Monday, 20 September 2010

Well I've done it...Keep you posted!

Just to let you all know, I have entered the Autumn Edwin into the DT competition at http://cinspirations.blogspot.com/2010/09/design-team-call.html, so we'll just have to wait and see. It's the first thing like that that I have ever entered, so am just pleased to have the opportunity really! Also can I just say a HUGE thank you to those of you who have become followers, I really appreciate it and it is lovely to have you joining me on my learning curve that is blogging! Any hints and tips are GREATLY appreciated! Ha ha ha! Well, that's all for now, have to wrap up my other halfs Birthday goodies and hide them for Thursday - he's like a child the week before Christmas and goes hunting all through the house!
Wishing you all a fantastic week, big hugs,
Katy. xxx

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Autumn Edwin!

Another addition on this Saturday evening! We have the fair where I live at the moment so I'm trapped in my house as we can't use the road (it's full of fairground rides and hoardes of people!) so instead today I had a play with two stamps I'd not yet used, sitting edwin, and the watering can. My Docrafts buddy Caroline suggested I make a card with an autumn colour theme and enter it into a design team competition, so I'm hoping for some feedback on this one before I go ahead!
You can't really tell from the photograph but I've used martha stewarts optic dot border punch near the bottom of the card. I've added some crackle gloss once again to the watering can, I just thought it makes it look a bit aged and rusty! You can see that a bit better below...

Sorry for the sheen on this, I can't work my camera either! Lol! I'm not sure how to turn the flash off so hence the ultra shiny appearance! You can sort of see tha crackle though...
I added some glitter to Edwins wings too, I thought he looked a bit plain next to the watering can without it.

I've used a butterfly punch and a maple leaf punch too, punching out vellum for the leaves at the bottom and the little butterflies on top. I scrunched the leaves a bit before gluing them down to make them look a bit more like autumn leaves dropped from a tree.
Well that's all for today, hope everyone is having a lovely week, and happy crafting!
xxx

The countdown to Christmas begins...

This is my first magnolia Christmas card, with the lovely Tilda holding a Christmas tree!
I wanted a faded background on this so I edged it with Distress crackle paint in tattered rose, I need some more practice with this technique but it is similar to the effect I was after!

I also added glitter on Tildas halo thingy (not sure if that's what it is or if it is a headband, any ideas please let me know!) and to the tree. I also added some 3D gloss as baubles to the tree, and some crackle gloss to her boots to mirror the edged crackle theme. I think I need more time to get to like this one, not too sure at the moment! Let me know what you think, and thank you to everyone who left a lovely message this week - I thank you all for your patience while I learn! Ha ha!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Blog Candy!

I've just been on Lillemors blog and she has some terrific Magnolia blog candy up for grabs! http://lillemorsmagnoliablogg.blogspot.com/2010/09/blogcandy.html

Monday, 13 September 2010

Farewell Friend... We're all gonna miss ya!

This is the saddest card I've had to make, a leaving card for one of the funniest ladies I've ever had the pleasure to work with - Good luck Kim honey! I made a hidden tag for everyone at work to sign - that's why it's blank on here!


Surprise Pop-up Tilda card...

This is my first attempt at a surprise pop-up card, they're actually really easy to make despite appearances! This is Ballerina Tilda, another stamp sent to me by Caroline, yes she really is that generous!

The picture above shows the card when the tag is pulled, below shows the card folded flat...

Tilda with Flowing Hair - Featuring Magnolia Tree!

Here's another Tilda, with the tree in the background...

Life's a Beach!

Another Tilda card! This is paddling Tilda!


Life is a fairytale!

Another quick post - this is Fairytale Tilda... I think I used some colours that were too bold on this one...


Spanish Tilda!

Here was a quick make with one of the newer stamps sent to me by one of my docraft buddies Caroline (she's always so helpful and generous! Thanks hun!)

Another Kimmie! This time it's Posie!

This is another Kraftin Kimmie stamp, purchased from http://www.quixoticpaperie.co.uk/
I'm not so pleased with the layout of this one but love the stamp!
And here's a closer image.....

Especially for my big sis!

Hi! This is one of the Kraftin Kimmie stamps, Marie Antionette - isn't she gorgeous? I thought she'd do well for my sisters birthday card (she insisted her name was one here somewhere so I snuck it in the brad! Ha ha!


Here's  a close up of her (my camera isn't great so sorry for the picture quality!)

Princess Tilda and my first ever competition win!

I made this card for a competition at my local craft shop The Paperlane in Northallerton, UK, you can visit their website on http://www.thepaperlane.co.uk/ They sell the wonderful Magnolia stamps and Molly Blooms, plus Gorjuss girls and many more crafty materials besides, they're fab! I was lucky enough to win their monthly competition in June entitled "June Bug" with this card, the only rule was to include a handmade bug of some descript - hence the butterfly!


The butterfly was coloured from chipboard with Tim Holtz crackle paint weathered wood, then triple embossed and sequins and beads were added while the embossing powder was wet. I hope you like her!                   
  I had some problems with this card though, I used some glimmer mist and it curled my papers so they didn't sit as flush as I'd've liked, any hints and tips on this greatly received!   I've distressed everything with walnut stain distress ink and have added stickles on the edge of all my papers. I've also used glittered embossing powder and a versamark pen for her dress, and added glitter to her gloves and socks. To finish everything off I've added perfect pearls to her crown and to the buttons on her shoes!                      

One of my first Magnolias

This is the first card I created using a Magnolia stamp, it's Tilda in the rain! I saw this quote in one of my dad's quote books and thought it was adorable!
Here's a little close up of Tilda, I've added Anitas clear gloss to the puddle and some glitter too for some glitz!

Lets start at the beginning!

This is one of the first cards I made that I felt a bit proud of creating, it's one of the Gorjus girls stamps (A little Birdie told me)... Isn't she a cutie? I've used tapestry stamps for the flowers on the wall and added a little gem stone to her bow although you can't quite see that on the photo...

Here's one of the full card if I can get the picture to load without rotating! Ha ha ha - can you tell I'm new to this?!