Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Before I begin, I must first say thank you to all who attended our Grey and Grape Class last Thurs. T'was the first round, there is still another of this class, but to the first attendees, you were great, and was a lovely day. And you all did fabulously, even though some of you confessed to being beginners :) You could have said you were serial cardmakers, we'd have never noticed! It makes the job all the more worth it, when everyone is smiling, and concentrating hard, and leaves saying how much they enjoyed the day :)
Quite Contrary. The name of the new My Mind's Eye Collection of papers and embellies. There are little branches off it, called Jack and Jill, Mary Mary...so cute! We have some in the shop, and here are some quick samples we made, to have a taste of it. We combined them with new Hero Arts stamps, I am soo addicted to Hero Arts stamps (and stamps in general..stamp addict anonymous eat your crafty heart out)....
...both these cards below are made by cutting an a4 sheet of card lengthways, then taking one of the lengths and folding it in half. It is a5, but a thin rather than meaty one.

This is a strip of birds from
and a rectangle of yellow spots from
My Mind's Eye Jack and Jill Colorful Umbrellas Paper (the reverse). Wrap ribbon around the strip of birds paper and tie a bow, then stick the paper down on the spotty background.
This card uses the reverse of the
My Mind's Eye Jack and Jill Blissful Paper, which is the blue raindrops. stick a little rectangle on the card. Then take a rectangle of My Mind's Eye Jack and Jill Yummy Stripes Paper, making sure rectangle is a few cms longer than your card. Take a craft knife and cut your rectangle into several pieces by cutting diagonal lines at different intervals down the paper piece. First shape: cut the edge, so it looks frilly. Stick each piece on your card, starting with the frilled piece, overlapping the blue raindrop paper piece. You are reassembling your hacked-apart stripy paper, but skew-whiff, creating quirky stripes. Stamp one of the Hero Arts Classic Messages and the Hero Arts Row Of Houses on white card, using Adirondack Denim Ink Pad. Cut out, stick on.
Last Friday we changed the seasons in the shop, in a papery fashion...
Paper daisies in the window.
Our mural wall tree got new spring leaves :) And a few little blossoms.

A branch was added behind the counter.

With Bo Bunny Love Birds stamped and perched on it.

It's Spring hooray! Happy Spring everybody x


  1. Love the new look blog and shop!! That stamp with the houses on is gorgeous... want want want!!! X X

  2. Hey thank you, glad you like :) I know, that stamp is fab! I confess I'm absolutely addicted to stamps now :D x x