Thursday, December 29, 2011

For a New Year

Hello world of lovely people!

I hope your Christmas holidays were absolutely fantastic! We nestled in and had a HUGE FEAST of family time - it was sooooo wonderful!

My poor little blog hasn't been very festive lately, and so I thought - with the New Year galloping towards us, I'd share a little baby card that I recently made to welcome a perfectly new, sweet little girl who was much anticipated, loved and celebrated. Welcome to the world little one! :0)

Babies from Heaven

I took a bit of inspiration from Melissa Phillips during the release week of "Hanging Out" for this one. The card needed to be 100% girly, and I needed a touch of Shabby Chic inspiration!

Babies from Heaven Deet

I'd love to re-take these pics with a little more background contrast ... but getting the card in the mail was the main focus at the time. (And that covers a New Year's resolution too - to get my cards *INTO* the mail! :0)

Hope you have a *sweet* day!

x

N

Stamps: Hanging Out, Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: 5th Avenue (Melissa Frances)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Eleventh Hour

I've been wanting to play in the "Get Inspired in the Kitchen"  Moxie Fab Challenge - with this as the offering pic:

Those lines on the plate are really eye-catching aren't they? Kind of like ric-rac that has been layered and inverted ...

Ric-Rac Snowflake

This is a seasonal interpretation, but I think this could be a fun idea to return to - for spring or for a masculine card?

Ric-Rac Snowflake Deet

Maybe also with a broader ric-rac?

I had a lot of fun with this - and it sure got the wheels turning.

Now to head out to a potluck. (I have the dessert -if I'm any later they'll send out a search party :0)!

Heee, hee.

Have a good one!

x

N

Stamps: Snowflake - Indadinkadoo
Sentiment - Hero Arts


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Blessings

I was at a Christmas dinner a few evenings ago and met a fellow stamper (oh bliss) ... talking stamps, I mentioned that perhaps Waltzingmouse has made the most gorgeous poinsettia stamp ever?

So why isn't there a picture of one on my blog?

This is to remedy that :0)

Poinsettia

To make the flower festive, I heat embossed it with Champagne embossing powder and then rubbed ink over the image. Fussy cut and layered. There are 4 layers to this one.

Poinsettia Deet

The gold berries are recycled from a past Christmas package :0)

This has been popped in to play at the PaperCrafts December Gallery Challenge , and in Waltzingmouse's Gallery Challenge for this week too.

Hope you're having a good one!

Hugs! :0)

x

N

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bon Voyage!

Back playing at the Moxie Fab World "Inspired By" ... Challenges and this one fitted right into a niche I needed a card for :

A friend of ours is taking a much anticipated trip next month - and we wanted to send him off with some well-wishing. He has a lively sense of the ridiculous ... so we'll be giving him this :0)

Bon Voyage


I think it will garner a smile! There isn't much to show in a deet shot, but for the sake of tradition, here goes ...

Bon Voyage Deet

Such a great button, isn't it? :0) Hee, hee.

Well, I think that about does my offering for today ...

Hope you're having a good one!

x

N


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rusticating


It's lovely isn't it? It's the present inspiration picture for the Tuesday Trigger at the Moxie Fab World. The colours, the texture, the atmosphere. This struck an instant chord with me and I really wanted to do something with it.

The door is my favourite item in this picture - so my card took that direction too ...

Rustic Trigger

With one little red heart to capture the goodness of those beautiful cushions.

Rustic Trigger Deet

(Sorry if the angle of this one makes you seasick - it was a bit extreme :0)

And a final note for this entry - the lovely OLD book that my card is on, is a fascinating read. It contains everything from how to cook real food in the kitchen (for the healthy and the sick) and recipes for the cure of all sorts of illnesses. But my favourite thing is a newspaper clipping stuck inside with the following : "I am willing to risk my reputation as a public man if the worst case of small-pox cannot be effectually cured in three days simply by cream of tartar. This is the sure and never-failing remedy: 1 oz of tartar dissolved in a pint of boiling water, to be drunk when cold at short intervals. It can be taken at any time, and is a preventive as well as a curative. It is known to have cured in thousands of cases without a failure. It never leaves a mark, never causes blindness, and always prevents tedious lingering of the disease."

We don't know the gentleman's name. Do you think his reputation survived the never-failing cure?? :0)

Have a great day!

x

N

Friday, December 2, 2011

Inspired by Fashion ...

A new yummy pub is out from Paper Crafts and Cath is hosting a week of fabby challenges to see it off. Here is the first one - Inspired by Fashion, with this lovely picture laying out the 'runway' for us to take off :0)


So sweet! I decided to start off right 'inside the box' on this one and then sort of 'colour outside the lines' a bit.

The size of the jacket was the start of my inspiration - the proportions are for a child ... and then of course the fabric (both the outside texture and the silky lining), the houndstooth pattern and the sparkle of the pins.

Houndstooth Giraffe

So it's a child's outfit - embossed with a fabric pattern - well inside the box. But the giraffe is well dressed in her houndstooth - complete with a matching button, accessorised with a lovely silky ribbon ...

Houndstooth Giraffe Deet

And the sparkle comes through in the silver sentiment - also in the snaps to fasten things up :0)

What fun! Thanks for the challenge Cath - and thanks to you for stopping in and sharing with me!

xxx

N