Monday, 31 May 2010

Jolly Nation Pirate Boy cards and favour box

Ahoy me hearties! Pirates are always a popular theme for boys, check out these brilliant ideas from Angie, made using Jolly Nation Pirate Boy toppers, badges and backing paper.
First up, this great treasure map shaped pirate party invite. Angie cut the card and drew faint grid lines to make it look like a treasure map.
Angie used some of the toppers intact and decoupaged the parrot and skull elements from others. She stamped the "You're invited" greeting and added a touch of bling near the skull.
Again for this pirate jewel card, Angie used some of the toppers intact and decoupaged elements from the others.
Pirate boy backing paper has been used as the background for the card, and one of the pirate boys decoupaged and put inside the card. A close up of the jewel treasure on the corner of the card is below.
Pirate boy card with badge, using glitter card as the base. Angie has cut up one of the topper mats to use as a border.
Pirate favour box trimmed with the pirate boy backing paper and topped with a badge.
The Jolly Nation Pirate Boy toppers pack that Angie used is pictured below.
Many more creative card and party ideas from Angie with these versatile Jolly Nation toppers to come over the next week or so - watch this space!

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Kanban Sparkly Glitz, Male and Female Icons card

New Kanban goodies for June should be available within the next week or so. In the meantime, some gorgeous new Kanban cardstock has just arrived, including the lush Sparkly Glitz card above, which you may have seen featured on QVC last week. It really is beautiful, and only a small amount will add a touch of luxury to your cards.
Also new in are the male and female icons foiled pearl card, which co-ordinated so well with the recent Kanban QVC TSV, they would also be a perfect ingredient in any male or female themed card.
The male and female icons range features a great selection of colours and on trend icons, including football, beer bottles, dartboard, cupcakes, gilded cages, hearts, handbags, text and more. The male set is currently on waitlist at QVC. If you already have one or both kits, perhaps you'd like to stock up on a few more of your favourite designs. These ranges won't be going out to retail generally, so once the limited stocks that I have are gone, I won't be able to replenish them.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Kanban Loralie card

Love them or hate them (and they do tend to provoke strong views) Kanban Loralie Designs are certainly different! The kits, designed by US designer Loralie Harris, have sold out in minutes when aired on QVC.

I made the A5 sized card above using one of the die cut stacker sheets from the Loralie Paris range and picked out the centre of the flowers in the stacker design with red Kanban Bling. The other main embellishment is a chipboard flower, which I put through a Xyron to make it sticky, then coated with different shades of pink and silver ultra fine art glitter, finishing off with a red jewel brad centre. I also added a card art greetings banner.

You can check out Loralie Harris's website here.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Nature wedding favours with Kanban, Dufex and Hunkydory

A cornucopia of beautiful wedding favours and place cards created by Angie - aren't they gorgeous! Plenty of inspiration here if you are looking to create unique table decorations for a wedding.
The first selection of favour box, pillow box and place setting card have been trimmed with white crystal effect glitter card, ribbon, pearls and beautiful shell flowers.
Angie lives near the coast so has a plentiful supply of shells, which she made into flower rosettes using silicone adhesive.
Free templates for wedding favour and pillow boxes are readily available if you google for them.
Angie used pink Hunkydory silk art card for the box above, with sea shell flower and bead trim.
Pyramid and square favour boxes and place setting card made with Kanban Geranium Pratense Khaki enamel glazed card, and trimmed with pine cones and ribbons.
The Kanban enamel glazed cards have a really luxurious textured finish - it's hard to capture just how gorgeous they are on camera.
Angie's designs make a just a little of these luxurious designs go a long way.
The tartan ribbon trimmed favour box features blue Hunkydory silk art card.
Favours like this would be perfect for a Scottish Winter Wedding!
Another favour box made this time from green pearlescent card, trimmed with pine cones and peel off stickers.
More sumptuous Kanban card - Italian Pearl Glazed Farfalla, Coffee Brown, teamed with butterflies decoupaged from the Dufex butterflies waterfall die cut toppers sheet.
The gold strip on the place card looks like ribbon, but is actually glitter card.
Kanban Velveteen Rose Olive enamel glazed card, trimmed with more gorgeous Seashell flowers and punched leaves.
The rose shells beautifully complement the green card and ribbon.

Black and clear Kanban glittered acetate over white favour box and place card with black seashell flowers and pearl bead trim.
Angie painted the seashells with black acrylic paint, then sprinkled them, while still wet, with black ultra fine art glitter.
It is really hard to capture the full effect and beauty of the black flowers on camera!
Angie trimmed the last place card and favour box with cream pearlescent card, which had been embossed with a cuttlebug circles folder.
She also used brown ribbon trim, sea shell flowers and punched leaves.
Just stunning - thanks Angie, for letting me share all these beautiful designs!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

New home and birthday cards with Kanban Simba

So, here is the finished new home card that I was working on in yesterday's post, along with a birthday card made from the same kit.

I cut the backing card in two and mounted each half on an A5 card blank. I used the foiled topper as a stand alone topper on the birthday card, and layered the remaining stacker elements for the new home card. The foiled border on the new home card is also from the kit, with peel off greeting added.
I added a silver matt to the new home card, and picked out the spirals of the roses using a Sakura Quickie glue pen and coral ultra fine art glitter. On the birthday card, the daisy chain ribbon was white, I coloured it to co-ordinate using an antique pink promarker.
The Kanban Simba Birthday Flowers die cut stacker sheet and co-ordinating card that I used to make these cards is pictured above.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

This week I've finally had a bit of a tidy up and cleared away all the scraps etc, so I can actually see some table surface. I also got round to making a few cards over the weekend. I was starting to play around with a moving home card last night, which needs to be completed within the next couple of days.

Below is a close of a peel off sized box with greetings banners in it. I put them together in this box at the weekend as I realised I had a growing collection in various places with no proper home - as you do. I tend to keep the banners with matching toppers where applicable, but this box will be ideal to keep all the left overs together and easy to rummage through quickly.
If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog.

Thank you very much for all the kind comments about Mickey the cat last week - a week on he is feeling very much better. He still has to have one tiny pill a day and we've got into a little routine each morning where I wrap him in a towel, give him the pill, he spits it out - just for the principle of it - and I give it to him again!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Crafthouse Press - New goodies and bargains

A great selection of new goodies from The Crafthouse Press is now in store at Foil Play, with a chance to snap up some bargains too! First up, ready for World Cup football fever, the Sport Weenicons die cut decoupage and toppers. For inspiration on how to use these, check out all of the fabulous projects that Angie made using a pack of Weenicons!
New from artist Emma Thomson, two ranges of cute die die cut decoupage, Dandelion and Isabella's Toybox, perfect for children's cards.
For older girls, Gorjuss (by name and description!) die cut decoupage is also in stock.
Moving onto the bargains, there's a huge selection of clear rubber stamp sets to choose from at only £3.99 a set. These all feature popular characters, including Bagpuss, Scooby Doo, Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Looney Tunes.
These die cut Looney Tunes custom card sheets are also a bargain at 59p a sheet - you can use them to put together a perfectly co-ordinated custom card, or you can use the die cut elements on several different cards.
Special purchase Jolly Nation boy character badges and topper sets are also new in store. There are lots of other bargains too, including Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes and Jolly Nation decoupage sheets from 49p and backing sheets from 25p.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

My apologies for the lack of work desk in this week's post, it really hasn't changed since last week, so another photo would have been a little pointless.

The reasons are that I've been really busy (never a bad thing when self employed) and also have been occupied with Mickey, pictured above, who had to have some teeth out on Friday, poor boy. He is getting on a bit now (about 13 -14), so I was quite worried about him having anaesthetic. Fortunately all went well and he is recovering fine - we are just having a daily tussle or two over his medication - I'm sure other cat owners will know just what I mean!

The picture above was taken on a fine evening recently - Mick looking less than impressed that I was taking a few snaps of the blackbirds hopping around the garden.

If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

World Cup football fever with Weenicons Sport

With the World Cup rapidly approaching, Angie has been busy creating lots of fab projects using the newly released Sport Weenicons die cut decoupage toppers from the Crafthouse Press.
The pack that Angie used to create these goodies is pictured above - there are two other die cut decoupage designs and a die cut toppers pack to choose from.
Angie made full use of the pack - including making this stunning card from the David Beckham printed on the compliment slip in the pack. Angie decoupaged him and made a rosette with paper strips stuck round the printed football part of the topper. On the base card Angie made a pitch layout with silver peel off border stickers (as she didn't have any white to hand) and added a scarf style greetings banner from a Craft UK die cut topper sheet at the bottom.
For the football through the decades card above, Angie used one of the background papers provided mounted onto red deckle edge card and added the Geoff Hurst, Kevin Keegan, Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham toppers.
A close up to show how the England wording has been cleverly 'Blinged' up, by using a Sakura Quickie glue pen to trace over the letters and applying glitter when dry.
The card above has been made by layering one of the David Beckham toppers onto a photo printed goal background (from MS word) with football printed border and green card edging.
A football legends card, Angie has added a printed player biography, printed football border and other border cut from the leftovers of the die cut toppers sheet.
Close up of the bling on David's ears, for his famous diamond earrings.
Similar mini England legends cards can be made for each one of the players.
Angie made the pencil / pen pot by covering an empty tin with paper / card, edging with football printed borders then adding toppers, which can be stuck on either with sticky pads or glue.
The toppers would also be brilliant for a World Cup themed party (check out Angie's Animal Party for party favour ideas too).
The fabulous party goodies include cupcake toppers with cocktail sticks, drinking straw toppers and napkin rings.
Angie made the napkin rings from a ring of cardboard covered with black and white ribbons (or any other colour of your choice) to cover, then trimmed with a topper, stuck on with asticky pad.
Thank you, Angie for such a fantastic selection of ideas!