Sunday, 20 May 2012

Finally I'm back to crafting!

Well I hope you are all well and happy crafters :-)

I have been quite poorly lately both physically and mentally but I am getting better an back to my first passion CRAFTING!

I'm not sure how many of you know, I have mental health problems. I'm not ashamed of it as it was being in hospital that got me started with crafting. I made my first card while in a secure ward and I gave it to my mum and dad and inside it said 'look what I made for you in nutty school today' and I haven't stopped making since!

I am a self taught crafter an like to try things and if they work then great, if they don't then I give up for a while...have a sulk....then go back to it lol

Well enough about ME....

Yesterday I actually made two cards (would have been more but my afternoon nap lasted afternoon and evening lol).

CARD 1 -
The first one was a gorgeous little stamp I have and I stamped with versafine and heat embossed with black embossing powder. The powder is from a little craft shop near me and it smells of's gorgeous.
I the did the same for the sentiment. Both were die cut through my big shot and while in the die I colored with the new spring edition Tim holtz distress ink.
Once out of the dies I then tinted the edging with pink distress ink. The image was colored with mica paints to give it a lovely shine.

The backing paper was from the forever friends spring collection and mounted on pink card.

The ribbon lace was diecut from simple pink card and a yellow ribbon threaded through.

All was finished off with organza flowers from eBay and some lovely sparkly bling gems.

CARD 2 -
The image is an unmounted stamp from a steam punk range. I embossed and then used antique gold embossing powder and heated from underneath to leave it smooth and glossy. The edges of the image was a border die through my big shot. I used gold rub on the edge to give it a different colored edge.

The backing was from k&Co and I edged with another of the spring edition Tim holtz distress inks. This was then mounted on the same gold as the image.
I used textured gold card stock as a different colour and texture on the card and greeting.

The flower and swirls were all die cut using the same paper and card used on the topper an backing.

All finished off with well matched card candi (I'm addicted to those little legless bliters lol).

Hope you like my first work for a wee while xxxx


Nicky Wilcox said...

Your cards are amazing and so is your blog princess loves ya xxxx

Sammylou said...

I love these, especially the fairy. The mica powder gives a beautiful finish x Stunning, both of them xXx

jane stillman said...

two great cards, especially love the second one

Dawn said...

Your cards are lovely! Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself & how you got into crafting too!
Dawn xx

Sheen said...

Two lovely cards, Lisa. i love your story and admire your bravery in sharing it. well done you! Your crafting reflects who you are and I see sunshine and bright colours, so I reckon you're doing very well indeed. I can't see the follow button but will keep checking for it.
Crafty hugs, Sheenagh x

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lyn clark said...

Beautiful cards well done.I,m glad your feeling a bit better.hugs xx

Jan Hughes said...

Beautiful cards Lisa. I love the colours you use, you are very talented. Happy crafting! xxx

Gwyneth said...

Both these cards ar fab. Great idea to use the mica paints on the fairy as it adds something special to the card.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Both really fab cards, I love the image on the second one
Lindsay xx

sutty said...

They are both beautiful cards, I love the colours and all the little details you have on each of them - glad you are feeling better :)

Vee Cassidy said...

Hello, Lisa you are right not fair to have hide medical problems wether physical or mental. I know I try to gloss over my many physical problems but trying to open a bit more recently. You can come and visit my blog anytime I would love tosee you. Both these cards are great but my favourite is the first one. I am a steam punk addict and your colours are stunning. Happy crafting. Vee xx