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Ballymoney, County Antrim, United Kingdom
I'm Lorraine a mum of two - Callum and Kerrie, happily married to Ivan and 'mummy' to Jazz and Toodles (our 2 cats). We live in County Antrim Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Early Bird Christmas

I'm feeling Christmassy today.  It might have something to do with the reall rubbish weather we're having at the minute.  It's really cold today.
I like this Forever Friends image and rather than layer everything up on my card I have designed it all as a flat layer on the computer and then printed it off.  This will help reduce postage costs at Christmas.

Lorraine x

Monday, 30 May 2011

Just for you

Sorry about no post yesterday.  I went to get out of bed and my back just 'popped'.  I couldn't straighten or bend, I just stood stooped over.  Many painkillers later I could walk a bit but nothing else.  This card I'm going to show you comes courtesy of NUROFEN. Hahahaha.
I used some images and paper from a docrafts CD rom I had.  I also used some gold mirri card to layer it on to.  See you tomorrow.

Lorraine x

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Another First Birthday

I thought I would make another card for Cathair just so his mum would have a choice.  This one is an easel card.
The image is one from the My Craft Studio Bunny Snuffles CD.  I added a background and some text.  The background stripy papers are from a crafter's companion CD, and the buttons are just some I had.

Lorraine x

Friday, 27 May 2011

First Birthday

I made this for a colleague's little boy who will be one next month.
I have used papers and pyramage from Popcorn the Bear CD from Crafter's Companion.  I have matted them on to some textured gold mirri board.

The sentiment I made using alphabet peel offs coloured green with a peel off marker.  The clear gems were also coloured with the same pen.

Lorraine x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Blowing Bubbles

I have rediscovered my Seraphina CD and it has some lovely images on it so I thought this one would make a perfect card for a little boy's birthday.
I printed off the background which I matted on to a cream card blank.  The little mouse image has been decoupaged to add depth and dimension. 

I have used gems in different sizes to represent the bubbles.

Lorraine x

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


I have used a square card blank today to make this thank you card.
The card blank is covered with a pale green polka dot fabric.  I have then layered a doily - told you I liked these - as a base for my topper.

The topper is one from Kanban and I have decoupaged it up using foam pads.

As a finishing touch I layered a small PC generated sentiment on to mint glitter card and then silver card before finishing with some silver card candi.

Lorraine x

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Another of the same

I enjoyed making the card yesterday so much I thought I would try another one.  I'm liking my doilies, can you tell?
Again I started with a foiled card blank.  This time the frame I decoupaged up to add extra dimension.  The doily I edged with chalk.

The sentiment is one I printed from the PC.  I mounted it on to a little tag and then I added a silver card candi to each side

I quite like this style but I'll try something different tomorrow.

Lorraine x

Monday, 23 May 2011

A different style

I thought I would try something a little bit different.  I always like to try new styles and each one is my new favourite for a while, so guess what? 
I have used a foiled card blank to start with.  I have also used a doily which I edged with a soft gold chalk.  The topper and frame came from a kit I bought a while ago.  I finished it off with some card candi

I like the doily.  It came from a set of 74 in 3 different sizes I found in Poundland. Bargain!

Lorraine x

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Less is more - Butterflies

Another challenge from the LIM team.  Butterflies this week.  I didn't break out in as big a sweat this week.
This first attempt is using a butterfly digi stamp I had but I stamped it continuously to create a border and then just added a suitable stamp.

This is a little digi stamp I use quite a lot for thank you cards.  Again I just added a little sentiment to finish off.

This one I have stamped a flourish corner and a butterfly.  After colouring the butterfly I added some butterfly trails with a sakura gel pen.

Lorraine x

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Just for you Seraphina

I used a topper from a Seraphina CD and mounted it onto some pale blue glitter card.  The sentiment has been printed from the PC.  The ribbon was white but I coloured it with a purple ProMarker.  I added a bow from the same coloured ribbon.

Lorraine x

Friday, 20 May 2011

Monochrome Westie

This was a little topper I found lying at the bottom of a drawer and I decided to use it as the focal point on a monochrome card.  The black spotty paper is a free paper I found online.  The black and white strips are just scraps I had lying about.

The flower has been embossed using a Crafter's Companion embossing board and then highlighted with a gem.

I love these flowers

Lorraine x

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Another baby boy card.

 A very simple card using blue gingham paper, glitter card and this lovely topper.  This topper is from a scrapbook kit I got a while ago and forgot about.
how cute!

Lorraine x

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Baby Boy

I made this for a friend who had a little baby boy last week.  Its my first gatefold easel card. 
Can you tell I,m liking Souffle the Duck?

I printed off a baby verse and edged it with blue gingham and silver peel offs

Lorraine x

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Special Day Cupcake

I made this card for a friend's birthday.  A friend who loves cake!!!
I used a cream card as my base and layered up some matching papers on to gold mirri card.  The sentiment has been produced on my PC.

I have used clear gems coloured with peel off markers to high light the sprinkles on the cup cake.

Lorraine x

Monday, 16 May 2011

Thank You Stepper card

I was looking through some CD's I had and I discovered Souffle the duck from Crafter's Companion.  How cute is he!
 I used a pyramage topper for the main part of the card.  Its a lovely image of Souffle holding a flower.
Then on the 'steps' fo the card I have layered some co-ordinating papers and then I have used some single images of souffle.

The little 'Just for You' sentiment has been printed off from my PC.

On the back I have added a matching insert panel just to finish it off.

Lorraine x

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Less is more - embossing

Another card for the LIM challenge.  This week it's embossing.
I have used a freebie stamp set from a magazine.  I have stamped directly onto white pearlescent card using Versa Mark and sprinkled with ultra fine embossing powder which I heated from behind.
To add some colour I have used brush markers and a waterbrush to achieve the watercoloured look.

Lorraine x

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Wedding Day Wishes

This card is very similar to one I made last month.  I was commissioned to make this one with just a little alteration - no decorative pins and coloured ribbon instead of white.
The image is printed on to cream super smooth paper and I have glittered some little highlights.  The sentiment was printed from the PC but as it was white I coloured it with Ivory Promarker.
The ribbon bow was also white and I used promarkers Blush & Ivory to blend it in.  I have matted the main image on to gold mirri board and then pale pink glitter card again using Pinflair gel.
Lorraine x

Friday, 13 May 2011

Reap what you sow

I saw this image and verse on a CD of mine and I thought what a lovely card it would make.
The only thing I did to the image was to add some glitter highlights to her wings and her halo.

So sweet!
Lorraine x

Onion the Elephant

To make this card I used an Onion the Elephant image from docrafts.  I have layered the backing papers on to some silver mirri board.  I also used some pale blue glitter card as the first mat.  You need to remember that when sticking to glitter card some adhesive won't work.  I always use Pinflair Glue Gel.
These flowers I found at the bottom of my embellishments so I 'plumped' the up and used them with a couple of flower headed pins to finish the look

The sentiment is one printed from my PC.

Lorraine x

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Bob the Builder

I have a few little boy birthdays coming up so I'm getting prepared.

Bob the builder!   I like this image of Bob and his whole team wishing you a happy birthday.

I couldn't add a flower or a bow so a button with some cord will do instead.
Lorraine x

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Thank You Flower

I have a couple of commission Thank You cards to make for a colleague at work.  This is one of them
Again I have tried to keep the card quite simple but striking.  The frame is cut using the cuttlebug and nestabilities Labels 3.  The flower is cut from a Marianne die and then layered up using PVA glue.  The leaves were mage using a small woodware punch.

The gems were originally clear but I coloured them using peel off markers.  This is such a good idea as you only need to buy clear gems and yet they will always match your project.  I just love these little flowers - again you can cut them from any colour paper.
Lorraine x

Monday, 9 May 2011

Butterfly Thank You

For this card I have stayed with the Less is More concept.  I have used a Marianne Butterfly die and then I have stencilled through it with lilac chalk.  I have the lifted the wings.
I have used a large gem ( which I coloured using peel off markers ) and four smaller gems to highlight the body of the butterfly.  The peel off is one from Little claire in silver which i have coloured with the same colour peel off marker.

I like the way the chalk just gently highlights the butterfly image.

I like my blinging butterfly

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Less is more - White on white

Another challenge from the Less is More team.  This week its white on white. YIKES!!!!!!!.
I started by cutting a frame using my cuttle bug with nestabilities label 3.  The flower I made using a Crafters Companion embossing board.  I embossed two different sizes of the flower, shaped the petals slightly and layered up using pinflair glue gel.  I couldn't resist the clear gem in the centre of the flower.

I'm not sure what occasion I would use this card for but I'm pleased with the end result.
Lorraine x