Sunday, 8 April 2012

Hoppy Easter

Well, I have had a very enjoyable bank holiday weekend and I have made some cards as well.I also managed to make a nice Easter lunch so the family are happy too... I made four cards which is  a personal record and more than doubles my total of cards made! My photography needs some work though... like my backing papers my photos prefer to be at jaunty little angles, I think I am becoming seriously addicted... Since the promarkers arrived and my craft room has been created  there is no stopping me. There will no longer be cobwebs on the card supplies or dust on the decoupage sheets. The only problem I now have is what do I choose to use next, and despite the variety I already have I still keep going online shopping to see what's new and takes my eye... I could stock a small shop (well almost). The amazing blogs that I have been checking out over the weekend only add to my wish list!! There are so many talented people around and their wonderful cards inspire me and inevitably I come across another must have item. My promarkers and me are coming on a treat and I am much happier with the results this time. I realise that I was using wrong type of card and  using the blender pen too much! I still have a lot to learn, but I'm enjoying the practice and having fun as I do it. Not quite worked out how to get just a hint of colour on the stamps and keep it fresh and light so I need lots and lots of practice... oh dear (any excuse I  have to do more card making and less housework, I will find it.)

Off to the duck pond ...this one is sweet. The stamped image I bought as a  E-bay bundle when I  first started card making. I  was scared to try stamping and was not sure how much I would actually do, it has taken me over a year to using these ones!!!... so I was right not to buy many. I now have a few more stamps  which are mainly sentiments and greetings, and of course FREE stamps from card making magazines. Which I have now started to use. 

'Off To The Duck Pond'

The green and purple backing papers are actually from an origami page-a-day calendar that my husband got for Christmas a few years ago. He did try to make a few but alas it was not for him. He stopped asking me to guess what he had made...when after the 20th attempt I was still getting it wrong, I am sure with practice he would have improved.;-)...The papers are all very brightly coloured and patterned so what better than to add to my stash and  put to good use..thanks hubby ;-D.I am surpised at how well it turned out and the colours match well with the stamp. My promarkers where put to use yet again and I decorated it with some ribbon, a bow, sequin flowers and gem hearts.

Shopping Rocks!

I  really like this one... it's my favourite. I  love the red, greens and yellows: very bright and summery....a reminder of the nice days to come. I tried to take a closer photograph of the promarker blending as I am pleased with the result, but the photo is a bit too bright to see it properly (another skill that needs to be improved). Again its one of the E-bay stamped images and this time using three of the designs papers from a free set called Summer Goodness from Raspberryroad Designs. I added some small mulberry flowers and  a polka dot ribbon  to finish.

'Fairy Magic'

This is sweet and the first time I  have used glitter. The purple glitter card was from a set of die cut scalloped ovals I bought from eBay (an embossing die-cutting machine is on my wish list, but feel I need to wait until I am no longer a novice to justify such a desired object). It seemed a shame to put the pretty die to waste and the fairy fitted into it perfectly. The fairy stamped image is from a LOTV set that again was free with a magazine (can you see a pattern here...I have been collecting and not using for a long time!!!!).The set is lovely and I have many more still  to used...I can't wait.The flower embellishment is made of a plastic/acetate type material (not sure what, it was part of another eBay successful bid of mixed flowers, shame as I would love to get more, hopefully one day I will come across them again). I added glitter to the flower petals,the fairy wings and her crown.Some little purple gem hearts and she is complete.

'Hoppy Easter To You'
My Easter Sunday creation, it had to be fitting for the occasion and I stamped it myself... well done me. Although you didn't see the numerous pages of attempts before I finally stamped the bunny!
There was issue of:
1.Missing bits out and smudging it!
2.keeping the ink on the stamp, instead of my hands, the table,the paper and the mount 
3.Having the courage to stamp onto the scalloped circle (I only had 3 of them, such pressure... eek!) 

Keeping in with my theme, this time I used free Nitwit paper-pack from magazine, which I adore. I think I have three different sets, two of which I can mix and match as the colours and tones are the same. The designs are all so adorable and so easy to use... which for a novice like me is perfect. Also from the paper pack I  used some cut out paper flowers, and a  die-cut sentiment. An Anita sticker daisy border (easy peel and easy use... perfect) and a few pearls to complete. I am very pleased with the shading using my promarkers and think my bunny is super cute!

Only one more day of the Easter weekend left before normality and the weekly back to work routine returns. Hopeful I will fit in one more card, before then. This is the first bank holiday that I have been pleased to stay at home because of the weather I must be hooked!

Happy Easter

I  have entered into the following Challenges:

 'Hoppy Eater To you' 
 CI Paints Inspired By: Bunnies, Chick or Eggs.

 recipe #66-bunnies and chicks 

 challenge#10'Eggs and or bunnies                                           

'Fairy Magic'
The Hybird Chick: Card Caravan Challenge #16 - using the negative space from a punch/die.

Prairie Fairy Fridays: #76 Anything Goes

'Shopping Rocks' 
Just magnolia special monthly challenge anything goes


  1. Wow! You've been a busy crafter! I love how you used 3D flowers on each to give depth and texture.

    Thanks for playing with us at Creative Inspirations Paints!

  2. thank you for your comment , yes I have been busy ,now that I have somewhere to work from...hopefully more will follow.

  3. Gorgeous projects! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

  4. Sweet creations, thanks for playing with us at Simply Create Too. hugs, Marjo

  5. You've been busy!! Beautiful cards!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations!!

  6. Beautiful colouring on your shopping rocks card! What a cute image! Thanks for sharing it with us at MTME pretty palette this week!

  7. Andrea: Love all your cute cards. Glad you could join us at Simply Create Too for Challenge #10 – “Eggs and/or Bunnies”.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  8. Fabulous cards Andrea! Thanks for joining us at crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  9. Your cards are so cute! Love how you used the Pretty Palette colors! Thanks for playing our Pretty Palette challenge!


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