Thursday, 26 March 2009

Anniversary card

Earlier this week it was my Grandparents Wedding Anniversary and once again I left the card until the very last minute (I was feeling very uninspired...perhaps I need to tidy my messy craft room instead of spending time on facebook)
Anyway my Grandparents love birds so out came the stitchels stamps. I stamped 2 birds and a heart then watercoloured them. The birds have got swarovski crystals for their eyes.
I used some more of the gorgeous lace and some flowers that I punched out.
Overall I am pleased with the way the card has turned out (but not sure about the ribbon on the tag...too late now though)

Mother in Laws birthday

Well on Monday it will be my Mother in Laws birthday, so here is the card I have made for her:
First the inside - to hide the join of the narrow satin ribbon (that wasn't a long enough piece to tie together) I made a tag that I was going to put on the front (but looked out of place) and stuck it down so the join can't be seen (pity I han't thought to do the same with the velvety ribbon)

On the front I used a Pink Petticoat image that I coloured using the paint programme on the pc. Sparkly and glossy bits were added after cutting with scalloped oval nestabilities.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Hasbro toys and their fantastic customer services team

My Son had his birthday at the end of October last year and as he is slightly obsessed with Star Wars he received a 'voice changing clone trooper helmet'. We unpacked it and he was gutted to discover that his voice didnt change at all. The packaging was completely no good so we were unable to even consider returning the item to Woolworths, so I telephoned Hasbro toys (who manufacture the helmet) and explained the problem. The lovely lady gave me a reference number along with a freepost address and told me to get my Son to choose items from their website to the value of the helmet (£29.99) along with a couple of extra items just incase they didnt have the first choices in stock.
Well, I kept forgetting and seemed to remember at the most bizarre times that Callam needed to look at their website. I finally got round to it a few weeks ago and he came up with a huge list, so the helmet was packed up and returned, along with Callams wish list and a week later a parcel arrived containing his replacement toys (looking at the toys r us website there is in the region of £50 worth of items there). Callam is now a happy bunny and I feel I have to say Hasbro really do care about their customers - their customer services are fantastic and I am certain we will be buying Hasbro toys over other brands in future.

This is a long post today

Well Sunday (just gone) was Mothering Sunday and I had quite a few cards to make - 5 of them are what I sent out cos I do my Gran (who brought me up), my Mother in Law, my Dads Girlfriend (who he has been with for almost 20 years), my Mum and my Nan....quite a list.

The first is the one I made for my Mother in Law using some more of the beautiful lace.

Next are the cards I made for my Grandma and my Nan. I embossed using the cuttlebug, the gold card oval with scalloped edges is a nestie and the bird is a stitchels stamp that I watercolour painted.

The next 2 are the ones I made for my Mum and my Dads Girlfriend. The purple cards are embossed using the cuttlebug and the images are Pink Petticoat.

Next is one I made for a friends Mum. I did the card as a favour because he mended a chip in one of the alloy wheels on the mini and would not take payment, so one good turn deserves another. I used the stitchels again
I took the photograph of the card and then later took another look and decided something was missing so the bird got a lovely swarovski crystal for an eye (only I didnt have chance to take a photo of the change)

The next 2 cards were for an order...the only specification was that they had to have tabby cats on them, so the images are clip art, the diamantes are swarovski and the flowers are stitchels...there is also some of the beautiful lace once again.

The next ones are for some friends of mine.

Image is Pink Petticoat, crystals are swarovski

More Pink Petticoat images

And me....well I had a lovely card from Callam that he drew himself.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Altered Chocolate bars

I recently had some small bars of Green and Black's chocolate and thought they were an ideal size to decorate (and quick before I decided to eat them)
First is the undecorated choccy bar

Next is one I decorated using an image I stamped using a stitchels stamp.

and one I did using one part of a flower that was bought from dunelm mill with some ribbon to match the coloured band accross the top of the chocolate wrapper.

They look very sweet - excuse the pun :)

Christening card

Well its been ages since I last posted on here - I have been taking piccies of everything I have done, just not had time to post on here (and I'm cutting it fine today cos its almost time to go and do the school run)

The item I am showing today is the card I made for my Nephews Christening which was on Sunday 22nd March (Mothers day).

Last time I ordered my card blanks I forgot to order some C5 envelopes - I was ordering so many different things I thought I had got everything and when it comes to put the cards I have made into envelopes there are none, so I have had to improvise. I have some C5 office style envelopes and here is the one I used for Max's card. I have printed a pink petticoat patterned paper onto it and it looks really nice.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Card for baby 1st birthday using lace

Yesterday was the 1st birthday of my cousins Daughter and although I wasn't sure what layout I wanted to achieve I did know I wasnted to use pink and some of the lace I recently bought. I had a play with various bits and pieces and this is what I ended up with and I am really pleased with it.

Birthday card for a man

Friday saw the birthday of my Step Father and I kinda left the card to the very last minute (as I often do...not sure why, its not as though if I put off doing the card that its not going to be needed is it?) Anyway I was really stuck for inspiration so I had a look through the stuff I have accumulated and came accross the dark blue 'Happy Birthday' embossed piece of card and though I would start with that. I rubbed over the embossing with a gold pigment ink cats eye pad.
I did the corners of the card so they aren't square and did the same with the blue panel.
I found the circle embellishment for the front that I had made towards the end of last year (which had the embossed greeting watercolour painted by myself) I rubbed this over with the gold ink pad too and placed some blue grossgrain ribbon behind (this was stapled onto the blue card panel)
The circle embellishment was secured using foam pads, then the blue panel was mounted onto the card using foam tape with a couple of pads under for extra support (to stop the front collapsing)

Finally, here is the full completed item.

New shoes and a bag to alter

Not many of you will realise how much I love shoes...I don't just like them, I love them (not quite as much as bags, but its close) and when my Wonderful Husband offered to buy me a pair of pumps as the shops have them in now ready for summer, who am I to deny him that pleasure? ;)
We went and looked round a few shops and nothing was really catching my eye until we went into faith and I came accross this lush pair, that were relatively inexpnsive, they are not plain and they do feel quite comfy.

As an added extra the bag they came in is just right for altering. It is made from sturdy pale coloured card, has neutral coloured handles and not a lot of stuff on the front.

The only thing that may pose a problem is the bright yellow supporting piece thats just inside the top...although that could work in my favour...Oh dear I just dont seem to have any paper that will go with that yellow so I will just have to go and buy some ;)