Friday, February 28, 2014

Sketch Layout Challenge #5

Here is our latest Sketch Layout Challenge, this time chosen by Rochelle of Lille Parti. I think this was my favourite sketch layout that has been chosen thus far. 

Sorry it's a bit blurry!

We only had a couple of ladies who had time to take part in this challenge, but the quality of the cards made, as always, was exceptional! 

First up was this funky floral number made by my sister Alicia. She took advantage of lots of SAB goodies in her design. My favourite part is the contrast the black backing gives to the details of the card. I hate to sound artsy fartsy, but this is one sexy card! 

This design was made by the wonderfully talented Deb. She is such a busy lady and doesn't have as much free time as she used to have to craft. But when she does have a moment, she creates beautiful pieces just like this, every time. Deb has a wonderful eye for colour and balance. 

Next up is Ingrid from Inky Ingrid. I have a little secret to tell you about Ingrid. She LOVES summer starfruit paired with this gorgeous flower print DSP from the Water Colour DSP pack. You need to check out her FB page to see what I am talking about. I love the softness of the white clay flowers and the criss cross ribbon with this design. 

Here is the first design from me! First up I wanted to replicate the sketch as well as I could. I loved the layout and mix of layers and placement so thought why not do an exact copy to start off with. I haven't had a chance to use my Soho Subway DSP very much, so it was my first choice when I was looking at DSP to make this card. I'm pleased with how it turned out! 

Here is my second design! I am in LOVE with this card. It turned out WAY better than I ever imagined it would. I hand stitched the crosses using a large needle and some linen thread and I made the green square clay button free hand using my moulding clay. I don't think I'll be able to part with this card for a while. I almost want to frame it! 

I'm really excited to be expanding this challenge a little bit further. I have expanded the group of ladies to take part in these fortnightly sketch layout challenges. I have started a Facebook group where I post the sketch challenge each fortnight, and where those taking part of the challenges can interact with each other. If you would like to join in on the fun and have your card featured on my blog please feel free to join in. I'd love to have you! 


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Green Glass!!

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from an absolutely lovely reader of my blog. Her name is Lea and she has two wonderful blogs called Life, Love and Making Stuff & Little Bits of Pretty. If you are a keen follower of Lea's blogs you will know of her love of op shopping. She had found some GREEN GLASS on one of her op shopping adventures and thought of me! Little old me!! She remembered how much I love green glass from a blog post I wrote about my collection a little while ago. 

Here is the picture of my green glass collection in the beginning... 

I almost laughed when I revisited this photo actually. I didn't realise it had been SO long since I shared with you how much this collection has grown over the past few months. I have had help growing the collection from a few friends and family who keep a keen eye out for green glass on their shopping & thrifting adventures for me. They're absolute treasures! I have found a few pieces along the way too, and let me show you JUST how far it has come. 

So back to my story. Lea sent me this beautiful green glass piece in the mail that she had found for me. It arrived around a week later and I am just in love with it. It's the sweetest pale green short sundae style glass I've ever seen! 

It fits in PERFECTLY with the collection and helps to create a beautiful balance of shapes and widths of the pieces. 

I am happy to say that my collection is COMPLETE! It is the perfect size. I think if it got any bigger it would become too overwhelming, so unless I am absolutely blown away by an amazingly incredible piece in my travels, this is how big my collection will remain. 

So a big super dooper thank you to the amazing Lea for her clever finding, and super generous gift which has perfectly completed my collection. Make sure you drop by her blogs and say hi!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Handmade Card Eye Candy

Today I have uploaded a whole bunch of new beautiful cards into my {For Sale} Handmade Greeting Cards Album on my Facebook page.  Each card is handmade by little old me. You may recognise them as they were the display cards at my Mini Catalogue & Sale-a-bration Launch Party a couple of weeks ago. Prices & card details can be found through the link above. But of course, I'll share the pics with you below :)