Jewellery Party

Last week has been pretty busy as I prepare for a jewellery party this Thursday.   I've made some sparkly earrings with fuchsia pink Swarovski Elements Crystals and a lovely pair with White Opal Crystal Briolettes.

I've also been busy making some more greetings cards which can be adapted to suit any occasion.  I like to let the customer choose the card and message.  Sometimes you can find the card that you like but the message isn't the one that you want.  

I'm pleased to say that the snow has disappeared but it seems to have gone really cold again.   

Here are the earrings

This one is a rubber stamped image which has been painted using Pro-Markers. They are more on the pastel side than my normal brights.  I've stamped the ribbon with a small flower stamp.  I've added glitter and glossy accents to the card to give it some texture.

 This is a single rose stamp.  I have cut out 2 of the images and raised them with foam pads to give a 3D effect.  I made one a few weeks ago with yellow roses.  I thought these would make great Mothers Day cards.

I'd not added the glitter and glossy accents to these when I took the photograph.
If you would like to see more creative work by some very talented artist then pop on over to Wendy's blog at 1stUniqueGifts for her Handmade Monday post.  

I would love to hear your thoughts on my work so please leave a message in the comments box.

Have a great week 


CupCake Greetings Card Tutorial

Well here I am again apologising for the lack of posts.  I've not been in the mood to post about anything recently I'm blaming the weather - it's cold, damp and dark and I don't like the cold one little bit.

Anyway, here I am raring to go and post a tutorial on how to make one of my cupcake cards.  The stamps are from Kanban  - called Fairy Cakes (they don't seem to be on the website - I bought mine from Hobby Craft). I made the card to add to my small collection of greetings cards and posted it on the Kanban facebook page.  One of the members asked if I would show how to make the card - which is quite flattering - and because I'm nice and like to share I made up a simple step by step tutorial.  

Here goes - 

Step 1.  Gather your ingredients, Rubber stamps, ink pads, glossy accent, gems, glue, coloured pencils (colouring medium of your choice), smooth water colour paper or card stock and foam pads.

Start by stamping your image onto your card/watercolour paper (300gsm)

Step 2 - Paint your images with your chosen medium.  I've used Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils - I added the colour very roughly then blended it all in with a damp (not wet) paintbrush.

Step 3 - Paint your background let dry and then randomly stamp the background.  I've used 2 different flower stamps from the Fairy Cake stamp collection.  If you don't want to create your own background you can use scrap-book or patterned paper instead.
Step 4 - Before glueing the background to the base card add a line along the edge or mount onto contrasting paper.  Once you've glued down the background glue one of the cupcakes to the middle of the card then add foam pads to the remaining cupcakes and place on either side of the centre cake.  

With the glossy accents - add a pea sized drop to the cupcakes and smooth over with your finger to give a glazed look.  While the glue is still tacky add your gems carefully to the cupcake and the bow.

To finish add glitter to the middle of the background flowers and to the edge of the background.

Here is the finished card - 

This is the original card (before it was personalised) - 

A different design from the same collection - this time I've added foam pads to the bows and made them more dimensional.

This one I made for my niece for her 7th birthday.
I'm sharing this as part of Handmade Monday #53 which is hosted by Wendy from 1stUniqueGifts .  If you've enjoyed reading through my tutorial why not pop on over to Wendy's and have a look at what everyone else has been up to.

Before I sign off I must apologise for the added security on the comments - I've had a couple of spam posts which have led to a not so nice website  so until I feel confident that its not going to happen again I'm going to have to leave the moderations on the comments - I know its a pain but I wouldn't want anyone to click onto that site.