At the end of May a young lady, who works with Bob, & her boyfriend moved into their new house - so I made a card for them.
It's from another freebie Hunydory kit & I thought the little birds outside their lovely birdhouse would make a nice change from the usual images.
I had a set of metal keys in my stash & first I coloured it with some alcohol inks, but didn't like the colour. About 18 months ago I inherited a mixture of embossing powders from a friend who had given up stamping - & when I went through them - there was this lovely powder blue colour. Now the key is just perfect for the card.
I have some "house" stamps - but they are either fussy & detailed or almost cartoon. This couple definitely deserved something a bit different.
Last year a colleague of mine had a book published that she had been writing & a few weeks ago we learnt that she had received an award for it.
My colleague comes from India & the stories in the book are in that genre. The award she has received the Culture award by the British Indian Society.
I wanted the card to reflect her book - here it is;
I copied the front cover of her book onto white card then used the Tattered Lace book die to cut the book shape.
The keen eyed amongst you may notice that the cut should be the other way up. I had so much trouble with the die that I didn't notice when I had to reposition it that I had turned it round. But it still looks like a book shape.
I also Googled the award Logo & put that on the insert. There isn't a nasty white splat on the insert - I have masked out the group name. She actually was officially given the award on 14 June.
This evening is the June meeting for the Mold club ladies - my first visit since being poorly - it will be so nice to see everyone.
I won't be showing you the photos of their project, as Mold II will be doing it as well - but not until July - & I don't want to spoil the surprise. At least I hope it will be a surprise. CSNW ladies will also be doing the same project in July - so all 3 club photos will be show one after the other.
I am about to update the project photos page with photos for the Mold July meeting. I will be showing Mold II ladies & CSNW ladies the same project sometime - but not sure when.
Right, off to put the box ready for tonight.
That's me for today.
This evening I have one of Betty's (Mold II) cards to show you, that she sent me last week.
What a great card, Betty.
I love the knight he really looks ready for action.
I hope you all had a nice weekend. We have had our grand-daughter here with us today which has been very nice indeed.
Before she came round I had a busy morning making quite a few birthday cards & a special congratulations card for a colleague who had written a book last year & received an award for it. I will show you the card when I have loaded it on my computer.
This evening I have the second set of photos from the Wednesday night meeting of the CSNW club.
As a change I chose a non-stamping project, which was in fact the easy folk art style that Rita of Mold II club showed the ladies about a year ago. I find it very relaxing & love the effect.
The ladies really enjoyed trying this project & here are their photos. At this point they are just designs on black card - but I am hoping some of them at least will come back next month as toppers on cards. We were rather a small gathering that evening - so just 6 photos to show you;
This circular design from Gwen has little sprays coming out of the circle at regular intervals - perhaps a little harder to see as she then added some more decorative dots. The centre circle of the design has the little swirled roses on it.
Grace also did a circular design & really went to town on the dotty surround to her 5-petal flowers.
Claire decided on a corner design which is really pretty - she was not happy with the red part of her design though. But it is still very pretty.
Fro Ruth another circular image accented by some blue dots in the design - which really lifts it from the black card.
Elvena went for really zingy colours & I will say that it looked far better "in the flesh". Really brightens up a dark & grey day.
Ann tried a corner design & also started working on a circle image. She has tried both types of flower. Hope to see the circular one finished - or another version of it.
I am glad you all enjoyed trying this technique, as I said, I find it very relaxing & worked in this very basic format not an expensive technique to add to your repertoire.
Today I have the first set of photos from the CSNW meeting on Wednesday evening. At the April meeting the group made the drapery cards but not all were finished so they had planned to bring them back for the May meeting. Unfortunately I could not make that meeting so they brought them with them on Wednesday. Here they are;
Two of the folds from Ruth in very delicate colours & some pretty lace embellishments to compliment the drapes.
Three very different finishes from Grace - using all of the designs - I like the way the corners in the top card just complete it
Claire brought along her delicate double drapery card which is embellished with a lovely lacy butterfly in the centre.
I really must change Claire's name card because it is not spelt correctly on there.
One of each design of drapery from Ann with some really pretty embellishments & stamping.
I love the way Ann has used the "waste" from cutting out the drapes to decorate the top corners in this bottom card.
Pretty in pink from Gwen & I love the complimentary die cut corner embellishments in the top card.
Then 2 more cards from Gwen - in very different styles.
Thank you for remembering to bring the cards back ladies - it was lovely to see them. It made me think that perhaps I may return to one of those designs for a couple of cards I have to make next week.
Once more the days have flown by & it is weekend time again - so have a lovely weekend.
Going through one of my magazines to see if there were any competitions in it I fancied trying - I spotted the card I had been looking for that Betty had had published. How I had missed it all those other times I don't know.
Last night was the June meeting for the CSNW club who meet in Rhuddlan. The ladies brought along finished cards from the last meeting we had which was at the beginning of April & some Show & Tell cards from May's meeting which didn't take place due to me being ill. So, I had lots of photos to take, along with photos of their project last night.
Bob & I are going to be out most of today meeting with a friend - so I won't have time to load the photos & resize them for today. I will do that tomorrow & start showing them later in the day.
Therefore for todays post I am showing you a member showcase card which is another of the cards that Betty (formerly of Mold II club) has sent me;
This card is beautiful Betty. I love the way you have used the flowers as a border to the focal image & what a lovely different Christmas card it makes. Goodness - Christmas cards! I think I made a couple earlier in the year in the hope I would not be giving myself a last minute rush this year. They are in a box marked "Finished Christmas cards" - I guess it is time I created some more to go with them.
Thank you again Betty for sending these to me. Were the images a freebie on a magazine?
That is my post for today - tomorrow I will have the first set of photos from last nights CSNW meeting.
Have a nice day everyone. 'Bye.
AFTER THOUGHT - you may be wondering why I added the fact that the CSNW club meet in Rhuddlan, when I don't normally do that. It was to distinguish between CSNW (which stands for Creative Stampers North Wales) & HSNW (which stands for Happy Stampers North West) the club I belong to as a member that brings you the Stamp Festival in Port Sunlight.
I have been asked the question several times as to whether they are connected & the answer is No - other than the fact that I am linked to both. It was one of the first members of CSNW that came up with the name quite a long time back, possibly helped by the knowledge of the HSNW name. I did at one time many years ago ask if the Mold clubs would like to give themselves a name but we didn't come up with one. They are known as Mold & Mold II purely for me to distinguish one from the other when talking about them here.
A couple of days ago I mentioned a member showcase card I wanted to show here, but that after looking through my magazines I couldn't find it again.
I contacted the person who had made the card - but she didn't know it had been published & couldn't tell me what it was like as she had sent several cards to the magazines.
The member I am talking about is Betty who has recently stopped coming to the Mold II club - but I am happy to say she keeps in touch & is obviously still making cards. Betty has now sent me several photos of her recent cards all of which have been sent to the magazines - so I am gradually going to show them here, one by one.
The one for today is this one;
This could very well be the card I saw as the papers & stamp were free on a recent magazine.
Thank you for sending them in Betty & I am pleased to see that you are still crafting.
This evening it is the June meeting of the CSNW club & this will be my first visit to members since my recent health problem. So it will be nice to be gradually getting back to normal.
Well, the plan today had been to bring you a member showcase, but when I sat down this morning to look out the item in the magazine(s) - I couldn't find it. I even went to the blue bag in the shed & looked through the ones that had been put. Not there either. I am sure I didn't dream it so I have emailed the person concerned & wait to hear back.
In the meantime here is another of my recently made cards;
This was another of my early resist technique toppers turned into a card.
I like this particular part of the technique, as you colour the cadr with 2 or 3 inks over the white embossed image, then stamp again with another image using the inks that are in the background. It is really nice how when you stamp with the same ink over a coloured background the colour appears stronger giving quite a bit of depth to the finished item. My splodge stamp got used again for the background on the fancy edged base card.
Good afternoon everyone. I do hope you are all having a good weekend & it seems like it is going to be a nice dry one.
Today I have another of my recently made cards to show you;
This was one of the first cards I completed when preparing for my resist techniques demos.
The text stamp I bought at the Stamp Festival last year & I cannot remember the name of the company. At that time they were on the stand next to Honey Doo stamps. I don't think they were there this year. But it is a really great background stamp.
As you can see there is some layering of stamped images in this one with floral images behind the text. The flowers are from Dreamees & the splodge stamp I have had for years & it is now getting a new lease of life.
When looking through some current magazines I spotted an item for a member showcase post - so I will photograph the item & post it tomorrow.
Yesterday afternoon I spent a little time sorting out the things I had been doing immediately before taking a break.
I had given several demonstrations on the resist technique, both at the craft shop at Daleside & Mold club, & at Happy Stampers club. In the process of demonstrating the various methos I gathered quite a few toppers & tags. So I sorted through them & seperated out the ones that were suitable for turning into cards.
This is what the samples looked like when I emptied them on to my desk;
and here is the first card I made today with one of those toppers.
I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. The black card in the background is just to "lift" the card from my glass craft mat, as the sun was shining on it.
It says "Sorry" because it is a Belated birthday card. Sorting the samples & making this card has given me my mojo back I think. I am not sure were I had left it but it was definitely missing for a while.
Back to the craft room & see what else I can make.
Today I am taking a break from catching up with showing you my recently made cards & bringing you a member news item.
This has come from Joanna of Mold club who sent it to me after I got back from holiday to use if I was short of things to show. Evidently she had this & a couple of other items in a document to send me & had only just remembered to do so.
Here is what she said in the email she sent;
" I shall tell you here about the Make with Cake Janet and I attended:
won an invite for myself and a friend to attend a 'Make with Cake' in Wrexham. I was hoping it would be at the Sizzix headquarters but instead it was held at a hotel (with the tightest, smallest car park you've ever seen!!!). There were about 30 people there from as far away as London, guess we were the lucky ones only travelling a few miles.
the afternoon using the Big Shot to cut out letters and flowers to decorate
a cushion cover (all materials provided) and the results were nice but with
only two ironing boards and irons available to attach the die-cuts etc.. it
was a long, rather tedious process.
We had a break for afternoon tea
which was very nice and then made a card - a little child-like, nothing too
skillful, but OK. It would have made more sense for the group to be split in
half and do the projects separately to make better use of the ironing bit
but...we all finished eventually.
We left with a goodie bag with
papers, a die, embossing folder and a few other bits and bobs.
pretty good for a Saturday afternoon :)"
Here is the cushion Joanna made;
& this is the die & embossing folder from her goodie bag.
Apart from having to wait for the iron it sounds like a great day.
Well I had a lovely surprise this afternoon when a package arrived for me with no indication of who it was from. I couldn't think what it could be as I had not been ordering anything. Perhaps Bob had bought me something!!
On opening it I found I had won a competition in "Card Making & Papercraft" magazine (issue 168).
I thought I would pop back in again today & show you the photos from the Mold II meeting last Tuesday, where the project was the butterfly card with Janet.
It looks as if Carol has used her own butterfly die for her card - which shows that this didn't have to be made with a solid image.
Lovely delicately decorated butterflies in Elizabeth's card.
Love the colours of Dot's butterflies & that really pretty background paper.
Nice vibrant card from Christine & I just love that sentiment on the front.
It is so true of many people.
Very zingy colours to Annette's butterflies. We don't seem to have a front view photo for this one.
Sadly the camera missed the name on the card - but looking at the next photo I think it is the inside of Sue's card.
Do you agree?
Lovely big bright colours from Rita, with a great background.
Beautiful pastel colours from Carolyn.
Thank you very much to Carolyn for taking the photos for me it is much appreciated.
The ladies did make the little squash card as well, but I do not have any photos of those to show you. So ladies if you want to take your own photo of what you made & send it to me I will show them on the blog.