One for Jodi

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What an exciting day it was! Meeting my favourite author Jodi Picoult today in Brackley. I was left speechless. I had a million questions to ask her but didn't want to hold up the queue behind me. Jodi, thanks for making my day!

 
I made this card for Jodi because I wanted to let her know how much I enjoy her books. My original idea was to make one based on my favourite book "Handle with care" and to use a few elements from the story for the design. If you have read the book, you might understand that it was difficult to come up with a cheerful colour scheme that would fit the tone of the story.
 
My second idea was to use the text of the book for my woven background. I printed out a page from the extract and cut paper strips from this and Basic Grey's Little Black Dress. The owl was stamped with Woodware's Patch an owl on A Happy Heart papers and the sentiment comes from LOTV. Did you notice that the colours and background perfectly match Jodi's outfit (even the letter print scarf)?

 
Here is another card that I still want to share with you. This was made with Little Black Dress papers and Marianne Design lamp post cutting dies. 
 
 
I'm working on so many different projects right now, so stay tuned.
 
Happy Easter everyone!
Nic

Woven baby cards

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Today, the Woodware Baby Patch Elephant is back and I made two cards with weaving. Guess where the papers for the elephant came from...?  I chose a bigger format for this one (15.5 x 15.5 cm) because the stamped image takes up so much space. I always use foam pads to make the elephant pop out a little more.
 


 
Pick your favourite! That's all for today, but I've got more cards for you this week.
 
Getting closer to the long weekend... Getting there... Getting there!

Nic




Weaving magic

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Have you already sent your Easter greetings? I posted Easter cards to our family yesterday and hadn't anticipated how heavy my Easter bunnies had become. See, I love stamped cards with embellishments, but they become bulky and require special packaging (and a lot of careful handling).
 
With this in mind, this week will be all about lightweight cards. Let's start with some new weaving designs. I like to keep my woven cards simple and clean and preferably without sentiments. The layout looks more balanced if you only stick to the woven circle and whatever topper you place in the middle. I made two sets of these little beauties which can be used for any occasion. They would make a perfect gift set.
 
Bet you already spotted the Picadilly papers! The cutting dies are Spellbinders Medaillion One and Medaillion Five. 

 
Here is one of my earlier projects with Docraft Papermania Capsule Collection:
 
 
Just three words: Love.my.Spellbinders. Pick your favourite!

Next time more weaving magic with the adorable baby elephants. Stay tuned.

Nicki

The bunnies are back II

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I can't get enough of this cute LOTV bunny! Just wanted to share the two latest makes with you.
 
The first card was made with Hello Luscious. I used My Mind's Eye Meadow papers for the background on the second card and papers that came free with one magazine. Took me a while to decide which colours to use for the die cut flowers and went for pastel and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet.
 
Pick your favourite bunny! Check out my blog for some new ideas with weaving next time.

Hope that you will find plenty of inspiration online for your crafty projects this weekend.
Nic

Gorjuss cards

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If there is a constant trend in cardmaking, it must be upcycling and money saving. When I met fellow cardmaker Diane, I started saving every scrap of paper. It does come in handy and I am happy that I saved a few scraps of pretty patterend papers because I could still use them.
 
What I like even more is a good bargain. I can't resist a bargain in a charity shop (you can find buttons and fabric samples there) or on ebay. I could spend hours on ebay. It saves me a few quid here and there and some suppliers offer free P&P. It's worth comparing if you are investing in expensive cutting dies.
 
On to my big weekend project, a birthday card that (preferably) had to feature green, the name and age of the birthday girl and a bit of sparkle. While I was searching for ideas, I found a decoupage sheet of Gorjuss in my stash. I looked at the stamps and picked Gorjuss "Fallen". It was a tough choice, let me tell you!
 
For this card, I used papers from Basic Grey Hello Luscious and Little Black Dress. I didn't want to go over the top with green. My inspiration for the colour combo came right from my wardrobe: A peacock dress in green, turquoise, dark blue and black. The sentiment stamp comes from LOTV. Die cut two big flowers and stamped the bunting with Little Claire's stamps. I added a bit of glitter glue to her headband and collar:


I had so much fun stamping little Gorjuss that I decided to make a second card for someone special. I took inspiration from the bottle of my bath foam (yes!) which was orange, yellow and pink. Sounds odd, doesn't it, but it gives a pleasantly suprising result. The papers are BoBunny's Double Dot and the sentiment is from LOTV.
 
Now all you have to do is pick your favourite.
 
Happy Monday everyone!
Nic

For the very little ones

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I can't believe how freezing cold it is out there. It makes me want to stay home this weekend and work on my crafty projects. There are a few challenges ahead for me as I was asked to make birthday cards with a twist. First on my list is a 18th birthday card for a girl. Her favourite colour is green and from what I heard, she rocks her own style. I will go for a bit of grunge but in a cute way (can you already guess?) and I hope that my idea of the unusual colour combo will work out. I can't wait to get started this weekend!
 
I'm working on some baby cards right now and I want to share one with you from my scrapbooking days. The cute little teddy bear stamp comes from Artemio. This is one of my first cards and I still like it a lot:

 
The next cards are my designs with Woodware's adorable Baby Patch Elephant. The papers I used are So Happy from Echo Park. The papers with animals in the background come from my scrapbooking stash.

 
These cards were made from whatever paper scraps I could find and BoBunny's Double Dot papers. Thought it was a cute idea to add a bow to the elephant:
 
 
Hope you found some inspiration today. Before you leave, don't forget to pick your favourite.
 
Happy crafting everyone!
Nic


The bunnies are back

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Isn't it lovely to take a break from cardmaking and spending some quality time with a friend instead? After a day of colouring, cutting and embellishing, it was time to relax and our friend Diane came around and she brought two little (handmade gifts) with her. I'm happy that we had a chance to catch up.
 
Anyway, if you haven't found your way to my blog through Diane's site, check out her crafty projects here.
 
Back to the Easter theme today and some really cute cards that I made last night in a fit of inspiration. To keep it short and sweet, the stamp Patchwork Butterfly comes from LOTV and the papers from BoBunny Double Dot and Basic Grey Hello Luscious. Die cut some flowers and leaves and used 3D foam pads on some of them. The bunny was coloured with Promakers and coloured pencils.

Here they are, my little pieces of art:



The last one is my favourite. Have you picked yours already?

Happy crafting and take it easy at work tomorrow.

Nic

Thanks a bunch

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A break from the Easter cards today as I want to show you two of my favourite makes. It all started with a birthday card which followed the design of our wedding invitations - die cut flowers, border punch and dot embossed paper. I then decided to make two "Thank You" cards for a change and here are my little pieces of art:

 
The background shows the delicate Kissing Booth paper from Basic Grey. Cut flowers and leaves in different sizes with Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland, ink the edges, add half perls or gemstones and use 3D foam pads on some of the flowers. The "Thank You" stamp came as a free gift with a papercraft magazine. 

 
For this card, I used sample papers which I had found on ebay. With this design, you can easily use up your paper scraps. You can also add a stamped image to the center of the card.
 
I hope you fancy these little beauties as much as I do.
 
Have you picked your favourite yet?
 
Enjoy your weekend of crafting!
Nic
 

Easter flower power

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Jess is peacefully slumbering on my lap while I'm typing this and I know she will not want to move once she gets really comfortable. When I came home the other day, she seemed to be happy just sitting in the neighbour's front yard. I literally had to go in there, mumble an excuse to the neighbours and pick up the cat.

Back to my Easter projects and I'm proud to share these floral beauties with you. When I thought about Easter designs, I wanted to use Spellbinders Layered Flowers. It comes with four cutting dies which is perfect for filling a 12.5 x 12.5 cm piece of cardstock. First, I taped the three slightly smaller cutting dies on the back of the cardstock and cut out the shapes.

I started weaving tiny strips of paper for the background but it didn't look quite right. Luckily, I found the bright and colourful Hello Luscious papers from Basic Grey which are just right for Easter! Next, I cut four small squares of paper to use as a background, then punched a snowflake for one of the flowers.

I made a layered flower and placed it in the empty corner with 3D foam pads to make it pop out a little. The sentiment was made with Hero Arts' Happy Easter stamp. I also used 3D foam pads for this one. Finished the cards with half pearls and a bit of bling in the corners.

The next card was made with papers from Bo Bunny's Ambrosia collection and Double Dot - bold and bright.
 
Aren't they pretty? These are easy to make, lightweight cards that come with a splash of colour (just what we needed after a grey winter).
 
Pick your favourite!
 
Back later this week with more flower power.
Nic

Easter bunnies on the loose

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Easter is almost there and I have come up with some easy-peasy designs for you that only require paper, ribbon, embellishments and... a craft knife. When was the last time you used yours?
 
When I discovered scrapbooking and I hadn't invested in a Cutterpede yet, I relied on my craft knive to do the job... and it certainly did! When scrapbooking turned to cardmaking, I bought all these pretty dies, but the problem is you don't always find what you are looking for.
 
For my Easter project, I made a bunny shape by folding a sheet and drawing half of the bunny. I cut it out, taped it to the back of the cardstock and the cardstock to the craft mat and voilĂ ! This cute bunny was made in no time. The big advantage of using a craft knife is that it gives a clear and precise cut.
 
I used papers that came free with one of the cardmaking magazines. They are called "Sweet Memories" and just seemed perfect for an Easter theme. I gave each bunny a bow and added the usual bling and buttons.
 
These buttons come from Riverbank Revels. I like to keep my cards neat and tidy on the front and add the sentiment on the inside. After all, it isn't hard to guess that these are Easter greetings.

 

Well, I hope you found some inspiration on my blog today! If you like my designs, don't be shy to leave a comment. Oh... and before I forget it...

Pick your favourite!

Happy Monday everyone!
Nic

Fancy these papers

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Spring is in the air and Easter just around the corner. I haven't come up with any design yet so let's hope that creativity will strike me this weekend. While we're at it, I got in my first order for Christmas cards. Last year turned out to be a mass production and I made 85 cards in several night shifts. I'd say it's almost time to stock up on Christmas papers!
 
But first... Jess makes the headlines with this cute picture. She likes hiding under the table but also walking all over it. Clearly, she is up to no good here and probably on the outlook for food:


 
Today, I want to share with you some makes from last year. These little beauties were made with fabric hearts and the gorgeous Beach Babe papers from Fancy Pants. Yes, you can stamp on fabric. I should really stock up on these papers again. They are just my thing.


 
I also used Fancy Pants for this card and a fabric sample that I had picked up in a charity shop. I fringed the edges. The fabric flower came from my scrapbooking stash. The sentiment stamp is from Lili of the Valley.


I always keep a few makes for myself because you never know when you need one just to say "I think of you", "Thank You" or "Happy Birthday". Sometimes, it's difficult to part from your favourites, but I'm glad that I kept this colourful flower card and I'm sure it will brighten up someone's day.

Pick your favourite!

Have a crafty and creative weekend everyone.

Nic

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