Sunday, 4 December 2011

Crafters Companion Challenge 19 - New Beginnings.

I would like to enter the two following cards into the New Beginnings - Crafters Companion's Blog Challenge 19 for December.

I've made both of these card previously. I had some lovely positive comments from people about these cards.

The first is a Christening card using the Peter Rabbit cdrom from the Beatrix Potter Collection.

This card was a commissioned card for one of my regular customers.  I used the Peter Rabbit cdrom for the decoupage, backing paper and insert.  I used the A3 Snow white card from CCompanion to make the A4 card.  To try something different I printed the sentiment onto acetate and on the reverse I sprayed CC Spray and Sparkle Iridescent then mounted this onto silver mirror board.  I thought that this was different and the recipient was thrilled with the card for her Godson.

The second card is "First Day at School" card I made for my nephew, Kian.

I used the Popcorn the Bear stamp (from one of the Kids Collection stamps), coloured with promarkers (this was one of my first attempts at colouring with alcohol markers.  I've since switched to Spectrum Noirs.), Popcorn Kids Collection CDROM for the backing paper and matching insert, A4 pastel yellow card to make an A5 card and gold mirror card for matting and layering. 

My nephew loved this card and so did my brother and sister in law. 

Thank you for stopping by to look at my posting.  Please feel free to comment and offer any criticism or advice you may like to add.  Thank you in advance.


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Humphrey's Corner Christmas cards.

Hello everyone! I've been busy making Christmas cards to complete orders and I went to my chapel's coffee morning where I sold a lot of cards and had more orders!  Everyone loved Humphrey and The Snowman. 

The cards with the box for tealights and chocolate have proved extremely popular.  I've included photos of two of the cards I've completed.  I've been selling them for £5 complete with an envelobox.  Do you think that this is a fair price?  My customers seem to think this is, but others have said I'm not charging enough.  What is your opinion?  I'd love to know your opinion.  Thanks.

I'm getting organised now with my cards for Christmas.  Nearly finished my orders just need to make a couple of cards for myself then I'm all done!  Christmas shopping though that it is another matter!  I've bought one present so far!  Note to self - must get organised!!!!

Thanks for looking.

Love Sarahxxxxx

I really enjoy making the cards with the box attached for a little gift.  I also make an envelobox.  I've used tealight candles in the first card and Milky Bar buttons in another.  I've also made some with the chocolate Chrismas puddings and Santas. 

I've used the Humphrey Christmas decoupage from the Christmas pack, the sentiments were taken from the Humphrey Christmas stamps, the backing paper and matching insert from the Humphrey Christmas CD, the card is from Crafters Companion - I use either Snow Pearl or Ivory - large sheets usually 16" x 16".  I use the Ultimate Pro to make the card and envelobox.  The only part of the card that is not from Crafters Companion is the gold mirror card and embellishments - bow (made on the bowmaker included on the Ultimate Pro and Anita's Glitter Stick on Peel Offs).

Thank you for looking and please feel free to comment.  I love reading them.

Love Sarahxxxxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Crafters Companion Challenge 18 - Let it snow!

I have been a busy bee lately making various commissioned cards as well as still trying to recover from the flu and chest infection.  This ME has a lot to answer for it makes every symptom ten times worse!!  I've been having fun making various cards with my Humphrey's Corner Christmas decoupage.  I've decided to enter this easel card into the Crafters Companion Let it snow! challenge.

I always use Crafters Companion products for my cards, though there are a few exceptions on this one! The card is from the Christmas Centura Pearl pack, Humphrey's Corner Christmas decoupage, Humphrey's stamp "Let it snow", My Craft Studion snow and glitter was used, silver mirror card, snowflakes were made using Spellbinder snowflake dies and blue gems to finish them off!

Hope you like it!
Thanks for looking and I look forward to reading your comments.


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Commissioned cards

I haven't been able to post any pages for a while as I've been ill with a chest infection and flu.  Unfortunately, with my ME the symptoms are more acute and have been left feeling incredibly weak.  However, crafting has been my saviour!  The beauty of cardmaking is that you can pick up your crafting for a while and then put it down when you've had enough.

I've had a few orders to complete for the month of November which I have completed now.  They are pictured below.  I always use Crafters Companion products except for Tatty Teddy CDROM, Forever Friends CDROM and  gold and silver mirror card!

I adore Humphrey's Corner.  I thought that this would be perfect for a little girl's first birthday.  I used the Humphrey CDROM where I printed out the birthday party framed card, matching backing paper and insert.  I mounted the backing paper on A4 silver mirror board and the card I used was A3 snow white card scored to A4 size. I printed personalised greeting onto A4 printable paper.

The Flower Faeries are always so popular with my customers.  As the young lady's birthday is in Winter I used the Fairyopolis Winter CDROM with the Snowdrop Fairy.  I made the card in the same way as the Humphrey's Corner card the only addition was a cream bow.

Tatty Teddy is another popular character.  This card was made in the same way as the others.  Only I used the Especially For You CDROM .

I thought this image would be perfect for a Christening. I used the original Forever Friends CDROM.  I printed the main image onto printable acetate then sprayed Spray and Sparkle Irridescent onto the rear of the image.  I mounted the image onto cream card and then gold mirror card.  I then made the card in the same way as the other two.

Thank you for looking at my blog.  Please would you leave me some comments as I would love to know what you fellow crafters think.  I'd like to thank you in advance.

Happy crafting.   Sarahxxxxx

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Crafters Companion Challenge 16 - Christmas Wishes

I've never entered any blog competitions before but this month I am going to take the plunge and enter the Crafters Companion Christmas Wishes competion. 

I've decided to enter one of my Snowmen cards (below).  I love the Snowman and used my Speccies for colouring in the stamped image and this was one of my first attempt with the pens!!!

Happy Crafting.  Sarahxxxxxx

Humphrey's Corner

I have been away for the past couple of weeks in Lanzarote enjoying hot, sunny weather.  I may have had a break from cardmaking but I took my cross stitching with me and had many wonderful comments from people as I was stitching by the pool! Now I'm back and finding it a bit cold!!! I was so excited when I found out that Humphrey was being launched with a Christmas CD ROM and stamps this week.  I've ordered them and will be stalking the poor postman until he arrives with my parcel!!

Whilst on holiday I had a text from a lady I make cards for and she wanted one for her nephew's first birthday.  I immediately thought that Humphrey would be perfect.  So out came the Everyday Humphrey decoupage I received shortly before I went away.  I love the die cut decoupage.  The pieces came out of the sheet so easily and the picture is so effective with so many layers.  I used a backing paper and insert from the Humphrey CD and made an envelobox to accompany it. 

The lady I made the card for was absolutely thrilled with the card.  She had never seen Humphrey before but fell in love with him.  I was telling her how popular he had become and she was just one of many fans!!!  She was so thrilled with the card she has commissioned me to make two more cards!! So that will keep me busy! 

Happy Crafting.  Sarahxxxxxx

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The Snowman Christmas Cards

My orders have been taking up my time over the last week or so no time for blogging.  I'm up to date now with my orders now so I can make a serious start with my Christmas cards!!!!  I'm starting with The Snowman.  This year I'm going to use more stamped images and colouring them in using the Speccie pens.  I've never had the confidence before but I'm getting more confident in using them now. I used two of the images from The Snowman stamps and decided to use the plate and stand card.  The backing papers are off The Snowman CD Rom.

I've also posted a photo of a card I was commissioned to make for a neighbour's son.  He is a big Cardiff City fan.  I gave the card to my neighbour yesterday and she was absolutely thrilled with it!  It made my day!

Happy crafting everyone.


This is my favourite Snowman image.  I just had to make a card using it!

Cardiff City 40th Birthday Card

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Tatty Teddy cards

I've been busy this week making the cards that people have ordered.  I've been desperate to finish them in order to start having a serious play with my Speccies!!!  I have though been playing with my Speccies colouring in some of The Snowman stamps.  I will post photos of The Snowman colouring when I make the images into cards.  However, here are a few of the cards I've made this week!!!

A friend of ours has twin granddaughters and wanted cards for their fifth birthday.  I chose Tatty Teddy as he is popular with everyone.  I've added their names as our friend is unable to get anything personalised for them.  I love making the easel card and have made an envelobox to protect the decoupage as it's going through the post.  I hope my friend likes them!!!

Another Tatty Teddy card.  He is becoming very popular with the cards I have been commissioned to make! I've used half of the decoupage from the large card packs.  I was being a bit frugal!  Out of the large card pack I made two cards instead of one!!

Thanks for visiting.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Sarah xxxxxx

Friday, 5 August 2011

My first attempt to use my Speccie pens!

I've had such a busy week between my little nephews visiting and completing card orders .  I haven't had much chance to use my Speccies.  There are so many fantastic examples of colouring with Speccies on the "I'm A Crafters Companion" website I've been dying to play with mine!!!

This is my first attempt using the pens after watching Leann on Create and Craft and the instructional downloads fron the Crafters Companion website.  I've been so scared of trying different pens in the past but I've took the plunge now.  I'm no why near as good as some of the other examples posted but please if anyone has any comments to help me improve my technique please post them.

Thanks. Happy Crafting.

Sarah xxxxxx

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Cross Stitch Cards

For my first blog page I've displayed two of the cross stitch cards I've made for my nephew, Luke's first Birthday in August.

Luke's Nursery is Classic Winnie the Pooh so I thought I would do the Birthday card to match.

 I stitched this for my parent's to send to their Grandson.  I've stitched this so many times. 

Please feel free to comment on my cards.

I'm hoping in the next couple of days to post photos of handmade cards I've made using the Spectrum Noir pens from Crafters Companion.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Sarah xxx