I’ve been playing with my new cutter- a Cougar. It is my first cutter and is amazing. The service from Dawn at Thyme Graphics is amazing as is the support and help from people on the forum.
My brother got engaged and I figure that this card will be for a new section of their lives. I kept the colours simple and then used my Cougar to get lots of texture. I’m on a new stash ban for January so I had to make do with stash I had!! However. since the Cougar is new this is my first card with complicated cutting and embossing….lots of new!!

I inked the edges of the card with Versamark dazzle to give a subtle shimmer. The background layer is a scalloped lattice cut on the Cougar. The next layer is mirror card embossed with swirls on the cougar.

I threaded silver cord through the top of a lattice and added a heart attached to a short chain and clasp.

I stamped a Forever Friends bear with a heart in silver and coloured with Promarkers. The scalloped square layers were all cut on the Cougar- pearlescent paper for stamp, silver paper and silver mesh (left over from wedding!!). I used blue staples to attach the mesh- I didn’t want the card to be too girly! The bottom layer was placed on foam pads.

The sentiment also needed to be one I already had!  I attached it with foam pads.

The inside of the card has a pearlescent paper lattice layered on silver paper. I then added a scalloped rectangle cut on the Cougar (getting lots of use!!)

Finally I used my MS corner punch on pearlescent card to write our message on.

This has taken a lot of time and effort so I’m entering as many challenges as I can!!

Totally gorjuss- happy
Penny Black at Allsorts- love and hearts
The Squirrel and the Fox- something new
Sweet stampin’- new beginnings
Allsorts challenge- new beginnings
Addicted to stamps- something new
Sir stampalot challenge- monochromatic
Catch the bug- inspiration picture

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

I realised a while ago that some of the packaging I was about to recycle would be perfect to use for card making. I decided that the matching bag with ribbon and tissue paper had great potential for a male card so I’ve put this together mainly using the packaging.
I’d like to enter it for CES challenge which is recycle and also for Birthday Sundaes button challenge.

Forever Friends stamp coloured with Promarkers.
Ribbons, tissue paper and papers from packaging.
Buttons, stars, gems and stickers from stash.

Wobbling into blogland and craftiness!

Wobbling into blogland and craftiness!

I’ve been inspired by reading blogs from fellow forumites at MSE to create my own. I am just starting out with various crafts and I’ll use the blog to remind myself of what I’ve done!!

Crafting wise I’ve done some glass painting and I’ll have to see if I can dig out a photo as I haven’t done it for years!! I also used to cross stitch, paused mid-project about 12 years ago and have been inspired to finish it now! When my camera is recharged I’ll try and get a piccie. I did an evening class in sewing about 10 years ago and made a skirt. I then didn’t do any until I bought a sewing machine in the last year. I’ve been teaching myself using the internet and books and will put up piccies of my initial creations soon. I’ve also made the odd card in the last few years. The last couple have been made quite quickly and are very basic but inspired by those on MSE I hope to improve!

Birthday card for a 60th.
Inside the card!

Congratulations card for other half passing his exams, sentiment is ‘To the one I love’ but it doesn’t show up very well on photo!

I also enjoy photography but as you can see I’m not that good at it!