Sunday, 31 January 2010

Multiple Posts Warning!

To save any confusion, please note that I've been having a catch-up, and there are four new posts below! :o)


ALMOST new card!

This one almost doesn't have any recycling on it at all.. Almost. You know how when you're stamping you have some old piece of scrap for taking off excess ink, trying out images together, etc? Yes? Well, I quite liked the collagey look of one area on my piece of scrap, so I cut it out and used it! lol ;o) I think that's allowed. It's the grungy bit in the middle...

My fave harlequin stamp again, plus the Hero Arts friendship text (repeat stamped), and Judikins (I think) 'Field of Sky' used randomly around the edges for the dots.. gives a nice, vintage-looking finish. Sizzlits die-cut leaves and a BG button.


SHAMEFULLY, I haven't shown you these before.. They are the handcrafted cards I received from some bloggy buds, and before they get recycled to within an inch of their lives, thought I had better take some pictures for posterity...

This (above) is from Lesley at Paperlicious Delicious.. One of my favouritest people in the whole wide world. Trust her to do something really wacky and different, eh? lol ;o) But I LOVE it!!

This one (above) is from Dutch beauty Lean, from Scrapsels from Lean in Holland. Even with Google Translate (which seems to struggle with Dutch!), I don't understand very much at all of what Lean says, but she seems to understand me, thank goodness, so between her Double Dutch and my loving her work (and her stunning border collie, Misty), we rub along!! lol ;o)

This beaut is from Jules at Always With A Heart. Every card that Jules makes has a heart on it somewhere. Can you spot it on this card? Another lovely and talented lady.

This one (above) is by local friend, Brenda (Floral Fantasies), who is a regular demonstrator at my local stash emporium, Sir Stampalot, and we have met 'in the flesh'. Lovely lady again, and makes cards to die for that her blog just simply does not do justice. They sparkle like jewells in real life. Soooo pretty!
My Gilbert has come back to visit me again! This is from Allison (Allison's Crafty Moments), my talented DT buddy from when I was on the Funky Hand team. Great bunch of gals! Loving the glitter Allison gave his fur trim! (For new visitors who don't know Gilbert, he's my first digistamp.. Gilbert the Ghost. Available free to anyone who asks for a copy.)

Thank you again, ladies, for your beautiful cards. God bless you. :o)

More Recycled Christmas cards!!

Stop yawning in the ranks!! lol ~ Yes, I know, I know.. Surely I must have enough Christmas cards done by now, but you'll just have to get over it, because there are plenty more to come! Hehe!! ;o)

This one is recycling the negative piece of Bazzill cardstock left after punching some fern shapes. I thought they looked vaguely like Christmas trees, so decided to recycle it as a crimbo card! Uses some Paper Pizazz paper by HOTP in the background, and some other piece of something or other with lines on top. Doodled the holly leaves and the edges. Kaleidopunch snowflake and Basic Grey button.
Ahhh, bless!! This one and the next are from the same 'previously used' card. The 'peace' word is a silver metal word embellishment by Making Memories, I think. It has been in my stash for yonks, sans packaging, so I'm guessing. What do you think of super-imposing it over the script underneath? I'm not sure whether it works or not. Decidedly undecided on that one.

Wasn't sure where I was going with this when I started, but quite happy with the outcome. You like?

Recycled Wrapping Paper

I know it doesn't seem like it, as all the images are so different, but the focal images on all these cards are made from offcuts salvaged from the wrapping paper I used for my mum's birthday present.This one uses a 'Friendship' stamp by Stampin' Up!, and a friendship text stamp by Hero Arts, repeat stamped on kraft CS from Elzybells, using Versafine's Vintage Sepia ink. Not sure how I managed to tie that bow upside down, though. Must have been standing on my head at the time.

I don't like this one, so will probably get re-recycled! lol ;o) Uses that lovely Hero Arts text stamp again, with a Stempleglede border from the Grunge Collection. The image is cut with Nestabilities Labels #8 and the ribbon I picked up at Sir Stampalot recently. The metal word plaque says 'friendship'.

Have used my favourite harlequin stamp in the background, and the Stempelglede border makes another appearance. The 'bloom with abandon' stamp is by Cornish Heritage Farms, stamped directly onto the image in black Stazon.

The green background was one of those 'stamping errors' scraps that's been hanging around for years! Looks cool though, don't you think? I glittered the centre of one of the daisies with yellow Stickles. Martha Stewart butterfly.

Think I've covered everything on this card, except the Prima flower and Ash branch punch, which I think is McGill.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Confused? It's OK.. so am I ! ;o)

I hear my blogging five new posts in one go has confused Google, in that the posts are not showing yet on Reader. So.. just to let you know.. below this one, there are five NEW posts for your delight and delectation. Enjoy! lol ;o)

... Aaaand another recycled card...

The image was salvaged from an old card. It had one of the flower heads decoupaged, so have left that on, just inking around the edges and glittering the centre. Had to alter it some more, though, so stamped the harlequins on, using Versafine Onyx Black, but the third stamping. Then stamped the SU stamps 'bloom' and the 'blossom' definition over the top. The butterfly was stamped quite a while ago, and the ink has worn off in the middle, but I quite like the ethereal quality it has now as a result. The pearl sprays are deliberately left like that. I like the way they resemble the catkins (I think that's what they're called).. the little furry buds.. on a pussy willow... if you squint a bit..

Birthday Stripes..

A new one!! Woohoo! Well, OK, the tags and the centre circle are recycled, but - hey - that's not bad, considering how obsessed I have become with reviving old cards that were destined for the local recycling plant.

The swirl die-cut in the middle is a border die.. Sizzix, I think.. and have used SU punches. I think the DP is Basic Grey.. not sure. It has become detached.

Recycling.. but NOT CHRISTMAS!! :o)

These are really cute, tiny wee cards, using the images cut from the back and insides of the card, mounted on glittery irridesecent pink paper/card.

Cut ellie out, inked around the edges and mounted on 3D pads onto a white card square with a rosebud, bow and a 'with love' sentiment cannibalised from another card. The pink panel is cut from the printed insert of the old card.

The pink 'ribbon' is trimmed from another card and scalloped using Fiskars threading water punch.. added a couple of recycled sentiments, some cord, rosebuds, pearl spray and a Sizzlits leaf spray. Can't make up my mind if this works on black. What do you think?

Nothing for days, then they all arrive at once..

See? Told you I was having fun! lol ;o) And there's loads more to come! (For those of you who are fed up with Christmas cards, hang on a tick and there'll be something different in a minute or two...)

These three are using up the negative images left after making snowflake die-cuts with glitter card. Way too pretty to waste! Have also used sentiments cut from 'previously used' Christmas cards.

This one is mounted on white leather-effect card from Elzybells. It gives a great snow effect.

One of said snowflake die-cuts, but in red Dufex card this time.

Here's another of the snowflake die-cuts. (They came in a set of three. Sizzix, I think.) Image and sentiment from an old card, Nestabilities Labels #1 for cutting the image shape and border + waxed cord wrap and Basic Grey button.

The images on this card and the next one were originally together layered up on one of those so-called "handcrafted" cards you can buy from posh shops. You know, the ones that are 99% printed, but may have a bow stick on somewhere to qualify as "handcrafted". Grrrr! Anyway, I think these images work better apart, and handcrafted by me!! ;o) lol

This one has an Elzybells text stamp in the background, and an SU stamp for the December 25th roundel.
Lovely, glittery Santa face, cut with Nestabilities again.. Labels #8, I think.. (He still hasn't answered my letter.. I asked him to define 'naughty', but he is playing it close to his chest. Sigh.) Sentiment taken from the inside of an old card, and Kaleidopunch snowflake with lime green Stickles.

Using up more glitter card offcuts... Just can't throw away glittery bits!

Loving this one, though I say so myself. Using up an offcut, but - again - too pretty to throw away, so mounted it on some dark brown Bazzill, torn around the edges and glamour dusted. Stamped PSX's Christmas script in the background, with more glamour dust on holly leaves punched out of music paper. Fern stamp used underneath.
Hope you're not fed up with them yet.. there is more to come! But not just yet.. Have something slightly different for you next..

Thank You

Hello, blog buddies..

I was so touched by the really sweet comments on my last post. You fair made me blush!! Thought it deserved a special post all on its own.

So, THANK YOU, ladies. I really appreciated it, and love y'all bunches! :o)


Friday, 22 January 2010

Don't follow me.. I'm lost, too!

Just a quick note to my blog buddies.. If you notice that I seem to have stopped 'following' your blog, please don't take it personally! I have cleared down 99% of my feeds in Google Reader, and I *think* that may also have severed my 'following' connections, too. My daily 'hop' was taking over my life, so had to make the hard decision that 3D life comes first, and I wasn't having any!

So.. everything in moderation.. I will hop when I can, but will focus on those people who are always kind enough to visit me. Love ya! Mwaaaah!!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Adorable and Funny!

Don't ever let it be said I don't entertain you. Go HERE and HERE! Then click on the header and start from scratch...

Monday, 18 January 2010

Recycling marathon..

Gave ten cards a new lease of life today. Here are my favourites...

This one, I just trimmed the image, inked the edges for definition, mounted onto an A6 card and trimmed to size. Mounted a greeting onto gold mirri card and raised on 3D foam.

This image was matted onto kraft and then gold mirri card onto light blue Bazzill. Greeting just stuck on underneath.

Cut around this cute image, and raised it and the greeting on 3D foam. Punched red holographic snowflakes on top of a glittery red cord wrap.

Cute sentiment, eh? Can't claim credit for it.. it was on the original card. Used some more of that beautiful vintage sheet music from lean's blog candy prize, and embellished as you see in the pic.

This image was on the back of a card (echoing a larger image on the front). I kept some of the blank white card next to the image and used Staz-on 'Dove Grey' to stamp a Penny Black snowflake on the glossy surface. Used a silver greeting from another card and mounted both on 3D foam on a black Bazzill panel. Silver mirri snowflakes completed the new setting.

Straight forward matting and layering, with some Papermania gems in the corners to glam it up a bit.

This is my favourite of the day, but the picture doesn't do it any justice at all. I used a Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes' embossing folder on both the cardblank and the red panel, which I dabbed with Elzybells 'Sugar Candy' which is a lovely white pigment ink. Mounted the image (which was already glittered) and a sentiment onto 3D foam, and added a punched snowflake with a red gem.

It's such fun thinking of how to 're-purpose' an old card!