Friday, 1 June 2012

Roses, a Monster and Herb!

Hello Chums!

I know, I know, two posts in one week! Wow, I must be on a roll. This one's a whopper too, with two cards and loads of piccies - whay!

Straight down to it then, the first card is a birthday card for a very dear and close friend, June. I designed this with her in mind, and I'm sure she will like it.

I made the three roses using the English Rose dies by Marianne Design Creatables, the roses and all the other paper elements were made using the Madeline 6x6 pad by Prima. The top note label behind the roses was cut using a die from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One set. A length of cotton crochet lace, a pearl gem, a rub-on sentiment and an antique key were used to finish the card. Here are some close ups (getting all arty now with the 'ol photography).

I scrunched up the paper after die cutting the roses, then after rolling up, I bent the petals to give them a more aged, shabby chic look.

The butterflies were cut out of a butterfly design paper, I then layered them up, bending the wings slightly and finished with a pearl gem

I saw a pack of these darling antique keys by Creative Expressions and HAD to have.

Right, on to the next card, which is a stark contrast to the one above. This is for a young male relative (though it could work for the bigger boys). I thought all boys love monsters and instead of doing the usual trains, cars etc .....  a monster it will be!


The papers and journaling sprouts are from the Jillibean Soup Monster Stew collection and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts Monster Fun stamp set. After stamping the sentiment onto white card, I punched it out using a circle punch and mounted it onto one of the journaling sprouts, I then arranged it with a couple of more sprouts and attached to the front of a square black card blank. I hand cut some stars and an arrow, mounted them onto black card and then fixed them to the card, finally finishing with some purple twine wrapped and knotted on the left side.

Here are some more close ups....

On the inside, I created a simple sentiment, using die cut scallop circles (to mirror the monster sprout on the front) a rub-on and a scattering of hand cut stars. Ta da!!

Now then, you're probably wondering who Herb is. Well this is where we get silly. I was up at the local farm shop last week and I was picking some tomatoes and I came across this one......

.....well, I had to get it didn't I? So then, I put some googly eyes on it (I need to get out more methinks).

Looks good, but I don't know, not sure about the toupee and the eyes seem a bit wide, so I removed the toupee and turned him over, repositioned the 'ol eyes.....

.....that's better. He looks like a Herb, so that's what I've called him. I think he's really cute. Though he's still sat in our fridge, going a bit mushy now :( Oh well, he had a happy, if short life........................might be still edible. I'll put him in a ham sarnie for Simon tomorrow, bwa ha ha hah!

Enough silliness for today, I'm off now for a well deserved coffee, and a chocolate digestive mmmmm. Have a great weekend, will post back soon. Colette xx


  1. Great post Colette :) I just adore the first card for your friend, the roses are divine and the whole thing looks so elegant. The second card is fabulous, just perfect for the 'boys' in lour lives. And Herb...well isn't he just the cheekiest fella, thanks for making me smile Colette.
    Dawn x

    1. Hi Dawn. My aim is to make you smile :) We are a bit mad in this house, life's too short to be too serious. Glad you like the cards. I'm really chuffed the way the rose card turned out, a little bit different for me. Herb says 'Hi'.

      Love Colette xx

  2. Fantastic cards. I love the top one, and the white space is great, although I have trouble leaving any on my cards. Herb is really cute!
    Nikki x

    1. Thanks Nikki, pleased you like the cards. Be more strict with yourself with the white bits! ;) Herb is cute isn't he? Shame he's not going to last, but I have photo's of him as a memento...for the memories and the good times we had (nuts).

      Colette xx

  3. Herb is cute!! and great cards too! and the flowers at the top are brilliant!

  4. Thanks Lyn. I think Herb is getting a few fans! :)

    Colette x

  5. Fab cards Collette! I especially love your gorgeous paper flowers on the first card. Wedgie xxx

  6. Thanks Wedgie! Glad you like :)
    Colette x


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it - Colette xx