Saturday, 24 July 2010

Have a sweet birthday, Sis!

My oh, my oh, my!! I am so excited that I successfully made the Magical Marquee card! smiley icons If you want to have a go too, you can follow Jan Tink's video tutorial HERE! I should have just followed the measurements on the tutorial but nope I had to create my own larger size and that is when it gets a bit complicated! It took me a while to measure it all up and most important to test that it works. So here is my card:
Recently my little sister has been really into baking cakes and I think this cute cupcake making Tilda is just the perfect image for her. Copic marker pens have been used for colouring Tilda. I have again used My Mind's Eye summer paper for paper piecing Tilda's dress. Text (Wishing you a birthday...) and background roses are from Taylored Expressions - For the Love of Cupcakes.

Here it is when the card is half opened. The magical part is that you can start to see the "yellow text curtains" gradually open up to reveal a tiny diamond shaped window.

And here it is when it is fully opened. Lots of yummy cupcakes appear from the diamond shaped window with the greetings saying "filled with cupcakes!".

Here is a close up view. All cupcakes have either been coloured in by using Copic marker pens or gel pens. Also they have been decorated with either crystal Stickles or Crystal Lacquer, just to make them more scrumptious!

Well, can I hear you say that it is really not that magical when you can't see it in action?!free smilies So with a little fairy dust, here it is my Magical Marquee card in motion (My first video clip! It is a bit pink... I don't have the software to adjust the colour. Anyone know any free software to do so?)

Happy Birthday, Fan! Hope you had a great and wonderful day! I hope you all like this card just as much as I'm loving it! Hee hee! scuba diving

Have a magical day!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Relax... Have a nice cup of tea!

Hi there! I am trying to catch up with my blogging. So I will be sharing some of my old cards in the next few days (or weeks?! Hee hee!) which I didn't have the chance to post before.

For this card I have used the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #109.

Of course, I missed the deadline for entering this challenge. For some reason I found this sketch quite difficult. I think I struggled to find the right coloured paper, the right coloured pens, the right embellishments and basically struggled to find anything that would coordinate with each other.

This card is for my lovely sister. She does enjoy her teas!! I think this card turned out to be not too bad. Cup cake and the sentiment stamps are from Taylor Expressions- For the Love of Cupcakes. The tea cup and tea pot stamps are from Elzybells Art Stamps.

Got to take the kids to bed now. Hope I will stay awake for more card making later!! ^_^

Have a nice evening!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Just Magnolia

Here is a thank you card which I made over the weekend for entering in the Just Magnolia Week 64 Challenge - Bev's sketch.

When I saw the sketch, I just fell in love with it! I flipped the sketch 180 degrees and it took me no time to create this card.

Tilda was coloured by Copic markers, Brushables pens and Sakura Glaze pens. I bought the pink beaded chain a while ago. It is very pretty but I never knew how and where to use it. Finally I got to use it this time!free smileys I pierced two small holes on card and pushed the first bead of the chain through the holes which hold the chain in place. I then used silicone glue to attach the beaded chain on card. Background paper is from "My Minds's Eye" which is my favorite at the moment.
I enjoyed making this card and I certainly will use this sketch again! Have a nice day!


Monday, 12 July 2010

With Love

We just had the hottest days of the year last weekend. Temperatures in London hit 30.9 degrees on Saturday beating Athens, Sicily and Barcelona. Today it felt much cooler and finally we had some rain! Although I much preferred the sun, I do think our grass in the garden has needed some water.

I made a card over the weekend for The Sugar Bowl Challenge 38- Judy's Sketch with the optional theme of Scallops.

I rotated the sketch for my card and made a slight change. Instead of creating (or restricting) the Gojuss Girl image in a rectangular frame, I decided to cut the image out and let her sit freely. I then coloured the image with Copic marker pens. I also used paper piecing for the dress with the summer papers from "My Minds's Eye", which came free with this month's Cardmaking and Papercraft (Issue 81).

I think this card turned out to be quite nice. I hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

It's fun making cards with you

I love to do crafts with my daughters. Whether it's making models out of recycled boxes and toilet roll tubes or cutting shapes and images to make a pretty collage picture, we always have a great time! It is also a good chance to spend quality time with your children.

Whenever my eldest daughter, Aimee, (she is 7 now!) has been invited for a birthday party, she always says to me "Mummy, can we make a birthday card for my friend?" Quite often she decides on the colours and images etc, that she wants to use. She really has a definite opinion on how she likes to create her card, which is brilliant! Everything from the card layout/ composition to colouring, paper selections, choosing sentiments etc is well thought out. She has some ideas on how she would like her finished cards to look. Of course, sometimes she needs a bit of encouragement, suggestions and a bit of help in cutting and trimming. But, all in all, we do make good cards together.

Today I would like to share two of the birthday cards which she made (with a bit of mummy's help!)

For this first card we used Taylor Expressions - For the Love of Cupcakes stamp set and a free stamp set by Adam Pescott from the Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. My daughter chose 2 main colours: pink and yellow. She also mentioned that she would like to use the stamp set to create 3 different cupcakes. So she tried stamping and was able to demonstrate a really good colouring technique too. Here is a close up of one of the cupcakes. She also added glitter to the rose and used Crystal Lacquer for the yellow topping, which added texture and shine.

While she was making the cupcakes, I helped to colour the cute doggy and did the paper piecing for the teddy bear.

I think we make a good team. Aimee definitely enjoyed making this card, particularly as she had the original idea for it!

The second birthday card here is mainly in pink and yellow too. (I wonder if this is her favorite colour combination?! smileys) For this card she helped to stamp the flower background and also colour the Gorjuss Girl image from Sugar Nellie. With a little tip on how to colour, I think she has done a fantastic job! Although some colours have accidentally strayed over the image outline Aimee said "It doesn't matter mummy, you can cut the girl out so you can't see that I've gone out of the line!" Clever girl! So that is exactly what I did! She also liked the paper piecing effect and decided to pick a redish pattern paper for the dress.

What do you think of these cards? Aimee has another party coming up soon. I think she really enjoyed colouring the Gorjuss Girl image this time. She even asked me "Can I make another card with the girl sitting sideways?" Mmm... maybe this time I will ask her to colour the whole image. Looks like another fun day is coming soon. I am so glad that we are able to share the same interest in making things. Have you shared your craft activities with your children or grandchildren yet?

Enjoy the fun!