Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Apologies for my lack of posts this week. Life seems to have got in the way of blogging, although don't ask me how, I'm not sure where the days have gone. We've also been making the most of this beautiful weather. We've been so lucky this week, after a dull forecast the sun has shone every day. Even the weatherman said he's given up forecasting it because it hasn't been anything like they expected, in a good way for a change!!

If it's Wednesday again it must be WOYWW. Check out Julia's Blog at Stamping Ground to see what it's all about and get sharing your space. Bits and pieces this week on mine. I have been colouring these beautiful Lily of The Valley Christmas images and experimenting making my own glitter card to mat them onto.

Jules shared a wonderful tip recently of using the same colour promarker that you coloured your image with to colour the card to mat your image onto, instead of spending hours hunting round for something matching, obvious really when you think about it. This little tip has sped up my card making no end. I've tried then adding clear ink onto the pen line and embossing with glitter embossing powder and it works a treat, much cheaper than buying endless sheets of glitter card.

Another blogging buddy, Sylvia shared a kitchen roll holder she uses as a ribbon holder in one of her WOYWW posts and I showed it to my Hubby. He then disappeared into the magic shed and came out with this!!!! A ribbon holder made from a piece of dowel attached to a piece of tree I cut down in the garden recently!!! Genius!!

Here's another Christmas card from the ever growing pile. I "borrowed"this idea from my Mum, inking the Cuttlebug folder with Broken China Distress ink using some cut and dry before running it through the cuttlebug. Clear ink is then rubbed over the raised part and silver heat embossed. I love the effect you get. It was then matted with the promarker idea and job done.

Lastly, before I sign off I wanted to share with you this amazing photo my DD took while on a walk in the woods last Sunday. These tiny little mauve mushrooms where everywhere and although I took some photos of them too I just loved this one.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well so far. Don't those wonderful images of the Chilean Miners being rescued today make your heart sing. Human beings are capable of incredible things.


Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Love the Christmassey things going on this week and top marks to hubby too.
As i'm typing this the 17th miner has just come up and you are right, my heart is singing. Good luck to them all.


chris said...

Hi Lisa, they are coming out thick and fast now it seems, just hope they get them all out safely.

your card is scrummy and your mushrooms too though don't know if I would risk eating them. hugs chris xx

sasa said...

Lovely card - blue and silver always looks so good together - eespecially at Christmas - mum's idea or not - nice work! Great ribbon stack!
sasa 10

Jill said...

Oooh Lisa you are always so inspiring and you just seem to have so much 'going on'! Just love all your projects, always!! Have been doing some tidying in the craft room today - maybe next week I will take a photo!! Jill x

Helen said...

Love all your cards, and as for those mauve mushrooms - far out, man!

Sally H said...

Wow! Beautiful cards and what a stunning photo! I think Freya has a real eye for it and the low angle shows off all the detail. Fabulous colours. I've only ever seen two purple ones - sounds like a good year for those too!

Sally H said...
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Hi Lisa - thanks for the mention about the ribbon stand - and how fab. is your hubby to make one for you - you lucky girl!! Love your CB card idea (clever Mum),and the glitter background technique. As for those lilac mushrooms - are they REALLY that colour? You must let me know when I see you Lisa - I have never sen a lilac mushroom - not ever!!! They are totally beautiful!
See you soon - hugs, Sylvia xxx

Phree said...

Lovely bright workdesk and some gorgeous artwork.

Carola Bartz said...

I like the cards on your windowsill!

Ciara said...

What a great idea to colour your paper for matting onto. Might try that sometime!

Love your mushroom pic, they are so weird aren't they? I spotted allsorts of weirdy ones on holiday.

The card is fab, love how the silver parts pop out so much.

Erm, I wouldn't say I was high flying with my 2 monitors - just need to look at lots of things at the same time!!


Neet said...

Lovely card - and gorgeous mushrooms. I have a similar ribbon holder that my other half made me - my idea though. Thanks for sharing. #142

Kay Carley said...

Hey Lisa! Am loving all those ribbons you've got!! xx

Elizabeth said...

Hello Lisa - thanks for sharing your workdesk and those great tips. Love the ribbon holder - must get my dh to look as he is good at that sort of thing too - just has to see something and off he goes to the shed :) Elizabeth #87

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely card Lisa - you didn't find the silver powder needed careful brush removal from everywhere you didn't want it after being inked in the cuttlebug? I always have a static problem that makes me nuts! Purple mushrooms huh - I wonder if they're edible!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm not a card maker, but I sure appreciated your tips. Looks like WOYWW has been good to you tip wise. I struggle with ribbon storage, so really like what your hubby did. I was actually here earlier, but got that dreaded 503 error. Just came back to comment and wish you a happy belated WOYWW (#2).

Kathy said...

wow, Lisa, you've been busy again - great desk shot, fab cards and as for the sungi - well how weird is that? :-0 I'm jolly sick of clearing them out of my lawn - but we've not had any mauve ones!

Jules said...

Hi Lisa

I am pleased my little tip has been making a difference for you .. .. in fact your post is full of great tips and ideas.

Loving the colour and shape of those mushrooms. Great photograph!

The cards on your window look great.

Love Jules xx

Love Jules xx

Lisa said...

Hi Lisa, love the tip about using your promarker colour to match your matting and layering, from another crafty Lisa :)

craftimamma said...

How lucky you are to have a handy hubby Lisa! Mine always says put a screwdriver in his hand and the house will fall down but I think he does it on purpose so he doesn't get asked to make anything, Lol!

Love those little images on your desk and your card is gorgeous. I love the effects you can achieve by inking the folders.

The photo of your mauve fungi is great. Aren't there some fantastic ones in the woods at the moment.

Lesley Xx