped the sentiment with a Lawn Fawn alphabet set.bee 2


Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you liked my page!

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