Monday, June 24, 2013

Moxie Fabber and Thanks

Moxie Fab World is one of my favourite places to visit and I can't tell you how surprised and delighted I was when I received a lovely email from Cath inviting me to be a Moxie Fabber of the Week! I would definitely never think of myself as being moxie fab so it was amazing to have been paid that compliment - thanks a million, Cath! If you'd like to see the post, you can find it here.

I have a few thank you cards to make and want to make a variety of cards using the gorgeous Hero Arts butterfly die. Today I only had a chance to make one card, but I suppose it's a start anyway!


Stamp (Hero Arts) - Celebrate Everyday
Die (Hero Arts) - Butterfly

For the background I sanded an embossed panel my friend Linda had sent (thanks again, Linda:)) and added some stitching around the edges. The sentiment is a Happy Thanksgiving one, but I love the font, so often partially ink it to use on thank you cards.


I was trying to mimic the light, papery look of a butterfly's wings so backed the die cut butterfly with a wrinkle ribbon from May Arts. A little baker's twine bow and heart gem completed the butterfly.

Thanks so much for visiting:)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rainbow Quilt

Cath's Mixy-Matchy Style Challenge in the Moxie Fab World looked like a fun but also challenging challenge. I usually don't have much of a mix of patterns on my cards, but with six different patterns on this card really gave it a whirl this time!

Rainbow Quilt

Stamps - Happy Hexagons (Papertrey Ink) & It's Your Day (Hero Arts)

I love the pretty Happy Hexagons set my good friend Trinh sent me recently - thanks again, Trinh:) So I decided to make a "quilt" with a mix of patterned hexagons in a rainbow of colours. I used distress inks (barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, tumbled glass and dusty concord) to stamp the hexagons, cut them out and adhered the hexagons to black card. I'm hoping the black base helps to tone down the mad mix of colours and patterns! As I had some hexagons left over, I added an edging to try to mimic prairie points sometimes found on quilts.

The rainbow colours are probably very appropriate at the moment. As you can see when I was taking the photo this morning the sun was streaming in the window. Now after a number of showers, one of which included hailstones, there are big dark clouds overhead again. With the mix of sunshine and showers over the past few days, I've already spotted a few rainbows this week. Oh the joys of an Irish summer:)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Flowers and Butterflies Gift Bucket

I'm playing along again with one of Cath's 350 Cards and Gift Week Challenges over at Moxie Fab World. This time I thought I'd try the Gift Packaging Challenge .

Flowers and Butterflies Gift Bucket

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Blossom Art & Birthday Messages

Sometimes I like to give gifts in small buckets and picked up this little one a while ago. I embossed the flowers on vellum, cut out and layered. Then I added little flower gem centres and adhered the flowers to the bucket. To try to give a light, airy feel I used some organza ribbon for the bow and tulle as packaging.


I had loads of tiny little butterflies left over from punching borders for cards, so to use up some, I sprinkled them over the present and tulle. Well I better go tidy up my stamping supplies, you'd never guess the huge mess I made putting together this tiny gift bucket! Thanks for visiting:)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

The Gift Challenge in the Moxie Fab World sounded like fun so I was delighted to get a chance to play along with it today.


I bought some 5x7 canvases recently and covered one with mixed watercolour paints (prussian blue and white) in varying intensities. On my first attempt I tried some stamping but it really looked awful, so on went another layer of paint to cover up the mess! Once this had dried I splattered some white, violet and prussian blue paint on the canvas as well as myself!


This time to try to speed up the drying process, I left the canvas out in the sun. After about 20 minutes I realised it was starting to rain and ran out to retrieve it. I obviously wasn't quick enough as there were some splodges on the canvas but I liked the effect the raindrops had left so decided not to go with attempt number three on the canvas! The letters for the sentiment were die cut using my Cameo.


The fabulous butterflies by Pink Paislee are thanks to my good friends Linda and Trinh. Both Trinh and Linda sent me sets of these beauties recently - I was thrilled to receive two set of these stunners! I added some frosted lace stickles to the bodies for some extra sparkle. To finish I sprinkled gems around the canvas. I'm also submitting this into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.

Hope you are having a great weekend! It's a bank holiday weekend here so we're looking forward to an extra long weekend.

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