Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I must be a sucker for punishment

Not content with making and sending 121 cards for myself plus a number donated to charity I am still making them! After four attempts to acquire a retired Sizzix die finally one arrived so I have played with it.

Also I have been playing with parchment again, this time using a fine grid so a lot more work than the intended card which is supposed to be made on a bold grid.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday was productive

First I finished the card which I started yesterday, I am quite pleased with the result. I have no idea who will be getting it yet, possibly the next person I know to have a birthday.

I decided to cover a box of card blanks/envelopes which I am giving to a friend, the friend who is getting the blue card. I have printed 'Handcrafted by - her name' on the backs of various sizes of cards.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Back to parchment at last

For fairly obvious reasons most of my Christmas cards were not parchment, in fact I only made a few of those this year. Now I have finished, or just about finished with making them all (I have one to do this evening and that will be number 120!) I have been able to play with parchment again. I have just finished one and am well into another one. This one is for a former neighbour who has a birthday in early January, this lady is a cardmaker but has no computer so will not see this. How do people make cards without access to a computer? I digress, this card is using a favourite pattern from Parchment Craft magazine, I have made variations of it a number of times.

Now I had better get on with that Christmas card then I can finish another parchment card which was designed by the same person who designed the card above.

Alex's 2nd birthday card

My grandson, Alex, will be two on Christmas Day so I made this card for him. The owl is cut using a Sizzix die and the backing paper is Joanna Sheen's Hoot the Owl paper pad.

For his Christmas card I decided on a gingerbread man, again using a Sizzix die. I scanned the gingerbread man then using PSP then Word made a backing paper to match the topper.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The cat card in all its glory!

These two photos show the concertina card, all fourteen surfaces. Seven domestic cats on one side and seven big cats on the other. There is a ribbon tie at each side to hold the whole thing together.

The cat card - part two

The big cats.

The cat card

Domestic cats. The single image is the cover, the other scans are two to a page. The card is A5 size.

Done and dusted!

I think I have finished my Christmas cards for this year, I say think as it will be Sod's Law that I have forgotten someone and they will send me a card. so far I have made and sent 115 cards this year.

In the past few days I have made a couple of birthday cards as well as messing about with some scraps of parchment.

One birthday card was something of a marathon, it is a concertina card with fourteen surfaces, each has a different image. Seven of the surfaces are of domestic cats, seven are big cats. My cousin, Sandie, loves cats of all kinds so I hope she will like the card. It weighs a ton so I will be giving it to her rather than posting it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Bling

During the past week or so I have been playing with glitter card and paper, glittery Christmas ribbon from the garden centre, die-cut snowflakes and snowflake ornaments from the garden centre. Some of the snowflakes are fairly heavy so I have been using Pinflair glue gel for strength.

The little robin is also on ribbon, just not glittery.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

May 2008

Here are some cards from May 2008

An experiment with using a piece of purple parchment, I am not sure that would be something I will repeat.

A pretty decoupage card using a design from Crafty Nikki.

The butterfly card is a design by Christine Coleman.

Just fiddling about pricking and snipping then added a piece of Dufex decoupage.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Still ploughing through April 2008

I am beginning to wonder if I got any sleep this month as I certainly appear to have been prolific. These are just some of the parchment cards, I was also making other cards to give myself a break.

First half of April 2008

I appear to have done a fair amount of iris folding during this time but still managed to turn out some parchment cards during this time.

The dates for these cards are 1st, 3rd, 9th and 15th April.

Some other cards of the same era

Looking back through my scans I see that I also went through an 'oriental' stage around the same time and here are a few non-parchment cards made in March 2008, some 'iris folding' was also a favourite at this time.

Finishing off March 2008's parchment cards

If nothing else I was enthusiastic about parching as the number of cards produced at this time appears to reflect. I must confess that I frequently worked until 3am, in fact I still do.

The two with the coloured flowers are a Christine Coleman pattern and the colouring was done with polychromos pencils.

Decoupaged flower is in Duflex.

Dates are 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th and 30th March.