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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Thursday, 27 January 2011


Good evening folks, I do hope your day has gone better than mine!! Firstly, I got woken by the post man ringing the door bell at 8:30 - he has NEVER been round that early in his life!! My plan was to get up at 9, get all showered and dressed and take photos of the cards I have made the past few nights - well, all that went out the window when the sewing machine I won on eBay arrived! LOL. I was almost late for uni as I was lost in a world of my own.. I had to ask a lovely old lady if she had change for a fiver, as I had no coins for my Metro pass (*that reminds me: I must buy student ticket on Monday*).. almost missed my stop as I was immersed in Rachel Carson's Silent Spring - then when I got to boots to buy my lunch they had almost nothing left. Sheesh. All my tutors have gone on about all day is dissertation this.. dissertation that.. I mean okay, I know its worth 30% of my final mark - but if I hear the word or the deadline date once more, I'm afraid my brain will implode!!

On a lighter note - here is a birthday card I made for my aunty - I'm totally in love with it - from the monochrome colour scheme to the distressed edges and the curled corners. Just yum. :)

I wanted the main emphasis to be on the bow and the word 'auntie' and I hope that is what this card achieves. I went for the colours I did as her and my uncle were known to be pretty heavy goths in their day - and they still like all the dark colours. Its a pretty clean and elegant card - as she doesn't like flowers and such.

Here is a close up of that gorgeous bow - the black organza ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl, check their website out, honestly, their products, prices and customer service is unbeatable!! I tried to burn the ends of the ribbon to stop them fraying - but as you can tell it didn't really work. I was afraid I was going to set the whole thing a-light, so I just left it.

Can you see the little heart shape? That is made from a standard paperclip - I love it, if I was making more Valentine's cards I would make a tonne of these - although after a while bending all that metal would hurt your fingers. I used some of my new Stickles in Frosted Lace to go over my Basic Grey Cappella Chipboard letters - to give them a bit of oompfhh! The Hero Arts sentiment is embossed in silver embossing powder.

I have used patterned papers from My Minds Eye Meadow Lark collection - really fancy papers, and can I just say, the paper pack smells delicious!! (Can you tell I haven't had much exciting for my tea..) I added some Prima rhinestones in the top corner to add a bit of interest and fill the dead space.

The extra long vintage pins are also from The Ribbon Girl, and my gosh, they are extra long!! LOL. I used one in a previous card and it was sticking out of the design - so I tried to cut it, but to no avail - I had to leave it.. oops. I made sure they stopped in place by adding a few drops of Glossy Accents around each of them.

The card base is some light gray cardstock from American Crafts. All the distressing has been done with the Tonic - paper distresser, handy little tool that, I like it. I've wanted one for ages but only recently bought one. I'm glad I did now. I've also ordered myself an ATG 700 gun, excited about setting that up and getting it rolling.

Anyway, thats enough chatter for tonight - my heads pounding and I must get my bag sorted for tomorrow along with another 100 things I'll have to do before bed! :) Thanks for stopping by, have a nice night. xo


  1. Lovely card - very stylish!!!

    Paula. x

  2. what a gorgeous card
    hugs linda

  3. Good grief Lou, 8.30 would be a luxury lie-in around here, lol! But I have to agree, I don't think I've ever seen a postie at that time either. Gorgeous card hun, very classy, love all the elements you have used, fabulous hun. Hugs, Sxx

  4. Hello Lou. What a beautiful and very elegant card. Love the colour combination and that bow is gorgeous. It really highlights the lettering. Happy crafting.
    With love, Sandra xx

  5. morning Lou...hope you have a better day today. this card is absolutely stunning. Everything about it is simple but elegant...i love it!!!!

    sylvia xx (crafty and mad)

  6. This card is wonderful! I really like the colours you used, they are so elegant :)


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