Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Card Crazy

I'm having a really busy week, so this has been the first real opportunity to sit down for five minutes and have a breather. We've been busy settling the new horse in. So far, so good, but more to say on that subject another time.
For now though, I've had a bit of a card making explosion. I love it when a plan comes together. Do you remember I had a self-imposed ban on buying anything craft related in July? Well, let's just say, I've more than made up for it in August! I'm going to ban myself again in September (whilst somehow making a card for Daughter 1.)
So here are a few of the things I've been making.

I think I'll be giving this to Son 1 near the end of August, but it's satisfied my urge to make a gatefold card. The stamp was a freebie with a magazine, which is doing the rounds a bit (isn't it Margaret!) and I'm pleased to be able to use up some of this pack of papers, as I don't really like it and have found it very difficult to work with. I'll know better next time!

I've made this card using my Sizzix Texture Boutique to emboss the main card and the little flower topper. Sorry the picture quality isn't very good, but I think you get the general idea. I am obsessed with embossing (see my attempt at embossing acetate tomorrow). I emboss everything that doesn't move. My sister sent me a postcard from Malta and I absentmindedly embossed it. I have to say it was much improved (the colours seemed more pronounced, somehow).

Do you remember I made a little shed card last week? Well, following on from that, here is my greenhouse:

I am really pleased with this card. My mum would have loved it. Quite a time-consuming card to make, as you have to cut out a template first, then do all the cutting of the card, backing it with acetate (I can't help feeling acetate is going to feature quite heavily in my work for a while!) and finding just the right colour to back it with, then making the little tree and the plant in the pot, but it was a labour of love. I'll be hard pushed to give this one away!

I went to my local craft class last night. I have made the decision to go every time it's on as an aid to my flagging social life. I was a bit down in the dumps before we went on holiday as I spend a heck of a lot of time on my own here, and am craving some 'girl time'. The craft class is an ideal way to satisfy my urge for female company, plus I get to make some brilliant things and learn a lot at the same time.
We were meant to be doing quilling, so we all had a go and decided it was far too fiddly (ever tried it?) It might be something I do more of in the future but it'll take a lot of patience. We decided it was time to make a stepper card instead, so this is mine:

Considering I'm avoiding Christmas like the plague until November, I was only too pleased to have a go at this, as I think stepper cards are fantastic. Hope you like it.

Well I'm off to emboss the cat. Have a good day, everyone.
Mrs O.


  1. Who's been a busy girl then? Your cards are fab! I do like that car stamp and the paper that you have used :o) If I have a paper that I'm not keen on I use in my matting and layering as you only see a bit of it or colour it with my Promarkers. Your little embossing machine must be getting plenty of exercise.
    I could never get to grips with quilling, definitely to fiddly for my big mitts lol A friend of mine made me a greenhouse card a couple of years ago, I'll email a piccie of it. Your Christmas card is gorgeous, I must try a stepper card.
    Don't forget to post a picture of the embossed cat hehehe :o)

  2. Forgot to ask if you're going to the Stitch and Creative Crafts show in Manchester 3rd-5th September? You won't be able to have a ban on spending if you are lol I'm probably going on the Sunday this year with a friend. We usually go on the Saturday but she's pre-booked
    Margaret xx

  3. Your cards are lovely, as usual. I particularly like the embossed one, very pretty. I've never tried quilling - far too fiddly! M x

  4. Nice cards, what do you do with them all?

  5. I WANT that gingerbread man card!
    I have a friend who's nuts about gingerbread men.

  6. Cheyenne, I sell the cards at church to raise money for an orphanage in India, but I also took some up to Worksop to sell on a Hope For Heroes stall.
    June if you want to send me your details I'll send you the card. My email address is I'm so glad you like it, it was fun to make.


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