A Brit in Alaska

Welcome to my blog! I'm switching over from my old blog http://abitofthisabitofthat.spaces.live.com/ where you can view 'art from my past' and past musings! :) O this new blog, I will be posting hopefully daily with things I am doing and what I have crafted. I am a avid crafter, even owning my own online store as I can only create so much for family, friends and swaps...I need to sell the surplus! :) If you would like to visit my store, please go to http://paperartplus.etsy.com/ .

About Me

Anchorage, Alaska, United States
I live in a beautiful State, Alaska! I love Jesus and attend ChangePoint Church. Both my hubby and I are retired now and are enjoying the stress-free life with ease and joy! I'm from England and moved here with my then GI hubby in 1987! I love to make things and besides the swaps I do with friends, and the pressies for family and friends, I sell the surplus at my online store at PaperArtPlus.etsy.com to provide funds for 'Craft With Love'. Blog at http://craftwithlovecp.blogspot.com/ (currently under re-construction!)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Some cards I made recently for some swaps I'm in.

This card was for a swap where ribbon had to be on the card somewhere. The background paper was from a 12" x12" paper, the ribbon is wired ribbon I've had in my 'stash', and the image is Paper Tole...several layers of paper on top of each other to give a 3 D effect. Each layer is carefully worked on with a shaping tool so that the edges curl down. It takes a time but is worth the effort! I love to Paper Tole and have done several 8 1/2" x 10" framed pieces that all sold very well...I need to make another to actually have one on display in my own home! :) I also made the envelope to coordinate with the card.
This is for an image swap where we can use the image anyway we like. I chose to make the image look like a photo...I printed it out on glossy photo paper. On the top is a shaker box containing punched suns from gold paper, micro beads, and two kinds of glitter. The words were cut with my new Cricut Create...how did I live before I bought it!?! :D And I made another coordinating envelope to complete the set.

This is for a 'sketch' swap card. This is where a picture of a card sketch is posted and we make our version of it. I used a variety of papers from my stash, layered along with ribbon. Then made the flowers from bought material flower petals and accented them with 'jeweled' centers. The words were made with my Cricut. And once again, I made a coordinating envelope.
The pictures loaded backwards for this next card...a human loading error! It is showing the insert from the mini envelope I made on the front of the card - the next photo is the envelope flap closed! And you can see I used scraps from the previous card to make this one! Waste not, want not!

Here is the card with the flap closed. I used a pop-up square cut in half for the closure, making the top sticky side less sticky by tapping on it with my finger! Then it could open easily but still remain closed securely. Flower petals and 'jewels' are the accents.

This is an ATC. The background is a napkin (peeled the top layer of the napkin off and used that). The fairy, stars and words are clear stickers, and I added layered material flower petals to make the flowers and accented with 'jeweled' centers. On the bottom and right side are metallic paper borders.
This card is for a 3 layer swap. The first layer is a deep, almost maroon, pink cardstock, then the second is pink and white background checked paper, the third layer is the same as the first. On top of this I put a transfer of cherries...actually a transfer for putting on wood etc. but they work great on cards too! Especially since I got it on sale! :) The words are made with my Cricut also and are cut from the first cardstock.
I hope you enjoyed viewing my cards and thank you for visiting! :D
Love Shirley B.


  1. Oh Shirley these are absolutely beautiful!!!! Oh I just have to check now if I am receiving one from you... I just love your creations!!
    Hugs, Christina

  2. Oh Shirley!!!! BEAUTIFUL blog and AMAZING GORGEOUS cards girl!!!! So pretty!!!!

  3. Love your cards, really like the first one of the lady that was the tole sheet. And the idea of using a napkin for the background. Great ideas!!!

  4. Shirley, your new blog is wonderful and I'll add it to mine........your ARTwork is also wonderful and I just love the lady in the ribbon card...fantastic ARTwork! I'll be stopping by often! Diann