Monday, 27 January 2014

Craftwork Cards Time Flies Collection

Hi everyone

Well, three posts in one week is something of a record! It seems to be all or nothing with me at the moment.

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago (another reason why I like January!) and I treated myself to the Craftwork Cards Time Flies Collection. If I'm absolutely honest, I was a tiny bit disappointed with this kit in terms of value for money. It is lovely and there is no denying the quality of the foiling and the die-cutting but I'm glad I bought it at a reduced price (from Create & Craft) because I definitely would have felt a bit short-changed at the full price, compared with many other kits I've purchased.

Having said that, I'm very pleased with the first card I made although it was a bit of a marathon effort. I seem to only be able to make easel cards when I want to show-off (!) but I'm glad I did. It meant the card turned into a cross between a "scene card" and an easel card when I realised that the butterflies looked good standing up with little mirror card hinges at the back.

The kit was really easy to work with and it was mainly just a case of matting the background paper and toppers onto silver mirror card. I used a digi-stamp from the Serif Age of Steam digikit and punched the tiny butterflies from some scraps of background paper. I cut the title "Time Flies" off the front of the pack, mainly because I was too tired by then to make my own!

I'm looking forward to making some more cards later this year from this kit although January does seem a good month to remind us that time certainly does fly!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

I'd like to enter this project for the following blog challenge:

Sunday, 26 January 2014

A Mother's Love Digikit

Hi everyone

Just a quick one as I've been working all night and I'm writing this post while listening to the cricket so my levels of concentration are firing on even less cylinders than usual.

This is another project I'd intended to post before my computer monitor went AWOL. I was going through another of my huge backlog of "new" digikits and it happened to be A Mother's Love from Kreative Designs by Karen. I'd already used a few items from this kit because it is the first one that comes up in my digikit browser. The colours are so lovely. Lots of gorgeous dark purples and rich pinks. I love the embellishments too, especially the wooden clock and the pretty pink teapot.

As with the scrapbook page I did recently using Karen's Vintage Valentine digikit ( it was one of the intelligent frames that sparked off this project. I put another of the 1925 photos of my late mother into the pink aperture floral frame and added some flowers for her to hold. That led to me deciding to decorate the frame with lots of extra floral embellishments and adding the swirls and splashes at the side. I changed the photo to sepia as I felt it suited the design better and added the lace with a digibrush. The title "Flower Girl" just came to me at the end.

It was only after I'd finished the page that I realised A Mother's Love was a really appropriate kit to have used.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Anita's Flutterdies Toppers

Hi everyone.

A very belated Happy New Year. I had intended to blog much sooner than this but my computer monitor decided to start the new year with a bang (literally!) so I have been having to work without a PC for a few days.

I was very glad to see the back of 2013 for all sorts of reasons but I have felt much better and more positive since the start of 2014. Unlike most people I suspect, January is my favourite month and I always enjoy the "clean slate" aspect of this time of year. I think it's a great time for setting goals and one of my crafting goals for 2014 is to use some of my IFIBT kits. This stands for "I'd Forgotten I'd Bought That" and applies to a great many items in my craft room!

I often come across my IFIBT kits when I'm looking for something else and the sheets of Anita's Flutterdies toppers were no exception. They are so beautiful, all die-cut and look amazing on a card. I can't believe I haven't used them before.

To make this project, I made an easel base card and covered the back panel with a larger piece of black card. I found three silver tags left over from Christmas and matted them on to pink pearl card. I then cut a strip of pink pearl card for the base which I also covered with black card and edged the pearl card with silver peel-offs and co-ordinating silver ribbon. I used seven butterflies from the sheet and attached them with foam pads, then matted a Hunkydory sentiment on to pink pearl card and finished things off with some faux pearls.

I hope 2014 brings you everything you hope for.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

I'd like to enter this project for the following blog challenge:    - Butterflies