Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tri Shutter Card

As promised, a different card that isn't done with Mocha Morning. The paper is Beau Chateau, lace and flowers from my stash.  I have distressed the edges of the card but the photos doesn't show the distressing very well. Sorry about the quality of the photos but they were all taken on my phone just for my own records. I had no idea I was going to blog at the time.

June Team Meeting Swap

We had a team meeting last Sunday and we all swapped cards we have made, here is the card I made. I've used white card, Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade ink. The stamps are Everything Eleanor, the leaf is from French Foliage.

I wanted to show how much you could do with a stamp set and two inks. I used the label shaped stamp to make the coral background and the green for the leaves. I used the Blossom builder punch to punch out the green leaves but you could easily cut around the stamped image. The flowers were stamped twice and raised up using dimensionals (foam pads). I curled the flowers and leaves so it doesn't look flat. I put glitter in the middle of the flowers but I don't think the photo has picked it up very well.

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thank You Jan

I met Jan about a year ago on a craft forum. I wanted to learn how to stamp and improve the range of cards designs I could do. Jan is a Stampin Up demonstrator so I went to her classes. I saw one of these bags on her blog. At our Stampin Up team meeting on Sunday she gave me this bag as a birthday pressie. She kindly popped in an ink pad too. Thanks Jan x.

The bag is made using the designer paper called Attic Boutique. Its in the summer mini catalogue, available until the end of August. The paper is so nice that I haven't dared to cut into mine yet. It can be used for traditional designs but it is ideal for steampunk designs. I've been trying my hand at vinage, steampunk and altered art cards recently, I will post some pics of those too.

I haven't quite got this photo lark so if the image is on its side you will have to turn your head or the screen round until I have figured it out - LOL! Normal service will be resumed later.

.....I think we might be it the right way up?

The Chicks

Sorry, I got interrupted, had to sign off to do some work. Now where were we....? Oh yes, fluffed up they come

A female Cream Legbar chick is much darker and has a sharp stripe pattern down her back. Here she is at about 24 hours old. Just coming out of the incy and into the brooder.

And here is one of her brothers.

Can you see how much paler he is? He doesn't have such a sharp stripe pattern down his back and he has a pale spot on the back of his head.

Here they are in the brooder a few days old. The chicks are 'born' with fluff (down) not feathers. You can just see the chicks wing feathers starting to grow if you look close.

 I will leave it there. I don't want to give you all chickeny overload! I will be back with more cards very soon.

Cream Legbars Hatching

As promised, here are my beautiful Cream Legbars hatching. The eggs can be blue or blue/green but mine are a beautiful shade of blue....not that I'm biased at all! You can see one little chick on its back as it has just popped out of the shell. They hatch all wet but fluff up nicely within 24 hours. Aren't they cute?!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cream Legbar Hatching eggs.

At the start of my blog I mentioned I had put the incubator on. Fifteen out of the sixteen Cream Legbar eggs were fertile and they all hatched...yay...whoop whoop! This breed is autosexing which means you can tell the males and females apart at day old when their chick down dries. I hatched eight females and seven males.

Cream legbars lay blue or blue / green eggs. I will post pics of the eggs in the incy and various pics up to date. The chicks are almost three weeks old now so I have been quite naughty not getting back to you before, sorry.

Once I've got the hang of blogging I will be better organised.

Bye for now.

Male Happy Birthday

I wanted to do a card for an elderly male relative so decided to use Mocha Morning ....again! I wanted a bit of a vintage feel but not too much as I didn't want to age or distress the paper too much. My Stampin' Up demonstrators kit had just arrived and I wanted to use the four frames stamp and matching punch. The Happy Birthday greeting is from teeny tiny wishes, punched out using word window.

Gems, leaf and bow from my stash. 

I seem to have got over my design block with Mocha Morning and will soon need to order some more! I've just noticed that a lot of the cards on the blog so far are using Mocha Morning. I will post some different designs soon....I promise. 


I saw this card at Chris' house and asked her to show me how it was made. Its made with a Bigz die called beautiful butterflies and embossed using the vintage wallpaper embossing folder. It would make a great place setting or a decoration on top of a wrapped gift instead of using a bow.

Lovely as a Tree Birthday Card

I just had to buy Mochca Morning paper but I was stuck for inspiration. My friend Chris suggested a few designs, here is one she inspired. The other card I have used is very vanilla and crumb cake. The leaf and bow is from my stash. The stamp is from a set called Lovely as a Tree. 

Wedding Cake Card

Here's a quick wedding anniversary card. The patterned backing paper is Mocha Morning. The dark brown card is and matching ink are Early Espresso. The cream card is Very Vanilla. Lace from my stash.

Excuse the background, I wasn't expecting to use these photos. 

Handbag Card

This is one of many handbag cards that I've made.  The patterned paper is Mocha Morning and the plain paper is Soft Suede.

Exploding Box

Heres an exploding box that I made for my husband for our wedding anniversary.

For this card I used Everything Eleanor stamp,  Mocha Morning,  Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake papers.  Flowers came from my general carding stash