Friday, 30 September 2011

Happy Birthday Karen

Today is the birthday of one of my lovely crafting pals, and it's a real milestone birthday !! 

I made this card especially for her and I do hope she likes it - Happy Birthday Karen, hope you have a splendid day.

I decided to use an elegant CAS design, with diecut shapes and pretty paper as the main design elements.  I added Platinum Stickles around the edges of the diecuts to add a little Birthday Bling and found the tiny number buttons at my local Art Shop a few days ago and thought they'd be just perfect.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Monochrome Naomi

Another Tuesday means another creation from me using a stamp from Queen Kat Designs - Naomi was designed by Myka Jelina for QKD and newly released for September.

I'm a huge fan of monochrome using watercolour to achieve the effect. However, I do love to experiment and push the boundaries of my tools and materials. To create today's card, I would normally have stamped the image on to watercolour paper using Distress Inks then used a water brush to drag ink from the outline to colour the image.

I also love using Copic and Promarker pens for colouring, so decided to have a go at using Copics to achieve a watercolour effect. What do you think ? Did I pull it off ? I'm quite pleased with the finished result and will use it again I think, maybe trying different colours.

I used a kraft basecard, a scrap of ribbon which I recycled from another card and a piece of patterned corrugated cardboard - I picked up a roll of it for a bargain price at my local art shop and just knew it would come in useful !

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you've enjoyed your visit.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

... and another LIM entry

The Purple Princess (aka Kathy) and I managed another craft stash acquisition expedition today and I picked up a few bits (!) at the lovely Violette's in Lakeland.  I just had to have this Christmas wreath and sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado and it's going to be perfect for some batch cardmaking (which I shall have to do in order to catch up with my Christmas card production once I get home).

Kathy didn't have any red or green inks in her stash here in Florida, so I used a couple of Marvy Le Plume pens to colour the stamp and 'huffed' on it before stamping it directly on to a 5x5 white card blank I created from a piece of 12x12 cardstock.  I stamped the front part of the sentiment banner a second time, cut it out and layered it up with silicone glue.  The final touch was some Christmas glitter from Sparkle n Sprinkle added to the berries in the wreath using a glue pen.

So, yet another entry for this weeks Less is More challenge and one more towards their goal of 1000 entries. 

Polar Ice Skater......

Yes, I am in sunny Florida with the fabulous Purple Princess and allowed to play on her wonderous table of craftiness - how lucky am I ?  Am missing my crafting since leaving home so it was sooooo... great to get a little inky at Kathy's. 

Wasn't relishing the prospect of not being able to enter the Simply Less Is More challenge for a while, but thanks to Kathy and her Florida stash I've managed an entry for this week.  Spookily it also fits right in for the Sketchie Challenge this week over on the Craft Mad and Loving It group on Craftbubble - great sketch Clare !

This great Christmas skating bear is from a set of Recollections stamps from Michaels - think I feel a craft shopping trip coming on ! 

What a pity that we have to take yet another trip to Viollette's craft emporium in Lakeland tomorrow - well, someone has to do it and the boys are planning a day of fun at the DIY store etc!

Not sure when I'll be posting from Florida again, but there will be a few pre-scheduled postings appearing on here while I'm away.

Thanks for popping by, and a huge welcome to my new Followers.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Tea & Cookies

I do hope you enjoyed last week's project featuring Tea Angel by Che Gilson.

After creating the teabag holder box, I thought it would be nice to create a pretty package for some cookies to go with the box, so this is the project I've got to show you today.

I've used Tea Angel coloured with Copics and the same cardstock colours as used on the teabag box.

I placed some cookies into a cello bag and attached the coloured image layered up on scalloped circles. Two large and two small flowers from my stash finish the decoration.

Here's a piccie of both the teabag box and cookie bag together.

Thanks for visiting today, I hope it's been fun !

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Hokey Pokey

This week we have an 'Anything Goes' theme for our Challenge #182 on Cute Card Thursday.  Our prize this week is sponsored by - Tickled Pink Stamps.

For my DT card I chose the super cute 'Hokey Pokey' from Nellie's Choice stamps - isn't she a Doll ?  I've coloured her with Copics and added Stardust Stickles on her fur trims, all the stars and snowflakes and around the image layer.

I used a Marianne's Die for the large snowflake, nestie heart frame for the bottom right layer, Martha Stewart snowflake punch and LOTV sentiment.  The background paper was a scrap I found in my stash which I think is from Elusive Images but very old.

Thanks for visiting today, hope you enjoyed my project. 

Monday, 12 September 2011

Time for Tea

Anyone for Tea?

There's nothing quite like a nice cup of tea to refresh you in the afternoon I think, and today's gorgeous image is 'Tea Angel' designed by Che Gilson which is one of the newly released stamps for September from Queen Kat Designs.

I've used Tea Angel to decorate a teabag holder box I created and coloured her with Copics. I added Glossy Accents on her bows and the cup and saucer to give them a little dimension.

The image layer was cut using a circle nestie die then attached over a slightly larger layer cut with a petite scallop nestie. All the papers and card used are from SU! and the small flowers punched from scraps of the same paper.

To decorate the top of the box I created a rosette from the paper, created a sentiment on the computer and cut out with a nestie to add to the centre.

I do hope you've enjoyed today's project - Tea Angel is in the QKD Store if you'd like to have her in your stamp stash.

Thanks for looking and have a great day !

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

At the Office...

There's a bit of a different theme for you with this week's Cute Card Thursdsay Challenge #181- 'In the Office'.  We'd like you to use things you might find in an office eg paper clips, staples, envelopes, clips etc etc on your projects.  Our prize sponsor is Simon Says Stamp and full details of the challenge can be found on the CCT blog along with the gorgeous creations from the rest of the DT to inspire you. 

On my DT card I've used the lovely Lizzie fairy image designed by Amy Brown for Queen Kat Designs and coloured her with Copics.

My basecard is Kraft and I've added string, staples, a page torn from a note pad and an admission ticket which was lying around on the desk as my embellies.  I created the flower using Crealies flower dies and a metal brad in the centre, finished off with a touch of purple Stickles. 

I really enjoyed the challenge this week, hope you like my project.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

NOEL with bells on !!

It's wednesday and there's a new challenge on the I Love Promarkers blog.  This week we're asking for a metal embelishment or charm on your projects and the prize is sponsored by Joanna Sheen.

I bought the first issue of a new craft magazine called 'Creative Stamping' this week which had a sheet of Christmas stamps as a free gift.  I used the NOEL stamp from the set, coloured it with my Promarkers then added Glossy Accents to give the letters some dimension.  The papers were also a free gift with a magazine. 

The filigree shape was cut with a Marianne's fancy corner die and I added the red gems as highlights.  The bell charms were attached using red thread and a punched poinsetia added to hide the join.  Finally I added a little red Stickles where the two papers join.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, it was a fast and fun card to create.

Monday, 5 September 2011


Goooood morning Crafters ... welcome to tuesday here at Stamping Grandma.

I've used one of the new stamps released by Queen Kat Designs for September on my card today. The lovely Naomi was designed by Myka Jelina and I love her oriental feel design.I've coloured Naomi with Copics and used a tiny floral stamp to embelish the edges around the image layer using Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.

The scrap of lace was in my stash and I attached it using gold coloured staples, then added a strip of flowers cut with a Martha Stewart punch over the top. The pretty oriental theme paper was from my stash and the beaded embellie and pearl topped pin have been sitting my stash for ages waiting to be used on the right card ! No sentiment on the front so it can be personalised later.

Hope you like it - leave me a comment and let me know what you think .

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Happily Ever After

Yesterday saw the wedding of the youngest son of our pals Janet & John - if you've dropped by my blog before you may well have seen these invitations I made earlier in the year. 

It was a lovely day, the weather was kind with the rain not arriving til late in the evening.  

Here's the Bridal Party outside the reception, the Bride was beautiful and all the bridesmaids and pageboys were well behaved - the pageboys were running around having a great time when this pic was taken so are missing from it !!

I expect you can see a pink and white theme going on here, and everything was really prettily co-ordinated.  The table centres were sort of lava lamps with white ostrich feathers on top and looked like palm trees - really effective.

Here's the cake, very pretty and quite yummy with fruit, chocolate and vanilla sponge layers and a few cupcakes for the children.

Hope you've enjoyed a sneak peak at what I was busy doing yesterday - I'm hoping to get a little crafting done later today and will have a project to share with you on here tomorrow.