Mamie Rae

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Thomas Kinkade Personalised Easel Card

This card is another one featuring a wonderful Thomas Kinkade print – have SO many now to choose from it will take me months if not years working through them all.   So grateful to him & Joanna Sheen for coming together to allow us crafters the ability to present his work in our own right without having to pay huge copyright fees.   And I’m doubly grateful to my wonderful stepdaughters who bought me the triple CD set for my Christmas pressie last year as they were on a time-limited offer and I was running out of time to save up enough money to invest in them. 

This particular image is called “The Broadwater Bridge” and is a beautiful image with those glorious red flowers and the lamps on the bridge again confirming his ability to draw light into the painting from multiple sources.

Background papers come once again from the lovely clearance sets of 6 x 6 papers from Cutting Edge Crafts,  and have been edged with very narrow gold peeloff borders.  The pearl gems from my own stock.  The greeting on the stop actually came off of a diecut Hunkydory topper sheet, and as ever the tag is homemade and can be personalised if requested.

Flowers as always are from Wild Orchid Crafts and have been well glittered up to add a bit of interest to them.   Used 1 x 25 mm red rose,  then 20 mm red & light green roses along with some smaller 10 mm duo coloured roses with beautiful little white rosebuds & of course the punchie leaves.

This one has just gone up on Ebay so grab it quick as once they’re gone they’re gone – many are one-off designs for one reason or another and while similar ones can be produced I can’t always make exact copies.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

First crafting challenge card

Having never done any of these before, but desperately needing something to focus on other than my grief of the past week & my declining health issues, this proved to be a really good cathartic task - a nice manageable (for me at least) sketch by Bev was provided as the Challenge on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog and given these are my 2 favourite crafting sites of late, it was a challenge I couldn't resist.

 While most others doing such challenges will do stamping, I've not yet managed to master the colouring well enough to do the same, so stuck with what I am more familiar with and which also hopefully provides others with some equal inspiration.  So this card features (once again) a Morehead design with some beautiful colours.  

"Recipe" is as follows:
Background papers - own stash (unsure if they're both from Scissor Sisters)
Decoupage - Morehead design - Jackson PaperTole (Ref: Morehead-33 11052-036)
Roses - 20 mm, 15 mm, 10 mm & pink rosebuds, with punchie leaves
Butterfly Charm - local shop.
Adhesive Gems - own stash.
Border punched with Martha Stewart Lace punch
Greeting & tag made from own stock

Regardless of whether this might have any hope of winning the challenge it has been great in helping to distract me for a few hours in the day.  But once again it’s revealing how I’m soon going to have to either change how I do things or stop altogether as my hand arthritis is now extremely painful to work against :(.  But for now, making these cards is my distraction from the bigger more generalised pain I have to contend with.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Tough day :(

Apologies for the lack of new cards on the site of late, but my beautiful boy Tikvah had had a rather up and down month with his ongoing cancer & chemotherapy.  Unfortunately all culminated this morning with me having to have him put to sleep as he'd got to a point I knew he couldn't really recover easily from sadly.   It was a hugely tough yet right decision to make but made a lot easier by my awesome vets (Cedarmount in Bangor), especially Craig, who have supported us both so well through the past 12 years but esp the last 6 months.

However, you will probably appreciate it's left me in little mood for card making just now, but I'll have new cards up shortly.

 Tikvah - May 5 1999 to June 5 2011