Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine Swap

It has been a year since my first swap through Simply Betty Stamps Facebook page. As always, Betty generously gave us an image to use for our swap. Our mission was to decorate a wine box and then fill it with crafting goodies. I was fortunate to have Miss Emily Shroom again as my swap buddy. She made me a beautiful box and it was stuffed to the brim with lots of yummy embellishments including charms, buttons (especially loved the vintage ones), ribbon and flowers. Other items were stamps including one of Betty's rubber stamps of Rio, chalks, rub ons, butterflies and OWLS. Emily also gave me a terrific card that some of you may have seen as she won a challenge with it (Lucky me!) I am going to have so much fun using everything. Thank you so much, Emily!
Now to see what everyone else received from their swap buddy. Here is the hop list for you to follow.

  Blog Hop List
Betty Roberts:
Carmen Shannon ( no blog ) ^ ^ ^
Corinne Jones:
Robin Bogle:
Tanja Charles
Kay Mowat
Anita Blake
Celina Matthews
Lisa Nelson:
Katya Bess:
Emily Shroom
Jackie Maunder:
Jackie Randolph
Trish the dish Sakulich
Sam Slater:
Nia Flannery :
Sandy Smith
Vanessa Bland:
Melissa Varga:

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Rio's Sweet Sixteenth

Betty's daughter, Rio will be celebrating her 16th birthday really soon. A group of us from the Simply Betty Stamps Facebook Group were asked to create a card for her using a beautiful Steampunk image.

I tried to make my card grungy and used the W series of Copic markers to colour it. I added a minimum amount of colour using Prismacolor pencils in green, ochre and maroon.
The die cut image was inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink as were the two punched borders (Martha Stewart's scroll and lattice punches). The background is a piece of vintage bookpaper.
Other embellishments include Flourish With A Bling pearls , ribbon, paper flowers and leaves made with a nifty set I bought at my local craft store- one punch for the leaves and then an embossing punch to add the veins. With a quick brush over of ink these look great. I can't help anyone with the brand because there wasn't one on them.
My daughter, Ashleigh, is also 16 and so I asked her to include a little something in the card for Rio. She love Manga and is always drawing. Here is a photo of her wacky turtle.

I love her creations and how her drawing style is developing. Make sure you leave her a comment I can show her if you like her artwork.

Now, to wish Rio a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you like your card and little gifts. Have a terrific year of fun and laughs x

Have fun seeing everyone else's cards for Rio's special day.

Blog Hop List
Cynthia Cole's on SBS blog
Sheri Scraps
Jackie Randolph
Katya Bess
Wendy Billings
Kay Mowat
Celina Matthews
Trish TheDish Sakulich
Sam Slater Http://
Lisa Howell
Tanja Charles
Veronica Chasteen Rosenshein
Darcy Schroeder
Irene Chapmon Sherman
Nia Flannery
Emily Shroom
Jackie Maunder
Elisabete Oliveira Balcavage
Vanessa Bland
Lisa Lucas Nelson