16 December 2010

And these are the last......

Once again I have taken inspiration from Deneen of A Path of Paper. This little man is made using circular Spellbinder Nestabilities, I used 3 in all, the edges are sponged with Tim Holtz's "broken china" ink. The arms are just drawn on, as are the eyes and mouth using ProMarkers. The nose is cut from orange card stock. The ribbon is from stock.

I made a bunch of these cards also, so simple... The backing paper is from Pink Petticoat "Fairy Lights" kit. The sentiment is cut using Spellbinders Christmas tree Shapeabilities. I added a little ribbon from my stash just to finish the bottoms. I left the inside of the cards blank.

Hope you like,

Christmas cards galore....

Here are some other cards that I made for Christmas this year. I know I am late posting but "better late than never."

This card, I cased from Deneen of A Path of Paper . The backing paper is just plain navy paper, (doesn't look navy in photo but it is, trust me lol) and I stamped a snowflake background on to it with clear embossing ink. The "snowflakes" are made with 2 Fleur De Li's Shapeabilities, lining them up at a 90 degree angle to each other. In the first card, I did not cut out the centre of the shape but cut out the smaller pendant and layer it on top of the other pendants. (Does this make Than for the second card I did cut out the centre of the larger pendant, both card are quite pretty (even if I say so myself). I decorated them with Papermania's clear adhesive stones.

This is what I did with the inside of the cards. I printed out the sentiment and then cut it out using Spellbinders Fancy Tags set. I sponged some Tim Holtz "Broken China" ink while it was still in the die cut. I mounted it on to the centre of the inside of the card. I sponged the bottom corner using one of the snowflake shapeabilities as a stencil, just to give the card a little extra.

Hope you like,

14 December 2010

Its Christmas Time

Well it is time I show some of my Christmas cards for this year. I have not made many just a few for a shop and them some for family and friends. I just find that people will buy Charity cards, which is a good thing, and they can be bought for such a great price, at Christmas. Some of these cards are lovely and cute though I do find that people will commission a card for that someone special in their lives.

I got most (if not all) of my inspiration for this years cards from Path of Paper. Deneen is so creative and I just love her style, simple but elegant. You should hop over and just see what she can do to a sheet of 12"x12"paper. Marvelous in my opinion. (No money changed hand for this endorsement, hehe) in second thoughts wait until you finish reading this. lol

This first set is very simple, I printed out the sentiment from my computer using different fonts on top of an A6 piece of Card Stock (CS), I then embossed the lower part of the CS with some Cuttlebug embossing folders. Than I added a ribbon between the sentiment and the embossing. This was then layered onto coloured pearlscent paper and then onto the main card. I left the inside of these cards blank.

In the second photo the cards are made in the very same way as those above, except, I have printed the sentiment in Irish, which is the official language of Ireland. The sentiment says "Nollaig Shona" meaning "Happy Christmas"
The card on the right is embossed using a Papermania embossing folder.

Since I photographed these cards, I have added some sparkles but I never updated my photo's - naughty me, tut tut.

Hope you like,

20 November 2010

My Craft Room

At last I have tidied and moved my craft room round so now I can craft in one place other than all over the house, as I was previously doing. I moved the desk to be in front of the window for more direct light. The room faces North West so needs all the light it can get.

The next photo is the view from my window in front of the desk. As you can imagine it can sometimes be a distraction. lol

27 September 2010

Mami Doodles Challenge #10

I have not done Mami Doodles challenge for a while but I love her challenges. The challenge #10 is "Make something for a boy that has the colour red in it"

This is my entry.

The main image is a Mami Doodles Digi stamp, love the confident pose of the boy. It is cut out using Spellbinders Oval Nestability. The backing paper is Cosmo Cricket mounted on a 10cm square card. The sentiment is from TLC , Create with TCL is a wonderful blog and Paulette is forever giving away great wordart and digistamps for f*ree!

Hope you like,

26 September 2010

Oh! Why?

Why do I let so much time go by before I post to my blog?
Is it because I never get on the computer? NO
Is it because I don't have time? NO
Is it because I don't have much to show? YES.

I am learning as I go, so I am never fully satisfied with my creations, to put them out there for all to see. I spend too much time blog hopping and enjoying others wonderful creations. Well done to you all, keep posting. LOL.

22 August 2010

Irish Whale Watching Sunday

Today was Irish National Whale Watching Day. As I live by the sea I decided that I would toddle on and have a look. Our local group were meeting at Slea Head. Did I read the info leaflet, did I heck, got there by 5.25pm, session finished at 5pm, stopped along the way to take a walk on the beach with Tiny ( the dog) as Son after saying that he would come decided that Whale watching was not interesting enough for him, so he stayed home with hubby to watch football.

I know I did leave it abit late because I forgot it was on today.

I did remember to bring my binoculars, yeah for me! Stopped off at meeting point, all on my tod except for Tiny, but who says that whales keep to a time table. lol. Sat on the wall just looking round, watched a few fishing boats return in the bay and some pleasure craft also but not a whale to be seen. I did take my camera so here are a few 'photos I took.

These are the cliffs I was standing on.

The only bit of wild life I did see. lol.

My companion, Tiny.

20 August 2010

New profile photo

No that is not a photo of me, lol, it is a photo of our little dog, Tiny. We have him almost a year now and has been a re-homed dog. He is really cute and so funny at times, he loves having his belly rubbed and his ears scratched. Where would we be without our little pets?

06 August 2010

"Where has all the sunshine gone...."

Summer Time.....

Where has the time gone, once again it is passing me by so fast, I just don't know....

This weekend in the busiest weekend here in Dingle, we have our annual Race Weekend and the town is "chocker block" full of cars, horses and people. This weekend also signals the end of Summer, "sigh".

But I just wanted to post some good news for all us crafter's, Julie M is having a blog candy giveaway, visit her wonderful blog here. Julie is a wonderful card maker, you will really enjoy reading and looking at her blog. And good luck.

I actually have not been card making for a while I had intended to do some today but here I am at my 'puter, this is just not good enough.

I have being putting together a set of "Sean Fhocail" (old saying, it is an Irish phrase) cards to sell in a local craft shop, An Gailearaí Beag, here is a sample of them.

The background paper is a digital download from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. The stamps that I have used are also from this company.
Hope you like,

15 June 2010

Some Photographs of Brandon Creek.

Here are some photos I took of Brandon Creek at an outdoor Mass some weeks ago. This is out the harbour mouth, next stop America!

This was taken looking straight down from where I was sitting. I love the sound and watching water moving, even on stormy days. I think if I did not live by the sea, I would have to have a babbling brook at the bottom of my garden.

This was taken "up stream" from the pier, it is a little stream (at the moment) that feeds into the sea. I know my photos are not the best but I just love water.

10 June 2010

Well what a surprise!

What, 2 posts in one day!

Today is my sisters birthday, she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her 21st birthday (Hope she never sees this blog, or she may never again speak to me.) and this is the card I sent to her. I knew she would either love it or hate it, luckily she loved it!
The backing paper and 3 "green" labels are MME Asparagus papers, love them. The bottom tag is ordinary cream card stock. The image is a Mo Manning digi-image, I just love that image, the expression says it all. I coloured the image using Pro-markers. Then finished the card off using little pink gems. The labels are Spellbinders Nestabilities Fancy tags.
I got the idea of using the tags as backing, like this, from this blog "A Path of Paper"
Hope you like,

Mami Doodles Challenge #4

I am so lapse at writing that my blog is falling well behind, what would you say to me catching up some tomorrow, June 11th. Yeah, I agree, not much lol.

I am on here tonight just to enter Mami Doodles Challenge #4 hope I make it, last time I said that, I was a week early but today I don't have that leeway.

I used pearlescent card, not sure what you call the colour but to me it is a very pale grey. The backing paper is embossed with "Fleur De Ly's" Cuttlebug embossing folder. I cut the frame with nestabilities label 4 from the same pale grey pearlescent card. The image is coloured with Pro-markers.

Hope you like,

20 May 2010

Mami Doodles Challenge #3

I am delighted to be able to enter Mami Doodles Challenge #3 but I hope I am in time for this challenge. :)

Card size 5"x7"

I layered a plain blue sheet of Pink Petticoat digi backing paper on a white pre-scored card stock purchased from Easons some time ago. Then across the middle I layered some pre-printed vellum. For the bottom I tore some card that I had in my "left-overs drawer" and layered it on. The image is from Papermania - Retail Therapy, I stamped it in black and coloured with Pro-markers. I layered that on Core'dinations whitewash which was cut with a Spellbinders Oval nestability die, I embossed it with my cuttlebug then sanded it down to bring out the core colour of the paper. I finished it off with some ribbon and three gems and then on top I put a sparkled butterfly.

Hope you like.

14 May 2010

A few Photos.

Here are a few photos I took a few weeks back. The evening was hazy but lovely and calm.
The first photo is just of a roof but I love the shape of the slates.
The second is of a lobster pot thrown in on top of a hedge.
The third a wave has just come in and washed over the stones.
The forth some lichen on a rock, love the colour combo in this photo.
The fifth is of a sea pond, I use this as my computer wall paper, there is a stone in there and it looks like a smiley face. :)

13 May 2010

A little about me.

Hi all,

Just so you can get to know me a little better, here are 5 points about me and my life.

  1. I was born in the latter half of the last century.

  2. I am Irish born and bred but have lived in England and Australia for a time.

  3. I now live in West Kerry, which I love, but do find a little isolating sometimes as it takes an hour driving to get anywhere.

  4. I am married for almost 15 years to a wonderful man.

  5. We have one son, adopted 4 yrs ago.

Along with card crafting I also like taking photographs, not great ones but some good ones. Over the next few posts I will let you see some of the photos and more of my cards.

Hope you like,

12 May 2010

Mami Doodles Challenge #2

Hi all,

Card size, A5.

The main image is a Mami Doodles digi image, very appropriate, don't you think. lol It is coloured with pro markers. I then "glossed" the Lady bird with glossy accents.

The backing papers are from Cosmo Cricket. The bow is make from recycled ribbon I received with a gift some time ago, just like most crafters, nothing goes to waste! The flower are two layered prima flowers with a gem in the centre.

This is my first time entering an challenge via my blog. For a long time I have put off entering challenges because I did not have a blog and I did not have a blog because I did not know if I could blog often enough to make it interesting. I think it is a bit like the ever famous question "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" lol

Hope you like,

19 April 2010


Well here I am, in blog land.

I should start by showing you me Craft room as that is the name of my blog, but I cannot as I craft everywhere in the house where is a spare space! I am in the process of organising a spare room where I can escape too and keep all my crafting goodies together. Just need to organise it. And I promise you when it is finished I will post some photos of it, it will be nothing elaborate but will be serviceable.