Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Drama Queen


This card was a commissioned one - I was chatting with my neighbour and described a card that I was making as 'dramatic', as the colours I was using are rather unconventional for the occasion.

Ah she said - it's my friend's birthday later in the month and as she is dramatic, could you make a card like that for her - so I did, and this is the result

The lace and thread was given to me this week by another friend.  I am so blessed as there are many exquisite pieces of lace in the bag, and numerous colours of this thread - all on cones.  Enough to see my card making days out, and I am eyeing some of it for lace making too.

I embossed the sentiment directly to the black card, but stamped and embossed the rose (from Kiwistamping, one of my original stamps) onto a snippet of white card, and coloured it with pencils and fussy cut it before adding it to the card front.

I finished the rose with multiple layers of WoS - the photo below shows the sparkle, but is unfortunately a bit out of focus :-)

The black layer was mounted over a white base, with a vertical line scored down either side of the black panel.

I am linking this to:

(Centre column - flowers, free, girly)
(The rose stamp is over 12 years old, the sentiment is similar)

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Window Tree


First and foremost I would like to welcome my newest followers  
Olga Fink, who blogs at  Creating With Olga
and Ginny Maxam of Maxam Made Studio,
and Marie of Algodao Tao Doce.
Please visit these ladies, and be prepared to be impressed. 

This is the second card I taught this month, and it is modeled on a 'make and take' card that I made at a Stamp Expo earlier this year, with a panel of acetate in the centre of the front, and the sentiment stamped behind it.

The tree is one from an older set from Unity Stamps that I gold embossed, then mounted over a red layer.

The paper on the top and bottom was randomly stamped with a group of notes from various (clear) stamp sets clustered together on an acrylic block.

I do not know where the sentiment comes from, but I have had it for years and love using it.  The embossing looks messy in this picture, but it is not - I think there were marks on the acetate that the camera picked up.

When making this card with the Christmas 'feel' to it, I was thinking of friends who have lost a loved one about this time of year, and may not actually be feeling very festive, so it does double duty, as it were.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Double Embossing and Orange Poppies


I loved the double embossing technique so much that I taught it at card class this month.
This time I used a floral embossing folder as the letter press, using Broken China DI, then, as it had bubbled again and was noticeable, I re-did the panel using Memento Blue Danube dye ink.
The second embossing was a diamond folder to give a real contrast to the soft shapes in the letter press.

The poppies were water coloured after stamping, and the sentiment gold embossed beside the image.

The final detail after matting with a soft purple layer were the rhinestones - and I couldn't stop at the accents on the image panel, but added them to the letter-pressed flowers too.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Golden Greetings


It's good to be back, and to have my computer working well again.

We had a significant event within the extended family recently - a Golden Wedding Anniversary. (Not ours, we have not got there yet!!)

I have some very old alphabet stamps from All Night Media - I only ever managed to purchase six or seven, but I love them, especially for this type of card.

The sentiment is a composite effort  - the "50 years" was computer generated, printed onto vellum and gold ep applied while the ink was wet - the congratulations was then stamped with Versamark and the powder applied before the whole was heated.

I had fun with water colours and painted the surrounding flowers and leaves of the letter stamps after stamping with Vintage Sepia, and then painting the letters with diluted Inka Gold gold paste. 

The finished letters were mounted on kraft cardstock before being mounted on foam tape over the embossed paper - that I have been hoarding cherishing for some years now.

I am linking this to:
(twist not used)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Technical glitches


I hate to say this, but I am having some glitches that are driving me to distraction, 
so I think I need some assistance with my computer...
subsequently I will be off line for a few days.

My apologies if I have not commented in the past few days, 
and I may not be able to comment again for another few days.

I look forward to being back in blog-land next week sometime :-).

Thanks, and may your day be blessed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Duct Tape and Gears


I made this card for a teen boy who has been mechanically minded from  a very young age.

I started by cutting the cog dies from a used aluminium pie plate, and then playing with alcohol inks to colour them.

I adhered the die cuts with silicone glue over a panel I had covered with duct tape and embossed.

The panel was edged with piercing and faux stitching in red.

The sentiment was embossed in silver and filled in randomly with red and silver pens.

I am linking this to:
The die cuts in particular really sparkle in the sunlight

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Denim Butterfly

No, I have not dropped off the edge of the world.
 I have had technical problems and time demands that I was not anticipating,
... but such is life.
I also have some "time sensitive" cards that I cannot blog as yet.

This card started with part of the master board that I stamped some time ago. 
I added some flourishes to the original stamping

This large flower occurred near to the centre of the card, so I trimmed out another one from a part of the master board that I had botched, sprayed it with a purple spray, and then painted it with a (pink) glitter paint, inspired partially by the colours and sparkle on the denim butterfly that was part of an on-line class early in the year. 

I mounted it on the card with a layer of punch waste and a matte lemon coloured brad.

The sentiment was stamped onto a paper sticker adhered to the card

I attached the butterfly with some double sided tape stuck to the brad, so it could be detached and used by the recipient on clothing, decided the card was a bit drab, so coloured the stamped butterflies with chalk, as is seen in the top photo.

I am linking this to:
(on the background butterflies)
The flower stamp is one of my first ones - 10+ yrs old

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