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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dogwood Flowers & Chicken Wire

Here's another card that is way out of my comfort zone.  I'm so used to using pretty pastel colours but it is good to venture outside our comfort zones.
I thought today, rather than just show you my finished product I would explain a little about how I did it.
For my flowers, I used one of the shapes from Cheery Lynn Build a Flower3...

I used the shapes that are yellow coloured (2nd row from bottom, right side) and cut four of these.
I used some brown ink (from a stamp pad) which I applied with a small pom pom to the little 'notch' area of the petals.  I gave the petals some shaping and moulding and then cut off the little bit of the stem part that has a small hole and then adhered one petal per arm of my base shape.
For the base shape you could use anything that has four arms.. for example, I used a small hydrangea flower..
It's important after gluing the petals to your base shape that you allow it to dry completely.  Then give it some cupping in the centre to make the flower sit how you'd like it to. 
Now for the centre I pondered on this for some time to come up with something that would be appropriate.  I used five tiny daisies that I cut out of brown paper.
Give each daisy severe cupping and stand them up against each other.  This is hard for me to explain so let me show you up close so you can see it better.
Now add some leaves.  I used some very plain leaves I had that are part of the Spellbinders Rose Creations set.  I rubbed them over with some green Metallic Cream Chalk which game them some sheen.
The rest of the card:   I used the Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire which I cut to make it look a little rustic. I placed two Cheery Lynn Lace Corners Deco A opposite corners. .. Best Wishes (Cheery Lynn) finished off my card.
This is the first time I have ever given any type of instructions.  I do hope they work out ok for you and perhaps be a help for someone.  Here is the finished project.  hugs... Angie

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pink Cross Card

Whilst resting after my foot surgery so many ideas were formulating up here .  I've got a few scribbled card maps that I want to make up asap so I don't lose the thought.  Here is one of these ideas and I'm not finished with it yet... I have a few variables to the idea.

 I've used the Creatables Cross Die, The Die-namics Royal Roses and Anya 1 Leaves. I also used the Memory Box Isabella & Pippi Butterfly dies.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Elephant paper piecing

Hello dear friends..

I've had the surgery on my toes and all went so well.  Already the dressings are off and I only just have bandaids on them.  I'm getting about just fine but still taking it easy.  Thanks so much for your messages of love and prayer.

Here is a card I made for a friends birthday a few weeks ago.  I couldn't show you until she had received it, which she has.  My friend Jax loves elephants so when I saw this pattern I just had to try my hand at paper piecing again.. then it was only right who it should go to.

As you can see... I made this into an easel card.

Much love and hugs to all.    Angie

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Update on ME

Hello dear followers,
Tomorrow I go into hospital, just for the day, to have surgery on both my big toes.  About eight years ago I had the big toenails removed permanently because they were always getting infected. Those of you who may know anything about Diabetes will know that we have to be very careful about our feet.
Well... the surgeon at the time didn't do them properly and ever since I have had a sliver of nail grow up on the outer side of each big toe.  I wont tell you how I've been removing it  needless to say my Diabetes Educator insisted the hospital fix their error!
I been in bed most of this week with a nasty cold and thought for a while they might not even do it but the rest, vitamin C and plenty of fluids seems to have got me over the worst and I'm feeling well enough for this.  Please keep me in your prayers.

Here are some cards I've made recently. These are made in styles I've done before.  It's amazing how changing colours and/or adding different embellishments can make such a differnce.

I'll let you know how I get on tomorrow when I can.  Thanks for all the lovely comments you make on my work.  If I don't say too much it's because my hands are so sore.  The good news in relation to this is that two weeks after my toes are done, they're booking me in to have my right hand operated on for the Carpal Tunnel... and then 12 weeks after that, my left hand will be done.  So.. all going well my right hand will be done in about four weeks time.

Much love and hugs to all...  Angie