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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

What a Nitwit!!

It's my friend's daughter's 5th birthday next week, and I have to admit I was a little lacking in inspiration. My first attempt was great - but when I came back to it, it just seemed too grown up for a 5 year old. So, back to the drawing board!! I keep a box of odds and ends which I hope will come in useful at some point - and it was in there that I found the lamb left over from a Nitwits die cut sheet, along with the little heart I've placed on the sun, and the 'medal' too.

So, I then needed something for the background, and quite fancied having the lamb leaping up from grass!! So I dug in my CD-Rom box and found a freebie from Complete Cardmaking (probably from 2010) which had some Nitwits backing paper and other elements on!! So, I combined the fluffy cloud background for the sky with the green dotty one for the grass - along with the sunshine and grass from the elements. The orange stripe is also from the CD as is the yellow from which I have cut the letters and number.

I inked the edges of the bottom half with Shabby Shutters DI, and the top half with Scattered Straw DI. The lamb has some glitter glue to give it sparkle and texture, whilst its hooves and the heart have been glazed with Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish.

A fairly straightforward card - but still effective - and definately suitable for a 5 year old!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Everybody Art Challenge - Anything Goes
Fashionista Challenge - A Card For a Child
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes

Don't forget, you still have time to enter the Seaside Postcard Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers - pop over for some inspiration!!


Monday, 20 August 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #73 - Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside!!

This week's challenge is set by the lovely Yvonne!! She would like to see postcards (6"x4") showing a beach scene. There must be some beach and sea in the background to the focal image.

We are sponsored this week by Digi Doodle Shop, who are offering a $10 gift certificate for their shop, and by One Stop Card Crafts who have a £10 gift voucher for their store.

So, I decided to do something completely different this week, and go completely digital using Serif Craft Artist. I've had a very limited play before, but I couldn't remember a whole lot so had to play around quite a bit before I finally achieved what I wanted

The sandy background is from the free Daisy Trail Holiday Photobook digikit. The other digikits I used elements from were Swirling MemoriesPlayground and British Street Party. I took the photos a while ago - this is them in their original state:


I knew that the software would fit my photos to the size of the frame - but I have to admit that it took me a while to realise I had to add the photos to the list at the side in order to do this!! The large frame is from Swirling Memories, and I really like the way that it gives the photo a much more aged look. The frame for the smaller three photos is from British Street Party. I sized the frame first and copy and pasted it, then dropped the photos in. The little group of buttons is from Swirling Memories, and the large button at the bottom is from Playground.

I created the caption using the Swirling Memories alphabet, and decided to make it a question - as while this is my idea of a great place to be - it may not be everyone's. So, do you "Wish you were here?"

Remember we are still looking for Design Team members, so pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers Blog to check out what the other DT members have been up to, then get your entry in, putting DT after your name if you would like to be considered.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - The Sea
Crafts 4 Eternity - Splish, Splash, Splosh
SJ Crafts - Summer Time

See you soon!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Football Crazy!!

I realised today, that it's been over a week since I last blogged. It's not for the lack of crafting either - I have several creations ready to blog - I just haven't got round to it. I am blaming technology - I have acquired myself an IPad which (as I am home most of the day) seems to now be on constantly. As I am using it to check emails, Twitter and Facebook, I have not turned my laptop on for a while. I've discovered quite a few apps too - I've got the Kindle app (no books yet, mind you), one for the weather, obviously C&C and QVC to get my crafty fix, and several others including My Fitness Pal which is turning out to be the most useful in my continuing bid to keep myself fit and healthy. 

I kept telling myself "I'll blog tomorrow!", but it didn't really happen!! So, this evening, I decided to make the effort, switch it on, and get on and blog!!

This one is for my friend's son, who will be 9 later this month. He's very into sport - and particularly likes football, so a footie themed card it is!!

It's nothing fancy - quite a straightforward card for me (and no Spellbinders in sight!) The base card is Craftwork Cards size 6, and the red and blue mats are Bazzil. The 3 footie themed toppers are from an old Kanban sheet that I found languishing at the bottom of my box of crafting items for male cards - obviously just waiting for this occasion! The patterned backing card is also Kanban - and was also something I'd forgotten about! I cut the letters using my X-Cut Die-Licious Roma Alphabet Die, and the numbers are using an old X-Cut set of dies.  

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:

Use Your Stuff - Let's Hear It For The Boys

Don't forget there is still time to get your Olympic Sports themed cards into Crafty Cardmakers Challenge. And we have a DT call too - just add DT after your name when you enter the challenge!!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Challenge #72 - Olympic Spirit

So, after a little break, we are back up and running (pardon the pun) at Crafty Cardmakers!! In honour of the Olympics, we would like you to create a sporting themed card - it can be any sport you like - but it would be great if it was an Olympic sport (Summer or Winter).

We are sponsored for this challenge by Di's Digi Downloads, who are offering a $10 gift voucher. 
And also by Hobby Art who have this to say: As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art. All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain. Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com- for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries. Good luck everyone. Jenny and all. X
They are offering these two great stamp sets!! 

I have to admit, that I wasn't really sure what to do for this. Eventually, though, I decided to go for a Taekwondo themed card - mainly because I already had a Craft Robo template - part of Beanpole Books 'Runner Bean' Sports templates

I started with taupe card from Creative Expressions, and cut the figure as a topper with a border. I then cut it again in white pearl card, so I could use part of it for the white dobok. The belt I cut separately from brown card.

I backed the topper onto a piece of Paper Cellar 6x6 paper from the Victorian Classic pad. I love the way the figure is framed by the large circle. 

The card for the brown base is from my local market, and I cut the front bottom edge with Spellbinders Classic Scallop Edgeability. I layered a piece of the white pearl on top of the taupe - the dotty pattern on the white is from Decorative Inserts 4. I used more of the decorative paper on top of the white, and also above the white. The cream satin and brown organza ribbons are Celebrations (from The Range). I finished it off with a few pearls, and a sentiment that I think was left over from a Kanban kit.

Please pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers Blog for more inspiration, where we are also having a DT Call - just add DT after your name when you enter the challenge!! Couldn't be easier!!

I am really pleased with how this turned out, and would like to enter it into the following:
The Squirrel & The Fox - Make it Sporty
Craft Your Days Away - Olympic Dreams
SJ Crafts Shop Blog - Olympics