Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
So change of stamp, change of papers and change of card size and a completely different look. Now compared to you lot it's simple stuff but it keeps me happy. Bet you all recognise what I've used but any questions just leave a comment. Off to watch the box now. If I carry on my hands will be k*******d.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
This is by my niece and she's seven. She made every bit of this herself and took all the artistic decisions including the idea of using a picture from her fairy magazine as the background, position of Tinkerbell and adding the peel-off butterfly. She's been cardmaking longer than some of you lot.This is Lizzie's card. She is a regular correspondent but usually sends bought ones . She is a sporadic cardmaker . She's a busy social life and works as a volunteer in Oxfam. Mum Helen has just retired and is also doing more cardmaking.The colour repro on this one is c***. I tried-I really did but the grading must have fooled my poor little Panasonic and my basic knowledge. It came from a foreign country-well Kent. Dahn Sarff as they say. Not sure who made it -could have been my nephew, my niece,or my other little sis.
Think the bug has bit all the lot of 'em. Wonder what the next post will bring?
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Friday we went to the funeral of a friend. Just about a year ago we were at their lovely home having a great meal, hearing about their holiday in India-a place they loved-and looking at the stunning prints created from the shots taken there. Then everything changed. Dorothy my DH's highly talented photography friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died not long after. Meanwhile Derek was also in hospital but recovered and had started to make plans for more travels. He had a stroke and died. His funeral was a humanist one and deeply moving. Their son will be taking their ashes to India to scatter in the place they loved so much. As you get older it's hard to lose people you've only just got to know.
By contrast on Thursday we were out with some friends I've known since I was at school. They live in Southern Ireland now near Cork-well about sixty miles away I think but in Irish terms that's near. It's called Ahakista and is about as far away as you can get on the Irish mainland from the UK. We went to a Tappas bar in Todmorden. Tappas is a new experience for my DH but I think he enjoyed it.
Back to crafting. Dh has gone to an exhibition but I've stayed home to catch up with the all important blog. I've been admonished by my crafty friend in France Batty B. Apparently some of my postings have "not been up to my usual standard". I'm also in trouble 'cos the name of my blog closely resembles her "Batty's burblings from the batcave" which is a piece she used to write in The Stampman newsletter. I panicked when I had to choose a name for my blog and that was all I could think of! I didn't copy -honest-just put the first thing that came into my head and went for it. I've also struggled with my piccies.Been more piccy with them- ha ha but can't get the colours to look right.
It all started when I saw the packaging on an upmarket Easter Egg given to my DH at the weekend by little sis. Clear embossing on black card -ping! went my little brain cells. What you'll have to see for yourselves is the card on Craftwork Cards blog which I based it on. Kath did a whole week of lovely cards and really set me thinking. Those stamps are so easy to work with. I used the Army and navy card candy and perfect pearls plus some of my precious swarovski crystals. The organza ribbon really stood out against the black. I'm going to have a go at a box using the same technique. Have just checked out the CwC blog and my card is there!! Sadly I really wish I could share the original with you. The colours just zing against the black .
Next I tried stamping with versamark and brushing the perfect pearls over the top. The vase is from a CwC template that is in the bloomin' lovely goody bag. I just versamarked the black card brushed the perfect pearls over and cut out the shape. I used paper cord for the stems. The insert I stamped the swirl in grey ink over the corner. I usually go with blank inserts so a bit of a first
Number three is also based on one of Kath's cards but I used pink and brown. I didn't have a pink mat so I cut one with a nestie which was a bit smaller so I did a skewiffy and put it on some more CwC card.That's all for now but will be back later to share some cards made by O.P's (other peeps). Some not very old. Ah -ha and a card I've managed to make using my new crafty friend. I'm still in my dressing gown 'cos this wasn't going to take long. Oops. Hope this lot is O.K. Batty.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
More news-Paul is guest designer for Elzybells this week and he's been posting some lovely stuff
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Why am I fed up then if I've managed to retrieve the situation? After I'd messed about I took a shot of the final card and that's when I realised the lovely little bunny wasn't in the middle. If it weren't for the dotty paper it wouldn't be half as obvious but it is. I'll have to trim it which will mean that the printing on the back will not be balanced although the one inside shouldn't be too bad . Back to the drawing board or should I say the whisky bottle or the cold compress.
To add to my woes I can't seem to work out how to get the piccies I took with my camera held sideways to publish upright except by doing it through Picasa which is why the final version of the card is in a separate post. I think I'll go lie down now.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Here's two I made earlier.
Last year in fact. I did make another which involved eighteen candles but I was so tired and rushed afterwards that I didn't photograph it. Afterwards I vowed never to buy those candle blanks from Craftwork Cards again but guess what-I succumbed at Harrogate. There was a great sample on the stand using the beautiful gold foiled papers and I gave in.
The eighteen one was for my grandson. "Bit over the top this one grandma" he said.